22, No. 20, May 22, 2003
on honors, awards, appointments and other outstanding achievements of
faculty and staff members.
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The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences honored
faculty and staff members and alumni at the college's annual awards
banquet April 24.
Winners of this
year’s Paul A. Funk Recognition Awards are Cleora
J. D'Arcy, professor of crop sciences; Burton
E. Swanson, professor of agricultural and consumer economics;
and Lila O. Vodkin, professor of crop molecular
biology. The awards recognize outstanding professional achievement and
major contributions to the betterment of agriculture broadly defined.
The ACES Alumni Association honored four college graduates who have
made significant contributions to their chosen professions and to the
human sciences and food and natural resources industries. Among this
year's recipients is David L. Chicoine, former
dean of the college and now UI vice president for economic development
and corporate relations.
The first recipient of the Spitze Award is John
W. Dudley, who holds the Renessen Endowed Chair in Corn Quality
Trait Breeding and Genetics in the department of crop sciences. Created
by the Robert G.F. Spitze Educational Fund and the Hazel Taylor Spitze
Educational Fund, the award is presented to encourage and recognize
the professional career of tenured faculty members in their performance
and commitment to teaching and advising, research and publication, extension
and public service, faculty governance and participation in professional
Several awards also were presented in the areas of teaching, research
Keith W. Singletary, who directs the Functional
Foods for Health program in the Division of Nutritional Sciences, received
the Senior Faculty Award for Excellence in Research. Rodney
W. Johnson, a professor of animal sciences, received the college
Faculty Award for Excellence in Research.
The Senior Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching was awarded to Gary
J. King, a professor of horticulture in the department of natural
resources and environmental sciences. Prasanta
K. Kalita, a professor of agricultural engineering, received
the college Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Emerson D. Nafziger, a professor and Extension
specialist in the department of crop sciences, is the recipient of the
Senior Faculty Award for Excellence in Extension. Raymond
A. Cloyd, a professor and Extension specialist in floriculture
in the department of natural resources and environmental sciences, received
the college Award for Excellence in Extension.
The Carl E. Gardner Outstanding Undergraduate Adviser Award was presented
to Michael C. Hirschi, a professor and
Extension specialist in the department of agricultural engineering.
Tom Carr, a professor and Extension specialist
in the department of animal sciences, received the Clyde and Henrietta
Downey Spitler Teaching Award.
A multi-disciplinary group that attacked the western corn rootworm problem
will receive the college's Team Award for Excellence. Members are Mark
R. Band, director of functional genomics; Michael
E. Gray, professor and associate head of crop sciences; Scott
A. Isard, professor of geography; Eli Levine,
scientist, Illinois Natural History Survey; Harris
A. Lewin, professor of immunogenetics and director of the UI's
Keck Center for Comparative and Functional Genomics; Lei
Liu, scientist, National Center for Supercomputing Applications;
David W. Onstad, professor of natural resources
and environmental sciences; Susan T. Ratcliffe,
Extension specialist, department of crop sciences; Hugh
M. Robertson, professor of entomology; and Joseph
L. Spencer, scientist, Illinois Natural History Survey.
Robert W. Frazee, a UI Extension natural resource management
educator based in East Peoria, and Jane A. Scherer,
Extension urban programming specialist based in Urbana, received
professional staff awards for sustained excellence. Karen
M. Chan, an Extension educator in consumer and family economics
in northeastern Illinois, and Ted L. Funk,
an Extension specialist in the department of agricultural engineering,
were honored for innovation and creativity as members of the professional
The Marcella M. Nance Award is given each year to one of the three recipients
of the Staff Award for Excellence. Earning this year's Nance Award is
Douglas A. Hilgendorf, who manages the
UI's dairy herd. Other awards for excellence went to Jerry
L. Chandler, a crop-testing specialist in the department of crop
sciences, and Barbara J. Vandeventer, who
provides secretarial support to 23 faculty members in the department
of food science and human nutrition.
The College of Business has announced the recipients of the 2003 Dean's
Awards for Excellence in Research. George Deltas,
professor of economics, was named as the junior researcher, and Brian
Wansink, professor of business administration, was named as the
In other college awards, Teresa Petry Dorsey,
director of the college's Study Abroad Program, was named Outstanding
Academic Professional; Carol Nelson, administrative
aide, received the Outstanding Staff Award.
College of Business Alumni Association presented several teaching awards.
The Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award went to David
Lins, professor of finance. Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
Award was presented to Stephen D'Arcy,
professor of finance.
James A. Stori, professor of engineering,
received the Jiri Tlusty Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award
from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. The society is the world's
leading professional society supporting manufacturing education. The
award recognizes significant achievements and leadership in manufacturing
and applied arts
and Design professor Christiane Martens' winning
sculpture, "Aiming High," will be placed
on a granite base in front of the main entrance
at Richland Community College in Decatur.
Martens, professor of art and design, recently was awarded the
main commission by the State of Illinois Capital Development Board in
an invited competition of Illinois sculptors. Martens' winning sculpture,
titled "Aiming High," consists of flat stainless steel plates
and measures 13 feet by 10 feet. It will be placed on a granite base
in front of the main entrance at Richland Community College in Decatur.
"In designing 'Aiming High,' I had in mind a sculpture that would
express in visual forms the promise and opportunities that higher education
offers," Martens said. "I wanted its simple interlocking shapes
to suggest the different bodies of knowledge that prepare a person for
success in life."
Two other large-scale works by Martens have been selected to be placed
near two UI buildings. "Wing Formation," a steel sculpture
measuring 12 feet by 8 1/2 feet, was installed last fall at the entrance
of the Institute of Aviation. "Warp 11," a large steel and
stainless steel wall piece, was selected through the State of Illinois
Art Acquisition Committee to be placed at the Incubator building at
the South Research Park.
William Rose, research architect in the
School of Architecture and the Building Research Council, has received
the Technical Achievement Award from the American Society of Heating,
Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. The award is given for
excellence in technical leadership and contribution. Rose was recognized
for his work on the society's standards committee, a technical committee,
and as the chair of the society's 2001 indoor air quality conference.
James L. Wescoat Jr., professor of landscape
architecture, was named a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar. Visiting
scholars are invited to make a series of visits to participating Phi
Beta Kappa institutions and take part in classroom lectures and seminars,
meet informally with faculty members and students groups, and give one
address open to the entire academic unit.
Govindjee, professor emeritus of plant
biology in the School of Integrative Biology, will serve as Honorary
President of the 13th International Congress of Photosynthesis that
will be held in Montreal in September 2004. He will deliver a short
presentation during the inaugural plenary session and officially open
arts and sciences
William T. Greenough, director of the Center
for Advanced Study, Swanlund Endowed Chair, and CAS professor of psychology,
of psychiatry and of cell and structural biology, received the 2003
Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development
from the Society for Research in Child Development. Greenough’s
research addresses the normal and pathological development of the brain.
Norbert Wiley, professor emeritus of sociology,
was appointed Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkley.
During his tenure, Wiley is writing a book on pragmatism and American
democracy. At the annual Convention of the Society for the Study of
Symbolic Interaction, there will be a session devoted to Wiley's book,
"The Semiotic Self" (University of Chicago, 1994).
Jeffrey S. Moore, the William and Janet
Lycan Professor of Chemistry, has been named Professor of the Year by
Alpha Epsilon Delta, a pre-health honor society at the UI. Moore was
recognized for his outstanding efforts in undergraduate education and
his outstanding service and teaching record.
Paul C. Lauterbur, professor of chemistry,
has been selected to receive the 2003 Technology Award of the Eduard
Rhein Foundation, Germany. The foremost technology award in Europe will
be given to Lauterbur "for the invention of magnetic resonance
imaging." The award will be presented in Munich in October.
Paul W. Bohn, professor of chemistry, has
been named to receive the 2004 Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award. The award
is considered one of the most prestigious for analytical spectroscopists
and is presented to a person who has established a career of accomplishments
toward the advancement and understanding of spectroscopy.
Louise Fitzgerald, a professor of psychology
and of women's studies, has been elected a fellow in the Society for
Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Fitzgerald, who is nationally
known for her research on gender issues in the workplace, particularly
the effects of sexual harassment, was one of 14 SIOP members named a
fellow, the society's highest honor. Announcement of the award was made
April 11 during the annual SIOP national conference in Orlando, Fla.
Dianne Pinderhughes, professor of Afro-American
studies and of political science, has been awarded a Woodrow Wilson
Residential Fellowship for 2003-04 at the Woodrow Wilson International
Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. Fellows in the program will
spend an academic year in residence at the center beginning in September.
Pinderhughes' project will be "The Evolution of Civil Rights Organizations
in the Twentieth Century: African American Politics and the Voting
Lanny Arvan, assistant chief information
officer for education technologies and professor of economics, and Lisa
Janicke Hinchliffe, coordinator for information literacy services
and instruction and professor of library administration, have been selected
for the Frye Leadership Institute. The institute was established for
individuals involved in higher education who hold leadership positions
to educate them about leadership strategies and methods, with emphasis
on academic, technological, economic, policy and other issues. Attendees
are required to plan a yearlong project building on the institute experience.
Arvan and Hinchliffe will be examining issues surrounding implementation
of an enterprise learning management system, each focusing on different
aspects of the system. Both studies will enable them to connect their
in-depth projects to university initiatives as well as develop collaborations
between Educational Technologies and the University Library in order
to better serve faculty and staff members and students.
center for supercomputing applications
Daniel A. Reed, director of the National
Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), is among the 25 information
technology experts President George W. Bush intends to appoint as members
of the President's Information
Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC), according to a White House
Members of PITAC provide the president with expert, independent advice
on maintaining America's pre-eminence in advanced information technologies,
including such key elements of the national IT infrastructure as high-performance
computing, large-scale networking, and high-assurance software and systems
A publication created by the Office of Publications and Marketing has
been selected to receive a CASE Circle of Excellence silver medal in
the category Institutional Relations Publications. Melissa
Edwards was project manager and Debra Bolgla
was the designer for the "Living/Learning Brochure," produced
for the Housing Division.
Debbie Kemphues, administrative assistant
I in the Graduate College, has received the 11th annual Office Professional
of the Year Award from The Secretariat. She was nominated by Richard
Wheeler, dean of the college. Kemphues was recognized with a traveling
plaque, a permanent plaque and an engraved desk clock.
chancellor for research
Carla S. Barnwell, a project coordinator
for the vice chancellor for research, has been certified as an Institutional
Research Board professional. There are about 425 certified IRB professionals
nationwide, about half of whom work in university settings, according
to the Applied Research Ethics National Association. "Examination
for certification evaluates an individual’s knowledge of ethical
principles, historical events, regulatory requirements, and operational
and functional issues relating to IRBs and human subjects protection
programs … this credential represents an important benchmark in
ongoing national efforts to enhance the protection of research subjects,"
a recent ARENA newsletter said.