23, No. 8, Oct. 16, 2003
on honors, awards, appointments and other outstanding achievements of
faculty and staff members.
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consumer and environmental sciences
Bill Simmons, professor of natural resources
and environmental sciences, was presented the Outstanding Educator of
the Year Award by the Mid America CropLife Association.
The association honored Simmons and several industry, media and academic
leaders at its recent annual meeting in Indianapolis.
Simmons is known for his outreach programs on water quality as it pertains
to crop protection products. His research deals with crop production
MACA, a non-profit industry association in 13 Midwestern states, works
to address agribusiness issues important to its members.
Vijay Singh, professor of agricultural
and biological engineering, was awarded the 2003 Corn Refiner’s
Association Young Faculty Excellence Award.
CRA, a national trade association that represents companies that refine
corn using the wet-milling process, awarded Singh a grant of $20,000
per year for three years, to be used in his research in corn wet milling.
This award recognizes innovative research in corn processing and utilization
by new faculty in the first five years of their career.
“Vijay has already received three patents for developing improvements
in corn processing,” said Loren Bode, head of the department of
agricultural and biological engineering. “He is rapidly becoming
known internationally for his work in adding value to the corn-processing
Weimo Zhu, professor of kinesiology, was
named an active member of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical
Education. The academy announced the recent induction of its newest
members at its 73rd annual meeting. Fourteen people were named as Active
Fellows of the academy during an induction ceremony Sept. 13 in Pine
In order to be elected into membership, individuals must be nominated
by a current member of the academy and must be currently engaged in
professional and/or scientific work in kinesiology or physical education,
and have demonstrated competence in this profession/discipline for at
least 10 years.
and public affairs
Robert Rich recently received several honors.
He was named a Faculty Fellow in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for
Public Engagement and Institutional Relations for a three-year term.
Faculty and staff members and students from the office collaborate with
communities, agencies, organizations, business and government to address
critical societal issues and to share the university’s intellectual
and cultural assets.
Rich also was named a permanent Fellow in the European Center for the
Comparative Government and Public Policy. This center is funded by the
Humboldt University, the Technical University and the Free University
In addition to his appointed positions, he was elected as vice president
of the board of the Warren and Clara Cole Foundation, a health-care
research foundation in Chicago.
Rich has been invited by the U.S. State Department to lecture on health
law and policy, federalism and the future of the social contract during
a lecture tour in Germany from Oct. 20-28. The lectures will be in Berlin,
Frankfurt, Munich, Nurenberg and Stuttgart.
arts and sciences
Richard I. Gumport, associate dean of academic
affairs and professor of biochemistry, recently served as co-director
for a laboratory course sponsored by the U.S. National Academies and
the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The course was held in Vilnius,
Lithuania, at the Institute of Biotechnology. Twelve experts from around
the world taught the course and the participants were young scientists
from countries of the former Soviet Union. The topic was “Molecular
Interaction of Proteins and DNA.”
Richard Powers, Swanlund Professor of English
at Illinois and also an Illinois Center for Advanced Study Professor,
has won two more literary prizes.
Powers, the author of eight novels including his most recent, “The
Time of Our Singing,” has won the 2002 John Dos Passos Prize for
The prize, which comes with a medal and a cash award, was established
in 1980 at Longwood University, a liberal arts school in Virginia, to
commemorate Dos Passos by honoring other writers in his name. Dos Passos
(1896-1970) was an American novelist best known for his massive social
fiction trilogy “U.S.A.”
Powers will accept his prize on Nov. 18, during a ceremony at Longwood
Powers also has won a Pushcart Prize for an essay he wrote that was
published in Zoetrope, a literary magazine published quarterly and founded
by filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola.
The winning essay, “Literary Devices,” a story about “self-telling
fiction in the digital age” that first appeared in the Winter
2002 issue of Zoetrope, will be reprinted in the anthology “Pushcart
Prize XXVIII: Best of the Small Presses, 2004” (for stories written
in 2002 and 2003). The 2004 edition of the Pushcart Prize will be published
universities annuitants association
Four retired faculty and staff members were elected to the State Universities
Annuitants Association Executive Committee for three-year terms.
Helen Satterthwaite, former lab technician
in the College of Veterinary Medicine, was unanimously elected to the
administrative body of the local SUAA chapter. Elected along with her
was Harold “Bill” Williamson, former
associate dean of the College of Commerce and Business Administration;
Robert Sprague, former professor of kinesiology
and of education; and Walt Tousey, former
associate provost. They join nine other retirees on the committee representing
more than 7,500 UI annuitants and its 1,800 active dues-paying members
in matters pertaining to enhancing and retaining retiree benefits.
Information on one of the recipients of the Civil Service Employee and
Dependent Scholarship was incomplete in the Sept. 18 issue. Casey
Jo Flesner received one of the dependent scholarships and is
the daughter of Mary Flesner, staff secretary in the department of computer