24, No. 22, June 2, 2005
on honors, awards, appointments and other outstanding achievements of
faculty and staff members.
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Gary Gladding, professor
of physics, will receive the American Association of Physics Teachers
2005 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. The award recognizes
significant contributions to undergraduate physics teaching by a member
whose primary responsibility is teaching. Gladding will receive the
award and give a lecture at the association’s 2005 summer meeting
at the University of Utah.
Ralph Nuzzo, professor
and director of the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, was
named a Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation, based in Britain.
Nuzzo is a recognized leader in the chemistry of materials, including
processes that occur at surfaces and interfaces. His work has led to
new techniques for fabricating and manipulating materials at the nanoscale,
including functional device structures for microelectronics, optics
and chemical sensing.
James W. Phillips,
professor and asociate head of theoretical and applied mechanics, has
been awarded the 2005 Robert E. Miller Award for Teaching of Mechanics.
Phillips was cited “for his enthusiastic and rigorous teaching
of undergraduate mechanics, longstanding service to maintaining world-class
solids and fluids experimental facilities for undergraduate education,
and for developing new courses in mechanics.” His research interest
is experimental solid mechanics. The award was presented during the
department’s spring banquet.
Darrell F. Socie,
professor of mechanical engineering, received the 2005 TAM Distinguished
Alumni Award, sponsored by the UI department of theoretical and applied
mechanics and the TAM Alumni Association Board of Directors. Socie,
who earned his doctorate in TAM in 1977, was cited during the department’s
spring banquet for “the leadership he has demonstrated through
his contributions to fatigue mechanics and his initiative to interface
academia with industry through his start-up company.”
Socie also received the W. Leighton Collins Award for Innovative Teaching,
which was presented by the College of Engineering.
fine and applied arts
Kathryn Anthony, professor
of architecture, recently received the Achievement Award from the Environmental
Design Research Association for her pioneering work on designing for
diversity, the theme of the association’s annual conference. In
presenting the award, EDRA focused on Anthony’s work on “vulnerable
groups including single-parent families, meanings of home for divorcees,
women and diverse ethnic groups.” They also recognized her “groundbreaking
contributions to the environment and behavior field” and her recent
research that “has revealed the gender and ethnic imbalances in
the architecture profession today.”
The College of Fine and Applied Arts recently presented its Faculty
Awards for Excellence. Winners are nominated by their peers in the areas
of teaching, research and service. Those receiving the awards for 2004-2005:
Rebecca Nettl-Fiol, professor
and interim head of dance, received the Faculty Award for Service. Nettl-Fiol,
the committee said, “is motivated by her focus on student needs,
her devotion to the departmental mission, and her commitment to connecting
to the larger UI community, the local community, and the field of dance
as a whole. Her leadership as interim department head during the last
four years has stimulated the functioning of the department.”
Michael Ewald, professor
of music, received the Faculty Award for Teaching. Ewald “brought
to the faculty a sense of elegance in performance and immediately projected
that ability into his studio teaching,” the committee said. He
has developed the ‘Smart Music Studio’ for trumpet, which
“has evolved into an educational standard of technology-based
music instruction and prompted imitation by others.”
Jennifer Gunji-Ballsrud, professor
of art and design, received the Faculty Award for Teaching. The committee
said Gunji-Ballsrud has “initiated courses and curriculum innovations
that will have lasting and profound impact on the Graphic Design Program.
As the art director and senior designer for the award-winning Ninth
Letter, both the Web site and print magazine, she has guided and inspired
the students who carry out almost all of the production work.”
arts and sciences
Eugene Giles, professor
emeritus of anthropology, was awarded the Charles R. Darwin Lifetime
Achievement Award by the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.
The award was established to recognize and honor senior members who
have contributed significant scholarly work in the profession and who
have contributed significant service to the association. Giles was selected
for the award based on his record of research and publication in a number
of areas of biological anthropology, combined with his past service
as executive committee member, vice president and president of the organization.
Rajwant S. Chilana,
professor and South Asian studies librarian, was honored with a Fellowship
by the Society for Information Science, India, for outstanding contributions
to the development of library and information science.
Sarah Shreeves, professor and project coordinator
for the IDEALS (Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning
and Scholarship) Institutional Repository initiative, has been appointed
to a three-year term on the Program Planning Committee for the semi-annual
Forum Programs of the Digital Library Federation. The DLF is a consortium
of libraries and related agencies that are pioneering the use of electronic-information
technologies to extend collections and services. The forums allow attendees
to share and discuss cutting-edge digital library activities and issues.
IDEALS is a multi-year effort to preserve and provide access to the
digital scholarship of faculty members and students on the Urbana campus.
The American Library Association has honored the following UI librarians:
Chilana was elected
member-at-large of the Asian, African and Middle Eastern Section of
the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the
JoAnn Jacoby, professor
and anthropology and sociology subject specialist for the Education
and Social Science Library, was elected vice-chair/chair-elect of the
Anthropology and Sociology Section of the ACRL.
Kathleen Kern, professor
and assistant reference librarian, was elected vice-chair/chair-elect
of the Machine-Assisted Reference Section of the Reference and User
Services Association, a division of the ALA.
professor and English librarian, was elected secretary of the Literature
in English Section of the ACRL.
Lisa Romero, professor
and communications librarian was elected vice-chair/chair-elect of the
Education and Behavioral Sciences Section of the ACRL.
professor and psychology and speech communications specialist, was elected
secretary-treasurer of the Library History Round Table, a division of
assistant director, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs,
was elected vice-chair/chair-elect of the International Relations Round
Table, a division of the ALA.