25, No. 12, Dec. 15, 2005
on honors, awards, appointments and other outstanding achievements of
faculty and staff members.
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consumer and environmental sciences
Mark David, UI professor of natural resources
and environmental sciences, has been named a fellow of the Soil Science
Society of America. The award was presented at the society’s 2005
annual meeting, held in conjunction with the American Society of Agronomy
and Crop Science Society of America last month.
David’s research is focused on the biogeochemistry of nutrients
in agricultural, forested and aquatic ecosystems, with an emphasis on
the role of soils.
Wesley M. Jarrell, professor of soil science
and head of the department of natural resources and environmental sciences,
also has been named a fellow of the Soil Science Society of America.
His research interests include irrigated, intensive fruit and vegetable
production, nutrient and water cycling in natural ecosystems, and water
quality and sustainable agriculture.
Frederic L. Kolb, professor of plant breeding
in the department of crop sciences, has been named a fellow of the Crop
Science Society of America. Kolb has conducted research on soft red
winter wheat and spring oats with emphasis on development of improved
wheat and oat varieties.
The Brazilian Economics Association honored Werner
Baer, professor of economics, at its annual congress Dec. 6-9.
The honor included a keynote speech, a formal recognition prize and
a reception. Baer was recognized for his contributions to the study
of Brazil’s economy, his activities in helping to place many Brazilian
students in leading U.S. universities (including the UI) and for his
contributions in helping many Brazilian universities in establishing
graduate programs in economics.
Andrew Alleyne, professor of mechanical
and industrial engineering, has been named a fellow of the American
Society of Mechanical Engineers. The professional organization focuses
on technical, educational and research issues of the worldwide engineering
and technology community. Fellow is the highest elected grade of membership
in the society and is conferred upon a member with at least 10 years
of active engineering practice who has made significant contributions.
Raffi Budakian, professor of physics, was
recognized by the World Technology Network last month with the 2005
World Technology Award in the materials category. He shares the award
with his former IBM colleagues Daniel Rugar, John Mamin and Benjamin
Chui. The award honors their work on single spin matter detection using
a technique known as magnetic resonance force microscopy.
As a result of this award, Budakian also has been selected as a World
Technology Network fellow.
Celia M. Elliott, director of external
affairs and special projects for the department of physics, has been
awarded the Recognition Medal by the U.S. Civilian Research Development
Foundation. In commemoration of its 10th anniversary, the foundation
is recognizing those who have made significant contributions in developing
international collaborations in science and technology.
Since 1994, Elliott has traveled to the former Soviet Union 27 times,
helping former nuclear weapons and bioweapons scientists write technical
reports and scientific papers in English, prepare proposals for Western
funding agencies and find U.S. collaborators so that they can redirect
their research to peaceful civilian applications.
The foundation seeks to advance the transition of foreign weapons scientists
to civilian work by funding collaborative non-weapons research and development
John Rogers, professor of materials science
and engineering, has been named to the 2005 Scientific American 50,
a list of people and organizations whose contributions to science and
technology are recognized by the nation’s premier science magazine.
Rogers, who also is a Founder Professor of Engineering and a researcher
at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, was chosen
as a Chemicals and Materials Research Leader for his research on plastic
electronic systems. A profile of his work appears in the magazine’s