A report on honors, awards, appointments and other outstanding achievements of faculty and staff members.
Angela Green, a professor of agricultural and biological engineering, and graduate student Anthony Rund are among the 2009 New Faces of Engineering selected by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.
Green and Rund are among 10 society members, 30 years old or younger, who have distinguished themselves with outstanding achievements that serve as inspiration to their peers and to future engineers.
Green’s achievements in biological and agricultural engineering include systems and facilities designs, innovative research into quantifying animal behavior, and advising students as part of research experiences.
Rund earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from the UI and is working toward a master’s of business administration.
Paul Kwiat, the John Bardeen Professor of Physics and of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will receive this year’s R.W. Wood Prize from the Optical Society of America. Established in 1975, this award recognizes an outstanding discovery, scientific or technical achievement, or invention in the field of optics, according to the society’s Web site. “The accomplishment for which the prize is given is measured chiefly by its impact on the field of optics generally, and therefore the contribution is one that opens a new era of research or significantly expands an established one.”
Norman R. Miller, a retired Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Scholar in the department of mechanical science and engineering, will be one of 10 university faculty members in the nation to receive the SAE International Faculty Adviser Award during the SAE 2008 World Congress, April 20-23.
The award acknowledges faculty members who put forth outstanding commitment as advisers of SAE collegiate branches and Collegiate Design Series teams. SAE International is a global association of more than 121,000 engineers and related technical experts in the automotive, aerospace and commercial-vehicle industries. The association’s core competencies are life-long learning and standards development.
Elizabeth Lowe, director of the Center for Translation Studies, was recognized in Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries in the publication’s “Outstanding Academic Titles” for 2008. Lowe was acknowledged for her work, “Translation and the Rise of Inter-American Literature” (University Press of Florida, 2007). The title was listed in the Romance section of books on Languages and Literatures in the January 2009 issue.
Lowe and co-author Earl E. Fitz explain in their book how stylistic and linguistic choices made by the translator of works in Latin American literature originally written in Spanish or Portuguese can have a profound effect on how literary works are perceived by readers unfamiliar with a foreign language.
Choice is the premier source for reviews of academic books, electronic media and Internet resources of interest to those in higher education. Every year, the journal’s subject editors single out for recognition the most significant print and electronic works reviewed in Choice during the previous calendar year.
Appearing annually in the January issue, this prestigious list of publications reflects the best in scholarly titles and attracts widespread attention from the academic library community.
Heather Mangian, a senior research specialist in the department of food science and human nutrition, received the Harry M. Vars Award and the Promising Investigator Award at the Clinical Nutrition Week conference in February. She received the award for her presentation, “Butyrate Increases GLUT2 mRNA Abundance in Caco2-BBe Cells.”
Mangian, who also is a doctoral student, is studying the regulation of intestinal function by nutrients in the laboratory of Kelly Tappenden, professor of nutritional sciences.
She received a $1,000 cash prize, a travel grant and a plaque. The conference is sponsored by the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, which is dedicated to all aspects of nutrition support therapy.
Michael Palencia-Roth, Trowbridge Scholar in Literary Studies and emeritus professor of comparative and world literature, has been appointed to a multi-year term as senior adviser to the Institute of Moralogy, Reitaku University, Japan. He is the third senior adviser and the first international one in the history of the institute, established in 1935.
Harry Triandis, a professor emeritus of psychology, has won the Eminent Scholar Award in International Management from the Academy of Management. He will give a talk and receive the award at the Academy of Management conference on Aug. 11 in Chicago.
According to the academy’s Web site, the award is “aimed at recognizing a body of scholarship that has profound impact on international management and business scholarship, research and practice. The recipient is meant to embody a mixture of new thought and effective communication into the community.”
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