Schuyler S. Korban, a professor of molecular genetics and biotechnology in the department of natural resources and environmental sciences and in the Division of Nutritional Sciences and director of the Office of International Affairs, has received the 2009 Crop Science Teaching Award from the Crop Science Society of America. Korban was recognized for his excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate students, for his outstanding ability to develop new courses and instructional materials, and for promoting educational opportunities for students.
Ramona Oswald, a professor of human and community development, has received the Ernest G. Osborne Award for excellence in teaching from the National Council on Family Relations. The award, given every two years, recognizes a person from the United States or Canada who demonstrates long-term excellence in the teaching of family relationships. Oswald is recognized as one of the leading scholars in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender family studies. The council, founded in 1938, is a member-funded, nonprofit network of family professionals who encourage research and information sharing on and about families, as well as the application of knowledge to familial and societal problems.
Madhu Viswanathan, a professor of business, will receive the India International Friendship Society’s Bharat Gaurv Award. The award is given annually to honor people whose work promotes India’s heritage and contributions at home and abroad. Viswanathan has developed marketplace literacy programs for adults in India who cannot read or write, and started a grassroots program to help poor people improve their consumer and entrepreneurial skills. He joins past winners who include Mother Teresa and the former vice president of India. Viswanathan will receive the award Jan. 7 in New Delhi as part of Global Friendship Day.
The Technology Entrepreneur Center has won the 2009 Pride of CASE V (Council for Advancement and Support of Education District V) Gold Award in Best Student Alumni Programming for the inaugural Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship Workshop, held in January. Through the workshop, students and faculty members spent two weeks in northern California touring companies such as the Plug and Play Technology Venture Incubator, Share This, Yahoo and Google. Andrew Singer, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, is director of the center, said, “It has been a rewarding experience to bring some of our students to visit many of our successful alumni in Silicon Valley and introduce them to their future fellow alumni.”
The award will be presented at the annual CASE V conference in Chicago on Dec. 15.
The Separations Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers has recognized research by Paul Kenis, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and graduate research assistant Sarah Perry.
The research focused on membrane protein crystallization on a chip and recently was published in Crystal Growth & Design, and also published by Chemical & Engineering News.
Richard Masel, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been awarded the Excellence in Process Development Research Award by the Process Development Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. The award recognizes his work on formic acid fuel cells.
Dana Hall, a professor of music, has released his debut CD, “Into the Light,” on Origin Records. Hall is a drummer and composer. The CD features his working quintet “trying to go to the 21st century,” rather than playing “like it’s 1964 all the time,” Hall said. Other members: pianist Bruce Barth, trumpeter Terell Stafford, saxophonist Tim Warfield Jr. and bassist Rodney Whitaker.