Schuyler S. Korban, a professor of molecular genetics and biotechnology in the department of natural resources and environmental sciences, was honored with the Crop Science Research Award by the Crop Science Society of America for his contributions to the field.
The society recognizes people who advance the discipline of crop science.
Schuyler will receive his award at the society’s annual meeting in San Antonio later this month.
Placid M. Ferreira, the head of mechanical science and engineering and the Grayce Wicall Gauthier Professor, was elected to the 2011 College of Fellows by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers for his research on industrial automation.
The society created the fellows distinction to honor those members who have made outstanding contributions to the social, technological and educational aspects of the manufacturing professions. Ferreira and nine other fellows were selected for their achievements. Fellows must have demonstrated 20 or more years of dedication to manufacturing engineering.
The society is an international organization that promotes mechanical engineering to practitioners.
K.C. Ting, the head and a professor of agricultural and biological engineering, has been named the first recipient of the James R. and Karen A. Gilley Academic Leadership Award by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. The award recognizes Ting’s outstanding accomplishments and exceptional leadership at academic and professional society levels.
Ting was cited for devoting more than 30 years to “the advancement of agricultural and biological engineering education, research, service, and the profession within a global context.”
The society is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food and biological systems.
Kimiko Gunji, the retired director of Japan House, received the 2011 Arts, Culture and Entertainment Lifetime Achievement Award from 40 North, an arts, culture and entertainment council in Champaign County.
The award recognizes an individual’s contributions to the Champaign-Urbana art community.
Lillian Hoddeson, a professor of history, was honored with the Abraham Pais Prize for the History of Physics by the American Physical Society for her “leadership and contributions to writing the history of 20th-century physics.” The award citation noted her pioneering studies of American research laboratories – particularly Bell Labs, Los Alamos and Fermilab – and her perceptive scientific biography of John Bardeen.
Hoddeson will be honored and give a lecture at the society’s annual meeting in Atlanta in April.
The society collaborates with other scientific organizations across the world to create programs supporting the physics community.
David E. Irwin, a professor of psychology, has won a 2011 Best Article Award from the Psychonomic Society. His article, “Where Does Attention Go When You Blink?” was published in Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, the largest of the psychonomic journals.
The Psychonomic Society promotes the communication of scientific research in psychology and allied sciences.
Diane P. Koenker, a professor and the chair of the department of history, was elected vice president/president elect of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (formerly the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies).
The association is a non-profit organization that promotes Eastern Europe’s history and culture.
Youness Lamzouri, a professor of mathematics, was honored with the 2011 Dissertation Prize by the Canadian Mathematical Society.
The award is given annually to recognize extraordinary performance by a doctoral student. Lamzouri will accept his award at the society’s winter meeting in Toronto.
The Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the UI was honored with the 2011 Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Award for promoting education and understanding through international cooperation with libraries. The center was honored for its efforts to facilitate international cooperation through research and education.
The award was created in 2003 to recognize individuals and organizations that promote Champaign County’s international contributions through humanitarian relief, research and business efforts.
Kathryn La Barre, a professor of library and information science, was named a Centennial Scholar for 2011-12 by the UI’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
The award recognizes a person’s accomplishments and contributions in library and information science.
Beverly L. Herzog, retired assistant to the director of environmental initiatives at the Illinois State Geological Survey, was honored with the 2011 Robert Storm Interdivisional Cooperation Award by the National Ground Water Association.
The award recognizes individuals who have made important contributions to the groundwater industry.
Herzog will receive the award at the association’s annual meeting in Las Vegas on Nov. 30.
Gail E. Kampmeier, a senior research entomologist at the Illinois Natural History Survey, was named an honorary member of the Entomological Society of America.
Honorary members are people who have made significant contributions to the society for at least 20 years.
Kampmeier will be honored at the society’s award ceremony in Reno, Nevada, this November.
Steven Drake, a creative specialist at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, received a Mid-America Emmy nomination in the informational/instructional feature segment category for “The Invisible Gorilla.” Drake’s video may be viewed online at http://go.illinois.edu/invisiblegorilla.
Tim Hartin and Alison Davis Wood, both producers for the Big Ten Network, received a Mid-America Emmy nomination in the historical documentary category for their film “Spark of Genius: The Story of John Bardeen.” The film can be viewed online at http://go.illinois.edu/sparkofgenius.
Emmys will be announced at an awards ceremony Oct. 22 in St. Louis.