The 1994 class of University Scholars - 22 faculty members representing both campuses and a wide variety of disciplines - were honored during the UI Foundation's 59th annual meeting Friday. Each scholar receives a stipend for three years to support his or her scholarly activities. The money can be used to travel, hire graduate assistants, purchase research equipment or otherwise further scholarship. "We celebrate this new class of University Scholars with pride," said Sylvia Manning, vice president for academic affairs. "They represent the very best traditions of teaching, research and public service at the University of Illinois." Established in 1985, the University Scholars program has honored 247 UI faculty members. Financial support for the program comes from private gifts to the foundation's Advancement Fund. Thirteen young scholars each were awarded $6,000 for each of three years to help support their scholarly work. These faculty members, in the beginning of their careers, already have demonstrated strong scholarship and show promise of achieving even greater eminence. Annual awards of $12,000 for each of three years were made to nine senior faculty members whose work is superior in their fields. University Scholars are nominated by their departments and final selection is made by a committee of senior faculty members. Stephen P. D'Arcy, professor of finance D'Arcy has compiled an outstanding record in both teaching and research in insurance finance in the dozen years since he earned his doctorate. Much of his work has practical applications to the operations of insurance companies: His research is cited in insurance-rate filings by major national insurance companies to justify discounts to long-term policyholders, and his work on insurance futures, a relatively new type of investment, influenced the Chicago Board of Trade to modify its proposed futures contracts to match his ideas. D'Arcy regularly wins college and campus awards for teaching, and he won the first Innovation in Instruction Award given by the American Risk and Insurance Association, the foremost organization of academics who specialize in insurance. Four years ago, he instituted a lecture series that brings important insurance figures to campus for pizza and the opportunity to meet students in the introductory insurance course. By last spring, he had attracted the presidents of eight major insurance organizations, two insurance commissioners, a U.S. congressman, an insurance consumer advocate and others to the Emerson Cammack Lecture Series. Michael F. Berube, associate professor of English Berube, tenured after just four years, has carved out a high-profile position as one of the nation's strongest critics working in 20th-century American literature, African-American literature and literature theory. He also has bridged the gap between the scholarly world, with its controversies over postmodernism, and the readers of the "Village Voice," who wonder about political correctness and the role of intellectuals in the culture. "This is a first-rate scholar with wide-ranging interests and abilities who is certain to make his mark on our profession in his writings," said Nina Baym, professor of English and University Scholar. "The word brilliant is tossed around in our profession today like popcorn, but Berube really is brilliant." Charles F. Zukoski, professor of chemical engineering Zukoski is an expert on colloids, which have applications in such diverse areas as pigments, magnetic recording media and ceramics. His significant impact and rapid advancement in his field is demonstrated by his receiving an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, a Fulbright Scholarship, a Cal Tech lectureship and his rapid promotion to professor at the UI, where he is interim head of chemical engineering. Zukoski is an exceptional teacher as well. He received the 1992 Everitt Teaching Award, a highly competitive honor that students initiate. His broad interests, including substantial industrial consulting, are indicated by his involvement in the Beckman Institute, the Material Research Laboratory and the Center for Advanced Cement-based Materials, all at the UI. Because of these activities, a number of professional societies rely on Zukoski to organize symposia, including the American Chemical Society, American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Materials Research Society. He is associate editor of the Journal of the American Ceramics Society. Shelly J. Schmidt, associate professor of foods and nutrition Schmidt's general research interest is the study of carbohydrates and protein chemistry, especially as they interact with water. This work has implications for food processing and in everyone's kitchen. She also is a leader in the use of magnetic resonance imaging techniques to set the limits in safe food processing. Her teaching is exemplary; she consistently appears on the best-teacher list and last year was a regional winner of the U.S.D.A.'s National Award for Excellence in Teaching in Food and Agricultural Science. She developed a writing-for-learning course that is a model for the campus's more stringent general-education requirements and is a leader in computer-aided instruction. She also has volunteered to teach in the off-campus graduate program that serves more than 60 students employed in the food industry. Keith W. Kelley, professor of animal sciences Kelley has "demonstrated the vision, imagination and tenacity of the complete scientist," says his department Faculty Honors Committee that nominated him. Among Kelley's specialties is how hormones and proteins from white blood cells affect immunity. His work has aided other scientists in their study of AIDS-wasting, wound-healing and aging. His contributions to both the animal and basic biological sciences have firmly established immunology in the fields of endocrinology, neuroscience and pharmacology. He has been honored for his research by the French government, U.S. Department of Agriculture, USSR Academy of Medical Sciences and the American Society of Animal Science. Kenneth S. Suslick, professor of chemical sciences and of materials science and in the Beckman Institute Suslick has established an outstanding international reputation as a scholar of distinction in two entirely separate research areas: the chemical effects of ultrasound and the bioinorganic chemistry of heme (metal) proteins. Among recent awards for his creative research are the 1994 American Chemical Society Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education - given jointly to student and mentor for the best doctoral thesis in the United States, a Special Creativity Award from the National Science Foundation, election as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Materials Research Society Medal for exceptional achievements in materials research. He developed an undergraduate course in the chemistry of everyday phenomena, the only chemistry course offered for students outside of science or engineering. He often appears on the best-teacher list and twice received the School of Chemical Sciences Teaching Award. Nigel D. Goldenfeld, associate professor of physics Goldenfeld's research is remarkable for its quality, breadth and impact. He has made significant contributions to three normally distinct areas of condensed-matter physics. In all three interest areas he developed theoretical models, solved the models ingeniously and then tested the results experimentally. "At the same time his teaching performance is outstanding, among the top two or three in a department with many outstanding, committed instructors," says his nominator. Goldenfeld has been honored with a Xerox Research Award and Sloan Fellowship. Since 1985, he has been named to the campus's best-teacher list every semester but one and is a leader in course and curriculum development. J. Bruce Litchfield, associate professor of agricultural engineering Litchfield exemplifies faculty excellence: an exceptional teacher, praised by students and peers, and an innovative and productive researcher. He is a food engineer, seeking answers to problems in food processing using magnetic resonance imaging to research heat and mass transfers. He also has developed a computer vision-based system for monitoring microbial cultivations and fermentation, which has a number of practical applications not only in the food industry but also in pharmaceuticals. Finally, he has worked in the area of sensors and controls, using grain-drying, processing and fermentations as the test area. Litchfield has developed three new courses in food engineering. He appears repeatedly on the campus list of best teachers, has been honored by his department, college and the campus for teaching and received the A.W. Farrell Young Educator Award, only one of which is given annually by the American Society of Agricultural Engineers Donald M. Ginsberg, professor of physics Ginsberg's nominator called him the paradigm for faculty excellence, combining internationally acclaimed research of great impact with teaching consistently recognized as among the best in the university. Ginsberg joined the UI faculty in 1959 as a research associate. His research has focused exclusively on superconductivity for four decades, ultimately making him the nucleus of high-temperature superconductivity work at this campus and one of the scientists who lent credibility to the campus plan to establish the Science and Technology Center for Superconductivity, underwritten by the National Science Foundation. He is consistently on the best-teacher list and is an outstanding graduate student adviser and postdoctoral mentor. During three of the last four years, undergraduate physics students chose Ginsberg as their departmental commencement speaker, confirming his status as also being the person most often cited as best teacher by departing seniors in their exit interviews. Nils P. Jacobsen, associate professor of history Since his arrival on campus in 1985, Jacobsen quickly established himself as a leading theoretician and the most broadly read researcher among the younger history professors. Jacobsen, who writes in English, Spanish and his native German, focuses on the political and economic cultures of Latin America during the 18th and 19th centuries. He has co-organized two research conferences; was invited lecturer at conferences and conventions in South America, the United States and Europe; and was contributing editor of the annual "Handbook of Latin American Studies," produced by the Library of Congress. His teaching of undergraduate and graduates alike is widely appreciated; he helped design a new undergraduate course on Latin America that rapidly attracted capacity enrollments. Wen-Mei Hwu, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering The main focus of Hwu's work is in the area of computer architecture and compiler design. In 1987, he founded an architectural framework project. Since then, his work has contributed to the design of huge microprocessors and computer systems at NCR, Intel, Hewlett-Packard and other computer companies. Eta Kappa Nu, the national honor society of electrical engineers, last year named Hwu the Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer by virtue of his very significant contribution to computer engineering, and for his dedication as an outstanding teacher, adviser and leader in his profession. Student rankings have earned him a place on the best-teacher list every year since he joined the faculty, and he is among the top 10 percent of College of Engineering Advisers, according to an independent student evaluation. William D. Carlson, professor of art and design Carlson is an internationally recognized artist who has made major contributions to the field of glass sculpture. His art is a complicated mix of laminated glass and stone that uses the refractory - light-bending - properties of glass in a bewildering array of images that are embedded at various physical levels in the work. He is acclaimed as one of a few artists who can produce high-quality work in ample quantity. His work can be found in the two most influential glass-sculpture galleries in North America - the Heller Gallery in New York and the Rosenfield Gallery in Chicago, as well as in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Kyoto Museum of Modern Art and the Royal Ontario Museum. His nominator calls him a wise, empathetic and energetic teacher, who attracts eager students to his studio and classroom. Edward W. Voss Jr., professor of microbiology Immunologist Voss is responsible for a series of major findings involving antibodies and basic protein structure. His studies have led to a deeper understanding - at the cell and atomic levels - of the disease lupus, leading the American Lupus Society to give Voss its two highest honors: the Fleur-de-Lis in 1986 and induction into the National Lupus Hall of Fame in 1988. For more than a quarter-century he has taught a course in immunochemistry considered unique in design and content and praised across the country. Half the students taking this course are undergraduates who gain an edge in employment in pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology companies because of the background and exposure to cutting-edge material the course provides. Voss is in seven "Who's Who"-type biographical listings, is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemists and was named a Jubilee Professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1990.