A report of honors, awards, offices and other outstanding achievements of faculty and staff members. Philip Best, professor of physiology, received the A. Paul Naney Research Award for 1995-96. James Kuklinski, professor of political science, testified before the Subcommittee on the Constitution, a unit of the House Judiciary Committee, on Oct. 25. The hearings dealt with the social and economic effects of affirmative action. Paul Lauterbur, professor of medical information science, has been elected a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. Senior member is the highest professional grade for which application may be made and requires experience reflecting professional maturity. Anita Povich, communications specialist/publications editor for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, was elected to a two-year term on the Board of Directors of Agricultural Communicators in Education (ACE). She will serve as director of the North Central Region, ACE's largest group. Povich recently received a gold award in the four-color periodical category at the ACE annual meeting, at which she presented a paper on strategies for building communications performance in a more demanding administrative environment. Edward M. Reingold, professor of computer science, has been selected a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery. The designation of fellow is bestowed upon those ACM members who have distinguished themselves by outstanding technical and professional achievements in the field of information technology. Robert D. Espeseth, former chair of the Military Education Council and recently retired professor of leisure studies and Cooperative Extension Service, was recently presented with the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal by the Department of the Army. Espeseth was cited "for distinquished service as chairman of the University of Illinois' Military Education Council ... and for his foresight and leadership, which has increased awareness of the ROTC programs on campus and improved the relationship between the ROTC departments and the university administration." The Secretariat, an organization of supervisory-level staff employees at the UI, has awarded Terry Ruprecht, director of the Operation and Maintenance Division, its 1995 Boss of the Year award. Ruprecht was nominated by Judy Corray, transcribing secretary at O&M. Other nominees were Hassan Aref, head of the department of theoretical and applied mechanics; Dan Cotton, computer coordinator, Cooperative Extension Service; James Desigio, head, Instructional Media Utilization and Engineering Services; Ann Riley, administrative aide, Beckman Institute; and Staci Tankersley, coordinator of research programs, department of electrical and computer engineering. The Boss of the Year Committee was chaired by Shirley Dipert, electrical and computering engineering. She was assisted by HiDee Ekstrom and Elaine Sampson, both animal sciences; Georgia Franzen, School of Chemical Sciences; Mary Fruhling, Grants and Contracts; Jacquelyn Osby, College of Communications. Four UI researchers - Richard C. Alkire, Martha Gillette, Richard M. Martin and Stanley Wasserman - are among 273 scientists recently elected fellows in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The fellowship recognizes "efforts toward advancing science or fostering applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished," according to the association. Alkire, vice chancellor for research and dean of the Graduate College, was elected for his contributions in chemical engineering and materials science. Gillette was selected for her research in the biological sciences. She is a professor of cell and structural biology, a professor in the College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign, and an affiliate of the university's Beckman Institute. Martin, a professor of physics and an affiliate of the Beckman Institute, was chosen for his research in physics. Wasserman, a professor of psychology, sociology and statistics, was selected for his contributions in the field of psychology. He also is an affiliate of the Beckman Institute.