A report of honors, awards, offices and other outstanding achievements of faculty and staff members.
Ronald J. Adrian, professor of theoretical and applied mechanics, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering this spring. He was cited for his "pioneering development of measurement techniques to characterize single and multiphase turbulent flows, and for insightful interpretation of turbulence measurements."
Bernice McNair Barnett, historical sociologist and professor of educational policy studies and of sociology, has been elected chair of the national Sociologists for Women in Society's Minority Scholar Committee. As chair, Barnett is involved in fund-raising activities supporting doctoral study for female minority Ph.D. sociology students and to facilitate integration of minority female scholars into the sociology profession and its organizations.
Andrea H. Beller, professor of family economics, delivered the luncheon address at the annual meeting of the American Council on Consumer Interests in Nashville, Tenn., in March. Her address, "Small Change: Problems and Prospects in Child Support," was based on her book "Small Change: The Economics of Child Support." Published by Yale University Press, the book was recently reprinted in a paperback edition.
Roslyn Berry, library clerk in the Mathematics Library, is the recipient of a $400 award to attend the American Library Association Annual Conference in New York City, July 4 through 10. Berry was selected by the Library Support Staff Committee and is the first recipient of what will become an annual award to a staff member. The American Library Association is the world's largest national library association.
Richard Braatz, professor of chemical engineering, has received the DuPont Young Faculty Fellow Award for his studies in large-scale systems theory and application to processes in the petrochemical, chemical and pulp paper industries. The award is given each year to one assistant professor in the United States whose research is judged to be the most promising. Paul Cooke, professor of veterinary biosciences, has received the 1996 American Society of Andrology Young Andrologist Award for his research accomplishments. Cooke, who serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Andrology and of Molecular Andrology, was presented the award at the society's annual meeting in April. He is studying thyroid hormone regulation of testicular size and sperm production.
Floyd Dunn, professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering, was honored by the world's largest technical professional society -- the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -- at its annual honors ceremony June 22 in Montreal. Dunn received the 1996 IEEE Edison Medal for his "creative contributions to the fundamental knowledge of ultrasonic propagation in and interactions with living systems." His efforts have contributed to the safe and effective use of clinical diagnostic and therapeutic ultrasound for prenatal evaluation, cancer treatment and other medical applications.
Govindjee, professor of biophysics in the department of plant biology, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to lecture and conduct research in India. Govindjee plans to lecture on "Photosynthesis: From Photons to Forest" at several universities in India, especially at the University of Indore. His research will be focused on the topic of "how plants protect themselves from stress in our environment."
Barbara Kitchell, professor of veterinary clinical medicine, has been elected president of the national Veterinary Cancer Society. The society has about 500 members internationally. She will take office in October, during the society's annual meeting in Monterey, Calif.
Janice Seitz, professor of vocational and technical education, has received the Outstanding 1995 Faculty Award for Credit Programs from the National University Continuing Education Association, Division of Special Sessions, Certificate and Off-Campus Programs. Seitz is the director of the Leadership Development Program in Transition for Students from Special Populations. Under her direction, the LDP has grown both in size and reputation. Seitz received her award in March at the NUCEA annual conference in Boston. The awards committee said Seitz "represents an outstanding model for continuing education faculty across the country."
Charles P. Slichter, professor of physics and chemistry, has received the 1996 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize of the American Physical Society "for his original and creative applications of the magnetic resonance techniques to elucidate the microscopic properties of condensed matter systems including, especially, superconductors." The award, established in 1952, recognizes outstanding theoretical or experimental contributions to condensed matter physics and consists of a $5,000 prize.
Franklin "Buzz" Spector, professor of art and design, has been appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fund for United States Artists at International Festivals and Exhibitions.
Laura Valerius, professor of leisure studies, recently received the second annual Alumni Association Educator's Award. Valerius was nominated for the award by one of her students who praised her "enthusiasm and caring nature" in teaching and advising undergraduate students.
Andrzej Wieckowski, professor of chemistry, was invited by the University of Cincinnati to present the 1996 Procter & Gamble Lecture and Departmental Colloquium. Wieckowski, who received the U.S. Department of Energy Prize for Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment in Materials Chemistry in 1992, spoke on the results of his recent studies in electrochemical phenomena occurring at the solid/liquid interface.
Martha E. Williams, professor of information science, was awarded the 1995 Watson Davis Award by the American Society for Information Science (ASIS). She is the second person in the 50-plus year history of ASIS to receive both the Award of Merit and the Watson Davis Award. She is currently an adviser to the UI Student Chapter of ASIS. She won the Award of Merit, ASIS's highest award, in 1984. And, for more than 20 years she has been the editor in chief of the "Annual Review of Information Science and Technology."
William R. Youngman, professor of art, was invited to give the keynote talk at the World Congress Concrete in the Service of Mankind at the University of Dundee, Scotland, this month. Among the attendees from more than 60 countries, Youngman was the lone sculptor among a group of mostly civil engineers and urban planners. He discussed his 35 years of work in concrete.
WILL-AM received an award for "outstanding community-oriented programming in radio" from the Community Media Coalition of Champaign-Urbana. The Community Media Coalition supports and encourages public service community programming, particularly coverage of the local arts and programming that serves under-represented populations.