22, No. 2, July 18, 2002
A report on honors,
awards, appointments and other outstanding achievements of faculty and
WILL-TV producer Tim Hartin is one
of 18 television producers selected to attend the Corporation for Public
Broadcasting/PBS Producers Academy Workshop at WGBH in Boston July 14-20.
Hartin was chosen from 250 applicants based on his past television production
experience, current projects, the strength of his video presentation
and storytelling skills, and recommendations received.
In addition, Hartin and WILL-TVs Alison
Davis Wood received scholarships to attend producers
workshops at the PBS Annual Meeting in San Francisco June 24-26. Wood
was chosen for the Producers Academy Workshop last year and was one
of five alumni from last years workshop to be selected for a scholarship
to attend the annual meeting.
Hartin and Davis will take their works in progress to the workshops.
Hartin will take his documentary, "The Song and the Slogan,"
celebrating the life and work of Carl Sandburg, while Davis will take
her documentary about Gold Star Mothers, "A Pilgrimage of Remembrance."
Stephen A. Boppart, a professor
of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering, has been
chosen as one of the worlds 100 Top Young Innovators by Technology
Review, the worlds oldest technology magazine.
Selected by the Massachusetts Institute of Technologys award-winning
magazine of innovation, the TR100 consists of people under age 35 whose
innovative work in technology and business has a profound impact on
todays world. Nominees are recognized for their contribution in
transforming the nature of technology in industries such as biotechnology,
computing, energy, manufacturing, medicine, nanotechnology, telecommunications
Boppart has helped to dramatically improve the resolution of optical
coherence tomography (OCT), an imaging technique useful for medical
diagnostics such as the detection and removal of tumors at the
cellular level. Similar in operation to ultrasound, OCT works by focusing
a beam of near-infrared light (like that used in CD players) into tissue
and measuring the intensity and position of the resulting reflections.
Boppart also converted the imaging hardware into a handheld probe that
looks like a laser pointer. A version of this device is being used by
surgeons at Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston to see through
a patients skin and through internal tissue before making an incision.
In collaboration with Illinois chemistry professor Ken
Suslick, Boppart is developing microspheres that enhance
the contrast for OCT. The tiny spheres filled with air or some
other light-scattering media create a stronger signal than the
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers has awarded UI chemical
engineering professor Bill Hammack
the 2002 Edwin F. Church Medal for increasing the publics understanding
and appreciation of engineering through his public radio commentaries.
Hammacks radio series, "Engineering and Life," is produced
at WILL-AM and distributed to other public radio stations by Illinois
Public Radio. It is broadcast on WILL-AM Tuesdays at 7:25 a.m. and 9:25
a.m. The commentaries also can be heard at
The Church Medal is given annually to an individual rendering eminent
service in increasing the value, importance and attractiveness of engineering.
The award features a bronze medal and a $2,500 honorarium.
Hammacks series opens the world of engineering to the public by
sharing the human stories behind seemingly simple objects such as pop-tops,
coffee makers, screws and plastic bottles.
Judith Liebman, professor emeritus
of mechanical and industrial engineering, received the Alumni Recognition
Award from the University of Colorado at Boulder for service to the
college. Liebman has been an active member of the CU-Boulder engineering
advisory council since 1992. She also serves as vice chair of the CU
Burks Oakley II, professor
of electrical and computer engineering, was selected by
the American Society for Engineering Education to be a Fellow. Oakley
was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the society. This
year's induction of ASEE Fellows took place at the annual awards banquet
June 19 in Montreal. The banquet is the culmination of the society's
annual conference and exposition.
Michael Selig, a professor of aeronautical
and astronautical engineering at Illinois, recently received the Wind
Energy Academic Award from the American Wind Energy Association.
The award, given June 4 during the associations annual conference
in Portland, Ore., was given "in recognition of exceptional contributions
to the advancement of wind energy technology," according to the
The focus of Seligs research on wind energy has been on the development
of methods and software for aerodynamic design and analysis of wind-turbine
rotors and airfoils.
Four Student Affairs staff members were honored with the 2002 Student
Affairs Outstanding Staff Award at a reception on April 23. Kristin
Duitsman, assistant director of member services, Campus Recreation;
Julie Misa, associate director of
International Student Affairs; John Powell,
clinical counselor at the Counseling Center; and
Sandra Yarnell, administrative aide, Office of the Vice Chancellor
for Student Affairs, were honored for significant contributions to the
lives of students and the campus community.