25, No. 1, July 7, 2005
on honors, awards, appointments and other outstanding achievements of
faculty and staff members.
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consumer and environmental sciences
Four UI faculty members in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and
Environmental Sciences have been cited by National Hog Farmer magazine
as among the 50 men and women who have done the most to mold the swine
industry over the past half century.
Three retired faculty members from the department of animal sciences
– Dick Carlisle, Stan Curtis
and Gilbert Hollis –
and Arthur J. Muehling,
professor emeritus of agricultural and biological engineering, were
named to what the magazine termed “a veritable Who’s Who
in the U.S. pork industry.”
According to the magazine, the honorees were selected from among 201
individuals nominated. The accomplishments and brief biographies of
the 50 honorees appeared in the May 15 issue.
Richard Ziegler, professor
emeritus of accountancy, was presented the Illinois CPA Society’s
Lifetime Achievement Award in May. Ziegler and another member were honored
for their service and leadership to the Certified Public Accountant
profession. Ziegler has served on several committees within the society.
The Illinois CPA Society is the fourth largest state CPA society in
the nation and is the only professional organization that represents
CPAs in Illinois.
A student publication, “iElect,” supervised by Eric
Meyer and Nancy
Benson, UI professors of journalism, earned first
place in the Professor Newspaper Publishing Awards competition sponsored
by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
The publication was part of a convergence project with TV, radio and
Web site components, designed to make the 2004 election personally relevant
to college-age voters. To qualify, the publication must have been edited
and produced as part of the curriculum, reported and written by students,
and professors must have been responsible for editing and/or advising.
arts and sciences
Neil L. Kelleher,
chemistry, and ChengXiang Zhai,
computer science, are among 58 young researchers named recipients of
the 2004 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers,
the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on young professionals
at the outset of their independent research careers. They received their
awards June 13 in a White House ceremony.
Kelleher was recognized for developing new approaches for analysis of
proteins and their post-translational modifications, and for outstanding
Zhai was cited for working on user-centered, adaptive intelligent information
access that has far-reaching impact for information technology users.
The young scientists and engineers receive up to a five-year research
grant to further their study in support of critical government missions.
The U.S. Department of the Navy announced that Patrick
Chapman and Yi
Ma – both professors of electrical and computer
engineering at Illinois – have been chosen as Office of Naval
Research Young Investigators for 2005.
Those chosen are among the best and brightest young academic researchers
in the nation.
and applied arts
Jonathan Fineberg, the
Gutgsell Professor of Art History, has been elected to the board of
trustees of the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. He recently
gave an invited talk, “Gifts of Seeing,” about children’s
drawings at the Luckman Gallery at California State University, Los
Angeles, and at a symposium at the Tate Modern, London’s national
gallery of international modern art.
arts and sciences
Robert L. Switzer, professor
emeritus of biochemistry, has been elected a fellow of the American
Academy of Microbiology. Switzer is a leading investigator of novel
mechanisms that regulate bacterial metabolism, including allosteric
inhibition, selective intracellular proteolysis of biosynthetic enzymes,
and the role of transcription attenuation in gene expression.
A course developed and taught by Virgil
E. Varvel Jr., a computer-assisted instruction specialist
for the Illinois Online Network, won a 2005 WebCT Exemplary Course Project
award. The course, “Copyright and Intellectual Property Issues
in Education,” is one of six courses honored this year and the
first course developed for a faculty audience to win. The course is
part of the curriculum for the Master Online Teacher certificate offered
by the UI and the Illinois Online Network. WebCT is a provider of e-learning
environments for colleges and universities.
Barbara Ford, distinguished
professor and director of the Mortenson Center for International Library
Programs, was elected a member of the International Federation of Library
Associations and Institutions Governing Board. Her term begins in August
during the association’s conference in Oslo, Norway, and will
continue through 2007. IFLA is the leading international body representing
the interests of library and information services and their users.
Yoo-Seong Song, labor and industrial relations librarian
and economics librarian, received the “Highly Commended Award”
from Emerald publishing. The winning paper is “International Business
Students: A Study on Their Use of Electronic Library Services,"
published in Reference Services Review, Vol. 32, No. 4.