25, No. 8, Oct. 20, 2005
on honors, awards, appointments and other outstanding achievements of
faculty and staff members.
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Thomas Huang, Center
for Advanced Study professor of electrical and computer engineering
and a professor in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology,
has been awarded the Okawa Prize for 2005 by the Okawa Foundation of
Huang’s wide-ranging work involving images focuses on areas such
as human-computer interfaces, multimedia databases, and 3-D modeling,
analysis, and animation of the human face, hands and body.
Each year one foreign scientist is honored, along with one Japanese
winner from business or academia, for their contributions in the information
and telecommunications fields. The prize includes a certificate, gold
medal and cash award of 10 million yen, or about $90,000. Huang will
be honored at a ceremony in Tokyo on Nov. 25.
The Okawa Foundation for Information and Telecommunications is a non-profit
organization providing funding studies in those fields.
and applied arts
Gary Kesler, associate
head and professor of landscape architecture, has been elected vice
president of education for the American Society of Landscape Architects.
The society represents more than 16,000 members and promotes the landscape
architecture profession and advances the practice through advocacy,
education, communication and fellowship. Kesler has been actively engaged
in a variety of roles with the society, including chair of Illinois
education committee, chapter secretary and president, and chair of the
society’s council of education.
Ron Guenther, UI
director of athletics, was honored Sept. 23 for his “vision, creativity
and leadership in fundraising at Illinois.” The tribute from the
board of directors of the UI Foundation came at a surprise presentation
at a luncheon during the foundation’s 70th annual meeting. Making
the presentation were Foundation President Sidney S. Micek and Chancellor
Guenther is a member of the steering committee of the $30 million University
Library Campaign that kicked off two years ago. He created an innovative
partnership between the University Library and the Division of Intercollegiate
Athletics that marks the first campus fundraising effort to combine
academics and athletics.
The DIA’s own multi-year fundraising effort is directed specifically
at benefiting the renovation and renewal of the Undergraduate Library,
which is used by student-athletes as well as students in all disciplines
Law professor J. Steven Beckett was
recently named as a Criminal Justice Act panel representative for the
U.S. District Court. Beckett will assist lawyers who provide services
to indigent clients in the Central District of Illinois, one of 94 judicial
districts in the U.S. He will also represent the interest of all Criminal
Justice Act panel lawyers in dealing with administrative matters and
the Federal Judiciary and serve as a liaison with the Office of Defender
Services in Washington, D.C.
arts and sciences
Mara R. Wade received
the Maria Goeppert-Mayer Prize for the spring semester 2006 for teaching
and research at Hochschule fur Musik und Theater (HMT), Hanover, Germany.
The program brings internationally recognized scholars and teachers
to universities in Lower Saxony. HMT also has initiated a conference,
focusing on early modern music and gender, around her guest professorship.
UI Continuing Education programs and research have been honored with
Awards of Excellence by the University Continuing Education Association,
Two professional development programs, “Monsanto Corn Agronomic
Training” and “Municipal Clerks of Illinois Institute and
Academy,” received association awards for Creative Program-Noncredit.
In the category of Research and Publication, the association cited staff
members in the department of educational psychology for their work,
“Impact of Online Professional Development in the Work Environment,”
submitted for review for the conference. Those honored: Thomas
H. Anderson, professor of educational psychology,
Norma Scagnoli, visiting
project coordinator, and Melissa Stephens, graduate research assistant.
In addition, Najmuddin Shaik,
of the Office of Continuing Education, was acknowledged for his efforts
as research chair in conjunction with the Research and Publication award.
Recipients were honored at the association’s annual regional conference