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Prasanta Kalita, a professor of soil and water resources engineering in the department of agricultural and biological engineering, was honored at the 2013 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers International Meeting as an ASABE Fellow. ASABE has established that “a fellow shall be a member of unusual professional distinction, with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in, or related to the field of agricultural, food or biological engineering.” Kalita is recognized as an international scholar, researcher and expert in the area of water management and water quality issues.


Four faculty members from the U. of I. College of Business were given Management Science’s distinguished service awards for the 2013 academic year. The awards are given for voluntary contributions to the journal, which include reviewing manuscripts in a timely manner, reading reports, recruiting reviewers and writing recommendations to department editors. Those recognized: Heitor Almeida, a professor of finance and the Stanley C. and John J. Golder Chair in Corporate Finance, who served as a Management Science editor; and reviewers Yunchuan Liu, a professor of business administration; Dirk Hackbarth, the Robert and Karen May Faculty Fellow; and Nicholas Petruzzi, a professor of business administration.



Shen Dillon, a professor of materials science and engineering, has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award to provide an improved scientific basis for designing efficient and inexpensive nanostructured visible light absorbing photocatalysts.

Iwona Jasiuk, a professor of mechanical science and engineering, has been named a fellow of the Society of Engineering Science. The society promotes the development and strengthening of the interfaces between various disciplines in engineering, sciences and mathematics.

Nadya Mason, a professor of physics, has been elected general councilor of the American Physical Society by a vote of its membership. The APS Council, which meets twice a year, is the main governing body of the society, responsible for both policy and actions of the society. Mason will begin a four-year term on Jan. 1.



Mary Kraft, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is the recipient of the 2014 Walter A. Shaw Young Investigator Award in Lipid Research from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The award, established by the society’s Lipid Research Division, recognizes outstanding research contributions in the area of lipids by young investigators.


Brian R. Brauer, the associate director for the Illinois Fire Service Institute, has been appointed to the Committee on Accreditation for the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications.

The board was founded to enhance job performance and credibility of those individuals within the fire service and allied professions. It accredits programs for recognition across jurisdictional lines.

“In 2010, IFSI expanded and deepened its commitment to high-quality, professional education and the associated testing,” said Royal Mortenson, IFSI director. “Brian’s appointment is part of our continued commitment to that process.”



The Graduate School of Library and Information Science has named Bonnie Mak its 2013-14 GSLIS Centennial Scholar in recognition and support of her accomplishments and promising scholarship. The award is endowed by alumni and friends of the school and is given in recognition of outstanding accomplishments and/or professional promise in the field of library and information science. Mak’s research areas include the history of the book and the cultural production of knowledge, with a particular focus on the interplay among oral, scribal, printed and digital cultures.

Carole Palmer, the director of the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship and a professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, has received the 2013 Thomson Reuters Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award given by the Association for Information Science and Technology.

“Carole has always had her eyes on the future of information science and its potential for addressing the great challenges of the 21st century,” said Allen Renear, the interim dean. “The leadership and achievements of her students, working in many different roles and institutions, is testimony not only to her skill and influence as a teacher but to her deep understanding of those possibilities.”



Several faculty members and alumni of the department of chemistry were honored with national awards from the American Chemical Society.

Jonathan Sweedler, the Lycan Professor of Chemistry and the director of the School of Chemical Sciences, won the ACS Award in Analytical Chemistry. The award recognizes “outstanding contributions to the science of analytical chemistry, pure or applied, carried out in the United States or Canada” and recognizes Sweedler’s pioneering development of methods to detect extraordinarily small quantities of neurotransmitters.

Scott Denmark, the R.C. Fuson Professor of Chemistry, won the ACS Frederic Stanley Kipping Award in Silicon Chemistry. This award, presented biennially, recognizes “distinguished contributions to the field of silicon chemistry.” Denmark has made several important discoveries related to silicon chemistry, including palladium catalyzed cross-coupling with organosilicon compounds, enantioselective carbonyl addition reactions and other stereoselective reactions involving silicon-carbon bonds.

Phillip A. Newmark, a professor of medical cell and structural biology in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Bo Wang, a postdoctoral research associate with the Institute for Genomic Biology, were recognized in a recent Bio-Art competition sponsored by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

“The competition provides a glimpse into the exciting world of biomedical and life science research,” said FASEB President Margaret K. Offermann. “The winning images and videos were produced as a part of daily research activities and demonstrate the incredible breadth of biomedical and life science studies.”

Wang’s and Newmark’s winning image shows a tissue section of a developing Schistosoma mansoni larva, a flatworm that infects hundreds of millions of people in developing countries, living inside the muscular tentacle of its snail host. The winning images are online.



A conservation and pollution-prevention program that has saved more than $6 million for Central and Southern Illinois communities and businesses has been awarded a national MVP2 Award by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable in Washington, D.C. The Illinois Conservation of Resources and Energy project is part of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center’s Technical Assistance Program. ISTC, a unit of the Prairie Research Institute, provides expertise for energy and water conservation improvements to all of Illinois’ government and industrial sectors. The Illinois Conservation of Resources and Energy project focuses those benefits on populations in small, rural communities in parts of the state that have had little access to such programs. The award was presented on Sept. 19 in Washington. ISTC environmental engineers Dan Marsch and Mike Springman were credited with the success of the high-performing project by ICORE’s principal investigator Debra Jacobson.



Faculty and staff members and graduate students in the College of Veterinary Medicine were honored for service excellence in a ceremony Sept. 24. The awards:

Renee Walker, the laboratory manager of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, received the Seets Staff Excellence Award for demonstrated excellence in job performance and service.

Sherrie Lanzo, a laboratory manager in comparative biosciences, received the Dr. Robert and Lucy Graham Award for a staff member who has made outstanding contributions.

Dr. Russell Moore, a clinical pathology resident, received the Dr. Walter E. Hoffmann and Dr. Ann L. Johnson Resident Teaching Excellence Award for an outstanding graduate student or resident in training for an American Veterinary Medical Association-recognized specialty board.

Dr. Sandra Manfra Marretta, a professor of veterinary clinical medicine, received the Dr. Gordon and Mrs. Helen Kruger All-Round Excellence Award for a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching, research and service.

Dr. Brian Aldridge, a clinical professor of veterinary clinical medicine, received the Dr. Gordon and Mrs. Helen Kruger Teaching Excellence Award for an instructor who presents material with enthusiasm, dedication, clarity, and creativity.

Dr. Timothy M. Fan, a professor of veterinary clinical medicine, received the Dr. Gordon and Mrs. Helen Kruger Research Excellence Award in recognition of quality and quantity of publications, research awards and outside recognition of his work.

Dr. Philip Solter, a professor of pathobiology, received the Dr. Gordon and Mrs. Helen Kruger Service Excellence Award for outstanding committee work, clinical service and continuing education.

Dr. Daniel L. Rock, a professor of and the head of pathobiology, received the Zoetis Animal Health Award for Research Excellence, presented to a current faculty member who shows promise of attaining or has already attained national recognition.

Therese Eggett, a veterinary research specialist in the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, and Pamela A. Long, the assistant to the head of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, received the Terry and Judy Rathgeber Academic Professional Excellence Award for outstanding performance by an academic professional staff member.

Dr. Matthew Allender, a visiting instructor of comparative biosciences; Dr. Anne Barger, a clinical professor of pathobiology; and Dr. Mark Mitchell, a professor of veterinary clinical medicine, received the Dr. Erwin Small Teaching Excellence Awards in Veterinary Medicine. Recipients are selected by third- and fourth-year veterinary students.



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