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 among 78 outstanding engineers inducted recently into the National Academy of Engineering. Adrian's selection was based on his pioneering development of measurement techniques to characterize single and multi-phase turbulent flows and for his interpretation of turbulence measurements. Adrian is internationally recognized as one of the developers of the remarkably versatile quantitative, whole-field flow visualization technique known as particle image velocimetry. The technique is used throughout the world both for fundamental work and for design applications.

Richard C. Alkire, vice chancellor for research and dean of the Graduate College, received the Edward Goodrich Acheson Award from the Electrochemical Society. The Acheson Award is the society's highest honor, recognizing both distinguished scientific accomplishments and dedicated service to the society. Alkire directs an active research program in electrochemical engineering with emphasis on transport and reaction processes in electrochemical systems. His research, noted for its relevance to key practical problems, has covered a wide range of topics ranging from molecular events at the solid-liquid interface to modeling electrochemical cell components.

Orlo Austin, director of financial aid, was chosen to join the Association of American Universities Student Aid Advisory Group (SAG). The approximately 15-member SAG will advise the association on matters dealing with undergraduate, graduate and professional student aid as the higher-education community prepares for next year's Higher Education Act reauthorization.

Charles Cowger, professor of social work, was chosen as president-elect of the Inter-University Consortium for International Social Development. The consortium, concerned with the creation of social development programs for least-developed nations, publishes the journal Social Development Issues and includes members from 64 countries. He will serve as president-elect for two years, and then serve a four-year term as president.

Robert Czys,
a cloud physicist for the State Water Survey, is the youngest recipient of the Thunderbird Award in recognition of contributions to the science of weather modification presented by the Weather Modification Asssociation. He was honored for his contributions to the precipitation augmentation for crops experiment, which resulted in several key findings about clouds and rainfall modification in Illinois. Czys is the second person from the Water Survey to receive the award.

Joseph A. DiPietro, associate dean for research at the College of Veterinary Medicine, was appointed to the Illinois Racing Board by Gov. Jim Edgar. The nine-member board regulates the state's thoroughbred and standardbred sports. This is the first time a College of Veterinary Medicine faculty member has been selected to serve on the board.

Roberto Docampo, professor of veterinary pathobiology, will serve as vice chair during the 1996-97 fiscal year for the Illinois Affiliate's Research Policy and Allocations Committee of the American Heart Association.

Robert G. Hoeft, professor of soil fertility and coordinator for Crop Sciences Extension, received the Werner L. Nelson Award. The award recogizes outstanding creativity and innovation in the development, acceptance or implementation of diagnostic techniques and approaches that produce higher, more profitable crop production. Identification and correction of yield-limiting factors in crop production are emphasized. Hoeft's research has focused on nitrogen management and on use of waste materials. Results of that research have identified yield-limiting factors and techniques to correct those problems.

Sung-Mo (Steve) Kang, professor and head of the department of electrical and computer engineering, has been named the 1996 recipient of the IEEE Graduate Teaching award by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Inc. The award, which recognizes Kang for inspirational graduate teaching and fostering interdisciplinary research, will be presented Nov. 8 at the 1996 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference in Salt Lake City.
Kang introduced academia's first graduate course on VLSI physical design that addressed both electrical and geometrical issues for complex design applications. He also fostered collaborative research in the circuits and electromagnetics areas. Kang also has initiated collaborative research between industry and academia, and has promoted graduate student internships at major industry laboratories.

Aida El-Khadra, professor of physics, has received the U.S. Department of Energy's 1996 Outstanding Junior Investigator Award. El-Khadra was cited for his "significant contributions to high-energy physics and the leadership in the field." The award, first given in 1978, is presented annually to a few non-tenured high-energy physicists. The recipients are chosen by peer review, on the basis of technical and scientific merit.

Milton Feng, professor of electrical and computer engineering, received the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers David Sarnoff Award. Feng was recognized for his contributions to the theoretical and experimental understanding of the fundamental speed limitations of the metal semiconductor field effect transistors and high electron mobility transistors.

Ian Hobson, professor of music and music director of Sinfonia da Camera, will serve on the four-member screening jury for the upcoming 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He will travel to Holland, Italy, Russia and throughout the United States in January and February to select 35 young artists who will participate in the international competition in May and June. Hobson was a finalist in the 1977 competition.

Fred Jenkins, professor of French, has been named Officer of the Palmes Academiques, the second level of the French government's prestigious award. The award is given to educators who have made significant contributions in support of the French language and culture. He received the French government's first level award, Chevalier, in 1986. Jenkins is the executive director of the American Assocation of Teachers of French, based in Urbana.

Jiri Jonas, director of the Beckman Institute and professor of chemistry, presented the opening lecture, Belgium Biophysical Society Lecture, at the meeting of the European High Pressure Group. This meeting, at the Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium, was held jointly with Japanese and European seminars on bioscience and biotechnology. Jonas also recently was elected to the 1997 Class Membership Committee of the National Academy of Sciences, and was appointed by Gov. Jim Edgar as a member of the Biotechnology Advisory Council of the state of Illinois.

Benita Katzenellenbogen, professor of physiology, received the 1996 Komen Award of Scientific Distinction from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Katzenellenbogen is an expert on hormone-dependent cancers and a leading reseracher in the area of estrogen receptors and the actions of the anti-estrogen drug tamoxifen in women. She directs the breast-cancer research group in the College of Medicine.

Jeffrey S. Moore, professor of chemistry, has received the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society. Moore was honored for his role in making molecular-sized building blocks for computers that use optical switches and for constructing molecular "sponges" that filter pharmaceuticals. Because the molecules that Moore and his laboratory group have made consist of simple geometric shates, they can line up in the same direction, which is important for optical computing. The American Chemical Society, a nonprofit organization, is the world's largest scientific society with 150,000 members and is an international leader in fostering science education and research.

Mats A. Selen, professor of physics, was one of 18 scientists nationwide to win a Cottrell Scholars Award, a $50,000 research and teaching award. The award was given by Research Corp., a foundation devoted to the advancement of science and technology. The winners were selected on the basis of research and teaching excellence. As a teacher, Selen is noted for his role in organizing the UI Physics Van, which travels to area schools promoting science education.

The Secretariat has announced that Dan Simeone, manager of WILL Radio, was chosen as the 1996 Boss of the Year. He was chosen from a field of 10 nominees and honored at a meeting in October.

Paula Treichler, professor of medical humanities and social sciences, was a member of the advisory panel for "A Physician's Guide to HIV Prevention." This initiative by the American Medical Association hopes to reach every primary-care physician in the United States and enlist them in the effort to reduce the spread of HIV. Treichler was the only representative of humanities and media perspectives on the panel.

Bruce A. Williams, professor of communications research, was awarded the Caldwell Prize for his book "Democracy, Dialogue, and Environmental Disputes: The Contested Languages of Social Regulation." Published by Yale University Press, it was named best book of 1996 in environmental politics by the Science, Technology and Environmental Politics section of the American Political Science Association.

Faye Lesht, program coordinator in the Office of Continuing Education and Public Service, and Lisa Busjahn, managing editor of the Building Research Council, received the University Continuing Education Association Region IV Award for Excellence in Creative Noncredit Programming for the course, "Seeking Social Justice: The Nature of Prejudice in America." The two coordinated the course with the following faculty members and community leaders: Kellina Craig, psychology; James Anderson, education; Alma Gottlieb, anthropology; Paul Leung, rehabilitation; William Sutton, history; Giraldo Rosales, La Casa; Robert Michael Doyle, Champaign County Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual Task Force; and Rabbi Jeffrey Falick, Hillel Foundation.

The UI Press received honors for three of its books from the Mid-America Publishers Association. First place winner for Best Regional Book was Irving Cutler's "Jews of Chicago"; first place winner for Best Cover Design (one to two colors) was Paul Kruty and Mati Maldre's "Walter Burley Griffin in America"; and second place winner for Best Cover Design (one to two colors) was "Muhammd Ali, The People's Champ," edited by Elliot Gorn. The event recognizes outstanding books produced by independent publishers, book designers and other allied trades between July 1, 1995, and July 1, 1996. Awarding winning books will be part of a traveling exhibit that will be shown during the year in 10 states.


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