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Michael D. Giardina, professor of advertising, received the 2006 “Outstanding Book Award” from the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, for his book, “Sporting Pedagogies: Performing Culture & Identity in the Global Arena” (Peter Lang, 2005). He received the award last month at the association’s annual conference in Vancouver, Canada. The award is given to the book judged to be the most theoretically advanced, relevant, and thought provoking to the field.
The Dads Association at the UI recently presented its annual Certificate of Merit Awards – one each to an outstanding student, faculty member, staff member and a registered student organization at the university.
Charles Olson, the assistant dean for student development and career services in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences since 1979, was honored as an outstanding staff member. Olson advises students and student groups, coordinates recruiting for the college, administers scholarship programs, and assists students in getting internships or employment. Olson has served as a co-chair of the campus Illinois Leadership Initiative that implemented a Leadership Certificate available to all Urbana-Champaign students.
Samuel Kamin, a professor of computer science and the department’s director of undergraduate studies, was honored as an outstanding faculty member. His responsibilities include research, teaching, academic advising, curriculum development, outreach and mentoring. During the last three years Kamin has led a multi-institution National Science Foundation program called “Building Communities,” which encourages women to enter the computer-science field. At the Urbana campus, this program has doubled the recruitment and retention rate of the under-represented group in computer science.
Also honored were Whitney Wright, a senior in English in the College of Liberal Arts and Science, and Chi Epsilon, the National Civil Engineering Honor Society.
Margaret (Peggy) Rosso Grossman, professor and Bock Chair in agricultural law, received the 2006 Professional Scholarship Award from the American Agricultural Law Association. Each year, one national award is given to recognize an outstanding publication in the field of agricultural law. Grossman won the award for her article, “Traceability and Labeling of Genetically Modified Crops, Food and Feed in the European Union,” published in the Journal of Food Law & Policy. The awards committee stated that the article “skillfully refined a complex series of European Union regulatory measures and underlying environmental principles (providing) a clear, concise and insightful resource valuable to anyone with an interest in agricultural applications of genetic engineering.”
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Glenn Roisman, professor of psychology, received the Society for Research on Child Development Early Scientific Achievement Award. The society, which promotes multidisciplinary research in the field of human development to foster the exchange of information among scientists, is the largest professional organization for development psychologists with more than 50 countries represented.