IN THIS ISSUE: ACES | Engineering | FAA | Law | VetMed |
agricultural, consumer and environmental sciences
Laurian J. Unnevehr, professor of agricultural and consumer economics, is one of nine new appointees to the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board, which deals with USDA research. A former president of the American Agricultural Economics Association, Unnevehr will represent national organizations concerned with agricultural research, education and extension. Her research has examined the impact of food regulation on producer and consumer welfare, as well as consumer demand for safety, quality and nutrition in food. The board advises USDA and land-grant colleges and universities on top national priorities and policies for food and agricultural research, education, extension and economics.
Two UI physicists earned honors while competing in the Young Scholars Competition during “Amazing Light: Visions of Discovery,” an international symposium inspired by and honoring Charles Townes, winner of the 1964 Nobel Prize in physics. UI professor of physics Brian Demarco took first place in the Quantum Physics category (winning $20,000) with his presentation of “Quantum Simulations Using Ultra-cold Atoms.” Paul Kwiat, Bardeen professor of physics and electrical and computer engineering, took third in the Innovative Technology category (winning $5,000) with his presentation, “The Entanglement Revolution.” The symposium brought renowned scholars and researchers to the University of California campus Oct. 6-8 to explore the current challenges physics and cosmology, the possibilities for innovative technologies and questions at the boundaries of science. UI was the only institution having two finalists.
fine and applied arts
Dianne Harris, professor of landscape architecture, architecture and art history has been nominated to become the second vice president of the Society of Architectural Historians. Her acceptance will begin a six-year sequence that culminates in service as the president of the society from 2010-12. The society is the leading international not-for-profit organization that promotes the study and preservation of the built environment. It has a membership of approximately 3,000 individuals, including professors of architectural and art history, architects, design professionals, historic preservationists, museum curators, students and others who share an interest in the subject. Institutional members, of which there are an additional 900, include other learned societies, libraries, art and historical museums, university departments, preservation organizations and architectural offices around the world.
Professor Jacqueline Ross was presented with the Ed Wise Senior Scholar Award at the annual meeting of the American Society of Comparative Law Oct. 29 in Hawaii. Ross received the award based on her article, “Impediments to Transnational Cooperation in Undercover Policing: A Comparative Study of the United States and Italy,” which appeared in the American Journal of Comparative Law in 2004. The prize is designated as one of the society’s “senior scholar” awards and is given to the best society article on comparative criminal procedure.
The College of Veterinary Medicine has developed an interactive online operative planner for fracture management, which allows veterinary students to develop their decision-making and fracture-planning skills. The planner recently received the collaborative teaching and research award from Macromedia’s 2005 Fall Higher Education Innovation Gallery. The planner is designed for students to utilize basic information on fracture management delivered in a lecture format and work through the concepts as they relate to real clinical cases. The students are able to effectively and efficiently communicate their understanding of the concepts of fracture management to the instructor. Excellent planning eliminates many complications associated with fracture management, and this application allows students to become proficient in fracture planning before treating a patient.