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Mark David, UI professor of natural resources and environmental sciences, has been named a fellow of the Soil Science Society of America. The award was presented at the society’s 2005 annual meeting, held in conjunction with the American Society of Agronomy and Crop Science Society of America last month. David’s research is focused on the biogeochemistry of nutrients in agricultural, forested and aquatic ecosystems, with an emphasis on the role of soils. Wesley M. Jarrell, professor of soil science and head of the department of natural resources and environmental sciences, also has been named a fellow of the Soil Science Society of America. His research interests include irrigated, intensive fruit and vegetable production, nutrient and water cycling in natural ecosystems, and water quality and sustainable agriculture. Frederic L. Kolb, professor of plant breeding in the department of crop sciences, has been named a fellow of the Crop Science Society of America. Kolb has conducted research on soft red winter wheat and spring oats with emphasis on development of improved wheat and oat varieties.
The Brazilian Economics Association honored Werner Baer, professor of economics, at its annual congress Dec. 6-9. The honor included a keynote speech, a formal recognition prize and a reception. Baer was recognized for his contributions to the study of Brazil’s economy, his activities in helping to place many Brazilian students in leading U.S. universities (including the UI) and for his contributions in helping many Brazilian universities in establishing graduate programs in economics.
Andrew Alleyne, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, has been named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The professional organization focuses on technical, educational and research issues of the worldwide engineering and technology community. Fellow is the highest elected grade of membership in the society and is conferred upon a member with at least 10 years of active engineering practice who has made significant contributions.
Raffi Budakian, professor of physics, was recognized by the World Technology Network last month with the 2005 World Technology Award in the materials category. He shares the award with his former IBM colleagues Daniel Rugar, John Mamin and Benjamin Chui. The award honors their work on single spin matter detection using a technique known as magnetic resonance force microscopy. As a result of this award, Budakian also has been selected as a World Technology Network fellow.
Celia M. Elliott, director of external affairs and special projects for the department of physics, has been awarded the Recognition Medal by the U.S. Civilian Research Development Foundation. In commemoration of its 10th anniversary, the foundation is recognizing those who have made significant contributions in developing international collaborations in science and technology. Since 1994, Elliott has traveled to the former Soviet Union 27 times, helping former nuclear weapons and bioweapons scientists write technical reports and scientific papers in English, prepare proposals for Western funding agencies and find U.S. collaborators so that they can redirect their research to peaceful civilian applications. The foundation seeks to advance the transition of foreign weapons scientists to civilian work by funding collaborative non-weapons research and development projects.
John Rogers, professor of materials science and engineering, has been named to the 2005 Scientific American 50, a list of people and organizations whose contributions to science and technology are recognized by the nation’s premier science magazine. Rogers, who also is a Founder Professor of Engineering and a researcher at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, was chosen as a Chemicals and Materials Research Leader for his research on plastic electronic systems. A profile of his work appears in the magazine’s December issue.