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Gary Gladding, professor of physics, will receive the American Association of Physics Teachers 2005 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. The award recognizes significant contributions to undergraduate physics teaching by a member whose primary responsibility is teaching. Gladding will receive the award and give a lecture at the association’s 2005 summer meeting at the University of Utah.
Ralph Nuzzo, professor and director of the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, was named a Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation, based in Britain. Nuzzo is a recognized leader in the chemistry of materials, including processes that occur at surfaces and interfaces. His work has led to new techniques for fabricating and manipulating materials at the nanoscale, including functional device structures for microelectronics, optics and chemical sensing.
James W. Phillips, professor and asociate head of theoretical and applied mechanics, has been awarded the 2005 Robert E. Miller Award for Teaching of Mechanics. Phillips was cited “for his enthusiastic and rigorous teaching of undergraduate mechanics, longstanding service to maintaining world-class solids and fluids experimental facilities for undergraduate education, and for developing new courses in mechanics.” His research interest is experimental solid mechanics. The award was presented during the department’s spring banquet.
Darrell F. Socie, professor of mechanical engineering, received the 2005 TAM Distinguished Alumni Award, sponsored by the UI department of theoretical and applied mechanics and the TAM Alumni Association Board of Directors. Socie, who earned his doctorate in TAM in 1977, was cited during the department’s spring banquet for “the leadership he has demonstrated through his contributions to fatigue mechanics and his initiative to interface academia with industry through his start-up company.” Socie also received the W. Leighton Collins Award for Innovative Teaching, which was presented by the College of Engineering.
fine and applied arts
Kathryn Anthony, professor of architecture, recently received the Achievement Award from the Environmental Design Research Association for her pioneering work on designing for diversity, the theme of the association’s annual conference. In presenting the award, EDRA focused on Anthony’s work on “vulnerable groups including single-parent families, meanings of home for divorcees, women and diverse ethnic groups.” They also recognized her “groundbreaking contributions to the environment and behavior field” and her recent research that “has revealed the gender and ethnic imbalances in the architecture profession today.”
The College of Fine and Applied Arts recently presented its Faculty Awards for Excellence. Winners are nominated by their peers in the areas of teaching, research and service.
Those receiving the awards for 2004-2005:
Rebecca Nettl-Fiol, professor and interim head of dance, received the Faculty Award for Service. Nettl-Fiol, the committee said, “is motivated by her focus on student needs, her devotion to the departmental mission, and her commitment to connecting to the larger UI community, the local community, and the field of dance as a whole. Her leadership as interim department head during the last four years has stimulated the functioning of the department.”
Michael Ewald, professor of music, received the Faculty Award for Teaching. Ewald “brought to the faculty a sense of elegance in performance and immediately projected that ability into his studio teaching,” the committee said. He has developed the ‘Smart Music Studio’ for trumpet, which “has evolved into an educational standard of technology-based music instruction and prompted imitation by others.”
Jennifer Gunji-Ballsrud, professor of art and design, received the Faculty Award for Teaching. The committee said Gunji-Ballsrud has “initiated courses and curriculum innovations that will have lasting and profound impact on the Graphic Design Program. As the art director and senior designer for the award-winning Ninth Letter, both the Web site and print magazine, she has guided and inspired the students who carry out almost all of the production work.”
liberal arts and sciences
Eugene Giles, professor emeritus of anthropology, was awarded the Charles R. Darwin Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. The award was established to recognize and honor senior members who have contributed significant scholarly work in the profession and who have contributed significant service to the association. Giles was selected for the award based on his record of research and publication in a number of areas of biological anthropology, combined with his past service as executive committee member, vice president and president of the organization.
Rajwant S. Chilana, professor and South Asian studies librarian, was honored with a Fellowship by the Society for Information Science, India, for outstanding contributions to the development of library and information science.
Sarah Shreeves, professor and project coordinator for the IDEALS (Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship) Institutional Repository initiative, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Program Planning Committee for the semi-annual Forum Programs of the Digital Library Federation. The DLF is a consortium of libraries and related agencies that are pioneering the use of electronic-information technologies to extend collections and services. The forums allow attendees to share and discuss cutting-edge digital library activities and issues. IDEALS is a multi-year effort to preserve and provide access to the digital scholarship of faculty members and students on the Urbana campus.
The American Library Association has honored the following UI librarians: Chilana was elected member-at-large of the Asian, African and Middle Eastern Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the ALA. JoAnn Jacoby, professor and anthropology and sociology subject specialist for the Education and Social Science Library, was elected vice-chair/chair-elect of the Anthropology and Sociology Section of the ACRL. Kathleen Kern, professor and assistant reference librarian, was elected vice-chair/chair-elect of the Machine-Assisted Reference Section of the Reference and User Services Association, a division of the ALA. Kathleen Kluegel, professor and English librarian, was elected secretary of the Literature in English Section of the ACRL. Lisa Romero, professor and communications librarian was elected vice-chair/chair-elect of the Education and Behavioral Sciences Section of the ACRL. Allison Sutton, professor and psychology and speech communications specialist, was elected secretary-treasurer of the Library History Round Table, a division of the ALA. Susan Schnuer, assistant director, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, was elected vice-chair/chair-elect of the International Relations Round Table, a division of the ALA.