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Four employees and four dependents of employees were recognized as recipients of the 2003-2004 UI Civil Service Employees and Dependents Scholarships at a reception in June. The employees are Jane Kappes, staff secretary, department of finance; Barbara “Bobbie” Leisure, administrative assistant, Campus Information Technologies and Educational Services; Kimberley S. Reynolds, administrative aide, Library administration; and Joyce Woodworth, administrative aide, department of speech and hearing science. The dependent recipients are Rose Mike Barnes, daughter of Naoko Miki, secretary IV, department of economics; Casey Jo Flesner, daughter of Mary Flesner, staff secretary, department of computer science; Stephanie Hoveln, daughter of Lynne Hoveln, administrative secretary, School of Molecular and Cellular Biology; and David Scranton, son of Kathleen Scranton, staff nurse I, McKinley Health Center. The scholarship fund was established by Civil Service employees for Civil Service employees and their dependents to provide recipients with financial assistance in their pursuit of an undergraduate degree.
The American Chemical Society has named Bill Hammack, professor of engineering, the winner of the 2004 James T. Grady-James H. Stack Award for interpreting chemistry for the public. As part of the awards presentation, Hammack will give an address during a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 24. Hammack’s series, “Engineering and Life,” is produced at WILL-AM (580) and is distributed nationally by Illinois Public Radio. It opens the world of engineering to the public by sharing the human stories behind seemingly simple objects such as pop-tops, coffee makers, screws and plastic bottles. The show can be heard on WILL-AM Tuesdays at 7:25 and 9:25 a.m. Commentaries also can be heard at www.engineerguy.com. The award recognizes outstanding reporting directly to the public that increases the public’s knowledge and understanding of chemistry, chemical engineering and related fields. The award consists of $3,000, a medallion with a presentation box and a certificate.
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The UI doctoral program in clinical-community psychology has been honored for its record of creating and sustaining effective programs for recruiting, retaining and training ethnic minority students.
The American Psychological Association Suinn Minority Achievement Award was presented Aug. 7 during the 111th annual APA meeting in Toronto. Sumie Okazaki, a psychology professor and program representative, accepted the award. The award also was presented to the doctoral program in social psychology at the University of Michigan and the doctoral program in community psychology at New York University.
William H. Pirkle, emeritus professor of chemistry, has been selected as the recipient of the American Chemical Society’s Award in Separations Science and Technology for 2004. The award, which includes a cash prize of $5,000, will be presented at the 227th ACS National Meeting in Anaheim, Calif., on March 30. Pirkle is internationally recognized in both the academic and industrial worlds for his pioneering work in developing methods for the separation of chiral molecules and in the development of methods to separate mixtures of chiral molecules by chromatography.
Kenneth S. Suslick, the William and Janet Lycan Professor of Chemistry, will receive an Arthur C. Cope Senior Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society. The award, which consists of $5,000 in cash and a $40,000 unrestricted research grant, will be presented at the American Chemical Society’s National Meeting in September of 2004, where Suslick will give an award address. Suslick is a world-renowned expert on high-energy chemistry and bioinorganic chemistry.
Indrani Bagchi, professor of veterinary biosciences, was an invited speaker at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Immunology at Yale University, in June. In July, she was invited to speak at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction in Cincinnati.
Paul Cooke, professor of veterinary biosciences, presented invited talks at the School of Public Health, Harvard University, and the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University, this spring. He also was invited to speak at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Toxicology, Salt Lake City, in March, and in April spoke about thyroid toxicants in Alexandria, Va. Also in April, he served as a member of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Board of Scientific Councilors review of the Laboratory of Molecular Carcinogenesis in the Division of Intramural Research, Research Triangle Park, N.C.
Lois Hoyer, professor of veterinary pathobiology, and Sheila McCullough, professor of veterinary clinical medicine, attended the 2003 Congress of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology, in San Antonio, in May. Hoyer served on the organizing committee for the congress, co-convened the veterinary mycology session, and presented her work on Candida albicans cell-surface adhesions in the fungal biochemistry session. McCullough delivered the opening presentation in the veterinary mycology session.
Tomas Martin-Jimenez, professor of veterinary biosciences, presented two invited lectures at the second European College of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology workshop on pharmacokinetics in Lisbon, Portugal, in July.
Christine Merle, professor of veterinary clinical medicine, has received certification by the Veterinary Hospital Management Association as a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager. The process included an application and oral and written examination. She is currently the only CVPM in the state of Illinois.
Dawn Morin, professor of clinical medicine, was invited to give five presentations at the Clinical Mastitis Symposium held at North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando, Fla., in January. In February, she presented at the National Mastitis Council in Dallas. She also helped organize the Illinois Llama Association Meeting in March, hosted by the College.