IN THIS ISSUE: FAA | LAW | LAS
fine and applied arts
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers recently selected three UI professors of music as ASCAP Special Award recipients: Zack Browning, Erik Lund and Kazimierz W. Machala. The awards are made to assist and encourage ASCAP composers. Awards are granted by an independent panel and are given based on the quality of performances and recordings of compositions in a given year. The awards are given to those writers who earn less than $20,000 in annual domestic performance royalties.
Browning also received a Chamber Music America Commission to write a new composition for the Bang On A Can All-Stars. The group, based in New York City, will perform the work several times in 2003, including at Lincoln Center. Browning also has a solo CD, "Banjaxed," out that features eight of his original compositions for live performers and computer-generated tape. It was released by Capstone records last year.
Richard L. Kaplan, professor of law, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. The academy comprises experts on social policy who have made distinctive contributions to the field of social insurance in a variety of disciplines, including economics, sociology, political science, law, medicine, social work, and actuarial science.
Peter B. Maggs has become the first holder of the Clifford M. and Bette A. Carney Chair in Law. An expert in Soviet and post-Soviet law as well as international intellectual property law, Maggs joined the UI law faculty in 1964. His chair was endowed through a gift by Clifford M. Carney, a DuPage County lawyer and 1952 graduate of the law school, and his wife.
liberal arts and sciences
For the first time, the Fondation Hardt of Vandoeuvres-Geneve, Switzerland, is honoring an individual scholar. A celebration took place Sept. 9-14 with a series of lectures by scholars from the United States and Europe. The organization, the worlds foremost think-tank devoted exclusively to the study of classical antiquity, is celebrating the 70th birthday of a prominent classicist, William M. Calder III, the William Abbot Oldfather Professor of Classics at UI.
Yi Lu, professor of chemistry, of biochemistry and of biophysics, is one of 20 researchers selected as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. Each researcher will receive $1 million during the next four years to "bring the creativity they have shown in the lab to the undergraduate classroom." According to Lu, he wants "to capture the natural curiosity freshmen hold about the world and nurture it." The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is a private philanthropy dedicated to biomedical research and science education.
Jonathan V. Sweedler, a William H. and Janet Lycan Professor of Chemistry, will receive the 2002 Heinrich-Emanual-Merck prize for Analytical Chemistry. The award is given by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt (Germany), and recognizes chemists whose work provides solutions to analytical problems in the areas of life sciences, material sciences or the environment.
In addition, the American Chemical Society awarded Sweedler the Analytical Division Award for instrumentation.
Andrzej Wieckowski, professor of chemistry, received the David C. Grahame Award of the Physical Electrochemistry Division of the Electrochemical Society. The biennual award seeks to recognize active members of the society who have made outstanding contributions to the field of physical electrochemistry and enhanced the scientific stature of the society by the presentation of well-recognized papers in the Journal of the Electrochemical Society and at society meetings.