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agricultural, consumer and environmental sciences
Four professors in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences were named to endowed chair positions at investiture ceremonies April 8.
Sharon M. Donovan, professor of nutrition, was selected as the first Melissa M. Noel Chair in Nutrition and Health.
John W. Dudley, professor of plant genetics in the department of crop sciences, was selected as the first Renessen Professor of Corn Quality Trait Genetics Breeding. This endowed chair was established by Renessen in recognition of the long history of selection experiments at the UI on corn grain quality traits. Renessen is a joint venture between Monsanto and Cargill to enhance the use of various crops.
Philip Garcia, professor of agricultural and consumer economics, has been named to the Thomas A. Hieronymus Distinguished Chair in Futures Markets. As Hieronymus Chair, Garcia will lead the Office for Futures and Options Research. His research focuses on assessment problems in the agricultural sector.
Reed W. Larson, professor of human and community development, of psychology and of educational psychology, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Pampered Chef Ltd. Endowed Chair in Family Resiliency. Larson’s research focuses on the daily experience of adolescents and their parents.
applied life studies
Ehud Yairi, professor of speech and hearing science, was awarded the Honors of the Association from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The award, the highest honor given by the organization, recognizes distinguished contributions to the field of speech, language and hearing. Yairi was recognized as a leading researcher in fluency and stuttering for more than 30 years.
Andrew Alleyne, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, received the 2003 Ralph T. Teetor Educational Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers. The award recognizes top engineering educators who are successfully preparing engineers to meet the challenges of a complex society.
Armand Beaudoin, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, received a 2003 Associate Professor Xerox Award for Faculty Research from the College of Engineering. The award recognizes Beaudoin’s work in the areas of metal plasticity and metal forming, and biomechanics.
Richard Buckius, professor and head of mechanical and industrial engineering, received the 2003 Ralph Coats Roe Award from the American Society for Engineering Education. The award recognizes a mechanical engineering educator who is an outstanding teacher and has made notable professional contributions.
Anthony Jacobi, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, received the College of Engineering Rose Award for Teaching Excellence, which recognizes excellence in undergraduate instruction and in course design and development.
Ty Newell, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, received the BP Amoco Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Instruction from the College of Engineering. He was recognized for his use of project-based teaching in courses in heat transfer, refrigeration and air conditioning, and energy conversion systems.
Michael Philpott, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, received the Collins Award for Innovative Teaching from the College of Engineering. The award recognizes his initiation of MIE 170, an engineering design class in which first-year mechanical and industrial engineering students learn about solid modeling and rapid prototyping, among other things. The class is thought to be the first of its kind in the nation.
Taher Saif, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, has received a 2003 Assistant Professor Xerox Award for Faculty Research from the College of Engineering. The award recognizes Saif’s work in the areas of materials behavior at the nanoscale, microelectromechanical systems, and small-scale solid-liquid interactions.
James Stori, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, has received the 2003 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. The award recognizes significant achievement and leadership in manufacturing engineering.
fine and applied arts
Ronald E. Schmitt, professor of architecture, has won an award from the Association of American Publishers’ Professional/Scholarly Division for his book "Sullivanesque: Urban Architecture and Ornamentation" (UI Press/2002). Schmitt won honorable mention in the category of "Architecture and Urban Studies" for books published in 2002.
international programs and studies
Earl D. Kellogg, associate provost for international affairs, was selected president-elect of the Association of International Education Administrators, an international association of senior international officers of universities.
liberal arts and sciences
Paul C. Lauterbur, professor of chemistry, has been elected an honorary member of the American Society of Neuroradiology. He was nominated because of his contributions to the development of magnetic resonance as an imaging device. The ASNR has more than 3,000 members internationally.
Willard Bredfield, director of the Illini Union Bookstore, was installed as a trustee on the board of the National Association of College Stores during the association’s annual business meeting March 10. The association is the professional trade association representing the more than $11 billion higher education retailing industry, and has more than 4,000 members.