Appointments, honors and activities
• Appointments and promotions:
- Mickey A. Latour, professor of animal sciences, has been named associate dean for distance learning for Purdue University Continuing Education and Conferences. His appointment is effective Sept. 1. He will be responsible for leading implementation of the university's online learning initiatives, providing leadership for Purdue's to grow its distance learning offerings at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Latour is a fellow of Purdue's Teaching Academy and a three-time recipient of the Department of Animal Science Outstanding Teaching Award. Nationally, he has received the Certificate of Excellence in the Classroom from the United State Department of Agriculture and, in 2007, the National Teaching Fellow award from the North American Colleges and Teaching in Agriculture. In 2001, he was recognized with Purdue's Award for Excellence in Distance Education for best non-credit materials, "Incubators in the Classroom."
• Faculty and staff honors:
- Daniel Aldrich, assistant professor of political science, has been selected for a weeklong meeting of the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future in Washington, D.C. Aldrich is one of 15 specialists selected for the program that focuses on building and enhancing the network of Japan specialists who can bring diverse expertise and perspectives to the U.S.-Japan policymaking process. The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation launched the program in collaboration with the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.
- Jamie Humbarger, staff accountant for the Purdue Research Foundation, was named the 2010 Accounts Payable Woman of the Year by the American Accounts Payable Association at the organization's 28th Annual Congress in Washington, D.C. The American Accounts Payable Association is a professional society for accounts payable management. As a member of the association, Humbarger volunteers for the Hotline Referral Service and Accounts Payable program. She also is a member of the Strategic Accounts Payable Leadership Task Force and the Accounts Payable Education Task Force for the society.
- John Hanak, statewide director of the Purdue Research Park's technology centers, has been elected to the board of directors of the National Business Incubation Association. His three-year term begins Oct. 1. As director of the Purdue Research Park's technology centers in Indiana, Hanak oversees the park's four technology incubation programs in Indianapolis, West Lafayette, Merrillville and New Albany. The Purdue Research Park is the largest university-affiliated business incubation program in the country. The National Business Incubation Association's board of directors, made up of representatives from leading business incubation programs, governs the organization.
- Arun Ghosh, Ian P. Rothwell Distinguished Professor in the departments of Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, received the Jeananne D. and James P. Chaney Research and Scholarship Achievement Award. Ghosh is world renowned for his demonstrated excellence in medicinal chemistry. His work in peptidomimetics led to the development of Darunvair, which as had a global impact on the treatment of drug-resistant ADIS. Supported through an endowment created by Jeananne and James Chaney, the Research and Scholarship Achievement Award is given annually to recognize the achievements of a faculty member in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and includes a $1,500 honorarium.
- Ken Ridgway, Jim Ogg and John Cushman of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, have each been named fellows of the Geological Society of America. All newly elected Fellows and their nominators will be announced in the July issue of GSA Today and will be recognized at the presidential address at the GSA annual meeting in Denver, Colo., on Oct. 30.