Appointments, honors and activities
• Campus activities:
— Michael Rossmann, Purdue's Hanley Professor of Biological Sciences, will present "The life cycle of the West Nile Virus" as part of the Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecture Series at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 5 in Fowler Hall of Stewart Center. A reception in Stewart Center Gallery will follow the seminar. Rossmann is a member of the National Academy of Science and leads a research group that studies the structures of animal and bacterial viruses to try to determine how they function. The group uses X-ray crystallography, cryoelectron microscopy and molecular biology to study the three-dimensional structures of viruses and their proteins.
• Faculty and staff honors:
— Connie Weaver, distinguished professor and head of the Department of Foods and Nutrition, will receive the Tony and Mary Hulman Health Achievement Award in Preventive Medicine and Public Health on Oct. 7 at a reception in Indianapolis. This award is one of three given by the Indiana Public Health Foundation, Inc. Weaver's research interests have included mineral bioavailability, calcium metabolism, bone health and calcium absorption. Weaver is director of Purdue's Botanicals Research Center, funded by the National Institutes of Health, and is a former president of the American Society for Nutritional Sciences. She served on the 2005 U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and is an elected fellow of the American College of Nutrition and Institute of Food Sciences.
— The C-SPAN Video Library, which is housed at the Purdue Research Park and under the direction of Robert Browning, won the Golden Beacon Award from the Association of Cable Communicators. This is the association's highest honor to a public affairs initiative that has made an impact within the cable industry while enhancing cable's image nationwide. Browning is director of the C-SPAN Archives and associate professor of communication and political science. More information is available at http://www.cablecommunicators.com/awards_beacon.php
— Gebisa Ejeta, distinguished professor of agronomy and 2009 World Food Prize laureate, was among three people nationwide selected by Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., as a science envoy for the U.S. State Department. Under the U.S. Science Envoy Program, participants collaborate on programs that develop new sources of energy, create green jobs, digitize records, clean water and grow new crops. The initiative, announced by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in November 2009, reflects a commitment to global engagement in science and technology. The other science envoys are Rita Colwell, distinguished university professor at the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Alice P. Gast, president of Lehigh University.
— Evelyn Blackwood, professor of anthropology, recently published the book "Falling into the Lesbi World: Desire and Difference in Indonesia." The book, which focuses on gender differences in the city of Padang, West Sumatra, will be available at the end of the month from the University of Hawai'i Press. More information is available at: http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/shopcore/978-0-8248-3487-6/
• Alumni honors:
— The School of Chemical Engineering has named three alumni as recipients of the 2010 Outstanding Chemical Engineer Award. They are:
* William Greer of Indianapolis, who retired as executive director of production services for Eli Lilly and Co. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1945 and a master's degree in chemical engineering in 1949.
* Harold Igdaloff of Los Angeles, who is president and founder of Sungro Products. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1947.
* Peter Kraemer of St. Louis, who is vice president for supply and responsible for all North American operations for Anheuser-Busch InBev. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1988.
More information on the recipients can be found at https://engineering.purdue.edu/ChE/HomepageFeatures/WilliamGreerBSChE45MSChE49HaroldIgdaloffBSChE47andP