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February 10, 2012

Appointments, honors and activities

• Notables:

- Alice Pawley, an assistant professor in Purdue's Schoolof Engineering Education and an affiliate faculty member of the Division ofEnvironmental and Ecological Engineering and the Women's Studies Program, hasco-edited a book aimed at engineering academics attempting to bring socialjustice into their work and practice. "Engineering and Social Justice: Inthe University and Beyond," published last month by Purdue UniversityPress, is the first book dedicated specifically to university professionals onengineering and social justice, an emerging area of research and practice,according to Purdue Press. Pawley joined Caroline Baillie, who was recentlynamed chair of Engineering Education for the Faculty of Engineering, Computingand Mathematics at the University of Western Australia; and Donna Riley, afounding faculty member in the Picker Engineering Program at Smith College, thefirst accredited engineering program at a U.S. women's college. The book, whichincludes a number of Purdue Engineering Education faculty, staff, and graduatestudents as contributing authors, is available for purchase from the PurdueUniversity Presswebsite, http://www.thepress.purdue.edu/titles/format/9781557536068

• Student honors:

- Purdue's Phi Kappa PsiFraternity is one of 10 college undergraduate organizations to receive a grantfrom the Responsible Scholars Alternative Spring Break Grants program. PhiKappa Psi received $1,000 to travel to San Pedro, Belize, and install solarpanels on an elementary school. The group also will work on variousconstruction projects around the school. The grant program annually awardsorganizations that engage in community work over their spring break vacations.  Purdue's spring break is the week ofMarch 12. Last spring break, members of Phi Kappa Psi traveled to San Pedro andconstructed an eco-pond system for the local elementary school. The eco-pondfilters and recycles toilet water, saving the community $6,000 in annualmunicipal water fees. The group also helped teach classes, and tutored andmentored students.