June 28, 2013
Appointments, honors and activities
• Appointments and promotions:
- Jamillah R. Gabriel, lead library technician at Ohlone College in Freemont, Calif., since 2007, has been appointed as the Purdue Black Cultural Center's librarian. Gabriel has more than 13 years of experience in both academic and public libraries, and has held leadership positions in professional organizations including the Association of College and Research Libraries, the California Library Association and the California Conference of Library Instruction. At Purdue, she will be responsible for the management of the BCC Library and will spend 25 percent of her appointment working on initiatives within Purdue Libraries. She began her new role on June 17.
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- The Purdue chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) ROV team recently placed 17th at the international level of the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center International ROV Competition in Seattle. The mission theme this year was cabled ocean-observing systems. The Purdue team also was won the Engineering Evaluation MVP Award for its ability to defend its design decisions in a logical manner, and received the Judges' Choice Award. The team will make a presentation in February at the Underwater Intervention Conference in New Orleans.
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• Student honors:
- Purdue veterinary medicine student Chris Liguore (DVM Class of 2016) won third place in the Smithcors Student Veterinary History Essay Contest sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical History Society (AVMHS). The essay, "Lifestyles of the Furry and Famous, A Historical Analysis of the Care and Advancement of Animal Actors," addresses the treatment of animals in the film industry, and was prepared as part of a class taught by David Williams on the early origins of veterinary medicine. The essay contest is designed to encourage veterinary students to research, write about, and appreciate the heritage of the veterinary medical profession. Liguore will receive a cash prize and his essay will be published in Veterinary Heritage: Bulletin of the American Veterinary Medical History Society, a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal published at Purdue.
- Katie Rebecca Felix of Indianapolis has been awarded a Fellowship worth $5,000 by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Felix received her bachelor's degree in Spanish from Purdue University. She will continue studies in entertainment industry management at Carnegie Mellon University. She is among 57 students nationwide to receive a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship.