July 3, 1996
Purdue faculty and staff receive honors
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Thirty-two Purdue University faculty and staff received honors
- Dr. Robert L. Bill, associate professor of clinical pharmacology and assistant director
of the Veterinary Technology Program, received the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine's
Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award of $1,000 and a plaque. The award is voted on by veterinary students.
- Minou Bina, professor of chemistry, was awarded the 1996 Lions Club Award for Outstanding
Achievements in Cancer Research. The award is based on her achievements during the
past 17 years as an active cancer researcher at Purdue. Bina is a pioneer in establishing how proteins called histones control the folding of DNA into chromosomal
structures and how other proteins, called transcription factors, bind to DNA targets
and activate gene expression. She also has begun assembling a database of all known
transcription factors that will aid cancer researchers worldwide.
- Dr. James C. Blakemore, professor of small animal medicine and dermatology, received
the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher Award of $1,000 and a plaque from Purdue's
School of Veterinary Medicine. The award is voted on by veterinary students for outstanding teaching.
- Dr. Terry L. Bowersock, associate professor of veterinary bacteriology, received
the School of Veterinary Medicine's Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence
of $1,000 and a plaque. Members of the veterinary school's voting faculty and Research Advisory Board choose the recipient for fostering excellence in veterinary research.
- Nikolas I. Christensen, professor of earth science, will receive the 1996 George
P. Woollard Award from the Geological Society of America. The annual award is given
to recognize outstanding contributions to geology through the applications of the
principles and techniques of geophysics. The award will be presented at the organization's
annual meeting in October.
- Jane Z. Daniels, director of the Women in Engineering Programs, received the President's
Award from the Women in Engineering Program Advocates Network, a national organization
of programs that encourage and support women who want to pursue careers in engineering and science. The award honors an individual who has made significant contributions
to WEPAN and whose efforts have advanced the goals of the organization in service,
fundraising, outreach and collaboration. Daniels is co-founder of WEPAN and in 1990 was its first president.
- Dr. Karin Kooreman, visiting instructor of large animal surgery, received the Weedon
Faculty Recognition Award of $700 and a plaque from Purdue's School of Veterinary
Medicine. Senior veterinary students choose the faculty member who has helped them
the most in achieving their degree.
- Dr. S. Kathleen Salisbury, associate professor of veterinary clinical science, received
the Faculty Award for Excellence in Service of $500 and a plaque. The award goes
to the faculty member chosen by peers in Purdue's School of Veterinary Medicine and
by Indiana veterinarians for distinguished efforts in service.
- Gene Spafford, associate professor of computer sciences, was named a charter member
of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society's Golden
Core group. The honor was established this year as part of the organization's 50th-anniversary celebration to recognize members who have made significant contributions to
the mission of the society during the past five decades.
- Marlin U. Thomas, head of the School of Industrial Engineering, received the Distinguished
Alumnus of the Year Award from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
- Emily M. Wadsworth, assistant director of the Women in Engineering Programs, received
the Research Award from the Women in Engineering Program Advocates Network. The award
recognizes outstanding achievements in research related to women in engineering and science.
- Fifteen faculty and staff members received a Superior Service Award from the U.S.
Department of Agriculture for their Safe Food for the Hungry program. The team produced
two interactive videoconference workshops that addressed food handling, nutrition
and volunteer management concerns faced by food banks, soup kitchens, food pantries
and other nonprofit food assistance organizations. The group also created companion
lesson plans, poster sets, fact sheets and a board game. Members of the winning team
are April Mason, professor and associate dean for Extension, School of Consumer and Family
Sciences; Extension specialists Wilella Burgess and William Evers (food and nutrition
), Maribeth Cousin and Richard Linton (food science), Douglas Steele (4-H Youth development), and Thomas Luba (distance education information technology); Barbara Almanza
and William Jaffe, associate professors of restaurant, hotel, institutional and tourism
management; visual designers Sharon Katz and Pam Lassiter; graphic designer Russell Merzdorf; video producers Joan Crow and Randall Spears; and visual media assistant
- Purdue's News Service and Agricultural Communication Service have received a Grand
Gold Award for Excellence in News Writing from Newsweek magazine. The award, which
includes a $1,000 prize, will be presented at a special grand gold reception and
ceremony Monday (7/8) in San Francisco during the annual meeting of the Council for Advancement
and Support of Education. The award recognizes the work of science writers Susan
Gaidos and Amanda Siegfried of the News Service, Rebecca Goetz of Agricultural Communication Service, and Steven Tally, who writes for both offices, along with Frank Koontz,
News Service senior editor, and David Umberger, News Service associate director and
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