Appointments, honors and activities

December 6, 2013  

Faculty and staff honors:

- Purdue University Libraries recently presented Open Access awards to key faculty members for their commitment and contributions to the advancement of open access. Professor Linda S. Bergmann, director of the Online Writing Lab, received the Open Access Education Award. The Online Writing Lab celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2013. Now featuring more than 300 reference and instructional materials, all made freely available online, OWL has established itself as one of the premier open educational resources on the Web. Mark S. Lundstrom, the Don and Carol Scifres Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and founding director of the Network for Computational Nanotechnology, was presented the Open Access Research Award. The award was presented in recognition of Lundstrom's leadership in creating NanoHUB, a radical departure from traditional forms of scholarly communication in nanotechnology with a strongly open access character.

- The new Indiana Latino Higher Education Council Board includes four people from Purdue. Lupita Acosta-Roberts, the student diversity initiatives director in the College of Liberal Arts, was elected president. Alberto J. Rodriguez, professor and Mary Endes Chair in Elementary Education, and Kathy Garza Dixon, AGEP program director in the Graduate School, were elected to the Advocacy Committee. Rosa Acevedo Villarreal, associate dean of students and director of HORIZONS, was elected to the Governance Committee. The Indiana Latino Higher Education Council was established to develop a statewide effort to enhance Latino student, faculty and staff advocacy in higher education, networking and support, and development.


- Bert Chapman, a professor of library science, this month had his fifth scholarly book published. "Export Controls: A Contemporary History" examines how the United States has attempted to restrict the export of equipment, finance, knowledge and technology since World War II, and with varying degrees of success and failure. The book looks at how trade is used to transfer military equipment, knowledge and technology to possible hostile governments, along with transnational terrorist and criminal organizations seeking to attack and destroy their enemies. It was published by University Press of America. Chapman's first book, "Researching National Security and Intelligence Policy," was published in 2004. He has since written "Space Warfare and Defense: A Historical Encyclopedia and Research Guide;" "Military Doctrine: A Reference Handbook;" "Military Doctrine: A Reference Handbook;" and "Geopolitics: A Guide to the Issues."

- Lance Duerfahrd's book, "The Work of Poverty: Samuel Beckett's Vagabonds and the Theater of Crisis," was published by The Ohio State University Press. Duerfahrd is an associate professor of English whose area of expertise includes theory and cultural Studies, history and theory of film and photography, and modern literature and drama. Information about the book is available at pages/Duerfahrd Work.html

Student honors:

- PETE's PALs, which stands for Physical Education Teacher Educators Supporting Physical Activity, Learning and Service, has received the Tony and Mary Hulman Health Achievement Award in the field of Preventive Medicine and Public Health. The award was given by the Indiana Public Health Foundation, Inc. and Indiana Public Health Association, Inc. on Nov. 14 in Indianapolis. Each semester, children ages 3-18 with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities participate in PETE's PALs seven-week physical activity and aquatics program that pairs children with a Purdue student clinician to work individually on physical fitness, swimming and water safety skills. The program is supported by and housed in Purdue's Department of Health and Kinesiology. More program information is available at

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