Appointments, honors and activities

September 18, 2015  

Faculty and staff honors:

- The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing has recognized two professors from the School of Nursing. The professors will be recognized at the international conference in Las Vegas Nov. 7-11.  Sigma Theta Tau International is a nonprofit organization that focuses on scholarship, leadership and service. Azza Ahmed, associate professor of nursing, has been awarded the 2015 Audrey Hepburn Award for Contributions to the Health and Welfare of Children. She is being recognized for research in her work to improve breastfeeding rates, especially for low income and minority populations, and the creation of an app that provides support and information for breastfeeding mothers. Nancy Edwards, an associate professor of nursing and director of the Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner program, has been awarded the 2015 Amy J. Berman Geriatric Nursing Leadership Award. She is being recognized for her contributions in interdisciplinary geriatric education, clinical geriatric health care and in research areas focused on the care of individuals and families with dementia.

- Jennifer Hall, a continuing lecturer in the Brian Lamb School of Communication, has been awarded a service engagement grant of $2,250 from the Indiana Campus Compact for her project, "Communication & Civic Engagement." Indiana Campus Compact is a partnership between 42 Indiana college and university campuses dedicated to preparing college students to advance the public good in their communities.


- John Wensveen, professor and head of the Department of Aviation Technology in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, will speak at the Workshop on Education and Training Needs for Aviation Engineers and Researchers in Europe on Wednesday (Sept. 23) in Brussels, Belgium. Wensveen's presentation, titled "The iPOP Model of Cooperation Between the Air Transport Industry and Universities," will highlight the department's new education and training model and how it could be used for future employees in the air transport industry.


- Purdue's undergraduate program in agricultural and biological engineering has been ranked the top such specialty program in the country by U.S. News & World Report for the fifth consecutive year. The magazine released its annual rankings Sept. 9. Earlier this year, the magazine rated Purdue's graduate program in agricultural and biological engineering No. 1 in the country for the seventh consecutive year. Bernard Engel, head of the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, credited the rankings to the work of the faculty and staff and to their support of students.  

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