April 5, 2019

Appointments, honors and activities

Vilas Pol Vilas Pol

Faculty and staff honors:

 -  Vilas Pol, a professor in the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering, has been selected to receive The American Ceramic Society's Richard M. Fulrath Award - American Academic. The award will be presented at the honors and awards banquet at the society’s 121st annual meeting on Sept. 30, 2019, in Portland, Oregon. More information can be found here.

 -  Libby Richards, assistant professor of nursing; Melissa Franks, associate professor of human development and family studies; Kimberly Porter, graduate student in nursing; and Meghan McDonough, associate professor at the Univerity of Calgary, are recipients of the Pittu Laungani Best Paper Prize, an award for the best paper in the International Journal of Health Promotion and Education in 2018. The paper is titled “‘Let’s move’: A Systematic Review of Spouse-Involved Interventions to Promote Physical Activity” and reflects work supported by the College of Health and Human Sciences’ Center for Families. – Matthew Oates.

Nagy award Carol Shelby, senior director, Environmental Health and Public Safety, Gabriela Nagy, and Chris Agnew, associate vice president for research, Regulatory Affairs. (Courtesy photo)

- Gabriela Nagy, director of industrial education, received the 2019 Presidential Safety Award for her efforts to promote safety awareness and practices in Forney Hall and the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering. Nagy received the award during the Purdue University Annual Safety Chair Meeting on March 20. More information can be found here.

 -  Mitchell Springer, executive director of ProSTAR and operations and strategic initiatives in Purdue Polytechnic Institute, has received the 2019 University Professional and Continuing Education Association Leadership in Diversity Award. Springer has traveled across the U.S. presenting the business case for diversity and inclusivity, with presentations to corporate partners and nonprofit organizations. He is internationally recognized and has contributed significantly to diversity-specific scholarship through books, articles, presentations, editorials and reviews. Springer continues to write and speak on unconscious bias, prejudice and inherent discrimination. His most recent work addresses the changing age, racial and ethnic diversity of the face of American demographics, and its impact on higher education, student populations and implications toward cultural inclusion.

 -  Two faculty members and an academic program within the College of Education were selected as winners of the 2019 University Professional and Continuing Education Association’s Outstanding Credit Program Award. The Master of Science in Education in Learning Design and Technology program; William Watson, associate professor of curriculum and instruction; and Holly Fiock, instructional designer in the College of Education, received the award, which recognizes the design and implementation of competency-based digital badges in the Learning Design and Technology Program.


 -  Klavs F. Jensen, the Warren K. Lewis Professor in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will speak on April 15-16 in the 2019 Kelly Lecture Series, presented by Purdue University’s Davidson School of Chemical Engineering. Jensen's lecture on April 15, titled “Automated Systems and Machine Learning for Chemical Synthesis,” will take place at 3 p.m. in Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering, Room 3059. The April 16 lecture, “Accelerating Development and Intensifying Chemical Processes,” will be held in Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering, Room G140. Both lectures are free and open to the public. More information can be found here.


 -  Purdue received 5 out of 5 stars in the latest Campus Pride Index rating, based on categories affecting LGBTQ students, staff and faculty, including LGBTQ policy inclusion, support and institutional commitment, academic life, student life, housing, campus safety, counseling and health, and recruitment and retention efforts. The Campus Pride Index is a voluntary assessment tool that universities can use to identify strengths and gaps in supporting LGBTQIA+ inclusion. It’s also a tool that prospective college students can use to identify potential resources and support on campuses they are considering applying to. Purdue received a score of 4 out of 5 stars in 2014.  – Matthew Oates

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