July 24, 2020

Appointments, honors and activities

  • Faculty and staff honors:

The Production and Operations Management Society has named a best paper award after J. George Shanthikumar, Krannert School of Management’s Richard E. Dauch Chair in Manufacturing and Operations Management. The J. George Shanthikumar Best Data Science and E-Operations Paper Award will recognize the best paper published in the preceding four years by the following departments: data science, stochastic and optimization, disruptive technologies and operations management, e-business and operations, and POM-information systems interface.



  • Notables:

Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies earned a top honor at the recent online Esri User Conference. Esri, the global leader in location intelligence, presented Purdue with the Special Achievement in GIS (SAG Award). Selected from over 300,000 eligible candidates, LSIS received the award for its innovative application of mapping and analytics technology, as well as thought leadership in the field of GIS education. The LSIS GIS team is led by associate professor Nicole Kong. Details on the award are available.

Purdue’s Faculty of Color Network was honored by INSIGHT Into Diversity with the Inspiring Affinity Group award. The honor was awarded to groups that have made significant impact on group members, campuses and communities. Purdue was one of 38 higher education institutions to receive the award. The Faculty of Color Network was established in 2014 and provides social support and professional development. The Faculty of Color Network, as well as the Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff and Latino Faculty and Staff Association, work to build professional and personal networks and development on campus.


  • Student honors:

Yunping Tong, doctoral candidate in sociology, won a Global Religion Research Initiative (GRRI) Dissertation Fellowship from the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University Notre Dame. Tong’s dissertation, titled “Does Religion Matter? A Study of Sex Ratio at Birth, Son Preference, and Abortion Attitude in Contemporary China,” examines the religious influence on demographic outcomes in China. 

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