February 5, 2021

Appointments, honors and activities

  • Faculty and staff honors:

Thanos Tzempelikos, professor in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, has received the prestigious Leon Gaster Award from the Society of Light and Lighting as a co-author of the paper "Cross-validation and Robustness of Daylight Glare Metrics." This award is presented annually, naming the best paper of the year concerned with lighting applications. The award was presented at the society’s Annual Awards evening in December in London.

Dr. David Waters is the recipient of the Center on Aging and the Life Course's (CALC) Outstanding Professor Award. Waters is professor emeritus in the College of Veterinary Medicine and a CALC faculty associate. Waters teaches biology of aging and received numerous student nominations for the award, which recognizes exceptional teaching and mentoring of emerging scholars in aging. He is director of the Center for Exceptional Longevity Studies at the Gerald P. Murphy Cancer Foundation. 

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  • Student honors:

Orr Fellowship, a postgraduate professional development program based in Indianapolis, has recently selected four Purdue seniors as Orr fellows. The Orr Fellowship is one of Indiana’s most celebrated nonprofit talent programs. The students — Miguel Diaz, Sean O’Dell, Eleanor Hamilton and Hannah Vanderbosch — were chosen out of nearly 1,300 applicants and will begin at one of 46 Orr Fellowship partner companies upon graduating in May. They also will participate in Orr Fellowship programming dedicated to nurturing entrepreneurship and developing strong leadership skills.     

Christine McCall, a graduate research and teaching assistant in the College of Health and Human Sciences, earned a top honor from the National Council on Family Relations for a paper. McCall won the Outstanding Student and New Professional Paper Award for her paper titled “A Part of Our Family? Effects of Psychiatric Service Dogs on Quality of Life and Relationship Functioning in Military-Connected Couples.”

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