HATS OFF TO AWARD WINNERS

MARCH-APRIL 2019 |

The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships congratulates the following people for their recent awards, honors and other achievements.

Jennifer Akridge

Jennifer Akridge

Jennifer Akridge, business manager for the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships (EVPRP) Office, was the 2018 recipient of the Stacy L. Brown Outstanding Performance Award. The award was established last year by the EVPRP in memory of Brown, who served as the office’s director of financial affairs until her death in 2017.

Elisa Bertino

Elisa Bertino

Elisa Bertino, the Samuel Conte Professor of Computer Science, has been named the 2019-20 Athena Lecturer by the Association of Computing Machinery. The award recognizes women researchers who have made pioneering contributions to computer science. Bertino is being honored for her work in data management, security and privacy.

Steven Collicott

Steven Collicott

Steven Collicott, professor in Purdue’s School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, was selected as the Patti Grace Smith STEM Award winner by the Commercial Spaceflight Federation for its inaugural Commercial Space Leadership Awards. The awards seek to recognize leading innovators, investors, educators, journalists, and policymakers for their significant contributions to the success of the commercial space enterprise. Collicott was recognized for his “leadership as an educator committed to scientific excellence and the expansion of knowledge for the next generation of commercial space pioneers,” according to a release. He received the award at the Federal Aviation Administration’s Commercial Space Transportation Conference luncheon Feb. 13 in Washington, D.C.

Pedro Fonseca

Pedro Fonseca

Pedro Fonseca, an assistant professor of computer science, has received a 2018 Google Faculty Research Award. Fonseca’s proposal, “Principled Approaches for Effective Concurrency Testing of OS Kernels,” was one of the projects to survive the highly competitive selection process and receive funding this year. Google hopes the collaborative relationships built with world-class computer science faculty researchers will affect how future generations use technology.

Eileen Kladivko

Eileen Kladivko

Eileen Kladivko, a professor of agronomy, has been honored for her contributions to the growth and advancement of no-till agricultural practices. Kladivko, who teaches and does research and extension in soil physics, soil biology and soil management, was named a No-Till Innovator in the research and education category during the 27th annual National No-Tillage Conference in Indianapolis. Kladivko’s research area has been to identify soil management systems that improve environmental quality and promote agricultural sustainability. Her work has focused on tile drainage and water quality; the interactions of earthworms, soil management and soil physical properties; conservation tillage and cover crops for soil-quality improvement; and preferential flow of chemicals through soils.

Wendy Kline

Wendy Kline

Wendy Kline, the Dema G. Seelye Chair in the History of Medicine in the Department of History, has been awarded the Fulbright-University of Birmingham Distinguished Chair (England) for six months in 2019-20. Her project is titled the “‘LSD Block’ and the Therapeutic Alliance: The Rise and Fall of Psychedelic Medicine in the U.K.” The Fulbright University of Birmingham Distinguished Chair enables a prominent U.S. professor in any discipline to be based at the university, with access to all of its research collections, and provides an opportunity to undertake research and build links in the UK. Read more.

Cynthia

Cynthia Koh-Knox Sharp

Cynthia Koh-Knox Sharp, clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice, was honored as a Woman of Distinction by the YWCA at its banquet on March 5. The annual banquet recognizes women who have made outstanding and inspirational achievements in volunteer or professional roles and have also demonstrated leadership, role modeling qualities and community involvement. Three other Purdue-affiliated women were also honored.

Julayne Moser

Julayne Moser

Julayne Moser, director of academic affairs for Purdue Online Learning in the College of Engineering, received the Joseph M. Biedenbach Award for Distinguished Service from the Continuing Professional Development Division of the American Society for Engineering Education.  The award was presented Jan. 31 at the mid-year ASEE Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration. More information can be found here.

William Oakes

William Oakes

William Oakes, professor of engineering education, has received a 2019 Gerald Bepko Faculty Community Engagement Grant Award from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education selected. Oakes, who holds a PhD from Purdue in mechanical engineering, also is director of EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service). The award was presented in February at the 2019 Faculty Leadership Conference in Indianapolis. It includes a grant of $500. The agency is a 14-member public body created in 1971 to define the missions of Indiana’s colleges and universities, plan and coordinate the state’s postsecondary education system, and ensure that Indiana’s higher education system is aligned to meet the needs of students and the state. 

Nancy Pelaez

Nancy Pelaez

Nancy Pelaez, associate professor of biological sciences, was elected and is now serving a three-year term in the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Education Section. Pelaez will spend her first year as chair-elect, second year as chair, and third year as retiring chair through Feb. 20, 2022. Guided by the theme “Envisioning Tomorrow’s Earth,” she is working with AAAS staff; Pat Marsteller, section chair and associate dean for research at Emory College of Arts and Sciences; and Susan Rundell Singer, past section chair and vice president for academic affairs and provost at Rollins College, to plan symposia for the 2020 AAAS meeting to be held Feb. 13-16, 2020, in Seattle.

Rhonda Phillips

Rhonda Phillips

Robert Frosch

Robert Frosch

Robert Frosch, senior associate dean of facilities and operations and professor of civil engineering, and Rhonda Phillips, dean of the Honors College, have been named ACE Fellows for academic year 2019-20 by the American Council on Education (ACE). Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing faculty and staff for senior positions in college and university administration.

Rick Mattes

Rick Mattes

Regan Bailey

Regan Bailey

Two Purdue University professors have been named to the national committee that provides recommendations that shapes the American diet. Richard “Rick” Mattes, distinguished professor of nutrition science, and Regan Bailey, associate professor of nutrition science, were selected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture to serve on the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Every five years a committee reviews the latest in nutrition and medical research to provide the scientific basis for these national recommendations. These guidelines provide the foundation for national nutrition programs, standards and education. Read more.

Six faculty members have received funding for 2019 from the Clifford B. Kinley Trust. They are Amanda Caseassistant professor of counseling psychology; Robert Duncanassistant professor of human development and family studies; Brandon Keehnassistant professor of speech, language and hearing sciences; Marguerite O’Haireassociate professor of human-animal interaction; Zoe Taylor, assistant professor of human development and family studies; and Bridgette Tonnsen, assistant professor of psychological sciences. The Kinley Trust was established in 1978 to fund research relating to human welfare and was activated in 1991 upon Mrs. Kinley’s death. Exclusive to the West Lafayette campus, the trust funds research which uses a social science perspective to explore methods for improving the human condition. Projects are funded for one year for a maximum of $20,000. Read more