NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2019 |
The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships congratulates the following people for their recent awards, honors and achievements.
Azza Ahmed, associate professor of nursing, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She was among 231 inductees honored at a ceremony in October during the academy’s annual policy conference in Washington, D.C. The academy is comprised of more than 2,600 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy and research. New fellows are selected based on their impressive contributions to increase access, reduce cost and improve quality through nursing theory, practice and science.
Alexandra Boltasseva, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been named an IEEE fellow. She is being recognized for research on new materials for plasmonic and metamaterial nanophotonic devices. The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one- percent of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.
Josh Chan, the Krannert Rising Star Professor of Economics, was selected chair-elect of the Section on Economics, Finance and Business for the International Society of Bayesian Analysis. Chan succeeds Justin Tobias, professor of economics, in the role. Chan’s research agenda focuses on building new high-dimensional time-series models, especially stochastic volatility models.
Harry Denny, associate professor of English and director of the Purdue Writing Lab, won the International Writing Centers Association Outstanding Book Award for “Out in the Center: Public Controversies and Private Struggles.” The collection presents literature reviews and individual narratives about the politics of identity and disclosure around race, gender, sexuality, class, faith, multilingualism and learning disabilities in the context of writing centers. Denny and his co-authors received the award at the IWCA’s annual conference in October.
Donatella Danielli, a professor of mathematics, has been selected to the 2020 class of fellows of the Association for Women in Mathematics. AWM is a leading society for women in mathematical sciences and has more than 3,500 members (women and men). Danielli earned her Ph.D. in mathematics from Purdue in 1999. She returned to Purdue as a faculty member in 2001. She is also a fellow of the American Mathematical Society. Danielli was cited for “her generous and consistent involvement in, and remarkable impact on, a large number of excellent local, national, and international initiatives to support interest and involvement of women in mathematics at all levels; and for remarkable, pioneering contributions positioning her as a role model for more junior mathematicians, particularly women.”
Two Purdue University faculty members have been elected fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. NAI fellows are inventors on U.S. patents who have been nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions in patents and licensing, noteworthy discovery, significant effect on society, and support and enhancement of innovation. Jessica Huber, a professor of speech, language, and hearing sciences, created SpeechVive, a device that uses a reflex to improve communication for people that have Parkinson’s disease, one of the most common degenerative neurological diseases. SpeechVive Inc. commercialized the Purdue device to help the more than 1 million people in the United States who are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Jules Janick, a distinguished horticulture professor, has received worldwide attention for his work on patented apple technologies as part of a breeding program called PRI, which is a collaboration between Purdue, Rutgers University and the University of Illinois. PRI was started in 1945 to develop apples that were resistant to a serious disease called apple scab. Because the apples are scab resistant, the need for pesticide use is greatly reduced.
Six Purdue faculty members are on the 2019 Highly Cited Researchers list published annually by the Web of Science Group, a Clarivate Analytics company. The list identifies scientists and social scientists who produced multiple papers ranking in the top 1% by citations for their field and year of publication, demonstrating significant research influence among their peers.
The researchers are Letian Dou, assistant professor of chemical engineering; Richard Kuhn, professor of biological sciences and the Krenicki Family Director of the Purdue Institute for Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease; Kinam Park, the Showalter Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering and professor of pharmaceutics; Vladimir Shalaev, the Robert and Anne Burnett Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Peide Ye, the Richard J. and Mary Jo Schwartz Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Jian-Kang Zhu, distinguished professor of plant biology. The methodology that determines the “who’s who” of influential researchers draws on the data and analysis performed by bibliometric experts from the Institute for Scientific Information at the Web of Science Group.