January 11, 2002
Appointments and promotions; faculty and staff honors
Appointments and promotions
Lefteri H. Tsoukalas, a professor in the School of Nuclear Engineering, has been named head of the school, replacing Arden Bement, who is on an extended leave of absence to become director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md.
Linda S. Young, associate director of major gifts and campaigns, has accepted the position of director of development for the School of Industrial Engineering. She began her new duties Dec. 19. Young is a graduate of Purdue with a master's degree in counseling and personnel services and holds a bachelor's from the School of Consumer and Family Sciences in retailing. She has been with the University Development Office since 1988.
Faculty and staff honors
Six Purdue University faculty have been recognized by the Institute for Scientific Information for being among the most cited researchers worldwide.
The highly cited researchers include: Herbert C. Brown, the R. B. Wetherill Research Professor Emeritus of Chemistry who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1979; Robert Graham Cooks, the Henry Bohn Hass Distinguished Professor of Chemistry; Michael Weaver, professor of chemistry; P. Suresh Chandra Rao, the Lee A. Rieth Distinguished Professor of Environmental Engineering who holds a joint appointment in Purdue's School of Civil Engineering and the agronomy department in Purdue's School of Agriculture; and Raymond Viskanta, the W.F.M. Goss Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Also recognized was the late Ben Freiser, who was a professor in Purdue's Department of Chemistry.
The group has been recognized as leading scholars in their fields by the institute's new Web-based resource that lists individuals, departments and laboratories that have made fundamental contributions to the development of science and technology in recent decades.
The database can be accessed at http://isihighlycited.com.
Researchers were selected for inclusion in the database based on the total number of citations received by their scientific publications within a given category. Citations, or references to a researcher's scientific paper, are often used as a quantifiable demonstration of a scientist's impact or influence.
The Institute for Scientific Information identified and evaluated 19 million articles or source records to identify the most highly cited researchers during the past 20 years. The database currently covers eight categories: biology and biochemistry, chemistry, engineering, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology and genetics, neuroscience and physics.
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