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January 11, 2002

Appointments and promotions; faculty and staff honors

Appointments and promotions
– Barrett S. Caldwell, an associate professor in the School of Industrial Engineering, has been named director of the Indiana Space Grant Consortium, replacing Dominick Andrisani, an associate professor in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

– 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.

Campus activities
– Purdue's Physics on the Road Show will travel to Philadelphia Jan. 21. Roger Boyce, assistant outreach coordinator for Purdue's Department of Physics, has been invited to The Franklin Institute to perform three one-hour shows for the public on Martin Luther King Day. During the shows, Boyce will use a variety of techniques and props to illustrate the basic principles of physics and allow audience members to see and hear how physics is connected to their daily lives. The Physics on the Road Show was established in 1990 to take basic lessons in physics into Indiana classrooms. More than 250,000 Indiana students have seen the presentations.

Faculty and staff honors
– Raphael R. Kavanaugh, professor and head of the hospitality and tourism research department, was named in the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education as among the 108 most influential hospitality education scholars nationally from 1989-99. Kavanaugh was No. 28 on the list, which compiled the number of times professors' research was cited in the five major hospitality management education journals.

– 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

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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