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April 12, 2003

Purdue faculty recognized at Honors Convocation

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Outstanding teaching at Purdue University during the 2002-03 academic year was recognized today (Friday, 4/11) at the Elliott Hall of Music during the annual University Honors Convocation.

Five faculty members received the Purdue University Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in memory of Charles B. Murphy. This award is the university's highest undergraduate teaching honor. The recipients, who each received $5,000, include:

Karl G. Brandt, professor of biochemistry; W. Nicholas Delgass, professor of chemical engineering; Nicholas J. Giordano, professor of physics; John T. Kirby, professor of foreign languages and literatures; and Denver W. Lopp, associate professor of aviation technology.

The winners' names will be engraved on the Book of Great Teachers, a commemorative plaque in the Memorial Union that honors the best teachers from throughout Purdue's 134-year history.

Another top honor was presented to Marilyn J. Haring, a professor of educational studies in the School of Education. She received the Helen B. Schleman Gold Medallion Award. The $1,500 award was established by six women student organizations in 1968 upon Schleman's retirement as dean of women. It is presented annually to a woman faculty or staff member who has made significant contributions to the university and its students.

Haring has focused her scholarship and teaching upon career development, leadership and mentoring. She has helped develop many publications and programs for professional organizations, faculty and staff groups, projects, and youth organizations. She also served as Purdue's dean of the School of Education from 1991 until her retirement from that position in 2001.

Philip L. Fuchs, professor of chemistry, was presented with the Herbert Newby McCoy Award. He was recognized for his achievements in the field of synthetic organic chemistry, including the investigation of new strategies for the efficient construction of potential anticancer drugs. The McCoy Award was established in 1964 through a bequest from Ethel Terry McCoy in memory of her husband, who was an alumnus of Purdue University in the School of Science. The award is presented annually to the student or faculty member "in the science departments of Purdue University making the greatest contribution of the year to science."

Fuchs, who received $4,000, will address the Purdue community at the annual McCoy Distinguished Lectures next fall. Purdue also will provide an additional $7,000 to support Fuchs' further research.

The Class of 1922 Helping Students Learn Award was presented to Larry G. Adams, associate professor of veterinary clinical sciences; Robert L. Bill, associate professor of basic medical sciences; and S. Kathleen Salisbury, professor of veterinary clinical sciences.

The recipients will divide a $3,750 cash prize. Their departments also will divide a $1,250 academic expense account. A Helping Students Learn Award crystal trophy will be presented to each recipient at the Founders Day Banquet on Saturday, April 26.

The award for excellence in distance education was presented to Joy L. Colwell, an assistant professor in organizational leadership and supervision (OLS) at Purdue Calumet, who was the project director for the pretest, tutorial, and course assessment in OLS 252 and OLS 477.

Writer: Marydell Forbes, (765) 496-7704,

Source: Jim Vruggink, director of special projects, (765) 494-2086,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: Expanded biographies are available for most award recipients. Contact Marydell Forbes at (765) 496-7704,

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