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July 3, 2003

Appointments, promotions; faculty and staff honors

Appointments and promotions

– Howard Weiss has been named head of the Department of Psychological Sciences in the School of Liberal Arts. Weiss, who has been at Purdue for 27 years, also is co-director for the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue. His research is in the causes and consequences of emotional experiences at work.

Campus activities:

– Rob Tibshirani of Stanford University's Department of Statistics presented this year's Myra Samuels Lecture at Purdue on June 20. Tibshirani discussed a new method of finding simple models for disease prediction. This method, called least angle regression, is an algorithm – a set of short, simple rules for solving a problem – that could enable health experts to accurately predict disease progression in a patient using a minimum number of measurements of the patient's condition.

Faculty and staff honors:

– Jennifer S. Curtis, professor of chemical engineering, head of the Department of Freshman Engineering and associate engineering dean for undergraduate education, received the Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering Education during a June 25 ceremony at the American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exhibition. The award recognizes women engineering educators who have outstanding records of teaching, research and service.

– Genevieve Borden, an academic adviser in psychology, was awarded the Earl B. Notestine Award for Professional Excellence. The award, established by Earl and Ilah Notestine in 1996, recognizes outstanding individuals in student services. Borden has been an academic adviser in the School of Liberal Arts for seven years.

– Jeanette Swan, secretary for student recruitment in the School of Liberal Arts, has received the first Earl B. Notestine Award for Professional Excellence in the clerical and support staff category. She has been at Purdue for 28 years.

– Robert J. Bernhard, a professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Ray W. Herrick Laboratories, has been named a distinguished noise control engineer by the Institute of Noise Control Engineering. The honor "recognizes individuals who have rendered conspicuous and consistently outstanding service to the institute and to the field of noise control engineering over a sustained period." It is the highest award administered by the institute, and Bernhard is the fourth recipient ever to receive the award.

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