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April 16, 2004

Purdue School of Science to honor nine alumni

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University's School of Science will honor nine distinguished alumni at a 6:30 p.m. awards banquet today (Friday, 4/16) at the University Inn.

Receiving awards are:

• Lee C. Atkinson, co-founder, president and principal hydrogeologist of Hydrologic Consultants Inc. in Lakewood, Colo. Hydrologic Consultants provides consulting services to mining and industrial companies, law firms, non-regulatory government agencies and is a specialist consultant to other consulting firms. Atkinson received a bachelor's degree in 1971 and master's degree in 1972, both in earth and atmospheric sciences.

• Dean G. Christakis, co-founder and executive director of the Chicago-area Academy of Arts and Science Education, which offers hands-on experience in television and film production for high school students. He received a bachelor's degree in general science (physics and biology) in 1971.

• Elaine J. Heron, chief executive officer and chairman of Labcyte Inc., a Sunnyvale, Calif., company that provides instruments and plastic consumables for life science research and development. She received a bachelor's degree in 1970 and a doctorate in 1974, both in chemistry.

• Shau-Wai Lam, president and CEO of the DCH Auto Group in South Amboy, N.J. He received a bachelor's degree in 1963 and master's in 1964, both in mathematics.

• Alan J. Levy, co-founder of Seattle-based Northstar Neuroscience and former president and CEO of Heartstream, a medical products company. He received a doctorate in chemistry in 1962.

• David K. Schrader, lead strategist and a marketing director for the Teradata Applications Solutions group in Dayton, Ohio. He received a doctorate in computer science in 1983.

• Qun Shen, senior staff scientist at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source and an adjunct associate professor in the department of materials science and engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. He received his doctorate in physics in 1987.

• Jozef Teugels, professor of statistics at the Katholiecke Universiteit of Leuven, Belgium. He received a master's degree in 1966 and a doctorate in 1967, both in statistics.

• Barbara J. Trask, head of the human biology division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, and professor in the department of genome sciences at the University of Washington. She received a bachelor's degree in 1975 and a master's in 1977, both in biology.

Writer: Chad Boutin, (765) 494-2081,

Source: Dinah McClure, (765) 494-1764,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

Note to Journalists: Biographies and publication-quality photos of recipients are available at the School of Science Distinguished Alumni web site.

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