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Richard F. Borch, head of Purdue's Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, has been named director of Purdue's Cancer Center. He succeeds William Baird, who resigned in October to take a job at Oregon State University. Borch, who is the Lilly Distinguished Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, joined the Purdue faculty in October and has served as interim director of the Cancer Center since then. Before coming to Purdue, he was director of the University of Rochester Cancer Center. His research focuses on the development of new drugs for the treatment of cancer.

Phillip E. Pope, professor of forestry and director of the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Program, has been named associate dean of the Graduate School. Dennis R. Depew, professor and head of the Department of Industrial Technology and director of graduate studies, has been named assistant dean of the Graduate School.

Russell Jones is the new leader of the Purdue University Theatre Division. His appointment was effective July 1. He previously was chairman of the University of Kentucky Department of Theatre, a position he held since 1993. His specific area of teaching, research and expertise is in scenery and lighting design. He holds a master of fine arts degree from Northwestern University and a master of arts degree from Kentucky. His undergraduate degree is from Murray State University.

Marvis J. Boscher has been named director of university residences at Purdue University, effective July 1. She succeeds John A. Sautter, who for the past two years has been director of residence halls as well as vice president of housing and food services. The name of Boscher's new position has been changed from director of residence halls to director of university residences to reflect changes within the management structure. Married student housing managers now report to the director instead of directly to the vice president.

Boscher graduated from Purdue in 1979 and took a job as a university staff resident. Two years later, she was promoted to a residence hall facilities manager, and from 1984 to 1994 she managed two residence halls - Terry Courts and then Windsor Halls. Boscher was named director of residential life for residence halls and graduate houses in 1994, with responsibility for coordinating residential life programs and recruiting and training residence hall counselors.

Thomas N. Farris, professor of aeronautics and astronautics, has been named head of the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, effective July 1. He will replace John Sullivan, who will return to teaching. Farris joined the Purdue faculty in 1986 and has taught courses in aerospace structures and materials. His research areas include fatigue and fracture, manufacturing processes, and tribology, the study of friction. In 1990 he won a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation.

Vickie J. Maris has been hired as the new communications specialist in personnel services. She is responsible for communicating the changes that will occur with Purdue's implementation of a new human resources information system, InPower. Maris, a Purdue graduate, formerly owned and operated Creekside Communications in Battle Ground. She continues to operate her Connemara pony farm there.

Linda A. Simunek, an educator and nursing leader who has helped establish four nursing programs in the United States, will become head of Purdue's School of Nursing, effective May 1. Jo A. Brooks, head of the school since 1992, has returned to full-time teaching and research. Simunek, who most recently was dean of the nursing school at Florida International University, has also served as dean of the College of Nursing at Chicago State University and at Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill. Simunek has been nationally recognized for her achievements in education, nursing and law, and she has written numerous articles and book chapters on the legal and ethical dimensions of licensure, accreditation and culture-specific care. She served as legal counselor for the Philippine Nurses Association of America and the Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association of America. In 1996, she was named International Women of the Year by the International Biographical Center in Cambridge, England.

Anne Smith, professor of audiology and speech sciences, will become head of the Department of Audiology and Speech Sciences on July 1. She will succeed Jackson Gandour, who will return to teaching and research. Smith joined the Purdue faculty in 1981 and was acting head of the department from 1991 to 1992. Her research has been in speech physiology and is directed at understanding muscle control of speech motor skills. She received her bachelor's degree from Kalamazoo College and her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Iowa.


Purdue's Women in Engineering Program has been selected to receive the 1998 Maria Mitchell Women in Science Award. The award honors individuals or organizations that encourage girls and women to pursue careers in science and technology. It commemorates Mitchell, America's first professional woman astronomer and astronomy professor. Funded by the William R. Kenan Jr. Fund for Engineering, Science and Technology, and presented by the Maria Mitchell Association, this is the first year the award was determined by jury. The $5,000 award will be presented in October in Nantucket, Mass.

National Gamma Award from Omega Tau Sigma, a professional veterinary fraternity. The award recognizes distinguished service to the veterinary profession. In the past year, Fessler also has received two other awards: the Alumni Recognition Award from the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University; and the Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Glenn G. Sparks, professor of communication, was recognized for prolific research in the January 1998 issue of the Journal of the Association for Communication Administration. In an article called ''An Analysis of Research Article Productivity by Telecommunication Scholars Over the Past Decade,'' Sparks ranked 13th in terms of authorship frequency and tied for that spot with seven other scholars. The article examined publications in 16 different journals that spanned an 11-year period. Sparks focuses on the cognitive and emotional effects of mass media. His research has concentrated on the impact of frightening films on emotional reactions and, more recently, upon the impact of paranormal depictions upon beliefs in the paranormal.

Nancy Rodibaugh has earned an APEX '98 Award of Excellence for her work as editor of ''Spotlight,'' the newsletter for business services and management information employees. The national awards honor excellence in graphic design, editorial content and overall communications skills. Rodibaugh is a communications specialist in the Department of Personnel Services. She also is editor of Purdue's ''Compensation and Benefits Bulletin.''

Charlene Sullivan, associate professor of management, has received the Salgo Noren Outstanding Teacher Award presented by Purdue's Krannert Graduate School of Management. The annual award, decided by master's students, recognizes Sullivan's outstanding teaching in introductory and advanced corporate finance during the past academic year. Sullivan will receive $1,500 and a commemorative plaque. Sullivan also was honored as the outstanding undergraduate teacher in 1987-88, 1988-89 and 1990-91.

Three Purdue professors were among 11 chemists honored during a recent meeting of the American Institute of Chemists. James BeMiller, professor of food science and director of the Whistler Center for Carbohydrate Research, Roger Maickel, professor of pharmacology and toxicology, and Roy L. Whistler, professor emeritus of food science, were honored May 29 at a reception and dinner hosted by the Chemical Heritage Foundation to honor the past presidents of the organization.

Marlin U. Thomas, professor and head of the School of Industrial Engineering, was elected senior vice president at large of the board of trustees of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, which has more than 24,000 members worldwide. Thomas will assist the president of the institute in administration of the organization's activities and operations, participate in task forces and committees, and perform special projects. His term is through March 2000.

Flora Williams, associate professor of family and consumer economics, received the Outstanding Alumni Honor Award from Manchester College in North Manchester, Ind. Williams earned her bachelor's degree in education and music from Manchester. She was honored as a pioneer in the field of financial counseling, having created Purdue's financial counseling and planning program, recognized as one of the strongest in the country. The award is give for outstanding achievement that reflects well on the college, enhances the community and contributes to cultural and spiritual life.

David G. Meyer, professor of electrical and computer engineering, will receive the 1998 American Society for Engineering Education's Fred Merryfield Design Award in June in Seattle in honor of his research accomplishments.

Miroslaw J. Skibniewski, assistant executive vice president for academic affairs and professor of civil engineering, will receive the American Society of Civil Engineers' 1998 Walter L. Huber Research Prize. It will be presented in October in Boston.

Jerry M. Woodall, the Charles W. Harrison Distinguished Professor of Microelectronics, will receive the 1998 American Society for Engineering Education's General Electric Senior Research Award in recognition of his accomplishments in electronics research. He will receive the award in June in Seattle.

Jan P. Allebach, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been awarded the Raymond C. Bowman Award from the Society for Imaging Science and Technology. The award recognizes leadership in advancing and promoting excellence in digital imaging education and research.

Edward J. Delp, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been named a Fellow of the Society for Imaging Science and Technology in recognition of his research in digital image compression. Fellow-grade membership is given to members for outstanding achievements in imaging science or engineering.

Deborah R. Dillon, professor of literacy and language education, is the recipient of the Robert L. Snodgrass Scholar Award for 1998-1999. Dillon will receive her full salary while working on her award-winning proposal "The Development of Preservice Teachers' Knowledge and Beliefs Systems During a Literacy Block Experience Taught at a Professional Development School."

Emily M. Wadsworth, assistant director of Purdue's Women in Engineering Program, will receive the 1998 American Society for Engineering Education's Minorities in Engineering Award for her achievements in recruiting and retaining female students. She will receive the award in June in Seattle.

Jeanenne Rothenberger, senior associate registrar, has earned the 1997-98 Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers. The organization presented the award in recognition of Rothenberger's eight years of service in developing a national standard for the exchange of electronic information among the country's student record officers.

Shreeram Abhyankar, the Marshall Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Angers in France. Abhyankar, who also is professor of industrial engineering and professor of computer sciences, will receive the award during a ceremony tin October at the University of Angers.

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