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February 9, 2007

Purdue Notebook

Campus activities

 Young and Hawkins residence halls will sponsor "A Table for Two" at 8 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 13) at the Boiler Metro room. The romantic nightclub experience features Asian/European fusion cuisine for Young and Hawkins residents and a jazz ensemble and mocktail bar that is open to the campus community. Dinner tickets are available at the Hawkins desk and are $8 per couple. For information, contact Champin Chen at (765) 495-1122.

Hillenbrand Hall will prepare Valentine cards and carnations for Meals on Wheels recipients at 7 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 11). Each card will be personalized. Volunteers are welcome. For information, contact Bobby Waddell at (765) 494-0325.

Faculty and staff honors

Purdue University's American Studies program, housed in the College of Liberal Arts, ranked No. 9 in the country in a recent survey released by the Chronicle of Higher Education. The rankings were based on a formula for determining the scholarly productivity of faculty associated with academic programs. Faculty members may have been judged on as many as three factors, depending on the most important variables in the given discipline: publications, which can include the number of books and journal articles published as well as citations of journal articles, federal grant dollars awarded and honors and awards.

Frank Crusan, Purdue Army ROTC human resources specialist, was recognized on Feb. 6 for more than 30 years of service to the federal government in a variety of roles. For the past 10 years, Crusan has worked for the Army ROTC's Boiler Battalion, managing personnel and finances for 117 cadets.

Richard Cosier, Krannert School dean and Leeds Professor of Management, was selected vice chair-chair elect of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. The group is a not-for-profit corporation of educational institutions, corporations and other organizations devoted to the promotion and improvement of higher education in business administration and management.

Darren Dochuk, an assistant professor of history, has been appointed a visiting fellow for the next academic year at the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University. Dochuk's research interests focus on the rise of religious and political conservatism in post-World War II California and the Southwest.

Martin Beck Matustik, a professor of philosophy, has been invited to give the Gannon lecture next year at Fordham University. The Gannon Lecture Series brings distinguished individuals to Fordham to deliver public lectures on topics of their expertise. It is named in honor of the Rev. Robert I. Gannon, president of Fordham from 1936-49.

An article by S. Laurel Weldon, associate professor political science, has been selected as the best article to appear in Political Research Quarterly, the official journal of the Western Political Science Association, in 2006. The article was titled "Women's Movements, Identity Politics and Policy Impacts: A Study of Policies on Violence Against Women in the 50 United States."

Student honors

Lauren Sickle, an undergraduate student in the College of Education, has been chosen as "Outstanding Future Reading Teacher" at Purdue. Sickle will receive her award at the annual convention of the Indiana State Reading Association on Feb. 26 in Indianapolis. Sickle was chosen based upon her performance in reading and language arts coursework as well as her overall grade point average.

Maria Kondaurova, a doctoral student in linguistics, was awarded the first-place prize in the Best Student Paper competition at the Acoustical Society Meeting in Honolulu. The linguistics program is housed in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts.

Garrett Washington, a graduate student in the College of Liberal Arts, has been awarded a fellowship from the Social Science Research Council that will support research in Japan during the 2007-08 academic year. He will be working in Tokyo at Keio University.

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