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April 13, 2007

Purdue Notebook

Appointments and promotions

*  J. Travis McDearmon will begin duties as assistant director of annual giving for young alumni and e-philanthropy on June 1. McDearmon, a Metropolis, Ill., native,  previously worked as a graduate assistant at Ball State University's Career Center and as an educational leadership consultant for Lambda Chi Alpha international fraternity. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky and obtained his master's degree from Ball State. 

*  Becky Johnson has been promoted to departmental systems analyst in advancement. Johnson previously served as development systems administration coordinator for five years.

*  Jeannie Wade has been promoted to director of the Purdue Telefund. Wade served for seven  years as associate director of the Telefund and more recently as interim director.

*  Jason Boley will begin duties as associate director of prospect management and tracking in the Development Research Services Department on April 23. Boley, a graduate  of Hanover College, most recently worked at the Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority in Indianapolis.

Campus activities:

*  Anisur Rahman, professor of English from Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi, will present "Indian Literatures in English Translation: Discourse of Resistance and Representation" from 4-6 p.m. on April 16 in Purdue Memorial Union's Anniversary Drawing Room. Rahman is a visiting scholar who is supported by the College of Liberal Arts and International Programs.

*  Sandy Alexandre, an assistant professor of literature at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will present "The Ramifying Novel: A Genealogy of Rape & Lynching in Beloved" at 3:30 p.m. on April 17 in Stewart Center, Room 218D. Her teaching and research interests include visual studies, cultural geography, southern studies and violence studies. Each year the African American Studies and Research Center sponsors a lecture named in honor of Harriet A. Jacobs, the author of "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl."

Faculty and staff honors

*  Michael Salvo, assistant professor of English, has been named the program chair for the 10th annual Association of Teachers of Technical Writing conference, which was March 21 in New York City. The association publishes Technical Communication Quarterly.

*  Michael O'Hair, an associate dean in the College of Technology, has been named a fellow by American Society for Engineering Education for his contributions to the organization. He will be inducted during the annual awards banquet June 27 in Honolulu. The banquet is the culmination of the society's annual conference and exposition, which will be held June 24-27.

*  Leah Jamieson, the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering, will receive the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology's 2007 Social Impact Women of Vision Award on May 3 in San Jose, Calif. She is being recognized for her work in education and social change as a co-founder and past director of the Engineering Projects in Community Service, or EPICS. For more than a decade, the program has enabled students with different expertise to provide technical solutions to real social problems in their local communities. More than 15 universities nationwide have adopted the EPICS program.

Alumni honors

* Ralph Faudree, provost of the University of Memphis, received the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications' Euler Medal. The award is given to mathematicians to recognize lifetime contributions to combinatorial research. The Euler award is named after Leonhard Euler. Euler was an 18th-century mathematician who made several notable discoveries in the fields of calculus, number theory and topology. Faudree earned a master's and doctoral degree from Purdue in 1963 and 1964, respectively. 

Student honors

*  Several  students from the College of Technology received awards during the Undergraduate Research and Poster Symposium held April 4 in the Purdue Memorial Union's North and South ballrooms. Sixteen students from the college entered posters. The winners were:

*  First place - Mathematics/computational science. "Autonomous Boids" by Christopher Hartman, computer graphics technology. Faculty adviser: Bedrich Benes.

*  Second place - Innovative technology/entrepreneurship/design; Dean's Choice Award. "Knowledge-Based Engineering Utilizing Knowledge Fusion" by Mark Coster, Andrew Hudecki, Kirk Layman and Joseph Miller, computer graphics technology. Faculty adviser: Nathan Hartman.

*  Third place - Innovative technology/entrepreneurship/design. "Powerhaus, INC." by Miriam Simon, Michael Pastko and Aaron Mackie, computer graphics technology. Faculty adviser: Terry Burton.

*  College of Technology - Students' Choice. "Roberto Salazar Web Promotion Campaign," computer graphics technology. Faculty adviser: Terry Burton.

*  College of Engineering students received the following awards during the Undergraduate Research and Poster Symposium held April 4 in the Purdue Memorial Union's North and South ballrooms. Thirty-five engineering teams participated in the event. The award recipients were:

*  First place - Innovative technology/entrepreneurship/design. "Thermal Modeling of Metal Hydride Hydrogen Storage Systems" by Kyle C. Smith, mechanical engineering. Faculty advisers: Timothy Fisher, Issam Mudawar and Yuan Zheng.

*  First place - Life science. "Silica sol-gel coatings for chronically implanted neural electrodes" by Andrew Pierce, biomedical engineering. Faculty adviser: Kevin Otto. Graduate adviser: Andrew Woolley. The exhibit also received a College of Engineering Dean's Choice Award.

*  First place - Physical science. "Characterization of alumina-supported single and binary W. and mo oxide satalysts using ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance" by Michael Liszka, chemical engineering. Faculty adviser: Chelsey Baertsch. Graduate adviser: Hari Nair. Exhibit also received a College of Engineering Dean's Choice Award.

*  College of Science students received the following awards during the Undergraduate Research and Poster Symposium held April 4 in the Purdue Memorial Union's North and South ballrooms. Twenty-one science teams participated in the event. The award recipients were:

*  College of Science Dean's Choice Award  - "Testing CMSFPix Detectors" by Joseph Clampitt, physics. Graduate adviser: Ian Shipsey.

*  College of Science Student's Choice Award  - "Human Time Scale" by Grace Conyers, Earth and Atmospheric Science. Faculty adviser: James Ogg.

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