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April 20, 2007

Purdue Notebook

Faculty and staff honors

-- Purdue University Provost Sally Mason announced the selection of five faculty members as the fourth group of Service-Learning Faculty Fellows. The recipients are Rick Homkes, associate professor in computer and information technology, College of Technology at Kokomo; Julie Novak, professor and associate dean, College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences, head of nursing; Patricia Rochon, clinical assistant professor, Department of Communications, College of Liberal Arts; and Scott Schaffer, assistant professor, curriculum and instruction, College of Education. The Community of Service-Learning Faculty Fellows program supports campus leaders in developing service learning in the curriculum and encourages networking. As in the previous three years, the fellows will receive a $5,000 grant to develop service learning in the curriculum.

-- The Small Animal Hospital in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Purdue University's School of Veterinary Medicine has again earned accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association. The accreditation is the result of a comprehensive evaluation that includes a quality assessment review of the hospital's facilities, medical equipment, practice methods and pet health care management. The American Animal Hospital Association is an international organization of more than 36,000 veterinary care providers who treat companion animals. The Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital has been in operation for nearly 50 years. The Small Animal Hospital has been accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association for more than 25 years.

-- Eugene H. Spafford, the founder and executive director for the Center for Education and Research in Informational Assurance Security, has received the Association for Computing Machinery's 2007 President's Award. The rarely bestowed honor recognizes Spafford for his long and effective leadership on issues of computer security and policy, professional responsibility and the Internet, according to the Association for Computing Machinery's citation. Spafford is an internationally recognized expert on information security, computer crime investigation and information ethics. He is professor of computer science and electrical computer engineering and is a courtesy professor of philosophy and communication.

-- Patricia Hart, professor of foreign languages and literatures, was selected by the Instituto de Cine Rueda in Spain as a delegate for the United States and Canada. The institute was created in 2006 as an international central point of development and research for the application of the new audiovisual technologies and to be the vanguard of the specialized formation of professionals in the television and film media. Hart also has been named as consultant on Hispanic film for a workshop organized by Prairie View A&M University and Texas Southern University. The May workshop, which is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, is titled "Reeling Them In: Invigorating the Humanities Through Film."

-- Deborah Bradford, an academic adviser in the College of Liberal Arts, was featured in the April 14 USA Weekend magazine for her participation in Make a Difference Day. Bradford and another volunteer did yard work at three homes for an elderly couple, an elderly woman and a disabled woman as part of the October 2006 Make a Difference Day. They received an honorable mention for their work. Bradford and other volunteers also were honored in 2005 for helping people with addictions.

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