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May 4, 2007

Purdue Notebook

Appointments and promotions

- Carol Willoughby has been named advancement director for the School of Veterinary Medicine. She previously worked in fundraising for Planned Parenthood of Indiana, where she was vice president of external affairs. She also has held positions with the Children's Museum of Indianapolis and the American Heart Association.


- The Purdue Grand Prix Foundation has raised $56,825 toward the start of a new scholarship endowment. The student senior board of directors kicked off the 50 Years of Success and Progress campaign in fall 2006 with a goal to raise $50,000. This year $10,000 in scholarships was distributed to 17 Purdue students. The Purdue Grand Prix Foundation is a student-run, nonprofit organization that conducts the annual kart race and related events to raise money for scholarships.

Faculty and staff honors:

- Laurence B. Leonard, the Rachel E. Stark Distinguished Professor of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, has been awarded the 2007 Purdue Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award. The 2007 award announcement was made April 28 at the annual banquet for the Purdue chapter of Sigma Xi, a global science and engineering scholarly society that brings together scientists from across disciplines to exchange ideas. The Purdue Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award, first given in 1950, includes $1,000 and a commemorative plaque. As part of the award, the recipient presents his or her academic research at an annual seminar the following the fall semester. Leonard's research is in normal and disordered child language.

- Jenna L. Rickus, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering and agricultural and biological engineering, will receive the Biomedical Engineering Teaching Award from the American Society for Engineering Education. The award will be presented in June during a meeting of the society in Honolulu. Rickus is being credited with creating new biomedical engineering courses, along with innovative teaching materials. The award also recognizes her commitment to community engagement and service learning to improve educational opportunities for students in the Purdue community and for providing new ways of assessing student attitudes.

- James Barany, a professor of industrial engineering, has been recognized by the Institute of Industrial Engineers with the Frank and Lillian Gilbreth Industrial Engineering Award, "the highest and most esteemed honor bestowed" by the institute. The award "recognizes those who have distinguished themselves through contributions to the welfare of mankind in the field of industrial engineering," according to the institute. 

- Provost Sally Mason announced the selection of Terry Burton, associate professor of  computer graphics technology in the College of Technology, as a member of the fourth group of Service-Learning Faculty Fellows. 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. (JB)

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