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November 16, 2007

Purdue trustees honor 6 faculty members

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue University board of trustees on Friday (Nov. 16) approved designated professorships for six faculty, three at the West Lafayette campus and three at Purdue Calumet.

The appointments were ratified during a meeting at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

At West Lafayette, David F. Radcliffe was named the Epistemology Professor of Engineering Education. Victor Raskin was named the Distinguished Professor of English and Linguistics. Mitchell Tuinstra was appointed the Wickersham Chair of Excellence in Agricultural Research.

At Purdue Calumet, Michael J. Flannery was named the White Lodging Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Robert A. Kramer was appointed the NiSource Charitable Foundation Professor of Energy and the Environment. Robert H. Rivers was named the Thomas Ray Crowel Professor of Science and Technology Education and Director of the Center for Science and Technology Education. The Calumet appointments were presented by Chancellor Howard Cohen.

The six newest appointments bring the university's total of named and distinguished professors to 152.

"The addition of these six faculty members as designated professors shows the strength of the teaching and research at Purdue campuses across the state," said interim Purdue Provost Victor L. Lechtenberg. "These are the type of people who make a Purdue education among the best in the world."

David F. Radcliffe
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Radcliffe joined Purdue's engineering faculty this fall after 18 years at the University of Queensland in Australia. He has worked at various other universities and with industry in both Australia and the United States. His teaching and research interests include design, sustainable systems, engineering education and professional development, and knowledge management.

He founded the Catalyst Research Centre for Society and Technology to create solutions to complex social and technological challenges facing industry and the community by considering both social science and engineering aspects. He also coordinated the Thiess-UQ Strategic Learning Partnership for eight years, which involved splitting his time between industry and academia.

Radcliffe was named the inaugural National Teaching Fellow of 1995 in Australia and the first Australian Boeing Welliver Fellow. He served as principal investigator in a number of projects and is a fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, and immediate past president of the Australian Association of Engineering Education.

He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Queensland, and a doctorate in bioengineering from Strathclyde University in Scotland.

Victor Raskin
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Raskin, a faculty member in the Department of English at Purdue since 1978, performs research in natural language processing, ontology, computational semantics, world and lexical knowledge acquisition, and humor. His key research areas are security awareness, education, training cryptology and rights management.

He founded the Interdepartmental Program in Linguistics and the Natural Language Processing Laboratory at Purdue and was co-developer of a groundbreaking ontological semantic approach to natural language processing. He has served as principal investigator for several natural language processing projects in Russia, Israel and the United States.

Raskin has authored 16 books and close to 200 articles on natural language processing, linguistic and semantic theory, philosophy of language and science, and various applications of linguistics and computational linguistics to adjacent areas, including information security.

A professor of English and linguistics, he also is editor-at-large of HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research and a charter member and internal advisory board member for Purdue's Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security.

Raskin earned bachelor's degrees in structural and computational linguistics from Moscow State University in the Soviet Union. He also received master's and doctoral degrees from Moscow State. He taught at Moscow State, Tel Aviv University in Israel, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Michigan before arriving at Purdue.

Mitchell Tuinstra
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Tuinstra returned to his alma mater in October as a tenured professor in the Purdue College of Agriculture's Department of Agronomy. His areas of research are corn and sorghum genetics and plant breeding with active programs in crop genetic resources and technology development. He provides statewide leadership in maize improvement, developing close relationships with industry throughout the United States.

He earned his bachelor's degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., his master's degree in molecular and quantitative genetics from Purdue and his doctoral degree in plant breeding and genetics, also from Purdue. He held research and teaching assistant positions at Purdue from 1991-97, then spent 10 years at Kansas State University before returning to Purdue. He has received the Gamma Sigma Delta Early Career Award, along with several other honors. He belongs to the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America and the Sorghum Improvement Conference of North America.

Tuinstra has had numerous refereed journal articles published, as well as book chapters and proceedings papers. While at Kansas State, he was director of the KSU Center for Sorghum Improvement and developed more than 70 elite pollinator and seed parent lines that are being used to produce drought-tolerant hybrids for commercial production. He and his colleagues also developed and patented two herbicide tolerance traits that can be used for managing weedy pests of sorghum in the United States as well as devastating witchweed infestations of the crop in Africa.

Michael J. Flannery
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Flannery is chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Purdue Calumet, where he began his teaching career in 1981. His responsibilities include overseeing the disciplines of hospitality, psychology, sociology, nutrition and early childhood education. He also is in charge of staff and students, a child-care center, marriage and family therapy clinic, and teaches financial management, internal controls and cost accounting.

He has managed hotels, restaurants and clubs over the course of his career. His consulting engagements include a variety of businesses specializing in the hospitality industry, and he has given many management development seminars in customer service, quality assurance, time management, and the various financial components of developing and financing real estate.

He earned degrees from Schenectady (N.Y.) Community College and Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and has received honors from both Cornell and Purdue.

Robert A. Kramer
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Kramer has been at Purdue Calumet since 2004 and currently is a professor in the electrical and computer engineering department and director of the Energy Efficiency and Reliability Center. He is involved in the development of research programs in energy utilization and efficiency; electric power; electric transmission; renewable energy sources, including hydrogen production from biomass; coal gasification for the production of liquid transportation fuels and fertilizer; advanced control of large industrial loads; and combined heat and power systems.

He spent 1973-2004 in a variety of positions at NiSource Energy Technologies, where he was chief scientist. He has been principal investigator for three Department of Energy research contracts, as well as numerous other projects.

Kramer received a guest appointment to the Laboratory of Renewable Resource Engineering at Purdue, is a member of the executive board of Discovery Park's Energy Center and has several other professional memberships. He has published many papers regarding energy system design and efficiency, energy markets, electric system operation, reliability, and combined heat and power. He also holds three U.S. patents.

He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in physics, and master's and doctoral degrees in nuclear engineering, all from Purdue.

Robert H. Rivers
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Rivers has been at Purdue Calumet since 1975 and currently serves as dean in the School of Education and as acting director for the Center for Science and Technology Education. He is a former director of the Elementary Science Support Center, a corporately funded center for teacher and curriculum development in K-8 activity-based science.

The focus of his present work is on professional development of science teachers in support of inquiry and project-based learning. He also is leading research and curriculum development projects on the application of technology to teaching and learning of the STEM disciplines - science, technology, engineering and mathematics - in K-16 classrooms.

He has served as head of the education department at the Calumet campus, science coordinator in the Highland, Ind., School Corp., and as a biology teacher in Atlanta, Ga., public schools.

He has several professional memberships and honors, has served as consultant on several projects, and had numerous papers presented at professional meetings.

Rivers earned his bachelor's degree in science education from Florida State University, his master's in biological science from the University of Georgia and his doctoral degree in science education from Florida State.

Writer: Jim Bush, (765) 494-2077,

Sources:   Victor Lechtenberg, (765) 494-9095,

David F. Radcliffe, (765) 496-1290,

Victor Raskin, (765) 494-3782,

Mitchell Tuinstra, (765) 494-9093,

Michael J. Flannery, (219) 989-2384,

Robert A. Kramer, (219) 989-2147,

Robert H. Rivers, (219) 989-2348,

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