Penn Staters
Penn State Intercom......June 21, 2001

Rosann Bazirjian, assistant dean of technical and access services, was elected as the vice chair/chair-elect for the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, acquisitions section, a national board that is part of the American Library Association. She will serve a three-year term. Bazirjian also was elected as a PALINET Online Computer Library Center Inc. Users Council Delegate representative. During her three year term on this regional board, Bazirjian will serve as a key link between member libraries and council management.

N.K. Bose, HRB-Systems professor of electrical engineering and director of the Spatial and Temporal Signal Processing Center, delivered an invited plenary talk at the 2001 International Conference on Sampling Theory and Its Applications in Orlando, Fla. Bose discussed Groebner bases, matrix factorization, filter banks and wavelets.

Judd Michael, assistant professor of wood products, received the Award for Excellence in Journal Publications from the Southern Extension Forest Resource Specialists.

Raj Mittra, professor of electrical engineering in the Communication and Space Sciences Laboratory of the Department of Electrical Engineering, was an invited speaker at the Short Course on Wireless Communication Antennas at the City University of Hong Kong. The course was sponsored by the local chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He also was an invited speaker at the University of Pisa in Italy. He also presented a talk at Ingeneria Dei Sistemi of Pisa.

Daniel Perkins, associate professor of agricultural and extension education, was invited to serve on the editorial board for the National Council For Family Relations' journal Family Relations.

Rama Radhakrishna, associate professor of agricultural and extension education, presented three papers at the American Evaluation Association Conference in Hawaii: "A Framework to Build Evaluation Capacity of Extension Professionals," "Assessing Quality of Extension Programs Through Customer Satisfaction Surveys" and "Developing a Web-based System to Report Extension Accomplishments."

Richard Robinett, professor of physics, has been elected as a general member-at-large of the American Physical Society Forum on Education. The Forum on Education exists as a means to involve society members in activities related to physics education at all educational stages, from elementary school to graduate school.

Edward Smith, associate professor and director of evaluation research in the College of Health and Human Development's Prevention Research Center, and Linda Caldwell, associate professor of recreation and park management, and other faculty affiliated with the Children, Youth and Family Consortium, played a leading role in facilitating a conference in Durban, South Africa, which addressed the issues of enhancing South African youth competencies and reducing risk behaviors associated with HIV/AIDS; tobacco, alcohol and drug abuse; and violence.

Several College of Agricultural Sciences faculty received national awards at a national convention in Baltimore. Steve Spencer, professor emeritus of dairy science, was named a Fellow of the American Dairy Science Association and received the National Dairy Herd Improvement Association Distinguished Service Award. Jud Heinrichs, professor of dairy science extension, received the ADSA Nutrition Professionals Inc. Applied Dairy Nutrition Award. Gabriella Varga, professor of animal science, received the ADSA American Feed Industry Association Award.

Jelena Srebric, assistant professor of architectural engineering, received the 2001 Homer Addams Award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. Srebric was honored for research she performed while attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a graduate student.

Robert Yarber, associate professor of art, was commissioned by the Vatican, under the Jubilee 2000 Campaign, to produce a medal commemorating the millennium. Out of 32 artists chosen to create medals, he was the only American. The Jubilee 2000 is an international movement to cancel the debt of the world's most impoverished nations.

On behalf of Gov. Tom Ridge, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Acting Secretary David E. Hess presented a Waste Watcher Award to the Office of Physical Plant, Office of Housing and Food Services and Office of Residence Life. The units were recognized for successfully "promoting recycling among students and University staff through the University's residence hall publication and recycling information packet." The University also has gained recognition for its special events and recycling efforts that generate money for charity and help fund student scholarships. The Waste Watcher Awards are sponsored by DEP, the Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association and the Public Recycling Officials of Pennsylvania.

The magazine Research/Penn State received a silver medal in the category "Periodical Special Issues" in the 2001 Council for Advancement and Support of Education awards competition.

The Penn Stater magazine received two awards in the 2001 Society of National Association Publications competition. The magazine received a gold award in the category of "Magazines, General Excellence" for three consecutive issues of The Penn Stater, from July to December 2000. The magazine also received a silver award in the category of "Magazines, Feature Articles" for the story "Back on Track," which appeared in the January/February 2000 issue. The article, by Chuck Salter, focused on track star Kathy Messner's comeback from a near-fatal car accident. The magazine also received a bronze award in the category "Periodicals Staff Writing" in the 2001 Council for Advancement and Support of Education awards competition.