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Sigma Xi Members in the News for June 2009

Andrzej Bartke (SX 1999) at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield has been awarded the largest National Institutes of Health grant ever received at the medical school to support research on the effects of growth hormone on aging and longevity.

A new scholarship has been established at Lamar University by Hashem Hashemian in honor of Wendell C. Bean (SX 1962) in recognition of his dedication to higher education and passion for learning.

Robert B. Pickering (SX 1989), Collier-Read Deputy Director at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, has been named senior curator of the Gilcrease Museum and director of the Museum Science and Management Degree Program at Tulsa University. He reports for work August 1. A forensic anthropologist by training, Pickering earned a Ph.D. in physical anthropology from Northwestern University. Following tenures at the Field Museum in Chicago and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Pickering joined the historical center staff in 1999. He has written three books—The Use of Forensic Anthropology, Seeing the White Buffalo and Sitting Bull’s Pipe.

Paulo Carvalho (SX 1997) has been appointed assistant professor in the department of pharmaceutical sciences at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland School of Pharmacy. He began his new position June 1. He comes to College of Notre Dame from the medicinal chemistry department at the University of Mississippi, where he served in several positions including visiting scholar, postdoctoral research associate and associate research scientist. Carvalho has also taught at two universities in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

M. R. C. Greenwood (SX 1997) in the department of nutrition at the University of California at Davis has been named president of the University of Hawaii.

Dudley J. Raynal (SX 1978) in the environmental and forest biology department at the State University of New York at Syracuse has received the 2009 Adirondack Achievement Award recognizing his work initiating one of the oldest acid rain monitoring stations in the United States at the Huntington Wildlife Forest, and for many research projects on Adirondack lakes, plants and forests.

Rodney L. Dreisbach (SX 1969) of Kent, Washington, has been named a new member of the Council of Management by NAFEMS, the International Association for the Engineering Analysis Community.

Paul S. Anderson (SX 1959) of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, has been honored by the University of Vermont with the Alumni Achievement Award for outstanding achievement that has been recognized at the local, state and national levels.

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Lesly Temesvari (SX 2002) in the Biological Sciences Department at Clemson University has been awarded the 2009 Sigma Xi annual Researcher of the Year award from the Clemson Chapter for her work in understanding the parasite Entamoeba histolytica.

W. Robert Daasch (SX 1995) of West Linn, Oregon, has been awarded the Outstanding Scientific Researcher Award from the Columbia-Willamette Chapter for his work in electrical and computer engineering.

Alex M. Ruzicka (SX 2000) in the Department of Geology at Portland State University has been awarded the Outstanding Scientific Researcher Award in earth sciences from the Columbia-Willamette Chapter for his work in geology.

Charles R. Peterson (SX 1979) in the Department of Biological Sciences at Idaho State University has been honored with the Jerome Bigelow Award for outstanding service to scientific research by the Idaho State University Chapter of Sigma Xi.

Laurie A. Stenberg-Nichols (SX 1998) has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at South Dakota State University.

Life member Digvir S. Jayas (SX 1990) has been appointed vice president of research at the University of Manitoba.

Todd R. Klaenhammer (SX 1981), a professor of food bioprocessing and nutrition sciences at North Carolina State University, received the university system's O. Max Gardner Award, which honors a faculty member's body of work and carries a $20,000 cash prize. Klaenhammer has worked at NCSU for 31 years. His research centers on probiotic bacteria, the "good bacteria" found in yogurt and other dairy that boosts immunity. His work has, among other things, led to a new way to deliver the Anthrax vaccine in mice and has helped improve the food-processing industry, making it safer and more productive.

Urbano Fra Paleo (SX 1998), a geography professor at the University of Santiago de Compostela, has received the Sustainable Actions in Social Entrepreneurship Award from the university and the Jaime Vera Foundation, Spain, in recognition of his social commitment and contribution to the transference and generation of knowledge through the INITIA Program. INITIA is designed to initiate underprivileged secondary school students in research that has been implemented by the Iberian Sigma Xi Chapter. He will disseminate this experience and expertise through the Network of Social Entrepreneurship.

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Honorary member David Perlman (SX 1989), science editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, was recently profiled by the New York Times. His tenure at the Chronicle began in 1940 when was hired as a copy boy. He still works full-time in his cubicle in the corner of the paper's city room.

Kristi M. Tanouye (SX 2008) of New Lenox, Illinois, has received the Harriet K. Switzer Leadership Award from Washington University in St. Louis recognizing her significant contributions to the university.

Annie Laura Smith (SX 1963) of Huntsville, Alabama, writes that Dancing Fox Publishing recently accepted two of her novels for publication. Cavalaire Prelude is about Operation Dragoon, the invasion of southern France during WWII. This novel follows her earlier published WWII trilogy, which includes The Legacy of Bletchley Park, Will Paris Burn? and Saving da Vinci, and chronicles events that led to the end of the war. Twilight of Honor is about the journey of a widow after the loss of her husband during the Vietnam War. In addition, Exclamation! Publishers has included her article about German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer in an anthology called Leaflets of Our Resistance.

Asad M. Madni (SX 2007), president and chief operating officer (retired) of BEI Technologies, Inc. in Los Angeles, will receive the degree of Doctor of Science (DSc.) Honoris Causa from Ryerson University in Toronto on June 12, the highest award bestowed by the university. He will also be the commencement speaker this spring at the California State University, Northridge, College of Engineering and Computer Science. In 2008, he was awarded the IEEE Region 6 (Western US) Outstanding Engineer Award "for pioneering contributions to and visionary leadership in the development and commercialization of intelligent sensors and systems for aerospace, automotive and industrial applications."

Craig Beyrouty (SX 1983) has been named dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State University.

Lois T. Ellison (SX 1976) has been recognized as an outstanding alumna of the University System of Georgia celebrating her 65-plus-year affiliation with the Medical College of Georgia.

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