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Fritz Steiner portrait Fritz Steiner

Frederick (Fritz) Steiner, dean of the School of Architecture, has accepted an invitation to become a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Planning Education and Research through June 2011.

Six faculty members were chosen for the McCombs School of Business 2007 Faculty Honor Roll. Honorees include Kathleen Edwards, management lecturer; Frenkel Ter Hofstede, marketing associate professor; Prabhudev Konana, IROM associate professor; Brian Lendecky, accounting lecturer; Elota Patton, IROM lecturer; and William Way, finance lecturer and undergraduate adviser.

Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez portrait Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez

Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, associate professor in the School of Journalism and founder and director of the U.S. Latino & Latina WWII Oral History Project, received the Ruben Salazar Award for Communications from the National Council of La Raza at the organization’s 2007 annual conference.

Vive Griffith joins the Humanities Institute as the program coordinator for the Free Minds Project. Griffith previously held the position of feature writer in the Office of Public Affairs.

Toni Falbo portrait Toni Falbo

Toni Falbo, professor of educational psychology, has been honored with the Newman-Proshansky Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Population Psychology. The award was presented on Aug. 19 at the annual American Psychological Association convention.

Two student-produced publications from the School of Journalism have earned top prizes in a national competition. Burnt Orange Magazine and The Texas Journalist earned first and second place, respectively, in the 2007 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication student publications contest.

History Professor Jorge Canizares-Esguerra has been invited to deliver the Gates Distinguished Lecture at the Gates Cambridge Scholars’ Society in December. Along with this honor he has been invited to serve as a key-note speaker at the Sixteenth Century Society Conference at the University of Minnesota.

Sriram Vishwanath portrait Sriram Vishwanath

Sriram Vishwanath, computer engineering assistant professor, received a $300,000 U.S. Army Research Office Young Investigator Award to design transmission strategies of wireless networks that are both optimal in performance and simple in complexity and structure.

Lillian Mills, associate professor of accounting, was awarded the 2007 manuscript award from the American Taxation Association for co-authoring a paper that appeared in an issue of Contemporary Accounting Research.

Namkee Choi portraitNamkee Choi

Namkee Choi, professor of social work, received the Rose Dobroff Award for the best article in the Journal of Gerontological Social Work.

Post-doctoral fellow Robert Quimby is among a group of scientists to receive this year’s Gruber Prize for Cosmology for the discovery that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate. He will receive his share of the prize, about $4,000, at a ceremony in Cambridge, England, in September.

Kevin Cokley, an associate professor who is joining the College of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology this fall, has been honored with the Association of Black Psychologists’ 2007 Scholarship Award.

Benjamin Sassse portrait Benjamin Sasse

Benjamin Sasse, assistant professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, has been nominated by President George W. Bush to be assistant secretary of health and human services for planning and evaluation, pending U.S. Senate confirmation. Sasse serves as counselor for policy and strategic initiatives to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt while on a leave of absence from the LBJ School.

The University of Texas at Austin Police Department (UTPD) received accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law EnforcementAgencies (CALEA), internationally recognized as an authority on law enforcement standards. UTPD’s accreditation was a three-year process in which officers documented how the department’s prevention, enforcement and community presence measured up to CALEA standards.

Barbara Immroth portrait Barbara Immroth

Barbara Immroth, professor in the School of Information, has been selected as the 2007 winner of the American Library Association Beta Phi Mu Award. The annual award honors individuals for their distinguished service to education in librarianship.

In the Office of Commercialization, Rick Friedman has been named associate director for licensing; Betsy Merrick, associate director for marketing; and Diane Malner, associate director for patents and law firms. Max Green joined the office as a licensing specialist.

Harry Swinney portrait Harry Swinney

Harry Swinney, the Sid W. Richardson Foundation Regents Chair in Physics #3, was awarded the Jürgen Moser Prize by the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

The UT Elementary School has been rated as an “exemplary” school by the Texas Education Agency based on its Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) scores for spring 2007. An “exemplary” rating means all student groups on the campus had 90 percent or more of their students pass each subject of the TAKS.

Marvin, a self-driving Isuzu SUV programmed by University of Texas at Austin computer scientists and members of Austin Robot Technology, advanced to the semi-finals of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s 2007 Urban Challenge race.

Delbert Tesar portrait Delbert Tesar

Delbert Tesar and Chetan Kapoor, the Department of Mechanical Engineering Robotics Research Group’s director and associate director, received the 2007 Outstanding Paper Award from the Emerald Literati Network for a paper published in the Industrial Robot Journal.

George Sudarshan, professor of physics, has been awarded the Majorana Medal, a prize founded by the European Journal of Theoretical Physics for the category “Best Person in Physics.”

Steve Kraal has been promoted to senior associate vice president for campus planning and facilities management.

Effective Sept. 1, Paula Murray will become associate dean for the McCombs School of Business Undergraduate Programs Office, replacing Urton Anderson, who will become chair of the Accounting Department.

George Georgiou portrait George Georgiou.

George Georgiou, a biomedical engineering and chemical engineering professor, was awarded the James E. Bailey Award from the Society for Biological Engineering of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers for his contributions to protein engineering.

John Paul Regalado, Longhorn Scholars program coordinator and adviser, has been elected chair of the National Academic Advising Association Region VII.

Rob Rough joins the Office of Public Affairs as a traffic coordinator for the design center after working in a Sacramento, Calif. public relations and design firm where he managed the creative department.

Rodney Ruoff portrait Rodney Ruoff

Nanotechnology expert and physical chemist Rodney Ruoff will be joining the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering this fall. Ruoff, the Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering No. 7, is a leader in understanding the mechanical and chemical properties of carbon structures.

Rick Tinnin, Environmental Science Institute research associate, has been given the 2007 James Centorino Award from the National Marine Educators Association.

Ben Liu portrait Ben Liu

Hung-Wen (Ben) Liu, the George H. Hitchings Regents Chair in Drug Design in the College of Pharmacy, has been cited by the American Chemical Society’s Division of Biological Chemistry to receive the Repligen Award in Chemistry and Biological Processes. The award recognizes Liu’s research contributions to the understanding of the chemistry of biological processes with particular emphasis on structure, function and mechanism.

Bill Catlett has been named associate director for industrial relations in the Office of Sponsored Projects. He had been associate director in the Office of Technology Commercialization.