Kudos to Jennifer Robinson, newly appointed director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA) in the College of Social and Behavioral Science. Robinson has spent the last year as interim director of the center, which has offered research, education, and consultation services to government and non-profit entities since 1946. She co-authored Native Vote: American Indians, the Voting Rights Act, and the Right to Vote, with Susan Olson and Dan McCool in 2007; and is co-editor with W. David Patton of The Rise of the West in Presidential Elections published in 2010 by The University of Utah Press. As director, she will oversee the research, outreach and evaluation units of the CPPA.
Congratulations to Sabine C. Klahr, director of The International Center, who has been elected to serve as president-elect for the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA): Leaders in International Higher Education. AIEA is a professional association for senior international education administrators who are responsible for internationalization of their institutions or those in senior positions in organizations or companies supporting internationalization at higher education institutions. Klahr will begin her three-year term of the presidential stream in February 2012 during the annual AIEA conference in Washington, DC.
KUED senior producer John Howe and his documentary, Horses of the West, have received the Cine Golden Eagle Award for excellence in non-fiction documentary production for 2011. Professionally judged by national television programmers and producers, the Golden Eagle is awarded to programs that represent “…the industry’s highest standards of production quality and integrity.” Howe is a multiple Golden Eagle recipient and his 2011 selection places him, KUED, and Horses of the West in the company of National Geographic Films, PBS NewsHour, HBO documentaries, and WGBH. Horses of the West will be presented nationwide in March 2012.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has named Nalini M. Nadkarni as the recipient of the 2011 AAAS Public Engagement With Science Award, recognizing “her unique, persistent, and innovative public engagement activities that have served to raise awareness of environmental and conservation issues with a broad and exceedingly diverse audience.” Nadkarni, a professor in the Department of Biology and director of the Center for Science and Math Education, has helped to build bridges between science and society, and between humans and nature. Nadkarni was noted for bringing an awareness of environmental issues to people in settings ranging from prisons and churches, to boardrooms, bookstores, legislatures and rap music stores. Read the news release here.
LEIGH ANNE IHNKEN
Former U researcher Leigh Anne Ihnken is included in the recent Forbes Magazine series, “Top 30 under 30” about rising stars in various industries. At the U, Ihnken was a postdoctoral researcher in organic chemistry in the laboratory of C. Dale Poulter. Ihnken left the U last November to accept a position at Glaxo Smith Kline Pharmaceuticals, where she is an investigator in the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) Chemistry and Analysis team in the department of product development, an area of R&D. Specifically, she is studying the use of enzymatic chemistry to replace traditional organic synthesis. Enzyme catalysis is less expensive and more environmentally friendly than traditional chemistry. Read the article here.