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Faculty and staff honors and awards

Congratulations to these faculty and staff members who’ve been honored for contributions to their profession, university, community or country:


Dr. Steven B. Katz,
R Roy and Marnie Pearce Professor of Communication, has been named Poetry Editor of the new peer-reviewed online journal of medicine and narrative, Survive and Thrive.  For more information, visit http://repository.stcloudstate.edu/survive_thrive/.

Clemson University’s Director of Student Disability Services Arlene Stewart was recently added to the panel for the Learning Disabilities Association of America’s “Ask the Expert” feature on the organization’s website – www.LDAAMERICA.org. Stewart will respond to questions having to do with transition to college for students with learning disabilities (LD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and accessing appropriate services for students already in college. Stewart also will respond to questions about Universal Design and executive functioning in young adults.

Professor Mark Small has won a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program grant to examine the democratic orientations of Albanian youth — research that could have implications for peace and democracy across the globe. Small, associate director of Clemson’s Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life, will conduct a three-year study to determine how Albanian teens and young adults identify with the country’s relatively young democracy.

Professor James Morris recently was honored by the Biology Division of the national Council on Undergraduate Research. Morris, of the genetics and biochemistry department in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, received an honorable mention for his superior mentoring of undergraduate students and their research. He is one of three professors nationwide to be recognized by Biology Division. The Council on Undergraduate Research has more than 10,000 members.

Bert McCarty received the Fred V. Grau Turfgrass Science Award and was named a Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)Fellow. Both honors recognize McCarty’s contributions to turfgrass science and his impact on the turfgrass industry.

McCarty received the Grau Award based on the national and international impact of his research, teaching, extension and industry collaboration. He was chosen as a fellow for his overall professional achievements and service to the industry.

Bob Sinclair, professor of psychology was named Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Society Fellows are distinguished industrial and organizational psychologists who have made an unusual and outstanding contribution to the field. Sinclair was recognized for his scholarly contributions to occupational health psychology.

Kathy Bush Hobgood from campus housing and Verna Gardner Howell, the retired associate vice president for student affairs, were presented with the Robert P. Cooke Talking Stick Article of the Year Award by the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I).

The Talking Stick Article of the Year award is given to the authors of one article from the association’s signature publication, Talking Stick magazine. The award is granted based on the quality of writing; organization of the article; use of supporting documentation, where appropriate; capacity of the article to provoke thought; usability of the article to student housing programs or staff, and contribution to the student housing field.

Clemson University associate professor of plant nematology Paula Agudelo earned the Syngenta Crop Protection Award for research excellence in the field of nematology.

The award honors a researcher who has made significant advancements in agriculture and was presented to Agudelo at the International Congress of Nematology in Cape Town, South Africa. Read more.

Dr. Steven B. Katz, Pearce Professor of Professional Communication and Professor of English, has been named a Fellow of the Rutland Institute for Ethics at Clemson University. Dr. Katz brings to the Institute an interest and expertise in the ethics of scientific and technical communication.Read more here.

Jane Clark Lindle, Eugene T. Moore Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership at Clemson University, is the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award in Research from the American Educational Research Association’s Learning and Teaching in Educational Leadership Special Interest Group.

The award recognizes a distinguished record of excellence in research related to teaching and learning in educational leadership and administration.

Clemson University marketing professor Charles Duke has been selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Marketing Educators Association (MEA). The award is bestowed for long-term excellence in marketing education and long-term service and support for the organization above and beyond the ordinary. The award is presented when the occasion arises and has been given only three other times since being created in 2001.

Clemson University assistant professor Kelly Caine has been named to the Tech Advisory Board of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. The Freedom of the Press Foundation was founded to support and defend public-interest journalism focused on exposing mismanagement, corruption and law-breaking in government.

Barry Nocks, professor emeritus of city and regional planning at Clemson University, has been named to the College of Fellows by the American Institute for Certified Planners in recognition of his achievements in urban planning, community service and leadership.

He will be inducted into the College of Fellows April 27in Atlanta during the American Planning Association’s 2014 National Planning Conference.  About 400 of the approximately 15,000 certified planners in the United States have been named Fellows. Nocks is the fifth planner in South Carolina to be tapped for this honor.

Dr. Frankie Felder, Senior Associate Dean of the Graduate School, was honored by Greenville Cultural Exchange Center at its 10th Annual Women Making History Awards dinner. The first African-American dean at Clemson University, and the school’s first female dean in the graduate school, Felder is the senior associate dean of the university’s graduate school and an associate professor in the college of education. She started Clemson’s International Awareness Week, and also developed International Awareness Week for the Upstate region.

Professor Rajendra Singh of the Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is the 2014 recipient of the SPIE Technology Achievement Award. The SPIE Technology Achievement award is awarded annually to recognize outstanding technical accomplishment in optics, electro-optics, photonic engineering, or imaging. The award recommendation was made in recognition of Singh’s efforts in the elucidation and exploitation of photonic effects in rapid thermal processing for semiconductor manufacturing & technical leadership of photovoltaic technology.

President Emeritus Jim Barker was honored with the 2014 Townes Award, presented by the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM).

The Townes award is named for Dr. Charles H. Townes, South Carolina native and Furman graduate who won the Nobel Prize in physics The accolade is presented annually to individuals or institutions that have gone beyond the basic requirements of their professional positions to raise the quality of science, mathematics and technology innovation in South Carolina.

Clemson University professor Thomas R. Alley was elected president of the International Society for Human Ethology (ISHE) for a four-year term.

Jane Clark Lindle, Eugene T. Moore Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership, has been named Education Author of the Month by academic publisher Routledge for her most recent book, “Political Contexts of Educational Leadership.”

Clemson turfgrass pathologist Bruce Martin will be awarded the Col. John Morley Distinguished Service Award by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) during its national conference in Orlando Feb. 5. The award is given to individuals who have made an outstanding, substantive and enduring contribution to the advancement of the golf course-superintendent profession, and was renamed in 2009 in honor of Col. John Morley, GCSAA’s founder and first president.

Dede Norungolo, a disability specialist in Clemson University’s Student Disability Services was named chairwoman of South Carolina University & College Council of Educators Empowering Disabled Students (SUCCEEDS), which serves as the state’s affiliate chapter of the Association on Higher Education and Disability. Her term will last until the fall of 2015.

Thomas R. Alley, professor of psychology, was elected President of the International Society for Human Ethology (ISHE) for a 4 year term beginning January 2014. ISHE is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of human ethology (the study of behavior from a biological and evolutionary perspective).  Founded in 1972, it is the oldest international scientific organization directed at evolutionary perspectives on human behavior.  The society’s activities include annual meetings, a journal, and competitive research awards.

Thomas R. Dobbins, agricultural education professor and Agriculture Division chairman, was honored with a teacher fellow award from the North American Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) at the group’s annual meeting.

The award is given annually to an agricultural educator who shows a career of distinction in teaching, research, outreach and administration.

Alton Brant is the 2013 recipient of the Excellence-in-Teaching Award presented by Clemson University Undergraduate Student Government. Brant teaches several courses in American Sign Language and serves as the section coordinator and advisor for the program. The Excellence-in-Teaching award recognizes a professor for outstanding performance in the undergraduate classroom and carries a $2,500 prize.

Vanessa R. Weston, information resource consultant for parking and transportation services, has been honored by Clemson University’s Board of Visitors with its Distinguished Service Award.

The board presents the award to a staff member who has supported students and the goals of the university in an exemplary manner.

William Conner, professor of forestry and natural resources, was honored with the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) Presidential Service Award. The award recognizes members who have made significant contributions by promoting the goals of the society in efforts that extend above and beyond their duties as teachers, researchers and administrators.

Danielle Herro, assistant professor of digital media and learning in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education at Clemson University, has been named an Edmund W. Gordon Fellow by the MacArthur Foundation and Educational Teaching Service for her work with digital media initiatives in K-12 schools.

The fellowship provides mentoring from senior researchers in the area of assessment and learning and opportunities for emerging scholars to collaboratively research issues of innovation, equity and challenging problems in education.

Clemson University horticulture professor Lambert “Bert” McCarty accepted the 2012 Notable Document Award for his book, “Diagnosing Turfgrass Problems: A Practical Guide.” The book illustrates the foundations of turf maintenance and is especially beneficial for South Carolina’s golf tourism industry, which in recent decades has become a driving force for tourism in the state.

Jennifer Shurley, associate director of civic engagement at Clemson University, was named Volunteer Administrator of the Year by the South Carolina Association of Volunteer Administration. Under Shurley’s leadership, Clemson has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for six consecutive years.

Lynn Craig has received the 2013 Medal of Distinction Award from AIA South Carolina (AIASC), a chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Craig has taught at Clemson since 1981 and is a practicing architect in Clemson. The Medal of Distinction is the highest honor that AIA South Carolina can bestow upon a member and is presented to those who have consistently demonstrated the spirit of strategic cooperation through their teamwork and partnership in the design and building process.

Michael Parker, a staff member who was the project manager for Academic Success Center, received the Class of 1956 Award. Dennis Taylor, a chemistry professor, received the Dr. Ted Westmoreland Award. Both newly established awards, the Class of 1956 Award honors a Clemson staff member and the Dr. Ted Westmoreland Award recognizes to a faculty member for their contributions to the continuing development of the center and its programs. That award is named for Westmoreland, a Clemson alumnus and supporter who received the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award.

Jeffrey Anker, assistant professor of analytical chemistry at Clemson University, received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation for his work on high-resolution spectrochemical imaging through tissue.

The CAREER Award is the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious recognition of junior faculty who “exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research.”

Dr. Steve Katz, Pearce Professor of Professional Communication and Professor of English, has been invited to deliver a talk , and also conduct an all-day workshop for doctoral and post-doc students, at the Max Planck Institute in Hamburg-Plön. The all-day workshop, entitled “Linguistic and Rhetorical Strategies for Writing Scientific Papers (in English Language Journals),” will be held on May 30, and will include the international doctoral and post-docs at the Institute as well as from surrounding universities. The talk, “Communicating Science with the Public: Linguistic, Cognitive, and Ethical Tensions” will be delivered to the Institute’s scientists and researchers on May 31.

Joseph P. Mazer, assistant professor of communication studies, has been awarded the Outstanding New Teacher Award by the Central States Communication Association. The award recognizes individuals who have been teaching at their current professional level for five years or less and show distinction as educators. Mazer accepted the award at the Central States Communication Association’s annual conference in Kansas City in April.

Clemson plant scientist Shawna Rogers Daley was honored for excellence in research poster and oral presentation at the 73rd annual meeting of the Southern Region of the American Society for Horticultural Science.  Daley took top honors for her research poster titled “Fatty Alcohol Treatments Control Rootstock Re-growth in Grafted Watermelon” and she took second place for her oral presentation on the same subject matter.

Aleda Roth, the distinguished Burlington Industries Professor of Supply Chain Management in Clemson University’s College of Business and Behavioral Science, was named Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Study Faculty Fellow at its inaugural class gathering in College Station.

Roth also received the prestigious Emerald Citations of Excellence Award for 2012 for her article “Unraveling the food supply chain; strategic insights from China and the 2007 recalls” (Journal of Supply Chain Management, 2008). The annual award recognizes the 50 most outstanding articles published by the top 300 management journals in the world.

Varun Grover, the William S. Lee Distinguished Professor in Information Systems in the College of Business and Behavioral Science at Clemson University, has been ranked eighth out of 400 prominent Management Information Systems researchers by the University of Arizona’s “h-index” ranking system. The University of Arizona’s h-index is widely accepted as the metric that assesses the productivity and impact of a scientist or scholar.

Dr. Molly Kennedy, a faculty member within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was selected by the Southeastern Section of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) to receive one of the 2013 New Researcher awards.  These awards are used to recognize a faculty member (less than six years in tenure-track position) who has demonstrated excellence in both research and teaching.

Professor Emeritus Barry Nocks, AICP, was recently honored as the 2012 recipient of the Distinguished Planner award by the South Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (SCAPA) at its annual conference on Oct. 19, 2012. Read more

Clemson University comptroller Charles A. Tegen has been appointed to serve on the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council (GASAC). The 30-member council provides input to the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, the independent, not-for-profit board that establishes and improves accounting standards used in federal, state and local governmental accounting and financial reporting. Read more

Martine LaBerge, professor and chairwoman of the bioengineering department at Clemson University, has received the first Award For Service from the Society For Biomaterials (SFB). Read more

The newly established award honors significant service to society in “establishing, developing, maintaining and promoting its objectives.”

Mechanical engineering professor Richard Figliola was named the 2011 recipient of the Class of 1939 Award for Excellence. The award was established to inspire the greatest level of achievement by Clemson faculty members. Read more

Accounting senior lecturer Mary Ann Prater was recognized with two awards from the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. She was named 2011 Accounting Educator of the Year and received a Women to Watch Leadership Award. Read more

Terry M. Tritt, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Physics at Clemson University, has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the scientific society’s highest member honor. Read more

Paula Rae Heusinkveld, professor emerita of Spanish at Clemson University, was awarded the Nelson Brooks Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Culture in November by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Heusinkveld accepted the award at ACTFL’s annual conference in Denver. Read more

Clemson Head Football Coach Dabo Swinney was named the winner of the Bobby Dodd Award as the FBS National Coach of the Year. The announcement was made at halftime on ESPN at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl game between Auburn and Virginia. Read more

Jennifer Harper Ogle, associate professor of civil engineering, has been honored by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for her work encouraging and educating young women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Read more

Roger W. Liska, professor and chairman of construction science and management at Clemson University, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Institute of Contractors (AIC) at the organization’s mid-year meeting in Alexandria, Va. Read more

Joseph Turner Jr., an emeritus professor of computer science at Clemson University, has received the highest award bestowed by the accrediting body for university science and engineering programs. Turner received the Linton E. Grinter Distinguished Service Award at the 2011 annual meeting of ABET, a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that accredits college and university programs in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology. Read more

John Ballato, professor of materials science and engineering and director of the Clemson University Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET), has been named a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, a leading academic and trade association for optics and photonics. Read more

Lucy Rollin, professor emerita of English, received the 2011 Distinguished Emeriti Award from the Clemson Emeritus College for her contributions to the university before and after her retirement. Read more

Dede Norungolo, disability specialist in Student Disability Services, was selected to serve on the board of directors for the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina. Read more

Juan Gilbert, chairman of the College of Engineering and Science’s Human-Centered Computing Division, is one of nine people receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. The award recognizes the role mentors play in the academic and personal development of students studying science and engineering, especially those who belong to groups that are underrepresented in these fields. The award will be officially presented at the White House later this year. Read more

Betty McClellan, senior director of development, was named an honorary alumnus of Clemson University by the Clemson Alumni Association. Read more

Joseph Turner, professor emeritus of computer science, received the Linton E. Grinter Distinguished Service Award from ABET, the recognized accrediting body for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. The award is ABET’s highest honor. Read more

Sarah White, assistant professor and nursery extension specialist in the School of Agriculture, Forest and Environmental Sciences, was awarded one of 29 USDA grants across 19 states to develop and share science-based tools to address the needs of America’s specialty crop industry. White received $50,000 to direct a planning grant to develop industry-driven research priorities related to irrigation runoff handling, containment and remediation for ornamental crop production. Read more

Jerry Reel, university historian, received a Governor’s Award in the Humanities from the Humanities CouncilSC. Read more

Laine Mears, assistant professor of automotive engineering at Clemson University, has received the 2011 South Carolina Governor’s Young Researcher Award for Excellence in Scientific Research. Presented by Gov. Nikki Haley, it is the top state honor for young science faculty. Read more

Clemson University President James F. Barker has been appointed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to serve as chairman of one of four working groups charged with recommending changes to improve the culture and operation of Division I intercollegiate athletics. Read more

Roy Jones, executive director of the Call Me MISTER program in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education, was named one of “The Most Creative Teachers in the South” by Oxford American magazine. Jones was one of 13 faculty members from across the South named to the list. Read more

Varun Grover, William S. Lee Distinguished Professor of Information Systems in the department of management, received the Leadership Development Award from the Global Information Technology Management Association (GITMA) in Summer 2011.  This is awarded for exemplary leadership in the area of Global IT Management.  Grover also was the Keynote Speaker at the 12th Global Information Technology Management Association World Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada in June 2011.

Lamont A. Flowers, executive director of Clemson University’s Charles H. Houston Center, has been selected to serve on the board of advisors of The Boys Initiative. The Boys Initiative is a national campaign to raise awareness on documented trends in recent years pertaining to the decline in young men’s achievement. Read more

Scott Husson, professor of chemical engineering, received the Prince Award for Innovation in Teaching at the 2011 Victor Hurst Convocation. The Prince Award, named for Clemson President Emeritus Philip Prince, recognizes outstanding teachers who demonstrate creative and novel teaching methods in the classroom. It is awarded each year by Undergraduate Student Government. Read more

Tharon Howard, professor of English, has been named to EyeGuide’s advisory board. EyeGuide is eye-tracking technology designed by researchers at Texas Tech University and developed by Grinbath LLC. Read more

Dan Olweus, adjunct faculty member in Clemson’s Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life, has received the Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology from the American Psychological Association. Read more

Hala Nassar and Robert Hewitt, both professors in planning and landscape architecture, received the Tri-State Award from the American Society for Landscape Architecture for outstanding landscape architecture in analysis and planning for their work in Egypt. Read more

The late Clayton D. Steadman, former general counsel for Clemson University, was posthumously honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association for College and University Attorneys (NACUA). Read more

“Expeditions with Patrick McMillan” won a Southeastern Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for outstanding achievement in television programming excellence. Award winners are Patrick McMillan, naturalist and series host, and David White, director and videographer. Read more

Clemson University Fire Department volunteer Capt. Steve Lightsey has been awarded the Clemson Rotary Club Outstanding Community Service Award for his 41 years of service to Clemson University and the city of Clemson. Read more

Abdul A. Khan, an associate professor of civil engineering at Clemson University, has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The oldest national engineering society in the United States, founded in 1852, the society grants the status to fewer than 4 percent of its 125,000 members. Read more

Head football coach Dabo Swinney was rated number one in the nation among active Football Bowl Subdivision coaches in terms of Academic Progress Rate, according to a study by CBSSports.com. Read more

Susan Pope, director of fitness services and programs for campus recreation, has been elected to the executive board of South Carolina Women in Higher Education (SCWHE). The mission of SCWHE is to improve higher education in South Carolina by promoting women’s leadership and participation.  Read more

The staff of Video Production Services has been honored with awards from three national organizations – the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the International Academy of the Visual Arts and the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals. Read more

Charlene Mayfield, Debbie Dalhouse, Donna Bowen, Peter Hull, Peter Kent and Peter Togel, all staff members in Public Service Activities media relations, were honored with four awards from the Association for Communications Excellence. Read more

William G. Ferrell, industrial engineering professor and associate dean of the graduate school at Clemson University, has been elected a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. Read more

Frankie Felder, senior associate dean of Clemson University’s graduate school, has begun a four-year term as chairperson of the Minority Graduate Education Committee of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Board. As chairperson, she also serves on the executive committee of the GRE Board. Read more

Fran P. Mainella, visiting scholar in parks, recreation and tourism management, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Neag School of Education Alumni Society of the University of Connecticut. Read more

Linda Gambrell, professor of education, was named co-editor of “Reading Research Quarterly,” one of the most prestigious research journals in the field of literacy. Read more

Rachel Moore, assistant professor of history, was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Teaching Development Fellowship for the fall 2011 semester. This fellowship will be used to develop her history methodology class into a study of the soldiers. Read more

Valerie Zimany, assistant professor of art, has been awarded a Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad grant to be a visiting researcher at the Institute of Art and Design of Kanazawa College of Art in Kanazawa, Japan. She received the grant for her proposal “Porcelain Fever: Contemporary Kutani Practitioners and Processes” for summer and fall 2011. Read more

Several faculty and staff were honored with awards at the year-end faculty meeting May 12. Dana Irvin, academic adviser for Clemson’s Calhoun Honors College, received the Frank A. Burtner Award for Excellence in Advising. The Class of 1940 Bradbury Award for outstanding contributions to Clemson’s Calhoun Honors College went to professor emeritus Stephen H. Wainscott, who joined the Clemson faculty in 1976 and served as director of the Honors College from 1992 until his retirement in 2009. Agricultural engineer Ahmad Khalilian received the Godley-Snell Award for Excellence in Agricultural Research. The Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research was presented to Mica Grujicic, a faculty member since 1988 and holder of the Wilfred P. and Helen S. Tiencken Professorship in Mechanical Engineering. Delphine Dean, an assistant professor of bioengineering, received the Phil and Mary Bradley Award for Mentoring in Creative Inquiry. Read more

Karen Burg, professor of bioengineering has been elected president of the Society For Biomaterials, a professional society for scientists and engineers who study cells, tissues and organs and their interactions with natural and synthetic materials, including implanted prosthetic devices. Read more

David Wyman, interim director of the Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership, received the 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award from Undergraduate Student Government. Read more

Laine Mears, assistant professor of automotive engineering, received the Ralph R. Teetor Award, the top educational award of the Society of Automotive Engineers. The honor encourages young faculty to develop new concepts in teaching, engage in research programs and participate in local partnerships with industry. Read more

Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, director of business development for the Clemson University Restoration Institute, was named Woman of the Year by Charleston Women of International Trade. The Woman of the Year Award is given annually to a woman who has made a beneficial and well-received contribution to the trade community and, by doing so, has enhanced the status of women in international trade and business. Read more

Mary Ann Prater, senior lecturer in the School of Accountancy and Finance, was named Alumni Master Teacher by the Student Alumni Council. Read more

Rachel Mayo, associate professor of public health sciences, received one of five Outstanding Women Awards from the President’s Commission on the Status of Women. Mayo was honored with the Outstanding Academic Faculty Award. Read more

June Pilcher, professor of psychology, has been invited to be the Fulbright-Freud Visiting Scholar for 2011-2012 by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in Washington, D.C., and the Austrian-American Educational Commission in Vienna, Austria. Read more

D.E. “Steve” Stevenson and Sandra Garrett were honored by the Clemson chapter of Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society with the Extraordinary Educator Award for their commitment to being open and inclusive educators. Stevenson is an associate professor in the School of Computing, and Garrett is assistant professor of industrial engineering. Read more

Hala Nassar and Robert Hewitt, professors in the School of Architecture, received the Award for Excellence in Design Studio Teaching from Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture for their collaboration with architecture students from Ain Shams University in Egypt to tackle development challenges around some of the world’s most important historic sites, such as the Pyramids of Giza and the Avenue of the Sphinxes in Luxor. Read more

Staff members in Advancement and Student Affairs received a total of seven awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III at the district conference in Tampa, Fla. Read more

Tharon Howard, professor of English, has been honored as the 2011 recipient of the J.R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Society of Technical Communication. The award recognizes teachers who devote themselves to academic mentorship and display personal and professional concern for their students. Read more

John Peters, conference coordinator for the National Dropout Prevention Center, received the Abernathy/Cox One Clemson Award from the Joint City/University Advisory Board. The award is given annually to an organization and/or an individual whose accomplishments have served both Clemson University and the city of Clemson and have made a significant impact on both entities in a single year. Read more

Melanie Cooper, chemistry professor and interim chairwoman of the department of engineering and science education, has been recognized by her colleagues and the Class of 1939 as one of Clemson University’s brightest. Cooper was named the recipient of the Class of 1939 Award for Excellence. The award was established to recognize faculty members for the highest achievement of service to the student body, the university and the community. Read more

Ronnie Chowdhury, associate professor of civil engineering, has been named the Eugene Douglas Mays Professor of Transportation Engineering, established through a trust by Patricia Eversfield White in honor of her stepfather, Eugene Douglas Mays, who graduated from Clemson in 1912. Read more

Melinda Lundquist Denton, assistant professor of sociology, and co-author Lisa D. Pearce, associate professor of sociology and Fellow at the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, describe the role of religion in the lives of teenagers through their recently published research, “A Faith of Their Own: Stability and Change in the Religiosity of America’s Adolescents.” Read more

William Bowerman, professor of environmental toxicology and wildlife ecology at Clemson University, has been appointed United States co-chairman of the Great Lakes Science Advisory Board for the United States-Canada International Joint Commission. Read more

Lillian “Mickey” Harder, director of the Brooks Center, has been appointed to serve on the executive committee of the South Carolina Arts Alliance. The alliance is a non-profit organization that serves the state’s arts community through advocacy, technical assistance and leadership development. Among the South Carolina Arts Alliance’s goals are to influence public policy affecting the arts, advance funding for the arts, as well as creating awareness of the arts and arts education. As a member of the executive committee, Harder will help formulate the alliance’s long-range strategy.

Michael LeMahieu, assistant professor of English, has been named acting associate editor for American fiction at the journal Contemporary Literature. LeMahieu, who has taught at Clemson since 2005, has also been recently appointed to the 2011 program committee of the Modernist Studies Association.

Varun Grover, the William S. Lee Distinguished Professor in Information Systems in the College of Business and Behavioral Science at Clemson University, has been named a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems. Read more

Mark J. Charney, director of Clemson’s theatre program, was honored with the David Mark Cohen Award for Playwriting for The Power Behind the Palette. This award, presented by the Kennedy Center and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, recognized the best written and produced new play in 2010-2011. Also, These Shining Lives, a Clemsons Players production directed by Charney, was selected by the Kennedy Center as one of five to be featured in its ten-state regional festival. The play will compete to travel on the National Festival in April. Charney also received certificates of merit for his work directing These Shining Lives, Rent and The Power Behind the Palette.

Deborah Culler, Clemson University’s municipal judge and parking appeals administrator for the past 18 years, was elected to serve as vice-president of the South Carolina Summary Court Judges Association for a two-year term beginning in January 2011. This voluntary, private association serves as the coordinating agency for South Carolina Summary Courts (Magistrate and City Courts) and South Carolina Court Administration and coordinates matters of interest with the Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court. The association is devoted to the improvement of the judiciary by the promotion of professionalism, education and legislation affecting the summary courts and the administration of fair and equal justice in accordance with the law.

John Ballato, professor of materials science and engineering who founded the university’s Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET) a decade ago, has been named a Fellow of the international society for optics and photonics. Read more

Scott Mason was formally installed as the Fluor Endowed Chair in Supply Chain Optimization and Logistics in Clemson University’s industrial engineering department. The investiture ceremony was held to bestow the Endowed Chair Medallion — the symbol of the university’s most prestigious academic positions — on Mason and Fluor Corp. representatives David Seaton, chief operating officer and CEO-elect; and Jim Scotti, senior vice president and chief procurement officer. Fluor contributed $2 million, matched by $2 million from the South Carolina Centers of Economic Excellence program, to fund the Fluor Endowed Chair of Supply Chain Optimization and Logistics. Read more

Scott Husson, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, was the recipient of the 2010 FRI/John G. Kunesh Award from the AIChE Separations Division. This award, sponsored by Fractionation Research Inc., FRI, recognizes outstanding contributions by individuals under the ago of 40 to the academic, scientific, technological, industrial or service areas involving separations technologies. Read more

Bruce Martin, turfgrass pathologist at the Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence, was recognized by the Clemson Alumni Association with  the2010 Alumni Distinguished Cooperative Extension Public Service Award. Read more

Susanna Ashton, associate professor of English, has been recognized in Choice magazine for her landmark compilation of South Carolina slave narratives. I Belong to South Carolina: South Carolina Slave Narratives, was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2010. The Outstanding Title designation is awarded annually to the best academic titles reviewed by the magazine. Read more

Rajendra Singh, the D. Houser Banks Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of Clemson’s Center of Silicon Nanoelectronics, has been named one of 10 global “Champions of Photovoltaic Technology” in a special issue of Photovoltaics World magazine. Read more

June Pilcher, professor of psychology, has been named a Fellow in the Association for Psychological Science (APS). Fellow status is awarded to association members who have made sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, service and/or application. Read more

Desmond Layne, State Extension peach expert, was featured in the December 2010 alumni newsletter of Guelph University in Ontario, Canada, for his research, extension and teaching programs on peach production.

William Conner, assistant director at the Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science, was honored as alumnus of the year by Louisiana State University for his internationally recognized research on wetland forests.

Sue Limber, professor in the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life, was featured in national media coverage for the Olweus bullying prevention program; coverage included Woman’s Day, Newsday, Philadelphia Inquirer and MSNBC.

Blake Lanford, Extension agent in Horry County, was named “2010 Man of the Year” by the Myrtle Beach Sun News for his community development programs.

Juan Gilbert, professor and chairman of the Human-Centered Computing Division in the School of Computing, has been named a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science. Read more

Kathy Headley, associate dean for research and graduate studies and a professor of reading education in the College of Health, Education and Human Development at Clemson University, has been elected to the board of directors of the International Reading Association. Read more

Lamont Flowers, professor of educational leadership in the Eugene T. Moore Moore School of Education and director of Clemson University’s Charles H. Houston Center, has been appointed to the board of advisers for the National Education Finance Conference. Read more

John Acorn, professor emeritus of art, has earned Clemson University’s Distinguished Emeriti Award for 2010 for his continuing commitment to the university and the community after retirement. Read more

Kathy Hobgood and Tony Cawthon were recognized for their contributions to the student housing profession by the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International at the association’s recent annual conference and exposition. Read more

C.P. Leslie Grady Jr., a Clemson University emeritus professor of environmental engineering and Earth sciences, has been selected to receive the prestigious Industrial Water Quality Lifetime Achievement Award from the Water Environment Federation, an international technical and educational water quality organization with 36,000 members. Read more

Thomas Kurfess, BMW Chair of Manufacturing in the Clemson University automotive engineering department, has been elected a director of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers for 2011. Read more

Barry Nocks, professor and director of Clemson University’s city and regional planning program, has been appointed as one of three planning educators on the national Planning Accreditation Board, the accrediting body in North America for university programs in planning. Read more

Diane Smathers, associate vice provost and director of the Emeritus College at Clemson University, has been selected president-elect of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. She will be president-elect for two years and ascend to the presidency in 2012. Read more

Leon Wiles, Clemson’s chief diversity officer, was recognized by Minority Access Inc. with a National Role Model Award for his leadership, dedication and success over many years of recruiting and enrolling minority students in colleges throughout the nation. Minority Access Inc. is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting diversity and access to public and private institutions of higher education. Read more