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Scurto, Barybin receive DuPont grants

Aaron Scurto, assistant professor of petroleum and chemical engineering, and Misha Barybin, assistant professor of chemistry, have been awarded DuPont Young Professor grants. Both are researchers at the Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis.

Each recipient will receive $25,000 per year for three years from DuPont. They can also increase the amount of the grants by seeking matching funds from governmental agencies.

Scurto's research covers topics such as chemo-enzymatic catalysis, nano-scale materials production and processing in supercritical fluids and green/sustainable chemistry.

Barybin's research areas include molecular dynamics simulations, statistical mechanics, quantum chemistry, biological molecules and solutions.

Victor Bailey

Victor Bailey named distinguished prof

Victor Bailey has been named the Charles W. Battey Distinguished Professor of Modern British History.

Bailey, a KU faculty member since 1988, is a scholar of 19th and 20th century England. He earned master's degrees from Oxford and Cambridge universities and a doctorate from the University of Warwick in England. He received a prestigious W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in 1999. Bailey has been director of KU's Hall Center for the Humanities since 2000.

The new professorship was funded by a $600,000 gift to KU Endowment from the Hall Family Foundation of Kansas City. It is part of a $7 million pledge made in 2001 for the humanities at KU, which included $2.5 million for endowed chairs. In total, the foundation pledged $42 million to the university during the KU First: Invest in Excellence campaign. It was the largest private gift ever made to a college or university in Kansas.

"It gives us great pleasure to be able to support a professorship named for Charles Battey and held by Victor Bailey," said Donald J. Hall, chair of the board of the Hall Family Foundation. "Both men have contributed immensely to the Hall Center. Dr. Bailey's contributions extend beyond the center to his scholarship and teaching. He represents the finest in higher education."

Frederickson earns Budig Professorship

Ted Frederickson, professor of journalism, is the first recipient of the Budig Teaching Professorship of Writing, established by former KU Chancellor Gene Budig.

Frederickson has been a faculty member at KU for 27 years. He teaches classes in newspaper reporting, media ethics and First Amendment law.

The professorship, which includes a $5,000 stipend, will rotate each year between KU's journalism and education schools.

Stella included on list of ‘Big Thinkers'

KansasBio has named seven industry and policy leaders, including a KU professor, as Kansas bioscience "Big Thinkers," individuals whose groundbreaking leadership in bioscience innovation has contributed to bioscience research, commercialization, policy, industry growth and expansion in the state. Big Thinkers are part of the Kansas strategy to showcase its historical strengths and new innovation in biosciences during the upcoming BIO 2007 in Boston, the world's largest bioscience convention.

Val Stella, a University Distinguished Professor of Phamaceutical Chemistry, was among those honored.

Bala Subramaniam

Subramaniam new symposia president

Bala Subramaniam, Dan F. Servey Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, has been elected president of International Symposia for Chemical Reaction Engineering. The organization's primary mission is to advance the chemical reaction engineering discipline through its biannual research symposia, fostering industry, academic and government partnerships where appropriate and research achievement awards.

He will serve as president-elect from 2008 to 2011 and then begin a 3-year term as president.

Staples, Donovan to edit official journal

Bill Staples, professor and chair of the Department of Sociology, and Brian Donovan, assistant professor of sociology, have been named the next editors of the Sociological Quarterly, the official journal of the Midwest Sociological Society. They will begin their four-year term as co-editors in spring 2008. Since 1960, the Sociological Quarterly has been one of the leading generalist journals in the field and is currently ranked in the top 25 in academic citations.

McAllister appointed solicitor general

Stephen McAllister, professor of law, has been appointed to serve as the solicitor general for the state. The solicitor general unit helps in the state's appellate work and assists local county and district attorneys.

McAllister was dean of the KU law school from 2000 to 2005. He has also clerked in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Page receives ‘Voice of Inclusion' award

Robert Page Jr., director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, recently received the Voice of Inclusion Medallion from College Student Educators International.

The award recognizes individuals and exemplary campus based programs in the field of higher education and student affairs that have in some way contributed to making their campus communities a welcoming environment for all.

Along with his work at KU, Page also serves and positively influences other college and high school students through such programs as the Symposium on the Recruitment and Retention of Students of Color, the Annual Black Greek Leadership Conference, the National Annual ‘Am I My Brothers Keeper's Conference for African American men, the Big 12 Annual Conference on Black Student Government, and the African American Male Summit at NASPA and ACPA.

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