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Sittampalam joins Cancer Center

Sitta Sittampalam

Sitta Sittampalam has been appointed deputy director of the KU Cancer Center's Office of Therapeutics, Discovery and Development. As deputy director, Sittampalam will assist in the center's drive to receive designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center from the National Cancer Institute. He will also assist with drug discovery, develop and implement project plans and work to advance drug candidates from discovery to development.

Sittampalam has more than 24 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. In 1984, he joined Eli Lily and Company, a leading international pharmaceutical corporation, where he became the head of its Lead Optimization Biology Laboratory and as a senior research adviser of its cell technology group.

Rockhill awarded named professorship

Dan Rockhill

Dan Rockhill, professor of architecture and urban planning, has been appointed the J.L. Constant Distinguished Professor of Architecture.

The endowed professorship was created by the late J.L. "Tommy" Constant, who owned Constant Construction Co. and Kansas Construction Co. His companies built the Memorial Campanile and Smith and Blake halls. He was a member of the KU Endowment Association Board of Trustees from 1957 until his death in 1973.

Rockhill has gained international acclaim for his work with Studio 804 and Rockhill and Associates. Studio 804 is a design studio in KU's School of Architecture and Urban Planning in which students design and build innovative modular housing. Rockhill and Associates is the partnership between Rockhill and Lawrence architect David Sain.

Hawkins elected to international board

Nancy Rutherford Hawkins, media supervisor for the Thomas Gorton Music and Dance Library, was elected chair of the board for the Foundation of Mu Phi Epsilon International Professional Music Fraternity during its annual meeting in August in Sacramento, Calif. Hawkins was initiated as a member during her undergraduate years and served as her collegiate chapter president and district director and has been twice-elected president of the Lawrence Alumni Chapter. Hawkins will serve as chair of the board during the organization's international convention next summer in Jacksonville, Fla., and through 2009.

Hawkins received a bachelor's in organ performance from Kansas State University and continued graduate study in organ with James Moeser at KU. She earned a master's degree in journalism from KU with an emphasis on music criticism.

Sethi, Hardy, KJHK make ‘best of' list

KU was mentioned several times on the Pitch's "Best of Kansas City" list released in early October.

The alternative newsweekly's annual compilation of the region's top people and places cited Simran Sethi, a professional-in-residence at KU's William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, as best celebrity. The Spencer Museum of Art's director, Saralyn Reece Hardy, was named best museum director, and student-run radio station KJHK was hailed as the best radio station.

Journalist and activist Sethi is most known for her work promoting sustainable living. Her tips for going green have appeared on, "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and the Sundance Channel series "Big Ideas for a Small Planet."

Also earning high praise from the Pitch was the Spencer museum's Hardy. The museum's biggest project this year has been its major exhibition celebrating Topeka-born artist Aaron Douglas, which will remain on display until Dec. 2.

For playing what the Pitch calls "the freshest sounds in music," KJHK was named best radio station.

Facilities Operations adds one to staff

Roger Morgan has joined Facilities Operations as assistant director for human resources. He succeeds Bence Williams, who retired in April.

Morgan has more than 20 years of experience in human resource management, most recently as the human resources manager for Hydro Aluminum-Rockledge near Orlando, Fla.

Sailor wins award for family work

Wayne Sailor

Wayne Sailor, associate director of the Beach Center on Disability and professor of special education, has won a national award for his work to improve quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities and their families.

The Arc of the United States presented Sailor with its 2007 Distinguished Research Award at its 56th annual convention, held Oct. 11-13 in Dallas. The Arc of the United States is the world's largest community-based organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The $1,000 prize recognizes an outstanding researcher whose work has had a significant impact on the prevention of or improvement of life with disabilities.

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