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Matthew Buechner, associate professor of molecular biosciences, shows his surprise at being named the winner of the HOPE award at the Nov. 14 football game, as fellow nominee Kerry Benson, lecturer in journalism; and Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little look on. The award is the only one determined entirely by students for excellence in teaching. Other nominees this year were Mark Gerard Haug, lecturer in business; Diane Nielsen, associate professor of education; Misty Schieberle, assistant professor of English; and Kelly Welch, lecturer in business.

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Foster earns concert music award from society of composers

Robert Foster, professor of music, was recently awarded a national award in the Concert Music Division by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

The award was granted by an independent panel and based upon the unique prestige value of each writer’s catalog of original compositions, as well as recent performances.

Foster is the conductor of the award-winning Lawrence City Band. He served as director of bands at KU from 1971 to August 2002. Before that, he served as associate director of bands at the University of Florida. Before moving to Florida, he taught in public schools in Houston and Austin, Texas.

Murphy receives Society for Music Theory award

Scott Murphy, associate professor of music theory, recently won the 2009 Emerging Scholar Award from the Society of Music Theory.

The award is bestowed upon an author of a book or article published within five years of the author's receipt of doctorate. Murphy received this year’s award for his article “On Metre in the Rondo of Brahms’s Op. 25,” published in the British journal Music Analysis, volume 26, number 3. The award was announced Oct. 31 during the society’s national meeting in Montréal.

The society grants three awards annually for outstanding books or articles in English that constitute significant contributions to the field of music theory

Murphy has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in music theory and film music history at KU since 2001. He holds a doctorate in music theory from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, where he also taught courses in music theory and film music composition, and master's degrees in both musicology and music composition and bachelor's degrees in both music theory and music composition from KU. He has won several teaching awards including the 2009 Byron Shutz Award for Excellence in Teaching.

He recently presented the 23rd Byron T. Shutz Award lecture “Some Economies of Musical Structure and Their Implications for General Education.”

Shutz established the award in 1978 to honor distinguished teaching in economics and business at KU. In 1985, the requirements were modified and the award now alternates between recognizing excellent teaching in economics and business and outstanding teaching in any discipline. The honoree receives $4,000 and delivers a public address.

Drahozal research initiative noted by world’s largest business federation

A research initiative led by Christopher R. Drahozal, the John M. Rounds Professor of Law, has received recognition from the world’s largest business federation.

The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform presented the 2009 Research Award to the Searle Civil Justice Institute at Northwestern University School of Law for its in-depth empirical research on consumer arbitrations. Drahozal chairs Searle’s Consumer Arbitration Task Force. He accepted the award recently with Henry N. Butler, executive director of the Searle Center on Law, Regulation and Economic Growth, at the Institute for Legal Reform’s 10th annual Legal Reform Summit in Washington, D.C.

Drahozal is the author of multiple books and articles on commercial arbitration and has taught and given presentations on the subject in Europe and the United States. His research focuses on the law and economics of dispute resolution, particularly arbitration. In addition to chairing the Consumer Arbitration Task Force, he is serving as an associate reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement (Third) of the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration.

Edmonds, Gomez win national Air Force ROTC honors

Capt. Corey Edmonds and Tech. Sgt. Kip Gomez have won national honors for their respective job performances from the U.S. Air Force ROTC.

Edmonds won the instructor of the year award. The award covers all 144 Air Force ROTC installations in the nation. He first won the instructor of the year award on a regional level and received the national trophy in a surprise presentation at a commander’s conference.

At KU, Edmonds works with nearly 80 cadets and teaches a leadership course. He is also a unit admissions officer and visits area high schools, representing the program.

Gomez was named personnel technician of the year from a pool of colleagues at all 144 detachments across the nation.

A personnelist, Gomez works with members to ensure their military records are correct, helps prepare them for moves, deployments and promotions and handles special paperwork requirements for cadets.

Steeples awarded honorary society membership

Don Steeples, senior vice provost, was recently awarded honorary membership by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. He received the honor at the 79th annual meeting of the society.

The society is an international professional society of applied geophysics with over 28,000 members working in more than 130 countries.

Clay new development director at KU School of Medicine-Wichita

Heather Clay

Heather Clay has been named development director at KU School of Medicine–Wichita.

Clay will work as a representative of KU Endowment in seeking funds for the KU School of Medicine–Wichita. Clay, a Kansas native, has nearly 15 years of development experience in higher education and health services.

The dean of the KU School of Medicine–Wichita, H. David Wilson, has plans to grow the Wichita program into a full, four-year medical school. Currently, there are only third- and fourth-year medical students on the Wichita campus. Construction has begun on the campus to make room for the KU School of Pharmacy–Wichita, which will begin admitting students in fall 2011.

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