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September 24, 2008
  • Lisa Aarli has been named director of staff and programs for the Associated Students of Madison.
  • Hans Adler, Department of German, has received the Halls-Bascom professorship.
  • Timothy Baker, School of Medicine and Public Health, has received a five-year, $860,000 career scientist award from the National Cancer Institute. The grant will allow Baker to more fully concentrate leading groundbreaking research on tobacco use and its consequences.
  • Farshid Feyzi has been named director of the Physical Sciences Laboratory.
  • Pamela Herd, La Follette School of Public Affairs, has won a Rockefeller Foundation Innovation Award to Strengthen Social Security for Vulnerable Groups, which Herd will use to develop a proposal to improve Social Security benefits for older low-income women who raised children.
  • Anthony Ives, Department of Zoology, has received the Plaenert-Bascom professorship.
  • Kim Johnson, a researcher for the CHESS Program, has been named co-deputy director of the Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment.
  • Krishna Kurpad, a researcher with the Department of Radiology, received the Draper Technology Innovation Fund Award.
  • Gia Mason is the new adviser for the Multicultural Student Center.
  • Joie Schoonover is the new director of dining and culinary services on campus.
  • The Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) has given its 2008 MERLOT Award for Exemplary Online Learning Resources to the authors of the book “Connecting Concepts,” including Robert Jeanne and Jan Cheetham, entomology, and Jean Heitz, zoology.
  • Five new members join the Executive Committee for the coming academic year, including Nick Balster, soil science; Janet Batzli, Biocore; Wendy Crone, engineering physics; Erica Halverson, learning sciences; and Chris Lupton, academic technology. Members of the Executive Committee are faculty and staff who volunteer to serve a three-year term to help guide the Teaching Academy in its mission to provide leadership to the campus community around issues related to teaching and learning.

2008–09 faculty promotions and new appointments

Promotions from associate to full professor

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: Randy Stoecker, rural sociology, and John Stier, horticulture; in the School of Business: Neeraj Arora, Aric Rindfleisch and Marjorie Rosenberg (also of biostatistics and medical informatics); School of Education: Daniel Bolt, educational psychology; Julie Mead, educational leadership and policy analysis; Douglas Rosenberg, art; David Shaffer, educational psychology; and Amy Stambach, educational policy studies; College of Engineering: Michael Oliva, civil and environmental engineering; James Schauer, civil and environmental engineering; and Akbar Sayeed, electrical and computer engineering; School of Human Ecology: Judi Bartfeld, Roberta Riportella and Roberto Rengel; Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies: Jonathan Patz (also population health sciences); College of Letters and Science: Leslie Blasius, School of Music; Lev Borisov, mathematics; Margaritis Fourakis, communicative disorders; Alexandru Ionescu, mathematics; Deborah Jenson, French and Italian; Stephen Kantrowitz, history; Ernesto Livorni, French and Italian; Luis Madureira, Spanish and Portuguese; Joseph Mason, geography; Fedor Nazarov, mathematics; Norma Saldivar, theatre and drama; Anthony Simotes, theatre and drama.

Ananth Seshadri, economics; and Amy Quan Barry, English; School of Medicine and Public Health: Maureen Durkin, population health sciences; Anna Huttenlocher, medical microbiology and immunology and pediatrics; David Jarrard, surgery; Gail Robertson, physiology; Howard Bailey, medicine; Timothy Kamp, medicine; Charles Page, Jr., biostatistics and medical informatics; Mark Ritter, human oncology; James Stein, medicine; Jon Woods, medical microbiology and immunology; Wade Bushman, surgery; Gary Lyons, anatomy; Aroor Moorthy, medicine; and Su-Chun Zhang, anatomy.

Promotions from assistant to associate professor

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: Aseem Ansari, biochemistry; Amy Charkowski, plant pathology; Hasan Khatib, dairy science; Patrick Krysan, horticulture; Huichuan Lai, nutritional science; Sara Patterson, horticulture; Karen Wassarman, bacteriology; and Cameron Currie, bacteriology; School of Business: Sung Kim; in the School of Education, Richard Halverson, educational leadership and policy analysis; Paul Sacaridiz, art; Kurt Squire, curriculum and instruction; and Ruth Benedict, kinesiology; College of Engineering: Naomi Chesler, biomedical engineering; Paul Evans, material sciences and engineering; David Lynn, chemical and biological engineering; Katherine McMahon, civil and environmental engineering; Krishnan Suresh, mechanical engineering; Paul Wilson, engineering physics; Zhenqiang Ma, electrical and computer engineering; and Jeffrey Linderoth, industrial and systems engineering; School of Human Ecology: Mark Nelson; in the School of Law, Anuj Desai; in the College of Letters and Science, Ann Archbold, theatre and drama; Thomas Armbrecht, French and Italian; Anthony Auger, psychology; Paul Barford, computer sciences; Helen Blackwell, chemistry; Gail Brassard, theatre and drama; Andrei Caldararu, mathematics; Glen Close, Spanish and Portuguese; Serguei Denissov, mathematics; An Hai Doan, computer science; Scott Gehlbach, political science; Naomi Geyer, East Asian languages and literature; Sara Guyer, English; Mark Harrower, geography; John Hawks, anthropology; Robert Howard, communication arts; Jessica Johnson, School of Music; B. Venkat Mani, German; Andrew Reynolds, Slavic languages; Lauren Riters, zoology; Sherrill Sellers, School of Social Work; Richard Staley, history of science; Scott Straus, political science; Sean Teuton, English; Mary Trotter, theatre and drama; Martin Zanni, chemistry; Geoffrey Wallace, LaFollette School of Public Affairs; Stefan Westerhoff, physics; and John Williams, geography; School of Medicine and Public Health: Aaron Field, radiology; Sean Fain, medical physics; Raghu Vemuganti, neurological surgery; Amy Trentham Dietz, population health sciences; Michelle Basso, physiology; Matthew Banks, anesthesiology; Ananth Shalev, medicine; Judith Houck, medical history and bioethics (also Women’s studies); Richard Keller, medical history and bioethics; Stacy Schultz-Cherry, medical microbiology and immunology; Lori Bakken, medicine; Alexandra Adams, family medicine; Marlowe Eldridge, pediatrics; Guanghong Chen, medical physics (also radiology); Laura Knoll, medical microbiology and immunology; Weixiong Zhong, pathology and laboratory medicine; School of Pharmacy: Linjun Li; School of Veterinary Medicine: Adel Talaat, pathobiological sciences.

New tenure-track faculty

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: Alessandro Senes, biochemistry; Franco Milani, food science; Yiqun Weng, horticulture; Jeri Barak-Cunningham, plant pathology; James Kerns, plant pathology; Matthew Ruark, soil science; and Anna Pidgeon, forest ecology and management; School of Business: Xia Chen, William Weld, Youchang Wu, Mary Carmen Triana, Robin Tanner and Amber Epp; School of Education: Noah Feinstein, curriculum and instruction; Anita Wager, curriculum and instruction; Anne Vaughan, kinesiology; Christopher Walker, dance; and Katherine Corby, dance; in the College of Engineering, James Schneider, civil and environmental engineering; Nam Sung Kim, electrical and computer engineering; James Luedtke, industrial engineering; Mario Trujillo, mechanical engineering; Michael Arnold, material science and engineering; and James Tinjum, engineering professional development; in the School of Human Ecology, J. Michael Collins and Maximilian Schmeiser; School of Law: Andrew Coan, Brad Snyder and Darian Ibrahim; College of Letters and Science: Richard Townsend, astronomy; William Brown, communication arts; Jordan Schmidt, chemistry; Jordan Rosenblum, Hebrew and Semitic studies; Benedek Valko, mathematics; Joseph Miller, mathematics; Wen Li, psychology; Vanessa Simmering-Best, psychology; Irina Shevelenko, Slavic languages; and Chaeyoon Lim, sociology; School of Medicine and Public Health: Sijian Wang, biostatistics and medical informatics; Kevin Kozak, human oncology; Deric Wheeler, human oncology; Amish Raval, medicine; Mark Burkard, medicine; Nasia Safdar, medicine; David Gamm, ophthalmology and visual sciences; Ajay Sethi, population health sciences; Brian Baldo, psychiatry; and Vivek Prabhakaran, radiology; School of Nursing: Rebecca Muehrer.

New tenured appointments

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Veronika Somoza, food science; and John Shutske, biological systems engineering; School of Business: Bjorn Eraker and Qiang Cheng; College of Engineering: Ananth Krishnamurthy, industrial and systems engineering; School of Human Ecology: Nancy Wong; School of Law: Shubha Ghosh; College of Letters and Science: Kenneth Cameron, botany; Morris Young, English; Jon McKenzie, English; John Zumbrunnen, political science; Noah Williams, economics; Anne Hansen, languages and cultures of Asia; Jignesh Patel, computer science; Lisa Martin, political science; Marcia Carlson, sociology; Timothy Smeeding, LaFollette School of Public Affairs; Stephen Ward, journalism and mass communications; Felicia Moye, School of Music; and Carolyn Martin, German and Women’s studies; School of Medicine and Public Health: Laurel Rice, obstetrics and gynecology; Thomas DeLeire, population Health sciences; Karl Broman, biostatistics and medical Informatics; Valerie Gilchrist, family medicine; Susan Lederer, medical history and bioethics; Dennis Lund, surgery; Thomas Oliver, population health sciences; Dan Lebovic, obstetrics and gynecology; and K. Craig Kent, surgery; School of Veterinary Medicine: Tony Goldberg.