Biology and Agriculture
David M. van Dijk, ’94, Pleasant Grove High School teacher and clinical faculty associate in the College of Biology and Agriculture, was awarded a Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award. Of the 100 teachers to receive the award in 2003, van Dijk was the only one from Utah.
Read more at more.byu.edu/vandijk
The American Psychological Association awarded the William C. Bier Award to P. Scott Richards, ’81, professor of counseling psychology and special education, for his recent publications on religion and mental health.
Engineering and Technology
Alan R. Parkinson, ’77, associate dean of the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology, was awarded the Design Automation Award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He received the award at the Designer Engineering Technical Conference in Chicago in September. Wynn C. Stirling, ’84, recently published Satisficing Games and Decision Making: With Applications to Engineering and Computer Science. Published by Cambridge University Press, the book explores techniques that allow computer-based decision making to more closely resemble human decision making.
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
The BYU chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society was recently awarded a Best Chapter Award in the society’s 2002–03 national competition. The chapter won the Division VI award, which requires university enrollment of more than 23,000 students. BYU last won the award in 2000.
Fine Arts and Communications
Stephen M. Jones, ’83, associate professor of music and former assistant to the academic vice president for teaching and learning support, is the new dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications. He replaces K. Newell Dayley, ’64, who was named associate academic vice president for undergraduate studies.
Read more at more.byu.edu/jones
Health and Human Performance
In conjunction with the College of Fine Arts and Communications and the David O. McKay School of Education, the College of Health and Human Performance hosted a Leadership in Arts Education Workshop for Chinese educators and government officials. The participants were instructed in various methods of teaching dance, music, art, and theater.
Humanities Professor of Creative Writing Leslie Norris was selected by the Utah Humanities Council’s board of directors to receive the 2003 Governor’s Award in the Humanities.
Read more at more.byu.edu/norris
Professor Cheryl Bailey Preston, ’75, received a Chris Award at the Columbus International Film and Video Festival for her video Fashioning Women in the Law. The Chris Award is the highest honor at the festival. Preston’s 30-minute video provides insight into her research on the intricacies of equality in law and other professions and considers the development of the women’s liberation movement.
Marriott School of Management
The Wall Street Journal named BYU’s Marriott School as one of its top 10 “hidden gems” for the second year in a row. The ranking reflects the program’s reputation among recruiters as having talented students while not receiving much recognition. BYU also rose to No. 26 in the survey’s overall rankings.
Read more at more.byu.edu/gems
Lynn Clark Callister, ’64, associate professor, was named a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the highest honor awarded to professional nurses. One of 82 inductees, Callister was recognized for her varied contributions in global health care.
Read more at more.byu.edu/callister
Physical and Mathematical Sciences
For “outstanding contributions to the geology of Utah,” the Utah Geological Survey and the Utah Geological Association named its inaugural award after BYU emeritus professor of geology Lehi F. Hintze and presented it to him at a ceremony in October. Hintze taught at BYU for 37 years and has dedicated his life to studying and teaching about the geology of Utah.
Read more at more.byu.edu/hintze
McGraw Hill has published Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Religion, a work edited by Daniel K Judd, ’85, chair of the Department of Ancient Scripture. Written in a point-counterpoint format for a broad religious audience, the book presents the opposing viewpoints of long-standing religious debates. It also addresses social issues such as abortion and politics and finishes with the debate “Is Mormonism Christian?”
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