The University Record, January 10, 2000

Applause

ASIS honors Griffiths, Blair

The American Society for Information Science (ASIS) honored Jose-Marie Griffiths, professor of information, university chief information officer and executive director of the Information Technology Division, and David Blair, associate professor of computer and information systems, School of Business, during a special ceremony at the ASIS 1999 Annual Conference in November.

Griffiths received the Award of Merit, the Society’s highest honor, for “her research, furthering the knowledge and applications of new technologies, education and leadership.” Griffiths designed one of the first truly functional numeric metadata systems, has completed numerous technology studies, has led large technology organizations through major change and consistently contributes to information science education, the organization noted.

Blair was presented the ASIS Research Award for his outstanding research contributions in information science. Blair has conducted one of the most heavily-cited series of information science experiments, and has worked for many years to develop information retrieval theory.

The ASIS represents more than 4,000 information specialists in such fields as computer science, management, engineering, librarianship, chemistry, linguistics and education.

Berger recognized at EDUCAUSE meeting

Carl Berger, academic liaison and director, Information Technology for Instruction, Office of the Chief Information Officer, and professor of science and technology education, was honored at the Leadership Recognition Breakfast at the annual meeting of EDUCAUSE, a higher education technology organization.

Berger’s leadership in the National Learning Infrastructure Initiative and his work on the IMS Project, a global coalition of academic, commercial and government organizations working to define the Internet architecture for learning, were cited. Berger was characterized as the “father” of the IMS project.

Nriagu receives Romanowski Medal

Jerome O. Nriagu, professor of environmental health sciences and director of the Environmental Health Program, School of Public Health, has been awarded the Miroslaw Romanowski Medal by the Royal Society of Canada. The medal is awarded annually to scientists who make significant contributions in the environmental sciences.

Nriagu is a leading environmental chemist in the area of environmental cycling of trace metals, their biogeochemical cycles and their significance for human health. He has published more than 150 articles and edited more than 25 books.

Romanowski Medal recipients are given a medal and a $2,000 cash award. The award was established in 1994 by the estate of meteorologist Miroslaw Romanowski.

Van der Pluijm receives Outstanding Faculty Award

Ben van der Pluijm, professor of geological sciences, received the Outstanding Faculty Member Award from the Alumni Advisory Board of the Department of Geological Sciences. The award is given occasionally by the Board for special recognition, reflecting excellence in research, teaching, and professional and university service.