Faculty & Staff Achievements

John MartinAssistant Professor John Martin of the Astronomy – Physics program was recently named the 2011 University Scholar! The University Scholars Program makes this award annually to an outstanding member of faculty who is viewed as an emerging scholar in his or her field of study.

Professor Martin, who has also received grant funding from the National Science Foundation, studies supernova imposters such as Eta Carinae. Please visit the Astronomy-Physics website to learn more about Professor Martin and the ASP program.

This is a prestigious award and CLAS is proud of Professor Martin’s accomplishments. Congratulations, Professor Martin!

Janis RoseJanis Rose, of the Department of Computer Science, was recently honored with a Commendation from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Presented by David A. Ford, Special Agent in Charge, FBI
Springfield Division. The award recognized her dedication and
hard work protecting our national infrastructures for over 10 years. Rose has served as President of InfraGard Springfield, an initiative of the FBI collaborating with subject matter experts in public/private alliances. Rose alsochairs the annual Cyber Defense and Disaster Recovery Conference at UIS in March and is spearheading a Digital Forensics Exercise Challenge in November.

Professor Michael Cheney of the Department of Michael CheneyCommunication has been selected to be the recipient of the 2011 Sloan-C Award for Excellence in Online Teaching. He was nominated by Professor Ray Schroeder, Director of the Center for Online Learning, Research at UIS. Professor Cheney will be presented with this award at the 17th Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday, November 10th, 2011. Find more information about the Sloan Consortium’s awards program. This will be the seventh award that the online initiative at UIS has received from the Sloan Consortium in the past decade.

RibarskyAssistant Professor Elizabeth Ribarsky has been honored with the “Rookie Advisor of the Year” award for the UIS Communication chapter of Lambda Pi Eta. This award is made through the National Communication Association. Ribarsky will be recognized for this achievement at the upcoming NCA in New Orleans in November. The “Rookie Advisor of the Year” award recognizes the adviser who
has served three years or less and has dedicated his/her time, energy, and service to the student members of their LPH chapter.

Hei-Chi ChanAsssociate Professor Hei-Chi Chan from the Department of Mathematics has just published a new book entitled An Invitation to q-series: From Jacobi’s Triple Product Identity to Ramanujan’s “Most Beautiful Identity”. This book, published by World Scientific, provides a self-contained exposition of several fascinating formulas discovered by Srinivasa Ramanujan, one of India’s greatest mathematical geniuses.

David BertainaAssistant Professor David Bertaina of the Department of History, recently published a book entitled Christian and Muslim Dialogues: The Religious Uses of a Literary Form in the Early Islamic Middle East. This new text, published by Gorgias Press, explores the historical religious dialogue between Christians and Muslims and details the similarities and differences between the two religions in contemporary dialogue.

DungeyAssociate Professor Keenan Dungey of Chemistry presented a paper entitled “Beyond Two Books: Metaphors for the Relationship Between Science and Religion in the 21st Century” at the annual meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation in Naperville in August. The work grew out of a student assignment he developed for the course CHE 362 ECCE: Science and World Religions.