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January 18, 2012


Susan McDaniel

Yeates Conwell

Jim Thompson

Karen DeAngelis

John DiSarro

Tara Leigh Sands

Susan McDaniel, the Dr. Laurie Sands Distinguished Professor of Families & Health at the Medical Center, received a 2011 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award. The $25,000 award recognizes educators in psychology, medicine, and law who have inspired a student or students to create an organization that has demonstrably benefited the community at large.

Yeates Conwell, professor of psychiatry at the Medical Center, has been selected for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Innovation Advisors Program. The initiative, launched by the CMS Innovation Center in October, will help health professionals enhance skills that could drive improvements to patient care and reduce costs.

Jim Thompson, senior vice president for Advancement, was awarded the Quarter Century Award for outstanding service in Advancement by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. The council also recognized the University with three 2012 Accolades Awards. In the Web Site: Alumni Relations category, the Office of Alumni Relations won the gold and silver awards for redesigns of the Reunion website (a joint project with Annual Funds) and the Meliora Weekend website, respectively. The Absolutely Abby Job Search Series also received a bronze award for Alumni Relations Programming. Award recipients will be recognized at the council’s district conference, Jan. 22–24, in New York City.

Karen DeAngelis, assistant professor of educational leadership at the Warner School, has been awarded a research grant of $38,082 from the Spencer Foundation.

DeAngelis is collaborating with coprincipal investigator Eric Lichtenberger, a postdoctoral fellow and assistant research professor at the Illinois Education Research Council, to study the academic skills and racial/ethnic diversity of teachers entering K–12 public schools in Illinois.

John DiSarro and Tara Leigh Sands, members of the University’s Fraternity and Sorority Affairs unit, were honored during the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors annual meeting in St. Louis, Mo., last month. DiSarro was given the 2011 Essentials Award for an article he wrote for an association’s e-newsletter, while Sands received a scholarship to cover the cost of attending the conference.

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