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October 29, 2014


President Joel Seligman presented Kevin Parker, dean emeritus of the Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, and Theophano Mitsa ‘91 (PhD) with Eastman Medals Oct. 1, in recognition of their work on the blue noise mask, a technological process that transformed how electronic devices in the early days of the digital revolution rendered images—a finding that has generated more than $30 million in royalties for the University.

Thomson Reuters in September named Ching Tang, professor of chemical engineering, one of this year’s 26 Citation Laureates for his role in inventing the organic light-emitting diode, an innovation that has enhanced readability and image quality for mobile devices and televisions. The media firm’s list represents its selections of the world’s most influential researchers in chemistry, physics, physiology or medicine, and economics.

Ten student-athletes have received the University’s Garnish Scholar Award. The award, named for longtime coach Lysle (Spike) Garnish, recognizes achievement in both academics and athletics. They are: Lauren Bailey, a swimmer and chemical engineering major; Griffin Drake, a soccer player and philosophy and political science major; James Frauen, a swimmer and mathematics and financial economics major; Cara Genbauffe, a tennis player majoring in psychology and minoring in French; Blair Landolfi, a basketball player majoring in financial economics and minoring in history and business; Kevin Sheehy, a basketball player an English major with a minor in business; Max Sims, a member of the track and field team with majors in neuroscience and business and a minor in health psychology; Alex Swanger, a soccer player and financial economics major; Emily Widra, a rower and major in English, anthropology, and psychology; and Kailee Zornow, a soccer player and microbiology major.

Paul O’Dette, professor of lute and of conducting and ensembles at the Eastman School, has received international recognition for the albums My Favorite Dowland and Charpentier: La Descente d’Orphee aux enfers; La Couronne de Fleurs, which also features Eastman alumni. My Favorite Dowland, O’Dette’s personal selection of works by one of the lute’s most prominent composers, has received the September 2014 Diapason d’Or, a recommendation of outstanding classical music recordings given by reviewers of the Diapason magazine in France. Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers and La Couronne de Fleurs has received Gramophone Magazine’s Editor’s Choice for September 2014, and has been called “a stylish, intense performance” by the same publication. Musicweb International chose the album as a July 2014 Recording of the Month, while Fono Forum wrote, “Everything works splendidly together so that the 79 minutes of playing time seem to fly by. French baroque opera can really be so beautiful!”

Thomas Caprio, associate professor of medicine and medical director at Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester, was among the country’s first cohort of 300 to receive the Hospice Medical Director Certified credential from the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board. Physicians seeking the certification must meet experiential and training requirements and pass a certification exam. The designation is granted for six years and is renewed through continued validation of knowledge and re-examination.

Kathy Metz, head of patron services in Rush Rhees Library, has been named recipient of the 2014 Messinger Libraries Recognition Award, in honor of her “ingenuity and leadership” in helping students and faculty access library services and resources. The annual award, created and funded by University Trustee Martin Messinger ’49 includes a $5,000 prize. Metz has recognized as a strong role model throughout the realization of the River Campus Libraries’ five-year strategic plan, which defined new roles for library staff within a collaborative, service-oriented environment.

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