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UI staff members honored for excellence
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Twelve University of Iowa staff members have received
1997 awards from the Board of Regents and the University of Iowa Staff
Board of Regents Staff Excellence Awards
Recipients of the 1997 Staff Excellence Awards presented by the State
Board of Regents are presented in cooperation with the Staff Councils of
the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and the University of Northern
Iowa. The awards recognize six staff members at each university for their
outstanding achievements and contributions to their institutions and to
the state. This year's UI recipients are:
James R. Goss, engineer III, Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research.
Director of the mechanical shop and physical plant operations, Goss is
involved in the supervision and organization of crews to construct large
scale models for applied hydraulics research, assemble models for precision
measurement, and conduct field reconnaissance at various sites in the United
States. In addition to Goss's 23 years at the university, he has been involved
in projects such as the City of Cedar Rapids Five-In-One Dam Hydropower
development, the Duane Arnold Station, the Quad Cities Nuclear Plant, and
MidAmerica Energy. In the last five years, under Goss's supervision, more
than $8.5 million in research involving physical modeling has come to the
Mitchell D. Green, senior research assistant, pharmacology. In
his 13 years with the University, Green has risen from research assistant
I to senior research assistant. Green is responsible for organizing the
scientific program for the 8th International Workshop on Glucuronidation.
He is recognized as an expert in the study of drug metabolism focusing
on a class of enzymes known as UDP-glycosyltransferases. His work has been
recognized by 43 published papers including the journal Pharmacogenetics..
Green also has been instrumental in writing major sections of grants funded
for more than $3 million. He has taught molecular biology, computer technology,
and immunohistochemistry to graduate students and staff.
Brian Harvey, assistant vice president for research and director
of Sponsored Programs. In 32 years of service to the State Board of Regents
System and the State of Iowa, Harvey has become one of the most influential
university research administrators in the Midwest. Harvey has helped the
Regents institutions greatly by preparing them for changes in the research
enterprise and developing training programs for research administrators.
Additionally, Harvey created a standard contract, budget formats, and indirect
costs reimbursements between Regents institutions and Iowa agencies. The
UI has saved time and resources with the implementation of an electronic
research administration and remained competitive in winning external support
for sponsored projects under Harvey's direction.
Craig L. Just, senior research assistant, civil and environmental
engineering. Since becoming laboratory director of the Environmental Engineering
and Science Program in 1993, Just is known as the "go-to man"
for students, faculty, and staff. Just's expertise as an environmental
analytical chemist allows him to assist in many research projects from
the use of poplar trees to the analysis of metabolites. According to his
nomination letter, "Craig is one of those people who always seems
to create an atmosphere conducive to learning ... He works well with all
types of people ... I believe that Craig is almost indispensable to our
environmental engineering group."
Beverly Marshall-Goodell, program associate, Women in Science
and Engineering Program. In the past 18 years, Marshall-Goodell has served
in a number of positions for the university. She has always been active
in bringing the excitement of science to pre-college age students. Once
a president of the local chapter of the Association for Women in Science,
Marshall-Goodell also has taken part in science workshops for students
in the Iowa City School District, the Pen Pal Scientist Program, and has
served as a judge and organizer of the Eastern Iowa Science Fair.
Marshall-Goodell also has acted as a university representative to conferences
sponsored by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation.
James F. Porter, social work specialist I, Social Services. In
his 14 years at the University Hospital School, Porter has made a lasting
impact on the system supporting disabled children and their families. Porter
received a letter of thanks from Iowa Protection and Advocacy in 1987 for
his excellence. According to his nomination papers, "Jim's presence
in the clinic represents 14 years of activity as one of the emotional and
informational anchors ... To say that we have considered cloning him would
be an understatement ... It is a genuine pleasure to work with Jim."
University Staff Excellence Awards
The UI Staff Council awards six Staff Excellence Awards each year. Recipients
are full-time merit or professional and scientific staff who have distinguished
themselves by special contributions or endeavors. Nominations are made
by faculty, students, and staff.
This year's recipients are:
Douglas K. Allaire, program assistant and adjunct instructor,
journalism and mass communication. For the past 20 years Allaire has been
instrumental in preparing students and faculty for the media workforce.
Most recently he taught the school's first World Wide Web Journalism Workshop.
Currently, Allaire is designing a Basic Multimedia Workshop that will be
taught this fall. Active in video production for a continuing public affairs
series, Allaire also provided Iowa Presidential Campaign audio field reports
for Mother Jones magazine's web site, MOJO Wire, and Twenty-Fours in Cyberspace.
Additionally, exhibitions of his art have been displayed at Thaw '96',
Out of Bounds, and the Saint Paul Arts Collective.
Linda B. Boyatzies, associate director, Information Technology
Services. A 29-year employee of the university, Boyatzies has been committed
to institutional performance, human resource development, and continuous
quality improvement. She has served as associate director and interim director
of Weeg Computing Center. She was also a key systems programming resource
in administering some of the first mainframe systems. In 1993, Boyatzies
and Information Technology Services helped instill the principles of continuous
quality improvement within the Finance and University Services. Boyatzies
has been an invaluable agent of progress providing service to Personnel
and to the development of university human resources.
Lois Friday, administrative assistant, computer science. One
of the most valued members of the department, Friday has created a number
of opportunities and programs for students using the information she compiled
through alumni surveying and tracking. She developed and instructs 22C:3
Orientation to Computer Science, a class welcoming students as members
of the Computer Science laboratory culture. Students are introduced to
the professional world through the field trips and presentations she arranges.
She also crafted the "In Touch Seminar Series" inviting companies
to the department to informally describe their workplaces and jobs.
Jan Kleinschmidt, secretary III, philosophy. Kleinschmidt has
been with the university for 28 years. During this time she worked for
the director of Oakdale Hospital for four years, the Main and Health Sciences
Libraries for eight years, and has been with the philosophy department
for the last 16 years. According to her nomination papers, "One expects
an outstanding secretary to know the 'ins and outs' of the paperwork that
inevitably comes one's way. Jan, though, is very much more than a person
who knows how to get things done correctly and efficiently ... She anticipated
problems before they arose, and would get me to start thinking about solutions
early enough that I could deal with them effectively. She was also an ideal
person to talk to about various plans or policies ... There is nothing
so rare and valuable in academia as just plain common sense."
Thomas Kruckeburg, senior computing consultant, associate director
of the Instructional Technology Center, associate director of the Office
of Information and Computer Technology, College of Nursing. For 15 years
Kruckeburg has assisted the college to infuse the latest technology into
its learning and work. His contributions have helped the college finance,
organize, manage, and communicate using technological advances. Kruckeburg
acts a computer expert installing, assisting, and providing maintenance
of hardware for the benefit of individual and classroom instruction. In
addition, he also serves as a liaison to the Weeg Computer Center for computer
and statistical consultation.
Twila Meder, secretary III, Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research.
In the past two years Meder has been instrumental in the organization of
the 27th Congress of the International Association of Hydraulic Research.
She has managed to not only fulfill her usual management responsibilities
for the institute's office but also to provide support in the construction
of the 1,000-person congress being held in the United States for the first
time in 30 years. Meder is responsible for communicating with nearly 1,000
correspondents and has been recognized directly by several editors for