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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 Council.

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 UI.

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 her dedication.