Spectrum - Volume 17 Issue 14 December 1, 1994 - Achievers

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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 14 - December 1, 1994

Dennis J. Kilper, AIA, professor of architecture, was recently honored with a 1994 Award for Excellence in Architecture by the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects. He received the prize for his residence in Blacksburg.

Richard D. Fell

, associate professor of entomology, has been selected by the Entomological Society of America to receive its 1994 Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching. One person is selected each year as the national winner from among those who received teaching awards from each of the five branches of the society. Fell, who won the Eastern Branch competition last February, was praised for his enthusiasm, knowledge, communication skills, and sincere affection for his students.

Merle Pierson has been re- appointed by the secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods. The committee provides recommendations and analyses on food safety to USDA, the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Commerce.

Pierson has been asked to serve on the Food Processing Technical Analysis Group for the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. This group is responsible for developing a comprehensive risk assessment on all microbiological, chemical, and physical hazards associated with processed meat and poultry products.

Joe Marcy

provided a technical update on packaging for aseptic products to the annual meeting of the Center for Aseptic Processing and Packaging Studies held recently at the University of California/Davis. He also requested and obtained a three-year grant ($112,432) for a project entitled: "Microleak Detection and Sterility Maintenance Assurance for Aseptic Packages." Scott Keller will work on this project as part of his Ph.D. program.

Professor and Extension specialist Ann Hertzler of the Department of Human Nutrition and Foods received an Alumni Recognition Award from the College of Health and Human Development at Pennsylvania State University during a special ceremony last month. Hertzler, who received her bachelor's degree from Penn State. She has published extensively in rapid dietary assessment methodology, developmentally appropriate food and nutrition activities for preschoolers, and college students' food habits. She has also written several Extension publications and has recently had two co- authored published papers, "Preschoolers developmentally appropriate food and nutrition skills" in the Journal of Nutrition Education , and "A dietary calcium rapid assessment method (RAM)" in Topics in Clinical Nutrition .

Flora M. Gailliard , a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, received one of only 15 scholarships presented by the National Tour Foundation to graduate students in North America. Gailliard received the $1,000 Luray Caverns scholarship to defray the educational costs incurred while she conducts her research on "Factors Influencing the Vacation Decisions of Blacks." The scholarship also included a complimentary registration for the National Tour Association Annual Convention in Dallas.

Marjorie J. Norton , department head of the Department of Clothing and Textiles, was a keynote speaker at the 28th International Symposium on Novelties in Textile Technology and Design held in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She presented "The Textile and Apparel Industry in Transition," which was based on a paper co- authored with assistant professor Zhiming Zhang , and she was also co- author of a poster presentation, "American Home- Furnishing Textile Manufacturers: Exporters to the EC 92 Single Market."

Elizabeth A. DeMerchant , a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Housing, Interior Design, and Resource Management, received a $500 graduate scholarship from the Virginia Home Economics Association.