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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 33 - June 1, 1995

Kimberly Ware, Margie Lawrence, and Bill Campion were recently awarded the Division of Student Affairs Heroine and Hero Awards for their "outstanding contributions to their departments, the university, and the students."

A textbook by Don Baird, the Harry C. Wyatt professor of chemical engineering, was published in May by Butterworth-Heinemann. The book, Introduction to Polymer Processing: Principles and Design, was co-authored by Dimitris Collias, who is on the staff of Proctor and Gamble.

Lynn Davis, public affairs director of the College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources and Sea Grant communicator, has been appointed to the National Advisory Council for the National Parks Friends Initiative.

Daisy Sewart has been elected president elect of the American Vocational Association. She will serve as president for the 1996-97 academic year.

Lynn Nystrom received the Adviser of the Year award at the third annual University Student Leadership Awards ceremony held in April. Nystrom serves as adviser to the Student Engineers Council and to the Collegiate Times.

At the same ceremony, retired professor Charles Aull received a Volunteer Spirit award.

Dan Dolan, assistant professor of wood science and forest products, was installed as chairman of the Wood Construction Technical Committee for the Building Seismic Safety Council. The committee writes the revision of the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program's Recommended Provisions for the Development of Seismic Regulations for New Buildings. He made a presentation on the state-of-practice for designing structural wood diaphragms to the South Carolina Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers in Columbia, S.C. The wood scientist also made a presentation, "An Overview of Wood Engineering Research Initiatives in the U.S.," at a meeting in Toronto of Canadian Wood Engineering Educators and Researchers that was sponsored by the Canadian Wood Council. Dolan, who has been elected an alternate for representing engineers on the American Lumber Standard Committee under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology, lectured on building code effects on timber-frame construction at the 1995 Timber Framers Guild of North America International Conference in Williamsburg on May 25.

Dolan, along with Tom Murray, endowed professor of civil engineering, and Jim Johnson, associate professor of forestry, presented the paper, "Preliminary Design Criterion for Wood Floor Vibration" at the 1995 American Society of Civil Engineers Structural Congress in Boston. Dolan coauthored "Variability and Effects of Moisture Content on the Withdrawal Characteristics for Lumber as Opposed to Clear Wood," and authored "Cyclic Lateral Connections Tests Conducted on Dowels," two papers presented in Copenhagen, Denmark, at the 1995 meeting of the Timber Structures Working Commission of the International Council for Building Research Studies and Documentation.