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J. Usha Raj, professor and head of pediatrics and physician-in-chief at the Children’s Hospital University of Illinois, received the 2014 Elizabeth A. Rich, MD, Award from the American Thoracic Society May 19 at its international conference in San Diego.
She was honored for her contributions to pulmonary medicine and underserved populations in Chicago, as well as mentoring and support to the organization.
Raj is associate editor of the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology and an editorial board member of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
Roberta Feldman, professor emerita of architecture, received a Career Award from the Environmental Design Research Association for “sustained and significant contributions to environment design research, practice, or teaching.” Recipients will be honored May 28 at the association’s annual conference in New Orleans.
Siim Soot, professor emeritus in the Urban Transportation Center of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, was named honorary vice consul to the Republic of Estonia through March 2017.
The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs honored staff members at an awards ceremony April 11.
Outstanding New Staff awards were presented to Melissa Williams, attorney, Student Legal Services; Chanel Small Bishop, academic counselor, African American Academic Network; Abigail VanAnden, resident director for Marie Robinson Hall, Campus Housing; and Lynne Thompson, associate director, Campus Recreation.
Outstanding Staff awards were presented to Wayne Odle, visiting network analyst/web graphic designer, Campus Auxiliary Services; Paula Benton-Pierce, manager, Student Learning Resource Center, African American Academic Network; Annette Wright, assistant dean of students and director of Student Veteran Affairs; Jaime Velasquez, assistant director, Career Services; and Shannon Tully, head coach, women’s tennis, Intercollegiate Athletics.
The Outstanding Contribution to Student Success Award was presented to Yoko Mori, interim assistant director for paraprofessional development, Counseling Center.