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Young Faculty Awards

Curiosity about volcanoes, the mental processes of young engineers, and mysterious signals between cells earned major awards for three MSU-Bozeman faculty members. Valerie Copie, Durward Sobek and Todd Feeley each received a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Copie, an assistant professor of biochemistry, received $498,952 to study a protein involved when cells signal each other. Sobek, an assistant professor in mechanical and industrial engineering, received $455,585 to investigate the design processes used by engineering students. Feeley, assistant professor of geology, received $360,719 to study volcanic isotopes.

Cox, Wiley Winners

Richard Howard, education, and Philip Stewart, chemical engineering and biofilm engineering, received the 2000 Cox Family Awards for Creative Scholarship and Teaching. Each received a $2,000 honorarium as well as a $600 stipend to be used to buy books dedicated in their honor at MSU's Renne Library. The Charles and Nora L. Wiley Award for Meritorious Research and Creativity from MSU went to Richard Canfield, research professor of physics, and David Pascual, associate professor of immunology. Each received $2,000.

In 1999, the Cox Family Awards went to Cynthia McClure, chemistry, and Robert Rydell, history. They also received a $2,000 honorarium and a $600 stipend to be used to buy books dedicated in their honor at the Renne Library. The 1999 Wiley Awards went to Paul Grieco, chemistry; Mary Murphy, history; and Aleksander Rebane, physics. They each received $2,500.

Malone Receives Merriam

The late Michael P. Malone, former MSU president, was the 1999 recipient of the H.G. Merriam Award given by the University of Montana in Missoula. Merriam was a UM professor of English from 1914 through 1954. The award is given to Montana writers who work in the creative or literary arts. Other prominent winners have included Ivan Doig, A.B. Guthrie, Jr. and Norman Maclean.

'Hale' to Acton

Loren Acton, a former astronaut who founded the solar physics group at MSU, was the 2000 winner of the George Ellery Hale Prize, a major award in the field of solar physics. The Hale Prize is generally given every two years by the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society. For winning, Acton received a medal, citation and the opportunity to give a lecture at the joint June 2000 meeting of the Solar Physics Division and the AAS. Acton retired from MSU in March 1999, but returned to work one-third time as a research professor of physics.

Butterfield Receives Johnson Award

Patricia A. Butterfield, professor of nursing, was one of 15 national recipients of a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows award. She competed against more than 50 other candidates to win the fellowship that is given to nurses in executive roles in health services, public health and nursing education. The fellowship provides $15,000 to be spent over three years for self-directed learning activities, independent study and access to an electronic communications network. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care.


Three Students Win Goldwaters

The latest Goldwater Scholarship winners at MSU were Carl Legleiter of Englewood, Colo., Sara E. Maccagnano of Churchill and Jeffrey Zahller of Great Falls. The Goldwater Scholarship is the country's most prestigious undergraduate science and math scholarship. MSU now has 35 of the awards, making the university fifth in the nation for the number of recipients. Each winner qualifies for approximately $7,500 per year for his or her undergraduate education.

Elander Wins Rhodes Scholarship

Chelsea Elander of Missoula was one of 32 American students to receive the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship for 2000. The first student in two decades to receive the scholarship while attending MSU, she was a senior in MSU's Honors Program when the award was announced. The two-year, all-expenses-paid scholarship enables Elander to study the economic and social history of medicine. Elander received a $30,000 Truman Scholarship in 1999. She was the eighth MSU student to receive the award for her potential and dedication to public service.

Nyman Wins Graduate Fellowship

Jennifer Nyman of Great Falls received a fellowship for graduate study from the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Nyman graduated from MSU this year with a degree in chemical engineering. She will use the $7,000 fellowship for her first year of graduate study. She will pursue a doctoral degree in environmental engineering from Stanford University.

Outstanding Graduate Students Named

Kathy Bancroft, an enrolled Shoshone/Piaute/Mono, received MSU's 1999-2000 Outstanding Graduate Achievement Award for a Native American student. She graduated from MSU with a master's degree in organic chemistry in the fall of 1999 and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in biochemistry. Sue Ann Lindberg of Lewistown received the graduate achievement award for a master's degree student. She graduated this spring with a Master of Arts in History. Alan Ray Willse of Butte received the graduate achievement award for a doctoral student. He graduated from MSU in the fall with a Ph.D. in statistics.

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