WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue University Board of Trustees on Friday (April 8) ratified four faculty appointments and faculty promotion and tenure, and approved two new programs, civic literacy plans for Purdue Fort Wayne Schools , Purdue Northwest and Purdue at IUPUI, and resolutions of appreciation for two retirees.

The newly ratified positions are:

* Signe Kastberg, named Mary Endres Chair in Elementary Education.

* Evgeniy Narimanov, who was named Elmore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

* Amy Reibman, appointed Elmore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

* Lynne Taylor, named Retter Professor Emeritus of Pharmacy.

Kastberg, who focuses on math education, came to Purdue as an associate professor in 2010 and was promoted to full professor in 2017. Through her scholarship, she meets the needs of at-risk English learners and provides recommendations for teaching struggling students and students with disabilities. . She collaborates with many school districts, mentoring K-12 teachers in various professional development workshops and short courses. Kastberg publishes in top mathematics education journals and has published 48 peer-reviewed articles, four books, and 11 book chapters. She has presented at national and international conferences, including the International Congress on Mathematics Education. His accolades include the Purdue College of Education Graduate Mentoring Award (2021), the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators’ Mathematics Teacher Education Teaching Excellence Award (2018), and Purdue’s Murphy Award for Outstanding Teaching of Mathematics. Outstanding Undergraduate (2017).

Narimanov is a world leader in the fields of nanophotonics and nanoplasmonics. His work in optical imaging and metamaterials is characterized by astonishing creativity and has resulted in the development of several new areas, including the concept of hyperbolic metamaterials which has led to several thousand related research papers published each year. Narimanov is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America. In 2019, he received the Arden L. Bement Jr. Award from Purdue for recent outstanding achievement in pure and applied science and engineering. Narimanov joined Purdue in 2007 as an associate professor and was promoted to professor in 2013.

Reibman, who worked 23 years at AT&T Labs, most recently as a senior inventive scientist, became a Purdue Professor in 2015. She is a world leader in the fields of image/video processing and video transmission on systems wireless communication. She has created groundbreaking work in the field of digital video compression and broadcasting, particularly for wireless systems. She pioneered a number of methods that allow efficient transmission of images and video over channels where data can be easily lost, including the now widely adopted multiple description coding technique. Reibman is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and received the Leonard G. Abraham Paper Prize from the IEEE Communications Society in 1998. She has published 44 journals and 121 conference papers, edited one book, and holds more of 60 patents. Since 2020, Reibman has served as Associate Director of Faculty Mentoring and Recognition.

Taylor, who joined Purdue in 2003, has been a Retter Professor of Pharmacy since 2016. She is an internationally recognized leader in pharmaceutical formulations. His research aims to improve drug delivery by understanding the links between the properties of the solid dosage form (e.g., the drug in a tablet formulation), the barriers to drug entry into the solution phase during the release and the impact of the thermodynamics of the solution on the absorption process. . Taylor is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. Among her honors are the Dale E. Wurster Research Award from AAPS in 2020 and Purdue Provost’s Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award in 2019. Taylor was named editor of the American Chemical Society Journal “Molecular Pharmaceutics” in 2018 and has more of 330 peer-reviewed articles published in outstanding journals.

The board also ratified the promotion of 185 faculty at IUPUI’s West Lafayette, Northwest, Fort Wayne and Purdue Schools campuses.

Additionally, the board approved the appointment of Darryl Ragland as the new College of Veterinary Medicine representative to the Indiana Animal Health Council. Ragland is an associate professor of swine production medicine. He has extensive experience and knowledge of the livestock and poultry industries in Indiana and an exceptional understanding of the regulatory rules that protect animal agriculture.

In another action, the board approved a master of science in dietetics at the West Lafayette campus starting in fall 2023 and a bachelor of science in cybersecurity at Purdue Northwest starting in fall 2022.

The Masters in Dietetics will build on the leadership and strength of the Department of Nutritional Sciences to educate students for careers in the field of nutrition and dietetics and meet workforce demands in the State, region and country. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts national job growth of 11% for dietitian nutritionists from 2020 to 2030, which is faster than the average for all occupations. From 2024, a master’s degree will be required to enter the nutrition and dietetics profession.

The Bachelor in Cyber ​​Security will prepare students with the technical skills, knowledge, and skills necessary to protect networks, systems, programs, and data from criminal or unauthorized use. The increasing frequency of cyberattacks has heightened the importance of cybersecurity to mitigate and prevent negative impacts and potential risks to the security of business and financial systems. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that cybersecurity jobs will grow 33% from 2020 to 2030 and reports that the typical basic education requirement for the cybersecurity field is a bachelor’s degree.

Additionally, trustees approved civic literacy plans for Purdue Fort Wayne, Purdue Northwest, and Purdue IUPUI schools, beginning fall 2022. Similar to West Lafayette Civics Literacy Proficiency termseach school has developed several selections to complete the civics test required for successful completion of this undergraduate degree requirement.

The board heard an update from Jay Akridge, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity, on the mentoring requirement approved by the board on October 9, 2015, as part of the promotion and permanence. Mentoring activities are now reported by all faculty members being considered for promotion and tenure. Professors mentor students in a variety of ways, including supporting undergraduate research, advising student clubs and organizations, and offering career advice. See the slides.

Rob Wynkoop, associate vice president of ancillary services, provided an update to administrators on ongoing renovations at the Stewart Center (for student services) and Schleman Hall (for data science). Both projects, which were announced in August 2021, feature an early implementation of Future of Work concepts that will improve the quality of space while supporting increased facility utilization. Once completed, facilities will include open environments, strategically located collaborative spaces, more natural light, and improved, accessible restrooms. Construction is underway and is expected to be completed in April 2024, with occupancy scheduled for August 2024. See slides.

Wynkoop also discussed a potential future opportunity for the Future of Work involving Purdue Libraries and the School of Information Studies to move select books from the Humanities, Social Sciences and Education Library from the Stewart Center and Hicks Undergraduate Library to create additional classroom and study space in a prime, central location.

Wynkoop also provided an update on the university’s leased space, and the physical facilities committee requested that administrative operations consider two potential future projects:

* Construction of new residence halls on the Meredith site, in accordance with the master plan in leaps and bounds 2018.

* Address the state of University Hall and Heavilon Hall, using the Future of Work concepts implemented at the Stewart Center and Schleman Hall.

In addition, the board approved resolutions of appreciation for Nassar Paydar, recently retired chancellor of IUPUI, and Teresa Lubbers, recently retired commissioner of the Indiana Commission on Higher Education.

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Sources: Jay Akridge

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Yevgeny Narimanov

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