Monday, November 23, 2009

Avila named Outstanding Senior in CoE

JESUS I. AVILA of
Del City displays the engraved platter he received as the Outstanding Senior in the College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma during a Nov. 13 ceremony on the OU Norman campus. With him are (from left) OU President David L. Boren, OU Board of Regents Chairman Max Weitzenhoffer and College of Engineering Dean Thomas Landers.

Jesus is a senior electrical engineering major. He will graduate in May 2010.

Stubsten named Overall Outstanding Senior Man at OU

DAVID A. STUBSTEN of Fairvew displays the engraved trophy he received as the overall Outstanding Senior Man at the University of Oklahoma during a Nov. 13 ceremony on the OU Norman campus. With Stubsten, who is in the OU College of Engineering, are (from left) OU President David L. Boren (left), OU Board of Regents Chairman Max Weitzenhoffer and Mary Martha Stewart, president of the OU Parents’ Association.

In addition, David has received numerous awards including:

Homecoming Royalty Court Candidate
Pe-et, Top Ten Senior Honor Society
Regents’ Award for Outstanding Juniors (Top 12 Juniors)
President’s Award for Outstanding Sophomores (Top 12 Sophomores)
President’s Award for Outstanding Freshmen (Top 12 Freshmen)
University College PACE Award Recipient (Top 1% of Freshmen Class)
Robert C. Byrd Scholar
Regents Scholar
David A. Burr Scholar
Jane E. Lawton Internship Award Recipient for President’s Leadership Class
College of Engineering Distinguished Freshman Scholarship
Floyd H. Grant Scholar for Industrial Engineering

David has contributed to the local community in the following ways:

Big Brothers Big Sisters – 4 years (currently being rematched)
Community Engagement Committee Member – Norman Campus
Served on OU’s United Way “Day of Caring” Committee
Spoke for United Way panels
Organized logistics for Rake-It-Up campus cleanup effort

David has been involved in various campus activities as listed below:

• Chair, Campus Activities Council High School Leadership Conference
• Co-Chair, LEAD Team, Leadership Development & Volunteerism Office
• Counselor, Camp Crimson and Sooner Orientation Weekend
• Crimson Club
• Student Mentor, President’s Leadership Class
• OU Recruitment Video Committee Member
• Webmaster, Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

WaTER Center announces first prize recipient


By Julianna Parker
The Norman Transcript
Published Nov. 1, 2009

An international symposium brought experts from business, engineering and public health together to talk about providing clean water to developing regions Friday at the University of Oklahoma.

At the symposium, the WaTER Center announced the recipient of the International WaTER Prize: Dr. Stephen P. Luby.

This is the first prize given by the Water Technologies for Emerging Regions Center at OU. The research center at OU is dedicated to helping solve drinking water challenges in impoverished areas.

The prize was modeled after OU and World Literature Today's Neustadt International Prize for Literature, said David Sabatini, professor for the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and director of the WaTER Center.

The panelists at the symposium Friday made up the jury for the prize. Each nominated someone for the prize and then they discussed it this week until they came up with a recipient. The prize winner was announced at lunchtime.

Sabatini said the prize was begun this year

· to celebrate significant contributions to clean water development,

· to hold up the prize winner as an inspiration to others, and

· to bring someone of Luby's stature to campus to interact with students.

Luby has worked for the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh since 2004. He is head of the Program on Infectious Diseases and Vaccine Sciences and also functions as the head of Agency for the Centers for Disease Control in Bangladesh.

Luby earned a bachelor of arts in philosophy from Creighton University in 1981. He earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas in 1986 and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Rochester-Strong Memorial Hospital. He studied epidemiology and public health in the Epidemic Intelligence Service and the Preventive Medicine Residency of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Luby has authored over 120 scientific articles, the majority concerning communicable disease epidemiology in low-income countries.

Luby officially will be presented with the award at International WaTER Conference tentatively scheduled for October 2009 in Norman.