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May 18, 2005
Contact: Alison Watkins, Graduate School & International Programs, (785) 864-4963.

KU graduate school to honor dissertation awards nominees, winners May 21

LAWRENCE -- Winners of the Haglund and the Argersinger prizes for outstanding dissertations at the University of Kansas will be honored during the 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21, hooding ceremony for the Graduate School at the Lied Center of Kansas.

Sara Running Danger (pronounced DANG-er) in English won the $1,000 Dorothy Haglund (HAYG-lund) Prize for her dissertation, "Transforming Images: Victorian Women Writers, Popular Images, and the Literary Marketplace."

Dilip Natarajan in chemical and petroleum engineering won the $1,250 Marnie and Bill Argersinger Award for his dissertation, "Experimental and Modeling Studies on the Spatiotemporal Current Density Distribution in a PEM Fuel Cell."

Eight more doctoral candidates whose dissertations were nominated for the awards will be recognized at Saturday's hooding ceremony.

" The Haglund and Argersinger dissertation prizes honor Dorothy Haglund's and Dean William Argersinger's efforts to improve graduate education, and we celebrate the creation of new knowledge and research by recognizing these outstanding graduate students and their scholarly works," said Diana Carlin, dean of the Graduate School and International Programs.

The Haglund Prize for an outstanding doctoral dissertation was established in 1979 through the generosity of former vice chancellor and Dean William J. Argersinger Jr., his wife, Marnie, and their friends, in cooperation with the KU Endowment Association. The prize was established to honor the late Dorothy Haglund, who served KU graduate students from 1940 until her retirement in 1983. In 1992, Argersinger and his wife established a fund to provide an additional dissertation prize. Before a dissertation may be nominated into the competition for either the Haglund or Argersinger dissertation prize, doctoral candidates must pass their dissertation defense with honors.

The hometowns of the winners and nominees being honored include:

From Lawrence
Curran Douglass completed a Ph.D. in philosophy in summer 2004. John Bricke, professor of philosophy, nominated Douglass' dissertation: "On Freedom And Rationality."

From Newton and from Olathe
Audrey Blacklock completed her Ph.D. during the summer 2004 term in molecular and integrative physiology in the School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kan. She will complete a medical degree at KU next spring. Peter G. Smith, professor of molecular and integrative physiology and director of the RL Smith Mental Retardation Research Center, nominated her dissertation: Estrogen As A Modulator of Peripheral Sensory Innervation. Blacklock has a bachelor's degree from Bethel College in Newton. She is a Hesston High School graduate. She is the daughter of Gary and Mary Franz of Newton and is married to Brent Blacklock of Olathe.

From Oskaloosa and West Gardner, Maine
Priscilla Ridgway completed a Ph.D. in social welfare in December at KU. Edward Canda, professor of social welfare, nominated Ridgway's dissertation: Hope and Mental Health Recovery: Co-constructing New Paradigm Knowledge. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Maine and a master's degree from the University of Connecticut in West Hartford. She is the daughter of George J. Ridgway of West Gardner.

From Olathe and Newton
See Harvey County: Audrey Blacklock

From West Gardner
See Jefferson County, Oskaloosa: Priscilla Ridgway

From St. Cloud
Sara R. Danger completed her PhD during the summer 2004 term. Dorice W. Elliott, chair of the English department, nominated Danger's dissertation, which won the Haglund Prize. Danger received a bachelor's degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and a master's degree from South Dakota State University in Brookings. She is the daughter of Cheryl and Thorpe Running. She is married to Paul Danger, son of Ruth Ann and Bill Danger of St. James, Minn. They have a 3-year-old daughter. She is in a two-year residency as a Lilly fellow at Valparaiso University, teaching and conducting research in the College of Arts and Sciences and Christ College.

From Springfield and from Las Cruses, N.M.
Mark Horowitz completed his Ph.D. in sociology in December 2004. He is an assistant professor at New Mexico State University in Las Cruses. David N. Smith, associate professor of sociology, nominated Horowitz's dissertation: Attitudes Towards Wage Fairness in the Maquila Zone: Social Identities, Reference Groups, and the Sale of Labor Power. He is currently teaching at New Mexico State University in Las Cruses. Horowitz received a bachelor's degree from Clark University in Worcester, Mass. He is the son of Marlene and the late Barton Horowitz.

From Las Cruses and Springfield, Mass.
See Massachusetts: Mark Horowitz

From Cary and Madras, India
See India: Dilip Natarajan

From Center
Jared Spletstoser completed his PhD in medicinal chemistry at KU in December 2004 and is working as a post-doctoral fellow at KU. Gunda Georg, distinguished professor of medicinal chemistry, nominated his dissertation: The Design, Synthesis, and Biological Evaluation of Paclitaxel Analogs Able to Probe Interactions With Tubulin and P.Glycoprotein. Spletstoser received a bachelor's degree from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and a master's degree from KU in summer 2002. He is the son of Gary and Marilyn Spletstoser.

From Akron
Karla Kral completed her PhD in summer 2004 in anthropology. Donald D. Stull professor of anthropology, nominated her dissertation: Women, Kinship, and Transnationalism: A Case Study of Chihuahua, Mexico. Kral received her bachelor's degree from the University of Akron. She is the daughter of Patricia Hughes.

From Woodbridge
Andrew Harned completed his PhD in chemistry in December 2004. He is currently at the California Institute of Technology on a National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Fellowship. Paul R. Hanson, associate professor of chemistry, nominated Harned's dissertation: Norbornenyl-Tagged Reagents and Soluble ROM Polymers as Tools for Organic Synthesis. Harned received a bachelor's degree from Virginia Polytechnical Institute of Technology University in Blacksburg. He is the son of Glenn and Ellen Harned.

From Bremen
Thorsten Huth will receive his PhD in Germanic languages and literatures May 22. Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm, assistant professor of Germanic languages and literatures, nominated his dissertation: Talking Perspective: Conversation Analysis and Culture in the German Foreign Language Classroom. Huth also earned a master's degree at KU.

From Madras and Cary, N.C.
Dilip Natarajan is employed with INI Power Systems, a fuel cell company. Natarajan completed his PhD in chemical and petroleum engineering in summer 2004. Trung Van Nguyen, professor of chemical and petroleum engineering, nominated Natarajan's dissertation, which won the Argersinger prize. Natarajan received a master's degree at KU in 1998. He is the son of K. Natarajan of Madras Tamil.


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