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August 30, 2012

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Sridhar R. Tayur, the Ford Distinguished Research Chair and Professor of Operations Management at the Tepper School of Business, has been elected as a fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), recognizing his outstanding lifetime achievements in operations research and the management sciences. Tayur and Heinz College Dean Ramayya Krishnan, whose election as an INFORMS Fellow was announced in last week's 8.5 x 11 News, will be honored at the Fellows Luncheon on Oct. 15 at the 2012 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix. Tayur joins Tepper School faculty members and colleagues Linda Argote, Egon Balas, John Hooker, and Michael Trick as fellows of INFORMS.

Statistics Professor Brian Junker has been appointed associate dean for academic affairs for the Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. In this role, Junker will chair the Dietrich College Council and take a leadership role in administrating college curriculum, programs and policies. Junker succeeds Kristina Straub, professor of English, who was associate dean for academic affairs from July 2002-July 2012. "As an outstanding researcher and a gifted educator, Brian Junker is ideally suited for the associate dean position," said John Lehoczky, dean of the Dietrich College. "He has devoted a significant part of his career to educational research, so he will have  an important impact on both the undergraduate and graduate education programs of the Dietrich College." Read the full story.  

Mechanical Engineering Professor Philip LeDuc has been named a fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) for his exceptional achievements and experience in the field, including cell and molecular biomechanics. LeDuc, who has courtesy appointments in the Biomedical Engineering, Biological Sciences and Computational Biology departments, is one of nine fellows named this year. He will be honored Oct. 25 during the BMES annual meeting in Atlanta. "We applaud Phil LeDuc’s latest accolade and his innovative work, which spans the gamut from exploring nutrition for the healthy growth of infants and children in underdeveloped countries to novel molecular biomechanics research," said Yu-Li Wang, head of CMU’s Biomedical Engineering Department. Read the full story.