The University of Arizona

Awards and Accolades

By Shelley Shelton, University Communications | May 30, 2012

J.D. Garcia, Achintya Haldar, Alan Newell and William Vélez are among recent honorees.

William Vélez, Alan Newell, Achintya Haldar, J.D. Garcia
William Vélez, Alan Newell, Achintya Haldar, J.D. Garcia
William Vélez, Alan Newell, Achintya Haldar, J.D. Garcia
William Vélez, Alan Newell, Achintya Haldar, J.D. Garcia
William Vélez, Alan Newell, Achintya Haldar, J.D. Garcia
William Vélez, Alan Newell, Achintya Haldar, J.D. Garcia
William Vélez, Alan Newell, Achintya Haldar, J.D. Garcia
William Vélez, Alan Newell, Achintya Haldar, J.D. Garcia

Congratulations to the following UA units and employees who have recently received honors in their fields:

Distinguished Professor of Mathematics William Vélez has been elected governor of the Mathematical Association of America Southwestern Section, which covers association members and institutions in Arizona, New Mexico and the El Paso, Texas, area. The association is the largest professional society in the country that focuses on mathematics at the undergraduate level. Vélez's three-year term begins July 1.

Regents' Professor of Mathematics Alan Newell has been selected to give the Martin Kruskal Lecture at the meeting of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Conference on Nonlinear Waves and Coherent Structures, which will be held in Seattle in mid-June. The Martin Kruskal Lecture is awarded every two years for a notable body of mathematics and contributions in the field of nonlinear waves and coherent structures. The prize honors Martin David Kruskal (1925-2006) for his fundamental contributions in many areas of mathematics and science. Newell studies patterns in nature, which he says have features that are universal.

Achintya Haldar, professor of civil engineering and engineering mechanics, was named a distinguished member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Distinguished ASCE members are elected by the ASCE board of directors based on their global reputation of outstanding leadership and research in engineering. In the society the honor is second only to becoming ASCE president. Each year one in 7,500 ASCE members can be made distinguished members, and just 615 distinguished memberships have been conferred since the society was founded in 1852. Haldar will be formally inducted as a distinguished member in October 2012 at ASCE's 142nd annual conference in Montreal. Haldar's citation by ASCE refers to his exemplary 44-year career as a world-class researcher and his work as a peerless educator, mentor and innovative practitioner.

Professor Emeritus of Physics J.D. Garcia will receive the American Association of Physics Teachers Distinguished Service Citation at the association's summer meeting in Philadelphia. Distinguished Service Citations are presented to AAPT members in recognition of their exceptional contributions to the organization. Garcia was praised for serving as a program officer in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation; his tenure as charter president of the National Society of Hispanic Physicists; and recent completion of a term as president of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. In announcing the honor, the association noted Garcia's service to several AAPT committees and task forces and lauded his continued promotion of physics activities in Tucson.

Lo Que Pasa wants to know about your good news. If you, your department or a colleague have won any major awards, been honored nationally or internationally or accomplished some other feat that deserves recognition, we'd like to know about it. To submit your news, please send us an email with the following information:

  • Name of person or team receiving the honor.
  • Name of organization granting the honor.
  • A description of the honor.
  • When the honor was announced and when it is to be received (or was received).
  • A photo of the honoree. If others appear in the photo, we'll need their names and affiliations.

Questions? Please contact Shelley Shelton at 626-4407 or sheltons@email.arizona.edu.