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May 19, 2005  Volume 26, No. 30
Tom Petersen earns University Star Award
The Star Award celebrates specific acts of exemplary service and ongoing dedication to the principles of quality service. Winners receive a STAR pin, a $50 check and a letter from President Lois B. DeFleur.Tom Petersen, a calculations clerk II in Telecommunications, received the STAR award in April.

Distinguished Dissertation Awards
Humanities and Fine Arts:
Christal R. Frakes, Department of Philosophy
The Virtue of Compassion: Responding to Suffering with Equanimity Principal dissertation supervisor: Lisa Tessman, assistant professor of philosophy

Letitia Lehua Moffitt, Department of English
At Home and Away
Principal dissertation supervisor: Jaimee Wriston Colbert, assistant professor of English

Social Sciences, Management, Education and Nursing:
Geraldine A. Britton, Decker School of Nursing The Effectiveness of a Nurse-managed Perinatal Smoking Cessation Program Implemented in a Rural County
Principal dissertation supervisor: Gary D. James, director of the Institute for Primary and Preventative Health Care

Glenn Barkley Ramsey, Department of History
Erotic Friendship, Gender Inversion, and Human Rights in the German Movement for Homosexual Reform, 1897-1933
Principal dissertation supervisor: Jean Quataert, professor of history

Engineering and Applied Science:
Ruofei Zhang, Department of Computer Science
Semantics-Oriented Modeling and Retrieval in Image Databases
Principal dissertation supervisor: Zhongfei “Mark” Zhang, assistant professor of computer science

Science and Mathematics:
Tracey Renee Curtis, Department of Biology
Mechanisms Facilitating the Success of an Invasive Social Wasp Species in North America Relative to a Native Species
Principal dissertation supervisor: Nancy Stamp, dean of the Graduate School

Kristin M. Weingartner, Department of Psychology
Perspective-Taking During Reading: The Underlying Mechanisms and Influential Text Variables
Principal dissertation supervisor: Celia M. Klin, associate professor of psychology

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