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September 15, 1990


Four Kansas University professors will receive the 1990 Higuchi/Endowment Research Achievement Awards during KU's faculty convocation Tuesday.

KU Chancellor Gene Budig and Del Shankel, executive vice chancellor for the Lawrence campus, will present the citations at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Kansas Union's Woodruff Auditorium.

The recipients, who each will receive $10,000 stipends to further their own research, are Harold Orel, distinguished professor of English; Richard Himes, professor of biochemistry; Valentino J. Stella, distinguished professor of pharmaceutical chemistry and director of the Center for Drug Delivery Research; and K. Sam Shanmugan, J.L. Constant distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering.

The awards were established in May 1981 by Takeru Higuchi, regents distinguished professor of pharmaceutical chemistry and chemistry, and his wife, Aya. Aya Higuchi continued the awards after her husband's death in 1987.

The annual awards are named for people who have worked through the KU Endowment Association to further the university's overall research.

Nominations for the awards are solicited by Frances D. Horowitz, KU vice chancellor for research, graduate studies and public service. Budig then makes the final selections based on recommendations from a review committee and Horowitz.

Recipients may spend their awards for research materials, summer salaries, fellowship matching funds, equipment, research assistance or other support.

OREL WILL receive the Balfour Jeffrey Award for research achievements in the humanities and social sciences. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of New Hampshire and master's and doctoral degrees in English language and literature from the University of Michigan.

A specialist in British literature, Orel joined the KU faculty in 1957 as an associate professor of English. He became a professor in 1962 and was named distinguished professor in 1975.

Published widely on a variety of subjects, Orel is best known for his analysis of British literature of the Victorian era and between 1880 and 1920. He also is known for work with Irish literature and served as president of the American Committee on Irish studies.

HIMES WILL receive the Olin Petefish Award for achievement in the basic sciences. He received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of California.

Himes came to KU in 1963 as an assistant professor in the biochemistry department. He became a professor in 1971 and was department chairman from 1978 to 1984. He also has served as acting chairman for the KU Division of Biological Sciences and taught in West Germany after receiving a Fulbright award in 1989.

Himes has received a number of research grants to further his studies concentrated in such areas as enzyme reactions, formation and function of microtubules and the study of proteins. In addition, he has published more than 70 articles about his research.

STELLA WILL receive the Dolph Simons Sr. Award for research achievement in the biomedical sciences. He received a degree from Victorian College of Pharmacy, Victoria, Australia, and a doctorate in analytical pharmaceutical chemistry from KU in 1971.

An assistant professor of pharmacy at the University of Illinois Medical Center before joining the KU faculty in 1973, Stella became an associate professor at KU in 1976 and professor in 1981. Since 1989, he has directed KU's Center for Drug Delivery Research.

Stella's academic honors include selection as a fellow of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Science, the American Association of Pharmaceutical Science and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

SHANMUGAN WILL receive the Irvin Youngberg Award for research achievement in the applied sciences. A native of India, Shanmugan earned his bachelor's degree from Madras University, India, a master's degree from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and a doctorate from Oklahoma State University. All of his degrees are in electrical engineering.

He came to KU in 1971 as a research associate at the Center for Research Inc. From 1973 to 1978, he was an assistant professor at Wichita State University, and from 1978 to 1980 he was a member of the technical staff of Bell Laboratories. He returned to KU in 1980 as an associate professor, was named professor in 1982 and J.L. Constant distinguished professor in 1986.

Shanmugan is an expert in telecommunications. He is a former director of KU's Telecommunications and Information Sciences Lab and has been instrumental in the blending of computer technology and engineering design.

Shanmugan has worked widely as a consultant and serves as president of STAR Corp., a software development firm. He has received a number of honors, including the Young Engineering Educator Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Henry Gould Award for distinguished service to undergraduate engineering education at KU and the Amoco Foundation Outstanding Teacher Award.

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