Furman ROTC among best in Carolinas
The Furman Reserve Officer Training Corps brought home top honors at the annual Ranger Challenge, held October 29-30 at Fort Jackson.
Competing against 17 other ROTC programs from North and South Carolina, Furman was awarded three top-three finishes. Designed to test leadership, endurance and knowledge, the competition was divided into three categories (green for beginners, gold for intermediate and black for advanced).
Furman's green and gold teams were awarded second- and third-place finishes, respectively. The Furman black team finished in first place just ahead of The Citadel.
Shi to take winter-term sabbatical
President David Shi will be taking a mini-sabbatical during the winter. He will use the leave to complete two books. One will be the sixth edition of the popular textbook America: A Narrative History, co-authored with Furman alumnus George Tindall, professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina. The other project is a new book, titled Beyond the Bell Tower: Reflections on Learning and Life, which is scheduled for publication in April.
A.V. Huff, Jr., Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean, will serve as acting president during Shi's leave. Shi, who has served as Furman's president since 1994, will return April 1.
Arrington recognized for contributions to science, research
Tony Arrington has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Arrington, who has taught chemistry at Furman since 1967, is one of 288 members to receive the designation of Fellow for 2001.
He was cited by the organization for his "distinguished contributions to characterizing the chemistry of highly reactive species and for leadership in mentoring undergraduates through participation in research."
The new AAAS Fellows will be recognized at the 2002 AAAS annual meeting in Boston on February 16.
Founded in 1848, AAAS represents the world's largest federation of scientists and works to advance science for human well-being through its programs and publications. It has more than 138,000 members and 275 affiliated societies across the world. The organization began its tradition of electing Fellows in 1874.
Arrington, a 1960 Furman graduate, earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard University. He also did postdoctoral research at the University of California. He has been a Danforth Graduate Fellow, a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and a National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellow. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Utah and Visiting Scientist at Los Alamos National Labs.
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