Stuart Cooper, Donald Sparks new AAAS fellows
Vol. 17, No. 9Oct. 30, 1997

Professors honored
  Stuart Cooper, Donald Sparks new AAAS fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has awarded the distinction of fellow to two UD faculty members.

Stuart L. Cooper, H. Rodney Sharp Professor of Chemical Engineering and dean of the College of Engineering, and Donald L. Sparks, Distinguished Professor of Soil Sciences and chairperson of the department, were among 270 AAAS members recognized for their "efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications that are scientifically or socially distinguished."

AAAS will present the awards during a special ceremony, Feb. 14, at the 1998 AAAS Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

AAAS represents the largest federation of scientific and engineering societies in the world. Each year the organization selects distinguished members to receive the rank of fellow.

Joining the University in 1993 as dean of the College of Engineering, Cooper was honored for his "research in polymer science, particularly the study of chemistry and solid state structure of polyurethanes and for advancing the use of polyurethanes as biomaterials."

Cooper holds four patents, the most recent one issued in October. He has served as the president of the Society of Biomaterials and is coauthor of Polyurethanes in Medicine and coeditor of four books. He is the cofounding editor of the Journal of Biomaterials Science, Polymer Edition and serves on several editorial advisory boards.

He is the recipient of the Charles Stine Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Clemson Award for Basic Research from the Society for Biomaterials.

Cooper, who received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 1967 from Princeton University, is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineering, the Society for Biomaterials and a founding fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.

Sparks, who earned a doctorate in soil science in 1979 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, joined the UD faculty in 1979 and received the Alison Award in 1996 in recognition of his scholarship, professional achievements and dedication.

He was honored by AAAS for "pioneering studies on the kinetics and mechanisms of inorganic/ organic reactions at the mineral/water interface using in- situ spectroscopic/microscopic techniques."

One of the youngest recipients of the Soil Science Research Award in 1994, Sparks also has received the UD Sigma Xi Distinguished Scientist Award, a citation from the International Potash Institute and the American Society of Agronomy's Visiting Scientist Award.

He is a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America. He has written two textbooks, Kinetics of Soil Chemical Processes and Environmental Soil Chemistry