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2012 Alumni Awards

The third annual College of Science Celebration of Alumni Excellence was held in Moscow on November 1, 2012. The following are the 2012 inductees into the College of Science Academy of Distinguished Alumni and recipient of the College of Science Dean’s Achievement Award.

College of Science Academy of Distinguished Alumni

The College of Science Academy of Distinguished Alumni recognizes individuals who have brought honor and distinction to the College of Science through extraordinary professional accomplishments.

2012 Inductees

James W. Asaph

James AsaphJames Asaph earned a pre-medical degree at the University of Idaho in 1958 and graduated from medical school at the University of Oregon in 1962.  He completed his internship and residency at Cornell and then entered the Army, serving as a thoracic surgeon in both Vietnam and Germany.  He was awarded the Legion of Merit for his service in the Army.  Since 1974, Dr. Asaph has been practicing in Portland, Oregon, serving as a cardiothoracic surgeon at the Oregon Clinic until his retirement in 1999.  Despite being officially retired, he continues to practice at the VA Medical Center in Portland and is an active researcher, focusing on analyzing surgeries to determine which techniques lead to better patient outcomes for various procedures.  His work has significant implications for the improvement of health care and patient quality of life.  Dr. Asaph received the University of Idaho Silver and Gold Award in 2011.

Michael D. Donaldson

Michael DonaldsonMichael Donaldson earned a B.S. in microbiology in 1976 and an M.S. in bacteriology in 1978 at Idaho.  He is president and CEO of Valent BioSciences Corporation and Valent USA Corporation and executive officer at Sumitomo Chemical Company, Valent’s parent company.  In this joint position, which he has held since 2009, he provides strategic direction for all of Valent’s operations and for Sumitomo’s Canada, Mexico, and Latin America business units.  Mr. Donaldson served as general manager of Abbott Lab’s Global Ag Business unit from 1997 to 2000, when the unit was acquired by Sumitomo and the name was changed to Valent.  Mr. Donaldson was named president and COO of Valent BioSciences, an independent subsidiary of Valent USA, at that time.  Valent is a worldwide leader in the development, commercialization and manufacturing of biorational products, which include bioinsecticides and plant growth regulators. The company delivers products to agriculture, public health, and forestry markets in more than 90 countries.  Prior to joining Abbott, he was a business manager and researcher for Sandoz Crop Protection.  Mr. Donaldson was a featured speaker in the College of Business and Economics VIEW Speaker Series in 2012.

College of Science Dean’s Achievement Award

The College of Science Dean’s Achievement Award recognizes individuals for their dedication, service, and support of the College of Science and/or extraordinary leadership and service to the state of Idaho and beyond.

2012 Recipient

Janet L.  Schaumburg

Janet SchaumburgJanet Schaumburg earned her B.S. in mining engineering in 1977, the first woman to earn a degree in mining at the University of Idaho.  After graduation, she began work for the Anaconda Company in Butte, Montana, and in 1979 began a long and distinguished career with ExxonMobil, working in a variety of engineering and management positions.  She recently retired as director of human resources for Univation Technologies, a joint venture between ExxonMobil and Dow.

Ms. Schaumburg has been a very dedicated volunteer and supporter of the University of Idaho.  She served on the advisory board for the College of Mines and Earth Resources and is a current member of the College of Science Advisory Board.  She has served as chair of both boards.  During her time as chair of the Mines Advisory Board in 1988 and 1989, she was involved in the planning efforts for McClure Hall.  She also served on two dean search committees for the College of Mines.  As a member of the College of Science Advisory Board, she helped initiate the Women in Math and Science program, which is designed to encourage young women in high school and junior high to pursue studies in math and science.  Ms. Schaumburg has been recognized for her service and dedication to the university a number of times.  She received the E. Viet Howard Memorial Award for unbridled optimistic support of mining education in 1999, the Silver and Gold Award in 2000, and the Jim Lyle Award in 2005.


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