William Banks, professor of African American Studies, received the American Book Award for his book, "Black Intellectuals: Race and Responsibility in American Life." The 18th annual book award was presented to Banks at a ceremony in Chicago June 1.
The awards provide recognition for outstanding literary achievement. Past winners include Edward Said, Henry Louis Gates, Herb Caen and John Wideman.
Lisa Pruitt, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has been selected to receive the 1997 Pryta-nean Faculty Award, recognizing outstanding achievement by an untenured woman faculty member.
The $10,000 award is given annually by Prytanean Alumnae, a nonprofit women's organization dedicated to the ideals of service to students at Berkeley and excellence in education.
Pruitt, whose research group tests the synthetic materials used in artificial joints, joined the faculty in 1993 after earning her PhD in materials engineering at Brown that year.
"What is Pastoral?", written by English professor Paul Alpers, has been named winner of the 1997 Harry Levin Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association.
The prestigious Levin Prize is designated for a book of practical criticism and is given every other year, with a cash award of $500.
Michael Buckland, professor in the School of Information Management and Systems, has been elected to serve as the next president of the American Society for Information Science.
Founded in 1937, the society is an organization of some 4,000 professionals and academics who share an interest in advancing the field of information science.
Buckland takes office in October.
C. Judson King, chemical engineering professor and systemwide provost and senior vice president of academic affairs, has been named by the American Chemical Society for an award in separations science and technology. The award recognizes King's research contributions in the areas of spray drying and separations based on chemical complexation, and in defining research needs and setting the direction for separations science and technology research on the national and international scene. His studies are relevant to the production of food products, inorganic chemicals, detergents, biotechnology products and photolithographic powders.
At the ACS, King was an early advocate for the formation of the Separations Science and Technology subdivision and in 1986 became the first chair of that subdivision.
He has also held positions of high responsibility with a number of other professional organizations; served on advisory committees for government agencies, universities and technical journals; and been a consultant for more than a dozen industrial firms.
Oliver Williamson, professor of business administration, economics and law, was elected president of the American Law and Economics Association at its 1997 annual meeting, held in Toronto in May. He will serve as president for the coming year.
Williamson has also been awarded an honorary degree from the new School of Management at St. Petersburg University, St. Peterburg, Russia.