Business and professional briefs, Sept. 7, 2014

Business and professional briefs, Sept. 7, 2014

New jobs

Webber returns to Coldwell Banker Commercial. Myrna Webber has rejoined Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty, Champaign, as residential property manager.

She previously worked for the firm as a brokerage coordinator and then went to another brokerage firm as a residential sales agent and eventually as a team leader.

Mettler adds instructors. Andy Hamblin, Erin Miller and Kristin McCoy have joined Mettler Center, Champaign, as group exercise instructors.

Hamblin has certifications in Yoga Alliance RYT200, CrossFit Level I trainer, CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting and Gymnastics Movement.

Miller has certifications as a Muay Thai kickboxing instructor, Natural Trainer and Eischens Yoga, Monkey Bar Gym, TRX Supension Training and Johnny G spinning instructor.

McCoy has certifications in RYT200, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and advance training with Pranakriya Yoga.

Roughton named program coordinator. Susan Roughton has joined Joyful U, Champaign, as program coordinator.

Joyful U is a Champaign-based nonprofit organization offering programs in mindful living with purpose and resilience, including classes, books, training, coaching and retreats to reduce stress and increase productivity and creativity.

Roughton has more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit and stress management work.

Horton joins Re/Max 2000. Sumer Horton of Hoopeston has joined Re/Max 2000, Danville, as a real estate broker.

Lake Land adds admissions reps. Aubrey Frank and Pam French have joined Lake Land College, Mattoon, as admissions representatives.

They will plan and implement activities to inform potential students about the college and help with applications and enrollment.

Frank was formerly a sales executive for Wave Graphics specializing in selling high school sports apparel.

French previously worked for Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville as an admissions counselor. She was later coordinator of recruitment with a focus on transfer students.

Achievements

McKay receives Presidential Award. E. Donald McKay III, former director of the Illinois State Geological Survey, has been awarded the Presidential Award from the Eastern Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

He will be presented the award at the Eastern Section meeting in London, Ontario, Canada, on Sept. 28.

McKay retired as director of the state geological survey on May 30 after 38 years of service. He became director in 2008.

A second-generation geologist, he joined the survey's Hydrogeology Section in 1973 and became assistant geologist in 1976. In 1979, he was appointed assistant geologist in the Engineering Geology Section. In 1983, he became lead geologist for the implementation of global information systems.

McKay was named head of the Computer Research Section in 1985, head of the Geologic Mapping and Framework Studies Group in 1993 and chief scientist in 2000.

Nath collects honors. Vishnu Nath, a recent computer science graduate of the University of Illinois and now a software engineer for Microsoft in Redmond, Wash., was recently elevated to "senior member" in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the world's largest organization of electronics engineers and computer scientists.

At age 23, Nath became the youngest IEEE senior member in the world. Only about 7 percent of IEEE members reach that level in their lifetime.

Earlier this year, Nath was awarded the Hind Rattan award by the president of India for contributions to science and technology.

The award was given for work in deep learning, a nascent section within artificial intelligence, in which neural networks are used in hopes of mimicking the behavior of the human brain.

Nath used deep learning to teach a humanoid robot how to solve a three-dimensional maze.

Mouser wins Jones award. Joe Mouser, a financial services adviser for Edward Jones in Monticello, recently won the firm's Jim McKenzie Award for exceptional achievement in building client relationships.

About 1,360 of the firm's 13,000 financial advisers received that award.

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