Charlene Lydick, director of procurement operations for system administration’s Procurement Service Center, recently was elected to serve on the board of the National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP). The three-year term begins in May. NAEP is dedicated to the advancement of excellence in the purchasing profession servicing higher education and associated communities. Lydick will represent NAEP District VI – western United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, and western Canadian provinces. … Daisy McConnell, director of the Galleries of Contemporary Art at UCCS, received the Bee Vradenburg Foundation’s Bee an Arts Champion award during the organization’s recent 35th annual Arts, Business, Education Luncheon. McConnell was cited for her expansion of the GOCA to two locations (Centennial Hall and 121 S. Tejon St.) and double-digit increases in attendance. … Rafael Piestun, an assistant professor in the department of electrical, computer and energy engineering (ECEE) and part of the core faculty in the department of physics at CU-Boulder, and his collaborators have been awarded a patent for an optical-digital technique used to improve range estimation, super-resolution microscopy and 3-D imaging. Along with related intellectual property, this patent is being commercialized by Double Helix LLC, a Boulder-based CU startup company. The company is currently selling a 3-D super-resolution microscopy product based on this technology, and continues to develop the technology for microscopy and advanced industry market applications. The CU Technology Transfer Office began prosecuting this patent portfolio on behalf of the university in December 2008. Other inventors on this patent are Sri Rama Prasanna Pavani, a former ECEE researcher, and a group of researchers from Stanford University.