CLAS Biology Awards
Every year since 1874, the American Academy for the Advancement of Science names its fellows for significant contributions to society and technology. In 2016, its 391 fellows included five UF faculty, three of whom are from the Department of Biology: and Prof. John “Jack” Ewel, Prof. Alice Harmon, and Prof. Robert D. Holt.
Holt, Eminent Scholar and Arthur R. Marshall Jr. Chair in Ecology, specializes in conservation biology and evolutionary ecology. He recently joined a team of nine scientists who have made a call to action to directly address extinction threats and loss of biodiversity caused by climate change. Their paper, published Sept. 9, 2016 in Science, outlines how wildlife conservation efforts need to be tuned to climate science and how averting a global climate crisis can save wildlife.
Ewel, professor emeritus of biology, refers to himself as “unsuccessfully retired,” having continued to work with UF Biology graduate students and postdocs while running a pecan farm. A former forester whose interests turned from classic forestry to tropical ecology and the human use of trees, Ewel taught for over 20 years and is “pleased to still be affiliated with UF,” he says. Remarking on the fellowship, he says, “It's a wonderful honor. When you're retired, honors don't exactly roll in over the door. It was very gratifying to receive that.”
Harmon, professor of biology and former chair of the Department (2009-2013) was recognized for her groundbreaking research on plants’ protein kinases and their physiological roles in calcium signaling. “I have wonderful colleagues and collaborators at UF and I’m proud to be Gator!” says Harmon. She was also recognized for her services to several editorial boards in her field. “There is nothing better than to have your science recognized by your peers,” she says. “I am thrilled and honored to be named an AAAS fellow.”
Health Care Finance Journal Dedicates Issue to Contributions of Louis Gapenski
The Journal of Health Care Finance paid tribute to Louis Gapenski, Ph.D., by dedicating an entire issue to his legacy. An internationally recognized health care finance expert, Gapenski served on the faculty of the College of Public Health and Health Professions’ department of health services research, management and policy for nearly 30 years before passing away on April 20.
The fall 2016 issue of the Journal of Health Care Finance features more than a dozen research articles that are motivated by or related to Gapenski’s work. These include articles on organizational and environmental factors associated with hospital profitability; organizational characteristics associated with hospital financial performance; accounting strategies for hospitals; and public health finance.
Gapenski wrote the definitive textbook on health care finance, along with several best-selling textbooks, and is the author of a popular American College of Healthcare Executives self-study program in health care finance. His books are used nationally and internationally, having been translated into nine languages, and he taught courses and gave seminars at institutions around the world.
Link to full story: http://phhp.ufl.edu/2017/01/05/health-care-finance-journal-dedicates-issue-to-contributions-of-louis-gapenski/
Dr. Somnath Datta: Elected President of IISA for Year 2018
In November of 2016, Dr. Somnath Datta was elected as President of the International Indian Statistical Association (IISA) for the year 2018. The IISA is a non-profit organization with the key objective of promoting education, research and application of statistical and probability throughout the world with special emphasis on the Indian subcontinent. Dr. Datta has been involved with the organization for many years. As Dr. Datta prepares to join the leadership team, he will serve on the Executive Committee for the year 2017 as the president-elect. He will also serve the year after as the past-president.
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Dr. Sara Burke Recipient of the 2017 American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award
In recognition for her contribution to behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, Dr. Sara Burke was selected as a recipient of the 2017 American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology.
Professor Leslie Elin Anderson Awarded Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities
Professor of Political Science Leslie Elin Anderson has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her book project, Democratic Enclaves in Times of Trouble: The Politics of Resistance in Nicaragua. The fellowship is part of the NEH’s $16.3 million awarded in this grant cycle.
“I have been studying Nicaragua since the mid 1980s, and I watched democracy rise and develop out of the 1979 revolution.” The coup, organized by the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), unseated President Anastasio Somoza Debayle in 1979 and ended the 46-year Somoza regime. The US financially supported the contras, an armed militia opposing the FSLN, but the Sandinistas continued to hold power until 1990, when they lost to pluralistic candidates. They regained power in 2006 and still retain power under President Daniel Ortega after presidential term limits were lifted and the threshold for election voting was lowered. “Now democracy is in decline and the nation is struggling to keep its democracy alive,” says Anderson.
Anderson’s book will examine the effects of the patchwork of pluralistic and rightist enclaves in Nicaragua throughout the Sandinista regime as a measure of how local democratic efforts intersect with regime-oriented leadership. “It feels absolutely breathtaking to have a major foundation like the NEH recognize my work and support it,” she says.
Dr. Derendorf from the College of Pharmacy invited to serve on a NASA Expert Review Panel
Hartmut Derendorf, Ph.D., a distinguished professor of pharmaceutics and the V. Ravi Chandran Professor in Pharmaceutical Sciences in the UF College of Pharmacy, has been invited to serve on an Expert Review Panel at NASA. The panel will review the Pharmaceutical Research Plan developed by the NASA Human Research Program’s Exploration Medical Capabilities Element Pharmacy Team. The plan details a research pathway designed to identify and develop a safe and effective medication formulary for future long-duration exploration spaceflight missions.
Joining Derendorf on the panel are five prominent researchers in the field of pharmaceutical science and medicine who will review the research plan and offer suggestions for achieving successful research outcomes. The panel will meet for the first time in March at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
College of Medicine Awards
Dr. Laura P. W. Ranum Elected as AAAS Fellow
Laura P.W. Ranum, PhD. Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology has been elected as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which recognizes those who make distinguished scientific advances. Recognized for distinguished contributions to molecular and translational neuroscience, Dr. Ranum studies genetic mutations that cause neurologic diseases such as ataxia, myotonic dystrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Dr. Christopher E. Forsmark Receives the American Pancreatic Association Lifetime Achievement Award
Christopher E Forsmark, MD. Professor, Department of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition has won the American Pancreatic Association Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr. Peter J. Carek Recipient of the F. Marian Bishop Leadership Award
Peter J. Carek, M.D., M.S. Professor and Chair, Department of Community Health and Family Medicine, in honor of Dr. F. Marian Bishop, received the F. Marian Bishop Leadership Award presented by the Society of Teachers in Family Medicine Foundation. The award honors individuals who have significantly enhanced family medicine by a sustained, long-term commitment to family medicine in academic settings.
Dr. Brenda Fahy Appointed to Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Appeals Panel for Anesthesiology
Brenda G. Fahy, MD, MCCM. Professor, Department of Anesthesiology through a unanimous vote by the ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) was appointed for a six-year appointment as a member of the appeals panel for Anesthesiology.
Judith Russell Selected for 2017 Miles Conrad Award
Judith Russell, Dean of University Libraries has been selected as the 2017 Miles Conrad Award by the NFAIS (National Federation of Advanced Information Services). Every year since 1968, NFAIS has recognized one outstanding individual who has made significant contributions to the global information community and the advancement of NFAIS' mission with the Miles Conrad Award. Named in honor of G. Miles Conrad (1911-1964), a key individual responsible for the founding of NFAIS, awardees are invited to present a special lecture to an audience of their peers during the annual conference. Throughout the years, industry leaders, innovators and pioneers from across every sector of the information community have enthralled conference attendees with their insights, reflections, anecdotes, and wisdom during the Miles Conrad Memorial Lecture.
College of Pharmacy Professor Dr. Thomas Schmittgen Elected AAPS Fellow
The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, or AAPS, has elected Thomas Schmittgen, Ph.D., a professor of pharmaceutics, as one of its 2016 Fellows. Each year, AAPS elevates a few members to fellowship status in recognition of their professional excellence in fields relevant to AAPS’s mission: to advance the capacity of pharmaceutical scientists to develop products and therapies that improve global health. Each fellow has demonstrated a sustained level of superior and distinguished professional achievement and contributions in fields related to this mission. Schmittgen is one of nine new fellows that were honored Nov. 13 at the Opening Session of the AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition in Denver.
Schmittgen joined the UF College of Pharmacy in 2015. He is supported by the University of Florida’s Preeminence program with a focus on cancer therapeutics and drug discovery and development. His research focuses on noncoding RNAs and cancer, with emphasis on the use of microRNAs as therapeutic or diagnostic agents. Recently, he has focused his attention on the development of microvesicles as targeted drug delivery systems for the treatment of cancer.
Dr. Mirjam Trame from the College of Pharmacy elected to ISoP Board of Directors
The Nominations Committee of the International Society of Pharmacometrics, or ISoP, has elected Mirjam Trame, Pharm.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of pharmaceutics, to the ISoP Board of Directors for a four-year term starting on Jan. 1, 2017. Trame is one of three new nominees elected to the board from an exceptional group of six nominees that were put forward by the Nominations Committee. The committee narrowed the field to six after initially considering 13 high-quality nominations for board positions. Among Trame’s many responsibilities as a board member will be advancing and expanding ISoP and its impact on the discipline of pharmacometrics. She envisions working with every member of ISoP to foster relationships between the pharmacometrics communities in academia, industry and regulators to strengthen drug development programs.
As an active member of ISoP, Trame has served the pharmacometrics community in many ways in recent years. Her most recent leadership roles include scientific program chair at the Seventh American Conference on Pharmacometrics and co-chair of the Sixth American Conference on Pharmacometrics. She chairs the working group entitled, “Integration of Pharmacometrics and Systems Pharmacology,” and is the newly elected chair of the ISoP/C-Path pre-competitive consortium for a community of users on neurodegenerative diseases.
Clinical Assistant Professor Susan Garbutt Received the First Oak Leaf Cluster for the Defense Meritorious Service Medal
College of Nursing Clinical Assistant Professor Susan Garbutt, DNP, RN, CIC, CNE, received the First Oak leaf cluster for the Defense Meritorious Service Medal for her work as an Air Force reservist and adjunct faculty member at the Uniformed Services University. The medal is awarded for noncombat meritorious achievement or service that is incontestably exceptional and of magnitude that clearly places the individual above peers while serving in one of the assignments for which the medal has been designated.
Robert W. Emerson - Winner, John Bonsignore Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Legal Studies
Robert W. Emerson, Huber Hurst Professor of Business Law at the Warrington College of Business Administration and Affiliate Professor, Center for European Studies, University of Florida, was awarded the John Bonsignore Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Legal Studies Education – the Career Teaching Award for his discipline, by the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) at the ALSB’s Annual international conference in August 2016.
A winner of over a dozen University teaching awards and seven-time recipient of the ALSB’s Best Paper Award and the author of numerous law journal articles and other works on U.S. and international franchise law, Prof. Emerson has led research symposia on franchising, testified about franchise law and ethics before the U.S. Congress, served as an expert witness in numerous court cases, and taught franchise and distribution law at universities and institutions throughout North America and Europe. An inaugural member of the Conseil Scientifique for the Union Internationale des Huissiers de Justice (UIHJ) as well as a Reporter for the UIHJ’s triennial World Congress, he was editor-in-chief of the American Business Law Journal and is also the author of many law review articles on comparative civil procedure.
Cottler Awarded Honorary Doctoral Degree from Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University
Linda B. Cottler, Ph.D., M.P.H., a professor and chair of the department of epidemiology in the College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Medicine, was awarded an honorary doctoral degree in public health from Thailand’s leading research university, Chulalongkorn University. Chulalongkorn’s president Bundhit Eua-arporn, Ph.D., cited Cottler’s expertise in public health, her reputation and achievements, which serve as a role model and a standard for others to follow. Thailand’s Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presided at the ceremony held Oct. 20 at Chulalongkorn’s campus in Bangkok. Link to full story: http://phhp.ufl.edu/2016/11/17/cottler-receives-honorary-doctoral-degree-from-thailands-chulalongkorn-university/
Mainous Receives Mentoring Award from Leading Primary Care Research Association
Arch G. Mainous III, Ph.D., the chair of the PHHP department of health services research, management and policy and the Florida Blue endowed chair of health administration, received the Distinguished Mentor Award from the North American Primary Care Research Group at a ceremony held Nov. 15 during the group’s annual meeting in Colorado Springs. The award recognizes outstanding mentorship of a North American Primary Care Research Group member over the course of his or her career. Link to full story: http://phhp.ufl.edu/2016/11/17/mainous-receives-mentoring-award-from-leading-primary-care-research-association/
UF/IFAS CALS Faculty Awarded National USDA Excellence in Teaching Awards
With exceptional track records for providing unique experiential learning opportunities to students, two University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) faculty have earned teaching honors from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The UF/IFAS faculty members received Excellence in Teaching awards.
Eric McLamore, a UF/IFAS associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering, earned one of two national awards in the New Teacher category. Nicole Stedman, a UF/IFAS professor of agricultural education and communication, received one of six regional awards across the nation.
McLamore and Stedman join 12 other UF/IFAS faculty members who have received this prestigious award since 2004. This makes UF one of the educational institutions with the most recipients of the USDA Excellence in Teaching awards.
Link to full announcement: http://news.ifas.ufl.edu/2016/11/ufifas-cals-faculty-awarded-national-usda-excellence-in-teaching-awards/
ACCP’s Russell R. Miller Award Presented to Dr. Rhonda Cooper-DeHoff in the UF College of Pharmacy
Rhonda Cooper-DeHoff, Pharm.D., M.S., an associate professor of pharmacotherapy and translational research and cardiovascular medicine and the associate director of the Center for Pharmacogenomics, was presented with the Russell R. Miller Award on Oct. 23 at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s, or ACCP, Annual Meeting in Hollywood, Florida. The award is given in recognition of her substantial contributions to the literature of clinical pharmacy, thereby advancing both clinical pharmacy practice and rational pharmacotherapy. Miller was the founding editor of the ACCP journal, Pharmacotherapy.
Those who nominated Cooper-DeHoff praised her contributions to clinical pharmacy literature. She has published more than 140 peer-reviewed manuscripts, with most appearing in high-impact journals. Her research has focused on hypertension and factors that influence outcomes with antihypertensive treatment. One of her most important literary contributions was a 2010 paper describing cardiovascular outcomes in diabetic patients based on blood pressure control from the INVEST clinical trial. The publication appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, or JAMA, and has accrued more than 500 citations.
Cooper-DeHoff has served as an editorial board member for Cardiology Today and is a reviewer for several prestigious journals. She was recognized in 2014 as an ACCP fellow and has earned many national and international awards, including the 2015 ACCP Distinguished Investigator Award for the Cardiology Practice and Research Network and the 2015 Distinguished Associate Award of the American College of Cardiology.
Nimmo Installed as President of American Board of Prosthodontics
Arthur Nimmo, D.D.S., F.A.C.P, director of the University of Florida Predoctoral Implant Dentistry Program, was recently installed as the 67th president of the American Board of Prosthodontics. Nimmo, a 17-year veteran UF College of Dentistry faculty member, serves on the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) Review Committee on Prosthodontics Education and prior to his installation as president on the American Board of Prosthodontics, Nimmo served as an examining member and director on the board.
Link to full announcement: http://dental.ufl.edu/2016/11/10/nimmo-installed-as-president-of-american-board-of-prosthodontics/
Foss, Pugh named fellows of American Occupational Therapy Association
Joanne J. Foss, Ph.D., OTR/L, and Emily S. Pugh, M.A., OTR/L, faculty members in the department of occupational therapy at the College of Public Health and Health Professions, have been elected to receive the Roster of Fellows award from the American Occupational Therapy Association, or AOTA. The award recognizes AOTA members who have made significant contributions to the continuing education and professional development of its members.
Link to full story: http://phhp.ufl.edu/2016/11/08/foss-pugh-named-fellows-of-american-occupational-therapy-association/
Dr. Ira Longini and Collaborators Win Aspin Institute Italia Award for Ebola Research
A team of Italian and American researchers, including Ira Longini, Ph.D., a professor in the department of biostatistics in the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Medicine, has received the Aspen Institute Italia Award for scientific research and collaboration between Italy and the United States. The team was honored at a ceremony held Oct. 26 at the institute’s Rome headquarters. The Aspen Institute Italia Award recognizes a significant research contribution in the field of natural, theoretical or applied sciences produced jointly by scientists from Italy and the U.S. The award includes a prize of 40,000 euros to be shared among the researchers’ institutions.
The research team was recognized for creating a computational model of the spread of the Ebola virus during the Liberian epidemic in 2014-15, based on the concentration and movement of individuals, including those not infected with the virus. Their findings, which were published in January 2015 in the journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases, also highlighted the importance of various interventions employed by health authorities to combat the epidemic, such as the opening of dedicated health centers for patients with Ebola. The group’s mathematical work improved understanding of the Ebola virus’ spread and how best to focus control efforts.
Link to full story: https://ufhealth.org/news/2016/uf-researcher-and-collaborators-win-aspen-institute-italia-award-ebola-research
Orr JEMT Best Paper Award - American Society of Mechanical Engineer
“Influence of Residual Stress and Temperature on the Cyclic Hardening Response of M50 High-strength Bearing Steel Subjected to Rolling Contact Fatigue” by student Dr. Abir Bhattacharyya and faculty advisors Prof. Ghatu Subhash and Arakere Nagaraj has been selected to receive the Orr JEMT (Journal of Engineering and Manufacturing Technology) Best Paper Award at the annual American Society of Mechanical Engineer annual conference in Phoenix AZ on November 14, 2016.
Drs. Nancy and William Mendenhall Inducted as Fellows of the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)
At the 58th annual meeting of the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) held September 25-28, 2016, Drs. Nancy and William Mendenhall were two of ten ASTRO members to be named ASTRO Fellows in the 10th anniversary year that the designation has been awarded. The designation honors ASTRO members who have made significant contributions to the field of radiation oncology in research, education, patient care, or service and leadership. Dr. Nancy Mendenhall joined ASTRO in 1985 and Dr. William Mendenhall joined in 1978. At the FASTRO ceremony both were recognized for their contributions in the areas of patient care and education. Dr. Nancy Menndenhall is Associate Chair of the University of Florida Department of Radiation Oncology and Medical Director of the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute, and Dr. William Mendenhall, Professor of the University of Florida Department of Radiation Oncology.
Nancy Rose Hunt Received the 2016 Martin A. Klein Prize for her book A Nervous State: Violence, Remedies, and Reverie in Colonial Congo
Nancy Rose Hunt, Professor of History & African Studies at the University of Florida, has been selected as the winner of the 2016 Martin A. Klein Prize for her book A Nervous State: Violence, Remedies, and Reverie in Colonial Congo (Duke Univ. Press, 2015). The Klein Prize is awarded annually by the American Historical Association (AHA) to honor the best book in African history. The prize will be awarded during a ceremony at the Association’s 131st Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, January 5-8, 2017.
Hunt’s book was selected by a prize review committee of AHA members including Nwando Achebe, Michigan State Univ. (chair); Bruce S. Hall, Duke Univ.; and Pier M. Larson, Johns Hopkins Univ.
“A Nervous State is an innovative, multidimensional history of Equateur during the first half of the twentieth century,” commented the Klein Committee. “With an eye for pattern and detail, Hunt leads her reader through the worries that gnawed at people and state in this varied region. The book strolls through therapeutic insurgency, the carceral state, women’s health, medical practices, urban culture, and colonial flânerie—depicting in vivid terms a place troubled, engaged, and very much on the move.”
The prize is named for Martin A. Klein, who is currently professor of history at the University of Toronto. Funding for the prize was completed thanks to a substantial donation from the late Dr. Mougo Nyaggah of California State University at Fullerton and his wife Dr. Lynette Nyaggah. Mougo Nyaggah was Klein’s first graduate student at the University of California Berkeley.
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Carl Van Ness receives the Mort Wolfson Faculty Service Award
The UF Division of Student Affairs’ Mort Wolfson Faculty Service Award was established to honor Professor Wolfson upon his retirement. It is given annually to a UF faculty member who exemplifies the values that Professor Wolfson modeled: commitment and service to students and the University of Florida.
The recipient of this year’s award has been at the University of Florida for more than 30 years. Carl Van Ness was named the 2nd UF Historian in 2006, succeeding Dr. Samuel Proctor who had served in this role for over 50 years As the UF Historian, Carl chairs the University History Advisory Council and serves as a permanent member of the Preservation of Historic Buildings and Sites Committee. He frequently writes on the university’s history for campus publications and gives tours and talks to alumni, community, students and faculty groups.
Most recently Carl has been instrumental in helping gather photographs and artifacts that are part of the Reitz Union storytelling project. He tirelessly supports students and the University of Florida.
Professor Wolfson came to UF as an instructor after a distinguished career in the military. He enlisted in the Army in 1940 and served in the Pacific after completing Officer Candidate School. His military career included tours of duty in Asia, Europe and Vietnam. He rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel prior to his retirement from the military in 1961.
He joined the UF faculty in 1965 after completing his studies at UF and taught for 17 years. His classes were always packed, and students frequently named him their most outstanding professor. He received numerous awards for his excellence in teaching including the 1976 Teacher of the Year in what was then called University College, the 1976 Thomas Jefferson Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the 1979 Teacher of the Year in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Professor Wolfson served as adviser to the Inter Fraternity Council and was known for his leadership in academic advising both during the academic year and at Preview Summer Orientation. He also earned the friendship and affection of large numbers of students and staff for his sense of humor and love of UF. He received numerous awards and recognition by students and student organizations from across campus. After his retirement, he continued his efforts on a volunteer basis at UF, at the University Athletic Association as an academic adviser, and in the Gainesville community. He has always been a Student Affairs faculty partner and friend.
World Archaeological Congress honors UF Archaeologist Peter Schmidt
Peter Schmidt, University of Florida anthropologist, was honored by the World Archaeological Congress (WAC) in Kyoto, Japan, August 30 at a special plenary session. He was awarded the prestigious Peter Ucko Memorial Award. He was also selected to give the Peter Ucko Memorial Lecture, an additional honor.
The President of WAC, Koji Mizoguchi, when conferring the award, said:
“I am honored and privileged to announce that the Peter Ucko Memorial Award recipient at WAC-8 Kyoto 2016 is Professor Peter Schmidt, Professor of Anthropology, University of Florida.
Peter Schmidt embodies the cause of WAC by dedicating himself to the welfare of archaeology in Africa and the decolonization of African Archaeology for nearly five decades. After sixteen years of research in Tanzania on indigenous knowledge and innovative iron technology, he turned in 1985 to building the first department of archaeology in East Africa, now the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies at the University of Dar es Salaam. After nearly a decade of university administration as Director of African Studies at the University of Florida, he went back to Africa again, this time in Eritrea. There he constructed an interdisciplinary teaching and research program in anthropology, geography, and archaeology, training a number of undergraduates at the equivalent of the MA level, with many of them subsequently going on for higher degrees. In between these events he worked closely with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Makerere University, Uganda, to establish a Human Rights and Peace Centre at Makerere in Kampala, Uganda.
These are indeed tremendous services to the furtherance of basic human rights in Africa, and it is truly remarkable that this has been achieved through archaeology and archaeology-related practices, in terms of cutting-edge research and education. His achievements show us it is indeed possible for us archaeologists to do something good to the world, and encourage us to follow him.”
Mobeen H. Rathore, MD, Honored as the "Physician of the Year 2016" by Baptist Health System
Mobeen H. Rathore, MD, was honored as the “Physician of the Year 2016” by Baptist Health System
Dr. Rathore is Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology and Hospital Epidemiologist at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, and Co-Chair of Baptist System wide Infection Control. He has served on the Medical Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
In addition, he is active in many community organizations and is the Founding President of MASS, Inc., free clinic; President–Elect of Leadership Jacksonville and serves on the board of OneJax, Inc.
He is Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Pediatrics, University of Florida. Dr. Rathore serves on the Board of Governors of the Florida Medical Association, and is the past President of Duval County Medical Society and Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Rathore is a member of the Sub-Board of Pediatric Infectious Diseases that is responsible for certifying Diplomats in Pediatric Infectious Diseases.
Dr. Rathore is a member of the Committee on Infectious Diseases (COID) and Executive Committee of the Provisional Section of International Medical Graduates (PSOIMG) of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He also serves on the Editorial Board of Pediatrics in Review.
Carlin Receives UF Health Shands Award
Bonnie Carlin, MSN, RN, Clinical Assistant Professor, has been recognized with the UF Health Shands Rose Rivers Chrysalis Award for Evolving Research for her project, “Health System and Academic Partnerships-The APU Model.” Carlin has served as the faculty coordinator for the Academic Partnership Unit (APU)–a new and innovative model of clinical education that has been piloted with the College of Nursing in conjunction with UF Health.
In her role, Carlin has her students placed in clinical units at UF Health Shands and regularly visits each of these units to assess their progress and offer guidance and assistance to the UF Health clinical instructors. In addition, she developed and refined a clinical orientation program for which the nurses who serve as clinical instructors are awarded continuing education units. Carlin meets regularly with hospital staff and administration at the beginning and end of each semester to ensure issues and concerns are addressed and the evolving partnership is a benefit to both the College and UF Health.
UF's Barbara Mennel Awarded Prestigious German Fellowship to Study Women and Work in Film
Movies often are more telling of current social and economic issues than the news or research articles—gender issues especially so. The feminization of labor in the 21st century has been captured in film but not necessarily in scholarship. UF film studies professor Barbara Mennel seeks to fill that void with a new book project, Women and Work in Contemporary European Cinema, which recently received a boost from the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies in Germany. Mennel has been awarded a Marie Skłodowaska-Curie FCFP Senior Fellowship for her research project, which promises to result in the first book-length study on women in contemporary European film.
Filmmakers explain characteristics that are culturally considered feminine, such as service, care, flexibility, and mobility, through the films’ discourse: the story as told through dialogue, images, and symbols. Many 21st century films with female main characters reflect on the nature of work. “Since 2000, you see many films that capture the development from industrial to post-industrial labor and the rise of the service sector, which relies on skills traditionally associated with femininity,” says Mennel.
The increasing participation of women in the workforce as well as an emphasis on the service sector may be counteracting the idea that the feminization of labor “is a detrimental effect of neoliberal economies.” Mennel argues that the current importance of women in European films about labor indicates a shift in our cultural understanding of the nature of work.
Professor Mennel’s area of expertise is film studies with a research emphasis on contemporary European cinema and feminist theory. She says she hopes to energize these fields of research. Mennel holds a joint appointment in the Department of English and the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
This research project has also been supported by the Women in German Faculty Research Award in 2015 and a Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., in the summer of 2013.
Parker Elected as Fellow of American Academy of Nursing
Clinical Associate Professor Leslie Parker, Ph.D., A.R.N.P., from the University of Florida College of Nursing was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She will be officially honored as a fellow at the American Academy of Nursing’s annual conference in October.
The academy honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to effective nursing through practice, research, creative development, scholarly work, the influence of public policy or a combination of these. Fellows also must show the potential to continue making significant contributions to the field of nursing.
Parker is a board-certified neonatal nurse practitioner who has had a joint practice in the UF Health Shands Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU, since 1990. She has NIH-funded research that involves nutritional support of the premature infant with an emphasis on breastfeeding infants in the NICU.
Parker is currently funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research to study the risks and benefits of routine gastric residual aspiration and evaluation in very premature infants and the optimal timing of initiation of milk expression following the delivery of a very premature infant. She has been featured in many publications highlighting her research and expertise in neonatal nursing and nutrition of the premature infant.
The American Academy of Nursing was established in 1973 to provide leadership to the nursing profession and the public in shaping future health-care policy and practice that optimizes the well-being of the American people.
The Academy fellows, with the addition of this newest class, represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 28 countries. The Academy is currently comprised of more than 2,400 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research. Academy fellows include hospital and government administrators, college deans, and renowned scientific researchers.
Fellow selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care, and sponsorship by two current Academy fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel comprised of elected and appointed fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominee’s nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and wellbeing of all.
UF Drago Chair of Chemistry George Christou Named as 2016 Fellow of the American Chemical Society
The American Chemical Society has just announced their 2016 Fellows, and UF Drago Chair of Chemistry George Christou is on the esteemed list. The ACS has named 57 chemists who have made significant contributions in their field in the July 18 issue of Chemical & Engineering News. Christou is one of only two Florida chemists named as a fellow.
Recently, Christou has been awarded the prestigious Nyholm Prize by the UK’s Royal Society of Chemistry, and was just named UF’s Teacher-Scholar of the Year for 2015-2016.
Christou says that being named that a ACS fellow is a testament to his "research success and my service to the ACS community through my conference organization and related activities.” Christou was also selected to 2014’s and 2015’s Highly Cited Researchers list, which includes only 200 chemists from around the world. Christou is "very proud to be one of them, since they represent the top 1% based on citations and thus scientific influence/impact."
The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With nearly 157,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences.
Dr. Brian Ray, Co-director of Warrington College of Business Poe Business Ethics Center Graduated with a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College
Dr. Brian Ray, Co-director of Warrington College of Business Poe Business Ethics Center, recently graduated with a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. The Master of Strategic Studies is the Army’s highest level of professional military education and prepares military, civilian, and international leaders for positions of significant responsibility. The curriculum focuses on strategic planning and national security policy as well as the leadership skills required for success in a global environment.
In his current military assignment, Dr. Ray serves as the Command Chaplain for the 377th Theater Sustainment Command, the largest command in the U.S. Army Reserve with over 35,000 soldiers. As Command Chaplain he directs the religious support of 100 chaplains.
Florida Museum Director Elected as American Alliance of Museums Board Chair
UF professor and Florida Museum of Natural History Director Douglas Jones has been elected chair of the board for the American Alliance of Museums. His two-year term began at the conclusion of the organization’s 2016 annual meeting in Washington, D.C. In his new role, Jones will help lead the organization’s programs related to museum accreditation, monitoring the fiscal health of AAM and implementing the group’s 2016-2020 strategic plan. He also will chair two annual meetings and participate in federal advocacy efforts around the country.
An AAM board member since 2012, Jones previously served as vice chair for 2015-2016. He has served as Florida Museum director since 1997, and has also served as president of the Florida Association of Museums and the Association of Science Museum Directors, and vice president of the Toomey Foundation for the Natural Sciences.
With more than 30,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, as well as supporting institutions and corporate partners, AAM is the only organization representing the entire museum community.
Malay Ghosh Elected Fellow of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis
Malay Ghosh, Distinguished Professor of Statistics at the University of Florida, has been elected a Fellow of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA). This award was conferred in the June, 2016 meeting of ISBA held in Sardinia, Italy.
Ann Progulske-Fox Inducted as a 2015 Fellow by the National Academy of Inventors
Ann Progulske-Fox Ph.D., a distinguished professor of oral biology at the University of Florida, was inducted as a 2015 Fellow by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) on April 15 during their fifth annual conference at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C. Progulske-Fox was one of two new members from the University of Florida; joining nine UF members who were inducted previously.
She was also invited to join the NAI Fellows Advisory Committee, a new committee. Committee members represent a wide array of the nation’s leading research universities and come from a broad range of disciplines. The committee will implement a comprehensive review process to evaluate the submissions for this competitive program.
Progulske-Fox is also the director of the UF Center for Molecular Microbiology. She earned her bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University, her Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts in microbiology and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Connecticut College of Medicine. Progulske-Fox’s research focuses on the pathogenesis of oral bacteria and her group has developed novel technology (IVIAT) to discover which bacterial genes are expressed only while causing disease in the human host. By identifying virlence-associated genes that would not be found by conventional methods, she has improved the understanding of the pathogenic mechanisms employed by more than 35 pathogens that have been studied with this technology. She is a two-time recipient of a UF Research Foundation Professorship and also received the Distinguished Scientist Award for Research in Periodontal Disease from the International Association for Dental Research. She has published over 100 articles and five book chapters, and serves as an editor or editorial board member for multiple peer-reviewed journals and is a fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Progulske-Fox is an inventor on 12 issued U.S. patents, ten of which relate to novel virulence genes expressed by Porphyromonas gingivalis and Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans and the use of these expressed proteins for diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of periodontal disease. Eight of the patents, covering bacterial antigens that can be used for diagnosis and monitoring of periodontal disease, have been licensed to PerioPruv Holdings. Progulske-Fox serves as the chief scientific officer of this start-up company which is close to selling the first rapid, point-of-care test for diagnosing active periodontal disease because it detects virulence markers produced only during active infections. Currently the diagnosis of active periodontal disease can only be done many months retroactively, during which time additional systemic pathology may take place. Given the accumulated evidence linking periodontal disease as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis and premature births (among other serious systemic diseases), it is anticipated that this simple diagnostic test will have a major impact on public health worldwide.
UF Professor Luise White to Complete Groundbreaking Research with National Humanities Center Fellowship
In her latest innovative project, Luise White, professor of history at the University of Florida, explores the troubled lives of white soldiers fighting to preserve rule by the white minority in Rhodesia. The book, Fighting and Writing: The Rhodesian Army at War and Post-war, has won White a fellowship with the National Humanities Center in Durham, NC, and represents one of the few historical studies of Rhodesia.
White’s project combines oral history with archival research to tell the complicated story of Rhodesia, an unrecognized African state that emerged after its neighbor, the former British colony Zambia, gained independence. In the 1960s and 70s, Rhodesia was a political hotbed for African nationalists working to free Africa from the lingering grip of the Crown. While many historians would analyze Rhodesian history through the words of the political leaders playing on the African stage, White focuses on the people fighting for a fuzzy government amidst a culture clash.
According to her research, white Rhodesian soldiers had grown up in Africa and had many ties to its culture, leaving them torn between “idealized rural childhoods where African playmates taught them the ways of the wild” and the militant demands of counter-insurgency. Says White, “It was [their] knowledge – of African languages and culture, of tracking and hunting – that enabled them to fight African guerrillas.”
The project will be completed through White’s term as a 2016-2017 fellow with the National Humanities Center. Fighting and Writing continues her significant contributions to African Studies, including her award-winning The Comforts of Home: Prostitution in Colonial Nairobi.
Chemistry Professor Brent Sumerlin Receives International Award
Brent Sumerlin, Professor in the Department of Chemistry, received the Hanwha-Total Young Scientist Award from the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). This internationally competitive award is dedicated to outstanding scientists and sponsored by Hanwha-Total (formerly Samsung-Total). The prize was first awarded on the occasion of MACRO 2004 (Paris) and is granted biannually on the occasion of the IUPAC World Polymer Congress, being held this year in Istanbul, Turkey in July.
Professor Sumerlin’s research is in the general area of polymer chemistry with specific focus on developing materials that respond to their environment to bring about changes in their properties, potentially leading to delivery of pharmaceuticals, self-healing, or dramatic transformations in surface characteristics.
UF Professor Pamela K. Gilbert Named 2016 Guggenheim Fellow
Pamela K. Gilbert, the Albert Brick Professor in the Department of English, has been awarded a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship for a new book project, Victorian Skin: Surface, Subjectivity, Affect.
Professor Gilbert’s research interests include gender, the Victorian novel, the body, Victorian cultural and medical history, and medical humanities. Her current project focuses on the surface of the body, the history of science and medicine, and 19th-century British culture.
The Guggenheim Fellowship program provides an important source of support for artists, scholars in the humanities and social sciences, and scientific researchers. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the 178 successful candidates were chosen from a group of nearly 3,000 applicants in the Guggenheim Foundation’s 92nd competition.
Florida Museum Professors Receive International Biology Award
Florida Museum curator and University of Florida Biodiversity Institute director Pam Soltis and Doug Soltis, distinguished professor in the Florida Museum and the UF Department of Biology, received the 2016 Darwin-Wallace Medal from the Linnean Society of London on May 24. The medal is considered one of the top international awards given to researchers studying evolutionary biology.
The Soltises are principal investigators in the Florida Museum Laboratory of Molecular Systematics and Evolutionary Genetics and researchers with the UF Genetics Institute. They began working at UF in 2000. Pam holds a doctorate in botany from the University of Kansas and Doug holds a doctorate in biology from Indiana University. Their work includes identifying relationships among major groups of flowering plants, and they have both received numerous awards and grants.
The award is given for major advances in evolutionary biology, and has been presented annually since 2010, previously only being given in 1908, 1958 and 2009.
UF Professor George Christou Receives Accolades for Research Discoveries and Teaching
UF chemistry professor George Christou has received acclaim for his discovery of single-molecule magnets and metal-oxo clusters—microscopic, long-lasting substances with applications to medical, computing, and industrial technologies. The United Kingdom’s Royal Society of Chemistry awarded Christou the 2016 Nyholm Prize for Inorganic Chemistry for his pioneering work.
Christou has also been appointed to the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars, an honorary organization of exceptional professors and the advisory board to the Provost’s Office. The Academy offers policy guidance to encourage academic excellence through the confluence of teaching and research. Indeed, Christou was also UF’s Teacher-Scholar of the Year for 2015–2016.
Cyprus-born Christou is well versed in these complementary practices, having published over 560 articles and taught at several esteemed institutions in both the U.S. and the U.K. He is the Drago Chair of Chemistry at UF, and has won other awards from the Royal Society of Chemistry. Given his trans-Atlantic impact, knack for charismatic teaching, and his tremendous experience in the technology of metal, one might call him the Iron Man of UF.
Dr. Margarita Vargas-Betancourt Part of Team Receiving the Diversity Award from the Society of American Archivists
The Latin American and Cultural Heritage Archives Roundtable webinar series, “Desmantelando Fronteras/Breaking Down Borders,” is the 2016 recipient of the Diversity Award given by the Society of American Archivists (SAA). The award will be presented at a ceremony during the Joint Annual Meeting of SAA and the Council of State Archivists in Atlanta, July 31–August 6. The award recognizes an individual, group, or institution for outstanding contributions in advancing diversity within the archives profession, SAA, or the archival record.
“Desmantelando Fronteras/Breaking Down Borders” was co-founded by George Apodaca, affiliate assistant librarian and Pauline A. Young resident at the University of Delaware Library; Natalie Baur, most recently the archivist for the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami; and Margarita Vargas-Betancourt, curator of Latin American and Caribbean Special Collections at the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida. The webinar series provides a collaborative space for archivists of the Latin American and Caribbean diaspora to share their projects and experiences, facilitating an open exchange of ideas among professionals throughout the Americas. The series, in collaboration with the Digital Library of the Caribbean and the Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries, has provided an exemplary model of cooperative outreach. Topics include digital and documentation projects in Colombia, Curaçao, Ecuador, Florida, Guyana, Honduras, and Puerto Rico, and webinars feature both English and Spanish speakers.
According to one colleague, “This one-of-a-kind project has expanded beyond geographical, language, and theoretical barriers and provides an example of how SAA and American archivists can connect with international professionals.”
The Diversity Award was established in 2011. Previous recipients include the Shorefront Legacy Center (Evanston, IL), the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida, Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Program at the University of Houston, and Jennifer O'Neal of the University of Oregon Libraries.
Dr. Folakemi Odedina Recipient of the 2016 Inspiring Women in Stem Award
Dr. Folakemi Odedina received the INSIGHT Into Diversity 2016 Inspiring Women in Stem Award as a tribute to her inspiring work as a woman in the STEM field. Dr. Odedina will be recognize in the upcoming September STEM issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine as the recipient of this national honor.
Mobeen Rathore, MD Receives "Child Advocate of the Year" Award
Mobeen Rathore, MD was honored with "Child Advocate of the Year" award by the Northeast Florida Pediatric Society at their annual meeting on June 3, 2016. Dr. Rathore is Professor and Founding Director of University of Florida Center for HIV/AIDS Research, Education and Service ( UF CARES). He is the Immediate Past President of the Florida Chapter Of the American Academy of Pediatrics and past President of the Duval County Medical Society. Dr. Rathore has advocated of children's issues for the last 25 years.
Dr. Patricia J. Woods Recognized for Service to Fulbright
Dr. Patricia J. Woods was recognized in March 2016 by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State for her service to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for serving for three years on its National Screening Committee. Dr. Woods is Associate Professor of Political Science and Jewish Studies, and Affiliate with the Center for Global Islamic Studies and the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research.
Maureen Conroy, co-director of the University of Florida Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies, has received the 2016 Outstanding Leadership Award from the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders, a division of the Council for Exceptional Children. The award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of behavioral disorders in the areas of research, leadership, teacher education and policy. Conroy, the Anita Zucker Professor in Early Childhood Studies, has advanced research and practice in the field of behavioral disorders through her work in early identification, prevention and intervention. Over the past 35 years, her work has garnered more than $15 million in research and training grants, produced 90 peer-reviewed publications and trained the next generation of leaders. A member of CCBD since 1981, Conroy has served in a number of leadership roles, including co-editor of its flagship journal, Behavioral Disorders.
A study co-authored by University of Florida researcher Cynthia Johnson, Ph.D., has been recognized as one of the top breakthroughs in autism research by the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. The federal advisory committee, charged with coordinating all activities related to autism spectrum disorder within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, annually publishes a list of studies that represent significant progress in autism research. Johnson’s article is one of 20 highlighted in the committee’s report on breakthrough studies published in 2015. The article by Johnson, an associate professor of clinical and health psychology in the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions and a member of the Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies, and her colleagues described the findings of a multisite trial that examined a training program for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders. Researchers found the program can significantly reduce serious behavior problems, including tantrums, aggression and self-injury, in these children. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It is the largest autism clinical trial to date.
Faculty Receive the 2016 SNRS Research in Nursing and Health Authorship Award
Several College of Nursing faculty authored a paper which recently received the 2016 Southern Nursing Research Society’s Research in Nursing and Health Authorship Award. The lead author was Assistant Professor Brian Ahn, Ph.D., A.R.N.P., and co-authors included Joyce Stechmiller, Ph.D., A.R.N.P., F.A.A.N., Associate Professor and Department Chair, Debra Lyon, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Kirbo Endowed Chair and Executive Associate Dean, and Cyndi Garvan, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor. They were also joined by co-author and colleague in the UF College of Dentistry, Roger Fillingim, Ph.D. The article was titled “Bodily Pain Intensity in Nursing Home Residents with Pressure Ulcers: Analyses of National Minimum Data Set 3.0” and was published in Research in Nursing and Health.
This authorship award supports high-quality, peer-reviewed research/scholarship that covers a broad range of research and theory that impacts nursing practice/science and other health disciplines. The award also supports the SNRS mission to promote the image of nursing as a scientific discipline and recognizes a SNRS member’s contribution to research dissemination, facilitation of career development of nurses and nursing students, and enhancement of science and nursing practice in the Southern region.
Music Education faculty member Dr. Megan M. Sheridan has been named the National Choir Chair-Elect for the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE). She will assume full responsibility as National Choir Chair in March 2017. The National Choir Chair is responsible for the complete oversight of the OAKE National Honor Choirs for children in grades 4-12. Dr. Sheridan recently completed a three year term of service on the OAKE National Choir Committee.
Dr. Betsy Shenkman Appointed to Co-chair National PCORI Pediatrics Research Group
Building upon years of research in children’s health, pediatric cancer outcomes and health disparities among vulnerable populations, Betsy A. Shenkman, Ph.D., was appointed to serve as national co-chair of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s PCORnet Pediatrics Cross-Cutting Research Group (CCRG). Shenkman is chair of the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy and director of Institute for Child Health Policy in the College of Medicine.
The newly formed group will help the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) set national priorities for pediatric research using the institute’s nationwide research network, PCORnet. This vast network seeks to link large numbers of patients, health care systems, clinicians, and researchers across the country to accelerate the translation of research findings into patient-centered care. The Pediatrics CCRG is tasked with leveraging the power of PCORnet and big data to identify and address some of the nation’s most pressing pediatric health problems.
Shenkman said she is honored to have been selected as national co-chair of PCORI’s Pediatric CCRG and is eager to get to work. She and her co-chair, Christopher Forrest, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pediatrics and health care management at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, will work closely with patients, family members, clinicians, and health system leaders to identify and prioritize the nation’s top pediatric health issues. Forrest also is principal investigator of the PCORnet pediatric clinical data research network, or PEDSnet.
The research group also will look to PCORnet and big data to help conduct research in areas that have been identified via critical clinical observations. For example, a cluster of problems among newborns that had been exposed to opiate drugs in the womb, known as neonatal abstinence syndrome, recently has been identified as a clinical priority.
Link on the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy’s website: http://health-outcomes-policy.ufl.edu/2016/04/05/dr-betsy-shenkman-appointed-to-co-chair-national-pcori-pediatrics-research-group-2/
UF Health Physicians Honored as National Leaders in Psychiatry
Steven P. Cuffe, M.D., professor and chair of the department of psychiatry, and Daniel R. Wilson, M.D., Ph.D, dean of the UF College of Medicine - Jacksonville, were elevated to fellows of the American College of Psychiatrists at the annual meeting on Feb. 19.
Membership in the American College of Psychiatrists is by invitation only and limited to 700 doctors who have demonstrated excellence in the field of psychiatry, with national recognition in clinical practice, research, academic leadership or teaching. Fellowship is an honor extended annually to fewer than 100 members who have shown ongoing commitment to the work and ideals of the college, specifically active involvement and contributions to its work as well as sustained and substantial impact in the field of psychiatry.
Dr. Cuffe joined UF Health Jacksonville in 2008 and has helped build the department into one of the largest and most respected psychiatry practices in the region. One of the highlights has been the establishment of a new residency program. Cuffe received his medical education at Wake Forest University and completed his residency and his fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco.
Wilson joined the UF College of Medicine - Jacksonville as dean in February 2012. Prior to that he was the chair of the department of psychiatry at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He received his medical education at the University of Iowa College of Medicine and completed his residency and fellowships in psychiatry at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He also has a doctorate in anthropology from Queens’ College, University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
Michele Manuel Receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
Dr. Michele Manuel, Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, was named as one of the recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers.
President Obama today named 105** researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. The winners will receive their awards at a Washington, DC ceremony this spring.
“These early-career scientists are leading the way in our efforts to confront and understand challenges from climate change to our health and wellness,” President Obama said. “We congratulate these accomplished individuals and encourage them to continue to serve as an example of the incredible promise and ingenuity of the American people.”
The Presidential Early Career Awards highlight the key role that the Administration places in encouraging and accelerating American innovation to grow our economy and tackle our greatest challenges. This year’s recipients are employed or funded by the following departments and agencies: Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of the Interior, Department of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Science Foundation, and the Intelligence Community. These departments and agencies join together annually to nominate the most meritorious scientists and engineers whose early accomplishments show the greatest promise for assuring America’s preeminence in science and engineering and contributing to the awarding agencies’ missions.
Dr. Mobeen Rathore Awarded the 2015 Clyde Collins, MD Humanitarian Award
Dr. Mobeen Rathore was awarded the 2015 Clyde Collins, MD Humanitarian Award for his exemplary volunteer efforts within our community. The Clyde M. Collins, MD, Humanitarian Award was created by the DCMS (Duval County Medical Society) in 1997 in memory of Dr. Clyde Collins to recognize volunteer efforts by DCMS physicians who exemplify Dr. Collins' caring disposition and commitment to the community he humbly served.
Dr. Rathore has been practicing in Jacksonville for almost 25 years. Throughout this time in Jacksonville he has dedicated his life for service of citizens of Jacksonville. He has taken on many challenges the biggest of those was the successful implementation of prevention of maternal-to-child-transmission of HIV infection which he did so successfully that in many years there was no maternal-to-child-transmission of HIV infection. He continues to be active in this effort.
In addition to international humanitarian efforts in Thailand, Dr. Rathore is the Founding Chair of a new free clinic serving the uninsured in Duval County called MASS Inc. that works under the umbrella of WE CARE program. This new clinic is providing many specialty services that are only available at MASS and also has developed unique relationships with the Emergency Departments (ED) of area hospital to divert patients to this clinic.
Dr. Russell Robinson Inducted into FMEA Hall of Fame
Dr. Russell Robinson, Professor and Head of Music Education, was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the General Session of the 2016 conference of the Florida Music Education Association (FMEA) in Tampa, Friday, January 15. Approximately 2,000 music educators were in attendance, including UF students, alumni, faculty and administrators as well as the FMEA Executive Board, members and past Hall of Fame Laureates. Begun in 1968, the Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed by FMEA of which Robinson is a past-President. Dr. Robinson will retire from the university in May of this year after 32 years of service and 42 years in the music teaching profession. Dr. Robinson’s website is: www.RussellRobinson.com
Pictured from Left to Right in the photo:
Dr. John Southall, President of FMEA; Dr. Mary Palmer, Chair of the Hall of Fame committee and Dean Emeritus of the College of Education at the University of Central Florida; Robinson; his wife, Brenda; Dr. Kevin Orr, Interim Director of the School of Music; and College of the Arts Dean Lucinda Lavelli
NEH Awards Professor Trysh Travis
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce that the National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Professor Trysh Travis of the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research a research fellowship. She has received an NEH research fellowship for calendar year 2017 for a new book project — Reading Matters: Books, Bookmen, and the Creation of Mid-Century American Liberalism, 1930-1980. Click here to read more.
Two College of Education scholars are among 10 University of Florida faculty members selected for a new program designed to enhance the university’s international research excellence. Associate professors Walter Leite and Brian Reichow were recently named Global Fellows by UF’s International Center.
Three UF faculty members named AAAS Fellows
Three University of Florida professors have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an honor given to AAAS members by their peers for their efforts to advance science or its applications. The three join 43 UF professors listed by the AAAS as fellows, a distinction also earned by UF President Kent Fuchs in 2010.
The fellows named this year are:
Jon Dobson, a joint professor in the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, for outstanding contributions to the development of magnetic micro- and nanoparticle-based technologies in cell engineering, regenerative medicine and gene transfection.
Yuguang “Michael” Fang, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, for distinguished research and teaching contributions to the field of electrical and computer engineering, particularly for wireless network design and cybersecurity.
Frank F. White, a professor of plant pathology in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, for distinguished contributions to the field of plant-pathogen interactions, with emphasis on determining the genetic bases of bacterial pathogenesis and plant disease resistance.
This year’s 347 fellows will be honored in February at the 2016 AAAS annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The AAAS, the world’s largest general scientific society, has named fellows since 1874.
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Sharon Abramowitz Awarded the AAA Executive Director's Award
Sharon Abramowitz, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and African Studies, is being awarded the AAA (American Anthropological Association) Executive Director's Award at the 2015 American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting for her research and service to the discipline during the 2014-2015 West African Ebola Outbreak.
Dr. Bernard Whiting Elected to Fellowship in the American Physical Society
The American Physical Society (APS) elected Dr. Bernard Whiting Fellowship in the APS upon the recommendation of the Topical Group on Gravitation (GGR). Dr. Whiting's Fellowship citation reads as follows:
"For influential contributions to wide-ranging areas of gravitational physics, including tests of Newtonian gravity, stability of the Kerr metric, and the self-force problem."
Election to Fellowship in the American Physical Society is limited to no more than one half of one percent of the membership and is recognized by its peers of each fellows outstanding contributions to physics.
Dr. Jalie Tucker recognized for distinguished scientific contributions to clinical psychology
Jalie A. Tucker, Ph.D., M.P.H., Professor and Chair of the University of Florida Department of Health Education and Behavior, was presented with the 2015 Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12) Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology at the August convention of the American Psychological Association in Toronto, Canada. This award honors clinical psychologists who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to the science of psychology throughout their careers.
Her citation, presented by Division 12 President Terry Keane, noted the impact of her research on evidence-based treatment and treatment services systems for addictive behaviors nationally and internationally and her leadership in an ongoing shift within the field to a public health model for providing clinical services. Her research on natural recoveries from alcohol problems expanded understanding of behavior change beyond recoveries that occur in treatment programs, and her work has spawned new lines of research that have advanced knowledge in her specialty area of addictions and cut across disciplines.
The Society of Clinical Psychology is a major division of the American Psychological Association. Its mission is to encourage and support the integration of psychological science and practice in education, research, application, advocacy and public policy, attending to the importance of diversity.
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Albanese-O’Neill Receives Award for Innovative Diabetes Education Project
College of Nursing Assistant Professor Anastasia Albanese-O’Neill has been awarded the 2015 Innovative Use of Media Technology Award from the American Association of Diabetes Educators. As the recipient of this award she will receive $3,000 for the development and/ or implementation of a concept for the innovative use of media and technology to advance diabetes self-management education and training. The project will have the potential to significantly improve self-management among individual patient practices for broad diabetes populations. She is also invited to present this project at the AADE’s 2016 conference.
Associate Professors Robert Lucero and Jeanne-Marie Stacciarini Elected as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing
Two faculty members from the University of Florida College of Nursing have been elected as fellows of the American Academy of Nursing. Robert Lucero, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., and Jeanne-Marie Stacciarini, Ph.D., R.N., both associate professors, will be recognized as fellows at the academy’s annual conference this month.
The academy honors those who have made outstanding contributions to effective nursing through practice, research, creative development, scholarly work, influence on public policy or a combination of these. Fellows also must show the potential to continue making significant contributions to the field of nursing.
Lucero, who joined UF earlier this year, conducts research focusing on enabling health promotion and enhancing health care delivery through consumer health informatics. He is currently principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health subcontract with the New York City Hispanic Caregiver Research Program. The study aims to extend the use of an electronic personal health record by designing, developing and evaluating a Web-based Family Health Information Management System for use by Latino caregivers.
Lucero holds a joint appointment with the Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Center of Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation Research in Gainesville. He is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and a Ford Foundation faculty fellow of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education. Lucero is also an advisory board member of the Canadian Journal of Nursing Research and a board member of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues of Academy Health.
Stacciarini, who has been at UF since 2006, focuses her research on mental health promotion among minorities, community-based participatory research for minorities in rural and international populations. She is currently the principal investigator on an NIH Career Development K-Award that she is using to examine health inequalities and social isolation among rural Latinos. She is also a co-principal investigator on an international center for gender and health disparities, working with researchers from Mexico and Peru.
In recognition of her work with underserved populations, Stacciarini received the 2012 Southern Nursing Research Society Award for research in minority health and the 2014 American Psychiatric Nursing Association Award for excellence in research. She is on the editorial board of the Electronic Journal of Nursing and holds memberships in the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the Southern Nursing Research Society.
The American Academy of Nursing was established in 1973 to provide leadership to the nursing profession and the public in shaping future health-care policy and practice that optimizes the well-being of the American people.
Dr. Linda Cotter Receives 2015 Special Award for Outstanding Contributions Through Systemic Epidemiology Approaches to Improving Health
The American College of Epidemiology has awarded Linda B. Cottler, Ph.D., M.P.H., its 2015 Special Award for Outstanding Contributions Through Systemic Epidemiologic Approaches to Improving Health. She will be honored at the organization’s annual meeting in Atlanta in September.
In her research, Cottler, the dean’s professor and chair of the University of Florida department of epidemiology in the College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Medicine, has focused on underrepresented populations. Her studies, which have been funded by the National Institutes of Health continuously since 1989, include the development of culturally reliable and valid measures for identifying substance use and psychiatric disorders and their risk factors; innovative methods for conducting national surveys of high risk behaviors; and community-based, peer-delivered interventions to reduce HIV risk behaviors and substance abuse.
“Dr. Cottler exemplifies the very best in methods in her epidemiological research, and in her teaching, service and mentoring,” said award nominator Catherine W. Striley, Ph.D., M.S.W., M.P.E., an assistant professor in the UF department of epidemiology. “She is an outstanding leader and an internationally known and recognized scientist in the fields of psychiatric epidemiology, classification of mental disorders, addiction science and HIV prevention.”
Cottler is the founding director of HealthStreet, a community engagement program that seeks to reduce disparities in health care and improve access to research studies among people who are medically underserved by meeting people out in the community and linking them to services and research opportunities.
PHHP’s associate dean for research, Cottler has conducted several international studies in countries such as Afghanistan, Australia, India, Kenya and Taiwan. She directs an NIH-funded Fogarty International Center Training Program that offers behavioral health training to colleagues in three Indian cities and increases research opportunities between UF and Indian partners. She is the recipient of several professional awards, including the Scientific Achievement Award from the National Center for Responsible Gaming and the College on Problems of Drug Dependence’s Marian W. Fischman Memorial Award.
Cottler began making her mark on epidemiology research in the 1980s with a study of the prevalence and incidence of mental disorders in St. Louis, a study which brought psychiatric epidemiology to the fore as a major discipline in psychiatric research, said colleague Wilson Compton, M.D., M.P.E., the deputy director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health.
“She followed up with a series of drug use studies focusing on vulnerable populations and how to engage them in treatment and to understand the risk factors and behavior of persons who are out of treatment,” Compton said. “Reaching hidden populations is a major theme of her work and she has developed programs to engage multiple populations in health care research. That has been a tremendous contribution to epidemiology and public health over the past 25 years.”
Another of her major contributions has been through her mentoring of numerous pre- and postdoctoral fellows, Compton said.
“Dr. Cottler is a wonderful mentor,” he said. “She is a very generous person who is always good at helping new trainees get excited about their work and learn about the rigorous methodologies they need to apply to their research.”
Dr. Mary McLean and Dr. Patricia Snyder Recognized at Division for Early Childhood Annual Conference
Two faculty members in the Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies, and in the College of Education, were recognized Oct. 9 at the Division for Early Childhood annual meeting in Atlanta. Dr. Mary McLean, who joined the Anita Zucker Center last year through the UF Preeminence initiative, received one of DEC’s highest honors for her service to the field. Dr. Patricia Snyder, who directs the Anita Zucker Center was honored to be chosen as the inaugural recipient of the DEC’s new mentoring award. She also was a past recipient of the Mary McEvoy service award in 2012.
Their contributions were honored by DEC through these awards:
- Mary McEvoy Service to the Field Award, presented to Mary McLean, is given to a DEC member who has made significant national or international contributions to the field of early childhood special education. It is given in memory of Mary McEvoy, who was a leader in the early childhood special education field.
- DEC Award for Mentoring, presented to Patricia Snyder, is given to a DEC member who has provided significant guidance to the development of students and/or new practitioners in the field. This award is given to demonstrate the importance of training and guiding the next generation of leaders in the field.
Professor Abdelsalam (Sumi) Helal Named 2015 Fellow of the IEEE
Professor Abdelsalam (Sumi) Helal, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, department named 2015 Fellow of the IEEE for his pioneering work on Mobile and Pervasive Computing.
When it comes to developing innovative gene therapies for retinal diseases, few researchers are doing more than Shannon Boye, Ph.D., and her laboratory staff of 10 at the University of Florida. In addition to advancing a gene therapy for Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) caused by GUCY2D mutations toward a human study, Dr. Boye and her team are enhancing gene-delivery systems by making them safer to administer and able to carry larger payloads than current systems.
In recognition of her pivotal role in moving the gene-therapy field forward, Dr. Boye received the Foundation’s Board of Director’s Award, which was presented at VISIONS 2015, FFB’s annual conference, for achievements in retinal research.
“Not only is Dr. Boye a top-notch retinal investigator; she is thoughtful, articulate and, as VISIONS attendees are learning in her Gene Therapy 101 session, she knows how to communicate the complicated science in terms that everyone can understand,” says Stephen Rose, Ph.D., the Foundation’s chief research officer.
Dr. Boye’s emerging LCA gene therapy is particularly compelling because GUCY2D mutations severely affect the cones of young children. Cones are the retinal cells responsible for reading, recognizing faces, perceiving colors and seeing in lighted conditions.
She has achieved success with the gene therapy in mouse models of LCA, and is now determining the optimal viral gene-delivery system for a planned human study. She’s partnering with the pharmaceutical company Genzyme to launch the clinical trial.
Dr. Boye is also working on a technique for injecting gene therapies into the middle of the eye, which is filled with pliable vitreous gel. The approach is less likely to cause damage than subretinal injections, which are commonly used but more invasive, and put the retina, already fragile from disease, at risk of further damage.
To address the challenge of getting large genes like USH2A and CEP290 into cells of the retina, Dr. Boye is developing what’s known as a dual-vector delivery system, which essentially doubles the capacity of current systems.
Dr. Boye is one of the youngest investigators ever to receive the Board of Director’s Award, which is given annually at the conference. “Young researchers are beginning their careers with more powerful technologies and more scientific knowledge than established scientists like we had when starting out,” says Dr. Rose. “They have an opportunity to advance the science much faster and further. They are the lifeblood of the future of research, and moving treatments into human studies.”
The Foundation established the Alan Laties Career Development Program to foster the advancement of young, retinal-research talent. It’s given out more than 100 awards. - Ben Shaberman - June 26, 2015
SEC Faculty Travel Grants for AY 2015-2016
The University of Florida has selected seven faculty to receive the SEC Faculty Travel Grants for AY2015-2016:
Sherry Ahrentzen, DCP/Shimberg Center for Housing Studies – Texas A&M
Michelle U. Campos, CLAS/Dept. of History – Vanderbilt University
Lisa Iglesias, ARTS/School of Art & Art History – University of Alabama
Akito Y. Kawahara, FLMNH/Curator –Auburn University
Anthony Offerle, ARTS/School of Music – Auburn University
Trysh Travis, CLAS/Women’s Studies & Gender Research – Vanderbilt University
Yu Wang, IFAS/FSHN, Citrus Research Center – University of Georgia
More information available online at http://www.aa.ufl.edu/awards-and-enhancements Southeastern Conference (SEC) Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program.
Dr. Eric J. Jokela Recipient of the 2015 Barrington Moore Memorial Award in Biological Science
The Society of American Foresters (SAF) has announced that Dr. Eric J. Jokela, a Professor of Silviculture and Forest Nutrition in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida, will be the 2015 recipient of the Barrington Moore Memorial Award in Biological Science. Since 1955, this annual, SAF national award recognizes “distinguished individual research in any branch of the biological sciences that has resulted in substantial advances in forestry”. Criteria for the award include demonstrated distinction in research quality, productivity, innovation, and impact.
Dr. Jokela is an internationally recognized leader in the field of forestry and his research focuses on understanding how silvicultural treatments, genetics, nutrition, and their interactions impact and control the processes that affect forest productivity. His research takes place in the context of long-term experiments and consortia involving researchers from forest industry, government agencies, and universities. Since his arrival in Florida in 1984, he has led two of these consortia: the Cooperative Research in Forest Fertilization program, and the Forest Biology Research Cooperative. His grant support has included a diverse funding base, ranging from forest industry, to USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, to the National Science Foundation. By fostering collaboration and technology transfer through the research cooperatives he has led, Dr. Jokela’s research has impacted forest management on millions of acres of forestland in the southern United States. He has edited 3 book volumes, published more than 85 refereed journal articles and book chapters, and scores of technical publications in conference proceedings, trade journals and extension publications. He has also received numerous local, regional, national and international awards for his research, teaching, outreach, and professional service, including being named an SAF Fellow in 2011.
Dr. Jokela has served on the editorial board and as an associate editor for a number of prominent forestry journals. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief for Forests, a new on-line, open-access publication that has quickly become one of the leading journals in forestry. Under his leadership, Forests has grown rapidly both in scope and in impact, publishing over 3,000 pages of peer-reviewed articles in 2014, and ranking in the top half of all forestry journals for impact, after only five years of existence.
Dr. Jokela’s award honors Barrington Moore, a leading forest ecology researcher in the early 20th century. Moore was active in the Society of American Foresters, and also served as President of the Ecological Society of America, and as the first Editor-In-Chief of the journal Ecology. Dr. Jokela will accept the award at the Society of American Foresters’ national meeting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in November.
Florida Inventors Hall of Fame
UF/IFAS entomology Professor Nan-Yao Su and College of Veterinary Medicine immunology Professor Janet Yamamoto have been selected as members of the 2015 class of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. In addition, Dr. Robert Grubbs, UF alumnus and 2005 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, has been selected.
- Professor Nan-Yao Su invented Sentricon©, which revolutionized termite control.
- Professor Janet Yamamoto discovered the deadly feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), the FIV vaccine, and furthered research on HIV.
- Dr. Robert Grubbs' contributions led to new materials in medicine and plastics.
The Induction Ceremony & Gala for the Inventors Hall of Fame will be held on Friday, October 2, 2015 in Tampa.
Karla Shelnutt Received the NACTA (North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture) Jack Everly Journal Award
Dr. Shelnutt received the NACTA Jack Everly Journal Award during the June 2015 NACTA Conference held at the University of Georgia in Athens. As a recipient of this award, Dr. Shelnutt was recognized at the international level for her commitment and excellence in college teaching and in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Dr. Shelnutt joins a select group of college faculty and NACTA members who have received Journal awards.
James Cusick Awarded 2015 Primary Source Award for Access for “Pioneer Days in Florida” Digital Project
James Cusick, Curator, P. K. Yonge Library of Florida History, has been awarded the 2015 Primary Source Award for Access from the Center for Research Libraries. Dr. Cusick’s award is for his work on Pioneer Days in Florida, funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). Over 45,000 pages of the rarest and most fragile materials in the University of Florida’s George A. Smathers Libraries were digitized with the project, including all 19th-century materials from the Florida Manuscripts Collection.
In its earliest years, the swamps and wetlands of Florida were as much a frontier as the Western mountains, deserts, and plains; travelers and frontiersmen often faced extremely harsh conditions in their search for prosperity in a new land. A wide range of first-hand accounts of these experiences is now openly accessible online in the University of Florida Digital Collections due to the efforts of Dr. Cusick.
The content ranges from late colonial days (1784) through the Wars of Indian Removal, Civil War, Reconstruction, and into the 20th Century (1912). Items include 14 collections of family papers, 134 volumes of diaries and memoirs representing 40 different writers, and 240 folders of additional letters, reports, and sketches. Selections highlight some underrepresented topics, such as women pioneers, slavery and race relations, and the Second Seminole War. The digitized materials document “the experiences and conflicts of native peoples, settlers, soldiers, and travelers during [Florida’s] turbulent 1800s,” beginning when “settlers in Florida faced a harsh and alien environment, a patchwork of forts, ranches, and wilderness.” They also paint a picture of Florida’s first land boom in the 1880s, and the development of the tourist industry.
Dr. Cusick and his team worked to make the primary source database as user-friendly as possible. He engaged undergraduate history majors and graduate students on student projects to supplement existing transcriptions of handwritten items, increasing text-searching capability. He also worked closely with IT and digital experts to implement “page turner” functionality for the diaries in the project. Since its launch, usage statistics and feedback from scholars and students have exceeded expectations. In its first two years the collection had just over 83,000 views.
One award reviewer noted: “The content, volume, and accessibility of the project are the clear strengths. The content intersects with multiple important historical periods and events that have broad application in university and high school settings.” Dr. Cusick is creating lesson plans to demonstrate the relevance of the digitized materials to topics including environmental history and the history of development and transportation in the region.
Betsy Simpson Awarded Distinguished Career Award by NEFLIN
Betsy Simpson, recently retired head of the cataloging and metadata department of the George A. Smathers Libraries, has been awarded the Northeast Florida Library Information Network (NEFLIN) Distinguished Career Award. This distinguished award is made by a jury and based on accomplishments, service, and contributions made by the nominee that have enhanced the library field and the community served.
The award will be presented to Betsy at the NEFLIN Annual Meeting on September 18, 2015, at the Embassy Suites Jacksonville.
Dr. Chang-Yu Wu Receives the Lyman A. Ripperton Award
Dr. Chang-Yu Wu, Professor of Environmental Engineering Sciences in the Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment, received this year’s Lyman A. Ripperton Award from Air & Waste Management Association in Raleigh, NC, on June 24. Established in 1980 to recognize distinguished achievements in the field of air pollution control, the Ripperton Award is given to an educator who by precept and example, has inspired students to achieve excellence in all their professional and social endeavors. It recognizes the abilities that only a few in the education profession possess: to be able to teach with rigor, humor, humility, and pride. The recipients of this award, known by the accomplishments of their students, are representative of the educators we would have chosen if we had a choice.
More information about the award can be found at http://www.awma.org/about-awma/honors-awards/lyman-a-ripperton-environmental-educator-award, or contact Dr. Chang-Yu Wu at email@example.com.
UF Early Childhood Research Working with the World Health Organization
His belief in a better life for children with autism and for their families has taken Brian Reichow from his office at the University of Florida to the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. A video interview about Reichow’s work is highlighted on the UF homepage www.ufl.edu.
Reichow, an associate professor in the Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies, is collaborating with colleagues from around the world to develop services to families worldwide in areas lacking much-needed support services. This June marked his fourth WHO meeting in the past year. His technical expertise will help finalize an open-source parent skills training program for caregivers who have a child with a developmental disorder.
For more information, please visit our website: https://ceecs.education.ufl.edu/applied-research-helps-families-on-a-global-scale/
Timothy S. Brophy Appointed to Serve on the New York State Arts Blue Ribbon Commission
Timothy S. Brophy, Director of Institutional Assessment and Professor of Music Education, has been appointed to serve on the New York State Arts Blue Ribbon Commission. The New York State Department of Education is creating a new pathway to graduation through the arts, and the commission has been formed to conduct a review of currently available arts assessments and evaluate their use as potential arts pathway measures. Dr. Brophy is one of a small group of nationally recognized experts in the field of arts assessment that will provide technical expertise to the commission.
Shahla Masood, MD, professor and chair of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville, was a guest speaker at this year’s Susan G. Komen Italia celebration, held May14-17 in Rome, Italy. Susan G. Komen Italia is a partnership between the renowned Susan G. Komen organization and the Catholic University of Rome to fight breast cancer largely through advocacy and fundraising.
The 15th anniversary celebration of Komen Italia featured a series of scientific and educational events and concluded with the Rome Race for the Cure, where Masood was honored for her widespread contributions to breast cancer research, education and diagnosis. She also served as the guest of honor at a dinner reception at the U.S. Embassy in Rome.
The Rome Race for the Cure fitness event attracts more than 50,000 participants each year, making it the largest Race for the Cure event in the world. Two days before the event, a health village was available to provide free breast cancer screenings to underserved women.
The creation of Komen Italia was announced in 2000 during the fifth annual Multidisciplinary Symposium on Breast Disease in Rome. The symposium — which attracted more than 450 breast cancer specialists from around the world to hear presentations by 40 leading scientists — marked the unveiling of two celebratory Italian postage stamps designed to increase breast cancer awareness. The stamps sold millions of copies, becoming a major source of breast cancer research funding in Italy.
Masood, the driving force behind the creation of Komen Italia, initiated the annual Multidisciplinary Symposium on Breast Disease to provide a forum to discuss recent advancements in breast health. The event is held each year at the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida. In addition to Italy, the conference has been taken abroad to France, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, drawing hundreds of attendees and a host of internationally renowned physicians each time.
Masood, who directs the UF Health Breast Center in Jacksonville, has dedicated her entire professional life to advancing global breast health education. She is founder and editor of The Breast Journal, established the International Society of Breast Pathology, and directs an annual public forum that helps locals become aware of the most recent scientific information about breast health.
Good’ news for UF: COE dean cited as one of the country’s most influential deans of education
Four years into the role, College of Education Dean Glenn Good has been ranked No. 14 on a list of The 30 Most Influential Deans of Education in the United States compiled by Mometrix Test Preparation, a Texas-based company that produces test preparation products worldwide.
The Mometrix rankings are based on a number of factors, including state and national awards and honors, education program rankings, individual degree program rankings and the level of pay received by each institution’s teacher alumni.
Good was recognized for his spotlight on research, where he has focused on gender issues in education, counseling interventions and psychosocial well-being. He is a fellow of four divisions of the American Psychological Association, with one of those divisions twice selecting him as Researcher of the Year.
Good also was named mentor and advisor of the year during his tenure at the University of Missouri, where he also received the university’s highest teaching honor.
Since his arriving at UF in 2011, the COE has made unprecedented leaps in the national rankings of America’s Best Graduate Education Schools, where it now ranks first among Southeast region public universities. COE faculty researchers have generated more external grant funding than ever before, and Good has worked with faculty to gain substantial, state-backed funding for three priority research initiatives involving the university.
The college also received $5 million — the largest single gift in its 108-year history — to name and endow the Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies.
Good’s influence also has led AC Online to name UF as the No. 1 school in the U.S. for having the best online teaching degree, and StartClass to name the COE as having the sixth best early childhood education teaching degree.
More recently, Good was appointed to the blue-ribbon International Advisory Panel for the Emirates College for Advanced Education in Abu Dhabi. He also serves in elected leadership positions with three national organizations: Learning and Education Academic Research Network (LEARN); the institutional representative group of the American Educational Research Association; and the education college deans group of the elite American Association of Universities.
Philip J. Williams Recipient of the 2015 "Jon Mills Award for Significant Contributions to Relations Between Florida and the Americas"
Philip J. Williams, director of the University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies, has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 “Jon Mills Award for Significant Contributions to Relations Between Florida and the Americas. “ Mills presented Williams with the award during the Center for Governmental Responsibility’s 16th annual Conference on Legal and Policy Issues in the Americas, held May 11 at the Levin College of Law.
“Phil has worked to further the goals of our conference in contributing to relations between Florida and the Americas,” said Mills, UF Law dean emeritus and CGR director. “He has been our partner on a major federal grant to encourage human rights programs in law schools in the Colombian Caribbean for three years. As this grant concludes, his tireless endeavors have led to the success of the project.”
Williams is also a professor of Political Science at UF. He assisted CGR in organizing the annual Americas conference in 2013-2015. He received his master’s degree in Latin American Studies and doctorate in Politics from the University of Oxford.
In addition to the Colombia project, Williams co-directs the Program for Immigration, Religion, and Social Change. He is widely published and his scholarly work has appeared in numerous edited volumes and journals. He has received a number of prestigious fellowships and grants.
Previous winners of the Mills award include: Raul E. Valdes-Fauli, Miami, Florida; Kenneth H. (Buddy) MacKay, Jr., Ocala, Florida; Alejandro Ogarrio, Mexico City, Mexico; Paulo Roberto Pereira de Souza, Maringá, Brazil; Michael Wallace Gordon, Gainesville, Florida; María Luisa Beltranena, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Jorge Santistevan de Noriega, Lima, Peru; Elizabeth Lowe & Terry McCoy, Gainesville, Florida; Daniela Trejos Vargas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Peter J. Messitte, Greenbelt, Maryland; Stephen N. Zack, Miami, Florida; Luis María Palma, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Saint-Clair Honorato Santos, Curitiba, Brazil; Timothy McLendon, Gainesville, Florida; El Centro de Derechos Humanos del Caribe – Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia; and El Centro de Derechos Humanos del Caribe – Universidad del Magdalena, Santa Marta, Colombia.
Brenda Chalfin Selected as 2015-2016 Radcliffe Institute Fellow
The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University has selected Brenda Chalfin to be a Radcliffe Institute fellow for the 2015–2016 academic year. She joins more than 50 scholars, scientists, and artists who will each pursue an ambitious individual project within the Institute’s multidisciplinary community with access to resources across Harvard.
As the Jeanne and Joseph Sullivan Human Rights Fellow, Chalfin is among only 3 percent of applicants accepted to the program.
“It is an honor to provide these innovative thinkers with time, space, and intellectual stimulation to do their best work in ways that often defy expectations and disciplinary boundaries,” said Radcliffe Institute Dean Lizabeth Cohen RI ’02. “As Radcliffe fellows, they are sure to develop unusual collaborations, take unexpected risks, and generate new ideas.”
Brenda Chalfin is a professor of anthropology and a faculty affiliate of the UF Center for African Studies. Her research brings together anthropology, geography and political economy to establish new analytic points of entry to understanding political life in contemporary African states. At Radcliffe she will complete a book manuscript exploring the shifting contours of maritime governance in West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea brought about by offshore hydrocarbon extraction. Highlighting the experience of Ghana, the country at the leading edge of this petroleum frontier, her work investigates how offshore oil remakes governing practices, including the sites, strategies, institutional arrangements, and contentions of rule.
At Radcliffe, she is looking forward to dedicating herself to writing and research and sharing ideas with a broad range of scholars, artists and public intellectuals. Given the recent growth of deep water oil prospecting in West African waters, timely completion of the book project will be relevant to scholars, policy makers, activists and students of contemporary Africa.
Throughout the year, the 50 Radcliffe Institute fellows will share their ideas with one another and the public through presentations, lectures, concerts, and exhibitions.
The Radcliffe Institute has awarded more than 750 fellowships since its founding in 1999.
The full list of fellows and their projects is online at www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/fellows2015.
About the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Learn more about the people and programs of the Radcliffe Institute at www.radcliffe.harvard.edu.
Brent Sumerlin Receives an International Award for Young Scientists
Professor Brent Sumerlin is a winner of the 2015 ACS Biomacromolecules/Macromolecules Young Investigator Award. The annual award, sponsored by the journals Biomacromolecules, Macromolecules, and ACS Macro Letters along with the Division of Polymer Chemistry of the American Chemical Society (ACS), honors the contributions of two individuals who have made a major impact on the field of polymer science.
Prof. Sumerlin, a member of the George & Josephine Butler Polymer Research Laboratory within the Department of Chemistry, was selected for this honor in recognition of his contributions to the synthesis of new materials and the application of polymers for the treatment of disease. His research combines fundamental and applied science to design self-healing polymers, stimuli-responsive ‘smart’ materials, copolymers for insulin delivery and diabetes therapy, polymers for delivery in agriculture, and polymer-protein conjugates.
The 2015 award symposium to honor Prof. Sumerlin and his fellow award winner, Prof. Matthew Becker of the University of Akron, will be held at the Fall 2015 ACS National Meeting in Boston, MA.
For more information on the award: http://pubs.acs.org/page/pr/awards/biomac-macro-young-investigator-2015.html?ref=highlight.
For more information, please contact Brent Sumerlin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Florida Levin College of Law Professor D. Daniel Sokol was elected to the American Law Institute this past month, joining 82 members nationwide.
The American Law Institute, which includes more than 4,000 law professors, lawyers and judges, is the leading independent organization in the nation that produces legal scholarship designed to improve the law. The institute “drafts, discusses, revises, and publishes Restatements of the Law, model statutes, and principles of law that are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education,” according to the ALI website.
“ALI undertakes important projects in shaping law,” Sokol said. “It is a great honor to be included among its prestigious group of members.”
Sokol is one of 12 UF Law faculty members who are members of the institute, including Professors Fletcher Baldwin, Karen Burke, Berta Hernandez-Truyol, Joseph Little, Pedro Malavet, Amy Mashburn, Grayson McCouch, Martin McMahon, David Smith, retired Dean Robert Jerry and Interim Dean George Dawson.
Sokol said he looks forward to contributing his work to the institute’s projects.
“As I teach and write in the area of compliance, the new ALI project on compliance is an area where I hope to make an immediate contribution,” he said.
Sokol is a professor at UF Law, the editor of the Antitrust and Competition Policy Blog and co-editor of the first three volumes of the Global Competition Law and Economicsbook series (Stanford University Press), the Oxford Handbook of International Antitrust Economics Volumes 1 and 2 (Oxford University Press, 2014), and the Global Antitrust Compliance Handbook (Oxford University Press 2014), among other books.
Sokol’s work has been published in law reviews and economics journals and spans numerous topics, including mergers, cartels, monopolization, pricing issues, compliance, corporate governance, institutional design, capacity building, government restraints, and comparative and international antitrust issues. He has provided technical assistance and capacity building to antitrust agencies and utilities regulators around the world. Sokol is also a non-governmental advisor to the International Competition Network for several working groups and is a frequent speaker to both practitioner and academic audiences globally. In 2014, the Global Competition Review named him the Antitrust Academic of the Year.
Margaret Portillo Named Fellow by the Interior Educators Council
Margaret Portillo, professor and chair of the Department of Interior Design, was named to the Council of Fellows by the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) at the organization’s annual national conference on March 14.
Founded in 1963, IDEC is the professional society for interior design education, research, scholarship and service. The title of Fellow is the highest honor bestowed on a member of IDEC and is given in recognition of outstanding and sustained service and contributions to the organization and to the field. The status of Fellow is nominated by the membership and approved by the IDEC Board of Directors. Portillo is the 42nd named fellow to the professional society.
According to John Turpin, past president of IDEC, “Dr. Portillo is an exemplar of our interior design community.”
Notably she has served for two terms as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Interior Design. During her tenure, JID moved from a bi-annual to a quarterly publication schedule. JID now regularly includes authors from across the globe. The quality of the journal remains strong as its contributors’ diversity increases, and most recently JID was recognized with a citation for excellence by Thompson Reuters.
Other leadership as past chair of the FIDER Research Council and current chair of the CIDA Standards Committee has advanced educational standards in the field of interior design.
For more information, please contact Margaret Portillo at email@example.com
Dr. William W. Hager Elected SIAM Fellow
Dr. William W. Hager, Professor in the Department of Mathematics was named as one of 31 Fellows to the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). Dr. Hager of the University of Florida is being honored for contributions to optimal control, optimization theory, and numerical optimization algorithms. Hager is a co-director of the Center for Applied Optimization and a professor at the University of Florida. His research work focuses on numerical analysis, optimization, optimal control, and lightning.
Each year, SIAM designates as Fellows of the society those how have made outstanding contributions to the fields of applied mathematics and computational science. The Fellows Selection Committee selects Fellows based on nominations by SIAM members. A complete listing to the 2015 Fellows can be found online at http://connect.siam.org/2015-class-of-siam-fellows-are-a-distinguished-group/
Anne Donnelly Receives the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring
On March 27, 2015, President Obama named Dr. Anne Donnelly as one of the fourteen individuals to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). These mentors will receive their awards at a White House ceremony later this year.
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring is awarded by the White House to individuals and organizations to recognize the crucial role that mentoring plays in the academic and personal development of students studying science and engineering—particularly those who belong to groups that are underrepresented in these fields. By offering their expertise and encouragement, mentors help prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers while ensuring that tomorrow’s innovators represent a diverse pool of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics talent throughout the United States.
Candidates for the award are nominated by colleagues, administrators, and students in their home institutions or through professional affiliations. Candidates may also self-nominate. Their mentoring can involve students at any grade level from elementary through graduate school and professional development mentoring of early career scientists. In addition to being honored at the White House, recipients receive awards of $10,000 from the National Science Foundation. The mentors and organizations announced today represent the winners for 2012 and 2013.
Dr. Anne Donnelly is the Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research. She received her B.A. in Zoology at Ohio Wesleyan University, her MBA from Georgia State University, and her Ph.D. in Instruction and Curriculum (Science Education) from the University of Florida. She served as the Associate Director for Education and Outreach for the UF Particle Engineering Research Center from 1996-2009. During this time, she managed an interdisciplinary undergraduate research program that placed over 700 students in research labs, as well as an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates Program that brought over 130 visiting students to UF for summer research projects. Donnelly is also the Director of the NSF South East Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, a program designed to support minority PhD students in science, engineering, and mathematics who aspire to academic positions. Current programs include the dual degree engineering program she developed with the University of the Virgin Islands and the Florida Georgia Louis B. Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics. Donnelly serves on the NSF Committee of Visitors as well as NSF Centers site visit teams.
Marc W. Heft installed as the 92nd President of the International Association for Dental Research
Marc W. Heft, Professor, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, College of Dentistry, was installed as the 92nd President of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) at the closing ceremonies of the 2015 IADR Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. The International Association for Dental Research (http://www.iadr.org), headquartered in Alexandria, VA, is a nonprofit organization with nearly 11,000 members worldwide. Its mission is: (1) to advance research and increase knowledge for the improvement of oral health worldwide; (2) to support and represent the oral health research community; and (3) to facilitate the communication and application of research findings.
Submitted by Marc Heft, College of Dentistry
Juan E. Gilbert - 2014 AAAS Mentor Award for Supporting African American Doctorates in Computer Science
Juan E. Gilbert, the Andrew Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Chair and associate chair of research in the Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the University of Florida, was chosen as the winner of the 2014 AAAS Mentor Award for dramatically increasing the number of African Americans pursuing doctoral degrees in computer science.
Through his mentoring, Gilbert has produced more African-American Ph.D.'s in computer science than anyone else, according to his nomination materials. To date, he has mentored a total of 41 African-American students who have earned computer science doctoral degrees, surpassing many of his peers.
The award review committee unanimously selected Gilbert as their top choice and awarded him perfect scores. "Dr. Gilbert has an enormous capacity for understanding the challenges faced by underserved groups — whether young people of color, women, or people from low-income backgrounds — and for thinking about how to connect those groups to technology," wrote Freeman A. Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. "He knows how to connect with people effectively and in such a way that they are brought into the work."
Submitted by Helen Goh, College of Engineering
Peter Z. McKay Winner of the Gale Cengage Learning Excellence in Business Librarianship Award
Peter Z. McKay, business librarian at the George A. Smathers Libraries, is this year’s winner of the Gale Cengage Learning Excellence in Business Librarianship Award, sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning. McKay was awarded the prize for his innovative development of online business collection development, instructional resources, service to the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) and his invaluable contributions to the profession. The Smathers Libraries online business library is found at http://businesslibrary.uflib.ufl.edu/home.
Submitted by Barbara Hood, George A. Smathers Libraries
Esther Obonyo awarded Jefferson Science Fellowship
Esther Obonyo, Construction Management Associate Professor, has been awarded a Jefferson Science Fellowship for 2015 - 2016. Recipients of the Jefferson Science Fellows, up to 15 faculty members, will spend one year on assignment at the U.S. Department of State as science advisors on foreign policy issues. Jefferson Fellows also have the opportunity to travel overseas to U.S. embassies. Following the fellowship year, Obonyo will return to UF and the Rinker School of Construction Management, but will remain available to the U.S. government as an experienced advisor. The Fellowship will being in August 2015.
For more information, please contact Esther Obonyo at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/Jefferson/.
Submitted by Katelyn Weber, UF College of Design, Construction and Planning
Denise Beaubien Bennett Selected for the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award
Denise Beaubien Bennett, engineering librarian at the Marston Science Library, was selected for the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award, given by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) of the American Library Association. The award offers $5,000 and a citation to an individual who has made a distinguished contribution to reference librarianship. She was chosen for her instrumental shaping of the instructional program for thousands of students in many disciplines, with a reputation for inspired teaching and creation of many online and video tutorials and presentation of workshops nationwide.
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Henry T. Frierson 2015 Award Recipient for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate Education in the Southern Region for the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) Award
Congratulations to Dr. Henry T. Frierson as the 2015 Award Recipient for the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate Education in the Southern Region. This award is presented to acknowledge and honor Dr. Frierson, whose contributions have significantly benefited graduate education in the Southern Region. The Award was presented at the 44th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 5-8, 2015.
Dr. Henry T. Frierson is Associate Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Florida. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Michigan State University and was a post-doctoral summer fellow at the National Institute of Education, in Washington, D.C. Before coming to Florida, he held administrative positions in the Graduate School and the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. he has been successful in the design, development, and receipt of funding to support innovative programs for minority graduate student populations and has developed a mentoring program for underrepresented students that pairs them with faculty. He has worked closely with counterparts at universities with large minority student populations, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Dr. Frierson designed and implemented a process for collecting and annually disseminating a standardized set of information about graduate (especially Ph.D.) programs, providing graduate students, faculty and administrators a foundation of systematic and reliable information upon which to make assessment and adapt their programs. In 2014 he was named an American Education Research Association Fellow.
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Eunice Kim Awarded 2015 American Academy of Advertising Research Fellowship
Eunice Kim, Assistant Professor of Advertising, has been awarded a 2015 American Academy of Advertising Research Fellowship for her proposal “Cultural Influence on the Effectiveness of Brand Placement: A Cross-Cultural Study of Consumer Attention.” She will receive the award during AAA’s annual conference in Chicago in March.
The goals of her study are to identify and substantiate the underlying mechanism of how culture influences the cognitive process, and to expand the understanding of consumers’ processing of brand placement across cultures. The study will specifically focus on the differences between East Asian and Western cultures. She will be working with Yongjun Sung, an associate professor of psychology at Korea University in South Korea.
Kim earned her doctoral degree in advertising in 2014 and her master’s degree in advertising in 2010 from the University of Texas, and her bachelor’s degree in mass communication and history from Yonsei University in South Korea in 2008. She joined the faculty in the College of Journalism and Communications last fall.
Professor Jacob N. Chung receives ASME’s 2014 Heat Transfer Memorial Award
Professor Jacob Chung in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, is the 2014 recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Heat Transfer Memorial Award in Art. This is the highest ASME award in the area of Heat Transfer and is a Society-wide award. It is also considered the highest national award in the heat transfer community.
The citation of the award reads as follows:
“For pioneering and seminal contributions to the science and engineering of heat transfer and phase-change of droplets and bubbles, transition in heated flows, microgravity and nano to microscale boiling fundamentals, thermal transport in the synthesis of nano-cluster materials, space cryogenic boiling heat transfer, and fuel-cell thermal transport modeling."
Dr. Ian Flood recognized with the 2015 Computing in Civil Engineering Award
Ian Flood, UF Research Foundation Professor, Holland Professor, BCN PhD Program Coordinator, is the recipient of the 2015 Computing in Civil Engineering Award for extraordinary leadership in the advancement of computing in civil engineering through academic research, project application and Society service.
Flood has made an extraordinary contribution to the advancement of computing in civil engineering through his research, service to publications and leadership within ASCE’s Technical Council on Computing and Information Technology (TCCIT).
For more information on the award: http://blogs.asce.org/flood-achieves-the-computing-in-civil-engineering-award/
For more information, please contact Ian Flood at email@example.com
Nawari Nawari receives status of Outstanding Reviewer
Nawari Nawari, SoA Associate Professor, has been awarded the status of Outstanding Reviewer for the International Journal of Automation in Construction, Elsevier. Nawari was awarded this status as he is in the top 10th percentile in terms of the number of reviews completed for Automation in Construction in the past two years.
For more information, please contact Nawari Nawari at firstname.lastname@example.org
Clifford Will and Eric Poisson Receive Honorable Mention in the 39th Annual Prose Awards
Clifford M. Will, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics, and Eric Poisson of the University of Guelph have received an Honorable Mention in the 39th Annual Prose Awards, for their book "Gravity: Newtonian, post-Newtonian, Relativistic" in the category of Textbook/Physical Sciences & Mathematics, The Prose Awards are given annually by the American Association of Publishers. The awards were announced in Washington, DC on February 5th.
Frederick Moore Receives AACM Distinguished Investigator Award
Frederick A. Moore, MD, MCCM, will receive the American College of Critical Care Medicine’s highest honor, the Distinguished Investigator Award, during the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 44th Critical Care Congress.
Frederick A. Moore, MD, MCCM, will receive the American College of Critical Care Medicine’s (ACCM) highest honor, the Distinguished Investigator Award, during the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 44th Critical Care Congress in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
“I am truly honored to receive this recognition,” said Dr. Moore.
The Distinguished Investigator Award honors clinical researchers for meritorious and pioneering work in critical care and for significantly contributing to the understanding of the diseases and treatments of critically ill and injured patients. Dr. Moore will be honored for his many research contributions, including those related to the pathogenesis of multiple organ failure (MOF), and will deliver the presentation, Lessons Learned in Translational Research.
Throughout his illustrious career, Dr. Moore has led three productive multidisciplinary translational research teams in successive stages, extending his long-term vision of a unifying mechanistic hypothesis for the pathogenesis of MOF. At present, MOF is the leading cause of surgical intensive care unit (SICU) deaths and prolonged intensive care unit stays.
Six UF faculty members named AAAS Fellows
Six University of Florida professors have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an honor given to AAAS members by their peers for their efforts to advance science or its applications. The six join 37 UF professors listed by the AAAS as fellows, a distinction also earned by President-elect Kent Fuchs in 2010.
The fellows named this year are
- Cammy Abernathy, Dean of the College of Engineering, for distinguished contributions to the fields of materials, industrial science and engineering through professional efforts in research, teaching and administration in industry and academia.
- Robert Cousins, Boston Family Professor of Nutrition and director of the Center for Nutritional Studies in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, for seminal research discoveries on the mechanisms underlying the function, physiology, and regulation of zinc homeostasis in health and disease.
- Bruce MacFadden, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, for distinguished contributions to the field of vertebrate paleontology, with emphasis on extinct mammals of the Americas and the evolution of fossil horses.
- Andrew Hanson, professor of horticultural sciences in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, for distinguished contributions in the field of plant biochemistry and metabolism, focusing on abiotic stress tolerance, one-carbon metabolism and metabolic repair.
- Ann Progulske-Fox, professor of oral biology in the College of Dentistry, for distinguished contributions in the field of microbiology that have increased our understanding of the links between oral and systemic health.
- Wolfgang Sigmund, materials science professor in the College of Engineering, for distinguished contributions to synthesis and processing techniques of nanomaterials, particularly demonstrating that ceramic nanofibers can be made via electrospinning.
This year’s 401 fellows were honored for their contributions in the 24 sections of AAAS, the world’s largest general scientific society,which has named fellows since 1874.
For more information, visit aaas.org
From UF News Article: http://news.ufl.edu/archive/2014/11/six-uf-faculty-members-named-aaas-fellows.html
Mikell Pinkney Recognized as AUDELCO Torchbearer
Michael “Mikell” Pinkney, Ph.D., associate professor at the UF School of Theatre + Dance was honored by AUDELCO (Audience Development Committee, Inc.) as one of six people named a 2014 AUDELCO Torchbearer. Torchbearers were recognized at a ceremony on Nov. 16, 2014 at the Dwyer Center in Harlem, New York. Torchbearers are artists who have won awards in the past and have continued to make recognizable contributions to black theatre production and practice in the New York City area over the past 42 years of the organization’s existence. Read the full story.
Professor of Music Emeritus R. Gary Langford Honored by the Florida Bandmasters Association
R. Gary Langford, professor of music emeritus at the UF School of Music, was honored by the Florida Bandmasters Association at its Roll of Distinction concert and ceremony held Nov. 15, 2014 at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. Langford was inducted into the association’s Roll of Distinction, which was initiated in 2001 and honors those music people who have distinguished themselves with Florida bands, other than in secondary education, and who have made significant contributions to the history and development of bands in Florida. Read the full story.
Two Physics Distinguished Professors Win Top Awards in Their Fields
Pierre Ramond has been awarded the 2015 Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics for his "pioneering foundational discoveries in supersymmetry and superstring theory, in particular the dual model of fermions and the theory of the Kalb-Ramond field.”
Arthur Hebard and colleagues Allen Goldman (U. Minnesota), Aharon Kapitulnik (Stanford U.), and Matthew Fisher (U. California, Santa
Barbara) have been awarded the American Physical Society's 2015 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize for "discovery and pioneering investigations of the superconductor-insulator transition, a paradigm for quantum phase transitions."
The Buckley Prize was established in 1952 to recognize and encourage outstanding theoretical or experimental contributions to condensed matter physics. The Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics, administered jointly by the American Physical Society and the American Institute of Physics, was set up in 1959 to recognize outstanding publications in the field of mathematical physics. These are both recognized as top awards in their respective fields of physics. It is extremely rare for two faculty from the same department to be recognized with such awards in the same year.
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Peter Schmidt Recognized by Award of Extraordinary Professor at University of Pretoria, South Africa
Peter Schmidt, Professor of Anthropology and Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, has been honored with an appointment as Extraordinary Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa. The University of Pretoria is one of the largest universities in South Africa.
Schmidt's appointment by the University of Pretoria recognizes his contributions to African Anthropology and Archaeology in a career spanning more than four decades of active field research and publication. As part of his appointment, he is expected to conduct a series of annual lectures and seminars as well as work with University of Pretoria scholars in collaborative research projects.
"It is a great honor to me and to the University of Florida to be recognized by my peers in one of Africa's major institutions of higher education," says Schmidt, adding that he sees it as an exciting opportunity to share different ways of constructing Africa's past.
The author or editor of nine books on African archaeology, anthropology, indigenous knowledge, oral traditions, heritage issues, and community archaeology, Schmidt's research cuts across disciplinary boundaries and has paved the way in the use of oral traditions and archaeology, postcolonial studies in African archaeology, and the study of indigenous technology--all perspectives that will be drawn upon in the University of Pretoria's attempt to liberalize its curriculum and draw on scholarship from other regions of the continent.
The University of Florida has selected five faculty to receive SEC Faculty Travel Grants for AY2014-2015.
- Sophia Krzys Acord, Associate Director
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences/Center for Humanities & the Public Sphere
Discipline: Sociology and Criminology & Law
Host: Vanderbilt University, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities
Visit dates: Feb 23-25, 2015
- Gillian Lord, Associate Professor and Chair
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences/Spanish & Portuguese Studies
Discipline: Spanish and Portuguese Studies
Host: University of Mississippi, Department of Modern Languages
Visit dates: March 1-4, 2015
- Emily K. Miller-Cushon, Assistant Professor
Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences/Department of Animal Sciences
Host: University of Tennessee, Institute of Agriculture, UT Animal Science
Visit dates: May 6-8, 2015
- Daniel A. Smith, Professor
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences/Political Science
Discipline: Political Science
Host: LSU, Academy of Applied Politics
Visit dates: March 2015
- David B. Tanner, Distinguished Professor
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences/Physics
Discipline: Material Physics
Host: University of Tennessee, Dept. of Chemistry
Visit dates: May-June 2015
Subhash and Tulenko Receive American Nuclear Society Significant Contribution Award
Professors Ghatu Subhash of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Prof. James Tulenko of Materials Science and Engineering have been named the 2013 RECIPIENTS OF THE ANS MSTD SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION AWARD by the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Materials Science and Technology Division (MSTD) for their research presentation entitled "Fabrication of UO2 Pellets by Advanced Sintering Techniques", at the ANS Winter Meeting, Nov 2013 in Washington D.C. The Award was presented at the ANS meeting on Tuesday, June 17th 2014 at the summer ANS meeting in Reno, NV.
With the funding received from the DOE Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP), Professors Subhash and Tulenko have pioneered rapid fabrication of composite nuclear fuels using a novel processing method called Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS). While traditional fabrication technique takes more than 10 hours to process nuclear fuel, the researchers developed a method to fabricate the same fuel in less than 40 min at significantly lower temperatures. The process saves both energy and time. In the last four years the researchers have secured approximately 2.5 million from DOE-NEUP and AREVA to conduct this research. The researchers have also patented this technology for nuclear fuel fabrication.
Robin West Selected as 2014 Recipient of APA Distinguished Contribution Award for Applied Gerontology
Robin West, Professor of Psychology, has been named the recipient of the 2014 American Psychological Association Division 20's M. Powell Lawton Distinguished Contribution Award for Applied Gerontology.
The Distinguished Contribution Award in Applied Gerontology is presented in honor of the memory of M. Powell Lawton to recognize those whose contributions have improved the quality of life of older persons.
The award Dr. West receives is in recognition of her work in Applied Gerontology in the areas of memory training and everyday memory research. Dr. West is honored for her extensive community involvement in training workshops and public speeches for lay audiences on the topic of aging and memory and how to improve memory.
Bernell Tripp Receives American Journalism Historians Association National Award for Excellence in Teaching
Bernell Tripp, an Associate Professor of Journalism in the UF College of Journalism and Communications, has been selected to receive the 2014 American Journalism Historians Association National Award for Excellence in Teaching.
The annual award honors a college or university teacher who excels at teaching in the areas of journalism and mass communication history, makes a positive impact on student learning, and offers an outstanding example for other educators. Tripp will receive the award on Oct. 9 at the AJHA 33rd Annual Convention in St. Paul, Minn.
She joined the College in 1992 and teaches History of Journalism, and Magazine and Feature Writing.
Founded in 1981, the American Journalism Historians Association seeks to advance education and research in mass communication history. Members work to raise historical standards and ensure that all scholars and students recognize the vast importance of media history and apply this knowledge to the advancement of society.
UF professor recognized for dedication to entrepreneurship
A University of Florida professor received a national Dedication to Entrepreneurship award this week.
Michael H. Morris, academic director of the Warrington College of Business Administration’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, was recognized by the Academy of Management at its 2014 convention.
According to the academy’s website, award winners have “exhibited a long-term pattern of exceptional activities that have significantly advanced the development and/or visibility of the field of entrepreneurship.”
The career award celebrates Morris’ many scholarly, curricular and community engagement initiatives, including his founding of the Experiential Classroom, now in its 15th year of bringing together entrepreneurship faculty to share best practices, and his development of the Entrepreneurship and Empowerment in South Africa program, which is in its 16th year of connecting students with poverty-stricken entrepreneurs in Cape Town.
Morris, who joined UF’s faculty last year, said he was delighted to win.
“It was very humbling,” he said. “It’s especially meaningful when your professional peers honor you in this way.”
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Nair to Receive National Award from the Society of American Foresters
Ramachandran P.K. Nair, distinguished professor in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, will receive the Award in Forest Science from the Society of American Foresters at its 2014 national convention, to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 8–11.
The award, one of nine that SAF is giving this year, is given to a distinguished individual researcher in any branch of the quantitative, managerial, or social sciences leading to the advancement of forestry.
Nair is receiving the award for his “unparalleled” contributions to the development of agroforestry— a science that combines agricultural and forestry technologies to create more productive, profitable, and sustainable land-use systems.
He has played a leading role in the establishment of the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), in Kenya, as well as in the development of concepts and hypotheses pertaining to the role of trees in soil productivity and protection in traditional farming systems. He also has contributed to the discipline’s academic development, helping to establish the Center for Subtropical Agroforestry at the University of Florida in 2000
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Two professors awarded Guggenheim Fellowships
Two University of Florida professors are among 178 scholars, artists and scientists who have been awarded 2014 Fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
Lillian Guerra, professor of Cuban and Caribbean history and director of Cuba Program, Center for Latin American Studies. Her project: “Making Revolutionary Cuba, 1946-1959.”
John Palmer, professor of philosophy. His project: “Plato’s Pythagorean Theory of Value.”
They were among almost 3,000 applicants seeking to become one of the almost 17,700 individuals who have been granted more than $315 million in Fellowships since the foundation was established in 1925.
Often characterized as midcareer awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.
For more information, go to http://www.gf.org/.
UF special education researcher earns international honors for 2nd year in row
For the second straight year, University of Florida special education professor Mary Brownell has been chosen to receive a top honor from the Council for Exceptional Children, the world’s largest advocacy organization for students with special needs.
Brownell will receive the Kauffman-Hallahan Distinguished Researcher Award, to be presented by the CEC’s Division for Research at the council’s annual conference April 11 in Philadelphia. The award, which includes a $1,000 stipend, recognizes special education researchers whose work yields more effective services or education for exceptional individuals.
Brownell is recognized internationally as a leading scholar and policy expert in special education and teacher preparation. While the CEC honors her this year for her research, the council’s Teacher Education Division last year gave her its Pearson Excellence in Teacher Education Award. The CEC is the largest international professional organization for special educators, with more than 30,000 members.
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Sherry Ahrentzen wins ARCC James Haecker Award
The Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) presented this year's James Haecker Award for Distinguished Leadership in Architectural Research to Sherry Ahrentzen. The award, named in honor of ARCC's founding Executive Secretary, recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the growth of the research culture of architecture and related fields, including urban and regional planning, landscape architecture and interior design.
Ahrentzen is a Shimberg Research Professor at the Rinker School of Construction Management. She is a recognized leader in understanding the social justice dimensions within the built environment and design education. Her work in gender studies, housing, and design education has created a rigorous body of research that has influenced both policy and the built environment. As a leader in social justice research, she has championed the needs of underserved and marginalized populations who are often left out of the design and planning process.
Christopher Silver Awarded the Martin Meyerson Award
Dr. Christopher Silver, Dean of the College of Design, Construction and Planning, received the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Martin Meyerson Award for Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education. The award recognizes sustained contributions in academic administration by an urban/regional planning scholar/educator that have led to significant national and/or international impacts on higher education. Nominations for the award are from faculty or administrators at ACSP-member schools and focuses on ways in which the nominee has enhanced higher education in the U.S. and/or beyond through his or her administrative work.
Dr. Silver has engaged in higher education administration since 1992 at the department head, associate dean and dean’s levels. He previously served two terms as Vice-President and then one-term as President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Moreover, he has advanced planning education internationally, especially through his work with Indonesian universities since 1989.
P.K. Nair Awarded "Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair Award"
P. K. Nair, Distinguished Professor, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, has been awarded a “Fulbright–Nehru Distinguished Chair Award” for research and teaching in environmental sciences in India for four months during 2014–2015. He plans to utilize the award for a lecture tour and collaborative research with some universities and agricultural research institutions in India.
Daniel Sokol Awarded Global Competition Review Antitrust Academic of the Year
Daniel Sokol, Associate Professor of Law, has been announced as winner of the GCR Academic Excellence Award, at a ceremony in Washington DC on 25 March, 2014.
The Academic Excellence Award acknowledges an academic competition specialist who has made an outstanding contribution to national and/or international competition policy. Previous winners have included Fiona Scott Morton and Steven Salop
Recipients of the award are nominated and voted for by GCR’s readership of competition professionals worldwide. This year’s awards saw the largest turnout of voters to date, with nearly 3,000 votes cast by subscribers on the biggest competition matters of the last 12 months.
According to the GCR team’s description in the program, Daniel was shortlisted on account of the global nature of his research, spanning FRAND and merger control in China, and welfare standards in US and EU antitrust enforcement. Voters have also recognised the value of Global Competition Law and Economics: a book which Daniel has co-edited through two editions, and his role as a non-governmental advisor to the International Competition Network.
The award ceremony was held at the W Hotel, Washington DC, with an attendance of approximately 250 delegates from around the world. Other award winners included Judge Douglas H Ginsburg of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to antitrust case law and education in the United States.
Lillian Guerra's Book Receives 2014 LASA Bryce Book Award
The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) has named Professor Lillian Guerra’s book, “Visions of Power in Cuba: Revolution, Redemption, and Resistance, 1959-1971” recipient of the 2014 LASA Bryce Wood Book Award. This award is given each year at the LASA Congress to honor the outstanding book on Latin America in the social sciences and humanities published in English in the United States. Lillian Guerra is a Professor of History.
Christine Schmidt Elected Chair-Elect of AIMBE College of Fellows
Dr. Christine Schmidt, Pruitt Family Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering, has been elected chair-elect of the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
Katrina Schwartz Awarded Residential Fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson Center
Dr. Katrina Schwartz, Assistant Professor of Political Science, has been awarded a residential fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. Dr. Schwartz will work on her book manuscript, "Gridlock in the Everglades: Large-Scale Ecosystem Restoration and the Politics of the Anthropocene." Recipients of the competitive, international fellowship allows scholars "to conduct research and write in their areas of expertise, while interacting with policymakers in Washington and Wilson Center staff" for "policy-relevant fellowship proposals that address key policy challenges facing the United States and the world."
Adam Barry named recipient of 2014 Horizon Award
Dr. Adam Barry, Assistant Professor in Health Education and Behavior, has been named the recipient of the 2014 Horizon Award. This award, bestowed by the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), recognizes Adam as “as a rising star in health education, particularly for his investigations on whether student veterans' alcohol-related cognitions and patterns of use differ from those of their non-military peers.” The award will be presented at SOPHE's 65th Annual Meeting and its Awards Ceremony and Gala, March 20, 2014, in Baltimore.
Henry Frierson invited to become a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association
Dr. Henry Frierson, Associate Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School, has been invited to become a fellow of the American Educational Research Association. The purpose of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Fellows Program is to honor education researchers with substantial research accomplishments, to convey the Association’s commitment to excellence in research, and to enable the next generation of emerging scholars to appreciate the value of sustained achievements in research and the breadth of scholarship worthy of recognition. The program is intended to recognize excellence in research and be inclusive of the scholarship that constitutes and enriches education research as an interdisciplinary field. Fellows are nominated by their peers, selected and recommended by the Fellows Committee, and approved by the AERA Council, the Association’s elected governing group.
Brent Summerlin named winner of the Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award
Dr. Brent Sumerlin, Associate Professor of Chemistry has recently been named the winner of the 2014 Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award. This Award was established to celebrate significant research innovation and achievement in a polymer scientist under the age of 40. A symposium and dinner in recognition of the recipient will be held at this fall’s American Chemical Society meeting in San Francisco.
Rebecca Butcher receives Cottrell Scholar Award
Dr. Rebecca Butcher, Assistant Professor of Chemistry has recently been named the recipient of a Cottrell Scholar award. Cottrell Scholar Awards, bestowed by the Board of Directors of the Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement, are designated for early career faculty members who are committed to excel at both research and teaching.
Rebecca Butcher receives Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship
Rebecca A. Butcher, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Florida, has received an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, given to early-career scientists recognized as rising stars of the next generation of scientific leaders.
Butcher received her undergraduate and doctoral degrees at Harvard, where she studied chemistry and chemical biology. She joined the faculty at UF in 2010. Her research group studies chemical signaling in nematodes (microscopic roundworms).
“As many parasitic nematode species control their development and/or behavior using specific pheromones, our work will enable the discovery of chemical tools to interfere with the life cycles of these species and reduce their survival,” said Butcher.
In receiving the Sloan Fellowship, Butcher joins a roster of U.S. and Canadian scientists and intellectuals that includes 42 Nobel Prize winners and dozens of other scholars who have earned elite awards across a range of disciplines. Awarded annually since 1955, the Sloan Fellowship’s recipients include physicist Richard Feynman and game theorist John Nash.
Fellows receive $50,000 each to further their research.
Complete story on InsideUF: http://news.ufl.edu/2014/02/20/sloan-fellow-2/
Rodney J. Bartlett receives Humboldt Research Award
Dr. Rodney J. Bartlett, Graduate Research Professor in Chemistry and Physics and director of QTP, has been elected the recipient of a Humboldt Research Award after having been nominated for this award by Professor Dr. Walter Thiel from the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Muehlheim / Ruhr, Germany.
This award is conferred in recognition of lifetime achievements in research. In addition, the award winners are invited to carry out research projects of their own choice in cooperation with specialist colleagues in Germany.
Thomas J. Conlon receives “See the Light” Award
Thomas J. Conlon, Assistant Professor in Pediatrics and Director of the Powell Gene Therapy Center Toxicology Center, will be awarded the Mathew Forbes Romer Foundation “See the Light” award at the March 2 “An Evening of Sweetness & Laughter” awards presentation. Dr. Conlon is honored for his work in the fight against children’s genetic diseases of the brain and his research in gene therapy for Tay-Sachs disease.
The Mathew Forbes Romer Foundation was founded 15 years ago with a mission to prevent and eventually cure fatal children's genetic diseases of the brain. MFRF's mission is to promote and lead critical awareness, testing, counseling, and research initiatives that hold promise for the prevention and eventual cure of fatal children's genetic diseases of the brain.
S.A. Sherif and James F. Klausner awarded ASME Medal
S.A. Sherif and James F. Klausner, Professors of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida, were awarded the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Heat Transfer Division 75th Anniversary Medal at the 2013 ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference held in Minneapolis in the period July 13-19, 2013. This conference was chaired by S.A. Sherif who is also the current chair of the ASME Heat Transfer Division. The Medal is a one-time award given to those who have made significant contributions to Heat Transfer in the past 25 years. Sherif also started a five-year assignment on January 1, 2014 as Editor-in-Chief of the ASME Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications.
Bob Holt, Eminent Scholar in Biology, receives the 2014 Per Brinck Oikos Award
“The Per Brinck Oikos Award 2014″ was awarded to Professor Robert D. Holt at the annual Oikos meeting in Stockholm, Sweden. The Per Brinck Oikos Award recognizes extraordinary and important contributions to the science of ecology. Particular emphasis is given to scientific work aimed at synthesis that has led to novel and original research in unexplorered or neglected fields, or to bridging gaps between ecological disciplines. Such achievements typically require theoretical innovation and development as well as imaginative observational or experimental work, all of which will be valid grounds for recognition.
February 14, 2014
Clifford Will appointed Editor-in-Chief of Classical and Quantum Gravity
Clifford M. Will, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics, has been appointed to a second five-year term as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Classical and Quantum Gravity. Published by the Institute of Physics Publishing in the UK, CQG is one of the leading international journals in the field of gravitational physics. Will is a theorist who works on the implications of Einstein's general relativity, including black holes and gravitational waves, and investigates potential ways to subject the theory to experimental tests. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. His latest book "Gravity: Newtonian, post-Newtonian, Relativistic", co-authored with Eric Poisson of the University of Guelph, will be published by Cambridge University Press in May 2014.
February 5, 2014
Weihong Tan Named AC Associate Editor
Dr. Weihong Tan, Distinguished Professor and V. T. and Louis Jackson Professor of Chemistry, has been named an Associate Editor for Analytical Chemistry, the leading journal in the field of analytical chemistry. Prof. Tan is a member of the Shands Cancer Center and the McKnight Brain Institute, and he serves as Associate Director for The Center for Research at Bio/nano Interface. He is a world-leading expert in bioanalytical chemistry, making important contributions to many fields of science, including chemical biology, bioanalysis, molecular engineering, and bionanotechnology. His selection as Associate Editor recognizes these contributions, and it will allow him to lend his expertise to the journal in order to better serve the scientific community.
January 24, 2014
Mike Foley receives national journalism teaching award
The Society of Professional Journalists has honored Mike Foley, master lecturer of journalism in the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications, with its 2013 Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award.
Foley is the first UF journalism teacher to receive the honor, which recognizes outstanding teaching ability, contributions to journalism, journalism education and contributions toward maintaining the highest standards of the profession. He teaches news reporting and writing.
“I’m flattered with the honor, but I’m more proud to be a part of this College,” Foley said. “I’m gratified by those students and colleagues who nominated me for this prestigious award.”
Foley, who was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the College in 1994, earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1970 and his master’s degree in mass communications in 2004. He was named Teacher of the Year for both the College and the University in 2007. Last year he was selected by the Princeton Review as one of the country’s best undergraduate professors in its book, “The Best 300 Professors.”
“Mike continues to bring great distinction to our College, as a teacher and a role model,” said UF College of Journalism and Communications Dean Diane McFarlin. “His passion for journalism is an inspiration to our students and his colleagues, myself included.”
Foley joined the UF faculty in August 2003 after serving nearly 30 years with the Times Publishing Co., which publishes the Tampa Bay Times, the largest newspaper in Florida.
At the Times he served as executive editor, managing editor, metro editor and city editor. He also worked on the business side of the paper as vice president of community relations.
Foley will be honored at the Excellence in Journalism 2013 conference in Southern California Aug. 24 to 26.
Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.
January 15, 2014
AEJMC honors Cory Armstrong
The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication has honored University of Florida Journalism Associate Professor Cory Armstrong with the Mary Ann Yodelis Smith Award for Feminist Scholarship.
The award funds scholarship that has the potential to make significant contributions to the literature on gender and media. First presented in 1995, it honors Mary Ann Yodelis Smith, a past president of AEJMC and longtime advocate for women in the academy.
Armstrong’s proposal, “Victimized on plain sites: Social media’s impact on the Steubenville rape case,” is a content analysis of news and social media coverage of the recent case involving high school students in Ohio.
Armstrong joined the UF faculty in 2004 after more than eight years of professional journalism experience on newspapers in Ohio.
Her research focuses on the influences of media content and gender representations in media. Her research in women and media has been cited in many national articles, laying much of the groundwork for how women are represented in news content.
January 15, 2014
Juan Carlos Molleda recognized for his contribution to public relations in Latin America
During the celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Colombian Center for Public Relations and Organizational Communication recognized University of Florida Public Relations Chairman and Professor of Public Relations Juan-Carlos Molleda for his contribution to public relations research, education, and executive training in Latin America.
Molleda traveled to Colombia to receive this award where he also spoke to the communication team of the Mayor of Medellin and faculty and students of the Universidad de Antioquia; a 210-year higher education institution.
January 15, 2014
David Carlson receives Wells Memorial Key, SPJ’s highest honor
University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Journalism Professor David Carlson has been awarded the Wells Memorial Key, the highest honor for a Society of Professional Journalists member.
The Wells Memorial Key was first awarded in 1913 to honor Chester Wells, the Society’s second national president, who died in office at age 26. It is awarded to a member for outstanding service to the Society during the preceding year or over a period of years.
Carlson is the second UF College of Journalism and Communications faculty member to receive the award, joining the late H.G. “Buddy” Davis who was honored in 1977.
“I am truly humbled to receive this award. Only about 100 Wells Keys have been given in SPJ's 104 year history,” Carlson said. “Considering the untold thousands of volunteers who have been SPJ members and leaders in that time, I am incredibly honored to be singled out in this way.”
Nominated by 10 past and current SDX and SPJ leaders, Carlson served first as a board member for SPJ and then on the board of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. He is also one of the few individuals who has served the Society in each of the four officers’ positions: President, President-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer and Vice President for Campus Affairs.
Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.
January 15, 2014
UF Faculty selected as recipient of the 2013 Herman Mark Polymer Chemistry Award
Ken Wagener, Department of Chemistry, was selected as the recipient of the 2013 Herman Mark Polymer Chemistry Award. This is the top award given by the Polymer Division of the American Chemical Society and recognizes outstanding research and leadership in polymer science. Wagener’s work has created a “named” reaction in polymer chemistry called the ADMET reaction.
Only 24 scientists have been recognized with this award thus far, including two Nobel Prize winners. The award is given every other year.
January 9, 2014
Bluck Wins Exemplary Research Award
Dr. Susan Bluck (Director, Life Story Lab, Psychology) is the recipient of the Robert Butler and Myrna Lewis Exemplary Research Award from the International Institute for Reminiscence and Life Review. Dr. Butler was a physician, Pulitzer-winning author and first director of the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Lewis was a leader in gerontology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Butler and Lewis’s early clinical and theoretical work denounces ageism, suggesting that older individuals have rich life stories that can be used to understand the aging process and inform clinical practice. This award recognizes scholars who have carried on this tradition, making major contributions to the field by extending concepts and theories concerning personal memory.
Dr. Bluck’s nomination and selection was based on her scholarly contribution to understanding the functions of remembering the personal past across the lifespan. Her nomination letter describes her as a "bridge-builder" whose “record of research is truly impressive in terms of both its scope and its influence on other scholars in the field. She is described as “a model researcher because of the exceptionally high quality of her scholarship and its purposeful relevance to…addressing both theoretical and practical questions.”
Dr. Bluck has been dedicated to personal memory research across her career, from some of her earliest published work, Reminiscence as Autobiographical Memory: A Catalyst for Reminiscence Theory Development (1998) to her most current, Remembering the Historical Roots of Remembering the Personal Past (in press). The Life Story Lab consists of a multidisciplinary research team interested in adult development, aging, and autobiographical memory. The Lab welcomes people of all ages to get involved in ongoing research. If interested, please contact the lab at (352) 273-3813.
January 7, 2014
Bialosky receives APTA outstanding new faculty member award
Joel Bialosky, Ph.D., P.T., a clinical assistant professor of physical therapy, is the recipient of the American Physical Therapy Association’s 2013 Margaret Moore Outstanding New Faculty Member Award. The award recognizes scholarly activities, teaching excellence, commitment to service and distinct expertise in at least one subject area.
In his research, Bialosky focuses on placebo mechanisms of manual therapy and neuroplastic changes in pain associated with musculoskeletal disorders and their response to common rehabilitation interventions. He teaches courses in musculoskeletal disorders and functional anatomy.
January 2, 2014
Perri receives distinguished research mentor award
Michael G. Perri, Ph.D., dean of the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions and the Robert G. Frank Endowed Professor of Clinical and Health Psychology, has received the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Distinguished Research Mentor Award for 2013. The award recognizes individuals whose mentorship has had a major impact on the field of behavioral medicine.
“Dr. Perri brings wisdom, calm council, positivity and realism to his mentoring relationships,” said nominator Michaela Kiernan, Ph.D., a senior research scientist at the Stanford University School of Medicine who led a large research trial in which Perri served as a co-investigator. “In addition to his command of rigorous research methods, in-depth clinical intuition and experience, and strategic advice about professional challenges, he has an extraordinary ability to impart sincere optimism and respect, no matter the professional success or issue brought before him.”
Over the course of his career Perri has contributed to more than 125 peer-reviewed publications and has been the principal investigator or co-investigator for more than $31 million in grants and contracts to support his research on health promotion and disease prevention through changes in diet and physical activity. He has also chaired dissertation committees of more than 30 doctoral students.
Link to full story: http://phhp.ufl.edu/2013/04/05/perri-receives-distinguished-research-mentor-award/
January 2, 2014
Pomeranz named journal editor
Jamie Pomeranz, Ph.D., an associate professor in the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions’ department of behavioral science and community health, has been named editor of the Journal of Life Care Planning, published by the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals. The journal publishes the latest information regarding life care planning and aims to provide an academic foundation for this growing specialty.
In his research, Pomeranz has focused on tobacco cessation, life care planning for returning veterans with catastrophic injuries, and life care planning implications of locomotor training for individuals with spinal cord injury. He leads a National Institutes of Health-funded project to develop one of the first empirically-based tobacco cessation programs for people with disabilities. He teaches several courses related to disability, and has worked with people with disabilities in multiple capacities for more than 19 years.
January 2, 2014
Rozensky honored for career contributions to psychology service, education
Ronald Rozensky, Ph.D., a professor in the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions’ department of clinical and health psychology, has been named the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Service to the Profession of Psychology Award from the American Board of Professional Psychology. The award honors a certified specialist whose career represents outstanding contributions to psychology as a science and profession. He is also the recipient of the Award for Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training from the American Psychological Association and the Education Advocacy Distinguished Service Award from the American Psychological Association Board of Educational Affairs.
January 2, 2014
Smith recognized for excellence in gene therapy research
Barbara Smith, Ph.D., P.T., a research assistant professor in the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions’ department of physical therapy, received one of six Excellence in Research awards from the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy during the organization’s 16th annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. The award is given in recognition of the best abstract submissions by associate members. Her submission was entitled “Acid alpha glucosidase gene replacement therapy to the diaphragm in ventilator-dependent Pompe disease: one-year respiratory motor outcomes.” She is the first physical therapist to receive this award.
January 2, 2014
Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences elected as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
Dr. Michael Perfit, Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences, was elected as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Established in 1962, the Fellows program is a special tribute for those scientists who have made exceptional scientific contributions and attained acknowledged eminence in the fields of Earth and space sciences. This honor is conferred on not more than 0.1 percent of all AGU members per year. Perfit is one of only 62 Fellows chosen this year and the only one from the State of Florida. He was recognized during the Honors Tribute and Banquet at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting on December 11th in San Francisco where over 22,000 members met for a week to highlight and discuss the most recent discoveries in Earth and space sciences.
December 19, 2013
UF Health diabetes expert elected president of American Diabetes Association
A University of Florida Health physician and expert on Type 1 diabetes has been elected president of the American Diabetes Association.
Desmond Schatz, M.D., medical director of the UF Health Diabetes Center of Excellence, will begin his term as president of the American Diabetes Association in 2016. First, he will serve as vice president in 2014 and then as president-elect in 2015.
More information here.
December 19, 2013
Semiconductor Industry Association honors UF professor Mark Law
The Semiconductor Industry Association, representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today presented its 2013 University Researcher Award to University of Florida professor Mark Law in recognition of his exceptional contributions to semiconductor research.
The award was presented in consultation with the Semiconductor Research Corp.
“It is a pleasure to recognize Dr. Law for his outstanding achievements in the field of semiconductor research,” said John E. Kelly III, IBM senior vice president, director of IBM Research, and 2014 SIA chairman. “Trailblazing researchers like Dr. Law are building the foundation for the next generation of technologies that will drive growth in the U.S. semiconductor industry and the overall economy. We commend Dr. Law for his tremendous accomplishments.”
Law, the associate dean for academic affairs in UF’s College of Engineering, was selected for his work in advancing research in integrated circuit devices and reliability. His research group at Florida has developed FLOOPS and FLOODS, the Florida Object Oriented Process and Device Simulators, which previously won the Semiconductor Research Corp. Technical Excellence Award.
“Dr. Law exemplifies today’s highly valued researcher that is relied upon to not only deliver basic research but also help cultivate world-class talent that will continue to propel the future of the semiconductor industry,” said SRC President Larry Sumney.
Law was editor-in-chief of the IEEE Journal on Technology Computer Aided Design from 1997-2002 and has served as an editor of IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing. He has written more than 200 papers in the area of process and device modeling. His complete biography is available here.
Full story: http://www.eng.ufl.edu/news/semiconductor-industry-association-honors-uf-professor-mark-law/
December 19, 2013
UF College of Fine Arts Dean Lucinda Lavelli Receives 2013 Professional Achievement Award from Case Western Reserve University
Lucinda Lavelli, dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville, Fla., was honored with the 2013 Professional Achievement Award from The Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) on September 27, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Professional Achievement Award is the highest award bestowed by The Alumni Association.
The nominating committee noted Lavelli’s career of service to the arts and dance as well as her commitment to the integration of technology into curricula to support creativity and promote interdisciplinary projects incorporating the arts.
“This type of recognition from a major research university for work on behalf of the arts underscores the value of creativity in the pursuit of new knowledge,” said Lavelli. “I am most pleased to receive this recognition for the arts from my alma mater.”
Lavelli began her tenure as dean of the College of Fine Arts in 2006. Based on the work of the university and the college, Lavelli launched a creative campus initiative joining other major universities recognizing that arts are a catalyst for creativity and innovation and she has been invited to speak nationally and internationally on the topic. Lavelli has also worked to strengthen the college’s interdisciplinary centers, institutes and affiliates, including the Center for the Arts and Public Policy, Center for World Arts, Center for the Arts in Healthcare Research and Education, Digital Worlds Institute and the college program of the New World School of the Arts in Miami.
Prior to her service at UF, Lavelli was the first provost and vice chancellor for arts and academics at the North Carolina School of the Arts from 2002 to 2006. From 1993 to 2002, she served at the University of Akron as director of the School of Dance and then as director of the School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration. Lavelli earned a master’s degree in nonprofit management and a master of fine arts in theater arts and dance, both from Case Western Reserve University; a bachelor’s in psychology from Denison University; and, certification in Laban Movement Analysis from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies.
Lavelli has been an active member of numerous boards and arts organizations. In 2005 she was awarded the OhioDance award for service to the artform. Currently she serves on the boards of Dance Alive! National Ballet; New World School of the Arts, a public conservatory for high school and college students in Miami; and, the advisory boards of the publication Dean and Provost and Groundworks Dance Theatre. She is also a founding institutional member of the Arts Alliance for Research Universities and is the immediate past president of the Florida Higher Education Arts Network (FHEAN). Lavelli is the current president of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD).
December 17, 2013
Stewart chosen president-elect of AAOM, appointed to editorial board of OOOE
Congratulations to Carol Stewart, D.D.S., M.S., who was chosen president-elect of the American Academy of Oral Medicine at their annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas, in April 2013. She was also appointed to the editorial board of the OOOOE Journal, which is the official publication for four societies – Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology.
Stewart is a professor in the University of Florida department of oral and maxillofacial diagnostic sciences. She earned her bachelor’s with honors in medical technology and a master’s in education, both from Indiana University, Indianapolis. She went on to earn her dental degree from the Indiana University School of Dentistry and then completed a general practice residency at the University of Minnesota. After working in private dental practice, she earned her M.S. degree in oral medicine from Indiana University School of Dentistry.
She served on faculty of the University of Nebraska and the University of Minnesota before joining UF in 1985. In 1996 she received a certificate in oral and maxillofacial pathology from the University of Florida College of Dentistry and was awarded Diplomate status from the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology in 1997.
Her educational activities include clinical and didactic instruction in diagnosis, treatment planning, management of medically complex patients and applied dental pharmacology. Her research focuses on oral medicine and oral pathology, with interest in management of patients with HIV infection and autoimmune disorders.
She has worked with Florida AIDS Education and Training Center since 1995 to enhance access to care for underserved patients. Since 1993, she has worked with the UF Center for Orphan Autoimmune Disorders, and assumed directorship in 1995. Recent funding appropriations have enhanced collaborative patient care, disease management strategies, and clinical research with the UF College of Medicine for patients with autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and Sjögren’s syndrome.
From 1997- 2002, Dr. Stewart served as the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. Since June 2002, she has served as Director of Oral Diagnostic Sciences.
December 17, 2013
Rey wins Enid A. Neidle Scholar-in Residence Award
Rosalia Rey, D.D.S., recently received the Enid A. Neidle Scholar-in Residence Award from the American Dental Education Association and Johnson & Johnson Healthcare.
“She is the first member of the University of Florida College of Dentistry to receive this honor and we are very proud to have her as a part of our college,” said Teresa A. Dolan, D.D.S., M.P.H., professor and dean.
The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., fund this program honoring Enid A. Neidle, former President of ADEA (1985-86). Under her leadership, ADEA adopted its policy of promoting the advancement of women in dental education.
The in-residence program offers a unique opportunity for a dental educator to concentrate on issues affecting women faculty during a cumulative three-month experience at the ADEA office in Washington, D.C. The scholar receives a stipend of $6,000 for travel and living expenses.
While in Washington, D.C, Rey will gain a distinct perspective on issues facing women faculty including promotion, advancement and tenure policies; entry and re-entry into the workforce; child care and elder care; women’s health, work patterns, and advanced education and research opportunities; and other gender-related issues. She will be assigned to a senior ADEA staff member and will be involved in a range of ADEA activities in addition to her principal project.
Rey is a professor in the Department of Restorative Dental Sciences and a team leader in the D.M.D. program. She earned her dental degree from the Colegio Odontologico Colombiano in Bogotá in 1982 and completed a two-year orthodontic course for general practitioners in 1986 at the Institute for Graduate Dentists in New York.
Rey maintained a private practice for a number of years, focusing on orthodontics and family care in Colombia. After completing the Internationally-Educated Dentist Program at the University of Florida, she practiced in Central Florida from 1998-2007. In addition to teaching at UFCD, Rey has served as an Assistant Professor in the Prosthodontic Department at the Colegio Odontologico Colombiano.
Her professional interests include dental management of medically compromised patients, implant restorations and pediatric dentistry.
December 17, 2013
Dolwick receives Osbon Award for outstanding educator
M. Franklin Dolwick, D.M.D., Ph.D., received the Donald B. Osbon Award for an Outstanding Educator on Oct. 9 during the opening ceremony of the 95th Annual Meeting, Scientific Sessions and Exhibition of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) in Orlando, Fla. The Osbon Award is presented to those who exhibit the highest ideals of an educator. They must earn the respect of their peers in education, foster an excellent relationship between their educational program and oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the community, be actively involved in efforts to improve residency and continuing education, and they must also be respected and admired by current and former residents.
Dolwick received his D.M.D. from the University of Kentucky and his Ph.D. and certification in oral and maxillofacial surgery from the Medical College of Virginia. He is a professor and chair of the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. He was appointed the Parker E. Mahan Facial Pain Endowed Professor in March 2013 and serves as residency program director. He also serves as a member of the Craniofacial Cleft-Palate Team and on the sleep medicine faculty.
Dolwick has trained more than 110 OMS residents, and 15 international and seven U.S. fellows. He has also mentored hundreds of dental students, with approximately 100 of them going on to an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program.
A pioneer in the development of TMJ arthrography and surgical procedures for the treatment of TMJ internal derangement, Dolwick’s current research interest is temporomandibular joint arthrocentesis, office-based arthroscopy and total joint reconstruction, and the treatment of temporomandibular joint internal derangement and osteoarthritis.
December 17, 2013
Mitra receives Early Career Contribution Award from American Marketing Association
City Furniture Professor Dr. Debanjan Mitra was selected as the recipient of the 2013 Varadarajan Award for Early Career Contribution to Marketing Strategy Research presented by the American Marketing Association (AMA).
The Varadarajan Award “recognizes the contributions of a marketing faculty member who has completed 10 or fewer years after receipt of his/her doctoral degree. The criteria for selection include: The overall impact on marketing strategy research and practice, research quality, research quantity and research leadership.”
More information here: https://news.warrington.ufl.edu/2013/05/mitra-receives-early-career-contribution-award-from-american-marketing-association/
December 16, 2013
Mitra’s research recognized by American Marketing Association
City Furniture Professor Dr. Debanjan Mitra was selected as one of three recipients of the 2012 Harold H. Maynard Award by the American Marketing Association.
Dr. Mitra and his co-authors received the Maynard Award at AMA’s Summer Marketing Educators’ Conference on Aug. 9-11 in Boston.
The Maynard Award annually recognizes an article that has made a significant contribution to marketing theory and thought. Mitra and his co-authors Peter N. Golder, Professor of Marketing at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, and Christine Moorman, T. Austin Finch, Sr., Professor of Business Administration at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, were recognized for their work “What is Quality? An Integrative Framework of Processes and States.” The article appeared in the July 2012 issue of Journal of Marketing.
More information here: https://news.warrington.ufl.edu/2013/06/mitras-research-recognized-by-american-marketing-association/
December 16, 2013
Mo Wang receives Early Career Investigator Award
Dr. Mo Wang, an Associate Professor of Management and Co-Director of the Human Resource Research Center at the Warrington College of Business Administration, has received the FABBS (Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences) Early Career Investigator Award at the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology, Inc. Annual Conference in Houston.
The Early Career Investigator Award recognizes “scientists who have made major research contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior” and are in their first 10 years of post-Ph.D. research.
More information here: https://news.warrington.ufl.edu/2013/04/wang-to-receive-early-career-investigator-award/
December 13, 2013
UF Faculty Named Fellows of the American Physical Society
Darin Acosta, Yoonseok Lee, and Steven Detweiler from Physics, and Adrian Roitberg from Chemistry have been elected new Fellows of the American Physical Society.
Darin Acosta was nominated by the APS Division of Particles and Fields "For searches for new lepton-quark couplings and compositeness at hadron colliders, and for contributions to the success of the CMS experiment at the LHC through leadership in the areas of detector commissioning, trigger, and coordination of the physics program".
Yoon Lee was nominated by the APS Division of Condensed Matter Physics "For high-precision ultrasound measurements in quantum liquids, and discovery of the acoustic Faraday effect and broken spin-orbit symmetry in superfluid 3 He-B".
Steven Detweiler was nominated by the APS Topical Group on Gravitation Citation "For his many and varied contributions to gravitational physics, which include the computation of black-hole quasinormal modes, the elucidation of pulsar timing to measure gravitational waves, and foundational contributions to the gravitational self-force."
Adrian Roitberg (who is an affiliate faculty member in Physics) was nominated by the APS Division of Biological Physics "For his contribution to the development of advanced sampling techniques in molecular dynamics, and his involvement in new force fields and computer programs to model biomolecular systems".
Election to APS Fellowship is limited to no more than 0.5% of the membership each year and is in recognition of outstanding contributions to physics.
December 11, 2013
UF/IFAS expert of beef team honored with national USDA award
A multistate beef cattle Extension team that includes Cliff Lamb of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has garnered a national award for its efforts to help ranchers boost calving rates and strengthen U.S. beef production.
This week, the Beef Reproduction Task Force was named one of five programs chosen to receive a 2013 NIFA Partnership Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The award was formally presented at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities annual meeting Nov. 10-12 in Washington, D.C.
Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, called the award a “well-deserved milestone” for the task force, which was launched in 1999 to help Extension personnel educate ranchers about the latest reproductive technologies and explain how those technologies might benefit their operations.
“Beef cattle production is a key agricultural industry for Florida and high calving rates are key to ranchers’ success,” Payne said. “We could not be more pleased that Dr. Lamb and his colleagues are being honored for their efforts to help ranchers succeed with one of the pivotal economic issues they face.”
Nick Place, UF/IFAS dean for Extension, noted that the task force is considered the nation’s leading source of beef cattle reproduction management strategy.
“Most Florida ranchers aim to produce one healthy calf from each cow, each year,” Place said. “By informing ranchers about options such as pregnancy detection and artificial insemination, the task force helps more ranchers move closer to that goal.”
Cliff Lamb, a professor with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is part of a nationwide team of beef reproduction specialists who were recently honored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In November, the team received a Partnership Award from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The team’s efforts focus on educating cattle ranchers about the latest technologies to help boost calving rates.
Lamb, an animal sciences professor at UF’s North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna, said U.S. ranchers can improve their herds via these new technologies, which are already pursued aggressively by other large beef-producing countries such as Brazil and Argentina. Experts believe U.S. ranchers may lose their competitive advantage in high-quality beef production unless they take similar steps.
“We’ve had a great deal of support from the beef industry, as well as professionals in veterinary medicine, the pharmaceutical industry, and the cattle genetics industry,” said Lamb, based at the North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna. “I hope our work shows that this kind of program can be established for other commodities.”
The task force has seven primary members, who collaborate to produce educational documents, live presentations, computer applications and other materials geared toward educating working ranchers.
Besides Lamb, the task force includes Garland Dahlke of Iowa State University; Rick Funston of the University of Nebraska; John Hall of the University of Idaho; Sandy Johnson of Kansas State University; Dave Patterson of the University of Missouri and George Perry of South Dakota State University.
December 4, 2013
Pardalos Receives 2013 Carathéodory Prize
Panos Pardalos of the University of Florida has been awarded the Constantin Carathéodory Prize of the International Society of Global Optimization in recognition of his lifetime contributions to global optimization. These include work in such varied areas as complexity analysis, phase transition problems, and optimality conditions for nonconvex optimization; nonconvex network optimization problems; global optimization algorithms for quadratic optimization and general linear complementarity problems; continuous approaches for discrete optimization (including nonlinear assignment problems and maximum clique); multi-objective optimization; applications of global optimization in diverse areas such as neuroscience, energy systems, and finance; and data mining and optimization for the analysis of very large and massive datasets.The Carathéodory Prize is awarded biannually to an individual (or a group) for fundamental contributions to theory, algorithms, and applications of global optimization. The prize is awarded for outstanding work that reflects contributions that have stood the test of time. The criteria include scientific excellence, innovation, significance, depth, and impact. The prize carries a cash award of US$2,000 and a certificate.
From an International Society of Global Optimization announcement
December 6, 2013