CODRE Spotlight News & Events
CODRE Recognizes Graduate Student Research Awardees
The Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality (CODRE) presented its 2009 Student Research Awards during a recent ceremony. Awards may be made in three areas: graduate student research, undergraduate student research and research related to UofL’s Signature Partnership Initiative. Winners receive up to $1,000 each.
Graduate School Diversity Research Award winners include:
- Jose Aponte, Chemistry, for “Benzothienopyrimidines with Potential Activity against Neglected Diseases.”
- Robert Barney, Kent School of Social Work, for “Diffusion Attributes as Antecedents of Organizational Commitment Amongst PEPFAR Staff in South Africa.”
- Simone Caston, Engineering Management, for “Tablet Personal Computer Usage Impact on Retention of Minority and Underrepresented Students in Engineering.”
- Myra Goldman, Nursing, for “Utilization of Healthcare Services among Chabad Lubavitch (Orthodox Jewish) Women.”
- Nicole Lavendar, Pharmacology and Toxicology, for “Joint Modifying Effects of Variant Oxidative Stress and Apoptosis Markers and Smoking in Relation to Prostate Cancer Risks.”
Michelle Robinson, SPIGGS Award, for “A Two Edged Sword: the Rhetoric Surrounding the Opening of Schools for African Americans in Louisville, Ky.” The $1,000 award supports graduate student research with populations in West Louisville as part of the Signature Partnership Initiative.
Also at the ceremony, 2008 Award Winner, Shannon Scroggins, Biology, presented her paper, "Comparing Soil Heavy Metal Concentrations Across Louisville's Residential Yards." Other 2008 winners, Tara Schapmire and Maria Pinto-Foltz could not be present. Pinto-Foltz completed her funded research and that research functioned as pilot work for her dissertation. Her developing program of research has resulted in one publication and the offer of a post doctoral fellowship to Case Western University. She will begin her postdoc in Fall 2009. Schapmire will present her research findings to CODRE in August 2009.
CODRE also honored Michael Fowler, Associate Professor of Political Science, for winning a 2009 President’s Exemplary Multicultural Teaching Award.
Lambda Law Caucus and commonGround Recognized for Social Justice Efforts
The Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression honored two U of L student organizations for their social justice efforts December 31 during its holiday ceremony. The Lambda Law Caucus and commonGround were recognized for their leadership and for organizing a demonstration at a local McDonald's restaurant in October.
Lambda Law Caucus Co-Chair Becca O'Neill said recognition by the Alliance means a great deal to student activists. "It reinforces our mission to bring to light issues of justice and equality for the LGBT community. Any organization would be proud to be honored in this way."
Students from both groups worked closely with the Fairness Campaign and the American Civil Liberties Union as co-sponsors of the protest, which aimed to draw public attention to homophobic treatment of two customers at the store. Organizers estimated that about 60 people attended the event, which was October 10, the last day of the students' Pride Week celebration.
According to commonGround President Katy Garrison, the protest was a fitting conclusion to campus Pride Week festivities. "We realized this was an opportunity to take our Pride Week efforts to the next level. It's one thing to be proud, but we wanted to speak up for those who are still oppressed."
Along with recognizing the student organizations, the Alliance individually recognized their faculty and staff advisors. Sam Marcosson, advisor to the Lambda Law Caucus, was honored along with Mary Mudd and Joe Frey, advisors to commonGround. Submitted by Brian Buford, Director
2008-2011 CODRE Graduate School Diversity Research Grant Winners
2008 CODRE Grant Recipient, Shannon A. Scroggins, received an award for her project:
Comparing Soil Heavy Metal Concentrations Across Louisville’s Residential Yards
Student’s Department: Biology
Faculty Supervisor’s Name: Dr. Margaret M. Carreiro
2008 CODRE Grant Recipient, Melissa Pinto-Foltz received an award for her project:
School Program to Reduce Mental Illness Stigma in Underserved Adolescents.
Student’s Department: Nursing
Faculty Supervisor’s Name: Dr. M. Cynthia Logsdon
Pinto-Foltz completed her funded research and that research functioned as pilot work for her dissertation. Her developing program of research has resulted in one publication and the offer of a post-doctoral fellowship to Case Western University. She will begin her postdoc in Fall 2009.
Tara Schapmire also received an award last year. Her project title was: An Exploratory Study of the Experience and Needs of Medicaid Recipients with Advanced Cancer.
Student’s Department: Kent School of Social Work
Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Barbara Head
2009 Award Recipients
Student – Jose Aponte
Mentor – Dr. Gerald Hammond, Chemistry
Title – “New Benzothienopyrimidines with Potential Activity Against Neglected Diseases”
Student – Robert J. Barney
Mentor – Dr. Michiel Van Zyl, Kent School of Social Work
Title – “Diffusion Attributes as Antecedents of Organizational Commitment Amongst PEPFAR Staff in South Africa”
Student – Simone B. Caston
Mentor – Dr. Naira H. Campbell-Kyureghyan, Engineering Management
Title – “Tablet Personal Computer Usage Impact on Retention of Minority and Underrepresented
Students in Engineering”
Student – Myra Goldman
Mentor – Dr. Vicki Hines-Martin, Nursing
Title – “Utilization of Healthcare Services among Chabad Lubavitch Orthodox Jewish”
Student – Nicole Lavender
Mentor – Dr. LaCreis R. Kidd, Pharmacology & Toxicology
Title – “Joint Modifying Effects of Variant Oxidative Stress and Apoptosis Markers and Smoking in Relation to Prostate Cancer Risks”
CODRE Signature Partnership Initiative Grant for Graduate Student (SPIGGS) Award 2009
Student – Michelle Bachelor Robinson,
Mentor – Dr. Carol Mattingly
Title – A Two Edged Sword: the Rhetoric Surrounding the Opening of Schools for African Americans in Louisville, KY
2010 Award Recipients
Student- Paula Flores- Enriguez
Mentor – Dr. Barbara Burns, Psychological and Brain Sciences
Title – “Understanding Social-Emotional Processes in African American Toddlers”
Mentor – Dr. Muriel Harris, Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences
Title – “Common Profiles of Low Income Women’s Utilization of Prevention and Treatment General and Breast Cancer Services”
Student- Abhishek K. Srivastava
Mentor – Dr. Haval Shirwan, Microbiology and Immunology
Title – “Targeting Immune Suppressive Myeloid Derived Suppressor Cells (MDSCs)
by 4-1BBL-based Cancer Immunotherapy for Treatment of Lung Cancer”
SPIGGS Grant Recipient
Student-Sula Marie Hood
Mentor-Dr. Andrew Scott LaJoie
Title – “Understanding support group and survey preferences for urban African Americans with type-2 diabetes: A Qualitative Pilot Study”
2011 Award Recipient
Student – Ms. Jean Edward
Mentor – Dr. Vicki Hines-Martin, School of Nursing
Title – “Exploring the Availability of Health and Social Services for Immigrant and Refugee Populations in Louisville Kentucky from a Providers Perspective”