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April Notables

by UofL Today last modified Apr 10, 2014 10:29 AM

Faculty and staff receiving honors in their fields and communities.

Daya Singh Sandhu, EdD, professor and former chairman of the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, Counseling, and College Student Personnel, received the Hind Rattan (Jewel of India) Award on January 25 in New Delhi, India. He was one of 23 scholars from around the world to receive the award, given to Sandhu for his efforts to curb the growing rate of suicides in India.

“From Brown to Meredith: the Long Struggle for School Desegregation in Louisville, KY, 1954-2007” (University of North Carolina Press, 2013) by Tracy E. K’Meyer, PhD, received the Samuel W. Thomas 2013 Book Award from the Louisville Historical League. K’Meyer is professor and chair in the Department of History.

Dewey Clayton, PhD, professor in the Department of Political Science, was a featured speaker at the 7th Annual Fit for King Summit “Are We Winning the Struggle to End Segregation?” sponsored by the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Center. Additionally, in February, the UofL Cultural Center and the Black Student Association presented Clayton with the Black Image Award for Best Cultural Program for the 2013 UofL 50th anniversary commemoration of the March on Washington. Clayton also appeared in March as a political analyst on both Fox News and MSNBC, discussing President Bill Clinton’s visit to Kentucky for a fundraiser for 2014 Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.

International Student Learning faculty members Joy Hart, Kandi Walker and Tom Jackson were published in the Spring issue of the ACPA—College Student Educators International Journal. The title of their article was “Global Citizenship and Tertiary Education: A Time for Change.”

Emma Sterrett, PhD, Kent School of Social Work assistant professor of family therapy, was accepted to the University of California-San Francisco's Training Program for Scientists Conducting Research to Reduce HIV/STI Health Disparities, also known as the CAPS Visiting Professor Program. The program is designed to assist investigators already conducting HIV-prevention research with minority communities to improve their programs of research and obtain additional funding for their work.

Thomas Lawson, PhD, Kent School of Social Work professor and director of the school’s international studies program, has been selected as the international adviser for the first social work doctoral degree student in Germany. The interdisciplinary degree is funded by the ELITE Network of the state of Bavaria and is housed in the Munich Center of Learning Sciences in Ludwig Maximilians University. The program is aimed at the investigation and application of scientific reasoning and argumentation across disciplines.

Mary Hums, PhD, professor of sport administration, gave a keynote address this month at James Madison University. The topic was “Beyond X’s and O’s: Utilizing the power of sport as a playbook for social change.”

Mark Hebert, former WHAS-TV political and investigative reporter who has been UofL’s director of media relations since 2009, was named to the 2014 class of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. The hall of fame is administered and housed at the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications and names seven new members each year.

Monica Vetter, 2013 graduate of the School of Medicine, and Mary B. Carter, MD, PhD, adjunct assistant professor in the Office of Medical Education, received the Outstanding Presentation Award from the Association of American Medical College Southern Group on Educational Affairs at their annual conference in Miami. The award was for their 2013 presentation “Differences in First Year and Fourth Year Medical Students’ Attitudes Towards Pursuing a Career in Academic Medicine.” Vetter is completing her first year of residency in OB/GYN at Ohio State University.


Four faculty members from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences were invited to make presentations to the staff of Shanghai Mental Health Center in Shanghai, China, March 31 to April 4. Presenting were:


·        Allan Tasman, MD, chair and professor, on “The Identity of the Psychiatrist in the 21st Century;”

·        Manual Casanova, MD, professor and Kolb Endowed Chair in Psychiatry, on “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as a Treatment for Autism and its Neurobiological Mechanisms;”

·        Estate (Tato) Sokhadze, PhD, assistant professor and director, Evoked Potential Lab, on “EEG Gamma Band Oscillations in Neuropsychiatric Disorders;”

·        Jesse Wright, MD, PhD, professor and director, UofL Depression Center, on “Computer-Assisted Cognitive-Behavior Therapy.”

Tasman also discussed possible collaborative efforts between UofL and the center with the center’s laboratory director of EEG Source Imaging, Jijun Wang, MD, PhD. The Shanghai Mental Health Center, formerly known as the Shanghai Psychiatric Hospital, was founded in 1958. In addition to serving as a mental health clinic offering medication management and psychotherapy, the center is involved in teaching, research and mental health prevention planning for Shanghai and the entirety of China.

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