Campus Notables - April
A collection of submitted faculty and staff notable activity.
The American Physiological Society selected Roberto Bolli, chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, to give the Walter B. Cannon Memorial Lecture at the Experimental Biology 2011 meeting in April. He discussed cardiac stem cell treatment for heart failure. The lecture is the society’s pre-eminent award lecture and recognizes an outstanding scientist for his or her contributions to the field. Bolli also was tapped to deliver the Cardiovascular Section’s Carl J. Wiggers Lecture at the same meeting.
Dana Christensen, professor of family therapy, received the “Apple Award” from the National Adolescent Perpetration Network for lifetime contributions to the teaching and dissemination of knowledge in the treatment of juvenile sexual offending.
Danielle Day, lecturer, and John Greene, professor, both from the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, were decorated as chevaliers in the Order of Academic Palms by the Republic of France. M. Jean-François Rochard, cultural attaché of the French Consulate of Chicago, presented the awards April 7 at the Rauch Planetarium. Napoleon Bonaparte established the order in 1808 to recognize eminent academics and cultural figures who contribute significantly to furthering French culture throughout the world.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency selected the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center as a 2011 ENERGY STAR award winner. The center is part of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. It provides free, confidential and nonregulatory technical information and assistance to help Kentucky’s businesses, industries, school districts and other groups stay environmentally sustainable and competitive by cutting energy costs and preventing pollution. KPPC received the ENERGY STAR recognition for helping clients build self-sustaining energy management programs.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer named Lisa Markowitz, professor, anthropology, and Ann Coffey, from the Office of University Advancement, to the city’s Food Policy Advisory Council. The council was created in December 2010 to identify and propose innovative solutions and policies toward creating a healthy food system that will spur economic development.
Janet Spence, executive director, undergraduate advising practice, has been elected to the national leadership post of Commission and Interest Group division representative for the National Academic Advising Association. She will take the post this October and serve until October 2013.
Nora Scobie, assistant director of advisor development, was elected chair of the Professional Development Committee for the National Academic Advising Association. She will begin serving in that role in October when her role as chair of the Advisor Training and Development Commission ends.
Kupper Wintergerst, MD, assistant professor, pediatrics, recently was named the ARGI Financial Physician of the Year at the Fifth Annual MediStar Award ceremonies. The award comes from the Kentuckiana publication “Medical News” and goes to a physician who has demonstrated outstanding leadership on a local, state or national level to improve accessibility, affordability and quality of health care.
Nine award finalists had UofL ties:
- Patrick Murphy, MD, Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine, was a finalist for the ARGI Financial Physician of the Year award.
- The Crowe Horwath Innovation Award went to ApoVax Inc., a Louisville biotechnology company founded in 2001 by Haval Shirman, PhD, and Dr. Michael and Joan Hamilton Endowed Chair in Autoimmune Disease. Shirman is ApoVax’s chief scientific officer.
- The Office of Technology Transfer also was a finalist for that award.
- Virginia Bradford, coordinator of Kentucky African Americans Against Cancer in the Kentucky Cancer Program, administered by UofL’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center; and Gordon Tobin, MD, of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, were finalists for the Governor’s Dignity of Humanity Award.
- The James Graham Brown Cancer Center’s Mobile Mammography Unit was a finalist for the Consumer First Award.
- The Cardiovascular Innovation Institute was a finalist for the Facility Design Award. CII is a collaboration of UofL and Jewish Hospital/St. Mary’s Healthcare.
- UofL Geriatrics was a finalist for the A.O. Sullivan Award for Excellence in Education for development and implementation of programs that increase knowledge, education and career opportunities in health care.