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December Faculty/Staff Notables

by UofL Today last modified Jan 05, 2010 03:29 PM

A collection of submitted accomplishments and accolades.


Kim Demling-Castelluzzo, instructor for the Department of Health and Sport Science, received the Kentucky Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (KAHPERD) University Health Education Teacher of the Year award at the Centennial KAHPERD conference in November.

Edward Halperin, dean of the School of Medicine, received a Kentuckiana Metroversity Award for Instructional Development in November for designing a new course called "At the Intersection of Medicine and Spirituality." It meets part of the medical students' humanities in medicine requirements and first was offered during the academic year 2008-2009.

Metroversity awards recognize the best design for instructional development among the seven Metroversity member institutions. Four honorees received cash awards of $1,000. Halperin donated his to the UofL Office of Medical Education in support of a faculty development initiative.

"Carpe Diem: Privacy Protection in Employment Act" a paper by Ariana Levinson,  assistant professor of law, recently was listed on Social Science Research Network's Top 10 download list for Legal Scholarship Network: Employment Statutes. It also was included in the 2009-11 issue of the law school's Research Paper Series.

John Sauk, dean of the School of Dentistry, was admitted as a Fellow in Dental Surgery ad eundem of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in November. Sauk was recognized for his accomplishments and pioneering contributions to oral-facial genetics and Oral Cancer Research.

John Gilderbloom, professor of urban and public affairs, ranked among the Top 100 Urban Thinkers on a Planetizen poll conducted between August and September. The website is a public-interest information exchange for the urban planning, design, and development community. The poll asked people to name the greatest urban thinkers of all time - past and present. Gilderbloom was cited for his five books, 35 refereed articles and millions of dollars in competitive research grants.


"Hunting Ghost Laws:  Updating Kentucky Statutes and Finding New Laws," by law professor Kurt Metzmeier, was published in the November edition of the Louisville Bar Association's "Bar Briefs."

A review of Melvin I. Urofsky's biography, "Louis D. Brandeis: A Life," by law professor Laura Rothstein, was published in the Nov. 8 issue of the Courier-Journal .


John Cross, endowed chair professor of law, gave an invited talk on "Developments in International Intellectual Property Law" at the offices of Hannes-Snellman in Moscow, Russia on Nov. 30.

Sam Marcosson, law professor, presented a lecture on gay rights and marriage at Murray State Nov. 11 as part of a lecture series established by the multicultural, class and gender studies program.

Lisa Nicholson, law professor, made a presentation to the risk management and insurance faculty at Georgia State on Nov. 13, and later led small group discussions on the issue of systemic risk. Her presented paper is titled "Systemic Risk: Are the Pending Legislative Proposals Sufficient to Forestall or Mitigate a Future Economic Crisis?"

Bob Stenger, law professor, taught Medicine, Bioethics and Law as a mini course at the Johannes Gutenburg University Faculty of Law in Mainz, Germany, Nov. 2-12. 

Jill Adelson, department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, received three awards at the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) 56th Annual Convention in St. Louis: the NAGC Doctoral Student Award; the Gifted Child Quarterly (GCQ) Paper of the Year for co-authoring "The Impact of Advanced Curriculum on the Achievement of Mathematically Promising Elementary Students"; and the NAGC Curriculum Award for Getting Into Shape, a mathematics unit for talented third to fifth graders. Adelson was co-author of the Teacher Support Materials for the mathematics unit.


Anees Chagpar, surgical oncology, is among the 2009-10 class of fellows in the Hedwig van Amerigen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program for Women at Drexel University College of Medicine. The program is dedicated to preparing senior women faculty for leadership at academic health centers.

Rod Githens, assistant professor in Leadership, Foundations and Human Resource Education, was elected to the Editorial Board of Advances in Developing Human Resources, a journal of the Academy of Human Resource Development. He also in 2009 was elected to the Editorial Board of Career and Technical Education Research, the official journal of the Association of Career and Technical Education Research.

Hiram C. Polk, Jr., former chair of the Department of Surgery, was selected as the dedication recipient for the 60th volume of the journal Surgical Forum. The issue is devoted to the best in surgical research for 2009.

Polk trained more than 230 general surgeons during his 34-year tenure as department chair. During that time, the department's successes included becoming a national leader in surgical research, performing the first artificial hand transplant and developing one of the leading trauma centers. Polk is chairman of the board of directors of the Foundation for Biomedical Research in Washington, D.C.; president of the board of trustees of River Fields, a conservation organization in Kentucky; and a member of the Jockey Club's safety committee for thoroughbred horse racing.

Susan Galandiuk, professor of surgery and director of the Price Institute of Surgical Research at UofL, has been named president-elect of the Society of Pelvic Surgeons, an international organization developed by and for specialists in urology, obstetrics and gynecology and general surgery. Under Galandiuk's leadership, the annual meeting of the society will come to Louisville in July 2011.

To submit an item for inclusion in the next roundup, to be posted in early February, send an e-mail with the subject line Notable to Janene Zaccone.

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