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by UofL Today last modified Mar 01, 2012 10:46 AM

The following information was submitted for posting during February 2012.

Pediatrics faculty Woods elected to prestigious academic society
Pediatrics infectious diseases specialist Charles R. Woods Jr., MD, has been elected to membership in the American Pediatric Society. APS membership is reserved for distinguished academic leaders, teachers and researchers living in the United States or Canada whose contributions to academic pediatrics have garnered national and international recognition.

Murray receives Guiding Women in Sport award
Teena Murray, director of sports performance and trainer for the Women’s U.S. Ice Hockey Team, has received the Guiding Women in Sport award from the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport. The award recognizes extraordinary service and leadership in female sports and acknowledges people with a pioneering spirit and commitment to improve women in sport.

Department of Surgery named for Polk
The Department of Surgery recently honored its former long-time chairman Hiram Polk by naming the department the Hiram C. Polk Jr., MD, Department of Surgery.

Zurada elected to international board of governors
Professor Jacek M. Zurada, electrical and computer engineering, JB Speed School of Engineering, has been elected to serve on the International Neural Networks Society’s Board of Governors. His term is 2012-14. The U.S.-based society has 2000 members and is the premiere organization for people who are interested in a theoretical and computational understanding of the brain and applying that knowledge to develop more effective forms of machine intelligence.

School of Nursing faculty, students present at conference
Eight nursing faculty members gave podium and poster presentations at the Southern Nursing Research Society 2012 Conference this month in New Orleans. They are:

  • Diane Chlebowy, PhD, RN, “Facilitators and Barriers to Self-Management of Type 2 Diabetes among Rural African American Adults,” and “Motivation Interviewing to Improve Diabetes Outcomes in African American Adults,” (podium presentations); and “Relationship of Insurance Coverage to Diabetes Outcomes in African American Adults,” (poster presentation).
  • Lynne Hall, DrPH, RN, “Third Trimester Predictors of Postpartum Depressive Symptoms of Women 4-6 Weeks after Return to Work,” (podium presentation), and “The Trajectory of Psychosocial Health of Childbearing Women,” (poster presentation).
  • Carla Hermann, PhD, RN, “Anxiety and Depression in Patients Near the End of Life: A Longitudinal Perspective,” (podium presentation).
  • Vicki Hines-Martin, PhD, CNS, RN, FAAN, “Understanding Environment and Health - The Dosker Manor Study,” (poster presentation).
  • Lee Ridner, PhD, FNP-BC, “Peer Mentor Impact on Dietary and Physical Activity on College Students,” (podium presentation).
  • Judy Schreiber, PhD, RN, “Psychometric Properties of Image of God Scale in Breast Cancer Survivors,” (podium presentation).
  • Celeste Shawler, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, “Older Mothers and Adult Daughters: Inner Strength, Health Related Quality of Life and Hypertension Self-Management Behaviors,” (podium presentation).
  • Barbara Speck, PhD, RN, “Comparison of Select Variables Related to Physical Activity in Rural and Urban Low-income Women,” (podium presentation).

Eight nursing doctoral students also had the opportunity to present at the SNRS 2012 Conference through funding from the School of Nursing. They are:

  • Anna Jorayeva, with Deborah Armstrong, Robert Topp, Kelly Morris, S. Bickett and P. Photiadis, “The Effect of Preoperative Massage on Anxiety in Perioperative Client.”
  • Hatem Manasrah, “The Assessment of Nutritional Knowledge among Jordanian Nurses Who Work in Oncology Settings.”
  • Jean Edward,with Vicki Hines-Martin and Sharon Bowland (Kent School of Social Work), “Social Determinants and Disparities in Health Status: The Availability of Dietary Needs in a Low Income, Inner City, Public Housing Community.”
  • Jiying Ling and Maryam Alaradi with Barbara Jackson and Carlee Lehna. “What Baccalaureate Registered Nursing Students Found Out from a Home Safety Assignment.”
  • Lisa Carter-Harris, with Carla Hermann,Health-Seeking Behaviors in Lung Cancer.”
  • Sheila Steinbrenner, “Sexual Assault Services and Service Providers in the Free State Province, South Africa.”
  • Xiaorong Wang with Karen Robinson, “Implementing Living Well Workshops for Immigrants who Speak Mandarin.”

Perry to discuss social service strategy in Washington
Armon Perry, assistant professor, Kent School of Social Work, has been invited by the assistant secretary of the Administration for Children and Families to go to Washington, DC, in March, to participate in a strategic discussion about how to improve and integrate social service programs to better work with African American individuals and families.

Rowan to deliver forum keynote
Noell Rowan, assistant professor, Kent School of Social Work, has been invited to deliver a keynote address for the Fordham University Human Rights and Social Justice and Research Methods Forum in April. Her invitation came because of her national reputation for using qualitative methods to advance human rights and social justice for lesbian and gay rights.

Collins-Camargo edits journal issue
Crystal Collins-Camargo, assistant professor, Kent School of Social Work, guest edited a special issue in the Journal of Public Child Welfare titled: “Performance-based contracting and quality assurance systems within public-private partnerships.” It contained results from research studies on privatization in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Florida. All of these studies and the cross-site evaluation were overseen by the National Quality Improvement Center on the Privatization of Child Welfare Services, which Collins-Camargo directed.

Sharma receives eBioscience Memorial Award
The American Association of Immunology has awarded Rajesh Kumar Sharma, instructor of medicine in the Department of Medicine and at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, with a prestigious Chambers-eBioscience Memorial Award. Sharma is invited to give an oral presentation on cancer biology at the AAI annual meeting “Immunology-2012: Business meeting” on May 3 and receives $1,000 in cash. AAI gives the award to just one junior faculty member. It is to honor the memory of Dr. Cynthia Chambers and to help advance the junior scientist’s career.

School of Dentistry earns recognition for community service & building renovation project

  • Kentucky lawmakers recognized dental school faculty, alumni and students on Feb. 24 for their service to the people of Appalachia. Among those honored at the Kentucky State Capitol were Farzan Pouranfar, Caroline Curtis, Paul Maizan, Amy Boeckermann, Brooke Osgood Fukuoka and Trey Parker. The recognition highlighted the Tarrson Award from the American Dental Association for Dental School Community Leadership. Over the past several years, ULSD has regularly participated in Remote Area Medical clinics in Pikeville and Somerset – the school helped deliver free dental treatment to more than 1,600 patients in 2011.
  • The Associated General Contractors of Kentucky presented UofL the Build Kentucky Award for the School of Dentistry renovation.
  • The School of Dentistry and UofL also received a Cornerstone Award from the Louisville Downtown Management District – the renovation project was highlighted as the largest project in the city in 2011.

Delphi Center program receives recognition
The University Business Training program, Delphi Center program to which more than 80 experts from across the university contributed, has received an Excellence in Practice Citation from the American Society for Training and Development. Citations go to promising programs from which much can be learned, but which have not yet achieved full award level. The 15-month training program is designed for unit business personnel. It will graduate its first group in July.

Robinson recognized for work to help fight Alzheimer’s disease
On Feb. 25, the Alzheimer’s Association’s Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter presented Karen Robinson, founder and executive director of the UofL Nursing Caregivers Program, with its Professional Caregiver of the Year Award. The UofL program is a dementia specific, caregiver-focused research program established to increase knowledge of services and support to caregivers and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Robinson also has served on the Board of Directors of the Louisville Chapter of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders and served as a support group facilitator at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital.

Vito to receive criminal justice sciences award
Gennaro Vito, professor and Distinguished University Scholar, Department of Justice Administration, will be honored March 16 at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences conference in New York. He will receive the Bruce Smith Sr. Award in recognition of demonstrated leadership in the administration of criminal justice as an academic and/or professional discipline in a manner which reflects the highest standards of integrity and performance and for active involvement in criminal justice research or other endeavor which has made substantial contributions to the emerging body of knowledge in criminal justice. Vito will make a presentation at the conference based upon his research.

UofL faculty play prominent roles in symposium
Child and adolescent psychiatrists Allan Josephson and Fred Stocker of UofL’s Bingham Clinic are among the keynote speakers for the symposium, Faces of Childhood Trauma, March 1. Anita Barbee, professor, Kent School of Social Work, will provide opening remarks. Barbee is a co-chair of the symposium that is expected to draw about 138 professionals, including judges, physicians, nurses, psychologists, law enforcement officers, social workers, attorneys, juvenile justice professionals and child advocates.

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