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February Faculty/Staff Notables

by UofL Today last modified Mar 09, 2010 01:44 PM

A collection of submitted accomplishments and accolades.


Vice Provost Dale Billingsley recently received one of 10 national Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate awards from the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience. The center operates out of the University of South Carolina and makes the awards annually.

Roberto Bolli, chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and vice chair for research in the Department of Medicine, has received the American Heart Association's Award of Meritorious Achievement in recognition of his pivotal role in developing the AHA Distinguished Scientist Award. That award recognizes outstanding scientists in the field of cardiovascular medicine and stroke. Bolli conceived, designed and led the development of the program, which has become one of the most highly visible recognitions the AHA bestows.

Greg Byrne, associate director of bands, recently received the Champions of Change Award from the National Inclusion Project. Byrne also served as the keynote speaker for the Nebraska Music Educators Association Conference, presented at the Hawaii International Conference for Arts and Humanities and at the College Band Directors National Association Conference at the University of Mississippi. The award and presentations address advocacy for musicians with disabilities.

Sunderesh Heragu has been selected to receive the David Baker Distinguished Research award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers. The award recognizes outstanding research in the profession and is given for a career of accomplishments that broadly benefitted practitioners, organizations or other researchers rather than for a single activity or application. IIIE has given only 34 such awards in the past 43 years.

Mirzada Kurbasic, professor of pediatrics, is one of five 2010 MOSAIC award winners. Jewish Family and Career Services presents the award to honor immigrants and refugees who have made significant contributions in their profession and in Louisville. A native of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kurbasic was nominated for her volunteer efforts with the International Populations Task Group of the Louisville Metro Tobacco Free Coalition. As committee member and chair, she has worked for seven years to decrease smoking rates and secondhand exposure to tobacco smoke among Louisville's immigrant populations, especially those with limited English proficiency.

Jan Snyder, a nurse with the Pediatrics Children and Youth Project, is the Kentucky Home Health Association's 2009 Karen Dever Home Care Clinical Professional. This home care award for excellence recognizes Snyder's dedication, commitment to patient and parent education and extensive knowledge of high-risk pediatric patients. Snyder has been with C&Y, where she makes home visits and staffs the clinic, since 1971.

The UofL Society of Physics Students again has been selected as an "outstanding" chapter by the National Society of Physics Students. It is the only chapter in Kentucky to receive that designation and has had that distinction for most of the past 14 years. The UofL chapter was selected as an "outstanding" chapter for the level and quality of its activities. Selection criteria include involvement in local, zone and national SPS meetings and other professional meetings; participation in SPS programs; outreach efforts to grades K-12 or the general public; participation in community service; contributions to student recruitment and retention; participation in social events; and interactions with the department's alumni. Only a few of the more than 700 SPS chapters nationwide receive "outstanding" status each year.

Thomas Tretter, associate professor for the Department of Teaching and Learning, was selected to receive the 2010 National Association for Research Science Teaching Early Career Research Award. The award acknowledges contributions to science education through research by individuals during the five years immediately following receipt of their doctoral degree.

Gennaro Vito, Richard Tewksbury and Harry Allen, all from the Department of Justice Administration, will receive Mentor Awards from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences for their commitment to mentoring students and new faculty within their department and their discipline.


Muriel Harris, MPH; PhD; and assistant professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, recently published "Evaluating Public and Community Health Programs." Publisher Jossey-Bass notes that the book combines an introduction to public and community health program evaluation with a detailed survey of methods in community assessment, planning, program design, quantitative and qualitative data collection, data analysis and reporting of findings.

Deborah Armstrong, associate professor; Marianne Hutti, professor; and John Myers, assistant professor, School of Public Health and Information Sciences, coauthored "The Influence of Perinatal Loss on Paret's Psychological Distress after the Birth of a Subsequent Healthy Infant." It was published in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 38 (6), 654-666 (2009).

Hutti co-wrote with colleagues from Sweden, "Subsequent Pregnancy after Stillbirth: Advice Given by Healthcare Providers." It is in press for the publication Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica.

Michael J. Smith, assistant professor of pediatrics, has coauthored "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vaccinations." The book explains how vaccines work and guides readers through vaccine myths, requirements and recommendations for children, adolescents, adults and travelers.


Robert Jacobs, PhD and professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, participated in a panel discussion on “Climate Change in the Ohio River Valley” Feb. 26 at the Louisville Science Center. The discussion was part of the series, “Scientific Proofs,” an after-hours, informal dialogue around timely science topics.


J.P. Davis, BA; MPA; and special assistant for development for the vice president for university advancement, received recognition by the March of Dimes as the youngest co-chair to date for its Signature Chefs Benefit and Auction. The event raised a record $245,000. Davis serves as an Executive Committee board member of the March of Dimes Kentucky chapter.

Mary Hums, associate professor with the Department of Health and Sport Sciences, heads to Vancouver in March to work at the 2010 Winter Paralympic Games. She assisted with the planning of the opening ceremonies at British Columbia Place Stadium and with game preparation. Hums serves as team leader with Event Services and will be based at the University of British Columbia Thunderbird Arena. The arena will be the site for sledge hockey competition, which Hums calls “the coolest game on ice.”

Hums will work behind the scenes with other sport management personnel who run the arena, including security, ticketing, concessions, locker rooms and coordinating volunteers. This is her fourth Paralympic Games. She also worked in Atlanta (1996), Salt Lake City (2002) and Athens (2004), as well as at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

The interdisciplinary Land Use and Planning Law class is featured in a forthcoming article (pdf version) in the Journal of Legal Education as an example of innovative curriclar and pedagogical development that apply "best practices" in teaching land use law. It calls attention to several significant trends at UofL, including the integration of practical skills and best practices into legal education; interdisciplinary education and research and cross-disciplinary collaboration; service learning and community engagement; and integration of sustainabilty issues into the curriculum.

Terie Milburn, techology specialist, and Keenan Wilkie, administrative systems analyst, both with Advancement Services, have  received A+ Certification. Certification demonstrates expert knowledge of IT technologies.

David Tollerud, MD, MPH, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, will chair the Institute of Medicine's Committee on the Long-Term Health Consequences of Exposure to Burn Pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. This 18-month activity is sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Lisa Baunach, manager, UofL Cares Campaign for advancement services, served on the National Executive Planning Committee for the 2009 Sungard Summit in Philadelphia, Pa.  More than 15,000 college professionals, industry thought leaders and higher education solution experts attended. She also is a member of the 2010 Executive Planning Committee for the 2010 CASE Kentucky Conference and will serve as chair for the 2010 CASE Kentucky Awards Program, which she also chaired in 2009.

Kim Boland, pediatrics residency director, has been elected secretary/treasurer of the Kentucky chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Jeff Grill, chief of the UofL Pediatric General Inpatient Medicine (Hospitalist) program, has been elected member at large of the Kentucky AAP.

Dwight Dozier, assistant vice president for advancement services, will serve as chair for the 2010 CASE Summer Institute for Advancement Services in Burlington, Vt. Dozier has twice chaired the Senior Advancement Services Professionals Conference. He is a board member on the National CASE Commission for Philanthropy and CASE Kentucky and remains active as a speaker for CASE at both the state and national level.

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

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