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January Faculty/Staff Notables

by UofL Today last modified Feb 01, 2010 02:21 PM

A collection of submitted accomplishments and accolades.


Donna Pearson, associate director of the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education in the College of Education and Human Development received the Meritorious Service Award at the Association for Career and Technical Education Research Professional Development Conference.  Award recipients are selected through a competitive nomination and review process in recognition of their contributions to the field of career and technical education research.

Linda L. Wilson, associate director for diversity initiatives, Dean's Office, College of Arts and Sciences, will be honored Feb. 27 as the adult achiever of the year by the Chestnut Street Family YMCA.  An active volunteer there for more than 15 years, Wilson has served on the board and on the Black Achievers Steering Committee and coordinates the Scholarship Orientation for Black Achievers' high school juniors, seniors and their parents.


"Differences in the 'Inclusion Need Orientation' of Students from an Historically Black University Versus Predominately White Institutions" by Ann Herd, assistant professor, College of Education and Human Development, and colleague Kathleen Gurley, was published in the Journal of College Orientation and Transition.

Mark Leach, director of training for the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at the College of Education and Human Development, and colleague Jamie Aten recently published "Culture and the Therapeutic Process: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals." The book takes a unique "start to finish" approach in which culture is incorporated throughout the therapeutic process.


Ann Herd, assistant professor, College of Education and Human Development, Department of Leadership, Foundations and Human Resource Education; and Elizabeth Krauss, education doctoral student, presented two peer-reviewed research papers at the International Industrial Relations and Human Resources Conference. The papers are titled "Development of a Structured Interviewing Protocol for Assessing the Coaching Needs of Transitioning Military Leaders" and "Turnover Intentions Among Indian Call Center Agents: The Predictive Role of Emotional Intelligence." Herd co-authored the second paper with Rich Feyerabend from Capital One.

 J. Christopher States, professor of pharmacology and toxicology, distinguished university scholar and deputy director of Center for Environmental Genetics and Integrative Biology, presented an invited lecture titled "Arsenic Induced Mitotic Disruption and Aneuploidy" Dec. 2, at the 14th All India Congress of Cytology and Genetics held at the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology in Kolkata, India.


Jason Chesney, division of oncology; Rodney Folz and Jason Kelley, division of pulmonary, critical care and sleep disorders medicine; Eleanor Lederer, division of nephrology; Roberto Bolli and Sumanth Prabhu, division of cardiology; and Charlene Mitchell and Monica Shaw, general internal medicine, have been accepted for membership in the prestigious Southern Society for Clinical Investigation. The regional academic society is dedicated to the advancement of medical research and committed to encouraging students, residents and fellows to enter academic medicine and to support junior faculty success in clinical investigation.

Melissa Currie, chief, UofL Pediatrics' child abuse team, has passed the 2009 child abuse pediatrics certifying exam, making her one of a handful of physicians nationwide who are certified in this newly designated medical specialty. She was among approximately 200 physicians who took the first exam in November 2009.

School of Nursing Dean Marcia Hern has been accepted to the 2010 Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Institute at the University of Denver. HERS provides leadership and management development for women in higher education administration. Hern will take part in the program this summer.

Kristi King, assistant professor, Department of Health and Sport Sciences, College of Education and Human Development, is the 2009 Nystrand /Offutt Scholar. This award was established for early career faculty members engaged in research that is related to the Nystrand Center's work. King's research focuses on the improvement of children's health, specifically obesity prevention, through proper nutrition and physical activity.

Michael Marvin, director of liver transplantation at UofL and at Jewish Hospital, has been named chief of UofL's division of transplant surgery at UofL. Under Marvin's guidance, the liver transplant program set a state record in 2009 with 54 liver transplants performed. No program in the state has ever performed as many liver transplants.

Tori Molfese, Ashland/Nystrand Chair in Early Childhood Education and professor in the College of Education and Human Development's Department of Teaching and Learning, was made a fellow of the American Education Research Association in 2009. AERA fellows are known both nationally and internationally for their outstanding contributions to education research.

Daya Singh Sandhu, professor, College of Education and Human Development, Educational and Counseling Psychology, has been elected to serve as the national president for the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, a division of the American Counseling Association with membership of more than 42,000 mental health professionals.

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


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