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July Briefs

by UofL Today last modified Jul 09, 2012 11:05 AM

Submitted faculty/staff recent notable activity.

Marcia Hern, dean, School of Nursing, has been selected to participate in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing-Wharton Executive Leadership Program. The four-day program addresses issues around managing and leading change, influencing and galvanizing a diverse set of stakeholders and building strategic relationships in highly volatile environments. It is designed to provide academic leaders with the concepts and tools they need to enhance their leadership capacity and hone the skills that are essential to move forward strategically. Hern will attend the program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Patrick Shafto, assistant professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, has received $626,079 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his project “CAREER: A Rational Analysis of How Teachers' Examples Constrain Learning and Inference.” The proposal was submitted through the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program, and is a five-year project. Shafto is the sole PI.

Diane Chlebowy, assistant professor, School of Nursing, has been selected to attend the American Association of Colleges Leadership for Academic Nursing Program. This fellowship is designed to develop and enhance leadership skills in new and emerging executive administrators in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs and better prepare participants to accept academic leadership posts, including the roles of dean or director of the nursing academic unit. She will attend this summer in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Raymond (Buddy) LaForge, Brown-Forman professor of marketing and head of the Sales management Program, College of Business, recently received the Sales Excellence Award from the Louisville Sales Leaders organization. The award is for contributions to sales professionalism during the 2011-2012 club year. The Sales Education Foundation also has named the Sales Management Program as one of the 2012 Top Universities for Professional Sales Education. Only 60 U.S. schools have this unranked recognition.

Jacek M. Zurada, professor, electrical and computer engineering, has received an Honorary Doctorate from China University of Petroleum (CUP), Qingdao, China, for his pioneering contributions to neurocomputing. The ceremony was at that university on June 20. CUP is one of the leading universities of technology in China.

Gerome Stephens, coordinator for student leadership in the office of Civic
Engagement, Leadership and Service, is a new member of the Kentucky Derby Festival Board of Directors. He will serve a three-year term.

Gary Gregg, director, McConnell Center, and editor of “Securing Democracy: Why We Have an Electoral College,” was a guest commentator on “Kentucky Tonight,” June 25 on KET. He and panelists from the University of Kentucky, Murray State University and Eastern Kentucky University debated the future of the Electoral College. See the hourlong public affairs discussion hosted here.

Gary Bernstein, instructor, Department of Health and Sport Sciences, has an article featured in “OnSite Fitness Magazine.” In it he takes an indepth look at successful collaborative efforts among nonprofit agencies. Read more 

Daniela Terson de Paleville, assistant professor, Department of Health and Sport Sciences, has been invited to participate in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Minority Access to Research Centers (MARC) Program that is offered in association with the Grant Writers’ Seminar and Workshops, LLC, and H.G. Adams and Associates, Inc.

Tricia Bronger, instructor, Department of Middle and Secondary Education, was invited to attend the Kentucky Department of Education’s Reading and Math Bias/Content meetings to participate in the Reading Content Review Grade 4 Committee this month. Bronger participation was requested because of her work on the construction of the K-PREP test.


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