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June 2014 Notables

by UofL Today last modified Jun 27, 2014 10:55 AM

Faculty and staff receiving honors in their fields and communities.

The School of Music’s Mark J. Lynn has been named a quarterfinalist for a national music educator award. The award, given by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation, recognizes educators who have made a lasting contribution to the field of music and are committed to maintaining music education in schools. More than 7,000 educators were nominated; Lynn is one of 222 music teachers from 208 cities across 41 states to make the quarterfinal list. Semifinalists will be announced in September. The winner will be selected from 10 finalists and will receive a $10,000 honorarium as well as a trip to the Grammy Awards ceremony. Lynn is assistant director of bands and assistant director of the Cardinal Marching Band.

Edna Ross, PhD, associate professor in psychological and brain sciences and Ides to Action specialist for critical thinking, was named as the faculty consultant on critical thinking to The New York Times education division. Ross will create assignments that help instructors actively engage students in learning activities using the content from the Times.

Jacek M. Zurada, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, opened the 13th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Soft Computing in Zakopane, Poland, in June. He is an honorary conference chair and also co-editor of two conference volumes. He presented a paper with his PhD student, Ehsan Hosseini-asl (“Nonnegative Matrix Factorization for Document Clustering: A Survey”) and one with his former post-doc, Jian Wang (“Boundedness of Weight Elimination for BP Neural Networks”).

The American Psychological Association’s Division 15 selected Kate Snyder, assistant professor with the department of educational and counseling psychology, counseling, and college student personnel, to receive the 2014 Paul R. Pintrich Outstanding Dissertation Award. 

Daya Singh Sandhu won the President’s Award from the American Counseling Association (ACA), its highest and most prestigious award. A professor and former chairman of the department of educational and counseling psychology, counseling, and college student personnel, he is retiring June 30, 2014, after 23 years at UofL.

CEHD Dean Ann Larson was awarded the 2014 Kentucky Association of Colleges for Teacher Education’s (KACTE) Annual Award for Distinguished Service to Educator Preparation in Kentucky. The award was presented at KACTE’s spring meeting, which was held in Louisville. KACTE is a state affiliate of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). The KACTE award has been presented each year since 1986 and recognizes an individual who has years of unfailing and dedicated service to educator preparation in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

In addition, Education Week featured Larson’s blog post, “Quality Teacher Preparation,” in its May 29 issue. 

Jenny Bay-Williams, department chair for middle and secondary education, was a guest on Princeton Community Television, May 29, discussing methods of teaching fluency. 

Harrie Buecker, CEHD liaison for district and school partnerships, was invited to attend the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Network Learning Session in early June. Kentucky members of the National Board Network recommended Buecker due to her extensive work around candidate recruitment and teacher leadership.

Jill Adelson, assistant professor with the department of educational and counseling psychology, counseling, and college student personnel, was elected to serve as secretary of the American Educational Research Association Research on Giftedness, Talented and Creativity SIG. In addition, Adelson and CEHD doctoral student Emily Dickinson had an article published in Practical Assessment, Research and Evaluation. The article, “Exploring the Limitations of Measures of Students’ Socioeconomic Status,” examines the missing data that conflate the traditional conceptualization of socioeconomic status. 

The National Journal cited the research and included a quote from Natalie Stipanovic, instructor with the department of educational and counseling psychology, counseling, and college student personnel, about South Carolina’s career and guidance counseling program in K-12 schools. 

Rod Githens, assistant professor with the department of leadership, foundations and human resource education, was cited in the article, “The Rise of the Temporary Worker,” that appeared in the May 7 issue of The Lane Report.

Mike Jett, instructor with the department of health and sport sciences, has his own blog site, “Health and Longevity,” that is hosted on The Courier-Journal website. One of his posts was also featured in the May 19 print edition of The Courier-Journal. 

Jim Stone, CEHD professor, along with Oscar Aliaga, director of the CEHD International Learning Program, and Pradeep Kotamraju, recently had an article published in the High School Journal. The article, “Understanding Participation in Secondary Career and Technical Education in the 21st Century: Implications for Policy and Practice,” examines the career and technical education credit-taking experience of public high school students and how those credits are applied to the academic requirements needed for the students to graduate. 

A team led by Chi Li, PhD, UofL assistant professor of medicine, published research findings in the April 2014 issue of Molecular and Cellular Biology revealing small molecules they found that tell certain proteins to kill lung cancer cells. In the study, Li and his team were able to specifically induce tumor cell death while avoiding normal cell death. Li and his team also recently received a National Institutes of Health grant of $1.5 million to continue their groundbreaking research.

“From Brown to Meredith: the Long Struggle for School Desegregation in Louisville, KY, 1954-2007” (University of North Carolina Press, 2013) by Tracy E. K’Meyer, PhD, received an award of merit from the American Association for State and Local History. K’Meyer is professor and chair in the Department of History.

Monica Wendel joins the University of Louisville School of Public Health & Information Sciences (SPHIS) as associate dean for public health practice and associate professor of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences. Wendel was most recently assistant dean for Community Health Systems Innovation and director of the Center for Community Health Development at Texas A&M University System Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health. She taught at Blinn College from 2001-2007, before joining the faculty at Texas A&M University faculty in 2010.

Dr. Yong Li, associate professor of biochemistry in the School of Medicine, was a co-guest editor for a special issue of Journal of Molecular Cell Biology, “Noncoding RNAs in the p53 Network.” The issue has five review articles written by international experts on the p53 gene and noncoding RNAs.

Mariusz Ratajczak, MD, PhD, has been selected to receive the prestigious Karl Landsteiner Prize from the German Society for Transfusion Medicine and Immunohematology. Ratajczak holds the Henry M. and Stella M. Hoenig Endowed Chair at UofL and is a professor in the department of medicine. The Landsteiner Prize is given for outstanding achievements and research in the fields of transfusion and/or immunology. An internationally known specialist in adult stem cell biology, his 2005 discovery of embryonic-like stem cells in adult bone marrow has potential to revolutionize the field of regenerative medicine. The discovery may lead to new treatments for heart disease, eye disease, diabetes and neurodegenerative disorders, as well as provide insight into the development of many forms of leukemia.

Derrick R. Brooms, assistant professor of sociology, was selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar. He will participate in an institute titled “Finding Mississippi in the National Civil Rights Narrative: Struggle, Institution Building, and Power at the Local Level.” The three-week program will be held at Jackson State University. The NEH each summer supports enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities and cultural institutions.

Judy Schreiber, RN, PhD, and Carlee Lehna, PhD, of the School of Nursing, were recipients of the 2014 Marcia J. Hern Awards. Schreiber was honored with the Teaching Award, and Lehna received the Research Award. The funds awarded to each honoree can be used to further their endeavors in teaching or research.

The following from the School of Nursing were recipients of research grants from the Iota Zeta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International: Said Abusalem, PhD, RN; Judy Schreiber, RN, PhD; and Mary-Beth Coty, PhD, along with PhD candidate Maryam Alaradi, each received a $1,000 award to enhance their research. Abusalem is testing the implementation of a patient-centered hand hygiene intervention; Schreiber is investigating breast cancer treatments and their effects on survivors; Coty is studying health beliefs and attitudes affecting self-management of arthritis in low-income Latino adults; and Alaradi is examining the predictors of parental uncertainty and stress in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Ecologist Steve Yanoviak is heading to Panama in July to begin a two-year study of parasitic woody vines called lianas. The vines are smothering the forest canopy, but they appear to act as lightning rods, saving trees from damage.

Gennaro Vito, PhD, professor in the department of justice administration, was named one of 25 Top Criminal Justice Professors by, a website that details programs and careers in the field of forensics.

Have you published or received an honor for your work recently? Let us know here. Questions? Janet Cappiello, 852-1104.

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