A collection of submitted faculty and staff accomplishments and honors.
Patrick Piuma, director of the Urban Design Studio, received the "Acorn Award" for Green Leadership (individual effort in community sustainability) and $1,000 to donate to the Kentucky-based environmental nonprofit organization of his choice. The Green Building and Brightside present Acorn Awards for leadership in the categories of individual, nonprofit organization, small business and large business.
James E. Manasco, assistant professor, University Libraries, was named a fellow of the Special Libraries Association. The honor is in recognition of past, present and future service to the association and the profession.
Rong Wan, research associate in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, received the post-doctoral fellow award in the Nanotoxicology Specialty Section at the 49th Society of Toxicology annual meeting for his platform session presentation, "Regulation of Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor-1 Expression in Endothelial Cells Exposed to Metal Nanoparticles."
UofL and UofL physicians received several MediStar Awards recently. The awards from Medical News recognize health care leaders in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Awards go to people or groups for innovation of health care technology, development of essential programs, advocacy for increased access and excellent customer service.
UofL recipients were: Mark Slaughter, physician of the year; Anthony Dragun, health care advocacy award; Clinical and Translational Research Building, facility design award; Passport Health Plan's Cultural and Linguistics Program, consumer first award; MetaCyte Business Lab (subsidiary of the UofL Foundation), innovation award. Other UofL finalists were University Hospital CPOE Program, innovation award; and University of Louisville/UofL Health Care, excellence in education award.
Tiffany Dillard-Knox and Ede Warner Jr., Pan-African Studies, won the championship of a Pro Debate Charity event sponsored by and for the Bay Area Urban Debate League. They raised almost $1,000 through donations for the league, which trains high school students to participate in debate.
Tara Schapmire, Kent School of Social Work, and her mentor, Annatjie Faul, received a second American Cancer Society Oncology Social Work Doctoral Grant for her dissertation proposal: "Psychosocial Adjustment in Older Adults with Cancer: A Longitudinal Multilevel Analysis." The award is a competitive renewal of a two-year, $40,000 grant from ACS and is the second grant for Schapmire, totaling four years of support and $80,000 from ACS.
Shannon Staten, housing and residence life, was elected to a two-year term on the Association of College and University Housing Officers International Executive Governing Board. As the facilities and physical environment director, her duties will include providing leadership to define and promote cost-effective, comfortable, safe, secure and sustainable campus housing environments; and providing expertise in the areas of sustainability, renovation, construction, amenity planning/purchasing and residence hall maintenance and operations.
Kathleen Rudasill, assistant professor, Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, recently was appointed as editor for the American Educational Research Association Gifted Special Interest Group's e-journal, "Gifted Children." The appointment is for two years, 2010-2012.
Pradeep Kotamraju, instructor and deputy director of the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education, was elected secretary/treasurer of the American Educational Research Association Career and Technical Education Special Interest Group for 2010-2011.
Patricia Cerrito, mathematics, edited the recently published book, "Cases on Health Outcomes and Clinical Data Mining: Studies and Frameworks" (IGI Global, Hershey, Pa.).
Charles L. Baker, adjunct faculty at Kent School, published the article, "Board Pitfalls, How to Avoid Common Mistakes," in the January/February edition of "The Children's Voice" (Child Welfare League of America).
Rory Foster, part-time health and sport science instructor and professor emeritus of dance at DePaul University, Chicago, recently published "Ballet Pedagogy: The Art of Teaching" (University Press of Florida).
Jasmine Farrier, associate professor, political science, has published the book, "Congressional Ambivalence: The Political Burdens of Cultural Authority" (The University Press of Kentucky).
Richard Wilson, chair of the Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, and Cheryl Kolander, professor and associate dean in the College of Education and Human Development, have published "Drug Abuse Prevention: A School and Community Partnership, Third Edition."
To submit items for inclusion in the April Notables, e-mail Janene Zaccone and make your subject line "Notables."