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October Notables

by UofL Today last modified Nov 12, 2009 09:29 AM

A collection of submitted accomplishments and accolades.


Wanda Lott Collins, Kent School of Social Work, will receive the 2009 Kentuckiana Metroversity Award for Instructional Development Nov. 12 for "Spirituality and Social Work."

Allan Josephson, psychiatry and behavioral sciences has received the 2009 Wayne E. Oates Award for exceptional leadership and service in mental health and pastoral care. The national award is from the Wayne E. Oates Institute, a Louisville-based non-profit that promotes collaborative and compassionate medical care using an approach that considers the whole person.


Roberto Bolli, professor of medicine and the Jewish Hospital Heart and Lung Institute Distinguished Chair in Cardiology, is the editor-in-chief of the journal Circulation Research. Considered to be one of the premiere periodicals in cardiovascular medicine research, it is the official bi-weekly journal of the American Heart Association's Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences and is devoted to new basic science research from all disciplines related to cardiac and vascular biology and cardiovascular disease.

Ben Jenson, James Graham Brown Cancer Center, was nominated for and accepted membership in the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Community Research Advisory Board. He is UofL's basic science representative.

Brittany MacWilliams and Vernon Cherrix, School of Music faculty members, had the winning students in the Community Music Program sponsored Concerto Competition in October. MacWilliams' student Jonathan Yi played the "Bruch Violin Concerto." Cherrix's piano student Andrew Jones played the Brahms "Concerto in d minor, Op. 15."

Charles Moyer, dean of the College of Business, has been named to a new authority to develop a financing plan for the building of two bridges between Louisville and Indiana and rebuilding the Kennedy Bridge interchange. Moyer was among seven Kentucky representatives appointed to the panel by Gov. Steve Beshear and Louisville Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson. The Kentucky State Senate will consider the governor's appointments for approval. The Louisville Metro Council will consider the mayor's appointments for approval. The group also will have Indiana representatives.

Gloria Pressley-McGruder, assistant director, Kentucky Area Health Education Center, is a new board member for the Kentucky Foundation for Women. The board membership is for three years.


Aruni Bhatnagar, researcher and director of the Diabetes and Obesity Center, was part of a national Institute of Medicine panel that reported in October its findings that smoking bans are effective at reducing the risk of heart attacks and heart disease associated with exposure to secondhand smoke.

Keith Cross, was honored at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibit in Washington, DC, with the Willis Wingert Award for Best Paper Presented by a Trainee at the section on emergency medicine for his platform presentation on "The Use of Bedside Ultrasonography in the Diagnosis of Clavicle Fractures in the Pediatric Emergency Department." There were 78 abstracts submitted to this year's session. Cross' was one of 15 selected for an oral presentation and one of 10 on the platform by a trainee.

Marianne Hutti, professor of nursing, in October presented a research poster titled "Subsequent Pregnancy after Stillbirth - Advice Given by Healthcare Providers" at the national meeting of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health in Providence Rhode Island. She received first place in the poster presentation competition.


Will Bruer, research assistant, presented to the Kiwanis Club on "H1N1 flu."

Anthony E. Dragun, James Graham Brown Cancer Center, was selected from about 2,000 submitted studies to present his findings on radiation therapy for "triple negative" breast cancer patients at the American Society for Radiation Oncology meeting this month. Triple negative tumors are an aggressive subset of breast cancers that account for about 10 to 15 percent of all cases. Dragun and researchers at the JGBCC conducted a database analysis of patients and found that triple-negative patients who did not receive radiation after mastectomy had a higher risk of cancer relapse. This was not expected since the patients who had not received radiation has less-advanced stages of cancer than those who did receive radiation.

Shin-Je Ghim, assistant professor, oncology, has been invited to talk about how she built her research career and its importance to Louisville at the inaugural meeting of The Greater Louisville International Professionals group Nov. 19. Among other things, Ghim is co-inventor of the Gardasil human papillomavirus vaccine.

Eva Markham, assistant professor, pediatrics, presented to Grandparents Raising Grandchildren group at Cane Run Neighborhood Place on "Child Behavior Problems/Effective Parenting."

Shannon Staten, director, housing and residence life, presented to Hospitality Sales Association on "Where does time go?"

Gennaro Vito, professor, justice administration, was an invited panelist at the Northern Kentucky Law Review at the Chase College of Law symposium on "Race and the Death Penalty" Oct. 17. He presented a paper on "The Kentucky Racial Justice Act" that will be published in the NKU Law Review.

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