September Faculty/Staff Notables
A collection of campus-submitted faculty and staff notable activity in the areas of exhibits, grants, honors and awards, presentations, publications and professional societies.
James Grubola, fine arts professor, and his wife, Kay, have a two-person exhibition titled "Uranometria/Geometria" on display at the Jewish Community Center gallery through Oct. 19.
"Pony Express, revisited," a photographic exhibition by Mary Carothers, fine arts professor, will run Sept. 25 through Dec. 31 at the Frazier International History Museum.
Douglas Dean, Robert W. and Gretchen Rounsavall professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences, has received a Clinical and Translational Science Pilot Grant Program (CTSPGP) award of $217, 923 to fund a project that will use a novel method of inducing the expression of potentially regenerative stem cell-specific genes to stimulate retinal function. This has possible implications for patients who suffer from retinal degeneration, which damages the eye and can cause loss of vision. The one-year grant is supported by the Commonwealth of Kentucky-funded CTSPGP at UofL.
Theo Hagg, professor of neurological surgery; Henry Kaplan, Evans professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences; and Hui Shao, associate professor in the departments of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Immunology and Microbiology, have received a $196, 078 CTSPGP award for a project that will test novel drugs shown to be effective in reducing inflammation in both traumatic spinal cord injury and in-animal models of autoimmune uveitis - inflammation of the middle layer of the eye - in combination, targeting autoimmune inflammatory disease of the retina, optic nerve and spinal cord. The drugs were developed at UofL. This interdepartmental collaboration pairs two NIH-funded groups with translational research goals. The one-year grant is supported by the Commonwealth of Kentucky-funded CTSPGP at UofL.
Henry Kaplan, Evans professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, received a one-year CTSPGP award of $50, 000 and a Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation award of $50,000 which will fund a project aimed at developing novel therapies for age-related macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness in those over age 55 in the Western world) and retinitis pigmentosa (the most common cause of hereditary vision loss). The CTSPGP grant is supported by the Commonwealth of Kentucky-funded CTSPGP at UofL; the KSEF award will support the project for two years.
Michal Hetman, associate professor and endowed chair in molecular signaling in the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center and the Department of Neurological Surgery, has received a three-year, $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to fund a project that will aim to explain how the nervous system grows and develops. This knowledge may someday help scientists develop better treatment strategies for illnesses and injuries that cause damage to the nervous system. This project will provide an opportunity for students from UofL and from Northern Kentucky University to contribute to the research as part of a 10-week summer program.
Honors / Awards
Russ Barnett, director, Kentucky Institute for the Environment and Sustainable Development at UofL, will receive the Green Sparks Award for leadership at an Oct. 7 luncheon. The award goes to an individual or family living in Louisville Metro whose personal example, volunteer efforts and effective leadership have made a significant difference in the energy?saving attitudes and practices of the community.
Deborah Rattle, part-time practicum faculty, Kent School of Social Work, was named the Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers Kentucky Chapter.
The UofL National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) chapter has received the organization's Silver STAR Award. NSCS is an honors organization for high-achieving freshmen and sophomores. STAR status is dependent upon chapter program success, community service, member engagement and on-campus involvement. UofL has had a chapter since 2004.
"The Medical Side of Child Neglect" and "Medical Evaluation and Assessment of Child Maltreatment in Children Under Three Years of Age." Melissa Currie, associate professor, pediatrics, at the Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky Kids Are Worth It! conference, August 2010.
"Working and Not Working on Welfare: Employment and Job Search Experiences of TANF Recipients." Cynthia Negrey, associate professor, sociology; Gerard Barber, professor, Kent School of Social Work; and colleague Stacy Deck, School of Social Work, Spalding University, at the National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics, Los Angeles.
"Queer Rights: Do Ask Do Tell." Noell Rowan, assistant professor, Kent School of Social Work, and colleague Mary Swigonski, assistant professor, Monmouth University, at the annual meeting of the Baccalaureate Program Directors in Cincinnati.
"Dependent Judiciary." Luke Milligan, assistant professor, Brandeis School of Law, at Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) New Scholars Workshop.
"Statistical Modeling Applied to the Real World: Work Participation Patterns for Kentucky Welfare Clients with Work-Related Obstacles." Michiel Van Zyl, associate dean, and Gerard Barber, professor, Kent School of Social Work; and colleagues Stacy Deck, School of Social Work, Spalding University, and Barbara Slevin, Skill Enhancement and Employment Program, Opportunity for Work & Learning Center, Lexington, Ky., at the National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics meeting, Los Angeles.
"Endocrine Sequelae of Oncologic Disease and Treatment." Kupper Wintergerst, assistant professor, pediatrics, at the Fifth Annual Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing Symposium.
"Diabetes Mellitus." Kupper Wintergerst, assistant professor, pediatrics, at the Update on School Health Issues for Public Health Nurses 2010 Conference on School Management.
Ruth Huber, professor, Kent School of Social Work, is being honored by the Council on Social Work Education for her mentor role with doctoral graduate Peggy McGuire. The recognition comes through the CSWE Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education Mentor Recognition Program.
Toni Miles, professor, Kent School of Social Work, was invited to participate in a scientific summit meeting on "Diffusing Care Coordination Models: Translating Research into Policy & Practice," convened by the Gerontological Society of America in Washington, DC.
Sunday Courier-Journal op-ed piece on proposals to amend the Fourteenth Amendment, Les Abramson, professor, Brandeis School of Law.
"Understanding and Mastering the Bluebook, a Guide for Students and Practitioners," second edition, Linda Barris, assistant professor, Brandeis School of Law.
"Diadromous Drama," Bench and Bar, July 2010, Jim Chen, dean, Brandeis School of Law.
"Is Legal Education about to Change?" Bar Briefs, August 2010, Susan Duncan, associate professor, Brandeis School of Law.
"Copyright Corner: More about Public Performance of Music," Vol. 74, No. 3, Kentucky Libraries, David Ensign, professor, Law Library.
"Effective Legal Writing: The Straight Scoop on the Passive Voice," Bench and Bar, July 2010, Judy Fischer, associate professor, Brandeis School of Law.
"Acing Negotiable Instruments," West Publishing Co., David Leibson, professor, Brandeis School of Law.
"Legal Ethics in the Employment Law Context: Who is the Client?" Northern Kentucky Law Review, Vol. 37, Ariana Levinson, assistant professor, Brandeis School of Law.
Russ Weaver, professor, Brandeis School of Law, was re-elected as Southeastern Association of Law Schools executive director and program committee chair. He also serves on the Board of Trustees.
Ken Schickler, professor of pediatric rheumatology, has been named chairperson-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Rheumatology executive committee. His term will begin Nov. 1.
Ken Schikler, professor, and Kara Schmidt, assistant professor, pediatrics, were Honorary Rheumatology Chairs at the Sept. 18 Louisville Arthritis Walk. They were recognized for their efforts in treating childhood arthritis.
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