Hartjes Named a 2017 Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Clinical Associate Professor Tonja Hartjes, DNP, ARNP, has been named a 2017 Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. The purpose of the AANP Fellows is to impact national and global health by engaging recognized nurse practitioners to lead new initiatives and support the AANP mission. The College of Nursing now boasts four FAANPs.

Hartjes is the Track Coordinator for the college’s Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track. She is an active member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) and has served in several volunteer positions within the organization. Hartjes is a Content Expert for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner’s certification exam for the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She has served as editor for two publications, sits on four editorial boards, is an author and a peer reviewer for several nursing & critical care journals, and many critical care textbooks. Hartjes has 30 years of ICU experience, which has focused on surgical critical care and palliative care. She has worked in many different capacities such as staff nurse, Nurse Manager, Clinical Nurse Educator, Clinical Nurse Specialist and ARNP. She has worked as Clinical Faculty with the University of Florida since 2005.

The FAANP program provides a forum to extend and enhance Fellows’ efforts to mentor and to facilitate leadership development of nurse practitioners. AANP Fellows are leaders whose scholarly and forward-thinking contributions have led to meaningful improvements to health care.

Kelly Accepted as Full Member of American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation

Assistant Professor Debra Lynch Kelly, PhD, RN, was recently accepted as a full member of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation.  Founded in 1993, the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation is an international professional membership association of more than 2,200 physicians, investigators and other health care professionals from more than 45 countries. Kelly is the only nurse who holds full status in this prestigious professional organization of over 2,200 members.

Kelly’s primary focus of research is in the area of biobehavioral responses to distressing symptoms of chronic illness with a population focus in oncology. Her currently funded research involves biological mechanisms such as the gut microbiota, metabolites, and mitochondrial dysfunction of cancer-related symptoms (CRS).

Dennis Kramer Selected as a Fellow to the Federal Office of Evaluation Sciences (OES) for 2017-2018

Dennis Kramer, co-director of the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Florida College of Education, has been selected as a fellow to the federal Office of Evaluation Sciences (OES) for 2017-18. He will join an interdisciplinary team of fellows and applied researchers from universities,  government agencies and research organizations to improve the way the government serves the public.

Kramer will spend the upcoming academic year through the summer of 2018 in Washington, D.C., conducting research. While projects are not solidified yet, Kramer expects his work to focus on federal student aid and strengthening links between federal programs in education, housing and health.

“As an OES fellow, I will have the opportunity to directly translate research in policy on a national level,” said Kramer, who also is an assistant professor of education policy at the college. While he serves as a fellow, Kramer will teach a graduate-level course in the fall and commute frequently between Gainesville and Washington.

“Working with OES will allow me to collaborate with some of the most talented scholars from a variety of disciplines. The work of OES fellows is truly making a difference in the delivery of essential services with federal programs,” Kramer said.

Part of the U.S. General Services Administration, OES says it recruits top talent and academic expertise from diverse fields to evaluate programs and develop evidence to make improvements in policies and programs. In 2015 and 2016, OES coordinated closely with the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team.

Kramer joined UF’s education faculty in 2014 from the University of Virginia. He earned a Ph.D. in higher education from the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia. He previously worked as the senior research and policy analyst for the Georgia Department of Education.

At UF, Kramer has taught Introduction to Education Policy; Higher Education Policy; Financing of higher Education; and Institutional Budgeting and Financial Management. His research focuses on the economics of education, the role of financial aid policies in shaping student behavior and the labor market, and the use of behavioral “nudges” to increase student achievement and assistant in educational transitions.

Religion Professor Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

UF Professor of Religion Bron Taylor is the recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture. He began at UF in 2002 as the Samuel S. Hill Ethics Chair and founded the world’s first graduate program focusing on religion and nature. In 2011, he was selected as a fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, Germany. He is the editor of the award winning Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, and he founded the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, and its affiliated Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, a quarterly journal, that he has also edited since 2007.

Dr. David Fedele Recipient of the Routh Early Career Award in Pediatric Psychology

David Fedele, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the College of Public Health and Health Professions’ department of clinical and health psychology, received the Routh Early Career Award in Pediatric Psychology from the Society of Pediatric Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He is also a 2017 recipient of the Excellence Award for Assistant Professors, presented by the UF Provost’s Office.

Fedele’s research explores the promotion of health among youth diagnosed with chronic medical conditions and their families. His current research focuses on pediatric asthma, cystic fibrosis and food allergies. He is particularly interested in how health behaviors, adherence to treatment regimens, and the child-caregiver relationship impact youth health and wellbeing.

IFAS/CALS Senior Lecturer Named UF Faculty Adviser/Mentor of the Year

The University of Florida honored College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) senior lecturer Monika Oli as the university-wide faculty adviser/mentor of the year. Oli serves as a senior lecturer within the CALS microbiology and cell science department. Oli was previously named the 2012-2013 Undergraduate Teacher of the Year for both CALS and UF. She is the only UF faculty to earn both teaching and advising honors from the university, according to records dating back to 2000.

One of Oli’s main goals as an adviser is to provide a holistic approach that focuses not only on a student’s academic successes, but also on his or her physical and mental wellbeing. This approach requires individualized attention and career planning. The success of Oli’s advising philosophy is best articulated by one of Oli’s former students. “She has an ability to see potential in people who are not able to see it themselves,” said Devin Bazick, now a third-year medical student at Ross University School of Medicine.

Oli’s door is always open to students. When walking down the hall of the microbiology and cell science building, it is common to encounter a line of students waiting their turn for her assistance. She has established a peer mentoring system to connect former students with current ones to share experiences and advice. As a testament to her achievements as an adviser, Oli received 19 letters of recommendation from her former students for the award.

In addition to Oli’s advising and mentoring award, the following individuals were recognized as CALS’ teachers and advisers of the year:

  • John Driver, assistant professor in the department of animal sciences, received the Graduate Teacher/Adviser of the Year Award.
  • Robin Snyder, academic adviser for the agricultural and biological engineering department, was named Undergraduate Adviser of the Year.
  • Victor Harris, assistant professor in the family, youth and community sciences department, received an Undergraduate Teacher of the Year Award.
  • Anne Mathews, assistant professor in the department of food science and human nutrition, was also named an Undergraduate Teacher of the Year Award winner.

Dr. Henry Frierson Receives the AERA Presidential Citation at the 2017 Convention

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) Presidential Citation recipients are selected by the President of AERA for distinguished service and/or significant contributions to education research.  Dr. Henry Frierson was awarded the Presidential Citation for his exemplary scholarly contributions to inquiry in program evaluation and educational psychology.  This honor reflects Dr. Frierson’s accomplishments and the recognition of the his peers. The AERA-wide awards are the highest honors that the Association bestows each year.  The Presidential Citation will be conferred at the AERA Awards Luncheon at the annual meeting on Saturday, April 29th in San Antonio, TX.

Dr. Carolynn Patten Selected for HERS Institute

Carolynn Patten, Ph.D., P.T., FAPTA, a professor in the department of physical therapy at the College of Public Health and Health Professions, has been selected to attend the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Institute, which provides a curriculum of leadership development to advance women to senior leadership positions in higher education throughout the ranks of faculty and staff. Dr. Patten will spend two weeks in residence at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania this summer.


Professor Tony Mata to be Inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre

Tony Mata, a multi-award winning director and current professor at the University of Florida’s School of Theatre + Dance, will be inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre April 21-23, 2017. Last May, Mata received the honor of being nominated to this non-profit organization of 132 members that bestows this national honor upon the most accomplished educators and professionals within America’s educational and theatre community.

Mata has directed, choreographed and performed in more than 300 plays, musicals, operas, and cabarets in New York, Off-Broadway and in regional theatre. He has been heavily recognized by the Hispanic community, having received seven Latin ACE Awards, including one for Best Director and another for Best Production. He is the recipient of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation and Directing Fellowship in New York, and was awarded Teacher/Scholar of the Year at UF in 2014.

Amanda Phalin Receives the 2016 Judy Fisher Teaching and Technology Award

Dr. Amanda Phalin, Lecturer in the Department of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate, was the recipient of the 2016 Judy Fisher Teaching with Technology Award. She was recognized for implementing a team-based, online simulation of international business called GlobalDNA, which replaced her final exam starting in the fall of 2015. The award is given annually to the Warrington College of Business professor whose teaching best exemplified the use of technology over the past year.  The full press release is available at https://news.warrington.ufl.edu/awards/dr-phalin-honored-with-judy-fisher-teaching-with-technology-award/

Joshua Brown from the College of Pharmacy named a TEDMED 2017 Research Scholar

Joshua Brown, Pharm.D., Ph.D., M.S., an assistant professor of pharmaceutical outcomes and policy, has been selected as a TEDMED 2017 Research Scholar. Representing corporate, academic and nonprofit organizations, among others, the scholars will help identify the topics, themes and speakers that will appear at the annual TEDMED event, Nov. 1-3, 2017, in Palm Springs, California. The Research Scholars vet nominations and select TEDMED speakers that represent high-quality and scientifically credible ideas in health and medicine.

TEDMED annually selects a diverse group of individuals that are passionate about the future of health and medicine to serve as Research Scholars. This is Brown’s first time serving as a TEDMED Research Scholar, and he was selected following a competitive application process. Brown joined the College of Pharmacy’s department of pharmaceutical outcomes and policy in November 2016, and his research interests include pharmacoepidemiology, drug policy and health outcomes.

CLAS Biology Awards

Every year since 1874, the American Academy for the Advancement of Science names its fellows for significant contributions to society and technology. In 2016, its 391 fellows included five UF faculty, three of whom are from the Department of Biology: and Prof. John “Jack” Ewel, Prof. Alice Harmon, and Prof. Robert D. Holt.

Holt, Eminent Scholar and Arthur R. Marshall Jr. Chair in Ecology, specializes in conservation biology and evolutionary ecology. He recently joined a team of nine scientists who have made a call to action to directly address extinction threats and loss of biodiversity caused by climate change. Their paper, published Sept. 9, 2016 in Science, outlines how wildlife conservation efforts need to be tuned to climate science and how averting a global climate crisis can save wildlife.

Ewel, professor emeritus of biology, refers to himself as “unsuccessfully retired,” having continued to work with UF Biology graduate students and postdocs while running a pecan farm. A former forester whose interests turned from classic forestry to tropical ecology and the human use of trees, Ewel taught for over 20 years and is “pleased to still be affiliated with UF,” he says. Remarking on the fellowship, he says, “It's a wonderful honor. When you're retired, honors don't exactly roll in over the door. It was very gratifying to receive that.”

Harmon, professor of biology and former chair of the Department (2009-2013) was recognized for her groundbreaking research on plants’ protein kinases and their physiological roles in calcium signaling. “I have wonderful colleagues and collaborators at UF and I’m proud to be Gator!” says Harmon. She was also recognized for her services to several editorial boards in her field. “There is nothing better than to have your science recognized by your peers,” she says. “I am thrilled and honored to be named an AAAS fellow.”

 Health Care Finance Journal Dedicates Issue to Contributions of Louis Gapenski

The Journal of Health Care Finance paid tribute to Louis Gapenski, Ph.D., by dedicating an entire issue to his legacy. An internationally recognized health care finance expert, Gapenski served on the faculty of the College of Public Health and Health Professions’ department of health services research, management and policy for nearly 30 years before passing away on April 20.

The fall 2016 issue of the Journal of Health Care Finance features more than a dozen research articles that are motivated by or related to Gapenski’s work. These include articles on organizational and environmental factors associated with hospital profitability; organizational characteristics associated with hospital financial performance; accounting strategies for hospitals; and public health finance.

Gapenski wrote the definitive textbook on health care finance, along with several best-selling textbooks, and is the author of a popular American College of Healthcare Executives self-study program in health care finance. His books are used nationally and internationally, having been translated into nine languages, and he taught courses and gave seminars at institutions around the world.

Link to full story: http://phhp.ufl.edu/2017/01/05/health-care-finance-journal-dedicates-issue-to-contributions-of-louis-gapenski/

 Dr. Somnath Datta:  Elected President of IISA for Year 2018

In November of 2016, Dr. Somnath Datta was elected as President of the International Indian Statistical Association (IISA) for the year 2018. The IISA is a non-profit organization with the key objective of promoting education, research and application of statistical and probability throughout the world with special emphasis on the Indian subcontinent. Dr. Datta has been involved with the organization for many years. As Dr. Datta prepares to join the leadership team, he will serve on the Executive Committee for the year 2017 as the president-elect. He will also serve the year after as the past-president.

For more information, please visit our website: http://biostat.ufl.edu/2016/11/29/dr-somnath-datta-elected-president-of-iisa/

Dr. Sara Burke Recipient of the 2017 American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award

In recognition for her contribution to behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, Dr. Sara Burke was selected as a recipient of the 2017 American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology. 

Professor Leslie Elin Anderson Awarded Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Professor of Political Science Leslie Elin Anderson has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her book project, Democratic Enclaves in Times of Trouble:  The Politics of Resistance in Nicaragua. The fellowship is part of the NEH’s $16.3 million awarded in this grant cycle.

“I have been studying Nicaragua since the mid 1980s, and I watched democracy rise and develop out of the 1979 revolution.” The coup, organized by the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), unseated President Anastasio Somoza Debayle in 1979 and ended the 46-year Somoza regime. The US financially supported the contras, an armed militia opposing the FSLN, but the Sandinistas continued to hold power until 1990, when they lost to pluralistic candidates. They regained power in 2006 and still retain power under President Daniel Ortega after presidential term limits were lifted and the threshold for election voting was lowered. “Now democracy is in decline and the nation is struggling to keep its democracy alive,” says Anderson.

Anderson’s book will examine the effects of the patchwork of pluralistic and rightist enclaves in Nicaragua throughout the Sandinista regime as a measure of how local democratic efforts intersect with regime-oriented leadership. “It feels absolutely breathtaking to have a major foundation like the NEH recognize my work and support it,” she says.

Dr. Derendorf from the College of Pharmacy invited to serve on a NASA Expert Review Panel

Hartmut Derendorf, Ph.D., a distinguished professor of pharmaceutics and the V. Ravi Chandran Professor in Pharmaceutical Sciences in the UF College of Pharmacy, has been invited to serve on an Expert Review Panel at NASA. The panel will review the Pharmaceutical Research Plan developed by the NASA Human Research Program’s Exploration Medical Capabilities Element Pharmacy Team. The plan details a research pathway designed to identify and develop a safe and effective medication formulary for future long-duration exploration spaceflight missions.

Joining Derendorf on the panel are five prominent researchers in the field of pharmaceutical science and medicine who will review the research plan and offer suggestions for achieving successful research outcomes. The panel will meet for the first time in March at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

 College of Medicine Awards

Dr. Laura P. W. Ranum Elected as AAAS Fellow

Laura P.W. Ranum, PhD. Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology has been elected as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which recognizes those who make distinguished scientific advances. Recognized for distinguished contributions to molecular and translational neuroscience, Dr. Ranum studies genetic mutations that cause neurologic diseases such as ataxia, myotonic dystrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Dr. Christopher E. Forsmark Receives the American Pancreatic Association Lifetime Achievement Award

Christopher E Forsmark, MD. Professor, Department of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition has won the American Pancreatic Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Peter J. Carek Recipient of the F. Marian Bishop Leadership Award

Peter J. Carek, M.D., M.S. Professor and Chair, Department of Community Health and Family Medicine, in honor of Dr. F. Marian Bishop, received the F. Marian Bishop Leadership Award presented by the Society of Teachers in Family Medicine Foundation.  The award honors individuals who have significantly enhanced family medicine by a sustained, long-term commitment to family medicine in academic settings.

Dr. Brenda Fahy Appointed to Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Appeals Panel for Anesthesiology

Brenda G. Fahy, MD, MCCM. Professor, Department of Anesthesiology through a unanimous vote by the ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) was appointed for a six-year appointment as a member of the appeals panel for Anesthesiology.  


Judith Russell Selected for 2017 Miles Conrad Award

Judith Russell, Dean of University Libraries has been selected as the 2017 Miles Conrad Award by the NFAIS (National Federation of Advanced Information Services).  Every year since 1968, NFAIS has recognized one outstanding individual who has made significant contributions to the global information community and the advancement of NFAIS' mission with the Miles Conrad Award. Named in honor of G. Miles Conrad (1911-1964), a key individual responsible for the founding of NFAIS, awardees are invited to present a special lecture to an audience of their peers during the annual conference. Throughout the years, industry leaders, innovators and pioneers from across every sector of the information community have enthralled conference attendees with their insights, reflections, anecdotes, and wisdom during the Miles Conrad Memorial Lecture.