Michelle Farland Appointed President of the Team-Based Learning Collaborative

Michelle Farland, Pharm.D., a clinical associate professor of pharmacotherapy and translational research in the UF College of Pharmacy, has been installed as president of the Team-Based Learning Collaborative, or TBLC. As president, she will be responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership for the nonprofit organization, and she will chair the steering committee and annual business meeting. The TBLC is an organization of about 1,300 educators from around the world who encourage and support the use of team-based learning in all levels of education. Farland is a certified team-based learning consultant and has provided numerous faculty development workshops, including a two-day team-based learning workshop offered annually at the University of Florida.

Linda M. Bartoshuk Receives American Psychological Society Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions

Dr. Linda M. Bartoshuk, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition in IFAS has received the Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions from the American Psychological Society, which recognizes senior scientists for distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to basic research in psychology. Dr Bartoshuk was selected for her outstanding contributions to the psychological study of human taste perception, and for advancing across-person assessments of emotional and sensory experiences. For a half-century, Bartoshuk has been the preeminent psychological scientist of taste perception. Her many important discoveries have transformed scientific understanding of sensory processing. Her contributions span multiple areas, including the identification of taste qualities and interactions, the discovery of supertasters, individual differences in taste sensitivity, retronasal olfactory integration in flavor and treatments for taste disorders. Bartoshuk also pioneered groundbreaking advances for accurate cross-individual comparisons of personal hedonic and sensory worlds. Finally, her tremendous leadership in psychological associations has inspired new generations of colleagues. 

Chris Hass Appointed American Society of Biomechanics Fellow

Chris J. Hass, Ph.D., associate provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs and professor in the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, has been appointed a fellow of the American Society of Biomechanics. He is one of two fellows nominated for the 2019 cohort and is recognized for his professional achievement, leadership and service as a top member of the ASB.

Hass has been an ASB member since 1999, when he joined as a Ph.D. student. His research on movement disorders, musculoskeletal coordination and motor pattern generators has been funded by The Michael J. Fox Foundation, National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

Stacciarini Named Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Global Affairs

Jeanne-Marie Stacciarini, PhD, RN, FAAN has been named the College of Nursing’s Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Global Affairs. Stacciarini has served as the college’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion for three years and has led the EMBRACE program, which provides faculty mentorship and research opportunities for underrepresented BSN students, since its inception.

As the Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Global Affairs, Stacciarini will play a lead role in carrying out the College of Nursing’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and global affairs for all members of the community including students, faculty and staff. Stacciarini will also represent the college both within the university setting and externally to increase visibility of College of Nursing programs and to ensure the promotion of diversity, inclusion and global initiatives. She will maintain her position leading the EMBRACE program and the co-chairing the International Nursing Student Interest Group, while also collaborating with the administrative team to ensure positive outcomes for  international and underrepresented students.

Victor Harris Receives Osborne Award from National Council on Family Relations

The award from the National Council on Family Relations is given in honor of Ernest G. Osborne in recognition of those who excel at teaching family studies and distinguished service to families. The award will be presented at the NCFR Annual Conference in November, 2019.


Jane Aldrich named fellow of the American Chemical Society

Jane Aldrich, Ph.D., a professor in the department of medicinal chemistry in the UF College of Pharmacy, has been appointed a fellow of the American Chemical Society, or ACS. She is among a cohort of 70 new ACS fellows who are recognized for their outstanding achievements and contributions to science, the profession and ACS. Aldrich’s research on analogs of opioids peptides has been continuously funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse for more than 25 years, and she has been the principal investigator of over $14 million in research grants.

Josh Brown invited to National Academy of Medicine’s Emerging Leaders Forum

The National Academy of Medicine invited Josh Brown, Pharm.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of pharmaceutical outcomes and policy in the UF College of Pharmacy, to participate in the inaugural, invitation-only Emerging Leaders Forum in Washington, D.C., July 17-18. The forum connected 70 emerging leaders working across all areas of health and medicine and related fields. The event aimed to provide a platform for identifying novel and inventive means of tackling difficult problems in health and spark transformative change in the field.

Dr. Joanne Foss Receives Commendation for Educational Leadership from American Occupational Therapy Association

Joanne Foss, Ph.D., O.T.R., FAOTA, a professor emerita in the College of Public Health and Health Professions’ department of occupational therapy, has received a Retired Educator’s Commendation from the American Occupational Therapy Association.

This commendation acknowledges exceptional leadership by retired occupational therapy educators who have demonstrated commitment to the advancement of occupational therapy education.

Before her retirement from UF in 2017, Foss taught undergraduate and graduate courses in adult and child development, pediatric assessment and intervention, and professional development for 28 years. She received several teaching awards at the department, college and academic health center levels, and has mentored hundreds of current and former students as they pursue careers in patient care, academia or research. She currently serves on the board of directors of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, a non-profit organization that provides certification for occupational therapy professionals.

Amy Blue to serve on Board of Directors of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy

Amy Blue, Ph.D., the College of Public Health and Health Professions’ dean for educational affairs and UF Health’s associate vice president for interprofessional education, has been selected to serve on the board of directors of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy is a non-profit organization that provides certification for occupational therapy professionals. The board offers initial certification of OTs through the national certification exam, a requirement for licensure in all 50 states. The board also protects the public through continuing certification of OTs and by monitoring continued education, ethical behavior and updated performance.

The board is responsible for establishing the strategic vision and management oversight for the organization. Blue joins 17 other board members, including Joanne Foss, Ph.D., O.T.R., FAOTA, a professor emerita of the UF department of occupational therapy.

Scott Powers Receives Award from American College of Sports Medicine

Congratulations to Scott Powers, Ed.D., UAA endowed and distinguished professor in APK, for receiving the 2019 Honor Award from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) at their annual meeting in Orlando, Florida in June.

The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to sports medicine and the exercise sciences.

Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in the physiology and biochemistry of exercise, Dr. Powers has published more than 270 research articles, book and book chapters, and his work has been cited roughly 30,000 times.

Dr. Powers served as vice president of ACSM and president of the Southeast Chapter. He has been an active member of the organization for more than 40 years.

Read more about the award and additional winners on the ACSM website.

Congratulations to the July Passport to Great Teaching Completers

Congratulations to our July Passport to Great Teaching Completers who traveled 1,000 miles in workshops and other Center for Teaching Excellence activities to earn their certificate!

Great Teaching for New Faculty Certificate:

  • Melanie Holton
  • Abigail Hernandez

Pamela Soltis named president of American Society of Plant Taxonomists

Florida Museum of Natural History curator, distinguished professor, and National Academy of Sciences member Pamela Soltis has been elected to serve as president of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists, a professional organization devoted to research and education in the field of plant taxonomy.

Soltis, Florida Museum curator of molecular systematics and evolutionary genetics and previous president-elect of the society, was elected for a year term starting in August. She will take office after the society’s annual meeting July 27-31 in Tucson, Arizona.

“I want to help enhance the value of herbarium collections that so many members of the society curate,” Soltis said. “We’ve seen an increase in funding and support for collections and I don’t want that to dwindle.”

Soltis, who joined the American Society of Plant Taxonomists in 1982, said she has seen increased efforts to make the sciences more welcoming to all, an endeavor she hopes to build on as president.

“In recent years we’ve seen a greater emphasis on reaching out to women in science, people of color and LGBTQ communities and other under-represented communities,” Soltis said. “Enhancing representation makes the plant sciences more inclusive and everyone benefits from that.”

Four UF Faculty Win White House Honors

Four University of Florida faculty members have been recognized with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, or PECASE, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on outstanding early-career scientists and engineers.

Established in 1996, the award acknowledges the contributions scientists and engineers have made to the advancement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics research as well as to community service as demonstrated by scientific leadership, public education and community outreach.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy coordinates the PECASE with participating departments and agencies.

David Clark, an associate professor in the Department of Aging and Geriatric Research, was nominated by the Department of Veterans Affairs for his work on mobility function in people with neurological impairments, including the elderly and stroke or spinal injury patients.

Domenic Forte, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was nominated by the Department of Defense for his work on counterfeit electronics detection and avoidance.

Aysegul Gunduz, an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, was nominated by the National Science Foundation for her work on developing smarter therapeutic deep brain stimulation that can adapt to the current pathological state of the brain in humans with neuropsychiatric disorders.

Maitane Olabarrieta, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering, was nominated by NSF for her work on improving numerical models used to predict coastal change, erosion and flooding.

Maddy Coy and Colleagues Lead 1st International Conference on Faculty and Staff Sexual Misconduct

Dr. Maddy Coy (Co-PI, UF), Dr. Julie Libarkin (PI, MSU) and collaborators from the UK and US led a highly successful international conference (June 30- July 2) focused on academic sexual misconduct research, policy and prevention. This conference was the first international forum to bring together international scholars, advocates, and survivors in order to share knowledge and formulated solutions for addressing power-based faculty and staff sexual misconduct. For more information, please see: https://facultysexualmisconduct.com/.

“This important effort promotes UF’s visibility as a key contributor to evidence-based policy, practice, and prevention related to academic sexual misconduct”, said Dr. Bonnie Moradi, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research.

21 UF Faculty, Graduate Students Earn Teaching Awards at National Conference

University of Florida faculty and students were recognized by The North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) for their excellence in teaching at its 65th annual conference in June at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Each year the conference offers the opportunity for faculty, staff and students from across the nation to share their scholarship of teaching and learning while recognizing leaders in the educator profession. UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) faculty and graduate students who teach in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) received 21 awards across four award categories.

“Teaching excellence is a top priority of the college and we are proud of our graduate students and faculty who regularly earn awards for their engaging curricula and dedication to our students,” said CALS Dean Elaine Turner. “More than 80 UF/IFAS faculty have earned NACTA teaching awards since 1990. It is an honor to recognize this year’s award recipients who make it possible for our college to deliver unsurpassed educational programs that prepare our students to address the world’s critical challenges.”

To see all the award recipients, please visit: https://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/news/2019/07/01/21-uf-faculty-graduate-students-earn-teaching-awards-at-national-conference/.

The Office of the Provost Announces the 2019-2020 UF Distinguished Professors

The award of Distinguished Professor acknowledges an exceptional record of achievement in the areas of teaching, research and publication, and professional and public service that is recognized both nationally and internationally.

Amy R. Mobley Receives Nutrition Education and Behavioral Science RIS Mid-Career Award

The American Society for Nutrition named Amy R. Mobley, Ph.D., associate professor and graduate coordinator in the Department of Health Education & Behavior, as the recipient of the Nutrition Education and Behavioral Science RIS Mid-Career Award supported by Abbott Nutrition. The award was announced and Dr. Mobley was recognized on June 9 in Baltimore at Nutrition 2019 hosted by the American Society for Nutrition.

Dr. Mobley is a nutrition educator and registered dietitian with expertise in community nutrition research and outreach specifically related to nutrition education and obesity prevention. Her research goal is to better understand the multiple influences on dietary behavior and to develop corresponding interventions to improve health, especially in underserved populations.

Yongpei Guan Named an Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE) Fellow

Yongpei Guan, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISE) at the University of Florida, has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE). Guan has been recognized for his significant contributions to the industrial & systems engineering discipline.

The Fellow award is the highest classification of IISE membership. Each year, the Society selects up to 20 outstanding leaders in ISE, who have achieved nationally recognized accomplishments in their career. 

Guan’s research contributions in methodology innovations for data-driven risk-averse stochastic optimization, and modeling innovations and algorithm developments for energy systems operations has led to multiple award recognitions, such as an NSF Career Award in 2008 and an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 2010. Currently, Guan is working with Midcontinent Independent System Operator, a non-profit company that provides electric power transmission systems that monitors multi-state electric grids, on optimal use of over 1,400 power generators.

Emily Sessa Awarded Botanical Society of America Emerging Leader Award

Dr. Sessa’s research is focused on understanding the evolutionary processes that shape plant diversity with a major focus on fern systematics and phylogenetics. To this end, she has published more than 40 peer-reviewed publications on these topics with significant contributions to our understanding of Dryopteris phylogenetics and systematics as well as plant biogeography. Emily also studies plant physiology and is among the few researchers to genuinely combine physiology, genomics, and phylogenetics in her analyses of drought tolerance in fern gametophytes and sporophytes. At the heart of her research is the question, “what ecological and evolutionary processes have generated, and help to maintain, fern diversity on Earth?” 

Dr. Sessa has been described as one of the brightest botanical stars of her generation by her colleagues and is already an active leader in the botanical research community. She has served as an editor or associate editor for the American Fern Journal and the American Journal of Botany, as Communications Coordinator for the American Society of Plant Taxonomists and was recently elected as the next Director at Large for Publications on the BSA Board. Over the past 24 months, Emily has delivered 13 invited seminars and lectures. She has also mentored more than 12 undergraduate students, four graduate students, and two postdoctoral researchers. 

Her latest teaching endeavor is a study abroad course on the Biodiversity of Southern Africa. Dr. Sessa will be leading a four-week field course in South Africa, Botswana, and Namibia that immerses students in field research and hands-on learning in one of the most botanically and biologically exciting areas on Earth.

UF Research Foundation Names 2019 Professors

The University of Florida Research Foundation has named 32 faculty members as UFRF Professors for 2019-2022.

The recognition goes to faculty who have a distinguished current record of research and a strong research agenda that is likely to lead to continuing distinction in their fields.

Read the UF News story.

College of the Arts

Maya Stanfield-Mazzi, Associate Professor of Art History

College of Dentistry

Marcelle Nascimento, Associate Professor of Restorative Dental Sciences

College of Education

Ester de Jong. Professor of Teaching and Learning

College of Health and Human Performance

Leonardo Ferreira. Associate Professor of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology

Levin College of Law

Berta Hernandez, Professor of Law

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Hai-Ping Cheng. Professor of Physics

Natalie Ebner. Associate Professor of Psychology

Michael Hofmann. Professor of English

Fiona McLaughlin. Professor of Linguistics & African Languages

Mario Poceski. Professor of Religion

W. David Wei. Associate Professor of Chemistry

College of Medicine

Shannon Boye. Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

Kelly Foote, Professor of Neurological Surgery

Benoit Giasson, Professor of Neuroscience

Joanna Long, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Duane Mitchell, Professor of Neurosurgery

College of Medicine - Jacksonville

Mark Hudak, Professor of Pediatrics

College of Nursing

Jeanne-Marie Stacciarini, Associate Professor of Health Care Environments and Systems

College of Pharmacy

Rhonda Cooper-Dehoff, Associate Professor of Pharmacotherapy

College of Public Health and Health Professions

Ronald Cohen, Professor of Clinical and Health Psychology

College of Veterinary Medicine

Rowan J. Milner, Professor of Oncology

Florida Museum of Natural History

Akito Kawahara, Associate Professor and Curator of Lepidoptera

Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

José A.B. Fortes, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Aysegul Gunduz, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Tanmay Lele, Professor of Chemical Engineering

Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Jeffrey Bloomquist, Professor of Entomology and Nematology

Stephen Flor, Associate Professor of Agronomy

Jiri Hulcr, Associate Professor of Forest Entomology

Matthew Smith, Associate Professor of Plant Pathology

Lukasz Stelinski, Associate Professor of Entomology and Nematology

Samantha Wisely, Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Warrington College of Business

Jay Ritter, Eminent Scholar in Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate

American Physical Therapy Association recognizes four UF faculty members

The American Physical Therapy Association has selected four faculty members in the College of Public Health and Health Professions’ department of physical therapy for national awards: Meryl Alappattu, Ph.D., D.P.T., P.T., Jason Beneciuk, Ph.D., D.P.T., P.T., M.P.H., Kim Dunleavy, Ph.D., P.T., OCS, FNAP, and Emily Fox, Ph.D., D.P.T., P.T.

Alappattu is the recipient of the Margaret L. Moore Award for Outstanding New Faculty Member. The award honors a junior faculty member who demonstrates distinct expertise and knowledge through scholarly activities, teaching excellence and commitment to the physical therapy profession.

Beneciuk has been selected for the Chattanooga Research Award. The award recognizes an author or team whose published work in the journal Physical Therapy presents an innovative study or a theoretical model and appropriate discussion of its impact on future clinical practice or physical therapy research.

Dunleavy will receive the Societal Impact Award for demonstrating compassion, philanthropy and a commitment to improving societal welfare through physical therapy.

Fox is the recipient of the Eugene Michels New Investigator Award, which recognizes physical therapists who have engaged in independent or collaborative research efforts within 10 years of completing their most recent physical therapy professional degree.

All four will be recognized at the APTA Next Conference and Exposition in Chicago in June.

Read more

Cottler Wins College on Problems of Drug Dependence Mentoring Award

For exemplary mentoring of fellow researchers in drug dependence, Linda B. Cottler, Ph.D., M.P.H., is the recipient of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence’s 2019 Mentorship Award. She will be recognized at the organization’s 81st Annual Meeting in San Antonio in June.  

“She provides her mentees with the time they need with her, regardless of the many other demands on her time,” said award nominator Catherine Striley, Ph.D., M.S.W., M.P.E., an associate professor in the UF department of epidemiology and one of Cottler’s former mentees. “To her, mentees come first. Many times, I have experienced her working late at night and early in the morning to help a mentee meet a deadline. She expects excellence, and under her tutelage and steady guidance, mentees learn how to meet the standard.” 

During her career, she has mentored more than 100 people at the undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral and early career levels. She currently leads two NIH-funded training programs: the UF Substance Abuse Training Center in Public Health, supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Indo-U.S. Training in Chronic Non-Communicable Disorders & Diseases Across Lifespan, supported by the NIH Fogarty International Center.

Shamika Dalton Receives Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award

Shamika Dalton, Associate Director for Public Services and Professor of Legal Research at the Levin College of Law Legal Information, has been awarded the 2019 Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award as editor and co-author of the book Celebrating Diversity: A Legacy of Minority Leadership in the American Association of Law Libraries, Second Edition. The American Association of Law Libraries’ Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award recognizes a significant textual contribution to legal literature.

Office of Teaching Excellence Congratulations the April Passport to Great Teaching Completers

Congratulations to our April Passport to Great Teaching Completers who traveled 1,000 miles in workshops and other Office of Teaching Excellence activities to earn their certificate!

Great Teaching for New Faculty Certificate:

  • Stephanie Leon
  • Jeffrey Pufahl

Great Teaching Certificate:

  • Anastasia Pantazopoulou
  • Kristin Joys
  • Jay Santos
  • Katherine Dorman

The Office of the Provost Announces 2019 Awardees

UF Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars

Dr. Elizabeth Bondy, College of Education

Dr. Mark Law, Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

UF Teacher/Scholar of the Year

Dr. Charlie Hailey, College of Design, Construction and Planning

UF Undergraduate Teacher of the Year

Laura Acosta, MS, RDN, CSSD, LDN, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

UF Undergraduate Faculty Advisor/Mentor of the Year

Dr. Marian J. Borg, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

UF Undergraduate Professional Advisor of the Year

Ms. Brittany Schambow, Health and Human Performance

Undergraduate Teacher of the Year

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Dr. Raelene M. Crandall

College of Dentistry

Dr. Donald Cohen

Dr. Alejandro Delgado

College of Design, Construction and Planning

Dr. Nam-Kyu Park

College of Education

Dr. Suzanne Chapman

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Ms. Kwailee Chui

Dr. Carolyn A. Kelley

Dr. Debra Walker King

Dr. Corene Matyas

Dr. Stephen G. Perz

Dr. Jason D. Portmess

College of Pharmacy

Dr. Stacey D. Curtis

College of the Arts

Lisa Iglesias

Health and Human Performance

Dr. Josie Ahlgren

Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

Dr. Pamela Dickrell

Journalism and Communication

Mr. Houston A. Wells, MAMC, M.Ed

Warrington College of Business

Dr. Alan D. J. Cooke

Sonia Rosetta Singh, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Undergraduate Faculty Advisor/Mentor of the Year

College of Education

Dr. Kristen Apraiz

College of Nursing

Dr. Leslie Parker

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Dr. Dale Pracht

Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

Sindia Rivera-Jimenez, Ph. D.

College of Medicine - Phase 1 Teacher of the Year

Peter P. Sayeski, Ph.D.

College of Medicine - Phase 2 Teacher of the Year

Shelley Wells Collins, MD, FAAP

Undergraduate Professional Advisor

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Brittany Hoover, M. Ed.

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Mrs. Amie Imler

College of Design, Construction and Planning

Ms. Sheryl McIntosh

College of Journalism and Communications

Ms. Meisha Wade

Alyssa Zucker Wins National Outstanding Mentor Award

Dr. Alyssa Zucker is the winner of the Florence Denmark Outstanding Mentor Award by the Association for Women in Psychology (AWP). This is a prestigious national award that honors “a feminist leader” who “continuously provides feminist support, supervision and guidance to undergraduate or graduate students in psychology.” The award was a surprise (to Alyssa) announcement at the AWP meeting this year. Alyssa was nominated by former and current graduate and undergraduate students and senior and junior faculty here at UF and beyond.

Bob Holt Receives Ecological Society of America’s Eminent Ecologist Award

The Eminent Ecologist Award honors a senior ecologist for an outstanding body of ecological work or sustained ecological contributions of extraordinary merit.

Dr. Robert D. Holt – Eminent Scholar in Biology and Arthur R. Marshall, Jr., Chair in Ecology at the University of Florida – is the recipient of the 2019 Eminent Ecologist Award. His contributions over the past 40 years offer major conceptual advances into the dynamics of how species interact and their ecological and evolutionary consequences of such interactions. The hallmark of his work is the use of relatively simple models to explore common but complex phenomena in nature. 

Throughout his career, Holt has also been a generous mentor and collaborator. The number of people with whom he has collaborated on ideas and papers is legion, and all tell of an exciting exchange and development of ideas with someone who truly valued the interaction. He has been particularly generous with graduate students, post-doctoral associates and junior faculty, many of whom recount striking up fruitful and long-lasting collaborations with him upon their first meeting. Holt’s career exemplifies that great science and great friendship can go hand-in-hand.

Three CJC Faculty Named on 2019 Pulitzer Prize Finalist Teams

Ted Bridis, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (UFCJC) Rob Hiaasen Lecturer in Investigative Reporting, was part of an Associated Press team that was named a 2019 Pulitzer Prize finalist in National Reporting. Tampa Bay Times editor Kathleen McGrory, a journalism adjunct professor at the College, was a finalist in the Investigative Reporting category.

Bridis, who joined the College in fall 2018, was previously editor of AP’s award-winning Washington, D.C., investigative team.  The series he edited provided “authoritative coverage of the Trump administration’s migrant family separation policy that exposed a federal government overwhelmed by the logistics of caring for and tracking thousands of immigrant children,” according to the Pulitzer committee.

McGrory, formerly a health and medicine reporter and now deputy investigations editor, and Neil Bedi, an investigator reporter at the Tampa Bay Times, were named finalists for a series of stories on patient fatalities at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.  UFCJC journalism adjunct professor Adam Playford was an editor for the stories.

The Pulitzer committee cited “impactful reporting, based on sophisticated data analysis, that revealed an alarming rate of patient fatalities following Johns Hopkins’ takeover of a pediatric heart treatment facility.”

Both McGrory and Playford teach data journalism at the College.

Martin Gold Named to the AIA College of Fellows

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated Martin Gold, an architecture Associate Professor in the College of Design, Construction and Planning, to its prestigious College of Fellows. Only three percent of AIA members have received this national recognition.

Gold will receive his medal at the Investiture of Fellows Ceremony at the 2019 Conference on Architecture in Las Vegas in June.

The AIA Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society, and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession.

Joseph Bisesi Receives Best Paper Award from the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Joseph Bisesi, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the department of environmental and global health at the College of Public Health and Health Professions, is the recipient of this year’s Best Paper Award presented by the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. The award recognizes the most outstanding paper published in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry in the prior calendar year. Of 350 published articles in 2018, society editors nominated 27 based on scientific impact, public and professional interest, comprehension, and experimental design and quality, before selecting one with high potential impact on the field.

Bisesi’s article, “The gut microbiome and aquatic toxicology: An emerging concept for environmental health,” covers two case studies, nanomaterials and hydrocarbons, with special emphasis on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, to illustrate how investigations into the microbiome can improve understanding of adverse outcomes. The microbiome has emerged as a central theme in environmental toxicology because microbiomes interact with the host immune system.

Ondrej Adamovsky, Ph.D., of Marsaryk University in the Czech Republic, and Amanda N. Buerger, a UF doctoral student in environmental health, will also receive the award as co-first authors.

Congratulations to our March Passport to Great Teaching Completers

Congratulations to our March Passport to Great Teaching Completers who traveled 1,000 miles in workshops and other Office of Teaching Excellence activities to earn their certificate!

Great Teaching for New Faculty Certificate:

  • Stephen Mullens
  • James Austin
  • Jaya Kolli
  • Laurel Lietzenmayer
  • Carolyn Hanson
  • Nicole Gerlach
  • Cody Howard

Great Teaching Certificate:

To learn more about the Passport to Great Teaching certificate tracks visit our Passport to Great Teaching webpage. For more information on our upcoming workshops visit the categories and activities webpage.

UF Physics Professor Clifford Will Awarded Prestigious Albert Einstein Medal

Clifford Will, distinguished professor of physics at the University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will receive the 2019 Albert Einstein Medal from the Albert Einstein Society in Bern, Switzerland this summer.

Will is being recognized for his contributions to physics and to Theory of General Relativity, including the post-Newtonian expansions of the Einstein field equations and their confrontation with experiments. A formal award ceremony will take place in Bern on June 6.

“Professor Will is joining an extraordinary group of awardees, and his prize is well deserved,” said UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean David Richardson. “He has made many important contributions to the Theory of General Relativity and is the acknowledged world expert on interpreting experimental tests of the theory. We are honored to have him in our college, sharing his knowledge, creativity, and spirit with the next generation.”

Will is the author of “Was Einstein Right?” in which he focuses on verifying Einstein’s theories through experiments. Will’s research on the observable and testable consequences of relativity, which includes gravitational radiation, theoretical analyses of experimental tests of relativity, and relativistic effects of massive black holes, has won him worldwide renown.

Read the full story here.

Interior Design’s Meneely Wins CIDA Award

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) named Jason Meneely, an associate professor in the department of interior design at the UF College of Design, Construction and Planning, a 2018 CIDA Award for Excellence Merit Winner for “Finding Virtue in the Virtual: A Values Driven Approach for VR in Design Education.”

The CIDA Award for Excellence Competition recognizes outstanding practices in interior design education. The competition is open to faculty members and collaborating teams at CIDA-accredited interior design programs.

CIDA’s Award for Excellence celebrates educators and collaborating partners who advance interior design education through their teaching methodology and student learning outcomes.

Michele Tennant Named a Fellow of the Medical Library Association

Michele Tennant, AHIP, FMLA, librarian at the Health Science Center Libraries, has been named a prestigious Fellow of the Medical Library Association (MLA). Fellows are selected based on their notable leadership, outstanding achievement, significant scholarship, and professional reputation. Dr. Tennant has provided leadership within MLA since 1999, when she acted as the Convener for the Molecular Biology and Genomics SIG.

Dr. Tennant’s achievement in creating the role of bioinformationist in health sciences libraries is one of her lasting legacies. She helped define what a bioinformationist meant for libraries, and has worked to educate the nation’s health sciences librarians about bioinformatics and genetics through continuing education courses she developed and taught, special sessions at MLA and other national conferences, and scholarship and research that she disseminated.

Dr. Tennant is one of four health sciences librarians to have won both the Estelle Brodman Academic Medical Librarian of the Year Award and the Lucretia W. McClure Excellence in Education Award. She also received the David A. Kronick Traveling Fellowship and the Donald A.B. Lindberg Research Fellowship from MLA. She has been a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals since 2005. The Special Libraries Association’s Biomedical and Life Sciences Division also awarded her their Distinguished Member Award.

Hui Hu Receives 2019 Sandra A. Daugherty Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Disease and Hypertension Epidemiology

Hui Hu, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the department of epidemiology at the College of Public Health and Health Professions and College of Medicine, is the recipient of the 2019 Sandra A. Daugherty Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Disease or Hypertension Epidemiology. He was recognized during the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2019 Scientific Sessions held last week in Houston.

The Sandra A. Daugherty Award is designed to recognize the role of junior faculty and to stimulate excellence in research by junior investigators. Applicants submit a manuscript or extended abstract and the winner is selected based on the scientific merit, quality and originality of the work.

Hu’s manuscript detailed his environment-wide association study of the geographic disparities in hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. The study examined a wide range of environmental data linked to more than 2 million pregnant women between 2005 and 2014. The study evaluated more than 5,000 factors associated with women’s natural, built and social environments, and identified more than 1,200 factors significantly associated with hypertensive disorders in pregnancy.

“Environmental exposures appear to play a critical role, both in identifications of pregnant women at increased risk of HDP and in determinations of potential target for public health interventions,” Hu said. 

Diane McFarlin Wins the Scripps Howard Administrator of the Year Award

Watch the announcement of Diane McFarlin’s award.

Diane McFarlin, is the dean of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications.  She has developed a strategic framework for the College, expanded interdisciplinary initiatives, established a central hub for professional advising and student services, increased research productivity through top faculty hires and increased funding, and launched The Agency, a strategic communication agency led by professionals and run by students.

McFarlin is active in state and national media organizations. She is a past president of the American Society of News Editors and has served six times as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes. She has taught at the Centers for Independent Journalism in Prague and Bucharest, and addressed the World Editor’s Forum on the subject of multimedia newsrooms. McFarlin has worked on behalf of numerous nonprofit organizations and launched the Season of Sharing charitable fund, which has raised $20 million to provide crisis funding to families on the brink of homelessness.

Plato Smith Awarded GreyNet Award for 2019

Plato Smith, Ph.D., received the 2019 GreyNet Award from Grey Literature Network Service. In recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of grey literature. The GreyNet Award is based on results from Conference Evaluation Forms, publication of authors’ papers in Conference Proceedings, the selection and republication of conference papers as journal articles, as well as other significant contributions by the recipient in sustaining the growth and development of the International Grey Literature Network Service. The award dinner will be held October 2019 in Hannover, Germany.

Smith is the Data Management Librarian at the George A. Smathes Libraries, with experience in academic research libraries, digital libraries, and data management. He received his doctorate in the field of Information Science from the School of Information within the College of Communication and Information at Florida State University, Florida’s iSchool, Summer 2014. From 2005 to 2012, he was Department Head for the FSU Libraries’ Digital Library where he developed, populated, and managed digital collections in the FSU Libraries’ digital content management system, DigiNole Repository, and electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) institutional repository.

Ronald Rozensky Named 2019 Recipient of the Raymond D. Fowler Award for Outstanding Contributions to the American Psychological Association

Ronald Rozensky, Ph.D., a professor emeritus in the department of clinical and health psychology at the College of Public Health and Health Professions, has been named the 2019 recipient of the Raymond D. Fowler Award for Outstanding Contributions to the American Psychological Association. He will be recognized at a ceremony during the association’s annual convention this summer in Chicago.

The award recognizes a member who has had made a significant and enduring impact on the organization and who has shown a clear dedication to advancing the APA’s mission. Rozensky is the recipient of several honors from the APA, including the award for Distinguished Contributions to Institutional Practice and the award for Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology. He currently serves as chair of the APA’s Policy and Planning Board. 

Nicole Gravina Receives 2019 Society of Consulting Psychology Award for Early Career Innovation in Consulting Psychology

Nicole Gravina, Department of Psychology Assistant Professor received the 2019 Award for Early Career Innovation in Consulting Psychology, from the American Psychological Association’s Division 13, Society of Consulting Psychology, SCP.

This award is reserved for consulting psychologists whose work is of significant impact during the early career years. It gives recognition for innovation in practice or research that is distinguished by its clear impact on an organization, its notable influence on the practice of consulting psychology more generally, or its clear promise for creating new directions in some area directly translatable to practice.

The 2019 award is in recognition of Dr. Gravina’s academic and practice accomplishments in terms of using organizational behavior management to improve safety in organizations, and the application of teaching and coaching methods that clearly have an impact on behavior. Along with clear measurement and rigorous methods of the evaluation of her interventions, the award committee noted Dr. Gravina’s ability to apply social science in a way that is digestible for the business audiences she serves.

Notably, Dr. Gravina evaluates interventions aimed at having a positive impact in three areas: 1) Increasing safe practices and reducing workplace injuries, 2) Improving performance and service delivery in human services and healthcare settings, and, 3) Developing leadership and coaching skills.  This work is an exemplar of translational work that has connecting academic research to consulting in applied settings.

Passport to Great Teaching Certificates Awarded by Office of Teaching Excellence

Congratulations to all of our Fall 2018 and January 2019 Passport to Great Teaching Completers who traveled 1,000 miles in workshops and other Office of Teaching Excellence activities to earn their certificate!

Great Teaching for New Faculty Certificate:
Corey McZeal
Ferol Carytsas
Jonathan Watson
Malika Ihle
Roxane Coche
Sujata Krishna


Great Teaching Certificate:
Ayon Bhattacharaya
Carrie Schuman
Diba Mani
Miguel Acevedo Torres


To learn more about the Passport to Great Teaching certificate tracks visit our Passport to Great Teaching webpage. For more information on our upcoming workshops visit the categories and activities webpage.

Dr. Nicole Paradise Black Receives Two Major Awards from the Academic Pediatric Association for her Achievements in Education

The Department of Pediatrics is very proud to announce that at this year’s Pediatric Academic Societies Conference in Baltimore, Dr. Nicole Paradise Black will receive TWO MAJOR awards for her achievements in education.

The first, the Academic Pediatric Association Mid-Career Faculty Teaching Award, which recognizes a mid-career pediatrician who demonstrates excellence and a commitment to education.

During her nearly ten years as the pediatric residency program director, Dr. Paradise Black has implemented individualized learning and new methods for research and assessment and evaluation, enhanced the role of simulation in resident and fellow learning, and facilitated improvements in board pass rates and fellowship placement.

The second award, the Academic Pediatric Association Teaching Program Award, is presented to the Advancing Pediatric Educator Excellence (APEX) Teaching Program.  Dr. Paradise Black has played a leadership role in APEX since its inception. The program, launched in 2014, has graduated five cohorts comprising over 100 pediatric hospitalist educators, who represent an emergent group of leaders in pediatric education nationwide.

All at UF who have had opportunity to work with Nicole, know of the tremendous contribution she has made to our college, department, and trainees.  It is fantastic to see that all this wonderful work is recognized on the national stage!

Thomas Pearson Recognized for Exceptional Mentoring

In honor of more than three decades of excellence in mentoring, the American Heart Association’s Council on Epidemiology and Prevention has awarded Thomas A. Pearson, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., the 2019 Epidemiology and Prevention Mentoring Award.

The award recognizes professionals who have provided exceptional individual and institutional mentoring and advocacy for cardiovascular epidemiology researchers. Pearson will be honored during the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2019 Scientific Sessions held next month in Houston.

A professor in the department of epidemiology at the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Medicine and director of the M.D.-Ph.D. program, Pearson’s research has focused on cardiovascular epidemiology, clinical lipidology and precision public health. His work has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for 35 years.

Over the course of his career, Pearson has served as the program director for six institutional NIH T32 training grants, including a current program in genomic medicine, co-directed with Julie Johnson, Ph.D., dean and distinguished professor at the UF College of Pharmacy. He has also served as chief mentor for 14 NIH career development awards, and mentored 67 professionals who hold positions in academia and industry.

As director of the UF Clinical and Translational Science Translational Workforce Development Program, Pearson has been instrumental in growing the Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s KL2 Training Grant program, which provides financial support and research training for junior faculty. Under his leadership, the university has significantly increased the number of T32 training grants, K award career development grants and NIH loan repayment grants, providing financial and mentoring support for doctoral students, postdoctoral associates and junior faculty members. UF now has what is believed to be the highest number of these grants in the university’s history.

“Tom is an exceptional person and always finds the best in everyone,” said award nominator Linda B. Cottler, PH.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.E., a dean’s professor in the UF department of epidemiology and PHHP’s associate dean for research. “He is a natural leader who wants to see every student succeed.” 

Pearson is a Fellow of the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Preventive Medicine and the American College of Physicians. He was awarded the Lifetime Mentoring Award from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in 2010.

Huan Chen Receives 2019 McGraw-Hill Distinguished Scholar Award

Huan ChenUniversity of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Advertising assistant professor, will receive a McGraw-Hill Distinguished Scholar Award at the 2019 Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference (EQRC) on Feb. 25-26 in Las Vegas.

The sixth annual awards recognize quality scholarship among EQRC participants and encourage able scholars to continue participating in the conference. The judging committee reviewed award candidates on their longstanding conference participation, research conference presentations, journal publications and other scholarly contributions to their respective fields.  Each year three or four conference attendees are selected for the honor.

Chen’s academic research includes new media and advertising, product placement, international and cross-cultural advertising, and social media and health communication. She has published more than 30 referred journal articles, one book and four book chapters.

Peihua Qiu’s Work Selected for 60th Anniversary Edition of the Journal Technometrics

A paper authored by Dr. Peihua Qiu, a professor and chair of the department of biostatistics at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Medicine, was among 35 selected by the journal Technometrics for inclusion in a special 60th anniversary edition of the journal. Technometrics is the official journal of the American Society for Quality and the American Statistical Association.

The anniversary issue included classic articles that represent the most influential papers published over the journal’s six decades. Editor-in-chief Dr. Daniel Apley described the concepts in these papers as “the bedrock of statistical methods and tools used by practitioners in the physical, chemical, engineering and information sciences.”

The paper by Dr. Qiu and co-authors Dr. Changliang Zou and Dr. Zhaojun Wang is titled “Nonparametric profile monitoring by mixed effects modelling,” and was originally published in 2010. The paper suggested a flexible statistical method for sequentially monitoring nonparametric profiles over time, and it has become a standard reference in the related research area.

Dr. Jalie Tucker Receives Betty Ford Award

Dr. Jalie Tucker, Professor and Chair, UF Department of Health Education and Behavior in the College of Health & Human Performance, received the prestigious Betty Ford Award from the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) at the association’s November 2018 conference in San Francisco. The award is given in honor of former First Lady Betty Ford, a visionary who transformed her difficulties with substance abuse into great benefit for the common good. It recognizes an individual who has made a significant impact on the field of substance abuse, particularly with regard to women’s issues. Dr. Tucker led the adoption of a public health approach to substance use disorders (SUDS) and has extensively studied help-seeking and natural recovery without treatment. Going beyond the clinical arena is important because most people with SUDs, particularly women, never enter treatment. Dr. Tucker’s contributions to understanding and promoting addiction recovery were the focus of her invited award address titled “The Many Pathways to Recovery from Substance Use Disorders:  Contributions from Public Health, Psychology, and Behavioral Economics.”  Dr. Tucker directs the UF Center for Behavioral Economic Health Research. 

Daniela Oliveira Awarded Google Security and Privacy Research Award

ECE Florida is proud to acknowledge Daniela Oliveira’s receipt of a Google Security and Privacy Research Award. The award is a $100,000 unrestricted monetary gift which is in recognition of Dr. Oliveira’s making significant, recent contributions to protecting users across the Internet. Google specifically recognized Oliveira’s work in the areas of social engineering and phishing. The intent of the award is to further support her research in these areas.

Google recently released further details about the program and the awardees. The award program is relatively new, having begun as a pilot program in 2016. The recipients are selected via internal Google nominations and voting.

More information about the winners and the program are available on the Google Online Security Blog.

Juan E. Gilbert Named a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Juan E. Gilbert, The Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Professor and chair of the UF Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering, has been named a fellow of the Associate for Computing Machinery (ACM). Gilbert was recognized for his individual contributions to advancing the field of computing. He was 1 of 56 members named as ACM Fellows for 2018.

ACM is the world’s largest and most prestigious association of computing professionals. ACM Fellows comprise less than 1 percent of the association’s global membership. Selection as an ACM Fellow is based on professional experience and achievements, as well as contributions to the broader computing community.

Gilbert came to CISE in 2014, where he leads the Human Experience Research Lab. He is also a Fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science, and a Senior Member of the IEEE. Gilbert majored in systems analysis at Miami University in Ohio. He also obtained computer science degrees at the University of Cincinnati, earning his master’s degree in 1995 and his Ph.D. in 2000.

“Being an ACM Fellow is a significant honor for CISE and me, personally,” Gilbert said. “This is an acknowledgment of excellence in the field by our peers. I am extremely honored to be named an ACM Fellow and it reflects on our efforts to do research that impacts society.”

Gilbert is the inventor of Prime III, an open source, secure and accessible voting technology that has been used in New Hampshire since 2015 and recently in Ohio during the mid-term elections.

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Ahmed Helmy Named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Ahmed Helmy, Ph.D., a professor and graduate coordinator at the UF Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering, has been named a 2019 fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Helmy was recognized for his contributions to routing protocol design and mobility modeling.

IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this elevation. Each year, following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE Fellow Committee recommends a group of recipients to become Fellows. Less than 0.1 percent of voting members are selected annually.

“This is the highest honor by the biggest professional community in my field. This means that the work done by my group has had a great impact, and hopefully, will continue to have an impact in the future,” Helmy said. “I plan to increase my research activity to reach new heights and solve societal problems to improve people’s lives.”

Helmy has been instrumental in the design and implementation of the Internet standard for IP multicast routing, PIM-SM, and he was a key researcher on the widely used network simulator, NS-2.

Before joining UF in 2006, Helmy was a faculty member at the USC Viterbi Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, where he founded and directed the Wireless & Sensor Networks Lab. He is currently the director of the mobile networking laboratory at CISE. In 2002, he received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award for his research on resource discovery and mobility modeling in large-scale wireless networks. He is a Distinguished Scientist of the Association for Computing Machinery.

Helmy’s research interests include design, analysis and measurement of wireless adhoc, sensor and mobile social networks, mobility modeling, multicast protocols, IP mobility and network simulation. He has published over 250 journal articles, conference papers and posters, and book chapters, and has over 14,500 citations for these publications.

Helmy joins six other IEEE Fellows in the department.

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Ravi Srinivasan Elected to the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC)

College of Design, Construction and Planning associate professor Ravi Srinivasan was elected to the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) for a three-year term ending in 2022. The NFRC is an independent, non-profit organization that establishes objective window, door and skylight energy performance ratings that helps consumers compare products and make informed purchase decisions.

Christine E. Schmidt named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI)

Dr. Christine E. Schmidt, professor, J. Crayton Pruitt Family Chair & Department Chair, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional accolade bestowed solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society.

Schmidt’s work in materials and cellular/tissue engineering has had a significant clinical impact on nerve repair and post-surgical wound care management. She is the inventor for 10 US patents and six foreign patents that have been licensed to four companies. Her research is the foundation for the start-up company Alafair Biosciences and the Avance Nerve Repair graft from AxoGen.

Schmidt has published 120 articles and is Section Editor for Current Opinion in Biomedical Engineering. She is the current President of the American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering (AIMBE). She is a Fellow of AIMBE, the Biomedical Engineering Society, and the American Society for the Advancement of Science, as well as a Fellow of Biomaterials Science and Engineering of the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering.

The theme for the Eighth Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Inventors is “Connecting the Innovation Community” and will be held April 10-11, 2019 at the JW Marriott Galleria in Houston, Texas.

The National Academy of Inventors is a member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with over 4,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 250 institutions worldwide.

Brad E. Hoffman, PhD receives Scientific Researcher Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Department of Pediatrics, Associate Professor Brad E. Hoffman, PhD received the Scientific Researcher Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at the MS Breakthroughs event  held in Jacksonville. The award recognizes an outstanding scientist with distinguished MS research. Dr. Hoffman is a cellular immunologist investigating the use of adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene therapy to treat autoimmune disease. Earlier this year, Dr. Hoffman published an innovative gene-immunotherapy that can lead to regression of MS in animal models. For more information, please visit the Hoffman Lab website.

Christine E. Schmidt receives 2019 Clemson Award for Applied Research

Dr. Christine E. Schmidt, professor, J. Crayton Pruitt Family Chair & Department Chair, has been awarded the 2019 Clemson Award for Applied Research from the Society for Biomaterials.

Clemson Awards are given in honor of the strong traditional ties between the Society for Biomaterials and Clemson University that have existed since 1974. Awardees are selected by the Society for Biomaterials Awards, Ceremonies and Nominations Committee and confirmed by the President of Clemson University.

Schmidt was cited for “her development of a useful device or material which has achieved widespread usage or acceptance, or expanded knowledge of biomaterials/host tissue relationships which have received widespread acceptance and resulted in improvements in the clinical management of disease.”

Schmidt’s research is focused on engineering novel materials and therapeutic systems to stimulate damaged peripheral and spinal neurons to regenerate. Her transformative work on nerve regeneration has spanned more than a decade, crossing interdisciplinary research, and has made its way into the marketplace.

“Throughout her career, Christine has had tremendous impact in the field of biomaterials and neural tissue engineering. Her inventions have already had significant impact to improve patients’ lives, especially those with peripheral nerve injuries,” said Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Ph.D., Malcolm Gillis University Professor, Professor of Bioengineering, Rice University, who nominated Schmidt for the award.

The award for applied research is awarded to an individual whose accomplishments include significant utilization or application of basic knowledge in science to achieve a specific goal in the field of biomaterials.

For more information, please visit the Biomedical Engineering website

PHHP Faculty Member Elected to Delta Omega Leadership

Cindy Prins, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant dean for educational affairs and director of the Master of Public Health program at the College of Public Health and Health Professions, has been elected to serve on the national executive committee of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health.

Prins, also a clinical associate professor of epidemiology, will serve as member-at-large for the 2019-2020 term. The national executive committee is responsible for governance of the society, as well as advising on issues related to the society’s mission and management. There are more than 100 Delta Omega chapters with more than 20,000 members located at Council on Education for Public Health-accredited programs and schools.

Prins was inducted into Beta Upsilon, UF’s chapter of Delta Omega, in 2011. She has served in several roles on the chapter’s executive committee and is currently the executive secretary.

UF College of Pharmacy Associate Professor Rhonda Cooper-DeHoff Honored for Sustained Contributions to Literature

For her more than three decades of contributions to biomedical literature, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, or ASHP, Foundation awarded its 2018 Award for Sustained Contributions to the Literature to UF College of Pharmacy Associate Professor Rhonda Cooper-DeHoff. The award was presented Dec. 5 at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in Anaheim, California.

Cooper-DeHoff, Pharm.D., M.S., FAHA, FACC, has published more than 170 peer-reviewed articles during her three decades as an academic writer. Her research interests include pharmacogenetics, hypertension, metabolic syndrome and diabetes. She has published in some of the most respected medical journals in her field, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, or JAMA, Nature, Hypertension and the Journal of the American Heart Association. Among her most cited research articles was a 2010 publication in JAMA evaluating outcomes among diabetics with hypertension and coronary disease. This paper showed that in high risk population, lowering blood pressure too much can result in increased adverse outcomes, including death.

Almut Winterstein and Research Team Honored with ASHP Pharmacy Practice Research Award

Almut Winterstein, Ph.D., a professor and The Dr. Robert and Barbara Crisafi Chair of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy in the UF College of Pharmacy, was principal investigator of a study that received the 2018 Pharmacy Practice Research Award at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, or ASHP, Midyear Meeting in Anaheim, Dec. 5. The ASHP Foundation bestows the award annually to an outstanding original contribution in peer-reviewed biomedical literature related to pharmacy practice in hospitals and health systems. The award-winning research identified a novel risk score that uses electronic health record data to project the risk for adverse drug events in hospitalized patients.

Charles Widmer, D.D.S, M.S, Appointed to NASEM Committee to Develop Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Acute Pain

University of Florida Associate Professor of Orthodontics and Head of the Division of  Facial Pain Charles Widmer, D.D.S., M.S., was appointed to the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine, or NASEM, Committee on Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Acute Pain.

As a member of the committee, Widmer and committee colleagues will contribute to the development of guidelines for prescribing opioids for acute pain.

The group was formed on behalf of the National Academy of Medicine under NASEM, and will develop a framework to evaluate existing clinical practice guidelines for prescribing opioids for acute pain indications, recommend indications for which new evidence-based guidelines should be developed, and recommend a future research agenda to inform and enable specialty organizations to develop and disseminate evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for prescribing opioids to treat acute pain indications.

For more information visit the UF College of Dentistry website.

Tim Sorel Wins NATAS Suncoast Chapter Regional Emmy Award

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Telecommunication Associate Professor Tim Sorel’s film, “My Kid is Not Crazy: A Search for Hope in the Face of Misdiagnosis,” has won a National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Suncoast Chapter Regional Emmy Award in the Topical Documentary category.

Anita Stephen, Receives 2018 Nurse's Touch Award

College of Nursing Clinical Assistant Professor Anita Stephen, MSN, RN, CNL, is the recipient of a 2018 Nurse's Touch Award from ATI Nursing Education. This award recognizes outstanding educators for advancing professional and interpersonal skills in nursing education programs. Stephen manages simulation scenarios for BSN students at the College of Nursing and was nominated for her ability to foster a comfortable and collaborative environment where students learn communication and critical-thinking skills. Professor Stephen is currently a Ph.D. student in the UF College of Education in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on educational technology.

Denise Schentrup, Receives 2019 Nurse Practitioner State Award for Excellence

College of Nursing Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs Denise Schentrup, DNP, APRN, BC, is the recipient of the 2019 Nurse Practitioner State Award for Excellence from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Schentrup serves as clinical director and lead nurse practitioner of Archer Family Health Care, the College of Nursing’s nurse-managed clinic, where she provides quality, affordable care to individuals and families of the small, under-served town of Archer and surrounding rural areas.

USDA-NIFA Honors UF/IFAS Faculty with Prestigious Teaching Awards

Two faculty members with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences received Excellence in Teaching awards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) on Nov. 11. The recipients were honored with the awards at the 2018 annual meeting of the Association of Public & Land-grant Universities (APLU) in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Monika Oli, a UF/IFAS lecturer in the microbiology and cell science department, was awarded one of two national Teaching and Student Engagement awards. Kimberly Moore, a UF/IFAS professor in the environmental horticulture department, received one of six regional awards. Each award winner received funds that will be used to further support their teaching programs within the UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS).

UF continues to hold the most total (national and regional combined) USDA-NIFA teaching awards than any other institution. The USDA-NIFA recognizes 10-12 faculty members each year nationwide through its teaching excellence awards. Along with Oli and Moore, 16 additional UF/IFAS faculty have received these awards since 1992.

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William W. Thatcher Receives 2018 International Ruminant Reproduction Symposium Pioneer Award

The recipient of the 2018 International Ruminant Reproduction Symposium Pioneer Award, granted to distinguished scientists who have trained students and have made major contributions to the understanding of reproductive biology in ruminants, is Dr. William Watters Thatcher (Bill Thatcher), Graduate Research Professor Emeritus in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida, Gainesville, USA. The award was presented to Dr. Thatcher at the 10th International Symposium in Animal Reproduction held in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, on September 16 to 20, 2018.

Dr. William W. Thatcher is known worldwide for his contributions to understanding of the reproductive biology of cattle, in particular mechanisms controlling corpus luteum function, conceptus-maternal cross-talk during the early stages of pregnancy, the impacts thermal stress on reproduction in dairy cattle, hormonal manipulations of the estrous cycle to facilitate implementation of artificial insemination in cattle, and the intersection between dietary fatty acids and reproduction in dairy cows.

Over the more than 48 years as a faculty member at the University of Florida, the work developed by Dr. Thatcher has greatly impacted animal production and has influenced how scientists think about reproductive biology and, perhaps more importantly, changed how producers manage reproduction in dairy farms today. His impact has extended to all corners of the world in which dairy cattle are raised to produce food for humans. The Pioneer Award granted by the International Ruminant Reproduction Symposium is one of the more than 20 scientific awards received by Bill Thatcher during his prestigious academic career.

Melissa Hyde Awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters from her Alma Mater

Dr. Melissa Hyde, a University of Florida professor of art history and a Research Foundation professor, recently received a Doctorate of Humane Letters from her alma mater, Colorado College.

According to the college, the honorary doctorate is reserved for alumni who embody the successful application of their liberal arts education. Honorees like Hyde are presented to the college community and are utilized as examples of what students can aspire to.

“It really kind of knocked me over when I got the letter,” she said. “It was completely unexpected.”

Hyde, who graduated in 1985, was also pleasantly surprised to find three of her favorite professors still on the faculty. One of the three, Professor Susan Ashley, was even able to attend the ceremony and write an introduction for Hyde.

“I graduated 30 years ago, and they’re still there,” Hyde said. “They were some of the most inspiring teachers I had, so it really meant a huge amount to me that they were supportive of this idea.”

Brian Ray Recieves Dean's Awards for Excellence in Writing

Dr. Brian Ray, Director of the Poe Business Ethics Center, received the Joint Forces Staff College “Dean’s Award for Excellence in Writing” for his co-authored paper Harnessing Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems Across the Seven Joint Functions.  The award recognizes senior military officers for excellence in academic research and analysis.

Paul Ortiz, Receives Prestigious PEN Oakland / Josephine Miles Library Award

Paul Ortiz, director of the Florida Samuel Proctor Oral History Program and associate professor at the University of Florida, is the recipient of the 2018 PEN Oakland /Josephine Miles Library Award for “An African American and Latinx History of the United States,” published by Beacon Press in the ReVisioning American History Series. Past recipients include Norman Mailer, Edwidge Danticat and Ta-Nehisi Coates. Ortiz will receive this prestigious award at the 2018 PEN Oakland /Josephine Miles Library Award ceremony to be held Dec. 2 at the San Francisco Public Library. Read the full story in the Gainesville Sun.

Ezenwa, Pieper Inducted as American Academy of Nursing Fellows

UF College of Nursing’s Miriam Ezenwa, Ph.D., R.N., and emeritus faculty Pamela Pieper, Ph.D., APRN, PPCNP-BC, TCRN, FAANP, were inducted as American Academy of Nursing fellows over the weekend during the academy’s annual policy conference in Washington, D.C. The academy is currently composed of more than 2,400 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy and research. Academy fellows include hospital and government administrators, college deans and renowned scientific researchers. Ezenwa and Pieper join 17 current and emeritus faculty within the UF College of Nursing — more than 30 percent of the CON’s faculty — who hold this esteemed title.

K.T. (Shan) Shanmugam awarded the 2019 ASM Award for Applied and Biotechnological Research

Dr. Shanmugam was awarded the 2019 ASM Award for Applied and Biotechnological Research, which recognizes an outstanding scientist with distinguished research achievements in the development of products, processes and technologies that have advanced the microbial sciences. The award consists of a commemorative piece and a $1,400 check to cover travel expenses to the 2019 ASM Microbe meeting, to be held in San Francisco, California, from June 20-24, 2019, where all ASM Awardees will be publicly recognized.

Dr. K.T. (Shan) Shanmugam’s research at the University of Florida, Florida Center for Renewable Chemicals and Fuels (FCRC) is focused towards metabolic engineering of bacterial biocatalysts for production of chemicals and liquid fuels at high yield and purity. His interest in metabolic engineering dates back to early 1970s with the demonstration of engineered bacterial biocatalysts that convert atmospheric dinitrogen to ammonia and export to the environment. In recent years, Shan’s research has focused on developing bacterial biocatalysts that produce ethanol, lactic acid, acetic acid, pyruvic acid, succinic acid, and alanine. He was also involved in developing an alternate pathway for fermentation of sugars to ethanol that relies only on native genes and enzymes for expanding the number of ethanologenic biocatalysts with innate properties that are important for industrial use. His metabolic engineering efforts are aimed at developing bacterial biocatalysts as a fuel to reduce petroleum dependency. Shan’s research over the last 50 years has made important contributions in the biomass conversion to fuels and chemicals, global gene expression and control, physiology of hydrogen metabolism in fermentative bacteria, and nitrogen metabolism.  He has published 164 research articles and holds 15 patents, but perhaps the most impressive aspect of his career has been transferring this science into the market place.

Susan Nittrouer receives Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research’s Editor’s Award

A paper co-authored by Susan Nittrouer, Ph.D., a professor and chair of the department of speech, language, and hearing sciences at the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions, along with colleagues at The Ohio State University, has been selected for the 2018 Editor’s Award, presented by the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.

The Editor’s Award is given annually to the most impactful works that meet the highest quality standards in research design and presentation. The team’s paper, “Speech Recognition in Adults With Cochlear Implants: The Effects of Working Memory, Phonological Sensitivity, and Aging,” was published in April 2017. It describes the results of a study that assessed language abilities in people who received cochlear implants as older adults, after years of experiencing hearing loss.

The researchers found that among implant recipients, working memory was only slightly worse compared with a group of age-matched controls with age-normal hearing. However, speech recognition sensitivity among the older adults with implants was highly impaired, suggesting that language abilities need constant updating through sensory input, Nittrouer said.

“Almost without exception, we will all experience some decline in hearing with age,” said Nittrouer, the paper’s senior author. “This study emphasizes the need for treatment so that hearing loss does not impact older adults’ ability to understand language.”

Nittrouer and the other study authors, Aaron Moberly, M.D., Michael S. Harris, M.D., and Lauren Boyce, will be recognized November 14 at the Researcher-Academic Town Meeting held during the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s annual convention in Boston.

George Christou Awarded the American Chemical Society 2019 ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry

Distinguished Professor George Christou has been selected to receive the 2019 Award in Inorganic Chemistry from the American Chemical Society “for his pioneering work in magnetic metal-oxo clusters and discovery of numerous single-molecule magnets, many exhibiting unprecedented physical properties important to new 21st century technologies”.

He will receive a monetary prize and certificate at the 2019 ACS national meeting in Orlando, Florida, on March 31 - April 4, during which there will also be a one-day award symposium in his honor. The ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry is given every year to recognize “…outstanding research in the preparation, properties, reactions, or structure of inorganic substances. Special consideration (is) given to independence of thought and originality.”  

Prof. Christou's research is in synthetic and physical-inorganic chemistry of the transition metals, and spans molecular nanomagnetism, bioinorganic chemistry, and supramolecular chemistry.

 Liang Named WHO Expert Adviser

Song Liang, Ph.D., an associate professor in the department of environmental and global health at the College of Public Health and Health Professions, has been invited to join the World Health Organization’s Guidelines Development Group as an expert adviser. The Guidelines Development Group is in the process of creating guidelines on the control and elimination of schistosomiasis, a tropical disease affecting almost 240 million people in 78 countries.

Liang is leading efforts in one of eight components in the development of the guidelines: assessing reliability of methods in the detection of Schistosoma infections in non-human animals. Together with 29 advisers from around the world, Liang is invited to participate in the Guidelines Development Group meeting in November in Geneva, Switzerland.

TRSM's Yong Jae Ko receives 2018 Sport Marketing Association Stotlar Award

The Stotlar Award honors exceptional sport marketing educators who excel at mentoring graduate students, contribute to the growth of graduate level sport curriculum and commit to help aid the professional development of their students. Dr. Ko was selected from a committee of his peers for this annual award. 

Dr. Ko is a professor in the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management. He has published over 90 articles in peer-reviewed sport management journals and made over 180 presentations in these areas. His research team received numerous prestigious awards for innovative research. He has done numerous consulting projects for a variety of national and international sports organizations and government projects. 

The Sport Marketing Association has more than 350 active members representing university professors of sport marketing and management who conduct leading-edge research as well as educate and advise hundreds of students who enter the sport industry each year.

Yuguang “Michael” Fang Awarded the 2018 IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Outstanding Service Award

Dr. Yuguang “Michael” Fang, Professor from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received the 2018 IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Outstanding Service Award for his exceptional service to the society’s flagship journal, namely, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, as the Editor-in-Chief from 2013 to 2017. The award was presented at the society’s flagship conference, IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, held in Chicago, August 27-30, this year.

The IEEE Vehicular Technology Outstanding Service Award was designed to recognize those who have made exceptional contributions to the society. Michael was selected due to his great effort for the service to IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology as the Editor-in-Chief. Under his leadership, the journal has gone through tremendous growth in both quantity and quality. During his term, the annual submission of manuscripts has seen over 20% increase, due to which the journal has expanded from 9 issues per year to 12 issues. The journal reputation has also been steadily growing. The impact factor, known as the popularity score, has doubled comparing now (4.432 in 2017) with that when he started his appointment (2.063 in 2012), and the eigenfactor score and the article influence score, known as the reputation scores,  have been steadily increasing. This journal has now been regarded as one of the top premier publications in telecommunications. For other information, please check the weblink at https://vtsociety.org/member-resources/awards-and-recognition/outstanding-service/

 Almut Winterstein installed as president-elect of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology

Almut Winterstein, Ph.D., a professor and the Dr. Robert and Barbara Crisafi Chair of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy in the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, has been named president-elect of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology, or ISPE. She was installed on Aug. 25, at the ISPE Annual Conference in Prague, Czech Republic. ISPE is dedicated to advancing the health of the public by providing a global forum for the open exchange of scientific information and for the development of policy, education, and advocacy for the field of pharmacoepidemiology.

As president-elect, Winterstein will serve on the executive board and chair the strategic planning committee. The committee will be developing a new strategic plan and overseeing a grants program that funds manuscripts relevant to ISPE’s mission. She will take over as president of the organization in August 2019, when ISPE’s membership meets in Philadelphia.

Vincent Lecours and Hannah Vander Zanden Recieve Early-Career Research Fellowship from Gulf Research Program of The National Academy of Sciences

Vincent Lecours and Hannah Vander Zanden are recent recipients of the Early-Career Research Fellowship awarded by the Gulf Research Program of The National Academy of Sciences.  These competitive awards support the development of scientific leaders at the pre-tenure phase of their careers who share interest in improving offshore energy system safety and the well-being of coastal communities and ecosystems.  Dr. Lecours is an assistant professor of Marine Remote Sensing & Geospatial Analysis in the School of Forest Resources & Conservation, and studies ways to improve marine habitat mapping methods for ecological and management questions.  Dr. Vander Zanden is an assistant professor in the Department of Biology and the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research.  The goal of Dr. Vander Zanden’s research is to address critical knowledge gaps about sea turtle abundance and distribution in the Gulf of Mexico by using biomarkers to track migratory movements.

UF Interior Design Team Wins Merit Status from EDRA

The University of Florida’s Department of Interior Design led a multidisciplinary team that received a national Certificate of Research Excellence (CORE) from the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) for an investigation of mixed-use learning environments.

The study, “Mixed-use Learning Zones for Millennials: A Typology for Bridging Learning from the Academe to the Profession,” was awarded Merit Status – the highest level given to the CORE projects.

The Interior Design team that completed this research includes Meg Portillo, Sheila Bosch, Jason Meneely, Candy Carmel-Gilfilen, Nam-Kyu Park, Maria Sanchez, Elizabeth Calienes from the Department of Interior Design as well as additional UF faculty and graduate students:  Abhinav Alakshendra (Urban and Regional Planning), Robert Norberg (The Agency) and Jessica VanderBiezen (College of Education).

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Manoucheka Celeste Selected as 2018 Recipient of the Diamond Anniversary Book Award

The National Communication Association (NCA) is pleased to announce the selection of Manoucheka Celeste, Assistant Professor co-appointed in the Center for Gender, Sexualities and Women’s Studies Research and the African American Studies Program at the University of Florida, as the 2018 recipient of the Diamond Anniversary Book Award.

The award is given annually to honor the most outstanding scholarly book(s) published during the previous two years. Dr. Celeste was recognized for her book, Race, Gender, and Citizenship in the African Diaspora: Traveling Blackness (Routledge, 2017).

Dr. Celeste’s award will be presented on November 10 at the NCA 104th Annual Convention in Salt Lake City.

Sherrilene Classen Receives National Award for Contributions to Driver Rehabilitation Research

Sherrilene Classen, Ph.D., M.P.H., OTR/L, FAOTA, FGSA, a professor and chair of the department of occupational therapy at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions, received the Scholar Award from the Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists at the association’s annual conference held in August in Richmond, Virginia.

The award recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement in driver evaluation, education, research and/or engineering. Classen is an internationally-funded prevention-oriented rehabilitation scientist who studies fitness-to-drive issues in at-risk drivers using clinical assessments, driving simulators, on-road assessments, in-vehicle technologies and automated vehicles.

“Dr. Classen is a dynamic and visionary leader and scholar,” wrote nominator Sandra Winter, Ph.D., OTR/L, a research assistant scientist in the UF department of occupational therapy. “She leverages her occupational therapy clinical background, and her knowledge of rehabilitation science and public health, toward the study of fitness-to-drive issues in at-risk drivers across the lifespan.”

UF Medical Physicist Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine awarded Bova, 68, the Edith Quimby Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in radiosurgery at its annual meeting on July 30 in Nashville. Bova is the principal investigator for the McKnight Brain Institute Radiosurgery Laboratory at UF. The award is given to members of the association, which is composed of more than 8,000 scientists who have made significant contributions to medical physics throughout their career.

Bova earned his doctorate in nuclear engineering sciences from UF in 1977 and co-founded the radiosurgery program, which conducts research on radiation treatments and surgeries, with Dr. William Friedman in 1985. He holds 13 patents for mechanical and computer systems used in radiosurgery, Bova said.

Currently, he and his team are working on developing and refining techniques for image guided neurosurgery, he said. This form of surgery displays images on monitors within the operating room to help guide the surgeons, according to the UF Department of Neurosurgery website.

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Fisher School Director named outstanding educator

Gary McGill, Associate Dean and Director of the Fisher School of Accounting at the University of Florida Warrington College of Business, received the Ray M. Sommerfeld Outstanding Tax Educator Award from the American Taxation Association (ATA) this summer at the American Accounting Association’s annual meeting.

The Ray M. Sommerfeld Outstanding Tax Educator Award recognizes, honors and rewards the outstanding contributions of a faculty member teaching taxation at a recognized academic institution. Recipients are recognized for their distinguished career including their work in curriculum and program development, superior research and teaching, participation in student activities, service to an academic institution, participation in professional activities, and activities which further taxation as an academic field of study and research.

“I am honored,” McGill said. “Many of the prior recipients of this award were valuable mentors and role models to me. To be recognized in this group is humbling.”

The award is chosen by an awards committee after carefully reviewing nomination packages submitted by current and former ATA members. McGill is the second recipient of the award from the University of Florida, with Jack Kramer selected as the awardee in 2001.

McGill has been with the Fisher School of Accounting for 32 years. He began as an Assistant Professor in 1986, became the Director of the Fisher School of Accounting in 2006, an Associate Dean of the Warrington College of Business in 2007, and was named the J. Roy Duggan Endowed Professor in 2012. He held the PwC Endowed Professorship from 1999 to 2012.

Professor Ted Spiker Wins 2018 Magazine Media Division Educator of the Year Award

Professor Ted Spiker, chair of the department of journalism, won the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) 2018 Magazine Media Division Educator of the Year Award. Spiker, a former head of the division in 2009-10, will serve as head again in 2018-19. Each year since 1980, the AEJMC Magazine Media Division honors outstanding professionals and educators in magazine journalism. The award alternates each year between the Professional of the Year and the Educator of the Year. Spiker is a former first-place winner of AEJMC’s Promising Professor Award. He won the University of Florida Teacher of the Year award in 2016-17.

George A. Smathers Libraries in Partnership with the Digital Library of the Caribbean Receive $231,093 National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Award

In partnership with the Digital Library of the Caribbean, University of Florida researchers led a collaborative project, which has been awarded $231,093 to host a weeklong, in-person workshop and five additional monthly virtual workshops on collaborative Digital Humanities (DH) and Caribbean Studies. The project is the Migration, Mobility, and Sustainability: Caribbean Studies and Digital Humanities Advanced Institute.

The lead researchers will open a call in October to select participants for the program. Participants will gain DH teaching experience and in-depth knowledge of how to utilize digital collections in teaching. The Institute will provide training in tools, processes, and resources for developing lessons, modules, and/or courses. Twenty-six participants will achieve: 1) acquisition of concrete digital skills and DH approaches for teaching and research utilizing Open Access digital collections; 2) participation in an enhanced community of practice for DH; and, 3) creation of Open Access course and teaching materials that blend DH and Caribbean Studies.

Laurie Taylor, PhD, UF’s digital scholarship librarian and the dLOC’s digital scholarship director, is the lead investigator, and is collaborating with the co-principal investigators, Hélène Huet, PhD, European studies librarian; Paul Ortiz, PhD, Director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program in the Department of History; and  Leah Rosenberg, PhD, professor of Caribbean Literature in the Department of English

Ji-Hyun Lee, Dr.P.H., elected as Fellow of the American Statistical Association

Ji-Hyun Lee, Dr.P.H., a professor in the department of biostatistics at the College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Medicine, has been elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.

The director of the UF Health Cancer Center’s Division of Quantitative Sciences and the Biostatistics Shared Resource, Lee’s research interests include clinical trials, group randomized trials based on communities, methods for repeated measurements, Bayesian approach and best statistical practices.

Prior to joining the UF faculty earlier this month, Lee served as director of the Biostatistics Shared Resource at the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center and as a member of the Moffitt Cancer Center. There, she served on the Protocol Monitoring Review Committee as head of Biostatistics Clinical Trials and the Scientific Review Committee as a statistical reviewer. She also founded the BIOS 101 course for cancer researchers at the UNMCCC and Moffitt. Lee has authored over 132 peer-reviewed articles, particularly focused in skin cancer, breast cancer and population science.

American Statistical Association fellows are nominated by their association member peers. To be selected, nominees must have an established reputation and have made outstanding contributions to statistical science. The Committee on Fellows can elect up to one-third of one percent of the total association membership as fellows each year. Lee will be recognized at the association’s Joint Statistical Meetings conference this month in Vancouver.

Florida Museum Curator Larry Page Elected Fellow of the American Fisheries Society

The American Fisheries Society selected Florida Museum of Natural History curator of fishes Larry Page as a member of its fourth class of AFS Fellows. Page was recognized by the 8,000-member society for his many years of outstanding contributions to the field, including leadership, research, teaching and mentoring, resource management and conservation, and public outreach. Page, who has been a Florida Museum curator since 2002, has more than 46 years of professional experience in the field of ichthyology. He also is the director of iDigBio, a National Science Foundation-funded project based in the museum working to digitize the nation’s biodiversity specimens. The American Fisheries Society will recognize Page during its annual meeting in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Aug. 21. For more information on fishes at the Florida Museum, visit www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/index.php/fish/home. For more information on iDigBio, visit www.idigbio.org.

Dr. Melissa Johnson Recognized as Prestigious Member of the National Collegiate Honors Council 2018 Class of Fellows

Dr. Melissa Johnson has been recognized as a prestigious member of the 2018 class of Fellows of the National Collegiate Honors Council! This distinction celebrates her many contributions not only to our organization but more widely to honors teaching, learning, scholarship, and leadership within the growing international influence of NCHC in higher education. 

Colleagues inducted as NCHC Fellows were selected by rigorous peer review after careful consideration of state, regional, and national honors leadership; generous participation in honors conferences; scholarly contributions to honors education; involvement in local and national honors professional development activities; evidence of outstanding honors teaching; consulting and other services to improve honors programming at varied institutions; and other important considerations that helped to single out individuals who have made a significant difference in the reputation and influence of NCHC and honors education on all of our campuses.

UF/IFAS Faculty, Staff Honored with Florida FFA Blue & Gold Award

The following UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences faculty and staff received the Florida FFA Association’s prestigious 2018 Blue & Gold Award during the state convention on June 13:

  • Chad Carr – Associate Professor, Department of Animal Sciences
  • Charlotte Emerson –  Director of Student Development and Recruitment, UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

The Blue & Gold Award is among the highest awards presented by Florida FFA. The award recognizes individuals who greatly contribute to the advancement of agricultural education and provide outstanding service to the FFA program.

UF/IFAS Faculty Receive Teaching Honors at National Conference

The following faculty with teaching appointments in the UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences received educator awards at the 2018 National Association of College Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Conference in Ames, Iowa:

NACTA Educator Award:

  • Larry Forthun – Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences
  • Victor Harris – Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences
  • Anne Mathews – Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • Matthew Sowcik – Department of Agricultural Education and Communication
  • Andrew Thoron – Department of Agricultural Education and Communication

NACTA Teaching Scholar Award:

  • Grady Roberts – Department of Agricultural Education and Communication

Excellence in Teaching and Learning with Technology:

  • Monika Oli – Department of Microbiology and Cell Science

NACTA Graduate Student Teaching Award:

  • Blake Colclasure – Department of Agricultural Education and Communication
  • Sarah LaRose – Department of Agricultural Education and Communication
  • Ruth Taylor – Department of Agricultural Education and Communication
  • Anna Warner – Department of Agricultural Education and Communication

University Relations Announces Winners of Research Promotion Initiative

University Relations is pleased to announce the latest winners of the Research Promotion Initiative. Each recipient will receive $1,000 to be used for his or her research. We encourage entries from all disciplines. For more information, including how to submit an entry, please go to http://identity.ufl.edu/rpi/

Dr. David Blackburn, Florida Museum of Natural History, “100 million-year-old fossil frogs in amber”

Frogs have been around for more than 200 million years, but glimpsing their early heyday is tough. Often small and lightly built, frogs don't tend to preserve well and are poorly-represented in the fossil record compared with many other types of animals. Now, a new study presents the oldest frogs preserved in amber. These fossils, from the same Burmese amber deposits that produced a feathered dinosaur tail a couple of years ago, also provide the earliest direct evidence of frogs in wet, tropical forests. While we often associate frogs with tropical forests, we haven't known how old that association is. These fossils show frogs have been in wet, tropical environments for at least 100 million years. The study names and describes this now-extinct frog species, Electrorana limodae. We have photos and CT scans of the fossils -- one is a good portion of Electrorana, the other three are hands and other body parts of fossil frogs that may or may not be the same species -- as well as an illustration of what it might have looked like. The study is forthcoming in Nature's Scientific Reports. Published in June in Scientific Reports.

Dr. Jonathan Bloch, Florida Museum of Natural History, “Oldest evidence for grooming claws in Euprimates”

Humans and other primates are unique among mammals for having flat nails instead of claws. But how we transitioned from claw to nail has been unclear. Adding to the confusion is the fact that some primates, such as lemurs, lorises, galagos and tarsiers, have nails on most of their digits but a special modified claw on their second toe -- a "grooming claw" that they use to pick off ticks and lice. Scientists previously thought these animals evolved grooming claws from nails. But a new study in the Journal of Human Evolution shows that some of the oldest-known primates -- dating back 56 million years -- also had grooming claws, meaning that it was a hallmark feature of early primates that has carried through to many primates today. Monkeys, apes and humans are truly weird for not having one. Why did we lose our grooming claws? One possible answer: because we have each other. The study's authors speculate that as we developed more complex social networks, we learned to rely on each other to pick our bugs off, rendering the grooming claw unnecessary. Published in June in the Journal of Human Evolution.

Dr. Stanley Dermott, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Astronomy, “The Common Origin of family and non-family asteroids”

Orbiting between Mars and Jupiter in the asteroid belt are hundreds of thousands of kilometer-sized asteroids, small primitive bodies that have survived since the planets were formed more than four billion years ago. These asteroids travel in various orbits that now form an intersecting web. However, in 1918, at a time when scientists had discovered only 780 asteroids, the Japanese astronomer Hirayama Kiyotsugu showed that at a certain time in the past some of these asteroids, which are now known as family asteroids, had effectively identical orbits. This suggested that they originated from an asteroid collision, because after shattering the surviving fragments would have remained in the orbit of the original body. We now have data on the orbits of more than 600,000 asteroids. Professor Dermott and his team have analyzed 200,000 of these. By demonstrating that the type of orbit depends on the size of the asteroid, the team has shown for the first time that all these asteroids, not just those belonging to a few specific families as previously thought, originate from the splintering of a few large asteroids. This transforms our understanding of the origin of the meteorites that have crashed to Earth. These meteorites, which are fragments of asteroids, allow scientists to study the composition of the known source bodies in the asteroid belt, and there are intriguing differences in their makeup. The new results from Dermott’s group show that these differences arise not because the meteorites originate from a large number of small source bodies, but from the evolutionary changes that occurred inside a few large precursor bodies formed in the infancy of our solar system. This gives us a clearer understanding of the nature of the primordial bodies that formed all the rocky planets in the Solar System including our home Earth. Scheduled to publish July 2 in Nature Astronomy.

Dr. Matthew Gurka, College of Medicine, Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics “Big Data Highlights Greater Obesity Burden in Florida than Popular National Statistics”

Obesity may be a more pervasive health problem for Floridians than current health statistics indicate, according to researchers at the OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium, which includes UF Health in Gainesville, Florida Hospital in Orlando and the Obesity Action Coalition in Tampa.  The study team reported an overall obesity rate of 37.7 percent–nearly 10 percent higher than the 27.8 percent obesity rate from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), a widely used national health survey. The researchers found higher obesity rates across all demographics studied, including gender, age, racial and ethnic groups and geographic regions. The study has been accepted for publication in Obesity Science and Practice. To determine state obesity rates, the researchers used the OneFlorida Data Trust, a database containing medical claims data and electronic health records (EHRs) for more than 12 million Floridians in all 67 counties. Our data are based on actual height and weight and are available in near real-time, which are two distinct advantages over surveys such as BRFSS. Estimates based on objective EHR data instead of self-reported surveys can help policymakers and other stakeholders determine how to focus their resources. This is especially important for obesity, since its associated health risks, including Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers, can increase health care costs for patients and put an increased strain on the health systems that care for them. Published in June in Obesity Science and Practice.

Linda Searby and Dr. Roger Fillingim establish UF as the Academic Home for the International Mentoring Association

Dr. Linda Searby, Associate Clinical Professor in the College of Education, and Dr. Roger Fillingim, Distinguished Professor in the College of Dentistry and Director of Mentor Development for the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) have recently collaborated on a successful endeavor to establish a partnership between the International Mentoring Association (IMA) and the University of Florida (UF). UF will serve as the academic home for the IMA. The mission of the International Mentoring Association is to provide networking opportunities and share best practices and research for the accreditation of mentoring programs and the development of mentoring relationships. Members come from diverse fields, occupations, and programs, including business, government, medicine, K-12 and higher education, industry, community organizations, and military. Dr. Searby has recently been elected as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Association. She is a mentoring researcher as well as a mentoring practitioner and trainer, and is the Co-Editor of the International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education.  Dr. Fillingim has been appointed as an Associate Board Member of IMA.  He directs the CTSI’s Mentor Academy, which provides training in best mentoring practices for UF faculty.

To celebrate the new consociation of UF and the IMA, UF will host the next annual International Mentoring Association conference, which will be held at the Reitz Union on March 11 – 13, 2019, with the theme: “Diversity in Mentoring Initiatives: Practice and Research.” Anyone who is working with a mentoring program on campus or in the Gainesville community is invited to join the International Mentoring Association and attend the conference. Individuals may also submit a proposal to present on practice or research in mentoring. For more information on membership or the upcoming conference, contact lindasearby@coe.ufl.edu or go to the website www.mentoringassociation.org.

UF Mellon Intersections, Research-Into-Teaching Grants Awarded to Four Interdisciplinary UF Research Teams

The University of Florida announces the recipients of its inaugural Intersections Research-Into-Teaching Grants, organized by the UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere and made possible with $400,000 in funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Awards of $30,000 have been made to four Intersections Groups. The four groups are:

  • Intersections on Ethics and the Public Sphere, Convener: Anna Peterson, Professor, Religion
  • Intersections on Global Blackness and Latinx Identity, Convener: Tanya Saunders, Associate Professor, Center for Latin American Studies and Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research
  • Intersections on Mass Incarceration, Convener: Jodi Schorb, Associate Professor, English and Affiliate Faculty, Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research
  • Intersections on Technologies of Space and Time, Convener: Betty Smocovitis, Professor, History and Biology

The groups will connect cultural, historical, and ethical inquiry based in the humanities to fields and professions including law, journalism and telecommunications, computer science and engineering, leadership and service, and education. Each awarded group has developed plans for research activities, such as studying common readings, hosting speaker series, partnering with community members for activities, and creating digital apps and other resources for UF students. The resulting research will inform the creation of innovative interdisciplinary undergraduate courses for the new UF Quest general education curriculum. Groups also will identify clusters of existing UF courses related to their research topics for undergraduate study and organize creative activities for students across these courses that engage them beyond the classroom.

To read more about these Intersections Groups see: https://intersections.humanities.ufl.edu/news_updates/announcing-the-intersections-research-into-teaching-grant-award-winners/

For more information on the Intersections program visit https://intersections.humanities.ufl.edu/​ or email the Center for Humanities and the Public Sphere at humanities-center@ufl.edu ​

UF Diabetes Institute Director to Receive National Honor for Research Achievements

Mark Atkinson, Ph.D., director of the University of Florida Diabetes Institute, has been selected to receive the American Diabetes Association’s 2018 Albert Renold Award for his impact in the field of diabetes research. Atkinson also is the founder of the Network for Pancreatic Organ donors with Diabetes, or nPOD, which he believes is the main reason he has been chosen to receive this award.

Until about 11 years ago, researchers used mice to find a way to prevent and cure Type 1 diabetes. They found about 400 ways to do so, Atkinson said, but researchers still have not found a solution for humans. “It got to the point where I just said, ‘There has to be something different,’” he said. Atkinson said he founded nPOD with the hope of curing and preventing Type 1 diabetes in humans by collecting and analyzing tissues from organ donors with the disease.

The network coordinates with practically every organ procurement organization in the United States to receive organs from donors who had Type 1 diabetes, he said. These organs are taken to the Atkinson Lab at UF to be processed, and the results are sent to investigators all around the world.“nPOD is one-of-a-kind research,” he said. “There’s not really anything like it.” In addition to founding nPOD, Atkinson has dedicated over 30 years to investigating Type 1 diabetes and has been published roughly 381 times.

Atkinson will receive the award at the ADA’s 78th Scientific Sessions, which will be held June 22-26 in Orlando. Atkinson said he is honored to receive the award and couldn’t have done it without the help of his UF and nPOD teams. “In this case, I’m really accepting this award ‘on behalf of’ because … it’s all the people that are doing the studies, publishing the papers and making knowledge gains that really make this worthwhile,” Atkinson said.

SECU/ALDP Fellows for 2018-2019

The Provost's Office is pleased to announce the selection of the Southeastern Conference Academic Consortium (SECU) Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP) Fellows for 2017-2018:

Dr. Sherrilene Classen, Chair and Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Public Health and Health Professions

Professor Darren Hutchinson, Professor of Law and Associate Dean, Frederic G. Levin College of Law

The ALDP mission is to identify, develop, prepare, and advance faculty as academic leaders in and for the SEC universities. By providing the knowledge and skills necessary for academic leadership, the Program will assist in identifying and cultivating the next generation of leaders within the SEC institutions.

The UF 2018-2019 ALDP Fellows will participate in workshops with other SECU/ALDP Fellows at the University of Kentucky, October 15-17, 2018 and the University of Tennessee on February 20-22, 2019.  In addition, UF’s Fellows will participate in local leadership initiatives that will familiarize them with UF’s organizational structure and relationship to other state and regional institutions.

The Fellows’ participation in this prestigious program will further enhance and support UF's educational and research missions, and be an important career development opportunity for these talented faculty.

Amy Blue Receives Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Southern Group on Educational Affairs Career Educator Award.

Amy Blue, Ph.D., the associate dean for educational affairs at the College of Public Health and Health Professions, UF Health’s associate vice president for interprofessional education and a clinical professor in the department of environmental and global health, received the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Southern Group on Educational Affairs Career Educator Award.

The annual award recognizes one individual from the southern region who displays evidence of a compelling record of educational scholarship for at least the past five years, ongoing educational leadership and significant involvement in enhancing educational programs at an academic institution, collaboration with others to enhance teaching effectiveness and the quality of educational programs, and strong professionalism values.

Blue has co-authored 100 peer-reviewed publications regarding medical and interprofessional education. Her educational research interests have included measures of professionalism in medical students funded by the National Board of Medical Examiners, and assessment and evaluation practices funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She has served in national leadership roles, including chair of The Generalists in Medical Education, chair of the Southern Group on Educational Affairs of the Association of American Medical Colleges, and was a founding member of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative.  She served as a member of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel that wrote the Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Report in 2011.

Laurie Nancy Francesca Taylor to be Awarded Caribbean Information Professional of the Year.

This award recognizes an individual member of the Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL), who has made an outstanding national or regional contribution in an area of the information field, as demonstrated by excellence in performance, leadership, research, publication or a combination of these elements, and the distinguished ability to share that knowledge.

Taylor leads development for socio-technical (e.g., people, policies, technologies, communities) aspects of scholarly cyberinfrastructure to support a culture of transformative collaboration for digital and public scholarship. She is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at the George A. Smathers Libraries at UF and can be contacted at laurien@ufl.edu.

She is also the Digital Scholarship Director for the international collaborative Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC; www.dloc.com). Her work builds and leverages socio-infrastructure that values and supports diversity and inclusivity to create and sustain successful collaborative scholarly projects and initiatives, further integrate libraries with research and teaching on campus, expand scholarly communications in service of public scholarship, and enhance broader impacts from scholarly work.

She is the creator of the Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age, Webinar Series 2018. The Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age is a webinar series showcasing digital and/as public research and teaching in Caribbean Studies. The series provides a collaborative space for professionals to share on projects and experiences to foster communication and support our shared constellations of communities of practice.

Her blog can be found at laurientaylor.org/. Information regarding her life work can be viewed at laurientaylor.org/curriculum-vitae-cv.

Alappattu, Bishop Receive APTA Honors

Meryl Alappattu, Ph.D., D.P.T., and Mark Bishop, Ph.D., P.T., both faculty members in the College of Public Health and Health Professions’ department of physical therapy, are recipients of national awards from the American Physical Therapy Association. Alappattu, a research assistant professor, received the Lucy Blair Service Award recognizing exceptional contributions to the association. Bishop, an associate professor, has been named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow, the association’s highest honor.

Alappattu Faculty Award PhotoAlappattu has served terms on the FPTA’s board of directors and she is currently in her second term as the association’s vice president. She also served as co-chair of the FPTA’s Task Force to Modernize the Practice Act. The group’s efforts led to the passage of important Florida legislation that increases patient access to physical therapy.

At the national level, Alappattu is the director of research for the APTA’s Section on Women’s Health. In this role, she improved the research grant process, led the establishment of a new grant opportunity and oversaw the transition of the new editor-in-chief for the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy. She also serves as a Florida delegate to the APTA’s House of Delegates, the association’s policy-making body. The APTA named her an Emerging Leader in 2015.

Bishop Faculty Award PhotoBishop is an international expert on musculoskeletal pain whose research examines mechanisms behind the transition from acute to chronic pain, and the influence of factors between providers and patients in shaping patient outcomes. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 articles in high impact journals and he is frequently called upon to present keynote addresses at meetings all over the world. He is the 2017 recipient of the FPTA’s Award for Scholarly Impact on Practice.

He has also received numerous state and national awards for his teaching, including the James A. Gould Excellence in Teaching from the APTA’s Orthopaedic Section.

Last fall, Bishop was invited to speak at a meeting of the Florida Senate Opioid Commission where he presented research on the role of physical therapy in managing pain and emphasized the importance of early access to physical therapy as an alternative to opioids for acute musculoskeletal pain. He is now working with the FPTA and their lobbying team to offer recommendations for bills in the Florida House and Senate that include provisions for physicians to receive education about the use of non-pharmacologic alternatives to opioids, including physical therapy.

Alappattu and Bishop will be recognized at the APTA’s NEXT Conference and Exposition in June in Orlando.

Joann Mossa Receives the Richard J. Russell Award from the American Association of Geographers

Dr. Joann Mossa received the Richard J. Russell Award from the Coastal and Marine (COMA) Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers on April 12, 2018. The Richard J. Russell Award is given in recognition of an individual's major contributions to the field of coastal or marine geography. These contributions may be in research, teaching, public service, and/or to the specialty group, but usually include a combination of these. The award consists of a plaque and complimentary registration to the annual meeting (http://aag_coma.homestead.com/files/index.html).

Dr. Mossa is a Professor in the UF Department of Geography. She received a Ph.D. in 1990 from Louisiana State University, specializing in fluvial and coastal geomorphology and river-coastal interactions. She was the first female Chair of the Coastal and Marine Specialty group in 1995-1997, and two of her female Ph.D. graduates Jennifer Rahn (Ph.D., 2001) and Heidi Lannon (Ph.D., 2004) have since served as Chairs of COMA.

Professor Matthew Jacobs Receives Faculty Achievement Award

Dr. Matthew Jacobs received the Faculty Achievement Award on April 20, 2018. The Faculty Achievement Award is given out by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to recognize a faculty member or advisor who demonstrates distinguished achievement in both teaching and scholarly activity. Those being recognized serve as models of excellence.

Dr. Jacobs is an Associate Professor in the UF Department of History. He received a Ph.D. in 2002 in U.S. History with a specialty in Foreign Relations from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

As Director of Undergraduate Academic Programs, Dr. Jacobs leads the implementation of the UF Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Learning without Borders, hosted at the UF International Center. Dr. Jacobs is also Director of the International Studies Program, an interdisciplinary major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Charlie Hailey Awarded Prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship

University of Florida School of Architecture Professor Charlie Hailey was awarded a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship. This exclusive award was bestowed upon a diverse group of 175 scholars, artists and scientists. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation’s ninety-fourth competition.

Hailey has written books that explore topics ranging from camps as contemporary global spaces to design/build education as a process of experiential learning. His latest book, Slab City: Dispatches from the Last Free Place, due out in early September, is a collaboration with photographer Donovan Wylie to study Slab City in Southern California. This joint research finds connections between autonomy, necessity and control in the well-known but often misunderstood informal settlement built on the residue of a World War II training camp.

Hailey is one of two people from UF to win the award this year, and is one of 22 Guggenheim Fellows who are currently at or recently retired from the university. The other 2018 recipient is Nancy Rose Hunt, professor of history and African studies.

Linda Cottler Elected to Board of Directors

Linda B. Cottler, Ph.D., M.P.H., FACE, chair of the University of Florida department of epidemiology in the College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Medicine, has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Association for Clinical and Translational Science.

The Association for Clinical and Translational Science, or ACTS, provides a platform for enhancing education, research and public policy related to clinical and translational science. ACTS members consist of leaders, investigators and trainees from academic medical centers, government, industry and philanthropy. ACTS focuses on four realms: research, education, advocacy and mentoring.

Cottler, the College of Public Health and Health Professions’ associate dean for research, is co-director of the UF site for the national ABCD study — a landmark longitudinal study of 10,000 10-year-olds. She also directs the NIDA Substance Abuse Training Center in Public Health and a Fogarty International Center Training Grant. As founding director of HealthStreet, a community engagement program, she facilitates representation of community members in health research. Her lab is focused on reducing disparities for health research and health services and training the next generation of researchers who have social justice as a foundational anchor.

Assistant Professor Alpa Nawre Wins the Unbuilt Designs Award

Landscape architecture assistant professor Alpa Nawre won the Unbuilt Designs Award from the Indian Society of Landscape Architects (ISOLA) for the Upawara Eco Sector Master Plan.

The jury noted this about Nawre’s plan: “Natural terrain, patterns of rural-urban fringes and the continuity therein was contemporized into a landscape fabric with judicious use of vegetation, water, movement and built form.” 

AERA Honors Special Ed Professor for Impactful Research

University of Florida special education professor Stephen W. Smith, one of the College of Education’s most prolific researchers and federal grant generators, has been chosen to receive the Distinguished Researcher Award from the Special Education Research special interest group of the American Educational Research Association, the nation’s largest interdisciplinary research group devoted to the scientific study of education and learning.

The award recognizes Smith’s body of research for its significant contributions to research, policy and practice in the special education field in a career spanning nearly 30 years. He will be recognized Saturday evening (April 14) at AERA’s annual conference in New York City.

Smith has focused his teaching, research and service on improving the education of children and youth in special education, particularly those with emotional and behavioral disorders. He has garnered more than $15 million in research and training grants funded by the federal Office of Special Education Programs, the Institute of Education Sciences and other national groups.

Since 2008, he has been a panel scientist on the IES Social and Behavioral Education Research Scientific Review Panel.

Smith perhaps is best known for his prevention science approach in studies on student behavior in regular and special education classrooms. One of his interventions, dubbed Tools for Getting Along, is a heavily researched, evidence-based curriculum designed to improve social problem-solving to prevent anger, aggression and chronic classroom disruption of upper elementary, at-risk students in high-poverty schools. The curriculum has been recognized as a top-tier, evidence-based intervention by the Rand Corporation, What Works Clearinghouse and the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

Smith is widely published and a frequent speaker and presenter at conferences and workshops across the nation and worldwide. At UF, he is the College of Education’s only two-time recipient of the prestigious UF Research Foundation Professorship, which is a three-year post recognizing a distinguished record of research and scholarship. He is committed to doctoral mentorship and frequently publishes journal articles with his Ph.D. students, and he has twice been named the college’s teacher of the year.

Delgado Selected as Inaugural Recipient of the Rising Star Faculty Award from the Academy of Operative Dentistry

Alex J. Delgado, D.D.S., M.S., was recently selected as the inaugural recipient of the Rising Star Faculty Award from the Academy of Operative Dentistry, or AOD. The award recognizes and promotes excellence in the pursuit of teaching clinical dentistry by early-career faculty, and was recently established by the AOD and is supported by the AOD’s Founders Fund. Delgado is a clinical assistant professor and the interim director of operative dentistry in the UF Department of Restorative Dental Sciences.

2018 Gies Award Winnner Comprehensive Training Program in Oral Biology

The University of Florida College of Dentistry’s Comprehensive Training Program in Oral Biology received a William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement (The Gies Awards) during the American Dental Education Association Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, on March 19. The Gies Awards, named after dental education pioneer William J. Gies, Ph.D., debuted in 2008 and honor individuals and organizations that exemplify the highest standards in oral health and dental education, research and leadership. Dentsply Sirona Inc. was the premier sponsor of the awards.

The Comprehensive Training Program, or CTP, was founded in 1990 to train the next generation of outstanding researchers, academics and leaders. The field of oral biology blends many scientific disciplines in unique ways, with the goal of developing new and effective approaches to manage, cure or prevent diseases and developmental disorders. The program is highly integrated into the college’s research and education enterprise, as well as that of the UF Academic Health Center and the entire university.

“We could not be more proud that this program has been recognized for academic vision by the ADEAGies Foundation. For 28 years, many individuals in this college have believed in, supported and fostered the growth of future leaders in academic research through the CPT and have truly made a difference in discoveries that have been made, and more to come,” said A. Isabel Garcia, D.D.S., M.P.H., dean of the college.

Supporting about 14 fellowships per year, the CTP in Oral Biology is the largest NIH research training award at UF. Since 2005, over 45 individuals have earned Ph.D. degrees and department faculty have trained over 50 postdoctoral fellows. In the program director’s laboratory alone, of the 12 post-doctoral fellows completing their training prior to 2008, all remain in science, 11 hold academic positions, six are in tenure-accruing positions, and six have secured independent funding from the NIH.

The contribution that Gies made on academic dentistry is “incalculable,” says Leo E. Rouse, D.D.S., FACD, Chair of the ADEAGies Foundation Board of Trustees. “Dr. Gies’ landmark report in 1926 on dental education not only transformed academic dentistry and oral health, but foresaw modern-day collaboration across the health professions.”

“Our distinguished 2018 Gies Awards winners are transforming academic dentistry and oral health and advancing my grandfather’s legacy,” said William J. Gies II, ADEAGies Foundation Board of Trustee member. “It is critical to recognize the tireless efforts of dental educators and institutions who ‘move the needle’ in oral health.”

Timothy C. Flynn MD Recipient of the John C. Gienapp Award from the ACGME

Timothy C. Flynn MD, Professor of Surgery and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs in the College of Medicine was selected as the recipient of the John C. Gienapp Award from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  The John C. Gienapp Award honors those that have dedicated themselves to graduate medical education and have made outstanding contributions to the enhancement of residency education and ACGME accreditation activities. The Gienapp Award was last presented in 2012.  Dr. Flynn received the award at the ACGME Annual Educational Conference, "Transformation through Collaboration" in Orlando, FL on March 2, 2018. 

Scott Teitelbaum, MD, DFASAM, Awarded the ASAM 2018 Annual Award

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) is honoring Scott Teitelbaum, MD, DFASAM, Professor of Psychiatry, with its 2018 Annual Award.  The Annual Award recognizes and honors outstanding contributions to the growth and vitality of the society, thoughtful leadership in the field, deep understanding of the art and science of addiction medicine, and for expanding the frontiers of the field of addiction medicine and broadening our understanding of the addictive process, through research and innovation.

Teitelbaum joined the University of Florida Department of Psychiatry faculty in 2002 and now serves as the Department Vice Chair and Clinical Chief of the Addiction Medicine Division. In this role, he developed one of the country's first addiction medicine fellowship programs, which to date has trained more fellows than any other program nationwide and was highlighted by the New York Times as 1 of 10 certified programs in the nation.

The award will be presented by President Kelly Clark, MD, MBA, DFAPA, DFASAM at the ASAM 49th Annual Conference on April 14, 2018 in San Diego, California.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine is a national medical specialty society representing over 4,300 physicians and associated professionals. Its mission is to increase access to and improve the quality of addiction treatment, to educate physicians, and other health care providers and the public, to support research and prevention, to promote the appropriate role of the physician in the care of patients with addictive disorders, and to establish Addiction Medicine as a specialty recognized by professional organizations, governments, physicians, purchasers and consumers of health care services and the general public. ASAM was founded in 1954, and has had a seat in the American Medical Association House of Delegates since 1988.

Mary Edwards Awarded 2018 Lucretia W. McClure Excellence in Education Award

Mary Edwards of the Health Science Center Libraries has been awarded the Medical Library Association (MLA) 2018 Lucretia W. McClure Excellence In Education Award, honoring her achievements in education and her work in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Dr. Jalie Tucker Receives 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award

Jalie A. Tucker, PhD, MPH, Professor and Chair, Department of Health Education and Behavior, and Director, Center for Behavioral Economic Health Research, received the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Addictive Behaviors Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).  The award, given every other year to an individual with a life-long impact on the field of addictive behaviors, noted her work on highly important research priorities that span the gap between science and practice and use a systems perspective not confined to the treatment arena (e.g., how people recover from alcohol and drug problems with and without treatment; what factors influence whether people seek treatment; how to provide appealing, accessible, and effective interventions outside of health care).  Dr. Tucker also was awarded Fellow status in ABCT.  ABCT is a multidisciplinary organization with over 5,000 members committed to understanding and ameliorating problems of the human condition through investigation and application of behavioral, cognitive, and other evidence-based principles to assessment, prevention, and treatment.

Dr. Kim Dunleavy Elected as a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academy of Practice in Physical Therapy

Kim Dunleavy, Ph.D., P.T., an associate clinical professor and director of professional education and community engagement in the department of physical therapy at the College of Public Health and Health Professions, was elected a distinguished fellow of the National Academy of Practice in Physical Therapy. The organization is composed of professionals advancing interprofessional health care by fostering collaboration and advocating policies in the best interest of individuals and communities.

Dr. Kenneth Logan Appointed to Editorial Board

Kenneth J. Logan, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, an associate professor and associate chair in the department of speech, language, and hearing sciences at the College of Public Health and Health Professions, was appointed to the editorial board of the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, one of six journals published by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He was selected for his expertise in the area of speech fluency, which includes disorders such as stuttering and cluttering.

Dean Chimay Anumba Honored with the 2018 Computing in Civil Engineering Award

Chimay Anumba, dean of the College of Design, Construction and Planning, has been honored with the 2018 Computing in Civil Engineering Award, presented by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

According to the ASCE, the award is being presented for extraordinary leadership in the advancement of computing in civil engineering through academic research, project application and service to the Society. Anumba will be presented with this award at an ASCE Conference in April.

For more information, please contact Joey Mazzaferro at joeym@dcp.ufl.edu.

UF Professor Doubles up on National Honors for Advancing Learning Disabilities Field

University of Florida special education professor Mary Brownell has spent nearly three decades working tirelessly to prepare her teachers-in-training at the College of Education to address the needs of every student in their classrooms once they graduate.

As if that weren’t enough, Brownell also has been pursuing an even higher goal—galvanizing efforts across states and the nation to ensure that every student in America’s public schools, especially those with disabilities, receives the benefit of learning from teachers who possess the training, knowledge, skills and insights to provide exemplary teaching to ALL students.

In recognition of her achievements, Professor Brownell will be recognized this week in Tampa in two separate ceremonies at the annual convention of the international Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the world’s largest organization of special education professionals and educators:

On Thursday (Feb. 8), the CEC’s Division for Learning Disabilities presented Brownell with its Jeannette Fleischner Career Leadership Award for “advancing the field of learning disabilities through direct service, policy development, community service, research or organizational leadership through their careers;”

On (Friday, Feb. 9), the University of Kansas Department of Special Education is honoring Brownell, a KU alumna, with its Special Education Field Leadership Award, acknowledging her “body of work that has advanced knowledge, practice and policy in special education.”

In his letter notifying Brownell of her selection, Michael Wehmeyer, distinguished professor & chair of special education at KU, writes that Brownell has “transformed our profession and the lives of the millions of students and families that we serve.”

Dr. Malay Ghosh Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

On December 29, 2017, Dr. Malay Ghosh received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Indian Statistical Association in recognition of his achievements and relentless support and exemplary leadership in advancement of the association.


Dr. Hendrik Luesch Appointed to Natural Product Reports’ Editorial Board

The Royal Society of Chemistry has appointed Hendrik Luesch, Ph.D., a professor and chair of medicinal chemistry and the Debbie and Sylvia DeSantis Chair in Natural Products Drug Discovery and Development, to the editorial board of the journal Natural Product Reports.

Natural Product Reports is the Royal Society of Chemistry’s journal for publication of reviews in all areas of natural products chemistry, including biosynthesis, chemical biology, pharmacology and organic synthesis. Its impact factor is 11.014, currently the highest impact factor journal in the Journal Citation Reports categories for both organic and medicinal chemistry

As a board member, Luesch will help shape the strategy, standards, scope and future themed issues. “Natural products have regained momentum in drug discovery by leveraging technology breakthroughs and effectively linking novel chemistry with meaningful biology,” he said. “I will provide my input especially through the lens of bioactivity and potential pharmaceutical application.

Luesch and the UF College of Pharmacy’s Center for Natural Products, Drug Discovery and Development, or CNPD3, use natural products as starting point for the design and selection of preclinical and clinical candidates.

Dean Julie Johnson Named to Clarivate Analytics’ List of the World’s Most Impactful Scientific Researchers

University of Florida College of Pharmacy Dean and Distinguished Professor Julie Johnson, Pharm.D., has been named a 2017 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher in the field of Pharmacology and Toxicology for the third consecutive year. The honor is given to the world’s leading scholars in the science and social sciences and is earned by being among the top one percent most cited researchers in a subject field. Johnson is one of 10 University of Florida scientists honored as a 2017 Highly Cited Researcher.

Mobeen H. Rathore, MD Receives Lifetime Achievement Awards

Mobeen H. Rathore, MD Professor and Founding Director of University of Florida Center for HIV/AIDS Research, Education and Service (UF CARES) was recognized with Lifetime Achievement Award by the Jacksonville Business Journal.  This honor was bestowed on to Dr. Rathore for his many contributions to his profession and community over the past 27 years he has been in Jacksonville.  Dr. Rathore is an exceptional clinician who has developed a system of care for people living with HIV/AIDS in north Florida.  Among his many remarkable achievements have been implementation of a program in north Florida to prevent mother-to-child-transmission (MTCT) of HIV infection to almost zero.  He is an excellent teacher and has received many Exemplary Teacher awards and other teaching honors from medical students and trainees.  Dr. Rathore is also a very successful investigator who has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1994.  In addition to his many academic success he is also active in the profession serving on the boards of several professional organization and leading some of them.  He is also active in the community where he serves on several boards and has led some of these boards.

Ross Takes Top Place in The Obesity Society's LIghting Talk Competition

Kathryn Ross, Ph.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor in the department of clinical and health psychology at the College of Public Health and Health Professions, won first place in The Obesity Society’s Lightning Talk competition held during Obesity Week, the joint annual meeting of The Obesity Society and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Twelve early career members with top-scoring abstracts were invited to present their work as a three-minute talk. Ross presented the results of her study which modeled the pattern of weight loss and regain during and after a 12-week, web-based weight management program.

College of the Arts School of Art + Art History Professor’s Photography Collection Named “Must-visit”

International arts publication Blouin Artinfo recently named UF College of the Arts School of Art + Art History Professor Sergio Vega’s photography collection, Borges in the Alhambra, one of its fifteen “must-visit” art shows in Paris for the week of Nov. 2, 2017.

This exhibition, dedicated to Argentine poet and novelist Jorge Luis Borges, uses video and photography to reconstruct the nearly-blind writer’s vision on his last trip to Alhambra, a palace located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. Borges is widely considered one of the 20th century’s most influential writers, particularly in Hispanic culture, and Vega’s collection at Galerie Karsten Greve celebrates his impactful work and life.

Vega has taught at the University of Florida since 1999 and currently teaches in the photography and sculpture departments. He received an MFA in sculpture from Yale University in 1996.

USDA Honors Two UF/IFAS Faculty Members with Awards for Teaching Excellence, Making UF the University with the Most USDA Teaching Awards

Two faculty members with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences received Excellence in Teaching honors from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The awards were announced at the annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 12. The USDA presents awards in both regional and national categories. UF faculty have received more total (national and regional combined) USDA teaching awards than any other institution.

Christine Miller, a UF/IFAS associate professor in the entomology and nematology department, earned one of the two national awards in the New Teacher category. Susan Jacobson, a UF/IFAS professor in the wildlife ecology and conservation department, received one of five regional awards. Miller and Jacobson each received $2,000 dollars that will be used to strengthen the instructional programs of their choice within the UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS).

“Dr. Miller and Dr. Jacobson are dedicated UF/IFAS faculty members, and CALS is proud of the support and engaging experiential learning opportunities they provide to our students,” said UF/IFAS CALS Dean Elaine Turner. “They continue to do excellent work preparing students to address our world’s critical challenges related to agriculture, food systems, human wellbeing, natural resources and sustainable communities. They represent the teaching excellence UF/IFAS educators are known for around our state and across the nation.”

Miller and Jacobson join 14 UF/IFAS faculty members who have received these prestigious awards since the program began in 1992.

To read more about Dr. Miller and Dr. Jacobson, visit http://bit.ly/2yJZEDW

College of the Arts School of Music Director Dr. Kevin Orr Selected to Join SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellows

Dr. Kevin Orr, director and professor of the College of the Arts School of Music, was selected to become a fellow of this year’s SEC Academic Leadership Development Program. Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, the SEC ALDP seeks to identify, prepare and advance academic leaders for roles within SEC institutions and beyond, according to a press release. Orr traveled to Louisiana State University in October and will travel to Auburn University in February for SEC-wide workshops.

Orr is joined by UF faculty members Dr. Tom Kelleher, chair of the department of advertising and professor in the College of Journalism and Communications, and Dr. Mary A. Watt, associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

A concert pianist and educator, Orr’s creative agenda has taken him to major music institutions and festivals across North America, Europe and East Asia. A Steinway Artist, his recital programs and discography span the works of past and living composers.

Adewumi, Esquivel-Upshaw Inducted as Fellows into the American College of Dentists

UF College of Dentistry professors Abi Adewumi, B.D.S., FDSR, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, and Josephine Esquivel-Upshaw, D.D.S., M.S., Department of Restorative Dental Sciences Division of Prosthodontics, were both inducted as Fellows into the American College of Dentists, or ACD, at a ceremony on October 19 in Atlanta.

Adewumi and Esquivel-Upshaw, both highly-regarded experts in their areas, were honored as part of the ACD Annual Meeting and Convocation at the Atlanta Marriot Marquis Hotel.

The mission of the ACD is to advance excellence, ethics, professionalism, and leadership in dentistry, and it is the oldest major honorary organization for dentists. Its members have exemplified excellence through outstanding leadership and exceptional contributions to dentistry and society.

The ACD was founded August 20, 1920, by leaders in the profession to elevate the standards of dentistry, encourage graduate study, and to grant Fellowship to those who have done meritorious work.

Richard Lutz named an Association of Consumer Research Fellow

Richard Lutz, JCPenney Professor of Marketing and Chair of the Department of Marketing at the University of Florida Warrington College of Business, was named a fellow of the Association of Consumer Research at its annual conference in October 2017.

The Association for Consumer Research (ACR) Fellows award recognizes the career contributions of ACR individuals during their lifetime for “significant impact on scholarly work in consumer behavior.”

“I was shocked when they made the announcement,” Dr. Lutz said. “The award selection process is highly confidential, and I had no idea that I had been nominated. It is both gratifying and quite humbling to receive this honor.”

The ACR seeks to advance consumer research and facilitate the exchange of scholarly information among members of academia, industry and government worldwide. One of ACR’s key functions is to facilitate the growth and advancement of the field of consumer research. It was founded in 1969 by a small group of consumer behavior researchers whose informal meeting at the Ohio State University led to the vision of a yearly conference devoted to the study of consumer behavior.

Dr. Lutz, who has been a professor at Warrington since 1982, teaches an undergraduate principles of marketing course and an MBA course on the management of brand equity. He has published over 80 articles, books and chapters, primarily in the area of consumer attitudes and response to advertising. Dr. Lutz’s current research addresses prosocial consumer behavior, experiential consumption, and consumer brand relationships and co-creation.

He was also named the AMA/Irwin/McGraw-Hill Distinguished Marketing Educator in 2010, and is a past-president and past-member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Consumer Research. Read more about Dr. Lutz and his numerous accomplishments here.

Scott Tomar Awarded Florida Dental Hygienists Association Presidential Oral Health Hero Award

University of Florida College of Dentistry Professor and Chair of the Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science Scott Tomar, D.M.D., M.P.H., was one of two recipients of the Florida Dental Hygienists’ Association (FDHA) Presidential Oral Health Hero Award.

The award, given at FDHA’s Symposium in Orlando in September, recognized Tomar’s dedication and support to advancing the mission and goals of the FDHA by increasing the awareness of oral health in Florida, and advocating for the public’s access to quality oral health care. The FDHA’s mission is to serve the public by advancing the art and science of dental hygiene, increasing awareness of and improving access to quality health care; promoting the highest standards of dental hygiene education, licensure, and practice; and representing the profession of dental hygiene. Core values include: service, health, excellence, community and ethics.

Distinguished Professor Michael Perfit Named Merle A. Tuve Senior Fellow

Carnegie Institution of Washington Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (DTIM) Tuve Fellowship started in 1996 in honor of the late Merle A. Tuve, who served as DTM director from 1946-1966. Chosen at the discretion of the director of DTM, recipients are provided housing support and DTM resources to work on problems of mutual interest with current staff members at DTM.

Dr. Perfit is a Distinguished Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Florida where he has worked since 1982. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed technical papers and articles in professional scientific publications and has been a principal investigator on numerous research grants from the National Science Foundation and NOAA. His research has focused on the petrogenesis of mid-ocean ridge basalts, island arc lavas, magma genesis, and oceanic spreading centers. He has taken more than 35 dives to depths up to 12,000 feet in the deep-sea submersible ALVIN during his research. He has participated on over 20 oceanographic research cruises and served as co-chief scientist on several more.

He has been a member of the United States Science Advisory Committee (USSAC), the Lithosphere Panel of the Joint Oceanographic Institutes and a panel member on the Ocean Science Division of the National Science Foundation. He also served as the Chair of the Review Panel of the U.S. Science Support Program for NSF and the Chair of the Deep Submergence Science Committee (DESSC). More recently he served on the Executive Committee and as Chair of the Education and Outreach Committee of the RIDGE2000 program that serves to direct, organize and support mid-ocean ridge scientific exploration, research and education. While at the University of Florida he has received several awards for excellence in teaching at the University of Florida and was the Flint Term Professor in 1999-2000. He has also enjoyed adjunct academic appointments at the Australian National University, Cornell University, University of Tasmania, and the Institut du Physique du Globe, Paris.

Rathore Elected as Vice Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics District X

Mobeen H. Rathore, MD Professor and Director of University of Florida Center for HIV/AIDS Research, Education and Service (UF CARES) was elected as the Vice Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics District X.  He will represent Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Puerto Rico on the Board of American Academy of Pediatrics.  Dr. Rathore is the first University of Florida faculty member to hold this position and the first University of Florida faculty member to sit on the Board of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Dr. Rathore will serve a three year term starting January 1, 2018.

Dr. Kalen Manasco Elected as an ACCP Fellow

The American College of Clinical Pharmacy Board of Regents has elected Kalen Manasco, Pharm.D., BCPS, a clinical professor of pharmacotherapy and translational research, as a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, or ACCP. Fellowship in the college is the highest honor that ACCP can bestow on a member, and it recognizes and rewards the highest levels of excellence in the practice and science of clinical pharmacy. Manasco was officially inducted as a Fellow on Oct. 8, at the ACCP Annual Meeting in Phoenix. She joined the UF College of Pharmacy in the spring of 2017, and also serves as a clinical pharmacist with UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Jaana Gold Awarded American Dental Association's Evidence-Based Dentistry Mid-Career Faculty Award

Jaana Gold, D.D.S., M.P.H., C.P.H., Ph.D., an adjunct associate professor in the UF College of Dentistry’s Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science, was tabbed one of the American Dental Association’s Leaders in Evidence-Based Dentistry and awarded one of three evidence-based dentistry awards at the ADA’s Annual Meeting in Atlanta Oct. 19-23

Gold was honored with the 2017 Evidence-Based Dentistry Mid-Career Faculty Award for her accomplishments in teaching and promoting evidence-based dental practice at the UF College of Dentistry and throughout the profession as an advocate for improving the oral health of citizens in Florida and beyond. Presented by the ADA and the American Association for Dental Research (AADR), the awards are bestowed annually upon educators and clinicians who have made significant contributions to implement and advance evidence-based dentistry.

Dr. Edmund Kellerman Named Teacher of the Year by the Florida Communication Association

The Florida Communication Association has named Dr. Edmund Kellerman as their Teacher of the Year. Dr. Kellerman is a Master Lecturer and Fulbright Scholar in the Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication in UF's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  He was noted for innovations in course content, applying communication theories to everyday life, frequent academic presentations, and successful Fulbright Scholarship to teach communication studies and pursue research in Malaysia. He was also cited for service to UF as a longtime commencement reader and member of curriculum, diversity/inclusion, and Fulbright committees. Dr. Kellerman is a graduate of UF's College of Education Higher Education Administration and Educational Leadership programs.

(photo by Sarjit Kellerman left to right: Board Member Jennifer Bender, Ed, Board Member Stephanie Jackson, FCA President Timea Vargas)

NCPA Foundation Recognizes Dr. Stacey Curtis with Faculty Liaison of the Year Award

The National Community Pharmacists Association, or NCPA, Foundation recognized Stacey Curtis, Pharm.D., a clinical assistant professor of pharmacotherapy and translational research, as the recipient of the NCPA Outstanding Faculty Liaison of the Year Award. The honor is given to a faculty liaison who demonstrates exceptional leadership and commitment to independent pharmacy, his or her NCPA student chapter and the community. Curtis was presented the award on Oct. 15, during the NCPA Annual Convention in Orlando. A member of the UF College of Pharmacy faculty since 2014, Curtis has championed efforts aimed at student development and professionalism. She is the first UF College of Pharmacy faculty member to win the national award since its inception in 2001.

Stephan Schmidt in UF College of Pharmacy Selected to AACP’s Research Leadership Program

Stephan Schmidt, Ph.D., F.C.P., an associate professor and associate chair of the department of pharmaceutics in the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, has been selected to participate in American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, or AACP, Catalyst: Accelerating Research Leadership. Schmidt joins a cohort of 12 individuals who represent rising leaders in research and beyond. Participants began the year-long program Sept. 25 at AACP’s headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. AACP Catalyst aims to cultivate individuals as agents of change to amplify the research impact of individuals and institutions. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the research environment at their home institutions and across the research enterprise.

Gladys Velarde Wins Gifted Teacher Award

Gladys Velarde, MD, an associate professor of medicine in the cardiology division at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville, is the winner of this year’s Gifted Teacher Award from the Florida Chapter of the American College of Cardiology.

The award recognizes physicians who have devoted many years of “boundless energy” to teaching, helping their institutions and cities gain acclaim as places where learning among medical personnel and the general public is encouraged. Velarde received the award during the Florida chapter’s annual meeting Aug. 19 in Buena Vista. 

Velarde is medical director of the Women’s Cardiovascular Program at the UF Health Cardiovascular Center – Jacksonville and director of the cardiovascular disease fellowship program at UF COMJ. She also spends time with internal medicine residents during their cardiology rotations and leads several public education initiatives, especially those pertaining to women’s heart health.

Velarde said she had great teachers and role models through the years and always feels an obligation to pay it forward. She believes being a good teacher is essential to being a strong physician. 

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Shahla Masood, MD, Named as a “Top Doctor” for 2017 by Castle Connolly Medical

Shahla Masood, MD, was named as a “Top Doctor” for 2017 by Castle Connolly Medical. A careful review by a team of physicians includes consideration of each nominee’s professional qualifications and experience. Masood was also named a 2017 “Top Doctor for Cancer” and an “Exceptional Woman in Medicine.”

Nominees chosen also show high aptitude in educating and in communicating effectively. Masood is a professor and program director of both the Beast Pathology Fellowship and the Cytopathology Fellowship at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville.

Masood, who serves as chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and medical director of the Breast Health Center at UFCOMJ, has been treating patients and educating residents in Northeast Florida throughout her career. She is licensed in Florida and Georgia and board-certified in Pathology and Cytopathology. A member of medical societies locally and internationally, Masood’s passion for early detection of breast cancer takes her around the globe to speak to audiences about breast health.

Honors from the Florida Physical Therapy Association

Two faculty members in the College of Public Health and Health Professions’ department of physical therapy have received honors from the Florida Physical Therapy Association.

Mark Bishop, Ph.D., PT, an associate professor in the department, is the 2017 recipient of the Florida Physical Therapy Association’s Award for Scholarly Impact on Practice. The award acknowledges and honors a physical therapist whose individual and/or collaborative scholarly activity has made a meaningful difference to clinical practice by physical therapists in Florida.

Gloria Miller, Ph.D., PT, NCS, a clinical assistant professor and curriculum coordinator, received the 2017 Florida Physical Therapy Association’s Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching. The award recognizes a physical therapist who demonstrates exceptional teaching effectiveness and excellence as a role model in academic teaching for students, faculty and clinicians.

American Society of Agronomy Announces 2017 Award Recipient

Dr. Zhenli He received the Kingenta Agricultural Science Award.  Dr. He is Research Foundation Professor, Associate Center Director, and Soil Scientist at the Indian River Research and Education Center, University of Florida, and Adjunct Professor at Zhejiang University, China where He received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degree. He is an internationally recognized soil environmental chemist.

Dr. He’s research program focuses on Soil Fertility and Environmental Biogeochemistry. He conducts research on biogeochemical processes of nutrients and contaminants in sustainable agriculture, and remediation of contaminated soil and water resources. Dr. He has authored or co-authored 3 books, 30 book chapters, 230 refereed and 220 non-refereed publications. His publications were cited >10000 times by refereed scholarly journals. Dr. He serves editors/editorial board and ad hoc reviewer for refereed journals, national and international funding agencies, and evaluates Ph.D. theses for universities. Dr. He is a Fellow of SSSA and ASA.

The Kingenta Agricultural Science Award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to Chinese agriculture with an emphasis on soil in research, teaching, extension, and policy making, which result in securing better and sustainable food supply, implementing environmentally friendly management practices, and improving farmers’ working conditions and profitability. The award consists of a certificate, a complimentary ticket to the award ceremony, and $2,000 provided through the Agronomic Science Foundation by Kingenta Inc. and administered by the American Society of Agronomy.

Dr. Adam Veige Receives the Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences (JSPS) Fellowship

Professor Adam Veige in the Department of Chemistry received the Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences (JSPS) Fellowship.  JSPS provides fellowship programs for overseas researchers who have an excellent record of research achievements to conduct collaborative research, discussions, and opinion exchanges with researchers in Japan.  The programs are intended to advance the overseas researchers’ research activities while promoting science and internationalization in Japan. 

Dr. Veige’s Research Group is primarily interested in the design, synthesis, isolation, and characterization of novel inorganic molecules.  Our efforts are concentrated towards building new complexes that either model or affect new small molecule transformations relevant to the industrial sector.  We undertake detailed mechanistic studies in order to uncover subtle details of catalytic processes in hopes of building  upon or challenging current models of molecular structure, periodic trends, reactivity, and bonding.

Margaret Portillo Elected as Chair of the IDEC National Council of Fellows

Margaret Portillo, Associate Dean, Professor and Chair of the Department of Interior Design, was named chair of the Council of Fellows by the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) for a 2-year term.

Founded in 1963, IDEC is the professional society for interior design education, research, scholarship and service. The title of Fellow is the highest honor bestowed on a member of IDEC and is given in recognition of outstanding and sustained service and contributions to the organization and to the field. The status of Fellow is nominated by the membership and approved by the IDEC Board of Directors. Portillo is the 42nd named fellow to the professional society.

Good Elected to Leadership Role with AAMC

Michael L. Good, MD, dean of the UF College of Medicine, was elected to the Administrative Board of the Council of Deans for the Association of American Medical Colleges. Good, UF’s ninth medical school dean, began his term with the board in June and will serve through 2018.

The AAMC’s Council of Deans includes the deans of all 147 accredited medical schools in the U.S. and 17 in Canada. The Administrative Board is elected from the membership of the Council of Deans and works at the national level to address issues affecting academic medicine.

Good took the helm of the UF College of Medicine in 2008, where he oversees 28 research-oriented basic and clinical departments with more than 1,300 faculty, 940 students and 775 resident physicians and fellows and the School of PA Studies. Good, a professor of anesthesiology, serves on the board of directors for UF Health Shands and chairs the board of directors for the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville.

UF Biology Professor Bob Holt Receives Honorary Degree from University of Helsinki

Robert “Bob” D. Holt, professor of ecology in the Department of Biology, has received an honorary doctorate in biological and environmental sciences from the University of Helskini. In celebration of the centenary of Finland’s independence as well as the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the university awarded a number of honorary doctorates at three conferment ceremonies during spring 2017. This year’s doctor of philosophy conferment was the 97th year of the tradition and took place on May 26.  Holt attended with his wife, Lynne, a policy analyst in the Bob Graham Center for Public Service.


The conferment included traditional dress, including custom-made silk top hats. The hat has symbolized freedom since ancient Rome and gained an association with academia upon the arrival of the medieval capo or corner-cap, the ancestor of the modern-day graduation cap. Since then, variants on this type of hat have represented freedom to conduct scientific study.

Heads of academic masters are also adorned with laurels, another tradition connoting academic accomplishment.

Since 1640, the University of Helsinki has included ceremonial swords and hats, with a specific color for each discipline, among its regalia. The sword represents knowledge and the hat, truth as well as freedom.


Robert D. Holt of the University of Florida is one of the foremost pioneers of theoretical ecology (in Finnish, ekology!).  His work concentrates on the theoretical and conceptual problems of populations and biological communities as well as the relationship between ecology and evolutionary biology. He is especially fond in extending the modern ecological theories to the applied research purposes, particularly in nature conservation.

Professor Sabine Grunwald Named SSSA Fellow

Professor Sabine Grunwald named Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) fellow, the highest recognition bestowed by the SSSA.  The annual awards are presented for outstanding contributions to agronomy through education, national and international service, and research.  Members of the Society nominate worthy colleagues based on their professional achievements and meritorious service.  Dr. Grunwald will be formally presented at the SSSA Awards Ceremony during the scientific society’s Annual Meeting in October. 

Sabine Grunwald is Professor and was Director of Distance Education Programs in the Soil and Water Sciences Department, University of Florida (UF), Gainesville, FL.  She holds an affiliate faculty appointment in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, UF. Dr. Grunwald received a M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University Giessen, Germany. She is internationally recognized as an authority in pedometrics, digital soil mapping, soil-environmental modeling and soil carbon dynamics.  She has authored a total of 168 peer-reviewed publications and gave more than 430 presentations at international, national and regional conferences. Dr. Grunwald provided leadership as Associate Editor for the Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J., Board member of Geoderma, Vice Chair of Commission Pedometrics of the Int. Union of Soil Sciences, and Chair of the ASA Community Global Digital Soil Map. She has conducted research nationally and internationally including in India, Africa, Brazil and Peru.

AACP honors Dr. Michelle Farland with Emerging Teaching Scholar Award

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, or AACP, honored Michelle Farland, Pharm.D., a clinical associate professor in the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, with an Emerging Teaching Scholars Award on July 17. AACP’s Council of Faculties presented the award during the AACP Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.

The honor recognizes academic pharmacy faculty who excel at engaging in scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Awardees must have had at least three scholarly works related to teaching and learning accepted in peer-reviewed forums, among other qualifications. Farland’s portfolio highlighted two published works that together have been cited by more than 80 publications across a wide variety of health science education settings.

Farland joined the UF College of Pharmacy in 2015. She serves as director of the personal and professional development curriculum in the college and has focused her research around outcomes of team-based learning.

Robert Emerson Wins International Award

Robert W. Emerson, Huber Hurst Professor of Business Law, received the Best Paper Award  at the International Society of Franchising (ISoF) Annual Conference in June 2017.  The ISoF conference is the premier gathering for researchers in franchising, worldwide, and is aimed at all academics, students and practitioners in all areas related to franchising (accounting, economics, finance, information systems, law, management, marketing, etc.). 

Prof. Emerson, who is also a licensed attorney and affiliate professor with the Center for European Studies, has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and is a 14-time winner of University teaching awards, and seven-time recipient of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) Best Paper Award.  He is the recipient of the 2016 career teaching award (the ALSB’s John Bonsignore Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Legal Studies Education), and he won the 2014 Senior Distinguished Scholar Award of the Southeastern Academy of Legal Studies in Business.

Author of numerous law journal articles, book chapters, and other works on U.S. and international franchise law, Prof. Emerson has led research symposia on franchising, testified about franchise law and ethics before the U.S. Congress, served as an expert witness in numerous court cases, and taught franchise and distribution law at universities and institutions throughout North America and Europe. An inaugural member of the Conseil Scientifique (Academic Council) for the Union Internationale des Huissiers de Justice (UIHJ - “International Association of Judicial Officers”) as well as a Reporter for the UIHJ’s triennial World Congress, Prof. Emerson was editor-in-chief of the American Business Law Journal and is also the author of many law review articles on comparative civil procedure.

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences NACTA Award Winners

Faculty of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences were honored for their teaching acumen in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the 63rd annual North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) conference in June.

Each year, the NACTA conference recognizes faculty, staff and students across the nation who are on the cutting edge of teaching agriculture and related disciplines at the university level. Recipients of the NACTA Educator Award are evaluated on their teaching philosophy; recommendations by students, alumni, peers and administrators; and a self-evaluation. 

Seventeen UF faculty and two graduate students contributed to the conference through workshops as well as oral and poster presentations in the areas of online and digital education tools, student assessments, collaborative projects, curriculum, student employment, hands-on learning experiences and study abroad opportunities. Several UF/CALS alumni who are now faculty at other postsecondary institutions also attended and presented at the conference.

“UF/CALS is consistently recognized for its teaching excellence, one of our college’s top priorities,” said CALS Dean Elaine Turner. “More than 50 UF/IFAS faculty have earned the NACTA Educator Award since 1990. We are proud of this year’s UF/CALS recipients for their innovative teaching methods.”

The following faculty members received 2017 NACTA Educator Awards:

  • Martie Gillen, an assistant professor in the family, youth and community sciences department.
  • Kevin Kenworthy, professor in the agronomy department.
  • Andrea Lucky, assistant scientist in the entomology and nematology department.
  • Lisa Lundy, associate professor in the agricultural education and communication department.
  • Debra Murie, associate professor in the school of forest resources and conservation.
  • Brian Pearson, assistant professor of environmental horticulture at the UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center.

Dr. Michael Marsiske Elected President of APA Division on Adult Development and Aging

Michael Marsiske, Ph.D., an associate professor in the College of Public Health and Health Professions’ department of clinical and health psychology, has been elected president of Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging) of the American Psychological Association for the 2018-2019 term.

Marsiske will serve as president elect for the 2017-2018 term, supporting incoming president Joseph Gaugler, Ph.D., of the University of Minnesota. The APA Division on Adult Development and Aging strives to advance the study of psychological development and change throughout the adult years. The division invites membership from psychologists who provide services to older adults, conduct research on adult development and aging, or are interested in learning more about or teaching life span development and aging. The division has a strong mentorship focus, inviting and encouraging participation from students and emerging professionals.

Marsiske has served in leadership roles for the division since 1995, including designing and hosting the division’s first website and serving as the program chair for the division’s offerings at the APA annual convention. He is a past recipient of the division’s Springer Early Career Achievement Award.

Dr. Ellen Zimmerman Selected as a Fellow in the 2017-2018 Class of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women

Ellen Zimmerman, M.D., Professor Department of Medicine and  Vice Chair of Academic Affairs has been selected as a Fellow in the 2017-2018 Class of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women. She joins Dr. Tara Sabo-Attwood as one of two UF faculty selected for participation in the 2017-18 ELAM class

The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM®) is a year-long part-time fellowship for women faculty in schools of medicine, dentistry and public health. The program is dedicated to developing the professional and personal skills required to lead and manage in today's complex health care environment, with special attention to the unique challenges facing women in leadership positions. The 2017-2018 ELAM Class reflects an exciting diversity in many categories, including discipline, ethnicity, age, and geography. Each class works together to identify ways they can play leadership roles in the future as academic health centers change in response to today’s societal, technological, and market forces and a desire to play a leadership role in guiding this process.

Acceptance into ELAM is determined through an annual competitive selection process, in which approximately 54 candidates are chosen each year.

Dr. Rene Soria-Saucedo to Serve a Two-Year Term at the Pharmacy Quality Alliance

Rene Soria-Saucedo, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of pharmaceutical outcomes and policy, was elected to serve a two-year term at the Risk Adjustment Advisory Group at the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, or PQA. Established in 2006, PQA is a nonprofit alliance with over 200 member organizations focused on improving the quality of medication management and use across health care settings, with the goal of improving patient health through a collaborative process and recognizing examples of exceptional pharmacy quality. The group is currently focusing on examining the potential effects of socioeconomic factors on Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, or CMS, Star Ratings on three PQA medication adherence measures, including the proportion of days covered for diabetes medications, cholesterol lowering medications (statins) and blood pressure medications (renin-angiotensin system antagonists). 

Counselor Ed. Professor Doubles up on National Laurels

Shon D. Smith, clinical assistant professor in Counselor Education at the University of Florida College of Education, has recently drawn national attention in his field for two major achievements involving separate divisions of the American Counseling Association (ACA).

Smith was recently elected president-elect for the ACA's Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, which strives to improve cultural, ethnic and racial empathy and understanding through programs that advance and sustain personal growth.

He also has been selected to receive the 2017 Mary Smith Arnold Anti-Oppression Award from the ACA's Association of Counselors for Social Justice. The award honors professional counselors and educators who have an exemplary record of challenging multiple oppression in the counseling professions and in their local schools and communities.

For the latter honor, Smith was cited for his leadership as president of the Florida Counseling Association following the controversial 2012 shooting of black teen Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, and the subsequent acquittal in 2013 of Martin's shooter, George Zimmerman. Smith facilitated the FCA's response to join the NAACP, local law enforcement and other community groups in a peaceful dialogue for healing, growth and empowerment and positive relationships with area police departments. The alliances and training sessions began in Sarasota and Manatee counties in 2013 and last year expanded to Alachua and Marion counties.

Smith, who has a doctorate in counselor education and supervision from Duquesne University, is the past chair of the ACA-Southern Region, representing 22,000 of the 56,000 ACA members. His research interests include multicultural and social justice competencies, leadership and advocacy within the counseling profession, and working with military families on adjustment and re-adjustment issues.

Kalen Manasco Named Fellow in the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group

Kalen Manasco, Pharm.D., BCPS, a clinical professor of pharmacotherapy and translational research, has been named a fellow in the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group, or PPAG. The organization honored her at its annual meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, in May. As a 2017 inductee, Manasco joins an elite group of 34 pharmacists to earn fellow status in PPAG. The honor is reserved for pharmacists who demonstrate excellence in pediatric pharmacy practice and have distinguished themselves for their contributions to the profession. Founded in 1979, PPAG has approximately 1,300 members and is dedicated to improving medication therapy in children. Manasco joined the UF College of Pharmacy in the spring of 2017, and also serves as a clinical pharmacist with UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.

Mobeen Rathore, MD, Installed as the 41st President of Leadership Jacksonville

"Earlier this month, Mobeen Rathore, MD, a professor and associate chair of pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville, was installed as the 41st president of Leadership Jacksonville. Established in 1976, the organization helps area leaders become further engaged in the local community through various educational and networking initiatives.  

Mobeen, chief of pediatric infectious diseases and immunology and director of the UF Center for HIV/AIDS Research, Education and Service (UF CARES), is the first UF faculty member — and only the second physician — to be named president of Leadership Jacksonville.

This is the latest in a long list of prominent civic and professional leadership roles Rathore has assumed in recent years. In January, he began serving on the sub-board on pediatric infectious diseases for the American Board of Pediatrics, which certifies physicians in more than 20 specialties.

Last year, he was elected to the Florida Medical Association’s Board of Governors. And in 2014, he became president of the Duval County Medical Society, an organization he’s been a member of for 26 years."

Africa Vision 2020 Initiative presents Living Legend Award to Dr. Folakemi Odedina

For her achievements and contributions to African and global health, and her service to humanity, the Association for Good Clinical Practice in Nigeria, or AGCPN, has awarded its first Living Legend Award to Folakemi Odedina, Ph.D., a professor of pharmacotherapy and translational research. She was presented the award in June during the 1st All-Africa Clinical Trial Summit in Nigeria.

Odedina has dedicated her research toward understanding the burden of prostate cancer disparities in black men. By tracing the roots of prostate health disparities, she has helped to implement cost-effective, community-based intervention programs in minority and underserved communities.

The 1st All-Africa Clinical Trial Summit spotlights clinical trials taking place in Africa and aims to build sustainable platforms for health innovation. By expanding drug research and development efforts within the continent, African leaders want to expand the volume and quantity of global clinical programs to improve the health status of African populations. Odedina was a distinguished speaker at the event and presented on innovative recruitment methods for clinical trials in blacks.

Hardev Sandhu Receives American Society of Agronomy (ASA) Early Career Award

The American Society of Agronomy (ASA) announces Dr. Hardev Sandhu as the 2017 Early Career Award recipient.  Dr. Hardev Sandhu is an assistant professor at the University of Florida, Everglades Research and Education Center, Belle Glade, FL. Dr. Sandhu received BS and MS from Punjab Agricultural University, India and Ph.D. from the University of Florida. He is well recognized in national and international sugarcane community for his research in sugarcane cultivar development and their management. He was also invited internationally to present his research on development of sugarcane for bioenergy purposes.

Dr. Sandhu has authored and co-authored 51 refereed publications and 47 extension articles in last 7 years. He is mentoring two Ph.D. and two Master’s students and serves on committees of eight other graduate students. He is a member of technical program committee of agronomy section in the International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, regular member of American Society of Agronomy, International Society of Precision Agriculture, and American Society of Sugar Cane Technologists.

The ASA Early Career Award recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding contribution in agronomy within seven years of completing their final degree (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.). The award consists of a certificate, a complimentary ticket to the award ceremony, and $2,000.  Evaluation includes evidence of quality teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels, effectiveness in extension and outreach activities, significance and originality of basic and/or applied research, achievements in private sector application of agronomy, crop and/or soil science, and contributions to the public or professional organizations and institutions.  Additional information is available at www.agronomy.org/awards/view.

Eric Krause Earns New Investigator Award from American Physiological Society

Eric Krause, Ph.D., an assistant professor of pharmacodynamics, has earned the American Physiological Society, or APS, Central Nervous System Section New Investigator Award. The accolade recognizes an outstanding investigator in the early stages of his or her career who has made meritorious contributions to the central nervous system area of study. Krause received the award at the APS Central Nervous System Section’s reception at the 2017 Experimental Biology meeting in Chicago. A member of the UF College of Pharmacy faculty since 2011, Krause studies how the central nervous system coordinates behavioral and physiological responses to stress.

The LIGO  Scientific Collaboration (LSC) Has Won Yet Another Award for the Detection of Gravitational Waves

US physicists Rainer Weiss, Kip S. Thorne and Barry C. Barish and LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) have been bestowed with the 2017 Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research. The Princess of Asturias Foundation convenes the Princess of Asturias Awards, which are presented at an academic ceremony held each year in Oviedo, capital of the Principality of Asturias. The Foundation’s aims are to contribute to extolling and promoting those scientific, cultural and humanistic values that form part of the universal heritage of humanity and to consolidate the existing links between the Principality of Asturias and the title traditionally held by the heirs to the Crown of Spain.

More details can be found at:  http://www.fpa.es/en/communication/rainer-weiss-kip-s-thorne-and-barry-c-barish-and-ligo-scientific-collaboration-princess-of-asturias-award-for-technical-and-scientific-research.html?idCategoria=0&fechaDesde&especifica=0&texto&fechaHasta&tipo=0

The Florida LIGO group consists of faculty researchers Hai-Ping Cheng, John Conklin, Stephen Eikenberry, Sergey Klimenko, Guenakh Mitselmakher, Guido Mueller, Dave Reitze, David Tanner, and Bernard Whiting. Imre Bartos will join the Physics Department and the UF LIGO group in the fall.

Tara Sabo-Attwood Selected to Particpate in the Hedwig Van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) Program

Tara Sabo-Attwood, Ph.D., chair of the department of environmental and global health at the College of Public Health and Health Professions, has been selected to participate in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) program.

A core program of the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine, ELAM continues the legacy of advancing women in medicine that began in 1850 with the founding of the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania, the nation’s first women’s medical school and a predecessor of the Drexel University College of Medicine.

ELAM offers intensive leadership training with coaching, networking and mentoring opportunities aimed at expanding the national pool of qualified women candidates for leadership in academic medicine, dentistry and public health. Sabo-Attwood is one of only 54 applicants selected to participate in this year’s ELAM program.

Fillingim Receives American Pain Society Honor

Congratulations to Roger B. Fillingim, Ph.D., who received a Distinguished Service Award from the American Pain Society (APS) during their annual meeting in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania in May. The award recognizes outstanding and dedicated service to the APS.

Fillingim, a professor in the UF department of community dentistry and behavioral science, is the director of the UF Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence (PRICE). He served as president of the APS in 2012-2013, and has been an active leader in APS for many years. He has served in several leadership roles including as chair of both the Scientific Program and Education Advisory committees. In 2009, he received the APS Wilbert E. Fordyce Clinical Investigator Award for his clinical pain scholarship and research achievements.

In 1984 Fillingim graduated from Mercer University in Savannah, Ga., with a bachelor's in psychology. He earned his master's and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he also received a Dean’s Award as the outstanding graduate student in the social sciences. Fillingim joined the College of Dentistry in 2000 and also serves as a staff psychologist for the North Florida South Georgia VA Health System.

The American Pain Society is a multidisciplinary community that brings together a diverse group of scientists, clinicians and other professionals to increase the knowledge of pain and transform public policy and clinical practice to reduce pain-related suffering.

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.