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

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.

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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

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.

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 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.

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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.