College of Pharmacy Professor Dr. Thomas Schmittgen Elected AAPS Fellow

The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, or AAPS, has elected Thomas Schmittgen, Ph.D., a professor of pharmaceutics, as one of its 2016 Fellows. Each year, AAPS elevates a few members to fellowship status in recognition of their professional excellence in fields relevant to AAPS’s mission: to advance the capacity of pharmaceutical scientists to develop products and therapies that improve global health. Each fellow has demonstrated a sustained level of superior and distinguished professional achievement and contributions in fields related to this mission. Schmittgen is one of nine new fellows that were honored Nov. 13 at the Opening Session of the AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition in Denver.

Schmittgen joined the UF College of Pharmacy in 2015. He is supported by the University of Florida’s Preeminence program with a focus on cancer therapeutics and drug discovery and development. His research focuses on noncoding RNAs and cancer, with emphasis on the use of microRNAs as therapeutic or diagnostic agents. Recently, he has focused his attention on the development of microvesicles as targeted drug delivery systems for the treatment of cancer.


Dr. Mirjam Trame from the College of Pharmacy elected to ISoP Board of Directors

The Nominations Committee of the International Society of Pharmacometrics, or ISoP, has elected Mirjam Trame, Pharm.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of pharmaceutics, to the ISoP Board of Directors for a four-year term starting on Jan. 1, 2017. Trame is one of three new nominees elected to the board from an exceptional group of six nominees that were put forward by the Nominations Committee. The committee narrowed the field to six after initially considering 13 high-quality nominations for board positions. Among Trame’s many responsibilities as a board member will be advancing and expanding ISoP and its impact on the discipline of pharmacometrics. She envisions working with every member of ISoP to foster relationships between the pharmacometrics communities in academia, industry and regulators to strengthen drug development programs.

As an active member of ISoP, Trame has served the pharmacometrics community in many ways in recent years. Her most recent leadership roles include scientific program chair at the Seventh American Conference on Pharmacometrics and co-chair of the Sixth American Conference on Pharmacometrics. She chairs the working group entitled, “Integration of Pharmacometrics and Systems Pharmacology,” and is the newly elected chair of the ISoP/C-Path pre-competitive consortium for a community of users on neurodegenerative diseases.

Clinical Assistant Professor Susan Garbutt Received the First Oak Leaf Cluster for the Defense Meritorious Service Medal

College of Nursing Clinical Assistant Professor Susan Garbutt, DNP, RN, CIC, CNE, received the First Oak leaf cluster for the Defense Meritorious Service Medal for her work as an Air Force reservist and adjunct faculty member at the Uniformed Services University. The medal is awarded for noncombat meritorious achievement or service that is incontestably exceptional and of magnitude that clearly places the individual above peers while serving in one of the assignments for which the medal has been designated.






Robert W. Emerson - Winner, John Bonsignore Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Legal Studies

Robert W. Emerson, Huber Hurst Professor of Business Law at the Warrington College of Business Administration and Affiliate Professor, Center for European Studies, University of Florida, was awarded the John Bonsignore Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Legal Studies Education – the Career Teaching Award for his discipline, by the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) at the ALSB’s Annual international conference in August 2016.

A winner of over a dozen University teaching awards and seven-time recipient of the ALSB’s Best Paper Award and the author of numerous law journal articles 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 for the Union Internationale des Huissiers de Justice (UIHJ) as well as a Reporter for the UIHJ’s triennial World Congress, he was editor-in-chief of the American Business Law Journal and is also the author of many law review articles on comparative civil procedure.



Cottler Awarded Honorary Doctoral Degree from Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University

Linda B. Cottler, Ph.D., M.P.H., a professor and chair of the department of epidemiology in the College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Medicine, was awarded an honorary doctoral degree in public health from Thailand’s leading research university, Chulalongkorn University. Chulalongkorn’s president Bundhit Eua-arporn, Ph.D., cited Cottler’s expertise in public health, her reputation and achievements, which serve as a role model and a standard for others to follow. Thailand’s Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presided at the ceremony held Oct. 20 at Chulalongkorn’s campus in Bangkok. Link to full story:




Mainous Receives Mentoring Award from Leading Primary Care Research Association

Arch G. Mainous III, Ph.D., the chair of the PHHP department of health services research, management and policy and the Florida Blue endowed chair of health administration, received the Distinguished Mentor Award from the North American Primary Care Research Group at a ceremony held Nov. 15 during the group’s annual meeting in Colorado Springs. The award recognizes outstanding mentorship of a North American Primary Care Research Group member over the course of his or her career. Link to full story:



UF/IFAS CALS Faculty Awarded National USDA Excellence in Teaching Awards

With exceptional track records for providing unique experiential learning opportunities to students, two University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) faculty have earned teaching honors from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The UF/IFAS faculty members received Excellence in Teaching awards.

Eric McLamore, a UF/IFAS associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering, earned one of two national awards in the New Teacher category. Nicole Stedman, a UF/IFAS professor of agricultural education and communication, received one of six regional awards across the nation. 

McLamore and Stedman join 12 other UF/IFAS faculty members who have received this prestigious award since 2004. This makes UF one of the educational institutions with the most recipients of the USDA Excellence in Teaching awards. 

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ACCP’s Russell R. Miller Award Presented to Dr. Rhonda Cooper-DeHoff in the UF College of Pharmacy

Rhonda Cooper-DeHoff, Pharm.D., M.S., an associate professor of pharmacotherapy and translational research and cardiovascular medicine and the associate director of the Center for Pharmacogenomics, was presented with the Russell R. Miller Award on Oct. 23 at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s, or ACCP, Annual Meeting in Hollywood, Florida. The award is given in recognition of her substantial contributions to the literature of clinical pharmacy, thereby advancing both clinical pharmacy practice and rational pharmacotherapy. Miller was the founding editor of the ACCP journal, Pharmacotherapy.

Those who nominated Cooper-DeHoff praised her contributions to clinical pharmacy literature. She has published more than 140 peer-reviewed manuscripts, with most appearing in high-impact journals. Her research has focused on hypertension and factors that influence outcomes with antihypertensive treatment. One of her most important literary contributions was a 2010 paper describing cardiovascular outcomes in diabetic patients based on blood pressure control from the INVEST clinical trial. The publication appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, or JAMA, and has accrued more than 500 citations.

Cooper-DeHoff has served as an editorial board member for Cardiology Today and is a reviewer for several prestigious journals. She was recognized in 2014 as an ACCP fellow and has earned many national and international awards, including the 2015 ACCP Distinguished Investigator Award for the Cardiology Practice and Research Network and the 2015 Distinguished Associate Award of the American College of Cardiology.

Nimmo Installed as President of American Board of Prosthodontics

Arthur Nimmo, D.D.S., F.A.C.P, director of the University of Florida Predoctoral Implant Dentistry Program, was recently installed as the 67th president of the American Board of Prosthodontics. Nimmo, a 17-year veteran UF College of Dentistry faculty member, serves on the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) Review Committee on Prosthodontics Education and prior to his installation as president on the American Board of Prosthodontics, Nimmo served as an examining member and director on the board.

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Foss, Pugh named fellows of American Occupational Therapy Association

Joanne J. Foss, Ph.D., OTR/L, and Emily S. Pugh, M.A., OTR/L, faculty members in the department of occupational therapy at the College of Public Health and Health Professions, have been elected to receive the Roster of Fellows award from the American Occupational Therapy Association, or AOTA. The award recognizes AOTA members who have made significant contributions to the continuing education and professional development of its members.

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Dr. Ira Longini and Collaborators Win Aspin Institute Italia Award for Ebola Research

A team of Italian and American researchers, including Ira Longini, Ph.D., a professor in the department of biostatistics in the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Medicine, has received the Aspen Institute Italia Award for scientific research and collaboration between Italy and the United States. The team was honored at a ceremony held Oct. 26 at the institute’s Rome headquarters. The Aspen Institute Italia Award recognizes a significant research contribution in the field of natural, theoretical or applied sciences produced jointly by scientists from Italy and the U.S. The award includes a prize of 40,000 euros to be shared among the researchers’ institutions.

The research team was recognized for creating a computational model of the spread of the Ebola virus during the Liberian epidemic in 2014-15, based on the concentration and movement of individuals, including those not infected with the virus. Their findings, which were published in January 2015 in the journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases, also highlighted the importance of various interventions employed by health authorities to combat the epidemic, such as the opening of dedicated health centers for patients with Ebola. The group’s mathematical work improved understanding of the Ebola virus’ spread and how best to focus control efforts.

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Orr JEMT Best Paper Award - American Society of Mechanical Engineer

Influence of Residual Stress and Temperature on the Cyclic Hardening Response of M50 High-strength Bearing Steel Subjected to Rolling Contact Fatigue” by student Dr. Abir Bhattacharyya and faculty advisors Prof. Ghatu Subhash and Arakere Nagaraj has been selected to receive the Orr JEMT (Journal of Engineering and Manufacturing Technology) Best Paper Award at the annual American Society of Mechanical Engineer annual conference in Phoenix AZ on  November 14, 2016.

Drs. Nancy and William Mendenhall Inducted as Fellows of the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

At the 58th annual meeting of the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) held September 25-28, 2016, Drs. Nancy and William Mendenhall were two of ten ASTRO members to be named ASTRO Fellows in the 10th anniversary year that the designation has been awarded. The designation honors ASTRO members who have made significant contributions to the field of radiation oncology in research, education, patient care, or service and leadership. Dr. Nancy Mendenhall joined ASTRO in 1985 and Dr. William Mendenhall joined in 1978. At the FASTRO ceremony both were recognized for their contributions in the areas of patient care and education. Dr. Nancy Menndenhall is Associate Chair of the University of Florida Department of Radiation Oncology and Medical Director of the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute, and Dr. William Mendenhall, Professor of the University of Florida Department of Radiation Oncology.

Nancy Rose Hunt Received the 2016 Martin A. Klein Prize for her book A Nervous State:  Violence, Remedies, and Reverie in Colonial Congo

Nancy Rose Hunt, Professor of History & African Studies at the University of Florida, has been selected as the winner of the 2016 Martin A. Klein Prize for her book A Nervous State: Violence, Remedies, and Reverie in Colonial Congo (Duke Univ. Press, 2015). The Klein Prize is awarded annually by the American Historical Association (AHA) to honor the best book in African history. The prize will be awarded during a ceremony at the Association’s 131st Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, January 5-8, 2017.

Hunt’s book was selected by a prize review committee of AHA members including Nwando Achebe, Michigan State Univ. (chair); Bruce S. Hall, Duke Univ.; and Pier M. Larson, Johns Hopkins Univ.

“A Nervous State is an innovative, multidimensional history of Equateur during the first half of the twentieth century,” commented the Klein Committee. “With an eye for pattern and detail, Hunt leads her reader through the worries that gnawed at people and state in this varied region. The book strolls through therapeutic insurgency, the carceral state, women’s health, medical practices, urban culture, and colonial flânerie—depicting in vivid terms a place troubled, engaged, and very much on the move.”

The prize is named for Martin A. Klein, who is currently professor of history at the University of Toronto. Funding for the prize was completed thanks to a substantial donation from the late Dr. Mougo Nyaggah of California State University at Fullerton and his wife Dr. Lynette Nyaggah. Mougo Nyaggah was Klein’s first graduate student at the University of California Berkeley.

The American Historical Association is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1884 and incorporated by Congress in 1889 for the promotion of historical studies. The AHA provides leadership for the discipline, protects academic freedom, develops professional standards, aids in the pursuit and publication of scholarship, and supplies various services to sustain and enhance the work of its members. As the largest organization of historians in the United States, the AHA is comprised of approximately 13,000 members and serves historians representing every historical period and geographical area. For further information, go to or call 202-544-2422.

Carl Van Ness receives the Mort Wolfson Faculty Service Award

The UF Division of Student Affairs’ Mort Wolfson Faculty Service Award was established to honor Professor Wolfson upon his retirement. It is given annually to a UF faculty member who exemplifies the values that Professor Wolfson modeled: commitment and service to students and the University of Florida.

The recipient of this year’s award has been at the University of Florida for more than 30 years. Carl Van Ness was named the 2nd UF Historian in 2006, succeeding Dr. Samuel Proctor who had served in this role for over 50 years  As the UF Historian, Carl chairs the University History Advisory Council and serves as a permanent member of the Preservation of Historic Buildings and Sites Committee. He frequently writes on the university’s history for campus publications and gives tours and talks to alumni, community, students and faculty groups.

Most recently Carl has been instrumental in helping gather photographs and artifacts that are part of the Reitz Union storytelling project. He tirelessly supports students and the University of Florida.

Professor Wolfson came to UF as an instructor after a distinguished career in the military. He enlisted in the Army in 1940 and served in the Pacific after completing Officer Candidate School. His military career included tours of duty in Asia, Europe and Vietnam. He rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel prior to his retirement from the military in 1961.

He joined the UF faculty in 1965 after completing his studies at UF and taught for 17 years. His classes were always packed, and students frequently named him their most outstanding professor. He received numerous awards for his excellence in teaching including the 1976 Teacher of the Year in what was then called University College, the 1976 Thomas Jefferson Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the 1979 Teacher of the Year in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Professor Wolfson served as adviser to the Inter Fraternity Council and was known for his leadership in academic advising both during the academic year and at Preview Summer Orientation. He also earned the friendship and affection of large numbers of students and staff for his sense of humor and love of UF. He received numerous awards and recognition by students and student organizations from across campus. After his retirement, he continued his efforts on a volunteer basis at UF, at the University Athletic Association as an academic adviser, and in the Gainesville community. He has always been a Student Affairs faculty partner and friend.

World Archaeological Congress honors UF Archaeologist Peter Schmidt

Peter Schmidt, University of Florida anthropologist, was honored by the World Archaeological Congress (WAC) in Kyoto, Japan, August 30 at a special plenary session. He was awarded the prestigious Peter Ucko Memorial Award. He was also selected to give the Peter Ucko Memorial Lecture, an additional honor.

The President of WAC, Koji Mizoguchi, when conferring the award, said:

 “I am honored and privileged to announce that the Peter Ucko Memorial Award recipient at WAC-8 Kyoto 2016 is Professor Peter Schmidt, Professor of Anthropology, University of Florida.

Peter Schmidt embodies the cause of WAC by dedicating himself to the welfare of archaeology in Africa and the decolonization of African Archaeology for nearly five decades. After sixteen years of research in Tanzania on indigenous knowledge and innovative iron technology, he turned in 1985 to building the first department of archaeology in East Africa, now the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies at the University of Dar es Salaam. After nearly a decade of university administration as Director of African Studies at the University of Florida, he went back to Africa again, this time in Eritrea. There he constructed an interdisciplinary teaching and research program in anthropology, geography, and archaeology, training a number of undergraduates at the equivalent of the MA level, with many of them subsequently going on for higher degrees. In between these events he worked closely with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Makerere University, Uganda, to establish a Human Rights and Peace Centre at Makerere in Kampala, Uganda.

These are indeed tremendous services to the furtherance of basic human rights in Africa, and it is truly remarkable that this has been achieved through archaeology and archaeology-related practices, in terms of cutting-edge research and education. His achievements show us it is indeed possible for us archaeologists to do something good to the world, and encourage us to follow him.”

Mobeen H. Rathore, MD, Honored as the "Physician of the Year 2016" by Baptist Health System

Mobeen H. Rathore, MD, was honored as the “Physician of the Year 2016” by Baptist Health System

Dr. Rathore is Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology and Hospital Epidemiologist at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, and Co-Chair of Baptist System wide Infection Control.  He has served on the Medical Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

In addition, he is active in many community organizations and is the Founding President of MASS, Inc., free clinic; President–Elect of Leadership Jacksonville and serves on the board of OneJax, Inc.

He is Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Pediatrics, University of Florida. Dr. Rathore serves on the Board of Governors of the Florida Medical Association, and  is the past President of Duval County Medical Society and Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Rathore is a member of the Sub-Board of Pediatric Infectious Diseases that is responsible for certifying Diplomats in Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Rathore is a member of the Committee on Infectious Diseases (COID) and Executive Committee of the Provisional Section of International Medical Graduates (PSOIMG) of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  He also serves on the Editorial Board of Pediatrics in Review

Carlin Receives UF Health Shands Award

Bonnie Carlin, MSN, RN, Clinical Assistant Professor, has been recognized with the UF Health Shands Rose Rivers Chrysalis Award for Evolving Research for her project, “Health System and Academic Partnerships-The APU Model.”  Carlin has served as the faculty coordinator for the Academic Partnership Unit (APU)–a new and innovative model of clinical education that has been piloted with the College of Nursing in conjunction with UF Health.

In her role, Carlin has her students placed in clinical units at UF Health Shands and regularly visits each of these units to assess their progress and offer guidance and assistance to the UF Health clinical instructors. In addition, she developed and refined a clinical orientation program for which the nurses who serve as clinical instructors are awarded continuing education units. Carlin meets regularly with hospital staff and administration at the beginning and end of each semester to ensure issues and concerns are addressed and the evolving partnership is a benefit to both the College and UF Health.




UF's Barbara Mennel Awarded Prestigious German Fellowship to Study Women and Work in Film

Movies often are more telling of current social and economic issues than the news or research articles—gender issues especially so. The feminization of labor in the 21st century has been captured in film but not necessarily in scholarship. UF film studies professor Barbara Mennel seeks to fill that void with a new book project, Women and Work in Contemporary European Cinema, which recently received a boost from the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies in Germany. Mennel has been awarded a Marie Skłodowaska-Curie FCFP Senior Fellowship for her research project, which promises to result in the first book-length study on women in contemporary European film.

Filmmakers explain characteristics that are culturally considered feminine, such as service, care, flexibility, and mobility, through the films’ discourse: the story as told through dialogue, images, and symbols. Many 21st century films with female main characters reflect on the nature of work. “Since 2000, you see many films that capture the development from industrial to post-industrial labor and the rise of the service sector, which relies on skills traditionally associated with femininity,” says Mennel.

The increasing participation of women in the workforce as well as an emphasis on the service sector may be counteracting the idea that the feminization of labor “is a detrimental effect of neoliberal economies.” Mennel argues that the current importance of women in European films about labor indicates a shift in our cultural understanding of the nature of work.

Professor Mennel’s area of expertise is film studies with a research emphasis on contemporary European cinema and feminist theory. She says she hopes to energize these fields of research. Mennel holds a joint appointment in the Department of English and the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

This research project has also been supported by the Women in German Faculty Research Award in 2015 and a Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., in the summer of 2013.

Parker Elected as Fellow of American Academy of Nursing

Clinical Associate Professor Leslie Parker, Ph.D., A.R.N.P., from the University of Florida College of Nursing was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She will be officially honored as a fellow at the American Academy of Nursing’s annual conference in October.

The academy honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to effective nursing through practice, research, creative development, scholarly work, the influence of public policy or a combination of these. Fellows also must show the potential to continue making significant contributions to the field of nursing.

Parker is a board-certified neonatal nurse practitioner who has had a joint practice in the UF Health Shands Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU, since 1990. She has NIH-funded research that involves nutritional support of the premature infant with an emphasis on breastfeeding infants in the NICU.

Parker is currently funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research to study the risks and benefits of routine gastric residual aspiration and evaluation in very premature infants and the optimal timing of initiation of milk expression following the delivery of a very premature infant. She has been featured in many publications highlighting her research and expertise in neonatal nursing and nutrition of the premature infant.

The American Academy of Nursing was established in 1973 to provide leadership to the nursing profession and the public in shaping future health-care policy and practice that optimizes the well-being of the American people.

The Academy fellows, with the addition of this newest class, represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 28 countries. The Academy is currently comprised 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.

Fellow selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care, and sponsorship by two current Academy fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel comprised of elected and appointed fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominee’s nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and wellbeing of all.

UF Drago Chair of Chemistry George Christou Named as 2016 Fellow of the American Chemical Society

The American Chemical Society has just announced their 2016 Fellows, and UF Drago Chair of Chemistry George Christou is on the esteemed list. The ACS has named 57 chemists who have made significant contributions in their field in the July 18 issue of Chemical & Engineering News.  Christou is one of only two Florida chemists named as a fellow. 

Recently, Christou has been awarded the prestigious Nyholm Prize by the UK’s Royal Society of Chemistry, and was just named UF’s Teacher-Scholar of the Year for 2015-2016. 

Christou says that being named that a ACS fellow is a testament to his "research success and my service to the ACS community through my conference organization and related activities.” Christou was also selected to 2014’s and 2015’s Highly Cited Researchers list, which includes only 200 chemists from around the world. Christou is "very proud to be one of them, since they represent the top 1% based on citations and thus scientific influence/impact."

The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With nearly 157,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. 

Dr. Brian Ray, Co-director of Warrington College of Business Poe Business Ethics Center Graduated with a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College

Dr. Brian Ray, Co-director of Warrington College of Business Poe Business Ethics Center, recently graduated with a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.  The Master of Strategic Studies is the Army’s highest level of professional military education and prepares military, civilian, and international leaders for positions of significant responsibility.  The curriculum focuses on strategic planning and national security policy as well as the leadership skills required for success in a global environment.

In his current military assignment, Dr. Ray serves as the Command Chaplain for the 377th Theater Sustainment Command, the largest command in the U.S. Army Reserve with over 35,000 soldiers.  As Command Chaplain he directs the religious support of 100 chaplains.





Florida Museum Director Elected as American Alliance of Museums Board Chair

UF professor and Florida Museum of Natural History Director Douglas Jones has been elected chair of the board for the American Alliance of Museums. His two-year term began at the conclusion of the organization’s 2016 annual meeting in Washington, D.C. In his new role, Jones will help lead the organization’s programs related to museum accreditation, monitoring the fiscal health of AAM and implementing the group’s 2016-2020 strategic plan. He also will chair two annual meetings and participate in federal advocacy efforts around the country.

An AAM board member since 2012, Jones previously served as vice chair for 2015-2016. He has served as Florida Museum director since 1997, and has also served as president of the Florida Association of Museums and the Association of Science Museum Directors, and vice president of the Toomey Foundation for the Natural Sciences.

With more than 30,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, as well as supporting institutions and corporate partners, AAM is the only organization representing the entire museum community.

Malay Ghosh Elected Fellow of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis

Malay Ghosh, Distinguished Professor of Statistics at the University of Florida, has been elected a Fellow of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA). This award was conferred in the June, 2016 meeting of ISBA held in Sardinia, Italy.

Ann Progulske-Fox Inducted as a 2015 Fellow by the National Academy of Inventors

Ann Progulske-Fox Ph.D., a distinguished professor of oral biology at the University of Florida, was inducted as a 2015 Fellow by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) on April 15 during their fifth annual conference at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C. Progulske-Fox was one of two new members from the University of Florida; joining nine UF members who were inducted previously.

She was also invited to join the NAI Fellows Advisory Committee, a new committee. Committee members represent a wide array of the nation’s leading research universities and come from a broad range of disciplines. The committee will implement a comprehensive review process to evaluate the submissions for this competitive program.

Progulske-Fox is also the director of the UF Center for Molecular Microbiology. She earned her bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University, her Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts in microbiology and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Connecticut College of Medicine. Progulske-Fox’s research focuses on the pathogene­sis of oral bacteria and her group has developed novel technology (IVIAT) to discover which bacterial genes are expressed only while causing disease in the human host. By identifying virlence-associated genes that would not be found by conventional methods, she has improved the understanding of the pathogenic mechanisms employed by more than 35 pathogens that have been stud­ied with this technology. She is a two-time recipient of a UF Research Foundation Professorship and also received the Distinguished Scientist Award for Research in Periodontal Disease from the International Association for Dental Research. She has published over 100 arti­cles and five book chapters, and serves as an editor or editorial board member for multiple peer­-reviewed journals and is a fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Progulske-Fox is an inventor on 12 issued U.S. patents, ten of which relate to novel virulence genes expressed by Porphyromonas gingivalis and Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans and the use of these expressed proteins for diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of periodontal disease. Eight of the patents, covering bacterial antigens that can be used for diagnosis and monitoring of periodontal disease, have been licensed to PerioPruv Holdings. Progulske-Fox serves as the chief scientific officer of this start-up company which is close to selling the first rapid, point-of-care test for diagnosing active periodontal disease because it detects virulence markers produced only during active infections. Currently the diagnosis of active periodontal disease can only be done many months retroactively, during which time additional systemic pathology may take place. Given the accumulated evidence linking periodontal disease as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis and premature births (among other serious systemic diseases), it is anticipated that this simple diagnostic test will have a major impact on public health worldwide.

UF Professor Luise White to Complete Groundbreaking Research with National Humanities Center Fellowship

In her latest innovative project, Luise White, professor of history at the University of Florida, explores the troubled lives of white soldiers fighting to preserve rule by the white minority in Rhodesia. The book, Fighting and Writing: The Rhodesian Army at War and Post-war, has won White a fellowship with the National Humanities Center in Durham, NC, and represents one of the few historical studies of Rhodesia.

White’s project combines oral history with archival research to tell the complicated story of Rhodesia, an unrecognized African state that emerged after its neighbor, the former British colony Zambia, gained independence. In the 1960s and 70s, Rhodesia was a political hotbed for African nationalists working to free Africa from the lingering grip of the Crown. While many historians would analyze Rhodesian history through the words of the political leaders playing on the African stage, White focuses on the people fighting for a fuzzy government amidst a culture clash.

According to her research, white Rhodesian soldiers had grown up in Africa and had many ties to its culture, leaving them torn between “idealized rural childhoods where African playmates taught them the ways of the wild” and the militant demands of counter-insurgency.  Says White, “It was [their] knowledge – of African languages and culture, of tracking and hunting – that enabled them to fight African guerrillas.”

The project will be completed through White’s term as a 2016-2017 fellow with the National Humanities Center. Fighting and Writing continues her significant contributions to African Studies, including her award-winning The Comforts of Home: Prostitution in Colonial Nairobi.

Chemistry Professor Brent Sumerlin Receives International Award

Brent Sumerlin, Professor in the Department of Chemistry, received the Hanwha-Total Young Scientist Award from the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). This internationally competitive award is dedicated to outstanding scientists and sponsored by Hanwha-Total (formerly Samsung-Total). The prize was first awarded on the occasion of MACRO 2004 (Paris) and is granted biannually on the occasion of the IUPAC World Polymer Congress, being held this year in Istanbul, Turkey in July.

Professor Sumerlin’s research is in the general area of polymer chemistry with specific focus on developing materials that respond to their environment to bring about changes in their properties, potentially leading to delivery of pharmaceuticals, self-healing, or dramatic transformations in surface characteristics.

UF Professor Pamela K. Gilbert Named 2016 Guggenheim Fellow

Pamela K. Gilbert, the Albert Brick Professor in the Department of English, has been awarded a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship for a new book project, Victorian Skin: Surface, Subjectivity, Affect.

Professor Gilbert’s research interests include gender, the Victorian novel, the body, Victorian cultural and medical history, and medical humanities. Her current project focuses on the surface of the body, the history of science and medicine, and 19th-century British culture.

The Guggenheim Fellowship program provides an important source of support for artists, scholars in the humanities and social sciences, and scientific researchers. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the 178 successful candidates were chosen from a group of nearly 3,000 applicants in the Guggenheim Foundation’s 92nd competition.

Florida Museum Professors Receive International Biology Award

Florida Museum curator and University of Florida Biodiversity Institute director Pam Soltis and Doug Soltis, distinguished professor in the Florida Museum and the UF Department of Biology, received the 2016 Darwin-Wallace Medal  from the Linnean Society of London on May 24. The medal is considered one of the top international awards given to researchers studying evolutionary biology.

The Soltises are principal investigators in the Florida Museum Laboratory of Molecular Systematics and Evolutionary Genetics and researchers with the UF Genetics Institute. They began working at UF in 2000. Pam holds a doctorate in botany from the University of Kansas and Doug holds a doctorate in biology from Indiana University. Their work includes identifying relationships among major groups of flowering plants, and they have both received numerous awards and grants.

The award is given for major advances in evolutionary biology, and has been presented annually since 2010, previously only being given in 1908, 1958 and 2009.

UF Professor George Christou Receives Accolades for Research Discoveries and Teaching

UF chemistry professor George Christou has received acclaim for his discovery of single-molecule magnets and metal-oxo clusters—microscopic, long-lasting substances with applications to medical, computing, and industrial technologies. The United Kingdom’s Royal Society of Chemistry awarded Christou the 2016 Nyholm Prize for Inorganic Chemistry for his pioneering work.

Christou has also been appointed to the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars, an honorary organization of exceptional professors and the advisory board to the Provost’s Office. The Academy offers policy guidance to encourage academic excellence through the confluence of teaching and research. Indeed, Christou was also UF’s Teacher-Scholar of the Year for 2015–2016.

Cyprus-born Christou is well versed in these complementary practices, having published over 560 articles and taught at several esteemed institutions in both the U.S. and the U.K. He is the Drago Chair of Chemistry at UF, and has won other awards from the Royal Society of Chemistry. Given his trans-Atlantic impact, knack for charismatic teaching, and his tremendous experience in the technology of metal, one might call him the Iron Man of UF.

Dr. Margarita Vargas-Betancourt Part of Team Receiving the Diversity Award from the Society of American Archivists

The Latin American and Cultural Heritage Archives Roundtable webinar series, “Desmantelando Fronteras/Breaking Down Borders,” is the 2016 recipient of the Diversity Award given by the Society of American Archivists (SAA). The award will be presented at a ceremony during the Joint Annual Meeting of SAA and the Council of State Archivists in Atlanta, July 31–August 6. The award recognizes an individual, group, or institution for outstanding contributions in advancing diversity within the archives profession, SAA, or the archival record.

Desmantelando Fronteras/Breaking Down Borders” was co-founded by George Apodaca, affiliate assistant librarian and Pauline A. Young resident at the University of Delaware Library; Natalie Baur, most recently the archivist for the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami; and Margarita Vargas-Betancourt, curator of Latin American and Caribbean Special Collections at the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida. The webinar series provides a collaborative space for archivists of the Latin American and Caribbean diaspora to share their projects and experiences, facilitating an open exchange of ideas among professionals throughout the Americas. The series, in collaboration with the Digital Library of the Caribbean and the Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries, has provided an exemplary model of cooperative outreach. Topics include digital and documentation projects in Colombia, Curaçao, Ecuador, Florida, Guyana, Honduras, and Puerto Rico, and webinars feature both English and Spanish speakers.

According to one colleague, “This one-of-a-kind project has expanded beyond geographical, language, and theoretical barriers and provides an example of how SAA and American archivists can connect with international professionals.”

The Diversity Award was established in 2011. Previous recipients include the Shorefront Legacy Center (Evanston, IL), the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida, Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Program at the University of Houston, and Jennifer O'Neal of the University of Oregon Libraries.

Dr. Folakemi Odedina Recipient of the 2016 Inspiring Women in Stem Award

Dr. Folakemi Odedina received the INSIGHT Into Diversity 2016 Inspiring Women in Stem Award as a tribute to her inspiring work as a woman in the STEM field.  Dr. Odedina will be recognize in the upcoming September STEM issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine as the recipient of this national honor.

Mobeen Rathore, MD Receives "Child Advocate of the Year" Award

Mobeen Rathore, MD was honored with "Child Advocate of the Year" award by the Northeast Florida Pediatric Society at their annual meeting on June 3, 2016.  Dr. Rathore is Professor and Founding Director of University of Florida Center for HIV/AIDS Research, Education and Service ( UF CARES).  He is the Immediate Past President of the Florida Chapter Of the American Academy of Pediatrics and past President of the Duval County Medical Society.  Dr. Rathore has advocated of children's issues for the last 25 years.





Dr. Patricia J. Woods Recognized for Service to Fulbright

Dr. Patricia J. Woods was recognized in March 2016 by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State for her service to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for serving for three years on its National Screening Committee.  Dr. Woods is Associate Professor of Political Science and Jewish Studies, and Affiliate with the Center for Global Islamic Studies and the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research.