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A Word of Advice?
Freilich, Malasri get Briggs Award
Faculty lauded as "distinguished"
Dasgupta receives Eminent Award
Lipman receives Hammond Award
Professors receive Research Awards
Graesser receives lifetime award
Just Baby Talk?
Recycling Event
Capturing time in a capsule
YoLo is cream of the crop
Names in the News


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Administration and Staff

Destin Tucker, orientation and special events coordinator for the Office of Recruitment and Orientation Services, has received the Outstanding Orientation Professional Award for Region VI of the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA). She has worked in that capacity since 2007 and has distinguished herself by her active involvement not only on the U of M campus, but also at the state level of NODA, serving as a Tennessee state coordinator. She was instrumental in bringing NODA’s 2013 Southern Regional Orientation Workshop to the U of M.

Arts and Sciences

Dr. Gene A. Plunka, professor of English, published a review of Carl Lavery's The Politics of Jean Genet's Late Theatre: Spaces of Revolution, in the March 2012 edition of Theatre Journal.

Center for Earthquake Research and Information

Dr. Steve Horton, geophysicist in the Center for Earthquake Research and Information, is featured prominently in the article “Learning How to Not Make Your Own Earthquakes” in the March 23 issue of Science magazine. The article focuses on earthquakes that have been induced by deep fluid disposal wells. Horton is one of the country's leading experts on this topic and is working with several different state agencies, gas companies and federal agencies who are interested in developing guidelines for deep fluid injection processes with respect to their potential to generate earthquakes.

Communication and Fine Arts

Copeland Woodruff, co-director of opera studies, was a guest artist at Lawrence University and Conservatory, teaching Viewpoints and acting to 75 voice majors. The students were introduced to the approach through workshops and then used the tools garnered in masterclasses of solo performance. The weekend culminated in a presentation of the students' theatrical compositions. One student wrote of the workshop, "The best acting/movement workshop I've had during my years at Lawrence" while another said, "Far and away the most engaging and informative residency I've had while at Lawrence." Woodruff will be directing the premiere of “Bovinus Rex” for Guerilla Opera in Boston in May and will return for his 14th season as stage director and acting instructor for the Harrower Summer Opera Workshop at Georgia State University, directing Sondheim's "A Little Night Music."

Education, Health and Human Sciences

Nathan Martin, assistant professor of health and sport sciences,is the 2012 recipient of the Sport and Recreation Law Association's (SRLA) Young Professional Award. In recognition of excellence in research, teaching and service, the award recognizes a young professional who demonstrates commitment to the study and instruction of the legal aspects of sport and recreation, service to the field and to SRLA, as well as the potential for future growth and continued excellence in those same areas.

Dr. Clif Mims, associate professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, has been invited by thethe Harvard Graduate School of Business to be a fellow at the 2012 Project Zero Classroom (PZC), one of Project Zero’s summer institutes, July 22-27, 2012. The PZC offers study group fellow positions, by invitation only, on the basis of their knowledge of individuals whom they feel have potential to positively influence groups of participants. The program supports a select and diverse group of people in learning ways to help other adults use and synthesize a broad range of ideas from PZ’s research.

Fogelman College of Business and Economics

Dr. J. David Spiceland, professor of accountancy, had the seventh edition of his textbook, Intermediate Accounting (Spiceland, Sepe, and Nelson), published by McGraw-Hill in March. 

Herff College of Engineering

Dr. Warren O. Haggard, who holds the Herff Chair of Excellence in Biomedical Engineering, Dr. Joel Bumgardner, professor of biomedical engineering, and Jessica Amber Jennings, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, have received a $1,888,000 research funding award from the U.S. Army Medical Research Command for an Applied Research and Advanced Technology Development Grant for their project “Antibiotic-loaded Biopolymer Sponge for Prevention of Polymicrobial Wound Infection.” Haggard is the principal investigator for the project. Other research collaborators for this award are from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, University of Arkansas Medical Services, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the U.S. Institute of Surgical Research.


Dr. Pam Dennis, Learning Commons coordinator, compiled An Index to Articles Published in The Etude Magazine, 1883-1957, the latest publication in the Music Library Association's (MLA) Index and Bibliography Series published by A-R Editions. This index to the articles in The Etude is proving to be a useful tool for researching the music culture of the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Composed of 1364 pages, the two-volume set chronicles The Etude’s discussions of such important issues as women in music; immigration; transportation; Native American and African American composers and their music; World War I and II; public schools; new technologies (sound recordings, radio, and television); and modern music (jazz, gospel, blues, early 20th century composers) in addition to regular book reviews, teaching advice, interviews, biographies and advertisements. 

Barbara R. Thomas, library assistant III in the Instructional Services Department University Libraries, was awarded the Tennessee Library Association Support Staff Award in March in Knoxville.  

Loewenberg School of Nursing

Dr. Gloria Carr, assistant professor of nursing, had her article “The Role of Caregiver Burden in Understanding African American Custodial Grandparents” accepted for publication in the refereed journal Geriatric Nursing.  Carr’s article focuses on exploring the role of caregiver burden in influencing needs for information about services, needs for available services, and use of services among African American grandparent caregivers.

Petey Elliotte, Vicki Chandler and Tracy Collins, clinical assistant professors of nursing, have been accepted to the Doctor of Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Alabama.

Dr. Robert Koch, associate professor of nursing, presented “Preparing for the Worst: Civilian/Military Healthcare Provider's Interface during Catastrophic Events” at the American Organization of Nurse Executives 45th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Boston in March.

Anita Langston, clinical associate professor, was elected president-elect for the chapter of American Association of Critical Care.

Dr. Carolyn Speros, associate professor of nursing, had the abstract, “Promoting Health Literacy in the Older Adults” accepted for presentation at the international conference Aging and Society.

School of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Dr. Maurice Mendel,dean of communication sciences and disorders, has been selected to receive the Honors of the Council, the highest honor bestowed by the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD). The award recognizes an individual’s contributions to CAPCSD and to higher education in communication sciences and disorders through clinical practice, teaching, research, administration, service, or legislative activity. He received the award earlier this month at the council’s annual meeting in Newport Beach, Calif.

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