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Dr. Alfred Hall Selected for National Science Foundation Fellowship

Dr. Alfred Hall, assistant dean in the College of Education, has been selected for a National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellowship. Beginning October 11, 2022, Dr. Hall will serve as a Program Director in the Division of Human Resource Development within the Directorate for Education and Human Resources. In this role, Dr. Hall will support NSF’s Division of Human Resource Development “commitment to enhancing the quality and excellence of STEM education and research through broadening participation of groups historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)- minorities, women and persons with disabilities.”  

Dr. Hall says of the fellowship, “I am honored to have this opportunity to serve the nation in improving STEM education pathways for underrepresented students. I have been involved in this work throughout my entire professional career, and I look forward to engaging with other colleagues at the National Science Foundation to broaden the impact of these efforts.” 

CREP partners with UTHSC team on "High School 2 Health Care" to encourage rural TN high school students to explore laboratory science careers

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences has awarded $1.3 million to a new initiative to educate rural Tennessee high school students about careers in medical laboratory sciences and public health information technology.

The UofM team working on this project is led by Dr. Carolyn Kaldon, at the Center for Research and Educational Policy (CREP). Dr. Jacen Moore, assistant professor in the department of Diagnostic and Health Sciences at University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), is the principal investigator and program director.  The CREP and UTHSC teams are joined by a team led by Dr. Simpfronia Taylor, director of the Ripley extension center at the University of Tennessee at Martin. The project is funded by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) grant.

The COVID-19 pandemic amplified the stress of existing critical shortages of trained, qualified, allied health professionals, especially in rural communities and underserved populations. Careers in fields, such as medical laboratory sciences and public health information technology, are in very high demand, yet professional programs struggle to recruit students. This project aims to ease this recruitment challenge by familiarizing and engaging student interest early in high school, where these fields aren’t as popular or well-promoted as other health professions.

Called “High School 2 Health Care” (HS2HC), the project seeks to enhance opportunities in these fields for underserved student populations. It is comprised of a summer program and dual enrollment course that will educate high school students and their teachers about careers in medical laboratory sciences and public health information technology. Integrating Next Generation Science Standards, the classes will give students and teachers the opportunity to develop hands-on skills and experience what a career in these fields would involve.

Learn more about this project on UTHSC’s website >.

Dr. Eraina Schauss receives 2022 First Horizon Foundation Distinguished Professorship

Dr. Eraina Schauss, associate professor in CEPR, has been awarded the UofM's 2022 First Horizon Foundation Distinguished Professorship. This three-year appointment reflects Dr. Schauss's outstanding contributions to the University's educational, research, outreach and service missions. Dr. Schauss says, "I am delighted to have received the prestigious First Horizon Foundation Distinguished Professorship! It is the greatest honor of my tenure at the University of Memphis."

Learn more about the First Horizon Foundation Distinguished Professorship >. Learn more about Dr. Schauss and her impactful research in treating young people with trauma through the BRAIN Center >.

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