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The National School Boards Association has named Kari Stubbs, senior project leader at ALTEC, as one of "20 to Watch" educators. The honor is given to emerging leaders who will help shape the world of education for the next 20 years.

Stubbs is the project leader of the Title IID initiative in Kansas, known as Technology Rich Classrooms. The program has impacted teaching and learning in 168 classrooms across the state. She received the honor during the Association's T + L Conference's 20th anniversary celebration Nov. 7 in Dallas.

KU Med professors join study sections

The National Institutes of Health has named Matthew Mayo, professor in preventive medicine and public health, a member of the Cancer Biomarkers Study Section, Center for Scientific Review. The NIH also has named Gerald Carlson, professor and chair of biochemistry and molecular biology, to serve on the Macromolecular Structure and Function C Study Section. Both appointments begin immediately and extend through June 30, 2010. In addition, Shilpa Buch, associate professor of molecular and integrative physiology, was named a member of the NIH Neuro/AIDS and Other End-Organ Diseases Study Section. Her appointment begins in July and extends to June 30, 2011.

Study sections review grant applications submitted to the NIH, make recommendations on those applications to NIH national advisory councils or boards and survey the status of research in their fields of science.

Aires named Connetics Professor

Daniel Aires

The chief of the Dermatology Division at the KU Medical Center was formally invested with a term professorship that is the first and only of its kind at KU School of Medicine.

Daniel Aires, a dermatologist, was awarded the Connetics Professorship in Dermatology. The professorship is sustained through annual support from the Connetics Corporation of Palo Alto, Calif., for the three-year term of the position.

Aires comes to KU from Harvard, where he was on faculty in the dermatology department from 2003 until 2005. As chief of the Dermatology Division, he sees patients and trains medical students and residents. He is also the principal investigator in research trials under way at KU Medical Center on psoriasis, squamous cell carcinoma and cutaneous aging.

Mandel elected to scientific society

KU researcher Rolfe Mandel has been elected to head up the American Quaternary Association, a scientific society whose members study the past 2 million years of earth history.

Mandel is an associate scientist at the Kansas Geological Survey, based on KU's west campus, and an associate professor in KU's Department of Anthropology. He was named president-elect of the organization at its annual meeting this summer in Bozeman, Mont. He will begin a two-year term as president in 2008.

Mandel is a geoarcheologist, focusing on the relationship between geology and the archeological record. He has written a number of scientific publications and contributed to a recent volume on Kansas archeology published by the University Press of Kansas.

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