Adrian L. Melott, professor of physics and
astronomy, presented a joint colloquium, “Did a Gamma-Ray Burst
Initiate the Late Ordovician Extinction?” at Vanderbilt University
Aug. 26 to the departments of biological sciences, earth and environmental
sciences, and physics and astronomy.
Janet Hamburg, professor of music and dance,
has been named the first recipient of the Laban Award for creative achievement
by an artist or researcher by the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement
Studies in New York City. Her research on Parkinson’s disease resulted
earlier this year in an exercise DVD/video, “Motivating Moves for
People With Parkinson’s,” which is distributed by the Parkinson’s
Disease Foundation in New York. The award was announced at the LIMS annual
conference June 18-20 in Long Beach, Calif.
Rick Snyder, M. Erik Wright distinguished
professor of clinical psychology, received the Robert S. Daniel Teaching
Excellence Award from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, American
Psychological Association Division 2 on Aug. 30 at the APA’s national
convention in Hawaii. The award is given to professors at four-year institutions
and includes a plaque and a prize of $750.
James F. Juola, professor of psychology,
presented “First-Time Usability Testing for Bluetooth-Enabled Devices”
at the Bluetooth SIG All-Hands Meeting in Kansas City in April. The paper
was co-authored with KU undergraduate Drew Voegele. Juola also taught
two short courses, “Signal Detection Theory and Some Applications”
for the graduate program in statistics and methodology at the Universidad
Autonoma de Madrid, Spain, in May, and “Multi-Modal Perception and
Sensory Interactions” for the graduate program in user-system interaction
at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, the Netherlands, in June.
George Varghese, professor and chairman of
the department of rehabilitation medicine, was awarded the Distinguished
Clinician Award from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
The award will be presented at the national meeting Oct. 8 in Phoenix.
He also received the Professional of the Year award from the Asian Chamber
Kim Templeton, associate professor of orthopedics,
has been elected to the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons, a national
organization founded in 1947 that publishes the journal Clinical Orthopedics
and Related Research.
Daniel Swagerty, associate professor of family
medicine and internal medicine, was awarded fellowship status in the American
Geriatrics Society at its annual meeting in May.
Charles Little, professor of anatomy and
cell biology, and Brenda Rongish, assistant
professor of anatomy and cell biology, represented the American Association
of Anatomists at the 16th congress of the International Federation of
Associations of Anatomists Aug. 22-27 in Kyoto, Japan. They spoke on “Expanding
the Frontiers of Experimental Embryology.”
Sallie Page-Goertz, assistant professor of
pediatrics, has been appointed liaison for the International Lactation
Consultant Association to the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action.
She has presented programs at several international meetings related to
breastfeeding promotion and support, most recently in the southern African
country of Zambia and in Phoenix, Ariz.
A brochure produced by KU Continuing Education has received the Masterpiece
Award from Spangler Graphics of Kansas City, a division of Kelmscott Communications.
The brochure, designed by Continuing Education graphic designer
Shala Stevenson, markets the division’s expertise in developing
and managing professional meetings, including medical, research and scholarly
Patrick Frank, assistant professor of Latin American art, wrote and edited
the new book Readings in Latin American Modern Art.
Mary Abbott, research professor in the Bureau
of Child Research, will receive the Dollar General’s ProLiteracy
National Tutor of the Year award at the annual Pro-Literacy Worldwide
conference in October.
Susan Kemper, distinguished professor of
psychology, received the Master Mentor award from the Retirement Research
Foundation and Div. 20 (Adult Development and Aging) of the American Psychological