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Research and Training Center on Independent Living article wins honors

An article by Mike Fox, professor of health policy and management; Glen White, professor of applied behavioral science; Cat Rooney Howland, project coordinator; and Tony Cahill of the University of New Mexico, won the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association Research Award. “The Psychosocial Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Persons with Disabilities and Independent Living Center Staff Living on the American Gulf Coast” was published last year in Rehabilitation Psychology. White attended the association’s annual conference March 25 in New Orleans to accept the award.

CLAS names directors of communications and community engagement

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has promoted two staff members to key positions in its external relations mission.

Jessica Beeson, formerly project coordinator, will serve as the director of community engagement and Kristi Henderson, formerly associate director of external relations, will serve as the director of communications. Both have been with the College since 2008. The positions were developed as part of a reorganization to develop a coordinated, comprehensive strategy to enhance external relations for the College. In addition to the two roles, the College will hire a successor to the outgoing director of external relations, Christie Appelhanz. That position will be known as the director of advancement in the reorganization.

As director of community engagement, Beeson will coordinate and promote innovative academic programs, on and off campus, to enhance community access to KU, support faculty in the College in community partnerships, and work with the dean and associate deans to create opportunities for interdisciplinary, community-based collaborations that integrate research, teaching and service.

As director of communications, Henderson will lead outreach, advancement and alumni relations projects to support the communication and development activities of the dean. She will direct publications, advertising, branding and publicity for the College and the School of the Arts. She will also manage the online and social media presence for the College and advise departments on their publicity needs.

Professor named to national group of education technical advisers

Neal Kingston

Neal Kingston, associate professor of psychology and research in education and director of the Center for Educational Research and Evaluation, has been appointed to serve on Edvantia Inc.’s National Technical Advisory Group. The group provides technical expertise and lends its insights to the benefit of Edvantia’s work in the field of educational research, development and technical assistance.

The group is comprised of specialists from institutes and universities across the country, whose areas of expertise include organizational development, educational policy, state and district standards, urban education, school reform, educational technology and teacher effectiveness.

Wichita faculty member to chair national committee addressing HIV worker shortage

Donna Sweet

Donna Sweet, professor of internal medicine at the School of Medicine-Wichita, was named chair of a national committee that will address the shortage of HIV medical workers in the United States.

The American College of Physicians Foundation’s National HIV Workforce

Expansion Steering Committee received $2.93 million over three years from Bristol Myers Squibb Co. for the effort that will also increase health care capacity building and skills transfer support programs to help benefit people living with HIV and AIDS in areas of high unmet need.

With the grant, the ACP Foundation plans to address these issues through a mentoring program pairing HIV experts with primary care clinicians in areas with high HIV prevalence and few HIV experts.

Rusell Scheffer

Professor named a ‘Best Doctor in America’

Russell Scheffer, professor of behavioral sciences and chair of psychiatry at the School of Medicine-Wichita was recently named a “Best Doctor in America.” This is the sixth consecutive year he has received the award.

Scheffer is among the top 5 percent of physicians in the country, selected by his peers. The “Best Doctors in America” list is respected by medical professionals and patients as a source of the nation’s outstanding specialists and primary care physicians.

Doctors cannot pay a fee, are not paid and cannot nominate or vote for themselves.

Based in Boston, Mass., Best Doctors was founded in 1989 by physicians affiliated with the Harvard Medical School to provide expert medical consultation services. Today, Best Doctors provides its services globally to more than 20 million people.

KU vice provost named University of California-Santa Barbara university librarian

Denise Stephens, former vice provost for information services, has been named university librarian at the University of California-Santa Barbara. The position oversees the library system for the entire university. Stephens, who came to KU in 2005, had oversight of library and information technologies in her duties at KU.

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