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Algren to lead Applied English Center

Mark Algren has been named director of the Applied English Center. He was previously associate director.

Algren has worked with international students at the center since 1993 when he began as a language specialist. He became associate director in 2007. Algren replaces Chuck Seibel, who retired earlier this year. In his new position, Algren will oversee the center and its 61 staff members.

Algren’s responsibilities have included overseeing the Commission on English Language Accreditation’s reaccreditation report, serving on the provost's International Recruiting Advisory Committee, serving as liaison to the Iraq Education Initiative, and coordinating the AEC’s computer lab. Algren has travelled for KU to education fairs in Bahrain, China, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. He was president of the international professional association Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages from 2009 to 2010 and has served in the organization in many capacities since 1995. Algren received a master’s in teaching English as a foreign language from Southern Illinois University in 1982.

Durham, Burright named to interim posts in Student Success

Vice provost Marlesa Roney has announced two interim positions within Student Success.

Tammara Durham, director of the University Advising Center, has been named interim associate vice provost for Student Success and Diann Burright, senior associate director of the University Advising Center, will serve as interim director in Durham’s place. Both appointments are effective Jan. 24.

Durham will occupy the post to be vacated by Lori Reesor, who recently accepted a position at the University of North Dakota as vice president for Student Affairs.

As interim associate vice provost for Student Success, Durham will lead the Academic and Student Life Center, which includes the Academic Achievement and Access Center, KU Writing Center, New Student Orientation, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Student Involvement and Leadership Center, University Advising Center and University Career Center.

Durham earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southwest Missouri State University and her doctorate from KU. She has held the position of University Advising Center director since 2004 and joined KU in 1998 as assistant director of the Freshman-Sophomore Advising Center.

Burright brings strong administrative experience to her new post, having worked in higher education for almost 18 years. She received her bachelor’s from Buena Vista University and both her master’s and doctorate degrees from Iowa State University. She joined KU in 2004 as associate director of the University Advising Center and became senior associate director in 2009.

Scott named Royal Historical Society Fellow

Paul Scott, assistant professor of French, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. The society is one of the world's foremost organizations devoted to historical study, founded in 1868.

The society awards fellowships “to those who have made ‘an original contribution to historical scholarship in the form of significant published work.’” Election is made after peer nomination.

Monaco named University Communications assistant director

Joe Monaco

Joe Monaco has been named assistant director of University Communications. He will work with the office through the end of fiscal year 2011.

Monaco comes to KU from the Kansas Department of Commerce where he served as press secretary. There he worked in numerous communications projects and events relating to economic development and business recruitment.

Scott earns early career award

Emily Scott, associate professor of medicinal chemistry, has been named a recipient of the 2011 Drug Metabolism Division Early Career Achievement Award from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. The society established the award to recognize excellent original research by early career investigators in the area of drug metabolism and disposition. An award committee of five members of the Drug Metabolism Division independently evaluated nominations received for independence of thought, originality of scientific approach, clarity of communication and impact on the field.

Scott’s research focuses on understanding how the cytochrome P450 enzyme breaks down nicotine and detecting ways to stop the enzyme from producing a carcinogen during its nicotine processing. The knowledge might lead to designing a drug to halt DNA damage that nicotine inflicts on lungs, including cancer.

Scott will receive a $1,000 award, plaque and expenses to attend the Society’s April 2011 meeting. She has been invited to present a lecture at the 2011 annual meeting describing her research accomplishments. She also has been invited to publish a review article in the scientific journal “Drug Metabolism and Disposition.”

Leitch joins General Counsel

Michael C. Leitch

Michael C. Leitch has joined the Office of the University General Counsel as an associate general counsel. Leitch comes to KU from law firm Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP in Kansas City, where he spent eight years as an associate and partner. At Spencer Fane, he handled litigation involving civil rights, education, employment and business matters in state and federal trial and appellate courts. From 2007 - 2010, Leitch served as deputy attorney general in the Civil Litigation Division in the Kansas Attorney General's Office in Topeka. There he managed all attorneys and staff attached to the division, advised the attorney general and other state agencies in litigation, employment and regulatory matters; testified before legislative committees; and personally handled litigation in federal and state courts.

Leitch received a bacehlor’s in political science from KU. He will be involved in employment, litigation and regulatory matters for KU.

Zelnick to teach, perform in United Kingdom

Stephanie Zelnick, Buffet-Crampon Artist and assistant professor of clarinet, has been invited by the Berkshire Music Trust in the United Kingdom to perform and teach.

Zelnick has emerged as one of the most dynamic performers of her generation. She has appeared as a soloist in venues throughout the United States, Asia, South America and Europe, including most recently the 34th annual International Music Festival of the Escola de Música e Artes Cênicas da Universidade Federal de Goiás in Goiania, Brazil, at the Academia Musicale Vincenzo Bellini in Salerno, Italy, the European Day of Jewish Music in Novi Sad, Serbia, and in the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan.

In addition to her solo work, she is currently the principal clarinet of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and the Central City Opera, both located in Colorado. She has recently completed recordings of Morton Gould's “Derivations” as featured soloist on the Naxos label, Brooke Joyce's “Wave of Stone” on the Innova label, and Antonio Fraiolis’ “La Bacana.” Her playing can be heard weekly on NPR and Colorado Public Radio. She has been broadcast on WFMT, Chicago, as part of the Dame Myra Hess Artist Series, and featured on television series in Serbia, Italy and the United States.

Dunton part of study to improve pain care in hospitals

Nancy Dunton, research professor at the School of Nursing, is part of a $300,000 18-month grant to disseminate and implement a program to assess and improve pain care in hospitals.

The study will include 100 hospitals across the United States. It is unique in that researchers will use the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators data collection process to collect data about pain care and outcomes in the units at multiple hospitals on a given day. This will be the first time that the database will have gathered data by asking patients directly about their experience. Researchers will use that data to develop a set of pain quality indicators and develop a web-based tool kit to help nursing units improve pain care using clinical practice guidelines.

Sethi included in ‘most influential women in green’

Simran Sethi, associate professor of journalism, has been named one of the 20 most influential women in green by EcoSalon. The list includes Nobel laureates Wangari Maathai, Jane Goodall and EPA chief Lisa Jackson and NRDC founder Frances Beinecke.

“Simran Sethi is a familiar face in the world of environmental journalism, appearing to give green tips and discuss sustainability on programs like ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show,’ the ‘Today Show’ and ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show.’ She’s also a contributing environmental correspondent at NBC News, co-host and writer for the Sundance Channel’s ‘The Green,’ creator of Sundance web series ‘The Good Fight’ and co-writer of ‘Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy,’” the article says. Read the full list.

Smith inducted in American Academy of Nursing

Carol Smith

Carol Smith, professor at the School of Nursing, was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing as a 2010 fellow at the 37th Annual Conference and Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Induction into the AAN Fellowship is one of the highest honors in nursing. Fellows are elected through a highly selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to nursing and health care and whose work has influenced nursing practice and health policies benefitting all Americans.

Smith is a professor in nursing and preventive medicine/public health. Her contributions to improve nursing are in research, mentorship and the use of technology. Smith has had 25 years of consecutive funding from the National Institutes of Health.

The academy is constituted to anticipate national and international trends in health care, and address resulting issues of health care knowledge and policy.

Former KU prof named hedge fund manager of the year

Don Brownstein, a former KU physics professor, was recently named Bloomberg Market Magazine’s hedge fund manager of the year. Brownstein and his co-manager William Mok, made more than $87 million in one year.

“Their longtime strategy is to develop models that predict when homeowners will refinance their mortgages—a move that reduces interest payments on mortgage bonds. They then buy securities they conclude are underpriced,” a Bloomberg article said.

Brownstein has funded an annual award for KU students who demonstrate outstanding analytical abilities and critical thinking. Read the article here.

Sousa awarded investigator research award

Valmi Sousa

David Martin

Valmi Sousa, former associate professor at the School of Nursing, was posthumously awarded an Investigator Research Award at the 2010 KU Medical Center Faculty Research Day. Sousa’s research was presented by Marge Bott, associate dean for research at the KU School of Nursing, and the award was accepted by Randall Darnell, a close personal friend. The cash award, which accompanies the Faculty Investigator Research Award, will go to the KU Endowment Association in Sousa’s name.

Martin named nursing program director

David Martin, clinical assistant professor at the School of Nursing, was recently appointed RN-BSN program director.

Martin has been a faculty member at the School of Nursing since 1991. He has a bachelor’s in nursing and economics degrees from Pittsburg State University and a master’s in nursing administration from the University of Washington.

Before joining the School of Nursing, Martin held several clinical and nursing management positions, which included being a senior staff specialist for economic and social welfare for the American Nurses Association and director of medical surgical nursing care services at St. Luke’s Hospital on the Plaza in Kansas City. He has taught nursing students at KU for more than 20 years and has been part of the RN-BSN program since 1998.

Kehrwald named student conduct officer

Nick Kehrwald, student conduct coordinator at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, has been named the student conduct officer at KU. Kehrwald will help to oversee the administration of the student nonacademic misconduct system including preventative education programming and facilitation of the student conduct process through the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Success.

At UNLV, Kehrwald was responsible for conducting and overseeing judicial hearings, providing training and educational outreach opportunities to students, faculty and staff and served as the liaison to other university departments.

Kehrwald earned a bachelor’s in psychology and cognitive science from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., a master’s in educational and counseling psychology from the University of Missouri and a law degree from the University of Iowa.

Michaud new classical music director at KPR

Mark Edward Michaud has been named classical music director at Kansas Public Radio. His on-air name is Mark Edwards.

Michaud has more than 20 years of broadcasting experience, having served as a program director and music director at stations in Boston, Atlanta, New Orleans and Kansas City.

Before joining KU Michaud was music director and announcer for WSBZ, a jazz station in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

Strikwerda named Elizabethtown College president

Former KU history professor and associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Carl Strikwerd has been named the new president of Elizabethtown College.

Strikwerda had been dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at William and Mary University since 2004. He will take his new post July 11.

Moser selected to lead Department of Health and Environment

Gov. Sam Brownback has named Robert Moser, clinical associate professor of family and community medicine at the School of Medicine-Wichita secretary of the Department of Health and Environment.

While at Wichita, Moser was director of rural health and outreach in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

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