Submitted/Michael Crawford

Michael H. Crawford, professor of anthropology, was awarded the Franz Boas Research Achievement Award by the Human Biology Association. Crawford, front row, fourth from left, is pictured at the annual conference with a group of doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows he has mentored in his 40 years at KU, including Lorena Madrigal, University of South Florida, president of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, right of Crawford; and Ravi Duggirala, Texas Biomedical Research Center, past president of the American Association of Anthropological Geneticists, second row, far right.

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Anthropology professor receives research achievement award

Michael H. Crawford, professor of anthropology and director of the Laboratory of Biological Anthropology, was honored by the Human Biology Association at its annual meetings. He received the Franz Boas Research Achievement Award at the association luncheon in Minneapolis, Minn. A bronze bust depicting Franz Boas, one of the founders of the discipline of anthropology in the United States, was presented by William Leonard, president of the association and chairman of the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University.

The award is bestowed annually to one researcher for “examplary contributions to human biology in science, scholarship and other professional service.” Criteria for the award include a recipient that “shall be identified as the leading figure in our profession, either in the United States or from abroad.”

Department of Pharmacy Practice names new chair

Associate professor Dave Henry has been named chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the School of Pharmacy. He has served as interim chair of the department since October.

Henry said he is honored and excited to be selected to lead the department during this time of extraordinary growth. The School of Pharmacy expanded its PharmD program last year, increasing the size of the incoming class from 105 to 150 students. That number will increase again this fall with the opening of the Wichita campus and 20 additional students.

Henry has been with the Department of Pharmacy Practice since its inception in 1974. He received his bachelor’s from KU in 1973 and his master’s in hospital pharmacy administration from KU in 1984. Henry has worked with the pediatric hematology and oncology team at the KU Hospital since 1986 and has been active in pediatric and children’s oncology groups for the past 20 years. He is chair of the Oncology Specialty Council of the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties.

Art professor shows works in selective exhibition

Carol Ann Carter

Carol Ann Carter, professor of visual art, has been selected to exhibit seven pieces of her work in an international invitational.

“Traces: Mapping a Journey in Textiles” opened Jan. 11 at the Gregg Museum in Raleigh, N.C., and continues through May. Only 12 artists were featured in the exhibition, which was curated by noted contemporary fiber artist Barbara Lee Smith.

Carter’s work included objects and video and digital media. As part of her selection, she was also invited to take part in a three-day symposium in March. She was part of the panel “Challenging Assumptions: Artists Who Work Outside Traditional Materials.”

The exhibition was accompanied by a catalog with 24 illustrations and included a major essay by Peter Turchi, author of “Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer.”

UKanTeach master teacher honored by alma mater

Steve Obenhaus, a UKanTeach master teacher at the Center for Science Education, was recently honored as an outstanding alumnus by the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

One alumnus is chosen from each of the university's 12 academic units to be recognized for distinguished professional accomplishments and for outstanding community service. Obenhaus, who earned a bachelor’s in 1988 and a doctorate in 1996, harnessed his passion for math and teaching to serve humanitarian needs as a volunteer in Haiti using mathematics to track poor water conditions and discover fresh water. A Presidential Award winner for excellence in math and science teaching, he recently completed a year as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow in Sen. Joseph Lieberman's office in Washington, D.C.

Applied behavioral science faculty member to be honored as outstanding Providence College alum

Stephen Fawcett, the Kansas Health Foundation Distinguished Professor of Applied Behavioral Science, is one of five alumni who will receive honorary degrees from Providence College at its commencement ceremony May 12. A 1969 graduate, Fawcett has been a KU faculty member since 1975 and is director of the Work Group for Community Health and Development. He has authored or co-authored nearly 200 articles, books and book chapters in health promotion, participatory research, capacity building and community-based research.

Pharmacy dean recognized for commitment to community pharmacy practice

Ken Audus, dean of the School of Pharmacy, recently received the 2010 Dean’s Recognition Award from the American College of Apothecaries. The award was presented April 16 at the college’s annual conference in Las Vegas, Nev.

The international professional association of pharmacists and pharmacy students gives the award each year to recognize outstanding service to community pharmacy practice.

Audus said it was a great honor to be chosen for the award and one he shares with everyone at the School of Pharmacy.

“I must acknowledge that the recognition for accomplishments to community practice is reflective of more than one person and represents the contributions of the faculty, staff and students of the KU School of Pharmacy,” he said. “As a whole, they should share in the award and celebrate achievements in supporting community pharmacy practice.”

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