KU Kudos: Read about recent faculty, staff achievements

LAWRENCE — It's time to celebrate Jayhawk colleagues' achievements: KU News Service accepted submissions and combed websites, social media and newsletters for recent external honors and awards for current faculty and staff at the Lawrence, Edwards and Medical Center campuses and affiliates. Have something to share? Submit by July 12 for the next edition. Self-nominations are encouraged, with more information available here.

The Kansas chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association selected Yvonne Colgrove for its Award for Academic Excellence. It recognizes a faculty member in the state who has made a significant contribution to physical therapy education. Colgrove, clinical associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science & Athletic Training, received the award during the organization's 2022 Spring Conference April 1-2 in Overland Park.

Dan Davis, volunteer clinical professor of radiology for KU School of Medicine-Wichita, was recently selected to be the Musculoskeletal Imaging Trustee for the American Board of Radiology in Tucson, Arizona. 

Assistant Professor Melissa Greene-Blye and Associate Professor Teri Finneman’s project, “The Influence of Indigenous Standpoint: Examining Indian Country Press Portrayals of Native Women in Politics,” has been accepted for presentation at this summer’s annual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference in Detroit. 

Bonnie Johnson, professor and director of the Urban Planning Program, was recently honored at the National Planning Conference as one of the 2020 Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners. It was the first in-person conference for the organization since 2019.

Marni Kessler, professor of the history of art, was invited to give the annual Richard R. Brettell Lecture, “Digging into Édouard Manet’s ‘Brioche with Pears,'” at the Dallas Museum of Art in April 2022.

Tyann Orton, assistant dean for finance, Administrative & Financial Services, at the KU School of Medicine-Wichita, has been named one of The Wichita Business Journal's Women Who Lead-Education.

Meredith Wiggins, assistant director of career services & judicial clerkships for the School of Law, presented twice at the National Association for Law Placement Annual Education Conference, which took place April 5-8 in New Orleans. Wiggins served as a speaker on the panels “Waiting to Clerk: Counseling Alumni Clerkship Applicants” and “Mentorship Matters: Creating New and Innovative Law Student Mentorship Opportunities.” 

Kevin Willmott, professor of film & media studies, was honored by the Kansas Legislature in May 2022 for his outstanding accomplishments in writing and directing and for contributions to American film and education.

Stephen Wolgast, professor of the practice in the journalism school, was the invited speaker in the Dodge City Community College Library communications series on May 10. His topic was "The Promise and Perils of Social Media," sponsored by Humanities Kansas.


William Collins, associate professor of civil, environmental & architectural engineering, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to conduct research for six months in Finland.

Abdelmajid Hannoum, professor of anthropology, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to travel to Morocco to conduct research on African migration to Europe.

Stacey Vanderhurst, assistant professor of women, gender & sexuality studies, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to study how Nigerian women are fighting harassment in public spaces.

Emily Witt, associate professor of mathematics, has been awarded the 2022-2023 Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize from the Association of Women in Mathematics and Cornell University. 

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