KU Kudos: Jayhawk faculty and staff achievements, September 2023

LAWRENCE — It's time to celebrate Jayhawk colleagues' achievements: KU News Service staff 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 Nov. 10 for the next edition. Self-nominations are encouraged, with more information available here.

Steve Bien-Aime, assistant professor of journalism, led the "Fair and Representative Review Processes and Policies" session on journal peer reviewing for the Council of Science Editors' Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Virtual Short Course on Sept. 12.

Sandra Billinger, professor and vice chair of stroke translational research in the Department of Neurology, was named one of Fort Hays State’s Alumni Achievement Award recipients. The award honors graduates of the university for outstanding achievement based upon meritorious service to society or the community and is the university's highest recognition of its graduates.   

Brett Bricker, associate director of Kansas Debate, was honored by the Kansas Speech Communication Association as the Collegiate Educator of the Year.

Andrea Chadwick, associate professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Pain & Perioperative Medicine, will receive the 2023 Presidential Scholar Award from the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.

Julie Clover, public education manager for the Dole Institute of Politics, was invited as the guest speaker at the 145th Nicodemus Homecoming Emancipation Celebration in July 2023. The Dole Institute hosted an information tent with public program and archives information, and Clover's presentation was titled “Nicodemus National Historic Site designation – A Case Study of the Dole Archives.”

William Collins, associate professor of civil engineering, was named a Chesterfield Education Foundation Bravo! Award winner. This award celebrates achievements by alumni of Chesterfield County Public Schools.

The KU Medical Center-Wichita public affairs brought home wins in the National Federation of Press Women’s yearly communications contest. Jennifer Eaton, senior program coordinator, placed third in the editing for print or online publication category for Internal Medicine’s The Beat newsletter. Eaton, Darcy Gray, digital communications coordinator, and Belinda Venters, director, placed third in the electronic newsletter category for the KU School of Medicine-Wichita e-newsletter.

Jacquelyn Eidson, lecturer for the School of Professional Studies and director of the National Higher Education Benchmarking Institute, has been appointed to serve as a member of the Regional Advisory Committee: Central by U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona.

Meghan Cizek and Jenny Flinders with the Center for Public Partnerships & Research presented "Sensemaking to Enhance Delivery of Universal Prevention Services" at the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect Edinburgh Congress earlier this month.

Jason Gray, clinical assistant professor in the School of Nursing family practice program, was appointed to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's Kansas Palliative Care & Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Council.

Melissa Greene-Blye, assistant professor of journalism, has been appointed to the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication DEI Presidential Task Force to examine and explore ways to make AEJMC a more intentionally welcoming space for all.

Scott Harris, David B. Pittaway Director of Debate, was inducted into the Kansas Speech Communication Association Collegiate Level Hall of Fame.

Ashley Herda, assistant professor of exercise science, was named a fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. NSCA Fellows are an accomplished group of professionals whose frequent and sustained contributions to the profession have promoted the goals and activities of the NSCA. 

Gretchen Irwin, associate professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine, received the American Academy of Family Physicians' 2023 Exemplary Teaching Award for full-time faculty. The award commended Irwin for developing national curricula and leadership programs for the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Emerging Leaders Program, the AAFP Chief Resident Leadership Development Program and the Council for Academic Family Medicine Leading Change Program.

Marilee McBoyle, clinical professor of surgery, received a teaching award from the American College of Surgeons. As an associate member of the ACS Master Surgeon Educators for local and regional teaching endeavors, she pursued an application for the full member level, which is national/international. Her application was accepted through a steering committee review.

Briana McGeough, assistant professor of social welfare, will participate in the Early Stage Investigator program as a visiting professor at the University of California-San Francisco, where she will receive intensive training in community-engaged LGBTQ research focused on substance use and minority stress as a part of The Pride Study.

Andrew McKenzie, associate professor of linguistics, received the Canopus Award for Excellence in Interstellar Writing in the Published Short-form Non-fiction category. It was for the paper "Language Change During Interstellar Travel," co-written with Jeffrey Punske of Southern Illinois, and published in issue 12 of European Space Agency's Acta Futura.

Postdoctoral fellow Brittany Martinez and Michele Pritchard, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology & Therapeutics, have been selected for the Central Exchange's STEMMy Awards. Martinez will receive the Student Achievers Award, and Pritchard will receive the Rising Trendsetters Award at a ceremony in October.

Brad Newell, clinical assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy-Wichita, was a co-presenter on research about the mental health of pharmacists during and after the COVID-19 pandemic at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C.

Jennifer Ng, professor of educational leadership & policy studies, was recently selected  to serve as the inaugural associate director for faculty development to the University Council for Educational Administration.

Shannon O’Lear, professor of geography and Environmental Studies Program director, was invited to speak at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Sept. 20 at the Global Water Challenge Workshop. O’Lear’s panel was titled “The Humanitarian Challenge: Water, Human Security and Climate Migration.” O'Lear was also invited to participate in the first cohort of scholars under the new Elevate the Discipline training program in public scholarship, media relations and advocacy from the American Association of Geographers. 

Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, professor of mathematics and courtesy professor of electrical engineering & computer science, had an award named after her by the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers.

The International Biogeography Society’s 2024 Distinguished Fellows include A. Townsend Peterson and Jorge Soberon, both University Distinguished Professors in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. At the KU Natural History Museum, Soberon is director, and Peterson is a senior curator.

Jeff Stolz, KU director of mental health and well-being, wrote a musical play related to mental health titled "The Exultant Stag" that was produced by the Lawrence Arts Center earlier this month.

Andrew Torrance, Paul E. Wilson Distinguished Professor of Law, attended the 2023 Open & User Innovation Conference at Kühne Logistics University in July 2023, where he presented on scholarly writing with generative AI.

Stephanie Zelnick, professor of clarinet, was invited to present at the Fourth Annual Women’s Work in Music Conference at Bangor University, Wales, and Truman State University, which took place earlier this month.

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