Dr. Jason Bara, chemical and biological engineering, has won the David Himmelblau Award for Innovations in Computer-Based Chemical Engineering Education from AIChE, the leading professional chemical engineering organization. Bara was also selected by editors of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research as a member of the inaugural class of Influential Researchers.
Dr. Caroline Boxmeyer, psychiatry and behavioral medicine, has been named assistant dean for academic affairs for the College of Community Health Sciences.
Dr. Dianne Bragg, journalism and creative media, has been named the 2017-2018 president of the American Journalism Historians Association. Bragg began her one-year term at the AJHA national convention on Oct. 14. Bragg served three years on the AJHA’s Board of Directors before being nominated as the organization’s second vice president in 2015. She is the second UA professor to serve as AHJA president. Dr. David Sloan, who helped to found AJHA, was the first.
Dr. Sherwood Burns-Nader, human development and family studies, received the 2017 Joseph S. Rowland Teaching Excellence Award.
Jane Cassidy, art and art history, was artist in residence in July at Aras Éanna Arts Centre on Inis Oírr, a 2-square-mile island off the west coast of Ireland. She will return there for the Winter Solstice to create a site-specific projection mapping project that will light up the 600-year-old O’Brien’s Castle at the center of the island. Cassidy has made a short film, “Na Lonnai Mor An Suaimhneas,” which has been shown at galleries in Galway, Ireland, and Stockholm, Sweden.
Jason Guynes, art and art history, won Best of Show in the 2017 St. Tammany Art Association’s 52nd Annual National Summer Show in Louisiana.
Dr. Robin Lawson, senior associate dean of the Capstone College of Nursing, has been elected president of the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama.
Megan Moore, art and art history, had her art published on the cover of Graphic Impressions, the newsletter of Southern Graphic Conference International for the Summer 2017 issue and in The Hand Magazine– Issue #17, June 2017.
Dr. Robert Mellown, art and art history, published 10 articles on the historic architecture of The University of Alabama and Tuscaloosa for the Society of Architectural Historians’ online encyclopedia, Archipedia, published by the University of Virginia. He was also a consultant for “Discovering Alabama: State Capitals,” a bicentennial episode broadcast in October on Alabama Public Television.
Pete Schulte, art and art history, is currently participating in the exhibition, Life’s Rich Pageant, at Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, New York. He is also doing a site-specific wall installation for the exhibition, Uncommon Territory: Contemporary Art in Alabama, opening in November at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.
Dr. Ryan Summers, chemical and biological engineering, received a new award from the National Science Foundation’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research that will provide 30 non-tenured researchers with fellowships, partnering them with premier research centers and enhancing their ability to work at the frontiers of science and engineering.
Fredrick Vars, Law School, and Ian Ayres published “How a ‘No Guns’ Registry Could Help Prevent Firearm-Related Suicides,” a Brookings Report, June 20, 2017. Vars, with Shelby B. Calambokidis, published “From Hospitals to Prisons: A New Explanation,” 102 Cornell Law Review 101-126 (2017).
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