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Week of September 13, 2010




Eric Johnsen, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, College of Engineering, has been selected to receive a 2010 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award. Oak Ridge Associated Universities sponsors the award program, which provides recipients unrestricted $5,000 research awards matched by the home institution. The peer review evaluation and selection process is rigorous and involves outstanding scientists from across the nation.

Antonia Villarruel, Nola J. Pender Collegiate Professor of Nursing and associate dean for research, recently was recognized by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) for her research. Villarruel is a NINR supported investigator and her work related to prevention of teen pregnancy has been recognized for it effectiveness by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Paul Lichter, F. Bruce Fralick Professor of Ophthalmology and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, has been elected president of Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis, the international academic organization in ophthalmology. Lichter, a glaucoma specialist, is director of the W.K. Kellogg Eye Center.

Dr. Nisha D’Silva, associate professor of periodontics and oral medicine at the School of Dentistry, is one of 54 women from across the country selected to participate in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program for Women at the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. This is the only national program dedicated to preparing women faculty for senior leadership roles at academic health centers.

Neal Krause, the Marshall H. Becker Collegiate Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, and a research professor in the Institute of Gerontology, has been chosen to receive the Gerontological Society of America’s 2010 Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Award, for his book, “Aging in the Church: How Social Relationships Affect Health.”


Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher Dr. N. Lynn Henry is one of five new Damon Runyon Clinical Investigators. The Clinical Investigator Award program seeks to address the shortage of physicians capable of translating scientific discovery into breakthroughs for cancer patients. Recipients of these three-year awards from the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation are outstanding early career physician-scientists at major research centers. Henry will receive $450,000 to support her research.



Stephen Kopera, instructional designer, Information and Technology Services, on the key to producing effective information videos for staff: “The key challenge is conveying the essence of the material.”


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