Awards and Accolades

Awards and Accolades

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Diana Liverman
Diana Liverman
Serrine Lau
Serrine Lau
James H. Moore Jr.
James H. Moore Jr.
Georg Wondrak
Georg Wondrak
Luis C. Moll
Luis C. Moll
Brian Erstad
Brian Erstad
Malcolm Compitello
Malcolm Compitello
Terri Warholak
Terri Warholak
Erdogan Madenci
Erdogan Madenci
Jeannie Lee
Jeannie Lee
Jeff Burgess
Jeff Burgess

Congratulations to these recently honored University employees and programs.

UA Graduate Programs Rank in Nation’s Top 10
Five UA graduate programs rank among the nation’s top 10, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 edition of Best Graduate Schools. The University’s graduate program in management information systems, or MIS, housed in the Eller College of Management, moved up two places from the previous year, ranking third among all universities, both public and private. It is ranked No. 1 among public universities. Also ranking in the top 10 were UA graduate programs in speech-language pathology (5), rehabilitation counseling (6), earth sciences (7) and pharmacy (10). An additional 15 programs were ranked in the top 40 for their respective areas of study. Notable gains also were made from the previous year by primary-care medicine (up 40 spots to 42), engineering (up six to 49) and education (up five to 43). Read more in this UANews article.

Association of American Geographers Honors Diana Liverman

Diana Liverman, co-director of the UA Institute of the Environment and Regents' Professor of Geography and Development, has received the Presidential Achievement Award from the Association of American Geographers. This honor recognizes individuals who have made long-standing and distinguished contributions to the discipline of geography. Liverman was selected based on her extraordinary contributions to understanding the human dimensions of global change, including the impacts of climate on society and issues of equity and climate change. The association will present the award to Liverman during its meeting in Chicago in April.

Serrine Lau Elected Division of Toxicology Chairwoman

Serrine Lau, professor in the College of Pharmacy's Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, has been elected 2015 chairwoman of the Division for Toxicology of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. The division serves the society's members with interests in all aspects of toxicology. As chairwoman, Lau will develop symposia for presentation, coordinate other officers' activities, preside over meetings and coordinate new Division of Toxicology initiatives, among other duties. At the UA, Lau also directs the Center for Toxicology at the College of Pharmacy and the affiliated Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center.

James H. Moore Jr. Recognized for Work to Advance UA Foundation

UA Foundation President and CEO James H. Moore Jr. is a 2015 recipient of the CASE Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation Award. This award, presented by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, recognizes individuals who have made valuable contributions through best practices, distinguished service and leadership in the foundation field. In 2006, Moore joined the UA Foundation, which generates more than $120 million annually in private funding for the University. Moore will be recognized at the 23rd annual CASE Conference for Institutionally Related Foundations in New Orleans in April.

Georg Wondrak Receives UA Cancer Center Director's Challenge Award for Therapeutic Development

Georg Wondrak, associate professor in the UA College of Pharmacy Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, has been selected to receive the UA Cancer Center Director's Challenge Award for Therapeutic Development. This inaugural award of $75,000 is presented for the development of a novel therapeutic with high potential for clinical translation. The title of Wondrak's winning application was "Autophagy-Directed Anti-Melanoma Intervention Using Amodiaquine." His project aims to re-purpose the antimicrobial amodiaquine, a drug used clinically worldwide to target malaria parasites, for experimental intervention to block certain adaptations of drug-resistant melanoma cells. Wondrak's application was chosen from 13 submissions by a review team of three local bio-pharma industry investigators and three UA health sciences academic faculty.

Columbia University Teachers College Honors Luis C. Moll

Luis C. Moll, a professor in the language, reading and culture program in the UA College of Education's Department of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies, has received the Medal for Distinguished Service from the Teachers College at Columbia University. The award is the highest honor the college bestows. Moll's primary research interest is the connection among culture, psychology and education, especially as it relates to the education of Hispanic children in the U.S. Moll will be awarded the Medal for Distinguished Service during the Teachers College's convocation services in May.

Brian Erstad Receives Presidential Citation for Outstanding Contributions Award

Brian Erstad, professor and head of the College of Pharmacy's Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, was recently awarded the Presidential Citation for Outstanding Contributions by the Society of Critical Care Medicine. This award recognizes outstanding contributions of time, energy, resources and innovation. Erstad's research interests pertain to critical care medicine with an emphasis on patient safety and related outcomes research. Erstad has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has served on numerous committees and task forces for multiple organizations.

Association of Departments of Foreign Languages Recognizes Malcolm Compitello

Malcolm Compitello, head of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese in the UA College of Humanities, is recipient of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession. The association awarded Compitello this national honor in recognition of his commitment to the department, which he has headed for the past 20 years. His extensive experience mentoring and teaching students, while elevating the Spanish department to one of the top three programs in the country, has set him apart from his colleagues as one of the defining leaders in his field. Since Compitello became department head in 1995, the number of Spanish majors has tripled to more than 500. He has also taken an active role in mentoring doctoral candidates by overseeing 27 doctoral dissertations and sitting on more than 45 doctoral committees.

American Pharmacists Association Recognizes Terri Warholak

Terri Warholak, associate professor in the College of Pharmacy Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, has been selected as a fellow of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science. Warholak’s teaching and research interests include medication error reduction, health information technology and bringing pharmaceutical care to underserved populations. Fellows are APhA members with a minimum of 10 years of professional experience who have demonstrated exemplary professional achievements and service to the profession through activities with APhA and other national, state or local professional organizations. Warholak will be officially recognized at the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Diego March 27-30.

Erdogan Madenci Named American Society of Mechanical Engineers Fellow

Erdogan Madenci, professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering in the UA College of Engineering, has been named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The fellowship is the highest level of distinction given to members of the 135-year-old organization. Out of 140,000 total members, only 3,305 are currently fellows, and fellows must be nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to engineering. Madenci, who is leading a $7.5 million project for the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to predict failure in electronic components of aircrafts and submarines, is the fourth American Society of Mechanical Engineers fellow at the UA.

Jeannie Lee Honored for Service to the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists

Jeannie Lee, assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, received a unique coin in recognition of her service to the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. The society's presidents award coins to volunteers and leaders in appreciation of their service. The coin was presented in November at a ceremony as part of the organization's Hall of Fame Reception at the Annual Meeting and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida. During the event, Lee and UA College of Pharmacy students Nicole Henry, Sarah Huynh, Jinjie Huang, Mayra Guzman and Brittney Dewey also presented a poster titled "The Development of Inter-Professional Clinics at a Low Income Assisted Living Facility To Achieve Quality Person-Centered Care."

Society of Toxicology Recognizes Jeff Burgess

Jeff Burgess, associate dean for research and professor at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, is the recipient of the 2015 Society of Toxicology Translational Impact Award in recognition of his work to reduce toxic exposures and prevent injuries among first responders, miners and the general public. The award is given to a scientist whose outstanding clinical, environmental health or translational research has improved human and public health in an area of toxicological concern within the last 10 years. The award presentation will take place later this month in San Diego during the Society of Toxicology's annual meeting, where Burgess will also be a featured lecturer.

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