Awards and Accolades

Awards and Accolades

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Keisuke Hirano
Keisuke Hirano
Michelle Perfect
Michelle Perfect
Dr. James E. Dalen
Dr. James E. Dalen
Yin Chen
Yin Chen
Dr. David Armstrong
Dr. David Armstrong
Dr. Rifat Latifi
Dr. Rifat Latifi
Alison Deming
Alison Deming
Janet DuBois
Janet DuBois
Kimberly Espy
Kimberly Espy
Clockwise, from top left: Nicole Scovis, Jennifer Lechner, Robert Lipsy and Jessica DiLeo
Clockwise, from top left: Nicole Scovis, Jennifer Lechner, Robert Lipsy and Jessica DiLeo

Congratulations to these recently honored University employees and programs.

Hirano Earns Japanese Economic Association's Nakahara Prize

Keisuke Hirano, the APS Professor of Economics at the Eller College of Management, is the 2015 recipient of the Nakahara Prize. The award is given each year by the Japanese Economic Association to an economist age 45 or younger whose work has gained international recognition. Hirano specializes in empirical methodology for microeconomics and related fields. His recent research includes work on forecasting and model choice, design of social experiments, decision-theoretic methods for assigning individuals to policy interventions, and econometric analysis of behavior in auctions and other settings with strategic interactions, among other related topics.

Perfect Elected to American Psychological Association Office

Michelle Perfect, assistant professor in the UA College of Education's School Psychology Program, has been elected to serve as vice president of communications for the American Psychological Association's Division 16 of School Psychology. The ultimate goal of the association and its divisions is to enhance the status of children, youth and adults as learners and productive citizens in schools, families and communities. Perfect's research focuses on the intersection of physical and mental health, particularly regarding the impacts of sleep and pediatric chronic illnesses. She also researches the educational and behavioral health needs of youth who have been maltreated or experienced trauma.

Dr. Dalen Receives Bravewell Distinguished Service Award

Dr. James E. Dalen, dean emeritus of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and senior lecturer at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, has received the 2015 Bravewell Distinguished Service Award from the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health. Dalen was one of the consortium's founders, as well as one of the founders of the UA's Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, which uses a combination of therapies to treat the mind, body and spirit to promote health and healing. Dalen served as dean of the UA College of Medicine from 1988 until 2001, and as vice president for health sciences from 1995 until 2001. In addition to being a professor emeritus at the UA, he also serves as executive director of the Weil Foundation, which supports education in integrative medicine.

Chen Receives Young Investigator Award

Yin Chen, assistant professor in the UA College of Pharmacy's Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, has been named the 2014-2015 Young Investigator for the Inhalation and Respiratory Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology. The award recognizes scientists with fewer than 15 years of experience since obtaining their highest degree, and who have made significant contributions to the field of inhalation or respiratory toxicology. Chen's research focus is on epithelial biology. He has established multiple research programs on asthma. He is also a member of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center, a research center that investigates environmental health effects.

Dr. Armstrong Named First U.S. Podiatric Surgeon Fellow

Dr. David Armstrong, professor of surgery and director of the UA Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance, is the first U.S. podiatric surgeon to both be appointed as a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, and to serve as the Royal College's keynote speaker at its admission ceremony, held June 10. The organization is the only multidisciplinary Royal College – a college that has received royal patronage – in the United Kingdom and has more than 10,000 members worldwide, including physicians, surgeons, dental professionals and specialists in the field of travel medicine and podiatric medicine. Armstrong specialties include podiatry and foot and ankle surgery. He has produced more than 400 peer-reviewed research papers as well as five dozen book chapters and is co-editor of the American Diabetes Association's Clinical Care of the Diabetic Foot publication.

Dr. Latifi Elected Vice President of International Society of Telemedicine and eHealth

Dr. Rifat Latifi, professor and vice chairman of international relations at the UA Department of Surgery, has been elected vice president of the International Society of Telemedicine and eHealth. The society is a non-governmental, nonprofit organization that facilitates international dissemination of knowledge in telemedicine and eHealth, and provides access to recognized experts in the field. Latifi is president and founder of the International Virtual-e-Hospital Foundation, whose mission is to assist in rebuilding the public health care system in developing nations by introducing and implementing telemedicine, telehealth and virtual education programs. Since 2002, Latifi has overseen a team of three telemedicine programs in Europe and Africa. The programs have become national models on how to enhance medical services in low-resource areas.

Deming Named 2015 Orion Book Award Finalist

Alison Deming, a professor in the UA Department of English's Creative Writing Program, was named a finalist in the 2015 Orion Book Award competition. The Orion Book Awards are given to recognize books that deepen readers' connections to the natural world through fresh ideas and excellence in writing. Deming's book, "Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit," was named one of five finalists in the nonfiction category. The book highlights the roles animals played in shaping our world, and explores what effects the disappearance of animals would have on human imagination. Deming has previously received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, among other honors. She is also the Agnese Nelms Haury Chair in Environment and Social Justice at the UA.

DuBois Inducted Into National Academies of Practice

Janet DuBois, a clinical assistant professor and family nurse practitioner specialty coordinator for the UA College of Nursing's Doctor of Nursing Practice online program, has been inducted as a Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow of the Nursing Academy of the National Academies of Practice. This induction recognizes individuals who have excelled in their profession and are dedicated to furthering practice, scholarship and policy in support of interprofessional care. DuBois was selected for the fellowship based on her extensive clinical practice and outstanding leadership in advancing nurse practitioner legislation in Florida. DuBois, who resides in Florida, is also president of the Florida Nurse Practitioner Network and has 20 years of experience as a family nurse practitioner.

Espy to Serve on Task Force for Laboratory Safety

Kimberly Espy, UA senior vice president for research, will serve on a new national task force to enhance laboratory safety on university campuses. The task force was created by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in coordination with the Association of American Universities, the American Chemical Society and the Council on Government Relations. Composed of representatives from universities across the U.S., the task force will provide research universities with recommendations and guidance on the most appropriate strategies to enhance a culture of laboratory safety. In her role at the UA, Espy oversees the University’s research enterprise in the Office for Research & Discovery and promotes excellence in research across the campus to achieve goals outlines in the Never Settle strategic academic plan. Espy is responsible for University interdisciplinary research centers and institutes, as well as three museums and central core facilities.

College of Pharmacy Employees Earn Arizona Pharmacy Association Honors

Four employees of the Medication Management Center at the UA College of Pharmacy will receive awards from the Arizona Pharmacy Association on Friday at the AzPA Annual Convention at the Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa. Nicole Scovis, medication management specialist, will receive the Pharmacist of the Year Award; Jennifer Lechner, information provider, will receive the Pharmacy Technician of the Year Award; Jessica DiLeo, medication management specialist, will receive the Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award; and Robert Lipsy, chief clinical staff, will be inducted into the AzPA Hall of Fame and named an Arizona Pharmacy Association Fellow. Brian Erstad, professor and head of the college's Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, also will be named an AzPA Fellow. In addition, the association will recognize SinfoníaRx, a local company that was founded in 2013 as a spin-off of the Medication Management Center, with its Corporate Appreciation Award and will honor two SinfoníaRx employees with awards. The UA's Tech Launch Arizona was integral in the commercialization and startup of SinfoniaRx. Three alumni from the College of Pharmacy have also been tapped for special recognition by the Arizona Pharmacy Association. Altogether, 11 people affiliated with the college will receive recognition in one or more of 14 categories.

Office of Continuing Medical Education Re-Accredited

The UA College of Medicine – Tucson's Office of Continuing Medical Education has been re-accredited through March 2019 by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. The office sponsors accredited continuing medical education activities to meet the needs of practitioners and improve the health of people in Arizona and beyond. The office supports colleges within the Arizona Health Sciences Center and joint provider organizations to promote lifelong learning and enhance the competence of performance of physicians across the state. This accreditation is a mark of distinction, assuring the medical community and the public that the center's activities provide high-quality, non-biased education to assist physicians and other health professionals in incorporating new knowledge and skills.

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