Awards and Accolades
Congratulations to these recently honored employees, teams and programs.
Research Career Scientist Awards Goes to CALS Professor
Gayatri Vedantam, associate professor in animal and comparative biomedical sciences, immunobiology and the BIO5 Institute, was awarded the Research Career Scientist award by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The award is given to researchers who have made scientific contributions to the Veterans Affairs research program. Vedantam has federally funded research that focuses on health care-associated infections. She was one of only six awardees in 2016.
Nancy Sweitzer Inducted Into Association of University Cardiologists
Dr. Nancy Sweitzer, director of the UA Sarver Heart Center, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Cardiology, was inducted as a member of the Association of University Cardiologists at the group's annual meeting last month. The organization is limited to an active membership of 125 academic cardiologists, who are elected by their peers. Sweitzer is a board-certified advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist and clinical researcher.
UA Employees, Students Receive White House Recognition
The White House honored UA students and employees in January for their efforts to educate and enroll students and community members in health care coverage as part of the Healthy Campus Challenge. The UA was one of 350 campuses that participated, and one of only 60 campuses that completed all of the challenge's criteria. Through Project SHARE, the UA Center for Rural Health trained students from the public health, medicine, nursing and pharmacy colleges to be certified application counselors. To find out more about the UA's efforts in this area, click here.
The employees involved in coordinating Project SHARE include:
- Dr. Daniel Derksen, professor of public health and director of the Center for Rural Health
- Bryna Koch, special projects coordinator, Center for Rural Health
- Alyssa Padilla, special projects coordinator and Project SHARE coordinator, Center for Rural Health
- David Salafsky, director of health promotion & preventive services, Campus Health Service
- Lubna Govindarajan, senior program coordinator, Western Region Public Health Training Center at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
- Erich Healy, instructional specialist, Center for Rural Health
Ecological Society of America Elects Two UA Professors for Fellows
Russell Monson and Larry Venable, professors of ecology and evolutionary biology, have been elected as fellows in the Ecological Society of America. The honor goes to members of the society who have applied their ecological knowledge in academics, government, nonprofit organizations and the broader society. They will both have the title of fellows for life. The fellows program at the society has only been active for five years. Monson, who also is a professor of forest science, was "elected for his contributions to seminal discoveries in the areas of plant adaptation, biogeochemical cycling, and ecosystem-atmosphere gas exchange." Venable was elected for his work on "plant community ecology and life history evolution, exemplifying the power of crossing temporal and spatial scales, mixing empirical and theoretical approaches, and integrating inquiries from physiology to evolutionary dynamics."
Several UA Leaders Appointed to Arizona Telemedicine Council
The Arizona Telemedicine Council appointed 12 new members to the council at its quarterly meeting on Jan. 25. Three of the 12 are leaders at UA Health Sciences: Dr. Charles Cairns, dean of the College of Medicine – Tucson; Dr. Kenneth Ramos, interim dean of the College of Medicine – Phoenix; and Philip Schneider, associate dean for academic and professional affairs for the College of Pharmacy at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. The members are tasked with oversight of the Arizona Telemedicine Program and the development of its telecommunications network. Visit the Arizona Telemedicine Program's website for a full member list.
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