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December 2014 faculty and staff kudos

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VI,  selected KU Mini College to receive a Gold Award in the category of Alumni Relations Programs. Jessica Beeson, director of alumni and community engagement, directs the Mini College program. CASE is a national organization that helps share industry best practices in advancement, alumni relations, communications, and marketing.


Chris Gamblin, associate professor of molecular biosciences, Timothy Jackson, associate professor of chemistry,Mehrangiz Najafizadeh, associate professor of sociology, and Lynn Villafuerte, program coordinator in the Office for Diversity in Science Training, were honored as Outstanding Educators by the Torch Chapter of Mortar Board. Each year this senior honor society recognizes instructors for their dedication to KU and their positive influence on students both academically and personally. The honorees were recognized at halftime at the Nov. 14 KU men's basketball game against UC-Santa Barbara. 


The Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL), which is a part of the Modern Language Association (MLA), elected Marc L. Greenberg, director of the School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures and professor of Slavic languages and literatures, to its executive committee. Additionally, Maggie Childs, chairperson and associate professor of East Asian languages and cultures, is concluding her three years of service on the committee.


Mehrangiz Najafizadeh, associate professor of sociology, received the University of Kansas Panhellenic Association Faculty Member of the Month Award, in November. The award is presented to faculty members who have assisted students in reaching their academic potential.


Donn Parson, professor emeritus of communication studies, was awarded the Wallace A. Bacon lifetime teaching award at the National Communication Association's 100th Annual Convention. This award is the discipline's highest career honor and reflects on Parson’s contributions as both professor and debate coach since his arrival at KU in 1964. 


Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, professor of mathematics, has been designated a Guest of Honor and keynote speaker at the Control System Society (CSS) Women in Control Lunch at the 53rd Conference on Decision and Control held in Los Angeles. Pasik-Duncan was the founder of the Women in Control Group and the first chair of the Standing Committee on Women in Control.  She is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) and received an IEEE Third Millennium Medal. Pasik-Duncan is also a courtesy professor of electrical engineering and computer science and of aerospace engineering at the University of Kansas.