prizes go to four faculty members
• Walden named Julian W. Scheer term professor
• Bowman and Gordon Gray professorships awarded
to three faculty members
• Staff Promotions/Reclassifications
• Star Heels program set for Sept. 20 launch
• Star Heels
go to four faculty members
The University has awarded four faculty members the 2002 Phillip
and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievements
by Young Faculty.
award recipients, who were recognized Sept. 6 by Chancellor James
Moeser at the Faculty Council meeting, are Richard Cheney, Department
of Cell and Molecular Physiology; Andrea Hussong, Department of
Psychology; Ming Lin, Department of Computer Science; and Winston
"Cam" Patterson, Department of Medicine, Division of
award, which includes a $5,000 stipend, was established in 1986
by Phillip Hettleman, the now-deceased University alumnus and
New York investment banker, to recognize the achievements of outstanding
junior tenure-track faculty or recently tenured faculty. The winners
will lecture about their work during the current academic year.
Cheney has been an assistant professor at Carolina since 1995.
His research focuses on the biochemistry, cell biology and physiological
functions of unconventional myosins and on determining the molecular
basis of such processes as organelle transport, phagocytosis and
growth cone extension.
a letter nominating Cheney for the award, D. Lee McIlwain and
William J. Arendshorst, professors of cell and molecular physiology,
said, "He has set the standard for understanding the evolution
of the myosin superfamily of proteins and is consulted frequently
by other investigators wanting to know where their particular
myosin fits in the grand scheme."
letter also stressed Cheney's excellence in teaching undergraduate,
graduate and medical students. He also has voluntarily participated
three times in the Research Apprentice Program, which gives minority
high school students an opportunity to work in University laboratories
for a summer. He also taught a course in cellular and molecular
physiology at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole,
Mass., for three summers.
Hussong has been an assistant professor in clinical psychology
since 1997. Her research focuses on the development of psychopathology,
especially during adolescence. Her projects include a high school
transition study that seeks to identify factors explaining student
difficulties during the transition from eighth grade to high school,
a study on how friendship affects young adults' coping strategies
and a National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded study on stress
and substance abuse in children of alcoholic parents.
question, Professor Hussong is one of the most outstanding scholars
I have seen in 27 years of academia," wrote Donald H. Baucom,
director and professor of clinical psychology, in a nomination
letter for Hussong.
L. Chambless, William Leon Wylie professor of psychology, commended
Hussong's mentoring talents in a nominating letter: "Her
undergraduate research advisees are already going on to high-quality
doctoral programs to work with researchers in alcoholism, and
her doctoral students here are doing fine work."
Lin, an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science,
joined the faculty in 1995. Her research examines physically based
and geometric modeling, computer graphics, robotics, three-dimensional
visual simulation and applied computational geometry. She also
concentrates on distributed interactive simulation and algorithm
previous awards include the IBM-UNC Junior Faculty Development
Award, the Honda Research Initiation Award and the National Science
Foundation Young Faculty Career Award.
work is built on solid foundation of theory -- much of it her
own work -- with a strong emphasis on application to virtual environments,"
wrote Stephen Weiss, chairman of the Department of Computer Science,
in a nomination letter. "Despite her youth, she has published
more than 70 refereed papers in journals and conference proceedings."
work is currently in use in virtual environments at the University,
as well as at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brown
and Stanford universities and the Boeing Virtual Reality Development
Patterson, who came to Carolina in 2000, is the director of the
Carolina Cardiovascular Biology Center and an associate professor
of medicine, pharmacology, and cell and developmental biology.
He also is affiliated professionally with the UNC Center for Thrombosis
and Hemostasis and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center,
all in the School of Medicine.
central research theme has been to identify specific genes that
are critical in cardiovascular pathophysiology to characterize
the function of these genes and then develop strategies using
these genes as targets for intervention.
previous honors include the National Research Service Award, National
Institutes of Health; First Prize, the Ignacio Chavez Young Investigator
Award, the Interamerican Society of Cardiology; and finalist,
Young Investigator Award, American College of Cardiology.
can say with confidence that Dr. Patterson is the most promising
young investigator with whom I have worked over the past 15 years,"
wrote Marschall Runge, Marion Covington distinguished professor
of medicine, in Patterson's nomination.
named Julian W. Scheer
Ruth C. Walden of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications
has been named Julian W. Scheer term professor of journalism and
is the director of graduate studies in the School of Journalism
and Mass Communication. She is on the Advisory Board of the Graduate
School, as well as the editorial boards of "Journalism &
Mass Communication Quarterly" and "Communication Law
and Policy." She teaches media law, and her research is in
U.S., international and comparative media law.
most significant publications include "Insult Laws: An Insult
to Press Freedom," a study of laws that make it a crime to
insult government officials and institutions in more than 90 nations;
"Mass Communication Law in North Carolina"; and "Access
to Courts," in the past five years' editions of "Communication
& the Law."
was selected to be a member of the U.S. delegation to the Organization
for Security and Co-operation in Europe Human Dimension Implementation
Meeting in Warsaw, Poland, in October 2000 where she presented
the U.S. statement on freedom of expression. In 1997, she received
the David Brinkley Teaching Excellence Award in the School of
Journalism and Mass Communication.
in her career, as a reporter for the "Wisconsin State Journal"
in Madison, Walden covered the House Judiciary Committee impeachment
hearings on President Nixon. Walden earned her Ph.D. at the University
of Wisconsin. She enjoys golf, swimming and bridge.
professorship's term is July 1 through June 30, 2004.
Julian Scheer Term Professorship was created in 1993 in the School
of Journalism and Mass Communication in honor of Scheer, a Carolina
graduate. As a student, Scheer worked in the sports information
office and ran a national newspaper feature service based in Chapel
Hill. Upon graduating in 1950, he was named assistant director
of sports information In 1953, he became a reporter for "The
Among other notable accomplishments, Scheer was an assistant administrator
in charge of public affairs at NASA where he directed arrangements
for live coverage of the first lunar landing; Terry Sanford's
spokesman during the former N.C. governor's brief presidential
campaign in 1976; and, in addition to government and corporate
involvements, a founder and director of Chapel Hill-based Algonquin
and Gordon Gray professorships awarded
to three faculty members
Three Bowman and Gordon Gray professorships have been awarded
to members of the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Receiving the honor are:
George S. Lensing Jr, English;
• Peter G. Filene, history; and
• William M. Kier, biology.
Lensing teaches courses in 20th-century British and American poetry
and has published two books on the American poet Wallace Stevens,
the most recent being "Wallace Stevens and the Seasons"
published in 2001 by LSU Press.
is currently acting director of the Office of Distinguished Scholarships.
has been associate dean for honors, secretary of the faculty,
and assistant chair of the English department.
This fall Filene is teaching a survey of U.S. history
since World War II. A spring seminar will prepare advanced graduate
students for their first teaching jobs. The award-winning photographer
also is teaching an undergraduate seminar on "Photography
and Modern American Culture." For more than 20 years, he
has directed the department's Committee on Teaching.
most recent books are "Him/Her/Self: Gender Identities in
Modern America" and "In the Arms of Others: A Cultural
History of the Right-to-Die in America." His novel, "Home
and Away," was published in 1992. He is collaborating on
a book to help new faculty design courses.
an indisputably excellent scholar, Filene admits to flunking a
Texas two-step class.
The associate department chair, Kier teaches comparative physiology
and comparative biomechanics, as well as a graduate seminar including
the philosophy of science and practical advice for young scientists.
studies support and movement in squid and octopi and the evolution
of muscle structure and function.
1995, Kier was awarded both the N.C. Professor of the Year Award
by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and
Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the UNC Board
of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.
earned his Ph.D. in zoology at Duke University. He enjoys windsurfing,
sailing and cycling.
to promote excellence in undergraduate teaching, the Bowman and
Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professorships supplement the salaries
of four faculty members each year. The professorships were endowed
by alumnus Bowman Gray Jr., president and chairman of the board
of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., and his brother, alumnus Gordon
Gray Sr., former president of the university system and advisor
to several U.S. presidents.
and Filene's professorships are effective through June 2007; Kier's
begins next July and continues through June 2008.
Information provided by Human Resources with employees' permission.
Entries are listed by name, new title and department.
L. Bardachino, Processing Assistant V, Frank P. Graham Child Development
R. Cheek, Housekeeping Supervisor III, Facilities Services Division
L. Clark, Program Assistant V, Molecular Biology
M. Cooper, Telecommunications Analyst I, Academic Technology &
S. Daye, Medical Records Assistant IV, Student Health Service
P. Fogleman, Accounting Specialist II, Psychiatry
M. Hartman, Student Services Manager I, Psychiatry
James, Administrative Assistant I, Highway Safety Research Center
M. Jones, Office Assistant IV, Housing
L. Jones, Administrative Assistant I, Medicine
H. King, Accounting Technician II, Center for Thrombosis &
D. Musty, Social Research Associate I, Center for Thrombosis &
A. Nelson, Administrative Assistant I, Frank P. Graham Child Development
A. Nickerson, Accountant I, Highway Safety Research Center
A. Smith, Administrative Assistant II, Microbiology & Immunology
Heels program set
for Sept. 20 launch
On Sept. 20, the Employee Services Department will kickoff the
2002-03 year for the Star Heels Program, which gives campus departments
the chance to recognize and reward accomplishments of their employees.
Human Resources Facilitators from each department have been invited
to attend the event. Award allocations for the upcoming program
year will be distributed to facilitators at the event.
kick off, beginning at 9 a.m., will feature comments by Laurie
Charest, associate vice chancellor for Human Resources and Pirie
McIndoe, TIAA-CREF's assistant vice president and manager of its
Raleigh/Durham offices. TIAA-CREF is sponsoring the Star Heels
award program for a third straight year.
departments can use Star Heels to recognize staff at any appropriate
time during the program year. Rewards are allocated based on the
number of employees in each department. Departments are free to
decide how Star Heels awards fit into the department's overall
recognition program. Employees can nominate a co-worker for a
Star Heels award through their HR facilitators, who send nominating
information on to Employee Services, the program's coordinator.
June 1, 2003, is the deadline for nominations.
choose a $20 gift certificate from A Southern Season, the UNC
Student Stores/UNC OneCard, Lowe's Home Improvement or University
Mall. Names of winners are printed in the "Gazette."
more information on the Star Heels Program and event kick-off,
call Employee Services at 962-1483.
Miranda Kelly, Kenan-Flagler Business School
Kelly was nominated for her customer service. "She is professional,
efficient, fun and tough."
Kelly was nominated because her "diplomacy, integrity and
commitment are outstanding."
Kocher "is diligent in her duties and goes beyond what is
Lawrence, Dentistry, Dean Financial Affairs
Lawrence "has demonstrated a true team approach to working
with all other areas."
Liu, Med. School Admin
Liu "is a team player who is a pleasure to work with and
adds much to his work environment."
Loftin was nominated for her "dedication and hard work.
Long, Department of Marine Sciences
Long "has proven to be a valuable asset to all in the department."
Lyght was nominated for her "hard work, dedication and length
of service to the department."
(Andy) Maready, Carolina Center for Public Service
Maready "provides outstanding support to the center staff."
Marshall, Center for Thrombosis and Hemostasis
Marshall was nominated for her dedication and loyalty.
Marston was nominated for her excellent skills and innovative
Matsushima, Microbiology & Immunology
Matsushima was nominated for the part he played in attracting
more graduate students to the department.
Maynard, Dentistry, Dean Dental labs
Maynard "has been a tremendous help in bringing some sense
of organization to the dental ceramics laboratory. "
Mayse, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Mayse "is a hardworking, diligent and always willing to help
a fellow employee. "
McCurdy, Emergency Medicine
McCurdy was nominated for his "tireless effort and enthusiasm."
McSwain, Med. School Admin
McSwain "is an outstanding employee [who] works very hard."
Medlin, School of Government
Medlin "is highly regarded for providing information promptly
and cheerfully. "
Melville was nominated for her hard work and dedication to the
Mooney, Materials Management & Distribution
Mooney was nominated for his "excellence in service."
Morand, Cell and Molecular Physiology
Morand "is always willing and available to lend a hand to
Neal, FPG Child Development Institute
Neal "is very flexible, works long hours ... and provides
leadership to her teaching team."
Nelson, FPG Child Development Institute
Nelson "may be the most effective `behind-the-scenes' employee
of our institute.
Paschall was nominated for her "hard work, dedication and
length of service to the department."
Perkins, Health Behavior and Health Education
Perkins "consistently projects a `can do' attitude."
Perry, Med. School Admin
Perry was nominated for the increased responsibilities she has
taken on and which she is performing "with excellence."
Reeves, School of Pharmacy
"Beth is great, always helpful and willing to go out of her
way to get the job done, friendly and pleasant, with a good sense
Resendes, Dentistry, Dean's Office
Resendes "has been a very quick learner and a true team player.
She is dependable and demonstrates extreme organization and accuracy
in her work."
Rogers, School of Social Work
"Rogers is terrific at what she does. She is organized, helpful,
skilled, willing to stay late if need be, and upbeat."
Rothwell, Dentistry, Dean Grants Management
Rothwell "constantly displays a "can do" attitude
and a willingness to go the extra mile."
Russell, School of Government
Russell "does a wonderful job of selling the program to prospective
students and then assisting those students in making the transition
into the academic environment."
Sadler, Kenan-Flagler Business School
Sadler was nominated for planning and organizing a successful
joint conference with Duke's business school.
Sanel, FPG Child Development Institute
Sanel "is extremely dependable and has a 'radar-like' ability
to anticipate problems and is a great trouble-shooter."
Sauer, School of Social Work
Sauer was nominated "for her dedication, incredible patience
with both faculty and students and years of hard work."
Savage, Med. School Admin
Savage "juggles multiple responsibilities -- seemingly effortlessly
-- with great good humor and meticulous attention to detail."
Sechelski, Cystic Fibrosis/Pulmonary Research and Treatment Center
Sechelski was nominated for his "outstanding" work in
the lab, but also for the "extra things that benefit the
Sewall, Latin American Studies
"Sewall has not only mastered the day-to-day duties of office
manager, but she has gone above and beyond in redesigning the
institute's databases ..."
Shambley, Developmental Disabilities Training Institute
Shambley was nominated "because of extra effort that she
has shown throughout this year."
Shanahan, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
Shanahan was nominated for her organization of the combined campaign.
"She is always eager and willing to be of assistance."
Singleton, Med. School Admin
Singleton was nominated, in part, for her "effective and
professional juggling of staff wants and needs."
Note: The Star Heels Award Program is sponsored by TIAA-CREF.
Winners each receive a $20 gift certificate. Employee Services
coordinates the program. Because of space constraints, the "Gazette"
is able to print only a highlight of most recipients' nominating
material. The deadline to submit nominations for Star Heel awards
was June 1.