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bullet Faculty fellows announced for spring semester
bullet Faculty appointments: endowed professor, department chair
bullet Decorations & Distinctions
bullet Campus Awards

Faculty fellows announced for spring semester

Now in its 42nd semester, the Faculty Fellows Program at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities provides semester-long fellowships to faculty in the divisions of Humanities, Fine Arts and Social Sciences and is the institute's central program. The institute's Chapman Family Faculty Fellowships are open to faculty in all units of the University who regularly teach undergraduates.

Ruel Tyson, director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, and professor Julia T. Wood, associate director, recently announced the following faculty fellows and their research topics for the spring semester 2006:  

Dorit Bar-On
Professor, Department of Philosophy;
Linguistic Understanding:
Theory and Practice.

Carolyn Connor
Professor, Department of Classics;
Artifice of Eternity: Byzantine Mosaics
and Their Meaning.  

Jane Danielewicz
Associate professor, Department of English;
Exploring Genre for Teaching:
New Forms, New Media.

Kara Keeling
Assistant professor,
Department of Communication Studies;
Digital Media and Social Movements.  

Timothy McMillan
Adjunct assistant professor, Department of African and Afro-American Studies;
Black and Blue: African-Americans and the University of North Carolina  

Charles Price
Assistant professor, Department of Anthropology;
Modern Antiques: Race and Identity Formation Among the Early Rastafarians of Jamaica.  

William Stott
Research associate professor, Carolina Environmental Program; adjunct, Department
of English;
Only So Much for a Poor Man:
Crabbing Traditions in North Carolina's
Albemarle Region.  

Michael Waltman
Associate professor, Department of
Communication Studies;
The Role of Narrative in the Development of an Effective
Anti-hate Discourse.

Heather Williams|
Assistant professor,
Department of History;
Information Wanted: African American Family Disruption and Reunification in 19th Century America.  

Each fall the Institute's Faculty Advisory Committee awards fellowships based upon submitted proposals. During the fellowship period, faculty fellows are able to work without interruption on a project, and they attend a weekly seminar chaired by Wood.

This seminar provides a forum for the participants to discuss their projects in a language accessible to colleagues from various disciplines.

Fellows assist each other by offering suggestions and criticism during each seminar discussion period. The goal of these seminars is to prepare faculty fellows to return to the classroom the following semester reinvigorated with fresh ideas and renewed commitment to teaching, which directly benefits UNC students.

Applications for the Faculty Fellowship Program are available each fall at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Hyde Hall. For more information call Martha Marks (843-2651).

Faculty Appointments  

Appointment to Department Chair

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Kevin Guskiewicz

Title: Professor and chair, Department of Exercise and Sport Science; professor, Department of Orthopaedics.

bullet Appointment effective: July 1, 2005.

bullet Education: University of Pittsburgh, M.S.; University of Virginia, Ph.D.

bullet At Carolina since: 1995.

bullet Classes taught at the graduate level: Cadaver Anatomy, Applied Statistics and Research Methods in EXSS.

bullet Classes at the undergraduate level: Human Anatomy, Therapeutic Modalities, Evaluation of Athletic Injuries.

bullet Research focus: Mild traumatic brain injury and concussion in sport.

bullet Clinical interest: Athletic training/sports medicine.

bullet Selected major publications: Thirty peer-reviewed publications on the topic of sport-related concussion, most notably two published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2003: the consequences of recurrent concussion in collegiate football players, and recovery trends on neuropsychological and postural stability testing after concussion.

bullet Major honors: Fellowship in the American College of Sports Medicine (2003), Legacy of Leadership Award, West Chester University (2005), invited participant to National Academy of Sciences (Institute of Medicine) expert panel on concussion in youth soccer (2001).

bullet Little known fact: “I worked as an athletic trainer for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1989 to 1992.”  

Appointment to Endowed Professorship

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Mark Peifer

bullet Title: The Michael Hooker Distinguished Professor of Biology.

bullet Appointment effective: July.

bullet Education: Harvard University, Ph.D.

bullet At Carolina since: 1992.

bullet Classes taught at the graduate level: Seminar in Developmental Genetics Supercell 2.

bullet Classes at the undergraduate level: Cell and Developmental Biology, Cancer Biology.

bullet Research focus: How cells choose fates and assemble into tissue in embryonic development, and how alterations in the machinery that mediates these events contribute to cancer.

bullet Little known fact: “I love the Middle East and both of the peoples that live there. I had a chance to visit both Palestine and Israel and have helped raise funds for a Palestinian school on the West Bank.”

bullet About the endowment: The Michael Hooker Distinguished Professorship in Biology was established in 2000 by anonymous donors in honor of the former chancellor who was an outspoken advocate for science and technology initiatives at Carolina. The endowment is used to attract or retain a distinguished teacher and scholar in the Department of Biology in cellular or molecular biology. The professor’s research focuses on the interface between medicine and biology and emphasizes the genetics and development of model organisms in his or her teaching.

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Decorations & Distinctions

Mark Fraser

John A. Tate Distinguished Professor for Children in Need and associate dean of research at the School of Social Work, Fraser received the 2006 Society for Social Work Research Excellence in Research Award.  

Anthony Hickey
Patricia Pukkila

Hickey, pharmaceutics and biomedical engineering professor, and Pukkila, director of undergraduate research and an associate biology professor, were recently elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). They, along with the other 374 fellows for 2005, will be recognized for their contributions at a Feb. 18 forum during the AAAS annual meeting.

Hickey was honored for his research on delivering medicines to the lungs and the development of devices to aid in that delivery. Pukkila was recognized for her work in genetics and her leadership in promoting undergraduate education and research.

Thirty-two UNC faculty members have been elected fellows of the AAAS, which is a nonprofit organization that seeks to advance science worldwide. The association publishes the journal Science, in addition to newsletters, books and reports.

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Laura Janda

Professor of Slavic Languages, Janda won the 2005 Award for Best Contribution to Language Pedagogy for “The Case Book for Russian,” co-authored with Steven J. Clancy. It was presented by the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages at a reception at the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 29.

Jeffrey Pomerantz

Pomerantz, assistant professor at the School of Information and Library Science, has been awarded an OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Research Grant for 2006.

Pomerantz will use the grant for “The Return on Investment of Collaborative Virtual Reference Service” project. The project will outline a study to quantify the Return on Investment (ROI) associated with the implementation of a collaborative virtual reference service.

Anna Scheyett

Clinical associate professor in the School of Social Work, Scheyett was recognized as a winner of a 2005 Heroes in the Fight award. Established by Eli Lilly and Company, the award celebrates the ongoing treatment of persons with severe and persistent mental illness. Lilly made a $500 donation in honor of each winner to a local non-profit organization that supports mental health.

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Campus Awards


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Dan Kline

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology recently selected Kline, technical support specialist, as the recipient of its Staff Excellence Award for 2005.

This award, established to enhance employee productivity and morale, is bestowed on that employee who best exemplifies excellence, commitment, teamwork and outstanding service. Along with a certificate, Kline received two days of paid leave and $100.

The assembled department gave him a standing ovation with cheers as he looked on in surprise during a luncheon held at the Carolina Alumni Club in December. Summing up their collective sentiments was this comment: “Dan is an exceptional employee who has enabled everyone in our department to do a better job.”

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