USM Board of Regents Faculty Awards Presented
Adelphi, Md. (April 15, 2016) -- The University System of Maryland (USM)
Board of Regents at its meeting today announced the recipients of the 2016 USM
Regents' Faculty Awards. The meeting was held at University of Maryland University College.
awards are the highest honor presented by the board to exemplary faculty
members. Presented in four categories, the awards honor excellence in teaching,
public service, mentoring, innovation, and a combined category of research,
scholarship and creative activity.
award carries a $1,000 prize provided by the institutions and the University
System of Maryland Foundation. Following are the 2016 Regents' Faculty Award recipients, listed by category:
Heather Gable, Chair of the Department of Nursing at
Frostburg State University (FSU). Dr. Gable led in the development of FSU's
online nursing curriculum. Under her leadership, the RN to BSN program at
Frostburg has grown from five to almost 500 students during the past six years. With the success of the RN to BSN
program-which has received national recognition-Dr. Gable will lead the effort
to implement a new Master's of Science in Nursing and a Doctorate of Nursing
Practice. In addition, Dr. Gable has
secured grant funding to develop collaborative partnerships with community
colleges. Dr. Gable has been able to
accomplish all this while maintaining excellent student evaluations.
Karen Hopkins, Associate Professor in the School of
Social Work and Chair of the Faculty Executive Committee and Faculty
Organization at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). Dr. Hopkins has
excelled at teaching and mentoring her students in the School of Social Work.
She has developed an innovative curriculum to enable students to apply what
they have learned in the classroom to their professional activities. In
addition, through a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, she has developed
a program to recruit, train, and coach Master of Social Work students of color,
which has garnered extremely positive feedback.
Dr. Hopkins also guides doctoral students through complex research
projects and even works with alumni to ensure they are able to apply what they
have learned in the classroom to their profession.
Dr. Jungho Kim, Professor of Mechanical
Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). Dr. Kim teaches
an amazing range of students and classes, from undergraduates in high
enrollment lower-level required courses to small advanced classes of graduate
students. He also served as the faculty
advisor to the mechanical engineering honor society and advisor to numerous
undergraduate research projects.
Colleagues praise him for his exceptional ability to educate students in
the fundamentals of the field, while infusing a passion for social
responsibility in his students. His efforts have been acknowledged by student
organizations and professional organizations alike. Currently, Dr. Kim is
exploring new methods to teach students who need additional support in the
traditional classroom setting.
Dr. Rommel Miranda, Associate Professor of Science
Education in the Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences at Towson
University (TU). Dr. Miranda has distinguished himself as a skilled educator
with a passion for preparing exceptional science teachers. He is a skilled
practitioner of active learning pedagogies, offering his students opportunities
for hands-on investigations, engaging them in small group and whole class
discussions, and guiding his students to think more deeply about the lesson
content. Dr. Miranda taught the first class in the new Integrated STEM
Instructional Leadership (PreK-6) Post Baccalaureate Certificate Program. This
was a group of practicing teachers expanding their STEM education. Those
attending this program were very positive about Dr. Miranda, calling him
dynamic and knowledgeable.
Valli Meeks, Professor in the Department of
Oncology and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Maryland School of
Dentistry and Director of the PLUS Clinic at UMB. Dr. Meeks has displayed an
extraordinary commitment to oral health care both locally and internationally.
She implemented the PLUS Program, a dedicated dental clinic in the School of
Dentistry. She also assisted in the
creation and implementation of the Preparing for the Future (PTF) curriculum at
the School of Dentistry, a nationally recognized service-learning curriculum
that assembles both the professional and academic communities to address HIV. Dr.
Meeks' humanitarian service extends into Rwanda, where she is developing a
curriculum for the country's first dental school, and creating an oral health
curriculum for a rural elementary school.
Anne Spence, Professor of the Practice, Mechanical
Engineering, and Interim Director of the Center for Women in Technology at the University
of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Dr. Spence has made significant
contributions in the advancement of women and girls in STEM.
Most noteworthy is her outstanding leadership of
Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a national organization that provides professional
development for elementary, middle, and high school teachers, counselors, and
administrators. Under Dr. Spence's
direction, Maryland's PLTW has trained approximately 300 teachers annually and
is recognized as one of the top five programs of its kind in the United States.
She recently launched public-private funding collaborations exceeding $600,000
with more than 30 foundations, businesses, and industry leaders as part of an
initiative with the Maryland State Department of Education, which will help
Debra Stanley, Professor and Executive Director of
the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Baltimore (UB). Dr. Stanley
has excelled in the field of victim services for over a decade. Her leadership
of the Roper Victim Assistance Academy of Maryland (RVAAM) has helped transform
the quality of professional development and training of those who provided
service to crime victims throughout Maryland. To date, more than 500 victim
service professionals have received training from RVAAM. Dr. Stanley's collaborations with local,
state, and national representatives resulted in the creation of standards for a
certification model for all victim service professionals in Maryland. Her advocacy,
dedication, and expertise in victims' services has been honored with the
Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention's "Outstanding
Contributions to Victims Services" Award.
Jane Wolfson, Professor of Environmental Sciences
and Studies in the Department of Biological Sciences at Towson University.Dr.
Wolfson developed the Towson Opportunities in STEM (TOPS) program, a NSF-funded
program to assist at-risk students from underserved Baltimore metropolitan
schools to succeed in STEM degree programs at Towson. TOPS supplies peer,
community, and academic support, as well as life skills training and financial
assistance to students. TOPS is noted for its high retention and graduation
rates. Dr. Wolfson is also Towson's lead investigator for a major NSF-funded
multi-million dollar grant to the USM entitled Maryland Delaware Climate
Literacy Education Assessment and Research (MADE-CLEAR). This project aims to
integrate climate literacy into the curriculum in both Maryland and Delaware,
particularly for pre-service teachers.
Dr. Paulinus Chigbu, a Professor in the Department of
Natural Sciences and Director of the NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative
Science Center at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). Dr. Chigbu's
students actively participate with him in the research experience and his
students are recipients of the 2016 NOAA Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship and NSF
Graduate Research Fellowship awards. He
also established the UMES summer bridge program for training high school
students in geosciences, especially underrepresented minorities and female
students. He has mentored UMES students through the Student Development Plan, specifically
designed to enhance the academic, professional, and social development of
student leaders. Dr. Chigbu relentlessly supports students to help them make a
strong transition into university-level learning experiences. He assists
undergraduate and graduate students in their pursuit of a career in
Dr. Matthew Hemm, an Associate Professor in the
Department of Biological Sciences at Towson University. Dr. Hemm has mentored
213 undergraduate students in course-based authentic research, 42 students in
independent laboratory research, and 39 students in poster and oral
presentations at professional meetings and conferences. He has also co-authored
several publications with students. Dr. Hemm's work with CURE (Course-based
Undergraduate Research Experience) has provided authentic, high-quality
research for a large number of students. In 2014, he was awarded Honorable
Mention at the Council on Undergraduate Research Biology Mentor Awards. Dr. Hemm is remarkably accessible to students
in his classes and laboratory, always helping young aspiring scientists
cultivate the most important, transferable skills required for success beyond
Dr. Russell Hill, a Professor in the Department of
Microbiology and Immunology and Director of the Institute of Marine and
Environmental Technology at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental
Science (UMCES). In 2014, Dr. Hill established the Radcliffe Environmental
Entrepreneur Fellow Program to cultivate entrepreneurial and leadership skills
in graduate students through interactions with local business leaders,
investors, and entrepreneurs. He also designed short courses to prepare
students with leadership and business skills that draw a connection between
their research and commercial industry.
Dr. Hill has helped students gain experience and
confidence in areas outside of their area of specialization, building
leadership qualities and preparing them for real-world business success. His students refer to him as an "excellent
ambassador for the sciences" who has inspired and valued everyone's input into
the scientific discussion.
Ivan Sascha Sheehan, an Associate Professor and Director
for the Negotiation and Conflict Management Graduate Program in the School of
Public and International Affairs at UB. Dr. Sheehan is the recipient of the
2015 President's Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions Related to
Teaching, Research, and Service, and he was nominated for the Advisor of the
Year Award for work with the Graduate Student Association. He has created a
climate of mentorship that includes faculty, staff, and students supporting one
another. Dr. Sheehan has brought students with him to academic conferences and
policy meetings. He has developed a master-teacher mentorship program for
adjunct faculty and a series of forums on promotion and tenure for junior
faculty. Dr. Sheehan's work with the graduate student association has spurred an
increase in student enrollment. His devotion to the program, faculty members,
and students has been called legendary.
Hoda El-Sayed, a Professor in the Department of
Computer Science and the Coordinator of Doctoral Programs for the Department of
Computer Science at Bowie State University (BSU). Dr. El-Sayed's commitment to
excellence in research and teaching has made her an outstanding addition to the
Department of Computer Science. Her ability to write successful grants and work
across department lines at Bowie has allowed her to secure state-of-the-art
infrastructure for research and teaching. Dr. El-Sayed's grant from the
Department of Defense for the purchase of a Cray XC40 Supercomputer, and her collaboration
with Cray, have saved the institution hundreds of thousands of dollars while
establishing a world-class advanced computing infrastructure used by the entire
university community. Her passion and dedication for teaching and research make
her an outstanding and innovative educator.
SCHOLARSHIP AND CREATIVE ACTIVITY
Dr. Rebecca Adelman, Associate Professor in the Department
of Media and Communication Studies at UMBC. Dr. Adelman is a prolific and
accomplished scholar. Her scholarship on the visual culture of the Global War
on Terror has broken important, new ground in the study of the politics and
culture of post-9-11 America. Her publications in prestigious journals and her
two books show an impressive depth of knowledge and mastery in relating her
research. Dr. Adelman's book, "Beyond the Checkpoint: Visual Practices in
America's Global War on Terror," published by the University of Massachusetts
Press in 2014, has been called "a significant contribution to visual cultural
studies" and is credited with helping scholars and students better understand
these complex issues.
Dr. Ramani Duraiswami, a Professor in the
Department of Computer Science and the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies
at UMCP. Dr. Duraiswami's work in the field of true three-dimensional surround
sound has been deeply innovative and has had a major impact in academia and
industry. He invented an ingenious device to record natural three-dimensional sound
fields. A colleague noted that Dr.
Duraiswami has made "fundamental contributions to the understanding and
simulation of human perception of 3D spatial audio." The benefits of his research and scholarship
extend beyond the university, leading to the creation of two start-up companies
and its use in gaming software improvements. His work has resulted in many
highly-cited publications, grants, and patents and offers a more sophisticated
understanding of how humans "locate" sound.
Upal Ghosh, Professor in the Department of Chemical,
Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering at UMBC. Dr. Ghosh studies the life
cycle, effects, and remediation of toxic pollutants in the environment and
their impact on human health. With the support of major grants from the National
Institutes of Health, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of
Defense, he has developed transformative remediation technology, which allows
activated carbon to be introduced in crucial environments. Dr. Ghosh's remediation
technology is being adopted for use by the EPA, U.S. Navy, and Lockheed Martin.
He has received several awards in his field of study, published extensively,
received several large grants, and was recently highlighted in a cover-page
article in "Environmental Science and Technology," a top journal in this field.
Hany Sobhi, Associate Professor of Organic and Clinical
Chemistry in the Department of Natural Sciences at Coppin State University
(CSU). Dr. Sobhi's groundbreaking research into metabolic pathways and
processes has opened new avenues to metabolic disorder diagnosis methodology,
as well as new trends for dental and orthopedic therapy. The outcome of his
work is expected to have broad implications in clinical dentistry and bone
Dr. Sobhi is also the founding director
of the Coppin Center for Organic Synthesis, which performs cutting edge
research. He regularly integrates students into his work, fostering the future
development of leaders in STEM. His publications, awards, and cutting-edge
research have earned him the high regard of his colleagues and peers.
(Content for this summary of Regents Faculty Awards winners drafted by Paul Stackpole, USM Communications Office.)
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