Wichita State News

Faculty/staff news update, fall 2009

Friday, December 04, 2009

As the academy of faculty and staff at Wichita State University engage in externally supported research, training and service activities consistent with the university’s mission and vital to its growth, this column will recognize grants, honors, awards, presentations and publications, new appointments, new faculty, sabbaticals, retirements and the deaths of our current and former colleagues.

Dinorah Azpuru, assistant professor, political science, was an invited panelist at the Conference on Ethics in Democracy organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada, in El Salvador, in November.

Dorothy Billings, professor, anthropology, was honored with the Chester I. Lewis Distinguished Service Award, given by the Wichita Branch NAACP at its 65th Annual Legacy Awards Banquet in October.

Ngoyi Bukonda, associate professor, public health sciences, was selected to receive the 2009 Honorable Mention Nobuo Maenda International Aging and Public Health Research award by the Gerontology and Health Section of the American Public Health Association. The selection was based on his submitted paper "Incidence and correlates of diarrhea, fever, malaria and weight loss among elderly and non-elderly parents in a community of internally displaced peoples in the Eastern Kasai province, Democratic Republic of the Congo.”

Donna Carter, associate director, financial aid, has been voted president-elect of the Kansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. She will serve her term as president during the 2011-12 academic year.

Joe Donlay, assistant director systems, financial aid, received the Oscar R. “Jack” Hendrix Award at the annual Rocky Mountain Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators conference in October for assuming the chair position of the RMASFAA Electronic Initiatives committee when the previous chair left the association. He will continue this role on the regional board for the 2009-2010 year.

Patricia Dooley, Betty and Oliver Elliott Professor of Distinction, Elliott School of Communication, has been selected by the League of Women Voters to be a member of “The Open World” delegation to Russia, May 11-23, 2010.

Carla Eckels, news reporter, KMUW 89.1, received a first place award from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters for her story “Kansas Mounted Guard Heads to Inauguration.” She won in the Complete News Feature/Enterprise Coverage category. The awards banquet was held in Topeka in October.

H. Edward Flentje, professor, Hugo Wall School, facilitated the annual November planning retreats for both the Regional Economic Area Partnership (REAP) and its Water Resources committee (WRC). WSU public affairs associates Joe Yager, who serves as REAP’s chief executive officer, and Angela Krummel Buzard, who serves as executive officer of the WRC, assisted in the discussion process.

Charles Fox, associate dean, College of Health Professions, has been appointed to a statewide Dental Workforce Cabinet that will oversee a professional workforce project established by Oral Health Kansas and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Bureau of Oral Health. Fox was the author of a 2004 white paper that noted serious issues in Kansas oral health and led the process that established the Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program.

Kevin Hager, associate professor, Elliott School of Communication, was named Best of Champion in the News Division by the Broadcast Educators Association.

Karen Hayes, assistant professor, School of Nursing, received the 2010 American Association of Nurse Practitioners’ State Award for Excellence. The award is given annually to a dedicated nurse practitioner in each state who demonstrates excellence in their area of practice. She will be recognized during the 2010 AANP National Conference in June 2010 in Phoenix, Ariz.

William Hendry, chair and professor, biological sciences, served as a member of the Cellular, Molecular and Integrative Reproduction Study Section review committee for research grant applications submitted to the National Institutes of Health.

Barbara W. Hodson, professor, communication sciences and disorders, has been selected by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Board of Directors to receive the Honors of the Association. The highest award ASHA can give, it publicly recognizes her many contributions to the field. She was formally recognized at the ASHA convention in New Orleans in November.

Jerry Martin, director, Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology, received the 2009 Arts Advocate/Individual Award from the Wichita Arts Council at its 40th Annual Arts Award Dinner in November.

Sal Mazzullo, professor, geology, received the Planalp Award for best poster-session presentation at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists convention in October. His co-authors on the research, which focuses on Mississippian-age petroleum reservoir rocks in subsurface Kansas, are Brian Wilhite and I. Wayne Woolsey.

Louis Medvene, professor, psychology, is a recipient of the Gridley Hoover Pilot Research Program Award through WSU's Regional Institute on Aging. It is a one-year, $20,000 research award.

Jay Price, associate professor, history, and director, public history, has been appointed by Gov. Mark Parkinson to the State Historic Sites Board of Review, which considers applications for grant funding and nominations to the National Register of Historic Places and the Register of Historic Kansas Places.

Pal V. Rao, professor, University Libraries, received the 2009 Distinguished Service Award of the College and University Libraries Section (CULS) of the Kansas Library Association. The award was presented during the CULS fall meeting held in Hays.

Chris Rogers, associate professor, biological sciences, was appointed associate editor for The Auk, the world’s top-ranked scientific journal in avian biology.

Carolyn Shaw, chair and associate professor, political science, was an invited speaker at the Headline Seminar on the Regional and Global Dimensions of Conflict and Fragility sponsored by the World Bank in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in October. The seminar was designed to seek the guidance of global leaders and practitioners and to stimulate debate and inform the World Bank's strategic and operational thinking on various aspects of fragility and conflict. Shaw’s presentation addressed the conflict resolution efforts of the Organization of American States.

Elaine Steinke, professor, School of Nursing, was inducted as a Fellow in the American Heart Association in November at the Annual Meeting of the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing in Orlando, Fla. Nursing fellows are elected by the membership of the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing, American Heart Association.

The Ulrich Museum of Art was named a winner in the Mountain-Plains Museums Association 2009 Publications Design Competition, receiving the top award in the brochure and rack cards category for its new general information brochure, which was created by University Relations’ creative services team.

Tom Wine, professor, School of Music, received the 2009 Burton Pell Award from the Wichita Arts Council. He was recognized at the organization’s 40th Annual Arts Award Dinner in November.

John Wong, professor, Hugo Wall School, was appointed to the Transportation-Leveraging Investments in Kansas (T-LINK) Task Force, filling a vacancy created by the departure of Bart Hildreth. Former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius created the T-LINK Task Force in August 2008 to examine the state of transportation in Kansas and to develop a set of recommendations for a new strategic approach to future transportation needs.

Bill Wynne, Registrar, received the Laura Cross Distinguished Service Award from the Kansas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers at its annual conference in September. It is the association’s highest award. Wynne is a past president of KACRAO.

Wan Yang, chair and associate professor, geology, received $65,000 from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund for “Anatomy of a half-graben, NW China.”

Ngoyi Bukonda
, associate professor, public health sciences, presented a poster of a study on the incidence and correlates of diseases among elderly parents who have been forcibly displaced from the Katanga province to the Eastern Kasai province (Congo) at the annual conference of the American Public Health Association in Philadelphia in November. He also presented a second paper at the conference on diarrhea and water sanitation practices in the health zone of Mpokolo in Eastern Kasai province (Congo).

Darwin Dorr, professor, psychology, and director, clinical training, co-authored the poster
“Relationship of MMPI-2 RC Demoralization to Depression and Somatization Scales” with WSU Ph.D. graduate students Susanna Ciccolari-Micaldi and Sonya Padilla, and adjunct faculty member and professor at KU School of Medicine-Wichita C.D. Morgan. The poster was presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association in Toronto, Canada.

Frances Ervin, executive director, TRIO-Educational Opportunity Centers, was elected to serve as treasurer of the National Educational Opportunity Centers Association during its 2009 annual conference in San Antonio, Texas, in September. It is her second term as a member of the association’s executive board.

Mark Glaser, professor, Hugo Wall School, presented a paper that he authored with John Wong, professor, and graduate assistant Corinne Bannon on “Symbiosis between Government and Community: Community Attachment, Trust, and Willingness to Pay” to the Fifth Transatlantic Dialogue held in Washington, D.C., in June. The same month, Glaser presented “Frederickson’s Social Equity Agenda Applied: Public Support and Willingness to Pay,” co-authored with Bart Hildreth, professor, and Bannon, to the Social Equity and Leadership Conference of the National Academy of Public Administration in Newark, N.J.

Jean C. Griffith, assistant professor, English, has published the book “The Color of Democracy in Women’s Regional Writing” with The University of Alabama Press.

Anthony P. Gythiel, professor, history, has published the book “Dragon’s Wine and Angel’s Bread. The Teaching of Evagrius Ponticus on Anger and Meekness,”translated from the German text written by Gabriel Bunge, “Drachenwein und Engelsbrot. Die Lehre des Evagrios Pontikos von Zorn und Sanftmut.” It was published by St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, Crestwood, N.Y., and is available at Eighth Day Books in Wichita.

Raymond Hull, professor, communication sciences and disorders, has released a new book, “Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation,” whose cover is his own design.

Eunice Doman Myers, associate dean of the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and associate professor of Spanish, presented the paper “The ‘Other’ Inquisition: Rosa Montero’s Portrayal of French Medieval Religious Thought” at the Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature in Lawrence in November. She also led a discussion of Montero’s “Historia del Rey Transparente” at Watermark Books’ Spanish Book Club in October.

Nancy McCarthy Snyder, associate professor, and Melissa Walker, associate professor, Hugo Wall School, have completed organizational assessments of the Mid-America All-Indian Center and Exploration Place. The project was funded by the Kansas Health Foundation through the Wichita Community Foundation. Snyder and Walker worked with the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Missouri Kansas City on the study.

Evan McHughes Palmer, assistant professor, human factors psychology, has had a first author paper, “What are the shapes of response time distributions in visual search?,” co-authored with T.S. Horowitz, A. Torralba and J.M. Wolfe, accepted by the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. In October, he presented “Perceptual cues and imagined viewpoints modulate visual search in air traffic control displays,” co-authored by C.M. Brown, C.F. Bates, P.J. Kellman and T.C. Clausner, at the Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Carolyn Shaw, associate professor and chair, political science, was an invited speaker at the Headline Seminar on the Regional and Global Dimensions of Conflict and Fragility sponsored by the World Bank in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in October. Her presentation addressed the conflict resolution efforts of the Organization of American States.

John Wong, professor, and graduate assistant Michael Woodrum, Hugo Wall School, attended the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management annual conference in September in Washington, D.C. The theme was “Democracy, Equality and Responsibility: Budget Expectations Versus Fiscal Realities.” Wong presented “Revenue Forecasting in Interesting Times.”

Wan Yang, chair and associate professor, geology, was an invited speaker for the meeting of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing in August.

Lyn Goldberg, associate professor, communication sciences and disorders, has been awarded the John and Ruby Hendren Distinguished Professorship, created through an $8.5 million gift from the estate of Evelyn and Paul Cassat. A reception in Goldberg’s honor was held in November at the Marcus Welcome Center.

Tom Fowler, associate professor, School of Music, was named a 2009 emeritus faculty member effective July 1.

Lori K. Miller, professor, Sports Management, was named a 2009 emeritus faculty member effective Sept. 25.

Bert L. Smith, professor, Aerospace Engineering, was named a 2009 emeritus faculty member effective Nov. 2.

William Kucharek, 88, retired WSU Physical Plant supervisor, died Nov. 28 at Lakepoint Assisted Living Center. Services have been held. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria, and son Billy. Survivors include daughter Michaelene (Steve) Bauer; sons Roger (Claudia) and Edward; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Kansas Humane Society.

Alfred “Al” Littleton, 83, former WSU golf coach, member of WSU Sports Hall of Fame, died Oct. 30 in Wichita. Services have been held. He was preceded in death by parents, John H. Sr. and Lorena French; and brother, John H. Jr. Survivors include his wife, Donna Lee; daughters, Linda Baxter of Wichita, Cynthia (Daniel) Stone of Fairfax Station, Va., and Cheryl (Ben) Koerner of Wichita; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Littleton. Memorials may be sent to the Al and Donna Littleton Endowed Men's Golf Scholarship Fund, c/o WSU Foundation, and Junior Golf Foundation, 58 Via Verde, Wichita, KS 67230.

Thanh Q. Pham, 61, WSU carpenter, died Oct. 25. He is survived by his wife, Hue Tran; three sons; one daughter, one brother; and four sisters. Services have been held.

Hiley H. Ward, 80, longtime award-winning journalist and former WSU journalism instructor, died Oct. 1 at home in Warrington, Pa. He is survived by his wife, Joan Bastel; daughters Dianne Ward of Minnesota, Carolee Sommers of Ohio, Marceline Valenty of Minnesota and Laurel Boures of Illinois; six grandchildren; one great-grandson; his twin brother, Harry; his older brother, Jack; and a sister, Margaret Daniel.

Fawn Beckman, biology lab technician, was interviewed by KWCH Channel 12 for a Nov. 18 story on the effectiveness of hand sanitizers vs. soap and water. http://www.wichita.edu/thisis/wsunews/news/?nid=899

Kathy Coufal, chair and professor, communication sciences and disorders, was interviewed by KWCH Channel 12 for the Nov. 10 story about how to talk to children. http://www.wichita.edu/thisis/wsunews/news/?nid=887

Grady Landrum, director, disability services, was interviewed by KWCH Channel 12 for a Nov. 5 story on how to talk to a person with disabilities. http://www.wichita.edu/thisis/wsunews/news/?nid=884

Stanley Longhofer, director of the Center for Real Estate, was interviewed for the Nov. 30 Forbes.com article “Best bang-for-the-buck cities.” http://www.wichita.edu/thisis/wsunews/news/?nid=909

Rodney Miller, dean, College of Fine Arts; Mark Laycock, director, orchestras; and Paul Brodene Smith, assistant professor of voice, were interviewed for the Nov. 1 Wichita Eagle article “WSU playing leading role in ‘Mikado.’” Laycock conducted the Wichita Grand Opera’s Nov. 8 production of “Mikado” — leading cast, chorus and orchestra; Smith coached the chorus; and Miller performed as the Mikado. http://www.wichita.edu/thisis/wsunews/news/?nid=872

Greg Novacek, director, Fairmount Center for Science and Mathematics Education and Lake Afton Public Observatory, was profiled in the Oct. 4 Wichita Eagle “Search for moon water may be visible from Earth.” http://www.wichita.edu/thisis/wsunews/news/?nid=839

Paul Wooley, professor, biology, and research director, Center of Innovation for Biomaterials in Orthopaedic Research (CIBOR), was interviewed by KWCH Channel 12 for a Sept. 24 story by about a $2.1 million grant for CIBOR from the Knight Foundation. http://www.wichita.edu/thisis/wsunews/news/?nid=824

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