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Ayres HallHamparsum Bozdogan, McKenzie Professor in the Department of Statistics, Operations, and Management Science, was the guest of Musa Hakan Asyalı, the rector of the Presidential (Abdullah Gül) University in Kayseri, Turkey, during spring break. Bozdogan gave a talk on his work, which was entitled, “Novel Approaches to Medical Image Modeling for Lesion Classification and Diagnosis to Detect Breast Cancer.” The talk was sponsored by both the Presidential and the Erciyes universities. Bozdogan received two plaque awards from both universities for his contribution and international outreach.

Ramon P. DeGennaro, the CBA Professor of Banking and Finance, has been appointed as UT’s voting member for the Atlanta Census Regional Data Center. The university is the newest member of the ACRDC, which offers qualified researchers access to data which is otherwise unavailable. The ACRDC is a partnership between the US Census Bureau and a consortium that also includes Georgia State University, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emory University, Georgia Tech, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the University of Georgia. For more information about using the ACRDC, visit the website.

A paper by Frederick Dosalinger, a research associate in ecology and evolutionary biology, in the Journal of Human and Ecological Risk Assessment was named Risk Management Paper of the Year for 2011. The paper “Developing Health-Based Pre-Planning Clearance Goals for Airport Remediation Following a Chemical Terrorist Attack: Decision Criteria for Multipathway Exposure Routes” was cited as giving salient management actions should airports experience terrorists’ release of toxic substance into airport environments. The paper was selected by an editorial board comprising of distinguished scientists and risk assessment professionals on the basis of quality of writing and contributions to the field of risk assessment.

An article written by Terry Hazen, Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology, has been named Top Feature Article of 2011 by the journal Environmental Science and Technology (ES&T). BP’s Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico drew inevitable comparisons with what until then was the nation’s worst environmental catastrophe, the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska. In ES&T‘s Best Feature of 2011, Hazen and Ronald Atlas, of the University of Louisville, point out the key differences in the environmental impacts of the two spills. Hazen and Atlas have firsthand experience of the spills: Hazen was an investigator on the BP spill whereas Atlas served as a lead scientist during the Valdez response. Crews worked feverishly to contain both spills, but in the end, naturally occurring microbes were responsible for much of the cleanup.

To read the original article, visit ES&T online. Read the perspective piece about the Top Feature Article here.

Victoria Niederhauser, dean of the College of Nursing, has been selected to join an elite network of more than 5,000 women as a member of the Leadership America Class of 2012. Leadership America is a program of Women’s Resources. Established in1974, Women’s Resources seeks to advance the power of leadership and legacy through programs that connect, inspire, empower, and honor women. She is one of about fifty outstanding women leaders competitively selected from across the nation to participate in the longest-running women’s leadership development program in the US. Throughout the year-long program, Niederhauser will have the opportunity to broaden her perspective and enhance her recognized leadership skills.

Fritz G. Polite, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, has received the 2012 Ethnic Minority Award for Southern District American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. He was honored at a luncheon earlier this year. Polite serves as director of the Institute for Leadership, Ethics, and Diversity and director of Outreach and Global Engagement for the college.

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