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Service, Research, Teaching Recognized at 2015 Faculty Awards Ceremony

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Dr. Robert Lochhead, a former director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance, was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award May 1 by Provost Denis Wiesenburg at the Faculty Awards Reception and Ceremony. (Photo by Danny Rawls)

Dr. Robert Lochhead, a former director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award May 1 at the Faculty Awards Reception and Ceremony, held at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

The Lifetime Achievement Award goes to a senior faculty member whose scholarly or creative career has made an extraordinary and significant impact on their discipline, as perceived not only by the university faculty community, but also by others in that profession.

Lochhead joined the Southern Miss faculty in 1990 after a distinguished career in the private sector. He is internationally recognized for his research in polymer science. “I have had so many great mentors, colleagues and students throughout my career, and they all share in this,” Lochhead said.

The annual event includes recognition for exceptional service, research and teaching among members of the University’s faculty and staff. “What today’s award recipients have in common is that they are all at the top of their game,” said Southern Miss Provost Dr. Denis Wiesenburg. “That’s what makes USM a great university.”

Other honorees and a description of their award follows:

Higher Education Appreciation Day- Working for Academic Excellence
Each year the Mississippi Legislature sponsors the Higher Education Appreciation Day-Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE). A faculty member who has exhibited outstanding accomplishments in the areas of research, teaching and service from each participating member institution of the Mississippi Association of Colleges is recognized during the HEADWAE events. This year Robin Carr was selected by a review committee as the Southern Miss HEADWAE recipient and was honored during the February 2015 events in Jackson.

*Robin Carr, M.F.A.
Associate Professor, Department of Theatre
College of Arts and Letters

Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professorship
The Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professorship recognizes junior faculty members (untenured, tenure-track assistant professors) for outstanding accomplishments and professional promise. This year three faculty members were awarded the professorship, and each recipient will use the title “Nina Bell Suggs Professor.”

*Jason Bergman, D.M.A.
Assistant Professor, School of Music
College of Arts and Letters

*Ben McIlwain, D.M.
Assistant Professor, School of Music
College of Arts and Letters

*Michael Anestis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Chair of Clinical Admissions, Department of Psychology
College of Education and Psychology

Southern Miss Nominee, IHL Diversity Award for Excellence
Each year during Black History Month, the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning recognizes a faculty or staff member from each university for demonstrating positive advancement of diversity on campus and within the university community. The 2015 Southern Miss’ representative for the IHL Diversity Award for Excellence is Dr. Tammy Greer.

*Tammy Greer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
College of Education and Psychology

Faculty Excellence Awards
This year two faculty members, Dr. Kristy Daniel and Dr. Douglas Masterson, were chosen for the Faculty Excellence Awards. The Excellence in Service Award is given to a faculty member who has excelled in (non-administrative) service to the university community. The Excellence in Teaching Award is presented to a faculty member who has a record of exceptional teaching.

Excellence in Teaching
*Kristy Lynn Daniel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
College of Science and Technology
Excellence in Service

*Douglas Masterson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Science and Technology

Southern Miss Nominees, National Endowment for the
Humanities Awards
The National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends provide faculty with the opportunity to pursue research in the humanities that contributes to scholarly knowledge and to the public’s understanding of the humanities. Two faculty members, Dr. Brian LaPierre and Dr. Eric Platt, were selected to represent Southern Miss in the 2015 national NEH competition.

*Brian LaPierre, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director of International Studies, Department of History
College of Arts and Letters

*Eric Platt, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Studies and Research
College of Education and Psychology

Faculty Senate Junior Faculty Awards
Three Faculty Senate Junior Faculty Awards were created to recognize outstanding assistant professors early in their careers at Southern Miss. Award categories are for excellence in teaching, creativity and research.

*Joyce Inman, Ph.D.
Faculty Senate Junior Faculty Teaching Award
Assistant Professor and Director of Composition, Department of English
College of Arts and Letters

*Murell Horton, M.F.A.
Faculty Senate Junior Faculty Creative Activity Award
Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre
College of Arts and Letters

*Matthew Casey, Ph.D.
Faculty Senate Junior Faculty Research Award
Assistant Professor, Department of History
College of Arts and Letters

Aubrey Keith Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty
Excellence Awards
Dr. and Mrs. Aubrey Lucas provide an endowment to support and reward faculty excellence in instruction and research. The review committee selected 12 faculty members as recipients of the Lucas Faculty Excellence Awards.

*Philip Bates, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Science and Technology
Squeezing Oil From Leaves: The Analysis of Lipid Network Fluxes for Quantitative Control of Oil Accumulation in Tobacco Leaves

*Ann E. Blankenship, J.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and School Counseling
College of Education and Psychology
Teachers Matter: The Fight Over Teacher Employment Protections in Vergara v. California

*Jennifer Brannock, M.L.S.
Curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana
Associate Professor
University Libraries
A Man’s Book: Gender and Sexuality in Sleaze Publications, 1955-1968

*Daniel Credeur, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Human Performance and Recreation
College of Health
Targeting the Vasculature for Improved Cardiovascular Health in Spinal Cord Injury Patients

*David Dolbow, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Human Performance and Recreation
College of Health
The Effects of Functional Electrical Stimulation Cycling on Cardiovascular and Metabolic
Disorder Risk Factors

*Matthew G. Donahue, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Science and Technology
Chemical Synthesis of C-Aryl Aminoribose Analogs as Potential Antiviral Therapies

*Max Grivno, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of History
College of Arts and Letters
Landscape, Memory and Violence on the Mississippi Prairies, 1830-1918

Shahid Karim, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
College of Science and Technology
Role of Tick Spit in Red Meat Allergy

*Georgianna Martin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Studies and Research
College of Education and Psychology
Beyond College Access: Exploring the College Experiences of Low-Income, First-Generation
Students in the Southern United States

*Jacqueline McIlwain, D.M.
Assistant Professor, School of Music
College of Arts and Letters
Body Mapping and Injury Prevention Curriculum Development

*Thomas O’Brien, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Educational Studies and Research
College of Education and Psychology
No Ordinary Activist: George W. McLaurin and the Fight for Educational Access in Oklahoma

*R. Alan Thompson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Criminal Justice
College of Science and Technology
An Examination of Prison Inmate Healthcare Concerns

Summer Grants for Improvement of Instruction
The Summer Grants for Improvement of Instruction are awarded to faculty members who are committed to the ongoing development of new and innovative teaching strategies or techniques that ultimately result in the improvement or assessment of student learning. Three faculty members will receive summer stipends for 2015.

*Fei Xue, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Mass Communication and Journalism
College of Arts and Letters

*Mary Coyne, D.N.Sc.
Professor and Director, RN-BSN Program, Department of Collaborative Nursing Care
College of Nursing

*Elizabeth Holman, D.N.P.
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Collaborative Nursing Care
College of Nursing

University Research Council Innovation Awards
Each year the vice president for research seeks to identify and reward members of the university community who have made outstanding research, creative and other scholarly contributions. These awards celebrate the outstanding scholarly careers of our most productive and influential faculty members in the areas of basic research, applied research, creative activities, lifetime achievement and academic partnerships. Additional Innovation Awards in various categories are open to tenured and non-tenured faculty, staff, graduate students and external entities. These are honors bestowed on individuals with significant research or creative careers that stand out from the generally impressive work of their colleagues. Innovation Awards will be announced today, and recipients will be given a certificate. At University Research Awards Day in the fall, each winner will receive a cash award and a medallion to be worn at commencements.

Basic Research Award
The Basic Research Award honors a faculty member who has conducted a systematic examination of observable facts in order to advance general knowledge, understand phenomena or build theories through his/her research.

*Sergei Nazarenko, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Polymers and High Performance Materials
College of Science and Technology

Applied Research Award
The Applied Research Award honors a faculty member who has employed the results of basic research to solve scientific or social problems or to serve pragmatic purposes such as the practical implementation of research or to suggest system or policy changes in his/her research area.

*Fengwei Bai, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
College of Science and Technology

Creative Activities Award
The Creative Activities Award honors a faculty member who has achieved a high degree of accomplishment in one or more areas of creative work at Southern Miss. Discipline areas include, but are not limited to, creative writing, dance, music, visual arts, film, radio, broadcast or creative activities related to the sciences.

*Meredith Early, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor, Department of Dance
College of Arts and Letters

Multidisciplinary Award
The Multidisciplinary Award honors a faculty member who is a pioneer in crossdisciplinary research collaboration to identify innovative solutions or intellectual accomplishments that extend beyond his/her field.

*Sarah Morgan, Ph.D.

Professor, School of Polymers and High Performance Materials

College of Science and Technology

Academic Partnership Award

The Academic Partnership Award honors faculty members who have pioneered or sustained innovative partnerships between Southern Miss and other institutions or groups (including, but not necessarily limited to, business, state and federal agencies, professional associations, community groups or nonprofit organizations). This year two faculty members are honored with the Academic Partnership Award.

*Glenmore Shearer, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
College of Science and Technology

*Mohamed Elasri, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
College of Science and Technology

Graduate Student Award
The Graduate Student Award recognizes a graduate student who has demonstrated exemplary scholarly or creative achievement.

*Brooks Abel, B.S.
Graduate Researcher, School of Polymers and High Performance Materials
College of Science and Technology

Research Advocate Award
The Research Advocate Award honors an administrator or staff member who has made significant contributions to fostering research at The University of Southern Mississippi.

*Lisa Jones, B.S.
Assistant to the Dean for Finance and Technology
University Libraries