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Eric Coleman (University of California-Davis), professor of medicine and head of the Division of Health Care Policy and Research at University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus, was one of 23 MacArthur Fellows for 2012. The innovators, spanning the disciplines, receive $100,000, no-strings-attached, for five years. Coleman “is a leader in geriatric and chronic disease care whose work focuses on a problem in American health care that has been largely ignored: the miscommunications and errors that occur as patients transition from hospitals to post-discharge homes, sub-acute care facilities, or other sites of care,” states the press release. The fellowships began in 1981.

Joshua Combs (Georgia Southern University) was one of two in the Applause Rising Talent Showcase to earn its inaugural honors beyond performance. Founded some 20 years ago, ARTS nurtures aspiring actors, singers, dancers, and models. Combs attends Emory University School of Law.

Johann G. “Hans” Demmel (Rochester Institute of Technology), a senior manager of systems engineering at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Ariz., was inducted into RIT’s Industrial and Systems Engineering Academy for contributions to the university and the profession. He has long held leadership roles with the Institute of Industrial Engineers and serves on the industrial advisory board for the school’s industrial and systems engineering department.

Loomee Doo (University of Southern California), Hillary Hellmann (University of Tulsa), and James Kale Monk (Kansas State University) earned $3,000 fellowships for graduate school for 2012-13 from Mortar Board, the national college senior honor society. Doo majored in biological sciences and participated in health outreach; she attends The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Hellmann majored in political science and Spanish and held numerous campus offices; she attends TU’s College of Law. Monk majored in psychology and family studies and volunteered on campus and in the community; he is pursuing a master’s in marriage and family therapy at KSU’s School of Family Studies and Human Services. Ten fellowships totaling almost $40,000 were granted; more than $650,000 has been distributed since the program began in 1941. Mortar Board was founded in 1918 and has initiated some 250,000 members at 229 chapters.

Honora Finkelstein (University of Houston) won first place in the published poetry category for her poem “Rain Dancer” and, with coauthor Susan Smily, third place in the published book (fiction) category for Walk-In at the annual Public Safety Writers Association conference in Las Vegas.

Shirley Welch Hastings (Mississippi State University), Associate Dean, University of Tennessee Extension, and Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences at the school’s College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, won the 2012 Distinguished Service Ruby Award from Epsilon Sigma Phi. The award and organization support excellence in cooperative extension programs. Over her 40-year career, Hastings has been president of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and made more than 1,500 presentations and written upwards of 100 peer-reviewed articles.

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III (University of Maryland, Baltimore Campuses), president of UMBC since 1992, was named by President Barack Obama as chair of the new President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Hrabowski also was one of five to win a 2012 Heinz award ($250,000 and a medal) from the Heinz Family Foundation for “groundbreaking methods for inspiring students to excel” in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, according to press materials. He will donate the money to UMBC. The awards, created in 1993, honor the late U.S. Sen. John Heinz of Pennsylvania.

Stephen G. Lippy (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) received the Stanley E. Kappe Award from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers for service in the field and to the organization. He retired last March after 40 years as the landfill engineer for the Baltimore County (Md.) Bureau of Solid Waste Management. Lippy is now a part-time engineering project consultant for the Maryland Environmental Service and continues to hold leadership roles in professional societies.

Peter B. Lyons (University of Arizona), Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, earned the James N. Landis Medal and $7,500 from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for distinguished national and international public service in nuclear energy. Previous assignments include stints at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, science advisor to then-U.S. Senator Pete Domenici of New Mexico and the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and a commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Also a former chairperson of the NATO Nuclear Effects Task Group, Lyons has published more than 100 technical papers and holds three patents related to fiber optics and plasma diagnostics. Previous honors include being named Nuclear Professional of the Year by the North American Technical Center.

Marilyn McNabb Mallue (University of Florida), Professor Emerita of Psychology at Saint Leo University in Virginia, earned its Marion Bowman Distinguished Service Medal. Before retiring in 2011 after three decades of teaching, she served two terms as president of the university senate and as chair of the psychology department. She also was elected to the board of trustees representing the faculty.

Carl Nathe (University of Kentucky chapter public relations officer), public announcer of UK home football games for 16 years and home baseball for a decade, received the Al Temple Award from the Kentucky Broadcasters Association for service to the organization. He has chaired a college scholarship program since its inception in 1991 and has been on the KBA board. A former sports reporter and anchor in Lexington, Nathe also is a sideline reporter for select regional and statewide telecasts of UK women’s basketball. He has worked in public relations and marketing for the campus for 24 years.

Sandra Pate (University of Arkansas at Little Rock) won the 2012 Samuel I. Hayakawa Book Prize for Uncapping Family Wisdom: Recognizing, Treating, and Reconciling Transgenerational Dysfunction (Phillip Monroe Publishing, 2011). The award has been bestowed annually by the Institute of General Semantics since 2009 and comes with $1,000. Pate is a longtime family therapist in private practice and a consultant and presenter in the industry.

Jerry Ryan (Portland State University) was one of three students to earn the Excellence Award and one of eight to win the Commendation Award, master’s level, from PSU last spring. Ryan earned a master’s degree in counselor education. He is establishing a private counseling practice in the Portland area.

Rainier Spencer (University of Nevada, Las Vegas, chapter president) has been named senior advisor to the president of UNLV. Spencer’s other positions at the school since arriving there in 1997 have included associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts, professor in the anthropology department and interdisciplinary degree programs, and founder of Afro-American studies. He also was named to the editorial review board of the Journal of Critical Mixed Race Studies.

Charles Wheelus (Florida Atlantic University) was one of six to win a 2012 Splunk Ninja Award at the annual Splunk Revolution Awards, hosted by Splunk, a software platform and data analysis tool for real-time operational intelligence, last fall in Las Vegas, Nev. He was cited for his work in service-level-assurance compliance for wireless telecommunications. Other categories included developer, do-gooder, ecosystem, enterprise, and innovation. Wheelus is a Ph.D. candidate at Florida Atlantic and the chief data scientist at HarmonyLogic, an Internet consulting firm.

Carolyn Zaumeyer (Florida International University) was appointed to the advisory board of the Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program, a new initiative of Duke University Schools of Medicine and Nursing and the consumer healthcare, diagnostics, and pharmaceutical company. The one-year certificate program intends to help 20 advanced-practice nurses meet the growing demands for primary care, especially at community clinics. Zaumeyer has been a nurse practitioner specializing in women’s health for more than 20 years and opened the first nurse practitioner independent business in Florida in 1994.

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