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Highlighting Accomplishments

As we become aware of honors and promotions received by Ohio State women, we have added news articles about them to our Highlighting Accomplishments feature to share their success and to showcase it as an example to inspire other women. In addition, as the collection of articles grows, we're creating a repository of Ohio State's women's accomplishments. The Women's Place would like to congratulate the following women for the recognition they have received.

If you know of an Ohio State woman, faculty or staff, who has received national or international recognition, nominate her to be included in our Highlighting Accomplishments feature. Email your suggestions to womensplace@osu.edu — self nominations are welcome!

 

Nahar receives John Wheatley Award
Apr 16, 2013 - 

Portrait of Sultana NaharSultana Nahar, research scientist in the Department of Astronomy, received the prestigious John Wheatley Award from the American Physical Society for her efforts to promote physics research and teaching through collaboration, mentoring, and philanthropy in several third-world countries, and in particular for her promotion, as both an advocate and role model, of Muslim women scientists. The American Physical Society is a non-profit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through research journals, scientific meetings, education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities.

Dr. Nahar has published about 140 scientific articles and is a co-author of the textbook Atomic Astrophysics and Spectroscopy (Cambridge UP, 2011). She is involved in promoting physics research and education in a number of countries and is the founder of International Society of Muslim Women in Science. She is an APS Fellow, recipient of the highest honor gold medal from the Topical Society of Laser Sciences.

Nahar, an atomic astrophysicist, received her B.Sc.Hons in physics in 1977 and M.Sc. in theoretical physics in 1979 from Dhaka University in Bangladesh, standing the first position in rank for both and holds the record for the first woman to achieve them. She received the Salekunnesa award for the best female student in B.Sc.Hons examination. She received an MA in Quantum Optics in 1984 and PhD in atomic theory in 1987 from Wayne State University.


Melnyk presented with 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award
Apr 16, 2013 - 

Portrait of Dr. Bernadette MelnykBernadette Melnyk, dean of the College of Nursing, professor of pediatrics and psychiatry in the College of Medicine, and university chief wellness officer, was presented with the 2013 National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Lifetime Achievement Award.

The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) selected Dr. Melnyk as the recipient this year for her significant contributions to advancing the NP role and her specific commitment to promoting evidence-based practice, intervention research, and child and adolescent mental health. NONPF provides timely and critical resources for NP educators and advances innovative models that support NP educational programs to meet the highest quality standards.

Dr. Melnyk is a widely recognized expert in evidence-based practice, intervention research, and child and adolescent mental health. Her research areas include interventions to improve coping/mental health outcomes in high-risk children and families, and healthy lifestyle interventions with adolescents and college youth. Her record includes over 170 publications and more than $11 million in sponsored funding from the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies throughout her career.

She is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the National Academies of Practice. She also serves as one of only two nurse practitioners on the 16-member United States Preventive Services Task Force. Among dozens of other prestigious honors, she received the 2011 Distinguished Research Lecturer Award from the Western Institute of Nursing, as well as the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) first NINR Director's Lectureship Award in 2010. In addition, she has twice been recognized as an Edge Runner by the American Academy of Nursing, once for founding the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners' KySS mental health initiative and the second time for her COPE Program for parents of premature infants.

Dr. Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN, earned her BS in nursing degree from West Virginia University, her MS degree with a specialization in nursing care of children and pediatric nurse practitioner from the University of Pittsburgh, and her PhD in clinical research from the University of Rochester where she also completed her post-master’s certificate as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.


Allen receives American Chemical Society award
Apr 09, 2013 - 

Portrait of Heather Cecile AllenHeather Cecile Allen, professor in the departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Pathology, received the American Chemical Society (ACS) Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences. ACS supports scientific inquiry in the field of chemistry. It is the world's largest scientific society and one of the leading sources of authoritative scientific information.

One way Allen encourages girls to pursue careers in science is with a science scholarship fund she helped establish as part of her decade-long participation in the annual Columbus Young Women’s Empowerment Conference. The conference brings together hundreds of pairs of teachers and students from public schools in the Columbus, Ohio, area for workshops on math, science, and engineering. Inspired by the potential to encourage young women from low-income and racially diverse backgrounds to pursue science, Allen successfully proposed a scholarship fund associated with the conference.

Dr. Allen has been recognized for her research accomplishments with a Research Innovation Award from Research Corp. in 2001, an NSF CAREER Award in 2002, a Beckman Young Investigator Award in 2003, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow Award in 2005, a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award in 2006, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2012. She has also been recognized with several mentoring awards over the years.


Four female professors selected as 2013-2014 Fulbright Scholars
Mar 13, 2013 - 
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Carol Boram-Hays
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Alcira Duenas
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Ann O'Connell
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Ana Elena Puga

Carol Boram-Hays, Alcira Dueñas, Ann O'Connell, and Ana Elena Puga have been selected as recipients of prestigious Fulbright fellowships. Recipients are selected by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, which administers the program for the U.S. Department of State. The Fulbright Scholar Program offers U.S. faculty, administrators and professionals grants to lecture, conduct research or participate in seminars abroad. Approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals travel abroad on Fulbright Scholar Programs each year.

  • Carol Boram-Hays (lecturer, art history, The Ohio State University Marion), for "Art, Power and Zulu Beadwork: A Collaboration with the University of Witwattersrand," at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, January – June 2014
  • Alcira Dueñas (associate professor, history), for "The Indian Republic at Work: Native Notaries, Lawyers, and Protectores de Naturales in the Colonial Andes," at the National Archive of Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador, May - July 2013 and May - July 2014
  • Ann O'Connell (professor, quantitative research, evaluation and measurement), for “Design and Outcomes of an Innovative Service/Internship Model for Statistical Education in Ethiopia,” at Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, August 2013 – April 2014
  • Ana Elena Puga (assistant professor, theatre), for “Staging Migrant Suffering,” at Universidad de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico, September 2013 – May 2014

 


Irwin ranked 12th most influential author in her field
Mar 08, 2013 - 

Portrait of Elena IrwinElena Irwin, associate professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, was ranked as the 12th most influential author in her field, among a group of several hundred peers. This ranking came from a recent review analyzing the influence of articles, authors, journals and institutions in environmental and ecological economics, which was published in the journal Ecological Economics.

Irwin was recognized for her research "The Effects of Open Space on Residential Property Values," which was published in 2002 in the journal Land Economics, and which, on average, was cited 12 times per year from 2002 to 2009.

Dr. Irwin's area of specialization is land use economics and human-natural systems. Her research focuses on spatial modeling of land use and the development of integrated models of land use and ecosystem services at local and regional scales.

She is the 2008 recipient of the North American Regional Science Council’s Hewings Award for distinguished young scholars in regional science and a co-recipient of the 2009 Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America. She currently serves as a member of the National Research Council Committee on Needs and Research for Land Change Modeling and is an associate editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Irwin is a co-investigator on several research projects funded by the National Science Foundation and has also been funded by the USDA’s Economic Research Service and US Forest Service, Ohio Sea Grant Program, and the James S. McDonnell Foundation.

She has published in a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary academic journals, including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Economic Geography, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Land Economics, Annual Review of Resource Economics, Journal of Regional Science, Regional Science and Urban Economics and Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment.


Connolly receives five-year, $650,000 NSF CAREER Award
Mar 06, 2013 - 

Portrait of Amy ConnollyAmy Connolly, assistant professor of physics, has received a five-year, $650,000 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). This will help support her search for high-energy neutrinos, a type of elementary particle traveling at the speed of light, which can travel cosmological distances unabated, existing all across the universe. These are sometimes called "ghost particles" because they are very hard to find due to their remote chance of ever interacting with regular matter.

The NSF awards recognize and encourage the careers of exceptional young researchers whose work shows promise of significant ongoing contributions to their fields.

In addition to her research, Connolly teaches and is advisor to Graduate Women in Physics, a group involved in encouraging more young women to explore career options in physics. She is looking into ways she can use the outreach component of her grant to enhance these efforts.


Nahar named Woman Physicist of the Month
Mar 01, 2013 - 

Portrait of Sultana NaharDr. Sultana Nahar, research scientist in the Department of Astronomy, was named Woman Physicist of the Month by American Physical Society's Committee on the Status of Women in Physics.

Dr. Nahar has published about 140 scientific articles and is a co-author of the textbook "Atomic Astrophysics and Spectroscopy" (Cambridge UP, 2011). She is involved in promoting physics research and education in a number of countries and is the founder of International Society of Muslim Women in Science. She is an APS Fellow, recipient of the highest honor gold medal from the Topical Society of Laser Sciences.

Nahar, an atomic astrophysicist, received her B.Sc.Hons in physics in 1977 and M.Sc. in theoretical physics in 1979 from Dhaka University in Bangladesh, ranking first in her class for both and holds the record for the first woman to achieve them. She received the Salekunnesa award for the best female student in B.Sc.Hons examination. She received an MA in Quantum Optics in 1984 and PhD in atomic theory in 1987 from Wayne State University.

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Hassell-Goodman wins Steven B. Dealph Award
Feb 18, 2013 - 

Sharrell Hassell-Goodman, assistant director for Sorority & Fraternity Life, took home the Steven B. Dealph Award from the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values (AFLV). AFLV works to stimulate the growth and development of fraternity/sorority council and chapter leaders by promoting leadership, educational, and values based experiences and resources for student leaders, their advisors, and the larger fraternal market. The award is given to an advisor who best represents his/her role in the sorority and fraternity life community.

Portrait of Sharrell Hassell-GoodmanPrior to joining The Ohio State community, Hassell-Goodman obtained a master of education in educational leadership and curriculum development and a master of science in college student personnel. She is a member of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and the National Committee for Collegiate Councils. During the NPHC’s 80th Anniversary Conference, she co-facilitated the NPHC Advisors’ Institute.

Hassell-Goodman is also a member of the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors and has served as a facilitator for the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute and Beta Theta Pi’s Men of Principle Leadership Program. Hassell-Goodman is a proud member of the Alpha Sigma Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio.


Four faculty members received American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award
Jan 16, 2013 - 

Four female faculty members received the first place American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year award for their editing of the book Intervention Research: Designing, Conducting, Analyzing, and Funding by Bernedette Melnyk. The awards program is presented by the oldest and one of the most honored broad-based nursing journals in the world, and is regarded by nurses and authors as the most important designation of excellence in book publishing.

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Donna McCarthy
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Usha Menon
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Laura Szalacha
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Kim Arcoleo
  • Usha Menon, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a professor and vice-dean at the College of Nursing. Her research focuses on the development and testing of tailored interventions to increase cancer screening behavior.
  • Donna McCarthy, PhD, RN, FAAN, is an associate dean for research and Mildred E. Newton Professor of Nursing. Her research focuses on understanding the biology of sickness symptoms as a response to illness or injury. One area of study is the role of immunopeptides (cytokines) in the regulation of appetite and food intake, and whether these same peptides play a role in anorexia, weight loss, and skeletal muscle wasting in persons with advanced cancer.
  • Kim Arcoleo, PhD, MPH, is an associate professor in the College of Nursing and the director of the Center for Promoting Health in Infants, Children, Adolescents and Women. Her primary research interest is health disparities in children with asthma. She focuses on examining how the interplay of culture, acculturation, symptom perception, illness beliefs, and sociodemographic, environmental, and genetic factors influences the use of controller medications and complementary and alternative medicine, parents’ healthcare seeking behaviors for their children, and children’s asthma health outcomes.
  • Laura Szalacha, EdD, is associate director of the Center for Research & Scholarship and a research associate professor in the College of Nursing. She assists faculty with quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method research designs, analysis of data, and provides peer review of grant proposals.

Arcoleo appointed to Journal of Asthma editorial board
Dec 03, 2012 - 

Portrait of Kimberly ArcoleoKimberly Arcoleo, director of the Center for Promoting Health in Infants, Children, Adolescents and Women and associate professor in the College of Nursing, has been appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Asthma. The aim and scope of the Journal of Asthma are to provide an authoritative open forum on asthma and related conditions.

Arcoleo's background is in clinical research, public health, and health services research, focusing on the asthma disparities in children among various ethnic groups in different geographical locations. Her research examines how the interplay of culture, acculturation, symptom perception, illness beliefs, and socio-demographic, environmental, and genetic factors influences the use of controller medications and complementary and alternative medicine, parents' healthcare seeking behaviors for their children, and children's asthma health outcomes.

She has received the following awards and titles: 2012 Rush Henrietta Distinguished Alumna; 2011 Outstanding Researcher Award, ASU College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation; and 2010 Arizona State University President’s Innovation Award.

Prior to her appointment at Ohio State, Arcoleo was associate professor at the Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation and director of the Master’s of Science in Clinical Research Management program.


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