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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!


Melnyk appointed to CDC Best Practices Work Group
Aug 16, 2012 - 

Portrait of Dr. Bernadette MelnykThe Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has appointed Bernadette Melnyk, associate vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer, and dean of the College of Nursing, to its Laboratory Medicine Best Practices Work Group. The Laboratory Medicine Best Practices initiative’s goal is to establish an evidence-based process for identifying best practices for quality improvement. The workgroup provides overall guidance and feedback on methods development and systematic evidence reviews carried out by the LMBP™ staff. The workgroup is composed of 13 members with expertise in laboratory practice, health services research, clinical practice, evidence-based reviews, and health policy.

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.

McDaniel receives NIH Grant
Aug 13, 2012 - 

Portrait of Jodi McDanielJodi McDaniel, assistant professor in the College of Nursing, has received a National Institute of Health (NIH) grant to study the effects of dietary fish oil supplementation on the healing of chronic venous leg ulcers. The NIH is the nation’s medical research agency — supporting scientific studies that turn discovery into health.

Dr. McDaniel’s nursing research career began in the operating room where she became fascinated with the intricacies of wound healing. Her program of research addresses the molecular mechanisms of chronic wound states and specifically, whether omega-3 fatty acids have the ability to facilitate the healing of chronic wounds.

Learn more on the College of Nursing website.

Schwartzbaum lead author of brain tumor study
Aug 08, 2012 - 

Portrait of Judith SchwartzbaumJudith Schwartzbaum, associate professor of epidemiology in the Institute of Population Research, was the lead author of a study about a link between allergies and reduced risk of developing the most common type of adult brain tumor.

The study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute and funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health, found that men and women whose blood samples contained allergy-related antibodies had an almost 50-percent lower risk of developing these tumors.

Dr. Schwartzbaum attended the University of California, Riverside for her bachelor's degree, Sussex University in England for her master's and UCLA for her doctorate. She is a member of the Cancer Control Program at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

Wysocki is new Ohio Eminent Scholar
Aug 06, 2012 - 

Portrait of Vicki WysockiVicki Wysocki, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been named an Ohio Eminent Scholar. An Ohio Eminent Scholar is an individual acknowledged as a scholar of distinction by national measures. As such, she or he should have a continuously distinguished record of research and scholarly achievement.

In addition to becoming a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Vicki Wysocki will also direct the Campus Chemical Instrumentation Center, which provides state-of-the-art research facilities for the entire campus in three areas: nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry, and proteomics.

Wysocki specializes in finding new ways to study molecules that are critical to health and medicine. Ultimately, the work could lead to a new understanding of conditions such as high blood pressure, stiffening of the arteries, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, among many others.

Wysocki received her BS in chemistry at Western Kentucky University in 1982 and her PhD in chemistry at Purdue University in 1987. After doing postdoctoral work at Purdue and at the Naval Research Laboratory, she joined Virginia Commonwealth University as an assistant professor in 1990. She was promoted to associate professor in 1994. Wysocki joined the University of Arizona in 1996 and was promoted to professor in 2000.

Mitchell receives American Theatre and Drama Society's Annual Book Award
Aug 03, 2012 - 

Portrait of Dr. Koritha MitchellKoritha Mitchell, associate professor in the Department of English, has been selected to receive the American Theatre and Drama Society's Annual Book Award for 2011-12 for Living with Lynching. The American Theatre and Drama Society is an international organization dedicated to the study of United States theatre and drama, its varied histories, traditions, literatures, and performances within its cultural contexts.

Koritha Mitchell specializes in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century African American literature, racial violence throughout American literature and culture, and black drama & performance. She has won fellowships from the David Driskell Center for the Study of the African Diaspora, the Ford Foundation, and the American Association of University Women. Her book Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890-1930 (University of Illinois Press, 2011) focuses on black-authored lynching drama written before 1930.

Benson and Brooks receive grant from Organization for Autism Research
Aug 01, 2012 - 
Portrait of Betsey Benson
Betsey Benson
Portrait of Whitney Brooks
Whitney Brooks

Betsey Benson, director of the Nisonger Center Adult Behavior Support Services Program, and Whitney Brooks, IDD Psychology doctoral candidate and research trainee, received a grant from the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) for their study of “Gender differences in social skills, peer relationships, and emotional correlates in adults with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders."

OAR's mission is to use applied science to answer questions that parents, families, individuals with autism, teachers and caregivers confront daily. No other autism organization has this singular focus.

In addition to being the Nisonger center director, Dr. Benson is an associate clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Psychology.

She is the past president of the Ohio Chapter of AAMR; a Fellow of the American Association on Mental Retardation; past member of the National Association for Dual Diagnosis Board of Directors; and serves on the following editorial boards: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, Mental Health Aspects of Developmental Disabilities, and Developmental Disabilities Bulletin.

Whitney Brooks' research interests include diagnosis and assessment/screening measures for adults with autism spectrum disorders; autism spectrum disorders/intellectual disability and psychiatric diagnoses (dual diagnoses); aggressive and challenging behavior in adults with autism spectrum disorders; gender differences in autism spectrum disorders and other psychiatric disorders in adults with intellectual disability.

She has received the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program Trainee/Fellowship and University Fellowship, The Ohio State University.

Havercamp received grant to promote health
Aug 01, 2012 - 

Portrait of Susan HavercampThe Ohio State University Nisonger Center and Ohio Department of Health were recently awarded a $900,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to promote health, prevent chronic disease, and increase the quality of life among people with disabilities. Dr. Susan M. Havercamp, director of health promotion and health care parity at the Nisonger Center, is principal investigator.

This is the first time that Ohio is among the states awarded this grant to develop and strengthen health-related disability programs. States awarded this three-year grant will work to increase capacity and action in health promotion, access to health care, and emergency preparedness for people with disabilities.

The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded The Ohio State University Nisonger Center the competitive Funding Opportunity Announcement, Improving the Health of People with Disabilities Through State-Based Public Health Programs.

The Ohio Disability and Health Program (ODHP) is a partnership between The Ohio Department of Health and the two Ohio University Centers of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs): the Nisonger Center and the University of Cincinnati UCEDD at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

ODHP will establish and work with a Disability Community Planning Group, consisting of state and community disability agencies, individuals with disabilities and family members, that will guide, advise and assist in program activities, ensuring that the voice of the disability community is represented throughout ODHP projects.

Dr. Havercamp received her doctorate from The Ohio State University in 1998 from a program that combined training in developmental disabilities and clinical psychology. Her research and clinical work focuses on physical and mental health issues in persons with developmental disabilities, and she is engaged in developing disability training for healthcare providers to improve attitudes toward and communication with people with disabilities.

Havercamp is working to include this innovative training in Ohio State’s medical student curriculum. Currently, there are no diversity guidelines in medical training that address persons with developmental disabilities.

To learn more, visit: http://wexnermedical.osu.edu/mediaroom/pressreleaselisting/ohio-state-nisonger-center-and-ohio-dept-of-health-receive-grant.

Keyfitz receives SIAM prize
Jul 27, 2012 - 

Portrait of Barbara KeyfitzBarbara Keyfitz, Ohio State's Dr. Charles Saltzer Professor of Mathematics, received the annual 2012 Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematicians (SIAM) Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession for her "contributions to further applied mathematics on the national level," at the SIAM meeting in July 2012.

Professor Keyfitz has an outstanding record of national and international professional service in the mathematical community and as a leader and mentor of future generations of mathematicians. Her numerous roles include serving as Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) president and as a vice president of SIAM, as director of the Fields Institute of Canada, and she is the current president of ICIAM (the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics). She is also a vice president of the American Mathematical Society, a Fellow of SIAM, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She was awarded the AWM Noether Lecture at the 2012 Joint Mathematics Meeting.

Keyfitz received her undergraduate education at the University of Toronto and her MS and PhD from the Courant Institute at New York University. She has served on the faculty of Columbia and Princeton universities, among other institutions, and was part of the faculty at the University of Houston for over two decades before joining the Ohio State University in 2009. Her research interests are in the field of nonlinear partial differential equations with emphasis on hyperbolic conservation laws and evolution equations that change type from hyperbolic to elliptic.

Five female professors receive Mellon Foundation Grant
Jul 10, 2012 - 

Theodora Dragostinova, Yana Hashamova, Jessie Labov, Andrea Sims, and Mytheli Sreenivas, are included in a group that received a $175,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to organize a John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures. (Brian Joseph, Pranav Jani, and Scott Levi are also included in group.)

The Mellon Foundation's Sawyer Seminars program was established in 1994 to provide support for comparative research on the historical and cultural sources of contemporary developments. The grant will allow participating faculty to organize a year-long series of events to take place in 2013-2014. These will focus on the intersection of language, politics, and human expression in the Balkans and South Asia — two critical geopolitical regions.

Portrait of Theodora Dragostinova
Theodora Dragostinova

Theodora Dragostinova is an associate professor in the Department of History. Her work focuses on nation-building, refugee movements, and minority politics in Eastern Europe, with a particular emphasis on the Balkans. She is the author of Between Two Motherlands: Nationality and Emigration among the Greeks of Bulgaria, 1900-1949 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2011).

Portrait of Yana Hashamova
Yana Hashamova

Yana Hashamova, associate professor in the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures and director of the Slavic Center, studies Russian film, Russian and West European drama, comparative literature and the arts, critical theory, and gender studies. She strives to establish links between political ideology, critical psychoanalysis, and cinema, while analyzing post-Soviet conditions.

Portrait of Jessie Labov
Jessie Labov

Jessie Labov is an assistant professor in the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures. Her teaching and research interests include Polish, Czech, Hungarian, and ex-Yugoslav popular culture, with a particular emphasis on film, visual culture, and new media.

Portrait of Andrea Sims
Andrea Sims

Andrea Sims is an assistant professor of Slavic linguistics in the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures. Her research focuses on synchronic word structure (morphology) with a goal of understanding how word structure is cognitively processed, organized, learned, and generalized.

Portrait of Mytheli Sreenivas
Mytheli Sreenivas

Mytheli Sreenivas is an associate professor in the departments of History and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research interests include modern South Asia, women's history, the history of sexuality and the family, colonialism and nationalism, as well as the cultural and political economy of reproduction. Her book, Wives, Widows, Concubines: The Conjugal Family Ideal in Colonial India (Indiana University Press, 2008), was awarded the Joseph Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences from the American Institute of Indian Studies.

Cooper recognized with David J. Greenberg Service award
Jun 28, 2012 - 

Portrait of Almeta CooperThe American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) presented the 2012 David J. Greenburg Service Award to Almeta Cooper, associate vice president and general counsel for health sciences and chief legal officer of Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center. The award is presented annually to an individual who has shown great loyalty to the association throughout his or her career and has made significant contributions to the growth and life of AHLA.

AHLA is the nation's largest, nonpartisan, educational organization devoted to legal issues in the healthcare field. It provide's a collegial forum for interaction and information exchange to enable its members to serve their clients more effectively, produces educational programs, and serves as a public resource on selected healthcare legal issues.

Cooper serves as the corporate secretary for the Ohio State University Medical Center Board and the Ohio State University Health Plan and is a member of the Medical Center Executive Cabinet. In addition, she is a past president and former member of the Board of Directors of the AHLA. Cooper currently serves on the program committees for the AHLA Hospitals and Health Systems Law Institute, and the American Bar Association Physician Legal Issues Conference. She is a member of the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Healthcare Industry Foundation and serves as chair of the Public Health and Policy Interest Group of the ABA Health Law Section.

For more information, see the AHLA press release.

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