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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!


Pfeil receives mentoring award
Apr 11, 2012 - 

Portrait of Sheryl PfeilDr. Sheryl Pfeil, associate professor in Clinical Internal Medicine, has been selected as a recipient of the Linda C. Stone, MD Award in Mentoring. She was nominated by a Med4 students and chosen by the executive committee of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) to receive this honor. GHHS honors medical students, residents, role-model physician teachers and other exemplars recognized for "demonstrated excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service" and was organized to elevate the values of humanism and professionalism within the field of medicine.

Dr. Pfeil is being recognized for her leading and mentoring of the medical students at Ohio State, her positive influence on the students, both collectively and individually, and her tireless commitment to the entire medical student body. She is the program director for the Gastroenterology Fellowship Training Program, the course director of the Introduction to Clinical Medicine General Clerkship for medical students, co-leader of the Gastroenterology Block and module leader for the Med 1/2 Integrated Pathway Program, the education coordinator for Med 3, and councilor for Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society.

Dr. Pfeil has been on the faculty at Ohio State in the Department of Internal Medicine since 1990. She received the Distinguished Educator Award from the OSU College of Medicine for outstanding teaching and curriculum development. She was named one of America's Best Doctors in a recent publication of "Best Doctors in America." Her academic interests include medical student education, and she participates as a faculty facilitator for the physician development course called The Healer's Art, which promotes physician health and well being while demonstrating compassionate and humanistic care.

Cravens-Brown and Renker named to Princeton Review's Best 300 Professors
Apr 06, 2012 - 

Lisa Cravens-Brown, senior lecturer, Department of Psychology and Elizabeth Renker, Department of English, are listed among the nation's best 300 in a new book about the country's top undergraduate professors. Published Tuesday (4/3), The Best 300 Professors profiles outstanding professors at 122 colleges.

Portrait of Lisa Cravens-BrownCravens-Brown is a triple alumna of The Ohio State University, having earned her BA, MA, and PhD in child clinical psychology. After her internship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, she returned to Columbus to work fulltime as a therapist for sex-offending youth at a local community mental health center. Several years ago, she became re-involved with the university, first as a contract instructor, then as full-time teaching faculty in the Department of Psychology.

In addition to teaching several large undergraduate classes each quarter, Lisa gives multiple lectures and talks around campus and has recently taken on the role of faculty adviser to a new student sexuality discussion group.

Portrait of Elizabeth RenkerRenker is the author of: The Origins of American Literature Studies: An Institutional History (Cambridge UP, 2007); Strike Through the Mask: Herman Melville And the Scene of Writing (Johns Hopkins UP, 1996); and the introduction to the Signet Classic edition of Moby-Dick (1998), as well as an array of articles on many topics. Her work in progress reassesses the lively currents of American poetry between 1870 and 1910.

In addition, Renker is a recipient of the College of Humanities' Rodica C. Botoman Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring (2006); the Ohio State University's Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching (2008); and the English Department's Graduate Professor of the Year Award (2010).

Latorre and Tzu-Chun Wu bring premier women studies journal to Ohio State
Apr 02, 2012 - 
Portrait of Guisela Latorre
Guisela Latorre
Portrait of Judy Tzu-Chun Wu
Judy Tzu-Chun Wu

Guisela Latorre from the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) and Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, from the departments of History and WGSS have brought one of the premier publications in the field of feminist/gender studies, Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, to Ohio State. Frontiers will be published at The Ohio State University for the next five years starting in May 2012, with support provided by Ohio State’s College of Arts and Sciences; Departments of History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Office of Diversity and Inclusion; and The Women’s Place. The journal, which explores the critical intersections of gender, race, sexuality, and transnationalism, will be edited by Latorre and Tzu-Chun Wu. The journal previously had been published at Arizona State University under the editorial leadership of Susan Gray and Gayle Gullett.

Frontiers will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2015. One special issue per year for the next five years will reflect on significant events and topics from 40 years ago, with the first commemorating Roe vs. Wade. That issue, to be guest edited by Professor Mytheli Sreenivas, welcomes scholarly, creative writing, and visual art submissions on reproductive rights, reproductive justice, and reproductive technologies. A new Ohio State website will be launched in the coming months.  Meanwhile, editors can be reached via email frontiers@osu.edu.  For more information about Frontiers, visit the current websites at http://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/product/Frontiers,673226.aspx and https://frontiers.osu.edu/about-us

Gillison receives AACR Rosenthal Memorial Award
Mar 21, 2012 - 

Portrait of Dr. Maura GillisonDr. Maura Lianne Gillison, professor of medicine, epidemiology and otolaryngology and the Jeg Coughlin Chair of Cancer Research at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, was awarded the 36th Annual AACR Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Memorial Award during the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. Dr. Gillison receivied the award in recognition of her significant contributions to the understanding of the role of human papillomavirus (HPV) in head and neck cancers.

This award is designed to provide incentive to young investigators early in their careers. It was established in 1977 by the AACR and the Rosenthal Family Foundation to recognize research that has made, or promises to make, a notable contribution to improved clinical care in the field of cancer.

Dr. Gillison is also adjunct faculty at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore, Md. Her seminal research on the role of HPV in head and neck cancers revolutionized the specialty.

Her research has demonstrated that HPV infection causes a distinct molecular, clinical and pathological subset of head and neck squamous cell carcinomas. The principal focus of the Gillison laboratory is to investigate the role of human papillomavirus infection in head and neck malignancies, from cohort studies of oral HPV infection to genetic indicators of response to chemoradiotherapy.

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Moulton's team awarded MacArthur Foundation grant
Mar 20, 2012 - 

Portrait of Stephanie MoultonA research team led by Stephanie Moulton, assistant professor at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs, was awarded one of five competitive grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for research to explore the relationships between housing and social and economic outcomes for families and communities.

The $427,000 grant will be used to fund a three-year study that will provide a better understanding of whether, and under what circumstances, reverse mortgages lead to increased financial security, well-being, and independence in older age.

Professor Moulton received her PhD in public affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, where she specialized in public management and policy analysis.

Moulton’s research broadly focuses on the institutional determinants of public policy outcomes across sectors, including the intersection between public, private, and nonprofit organizations and organizational publicness.

Moulton specializes in low income housing policies and programs, and the impact of financial institutions and interventions on the financial well-being of low income and vulnerable populations.

Prior to her academic career, Moulton worked in the nonprofit sector, designing and managing asset building, homeownership, and community development programs at the local and state levels.

In addition to research and teaching at Ohio State, Moulton serves on the Charitable Advisory Council to the Ohio Attorney General, and provides policy and research assistance to the Ohio Housing Finance Agency and the Office of Affordable Housing Research.

For more information, see the John Glenn School of Public Affairs website.

Ballengee-Morris recognized by National Art Education Association
Feb 28, 2012 - 

Portrait of Christine Ballengee-MorrisChristine Ballengee-Morris, professor, Department of Art Education, has been selected Distinguished Fellow of the National Art Education Association, the largest creative community established exclusively for visual arts educators, college professors, researchers, administrators, and museum educators

Ballengee-Morris is founding director of Ohio State’s Multicultural Center. She currently serves as editor of Art Education and on the editorial board of The Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education and Journal of Social Theory in Art Education. She co-authored two books, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Art Education in High School and Standing up.

Ballengee-Morris received a National Endowment for Humanities grant to develop a flash-based game about the Newark Earthworks in Ohio for elementary school children. Her research and publications examine social justice, social reconstructivism, and post colonialism as they relate to arts policy, curricula development, integrated curriculum, pedagogy, and identity development.

In 2006, Ballengee-Morris was awarded the J. Eugene Grigsby, Jr Award for her commitment to diversity and, in 2007, the Ziegfeld Award for her service to diversity. In 2008, she received the NAEA Higher Education Award Western Division.

Dr. Ballengee-Morris' teaching experiences include artist-in-residencies in the public schools, undergraduate and graduate level courses, and international teaching at the University of Sao Paulo, University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the University of Tasmania, Australia.

For more information, see the College of Arts and Sciences website.

Bourgeois selected as 2012 Huber Fellow
Feb 27, 2012 - 

Portrait of Michelle BourgeoisMichelle Bourgeois, professor of speech and hearing science, has been selected as a Joan N. Huber Faculty Fellow for 2012 in recognition of her first-rate scholarship. The award is in honor of emeritus professor Joan Huber, who served as Ohio State's senior vice president for academic affairs and provost until her retirement in 1993.

Michelle earned her BS (Linguistics and French, 1976) from Georgetown University, and her MS (Speech and Hearing Sciences, 1978) from the University of Washington. She received her PhD (Communication Disorders, 1988) from the University of Pittsburgh and worked as a research scientist there until 1976. She worked at Florida State University for 12 years, achieving the rank of professor, and then joined the faculty at OSU in 2008.

Her teaching interests include adult language disorders (dementia, TBI, End of Life Communication), research methods, single subject design, and phonetics. She has received numerous grants from the National Institutes of Aging (NIA) and the Alzheimer’s Association to investigate interventions for spousal and nursing home caregivers designed to improve the quality and quantity of communicative interactions, to evaluate memory aids and interventions for persons with dementia and traumatic brain injury, and to develop training programs for institutional caregivers.

A clinical researcher, Michelle has published numerous research articles, training manuals and CDs, and books. She holds the ASHA CCC-SLP, is an ASHA Fellow, and was a former associate editor of AJSLP. She was the recipient of the 2007 Barry Reisberg Award for Non-Pharmacologic Research, Theory, and Clinical Practice.

For more information, see the College of Arts and Sciences website.

Welker elected president of AAFP Foundation Board of Trustees
Feb 08, 2012 - 

Portrait of Dr. Mary Jo WelkerThe American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has announced that Dr. Mary Jo Welker, professor and chair in the Department of Clinical Family Medicine, was elected president of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation. As president of the AAFP Foundation, Dr. Welker will lead the organization in its efforts to advance the values of family medicine by promoting humanitarian, educational, and scientific initiatives that improve the health of all people.

The AAFP Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Prior to being elected president, Dr. Welker served as treasurer and vice president of the AAFP Foundation Board of Trustees. In addition, Dr. Welker has served many other AAFP committees and commissions both as a member and an officer.

Melnyk appointed to National Behavioral Health Committee
Feb 08, 2012 - 

Portrait of Bernadette MelnykBernadette Melnyk, dean of the College of Nursing, associate VP for health promotion, and chief wellness officer at Ohio State, has been appointed to the Behavioral Health Steering Committee of the National Quality Forum, a nonprofit organization that builds consensus on national priorities and works to improve the quality of American healthcare.

The committee is aimed at establishing national priorities for improving the delivery of behavioral health services, achieving better behavioral health outcomes, and improving the behavioral health of the U.S. population, especially those with mental illness and substance abuse.

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.

Dr. Melnyk 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.

Snow appointed to National Advisory Council
Feb 01, 2012 - 

Portrait of Allison SnowAllison Snow, professor, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, is one of six scientists from across the country recently appointed to the USDA National Genetic Resources Advisory Council, a national committee that oversees the nation's genetic resources for crop and animal breeding. Members were appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to serve 4-year terms. Snow was selected in part because of her expertise in risk assessment, pollination ecology, and gene flow from genetically-engineered crops via the dispersal of pollen and seeds.

In addition to directing the Undergraduate Research Office, Dr. Snow teaches courses, supervises graduate students, obtains grants, and studies invasive plants and genetically engineered crops in the U.S. and abroad. She received her BA from Hampshire College and her PhD from the University of Massachusetts.

For more information, see the College of Arts and Sciences website.

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