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USF World Presents 2017 Global Achievement Awards

Awards recognize leading faculty research and academic activities that advance student success and raise the global reputation of the USF System

USF World held its third annual Global Achievement Awards on Nov. 7 at the USF Alumni Center, spotlighting the USF System’s best in high-impact faculty research and activities that advance student success and the university’s global reputation.

The highly competitive awards were also presented to staff and administrators who set high-standards for excellence and innovation in global initiatives and programming.

“USF World does not work in a vacuum and calls on various groups around the system for support and expertise,” said Roger Brindley, EdD, USF System vice president for USF World. “From faculty leading our students on international academic experiences to groundbreaking researchers and all of the staff and administrators in between, together we are raising the global reputation of the university. Together we are nurturing the next generation of global citizens.”

The award winners by category were:

From left: USF Provost Ralph Wilcox with Outstanding Global Engagement award recipient Moez Limayem, dean of the Muma College of Business, and Roger Brindley, USF System Vice President, USF World

Administrator Awards

Honorable Mention: Martin Tadlock, PhD, regional vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, USF St. Petersburg. Tadlock has made significant progress in globalizing USFSP, from partnerships with international universities to recruiting top international students.

Outstanding Global Engagement: Moez Limayem, PhD, dean of the Muma College of Business. Under Limayen’s leadership, the college reached new heights in globalization: study abroad numbers have set a record, international student enrollment is up, and the college’s growing number of international partnerships is unprecedented. He has been instrumental in student recruitment, devoting time to personally meet with students in China, India, Russia, and Colombia.

USF System President Judy Genshaft with Outstanding Global Engagement staff award recipient Amela Malkic

Staff Awards

Outstanding Global Engagement, USF St. Petersburg: Wendy Baker, Office of Academic Affairs. Nominated for her exemplary contributions to global education at USFSP, Baker works both behind the scenes and as a leader. Her passion is to create richly rewarding, affordable, high-impact global experiences for the students both on campus and abroad.

Outstanding Global Engagement, USF Sarasota-Manatee: Amela Malkic, director of the Global Engagement Office. Malkic leads USFSM’s strategic efforts to increase academic opportunities abroad, facilitate international academic exchange and support international students and exchange scholars. She also gives freely of her time to Fulbright, Global Risk Committee, Global Studies Committee and other organizations.

Outstanding Global Engagement, USF Tampa: Cristienn Joudaane, director of USF Health International and Panama Initiatives, USF Health. USF Health students, medical residents and faculty are safer and experience more enriching global experiences largely because of Joudaane’s unwavering commitment and timely support for international efforts. This year, a record 353 USF Health students traveled to 40 different countries to participate in educational, research and clinical programs. Under Joudaane’s direction, the Panama Initiatives expanded, and every international arena employee has been affected by her work and professionalism.

The Transfer Articulation Team, USF Registrar's Office, received the Award for Global Support

Group Awards

Honorable Mention: Global Citizens Project. Led by Jennifer Jones Lister, PhD, the Global Citizens Project consists of a dedicated group of professionals who strive to bring the world to campus through innovation and change that enhances undergraduate students' global competencies. They do this by developing new and improved curricular and co-curricular experiences.

Outstanding Global Engagement: Center for Integrated Analysis of Gulf Ecosystems (C-IMAGE) Headquartered at the USF College of Marine Sciences, this laboratory is a multinational consortium working to better understand and respond to oil spills. Collaborating with researchers from Mexico, Cuba, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany and Australia, C-IMAGE researchers seek to solve problems arising from Deepwater Horizon and other large spills in the Gulf and around the world. Expeditions provide opportunities for graduate students and faculty to apply cutting-edge technologies to impact the future ecology of the coastal waters.

Award for Global Support: Transfer Articulation Team, USF Registrar’s Office. In the 2016-17 academic year, the Transfer Articulation Team processed nearly 1,500 transcripts related to the School of Record programs at both Florence University of the Arts (FUA) and Sea|Mester, which provide significant income to the USF Education Abroad Office. This group manages the FUA catalog of 850 courses, including 115 added in the past year alone. The exceptional team supports USF students and hundreds of students worldwide with high productivity, efficiency, flexibility, and patience while performing demanding and time-sensitive work.

President Genshaft with Drs. Asa Oxner and Andrew Myers, faculty recipients of the Outstanding Global Engagement award.

Faculty Awards

Outstanding Global Engagement: Asa Oxner, MD, and Andrew Myers, MD, assistant professors of medicine, Morsani College of Medicine. These USF Health physicians assisted in treating patients during the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, and opened the door to West Africa for USF. Since the outbreak, they started HIV and Ebola survivor care clinics and implemented an intensive year-long curriculum for community health officers. Drs. Oxner and Myers brought two trainees to USF in 2017 and plan to return to West Africa with a USF group.

Outstanding Global Student Success: Deidre Orriola, Undergraduate Studies, College of Public Health. Orriola has been a strong advocate for international programs. Her aspiration to help educate and motivate students to work in global health continues to raise the bar among her colleagues. Involved in global committees, curriculum and research, she works tirelessly to encourage and motivate students and ignite their passion for global public health.

Outstanding Global Student Success: Christian Wells, PhD, Anthropology Department, College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Wells, a federally-funded researcher on USF’s largest international sustainability grant, has worked with students and faculty from USF, Belize and other countries to study environmental contamination from wastewater. He spearheaded the effort to bring two Peace Corps programs to USF, giving the university the unique opportunity to train returning volunteers in anthropological approaches to human and environmental health.

Global Research: Jody McBrien, PhD, professor of education, liberal arts and sciences, USF Sarasota-Manatee. McBrien is internationally known for the study of refugee and human rights. She serves as a role model to many for the passion she puts into her research and scholarly work on globally marginalized populations.

Yogi Goswami, second from left, a Distinguished University Professor in the College of Engineering, received the Global Visionary Award.

Global Research: Cesario Borlongan, PhD, Distinguished USF Health Professor and director of the Center for Excellence in Aging and Brain Repair. In 2017, Borlongan received the Everfront Award, one of the most highly regarded international awards for achievements in stem cell and cancer research. He is an internationally distinguished researcher who frequently collaborates across borders and disciplines. Borlongan’s innovative research on the neuroprotective and neurorestorative effects of stem cell therapies in stroke have helped accelerate USF’s reputation as a leader in health research.

Global Visionary: Yogi Goswami, PhD, Distinguished University Professor and director of the Clean Energy Research Center, College of Engineering. Goswami has achieved numerous global distinctions for innovative research related to solar energy and indoor air quality, including the 2016 Karl Boer Energy Medal of Merit—the highest global award in solar energy—for his pioneering work in solar thermal power and photoelectrochemical disinfection technology. His prolific outreach, research, patents, publications, and membership in global organizations inspires students and fellow faculty members and has focused a spotlight on USF.

From left:  Dr. Charles Lockwood, senior vice president for USF Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine, with Dr. John Sinnott, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, and USF Provost Ralph Wilcox. 

Special Awards

Outstanding System Leadership: Darlene DeMarie, PhD, associate professor of educational and psychological studies, College of Education, and Fulbright faculty advisor, USF World. DeMarie’s teaching and scholarship focuses on child development in a global context. While on sabbatical during fall 2016, she returned to the child development center she co-created in South Africa during a previous Fulbright experience. DeMarie’s expertise and knowledge of the Fulbright application process helped build the USF program’s national reputation. Through her mentorship, 12 USF faculty members were named as Fulbright scholars in 2016-17.

Lifetime Achievement: John Sinnott, MD, professor and chair, Department of Internal Medicine, Morsani College of Medicine. Dr. John Sinnott is well known for encouraging and inspiring faculty, residents, and medical students to engage in international medical research and programs. He is a leading practitioner, mentor, teacher, and community servant— in the Tampa Bay area and the international community. As the founding dean of USF Medicine International, Dr. Sinnott has grown the program to include more than 30 collaborations in 18 countries; 156 USF medical students have studied in 22 countries; and 136 international scholars have traveled to Tampa to learn from the Department of Internal Medicine. Dr. Sinnott has successfully recruited highly skilled physicians from Colombia, India, the Dominican Republic, Lebanon, the Philippines, South Korea, Peru, and Thailand for residency and fellowship programs at USF.

Dr. Sinnott has made a lasting impact in India, China, and Thailand, where the program he created with Tampa General Hospital and USF Health faculty has trained more than 200 senior administrators, physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals. The Leadership Enhancement and Development Program has been particularly instrumental in improving health care in Gansu Province in rural, northwestern China. In recognition Dr. Sinnott’s contributions to Gansu Province, its Vice Governor recently bestowed upon him the 2017 Dunhuang Award; he is the only American to receive the award in 2017.

Dr. Sinnott consistently seeks to improve health care delivery in rural areas and among underserved populations. In her nomination letter, Dr. Lynette Menezes recalled her first interaction with Dr. Sinnott at an HIV/AIDS training session improve the capacity of physicians in India and the passion he demonstrated for quality care among those with the greatest need.

Laura Anderson of the Department of Chemistry was among the 2016-17 Fulbright Faculty Scholars to receive medals.

USF leads the nation as the top producer of Fulbright Faculty Scholars. With 12 faculty members named as scholars in 2016-17, USF doubled its number from last year surpassing other top research institutions, including The Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University and more. As Fulbright Scholars, USF faculty members pursue global research and teaching opportunities.

The following faculty, who recently completed Fulbright experiences, received medals from USF System President Judy Genshaft:

· Laura Anderson, PhD, Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), Fulbright location: Colombia

· Diane Morrison-Beedy, PhD, College of Nursing; Fulbright location: UK/Scotland

· Terry-Rene Brown, PhD, Integrative Biology, CAS, Fulbright location: European Union

· Jerry Koehler, Information Systems and Decision Sciences, Muma College of Business (COB), Fulbright location: Belarus

· Roger Peters, PhD, Mental Health, Law and Policy, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, Fulbright location: Paraguay

· James Stock, PhD, Marketing, Muma COB, Fulbright Location: Finland

Andrew Frey of the United Kingdom was among the current visiting Fulbright scholars and students recognized with medals.

Current visiting Fulbright students and scholars from around the world also received medals recognizing their research and partnership with USF.

· Maria Baldeon Calisto, Ecuador

· Andrew Frey, United Kingdom

· Ammara Mehd Ghani, Pakistan

· Bawana Niyem Mawenbe, Togo

· Yanti Leosari, Indonesia

· Ferry Muhammadsyah Siregar, Indonesia

Story by Jessica Brightman, USF World, and photos by Ryan Noone, University Communications and Marketing

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