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Five professors selected for Distinguished Research Award

The University of Memphis has recognized five professors with its 2013 Alumni Association Distinguished Research Award. Each accepted the award during a May luncheon.

The professors and their categories are: Dr. Santosh Kumar, associate professor of computer science, Distinguished Research in Science, Engineering and Mathematics; Dr. Guy Mittleman, professor of psychology, Distinguished Research in Social Sciences, Business and Law; Dr. Katherine Grace Hendrix, professor of communication, Distinguished Research in the Humanities; Dr. Kamran Ince, professor of music, Distinguished Achievement in the Creative Arts; and Dr. Lynda Sagrestano, associate professor of psychology and director of the Center for Research on Women, Excellence in Engaged Scholarship.

Santosh Kumar

(left to right) Anita Vaughn, Santosh Kumar, Dr. Shirley Raines, and Dr. David Rudd

Kumar was named one of America’s ten most brilliant scientists under the age of 38 by Popular Science magazine in 2010. While at the U of M, Kumar and his multidisciplinary colleagues at 10 universities have developed the AutoSense wearable sensor system with $8 million in research grants from National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. AutoSense is being used across the nation in scientific research for automated assessment of stress, smoking, drinking and illicit drug use. Kumar’s current research focuses on the development of mobile health (mHealth) systems for real-time monitoring of physical, psychological, and behavioral health.

Guy Mittleman

(left to right) Anita Vaughn, Guy Mittleman, Dr. Shirley Raines, and Dr. David Rudd

Mittleman, holder of a University of Memphis Dunavant Professorship, is widely recognized for outstanding research on animal models for drug and alcohol addiction and on neural abnormalities associated with autism spectrum disorders. One reviewer observed that “the excellence he displayed early in his training has continued nonstop.” Since joining the faculty at the U of M, Mittleman has produced more than 60 peer-reviewed publications and has received more than $15 million in external funding. His research funding has been nearly continuous since 1992. Viewed as a “very talented and productive researcher,” his contributions to behavioral neuroscience are described as “creative and profound.” Mittleman is a Fellow of the American Psychological Society.

Katherine Hendrix

(left to right) Anita Vaughn, Katherine Hendrix, Dr. Shirley Raines, and Dr. David Rudd

Hendrix is a scholar with a broad teaching range that includes argumentation, interpersonal and intercultural communication, and qualitative research methods. She has served as guest editor for Communication Education, New Directions in Teaching and Learning and the Southern Communication Journal. Hendrix is the author of more than 30 journal articles, book chapters and book reviews, a teaching guidebook and a video. In 2012 she received the Southern States Communication Association Michael Osborn Teacher/Scholar Award, and in 2011 she received the College of Communication and Fine Arts Dean’s Research Award. The SSCA also awarded her the 2002 John I. Sisco Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2006 Rose B. Johnson Southern Communication Journal Best Article Award. Hendrix is the only person within her association to win all three awards. She was noted for producing the Outstanding Journal Article by the International and Intercultural Division of the National Communication Association in 2006. Hendrix has a particular interest in the pedagogical contributions of and challenges faced by professors and graduate teaching assistants of color, including international graduate teaching assistants with English as a Second Language teaching oral performance courses.

Kamran Ince

(left to right) Anita Vaughn, Kamran Ince, Dr. Shirley Raines, and Dr. David Rudd 

Ince, born to American and Turkish parents, is a composer of distinction with an international reputation. His extensive catalog of works includes chamber and orchestral music, ballets, and film music. Ince is the recipient of numerous prizes, including the Prix de Rome, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Lili Boulanger Prize. He received the 2013 Music Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His Waves of Talya was named by the Chamber Music Magazine as one of the best chamber works of the 20th Century by a living composer. His works have recently been heard at the Holland Festival, the CBC Encounter Series in Toronto, the Istanbul International Music Festival and the Estoril Festival is Lisbon, Portugal. His first opera, Judgment of Midas, premiered recently under his direction by Present Music and Milwaukee Opera Theatre. The Academy of Arts and Letters says, “The energy and rawness of Turkish and Balkan music, the spirituality of Byzantium and Ottoman music, the tradition of European art music and the extravert and popular qualities of the American psyche are the basis of Dr. Ince’s sound world.”

Lynda Sagrestano

(left to right) Anita Vaughn, Lynda Sagrestano, Dr. Shirley Raines, and Dr. David Rudd

Sagrestano embodies the U of M’s approach to engaged scholarship. She has built collaborative research partnerships which are marked by reciprocity and that lead to the production of new knowledge. Her research is oriented toward applying psychological theory to understand and intervene on social problems and advance theory development, highlighting the role of contextual factors in health processes and outcomes. The goal is to take a more integrated approach to prevention and intervention in public health. Sagrestano has developed many constructive relationships with local nonprofit organizations to address issues related to infant mortality, adolescent pregnancy, economic security for women, and the empowerment of girls. She is described as a “model for engagement” and as a highly respected mentor to faculty and students. Sagrestano was a member of the inaugural class of PI Millionaires at the U of M, serves on the board of directors of the National Council for Research on Women, and is an affiliate faculty member in Women’s and Gender Studies.

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