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More September Features:

FedEx Institute takes research and development to new heights

Initiative revives floundering neighborhoods

Kemmons Wilson family makes significant gift to U of M

Profile: Dean Richard Sweigard

Names in the news

U of M seeks nominations for Honorary Degree


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Names in the News

Administration and Staff

R. Alton Simpson, director of environmental health and safety, has been awarded the Campus Safety, Health and Environmental Management Association’s “Award of Excellence” for the campus newsletter Environmental Health and Safety. He received his award at the CSHEMA annual conference in Orlando in July.

Arts and Sciences

Dr. George Anastassiou, professor of mathematics, published Advances in Applied Mathematics and Approximation Theory: Contributions from AMAT 2012.

Dr. Gene A. Plunka, professor of English, has been added to the editorial board of The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism.

Dr.Robert Yelle, associate professor of history and a Helen Hardin Honors program associate professor, has been named as a Joint Tikvah/Senior Emile Noel Fellow for the 2013-14 academic year by the Tikvah Center for Law and Jewish Civilization. Yelle, also a program adviser for the minor in Religious Studies, is a former Guggenheim Fellow and author of Explaining Mantras: Ritual, Rhetoric and the Dream of a Natural Language in Hindu Tantra; The Language of Disenchantment: Protestant Literalism and Colonial Discourse in British India; and Semiotics of Religion: Signs of the Sacred in History, in addition to numerous articles. He is an active member of the American Academy of Religion and is presently editor of the AAR/Oxford University Press book series Religion, Culture and History.

Communication and Fine Art

Dr. Lily Afshar, professor of classical guitar, performed at the 60th anniversary of the Ashwell Music Festival in Hertfordshire, England. She gave master classes in Tehran, Neishaboor, Sari and Ghazvin, Iran. Afshar performed, taught master classes and judged the competition at the Festival de Guitarra de Paracho, Mexico.

Afshar released a new CD, One Thousand and One Nights in Iran, which features her own arrangements of Persian and Azerbaijani ballads as well as world premiers of works written for her by the Italian composer Carlo Domeniconi and the Iranian composer Reza Vali. The CD also features music from Venezuela and Paraguay.

Education, Health and Human Sciences

Dr. Richard James, professor of counseling, educational psychology and research, conducted a seminar for the Quebec State Police (Montreal) crisis intervention teams July 2. James and Mike Skirius, an MS candidate in clinical mental health, conducted crisis intervention team training for law enforcement officers in Memphis, Bartlett, Germantown and other areas of Shelby County as well as Hernando and Hamilton County, Tenn. Sixty-six officers went through the training.

School of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Dr. Walter Manning, professor of communication sciences and disorders, wrote the foreword for the book, Stammering Therapy from the Inside: New Perspectives on Working with Young People and Adults, and attended the “book launch” in London at the Palace of Westminister-UK-Parliament, where he served as representative of the University of Memphis. While in London, he also gave the two-hour presentation “Goals and Principles of Therapeutic Success During and Following Treatment” to an audience composed of students from the City University of London and members of the London British Stammering Association (BSA).
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