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Notes of Distinction: April 2015


Monday Apr 13, 2015


Whether it’s a published article or book, a prestigious award, or speaking engagement, members of Indiana University Northwest’s faculty and staff continue to share their wealth of expertise. Here are the most recent top achievers that have made a name for themselves and IU Northwest.

Atta Ceesay, Marie Eisenstein, Eunjoo Kim, Anja Matwijkiw, Crystal Shannon, Axel Schulze-Halberg, Doug Swartz, Andrea Tamburro, Xiaofeng Wang and Alicia Wright were recently awarded with the Board of Trustees’ Teaching Award.

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Subir Bandyopadhyay has been informed by the Editor of the Thunderbird International Business Review  that his paper, entitled "Investigating Quality Perceptions of International Services by Chinese Consumers" has been accepted for publication. The paper measures the perceptions of Chinese consumers about the quality of different services. The findings of his research have major implications for both existing and potential service providers in China.

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Joseph Ferrandino has been selected as this year's winner of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award from the Center for Innovation and Scholarship in Teaching and Learning (CISTL). The Award Selection Committee commended Ferrandino for his research productivity and his creative application of the Geographical Information System in the classroom.

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David Parnell, Assistant Professor of History, was awarded the Excellence in Online Design and Delivery Award, bestowed by the Center for Innovation and Scholarship in Teaching and Learning (CISTL).

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Vesna Kilibarda, Associate Professor of Mathematics, was awarded the Distinguished Service Award.

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Zoran Kilibarda, Associate Professor of Geology, was recently awarded the IU Northwest Distinguished Scholarship and Creativity Award.

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Crystal Shannon, Assistant Professor of Nursing, was awarded the Founders Day Teaching Award.

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Ernest Talarico, Associate Director of Medical Education at IUSM-NW, known for creating the teaching philosophy of treating human anatomical donors as “first patients,” recently learned that this philosophy will be implemented at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain. Talarico’s protocol is outlined in a paper he authored and published in the journal Clinical Anatomy in 2013 (‘A Change in Paradigm: Giving Back Identity to Donors in the Anatomy Laboratory’). The teaching philosophy is gaining attention around the world and was recently featured in The Medical Independent, a publication of Ireland.

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Alexander C. Vlahu, incoming first-year student at the IUSM-NW, recently learned of the acceptance of his manuscript to the European Journal of Anatomy.  His paper, “Characterization of Kyphoscoliosis and Associated Giant Hiatal Hernia in a 97-year-old Female Cadaver,” was accepted on first-round submission without revision.  He began his research during the Summer 2014 International Human Cadaver Prosection Program and continued it through the fall gross anatomy course. The paper was submitted in March.

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