David A. Axler, professor emeritus of microbiology and immunology at the School of Medicine, was recently elected president of the Eastern Pennsylvania branch of the American Society for Microbiology. Axler’s two-year presidency will begin in July 2005.
Larry Newman, medical director of the foot and ankle institute and assistant professor in the School of Podiatric Medicine, was recently elected vice president of the Pennsylvania State Board of Podiatry Licensure. Newman is currently serving his second four-year term as a board member with the organization.
Dawn Staley, women’s basketball head coach and three-time Olympian, was selected as one of two athlete representatives on the 10-person USA Basketball Executive Committee. Elected by a vote of USA Basketball’s active athletes, Staley will serve a three-year term alongside former Pan American Games silver medalist Scott Paddock. Staley also has been named the 2005 winner of the John Wanamaker Athletic Award. Staley also won the Wanamaker in 1997, sharing the honor with fellow Olympic gold medalists David Reid (boxing) and Michael Matz (equestrian). She is the only individual woman to ever win the award (the Villanova women’s basketball team was honored in 2003). She joins Joe Frazier (’68, ’71) and Steve Carlton (’73, ’83) as the only two-time individual winners of the award.
The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, the Teaching and Learning Center, and the Computer and Information Technology Committee sponsored a mini-conference, “Classroom Engagement & Performance Through Technology” on April 1 in Shusterman Hall. The conference consisted of presentations on “Blackboard Gradebook,” “Motivating with PowerPoint” and “Using Apreso Class Capture,” as well as mini-sessions on Turnitin, Personal Response Pads and ISC Services. Also at the event, several Fox School faculty members received awards for their contributions to innovation in teaching: Andrew Buck, professor of economics; Richard Genzer, management information systems; Darin Kapanjie, instructor of statistics; Robert Pred, assistant professor of statistics; Jonathon Scott, associate professor of finance; Deanna Geddes, associate professor of human resource management; Marco Malandra, assistant professor of accounting; and Terence Oliva, professor of marketing.