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News Briefs, Week of May 16

Posted by William Nunnelley on 2005-05-16

Samford Psychology Chair, Stephen Chew, Receives National Teaching Award  

Samford University psychology professor Stephen L. Chew received the American Psychological Association's 2005 Robert S. Daniel Teaching Excellence Award. The honor recognizes the nation's top psychology teacher in the four-year college category.

Dr. Chew, chair of the Samford psychology department since he joined the faculty in 1993, will receive the award during the APA Convention in Washington, D.C., this summer.

In addition to a plaque and $750 cash award, he will be featured in an upcoming issue of Teaching of Psychology magazine.

Chew's research specialties include human memory and thought processes, cognition and instruction, and perception. He is a former Carnegie Scholar chosen by the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Learning, and recipient of Samford's John H. Buchanan Award for Teaching Excellence.

 

Samford Exercise Science Department To Screen Additional Perry County Students 

The Samford University exercise science and sports medicine department will continue its program of health and fitness screening in Perry County later this year after conducting a successful health fair for Marion high school students May 6.

Three faculty members and 21 students from the department helped more than 100 students at Francis Marion High School with assessments of their blood pressure, heart rate, strength, body fat and other health measures.

Fifteen high school students who showed signs of hypertension were referred to their school nurse and a weekly hypertension clinic in Marion run by Samford's McWhorter School of Pharmacy.

"We received a very positive response from students, teachers, nurses and administrators," said Dr. Charles D. Sands, IV, exercise science and sports medicine department chair. "They wanted us to come back and screen other students at Francis Marion High and students at another school as well."

Dr. Sands said the screening programs would be scheduled later in the summer and fall.

In addition to the screening, Dr. Jim Angel of the Samford exercise science and sports medicine faculty provided nutrition education in-service training for the high school cafeteria staff.

The health fair was held in conjunction with the Sowing Seeds of Hope program and was part of a year-long effort by Samford to work with Perry County residents on health programs.

 

Government Teacher Named Golden Apple Winner by Samford Education School 

Misty-Michelle Miller, a teacher at Spain Park High School in Shelby County near Birmingham, has received a Golden Apple Award from Samford University's Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies.

The education school presents the award to the outstanding classroom teacher who is a graduate of Samford's teacher education program.

Miller, who received a bachelor's degree in education from Samford in 1997, teaches U.S. Government. She was Jefferson County Teacher of the Year in 2000.

 

Samford Pharmacy Student Selected for National Community Pharmacists Council 

Samford University pharmacy student Michael Franklin of Birmingham was selected one of eight students to serve on the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) National Student Regional Council for 2005-06.

He was chosen because of his strong interest in independent community pharmacy, leadership within Samford's McWhorter School of Pharmacy, academic achievement and community involvement. The NCPA represents the nation's community pharmacists, including owners of nearly 24,000 pharmacies.

 

Cole to Lead Cumberland Master of Comparative Law, Study-Abroad Programs 

Samford University law professor Charles D. Cole of Cumberland School of Law will direct Master of Comparative Law students from Brazil and Turkey as they complete work at Samford in June. The 2005 class is comprised of five judges and two practicing lawyers from Brazil and a practicing lawyer from Turkey.

Cole also will lead Cumberland's Study-Abroad Program at the University of Durham in England during July. The eight MCL students also will participate in that program, along with 41 law students from five U.S. law schools.

 

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