Faculty Awards Recipients
2012 Distinguished Professional Service
Professor of Mathematics
Meghan Burke is a Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics at KSU. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Applied Mathematics--Biology from Brown University in 1987, and her Doctorate in Mathematics from the Centre for Mathematical Biology at Oxford University in 1992. After research post-doctoral positions at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School and Emory University School of Public Health, she came to Kennesaw in 1995. Her research interests are in Mathematical Biology, that is, the modeling of the mechanisms of biological, biochemical, and medical processes. She has worked in the areas of enzyme kinetics, molecular immunology, and, most recently, epidemiology.
2012 Distinguished Research and Creative Activity
Laurence Sherr is Composer-in-Residence at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta. Awards include top prizes in the Delius Composition Contest and Association for the Promotion of New Music competition. Ein-Klang in Europe and Capstone Records in the U.S. have released CDs with his compositions. International performances have occurred in Austria, Holland, Switzerland, Japan, Canada, Turkey, and Mexico. Holocaust memorial performances in Germany, the Czech Republic, and the U.S. have fostered greater understanding and tolerance. The Florida State University treatise Laurence Sherr: Chamber Music for Flute examines his contributions. Dr. Sherr is the founder and clarinetist of the klezmer band Oy Klezmer!.
2012 Distinguished Professor
Dr. Barbara Blake received her Bacelor of Science in Nursing from Florida Southern College located in Lakeland, Florida; her Master of Science in Nursing from University of South Florida located in Tampa, Florida; and her Doctor of Philosopy in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University located in Denton, Texas. Dr. Blake is a Professor of Nursing at Kennesaw State University and has been a registered nurse for over 30 years. Her area of nursing practice has been primarily in community health settings. For the several years Dr. Blake has been involved in HIV prevention projects for the State of Georiga. She served as the project director/co-director for the 2004 – 2006 and 2007 HIV Comprehensive Community Services Assessments and the 2005 – 2006 and 2008 HIV Comprehensive Plans. Dr.
2012 Prize for Publication
Professor of Physics
Professor Kidonakis studied physics at the California Institute of Technology (B.S. 1990), the University of Cambridge (MASt/CASM 1991), and SUNY Stony Brook (Ph.D. 1996). He had postdoctoral appointments at Edinburgh, Florida State, and the University of Cambridge. His research is in theoretical particle physics, mainly in top quark, Higgs, and W production, and Quantum Chromodynamics. His work has significantly advanced the calculations of higher-order corrections, has resulted in well over one hundred publications, and has received international recognition and many thousands of citations. His results have been widely used by experimental collaborations at high-energy colliders for comparing theory and experiment for several processes.
2012 Prize for Publication
Dr. Helms earned his PsyD degree in Clinical Psychology from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. He joined the KSU faculty in 2003 and is currently a tenured, full professor in the Department of Psychology. His experience includes teaching at the undergraduate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels. Over the course of his career, he has developed and taught dozens of different undergraduate and graduate courses in a variety of delivery formats including face-to-face, hybrid, and online. His current research agenda is predominantly in the areas of the scholarship of teaching and understanding attitudes and prejudice toward individuals who identify as bisexual. Dr. Helms (along with coauthor Dr.
2012 Prize for Publication
Jackie H. Jones, EdD, MSN, RN is a professor of nursing at the WellStar School of Nursing. She has taught nursing for 12 years, the last 6 at KSU. Prior to becoming an educator, she worked in a variety of healthcare settings, including acute care, critical care, public health, long-term care, and home health environments. She received a Masters of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN and an EdD in Higher Education at the University of Georgia, Athens, GA. Her research includes medication errors, health literacy, development of critical thinking skills, nursing education, concierge medicine, fluid and electrolyte balance, and nutrition.
2011 Distinguished Research and Creative Activity
Dana R. Hermanson is Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair of Private Enterprise, Professor of Accounting, and Director of Research in the Corporate Governance Center at Kennesaw State University. Among the most prolific researchers in accounting, he has published in such journals as Contemporary Accounting Research, Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Journal of Accounting Literature, Accounting Horizons, Behavioral Research in Accounting, Journal of Information Systems, and Issues in Accounting Education. Dana is co-author of two COSO-sponsored studies, Fraudulent Financial Reporting: 1987-1997, An Analysis of U.S. Public Companies and Fraudulent Financial Reporting: 1998-2007, An Analysis of U.S.
2011 Distinguished Teaching Award
Professor of Science Education
Kimberly S. Loomis is professor of science education in the Department of Secondary and Middle Grades Education at Kennesaw State University. She has taught science and education courses at the middle grades through college levels for over 25 years. Many of her presentations and publications focus on inquiry teaching strategies, which are grounded in constructivist learning theory. Currently, her work is focused on using inquiry teaching in the field of wolf education and in exploring the effective use of informal science education centers and national parks by science learners and teachers.
2011 Prize for Publication
Daniela Tapu was born in Roman, Romania. In 1998, she obtained her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Romania. She studied for a year at the Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany, as a Socrates scholar. She received her Master’s degree in 2000 from Alexandru Ioan Cuza University. She moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to pursue graduate studies with Professor A. J. Arduengo, III, at the University of Alabama. During graduate school, she held Atotech and University of Alabama Graduate Council Fellowships. In 2005, she graduated with her Ph.D. in Organic/Organometallic Chemistry. After graduation, she joined the Chemistry and Biochemistry department at Kennesaw State University where she is currently an Associate Professor.
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