Faculty Achievements

2014-2015 Academy Scholars Announced

October 21st, 2014 by Kenya Hudson

The 2014-2015 cohort of participants for the Academy for Research and Scholarly Engagement has been selected.

Ebrahim Amiri, Computer Engineering; Brian Anderson, Social Work; Okechukwu Anyamele, Economics; Gauri Bhattacharya, Social Work; Janice Brockley, History and Philosophy; Kathy Bryant, Elementary and Early Childhood Education; Sarah Buxbaum, Health Policy and Management; Miguel Centellas, Political Science; Huie Tomaz Cunningham, English and Modern Foreign Languages; Ivan Elezovic, Music; Mark Geil, Art; Lolita Gray, Political Science; Hung-Chung Huang, Biology; Hyunju Kim, Computer Science; Jae Young Ko, Public Policy and Administration; Ranjani Kulawardhana, Biology; Catherine Kyeyune, Lifelong Learning; Jaegoo Lee, Social Work; Jung Hye Lee, Epidemiology and Bio-Statistics; Chandar Lewis, Educational Leadership; Kristie Lipford, Social Work; Tzusheng Pei, Computer Science; Chester Robinson, Public Policy and Administration; Gloria Smith, Lifelong Learning; and Talya Thomas, Urban and Regional Planning.

Dr. Ivan Elezovic presents at the University Scholars Symposium Recital.The Center congratulates Dr. Ivan Elezovic, the recipient of a 2015 Mississippi Arts Commission Fellowship. These highly competitive awards provide grants up to $5,000 for the creation of new work and/or professional development by the recipient. Fellowship applications are reviewed through a blind process with criteria focused on originality and vision of the work, technical skill and mastery of the artistic discipline and technique used to create the work. Dr. Elezovic's work was described as pushing "the boundaries of musical composition." It was also characterized as innovative and technically strong.

Dr. Elezovic is an assistant professor and coordinator of theory and composition in the Department of Music at Jackson State University. An active participant in the scholarly and artistic life of Jackson State and the City of Jackson, Elezovic has composed music that has been performed locally, nationally and internationally. In 2013, the Center for University Scholars awarded him a University Scholars grant for which he composed "The Wind Was There," which was performed by renown clarinetist Milan Milosevic of Vancouver College.

Read Dr. Elezovic's artist statement for the Mississippi Arts Commission Fellowship.

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Dr. Victor Ifedayo Ogungbe, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, received three grants worth nearly $400,000 to expand his research in chemical biology, drug discovery and structural biology. The awarding entities are the National Institutes of Health National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Science Foundation Mississippi ESPCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research/Institutional Development Award) and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. After joining the faculty at Jackson State in January 2013, Ogungbe participated in the second cohort of the Academy for Research and Scholarly Engagement.

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Interim Vice President Loretta Moore Honored by IHL

February 24th, 2014 by Kenya Hudson

The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning recognized the accomplishments of Dr. Loretta Moore in contributing to the advancement of diversity and making a difference in the lives of Mississippi citizens.  Dr. Moore is the interim Vice President for Research and Federal Relations, Principal Investigator for JSU ADVANCE and Professor of Computer Science at Jackson State University.

The Center for University Scholars congratulates all of the recipients of the 2014 Presidential Creative Awards for Faculty and Staff!  In particular, it acknowledges three former University Scholars who received awards: Dr. Duanjun Lu (2013), Dr. Natarajan Meghanathan (2008) and Dr. HuiRu Shih (2010 and 2009).  Many other faculty recipients of the 2014 Presidential Creative Awards have also received graduate assistantships or travel support for conference presentation from the Center.  Contact us to learn how we can help support your research productivity!

Judy A. Meredith, an assistant professor of mass communicatons, has been elected as a member of the Fulbright Association's Diversity Task Force.  Comprising alumni of the Fulbright Program, the Fulbright Association promotes international exchanges for scholars and students and facilitates lifelong learning experiences for its members.  (Dr. Meredith was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany seventeen years ago.)  The Fulbright Program offers competitive grants for international educational and cultural exchange to graduate students, scholars and professionals (including K-12 teachers).

Judy Meredith and Jeremy Xido

Read More:

"Person of the Day: Judy Meredith," Jackson Free Press

"Judy Meredith Elected to Fulbright Board," JSU Department of Mass Communications

Dr. Bennett Odunsi, a recipient of a graduate assistantship from the JSU Center for University Scholars, has been named one of the decade’s top ten African-centered scholars.  Dr. Odunsi is an associate professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration.

The awards are give to researchers who have built, nurtured and inspired communities of scholars to seriously investigate African issues. The award is named after the Egyptologist, Pan-Africanist and Mau Mau activist Mwalimu Baba Joseph “Topp” Wallace. The 2012 awards were given out at the 30th Annual Conference of the Association of Third World Studies convened at Berry College in Rome, Georgia.

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