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Awards and Accolades
A lifetime achievement award for a communication professor, a national board of directors position for a tech park director and a national honor for a former provost round out this week's honors.
Congratulations to the following UA employees who have recently received honors in their respective fields:
Dale Kunkel, a UA professor of communication, has been named the recipient of the 2012 Broadcast Education Association Lifetime Achievement in Scholarship, formerly called the Distinguished Scholar Award. The award recognizes significant contributions to research and scholarship involving broadcast and electronic media. In announcing the honor, the association cited Kunkel's study of children and media issues for more than 25 years; his testimony as an expert witness at more than a dozen hearings before the U.S. Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission; and his research on children's television programming, including the effects of televised violence and the effects of advertising on children. Kunkel will receive the award April 15 at the organization's annual convention in Las Vegas, where he also is slated to give a presentation.
Ken Marcus, director of the University of Arizona Science and Technology Park, has been elected to the board of directors for the Association of University Research Parks. Marcus has been with the UA tech park since 1999, beginning as controller and later becoming chief financial officer before being named director. He is responsible for finances, lease negotiations, compliance, maintenance, building renewal, construction and food operations. He also sits on the advisory board for the Arizona Center for Innovation and has been a longtime member of the research parks association. The group's president, Kevin Byrne, said Marcus' combined experiences make him "an excellent addition to the board."
George Davis, Regents' Professor Emeritus of Geosciences and former UA provost, has been named by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars as the national recipient of its Inspire Integrity Award. Nominations for the award come from students; Davis was nominated by Hannah Holman, one of 20 students he taught last semester during an honors colloquium. The Inspire Integrity awards are the only national student-nominated faculty awards program. They are presented to full-time university faculty and administrators who have, through their lessons and actions, "made a significant impact on the lives of their students and instilled a high degree of personal and academic integrity," according to the awards website. Holman and Davis will each receive $1,000 as part of the award, and Davis gets to designate another $1,000 to a charity of his choice. He has said he will contribute to the George H. Davis Travel Fellowship that the UA Foundation established in his honor in 2009. Each year the fellowship awards one or two assistant professors about $5,000 apiece for travel and research or scholarship expenses associated with an international conference to which they have been invited.
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