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Faculty and Staff Features for March 2017

Catherine Brisland, Thomas Cleary, Greg Creel, Sarah Crews and Keith Perkins, Executive MBA Students, School of Business 

Advised by associate professor Greg Waller, Ph.D., the VCU School of Business team took first place in the 2017 Richmond ACG Cup competition in February at the offices of presenting sponsor Williams Mullen. In addition to the first-place scholarship award of $2,250, Virginia Commonwealth University earned the right to display the Richmond ACG Cup Trophy for the next year.

The Richmond ACG Cup is a unique case study competition designed to give students from the commonwealth’s leading MBA programs invaluable insight into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking and private equity.

Four MBA teams competed for $5,000 in scholarship money for their schools. University of Richmond placed second, winning a $1,250 school scholarship, and The College of William & Mary’s Mason School of Business placed third, winning $1,000. The finalist team from Virginia Tech earned $500.

 

Amy Dean, nurse clinician, VCU Health and Kristin B. Miller, M.D., assistant professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine, School of Medicine

Amy Dean.
Amy Dean.

Dean and Miller will present “Exploring a business case for high-value continuing professional development” during the National Academy of Medicine Workshop, which meets April 6 and 7. The doctor and nurse team participated in the first cohort of the Langston Quality Scholars program, which offers teams of clinicians training in leadership and performance improvement while solving an actual quality and safety problem they have identified in their clinical setting.

Dean and Miller’s quality improvement project focused on interdisciplinary huddles to improve plans for sedation, mobility and ventilation in intensive care unit patients. The team found that huddle-in-place practices led to decreased length of stay in the intensive care unit and overall hospital stay.

 

Kristen Miller.
Kristen Miller.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cecil B. Drain, Ph.D., dean, School of Allied Health Professions

Cecil B. Drain, Ph.D.
Cecil B. Drain, Ph.D.

The seventh edition of “Drain’s PeriAnesthesia Nursing: A Critical Care Approach” published on Feb. 17. Drain wrote the first edition in 1978. The book is edited by Jan Odom-Forren, Ph.D., associate professor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. It is the only book on the market that provides comprehensive clinical content tailored specifically for perianesthesia nurses, along with nurses with a strong interest in entering the nurse anesthesia specialty. The seventh edition includes 11 chapters written by VCU School of Allied Health Professions faculty, along with five chapters written by alumni from the school.  

 

 

 

 

 

L. Franklin Bost, M.B.A., professor, Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, executive associate dean, VCU School of Engineering, and director of the VCU Institute for Engineering and Medicine

Krzysztof J. Cios, Ph.D., D.Sc., M.B.A., professor and chair, Department of Computer Science, VCU School of Engineering

Franklin Bost, M.B.A.
Franklin Bost, M.B.A.

Bost and Cios will be inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows at AIMBE’s 2017 Future of Engineering Medicine and Innovation Annual Event, March 19–20 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.

With the inductions of Bost and Cios, the VCU School of Engineering will now have 10 faculty members in the AIMBE College of Fellows.

“Election to AIMBE’s College of Fellows is a great honor,” said Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D., dean of the VCU School of Engineering. “Members of the college represent the top 2 percent of the medical and biological engineering community. AIMBE Fellows work with government agencies and industry to advance the innovation that improves human health.”

AIMBE’s College consists of clinicians, industry professionals, academics and scientists who have distinguished themselves through their contributions in research, industrial practice and education. The common goal of embracing innovation to improve the health care and safety of society is fundamental to their achievements.

Krzysztof J. Cios, Ph.D., D.Sc., M.B.A.
Krzysztof J. Cios, Ph.D., D.Sc., M.B.A.

Bost was nominated, reviewed and elected by members of the College of Fellows for outstanding contributions to design and development of novel medical devices and educating the innovators of the future. Bost is a recognized leader in development and commercialization of medical devices, consumer and industrial products.

“It’s an amazing honor to be nominated and accepted into AIMBE,” he said. “The majority of my career has been focused on working with medical professionals to develop and commercialize medical devices that address unmet needs for patient diagnostics, treatment and rehabilitation. I look forward to connecting with all the innovators in AIMBE.”

Cios was elected as an AIMBE Fellow for his seminal contributions to biomedical data mining research and education. He co-authored the first book on data mining on the U.S. market in 1998 and edited another on medical data mining; his chapter in the latter is widely cited. Cios’ lab develops efficient learning algorithms that range from clustering inductive machine learning through discretization, to artificial neural networks, with a focus on networks of spiking neurons. The latter are used to model processes including brain organization, multisensory processing and image recognition. Cios also serves as director of enterprise informatics for VCU’s C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research.

“To be inducted as an AIMBE Fellow is a rare distinction in one’s profession,” Cios said. “It signifies recognition by one’s peers for some essential intellectual contributions with long-lasting effects. I am grateful for this honor, and for the supportive environment that exists at VCU.”

 

Pamela Harris Lawton, Ed.D., associate professor, Department of Art Education, School of the Arts

Pamela Lawton, Ed.D.
Pamela Lawton, Ed.D.

The National Art Education Association has named Lawton a recipient of the 2017 Southeastern Region Higher Education Art Educator award.

The prestigious award, determined through a peer review of nominations, recognizes the exemplary contributions, service and achievements of an outstanding NAEA member annually at the regional level within their division.A native of Washington, D.C., and a product of its public schools, Lawton is a practicing artist whose artistic and scholarly research revolves around visual narrative and intergenerational arts learning in community settings. A fifth-generation teacher, she has an active teaching license in K-12 art education in the District of Columbia and has taught art to grades nine through 12 in Maryland. 

NAEA is the professional association for art educators. Members include elementary, secondary, middle level and high school art teachers; university and college professors; education directors who oversee education in our nation’s fine art museums, administrators and supervisors who oversee art education in school districts, state departments of education, arts councils; and teaching artists throughout the United States and many foreign countries.