Congratulations UB Faculty and Students
2019 Spring Semester Awards and Recognition
Rob Riggs, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of religion, has been named a Fulbright Scholar by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Dr. Riggs will teach and research as a visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Gulf University for Science and Technology’s Global Studies Center in Kuwait. The title of his research project is “Where Sectarianism Ends: Mapping Intra-religious Peace in Kuwait.”
Dr. Riggs was also selected to participate in the 2019 Teaching Interfaith Understanding Seminar. This seminar is offered by the Council of Independent Colleges and Interfaith Youth Corps with the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation.
Elena Cahill, J.D., director of the Ernest C. Trefz School of Business, received the Entrepreneurial Innovation & Leadership Award at the Annual Women of Innovation event sponsored by The Connecticut Technology Council. Here is an excerpt from her nominator’s submission: “As an entrepreneur, attorney, and educator, Elena Cahill has helped hundreds of individuals create new businesses. She founded and is a past director of the Student Entrepreneur Center at the University of Bridgeport and has been instrumental in the design and implementation of UB’s new Bauer Hall Innovation Center.”
The University took home three of four prestigious awards from the recent American Council on Education CT Women’s Network (CTAWN). See student awards for the third winner: Gladys Njeri Muturi.
Tarek Sobh, PhD., executive vice president and dean of the College of Engineering, Business, and Education, received the CTAWN 2019 Friend of Women in Higher Education Award. This award honors individuals who have distinguished themselves by creating opportunities for women to complete their higher education and/or pursue careers in higher education in the state of Connecticut.
Linda Paslov, EdD, director of administrative operations in School of Education, was the recipient of the CTAWN 2019 Emerging Leader Award. This award recognizes and honors a woman with at least five years of professional experience in higher education who has been a leader in the development and/or operation of an office, program, or service that has significantly advanced women’s learning and development in the state of Connecticut.
Mark Pitcher, PhD., director, Health Sciences Inter-Professional Research, was selected for a fellowship to join the 2019-20 Mayday Pain & Society Fellowship: Communicating Science & Improving Care Program.
The University of Bridgeport is being recognized for Academy Curriculum Excellence in CCNA due to its contributions to the Cisco Networking Academy. The annual award is presented to one academy in each region for achieving excellence in teaching its curriculum. The Cisco Networking Academy program uses a rigorous process to select academies for this award based on student feedback scores and student performance.
Patricia Mulcahy-Ernt, PhD, was selected as a Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations (CLADEA) Fellow. Selection into the Fellowship represents the highest honor conferred upon professionals in learning assistance and developmental education.
Flo McPherson, ND, was elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Institute of Homeopathy, the oldest medical association in the U.S. established in 1844.
UB Student Awards
Gladys Njeri Muturi, a UB graduate student, is one of two recipients of the CTAWN 2019 Graduate Student Scholarship. She received a $2,000 scholarship which supports a graduate student who has been accepted to or is currently enrolled in a graduate program in the state of Connecticut and whose academic interests are in the area of social justice or gender equality.
The American Council on Education also presented Gladys with a Woman Leader in Higher Education Award.
Diane Doodnauth, a first-year graduate student in the Master’s program in Global Development & Peace, and Amy Siranaula, an International Business major, have been awarded Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) to study Korean in South Korea (the 10th and 11th CLS awards for UB). The CLS program, an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities, is sponsored by the U.S. Government. The CLS scholarship Program is highly competitive with only 10 percent of applicants becoming award recipients.
UB industrial design students Hong Fan (Nissan), Zhenyu Yang (Volvo), and Haocong Ye (AAA) in UB’s Shintaro Akatsu School of Design placed first, third, and fifth in the Design for Traffic Safety Competition at the New York International Auto Show in NYC, one of the biggest auto shows in the world with more than one million attendees. The students were awarded a total of $6,000 in prize money at the auto show’s World Traffic Safety Symposium. Richard Yelle, director of Shintaro Akatsu School of Design, served as the faculty advisor.
UB Master of Science and Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering students Pegi Haliti and Qi Wu, along with a high school student, placed third among undergraduate and graduate students from institutions in the Northeast at an American Society for Engineering Education competition. The competition included 60 research projects. Their project was titled “A Computational Approach for Cancer Invasion Manipulation through ECM Arrangement.” Bhushan Dharmadhikari, Ph.D., a post-doctoral teaching fellow, served as the advisor and Prabir Patra, Ph.D., chair of biomedical engineering, as co-advisor. Navarun Gupta, Ph.D., associate professor of electrical engineering, won the outstanding campus representative award for both section and zone.
UB’s Model UN delegation (12 students) won Outstanding Delegation, the highest award at the National Model United Nations conference in New York. The UB delegation was recognized at the conference’s closing ceremonies at the United Nations Headquarters. Approximately 300 schools competed from all over the world. This is the second time that UB has been recognized with this honor. Nancy Wei, Ph.D. and Miguel Arroyo serve as club advisors.
Newly minted EdD graduate, Thomas Nobili, received the third place award for the best dissertation in the country, which was presented to him at the annual AERA (American Educational Research Association) convention in Toronto in April.
Three graphic design students swept the top three prizes in the "Branding Portfolio" contest at the Connecticut Business Competition and Entrepreneur Conference, held at Gateway Community College, New Haven. The student winners are Estefanic Medina, Weiyu Zhu, and Qiangying Niu. They were presented with a trophy and cash prizes.