Dr. Anthony Bell, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) that works in partnership with Oak Ridge National Research Laboratory.
Powe Awards provide seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions. These awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of junior faculty and result in new funding opportunities.
Bell, who has been part of the Southern Miss faculty since Aug. 2009, is one of 32 recipients of the award that targets faculty in the first two years of a tenure track appointment.
In a separate item, four members of Southern Miss’ faculty recently received the annual Faculty Senate/University President Award in recognition of achievements in research, teaching, mentoring and community service. Award recipients include Dr. Max Grivno, Junior Faculty Research Award. An assistant professor of history. Grivno recently won the Reed Fink Award in Southern Labor History from Georgia State University. His research specialties include slavery, labor history, Southern history and the early national period. Before joining the Southern Miss faculty, he worked as a historian with both the National Park Service and the Freedmen and Southern Society Project.
Dr. Kyna Shelley, professor, educational studies and research, won the Mentoring Award. Shelley serves as educational research program coordinator for the Department of Educational Studies and Research, and teaches psychology, research and statistics at the undergraduate and graduate level. She joined the Southern Miss faculty in 2004 after working at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, where she was a recipient of the President’s Distinguished Teaching Award, among other honors.
She has chaired nearly 40 dissertations and theses and served on 80 other such committees. She worked individually with more than 300 teaching assistants and independent studies students, and has mentored more than 1,000 graduate students in conducting their own individual research projects. Her current or former students are included as co-authors on more than half of 70-plus publications and presentations.
Dr. Deanne Nuwer, associate professor of history, won the Community Service Award. Nuwer, director of the university’s Hurricane Katrina Research Center at the Gulf Park Campus, is a recent recipient of the Mississippi Humanities Council Teaching Award. She joined the Southern Miss Gulf Coast faculty in 2000 and has instructed classes for the university’s study abroad program in Pontlevoy, France. She is the author of the recently published book “Plague Among the Magnolias: The 1878 Yellow Fever Epidemic in Mississippi,” which examines the social, political, racial and economic consequences of the yellow fever epidemic in the state. She currently serves as president of the Gulf South Historical Association, the first chosen for the post.
The Junior Faculty Teaching Award went to Luis Iglesias, assistant professor of English. Iglesias is the organizer and facilitator of the Pre-Performance Talk Series, a collaboration with the Department of Theater and Dance, which is in its fourth year. In addition, he has served as faculty advisor for the last five years to Southern Miss’ chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society. He has guest edited a special issue of “The Southern Quarterly: The South in a Global Context,” Spring 2009, and is the lead editor for “Global Crossroads: A World Literature Read” (2008), the textbook used in the hybrid/online ENG 203 class, of which he is the content coordinator. Iglesias has also presented several papers and published on sea fiction and the career of James Fenimore Cooper in the journals “The Nautilus: A Maritime Journal of Literature, History, and Culture” (2010), “Literature of the Early American Republic” (forthcoming in 2011), and “The Papers of the James Fenimore Cooper Society” (2006) and has coauthored an award-winning article in “American Literature” (2001) on race and theatre in early 19th century New York City.