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Faculty and Staff Accolades for August 2022

Awards and Elections

Dr. Sevgi Zubyede Gurbuz, assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering, was awarded a 2022-2023 American Associate of University Women’s Research Publication Grant in Engineering, Medicine and Biology for her project “Understanding Natural Expression of Sign Language via Interactive Gaming.” 

Dr. Hamid Moradkhani, professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, has been named the 2023 Robert E. Horton Lecturer in Hydrology by the American Meteorological Society. The lectureship, named in honor of civil engineer and soil scientist Robert Elmer Horton, recognizes a “scientist for outstanding research on topics of interest to both hydrologists and meteorologists.”

Dr. Shreyas Rao, associate professor, chemical and biological engineering, has been named to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama Medical Advisory Council. The addition reflects the BCRFA’s intentional expansion of the council to enhance efforts to fund the most promising breast cancer research across the state. Rao’s research focus area is the role of microenvironment in cancer progression, therapeutic response and resistance.


Russell M. Gold, associate professor, Law School, published “Volunteer Prosecutors,” 59 American Criminal Law Review 1483-1540 (2022).

Susan Pace Hamill, professor, Law School, published “Moral Reflections on Twenty-First Century Tax Policy Trends,” 52 Cumberland Law Review 1-77 (2021-2022). 

Dr. Rajesh Kana, professor of psychology and director of the Center for Innovative Research in Autism, edited “The Neuroscience of Autism,” published by Elsevier (May 2022).  

Wade MacDonald, assistant professor, art and art history, published an invited article, “Fractured Fabrication,” in the September/October issue of Pottery Making Illustrated. In it, he wrote about his innovative use of digital fabrication tools and slip casting methods to create functional ceramics. 

Daiquiri Steele, assistant professor, Law School, published “Preserving Pandemic Protections,” 42 Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law 321-370 (2021).


Associate Professor William T. Dooley and Instructor Charlotte Wegrzynowski, art and art history, had work juried into the 48th Annual Bi-State Art Competition, Meridian Museum of Art in Meridian, Mississippi.  

Wade MacDonald, assistant professor, art and art history, had two of his ceramic vases accepted to the juried 30th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Sept. 17-Nov. 5, at the Lancaster (Pennsylvania) Museum of Art. The annual event is recognized as one of the top ceramic exhibitions in the country. MacDonald will hold a solo exhibition, “Lethal Lounge,” at Ejecta Projects in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Sept. 23-Nov. 3, featuring new mixed-media sculpture and wall work. 

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