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Faculty Accolades for February 2023

From groundbreaking publications to national leadership positions, UA faculty continue to excel.


Bryan K. Fair, Thomas E. Skinner Professor of Law, published “Federalism by Deception: The Implied Limits on Congressional Power,” 62 Santa Clara Law Review 545-596 (2022). 

book cover for Ecuadorian Spanish in the 21st CenturyBenjamin J. McMichael, associate professor, School of Law, published “Bringing Predictability to the Chaos of Punitive Damages,” 54 Arizona State Law Journal 471-526 (2022). 

Dr. Erin O´Rourke, associate professor, modern languages & classics, co-edited “Ecuadorian Spanish in the 21st Century” with Cambridge Scholars (2022). It is the first-of-its-kind compilation of linguistic research focusing specifically on Ecuadorian Spanish. 

Adam N. Steinman, Robert W. Hodgkins Endowed Chairholder in Law, published “Beyond Bristol-Myers: Personal Jurisdiction over Class Actions,” 97 New York University Law Review 1215-1264 (2022). 

Awards and Recognitions  

Dr. Viola L. Acoff, professor, metallurgical and materials engineering, is the recipient of the 2023 Distinguished Lectureship in Materials and Society. The lectureship, sponsored jointly by ASM International and The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, “recognizes an individual experienced in a policy-making role in the field of materials engineering for [the] nation and its industries — an eminent individual who has an overview of technology and society in which technology and society are affected by development in materials science and engineering.” According to the lectureship’s selection committee, Acoff was chosen “For leading TMS and ASM’s advocacy for racial justice for African Americans in U.S. legislative offices [and] for her exceptional technical achievements and impact on broadening participation in [materials science and engineering].” 

Dr. M.N.V. Ravi Kumar, Distinguished University Research Professor, College of Community Health Sciences, has been chosen for a research award from the Royal Society of Edinburgh, for an international joint project focusing on nanomedicines to treat kidney diseases.  

Dr. Steven Yates, associate professor, School of Library and Information Studies, has been selected to serve a three-year term on the American Library Association’s executive board. The ALA is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. 

Melissa Yes, assistant professor, art and art history, was awarded a Verdant Fund grant — an expansion of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts’ Regional Re-granting program — to support her collaborative performance and installation project, “Finches.” 


William Dooley, associate professor, art and art history, had a solo exhibition, “William Dooley: Incremental Memory,” at Scott Miller Projects in Birmingham.  

Allison Grant, assistant professor, art and art history, had work selected for the exhibition “Mother Nature, Mother Nurture,” at Samford University Art Gallery, Birmingham. 

Melissa Yes, assistant professor, art and art history, had work included in a juried exhibition, “southXeast: contemporary art triennial,” at the Ritter Art Gallery and Schmidt Center Gallery, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton. 

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UA News publishes accolades for UA faculty and staff from the calendar year regarding publications in peer-reviewed journals, scholarly books or national publications; awards and elections; national and international fellowships; and art exhibits and performances. We do not publish conference papers or keynote addresses. To submit an accolade, use the online submit news form.