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Faculty and Staff Accolades for April 2023

Catch up on the latest honors and achievements of UA faculty and staff, and UA’s silver rating from the American Heart Association Scorecard.

Elections and Recognitions  

College of Community Health Sciences faculty Dr. Alan Blum, the Gerald Leon Wallace, MD, Endowed Chair of Family Medicine; Dr. Jane Weida, professor and chair of the department of family, internal and rural medicine; and Dr. Thomas Weida, professor and associate dean for clinical affairs, have been chosen Top Doctors in Family Medicine by the Castle Connolly Top Doctors Organization. Physicians listed are among more than 63,000 doctors in the United States, representing the top 7% of doctors, all nominated by their peers. 

Dr. M.N.V. Ravi Kumar, Distinguished University Research Professor, College of Community Health Sciences, was inducted into the 2023 class of the AIMBE College of Fellows, among the highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical and biological engineer. The College of Fellows is comprised of the top 2% of medical and biological engineers. 

Kenneth M. Rosen, professor, Law School, was elected to membership in the American Law Institute. Those chosen for the ALI’s limited membership are prominent scholars, judges, public officials and other leading members of the bar. The ALI’s origins date to the 1920s. His election comes after decades of esteemed service to the bar, state and nation in private practice, public service and the legal academy. 


Andrew Drozd, associate professor, modern languages and classics, co-edited “Reading Darwin in Imperial Russia: Literature and Ideas” (Rowman and Littlefield). The book expands upon the cataloging efforts of earlier scholarship on Darwin’s reception in Russia to analyze the rich cultural context and vital historical background of writings inspired by the arrival of Darwin’s ideas in Russia. 

Dr. Doris Sung
, assistant professor, art and art history, published a chapter titled “Flowers of the Four Seasons: Women Artists in Late Imperial China” in the exhibition catalog Handheld Landscapes: The Four Seasons in Chinese Painting From The Birmingham Museum of Art, published by the Birmingham Museum of Art and the University Press of Florida. 


Wade MacDonald, assistant professor, art and art history, was awarded second place for his work, “Lethal Lounge 1,” in Shapes of Influence, a national juried exhibition in the Springfield Art Association, Illinois. 

Wade MacDonald, Lethal Lounge No. 1, 2022, stoneware, underglazes, wood, 41.5 x 36 x 32 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.

Other Recent Accolades   

UA Earns Silver from American Heart Association 

The University of Alabama received national silver level recognition for its commitments to employee health and well-being as measured in the Association’s 2022 Workforce Well-being Scorecard. The scorecard evaluates factors such as mental health policies, organizational well-being strategies to address burnout, health equity measures, employee financial resources and more to provide a comprehensive assessment of an organization’s culture of health. 

Dewar Named UA’s SEC Achievement Award Winner 

UA to Honor 8 Faculty for Research, Creativity 

Submit Your Achievements for Accolades 

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