Provost Mun Y. Choi and Director of Engagement E. Carol Polifroni welcomed faculty, staff, student and family guests to the celebration of the 2016 Provost’s Awards for Excellence in Community Engaged Scholarship on November 17.
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT AWARD
Gabriel S. Colón is an undergraduate student in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, majoring in Kinesiology. The faculty and staff of the Center for Public Health and Health Policy nominated Gabriel for his dedication and hard work through the Husky Nutrition Programs. Gabe committed the last three summers to work with and educate people in his native city of Hartford and surrounding towns. He has been uniquely qualified to introduce and reinforce health and nutrition messages to thousands of people across the lifespan both through face to face interaction and through social media formats. Gabe has also been able to work throughout the academic year as a Student Coordinator for sections of their Service Learning Courses, training new students unfamiliar with the cultural and economic diversity of the population they serve. He has been a Resident Assistant for three years, helping new students assimilate to UConn, and led a medical volunteer trip to Nicaragua. He has successfully combined research activities in the Korey Stringer Institute and E.C. Lee Laboratory with schoolwork to maintain his Dean’s List standing throughout his academic career. Gabe holds leadership positions as a mentor with The Major Experience (TME) program and in the Exercise is Medicine UConn Club. He is eager to employ his passion and capabilities in the medical field. an undergraduate student in College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, majoring in Kinesiology.
NON TENURE TRACK FACULTY AWARD
Kevin D. Dieckhaus, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine, the Director of Global Health and International Studies, and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the UConn School of Medicine. Dr. Dieckhaus completed his Infectious Diseases fellowship at the University of Connecticut. He is the primary grantee for Ryan White AIDS support services grants, education services through the New England AIDS Education and Training Center, and the clinical lead physician for the Infectious Diseases clinical services at UConn Health. Dr. Dieckhaus has developed linkages with numerous international partners to promote medical trainee learning in immersive cross-cultural settings. International linkages have included partners in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Uganda, Guam, India, Costa Rica, Panama, and Sri Lanka, among others. Most of his outreach has been focused in the rural Kisoro District of Southwestern Uganda, where over 50 learners have participated in clinical medicine, public health, and community/global health research. Dr. Dieckhaus is the medical director for the Clare Nsenga Foundation, that operates a rural medical clinic and associated public health-related outreach programs in Kisoro, Uganda.
NON TENURE TRACK FACULTY AWARD
Much of Dr. Bruce Gould’s career has been focused on public engagement and service to the underserved, in one form or another. He came to the University of Connecticut in 1988 as the medical director at the Burgdorf Health Center, an inner city clinic jointly administered by UConn and Mt. Sinai Hospital (now St. Francis), addressing the needs of the underserved and serving as a major ambulatory teaching facility for the University.
In 1995, he was appointed the first Associate Dean for Primary Care at the University of CT School of Medicine. In this capacity, he established the Connecticut Area Health Education Center Program, which was awarded its Core Funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration in 1997 ($6,686,182) and has been continuously funded since that time. It programs include the Youth Health Service Corps, Collegiate Health Service Corps, and Urban Service Track. In 1996 he founded and remains the advisor to the Migrant Farmworker Free Mobile Clinic operating 3 nights per week during growing seasons.
Dr. Gould also serves as the Medical Director for the Community Health Center Association of CT’s Practice Transformation Network funded by the Center for Medicare/Medicaid Innovation and as Medical Director for the Hartford Department of Health and Human Services. He is the Principle Investigator for the State Innovation Model Grant’s Community Health Worker Workforce Development Initiative. He is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine..
CAREER RECOGNITION FOR TEAM
Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) is a collaboration of the Department of Extension, the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, and the Connecticut Sea Grant program. Public engagement is at the core of CLEAR’s work, which focuses on helping Connecticut communities to protect their natural resources while allowing for economic development.
CLEAR’s Water Team specializes in stormwater management and green infrastructure, and has worked with over three-quarters of the 169 towns in the state. The team has helped transform the UConn campus into a showcase for innovative stormwater practices. CLEAR’s Geospatial Team has trained over 1500 people in the use of digital mapping technologies (GIS, GPS) that have become so ubiquitous in modern life. The team maintains the CT ECO interactive mapping website used by 25,000 people each year, and developed the University’s first smartphone “app.” CLEAR’s Land Use and Climate Resilience team runs the Land Use Academy, a partnership with the Connecticut Bar Association that has trained over 1500 local decision makers in the past five years. The team also runs the Climate Adaptation Academy, and is developing the UConn Climate Corps, a new academic and service learning program for juniors and seniors enrolled in the environmental majors. CLEAR is built upon the community service ethos of the Land Grant and Sea Grant university systems. Its programs deliver multiple benefits to the public, the state, and the University. a program of the Department of Extension and the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources.
GRADUATE STUDENT AWARD
Emily Kaye Seamans, nominated by the Office of Community Outreach, is in her third graduate year at the UConn School of Pharmacy, is a member of the Urban Service Track and previously served as a student leader in the Office of Community Outreach as the Program Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters .
Emily began working with the Associate Dean of the School of Pharmacy to establish a partnership between BBBS and the School of Pharmacy in April 2014. Her goal was to create a fun, educational program for the children which would integrate her passion for pharmacy and her desire to encourage the children in our community to not only pursue higher education, but to perhaps even spark an interest in the healthcare industry. The program’s agenda has evolved over the last three years, but consistently included introductory science experiments, a tour of the UConn campus, and a trip to the Dairy Bar. In April 2016, she added a pharmacy lab component to the program, allowing the students to compound a Vicks VapoRub ointment with a professor of pharmaceutics. With inter-professionalism always at the forefront of her mind, Emily incorporated dental hygiene education by creating an activity to demonstrate proper flossing technique; the students used yarn to “floss” the clay “plaque” from between their Lego block “teeth.” While Emily has enjoyed creating this increasingly successful program over the last three years, the most gratifying part for her is always having the students leave saying “I want to be a pharmacist when I grow up.”
Celebrating the 2016 Provost’s Awards!