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College Celebrates Sponsored Research with Inaugural Event

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By Nicole Phanstiel

On April 23, 2013, collegewide researchers gathered at an exclusive event to celebrate -- and to be recognized for -- their outstanding research efforts.

Dean Michael Frumkin, along with the COHPA Office of Research, honored 37 researchers for efforts in successful proposal submission or funding in the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

Nine faculty members were inducted into the COHPA $100,000 Club, receiving special recognition for bringing in $100,000 or more in funding during the current fiscal year. Winners included researchers Mary Lou Brunell, Thomas Bryer, Jacinta Gau, Jennifer Kent-Walsh, Chad Nye, Judy Ortiz, Roberto "Hugh" Potter, Linda Rosa-Lugo and Jackie Zhang.

Potter, a professor of criminal justice, received recognition for the most number of awards. Brunell, executive director of the Florida Center for Nursing, was recognized for the highest dollar amount received this fiscal year.

Guest speakers for the event included Andrew Daire, assistant dean for research in the UCF College of Education, and Pallavoor "Vaidy" Vaidyanathan, assistant vice president for research in the UCF Office of Research and Commercialization.

Frumkin addressed the winners by stating, "COHPA is a college committed to using its research knowledge and skills to make a difference in people's lives, as reflected in our vision statement, Strengthening Communities. Changing Lives. Your research, focusing on community impact, is a major way in which we carry out that mission. Thank you for all that you do."

The dean concluded by saying the college would like to continue to recognize all faculty research efforts, both sponsored and scholarly, with additional events.

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