ATHENS, Ohio (April 6, 2006) -- Two individuals have been awarded Glidden Visiting Professorships for the 2006-07 academic year. Appointees are nutrition scientist Prisca Nemapare, Ph.D., an African AIDS researcher and activist, and physicist Lilia Meza-Montes, Ph.D., a nanoscientist promoting the participation of women in physics.
Nemapare is a native of Zimbabwe who began her academic career teaching human and consumer sciences at Ohio University. She returned to Africa to help improve the lives of individuals and families suffering from AIDS, and now she serves as chief program officer for the Zienzele Foundation, a non-government organization serving both children orphaned by HIV and AIDS and their caregivers.
Her visit, sponsored by the School of Human and Consumer Sciences of the College of Health and Human Services, will promote awareness of HIV and AIDS and provide insight into the role of community nutrition, both home and abroad.
In spring quarter, Nemapare teaches an undergraduate and graduate course in nutrition, and to make the most of student interaction, she will live in a residence hall during her stay.
Meza-Montes is a distinguished researcher in theoretical physics at the Institute of Physics at the Benemérita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla in Mexico. She also actively promotes the status and involvement of women in science.
During fall quarter 2006, Meza-Montes will provide lectures to support and encourage participation of women in sciences as part of the Womens Studies program, as well as technical lectures for seminars and colloquia in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Meza-Montes' visit will foster additional collaborations with Ohio University and increase the visibility of her professorship sponsors: the Condensed Matter and Surface Science Program, the Women's Studies Program, the Nanoscale and Quantum Phenomena Institute and the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
The Robert and Rene Glidden Visiting Professorship has existed under various titles since it was established in 1988 by a $30,000 award from the University Planning Advisory Council (UPAC). The Provost, acting on the recommendations of a six-member selection committee, awards Glidden Professorships in the hosting department.
The annual program selects distinguished scholars who have attained wide recognition for artistic, engineering, historical, literary or scientific achievement. The short-term academic appointments expose Ohio University students and faculty to outstanding individuals while making such individuals aware of the strengths and resources of Ohio University.
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