Mauricio Castellanos, D.D.S., was one of five U.S. university faculty who were selected to participate in the Dentsply Implants University Ambassador Program in Chicago in October 2015. Castellanos joined the College of Dentistry in 2015 as an assistant professor in the department of restorative dental sciences division of prosthodontics.

Nereyda Clark, D.M.D., was appointed interim chair of the department of restorative dental sciences and interim director of the predoctoral general dentistry division effective October 2015. Clark, an associate professor, earned her dental degree in 1980 and became an instructor in the department of operative dentistry in 1981.

Jaana Gold, D.D.S., M.P.H., C.P.H., Ph.D., was recently recognized by the National Board of Public Health Examiners as certified in public health. Gold is an adjunct associate professor in the department of community dentistry and behavioral science. Gold also earned her master’s in public health from UF in August 2015.

John Neubert, D.M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor in the department of orthodontics, received an American Association of Orthodontics Foundation Award for Biomedical research in recognition of his research, “Effects of genetics on the expectation and experience of orthodontic pain.”

Arthur Nimmo, D.D.S., FACP, was honored by the State University of New York at Oneonta as an Alumni of Distinction. Nimmo, a faculty member for 16 years, serves as the director of the Predoctoral Implant Dentistry Program.


Almut Winterstein, Ph.D., has been named chair of the department of pharmaceutical outcomes and policy. She has served as interim chair since October 2014, and her permanent appointment follows a national search. Winsterstein graduated from Friedrich Wilhelm University in Bonn, Germany, with a pharmacy degree and Charité Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, with a Ph.D. in pharmacoepidemiology and joined the UF faculty in 2000. She also holds appointments in the department of epidemiology in the College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Medicine.

Veterinary Medicine

Julie Levy, D.V.M., Ph.D., a professor of shelter medicine, has received a 2015 distinguished alumni award from North Carolina State University. Levy, who received her Ph.D. from NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, was honored during the institution’s annual “Evening of Stars” gala held in Raleigh, North Carolina. The award recognizes one of the college’s alumni each year for their professional achievements and personal contributions to veterinary medicine.


Steven T. DeKosky, M.D., has been appointed interim executive director for the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute of the University of Florida. DeKosky, a prominent Alzheimer’s disease researcher and UF alumnus, came to UF in July as the institute’s deputy director and a professor of neurology in the College of Medicine. He succeeds Tetsuo Ashizawa, M.D., who served as executive director for the institute since 2010.

Carole Theophin, C.M.A., has been awarded the department of urology’s first Carole Theophin Excellence in Nursing Award. The department established the award in her honor in 2015 to recognize excellence in urology nursing care to coincide with National Nurses Week. Theophin is the department’s longest-serving employee, having come to the urology clinic in 2005. She exhibits characteristics the department believes are necessary to deliver high-quality, excellent care.

Larry Yeung, M.D., an assistant professor of urology, was presented a UF Health Physician Recognition Award in November 2015. This award represents excellence in patient care by Yeung. He was also recently nominated for the Customer Service is the Key Award, which recognizes and rewards UF Health employees who make a difference by providing compassionate care and service to our patients.

Public Health and Health Professions

John Anderson was named a College of Public Health and Health Professions employee of the year. Anderson, a research coordinator in the department of environmental and global health, spent the better part of the past year in Kisumu, Kenya, coordinating a large and complex research project that involves qualitative data collection, a survey of 800 households and thousands of environmental samples and laboratory analyses.

Ali Barikroo, a doctoral student in the department of speech, language, and hearing sciences, received the International Graduate Student Scholarship from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation. The award supports Barikroo’s dissertation research on the effects of optimized electrical stimulation parameters on swallowing physiology.

Stephanie McBride, an administrative assistant in the dean’s office, was named a College of Public Health and Health Professions employee of the year. McBride is responsible for coordinating multiple events for the college, such as the spring convocation ceremony and the PHHP family picnic. McBride has also created several new programs that have increased morale and fostered teamwork across the college and with other Health Science Center colleges.