College of Medicine

Michelle Cardel,  Ph.D., R.D., assistant professor in the department of health outcomes & policy, was elected to a two-year term as chairwoman of the Obesity Research Interest Section at the American Society of Nutrition, a professional organization for researchers, clinical nutritionists and industry professionals working in nutrition science. Beginning in 2018, Cardel will lead the research interest group, which focuses on research, teaching and outreach activities related to obesity.

Heather Morris, Ph.D., assistant research scientist in the department of health outcomes & policy, has been elected to serve as a governing councilor for the public health education and health promotion section of the American Public Health Association. This national committee advocates for health education, disease prevention and health promotion to individuals, groups and communities.

Nicholas Muzyczka, Ph.D., the Edward R. Koger eminent scholar for cancer, was inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. Induction “honors and celebrates those inventors whose achievements have advanced the quality of life for Floridians, our state and our nation.” Muzyczka, a member of the UF Genetics Institute, worked on adeno-associated viruses leading to many breakthroughs in gene therapy.

College of Medicine – Jacksonville

Mobeen H. Rathore, M.D., FAAP, professor and associate chair of the department of pediatrics and chief of pediatric infectious diseases and immunology, was elected to a three-year term on the Florida Medical Association board of governors. He will represent Duval, Clay, Nassau, St. Johns and Putnam counties on the board.

Dominick Angiolillo, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of medicine and director of cardiovascular research, has been named to a cardiology-based exam committee for the American Board of Internal Medicine. Such committees develop the exams used for physicians’ credential certifications.

College of Public Health and Health Professions

Sarah Szymkowicz, a doctoral student in the department of clinical and health psychology, has received a Benton-Meier Scholarship from the American Psychological Foundation. The scholarship, which awards $2,500 to outstanding neuropsychology graduate students, will support Szymkowicz’s dissertation project, “Age-Related Mechanisms of Emotion Anticipation and Perception.”