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Honors and Awards

Congratulations to the following Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) members who recently received awards or were otherwise honored. To have your honor or award featured in the next issue of Outlook, please email lbullock@sbm.org.

Jo Anne L. Earp, ScD
In April 2015, the Society for Public Health Education published a health education and behavior supplement devoted to the latest research and practice on policy and environmental approaches to foster healthy communities. Dr. Earp was a supplement co-guest editor. The supplement, "The Evidence for Policy and Environmental Approaches to Promoting Health," comprises a dozen peer-reviewed articles and two perspectives examining the state-of-the-evidence on what's working and what's needed at the community, institutional, and societal levels to promote good health across diverse sectors. Rather than focusing on individual health behaviors related to disease and disability, this manuscript collection describes promising "upstream" advances in social-ecological research related to injury, tobacco, cardiovascular disease/stroke, childhood obesity, and food policy.
This year, Dr. Earp also received the University of North Carolina General Alumni Association's Faculty Service Award. The award honors faculty members who have performed outstanding service for the university or the association.

Sharon Horner, PhD, RN, MC-CNS, FAAN
Dr. Horner has been elected to serve as president of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists' Board of Directors. She will serve as president-elect for 2015-16, as president for 2016-17, and as immediate past president for 2017-18.

Robert M. Jacobson, MD
Dr. Jacobson received the Faculty of the Year Award from Mayo Clinic's Mayo School of Continuous Professional Development in May. The Mayo School of Continuous Professional Development has a distinguished history of teaching physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and other allied health professionals the latest, most advanced medical and surgical practices. The award is based on evaluations.

Abby C. King, PhD, Sandra J. Winter, PhD, MHA, Jylana L. Sheats, PhD, and Matthew P. Buman, PhD
The Stanford Healthy Neighborhood Discovery Tool won an award for excellence from the Center for Active Design, a nonprofit organization that promotes architecture and urban projects that can improve public health. The software tool/app was designed by Drs. King, Winter, Sheats, and Buman.
The software tool/app allows community advocates to document impediments to a neighborhood's walkability, safety, and access to healthy food by using tablet computers. Using the built-in capabilities of mobile devices, the tool tracks users' walking routes and allows residents to geographically tag hazardous locations, linking them with users' audio narratives and photographs. This crowd-sourced information can then be used to notify city planners about things that need to be fixed and improved, such as poorly lit walkways and unsafe crosswalks. In addition to the tool, the researchers created guidelines for teaching residents and grassroots organizations how to persuasively communicate these community needs to city planners. The tool was among six projects to win an excellence award from the Center for Active Design. The awards were presented at a ceremony in New York, NY, on May 11.

Andrea T. Kozak, PhD
Dr. Kozak received the Oakland University Psychology Teaching Recognition Award in April. This award honors instructors who demonstrate effective learning practices and make an impact on the academic lives of students. The award is given to a full-time tenured/tenure track professor, a special lecturer, and a graduate student instructor. Dr. Kozak received the tenured faculty member award.

Jessica K. Pepper, PhD
Dr. Pepper received a 2015 Young Investigator Best Abstract Award from the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco during the group's Annual Meeting, held in Philadelphia, PA, from February 25 to 28.

Holly M. Rus
Ms. Rus won second place in the University of California, Merced GradSLAM three-minute research competition in April. The competition involved presenting research to a lay audience in three minutes with only three slides. Emphasis was placed on ability to communicate the importance of one's specific area of research to the general public. Ms. Rus also received the University of California, Merced Office of Student Life Women's Program Outstanding Leadership Award for 2015. This award entails nomination from a member of campus and recognizes leadership skills as an instructor and as a member of the campus research community.

Michelle L. Segar, PhD, MPH
Dr. Segar published No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness in June. It features 21 years of science about how to create sustainable physical activity motivation and participation, and the MAPS method she uses coaching clients in her private practice. The book was designed to be used in relevant courses; there is a free teaching and discussion guide.
In February, Dr. Segar presented From a Communications Evolution to a Movement Revolution: What We Can Learn from Copernicus at the National Physical Activity Plan Congress. In May, she co-presented a featured symposium at the annual American College of Sports Medicine's conference entitled, Selling Exercise so People Buy It: What We Need to Learn from Brand Strategy, Marketing, and Science Related to Motivation and Adherence.

Brent Van Dorsten, PhD
Dr. Van Dorsten was recently elected president of the Colorado Pain Society. He is the group's first non-physician president; the group changed its bylaws to allow Dr. Van Dorsten to become its first non-physician member. He has been elected to a three-year term.

Matthew C. Whited, PhD
Dr. Whited and a fellow East Carolina University professor were the first to receive the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Early Career Award recognizing exceptional performance by tenure track professors. The awardees were recognized May 15.