JOHNSON CITY – East Tennessee State University’s College of Public Health presented awards of excellence to faculty and staff members recently during its annual picnic at Rotary Park.
Dr. Randy Wykoff, dean of the college, presented the awards and also recognized retired faculty members in attendance.
The College of Public Health Foundation Teaching Award went to Dr. Allan Forsman, an associate professor in the Department of Health Sciences. Forsman has received acclaim not only from students who attend his anatomy and physiology and human anatomy classes, but also from those who access his lectures worldwide on iTunes U. Apple ranks its iTunes U downloads, and Forsman is so popular that he has at times held as many as four of the top six rankings for worldwide downloads of anatomy lectures.
Tim Baylor, an instructor in the Department of Health Services Administration, received the College of Public Health Foundation Service Award. He is the assistant dean for public health practice, coordinating student field internship experiences. He is an active facilitator in a number of regional initiatives to improve public health. Baylor also works closely with Wykoff on ETSU’s involvement in Frist Global Health Leaders, a program of the Hope Through Healing Hands Foundation which, with support from the Niswonger Foundation, provides support for students to complete their required field internship/practicum experience in developing countries.
The late Dr. Tiejian Wu, who was an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology, was chosen posthumously for the College of Public Health Foundation Research Award in recognition of his innovative research efforts to reduce teen obesity rates. The award was subsequently given to Wu’s widow, Yu Du.
The Outstanding Staff Award went to Chuck Patton, who is the executive aide for the Department of Environmental Health. Patton, who served as president of the ETSU Staff Senate for the 2010-11 academic year, was lauded in his nomination for his organizational skills, professionalism and dedication.
Wykoff presented Dean’s Recognition Awards to Dr. Brian Martin for his service as coordinator of the Master of Public Health degree program; Janet Stork, the dean’s executive aide, for her work on the college newsletter and the publication Dean’s Notes; and the faculty and staff from the Department of Health Sciences for their consistent efforts to effectively address the growing educational demands placed on their department by their two majors, as well as the growing number of pre-health science professional students who must take courses offered by the department.