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VOL. 123 | NO. 114 | Wednesday, June 11, 2008

U of M’s Palazolo Receives Engineering Education Award

By Rebekah Hearn

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Dr. Paul Palazolo
Gina Yauger
Dr. James Eason
David C. Rochester
Joey Bland
John D. Burleson

Dr. Paul Palazolo, assistant dean and assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Memphis’ Herff College of Engineering, has received the Peter G. Hoadley Award for Outstanding Engineering Educator from the Tennessee section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The Hoadley Award is given annually to an engineering educator in the Tennessee section of ASCE who has made contributions to the society at the national, section or branch levels.

Palazolo is a member of the board of directors and past president of ASCE West Tennessee.

Dr. Marcy N. Ingram has joined Ford & Harrison LLP, a national labor and employment law firm, as an associate. Ingram focuses her practice on representing management in litigation and employment matters with a focus on discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims. Previously, she served as an assistant attorney for Shelby County government. She holds a doctorate in education from Trevecca Nazarene University.

Gina Yauger has joined Paragon National Bank as a mortgage consultant. Prior to her career in mortgage lending, Yauger was a real estate agent and a member of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Multi-Million Dollar Club. She is also a Lifetime Junior Auxiliary member.

Shelia Thomas has joined the medical staff of Mid-South Maternal Fetal Medicine PC, a practice that specializes in treating high-risk pregnancies. Previously, Thomas worked as a family nurse practitioner at Memphis Primary Care. She has 13 years of obstetric nursing experience.

Dr. Edward Stanford has been named division head of Gynecologic Services and Female Pelvic Medicine in OB/GYN for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Stanford also will supervise reconstructive pelvic surgery (urogynecology) and serve as chief of Ambulatory Services within OB/GYN. Stanford serves as the adviser to the United Nations Population Fund – End Fistula Campaign and as temporary adviser to the World Health Organization on Fistula Research.

Dr. James Eason, medical director for the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute, has been named an associate editor to the editorial board for the American Journal of Transplantation.

John Weeden has been named executive director of the UrbanArt Commission. Weeden will oversee $500,000 to $900,000 annually in public money that finances artistic enhancements to public buildings and spaces. He holds a master’s degree in contemporary art history from the Sotheby’s Institute in London and a master’s degree from the Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies.

David C. Rochester has been awarded an Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation. Rochester is a financial adviser for Shoemaker Financial, where he specializes in personal retirement and estate distribution strategies as well as succession and pension strategies for closely held businesses.

Joey Bland has been promoted to vice president of Kemmons Wilson Inc. He will oversee all Mid-South lifestyle communities developed by the company.

Dr. Joseph Laver has been named clinical director and executive vice president for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Laver is a nationally recognized expert in pediatric oncology and bone marrow transplantation. Previously, he worked as chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, where he held the Jesse Ball DuPont Professorship in Pediatrics.

John D. Burleson has been appointed president of Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC’s Memphis and Jackson offices. Burleson is a partner with the firm and has more than 25 years of experience representing employers in the areas of workers’ compensation, employment law, municipal law and federal civil rights litigation. Previously, he served as leader for the firm’s Employment Law Group.

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