A ceremony to honor UNMC Distinguished Scientists will take place this afternoon. Among those being recognized is Patricia Hageman, PT, PhD, faculty member in our physical therapy education program. Dr. Hageman is the first ever recipient from the School of Allied Health Professions.
The Distinguished Scientist award — which is sponsored by the chancellor — recognizes researchers who have been among the most productive scientists in the country during the past five years.
Congratulations to Dr. Hageman on this significant achievement!
Karen Honeycutt, M.Ed., MLS(ASCP)CMSMCM will assume the role of new director of the Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) program on February 2, 2013. She has been a valuable member of the School of Allied Health Professions (SAHP) CLS faculty for many years and most recently has served as the Associate Program Director.
In 1996, Ms. Honeycutt began as instructor and rural clinical coordinator in the CLS Program. She received her BS in Medical Technology from UNMC in 1984, with a specialist certification in microbiology. She received her M.Ed. from UNL in 2001 in Adult and Vocational Education and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a specialization in Instructional Technology at UNL.
The recipient of several teaching awards, Ms. Honeycutt has been instrumental in developing the CLS distance education curriculum that allows the program to annually deliver educational content to approximately 60 students placed at various clinical sites across Nebraska and the region.
A seven-year member of the UNMC Faculty Senate, Ms. Honeycutt served as President of the Senate in 2009-10. She has also served as the Associate Director of the CLS Program since 2006, and since 2009 has chaired the National Board of Certification Microbiology Examination Committee of the American Society for Clinical Pathology.
I believe Ms. Honeycutt will prove to be a highly effective director. She is well respected within the profession, and I have no doubt that her knowledge of UNMC and the CLS program, coupled with her vision for the program will continue to advance CLS education at UNMC and nationally. Please join me in welcoming Karen to her new role in the SAHP.
I am pleased to announce that Michael J. Huckabee, PhD, PA-C has accepted the position of Director, Physician Assistant Education program in the School of Allied Health Professions, effective May 1, 2012, pending Board of Regents approval.
Dr. Huckabee has 29 years of clinical practice, primarily in rural family practice and emergency medicine, and more recently in pediatrics. He has served as the director of the Union College Physician Assistant Program in Lincoln, NE for the past 15 years.
Dr. Huckabee holds a BA in Biology Education from Northwest Nazarene University, a Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and a PhD from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a specialization in Leadership Studies.
Dr. Huckabee has served as project director on federal training grants totaling almost $2.5 million for programs that support health care for underserved populations.