WSU Honors Hinckley Collaboration Winners for International Service, Scholarship

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University geosciences professor Adolph Yonkee has been named the 2018 John S. Hinckley Fellow, and the Dumke College of Health Professions International Healthcare Project has been honored with the 2018 Exemplary Collaboration Award. The awards will be presented at a luncheon Nov. 9 at 12:30 p.m. in the Hurst Center Dumke Legacy Hall.

Hinckley Award

Geosciences professor Adolph Yonkee is a world-renowned expert on how mountains form and the nature of movements along major faults, such as the Rocky Mountains and the Andes Mountains of South America.

During his 27-year tenure at Weber State, he has developed a sustained and internationally recognized research program, funded by numerous external grants, including seven major grants from the National Science Foundation since 2008. The grants have supported collaboration with multiple universities.

Yonkee’s research program has resulted in more than 30 presentations at scientific conferences since 2008 and 16 peer-reviewed publications in leading geoscience journals, including Earth-Science Reviews and the Journal of Structural Geology.

In 2017, the Geological Society of America’s Structural Geology & Tectonics Division recognized Yonkee and co-author Arlo Weil, geology professor from Bryn Mawr College, with its Outstanding Publication Award. This award is given annually for a published work of exceptional merit that significantly advances science in the area of tectonics.

“What is remarkable about Dr. Yonkee’s extraordinary research contributions is they were made without sacrificing the quality of his teaching and service,” wrote Andrea Easter-Pilcher, College of Science dean in the nomination letter. “Throughout his WSU tenure, Dr. Yonkee has received strong student course evaluations and continually works to improve his teaching.”

Yonkee has mentored numerous undergraduate research experiences and included students in field research from Utah to the Andes Mountains. He also served as chair of the Department of Geosciences for 15 years from 1997-2012.

Collaboration Award

Making connections and providing healthcare services, a group of 32 students and community members participated in the Dumke College of Health Professions International Healthcare Project. The group traveled through Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam working to improve healthcare processes in the communities that asked for help.  

Led by health professions faculty Janelle Gardiner, Julie Rhodes, Julie Gee and Kristine Bouwhuis, the group was honored with the 2018 Exemplary Collaboration Award.

In Thailand, group members spent time at an orphanage focused on rescuing children from trafficking. In Vietnam, they studied the difference in nursing education from that of the U.S. In Cambodia, group members provided well-child checkups for 350 children. They also taught neonatal resuscitation and other emergency procedures to healthcare employees.

“This trip will forever impact my professional life,” said Jackson Pohlman, a senior in nursing. “Nursing instructors, BSNs, RNs, LPNs, CNAs and non-medical professionals came together and helped teach a critical skill that will help the future generations in Cambodia. This trip was one that I will never forget. Thank you to the nursing instructors, donors and the group of students who helped make this experience happen.”

The Annie Taylor Dee School of Nursing and the Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions helped sponsor the event. Organizers plan to take groups each year to determine how their teaching was implemented and what follow up is needed.

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