UNO professor wins Public Scholar award

University of New Orleans English professor Anne Boyd Rioux has won a Public Scholar Program award from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Rioux’s $50,400 grant is the maximum amount that can be given under the Public Scholar Program, which is a new initiative of the NEH designed to promote the publication of scholarly nonfiction books for a general audience.

Rioux was selected for her book “Reading ‘Little Women’: The History of an American Classic.” She is writing a biography that illuminates how Louisa May Alcott’s classic was written in 1868 and how it has been read ever since.

Thirty-six writers earned Public Scholar grants.

Rioux, who has taught at UNO since 1999, is a professor of English and member of the women’s and gender studies faculty. She teaches courses in American literature with an emphasis on the 19th century, cultural studies and gender.

Rioux was named a NEH fellow in 2012. Her book “Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist” will be published by W.W. Norton in February.

LSU professor named society’s president

The new president of the American Physiological Society is Patricia Molina, the Richard Ashman professor and chair of physiology and director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center of Excellence at the LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine.

Molina is the first Hispanic woman to serve as president of the American Physiological Society, one of the nation’s oldest and largest scientific societies. She will serve a one-year term.

The society is devoted to fostering teaching and scientific research in the physiological sciences. Founded in 1887 with 28 members, it now has over 10,500 members.

Molina completed her doctorate in physiology at LSU Health Sciences Center and her postdoctoral experience at Vanderbilt University. She taught at the State University of New York at Stony Brook before joining the LSU Health Sciences Center in 1999 as an associate professor.

Her research is funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Department of Defense. She is the principal investigator of a training grant focused on biomedical consequences of alcohol abuse.

UNO graduate Glapion to receive alumni honor

The University of New Orleans International Alumni Association has named Roy Glapion as the recipient of the 2015 UNO Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Alumni Award. Glapion will be honored at a reception Nov. 5 at Lakefront Airport as part of UNO’s 2015 Alumni Week.

Glapion is a professional engineer who earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from UNO in 1987. He is vice president of the Beta Group, an engineering and construction firm that specializes in materials testing.

Previously, he served as co-founder and president of Citywide Testing and Inspections Inc., which serviced public infrastructure projects that impacted business and government sectors across the region.

Glapion also serves as chairman of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission. He is a member of the boards of directors of the UNO Research and Technology Foundation, the Delgado Foundation, the New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce and the UNCF New Orleans Leadership Council.

The UNO Distinguished Alumni Award salutes accomplishments by the more than 75,000 UNO graduates in the region and throughout the world. Past recipients include Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand, Al Jazeera America senior executive producer Kim Bondy, Gambit Communications Chairman Clancy DuBos and former Lt. Gov. Melinda Schwegmann.