Allison Kempe, professor of pediatrics at the School of Medicine and director of the Children’s Outcomes Research Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado, has been appointed to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Her term begins July 1. Last month, Kempe was named “Big Shot of the Year” by the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition. … Sonja K. Foss, research professor in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at CU Denver, recently completed a lecture tour of four universities in China. She lectured on the topic "Beyond Persuasion: A Proposal for an Invitational Rhetoric" to undergraduates, graduate students and faculty at Shanghai University in Shanghai, Qufu Normal University in Qufu, Zhengzhou University in Zhengzhou, and Hunan University of Science and Technology in Zhuzhou. … Donna Martinez, professor and chair of ethnic studies at CU Denver, published the article "American Indian Students in Culture Blind Schools" in April’s Journal of Modern Education Review. … David Schwartz, chair of the Department of Medicine in the School of Medicine, recently received the American Thoracic Society’s Amberson Lecture award at the American Thoracic Society International Conference in Philadelphia. This award is given annually to an individual with a career of major lifetime contributions to clinical or basic pulmonary research and/or clinical practice. The lecture is given in honor of James Burns Amberson, an international authority on chest disease and tuberculosis. … Two School of Medicine administrators were honored recently for their contributions to the university’s diversity efforts. Regina Richards, director of diversity and inclusion and program coordinator for the BA/BS-MD Program, received an Outstanding Staff award, and Terri Blevins, director of student and career development and instructor in the Department of Family Medicine, was honored with the Outstanding Faculty award at the annual Chancellor’s Diversity Recognition and Award Luncheon.