Faculty and Staff Notables

Statue of Jesse Mercer on the Mercer campus.

College of Continuing and Professional Studies

Dr. J. Thompson Biggers,

associate professor, had a paper accepted for presentation at the Southern States Communication association. The paper was accepted by the Interpersonal Communication division and points to future directions of research in that area. The Southern States convention is in Louisville, Ky., on April 16-18.

College of Liberal Arts

Dr. James (Jay) Eric Black, assistant professor, published “In Defense of Vespertilio-homo: Finding the Truth in the 1835 Moon Hoax” in Sensationalism: Murder, Mayhem, Mudslinging, Scandals, and Disasters in 19th-Century Reporting. Piscataway, NJ: Transaction, 2013.

Dr. Jamie H. Cockfield, Willis Borders Glover Professor of History, will be chairing and organizing a panel at the Southern Conference of Slavic Studies in March in Greensboro, N.C., discussing Joseph Fuhrman’s biography of Rasputin, the peasant holy man who was close to the last imperial couple.

Dr. Garland Crawford, assistant professor, and Dr. Jennifer Look, assistant professor, are faculty advisors for the Mercer American Chemical Society chapter and nominated student Jessica Armstrong for the 2012-2013 Student Leader Award for ACS. Armstrong received the award and an all-expense paid trip to the 2013 Leadership Institute Jan. 25-27 in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. David A. Davis, assistant professor of English, published a review of “High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America” by Jessica Harris in Georgia Historical Quarterly.

Dr. Eric Klingelhofer, professor, served as commenter on papers delivered in a session, titled “The Archaeology of Early Modern Ireland” at the meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology, at the University of Leicester (UK), on Jan. 10. The next day, he met with curatorial staff of the British Museum to discuss his future examination in their facilities of the 1585 White Map, drawn for Sir Walter Raleigh and the earliest detailed depiction of the east coast of the United States. Inquiries by Dr. Klingelhofer’s research team, the First Colony Foundation, led last year to the British Museum’s discovery of the image of a fort hidden on that map. To support field investigations in North Carolina searching for evidence relating to the image, he was awarded in December a $15,000 National Geographic Waitt Grant for Exploration.

Dr. Lake Lambert, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, published “Theologies of Academic Freedom” in The Cresset 86 (December 2012): 41-44.

Dr. Randall D. Peters, professor emeritus, gave a seminar on Jan. 16 to the Mercer Physics Department titled “Benefits of Research Team Synergy.”

Dr. Anya Silver, associate professor, had her poem “Colloquy” published in Image Number 75 Fall 2012, p. 19-22. Her book, “The Ninety-Third Name of God,” received a very favorable review as a recommended book of poetry in The Christian Century, Jan. 2 by Jill Palaez Baumgaertner.

Dr. Carolyn Yackel, associate professor, gave a talk, titled “Developing Riemann Sums via a Paper Shredder,” at the 2013 Joint Mathematics Meetings of the American Mathematics Society and the Mathematical Association of America in San Diego, Calif..  At the event, she also mentored graduate students and post-doctoral fellows for the Association for Women in Mathematics and co-hosted the Knitting Network, an informal gathering to promote the subfield of mathematical fiber arts.

Marian Zielinski, professor of theatre, has an art quilt titled “Goodnight, Sweet Prince,” accepted into Quilt National ’13, the 18th international juried competition for new innovative quilts, on display May 24-Sept. 2 at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio. Zielinski has also been selected by portfolio sample review as one of 40 quilt artists to create a work for the Studio Art Quilt Association’s touring exhibition called “Radical Elements.” Each artist is assigned an element from the periodic table to interpret using alternative materials rather than fabric and thread. The element she will interpret is neon.

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Dr. Ajay K.
Banga, professor, co-authored “Formulation and optimization of desogestrel transdermal contraceptive patch using crystallization studies” in the International Journal of Pharmaceutics 2012;441(1-2):9-18.

Dr. Ayyappa Chaturvedula, visiting research assistant professor, was invited to serve as co-chair for the 2014 Annual Meeting Program Committee of American College of Clinical Pharmacology.

Dr. Melissa M. Chesson, clinical assistant professor, received the 2012 Outstanding Young Health-System Pharmacist from the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Dr. Martin J. D’Souza, professor, received a five-year National Institute of Health R01 collaborative grant for $2,640,440 for “VLP Vaccine Technology.” Dr. D’Souza and graduate student Prathap N. Shastri co-authored “Immunogenicity and protection of oral influenza vaccines formulated into microparticles” in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 2012;101(10):3623-35. Dr. D’Souza also co-authored “Formulation of meningococcal capsular polysaccharide vaccine-loaded microparticles with robust innate immune recognition” in the Journal of Microencapsulation 2013;30(1):28-41. Dr. D’Souza and Cherilyn D’Souza, lab coordinator, and graduate students Suprita A. Tawde and Archana M. Akalkotkar co-authored “Formulation of oral microparticulate ovarian cancer vaccines” in Vaccine 2012;30(38):5675-81. Dr. D’Souza, Akalkotkar, Tawde, and graduate student Lipika Chablani also co-authored “Formulation and evaluation of a particulate oral breast cancer vaccine” in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 2012;101(10):3661-71. Dr. D’Souza and graduate student Lakshmi P. Kolluru co-authored “Formulation development of albumin based theragnostic nanoparticles as a potential delivery system for tumor targeting” in the Journal of Drug Targeting 2013;21(1):77-86. Dr. D’Souza also co-authored “Cancer testes antigens in breast cancer: biological role, regulation, and therapeutic applicability,” in International Reviews in Immunology 2012;31(5):302-20. Dr. D’Souza was appointed the executive editor of the Journal Translational Medicine.

Dr. Vanthida Huang, associate professor, was appointed 2012-2013 chair of the Rapid Diagnostics Committee on Curricular Content and 2012-2013 member of the Election Committee of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists.

Dr. Michael W. Jann, professor, co-authored “Development of a chiral micellar electrokinetic chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry assay for simultaneous analysis of warfarin and hydroxywarfarin metabolites: application to the analysis of patient serum samples” in the Journal of Chromatography A 2013;1271(1):207-16.

Dr. W. Klugh Kennedy, clinical associate professor, was appointed as an invited reviewer for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) of the U.S. Department of HHS.

Dr. Lisa M. Lundquist, clinical associate professor, co-authored “Application of leadership strategies secondary to a book review” in the Journal of Curriculum and Teaching 2013;2(1):27-33.

Dr. Kendra R. Manigault, clinical assistant professor, was recognized as Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist from the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties. Dr. Manigault was also certified by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators as a Certified Diabetes Educator. Dr. Manigault was also selected as vice president of the Atlanta Chapter of National Pharmaceutical Association.

Dr. Nicole L. Metzger, clinical assistant professor, and Dr. Lisa M. Lundquist, clinical associate professor, co-authored “A review in the advances of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease treatment” in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice 2012;25(6):576-582.

Dr. Kathryn M. Momary, assistant professor, completed recertification as a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. Dr. Momary was also recognized as Dedicated Member of the Month for the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

Dr. Pamela M. Moye, clinical assistant professor, Dr. Nicole L. Metzger, clinical assistant professor, and Dr. Diane F. Matesic, associate professor, co-authored “Modified team-based learning (MTBL) and long-term retention in a large classroom setting” in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Education and Research 2012;3(2):1-6. Dr. Moye was certified by the American Academy of HIV Medicine as an HIV Pharmacist.

Dr. Maria M. Thurston, clinical assistant professor, Dr. Vanthida Huang, associate professor, and Dr. Gina J. Ryan, clinical associate professor, received an American College of Clinical Pharmacy  Ambulatory Care Practice and Research Networks seed grant for $1,547 for “Impact of health literacy on aspects of medication nonadherence reported by underserved patients with type 2 diabetes.” Dr. Thurston was appointed as a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Communications Committee, 2012-2013. Dr. Thurston also received the 2012 Outstanding Young Health-System Pharmacist from the Georgia Society of Health System Pharmacists.

Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics

Nancy Jay, associate professor, had an article accepted for publication in the refereed journal, Managerial Finance. The article, titled “What Motivates Seasoned Equity Offerings? Evidence from the Use of Issue Proceeds,” will be included in the journal’s Volume 39, issue 3, in 2013 and published on EarlyCite web pages.

Georgia Baptist College of Nursing

Laura Kim Baraona, clinical assistant professor, was a finalist for the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award. The awards program was held on Nov. 17 in Atlanta.

Lanell Bellury, associate professor, presented a podium presentation at the ONS Connections: Advancing Care through Science Conference on Nov. 17 in Phoenix, Ariz. It was titled “Persistent Symptoms in Older Breast Cancer Survivors.”

Susan Estes, clinical associate professor, presented a podium presentation, titled “Cultural Engagement: Baccalaureate Nursing Students Experience in Appalachia,” at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Conference on Nov. 16 in San Antonio, Texas. Estes participated as a reviewer of cardiovascular and endocrine content Critical Care Nursing: A Holistic Approach, Morton, D.G., & Fontaine, D.K. (2013) (10th Ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Fran Kamp, clinical associate professor, earned her certification as a healthcare simulation educator, one of less than 200 globally.

Grace Lewis, clinical associate professor, presented a poster, titled “Improving BSN Student Academic Performance: An Innovative Strategy,” at the 2013 Elsevier Faculty Development Conference on Jan. 5 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Karen Maxwell, clinical assistant professor, presented a poster, titled “Lateral Violence in Nursing: An Online Course for Students,” at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Conference on Nov. 16 in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Sara Mitchell, clinical associate professor, and Grace Lewis, clinical associate professor, presented a poster titled, “Successful Interdisciplinary Collaborative Education: Two Innovative Models,” at the 2013 Elsevier Faculty Development Conference on Jan. 4 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Judy Mosteller, administrative assistant to the dean, earned her certification as a Certified Administrative Professional through the International Association of Administrative Professionals.

Dr. Patricia Troyan, associate professor, presented a poster co-authored by Dr. JoEllen Dattilo, associate dean for the undergraduate program and professor, titled “The Goldilocks Factor: Too Much, Too Little, Just Right: Baccalaureate Nursing Students’ Perceptions of Clinical Practicum,” at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Conference on Nov. 16 in San Antonio, Texas.

School of Medicine

Dr. Edward C. Lauterbach, professor emeritus of psychiatry and neurology, recently published “Agomelatine in depressive disorders: its novel mechanisms of action” in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences 2012:24(3):290-308 with co-authors from medical schools in India, Malaysia and Spain and “Psychotropics Regulate Skp1a, Aldh1a1, And Hspa8 Transcription – Potential To Delay Parkinson’s Disease,” in progress with Neuropsychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry 2012;40(C):236-39.

Dr. Steve Livingston, director and associate professor of family therapy, was selected as vice chair of the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists (Georgia licensure board). Dr. Livingston was appointed to the board by Gov. Nathan Deal in 2011.

Dr. Eric K. Shaw, associate professor of community medicine, gave a presentation, titled “Barriers and Facilitators to Performing Care Coordination in Primary Care,” at the North American Primary Care Research Group annual meeting in New Orleans, La., Dec. 2-5. He was also a co-author on a second presentation, titled “Using an Online Discussion Forum to Prospectively Collect and Analyze Qualitative Data: Lessons Learned From Care Coordination in Primary Care.”

Dr. McKinley Thomas, director of the community medicine program, completed a 12-week online program titled “Health in Numbers: Quantitative Methods in Clinical and Public Health Research.” The course was offered through the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Thomas received a certificate for his successful completion of the experience.

Townsend School of Music

Dr. Douglas Hill, professor, was invited to guest conduct the Banda Simfònica de la Unió Musical d’Alaquàs near Valencia, Spain, on Jan. 11. The Unió Musical d’Alaquàs, one of the oldest musical societies in Valencia is considered to be in the top six of the societies where 538 bands are located in that region of Spain.

Amy Schwartz Moretti, director of the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, associate professor and Caroline Paul King Chair of Strings, appeared as a member of the Ehnes String Quartet for the Chamber Soloists of Detroit Series held at Birmingham Unitarian Church in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Jan. 6. The quartet made their Michigan debut to a sold out, overflow audience, performing Italian Serenade by Hugo Wolf and quartets by Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and Bartók.

University Libraries

Florence Tang, liaison to the College of Continuing and Professional Studies at the Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library, presented “Should Libraries Invest in eBooks and eReaders? Pros and Cons” to the North Georgia Associated Libraries in Dawsonville, on Jan. 9.

Walter F. George School of Law

Dr. Michael S. Dean, associate dean and chief operation officer and visiting assistant professor of educational leadership, chaired a roundtable discussion on the state of law school finance and implications for students and the academy on Jan. 5 and chaired an open general session on law school finance and administration on Jan. 6 at the Association of American Law Schools annual meeting in New Orleans, La. He also chaired a roundtable discussion, titled “Trends in legal education finance: implications for students and institutions,” on June 28, 2012, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Boston, Mass.

Dr. David Ritchie, professor, participated in two programs in Brazil in early December.  The first was a symposium devoted to the urban pacification policies of the state government of Rio de Janeiro. During the symposium Dr. Ritchie delivered a talk titled “A Meditation on State Violence.” The participants in the symposium, including U.S. Consul General John Creamer and Dr. Eric Spears, director of international programs and study abroad, toured the Santa Marta favela as part of the program. Dr. Ritchie also delivered a talk, titled “Outside – Inside,” as part of a related colloquium on law and cinema held at the Federal Judicial Cultural Center in Rio de Janeiro. Both talks will be printed in a book to be published in Brazil. Dr. Ritchie was one of the organizers of both events, which were supported (in part) by The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs—where Ritchie is a Global Ethics Fellow—and by Mercer University.

Scott Titshaw, association professor, will make a presentation, titled, “Shifting Immigration Options for Same-Sex Couples & Their Children, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)” at the Georgia-Alabama Chapter Conference in Atlanta in February. He also presented on “LGBT Immigration Issues” at the National LGBT Bar Association lecture series in January and “Why Yes, This is My Spouse—Same-Sex Partners & Significant Others” at the AILA National Audio Seminar in January. He also published his work, titled “Why Yes, This is My Spouse – Same-Sex Partners & Significant Others,” (co-authored), in American Immigration Lawyers Association in conjunction with a January audio seminar. His work, “The Reactionary Road to Free Love: How DOMA, State Marriage Amendments and Social Conservatives are Destroying Traditional Marriage,” was published as well in 115 West Virginia Law Review 205 (2012).