Faculty and Staff Notables

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College of Continuing and Professional Studies

Dr. Greg A. Baugher, assistant professor of mathematics, was a contributing author to the book Letters to a Young Math Teacher by Gerald Rising and Ray Patenaude.

Dr. Thompson Biggers, associate professor of communication, and three of his students, Sharmin Lawrence, Emily Childers and Stephanie Jean-Noel, will present the students' research at the Atlanta Research Conference on April 12.

Dr. Caroline M. Brackette, assistant professor of counseling, served as a subject matter expert and item author by developing and evaluating questions and content areas for an international counseling exam for Prometrics, which is a subsidiary of the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Dr. Brackette also presented “Group techniques to engage students in developing effective leadership skills” and “Increasing student self-awareness: Practical activities that facilitate discussion and reflection” at the sixth annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy at Virginia Tech University. She attended the conference with counselor education and supervision doctoral students who also presented. Abstracts from the presentations were published in the conference proceedings. Dr. Brackette was also invited to present a workshop on interpersonal communication for the Young Professionals Network at the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Dr. Brackette was invited to serve as a mentor for the 100 Black Men of Atlanta Collegiate 100 Mentoring Program. Mentors are assigned to support educational success and establish positive relationships with college students throughout the Metro Atlanta area.Dr. Brackette was also approved as an instructor for the American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health courses. In this role, she will teach specialized disaster counseling courses to licensed professional counselors, psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, marriage and family therapists and school counselors who volunteer during disaster relief operations.

Dr. Kenyon Knapp, assistant dean for graduate programs and associate professor of counseling, has been elected by the administrative council of Richmont Graduate University (RGU) as its “Distinguished Alumnus of the Year” (2014) for extraordinary service to the field of counseling.RGU has requested that Dr. Knapp attend its graduation ceremony and receive a recognition plaque during the ceremony.

Dr. Suneetha B. Manyam, associate professor of counseling and human sciences, represented the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia as a board member while Gov. Nathan Deal was signing the Mental Health Counseling Awareness Proclamation on March 24. Dr. Manyam also volunteered to serve as a judge for the Gita Chanting competition for 5- and 6-year-old children at the Alpharetta chapter of Chinmaya Mission, a non-profit organization.

College of Liberal Arts

Dr. James Eric (Jay) Black, assistant professor of journalism, published “The Emergence of 'Atomodoxy' in Cold-War Rhetoric and Science Fiction Narratives: Fear, Threats, and the Duties of Citizenship in an Atomic Age” in Southern Semiotic Review.

Dr. David A. Davis, assistant professor of English, gave the talk “Except as Punishment for a Crime: John L. Spivak and Georgia Chain Gangs” at the University of Essex and University of Sussex on Feb. 25-26, and he presented the paper “Blood and Irony: Ellen Glasgow and the Fiction of Southern Womanhood” at the University of Portsmouth on Feb. 28.

Dr. Andy Digh, associate professor of computer science, attended the 45th annual ACM Special Interest Group Conference on Computer Science Education March 5-8 in Atlanta.

Dr. John Marson Dunaway, professor of French and interdisciplinary studies, chaired two sessions at the American Maritain Association's annual conference in Providence, R.I., Feb. 27-March 1.

Dr. Sarah E. Gardner, professor of history, received an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship at the Huntington Library, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship at the Virginia Historical Society and a Clements Library Fellowship, University of Michigan. Dr. Gardner also received a Lillian Gary Taylor Fellowship at the Harrison Institute, University of Virginia.

Dr. Jonathan C. Glance, professor of English and director of the Writing Program, received an honorary award and the designation of Amicus Curiae of the Supreme Court of Georgia from Presiding Justice P. Harris Hines on March 13. The award recognized Glance's service as a member of that court's Board to Determine Fitness of Bar Applicants. Glance served on the board from 2004-2014.

Dr. Linda L. Hensel, professor and chair of the biology department, was one of 44 faculty members selected to participate in the 2014 NSF Ideas Lab: Biology workshop from March 31-April 4 at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Va.

Dr. Curtis Herink, professor of mathematics, presented “Some Convolution Identities Involving Fibonacci and Tribonacci Numbers” at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Section of the Mathematical Association of America, held March 14-15 at Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tenn.

Dr. Katharine Northcutt, assistant professor of biology, recently had a manuscript, titled “Female juvenile play elicits Fos expression in dopaminergic neurons of the VTA,” accepted for publication in Behavioral Neuroscience.

Dr. Chinekwu Obidoa, assistant professor of global health, presented a paper, titled “Globalization, Social Change & Cultural Identity Convergence in Nigerian Youth,” at the Southeast Regional Seminar in African Studies (SERSAS) Conference in Milledgeville, March 7-8.

Dr. Anya Silver, assistant professor of English and interdisciplinary studies, published the poem “My Son's Legs” on Poetry Daily (www.poems.com), March 2. Her poem “I Watched You Disappear” was published in Five Points (15:3): 35. A poetry reading and book launch for Dr. Silver's book I Watched You Disappear was held at Mercer, March 18.

Dr. Bridget Trogden, associate professor of chemistry and director of INT 101, presented at the General Education and Assessment Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities in February. Her presentation was part of the HEDs Up sessions, which is the AAC&U's version of TED talks on higher education and innovation.The talk was titled “Science Is a Foreign Language: Flipping the Content Delivery Model to Stimulate Fluency.”

Dr. Carolyn Yackel, associate professor of mathematics, co-organized a well-attended American Mathematics Society Special Session on “Mathematics and Fiber Arts” at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore at which she also spoke. In conjunction with the session, she co-curated a juried fiber arts exhibit, in which she exhibited two pieces. Both the session and the exhibit received a great deal of press, including an article and slide show in Scientific American picked up by Vogue Knitting and a separate mention in the popular online magazine Knitty. At the same set of meetings, she also mentored finishing graduate students through the Association for Women in Mathematics Poster Session and judged the Undergraduate Poster Session. At the invitation-only Gathering 4 Gardner 11 in March, she presented a joint talk on tetraflexagons with Julie Beier of Earlham College. This work grew out of preparation for a physics seminar talk requested by Matt Marone.

College of Pharmacy

Dr. Ashish A. Advani, clinical assistant professor, co-authored “Use of statins in the HIV population: implications for individualized treatment selection” in Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy 2014;20(3):262-272.

Dr. Ajay K. Banga, professor, was awarded a $45,000 grant for “Use of polyvinyl alcohol in transdermal patches” from Merck Millipore.

Dr. Annesha W. Lovett, assistant professor, was appointed to the editorial board of Medicine.

Dr. Nicole L. Metzger, clinical assistant professor, and Dr. Melissa M. Chesson, clinical assistant professor, co-authored “Students' perceptions of simulated order verification and medication reconciliation using hospital training software during institutional Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences” in Let's Think About It, 2014;15(1):1-5.

Dr. Nader H. Moniri, associate professor, and Dr. Rebecca N. Burns, visiting assistant professor, co-authored “Mechanisms of homologous and heterologous phosphorylation of FFA receptor 4 (GPR120): GRK6 and PKC mediate phosphorylation of Thr347, Ser350, and Ser357 in the C-terminal tail” in Biochemical Pharmacology 2014; 87:650-659. Dr. Moniri also co-authored “Reactive oxygen species as ?2-adrenergic receptor signal transducers” in the Journal of Pharmaceutics and Pharmacology, 2014;2(1):8-15.

Dr. Angela O. Shogbon, clinical assistant professor, and Dr. Bobby C. Jacob, clinical assistant professor, co-authored “Reflections on teaching: institutional introductory pharmacy practice experiences at a community hospital” in Let's Think About It, 2014;15(1):6-9.

Dr. Angela O. Shogbon, clinical assistant professor, Dr. Lisa M. Lundquist, interim dean and clinical associate professor, Dr. Kathryn M. Momary, associate professor, co-authored “Tips for teaching students patient-based documentation skills” in Pharmacy Practice News 2014;41(2):8.

Dr. Chalet Tan, associate professor, and Ph.D. students Yingzhe Wang, Usha Katragadda, et al., co-authored “Enhanced tumor delivery of gemcitabine via PEG-DSPE/TPGS mixed micelles” in Molecular Pharmaceutics. 2014 doi.org/10.1021/mp4005904.

Georgia Baptist College of Nursing

Mary Beerman, clinical assistant professor, and Susan Estes, clinical associate professor, presented their peer-reviewed research on “The Flip Side: Baccalaureate Nursing Students' Perceptions of an Innovative Approach” at the Georgia Association of Nurse Educators conference at Lake Lanier on Feb. 21.

Tara Bertulfo, clinical instructor, was selected to the HRSA Federal Grant review panel for Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT).

JoEllen Dattilo, professor and associate dean, Elaine Harris, clinical associate professor, and Susan Estes, clinical associate professor, presented “The New Normal: The Adjunct Clinical Faculty Perspective” at the Georgia Association of Nurse Educators Conference at Lake Lanier on Feb. 21.

Susan Estes, clinical associate professor, was a reviewer for the text Focus on Adult Health: Medical Surgical Nursing by Pellico, L., (2013) Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

Elaine Harris, clinical associate professor, was a reviewer of Bryant's Wound Care (5th ed.) 2014.

Karen Maxwell, clinical assistant professor, and Patricia Troyan, associate professor, presented a poster presentation on “Teaching Quality & Safety to Senior Baccalaureate Students” at the Georgia Association of Nurse Educators conference at Lake Lanier on Feb. 21.

Tanya Sudia-Robins, professor, was selected to the HRSA review panel for IPE Grants (4/1-5, 2015).

Patricia Troyan, associate professor, and Kim Baraona, clinical assistant professor, presented “Breastfeeding Compliance” at Emory University, March 3.

School of Engineering

Dr. Behnam Kamali, professor of electrical and computer engineering, published an article, titled “Considerations for Improving the Capacity and Performance of AeroMACS.” This article was written jointly with NASA and Federal Aviation Administration colleagues and was presented by Robert J. Kerczewski of NASA Glenn Research Center at the IEEE Aerospace-2014 conference in March. The paper reflects the future evolution of Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communications Systems (AeroMACS) as the next generation airport surface communication technology, which is being deployed at nine major U.S. airports and is planned to be deployed throughout the world by 2020.

Dr. Richard O. Mines Jr., professor of environmental engineering, authored the textbook Environmental Engineering: Principles and Practice, which is scheduled for publication by Wiley-Blackwell in mid-May.

School of Medicine

Dr. Hamza Awad, assistant professor in the Department of Community Medicine, presented “Magnitude, Treatment, and Impact of Diabetes Mellitus in Patients Hospitalized with Non-ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction: A Community-based Study” at the American Heart Association Epidemiology and Prevention/ Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism Sessions (EPI/NPAM) 2014.

Dr. Jennifer Barkin, assistant professor of community medicine, Dr. Kristina Hawkins, assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Dr. Tiffany Stanfill, medical resident of Ob/Gyn at the Medical Center of Central Georgia, authored “Barriers to Optimal Social Support in the Postpartum Period.” The manuscript was recently accepted to the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing.

Dr. Grady Carter, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, completed the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Educational Affairs Leadership Education and Development Certificate on March 13. He has also been named to the LEAD faculty for 2014-2015.

Carolann Curry, library instructor and reference and document delivery librarian for the Macon campus Medical Library, presented a class on consumer health information online resources at the March 26 Mercer Wellness “Lunch and Learn” session.

Dr. Richard L. Elliott, professor and director of professionalism and medical ethics, testified to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, March 14, on patient dumping. He spoke on the same topic on KNPR in Las Vegas. He published two articles in the Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia, titled “When is brain dead not dead enough?” and “Criticizing colleagues in from of patients.”

Dr. Edward C. Lauterbach, professor emeritus of psychiatry and neurology, recently published “Use of psychotropic medication in Alzheimer's disease is associated with more rapid cognitive and functional decline” in Evidence Based Medicine. 2013 Oct;18(5):e50.

Alisha Miles, library assistant professor and assistant director for public services at the School of Medicine Medical Library, presented a CME presentation, “Quality resources to keep you efficiently mobile while providing excellent patient care,” at Northeast Georgia Health System Inc. in Gainesville, Jan. 24. On March 10, Miles attended and presented to the Georgia Health Sciences Library Association in Adairsville. Her presentation was titled “Quality resources to provide affordable care and keep you efficiently mobile.”

McKinley Thomas, associate professor, and Carolyn A. Klatt, interim associate director for the health sciences library on the Savannah campus, presented a poster, titled “The C-Sort Methodology: A Longitudinal Approach toward Community-Responsiveness,” at Teaching Prevention 2014, the annual meeting of the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) held at the Washington Plaza Hotel in Washington, D.C., March 20-21.

Dr. Tina Thompson, associate professor of neuroscience and associate dean of academic affairs for the Savannah campus, had her manuscript “6-hydroxydopamine lesions in the medial prefontal cortex of rats exposed to a peak-interval procedure” published in Psychology & Neuroscience, Jan. 17.

Dr. Robert Visalli, associate professor of microbiology, and his colleagues published the following papers: “Non-Axial View of the Varicella-Zoster Virus Portal Protein Reveals Conserved Crown, Wing and Clip Architecture” in Intervirology 2014; 57:121-125 (DOI: 10.1159/000360225); and “Vaccination with a HSV-2 UL24 mutant induces a protective immune response in murine and guinea pig vaginal infection models” in Vaccine 2014; 32:1398-1406 (DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2013.10.079).

Staff and Administration

Tony Kemp, associate director of academic and advising services, served as a judge for Literary Competition for six counties in Georgia Region 4-AA, March 4. Specifically, he worked with high school students in the extemporaneous speaking category.

Tift College of Education

Elaine M. Artman, associate professor of education leadership, wrote a book chapter on “Legal Issues in Green Schools,” in the book Marketing the Green School: Form, Function, and the Future. Artman also received the Louise McBee Mentor Award from Georgia Association for Women in Higher Education Feb. 27.

Dr. Anthony J. Harris, professor of education, participated in the 10th annual Authors' Extravaganza at Main Street Books in Hattiesburg, Miss., Dec. 2. Dr. Harris was the keynote speaker for Freedom Day 50th Anniversary Celebration, Jan. 22, sponsored by the African American Military Museum, the University of Southern Mississippi and the Hattiesburg Cultural Center. Dr. Harris was also keynote speaker for Freedom Summer Dialogues: Lunch and Lecture Series, sponsored by the University of Southern Mississippi, Feb. 4. He was also keynote speaker at The John Cooper School in The Woodlands, Texas. Dr. Harris published his third book, Fruits of a Disgraced Legacy, Feb. 15 with Tandem Light Press.

Dr. William Lacefield, professor of mathematics education, presented “Teaching and Learning Standards for Mathematical Practice” at the spring conference of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics, held at King's College in London in March. While in England, Dr. Lacefield also attended the spring term Mathematics Education Seminar at the University of Cambridge, where his work was referenced by the keynote speaker. Dr. Lacefield also attended a mathematics/financial education conference at London's British Museum and the annual conference of the United Kingdom's National Association of Mathematics Advisers, held in Birmingham. He also toured and visited The Avenue Primary School in London, where he taught small groups of pupils.

Dr. Kelly Reffitt, assistant professor of education, was named the recipient of the Georgia Field Directors Association's Innovation Award from a private university.She has led the development and implementation of the Professional Development School partnership between the Tift College of Education and the Bibb County School District.

Townsend School of Music

Amy Schwartz Moretti, director of the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, associate professor and Caroline Paul King Violin Chair, performed works by Beethoven, Suk, Bartok and Ravel for the debut European tour of the Ehnes Quartet. Performances were at the Institute of Fine Arts, Barber Concert Hall, Birmingham, U.K., Feb. 5; Oxford University St. John the Evangelist Church, Oxford, U.K., Feb. 6; Kamermuziekserie Souvenir, Tilburg, Netherlands, Feb. 8; Wigmore Hall, London, U.K., Feb. 10; and Auditorium du Musée du Louvre, Paris, France, Feb. 13. At the Seattle Chamber Music Winter Festival, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Wash., Moretti performed works by Beach and Netzel with Anna Polonsky, Kodaly Serenade, Op.12 with James Ehnes and Roberto Diaz, Jan. 31; Brahms Sextet for Strings, Op.36 with Arnaud Sussmann, Roberto Diaz, Richard O'Neill, Robert deMaine and Andres Diaz, Feb. 1, Beethoven, Suk, Bartok and Ravel, with James Ehnes, Richard O'Neill and Robert deMaine, Feb. 2.She recorded John Harbison's String Trio with Richard O'Neill and Ani Aznavoorian for Harmonia Mundi in New York, Jan 2-5. She was celebrated at the Donors Luncheon of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as their first Pre-College Division Fanfare Honoree, Jan. 24. CBC Radio 2 “In Concert” (Canada) chose Complete Works for Violin by Sergei Prokofiev (Chandos) as its “Disc of the week,” Sept. 29, 2013, which includes Moretti's performance of Prokofiev's duo sonata with James Ehnes. “Performance Today” broadcast the Dvo?ák Trio in E minor, Op.90, performed by Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin; Johannes Moser, cello; and Alon Goldstein, piano, throughout the week of Sept. 18, 2013, on 260 public radio stations across the country.

University Libraries

Elizabeth D. Hammond, dean, served on the SACS On-Site Reaffirmation Committee for Barry University, March 17-20.

Walter F. George School of Law

Jessica Feinberg, assistant professor, wrote “The Survival of Non-Marital Relationship Statuses in the Same-Sex Marriage Era: A Proposal,” which was accepted for publication in the Temple Law Review.

David Hricik, professor of law, gave presentations on legal ethics in patent practice to the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona in Phoenix for George Mason University School of Law at the United States Patent & Trademark Office, and also for the IP Inn of Court in Austin, Texas. He spoke at law review symposia at St. Mary's Law School in San Antonio, Texas, and also at the University of Akron School of Law.His column, “Writing Matters,” which he co-authors with Karen Sneddon, associate professor of law, continued its regular publication in the Georgia Bar Journal. Finally, Professor Hricik was selected by Stetson University's School of Law to teach “Patents, Human Rights, and the WTO” in Buenos Aires, Argentina, this coming summer.

Dr. David Ritchie, professor of law and philosophy, recently published an article, titled “Constitutionalism Ownership,” translated into Portuguese, in Trarado de Direito Constitucional: Constituicao, Politica e Sociedade, Felipe Dutra Asensi and Daniel Giotti de Paula, eds., (Campus Juridico 2014). He also recently published a book review on the book Philosophy after Hiroshima, in Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, 26:1, 149-153 (2014).

Jack L. Sammons, Griffin B. Bell Professor Emeritus, presented a paper, titled “The Missing Poetry of Legal Rhetoric: A Phenomenological Inquiry,” at the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and Humanity Annual Conference at the University of Virginia Law School in March. Professor Sammons' book review “The Virtuous Circle of Justice: Richard Dawson's Justice as Attunement: Transforming Constitutions in Law, Literature, Economics, and the Rest of Life” will be published this summer in No Foundations: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Law and Justice at the University of Helsinki. “The Common Good of Practices,” Sammons' festschrift review of Professor Stanley Fish's most recent book on academic freedom, will be published this month by Florida International College Law Review.