Faculty and Staff Notables


Dr. Robbie J. Marsh, assistant professor of special education, had his research highlighted in an article, titled “Exploring the Role of Community Engagement in School Psychology,” for the website “Mad in America.” Additionally, Dr. Marsh is conducting a four-session autism professional development course for the Belizean Ministry of Education via Zoom video conferencing. The course meets once a month for three hours to practice skills to build capacity to better serve students with autism.

Dr. Jonathan Addleton, adjunct instructor of international and global studies, served on a panel, titled “Teaching Asia Beyond the Ivory Tower,” sponsored by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers at the annual Association for Asian Studies conference March 23 in Denver, Colorado. The same day, Dr. Addleton spoke as part of a panel on education at the Annual Conference on Mongolia sponsored by the Mongolia Society on the Denver campus of the University of Colorado. On both occasions, he spoke at length about the upcoming Mercer On Mission program scheduled for this summer in Mongolia. 

Dr. James Eric (Jay) Black, Schumann Endowed Professor and co-chair of journalism and media studies, contributed to the 2019 White Paper on the Business Environment in China as well as the 2019 Special Report on the State of Business in South China, both for the American Chamber of Commerce of South China. Dr. Black compiled information and created the narrative and/or edited about two-thirds of the publications.

Johnny Crawford, adjunct professor of photojournalism, has an exhibition through April 10 at the Tubman Museum featuring 30 portraits of black Vietnam veterans. The photographs are black and white, 30-inch-by-40-inch canvas prints. The exhibition is the first stage of a 19-state portrait project, titled “Vietnam: Black Soldiers Portrait Project.”

Dr. David A. Davis, associate professor of English, led a roundtable discussion of teaching and activism in Southern studies at the Southeastern American Studies Association conference March 14 at Emory University, and he gave a talk about Southern foodways and cultural performance at Chatham University March 15 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Sarah E. Gardner, Distinguished University Professor of History, published “When Service Is Not Enough: Charity’s Purpose in the Immediate Aftermath of the Civil War,” in the Journal of the Civil War Era in March. She also published “My Cave Life in Hospital,” in Civil War Places: Seeing the Conflict through the Eyes of its Leading Historians edited by Gary W. Gallagher and J. Matthew Gallman. Dr. Gardner presented “‘A New Glass to See All Our Old Things Through: Reading Communities in the American Civil War” at the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy March 14-16 in Columbus, Ohio.

Dr. Curtis Herink, professor of mathematics, presented “There are continuum-many integer sequences with the Zeckendorf property” at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Section of the Mathematical Association of America March 8-9 at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Dr. Eric Klingelhofer, Senior Research Fellow, presented a paper, titled “Molana Abbey: Medieval Monastery, Elizabethan Manor, and Georgian Folly,” March 22 to the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology at its annual meeting at the University of Glasgow. The paper summarized the recent architectural and archaeological project in Ireland, which was partially funded by Mercer, and concerned the residence of Sir Walter Raleigh’s associate, the mathematician and scientist Thomas Harriott.

Dr. Kathryn Kloepper, director of the Quality Enhancement Plan and associate professor of chemistry, presented “Service-focused Undergraduate Research: Opportunities Across Disciplines and Course Levels” at the Lilly Conference on Teaching for Active and Engaged Learning March 1 in Anaheim, California. Hannah Vann, associate director of the Quality Enhancement Plan, is a co-author of this work.

Dr. Chinekwu Obidoa, assistant professor of global health, delivered an invited presentation titled “Sex, Teen Pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and ‘a whole lot of country,’ Confronting Legacies of the Past in a Modern Epidemic in the U.S. Deep South” at the Center for Africana Studies 25th Anniversary and Annual Conference March 22 at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut.

Dr. Laura Simon, assistant professor of sociology, co-authored “Black Intimacies Matter: the Role of Family Status, Gender, and Cumulative Risk on Relationship Quality Among Black Parents” in the Journal of African American Studies.

Dr. Barry Stephenson, assistant professor of biology, co-authored an article, titled “Body color and morphological correlates of fitness in Eastern Fence Lizards (Sceloporus undulatus): a spectrophotometric approach,” in Herpetologica with former undergraduate student and current alumna Cambre Goodlett. Goodlett served as lead author.

Dr. Bryan J. Whitfield, associate professor of religion and director of the Great Books Program, presented a paper, titled “Liturgy and Narrative Shaping Jewish Identity in the Second Temple: A Case Study of the Ceremony of the Red Cow,” at the Southeastern Commission on the Study of Religion March 8 in Greenville, North Carolina.

Dr. Lea Bonner, clinical associate professor, co-authored “An interdisciplinary evaluation of pharmacy on a global medical mission trip” in Pharmacy Education.

Dr. Clinton Canal, assistant professor, was named a reviewer for the Journal of Psychopharmacology. Dr. Canal is also serving as peer-review managing editor for Heliyon from March to May.

Dr. Kevin Murnane, assistant professor, and Dr. Clinton Canal, assistant professor, co-authored “The Synthetic Cathinone Psychostimulant α-PPP Antagonizes Serotonin 5-HT2A Receptors: In Vitro and In Vivo Evidence” March 7 in Drug Testing and Analysis.

Dr. Maria Miller Thurston, clinical associate professor, presented “Assessing the Use of a Novel Mobile Application to Improve Blood Pressure and Medication Adherence in Patients with Hypertension” at the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science conference session on “Innovation in Healthcare Technology” Feb. 28 in Pine Mountain.

Dr. David Lane, professor of counseling, presented “Warrior 2 Citizen Home Life Transition Program” at the Unspoken Wounds: One Team, One Battle, Many Victories Conference sponsored by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities March 18 in Columbus.

Dr. David Purnell, adjunct instructor of communication studies, recently published two articles, “Public parks: Third places or places of moral panic?” in the Qualitative Inquiry Journal and “#Me(n)too: Storying male on male sexual assault” in the Journal of Loss and Trauma. He will co-convene the Critical Autoethnography Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Charles H. Roberts, associate professor of mathematics in Penfield College, recently presented a paper, “Developing students’ essential learning and study skills for academic success within STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) courses,” at the National Gateway Course Experience Conference in Atlanta. During his session, he engaged some 50 participants in a critical thinking/problem solving activity designed to promote students’ preparation for successful study within courses that are among the STEM disciplines. Dr. Roberts was also recently a featured speaker at the 2019 Interdisciplinary STEM  Teaching and Learning Conference in Savannah. The title of his presentation was “Developing essential learning and study skills among students in STEM courses at higher education institutions.”

Dr. Lynn Tankersley, associate professor of criminal justice, presented a paper, titled “Making it Real: Designing Assignments for Application to Current Workplace Issues,” at the 17th Annual Teaching Matters Conference March 7-8 at Gordon State College in Barnesville. 

Dr. Geoffrey Ngene, associate professor of finance, had a paper, titled “Large and Small Firms: Is the Causal Relationship Asymmetric Nonlinear?,” accepted for presentation at the 26th annual conference of the Multinational Finance Society to be held at Jerusalem School of Business Administration June 30-July 3 in Jerusalem, Israel.

Dr. Agnieszka Shepard, assistant professor of management, Dr. Juanita Forrester, assistant professor of management, and Dr. Shan Ran, assistant professor of psychology in the College of Liberal Arts, had a presentation, titled “Who Will Retaliate? Inconsistent Leadership, Personality, and Counterproductive Work Behaviors,” accepted for the annual meeting of the Academy of Management.

Dr. Natalia Cardelino, assistant professor of civil engineering, presented “Startup of a New Civil Engineering Program at Mercer University” at the 2019 American Society for Engineering Education Southeastern Section Conference March 10-12 at North Carolina State University. Dr. Richard O. Mines, Jr., professor and civil engineering startup coordinator, Dr. Kleio Avrithi, assistant professor of civil engineering, and Dr. Cardelino co-authored the paper that was published in the conference proceedings.

Jessica Feinberg, associate professor of law, authored “Restructuring Rebuttal of the Marital Presumption for the Modern Era” in Vol. 104 of the Minnesota Law Review.

David Hricik, professor, presented “Practicing IP Law Ethically in the Cloud: From the Mundane to the Ethics of AI” March 22 at the 14th Annual Patent Law Institute hosted by the University of Texas School of Law and George Mason Anton Scalia Law School in Alexandria, Virginia. He also presented: “Ethical Issues in Patent Practice Arising From Technology” Feb. 22 at the Utah IP Summit 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah; “Conflicts and Confidentiality: Managing the Minefield of University IP Practice” Feb. 11 at the Association of University Technology Managers Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas; and he presented at the Mid-Winter Meeting of the American Intellectual Property Law Association Feb. 2 in Tampa, Florida. Hricik served as a panelist for “Disclosure in Prosecution and Post-Grant Proceedings” March 15 at the Patent Trial and Appeals Board Bar Association 2019 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., and he co-presented “Inequitable Conduct after Regeneron” Jan. 10 for an Intellectual Property Organization webinar.

Steve Johnson, professor, authored “The Brand X Effect: Declining Chevron Deference for EPA and Increased Success for Environmental Groups in the 21st Century” in Case Western Reserve Law Review.

Jeremy Kidd, associate professor, authored “New Metrics and the Politics of Judicial Selection” for Vol. 70 of the Alabama Law Review, as well as “Who’s Afraid of Uber?” for Vol. 20 of the Nevada Law Journal. He also presented “Rent-seeking incentives in Judicial Supremacy” Jan. 5 at the AALS Annual Meetings in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Karen J. Sneddon, professor, presented “Case Law Updates” for the 2019 Georgia Probate Court Judges’ Spring Conference March 21 on St. Simons Island, and she co-presented “Transactional Storytelling” March 16 at the 19th Annual Rocky Mountain Conference at Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Sneddon also co-authored “Happily Ever After: Fostering the Role of the Transactional Lawyer as Storyteller“ in 20 Tennessee Journal of Business Law 491.

Leslie Street, director of the law library and associate professor, co-authored an article, titled “Who Owns the Law? Why We Must Restore Public Ownership of Legal Publishing,” which was accepted for publication in Vol. 26 of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law.

Dr. Jennifer Barkin, associate professor of community medicine and obstetrics and gynecology, was interviewed for a March 29 story, titled “‘They can be heard.’ Latina moms beating the odds at this prenatal clinic in Houston County,” in The (Macon) Telegraph.

Dr. Christy Bridges, professor of histology, co-authored “A Case of Accidental Mercury Poisoning” in the Journal of Emergency Medicine with Navicent Health physician Dr. Donald Kingsley and third-year medical students Olivia Kamensky and Destiny Horton. Dr. Bridges also co-authored “Potential mechanisms of cellular injury following exposure to a physiologically relevant species of inorganic mercury” in Toxicology Letters with Dr. Rob McKallip, associate professor; Lucy Joshee, research associate; Olga Uchakina, research associate; former graduate student Sarah E. Orr and former undergraduate student Mary Catherine Barnes. Additionally, Dr. Bridges presented “Disposition and Toxicity of Cyanide-Mercury Complexes in Target Organs” at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Society of Toxicology in Baltimore, Maryland. The paper was published in The Toxicologist – A Supplement to Toxicological Sciences and was co-authored with Dr. McKallip; Dr. Caryn S. Seney, professor of chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts; Dr. Adam Kiefer, Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry; Joshee; Uchakina; Barnes and current undergraduate student Taylor Mathis.

Dr. Larry Nichols, professor and interim chair of pathology, authored “Medical education needs typical cases of common diseases“ in Autopsy Case Reports.

Dr. Elapulli S. Prakash, associate professor of physiology, presented a poster, titled “Open-ended Questions for Readiness Assessment and Application Activities in Team-Based Learning,” at the 2019 Team Based Learning Collaborative Conference in March in Tampa, Florida.

Ashley Washington, research assistant I, recently founded a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization called No Closed Roads Inc. No Closed Roads provides free tutoring and mentoring services to low-income K-12 students in Macon. It is recognized as a public charity and was recently approved for a grant from Google. Currently, No Closed Roads has more than 30 tutors and nearly 40 students registered.

Dr. Yudan Wei, professor of community medicine, recently published a research article, titled “Exposure to ambient PM2.5 during pregnancy and preterm birth in metropolitan areas of the State of Georgia,” in Environmental Science and Pollution Research. Second-year medical student Rina Lee co-authored this paper.

Dr. Douglas Hill, professor of music and director of instrumental ensembles and undergraduate studies, was invited to present band rehearsal clinics Feb. 12 at Jones County High School with its advanced symphonic band and Feb. 21 at Gray Station Middle School with its eighth-grade band. Dr. Hill performed on trumpet in the orchestra for “Chicago: the Musical” March 21-22 at the Grand Opera House as part of the 2018-2019 Broadway Series.

Dr. Nancy L. deClaissé-Walford, Carolyn Ward Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages, contributed a chapter, titled “The Role of Psalms 135-137 in the Shape and Shaping of Book Five of the Hebrew Psalter,” to a Festschrift for Professor Phil Botha of the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She also chaired a Southern Association of Colleges and School Commission on Colleges On-Site Reaffirmation Committee March 19-21 at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas. 

Amos Mansfield, associate athletic director and director of sports medicine for Mercer Athletics, assumed the role of president of the Georgia Athletic Trainers Association (GATA) on Jan. 26. After being elected as vice president in January 2017, he will serve as president for a two-year term. Additionally, Mansfield was awarded the Kenny Howard College/University Athletic Trainer of the Year award by the Southeastern Athletic Trainers Association (SEATA) on March 9. This award recognizes an athletic trainer at the college/university level for service to institution, community, as well as SEATA. Mansfield is a 1999 graduate of Mercer’s Master of Business Administration program.

Tony Kemp, senior director of academic services, judged oral presentation events for Georgia High School Association Region 1-6A Feb. 21 in Warner Robins and state competition for Class 1A public schools March 16 in Milledgeville. He also adjudicated musical theatre events for the Georgia Thespian Conference Feb. 8-9 and the Georgia Junior Thespian Conference Feb.23, both in Columbus.