Faculty and Staff Notables

Statue of Jesse Mercer on the Mercer campus.

College of Continuing and Professional Studies

Dr. Thompson Biggers,
associate professor in the Liberal Studies Department, will be presenting a paper, titled “The Emotion Eliciting Qualities of Interpersonal Relationships,” at the Southern States Communication Association Convention in New Orleans this April.

Dr. Kenyon Knapp, assistant dean for graduate programs, was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the national accrediting body for the counseling profession. Dr. Knapp will serve a five-year term beginning July 1. CACREP currently accredits 629 graduate counseling programs and is increasingly connected with counseling licensure laws across the United States.

Dr. Suneetha B. Manyam, associate professor of counseling and human sciences, will be serving as the editorial board member for the peer-reviewed journal,
The Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation. This scientific journal provides counselor educators, researchers and other mental health practitioners with outcome research and program evaluation practices for work with individuals across the lifespan. It publishes manuscripts on topics such as: treatment efficacy, clinical diagnosis, program evaluation, research design and outcome measure reviews.

Dr. Richard Martin, associate professor of public safety, wrote an article accepted for publication in
Law Enforcement Executive Forum. The article is titled “Technology use in a multi-generational police agency workforce.”

College of Health Professions

Dr. Philip Fabrizio, assistant professor, co-authored “Anatomical structure and nerve branching pattern of the human infraspinatus muscle,” published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 2013, doi:10.1016/j.jbmt.2013.11.016.

Dr. Deborah Wendland, assistant professor, was appointed to the Task Force on Wound and Integumentary Function Limitations for the American Physical Therapy Association Section on Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management. Dr. Wendland was also appointed to the Educational Committee of the American Physical Therapy Association Section on Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management.

College of Liberal Arts

Dr. John Marson Dunaway, professor of French and interdisciplinary studies, hosted a visiting lecturer, Dr. Mary S. Poplin, professor of education at Claremont Graduate University, who spoke about her new book, “Is Reality Secular? Testing the Assumptions of Four Global Worldviews,” on Jan. 14. Dr. Dunaway also published a bilingual prose poem, titled “Séjour chez Moustapha Sarr/Visiting Moustapha Sarr,” in
African-American Review, Volume 45.4 (Winter 2012), p. 649.

Dr. Frank Macke, professor of communication studies, received the Outstanding Book Chapter award from the Philosophy of Communication Division of the National Communication Association. The chapter, titled “Intrapersonal Communicology: Reflection, Reflexivity, and Relational Consciousness in Embodied Subjectivity,” was published in
Communicology: The New Science of Embodied Discourse, edited by Deborah Eicher-Catt and Isaac Catt (Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2010). Dr. Macke also published a paper, titled “The Problematic of Group Dynamics and Culture: An Investigation of Some Fundamental Questions Concerning the Existential Phenomena of Group Affiliation and Group Order,” in
Listening: A Journal of Communication, Ethics, Religion, and Culture, Spring, 2013, pp. 149-164. He presented a paper, titled “Semiotics, Science, and the Illusion of Method in the Illusion of Mind: The Difficult Relationship of Phenomenology and Cognitive Science,” at the 2013 meeting of the Semiotic Society of America, Oct. 24-27, in Dayton, Ohio. As a special invitee to a preconference workshop, Dr. Macke presented a paper titled “General Semantics and the Human Sciences: Reflections on the Structural Differential,” at the 2013 Convention of the National Communication, Nov. 20-27 in Washington, DC. At the convention, Dr. Macke also served as the critic/respondent to the “Top Papers in Philosophy of Communication” panel.

Dr. Randall D. Peters, professor emeritus in the Department of Physics, presented on “Heart phase portrait using the autocorrelation” at the Dynamics Days 2014 Conference held at Georgia Tech, Jan. 2-5.

Dr. Anya Silver, assistant professor of English and interdisciplinary studies, published a book of poetry, “I Watched You Disappear,” with the Louisiana State University Press, Feb. 2010.

Marian Zielinski, professor of theatre, is exhibiting her art quilt, “Goodnight, Sweet Prince” at the Riffe Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, as part of the Quilt National Tour, Jan. 30-April 13. Another art quilt made almost exclusively from plastics, titled “Beckoning of Night,” is opening in the Studio Art Quilt Associates juried show, “Radical Elements,” at the Cafritz Foundation Arts Center of Montgomery College-Tacoma Park in Silver Spring, Md. This work will be on exhibit from April 3-May 9.

College of Pharmacy

Dr. W. Klugh Kennedy, clinical professor, co-authored “Benzodiazepines: A major component in unintentional prescription drug overdoses with opioid analgesics” in the
Journal of Pharmacy Practice, February 2014; 1(27): 5-16.

Dr. Annesha W. Lovett, assistant professor, co-authored “Electronic Prescribing: An examination of cost effectiveness, clinician adoption and limitations” in the
Universal Journal of Clinical Medicine, 2014; 2(1):1-24. doi: 10.13189/ujcm.2014.020101.

Georgia Baptist College of Nursing

Susan Estes, clinical associate professor, was selected to review “Successful Nursing Communication” by Boynton, published by F.A. Davis.

School of Engineering

Dr. Behnam Kamali, professor of electrical and computer engineering, co-authored an article, titled “Considerations for Improving the Capacity and Performance of AeroMACS,” which was accepted for publication and presentation at IEEE Aerospace-2014 Conference, to be held in Big Sky, Mont., in March 2014. The paper is coauthored by NASA Glenn Research Center and Federal Aviation Administration researchers and reflects the development and future evolution of AeroMACS as the next generation airport surface communication technology, planned to be deployed in nine major U.S. airports in 2014, and later throughout the world by 2018. Dr. Kamali will present a seminar on AeroMACS and the result of his research work with NASA and FAA in the Science and Engineering Building auditorium on Feb. 12.

School of Medicine

Dr. Richard F. Camino-Gaztambide, clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral science, presented the film, “The Power of Forgiveness: Coping with Violence and Trauma, Implications for Research, and Clinical Practice,” at the 60th annual meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). He also coauthored a chapter on “Cultural Sensitivity: What Should We Understand about Latinos?” in “The Massachusetts General Hospital Textbook on Diversity and Cultural Sensitivity in Mental Health.”

Dr. Edward C. Klatt, professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, with medical student Kenneth Cail, published the article, “The effect of intermediate clothing targets on shotgun ballistics,” in the December 2013 issue of the
American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, from research performed in the Summer Scholars Program.

Dr. Edward C. Lauterbach, professor emeritus of psychiatry and neurology, recently published “Toward a more precise, clinically-informed pathophysiology of pathological laughing and crying” with colleagues from the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic in the
Journal Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 2013; 37(8):1893-916.

Dr. Elizabeth May, professor, co-authored “Latent hepatitis B is a risk factor for hepatocellular carcinoma in patients with chronic hepatitis C” in the
World Journal of Gastroenterology, 2013, Dec. 28; 19(48) 9328-33. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v19.i48.9328.

Staff and Administration

Margie Bowen, activities coordinator for student affairs on the Atlanta campus, recently completed her 500th trek up Stone Mountain. She was featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and on FOX 5.

William D. Underwood, president, was awarded “Citizen of the Year” by the Macon Chamber of Commerce in December.

Stetson School of Business and Economics

Jody Blanke, professor of computer information systems and law, had his article, “The Legislative Response to Employers' Requests for Password Disclosure,” published by
The Journal of High Technology Law. The article is available at http://www.suffolk.edu/law/student-life/25832.php.

Dr. Tammy Crutchfield, professor of marketing, wrote a manuscript, titled “Assessing the Dimensions and Outcomes of an Effective Teammate,” which has been accepted for publication in the
Journal of Education for Business.

Dr. Madeline Domino, associate professor of accounting, had her paper, “The Impact of the Professional Code of Ethics on Forensic Accountants, Auditors and Lawyers Engaged in Forensic Litigation Support,” accepted for inclusion in the Forensic and Investigative Accounting Section Conference, in San Antonio, Texas, in March.

Dr. Etienne Musonera, associate professor of marketing, co-authored and presented “Institution Fitness, Investment and Economic Growth in Rwanda” at the International Conference of the Haute Etudes Internationales on “State Capitalism in the New Global Economy,” Nov. 21-24, at Laval University, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The paper was published in the conference proceedings. Dr. Musonera also presented “Adopting World Class Best Practices in Manufacturing, Business and Technology to Attract FDI by MNEs and Survive in a Global Competitive Environment” at the First Diaspora Investment Forum and Conference on “Skills and Knowledge Transfers” in Kigali, Rwanda, Dec. 16.

Dr. Geoffrey Ngene, assistant professor of finance, is presenting the following papers in March at the Southwest Finance Association in Dallas, Texas, March 12-15: “Random Walk Tests in Presence of Multiple Structural Breaks: Evidence from Emerging Markets,” “Fundamentals versus Speculation: What Really Drives Spillovers and Informed trading in Futures and Spot markets of Refined Petroleum Products?” and “Structural Break or Long Memory: An Empirical Survey on Monthly Return Indices Across African Stock Exchanges.”

Dr. Antonio Saravia, visiting assistant professor of economics, will present his paper, “Economic Freedom and Democracy in America,” at the conference “Explorations on Liberty,” organized by the Liberty Fund and Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Antigua, Guatemala, Feb. 6-10.

Dr. Sasha Tomic, visiting assistant professor of economics, had his manuscript, “How Judges Respond to Racial Composition of Their Constituencies,” accepted for publication in the
Journal of Legal Ethical and Regulatory Issues.

Dr. Susan Gilbert, dean, presented awards and spoke at “Generationnext” in Savannah on Jan. 15.

Tift College of Education

Jean Denerson, adjunct professor and coordinator of the Macon Regional Academic Center, had a paper, titled “Emotion Eliciting Qualities of Interracial Interpersonal Relationships,” accepted for presentation at The Southern States Communication Association Convention in New Orleans, which will be held in April.

University Libraries

Carolann Curry, library instructor and reference and document delivery librarian for the Macon campus Medical Library, published a book review, titled “Why Can't I Get Better? Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease by Dr. Richard I. Horowitz.” The review was published on Oct. 15 in
Library Journal, 138 (17):122.

Carolyn Klatt, library instructor at the Savannah campus Medical Library, and
Vanessa Wallace-Lonon, library assistant at the Savannah campus Medical Library, exhibited at the Georgia Rural Health Association (GRHA) on Jan. 13-14, as part of a National Network of Libraries of Medicine exhibit.

Kim Meeks, interim director of the Medical Library, along with library directors from Emory, Howard, Duke, and other institutions, will serve on the inaugural National Network of Medical Libraries (NN/LM) Southeastern/Atlantic Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) for Directors. The RAC will have their first meeting in Baltimore in March to discuss the future roles of resources libraries and how they will continue to promote the NN/LM resources, such as PubMed and Medline Plus.

Alisha Miles, library assistant professor and assistant director for public services at the Medical Library, received an Exhibiting Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine in November, which funded the exhibit registration fees for the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) Conference. Miles and
Arlene Desselles, assistant professor and health sciences librarian for the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, exhibited National Medical Library resources at GAFP, Nov 7-8, in Atlanta.

Walter F. George School of Law

Jim Fleissner, professor, gave a presentation to over 200 prosecutors at the winter conference of the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia at Brasstown Valley Lodge in Young Harris, Ga. The presentation addressed the use of “similar transaction” evidence against criminal defendants under Georgia's new evidence code.

Karen J. Sneddon, associate professor, published “Memento Mori: Death and Wills,” in the
Wyoming Law Review, 2014. She spoke on “'You Get What You Get and You Don't Get Upset': Priming and Wills, The Next Generation of Trusts and Estates Scholarship,” at the Association of American Law Schools annual meeting in New York on Jan. 3. Sneddon was a participant in the workshop, “Not Your Mother's Will: Gender, Language, and Wills, West Coast Rhetoric Scholarship,” at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, Nov. 15. She spoke on “Gender, Language, and Wills, Symposium: Wills, Trusts and Estates Meets Gender, Race and Class” at the Oklahoma City University School of Law on Sept. 28.