Faculty and Staff Notables


College of Health Professions

Dr. Alyssa Fiss, associate professor, co-authored “Description of primary and secondary impairments in young children with cerebral palsy” in Pediatric Physical Therapy 2016; 28(1): 7-14. She also co-authored “Determinants of participation in family and recreational activities of young children with cerebral palsy” in Disability and Rehabilitation 2016.

Dr. Beth Collier, clinical assistant professor, co-authored “Small beneficial effect of caffeinated energy drink ingestion on strength” in the Journal of Strength Conditioning Research 2015.

Dr. Sheena D. Brown, clinical assistant professor, was selected to serve as a committee member for the Physician Assistant Education Association Project Access Committee.

Hank Heard, clinical assistant professor, was selected to serve on the editorial board for the Gavin Journal of Orthopedic Research and Therapy. He was also selected to serve as a member of the Government Relations and External Affairs Council for the Physician Assistant Education Association.

Martha Sikes, clinical assistant professor, was selected to serve as a subject expert in the development of the Distance Learning Initiative for the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants.

College of Liberal Arts

Dr. Elaina Behounek, assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice, conducted a guest lecture in November at Carlyle Place senior living community in Macon about domestic violence.

Dr. James Eric Black, Schumann Endowed Professor in Writing for Media and assistant director of the Center for Collaborative Journalism, authored Walt Kelly and Pogo: The Art of the Political Swamp, which will be released in February. The book is now available for pre-order.

Dr. Chinekwu Obidoa, assistant professor of global health, delivered a lecture, titled “What is in a Language?,” at the first in a series of Cocktails and Conversation forums organized by the Sankofa Generation of Africa in Austell on Dec. 4. Dr. Obidoa also presented the keynote speech at the World AIDS Day event, “Africa Unites: HIV/AIDS Awareness,” organized by the International Women's Care Organization, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to women across the globe, in Atlanta on Dec. 5. Dr. Obidoa also co-led a roundtable discussion on the topic “Social Determinants of HIV Treatment Outcomes: Is it possible to Design, Implement, and Sustain Structural Interventions?” at the 2015 National HIV Prevention Conference organized by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Dec. 6-9 in Atlanta.

Dr. David A. Davis, associate professor of English, published the essay “The Irrepresible Conflict: The Southern Agrarians and World War I” in Great War Modernism: Artistic Response in the Context of War, 1914-1918, edited by Nanette Norris.

John Marson Dunaway, professor emeritus of French and interdisciplinary studies, spoke at the 26th annual citywide Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church on Jan. 18.

Dr. Adam M. Kiefer, associate professor of chemistry, presented a talk, titled “Mapping Mercury Emissions from Artisanal and Small-scale Mining,” at the Instituto Nacional de Ecologia y Cambio Climatico in Mexico City, Mexico. Dr. Kiefer co-presented two talks, titled “Monitoring Mercury Emissions from ASGM Communities: Lessons for Primary Ore Mercury Mining “ and “Primary Mercury Industry in Mexico,” at the Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. He was a featured presenter at an international research roundtable, titled “Miners, Minerals and Minamata: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Artisanal Gold Mining and Sustainable Development.” Additionally, Dr. Kiefer presented a talk, titled “Monitoring Mercury Emissions from Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining,” at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. He presented a talk, titled “Mapping Mercury Contamination in the Mining Town of Zaruma, Ecuador,” at the Norman B. Keevil School of Mining Engineering at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Kiefer also presented two talks, titled “Developing Training Curricula for Small and Medium-Scale Gold Miners in Guyana Part I: Proposed Curriculum” and “Developing Training Curricula for Small and Medium-Scale Gold Miners in Guyana Part II: Procurement,” at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in Georgetown, Guyana. Dr. Kiefer has developed a curriculum for training Guyanese governmental officials and small-scale gold miners on mercury-free methods of gold mining, which will be implemented in 2016. Dr. Kiefer and Dr. Craig McMahan, dean of the chapel and director of Mercer on Mission, co-presented a talk, titled “Holistic Approaches to Addressing the Needs of Artisanal and Small-Scale Communities,” at the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute. Dr. Kiefer, Dr. Jeffrey Hugdahl, professor of chemistry, and Dr. Dale Moore, professor of chemistry, were recently awarded a grant from the Eppley Foundation to fund the fundamental exploration of mercury binding to small molecules. This project is intended to improve the understanding of how mercury interacts with both known and novel chelation therapeutics.

Scot J. Mann, associate professor of communication and theatre, choreographed violence for the Alliance Theatre's production of “Disgraced.” He also adjudicated skills proficiency tests with the Society of American Fight Directors for Pace University, Roosevelt University and the North Carolina School of the Arts. He also served as adjudicator in Chicago for Stage Combat Deutschland, the German stage combat society. Mann also served as a master instructor for the Movement and Combat Education Stage Combat Workshop in Chicago.

Timothy M. Regan-Porter, director of the Center for Collaborative Journalism, was selected as a fellow for the 2016 Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute.

Dr. Caryn S. Seney, associate professor of chemistry, Dr. Adam M. Kiefer, associate professor of chemistry, and Dr. Kevin Drace, associate professor of biology, published a book chapter, titled “Challenges Associated with Using Retorts to Limit Mercury Exposure in Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining: Case Studies from Mozambique, Ecuador and Guyana.” The chapter appears in Trace Materials in Air, Soil and Water, published by the American Chemical Society.

Dr. Anya Silver, professor of English, authored the poem “Ash Wednesday,” which was republished in Between Midnight and Dawn: A Literary Guide to Prayer for Lent, Holy Week, and Eastertide (Paraclete Press). Her poem “Maid Malee” was selected as one of the Best American Poems of 2015 (eds. David Lehman and Edward Hirsch).

Marian Zielinski, professor of theatre, has an artwork, titled “The Curtain Rises,” appearing in the Artist as Quiltmaker XVII Exhibition at Firelands Association for the Visual Arts in Oberlin, Ohio, May 12-July 31. Another work, “The Stage Is Set,” was published in Portfolio 22: The Art Quilt Sourcebook by Studio Art Quilt Associates in October. A third work, “Beckoning of Night,” was on display at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., through October and will travel with the Radical Elements collection to the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts in Melbourne, Florida, where it will be on exhibit from May 28 through Aug. 27, and then it will appear at the International Museum of Art and Science in McAllen, Texas, from Sept. 24 through Jan. 8, 2017.

College of Pharmacy

Dr. Renee Hayslet, associate professor, co-authored “Cognitive impairments of Major Depressive Disorder: hippocampal involvement and modulation by estrogen receptor ? (Er?) and acetylcholine” in the Journal of Pharmacology and Toxicology Research.

Dr. Lydia Newsom, clinical assistant professor, was appointed to the Ambulatory Care PRN Promotion Subcommittee and Poster Subcommittee for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

Dr. Kristen O'Brien, clinical assistant professor, co-authored “Evaluation of the Safety of a Vancomycin Nomogram Used to Achieve Target Trough Concentrations” in Hospital Pharmacy (2015); 50(10), 900-910.

Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics

Dr. Michael Weber, professor of business and economics, was featured in WalletHub's study about best and worst cities to celebrate New Year's Eve.

Georgia Baptist College of Nursing

Suzanne Applegate, clinical assistant professor, received a scholarship from the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning to attend its conference in 2016. She also earned her certification as a certified healthcare simulation educator (CHSE).

Dr. Lanell Bellury, associate professor, was selected as one of 10 participants for the 2016 Oncology Nursing Society Foundation Endowment Oncology Nurse Scientist Intensive in San Antonio, Texas, in April.

Lana Chase, clinical associate professor, attended the Psychiatric Nurses Association Conference in Orlando, Florida, with student Jesse Rhea, who was awarded one of 10 scholarships to attend.

Sharon Dormire, associate professor, will present a poster, titled “A Preliminary Investigation of Allostatic Load, Ethnicity, and Abnormal Glucose Metabolism in Postmenopausal Women,” at the 30th annual conference of the Southern Nursing Research Society in Williamsburg, Virginia, in February.

Elaine Harris, clinical associate professor, was honored for five years of service on the board of trustees for Developmental Disabilities Ministries of Georgia. Her service includes time as vice-chair, chair of residential services committee and a member of the executive search committee.

Dr. Laura Kimble, professor and Piedmont Healthcare Endowed Chair in Nursing, presented “Research questions and the statistics to answer them” at the 2015 Evidence Based Practice Toolkit Conference.

Grace Lewis, clinical associate professor, and Sara Mitchell, clinical associate professor, presented a poster, titled “Bridging the Academic-Clinical Gap…” at the Elsevier Contemporary Faculty Forum in January. Lewis also presented “Test-taking Strategies” at the Georgia Association of Nursing Students Convention in October.

Laura Madden, clinical instructor, will present a poster on “Use of Reflection for Transitions in Higher Education” with fellow Ph.D. student Sandra Monk at the Georgia Association of Nurse Educators in February.

Karen Maxwell, clinical assistant professor, spoke at the University of Alabama College of Nursing doctoral student orientation on Jan. 28.

Dr. Ruth McCaffrey, professor, served as keynote speaker at the American Garden Association Conference in Miami, Florida. She also served as associate editor reviewing three articles in the Journal of Holistic Nursing, and as a reviewer for Holistic Nursing Practice.

Dr. Linda A. Streit, dean and professor, was re-elected Region 7 coordinator for Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for 2015-2017. This position provides chapter support for Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Puerto Rico. Dr. Streit also presented at the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing 43rd Biennial Convention in Las Vegas in November.

James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology

Dr. Brett Younger, associate professor of preaching, authored the devotions for Jan. 4-10 for d365, the daily devotion site produced by Passport Inc.

Penfield College

Dr. Thompson Biggers, associate professor of communication, and Jean Denerson, center coordinator for the Macon Regional Academic Center and adjunct faculty in Tift College of Education, will present a paper, titled “Racial Identity in an Interracial Interpersonal Relationship,” at the Southern States Communication Association convention in Austin, Texas, in April.

Dr. David Purnell, assistant professor of communication, will be presenting at the Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference in Las Vegas Jan. 31-Feb. 3. He will also present at the AutoEthnography Here and Now Conference in San Angelo, Texas, March 8-13.

Dr. Richard H. Martin, professor of public safety and criminal justice leadership, co-authored “The Relationship of Consensus and Conflict Theories to the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution” with Mark Stein, recent graduate. The article will appear in the peer-reviewed journal Law Enforcement Executive Forum.

Dr. Michael Roty, associate professor of mathematics, served as a survey panel reviewer for Thinking Quantitatively, Communicating with Numbers, 1/e, by Eric Gaze, Pearson, 2015.

Dr. V. Lynn Tankersley, associate professor of criminal justice, recently completed a certificate program in online course design and delivery through the Office of Distance Learning. The 15-hour certificate program consists of three levels of hands-on instruction in the use of the University's learning management system, the application of instructional design methodologies to content development and the implementation and delivery of learning through the use of online tools. 

School of Medicine

Dr. Hamza Awad, assistant professor of community medicine and internal medicine, authored “Multiple chronic conditions and psychosocial limitations in a contemporary cohort of patients hospitalized with an acute coronary syndrome,” which has been accepted by the American Journal of Medicine.

Dr. Harold P. Katner, professor and chief of infectious diseases, co-authored the following articles: “Iatrogenic saline toxicity complicated by malnutrition” in International Journal of Case Reports and Images 2015;6: 216-219; “The Intelence aNd pRezista Once a Day Study (INROADS): a multicenter, single-arm, open-label study of etravirine and darunavir/ritonavir as dual therapy in HIV-1-infected early treatment experienced subjects” in HIV Medicine 2015;16 (5):288-296; “Rhabdomyolysis as presenting feature of acute HIV-1 seroconversion in a pediatric patient: an unusual finding in emergency medicine” in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine 2015; “Adrenal insufficiency as a paraneoplastic syndrome in gastric adenocarcinoma: case report” in the Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer 2015; and “Disseminated histoplasmosis presenting as pelvic inflammatory disease” in Clinical Case Reports 2016;4(1):76-8.

Dr. Eric K. Shaw, associate professor of community medicine, co-authored a paper, titled “Facilitators and barriers to care coordination in patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) from coordinators' perspectives,” in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 2016; 29:90-101.

Dr. Yudan Wei, professor of community medicine, published a research article, titled “Associations between urinary concentrations of 2,5-dichlorophenol and metabolic syndrome among non-diabetic adults,” in the journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research.

Tift College of Education

Dr. Sherah Carr, associate professor of education, Dr. Lucy Bush, associate professor of education, and Nneka Johnson, a doctoral candidate, co-authored a chapter, titled “Distributed Cognition: Teachers' Perceptions and Implications for Learning Outcomes and Instructional Technology,” which has been included in the Handbook of Research on Learning Outcomes and Opportunities in the Digital Age (2016), edited by Victor C. Wang.

Dr. Jeffrey Hall, assistant professor of education, and Dr. Lucy Bush, associate professor of education, presented “Candy Bombers: Teaching the Berlin Airlift Using Mathematics and Technology” and “Early Explorers: Geocaching with Young Learners” at the National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference in New Orleans, Nov. 13-14.

Dr. William Lacefield, professor of mathematics education, Dr. Lucy Bush, associate professor of education, and Dr. Ellen Diana Beverley, Ph.D. graduate, published “Perspectives on early development of number sense within a rural Amish community” in Research in Mathematics Education, a peer-reviewed journal of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics.

Townsend School of Music

Amy Schwartz Moretti, director of the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, associate professor and Caroline Paul King Chair in Strings, performed for Mainly Mozart of San Diego, California, at the opening weekend concerts of the 2016 Spotlight Series. Moretti performed Jan. 9 at the Auditorium of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in La Jolla, California, and Jan. 10 at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club in Rancho Santa Fe, California. The all-Dvorak program at both concerts was “Terzetto in C Major for Two Violins” and “Viola, Op. 74” (Moretti, violin; Geoff Nuttall, violin; Roberto Díaz, viola) and the “Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81” (Anne-Marie McDermott, piano; Geoff Nuttall, violin; Moretti, violin; Roberto Díaz, viola; Christopher Costanza, cello).

Walter F. George School of Law

David Hricik, professor, was elected as a new member of the American Law Institute.

Linda Jellum, Ellison C. Palmer Professor of Tax Law, published an article, titled “Dodging the Taxman: Why Treasury's Anti-Abuse Regulation is Unconstitutional,” in 70 Miami Law Review 152 (2015). She also co-authored Questions & Answers: Administrative Law (3d ed. 2015).

Mark L. Jones, professor, authored “Beyond Punks in Empty Chairs: An Imaginary Conversation with Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry – Toward Peace Through Spiritual Justice,” which will be published in 11 University of Massachusetts Law Review in May 2016.

Dr. Jeremy Kidd, associate professor, presented “Neither Savior Nor Bogeyman: What Waits Behind the Door of Litigation Financing?” at the Young Legal Scholars Competition at the Federalist Society Annual Faculty Conference on Jan. 8.

Teri McMurtry-Chubb, associate professor, presented “#SayHerName #BlackWomensLivesMatter: State Violence in Policing the Black Female Body” at the Mercer Law Review Symposium Oct. 16. She also presented “Advocates Without Arguments: Equipping Law Students with a Social Justice Skill Set,” as a participant in the Next Generation Civil Rights Strategies panel at the Duke Law Symposium – The Present and Future of Civil Rights Movements: Race and Reform in 21st Century America Nov. 20-21. McMurtry-Chubb also presented “So, What is A Feminist Scholar and Feminist Scholarship Anyway?” as a plenary panelist and speaker at the Joint Scholars and Scholarship Workshop on Feminist Jurisprudence at the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting Jan. 6. Additionally, she presented “DIVERGENT: Finding My Voice As A Writer – As Something Distinct from an Academic and a Scholar” as a participant in the Finding Your Voice in the Legal Academy panel for the Section on Balance in Legal Education, co-sponsored by Academic Support, at the AALS Annual Meeting Jan. 8.