Faculty and Staff Notables

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Dr. Jonathan Addleton, adjunct professor of international and global studies, spoke about his book, The Dust of Kandahar: A Diplomat Among Warriors in Afghanistan (Naval Institute Press), at a gathering of the Veterans of North Georgia May 9 at Big Canoe. Also, he gave a talk on another of his books – Mongolia and the United States: A Diplomatic History (Hong Kong University Press) – as part of the American Center for Mongolian Studies lecture series at the Natsagdorj Library May 22 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. He also wrote an op-ed for The Daily Caller, titled “Why Mongolia – and Cashmere – Matters.”

Dr. David A. Davis, associate professor of English, gave a talk on labor and affect in Southern literature at the Southern Labor Studies Conference in Athens.

Dr. John Marson Dunaway, professor emeritus of French and interdisciplinary studies, hosted a film screening of “The Visitor” as part of Willis-Slater Productions’ annual Ethnic Awareness Week. The discussion with students after the film was led by Dr. Chinekwu Obidoa, assistant professor of global health. Dr. Dunaway was invited by the French Consulate in Atlanta to speak at the opening of a new exhibit at the Green-Meldrim House May 4 in Savannah. The house was built by the grandfather of Julien Green, the French-American novelist on whom Dr. Dunaway wrote his first book. It served as headquarters for Gen. William T. Sherman during the Civil War occupation of Savannah.

Dr. Sarah E. Gardner, Distinguished University Professor of History, published with Karen L. Cox a co-edited collection of essays, Reassessing the 1930s South (Louisiana State University Press). She presented “‘What Like a Bullet Can Undeceive!’ Honor’s Failings in the Confederacy” at the Conference in North American Studies held at the University of Helsinki May 15-18 in Finland. She also was elected to a two-year term as president of the Society for U.S. Intellectual History, and she received a travel fellowship from the Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South and the University of Alabama Libraries.

Dr. Matt Marone, associate professor of physics, was interviewed by WGXA-TV in Macon for a story titled “Heating up: Why a car’s thermometer can be off during the summer.”

Dr. Chinekwu Obidoa, assistant professor of global health, received the 2017-2018 Spencer B. King Jr. Distinguished Professor Award from the College of Liberal Arts.

Dr. Anya Silver, professor of English, gave a poetry reading April 21 at the Westchester Poetry Festival in Dobbs Ferry, New York. She also attended a reception for Guggenheim Fellows May 7 at the Century Club in New York City.

Dr. Bryan J. Whitfield, associate professor of religion and director of the Great Books Program, presented a paper, “How Numbers Shapes the Argument of Hebrews,” at the annual seminar on the Use of the Old Testament in the New Testament on March 24 at Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden, Wales.

Dr. Ajay Banga, professor, contributed to “Transdermal delivery of human growth hormone via laser-generated micropores” in Drug Delivery and Translational Research 2018: 8(2); 450-460.

Dr. Clinton Canal, assistant professor, published a chapter, titled “Serotonergic Psychedelics: Experimental Approaches for Assessing Mechanisms of Action,” in the Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology: Drugs of Abuse in the 2010’s.

Dr. Melissa Chesson, clinical associate professor, and Dr. Gina Ryan, clinical professor, contributed to “Activities designed to simultaneously meet discipline-specific course” in the Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice; 10: 24-29.

Dr. Susan W. Miller, professor and chair of pharmacy practice, was appointed to serve as a reviewer for the Centers for Disease Control Special Emphasis Panel.

Dr. Nader Moniri, associate professor, co-authored “The role of free-fatty acid receptor-4 (FFA4) in human cancers and cancer cell lines” in Biochemical Pharmacology; 150: 170-180.

Dr. Pamela Moye, clinical associate professor, and Dr. Maria Thurston, clinical assistant professor, published “Impact of a pharmacy team-led intervention program on the readmission rate of elderly patients with heart failure” in the American Journal of Health System Pharmacists; 75(4): 183-190.

Dr. Kevin Murnane, assistant professor, and Dr. Clinton Canal, assistant professor, presented “Pharmacology of Second-Generation Synthetic Cathinones” at the Mercer School of Medicine and College of Pharmacy Research Symposium. Dr. Canal also presented “Preclinical Development of a Serotonin 5-HT7/5-HT1A Receptor Partial Agonist for Fragile X Syndrome” and “Drug Discovery for Fragile X Syndrome Targeting Select Serotonin Receptors” at the conference.

Dr. Maria Thurston, clinical assistant professor, was presented with the Award for Excellence in Assessment from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Dr. Thurston also published “Innovations Grant Project Update: Building Blocks to Better Blood Pressure – An Interactive Tool for Patient Education” in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Ambulatory Care PRN Spring 2018 Newsletter. 

Jody Blanke, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Law, had his most recent article, “Privacy and Outrage,” selected as one of the best law review articles related to entertainment, publishing and/or the arts published within the last year. As such, it will be included in the 2018 edition of the Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts Handbook, an anthology published annually by Thomson Reuters (West).

Dr. Antonio Saravia, associate professor of economics, authored an article, titled “Trade Effects of U.S. Antidumping Actions against China,” last year in the Asian Economic Journal that was recognized by the publishers as one of the journal’s top 20 most downloaded papers in recent history.

Dr. Lane Wakefield, assistant professor of sports marketing and analytics, was elected to serve a two-year term as vice chair of industry engagement/social events for the American Marketing Association’s Sport and Sponsorship-Linked Marketing Special Interest Group.

Dr. Natasha Laibhen-Parkes, clinical assistant professor, was keynote speaker on May 15 for DeKalb County School District high school students who will be taking the CNA exam.

Nicole P. Lipscomb-King, instructional designer, presented “Establishing Barrier Elimination in Universal Course Design” April 20 at the Georgia Council of Graduate Schools Spring Conference in Macon.

Dr. Laura Madden, clinical assistant professor, was part of a task force to study how to improve second victim syndrome/just culture/safe medication administration in nursing education, and is writing a white paper for the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses Institute.

Dr. Ruth McCaffrey, professor, was an invited speaker for the Healing Garden Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr. Darlene Rogers, clinical instructor, attended the ASPIRE-T3-Train The Trainer Conference in April at the University of Virginia for the Georgia Interprofessional Curriculum Advisory Network.

Dr. David G. Garber Jr., associate professor of Old Testament and Hebrew and director of distance learning, was invited to speak at the annual conference of the Minerva Center for the Relations between Israel and Aram in Biblical Times at Leipzig University. Dr. Garber gave a lecture on “The Trace of Inter-Generational Trauma in the Composition History of Ezekiel” May 17 in Leipzig, Germany.

Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes, associate professor of practical theology, delivered the 2018 Schaff Memorial Lectures on the topic of “Race, Gender, and the Imago Dei” May 1-3 at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Dr. Caroline M. Brackette, associate professor of counseling, received the 2018 American Counseling Association (ACA) Southern Region Leadership Award for leadership and advocacy as branch president of the ACA of Georgia. Dr. Brackette also gave the conference welcome to more than 5,000 counselors at the 66th American Counseling Association Annual Conference and Expo at the World Congress Center in Atlanta. She is set to conclude her two years as president of ACA of Georgia having accomplished the goal to revitalize what is now the newest ACA state entity.

Dr. David Lane, professor of counseling, presented “Attachment, Grief, and Trauma: A Cord of Three Strands” with Dr. Donna Lane, adjunct professor of counseling, and Ralph Menard, second-year doctoral student in counselor education and supervision, for the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia’s annual convention May 9 in Atlanta. Dr. David Lane also was presented both the Linda Painter Service Award and the Dr. John C. Burns Lifetime Achievement Award by the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia at its annual convention on May 11. This is the first time the association has presented its top-two awards to the same person in the same year.

Dr. Feng Liu, associate professor of informatics, and Dr. Colleen Stapleton, professor of science, co-authored a grant received by Penfield College’s Department of Mathematics, Science and Informatics from the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). Mercer is one of 24 institutions nationwide out of 134 that applied to receive a mini-grant to advance civic learning and social responsibility as expected dimensions within students’ majors. The AAC&U grant, designed to enable rethinking of departmental disciplinary designs for learning, life, work and citizenship, is supported by funding from The Endeavor Foundation: Civic Prompts: Civic Learning in the Major.

Dr. Richard H. Martin, professor of criminal justice and homeland security, reviewed the following articles: “Utopia: Critical Zone Observatory as a Scientific Tool in Colombia to Reduce Social Violence and Investigate Environmental Crimes” and “How to Influence the Masses: Predicted Model of the Propaganda Characteristics Used by Jihadist Groups” for the Forensic Research and Criminology International Journal; “Comparing the Effects of Different Body Armour Systems on the Occupational Performance of Police Officers” for the International Journal of Environmental and Public Health; and “Experiences and Coping Strategies of Children From Child-Headed Households in Swaziland” for the Journal of Education and Trainings Studies.

Dr. Tyler Wilkinson, assistant professor of counseling, was invited to serve a three-year term, beginning July 1, as a full editorial board member of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision’s national, peer-reviewed journal Counselor Education and Supervision.

Dr. Richard O. Mines Jr., professor of environmental and civil engineering and civil engineering startup coordinator, was granted lifetime membership status in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).  Dr. Mines was recognized for his lifetime commitment to ASCE and to the civil engineering profession.  He has been an active member of ASCE since 1975 and became a Fellow in 2007.

Daisy H. Floyd, University Professor of Law and Ethical Information, presented “The Justice Mission of Externships: Preparing our Students to Advocate for Justice” at the Externships 9 Conference March 11 in Athens.

Timothy W. Floyd, Tommy Malone Distinguished Chair in Trial Advocacy and director of experiential education, presented “The Justice Mission of Externships” at the Externships 9 Conference March 11 in Athens.

Sarah L. Gerwig, associate professor, presented “You’re Not the Boss of Me (Or Are You?): Navigating Client Confidence and Issue Selection in Appellate Work” at the Appellate Seminar at Georgia State College of Law in May. The seminar was sponsored by the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She also presented on “Constitutional Law” at the Georgia Probate Judges Spring Conference in March on St. Simons Island, and she organized and spoke at the Kids and Crime Mini-Symposium at Mercer.

David C. Hricik, professor, made two presentations for the Practicing Law Institute. The first, during the 2018 Critical Issues and Best Practices event April 6 in New York, was titled “Ethics for Practitioners.” The second, at the Patent Law Institute Critical Issues 2018 event April 27 in San Francisco, was titled “Ethics for Patent Practitioners.” He also provided the guest lecture at the Austin IP Inn of Court monthly meeting on April 19. He participated in two discussion groups as a panelist. The first, on “Issues and Best Practices in Communicating with Domestic and Foreign Patent Agents,” was at the second annual Energy Industry IP Law Conference, sponsored by the Center for American and International Law, March 22 in Houston, Texas. Other panelists included Craig Lundell and Sharon Israel, who served as discussion leader. The second discussion, on “Ethics Before PTAB,” was at the Patent and Trademark Appeals Board’s annual conference, sponsored by the PTAB Bar Association, March 23 in Washington, D.C. Other panelists included Michael McCabe and Marc Peters, who served as discussion leader.

Linda D. Jellum, Ellison Capers Palmer Sr. Professor of Law, published an article, titled, “Who cares about law? Why the arguments in the amicus curiae’s brief may win the day,” for the Yale Journal on Regulation Notice and Comment.

Stephen M. Johnson, professor, participated as a panelist in a discussion, “Litigation Update on the WOTUS rule,” at the Association of State Wetlands Managers’ annual meeting, sponsored by the Association of State Wetlands Managers, April 11 in Washington, D.C.

Jeremy Kidd, associate professor, authored an article, titled “Probate Funding and the Litigation Funding Debate,” that was accepted by Washington and Lee Law Review, 76. He also authored an article, titled “The Emerging Probate Funding Debate and its Flawed Origins,” for Litigation Finance Journal, and has a book, titled Mastering Sales, currently in press with Carolina Press.

John Perkins, reference services librarian and adjunct professor, co-authored, with Dr. Angela Oluwakemi Shogbon (principal author), Dr. Bobby C. Jacob and Matthew Hogan, an article, titled “Implementation of a Hospital-wide Structured Interprofessional Education Program at a Non-Academic Health-System.” The article, currently under review, was sponsored by Mercer through a Mercer University Health Sciences Center Interprofessional Education Developmental Grant award of $2,800.

David T. Ritchie, director of international initiatives and professor of law and philosophy, taught at the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights Workshop March 15 in Oxford, United Kingdom. The subject of his presentation was “Critical Perspectives on Human Rights.”

Michael D. Sabbath, Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute/W. Homer Drake Jr. Endowed Chair in Bankruptcy Law, made two recent presentations at the Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute. The first was on “Perfection of Security Interests,” and the second was on “Security Interests in Consumer Cases.”

Karen Sneddon, professor, published an article, titled “What Advance Directive Considerations May Lead to a Malpractice Action?,” in the March edition of Medical Law Perspectives. She also made a presentation on “Brain Breaks for the Legal Writing Classroom” at the Southeast Region Legal Writing Conference, sponsored by Emory Law School and Georgia State Law School, April 21 in Atlanta.

Scott Titshaw, associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor, made a presentation on “Acquired and Derivative Citizenship” at the American Immigration Lawyers Association Audio Seminar in March. He also made a presentation, titled “Throwing the Baby Out with the Patriarchy,” at the Home and Homecoming Symposium, sponsored by Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law and Justice, in April in Berkeley, California.

Dr. Jennifer L. Barkin, associate professor of community medicine and obstetrics and gynecology, had an op-ed, titled “To Paxil, with Love,” published on KevinMD.com.

Dr. Christy Bridges, associate professor of histology and director of the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences Program, was recently appointed to the editorial board of two journals: Biochemical Pharmacology and the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A.

Dr. John Bucholtz, dean for clinical education in Columbus and associate professor of family medicine and community medicine, received the Nikitas J. Zervanos Outstanding Program Director Award from the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors and the American Academy of Family Physicians. The award annually recognizes a family medicine residency director who has made a significant national contribution to the specialty of family medicine.

Dr. Hemant Goyal, assistant professor and assistant director of the IM Residency Program, served as the principal author on “New and emerging therapies in treatment of Clostridium difficile infection,” a literature review published in the March edition of the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He also served as guest editor for the focused issue on “Role of Biomarkers in gastrointestinal disorders” in the Journal of Laboratory and Precision Medicine, and wrote a preface, titled “Laboratory biomarkers in the diagnosis, management, and prognosis of gastrointestinal disorders,” for the issue.

Dr. Edward C. Klatt, professor of pathology, served as the judge for scientific presentations at the Pathology Informatics Summit meeting May 22-23 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Betsy E. Smith, assistant professor of internal medicine and community medicine, and co-author Dr. Jennifer L. Barkin, associate professor of community medicine and obstetrics and gynecology, published “The Impact of Stressful Life Events on the Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes in U.S. Adults from the Health and Retirement Study” in the Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences in April.

Kim Meredith, career counselor, and Lanie Damon, career development adviser at Georgia Tech, presented on “Enhancing Professional Identity: How We Practice Our Own Career Development” at the 2018 Georgia Career Development Association conference on March 16 in Atlanta. Their presentation focused on building professional identity and self-efficacy in career counselors through the practice of peer consultation. Meredith was recently nominated for the 2018 Outstanding Career Practitioner Award through the National Career Development Association.

Mark Williams, information technology support technician of client support services, attained CompTIA A+ certification.

Laura M. Botts, assistant dean for archives and digital initiatives and associate professor, received her Master of Business Administration degree from Mercer’s Stetson School of Business and Economics on May 12. She also was selected to join the Georgia Knowledge Repository Committee for GALILEO, the state of Georgia’s virtual library service.