Faculty and Staff Notables


College of Continuing and Professional Studies

Dr. Wesley Barker, assistant professor of religious studies, participated in a panel discussion on teaching in November at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Md. Dr. Barker was recently invited by the Greek Consulate of Atlanta in partnership with Georgia State University to present a lecture, titled “Antigone's Mythic Receptions: From Hegel to Irigaray,” Feb. 18 at the Atlanta Goethe Zentrum.

Dr. Tim Craker, associate professor of comparative literature and philosophy, presented a paper, titled “Between the Kernel of Corn and the Sovereign Sun,” at The Conference of the Americas, held Feb. 7-8 at Georgia College.

Dr. Suneetha B. Manyam, associate professor of counseling and human sciences, presented on “Professor – Student Qualitative Research Methodology e-Learning Experiences in Counselor Education and Supervision Program” at the 26th Annual Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference on Feb. 10 in Las Vegas. Dr. Manyam has also volunteered to teach Bhagavat Gita (Hindu Bible) chanting classes for children, ages 6-18, at Chinmaya Mission, a non-profit organization in Alpharetta.

Dr. Karen Rowland, associate professor of counseling, and Anna E. Gilbert, counseling graduate student, had a paper, titled “Amazing Grace: A Book Review for Second and Third Grade Classroom Guidance,” accepted for publication in the Georgia School Counselors Association (GSCA) magazine,
Beacon. Dr. Rowland also co-authored a paper, titled “Staying Safe While on the Net or on Your Cell: A Classroom Guidance on Cyber Safety,” with Patricia Woods, a counseling graduate student. Both papers will be published in the spring edition of
Beacon in April.

College of Liberal Arts

Dr. John Marson Dunaway, professor of French and interdisciplinary studies, organized and hosted the 10th annual Building the Beloved Community Symposium to an overflow crowd on Feb. 18-19. The keynote speaker was Sam Oni (CLA '67), the first black student admitted to Mercer. The symposium was part of the year-long celebration of the University's desegregation, “Looking Back and Moving Forward: 50 Years of Integration at Mercer.”

Scot J. Mann, associate professor of communication and theatre, choreographed swordplay and arranged stunts for the multi-million dollar extravaganza, “Pirates Voyage,” in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The production is one of the most popular attractions in the area and runs through Oct. 31.

Dr. Kathy Kloepper, assistant professor of chemistry, was awarded support from the American Society of Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) to fund a visit and seminar by Dr. Matthew Bush of the University of Washington in November. The ASMS Speaker Program acknowledged the turnout at the seminar and incorporation of his visit into Dr. Kloepper's class schedule for Instrumental Analysis (CHM 341). These activities are detailed in the most recent print edition of the peer-reviewed
Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry Group.

Dr. Jennifer Look, assistant professor of chemistry, and
Dr. Kevin Drace, assistant professor of biology, co-hosted a Science Café event at Jittery Joes in Mercer Village on Feb. 11. Despite winter storm warnings, more than 20 Mercer students and members of the public came out to learn about the science involved in turning plant extracts into perfumes. Dr. Look also took four students to the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition meeting at Agnes Scott University in Atlanta on Feb. 15 to describe Mercer's Common Ground Safe Space Program and discuss anti-bullying and civil rights activism in Georgia schools. Dr. Look also had a magazine article accepted for publication with student co-author Kevin Jiles on “Mocktail Party: A Successful Interdisciplinary Activity for Bringing Students and Professors Together To Discuss Research and Science-Related Extracurricular Activities.” The article will be published in the April edition of
inChemistry magazine.

Dr. Mary Alice Morgan, senior vice-provost for service-learning and professor of English, presented a workshop on “Stopping Violence Against Women: What You Can Do” at the conference on “The Judsons: Celebrating 200 Years of Baptist Missions, Learning from the Past and Looking to the Future” on Nov. 16, at the McAfee School of Theology. As a finalist for the 2013 Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award, Dr. Morgan was a panelist for a session, titled “Powerful Practices for an Engaged Campus,” at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 24. The Ehrlich Award recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated exemplary engaged scholarship and leadership in advancing students' civic learning, promoting university-community partnerships, and building institutional commitments to service-learning and civic engagement.

Dr. Anya Silver, professor of English, published three poems, “Ya Quddus,” “Three Roses,” and “By Other Names,” in
Image Magazine, p. 60-62, issue 79. Dr. Silver was also featured in an interview with Julia Kasdorf in
Image Magazine. Her poem, “I Watched You Disappear” was published in
Five Points, vol. 15, no. 1, p. 38. Dr. Silver was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and had a book launch at Associated Writing Programs Conference in Seattle, Wash., on Feb. 28.

Dr. Beth Stewart, Plunkett Professor of Art History, published a review on Rocco Sinisgalli's “Perspective in the Culture of Classical Antiquity,” Cambridge University Press 2013, in the
Southeast College Art Conference Review 2013, which appeared in print in February. She also presented a talk, titled “Yamato-e, Yamato-yo: Japanese Aesthetics,” at the Culture of Japan workshop sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts' Asia Initiative Committee on Feb. 15.  

Dr. Bridget Trogden, associate professor of chemistry and director of INT 101, presented at the Association of American Colleges and Universities National Meeting in January. Her presentation title was “Flipping & Clickers & Vodcasts – Oh My! Integrating Technology without the Classroom Becoming a Three-Ring Circus.” Dr. Trogden was also recently invited by the Center for Community Engagement at Oglethorpe University to lead a faculty development workshop. Her talk title was on “The Future of Service-Learning,” and the session was part of Oglethorpe's A-Lab, which integrates curricular activities with engagement opportunities.

Marian Zielinski, professor of communications studies and theatre, won the third-place award in 3-D art for her art quilt, titled “Passages,” at Middle Georgia Art Association's Winter Arts Festival on exhibit Feb. 21-March 14 in the Ingleside Gallery.

College of Health Professions

Dr. Cheryl Gaddis, assistant professor of practice in the College of Health Professions, was selected as a Certified in Public Health (CPH) exam item-writer by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

Dr. Philip Fabrizio, assistant professor, co-authored “Variability of muscle attachment sites and potential impact on changes in muscle function – a pilot” in
Clinical Anatomy, 2013; 26: 1038-39; and “A qualitative and quantitative description of the lateral plantar nerve: a pilot study” in
Clinical Anatomy, 2013; 26: 1044-45.

Dr. Ann Lucado, assistant professor, co-authored “Manual therapy with transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation in a patient with frozen shoulder: a case report” in the
Journal of Student Physical Therapy Research, 2014; 7(1): 8-18.

Dr. David Taylor, clinical assistant professor, is the recipient of the Lynn Philippi Advocacy for Older Adults Award from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Dr. Niamh Tunney, clinical assistant professor, is the recipient of the 2013 Achievement in Education Award from the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia.

Dr. Nannette Turner, chair of the Public Health Department, director of the Master of Public Health Program and associate professor, is the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Educator/Researcher Award from the Georgia Rural Health Association.

Dr. Deborah Wendland, assistant professor, was awarded the Research Award from the American Physical Therapy Association, Wound Management Special Interest Group of the Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management Section for “The Effect of Physical Activity on the Stiffness of Plantar Skin in People with and without Diabetes.” Dr. Wendland was also awarded the 2013 Merit Award from the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia.

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, 2014; 27(1): 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.

Dr. Nader H. Moniri, associate professor, and
Dr. Rebecca N. Burns, 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(4): 650-659. Dr. Moniri also was appointed associate dean for research.

Georgia Baptist College of Nursing

Susan Estes, clinical associate professor, was selected as a reviewer and participated in a review of the textbook: “Successful Nurse Communication: Safe Care, Positive Workplace, and Rewarding Careers,” published by F.A. Davis. She was also selected as a reviewer and participated in a review of the textbook, “Study Guide for Fundamentals of Nursing” (8th Ed.), published by Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

Elaine Harris, clinical associate professor, was selected as reviewer of five chapters in the textbook, “Complex Wound Care” (5th Ed.), published by Elsevier.

Helen Hodges, professor,
Tanya Sudia-Robinson, professor and
Patricia Troyan, associate professor, had their podium presentation, “Integrated Selected Courses in PhD & DNP Education: Lessons Learned,” accepted at the American Associate of Colleges of Nursing Doctoral Conference.

Fran Kamp, clinical associate professor, joined the editorial advisory board with Lippincott Williams and Wilkins and Laerdal Medical for a new virtual simulation product.

Karen Maxwell, clinical assistant professor, was inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society at The University of Alabama.

Tanya Sudia-Robinson, professor, published “Legal & Ethical Issues in Neonatal Care” in “Comprehensive Neonatal Nursing Care” (5th Ed.), Kenner & Lott, Springer Publishing Company LLC, 2014. Sudia-Robinson's American Association of Colleges of Nursing Doctoral Conference podium abstract, “Ethics Content Across U.S. Doctoral Nursing Programs: A Systematic Review and Exemplar Course Development,” was also published.

McAfee School of Theology

Dr. Nancy Declaisse-Walford, Carolyn Ward Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages, completed the filming of a 13-week series, “Introduction to Biblical Greek,” that aired Monday, March 3, at 3 p.m., on Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasting.

School of Engineering

Dr. Behnam Kamali, professor of electrical and computer engineering, was cited by
Airlines for America SmartBrief on his research cooperation with NASA and FAA on development of aeronautical mobile airport communications systems (AeroMACS). The citation appeared on Feb. 19.

School of Medicine

Dr. Jennifer L. Barkin, assistant professor of community medicine, and colleagues were awarded the President's Choice Award by the
Journal of Pediatric Health Care for their article, titled “Integration of Pediatric Mental Health Care: An Evidence-Based Workshop for Primary Care Providers.” Dr. Barkin was the senior author on the publication.

Dr. Doris Greenberg, associate clinical professor of pediatrics, delivered three lectures in Doha, Qatar, at the Third International Psychiatry Symposium in early December. She spoke about “The Child Who Isn't Talking,” “Breaking the News: How to Discuss the Diagnosis of Autism” and “The Behavioral Healthcare of Adults With Down Syndrome.” In January, Dr. Greenberg presented a plenary session and two workshops on ADHD for the American Academy of Pediatrics DB-PREP course in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics in Atlanta.

Dr. Albert Jiang, professor of genetics, and his colleagues published the following papers: “Decreased expression and DNA methylation levels of GATAD1 in preeclamptic placentas” in
Cell Signal, 2014 Jan 22; 26(5): 959-967. doi: 10.1016/j.cellsig.2014.01.013. PMID: 24462704; and “Reduced syncytin-1 expression in choriocarcinoma BeWo cells activates the calpain1-AIF-mediated apoptosis, implication for preeclampsia” in
Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, 2014 Jan 12. PMID: 24413738.

Dr. Balint Kacsoh, professor of anatomy and physiology in the Division of Basic Medical Sciences, translated the novel, “The Frontier Garrison,” by Jenõ Rejtõ, from Hungarian into English and published it in paperback form and on the Kindle platform. Dr. Kacsoh will soon publish another translated book.

Dr. Edward C. Lauterbach, professor emeritus of psychiatry and neurology, recently published the invited article, “Neuroprotective effects of psychotropic drugs in Huntington's disease,” in the
International Journal of Molecular Sciences special issue, “Neuroprotective Strategies 2013.” doi: 10.3390/ijms141122558.

Dr. Jinping Li, assistant professor of histology, and her colleagues published the following papers: “The Role of Factor Inhibiting HIF (FIH-1) in Inhibiting HIF-1 Transcriptional Activity in Glioblastoma Multiforme” in PLoS One, 2014 Jan 23; 9(1): e86102. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0086102. eCollection 2014 Jan 23. PMID: 24465898; and “HE4 transcription- and splice variants-specific expression in endometrial cancer and correlation with patient survival” in the
International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 2013 Nov 18; 14(11): 22655-77. doi: 10.3390/ijms141122655. PMID: 24252907.

Dr. Eric K. Shaw, associate professor of community medicine, co-authored a paper with colleagues from Rutgers University-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, titled “A typology of primary care workforce innovations in the United States since 2000.” The article appears in the February issue of
Medical Care.

Dr. Samuel D. Shillcutt, professor and director of neuro-psychopharmacology research, co-edited the book, “Melatonin and Melotonergic Drugs in Clinical Practice,” published by Springer in January 2014. ISBN 978-81-322-0824-2, ISBN 978-81-322-0825-9, (eBook) DOI 10.1007/ ISBN 978-81-322-0825-9. He also co-authored three chapters in the book, titled “Melatonin's Role in Alzheimer's Disease: Focus on Neuroprotective Role,” “Melatonin in Mood Disorders and Agomelatine's Antidepressant Activity” and “Jet Lag: Use of Melatonin and Melotonergic Drugs.”

Dr. Melton Strozier, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, co-authored the article, “Using Psychological Assistants and Psychometrists,” in the fall edition of
The Georgia Psychologist.

Staff and Administration

Christy N. Hardy was selected as the administrative coordinator for the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the School of Medicine's Savannah campus.

Dr. C. Jay Pendleton, vice provost for Academic and Advising Services, and
Tony Kemp, associate director of Academic and Advising Services, were invited to present at the 33rd Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience. Faculty and staff from institutions across the United States and abroad attended their session, titled “Flipping the First-Year Seminar.”

Stetson School of Business and Economics

Dr. Tammy Crutchfield, professor of marketing, and Kim Klamon, a 2011 graduate, had an article, “Assessing the Dimensions and Outcomes of an Effective Teammate,” accepted to the
Journal of Education for Business. Dr. Crutchfield and a group of 15 interns in a faculty-led internship experience are working with MGAlert, the Middle Georgia Alliance on Human Trafficking, to develop and execute a marketing campaign targeting teens. The goal is to apply peer-to-peer influences to increase awareness, education and empowerment among Middle Georgia's teens, and to develop teens who are wise and watchful on the dangers and warning signs of sex trafficking. The team has completed is strategic plan and is currently connecting with partner agencies who serve teens to initiate the first link in the peer-to-peer chain.

Dr. Susan Gilbert, dean, was interviewed by
Georgia Trend magazine regarding MBA programs in the Stetson School of Business.

Dr. Geoff Ngene, assistant professor of finance, and undergraduate Hannah Carley, had their paper, “Persistence of Volatility of Sovereign Credit Risk in Presence of Structural Breaks,” accepted for publication in the
Journal of Derivatives and Hedge Funds.

Tift College of Education

Dr. Carol Isaac, assistant professor, will speak at the annual “Women in Medicine” program, sponsored by the Mercer University School of Medicine, on Tuesday, March 4, at 5 p.m.

Dr. William Lacefield, professor of mathematics education, participated in a meeting of the primary mathematics education special interest group of the United Kingdom's Association of Teachers of Mathematics and the United Kingdom's Mathematical Association on Feb. 8 at the Open University in London, England. Dr. Lacefield also presented “Standards for Mathematical Practice USA” at TeachMeetHavering on Feb. 11 at Bower Park Academy in Havering. On Feb. 10 and 12, he visited the British Recording Industry Trust (BRIT) School, a secondary school for the performing arts in Croydon, where he addressed the mathematics faculty on “Mathematics Education in the USA” and was a guest teacher in several mathematics classes. On Feb. 14, Dr. Lacefield and Ms. Cathy Costello, head of mathematics at the BRIT School, were guest lecturers at the University of Sussex in Brighton, where they worked with mathematics teacher candidates on pedagogical strategies. In February, Dr. Lacefield also visited other schools in the London area, including The Avenue Primary School, The Crescent Primary School and Wellington Primary School. At these schools, he observed several mathematics lessons, interacted with teachers and taught small groups of pupils.

Walter F. George School of Law

Jim Fleissner, professor of law, organized and hosted a daylong program on Feb. 19 that was a collaboration between Mercer's LL.M. program in Federal Criminal Practice and Procedure and the post-doctoral fellowship program in psychology at Georgia Regents University. The program consisted of a series of simulation exercises, based on real cases, of direct and cross-examination of expert testimony by psychologists on the issues of the competency of criminal defendants to stand trial and the insanity defense.

David Hricik, professor of law, gave a presentation for at the 9th annual Advanced Patent Law Institute at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va., on Jan. 24. The presentation was titled “Ethics in Doing Deals and Settling IP Suits.” He gave a presentation for the State Bar of Arizona in Phoenix on Feb. 6, titled “Real Ethical Issues in Patent Practice.” On Feb. 20, he gave a presentation to the Austin, Texas, IP Inn of Court on Ethics in Doing Deals and Settling IP Suits. Lexis-Nexis published the third edition of his property casebook, co-authored with Professors Crump and Caudill, and also published the second edition of his book on ethical issues in patent prosecution, co-authored with Mercedes Meyer. Finally, ABA/BNA published the second edition of a book to which he contributes a chapter on the ethics of combining patent prosecution and litigation. The book is titled “Drafting Patents for Licensing and Litigation.”

Michael D. Sabbath, Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute and W. Homer Drake, Jr. Endowed Chair in Bankruptcy Law, presented a paper on “Bankruptcy and the Elderly” at the 20th Annual Mid-South Conference on Bankruptcy Law in Memphis, Tenn., on Feb. 7.

Scott Titshaw, associate professor, will be giving the following talks: “After Windsor” (panelist), AALS Workshop on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues, June 2014; “Marriages Between Same-Sex Couples Cases” (panelist), AILA Annual Conference, Boston, June 2014; “Resolving Business Disputes having an International Aspect: Georgia's New International Arbitration Code and its Use” (moderator), ATLAS & ILSA, Macon, April 2014; “Immigration and Same Sex Couples; Views on Sexual Minority Issues,” 3rd Annual Same Sex Legal Issues Conference, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta, March, 2014; and “Administrative Proceedings: Social Security and Immigration,” ABA HIV/AIDS Law and Practice Conference 2014, Atlanta, February 2014.