Faculty and Staff Notables


College of Liberal Arts

Dr. David A. Davis, associate professor of English, published the essay “Coals to Newcastle; or, Teaching the South in the South” in Appalachia in Regional Context: Place Matters, edited by Dwight B. Billings and Ann E. Kingsolver. He also moderated a plenary session on the career and legacy of Trudier Harris and spoke on a roundtable about teaching and activism at the Society for the Study of Southern Literature biennial conference in Austin, Texas.

Dr. Andy Digh, associate professor of computer science and director of INT 101, attended the integrative symposium “Soul of a Nation” Feb. 17 at the Crystal Bridges Art Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas. The symposium looked at the role of artists in the Civil Rights Movement, as well as whether art should communicate a political message.

Dr. John Marson Dunaway, professor emeritus of French and interdisciplinary studies, co-chaired, with Dr. Matt Harper, assistant professor of history and Africana studies, the organizing committee for the 14th Annual Building the Beloved Community Symposium held Feb. 6-7 with keynote speaker the Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, professor of church growth and evangelism at North Park Seminary in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Sarah E. Gardner, Distinguished University Professor of History, presented “Writing the Dead in the Age of the Undead: Rebecca Harding Davis's Civil War Short Stories” at the Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference Feb. 15-18 in Austin, Texas. She also published “What We Talk About When We Talk About Confederate Monuments” in Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective in January.

Dr. Chris Grant, professor and chair of political science, Dr. Lori A. Johnson, professor of political science, and Dr. Elizabeth Harper, assistant professor of English, attended the Reacting to the Past Winter Conference at the University of Georgia in January. Dr. Grant participated in the reacting game “Defining a Nation: India on the Eve of Independence, 1945,” in which students struggled to reconcile religious identity with nation building. Dr. Johnson played a role in “Kentucky, 1861: Loyalty, State, and Nation,” which grappled with questions about the future of slavery and the constitutionality of secession, and Dr. Harper participated in “The Threshold of Democracy: Athens in 403 B.C.E.,” examining the origins of democracy as informed by Plato's Republic.

Dr. Lori A. Johnson, professor of political science, and Dr. Sara Appleby, assistant professor of psychology, participated in a conference last fall honoring the 20th anniversary of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program based at Temple University. The theme of the conference was “The Power of Connection and Community” and included sessions at Swarthmore College and Graterford Prison.

Dr. Clara Mengolini, assistant professor of Spanish, and Dr. Antonio Saravia, assistant professor of economics, co-authored a paper, titled “How Do Socio-Economic Conditions Matter for Socialist Indoctrination? The Case of Latin America's 21st Century Socialism,” which was accepted for presentation at the 43rd annual meeting of the Association of Private Enterprise Education in April in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dr. Chinekwu Obidoa, assistant professor of global health, delivered an invited talk, titled “Changing Narratives of Africa, Implications for Health Intervention and Development,” for the 2017-2018 Global South Seminar Series at Georgia Southwestern State University Jan. 23 in Americus.

Dr. Anya Silver, professor of English, was interviewed about her latest collection of poetry, “Second Bloom,” for GPB's “On Second Thought” on Jan. 29.

Dr. Fletcher Winston, associate professor of sociology, was recognized by the American Sociological Association for his assignment “The Other Me: An Assignment to Develop the Sociological Imagination by Imagining a Walk in Someone Else's Shoes,” which is among the top 10 most downloaded resources of 2017 in TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. The assignment was the fifth-most downloaded teaching resource out of more than 3,000 selections published in TRAILS. This is the third consecutive year that the assignment was recognized for being among the top 10 most downloaded resources.

College of Pharmacy

Dr. Ashish Advani, clinical associate professor, presented “InpharmD: a mobile drug information center offering customized evidence” at the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Conference Feb. 22-23 in Braselton.

Dr. Ajay Banga, professor, contributed to “Expanding the domain of drug delivery for HIV prevention: exploration of the transdermal route” in Critical Reviews in Therapeutic Drug Carrier Systems, 2017; 34(6): 551-587. Dr. Banga also contributed to “Evaluation of an activated carbon-based deactivation system for the disposal of highly abused opioid medications” in Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy, 2018; 44(1): 125-134.

Dr. C. Lea Bonner, clinical associate professor, and Dr. Kathryn Momary, associate professor, co-authored “A compliance assessment of midpoint formative assessments completed by APPE preceptors” in Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, 2018; 10(1): 14-20.

Dr. Clinton Canal, assistant professor, was the speaker at the Oglethorpe University Biology Department's BioSeminar on Feb. 15 where he presented “Drug discovery for fragile X syndrome: pitfalls and promises.” Dr. Canal also presented “Preclinical development of a serotonin 5-HT7/5-HT1A receptor partial agonist for autism” at the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Conference Feb. 22-23 in Braselton.

Dr. Martin J. D'Souza, professor, presented “Novel microneedle based micoparticulate ovarian cancer vaccines” at the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Conference Feb. 22-23 in Braselton.

Dr. Bobby Jacob, clinical assistant professor, presented “Hypoglycemia associated with insulin use during treatment of hyperkalemia among emergency department patients” and “Clinical outcomes associated with potential misclassification of Clostridium difficile infection” at the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Conference Feb. 22-23 in Braselton.

Dr. Joshua Davis Kinsey, clinical assistant professor, presented “Adherence to hydroxyurea suspension and rates of hospitalization in pediatric patients with sickle cell disease” at the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Conference Feb. 22-23 in Braselton.

Dr. Jennifer Knaack, assistant professor, was appointed councilor to the American Chemical Society. Dr. Knaack and Dr. Ajay Banga, professor, co-authored “Dihydroergotamine mesylate-loaded dissolving microneedle patch made of polyvinylpyrrolidone for management of acute migraine therapy” in the Journal of Controlled Release, 2017; 268: 159-165.

Dr. T. Vivian Liao, clinical assistant professor, presented “Implementation of an analgosedation protocol in critically ill trauma patients” at the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Conference Feb. 22-23 in Braselton.

Dr. Nicole Metzger, clinical associate professor, co-authored “Optimizing the treatment of steroid-induced hyperglycemia” in Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 2018; 52(1): 86-90. Dr. Metzger also presented “Development of acute kidney injury in patients with cystic fibrosis treated with tobramycin versus colistin” at the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Conference Feb. 22-23 in Braselton.

Dr. Nader H. Moniri, associate dean for research and associate professor, and co-author Ilya Senatorov, a current Pharm.D./Ph.D. student, published “The role of free-fatty acid receptor-4 (FFA4) in human cancers and cancer cell lines” in Biochemical Pharmacology.

Dr. Pamela Moye, clinical associate professor, and Dr. Maria Miller Thurston, clinical assistant professor, co-authored “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 Pharmacy, 2018; 75(4): 183-190.

Dr. Lydia C. Newsom, clinical assistant professor, presented “Correlation of statin intensity and clinical outcomes following coronary artery bypass grafting surgery” at the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Conference Feb. 22-23 in Braselton.

Dr. Angela Shogbon Nwaesei, clinical associate professor, presented “Student pharmacist clinical interventions in optimizing the care of patients with stroke or transient ischemic attack at a community hospital” at the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Conference Feb. 22-23 in Braselton.

Dr. Sweta Patel, clinical assistant professor, contributed to “2017 Updates on the accomplishments and initiatives of the ACCP ambulatory care practice and research network (PRN)” in Pharmacotherapy, 2017; 37(12): E216-E216.

Dr. Sam Peasah, assistant professor, was awarded $92,000 from UCB Pharma for “Economic burden of adverse drug events of anti-epileptic drugs.” Dr. Peasah co-authored “School-Based Influenza Vaccination: Health and Economic Impact of Maine's 2009 Influenza Vaccination Program” in Health Services Research, 2017; 52: 2307-2330. Dr. Peasah also presented “The role of pharmacists in the prevention and treatment of hospital-acquired infections” at the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Conference Feb. 22-23 in Braselton.

Dr. Gina Ryan, clinical professor, presented “Lipoprotein subclasses and apolipoproteins in African-American men with type 2 diabetes,” “The relationship between of HDL-C levels and lipoprotein subclasses and Taq1B & I450V polymorphisms in the CETP gene in African-Americans with type 2 diabetes” and “Closing communication gap about medication utilization: evaluation of patient-specific behaviors for not bringing medication bottles to clinic” at the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Conference Feb. 22-23 in Braselton.

Dr. Maria Miller Thurston, clinical assistant professor, presented “Optimizing the approach of mobile application use to improve medication adherence and blood pressure in patients with hypertension” at the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Conference Feb. 22-23 in Braselton.

Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics

Jody Blanke, Ernest L. Baskin Jr. Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Law, was interviewed for an article in Vice News about privacy law regarding the Supreme Court's pending decision in Carpenter v. United States. Blanke also represented the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) as its president at the annual conference of the Pacific Southwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business in Palm Springs, California. He also presided over the midyear meeting of the executive committee of the ALSB and participated in a panel discussion about impact and publication requirements under new Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business standards.

Dr. Geoffrey Ngene, associate professor of finance, had his paper “Is the Causal Relationship Between Sovereign Credit Risk and Oil Price Asymmetric Nonlinear?” accepted for presentation at the annual conference of The Association of Private Enterprise Education April 1-4 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dr. Antonio Saravia, assistant professor of economics, and Dr. Clara Mengolini, assistant professor of Spanish, co-authored a paper, titled “How Do Socio-Economic Conditions Matter for Socialist Indoctrination? The Case of Latin America's 21st Century Socialism,” which was accepted for presentation at the 43rd annual meeting of the Association of Private Enterprise Education in April in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dr. Lane Wakefield, assistant professor of sports marketing and analytics, was interviewed by the Birmingham Business Journal for a story on a new football stadium being built in Birmingham. The business school hosted more than 25 professionals at its Sports Marketing and Analytics Advisory Board Meeting and Combine on Feb. 2. Representatives from the Braves, Falcons, Hawks, Fox Sports and more came to Macon to offer their expertise, hold “chalk talks” with students and interview students. The Atlanta Hawks offered full-time positions to three students as a result of this meeting.

Dr. J. Michael Weber, professor of marketing and senior associate dean, was featured in a recent piece by WalletHub about airline credit cards.

James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology

Paul E. Knowlton, founding director of the Institute for Spirituality in the Professions, authored an article, titled “The spiritually informed executive: Advanced leadership that increases wellness, well-being and value,” for the Feb. 9-15 edition of the Atlanta Business Chronicle. He also presented “Attorney Well-Being: Honoring Yourself in an Honorable Profession” for the State Bar of Georgia's program on “Building Personal and Professional Resilience on Feb. 16.

Dr. Thomas B. Slater, professor of New Testament studies, published The Son of Man in Second Temple Judaism: Reviewing and Advancing the Scholarly Debate in Edwin Mellen Press' Frontiers of Scholarly Debate series. The series addresses issues on the forefront of scholarly research. Dr. Slater has published five other scholarly essays and received a grant from the Society of Biblical Literature on this topic in the past quarter-century. This latest work represents the culmination of all his research.

Penfield College

Dr. Richard H. Martin, professor of criminal justice and homeland security, conducted peer reviews of the articles “Blood Droplet Dynamics and its Forensic Implication in Crime Scene Investigation,” “Violent Individuals: Beyond the Gender Issue” and “Methods used in conflict resolution among Sinhala Buddhist university students in a leading university in Sri Lanka” for the Forensic Research and Criminology International Journal. He conducted a peer review of “Effects of scaled-up professional development courses about inquiry-based learning on teachers” for the Journal of Education and Training Studies.

Dr. Lynn Tankersley, associate professor of criminal justice, presented a paper, titled “Reducing Monotony in Online Criminal Justice Courses,” at the 55th annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Feb. 13-17 in New Orleans.

School of Medicine

Dr. Jennifer L. Barkin, assistant professor of community medicine and obstetrics and gynecology, published “Validity of a clinical diagnosis of bipolar disorder among participants in a multicentric study using the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview” in Bipolar Disorders.

Dr. Hemant Goyal, assistant professor and assistant director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, co-authored “Circulating blood biomarkers in essential hypertension: a literature review” in the December issue of the Journal of Laboratory and Precision Medicine.

Kim Meeks, library assistant professor and director of the Skelton Medical Libraries, published an article reviewing the online global serials directory Ulrichsweb. The article appeared in the eBookshelf column in the Feb. 20 online edition of the Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries.

Wanda Thomas, library instructor and clinical reference librarian, published an article for MLA News titled “Hospital Librarianship: Collaboration to Achieve Innovation,” which appeared online on Jan 31.

Tift College of Education

Dr. Robbie J. Marsh, assistant professor of special education, was elected president of the Georgia chapter of the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders, a previously defunct organization with a renewed mission to gather professionals who work with students with emotional and behavioral disorders to improve their outcomes. Dr. Marsh also was invited to be a member of the Metro Atlanta School Districts' Autism Consortia. The consortia is a group of professionals who meet to discuss and plan improving teacher skills and school program development to better meet the needs of students with autism spectrum disorders.

Dr. Barbara G. McWethy, instructor and coordinator of the Early Learning and Development Program, was elected state representative to the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Dr. Justus Randolph, associate professor, authored a review of the book The science of computing: Shaping a discipline in ACM Inroads, 9(1), 8-9.

dr. debra leigh walls rosenstein, associate professor, presented “Farm to School Institute: Action Planning” at the Georgia Organics Conference Feb. 17 in Augusta.

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 with the Ehnes Quartet for the Friends of Chamber Music of Miami Feb. 1 in Gusman Concert Hall in Coral Gables, Florida. The Ehnes Quartet is composed of James Ehnes and Amy Schwartz Moretti, violins, Richard O'Neill, viola, and Edward Arron, cello. Their all-Beethoven program in Florida included the rarely played String Quintet, Op.29, which requires two violas. Violist Roberto Diaz joined the quartet for the work. The Ehnes Quartet presented a different all-Beethoven program for the University of South Carolina Beaufort Chamber Music in Beaufort, South Carolina, Jan. 28, as well as Chamber Music on Main at the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, South Carolina, Jan. 30. A program of Haydn, Bartók and Beethoven was presented by the Ehnes Quartet for the Chamber Soloists of Detroit in Detroit, Michigan, Dec. 1, Musical Masterworks in Old Lyme, Connecticut, Dec. 2-3, and the Fabian Concert Series in Macon on Dec. 4. The Ehnes Quartet performed Haydn, Dvořák and Beethoven for the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach in Palm Beach, Florida, Nov. 28. The quartet performed Mozart, Bartók and Beethoven with clarinetist Stephen Williamson for Linton Chamber Music in Cincinnati, Ohio, Oct. 29-30. Moretti performed concerts in Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall for the Seattle Chamber Music Winter Festival in Seattle, Washington, Jan. 19-21. She presented works by Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, Elgar and Mozart performing with pianists Max Levinson and Andrew Armstrong, cellists Edward Arron and Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, violinist James Ehnes, and violists David Harding and Yura Lee. Moretti also performed for the Ovation Concert Series presenting works by Saint-Saëns and Dvořák with pianist Andrew Armstrong and the Charleston Chamber Players at the Dock Street Theatre in Charleston, South Carolina, Nov. 12.

University Libraries

Gail Morton, research services librarian and assistant professor, authored “Hurry up and slow down already,” which was accepted for publication in the July issue of Autism Parenting Magazine.