Faculty and Staff Notables

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Dr. Robbie J. Marsh, assistant professor of special education, had a proposal, titled “Assessing School Connectedness: A Comparative Study of Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders and Their General Education Peers,” accepted for presentation at the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychiatry conference for future directions of the field in Washington, D.C., in June.

Dr. Leah M. Panther, assistant professor of literacy education, presented “Culturally sustaining pedagogies as a framework to decolonize literacy instruction in an urban high school” at the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada. At the conference, she also co-presented “Enacting agentive, decolonizing literacies through culturally sustaining pedagogies in K-12 urban classrooms” and “‘You don’t mess with Mary!’: Youth religious identities and literacies mediating conceptions of race.”

Dr. Caroline L. Young, associate director of assessment, was elected president-elect of the Georgia Assessment Directors Association.

Dr. Jeannette Anderson, clinical associate professor of physical therapy, co-presented “Management of Patients/Clients Who Appear Under the Influence of Prescription Opioids” and “Effects of Microcurrent Intramuscular Electrical Stimulation as Adjunct Intervention to a Multimodal Physical Therapy Approach in Treating L5 Nerve Injury: A Case Report” at the annual meeting of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia March 21-24 in Atlanta.

Dr. Beth Collier, clinical assistant professor of physical therapy, presented “Live the Good Life: It’s Not What You Think!” and “Change Your Mind, Change the World” at the annual meeting of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia March 21-24 in Atlanta. Dr. Collier received the Outstanding Leadership Award from the RM Barney Poole Leadership Academy within Physical Therapy Association of Georgia.

Dr. Daniel Dale, clinical assistant professor of physical therapy, co-presented “An Immersive Conversation in the Transformation in Physical Therapy,” and co-presented, with Fran Kamp, clinical associate professor of nursing, and Suzanne Applegate, clinical assistant professor of nursing, “Stimulation with Simulation: Enhancing Acute Care Education Through Healthcare Simulation (Parts I and II)” at the annual meeting of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia March 21-24 in Atlanta.

Dr. Alyssa Fiss, associate professor of physical therapy, co-authored “Validity of the Early Activity Scale for Endurance and the 6-Minute Walk Test for children with cerebral palsy” in Pediatric Physical Therapy 2019;31(2):156-163. DOI: 10.1097/PEP.0000000000000577.

Dr. Ann Lucado, associate professor of physical therapy, co-presented “Combining Therapeutic Cupping with Exercise for the Treatment of Bilateral Peripheral Neuropathy in a Patient with a Rare Genetic Condition: A Case Report” and “Radial Tunnel Syndrome in an Adolescent Baseball Player: A Systematic Treatment Approach” at the annual meeting of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia March 21-24 in Atlanta. Dr. Lucado also presented “Weekend Warriors: Sensorimotor Rehabilitation Considerations for Athletes with Lateral Elbow Tendinopathy” and “Therapy Following thumb MCPJ UCL reconstruction with graft/internal brace” at the Philadelphia Symposium 2019: Surgery and Rehabilitation of the Hand March 2-4 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dr. David Taylor, clinical assistant professor of physical therapy, co-presented “Geriatric Syndromes: Delirium and Falls. Considerations for PT Practice” and “Contemporary Ethics and Jurisprudence for Physical Therapy Practice in GA (Parts I and II)” at the annual meeting of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG) March 21-24 in Atlanta. Dr. Taylor also received the Outstanding Outgoing Board Member Award from PTAG.

Dr. Niamh Tunney, clinical associate professor of physical therapy, co-presented “Effects of Circuit Training on Return of Physical Function in a Patient Recovering from Guillain-Barré Syndrome: A Case Report” at the annual meeting of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia March 21-24 in Atlanta.

Dr. Jonathan Addleton, adjunct professor of international and global studies, was keynote speaker for “Mongolia Day” organized April 16 by Eastern Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. In addition to officially opening the university’s new Mongolian ger (yurt), he gave a public lecture on Mongolia and the United States and spoke to College of Public Health students on humanitarian assistance programs in Asia and elsewhere. His visit was documented by local newspaper and television reports.

Craig Coleman, professor and chair of art, gave a presentation at the FATE (Foundations in Art, Theory, and Education) Conference in April. His presentation was part of a panel discussion, titled “Interdisciplinary Thing for a Better Tomorrow,” and featured four interdisciplinary projects with Mercer students in two different courses.

Dr. David A. Davis, associate professor of English, edited a special issue of South on teaching and activism in Southern studies. He also published the essay “Innocent of Any Time: Modern Temporality and the Problem of Southern Poverty” in American Studies.

Dr. John Marson Dunaway, professor emeritus of French and interdisciplinary studies, was interviewed by Rabbi Larry Schlesinger on his radio show, “Good News with Rabbi Larry,” April 14 on Praise 99.5 FM/900 AM. The interview focused on Dr. Dunaway’s work with the Beloved Community Symposium and the Paired Clergy Network. Dr. Dunaway also collaborated with Dr. Chinekwu Obidoa, assistant professor of global health, and Dr. Jonathan Addleton, adjunct professor of international and global studies, to sponsor a screening of the film “Beautifully Broken” for Betty Jean Slater’s Ethnic Awareness Program on April 17.

Dr. Joseph Keene, assistant professor of chemistry, presented “What Calorimetry Can Teach Us About Quantum Dots: A Tale of ITC” and “Integrating Physical Chemistry of Nanocrystals into an Upper-level Capstone Chemistry Laboratory Course for Undergraduates” at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society April 2 in Orlando, Florida.

Dr. Paul Lewis, professor of religion, participated in a panel on affordable housing with other community leaders as part of Act, Speak, Build Week for the Mercer chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Dr. Chinekwu Obidoa, assistant professor of global health, presented “Exploring the Impact of Globalization on Africa’s Youth through the Internet and Social Media: A Pilot Online Photo Voice Study” at the Leeds University Center for African Studies Conference April 4 at the University of Leeds in Leeds, U.K.

Dr. Tara Bertulfo, clinical assistant professor, Dr. Patricia Troyan, associate professor, and Fran Kamp, clinical associate professor, will present a poster, titled “Preëclampsia – A Novel Approach to Large Classroom Simulation,” at the Georgia Simulation Conference in May.

Fran Kamp, clinical associate professor, Suzanne Applegate, clinical assistant professor, and Dr. Daniel Dale, clinical assistant professor of physical therapy in the College of Health Professions, presented a poster, titled “Assessing Collaboration and Communication” at Mercer’s Atlanta Research Conference in April and will present this poster at the Georgia Simulation Conference in May. They also gave a four-hour podium presentation, titled “Simulation through Stimulation: Enhancing Acute Care Education through Healthcare Simulation,” at the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia Conference in March, and they will present “Saving a Life Together: Practicing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation” at the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning Conference in June. Kamp, Applegate and Dr. Daphnee Stewart, clinical instructor, will present a poster, titled “The Calm after the Storm: Creating a Community Focused Disaster,” at the Georgia Simulation Conference in May.

Dr. Daphnee Stewart, clinical instructor, presented a poster, titled “Educating Parents on Media Use in Children,” at the 40th National Conference on Pediatric Health Care in March.

Dr. Linda A. Streit, dean and professor, presented “Academic and Agency Partnerships” at the Georgia Hospital Association in April.

Dr. Ajay Banga, professor, co-authored “Development of a transdermal delivery system for tenofovir alafenamide, a prodrug of tenofovir with potent antiviral activity against HIV and HBV” in Pharmaceutics 2019, 11(4), 173.

Dr. Clint Canal, assistant professor, chaired a program section, titled “Maximizing the Therapeutic Value of Psychedelics: Recent Preclinical Studies,” April 9 at the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Canal is serving as a reviewer for the journal Pharmacology and Therapeutics through May 23. He also co-authored two presentations, titled “Assessment of Serotonin Receptors in the Brains of Fmr1 Knockout Mice” and “FPT, a Novel 5-HT1A Partial Agonist, Treats Neuropsychiatric Symptoms Modeled in Fmr1 Knockout Mice,” April 8 at the ASPET annual meeting.

Dr. Kevin Murnane, assistant professor, Dr. J. Phillip Bowen, professor, and Dr. Nader Moniri, professor, co-authored “The adrenergic receptor antagonist carvedilol interacts with serotonin 2A receptors both in vitro and in vivo” in Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior 2019, 181, 37-45. Dr. Murnane also authored “Serotonin 2A receptors are a stress response system: implications for post-traumatic stress disorder” in Behavioural Pharmacology 2019, 30 (2 and 3 – Special Issue), 151-162. Dr. Murnane was selected as one of 30 fellows to participate in Yale University’s “Innovation to Impact – 2019,” a program that trains substance abuse researchers in entrepreneurship. He advanced to regular membership in the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, the longest-standing organization in the U.S. addressing problems with drug dependence and abuse. Dr. Murnane and Dr. Canal were co-authors of the presentation “The Synthetic Cathinone Alpha-PPP Antagonizes Serotonin 5-HT2A Receptors” April 8 at the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutic annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Dr. Diane Nykamp, professor, mentored student researcher Courtney Knight who placed second in the Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Student Research Award presented April 13 at the ninth annual Atlanta Research Conference. Their research, titled “Cannabidiol as a Self-Care Pain Management Alternative,” was recognized among research that best incorporates the use of the University Library’s collections and services and demonstrates active critical thinking. Fifteen poster presentations and two podium presentations were delivered by College of Pharmacy participants in the Atlanta Research Conference, including seven faculty – Dr. Ajay Banga, Dr. Clint Canal, Dr. Melissa Chesson, Dr. Martin D’Souza, Dr. Susan Miller, Dr. Kevin Murnane and Dr. Lydia Newsom – staff member Cherilyn D’Souza, and students from the Ph.D., Pharm.D. and combined Pharm.D./Ph.D. programs.

Dr. Angela Shogbon, clinical associate professor, and Dr. Bobby Jacob, clinical associate professor, co-authored a $3,000 grant, titled “Implementation of a hospital-wide structured interprofessional education program at a community hospital,” funded by the Interprofessional Developmental Grant Committee in the Mercer Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Sweta Patel, clinical assistant professor, and Dr. Jennifer Elliott, clinical assistant professor, co-authored “Rivaroxaban Prescription Adherence Rates Compared to Warfarin for Venous Thromboembolism at an Academic Safety Net Hospital,” which was presented at the 15th Anticoagulation Forum National Conference in April in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Dr. Wesley Barker, assistant professor of religious studies, presented her paper, “Decapitating Subjects and Re-grounding Beings for Posthuman Futures: Feminist Approaches to Religion after the Anthropocene,” for the Philosophy of Religion Section of the American Academy of Religion Southeast Regional meeting at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, in March. Also at this meeting, Dr. Barker was named vice president-elect for the Southeast Region of the American Academy of Religion.

Dr. Awatef A. Ben Ramadan, assistant professor of informatics, presented at Penfield College’s Online and Distance Learning (ODL) showcase for full-time and adjunct faculty to share and demonstrate an online or hybrid course that they have taught in the past year. She also presented as the first author a 30-minute oral presentation, titled “Assessment of Civic Learning Knowledge Amongst Informatics Faculty and Undergraduate Students’ Attendees of Civic Workshops at Mercer University,” at Mercer’s Atlanta Research Conference. At this conference, she also presented and was co-author of a presentation by Taija Samuels, a student in the Master of Science in health informatics program, titled “Figuring Out What Works: A Look At Business Process Reengineering In Social Services Through Support Coordination.” Additionally, Dr. Ben Ramadan was interviewed for the cover story, titled “Big Data’s Growing Influence,” in the spring edition of The Mercerian alumni magazine.

Dr. Arla G. Bernstein, assistant professor of communication, and Dr. Carol Isaac, assistant professor of educational leadership in the College of Education, will present “From Gentrification to Beautification: A Reconstruction” at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry May 15-18 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The presentation is based on a case study, titled “Community Bridge Building,” funded by a SEED Grant from the Mercer Provost’s Office.

Dr. Caroline Brackette, associate professor and assistant dean for experiential learning and strategic partnerships, was invited to serve as a panelist for a workshop on multiculturalism awareness and understanding diversity for students at Gwinnett Technical College. The event is being led by the College’s Institutional Advancement Department. Dr. Brackette was also invited to facilitate a workshop for high school coaches and student athletes on intergenerational communication and mental health. The session is part of the “Behind the Whistle: A Symposium for Coaches” event in San Antonio, Texas, and will be attended by coaches and student-athletes across the state. She will also present “Advocacy and Intercultural Competence: A Model for Wellness in Sport” at the 2019 American Psychological Association (APA) Convention in Chicago, Illinois. The session is a sponsored by APA Division 47 – Society for Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology.

Dr. Jared Champion, assistant professor of writing and interdisciplinary studies, had his archival project, Cliffs and Challenges: A Young Woman Explores Yosemite, 1915-1917, featured in the University of Kansas Press spring catalog in April.

Dr. David Lane, professor of counseling, presented “Warrior 2 Citizen Home Life Transition Program” at the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities’ Unspoken Wounds: One Team, One Battle, Many Victories Conference March 18 in Columbus. He and Dr. Donna Lane, adjunct professor of counseling, were notified in early April that their 2018 book Strength in Adversity is a finalist for the 2019 Selah Awards in the category of Bible Studies. The Selah Awards, which are awarded annually at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, are given to books within Christian publishing that are considered excellent within their genre. Dr. Donna Lane was also named a finalist in the category of Speculative Fiction for her novel Sky Light Falls. The winners will be announced at this year’s conference on May 22.

Dr. Richard H. Martin, professor of criminal justice and homeland security, reviewed “The role of neuroticism in predicting psychological harassment in nursing: A longitudinal study” for the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Dr. Karen Rowland, associate professor of counseling, presented “SNAP School Counseling: Students in the Age of Social Media” at the International School Counselors Association’s annual conference March 14-16 in Brussels, Belgium. She is also nearing completion of her second and final term as editor of the Georgia School Counselor Association Journal, a peer-reviewed journal published annually.

Dr. Lynn Tankersley, associate professor of criminal justice, Dr. Tri Le, assistant professor of mathematics and computer science, and graduate student Jerrica Lighting presented a paper, titled “What’s the Difference? Comparing Two Felony Drug Courts in one Southeastern Metropolitan Region,” at the 56th annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences March 26-30 in Baltimore. Dr. Tankersley also presented a paper, titled “Putting Process Evaluations to Work For Accountability Courts,” at this conference.

Jody Blanke, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Law, was named to the editorial board of Wolters Kluwer’s new Global Privacy Law Review, a peer-reviewed journal that will publish papers on data protection, privacy and cybersecurity.

Dr. Andres Marroquin, visiting associate professor of economics, Dr. Antonio Saravia, associate professor of economics, and Dr. Geoffrey Ngene, associate professor of finance, accompanied students to the recent Association of Private Enterprise Education conference in The Bahamas. Students Mary Lively and Austin Bralick participated in a poster competition with their poster “Douglass North in the Land of Corn: Guatemala as a Limited Access Order.” Student Luis Miguel Sucre also presented his work on immigration. Another group of students were accepted to present at the first annual research event at the Georgia State Capitol sponsored by the Georgia Undergraduate Research Collective. Students Maya Waltower and Jadon Murad presented their research on “Political Economic Structure and Recent Development in Ethiopia.” They also presented this paper at the 21st Annual Academic Conference of the Society of Business, Industry, and Economics in Destin, Florida, alongside research from fellow students Madison Moore and Sachin Khurana. Funding from Mercer’s BB&T Center for Undergraduate Research in Public Policy and Capitalism supported these trips. Additionally, Dr. Marroquin was interviewed by The Cluster for an article on blight taxes.

Dr. Antonio Saravia, associate professor of economics and director of the BB&T Center for Undergraduate Research in Public Policy and Capitalism, was keynote speaker at the Georgia Leadership Forum organized by Students for Liberty at Mercer on March 30. Dr. Saravia also presented “Socialist Indoctrination: The Case of Venezuela” – a paper co-authored with Dr. Clara Mengolini, assistant professor of Spanish in the College of Liberal Arts, and Dr. Robi Ragan, associate professor of economics – at the 2019 Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE) annual meeting on April 5-8 and the 2019 Society of Business, Industry and Economics (SOBIE) annual meeting on April 10-12. Dr. Saravia was interviewed by CNN on April 25 regarding the financial crisis of Social Security and Medicare. He traveled with three students – Luis Sucre, Austin Bralick and Mary Lively – to the 2019 APEE meeting and with five students – Madison Moore, Kendall Garrett, Jadon Murad, Mayah Waltower and Sachin Khurana – to the 2019 SOBIE meeting. Students presented their research projects at these conferences sponsored by grants from the BB&T Center. Additionally, Dr. Saravia held a debate on poverty and economic inequality with Dr. Amy Nichols-Belo, assistant professor of international and global studies in the College of Liberal Arts, which was organized by Dr. Mengolini on March 27 in front of a capacity crowd in Mercer’s Medical School Auditorium.

Dr. Agnieszka Shepard, assistant professor of management, co-presented “Validation of an Overt and Covert Retaliation Against Customers Scale” at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology in Washington, D.C. She also co-authored with Dr. Juanita Forrester, assistant professor of management, and Dr. Shan Ran, assistant professor of psychology in the College of Liberal Arts, “Who Will Retaliate? Inconsistent Leadership, Personality, and Counterproductive Work Behaviors,” which was accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Faye A. Sisk, professor of management, and Kim Eccles, associate professor and assistant dean for research services in Swilley Library, presented  “Evolution of a Research Guide to International Business Resources” to the Southern Academic Business Librarians Conference March 30 at the University of Georgia in Athens.

Dr. Lane Wakefield, assistant professor of sports marketing and analytics, had a paper, titled “Empirical Generalizations about the Relative Efficiency of Individual Sponsorships Assets: Evidence from the NFL,” and a session, titled “Sponsorship-Linked Marketing: Towards a Managerially Relevant Perspective,” accepted to the American Marketing Association 2019 Summer Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Donald Ekong, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, Dr. Sabrina Walthall, associate professor and science subject coordinator in Penfield College, and Dr. Justin Ballenger, assistant professor in the College of Education, published an article, titled “Lessons Learned Using Mobile App Development to Foster Female Students Interest in STEM Majors and Careers,” in Transactions on Techniques in STEM Education, Vol. 4 No.1. This research was funded by a 2017 Quality Enhancement Plan summer award.

Dr. Behnam Kamali, Sam Nunn Eminent Scholar of Telecommunications and professor of electrical and computer engineering, had his NASA research findings on interference introduced by Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communications Systems (AeroMACS) into Mobile Satellite Systems (Globalstar) cited and described in detail in a paper in a seminal Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) journal. The paper, titled “Aeronautical Ad-Hoc Networking for Internet-Above-The-Clouds,” appeared in the April issue of Proceedings of the IEEE.

Dr. Dorina Mihut, associate professor of mechanical engineering, Dr. Arash Afshar, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, Dr. Laura Lackey, dean and Georgia Kaolin Chair of Engineering, Dr. Stephen Hill, associate professor of mechanical engineering, and students Khang Le, Ryan Partolan and Jordan Hughes presented their research at the 62nd Society of Vacuum Coaters Annual International Technical Conference April 27-May 2 in Long Beach, California. The titles of their presentations were “Study of electrically conductive structures consisting of metallic thin films deposited on water filter paper and their antibacterial activity” and “Study on Improving Mechanical Properties of 3D printed ABS Exposed to Harsh Environmental Conditions by Metallic Thin Films.”

Sarah Gerwig-Moore, professor, authored a client counseling textbook, What Brings You Here Today? An Introduction to Client Counseling, which will be published by Esquire Books later this year.

Suzianne D. Painter-Thorne, associate professor of law, co-authored the fourth edition of Legal Writing, released in March by Wolters Kluwer. She also authored a law review article, titled “Fraying the Knot: Marital Property, Probate, and Practical Problems with Tribal Marriage Bans,” which will be published in Vol. 84 of the Brooklyn Law Review in March 2020.

Dr. S. Marshall Angle Jr., director of program evaluation and medical education research, and Dr. Edward C. Klatt, professor of biomedical sciences, co-presented “Modified Angoff Standard Setting for Locally Developed MCQ Exams: Controlling for False Negatives” at the annual meeting of the American Association of Medical Colleges Southern Group on Educational Affairs in March in Orlando, Florida. Also at this meeting, Dr. Angle, Dr. J. David Baxter, third-year program director, Dr. Susan Cline, associate professor of biomedical sciences, Dr. Natalie Hogan, clinical skills program director, Dr. Allison Newman, director of medical practice, and Dr. Stephen Williams, director of curriculum, gave an oral presentation, titled “The Medical Practice Reasoning Assessment: An Update in Innovations.”

Dr. Hamza Awad, assistant professor of community medicine, presented “Sex Differences in Characteristics, Symptoms, and Management of Geriatric Patients with Atrial Fibrillation: Insights from the SAGE-AF Study” at the American Heart Association Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Sessions in Arlington, Virginia. He also co-authored a manuscript, titled “Geriatric Trauma Screening Tool: Pre-injury Functional Status Dictates Intensive Care Unit Discharge Disposition,” that was accepted for publication in the American Surgeon Journal.

Dr. Jennifer L. Barkin, associate professor of community medicine and obstetrics and gynecology, and Dr. Andrea S. Meyer Stinson, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and associate professor of pediatrics, were interviewed for a story, titled “Good news for central Georgia moms: more mental health resources are coming your way,” May 1 in The (Macon) Telegraph. Additionally, Dr. Barkin was invited to speak at the 6th International/17th National Congress of Nursing to be hosted by Gaza University in Ankara, Turkey. Her talk will be delivered via Skype while simultaneously being translated to Turkish.

Dr. Hemant Goyal, assistant professor and assistant program director of internal medicine residency, served as senior author of “Prolonged length of stay in the emergency department and increased risk of hospital mortality in patients with sepsis requiring ICU admission” in Emergency Medicine (February) and “Predictors of blood transfusion and in-hospital outcomes in patients with gastric antral vascular ectasia (GAVE): a nationwide population-based analysis” in Annals of Translational Medicine (February). He also served as an author for “Declining Mortality in Patients With Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: An Analysis of the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Network Trials” in Critical Care (March), “Comparison of Baseline Characteristics and In-hospital Outcomes in Medicaid Versus Private Insurance Hospitalizations for Atrial Fibrillation” in the American Journal of Cardiology (March), “Frequency of Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy in Adult Patients Receiving Chemotherapy (from a 5-Year Nationwide Inpatient Study)” in the American Journal of Cardiology (February), and “Racial and sex disparities in resource utilization and outcomes of multi-vessel percutaneous coronary interventions (a 5-year nationwide evaluation in the United States)” in Cardiovascular Diagnosis & Therapy (February).

Dr. Edwin W. Grimsley, professor of medicine, published an article, titled “Generational Differences in Medical Professionalism,” in the spring edition of the Medical Association of Georgia Journal.

Dr. Lorien S. Jordan, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, was recently appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp to the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists. The board consists of 10 members appointed by the governor – three professional counselors, three social workers, three marriage and family therapists and one consumer member – charged by law with regulating the practice of professional counseling, social work, and marriage and family therapy in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of Georgia.

Dr. Harold P. Katner, professor and chief of infectious diseases, and Dr. Jeffrey Stephens, professor, medical director and chair of internal medicine, were recognized May 15 by the Hope Center during a ribbon-cutting for the new Compass Pharmacy and Health Innovation Center. The center’s annex will be named in honor of Dr. Katner, and its conference center in honor of Dr. Stephens.

Carolyn Klatt, library associate professor, presented a poster, titled “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Publishing 101,” at Teaching Prevention 2019, the annual meeting of the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research April 1 at the Westin Cleveland Downtown in Cleveland, Ohio. She also published “Case Files® Collection on AccessMedicine™” online on April 25 in the Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries.

Judy Meirose, library instructor, and Dr. Brad Lian, associate professor of community medicine, published an article, titled “User testing: gathering data from first-year medical students as they interact with the EBSCO discovery service (EDS),” in the April 1 online issue of the Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries.

Dr. Larry Nichols, professor and interim chair of pathology, authored “Medical education needs typical cases of common diseases” in Autopsy Case Reports 2019;9(1):e2018080.

Dr. Andrea S. Meyer Stinson, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and associate professor of pediatrics, was elected president of the Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (GAMFT), a state division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization with more than 20,000 members in the U.S. and Canada, including 700 members in Georgia. GAMFT is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the marriage and family therapy profession in the state of Georgia. An initial one-year term as president-elect began in January 2019 and is followed by two years of service as president. Additionally, she was recently awarded a scholarship through the Georgia Chapter of Postpartum Support International. The mission of the organization is to promote awareness, prevention and treatment of maternal mental health issues related to childbearing in Georgia. Dr. Meyer Stinson will utilize this scholarship to attend a two-day training on perinatal mood disorders and components of care May 16-17 in Macon. She will also attend a third day of training to become a specialized mental health psychotherapy provider in Central Georgia.

Dr. Loyd Allen, Sylvan Hills Professor of Baptist Heritage, delivered a lecture, titled “Aelred of Rievaulx and Thomas Merton: Wedding Friendship, Contemplation, and Spiritual Guidance,” at the William L. Johnson Lectures in honor of E. Glenn Hinson March 29 in Louisville, Kentucky. The lectures will be published in a future edition of The American Baptist Quarterly.

Dr. David P. Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics, was interviewed by Don Lemon on CNN April 25 regarding Franklin Graham’s comments about Pete Buttigieg.

Karina K. Belli was hired as director of admissions for the School of Business and Economics for Atlanta-based programs.

Marc Jolley, director of Mercer University Press and senior lecturer in philosophy, was a guest speaker at the Blue Ridge Writers Conference April 5-6, where he led two workshops on “Writing Creative Nonfiction” and on “The State of Publishing Today.” He also sat on a panel discussion and provided critiques of writing samples for writers.

Meredith Keating, assistant director of campus life, received the Outstanding New Professional Award from the Commission for Student Involvement during the 2019 American College Personnel Association Awards March 4 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Tony Kemp, senior director of academic services, spent his seventh year volunteering with the yearlong Georgia High School Musical Awards, which culminated on April 18 with the live GPB production of The Shuler Awards broadcast from the Cobb Performing Arts Energy Centre in Atlanta. The program, which recognizes the work of high school theatre programs across the state, celebrated its 11th anniversary this year, and Kemp served as an assistant for the production.

Marc C. Reese was hired as director of graduate admissions for Penfield College.

John T. Steele, campus services supervisor, was inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda honor society for post-traditional students on April 14.

Hiram Upchurch, director of administrative computing, LeeAnne Cardali, business analyst, Kirk Bay, executive director of application services, Jessica Ellison, university bursar, Kandy Cook, associate bursar for operations, and Leah Kelley, senior assistant bursar, were recognized March 27 by Campus Management with an Excellence Award in Operation Efficiency at the 2019 Campus Insight Conference.