Faculty and Staff Notables


College of Continuing and Professional Studies

Dr. Zipa Vokhiwa, associate professor of science and project director for Mercer's Fulbright-Hays Grant, “The Interaction of Environment and Culture in Malawi,” hosted Dr. Robert Shoenberg, senior fellow for the Association of American Colleges and Universities and external evaluator of the grant project, on Aug. 23-24. Dr. Shoenberg conducted interviews with all project participants and debriefed the leadership team for the grant as part of the project evaluation.

College of Health Professions

Dr. Huey Chen, professor, and Dr. Nannette Turner, associate professor, co-authored “Correlations between compulsory drug abstinence treatments and HIV risk behaviors among injections drug users in a border city of south China” in AIDS Education and Prevention, 2013; 25(4):336-48.

Gerald Erickson, clinical assistant professor, was appointed chair of the Constituent Relations Work Group of the American Academy of Physician Assistants for 2013-2014. He was also chosen president-elect of the National Fellowship of Christian Physician Assistants for 2013-2014.

Dr. Lisa Lundquist, interim dean, authored a chapter called “Osteoporosis” in Community and Clinical Pharmacy Services: a Step-by-Step Approach, 2013. She also co-authored “Experience and evaluation of oral examinations in a therapeutics course for second year pharmacy students,” which was published in Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, 2013; 5(4):321-30.

College of Liberal Arts

Dr. Nicholas W. Hollingshad, visiting assistant professor of physics, co-authored a paper, titled “Time to Consensus,” in the May 1 issue of Physica A: statistical Mechanics and Its Applications. He also received a certificate of reviewing excellence on March 4 for refereeing papers submitted to the journal Chaos, Solitons & Fractals during 2012.

Dr. Anya Silver gave a poetry reading at Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City on Aug. 8, and another at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Macon on Aug. 14.

Dr. Charlotte Thomas, professor of philosophy, served as a faculty member for “Citizenship and the Culture of Freedom,” a two-week workshop, sponsored by the Center for America's Founding Principles on the Macon campus, for high school teachers seeking professional learning units, June 3-14. She also directed “Florentine Freedoms,” a two-week study-abroad program in Florence, Italy, sponsored by the Center for America's Founding Principles on Mercer's Macon campus, for high school teachers seeking professional learning units, June 16-28. Dr. Thomas directed “Philosophy and Art in Florence,” a three-week study-abroad program in Florence, Italy, for college students, June 30-July 19. This year's program marked the beginning of a new collaboration with Sweet Briar College, which sent both faculty and students to participate in the program. Dr. Thomas also served as an invited lecturer for “Exploring Liberty,” a week-long undergraduate conference sponsored by the Institute for Human Studies at Bryn Mawr College, July 20-26.

Dr. Bridget Trogden, associate professor of chemistry and director of First-Year Integrative Studies, was keynote speaker and workshop facilitator for fall faculty development events through the Institute for Learning and Teaching Excellence at Indiana University Southeast. She spoke and led activities about flipping the classroom, educational technology and engaging students through in-class activities.

Dr. Fletcher Winston, associate professor of sociology, presented a paper, titled “The Influence of Service-Learning on Social Movement Participation among College Graduates,” at the American Sociological Association annual meeting in New York City on Aug. 10-13. He accompanied recent Mercer graduate Lorin Sullivan, who also presented a paper at the conference. Sullivan completed her paper, “Recognizing the Mistreated: How Social Networks Contribute to Students' Knowledge of Child Abuse,” in her empirical research project class and further developed it in an independent study course with Dr. Winston.

Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics

Dr. Linda Brennan will become associate dean of academic programs in Macon for the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics.

Dr. Susan Gilbert, dean, published a column, titled “Employers Demand Entrepreneurial Skills,” in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Aug. 1.

Dr. Steven McClung will assume new responsibilities as associate dean for faculty and research across the Macon and Atlanta campuses.

Dr. Robert Perkins, visiting assistant professor of management, published an article, titled “Leading an Ethical Culture? Lessons from the Marines,” which appeared in the July newsletter of The Aspen Institute. The article originally appeared in the Journal of Ethics Education.

Dr. Vijaya Subrahmanyam, professor of finance, published an article, titled “An international equity exchange for China? Considering the Options,” in the spring issue of China Currents. She also published an article, titled “Determinants of Capital expenditures across nations,” in the Indian Journal of Economics and Business in April.

Dr. Michael Weber will become associate dean of academic programs for the Atlanta and Douglas campuses.

School of Engineering

Dr. Susan Codone, associate professor of technical communication, led a workshop in June at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly in Greensboro, N.C., about churches and social media.

Dr. Behnam Kamali, professor of electrical and computer engineering, presented an article, titled “Relay-Fortified WiMAX Networks for Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communications Systems (AeroMACS); Benefits and Challenges,” at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio on Aug. 3. The article reflected part of Dr. Kamali's continued research work in the airport surface communications systems area at NASA.

School of Medicine

Dr. Jennifer L. Barkin, assistant professor of community medicine, published “The role of maternal self-care in new motherhood” in Midwifery and “Integration of Pediatric Mental Health Care: An Evidence-Based Workshop for Primary Care Providers” in the Journal of Pediatric Health Care.

Dr. Kerry Coburn and Dr. Sam Shillcutt, professors in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science,co-authored a paper, titled “Pharmacological management of persistent hostility and aggression in persons with schizophrenia spectrum disorders: A systematic review,” in Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. Dr. Coburn and Dr. Ali Saffet Gonul, adjunct associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, co-authored “Brain regions associated with the risk and resilience for bipolar I disorder: A voxel-based MRI study of bipolar patients and their healthy siblings” in Bipolar Disorders.

Dr. David Gu, assistant professor of physiology in the Division of Basic Medical Sciences, published a research article, titled “Calcium sensing receptor in rat vagal bronchopulmonary sensory neurons regulates TRPV1 function,” in Experimental Physiology, 2013. Dr. Zhanna Vysotskaya, postdoctoral researcher; Randal Moss, student; Martin Kagira, summer research scholar and medical student; and Carolyn Gilbert, research technician, co-authored the paper.

Dr. Edward C. Klatt, professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, released version 15 of the WebPath CD-ROM, “The Internet Pathology Laboratory for Medical Education,” a computer-aided instructional resource marketed worldwide to institutions with students in the health sciences, on Aug. 20.

Dr. Edward C. Lauterbach, professor emeritus of psychiatry and neurology, published “Use of psychotropic medication in Alzheimer's disease is associated with more rapid cognitive and functional decline” in the journal Evidence Based Medicine.

Dr. Andrea S. Meyer, assistant professor and clinic director for the Family Therapy Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was elected vice president for a two-year term at the Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Dr. Eric K. Shaw, associate professor of community medicine, co-authored a paper, titled “Decision-Making Processes of Patients Who Use the Emergency Department for Primary Care Needs,” from a qualitative study of emergency department use at a university-based academic medical center in New Jersey. The paper appears in the Aug. 2013 issue of the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Undeserved.

Staff and Administration

Carole Burrowbridge, director of Access and Accommodation Services, attended the annual Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) Conference in Baltimore, Md. She chaired the two LD/AHEAD special interest group meetings, which focused on the assessment and documentation of Attention Deficit Disorder in college students.

Kelly Holloway, director of admissions, was featured in an article about admissions fairs for MBA programs in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Aug. 8.

University Libraries

Valerie Edmonds, associate professor emeritus and former reference librarian at the Jack Tarver Library, published a children's book. Copies are held at Tarver Library.

Kim Meeks, interim medical library director, was promoted from library instructor to library assistant professor. She also became a senior member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals.

Alisha Miles, library assistant, professor and assistant director for public services, gave a presentation, titled “Bringing Evidence-based Medicine to the Point of Care for Clinical Education,” at the Medical Library Association's annual meeting in Boston, Mass. on May 7. She also was part of a panel presentation, titled “Managing Technology Barriers in the Health Sciences Library,” by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine on June 19.

Walter F. George School of Law

Stephen Johnson, professor, wrote an article for the University of New Hampshire Law Review, titled “Teaching for Tomorrow: Utilizing Technology to Implement the Reforms of MacCrate, Carnegie, and Best Practices.”

David Oedel, professor, contributed to an article, titled “Ask The Experts: Will New Mortgage Lending Rules Prevent Foreclosures?,” which can be found at this link.