Faculty and Staff Notables


College of Health Professions

Dr. Cheryl Gaddis, assistant professor of practice in the Department of Public Health, has been selected to serve as a site visitor by the Public Health Accreditation Board, the national, nonprofit accrediting organization for public health departments at the local, state, territorial and tribal levels.

College of Liberal Arts

Dr. Garland Crawford, assistant professor of chemistry, and Dr. Kathryn Kloepper, assistant professor of chemistry, co-organized a full-day session at the 2014 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Aug. 3-7. The title of their session was “Liberal Arts Content and Pedagogy in the Chemistry Classroom: Making Connections Between Disciplines.” Both also presented in the session, with Dr. Crawford presenting “Using Liberal Arts Strategies to Develop Critical Thinking in Biochemistry Courses,” and Dr. Kloepper presenting “Bringing the Bard into Instrumental Analysis.” Additionally, they each also presented in later sessions. Dr. Crawford gave a talk, titled “To Form a More Perfect Union: Integrating Faculty Scholarship into Biochemistry Teaching Lab,” in a session about biochemistry lab development. Dr. Kloepper participated in a session about innovations in analytical chemistry courses, giving a talk, titled “Avoid the Fire Hose: Give up a Block Diagram (or two) to Improve Student Learning and Engagement.”

Dr. David A. Davis, associate professor of English, published Writing in the Kitchen: Essays on Southern Literature and Foodways, which he co-edited with Tara Powell. He also participated in and National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute on reconsidering Flannery O'Connor at Georgia College.

Dr. Andy Digh, associate professor of computer science, participated in the Advanced Placement reading and grading of computer science exams, June 1-9, in Cincinnati, Ohio.A record 40,000 students from all 50 states took the exam this year that is used to place out of the first course in the computer science major.

Dr. Sarah E. Gardner, professor of history and director of Southern studies, participated in a roundtable discussion on “Waging Peace: The Past, Present, and Future Scholarship on Reconstruction” at the Society of Civil War Historians Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, June 12-14. She presented “Mr. Cowley's Southern Saga: Cowley, Faulkner, and Canon-Building at Mid-Century,” at the Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference in Oxford, Mississippi, July 20-24.

Dr. Matt Harper, lecturer, won the Christian Scholars Foundation/Emerging Scholars Network grant for 2014-15. The grant is nationally competitive and will fund the final revisions of his book, The End of Days: African American Religion and Politics in the Age of Emancipation.

Dr. Gordon Johnston, professor of English, had his poem “Canoe” accepted for publication in a poetry anthology forthcoming in 2015 from Negative Capability Press. Dr. Johnston also arranged a writing workshop and poetry reading on the Macon campus on April 10 by poet Sandra Beasley, author of Don't Kill the Birthday Girl. In April, Dr. Johnston arranged a student-directed reader's theater production of “99 Uses for A Naked Man,” a new play by Sams Writer in Residence Jim Grimsley. The production, directed by senior Britney Derosa, was followed by a question-and-answer session with the playwright, actors and the director.

Dr. Chinekwu Obidoa, assistant professor of global health, was a visiting research fellow at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA) at Yale University, where she completed an intensive summer research institute under the Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS) program from June 1-July 11. Also, Dr. Obidoa's abstract, titled “Using Social Media to Assess the Impact of Globalization on Youth Health and Well-being in Nigeria,” was selected for publication in the September issue of the Annals of Global Health (AOGH).

Dr. Yosálida C. Rivero-Zaritzky, associate professor of Spanish, published an article, titled “La música de contenido social y el videoclip, el caso de Latinoamérica de Calle 13” in Literatura y cine. En el bicentenario de la independencia de Iberoamérica y de la Constitución de Cádiz. Eds. Jorge H. Valdivieso and Enrique Ruiz-Fornells. Turlock, California: Editorial Orbis Press, 2014.

Dr. Anya Silver, professor of English, published two poems, “Redbud” and “In Memoriam,” in Southern Poetry Review. 52:1. 26-26. She also published six poems in Ginosko Literary Journal, Summer 2014. www.ginoskoliteraryjournal.com. Number 15, np.

Dr. Bryan J. Whitfield, associate professor of Christianity, presented a paper, “Zechariah and Hebrews,” at the International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature meeting at the University of Vienna, Austria, on July 10. At the same conference, Dr. Susan Docherty of Newman University, Birmingham, England, reviewed Dr. Whitfield's 2013 book, Joshua Traditions and the Argument of Hebrews 3 and 4. While on sabbatical, Whitfield served as visiting research professor of New Testament at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. He participated in the weekly doctoral seminar there as well as regional postdoctoral New Testament seminars and the Mainzer Neutestamentlichen Sozietät at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. He preached three times at the Bethel International Baptist Church in Frankfurt. In addition, he spent two weeks in England, conducting research on the history of Baptists and other Nonconformists in the Midlands and on ancient and contemporary monasticism in Northumbria.

College of Pharmacy

Dr. Ashish A. Advani, clinical assistant professor, published “The United States takes the SRK Approach to Healthcare” in the online journal KevinMD.com. Dr. Advani also published “Treating Hepatitis C. Is sofosbuvir worth it?” in KevinMD.com.

Dr. Annesha W. Lovett, assistant professor, and Dr. Pamela M. Moye, clinical assistant professor, co-authored “Pharmacy practice model initiative: Case studies in health-system pharmacy in Advances in Pharmacology and Pharmacy 2014;2(3):54-58. doi: 10.13189/app.2014.020302. Dr. Lovett was awarded a College of Pharmacy seed grant in the amount of $4,395 for a study, titled “Heart disease patient access, treatment patterns and adherence in urban and rural settings.”

Dr. Nicole L. Metzger, clinical assistant professor, and Dr. Angela O. Shogbon, clinical assistant professor, co-authored “Effectiveness of institutional Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences at achieving instructional objectives” in Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, doi:10.1016/j.cptl.2014.05.008.

Dr. Gina J. Ryan, clinical professor, co-authored “National estimates of insulin-related hypoglycemia and errors leading to emergency department visits and hospitalizations” in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine 2014; 174(5):678-686.

Dr. Maria M. Thurston, clinical assistant professor, was elected the northwest district director of the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics

Jody Blanke, Ernest L. Baskin Jr. Distinguished Professor of Computer Information Systems and Law, was elected secretary-treasurer of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business at its annual conference in Seattle in August. Blanke will go on to serve annual terms as vice president, president-elect, president and past president. At the conference, he moderated a panel discussion, titled “Cutting Edge Issues in Privacy Law and Policy.” He also was a panel discussant in a session, titled “How Could a Fourth Amendment Revival Impact Business and Economic Resilience?” He also moderated a pedagogy paper session. In June, Professor Blanke was an invited participant at the seventh annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference at the George Washington University Law School. The conference was jointly hosted by George Washington and the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. Professor Blanke commented on a paper, titled “Trust as a Factor in Privacy Expectations: How Experience and Trust Moderate Consumer Privacy Expectations for Mobile Applications.”

Dr. Susan Gilbert, dean, was interviewed for an Atlanta Business Chronicle article on Female Business Deans in Atlanta that appeared in the July 26 edition. She also gave a workshop on “How markets work” at the national convention of Future Business Leaders of America in Nashville, Tennessee, June 30.

Dr. Steven McClung, associate dean and associate professor of marketing, had his article on consumer behavior, titled “Motivations and self-presentation strategies on Korean-based 'Cyworld' weblog format personal homepages,” in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, pass 100 citations according to Google Scholar Citations.

Dr. Geoff Ngene, assistant professor of finance, had his article, “Testing Long Memory in the Presence of Structural Breaks: An Application to Regional and National Housing Markets,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics.

Georgia Baptist College of Nursing

Dr. Laura Kim Baraona, clinical instructor, represented the college at the first annual conference of the National Consortium of SBIRT in Nursing on June 12-13. Approximately 30 representatives from 24 universities across the country, along with various consultants from national agencies, convened to discuss the importance of integrating SBIRT into nursing education fundamentals. SBIRT – or screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment – is a public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for people with substance use disorders and those at risk of developing these disorders. SBIRT education has been grafted into existing curriculum at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing and seven other institutions that together make up the Southeastern Consortium for Substance Abuse Training-Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (SECSAT-APRN). This three year, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA)-funded project was awarded to Mercer on Sept. 1, 2013. School of Medicine faculty member Dr. J. Paul Seale, professor of family medicine, serves as principal investigator. Dr. Seale and his supporting staff played essential roles in launching the national consortium. Along with Dr. Baraona, leaders from three other SECSAT-APRN sites attended the consortium.

Mary Beerman, clinical associate professor, presented a poster, titled “Magically Bringing Human Pathophysiology and Pharmacological Principles to Life,” at the 13th Annual International Nursing Simulation/Learning Resource Centers Conference in Orlando, Florida, June 19-21.

Susan Estes, clinical associate professor, was a reviewer of “Blended Competencies, Clinical Reasoning, and Process of Person-Centered Care” chapter test bank, “Assessing” chapter test bank and “Diagnosing” chapter test bank in Taylor, C., Lillis, C., Lemone, P., & Lynn, P. (2015). Fundamentals of Nursing (8th Ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/ Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

Fran Kamp, clinical associate professor, presented “Countdown to Graduation! 10 Students…4 Patients, 3 Faculty, 2 Hours and 1 Multi-Patient Simulation!” as a poster presentation at the International Nursing Simulation/Learning Resource Centers Conference in Orlando, Florida.

James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology

Dr. Nancy L. deClaissé-Walford, Carolyn Ward Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages, served as chair of the reaccreditation committee of the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges at Dallas Theological Seminary, March 24-27.

Dr. David Garber Jr., associate professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, became president of the Southeastern Region of the Society of Biblical Literature in March 2014, and will give the presidential address to the organization in March 2015. He was also accepted to be a Christian Leadership Initiative Fellow for 2014-2015 by the American Jewish Committee and participate in two summer workshops in Jerusalem during the summers of 2014 and 2015.

Dr. David Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics, received the Georgia Author of the Year Award in the religion category for his book The Sacredness of Human Life.

Dr. Rob Nash, Arnall-Mann-Thomasson Professor of Missions and World Religions and associate dean, and Dr. David Garber Jr. led 13 students on a 13-week mission immersion experience across India.

Dr. Graham Walker, John and Judy Zellars Professor of Theology, was appointed to the theological advisory council for the National Center for Science Education. He is working with educators examining the impact of the latest science discoveries in communities of faith.

Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes, assistant professor of pastoral care and counseling, published Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength (Cascade Books).She also presented sessions on “Balancing/Managing Multiple Vocations” and “Anti-Racism, Multiculturalism, and Pedagogy” at the June meeting of the 2013-2014 Teaching and Learning Workshop for Pre-Tenure Theological School Faculty at the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. She was also awarded a summer fellowship to begin a project exploring how women's ways of remembering and narrating oppression and trauma impact teaching and dialogue on race and gender issues.

Penfield College of Mercer University

Dr. Caroline M. Brackette, assistant professor, served as a grant reviewer for two grant competitions for the U.S. Department of Education. The competitions included proposals for the Full Service Community School (FSCS) Programs Grant through the Office of Innovation and Improvement, and proposals for the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling (ESSC) Programs Grant through the Office of Safe and Healthy Students. She served on a standard setting panel for Prometric, a subsidiary of the Educational Testing Service, for an international standardized counseling examination. She also served as a 2014 American Counseling Association annual conference program proposal reviewer. She wrote an article, titled “Healthy Minds/Healthy Bodies: Coping with Stress,” for Leadership Prep, a teen lifestyle magazine. She also presented “Disaster Mental Health Counseling: Best Practices and Experiences from the Field” at the 2014 American Counseling Association Annual Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. She presented “Team Building across the Generational Divide” as an invited speaker at the Center for Disease Control Young Professionals Network Inaugural Young Professionals Conference. She had an invited excerpt, titled “Voices from the Field: Disaster Mental Health Counseling,” published in the textbook Clinical Experiences in Counseling (Pearson Education).

School of Engineering

Dr. Behnam Kamali, Sam Nunn Eminent Scholar of Telecommunications and professor of electrical and computer engineering, had his joint IEEE-ICNS 2014 article with NASA colleague Rafael Apaza, titled “IEEE 802.16j-Relay Fortified AeroMACS Networks; Benefits and Challenges,” approved as a NASA technical memorandum in August. The document was reviewed by NASA technical management and is now posted on NASA's website among “scientific and technical findings that are of specialized interest.”

School of Medicine

Dr. Richard Ackermann, professor and geriatric clerkship director, was quoted on the front page of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 7 regarding Mercer's geriatric medicine fellowship program and the state of Georgia's current shortage of geriatric specialists.

Dr. Jennifer L. Barkin, assistant professor of community medicine and obstetrics and gynecology, along with colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh and Northwestern University, published “The Psychometric Properties of the Barkin Index of Maternal Functioning.” This article will be featured as part of an “In Focus” series on postpartum depression in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing.

Dr. Richard F. Camino-Gaztambide, psychiatry clerkship director, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral science and associate professor of pediatrics, was named co-chair of the Religion and Spirituality Committee of the America Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, along with Dr. Mary Lynn Dell, who is director of psychosomatic medicine at Nationwide Children's Medical Center and the Ohio State University. Dr. Camino-Gaztambide also finished a Master of Arts in Theology at the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Pamela Gaudry, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and Dr. David Byck, assistant clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology, were co-directors of the scientific meeting for the Georgia Ob/Gyn Society at Sea Island in August. The meeting was attended by more than 130 physicians throughout the state.

Dr. David Gu, assistant professor of physiology in the Division of Basic Medical Sciences, recently published a peer-reviewed research article, titled “Differential regulation of ASICs and TRPV1 by zinc in rat bronchopulmonary sensory neurons,” in Lung (DOI :10.1007/s00408-014-9634-1). Dr. Zhanna Vysotskaya, a postdoctoral researcher, and Randal Moss II, a master's program student, were also authors on the study.

Dr. Alice House, professor of family medicine and dean of the Columbus campus, was elected vice chair of the Georgia Composite State Medical Board.

Dr. Warren S. Hutchings, medical director for Mercer Student Health Center and assistant professor of family medicine, was awarded the Distinguished Service Medallion at the annual convention of the Georgia State Medical Association, June 12, at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, for many years dedicated to the growth, development and promotion of GSMA, an affiliate of the National Medical Association. Dr. Hutchings was also featured in the June 27-July 3 edition of the Atlanta Business Chronicle in the “People on the Move” section, page 36A.

Dr. Shi-wen Jiang, professor of genetics in Department of Biomedical Science, co-published two papers: “Transition of LINE-1 DNA methylation status and altered expression in first and third trimester placentas” in PLoS One. 2014 May 12;9(5):e96994. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0096994. eCollection 2014. PMID:24821186; and “Decreased expression and DNA methylation levels of GATAD1 in preeclamptic placentas” in Cell Signal. 2014 May;26(5):959-67. doi: 10.1016/j.cellsig.2014.01.013. Epub 2014 Jan 22. PMID:24462704.

Carolyn Klatt, library assistant professor, reference and electronic resources librarian and interim associate director for the Health Sciences Library on the Savannah campus, and Alisha Miles, library assistant professor and assistant director for public services for the Medical Library on the Macon campus, co-authored a poster with Medical School faculty Dr. Jeff Ignatoff, clinical associate professor of medical education and surgery, Dr. McKinley Thomas, associate professor and director of the community medicine program, and Dr. Edward Klatt, professor of pathology and director of the Biomedical Problems Program. The poster was titled “Journal Club Jeopardy©” and was presented at the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) Annual Meeting on June 7 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Edward C. Klatt, professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and director of the Biomedical Problems Program, presented the workshop “Life Beyond MCQs: Performance-based Assessments in Biomedical Sciences” on June 8 at the 18th annual meeting of the International Association of Medical Science Educators in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Klatt also presented two posters at that meeting, “Journal Club Jeopardy,” co-authored with Carolyn Klatt, Dr. Jeffrey Ignatoff, Dr. McKinley Thomas and Alisha Miles, and “Student Performance Differences in Gross Anatomy Practical Examination After a Change in Implementation of Examination Style,” co-authored with Dr. Kristjan Thompson.

Alisha Miles, library assistant professor and assistant director for public services on the Macon campus, presented “Social Media and the Physician: Managing Your Online Presence in a Tech Savvy World” to the Hall County Medical Society on June 25 in Gainesville, Georgia.

Dr. Andon Placzek, assistant rofessor of neuroscience in the Division of Basic Medical Sciences, with collaborators at Baylor College of Medicine, co-authored an article published in Nature Neuroscience, titled “Translational control of mGluR-dependent long-term depression and object-place learning by eIF2alpha.” This paper describes a key molecular process underlying an important synaptic mechanism in learning and memory.

Dr. Ray Rudolph, academic associate professor of surgery on the Savannah campus, represented the Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) team from the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial University Medical Center and presented the team's research among physicians, nuclear physicists and researchers involved in IORT with the Intrabeam device from around the world, June 12-14, in Mannheim, Germany, for the Eighth Annual Intrabeam Users Conference. Applications of IORT, experiences and research findings were shared. The team has developed a method of directly measuring the amount of radiation therapy delivered by the Intrabeam device. This research was also presented at the annual Society of Surgical Oncology meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, in March.

Dr. Robert Visalli, associate professor of microbiology, co-published “The varicella-zoster virus portal protein is essential for cleavage and packaging of viral DNA” in the Journal of Virology 2014; 88(14):7973-86 (doi: 10.1128/JVI.00376-14). The study was presented in June at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Virus Assembly Meeting in Saxtons River, Vermont.

Dr. Wei-Hsiung Yang, assistant professor of biomedical sciences, published an article, titled “SUMOylation of FOXM1B Alters Its Transcriptional Activity on Regulation of MiR-200 Family and JNK1 in MCF7 Human Breast Cancer Cells,” in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 2014, 15(6), 10233-10251.

Staff and Administration

Ken Boyer, director of auxiliary services, was elected treasurer of the National Association of Campus Card Users at its annual conference in Chicago in March. Boyer currently serves on the board of directors for the association.

Tift College of Education

Dr. Joseph R. Jones, assistant professor of education, was awarded a national award from Auburn University. The Hero Award for a University-Based Leader recognizes outstanding efforts to reduce or eliminate bullying. The award was presented at the 2014 National Anti-Bullying Summit on June 27 to honor his efforts addressing this problem. Dr. Jones was chosen because of his extensive scholarship and its impact in creating safe schools for all students. Dr. Jones has presented more than 60 presentations and published nearly 20 works, including three books, in the past four years addressing homophobia and bullying in educational environments.

Dr. William Lacefield, professor of mathematics education, presented “Using Children's Literature to Nurture Mathematics Learning” at the annual conference of the London Association of Teachers of Mathematics held in June at King's College in London, England.

Dr. Justus J. Randolph, associate professor, Dr. debra leigh walls rosenstein, associate professor, and Stephen E. Michaels, public services librarian at the Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library on the Atlanta campus co-authored “Montessori education for improving academic and behavioral outcomes among elementary students” in Campbell Systematic Reviews. Additionally, Dr. Randolph co-authored “Staples versus sutures for surgical wound closure in adults” in Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (8). Art No. CD011250. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD011250; “Theoretical development, factorial validity, and reliability of the Online Graduate Mentoring Scale” in Mentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 22(1), 20-37; and “Single incision laparoscopic right colectomy: A systematic review and meta-analysis” in Colorectal Disease, 16(4), O123 – O132. doi: 10.1111/codi.12526.

Walter F. George School of Law

Ted Blumoff, professor, published “Rationality, Insanity, and the Insanity Defense: Reflections on the Limits of Reason,” in Law and Psychology Review.

Zach Buck, assistant professor, published “The Indefinite Quarantine: A Public Health Review of Chronic Inconsistencies in Sexually Violent Predator Statutes,” in St. John's Law Review. He also had “Enforcement Overdose:Health Care Fraud Regulation in an Era of Overcriminalization and Overtreatment” accepted for publication in the Maryland Law Review.

Jessica Feinberg, assistant professor, had “The Survival of Non-Marital Relationship Statuses in the Same-Sex Marriage Era: A Proposal” accepted for publication in the Temple Law Review.

Ismael Gullon, associate law librarian for collections and technical services at the Furman Smith Law Library, presented “Effective Strategies for Searching and Navigating in Sierra” at the Innovative Law Users Group meeting during the American Association of Law Libraries Annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas, July 12. He was also installed as chair of the Innovative Law Users Group for 2014-2015.

David Hricik, professor, published “Is Litigation Counsel Who Also Engages in Competitive Decision-Making Wrong for the Part?” in St. Mary's Journal of Ethics and Legal Malpractice. He also published Patent Ethics: Litigation (Lexis/Nexis 2d ed. 2014), and Property: Cases, Documents, and Lawyering Strategies (Lexis/Nexis 3rd ed. 2014).

Linda Jellum, Ellison C. Palmer Professor of Tax Law, published “Codifying and 'Miscodifying' Judicial Anti-Abuse Tax Doctrines” in the Virginia Tax Review.

Steve Johnson, Walter F. George Professor of Law, published “Sue and Settle: Demonizing the Environmental Citizen Suit” in the Seattle University Law Review.

Jeremy Kidd, assistant professor, published “Kindergarten Coase” in The Green Bag.

Teri McMurtry-Chubb, associate professor, had “A Hair-raising Tale of Surviving by Migrating to the Un(Classified) Mind,” accepted for publication in Rhizomes, Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge – Special Issue, Working-Class Academics: Theories, Mythologies, Realities.

Sue Painter-Thorne, associate professor, had “A Strange Kind of Identity Theft: How Competing Definitions of 'Indian' Deny Individual Identity” accepted for publication in the Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal.

Dr. David Ritchie, professor of law and philosophy, published “Constitutional Ownership,” in Contemporary Constitutional Readings. This article was also published as “Pertencimento Constitucional” in Tratado de Direito Constitucional: Constituicao, Politica e Sociedade in Brazil. Dr. Ritchie had “Constitutions, Economics, and the Creation of Social Realities in Brazil and China” accepted for publication in Papers on Sino-Brazilian Relations, which is forthcoming in China. He also had “Judicial Indifference: The U.S. Federal Courts Refuse to Oversee the Use of Drones Against U.S. Citizens Abroad” accepted for publication in Courts in the U.S. and Brazil (Judiciário nos EUA e no Brasil), which is forthcoming in Brazil. Dr. Ritchie was named director of international initiatives at the Law School and is tasked with coordinating the various projects and initiatives that are currently being undertaken by faculty and staff. These projects include the various study abroad programs that Mercer co-sponsors, as well as the Mercer Law Jessup International Moot Court team. He is also working closely with students and faculty to develop new international programs. Dr. Ritchie has been selected to be a jury member for Peace Projects, an initiative of the Journalists and Writers Foundation, in association with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, which is designed to support innovative conflict resolution and peacebuilding projects focused on preventing, managing and resolving violent conflict and promoting post-conflict peacebuilding. Finally, Dr. Ritchie gave two talks at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Annual Conference in Amelia Island, Florida, during the first week of August.

Karen J. Sneddon, associate professor, presented “Once Upon a Transaction: Narrative and Transactional Drafting” at the Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 2. Sneddon presented her article “Not Your Mother's Will: Gender, Language, and Wills” as part of the Summer Colloquium Series at Emory Law School in Atlanta on July 23.

Scott Titshaw, associate professor, received the Fulbright-Schuman E.U.Affairs Program Award for 2014-2015. The award is jointly financed by the U.S. State Department and the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. Titshaw will conduct research at the European University Institute (E.U.I.) in Florence, Italy, and at Leiden University's Grotius Centre for International Studies in The Hague, The Netherlands. Titshaw was associate editor of AILA's Guide to U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Law for the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He will present “A Transatlantic Comparison: 'Federalism' and Family-Based Immigration for Rainbow Families in the U.S. and the E.U.” at Rights on the Move – International Conference in Trento, Italy. He presented “Permanent Residence by Prescription” at the Biennial Immigration Professors Conference at the University of California, Irvine School of Law in May.