Faculty and Staff Notables


College of Health Professions

Dr. Huey T. Chen, professor of public health and director of the Center for Evaluation and Applied Research, authored Practical Program Evaluation: Theory-Driven Evaluation and the Integrated Evaluation Perspective (2nd ed.) Thousand Oaks, California: Sage. Dr. Chen, Wei Fang, Dr. Nanette Turner and Han-Zhu Qian authored “Promoting HIV Testing Through Non-Governmental Organizations in China: Complementary to the Government Programs” in the Journal of AIDS and Clinical Research 6:3.

Dr. Joe Donnelly, clinical associate professor of physical therapy, received two prestigious national awards because of his efforts and accomplishments this past year as president of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia. He received the American Physical Therapy Association's Legislative Leadership Award and the American Physical Therapy Association, Private Practice Section's Legislative Award for 2015.

Dr. Alyssa Fiss, associate professor of physical therapy and interim chair, received a sub-award of $51,121 for continued data collection examining “Developmental Trajectories of Children with Cerebral Palsy” in the “On Track” Study research. The study continues this year with $63,800 of funding.

Dr. Cheryl Gaddis, assistant professor of practice in public health, authored “A Pilot Assessment of Pre-K and Elementary Physical Activity Opportunities in a Rural Georgia County” in Medcrave Online Journal of Public Health 2(3): 00024; 2015.Dr. Gaddis also received a contract for $12,000 from the North Central Health District for the Health Promotions Asthma Initiative, along with co-investigator Dr. Jimmie Smith. Dr. Gaddis secured a contract for $25,000 to conduct the Three Rivers AHEC Health Professional Needs Assessment with Dr. Fan Chen (PI), professor, and Dr. Nannette Turner, (co-PI). Additionally, Dr. Gaddis was awarded Mercer MPH Faculty of the Year for 2014-2015.

Henry Heard, clinical assistant professor of physician assistant studies, was awarded 2015 Faculty Member of the Year Award at the Georgia Association of Physical Assistants (GAPA) Conference this summer.

Jill Mattingly, clinical assistant professor of physician assistant studies, received the 2015 Humanitarian of the Year Award at the Georgia Association of Physical Assistants Conference this summer.

Martha Sikes, clinical assistant professor of physician assistant studies, was selected chair of media relations for the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistant Association for 2015-2017.

Dr. Jimmie Smith, assistant professor of practice in public health, was elected by his peers to serve a two-year term as section-councilor in the Community Health Planning and Policy Development (CHPPD) Section of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Smith was also a co-author on “Immunization policies for employees of childcare facilities within the North Central Health District of Georgia” in the Journal of the GPHA, Vol. 5, No. 1, summer 2015.

Dr. Leslie Taylor, professor of physical therapy and interim associate dean, and Dr. Huey Chen received a contract of $107,271 for the “Evaluation of evidence-based falls prevention programs” from the Georgia Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Nannette Turner, associate professor of public health and department chair, was selected to serve as a member of the Academic Public Health Practice Committee of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health for 2015-2016.

College of Liberal Arts

Dr. David A. Davis, associate professor of English, gave a talk, titled “From Corn to the Colonel: The Development of Southern Foodways,” at Emory University on June 22. He also gave a presentation, titled “The First-Year Advisor's Learning Curve,” at the biennial convention of the National Association of Fellowship Advisors in Oakland, California, on July 17.

Dr. Andy Digh, associate professor of computer science, served as an exam reader and grader for the Advanced Placement Program in Computer Science, June 10-18, in Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Digh also attended the Teaching Professor Conference in Atlanta May 29-31. He received a grant from Mercer's Center for Teaching and Learning to attend this three-day conference packed with learning opportunities designed to enrich the teaching practice.

Dr. Sarah E. Gardner, professor of history, presented “'A Literary Criticism of Neurotic Literature': The Saturday Review of Literature and Faulkner's Sanctuary,” at the Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference in Oxford, Mississippi, July 19-23.

Dr. Keegan Greenier, associate professor of psychology, published a manuscript, titled “Seeing you fall vs. taking you down: The roles of agency and liking in schadenfreude,” in Psychological Reports, 116(3), 941-953.

Dr. Elizabeth Harper, assistant professor of English, was selected for and participated in a paleography seminar at the Rare Books School in Charlottesville, Virginia, June 15-19. The seminar was taught by Consuelo Dutschke, curator of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts at Columbia University.

Dr. Gordon Johnston, professor of English, gave a poetry reading, titled “Men's Fashions at Forty,” at Middle Georgia State College on April 21. Dr. Johnston's poem “Canoe” was published in Stone, River, Sky: An Anthology of Georgia Poems, published in August by Negative Capability Press.

Marc Jolley, senior lecturer in philosophy and Great Books, participated in a conference on Hinduism in La Jolla, California.

Dr. Eric Klingelhofer, professor of history, was quoted Aug. 11 in a New York Times article about new findings related to the lost Roanoke colonists.

Scot J. Mann, associate professor of communication and theatre, served as master instructor and adjudicator for the National Stage Combat Workshop with the Society of American Fight Directors at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Mann was also the master firearms instructor for the Teacher's Certification Course. He also adjudicated skills proficiency tests for with the Society of American Fight Directors for the outdoor dramas “Unto These Hills,” “Lost Colony,” and “Tecumseh.”He also served as a master instructor for Action Arts, training theater and film professionals in stunts and fight direction.

Dr. Chinekwu Obidoa, assistant professor of global health, along with her undergraduate research assistant Christine Okaro, delivered a HIV-AIDS workshop to the Central Georgia Technical College GED class at the family investment center in East Macon on May 11. Dr. Obidoa also published a book chapter, “Social Change in Igboland: Evidence of the Impact of Globalization and Implications” for the Igbo Family and Society in Perspectives of the Igbo: Multidisciplinary Approach (ISBN 9781938598173). She also co-authored a paper, titled “Translation of the Risk Avoidance Partnership (RAP) for Implementation in Outpatient Drug Treatment Clinics” in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs 2015 Jul-Aug: 47(3):239-47. Dr. Obidoa also completed an intensive summer research institute at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale University under the Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars Program from July 22-July 31.

Dr. Creighton Rosental, associate professor and chair of philosophy, created the non-profit program Veterans Voices with students in his public art class in fall 2014, and it became active in spring 2015. Veterans Voices provides local veterans an opportunity to share and distribute stories with members of the community. He also presented on “Teaching Logics through Their Philosophical Commitments: 'Logical Worldviews'” at Tools for Teaching Logic in Rennes, France, in June.

Dr. Anya Silver, professor of English, published “Doing Laundry in Budapest,” in the “American Life in Poetry” syndicated column on July 6. Dr. Silver also published “Luzerne” and “How to Unwant What the Body has Wanted” in Five Points (16:3):112-113, and “Peshawar 2014” in Calamaro (2:2):24. She won the Georgia Author of the Year for poetry from the Georgia Association of Writers. She also gave a poetry reading at Swarthmore Public Library in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, on June 11, and published “Writing About Breast Cancer” in Focus on IBC: The Inflammatory Breast Cancer Foundation Newsletter (August 2015):1.

Dr. Vasile Stanescu, assistant professor and director of debate, is co-editor of a book series, “Critical Animal Studies,” that recently published its third volume, “The War against Animals.”

College of Pharmacy

Dr. Ashish Advani, clinical associate professor, was awarded the Upsher-Smith Excellence in Innovation Award at the 2015 Georgia Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting.

Dr. John Bucheit, clinical assistant professor, was named an invited peer reviewer for Pharmacotherapy journal.

Dr. Kathryn Momary, associate professor, co-authored “Small genetic variants that have a huge impact on adverse drug reactions” in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research, 2015, 45:136-137.She also co-authored “Factors Associated With Clopidogrel Adherence in Community-Dwelling Patients” in the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 2015, e-published ahead of print.

Dr. Joshua Kinsey, clinical assistant professor, was appointed as director of the Community Pharmacy Residency Program.

Dr. Christine Klein, clinical assistant professor, was named an invited reviewer for the Georgia Pharmacy Association for Immunization Compliance Kit. The toolkit will be made available to Georgia pharmacists to assist members in complying with new Georgia state law.

Dr. Vivian Liao, clinical assistant professor, co-authored “Glucose disturbances and atypical antipsychotic use in the intensive care unit” in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 2015, doi: 10.1177/0897190015579452. Dr. Liao was also appointed as a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Critical Care PRN Programming Committee and Communications Committee, as well as a member of the Clinical Leadership Section Advisory Group for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Dr. Kristin O'Brien, clinical assistant professor, co-authored “The impact of a stewardship-initiated restriction on empirical use of ciprofloxacin non-susceptibility of Escherichia coli urinary isolates to ciprofloxacin” in Pharmacotherapy, 2015, 35(5), 464-469.

Dr. Sweta Patel, clinical assistant professor, was invited to be an editorial board member for Clinical Pharmacology and Biopharmaceutics Journal.

Dr. Maria Thurston, clinical assistant professor, was appointed to the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists Board of Directors as the Northwest-Metro District director. Dr. Thurston was also appointed as a member of the 2015-2016 American Association of College of Pharmacy's Lyman Award Selection Committee as well as the Paul Dawson Biotechnology Award Selection Committee.

Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics

Jody Blanke, Ernest L. Baskin Jr. Distinguished Professor of Computer Information Systems and Law, presented a paper, titled “Resilient Cities, Big Data, and the Brittleness of Privacy,” at the Privacy Law Scholars Conference in Berkeley, California. The annual conference is co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology and the George Washington University Law School. Blanke also received the SSBE Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award for a record-tying third time. He presented a paper (along with his co-author), titled “Big Data, Smart Cities, and Privacy Resilience,” at the 90th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business in Philadelphia. Blanke, who served as secretary-treasurer of the ALSB this past year, was elevated to vice president.

Dr. Geoff Ngene, assistant professor of finance, guided Mercer's chapter of the Financial Management Association to the Superior Chapter Award for the 2014-2015 academic year. This highly coveted designation is awarded to less than five percent of FMA chapters. In order to receive this prestigious designation, the chapter had to meet a number of specific criteria, demonstrate exemplary chapter management and excel in providing members program ideas.

Dr. Myriam Quispe-Agnoli, visiting assistant professor of economics, participated in TEDxUGA in March. Her TED talk, titled “Adversity Economics: turning adversity into ability,” can be viewed here.

Dr. Faye Sisk, professor, and Kim Eccles, associate director of the Swilley Library, presented “The Impact of a Global Business Library Guide Through Partnering With Business Faculty” at the Atlanta Area Bibliographic Instruction Group's 2015 Conference, “Breaking Down Silos,” on June 12 at the University of Georgia in Athens.

James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology

Dr. Loyd Allen, Sylvan Hills Baptist Church Professor of Church History and Spiritual Formation, presented on March 2 the 2015 Baptist Heritage Lecture Series at Campbellsville University on “A History of Baptist Affiliations.” Dr. Allen gave a film interview on March 26 to the Atlantic Institute for a project to be aired on the TV station IRMAK TV, a popular channel in Turkey, as one among the “influential people in our community who are either involved in or familiar with this movement (Hizmet) and the work of Mr. Fethullah Gulen.” He also delivered a paper on “The Meeting of Saint and Sultan: The Symbolic Power for Peace in the Personal Encounter between Saint Francis of Assisi and Sultan Al-Kamil of Egypt” at the Peace Builders Conference sponsored by the Atlantic Institute and The Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel on April 8. Dr. Allen was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Collegium of Scholars of Morehouse College on April 10, and he served as lecturer and spiritual director on the Academy of Spiritual Formation's Celtic Pilgrimage in Scotland June 28-July 11.

Dr. Rob Nash, interim dean and Arnall-Mann-Thomasson Professor of Mission and World Religions, delivered a paper on “Roger Williams and the Bloudy Tenent of Persecution: God's Sovereignty, Religious Freedom and the Path to Peace” at the Peace Builders Conference sponsored by the Atlantic Institute and the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel on April 8. Dr. Nash also published an essay, titled “Walter Rauschenbusch, the Pope and the New Evangelism,” in the summer 2015 issue of Perspectives in Religious Studies. He served on an interfaith panel, titled “Healthcare for the Poor: An Interfaith Dialogue,” on April 28 at Mercy Care in Atlanta.

Dr. Graham Walker, John and Judy Zellars Professor of Christian Theology and Philosophy, contributed a chapter, titled “Creation Stories We Live By,” in Creation Stories in Dialogue: The Bible, Science, and Folk Traditions, edited by Dr. Alan Culpepper, professor of New Testament, and Jan van der Watt, (Brill Publishing, August 2015). Dr. Walker also contributed an article, titled “Anamnesis and Anastasis: A Global Reflection in the Way of James Wm. McClendon, Jr.,” in Baptistic Theologies, 7:1 (University of Amsterdam Press, July 2015). He published a review of Mark Harris' The Nature of Creation: Examining the Bible and Science in the July 2015 edition of Review of Biblical Literature. Dr. Walker was elected to the Baptist World Alliance Interfaith Commission for the term 2015-2020, and he was re-elected president of the Asia Baptist Graduate Theological Foundation, Limited for the term 2015-2021.

Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes, associate professor of pastoral care and counseling, presented a continuing education workshop, titled “Culturally Competent Practice with the StrongBlackWoman,” at the annual meeting of the Georgia Psychological Association on April 24. She also served as an invited panelist during the racial reconciliation pre-conference workshop at The Justice Conference in Chicago on Jun. 5., and she presented a talk, titled “Do #BlackWomenMatter?,” at the Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, North Carolina, on July 10.

Dr. Brett Younger, associate professor of preaching, led a workshop on “Baptists Learning to Dance” at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly in Dallas on June 18. Dr. Younger also accepted an invitation to participate in a Lilly Endowment-sponsored writing workshop at the Collegeville Institute in Collegeville, Minnesota, July 6-12, on “Awakening Theological Imagination in the Congregation.”

Mercer Engineering Research Center

Scott Ross, program manager, Robbie Guest, senior electrical engineer, Ed Irwin, principal biomedical engineer and Dan Murray, technical advisor, recently concluded a yearlong investigation of the potential risk of radio frequency (RF) interference to mission critical communication due to the increasing use of wireless devices by first responders. The research was funded by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology First Responder Group. The requirement was to collect RF data during medium- to large-sized first-responder events. MERC teamed with Guardian Centers, a world-class training facility in Perry for two exercise events involving multiple first-responder agencies and National Guard personnel. MERC also conducted research during a mock plane crash at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and during a major National Guard exercise in South Carolina. The final report, presented to the Department of Homeland Security on Aug. 6 in Washington D.C., was very well received. Dr. Behnam Kamali, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the School of Engineering, contributed substantially to the final report. Mercer technical communications students also contributed through a class project to evaluate challenges with the Georgia Interoperability Network (GIN), a system designed to improve multi-jurisdictional communications throughout the state.

Penfield College

Dr. Wesley Barker, assistant professor of religious studies, published multiple entries in the The Encyclopedia of Christian Education. The three-volume work, published by Rowman and Littlefield and edited by George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport, features forwards by notable scholars including Stanley Hauerwas and Will Willimon.

Dr. Caroline M. Brackette, associate professor of clinical mental health counseling and assistant dean for graduate programs, was featured in the August American Counseling Association Government Affairs newsletter. The national organization recognized her for her work in educating and engaging graduate counseling students in effective advocacy practices to advance the counseling profession and work of licensed professional counselors. She was also invited to attend the American Counseling Association's 2015 Institute for Leadership Training in Washington, D.C., in July as an emerging leader. Dr. Brackette has been invited to facilitate an inter-cultural competency development workshop for faculty in the Natural Resources program in the School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine, in October.

Dr. Richard H. Martin, professor of public safety and criminal justice, reviewed an article, titled “Time Management of Educational Inspectors,” for the Journal of Education and Training Studies on Aug. 7. Dr. Martin also completed a review of an article, titled “The Role of Staff in Quality Improvement in Early Childhood,” for the peer-reviewed Journal of Education and Training Studies on July 20. He also had a paper, titled “Emergency Planning for Soft Targets,” accepted for presentation at the Southern Criminal Justice Association meeting in Charleston in September. Dr. Martin also completed a peer-review of an article, titled, “Instructional Strategies Used to Improve Students' Comfort and Skill in Addressing the Occupational Therapy Process,” for the Journal of Education and Training Studies on June 6, and he reviewed a second article, titled “Examination of the Relation Between TEOG Score and School Success in Terms of Various Variables,” for the Journal of Education and Training Studies on June 23.

Dr. Theresa Reese, associate professor and coordinator of the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program, presented with Nishe'e Queen, a master's student and combat veteran, at the June 25 Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The organization's primary goal is advocating for people with disabilities (PWD) who work to get equal pay for equal work. Additionally, the organization advocates for PWD to be fairly interviewed and jobs offered, not in spite of disability, but despite disability. This could relate to developmental, physical or psychiatric disability. The national APSE conference presentation was titled “Maintaining employment after recovery; The struggle of transition.” The subject matter pertained to military with PTSD (and other diagnoses) reintegrating into society.

School of Engineering

Dr. Pam Brewer, associate professor of technical communication, authored International Virtual Teams: Engineering Global Success, published by Wiley-IEEE Press in May.

Dr. Sinjae Hyun, associate professor of biomedical engineering, Dr. Kenneth Harper of The Vein Specialists of the South in Macon led six biomedical engineering students – Ryan Deruiter, Chris Murdock, Meredith Owen, Billy Pocock, Lauren Reagin and Andrew Roy – to Biomedical Engineering Society Coulter College Aug. 14-16 in Coral Gables, Florida. Coulter College is a training program focused on translation of biomedical innovations, where student design teams are guided by faculty and clinical experts through a highly dynamic process designed to help them better understand how innovations can meet clinical needs while providing tools and approaches to evolve novel solutions. Mercer was one of 20 universities selected for the program, including Georgia Tech, John Hopkins, University Virginia, Penn State, Drexel, Wichita, Florida State and others. The Mercer design team's topic was a medical device related to laparoscopic surgical tools. The team spent more than 40 hours designing the final device and won prizes for Best Design Team and Best Final Pitch/Presentation.

Dr. Richard O. Mines Jr., professor of environmental engineering and director of engineering graduate programs, was conferred the fellow grade of membership at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference Awards Ceremony held in Seattle, Washington, on June 15.

School of Medicine

Dr. Jennifer L. Barkin, assistant professor of community medicine and obstetrics and gynecology, authored “Semantic Assessment of the Barkin Index of Maternal Functioning in a Medically Underserved Obstetric Population” along with Dr. Kristina C. Hawkins, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Tiffany Stanfill-Thomas, 2010 MUSM graduate, and colleagues abroad. The article was accepted for publication in Perspectives in Psychiatric Care.

Dr. Meghan Cody, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, co-authored the article “True and false memories in social anxiety disorder: Effects of speech anticipation and social content” in Cognitive Therapy and Research. doi:10.1007/s10608-015-9712-6.

Rebecca Hayes, geriatrics fellowship program coordinator, had an abstract, titled “Program Coordinator's Magic Hat,” accepted by Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. She is invited to be a presenter at the ACGME's Coordinator Forum at National Harbor, Maryland, in February.

Dr. Alice Aumann House, regional dean of the Columbus campus, was elected to serve as chair of the Georgia Composite Medical Board. The mission of the Composite Medical Board is to protect the health of Georgians through the proper licensing of physicians and other members of the healing arts and to objectively enforce the Medical Practice Act.

Dr. Wei-Hsiung Yang, associate professor of physiology, Leslie Meredith, MUSM class of 2017, published an article, titled “The key regulator for language and speech development, FOXP2, is a novel substrate for SUMOylation,” in the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry. The article was accepted on July 22.

Staff and Administration

Dr. Hari Dhungana, substitute center coordinator at the Douglas County Regional Academic Center, successfully defended and completed his Ph.D. in education technology in online and e-learning.

Jamienne McKee, special programs coordinator for the English Language Institute, was featured in an article on Inside Higher Ed regarding her research on attitudes of owners and employees of local businesses and service providers that she conducted while a master's student at the University of Findlay in Ohio.

Tift College of Education

Dr. Olivia Boggs, associate professor of educational leadership, has a chapter included in The Sage Encyclopedia of African Cultural Heritage in North America. Sage Publications released this new compendium on July 29.

Dr. Andrew Grunzke, assistant professor of education, had his first book, Educational Institutions in Horror Film: The History of Mad Professors, Student Bodies, and Final Exams, published by respected scholarly press Palgrave Macmillan in April. The book explores the history of how school violence has been depicted on film, concentrating on areas of bullying and retribution and hazing. Additionally, his chapter, “The Importance of Teaching Ernest: The Fool Goes Back to School in Television and Film Comedies of the Late Twentieth Century,” was published this summer, also by Palgrave, in the edited volume American Education in Popular Media: From the Blackboard to the Silver Screen. This chapter discusses caricatures of adult students and non-traditional education in television sitcoms and slapstick comedies.

Dr. Ron Knorr, assistant professor, and Dr. Clemmie Whatley, associate professor, published a book, titled The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf – 1882-1975 (Sunbury Press). The book is the story of the founding, operation, and eventual desegregation of the school established in the mid-nineteenth century and the segregated school opened for black deaf children in 1882.

Dr. Justus Randolph, associate professor, co-authored “Total or near-total thyroidectomy versus subtotal thyroidectomy for multinodular non-toxic goiter in adults” in Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (8). Art. No.: CD010370. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD010370.pub2. He also co-authored “Acute appendicitis can be treated with single-incision laparoscopy: A systematic review of randomized control trials” in Colorectal Disease, 17(4), 281-298. doi:10.1111/codi.12839.

Dr. Peter Ross, associate professor, published a book, titled Evidence Based Practices for BOSS Teaching. The book investigates and illustrates research-based developmental, behavioral and motivational factors that impact the learning environment. A BOSS teacher is one who implements evidence-based practices and at the same time avoids utilizing ineffective means for working with children and adolescents (in other words, explores the phenomenon of “paradigm paralysis”).

Townsend School of Music

Dr. Jack Mitchener, professor of organ, University Organist and director of the Townsend-McAfee Institute of Church Music, was a featured recitalist and master class teacher for the American Guild of Organists' Southeastern Regional Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, in early July. Dr. Mitchener taught advanced young organists from throughout the United States who travelled to Charlotte to participate in the classes. In late July, Dr. Mitchener was once again invited to perform and teach at the Interlochen Arts Camp. He had a residency at the prestigious northern Michigan arts center, which included playing a recital and giving a series of master classes. Last spring, Dr. Mitchener was invited to play the inaugural recital on a restored late 19th-century American organ that was moved from Massachusetts and reconstructed in St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The organ was originally built in 1898 by the Hook and Hastings Company. The recital attracted an audience of more than 800 people.

Amy Schwartz Moretti, director of the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, associate professor and Caroline Paul King Violin Chair, performed May 5 with Cortona Trio for the Atlanta Chamber Players “Grand Finale” concert in Atlanta, and was an adjudicator for the Classical KING FM Young Artist Awards Competition in partnership with the Seattle Chamber Music Society in April. Moretti also served as a consultant to the Seattle University String Performance Program in Washington, June 4-5, and appeared in several concerts performing wide-ranging repertoire at summer music festivals including: ChamberFest Cleveland in Ohio, June 17-July 1, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival in Washington, July 6-13, and the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival in New York, July 29-Aug. 2 and Aug. 14-16.

University Libraries

Beth Perry, public services librarian, traveled to Cambridge, England, in March where she volunteered for four days in the library at Tyndale House. She also attended the annual meeting of the Association of British Theological and Philosophical Libraries held in Cambridge.

Theresa Rhodes, associate director for public services and collections, participated in the 15th Acquisitions Institute at Timberline (Oregon) Lodge, May 16-19.

Walter F. George School of Law

Anthony Baldwin, professor, was appointed returning chair of the Hospitality Committee for the board of the Southeastern Conference of Law Schools.

Ted Blumoff, professor, had an article, titled “On Executing Treatment-Resistant Schizophrenics: Identity and the Construction of 'Synthetic' Competency,” accepted for publication in 52 Criminal Law Bulletin.

Zack Buck, assistant professor, published an article, titled “Side Effects: State Anti-Fraud Statutes, Off-Label Marketing, and the Solvable Challenge of Causation,” in 36 Cardozo Law Review 2129 (2015). He published another article, titled “Breaking the Fever: A New Construct for Regulating Overtreatment,” in 48 U.C. Davis Law Review 1261 (2015).

Jessica Feinberg, associate professor, presented on “Relationship Pluralism” during the Association of American Law Schools workshop on “Shifting Foundations in Family Law: Family Law's Responses to Changing Families” at the association's midyear meeting in Orlando in June.

Timothy W. Floyd, Tommy Malone Distinguished Chair in Trial Advocacy, co-authored the chapter “Professional Formation,” along with Daisy Floyd, dean, in Learning from Practice: A Professional Development Text for Externs (West Academic Press, 2015). Floyd also authored “Thirty Years of Jack Sammons: An Appreciation in 66 Mercer Law Review 265 (2015), and Floyd delivered a plenary panel presentation, titled “The Role of Clinicians in Counseling Students,” at the Association of American Law Schools Clinical Conference in May.

Oren Griffin, associate professor, had an article, titled “A View of Campus Safety Law in Higher Education and the Merits of Enterprise Risk Management,” accepted for publication in 61.2 Wayne Law Review (2015-16). He also published a book chapter, titled “Campus Safety, Policy and Risk Management,” in Emerging Issues in College and University Campus Security (Thompson Reuters/Aspatore, 2015), and he authored the forthcoming book Student Misconduct Investigations: Navigating the Internal Investigation Process in Higher Education (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016).

Ismael Gullon, associate law librarian for collections and technical services at the Furman Smith Law Library, presented “IUSE3 Field: A Treasure Unleashed!” at the Innovative Law Users Group meeting during the American Association of Law Libraries Annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 18. He was appointed awards committee chair of the Technical Services Special Interest Section of the AALL for 2015-2016.

Linda Jellum, Ellison C. Palmer Professor of Tax Law, was appointed incoming deputy executive director and a returning member of the Beginning and Newer Teachers Workshop Committee for the board of the Southeastern Conference of Law Schools.

Jeremy Kidd, associate professor, was appointed an incoming member of the Inclusiveness Committee for the board of the Southeastern Conference of Law Schools.

Dr. David Ritchie, professor of law and philosophy and director of international initiatives, has been appointed the chair of the International Committee of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS). At the most recent SEALS annual meeting in Boca Raton, Florida, in July, Dr. Ritchie gave two presentations. The first was an evaluation of the urban pacification policies of the Brazilian police in Rio de Janeiro in a workshop on “Policing the Police and Military.”The second was a discussion, titled “Shine on You Crazy Diamond,” in a discussion on “The Legal and Political Implications of the Edward Snowden Revelations.” Dr. Ritchie was appointed incoming chair of the International Committee for the board of the Southeastern Conference of Law Schools.

Karen J. Sneddon, professor, published “Not Your Mother's Will: Gender, Language, and Wills” in 98 Marquette Law Review 1535 (summer 2015). Sneddon was appointed a returning member of the New Scholars Committee for the board of the Southeastern Conference of Law Schools. She also spoke on “From Form Book to Story Book: Tales of Transactional Drafting” at the Applied Legal Storytelling Conference at Seattle University School of Law in Seattle, Washington, July 22, with Dr. Lori Johnson, associate professor and director of the Law and Public Policy Program in the College of Liberal Arts.