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Faculty Scholarship and Research
Noreen Chikotas, D.Ed., graduate coordinator and director of nurse practitioner programs, recently was re-awarded an Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) grant through the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) for $691,872. This grant is considered a competitive continuation award from the initial AENT grant she obtained in 2012 for $632,000.00 which assisted 32 primary care nurse practitioner students in achieving their Master’s in Nursing and certification as either Adult Nurse Practitioner’s, Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner’s or Family Nurse Practitioner’s. Chikotas Scholarship
Jerry Wemple, MFA, professor of English, recently featured in the book, So Far…So Close, and the accompanying photo exhibit presented by Albright College, Reading. The book consists of interviews, photographs and excerpt of the writings of 10 Pennsylvania authors and 10 authors from Tarapacá in northern Chile. The goal of the book is to overcome distance and language and demonstrate that although the world is large, its inhabitants do not live far apart.
The National Science Foundation has awarded Zzyzx Polymers a $737,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant to support research and development efforts on the firm’s novel plastic polymers manufacturing process. Mark Tapsak, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, is one of the company’s cofounders. This SBIR Phase II project will demonstrate the first commercial-scale processing of post-consumer plastic materials for high-value applications using an approach known as continuous mechanochemical compatibilization. The Zzyzx Polymers project will focus on using CMC to recycle materials without the need for extensive cleaning or sorting, thereby reducing processing steps, and returning value to these materials in a more cost-competitive way.
Kurt Smith, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, is on sabbatical this semester. As part of his research project, he is a Visiting Scholar at Princeton University. Princeton's philosophy department has consistently been ranked one of the top few in the country, and counts many scholars of international reputation among its faculty. The department covers the full range of areas studied in an analytic philosophy department: logic and philosophy of science, philosophy of mind and language, metaphysics and epistemology, value theory, and the history of philosophy, including both early modern and ancient. Smith Scholarship
Michael Ruffini, Ed.D., professor of educational technology, recently published an article in the September issue of the THE Journal. The article is entitled, “Blending Face-to- Face and Flipping.” In the article, Ruffini provides an explanation of the flipped classroom and its alternative, which offers the best of the flipped class and traditional face-to-face instruction, the face/flip. Ruffini Scholarship
Walter Brasch, professor emeritus of journalism, was named to the 2015 edition of Who's Who in America. This is the 25th consecutive year he is in the directory. He was previously listed in Who's Who in the West. Brasch is the author of 20 books; his current one is FRACKING PENNSYLVANIA. He also does a syndicated newspaper column, radio commentaries, and script doctoring. Among his community/professional service, he is vice-president of the central Susquehanna ACLU chapter; he has been a member (beginning in Southern California) since 1966, and specializes in First Amendment and civil rights issues.
Evren Eryilmaz, Ph.D., assistant professor of information and technology management, co-authored on the paper "How media choice affects learner interactions in distance learning classes" published in Computers & Education Vol., 75. The paper explored the affordances of an online social networking system to facilitate online interaction, course community development, and perceived learning.
Furthermore, his paper "Leveraging a Personalized System to Improve Self-Directed Learning in Online Educational Environments" published in Computers & Education Vol., 70 was the most downloaded article in July. Eryilmaz Scholarship
Hayden Wimmer, Ph.D., assistant professor of business education and information and technology management, presented a paper titled "A Multi-Agent System for Healthcare Data Privacy" at the America's Conference for Information Systems (AMCIS) in Savannah, GA which won best paper in track and was nominated for best paper of conference. AMCIS is one of the largest and most respected conferences in Information Systems.
Elena Litvinova, instructor of developmental instruction, had her article, “Adding Another Row to The Time-Distance-Speed Diagram,” published in Mathematics Teaching in U.K. During the last two years, she has worked collaboratively with her husband, Semyon Litvinov, on a comprehensive review of elementary methods of solving inequalities, including a non-traditional Interval Method.
This material may be of interest to college/high school instructors who teach pre-calculus or/and calculus courses. In March of 2011, we presented a part of this material at the “History and Pedagogy of Mathematics (HPM) Americas Section 2011 East Coast Meeting”. A comprehensive overview of the material was presented on March 10, 2014, at the INTED2014 (8th International Technology, Education and Development Conference) in Spain. It was a virtual presentation and the paper was published in the conference proceedings.
Michael G. Borland, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, co-presented two posters at the 2014 Society of Toxicology International Conference in Phoenix this past spring, “Modulation of human melanoma cell line proliferation by PPARβ/δ and PPARγ” and “The Journal of Toxicological Education (JTOXED) – A milestone in toxicology education.”
In addition, Borland (founding editor Journal of Toxicological Education, launched in January) had two publications published, “Introducing Molecular Toxicology into the Biochemistry Curricula: Using Cytochrome c (Cytc) Functionalities as a Model” in the Journal of Toxicological Education, and “Modulation of aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) signaling by peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor β/δ (PPARβ/δ) in keratinocytes” in Carcinogenesis.”
Lam D. Nguyen, Ph.D., associate professor of management, recently has his coauthored paper, "Would better earning, work environment, and promotion opportunities increase employee performance? An investigation in state and other sectors in Vietnam," accepted for publication in Public Organization Review published by Springer.
Public Organization Review, a high quality refereed journal, seeks to advance knowledge of public organizations around the world. Its focus is on ‘public’, broadly defined, to include governmental, non-profit, and non-governmental organizations, and their impacts on human life and society, as well as their influence in shaping human civilization. The Review publishes empirical, theoretical, analytical and historical articles of high academic quality that contribute to the advancement of understanding ‘public' organizations. Nguyen Scholarship
David Simpson, Ph.D., associate professor of physics and engineering technology, has partnered with the Department of Environmental Protection to develop refresher-training materials for operators of X-ray equipment, such as general radiologists and dental X-rays technicians. The materials help ensure the continuing education on DEP regulatory requirements are met for safe operation of X-ray systems.
DEP regulations require operators to document that they have completed a recommended two contact hours or four units of continuing education every four years in specialized subject areas such as sources of radiation exposure and methods of protection. The subject areas should be applicable to the procedures they perform and equipment they use.
Monica Favia, Ph.D., and Lam D. Nguyen, Ph.D., management faculty, recently have their co-authored paper, “Factors influencing consumer’s trust in e-commerce: An empirical examination in Vietnam” published in the International Journal of Business Research, Vol. 14, No. 2. The International Journal of Business Research (IJBR) is a peer-reviewed and publicly available journal listed in Cabell’s Directories 2004-14 Editions and in the Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory with an acceptance rate of 20 percent.
Michael Patte, Ph.D., professor of education and child life specialist, had his article “The importance of play on whole child development” accepted for publication in Child Life Focus. The paper explores how play in America has morphed from an unstructured, child-initiated endeavor to an adult-directed, structured enterprise and the implications this change has on whole child development.
Patte was also invited by the Child Life Council to provide the keynote address at its first international summit — The State of International Pediatric Psychosocial Services: A Global Perspective on Play and Psychosocial Care for Children in Hospitals in New Orleans. Patte Scholarship
Nancy Gentile Ford, Ph.D., was recently among three invited presenters on “Immigrants in the Military: Regional and Historical Factors” at Princeton University, which hosted the Patriots or Invaders? - Immigrants in the Military in Modern America Conference.
The conference brought together recognized experts, academics as well as journalists, members of the U.S. military establishment and political figures around a dialogue about the role of immigrants — their families and children — in the armed forces; the causes and effects of military recruitment on first-and second-generation immigrants and the barriers faced by immigrants and families in the military. Gentile Ford Scholarship
Kevin Ferland, professor of mathematics, computer science, and statistics, recently had a paper, “Record Crossword Puzzles,” published in The American Mathematical Monthly. It contains a proof that 96 is the maximum number of clues possible in a daily New York Times crossword puzzle. In addition to presenting the only two possible grids that have 96 clues, it gives a crossword puzzle using one of those grids that anyone who likes to do crossword puzzles should enjoy.
The American Mathematical Monthly publishes articles, notes, and other features about mathematics and the profession. Its readers span a broad spectrum of mathematical interests and abilities. Authors are invited to submit articles and notes that bring interesting mathematical ideas to a wide audience of Monthly readers.
Jung S. Kim, Ph.D., Lam D.Nguyen, Ph.D., associate professors of management and marketing, recently had their coauthored paper, “Strategies of Chinese automakers,” published in the International Journal of Strategic Management, Vol. 14, No. 1.
The International Journal of Strategic Management (IJSM) is a refereed publication listed in Cabell’s Directories 2004-14 Editions and in Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory with an acceptance rate of 23 percent. It is available online at the EBSCO Publishing in the Business Complete Listing and at the Gale/ Cengage Publishing. The journal will soon be available with the SCOPUS.
Craig A. Young, Ph.D., assistant professor of education, was recently appointed to serve as a member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Academic Studies Advisory Committee for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). His three-year term will begin after the 2014 Annual Convention this fall in Washington, D.C.
The committee's charge is to develop plans to assist teachers in making schools safe and welcoming places for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming, intersex, queer, and questioning people, and their allies to initiate and sustain conversation about the relevance of gendered, sexual, and affectional identities to reading and writing lives, to teaching lives, and to the well-being of students; to promote inquiry into issues of sexuality and gender identity and expression in the teaching of literacy and literature; to encourage proposals for presentation of such inquiry through public meetings to support individuals in the production of publishable written reports of such inquiry; and to select excellent proposals for the annual convention.
Mehdi Razzaghi, Ph.D., professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science, is researching internationally as a Fulbright Scholar, a prestigious award granted through a highly competitive, merited-based program. Razzaghi will spend this coming academic year researching statistics and toxicology while teaching a graduate course as well as the University of Warsaw in Poland.
Eric S. Rawson, Ph.D., professor of exercise science, was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The ACSM is the largest and most respected sports medicine organization in the world with more than 45,000 members and certified professionals in more than 90 countries.
At the 2014 ACSM National Conference in Orlando, Rawson will be delivering a lecture entitled “One pill makes you larger and another makes you small: Dietary supplements for weight loss and weight gain.” Rawson is a Fellow of the ACSM, chairs the Nutrition Interest Group, and is the immediate past-president of the Mid-Atlantic ACSM Chapter. Rawson Scholarship
Michael C. Hickey, Ph.D., professor of history, was an invited participant this spring on a panel that discussed "The Ukrainian Crisis" at Bucknell University's Institute for Public Policy. Hickey's presentation focused on the role of historical memory in shaping the current crisis in Ukraine. Hickey presented some of his new research on Russian-Jewish community politics during World War One, at the Delaware Valley Seminar on Russian History at Swarthmore University.
In addition, Hickey has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellowship to spend several weeks this summer in Smolensk, Russia, where he will continue his archival research on local Jewish history, lecture at Smolensk State University on trends in American historiography about Russia, and develop cooperative digital archive projects with Smolensk State University history faculty. Hickey Scholarship
David Minderhout, Ph.D., professor emeritus of anthropology, has had an article published in the Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences. The article is entitled "Native Americans in the Susquehanna River Valley: An Archaeological Summary," and appears in vol. 88(1):28-39 (2014) of the journal. Last month (3/22/14) he presented a paper at the Pennsylvania Academy of Science's 90th anniversary conference at Susquehanna University. That presentation was entitled "Native American Prehistory in the Susquenna River Valley."
Cynthia Venn, Ph.D., professor of environmental, geographical and geological sciences, recently presented a paper, “Using Map Exercises as an Integrative Tool in a General Education Oceanography Course,” at the American Geophysical Union Ocean Sciences meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii. This paper reports the results of a semester-long class activity that was developed as a result of the 2013 BU Teaching Excellence Academy sponsored by the TALE office.
Ted Roggenbuck, Ph.D., director of the BU Writing Center and associate professor of English, collaborated with Mike Sherry, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, to write "Reframing Responses to Student Writing: Promising Young Writers and the Writing Pedagogies Course," which was recently published in Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education. The article describes an attempt to provide future teachers with an opportunity to practice evaluating and responding to student writing through a collaboration among members of an NCTE committee, a blended writing pedagogies course composed of education, creative writing, and professional writing students, and middle school teachers and their students in two states.
Tim Knoster, Ed.D., professor of exceptionality programs, recently had his latest book, “The Teacher’s Pocket Guide for Effective Classroom Management, Second Edition” published by Brookes Publishing Company. Knoster, a behavior expert and former teacher, provides friendly how-to book educators need to increase desired behavior in today's K-12 classrooms. The second edition weaves in timely new guidance for teachers implementing multi-tiered systems of support in tandem with positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS), while also serving as a great resource for teachers in more traditional school settings.
Jennifer L. Cughan, M.S., academic coordinator for TRiO Upward Bound, recently attended the ACT State Organization Leadership Orientation and State Representatives Meeting in Iowa City. As the elected PA State Representative to ACT, Cughan has the opportunity to explain TRiO Upward Bound to ACT spokespersons, be the voice for the needs of TRiO students and programs across the state and across the nation, and learn first-hand how ACT can assist students.
Cughan also attended the ACT State Representatives meeting this past March in Phoenix, AZ. Her term as State Representative with the ACT will be a minimum of three years. Cughan Scholarship
Stephen W. Whitworth, Ph.D., associate professor of English, was invited for a second year to deliver the keynote lecture at the Department of English at Tel Aviv University's annual symposium in January on literature and psychoanalysis. This year's symposium was entitled "The Perversity of the Poetic." Whitworth delivered a lecture entitled "'The Most is Not Too Much': Masochism and the Perverse Phantasm in Southwell's 'Complaynt of St. Peter (1591).'" After delivering his lecture, Whitworth answered questions and participated in a roundtable discussion of the work being done on literature and psychoanalysis in a variety of literary periods by Israeli English faculty, graduate students, and analysts. Whitworth ScholarshipMichael Martin, Ph.D. assistant professor of English and director of the Professional Writing Minor, served on the Proposal Review Committee for the Computers and Writing Conference at Frostburg State University; he also served as a peer reviewer for the conference. In addition, in October, he presented a paper titled “Understanding Gendered-communication and its Effect on Memory Unit Patients” as part of a panel discussion “The Care in Healthcare: Patient-centered Care, Proof, Rationality, Liminality” at the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender Conference at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI.
Faith Warner, Ph.D., professor of anthropology, co-published two newsletter articles in November, including Just Go to This Website: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Predicts that Jobs in Anthropology Will Increase by 21% by 2020 (with Gabrielle Vielhauer), and The Ideal Preparation for Admission to MA and PhD Programs in Applied Anthropology: A Roundtable Discussion with Graduate Faculty Members (with DeeAnne Wymer) in the Society for Applied Anthropology Newsletter. Warner Scholarship
M. Safa Saraçoğlu, Ph.D., associate professor of history, associate professor of history, helped organized a four-panel discussion on Legitimizing Law in the Ottoman Empire recently at the 47th annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association in New Orleans, from Oct. 10 to 13. The session reflected a select group of responses to a call for papers Saraçoğlu issued in January. The mini-workshop covered an entire day and attracted a lot of attention. It involved 24 respected scholars from a variety of countries including Hungary, Israel, Turkey, United Kingdom and U.S.
In addition, Saraçoğlu presented his research, “Düstur Before “Birinci Tertib:” Liberalism, Codification and Government in Nineteenth Century Ottoman Empire” in one of these panels. The discussions in this workshop were lively and brought up several significant issues in the rapidly evolving topic of Islamic law and historical change. Saraçoğlu Scholarship
A. Blair Staley, DBA, CPA, professor of accounting, and Dennis B.K. Hwang, DBA, CPA, professor of accounting, and their colleagues published an article, Hwang, D. B.K, Chen, Y., Staley, A. B., Tsia, Y., & Chu, C. (2013). A Comparative Study of the Propensity of Whistle-Blowing: Empirical Evidence from China, Taiwan, and the United States. International Journal of Accounting and Financial Reporting, 3 (2), 202-224. Staley Scholarship
Ferda Asya, Ph.D., professor of English, presented a refereed paper, “Lyautey in Wharton’s Morocco,” in the “Edith Wharton Society Panel,” at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Conference, in Chicago, Illinois, on 12 January 2014. Asya Scholarship
Loren F. Selznick, J.D., assistant professor of business law, recently published an article, "Walking the Executive Speech Tightrope: From Starbucks to Chick-fil-A," in the Oklahoma Law Review. The article discusses legal issues that arise when top corporate executives make controversial public statements on hot-button social issues. It focuses on two companies, Starbucks and Chick-fil-A, whose executives took opposing positions on same-sex marriage in 2012. The controversy raised a number of questions about the expressive rights of CEOs.
Jessica Bentley-Sassaman, Ed.D., assistant professor and coordinator of BU’s ASL/English Interpreting Program, was recently published in the Journal of Interpretation, which is set up through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. The article, part of her doctoral study related to deaf-hearing interpreter teams, focused on how deaf interpreters and hearing interpreters know how to come together to work as a team. Her progressive research focuses on an area of interpreting that has seen very little research to date. Bentley-Sassaman Scholarship
Conrad Quintyn, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology, and co-authors N. Seguchi and H. Takamuku of Department of Environmental Changes, Kyushu University, Japan had a paper, "A Study of Postcranial Indices, Ratios, and Body Mass versus Eco-geographical Variables in An Assessment of Phenotypical Adaptations to Climatic Conditions," accepted and presented at the 82nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Knoxville, Tenn., in April. Quintyn Scholarship
James H. Dalton, Ph.D., professor of psychology, is author of the chapter "Community Psychology" in Volume 1 of the new, second edition of the "Handbook of Psychology," a major resource for the entire field of psychology and for related fields. The Handbook is a ten-volume set covering the science and practice of psychology, edited by Irvin Weiner of the University of South Florida, and published by John Wiley & Sons. It has been highly praised in Library Journal and in PsycCRITIQUES, the American Psychological Association journal of book reviews. Andruss Library has a copy of the second edition multivolume set.
Johan van der Jagt, Ph.D., assistant professor of exceptionality programs, presented “Teaching Communication Skills to Students with Autism While Maintaining Senior Citizens’ Cognition by Utilizing School-Community Business Collaboration; Effects on Teacher Education Programs” at the International Conference on Learning in London U.K. on August 14 to 16. The conference was attended by more than 400 global participants presenting research on topics ranging from gender and culture, pedagogical practices, special education, language and literacy to STEM.
Toni Trumbo Bell, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, recently published a peer-reviewed paper in Analytical Biochemistry with former student and BU alum, Broc Wenrich. Their research Interaction of nucleic acids with Coomassie Blue G-250, appears in the September issue. Wenrich is currently pursuing a master’s degree in chemistry at Bucknell University.
William Calhoun, Ph.D., assistant chair of mathematics, computer science and statistics, recently presented, “The legacy of Turing reducibility,” at the Turing Centenary Conference in Cambridge, U.K. The conference marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alan Turing, who was one of the founders of computability theory and played an important role in the development of the computer. He even helped the Allies win World War II by devising techniques and machines that cracked the Enigma code and other German codes. Turing was involved in many areas: statistics, logic, computer science, cryptology, mathematical biology and even athletics. Calhoun used Turing’s diverse interests to motivate workshops for incoming freshmen in the BU Summer Enrichment Program in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
John O. Okpara, professor of management, recently had an article "An Exploratory Study of International Strategic Choices for Exporting Firms in Nigeria,” published in Thunderbird International Business Review, Vol. 54, No. 4, July/August 2012, pp. 479-491. TIBR is a practitioner business journal that publishes the latest in research and thought leadership on global business practices throughout the world. Okpara Scholarship
Amarilis Hidalgo de Jesus, Ph.D., professor of language and cultures, recently published the critical anthology “La escritura de mujeres en Puerto Rico a finales del siglo XX y principios del XXI (The Writings of Puerto Rican Female Writers at the end of the 20th Century and beginning of the 21st Century).” The anthology is a collection of essays written by Latin American studies scholars and Hidalgo de Jesus (Part III: six essays) teaching in American and Puerto Rican universities, among them our colleague Patricia Dorame-Holoviak, Ph.D. Hidalgo de Jesús presented the anthology, “Women of Color in Higher education (co-editor Dr. Vivian Yenika-Agbaw, Penn State),” at the Congreso Internacional de Escritoras in la Ciudad de Panama, Panama. She also published several encyclopedia entries on the “World Literature in Spanish.” Hidalgo de Jesus Scholarship
Mark Jelinek, DMA, professor of music, conducted the All-State Orchestra for the 2012 Pennsylvania All-State Festival on April 21 at the Lancaster County Convention Center. More than 80 high schools were represented in the orchestra, which performed Bernstein’s Candide Overture, Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2 in e minor, Op. 27 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 Finale.
Steven Si, Ph.D., professor of management and international business, had two papers, “Factors influencing successor selection in China: an empirical analysis,” and, “Transformational and transactional leaderships, empowerment climate, and innovation performance: A multilevel analysis,” recently published in the volume 9, issue 3, 2011 of the Journal: Problems and Perspectives in Management and in the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 21 (2), 2012 (SSCI Journal). Si Scholarship
Sybil L. Holloway, Psy.D., psychological counselor in BU's Center for Counseling and Human Development, had a book review published on Understanding and Preventing College Student Suicide that will be cited in the Fall 2012 issue of NACADA Journal: The Journal of the National Academic Advising Association. Also, she recently published two articles related to her Fall 2010 sabbatical in San Antonio, Tx. "Exploring Latino Cultures: An Amazing Sabbatical Experience" appears in the April 2012 issue of The Pennsylvania Psychologist. "How to Enjoy a Sabbatical" was published on Feb. 15 by Inside Higher Ed. Holloway Scholarship
Joan Miller, associate professor of nursing, recently published “Burnout and Its Impact on Good Work in Nursing” in the peer-reviewed Journal of Radiology Nursing. Miller addressed the influence of burnout on good work in nursing, work that is at once excellent, ethical, and engaging, or personally meaningful. Issues, such as inadequate staffing and moral distress influence the ability of the nurse to achieve and maintain a commitment to work that is of the highest standard in terms of technical excellence and social and moral responsibility. Given the critical shortage of nurses in the United States and globally, interventions are needed that will allow nurses to reflect on the values that inform and sustain their commitment to quality care.
Doug Karsner, Ph.D., associate professor of history, who has been involved with aeronautical and aerospace history for many years, has been appointed to serve on the American Historical Association's Committee on the Fellowship in Aerospace History, administered jointly with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The AHA is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1884 and incorporated by Congress in 1889 for the promotion of historical studies. The association provides leadership for the profession, protects academic freedom, develops professional standards, aids in the pursuit and publication of scholarship, and supplies various services to sustain the work of its members.
Tim McConnell, Ph.D., chair of exercise science, recently authored or coauthored “Demographic differences in religious coping after a first-time cardiac event,” in the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention; “Treatment of patients with intermediate cardiovascular risk: Are clinical measures enough?” in the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology; “Clinical and functional predictors of health-related quality of life during cardiac rehabilitation.” In the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention and “Reducing cardiovascular disease risk in medically underserved urban and rural communities,” in the American Heart Journal. McConnell scholarship
Jesús Salas-Elorzaz, Ph.D., professor of Languages and Cultures, published the essay, “Recurso narrativo de desfamiliarización en La vida conyugal, de Sergio Pitol,” in Revista Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea 48.18 (Enero-Marzo 2011): 37-45. Salas-Elorzaz Scholarship
Sue O’Donnell, assistant professor of art and art history, was one of four artists recognized at a recent juried art exhibition in Bloomington, Ind., held in conjunction with the 2011 College Book Art Association Conference “Word, Image, Text, Object.” The College Book Art Association promotes and supports academic book arts education by fostering the development of its practice, teaching, scholarship and criticism at the college and university level. O’Donnell’s work entitled “Return Path” was awarded a best in show recognition.
Gifford Howarth, associate professor of music, was recently adjudicating a national percussion festival and running s few percussion education workshops in the Netherlands. Howarth judged all the component groups in Percussion, General Effect and Artistry. In addition to the Netherlands, he has done clinics and workshops in the U.S., Canada, Asia and Europe. Howarth is known as a mallet percussion specialist with an own method book ("Simply Four") and a series of signature marimba mallets from Vic Firth.
Deborah S. Stryker, assistant professor of special education/deaf education, recently co-published in the Oxford Journal: Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, Spring 2011 Volume 16 No 2 “The Importance of Morphemic Awareness to Reading Achievement and the Potential of Signing Morphemes to Supporting Reading Development.” She is collaborating in ongoing research involving deaf and hard of hearing children who are aided by the use of a grammatically correct form of English signing, Signing Exact English, with a colleague at the University of Kansas and another from the Northwest School for Hearing Impaired Children in Seattle, Wash.
Doreen M. S. Jowi, assistant professor of organizational communication, and her colleagues, Alan K. Goodboy, assistant professor of communication studies, and Jason. S. Wrench, associate professor of communication and media at the State University of New York, New Paltz, recently had their book “Directory of Communication Related Mental Measures: A Comprehensive Indices, Measures, and Instruments” published by the National Communication Association Non-Serial Publications.
In addition, Jowi also recently presented two papers, “International Communication Matters: The Case for East African Tanning Extract Company” and “Barack Hussein Otieno Obama: The Global President?” Furthermore, Jowi has been selected for inclusion in the 2010-2011 Edition of the Montclair Publishing WHO’S WHO in Collegiate Faculty in the U.S.A. Jowi Scholarship
Stephanie Schlitz, associate professor of English and linguistics, served as a guest editor for a special issue of the global Journal of Writing Research, which focuses on corpus-informed approaches to writing research and includes articles from a diverse, international group of experts in the field. The articles were selected to provide writing researchers and teachers with a comprehensive and informative introduction to corpus-informed writing research, and to exemplify how researchers are developing and exploiting corpora and corpus methods to improve writing research and writing instruction. Schlitz Scholarship
Meredith Re' Grimsley, professor of art and art history, has work in several upcoming shows (Sept. 2010), including the Fiber Art International, a show that premiered in Pittsburgh and is now traveling throughout the country. Her work is included in "The Cutting Edge: A Celebration of Fiber," at the New Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The premier event for the new gallery opens this weekend and will be exhibited through October. She will also have a solo show and lecture at the Glasgow Goodkind Gallery, in Glasgow, Mt., during the 2011 exhibition year.
Jason Godeke, associate professor of art and art history, has been awarded the Vermont Studio Center Fellowship by The Institute for Culture and Society, supported through the College of Liberal Arts Faculty Enhancement Fund. This competitive award provides one College of Liberal Arts faculty member a fully funded four-week residency between July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 to focus on research while in residence at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. The fellowship includes housing, all meals, studio space, the companionship of professional peers, access to prominent contemporary artists and writers, and most of all, uninterrupted work time. Godeke Scholarship
M. Ruhul Amin, professor of management, was recently inducted into the Emerald Literati Network of Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., joining the network of authors, editors and researchers. Amin, who has made several contributions to Benchmarking: An International Journal, was recently published with Sharmistha Banerjee for their research, “Benchmarking Environmental Performance: Five Leading Steel Mills in India, in the journal’s latest edition Vol. 17, No. 3, 2010 pg. 388-395.
DeeAnne Wymer, professor of anthropology, held a book signing at the Hopewell Culture National Park museum store, Chillicothe, Ohio, in June, for her book, “Hopewell Settlement Patterns, Subsistence, and Symbolic Landscapes” published by the University of Florida Press. The book, an edited volume by A. Martin Byers and Wymer in May, brings together leading researchers to create a new theoretical approach in archaeology to integrate scientific and cognitive studies to illuminate Moundbuilder archaeology. Wymer Scholarship
Stephen Kokoska, professor of mathematics, computer science and statistics, has been named the Chief Reader Designate for AP Calculus for Educational Testing Services, Princeton, N.J., where he will assume the role of Chief Reader in July 2011. More than 10,000 college faculty and AP teachers from around the world gather each June for the annual AP Reading. As a Chief Reader, Kokoska will be responsible for ensuring AP Calculus scoring reflects college-level achievement.
Luke Springman, associate professor of languages and cultures, was awarded a $5,740 research grant by The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), a publicly-funded independent organization of higher education institutions in Germany. The DAAD awards highly competitive, merit-based grants to scholars world-wide for use toward study and research in Germany. Springman’s research will investigate the genre of educational films called Kulturfilme, which were intended for young people during the German Weimar Republic (1918-1933). Springman Scholarship
Shaheen Awan, professor of speech pathology, was named a Fellow by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, one of the highest honors ASHA bestows. Awan's work focuses on computer analysis of disordered speech and voice. Awan has published 35 research articles and book chapters and is the author of The Voice Diagnostic Protocol. His recent research has focused on the development and validation of acoustic models for the prediction of dysphonia severity in sustained vowels and continuous speech.
Denise L. Davidson, Ph.D., assistant professor, school counseling and college student affairs, and Mark Bauman. Ph.D., assistant professor, recently co-edited a special issue of The Journal of College and University Housing focusing on “Addressing the Needs of Residential Students with Disabilities.” Davidson and Bauman solicited manuscript proposals, selected six topics, and edited the articles. Bauman led the development of an article titled “Service, Comfort, or Emotional Support?: The Evolution of Disability Law.” In addition to contributing to that article, Davidson was an author of “Implementing Universal Design: A Collaborative Approach to Designing Campus Housing.”
Denise L. Davidson, Ph.D., assistant professor, school counseling and college student affairs, recently had her research, “Job Satisfaction, Recruitment, and Retention of Entry-Level Residence Life and Housing Staff,” published in The Journal of College and University Student Housing, Vol. 38 (2, 78-93). JCUSH is a peer-reviewed journal that addresses research related to college and university residence life and housing programs.
Pamela A. Smith, Ph.D. associate professor of speech pathology, made two presentations at the International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association conference in Cork, Ireland, in addition to several presentations at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention. She mentors graduate and undergraduate research and is editor of ASHA’s Perspectives in Gerontology.
Joseph L. Andreacci, Ph.D., associate professor of exercise science, and Eric S. Rawson, professor of exercise science, along with former students Trisha Nagle (BS’09, MS’10), and Elise Fitzgerald (BS’09, MS’10) are co-authors on the manuscript, “Effect of exercise intensity on percent body fat determined by leg-to-leg and segmental bioelectrical impedance analyses in adults,” which appears in the March 2013 issue of Research Quarterly for Exercise in Sport, 84(1): 88-95 Andreacci Scholarship
Brian C. Johnson, director of Frederick Douglass Institute and academic advisor for Act 101, latest article, "Breaking Brokeback: Exposing Hollywood's Heterosexual Preference" has been published by the Journal of Communications Media Studies in the December 2012 issue. Johnson Scholarship
Lawrence Kleiman, Ph.D., professor of management, recently had his textbook Human Resource Management: A Managerial Tool for Competitive Advantage, 6th Edition published by Kendall Hunt Publishing, which combines author service, innovation, technology and quality to provide students with advantages that are unparalleled in the higher education publishing industry. Kleiman Scholarship
Seung Hoon Jang, Ph.D., assistant professor of management, recently presented the following three studies, "Career choice factors of job seekers and the search for employment in small businesses (conference proceeding)," "Confucian ethics and strategic leaders in East Asian firms," and "Founders' dynamic capabilities and venture creation" at the 43rd Decision Science Institute (DSI) Conference in San Francisco. Hoon Jang Scholarship
Mike Shepard, Ph.D., professor of environmental, geographical and geological sciences, published an article in the December issue of Sky and Telescope magazine, a popular astronomy magazine that is available at the Andruss Library. The article is called "Why do Asteroids come in Pairs?"
Sky and Telescope magazine, now in its seventh decade, came about because of some happy accidents. Its earliest known ancestor was a four-page bulletin called The Amateur Astronomer, which was begun in 1929 by the Amateur Astronomers Association in New York City. Shepard Scholarship
Nicole Defenbaugh, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication studies, recently published a book chapter in Challenging Images of Women in the Media: Reinventing Women's Lives by Carilli and Campbell (Eds.). Defenbaugh co-authored the chapter "Gendered Construction of HPV: A Post-Structuralist Critique of Gardasil" with Kimberly N. Kline from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Defenbaugh Scholarship
Deb Sanders, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.E., assistant professor of nursing, received national certification by the National League for Nursing (NLN), a national accrediting agency, as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE). The national exam required for this certification recognizes excellence in the advanced specialty role of the academic nurse educator through specialized clinical expertise, practice, and leadership. Sanders Scholarship
Linda Neyer, assistant professor and health sciences reference librarian, was awarded a Certificate of Merit by the PA Library Association on Oct. 2 at the PaLA Annual Conference in recognition of her outstanding contributions. Neyer was recognized for her leadership service in PaLA, specifically for her work with the College and Research Division. As 2012 CRD Chair, she launched an open access online journal that PA academic librarians can share ideas across the state and around the world, a landmark for the association. She also oversaw the development of a series of online continuing education webinars called the Connect and Communicate Series that provide librarians with easy accessible continuing education on timely topics presented by their peers.
Linda Neyer, assistant professor and health sciences reference librarian, co-presented a poster session at the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association at Penn State University with Allison Burrell, library media specialist at Southern Columbia Area School District. The poster, "Are Students Ready for College-Level Research? Academic Librarians Weigh In."
Tina Entzminger, Ph.D., professor of English, recently had her latest book, “Contemporary Reconfigurations of American Literacy Classics: The Origin and Evolution of American Stories,” published in the Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature Series. The book argues by revising canonical American literature, contemporary American writers are (re)writing an American myth of origins, creating one that corresponds to the contemporary writer’s understanding of self and society.
Paul Loomis, associate professor of mathematics, computer science and statistics, is spending the spring semester travelling in South America where he has visited universities in Lima and Huancavelica, Peru, in La Paz and Potosi, Bolivia, and is now in Argentina. During these visits, Loomis has observed classes, talked with students and professors, and given seminar talks (in Spanish) on number theory, his specialty.
Sheng Ding, associate professor of political science, had his essay about President Barack Obama’s China policy published by The Diplomat, a prestigious news site considered to be among the top five in the world. In recent years, The Diploma has to tried to challenge and replace Time in the way Al Jazeera challenges BBC and CNN. Ding Scholarship
Nathalie Cornelius, associate professor of French, had her review of Fred Vargas’s novel “Un Lieu incertain” published in the Feb. '10 edition of The French Review. Vargas’s most recent work brings back Commissioner Adamsberg, who must solve a brutal murder in France that appears linked to some abandoned shoes (complete with the owners’ feet) in England’s Highgate cemetery. Through the novel, Vargas succeeds in pinpointing the psychological essence of humanity, this “lieu incertain” or uncertain place that originates in a distant past. Thus the novel’s scope supersedes its detective plot as it traces the transmission and manipulation of cultural and genetic heritage through local tradition, language and family. Cornelius Scholarship
Ralph M. Feather, Ph.D., professor of educational studies and secondary education, recently published a textbook and a textbook series. He is co-author and head author on Physical Science with Earth Science and consulting author on the iScience Middle School Science Series (composed of 21 different textbooks), both published by Glencoe/McGraw-Hill (2012).
In addition to these publications, Feather presented two sessions of his workshop, “Dr. Ralph's Teaching Inquiry Science with Toys and Treats” to more than 500 educators in elementary, middle, and high school and higher education at the recent NSTA Area Conventions in New Orleans on Nov. 11 and in Seattle, on Dec. 9. Also, Feather contributed a case story, “Fontloading: A Solution for Shy or Disengaged Students?” to the text, Methods for Teaching in the Diverse Middle and Secondary Classrooms, to be published by Kendall Hunt Publishing in March of 2012.
Nancy Ryland, Ph.D., assistant professor of education, was an invited presenter at the Women Leaders in Public Education Conference at The University of Akron. Women in higher education and public school administration throughout Ohio gathered together to enrich their knowledge about leadership, school cultures, hiring and collective bargaining.
Nathaniel Greene, Ph.D., professor of physics and engineering technology, received a 2011 Pennsylvania Waste Watcher award for “outstanding commitment to recycling, waste reduction and reuse in the state of Pennsylvania” by the Professional Recyclers of PA organization for his work in designing and installing a biofuel heating system at the Bloomsburg Recycling Center. The system, which burns used vegetable oil as well as motor oil, is beginning its second heating season. Greene Scholarship
Kathryn Yelinek, assistant professor and reference librarian/coordinator of government documents, co-presented at the Federal Depository Library Conference in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 18. The presentation, “From D.C. to ‘Jersey Shore’: Keeping Students Awake During Government Information Sessions,” resulted from long-distance collaboration with her co-presenter, Amy Springer of the College of St. Benedict/St. John's University in Minnesota. Yelinek Scholarship
Darla Bressler, assistant professor and reference librarian/education subject specialist, and Kathryn Yelinek, asst. prof. and reference lib./coordinator of gov't documents, co-presented, “Sush No More: Accommodating Noise in Today’s Library,” at the PA Library Assoc. on Oct. 5.
Yanhui Pang, Ph.D., assistant professor of special education, is scheduled to provide two presentations, “Ideas for Embedding Social Skill Training into Early Intervention Transition” and “An Introduction to the Inclusive Services in Mid-East China,” at Council for Exceptional Children Division of Early Childhood Education International Annual Conference, Nov. 17 to 19, in Maryland. Additionally, her most recent article, “From Examination-oriented Education to Quality Education and the Merging of Higher Institutions: China’s Educational Reforms in the Past Two Decades,” was accepted for journal publication in the Spring 2012 issue of Making Connections: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cultural Diversity.
Darlene Perner, professor of exceptionality programs, recently received the Leo D. Doherty Memorial Award at the 2010 Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA) conference in Rocky Hill, Conn. Perner, who was noted for her outstanding leadership and service in special education, has participated in numerous organizations worldwide, with the intent of bettering special education. Not only is Perner dedicated to NERA, she is also involved in the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) at the state and national levels, and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Perner Scholarship
Jeff E. Long, associate professor of history, presented “In Memory and Literature: Hayashi Fusao’s Marxist Turn at Kumamoto” at the Midwest Japan Seminar, Illinois State University. Drawing on assorted memoirs, Long's research compared Hayashi’s memory of his Marxist turn with the short stories he produced at Kumamoto to examine what these stories do and do not reveal about Hayashi's turn to Marxism in the early 1920s. Novelist and literary critic Hayashi Fusao’s (1903-1975) childhood was marked by the lowering of his family’s social status and their loss of economic security, not an uncommon story among former samurai families during the Meiji period.
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Eric Affsprung, assistant professor and psychological counselor in the Center for Counseling and Human Development, authored a paper, “Legal Action Taken Against College and University Counseling Centers 1986-2008,” which was recently published in the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy. Affsprung Scholarship
David Magolis, interim director of library services, gave a presentation on, “Seeing Education reform from a Different Perspective: The Unheard Voices Project.” Magolis presented at the Association for Educational Communication and Technology meeting Oct. 27 to 31, 2009, in Louisville. Co-researchers included Dr. Alison Carr-Chellman from Penn State University, and Dr. Luis Almeida from Waynesburg University. Magolis Scholarship
Joan Dillon, assistant professor of developmental instruction, presented at the Association for Literacy Educators and Researchers Conference in Charlotte, N.C. Her presentation during the "Best Practices in College Reading" described the adaptation and implementation of Literature Circles in College Reading for literacy development and gateways to undergraduate research. Dillon Scholarship
David Walker, assistant professor of early childhood and elementary education, was published in Transformative Dialogues: Teaching & Learning Journal. The article, "Promoting Metaphorical Thinking through Synectics: Developing Deep Thinking Utilizing Abstractions," presents the power of abstract thinking through metaphors and synectics. Its purpose is to encourage more professors to develop assignments that appropriately demand the rigorous writing and thinking skills, which are seemingly lacking in many higher-education classrooms.
Claire Lawrence, associate professor of English, was selected for the 2009 Vermont Studio Center Fellowship award. This new Institute for Culture and Society award competition was initiated this fall to offer a BU faculty member a fully funded four-week residency in Vermont to focus on creative research. The award includes housing, all meals, studio space, companionship of professional peers, access to prominent contemporary artists and writers and uninterrupted work time. Lawrence will spend June at VSC working on a memoir about marriage, motherhood and madness — the first three chapters of which have won national awards. Contact Sue O'Donnell, ICS special projects coordinator, for information on the Vermont Studio Center Fellowship award program. Lawrence Scholarship
Harry "Neil" Strine, associate professor of political science, recently published "A Pentadic Analysis of Celebrity Testimony in Congressional Hearings" with Christopher Darr, asst. professor of communications at Indiana University-Kokomo in the KB Journal, a refereed journal dedicated to scholarship on the work of Kenneth Burke. Strine Scholarship