Faculty Scholarship and Research

Faculty Scholarship and Research


Cynthia Venn

Cynthia Venn

Cynthia Venn, Ph.D., associate 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

Ted Roggenbuck

Ted Roggenbuck, Ph.D., director of the BU Writing Center and assistant 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

Tim Knoster

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.

Nancy Gentile Ford

Nancy Gentile Ford

Nancy Gentile Ford, Ph.D., recently had a chapter, “’Putting Fighting Blood in Your Business’: The U.S. War Department and the Reemployment of World War I Soldiers,” published in Stephen R. Ortiz, ed., Veteran’s Policies: New Perspective on Veterans in the Modern United States.

Ford’s essay on the U.S. Air Force Academy was recently published in the Encyclopedia of Military Science. Her peer-reviewed (18-page) essay on “Civilian and Military Power in the U.S.A.” has been accepted for publication in the 1914-1918 International Encyclopedia of the First World War - for the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. More Nancy Gentile Ford Scholarship

Lam D. Nguyen

Lam D. Nguyen

Lam D. Nguyen, Ph.D., associate professor of management, recently had his coauthored paper, “Mergers and acquisitions strategy: The role of corporate governance” accepted for publication in the European Journal of Management. EJM is a peer-reviewed and publically available journal listed in the Cabell's Directory of Refereed Publications 2003-14 with a low acceptance rate of 22 percent. More Lam D. Nguyen Scholarship

Jerry Wemple

Jerry Wemple

Jerry Wemple, MFA, professor of English, recently had The Artemas Poems, a series of linked, narrative poems, published by Finishing Line Press. It is Wemple’s third poetry collection. He commissioned Erik Kile, then a senior Creative Writing and Art Studio major, to do the cover drawing.

Jennifer Cughan

Jennifer Cughan

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. More Jennifer Cughan Scholarship

David Minderhout

David Minderhout

David Minderhout, Ph.D., professor emeritus of anthropology, has had an article published in Accounts, the journal of the Union County Historical Society. The article is entitled "The Shenks Ferry Indians on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River." It appears in Volume 4, No. 1 of the journal, pp. 11-22. A second article on the Susquehannocks will appear in Volume 4, No. 2 in the fall.

Stephen W. Whitworth

Stephen W. Whitworth

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. More Stephen Whitworth Scholarship

Michael Martin

Michael Martin

Michael 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 R. Warner

Bloomsburg University Anthropology Program

Faith Warner, Ph.D., associate 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. More Faith Warner Scholarship

M. Safa Saraçoğlu

M. Safa Saracoglu

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. More M. Safa Saraçoğlu Scholarship

A. Blair Staley

A. Blair Staley 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 More A. Blair Staley Scholarship

Evren Eryilmaz

Evren Eryilmaz

Evren Eryilmaz, Ph.D., assistant professor of information and technology management, recently received a best paper nomination at the 2014 Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences in Waikoloa, Big Island, HI. The paper, "Attention Guidance in Online Learning Conversations" took a design science research approach for the development of an open source computer-supported collaborative learning system. Furthermore, Eryilmaz conducted a design science research workshop at Claremont Graduate University during the winter break. More Evren Eryilmaz Scholarship

Michael C. Hickey

Michael Hickey

Michael C. Hickey, Ph.D., professor of history, has been appointed to the editorial board of the Russian-language interdisciplinary academic periodical Izvestiia Smolenskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta, which publishes research by faculty and graduate students at Russia's Smolensk State University.

Hickey also presented two research papers at the November 2013 conference of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies in Boston: “The Smolensk Peasantry in 1917” for the panel “Revolutions and Revolutionaries: Building a Peasant Constituency”; and “The Provincial Government in Smolensk,” for the panel “New Research on the Russian Revolution, Part 1: The Provisional Government.” More Michael Hickey Scholarship

Ferda Asya

Ferda Asya

Ferda Asya, Ph.D., associate 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. More Ferda Asya Scholarship

Omer Ari

Omer Ari

Omer Ari, Ph.D., assistant professor of developmental reading, recently published an article, "Matthew Effects in Struggling College Readers," in the journal of Research and Teaching in Developmental Education. Aria also presented his findings from this publication at the College Reading and Learning Association's 46th annual conference in Boston in November. Additionally, Ari was invited to serve as the co-chair of the Research and Evaluation Special Interest Group (R&E SIG) of the College Reading and Learning Association. His essay, "Straddling the Fault Line: Interdisciplinarity in Developmental Education," was published in the R&E SIG's August 2013 newsletter.

Loren Selznick

Loren Selznick

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.

Soumendra Banerjee

Soumendra Banerjee

Soumendra Banerjee, Ph.D., instructor of economics, presented, "OSHA, EPA, regulations, and productivity in U.S. manufacturing industries", on Oct. 12 at the International Atlantic Economic Society's 2014 conference in Philadelphia. The goal of this research is to assess the dynamics of the impact on economic performance of environmental regulations in the U.S. manufacturing sector in the long run. Banerjee also chaired his session.

Michael Patte

Michael Patte

Michael Patte, Ph.D., professor of education, recently returned from The Tocati International Festival of Street Games in Verona, Italy. The festival highlights traditional games from various regions of Italy and those of a host country; this year being Hungary. The protagonists are men and women, a community of players, carriers of an immaterial know, they come from the world to fill the streets and squares of Verona. Bring with them their games, their gestures and their cultures and transform Verona in the Capital of the World Traditional Game. More Michael Patte Scholarship

Jessica Bentley-Sassaman

Jessica Bentley-Sassaman

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. More Jessica Bentley-Sassaman Scholarship

Conrad Quintyn

Conrad Quintyn 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.More Conrad Quintyn Scholarship

James H. Dalton

James H. Dalton 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.

Noreen Chikotas

Noreen Chikotas Noreen Chikotas, D.Ed., and Michelle Ficca, Ph.D., both associate professors of nursing, participated in the recent Quality and Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN) Faculty Development Workshop in Orlando, Fla. The workshop aims to develop the capacity of graduate nursing faculty to teach other graduate-level faculty to incorporate quality and safety competencies and content into their programs. The training workshops targeted faculty in graduate-level programs and their clinical partners to assure that the full diversity of graduate education, such as public health or systems management, is represented.More Noreen Chikotas scholarship

Johan van der Jagt

Johan van der Jagt 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

Toni Trumbo Bell 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

William Calhoun 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 Okpara

John Okpara 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.More John Okpara Scholarship

Amarilis Hidalgo de Jesus

Amarilis Hidalgo de Jesus 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.” More Amarilis Hidalgo de Jesus Scholarship

Mark Jelinek

Mark Jelinek 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 X. Si

Steven Si 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).More Steven Si Scholarship

Sybil L. Holloway

Sybil L. Holloway 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.More Sybil Holloway Scholarship

Joan Miller

Joan Miller 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

Doug Karsner 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

Timothy R. McConnell 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. More Tim McConnell scholarship

Jesús Salas-Elorzaz

Jesús Salas-Elorzaz 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. More Jesús Salas-Elorzaz Scholarship

Sue O'Donnell

Sue O'Donnell 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

Gifford Howarth 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>

Deborah S. Stryker 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

Doreen M. S. Jowi 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.More Doreen Jowi Scholarship

Stephanie Schlitz

Stephanie Schlitz 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.More Stephanie Schlitz Scholarship

Meredith Re' Grimsley

Meredith Re' Grimsley Meredith Re' Grimsley, associate 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

Jason Godeke 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.More Jason Godeke Scholarship

Marika Handakas

Marika Handakas Marika Handakas, assistant professor of psychology, presented a lecture in Athens, Greece, at the Association of Psychiatry for Adults and Children. The title of my lecture was “Shame: A Clinical Reformulation.” The abstract was published in the journal of the proceedings of the organization. Dr. Handakas served as Chair of her section and as Chair of the Opening Ceremonies of the conference.

M. Ruhul Amin

M. Ruhul Amin 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

DeeAnne Wymer 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.More DeeAnne Wymer Scholarship

Stephen Kokoska

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.

Angela E. Runciman

Angela Runciman Angela E. Runciman, instructor of English, presented a paper on her doctoral research on George Eliot entitled, "The Honeymoon's Over: Marian Evans's 'Shock' in the Cologne Cathedral and Dorothea Brooke's 'Stupendous Fragmentariness' in Rome" at the 18th- and 19th-Century British Women Writers Association Conference, Texas A&M University. She also recently presented, "'That's so gay': Promoting Acceptance through Freshman Writing" as part of a panel discussion on pedagogy and sexuality at the Comparative Literature conference "Sexuality Across the Disciplines" at SUNY-Binghamton.

Luke Springman

Luke Springman 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). More Luke Springman Scholarship

Shaheen Awan

Shaheen Awan 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.

Walter Brasch

Walter Brasch

Walter Brasch, professor emeritus of journalism, was featured on one of six segments of PCN-TV's "Pennsylvania Gadflies" summer series. Host was Corrina Vecsey-Wilson, the network's vice-president of programming and former AP reporter and chief operating officer of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. The show defines a "gadfly" from Plato's "Apology of Socrates" as “The State is like a great and noble steed who is tardy in his motions owing to his very size, and requires to be stirred into life. I am that gadfly which God has given the State and all day long and in all places am always fastening upon you, arousing and persuading and reproaching you. You will not easily find another like me.”

Brasch is scheduled to be the focus of a 30-minute show in mid-September, "On the Issues," to discuss fracking. He is author of Fracking Pennsylvania: Flirting With Disaster. He is also host of "The Frack Report," a half-hour weekly syndicated radio show. In September, he is the guest for a one-hour segment of "ArtScene, with Erika Funke" on WVIA. He discusses the cultural arts and their role in society, as well as how activism and the arts can help energize society to social action, with emphasis on dissent as the key to fracturing authoritarian personnel and institutions.

Denise L. Davidson

Denise Davidson

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.

Michael Ruffini

Michael Ruffini Michael Ruffini, Ed.D., associate professor of educational technology, presented, “Creating a PowerPoint Screencast using Camtasia” at The Resources for the Electronic Classroom: A Faculty-Student Partnership Conference (RECAP) on May 23 at West Chester University.

RECAP conference was a valuable, one-day experience focusing on innovations in Instructional Technology, including a review of the latest technology tools, Mobile learning and access, LMS, and Distance Education. RECAP 2013 is an opportunity to engage with colleagues using innovative technologies in the classroom, offering faculty presentations on best practices and guest speakers.

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Kurt Smith

Kurt Smith Kurt Smith, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, presented a paper "Was Hobbes an Idealist?" at the Eastern Pennsylvania Philosophical Association (EPPA) meetings in late April at Misericordia University. The EPPA is an organized melting pot of regional philosophers who convene twice a year to share and discuss the latest topics, trends and research, including their own, within the philosophy discipline.More Kurt Smith Scholarship

Pamela A. Smith

Pamela A. Smith 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

Joseph Andreacci 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): 88-95More Joseph L. Andreacci Scholarship

Brian C. Johnson

Brian C. Johnson 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.More Brian Johnson Scholarship

Kevin Ferland

Kevin Ferland Kevin Ferland, professor of mathematics, computer science, and statistics, had his paper, "Record Crossword Puzzles," accepted for publication in the American Mathematical Monthly. In it, Ferland proves that 96 is the maximum number of clues possible for a New York Times 15 x 15 daily crossword puzzle, and he determines all grids achieving that maximum.

Lawrence Kleiman

Lawrence Kleiman 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.More Lawrence Kleiman Scholarship

Seung Hoon Jang

Seung Hoon Jang 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. More Seung Hoon Jang Scholarship

Mike Shepard

Mike Shepard 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?"More Mike Shepard Scholarship

Nicole Defenbaugh

Nicole Defenbaugh 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. More Nicole Defenbaugh Scholarship

Deb Sanders

Deb Sanders 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.More Deb Sanders Scholarship

Linda Neyer

Linda Neyer 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

Tina Entzminger 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.

Michael Borland

Michael Borland Michael G. Borland, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, presented a first author poster, “Ligand- and receptor-dependent effects of PPARβ/δ and PPARγ on cell proliferation in the A431 carcinoma cell line,” at the 2012 Society of Toxicology international meeting in San Francisco (March 11 to 15). Borland also attended the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Undergraduate Affiliate Network Leaders Biochemistry Concept Workshop at Moravian College (March 3) with Toni Trumbo Bell, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

Paul Loomis

Paul Loomis 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.

Sharon Santus

Sharon Santus Sharon Santus, instructor of mass communications, recently presented a paper, "The First Amendment versus The World Wide Web: As Internet Hate Speech Speech Grows During an Economic Crisis, Should Government Regulate Content?" at the Society for Phenomenology and Media in San Diego to international scholars including those from North America, South America, the Far East, Africa, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Santus, a former investigative reporter and editor, focuses her research on media law and policy.

Sheng Ding

Sheng Ding 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. More Sheng Ding Scholarship

Nathalie G. Cornelius

Nathalie G. Cornelius 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. More Nathalie Cornelius Scholarship

Ralph M. Feather, Jr.

Ralph M. Feather Ralph M. Feather, Ph.D., associate 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

Nancy Ryland 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.

Eric S. Rawson

Eric S. Rawson Eric S. Rawson, Ph.D., professor of exercise science, was recently elected president of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter 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 20,000 members in nearly 80 countries. At the recent Mid-Atlantic ACSM annual conference in Harrisburg, which was attended by more than 600 sports medicine, exercise science and nutrition professionals and students, Rawson delivered an invited lecture, “Nutrition for Strength Power Athletes,” and participated in a Meet the Experts Panel. Rawson is chair of the National ACSM Nutrition Interest Group and was advanced to fellowship status of the ACSM in 2008. His three-year term as president began in November.More Eric Rawson Scholarship

Nathaniel Greene

Nathaniel Greene 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.More Nathaniel Greene Scholarship

Kathryn Yelinek

Kathryn Yelinek 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.More Kathryn Yelinek Scholarship

Darla Bressler

Darla Bressler 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

Yanhui Pang 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

Darlene Perner 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).More Darlene Perner Scholarship

Jeff E. Long

Jeff E. Long 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.

John Riley

John Riley John Riley, professor of mathematics, computer science and statistics, was recently published, “Recycling in Vista®,” in the Journal of Digital Forensic Practice, Volume 3, Number 1, March 2010.More John Riley Scholarship

Eric Affsprung

Eric Affsprung 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.More Eric Affsprung Scholarship

Tia J. L. Dreckman

Tia J. L. Dreckman Tia J. L. Dreckman, assistant director of TRiO Upward Bound/instructor of academic and advisement, presented at the 2009 Pennsylvania School Counselor’s Conference in Hershey. Dreckman presented, “Heart, Mind and Soul-Centered Teambuilding,” with Jennifer Cughan, academic coordinator for TRiO Upward Bound. Focusing on the importance of making connections, their interactive presentation covered topics including as self-esteem, self-disclosure, perception, values clarification, decision making, goal-setting, communication and conflict resolution.More Tia Dreckman Scholarship

David Magolis

David Magolis 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. More David Magolis Scholarship

Joan Dillon

Joan Dillon 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.More Joan Dillon Scholarship

David Walker

David Walker 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

Claire Lawrence 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.More Claire Lawrence Scholarship

Harry "Neil" Strine

Neil Strine 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.More Neil Strine Scholarship