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, 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.
Jerry Wemple, MFA, professor of English, was among 10 writers interviewed and photographed by Hernán Pereira, an English professor and professional photographer at Arturo Prat University in Iquique, Chile. The book, “English Language Classrooms in Chile,” will also include a group of Chilean writers and will be published this fall with a grant from the Chilean Ministry of Culture, then distributed at no cost to intermediate and advanced English students in Chile. Wemple is the author of two poetry collections, and his poetry and prose have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.
Blair Staley, DBA, CPA, professor of accounting and MAcc program coordinator, co-authored a journal article, "Judicial Deference to Regulations: Home Concrete & Supply, LLC," with Donald T. Williamson, professor of taxation and chair of the department of accounting and taxation at American University, in the Tax Adviser.
Michael Patte, Ph.D., professor of education, and Fraser Brown, professor of playwork at Leeds Metropolitan University, recently had their book, "Rethinking Children's Play," published by Continuum Press. The authors argue that children need to play and that the benefits of play are many and varied. However, these benefits are too often overlooked by parents, teachers, politicians, and society in general.
Lam D. Nguyen, Ph.D., associate professor of management, presented his research, "Leadership and Stress Orientations: A Comparative Analysis of German and Vietnamese Adults”, at the Fourteenth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Business Disciplines in Ft. Myers Beach, Fla., on Nov. 10. The Academy of Business Disciplines (ABD) is a non-profit interdisciplinary organization that has as its purpose the expansion of knowledge relative to furthering the understanding of business and all its related functions. The annual meeting of the ABD emphasizes pedagogical and applied research, although empirical studies are also welcomed and appreciated.
Michael C. Hickey, Ph.D., professor of history, completed the essay “Smolensk’s Jews in War, Revolution, and Civil War,” which will appear in the book A Kaleidoscope of Revolutions: Russia in Regional Perspective, 1914-1921, edited by Aaron Retish, Sarah Badcock, and Liudmila Novikova (Bloomington, IN: Slavica, 2014). The chapter summarizes findings from Hickey’s fifteen years of archival fieldwork on local Jewish history in the Russian provincial city of Smolensk.
Faith Warner, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology, was selected as a recipient of the Dean's Salute To Excellence Award as honored by Dean James Brown ... "Many faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts are excellent teacher-scholars who contribute greatly to the well-being of our students and the university community. By virtue of their teaching, scholarly/creative work, and service, campus culture is improved and the visibility and reputation of the university is enhanced nationally and internationally."
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, 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.
M. Safa Saraçoğlu
M. Safa Saraçoğlu, associate professor of history, was an invited speaker at the 16th Annual International Workshop of the Department of Middle East Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Israel Science Foundation on June 4 to 6 in Beer-Sheva, Israel. He presented, “Historicizing Düstur: A Preliminary Look at the Early Compendia of Laws in the Nineteenth Century Ottoman Empire” at the workshop, “Socio-Legal Perspectives on the Passage to Modernity in and Beyond the Middle East.”
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.
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.”
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, 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).
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.
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.
Marilee Salvator, assistant professor of art and art history, is exhibiting work, “Uncontrolled Growth” at the University of Phoenix gallery in Reno, Nev., through mid-February. The gallery is hosting Salvator for an artist reception and public lecture, where she will demonstrate printmaking. Salvator is also exhibiting five pieces of art in the 2011 Contemporary Invitational Intaglio/Lithographic Print and Drawing Exhibition at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Also, three new works were recently chosen for the Global Matrix 3, International Printmaking Exhibition at the Robert L. Ringel and Stewart Center Gallery, Purdue University.
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.
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.
Jessica Bentley-Sassaman, Ph.D., assistant professor of exceptionality programs and program coordinator of ASL/English Interpreting, is one of only eight interpreters in PA to earn the Special Certificate: Legal (SC:L) from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc.
In addition, Bently-Sassaman is the only college faculty in PA to hold this certification. RID describes this certification as, "Holders of this specialist certificate have demonstrated specialized knowledge of legal settings and greater familiarity with language used in the legal system. Certification recognized by RID, documented training and legal interpreting experience are required prior to sitting for this exam. SC:L holders are recommended for a broad range of legal assignments."
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
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, 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.
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.
V.H. Manek Kirpalani, associate professor of marketing, was the official "Opponent" for the docotoral dissertation defence of Ms. Terhi Vapola at the Aalto University School of Economics. This is one of 17 universities in the world accredited from AACSB, AMBA, CEMS and EQUIS. Aalto Univeristy is now a conglomeration of the Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki University of Industrial Arts, and the Helsinki School of Economics. Ms. Vapola is Manager Technology, Planning Sourcing for Nokia.The dissertation title was "Battleship Strategy: Exploring the Management of Global Innovation Constellations in High-Technology Industries."
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, 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.
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, 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.
Camille Belolan, assistant professor of developmental writing, had an article, "Touching Down in Bloomsburg," published in the July issue of Central PA Magazine. The magazine is a publication of WITF, a central Pennsylvania media source providing news, learning, lifestyle information, and original productions.
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.
Melissa Taylor, assistant professor of communication studies, recently had an article, “Does Locus of Control Predict Young Adult Conflict Strategies with Superiors? An Examination of Control Orientation and the Organizational Communication Conflict Instrument,” accepted for publication in North American Journal of Psychology. Also she had an article, “Perceptions of Parental Gender Roles & Conflict Styles, & their Association with Young Adults' Relational and Psychological Well Being,” accepted in Communication Research Reports. Specifically this study addressed the effects of parental egalitarianism and traditionalism on young adult relational functioning. Taylor also presented a paper at the Eastern Communication Association in Baltimore, which examined connections between locus of control and conflict style use with superiors.
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, 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).
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.
Kurt Smith, Ph.D., Ph.D., 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.
The latest book from Walter Brasch, professor emeritus of mass communications, is Fracking Pennsylvania: Flirting With Disaster. This is the first major book about fracking that is written primarily as an overview of the environmental, health, worker safety, and political issues surrounding this now-controversial practice. Extensive interviews and analysis form the basis of the book that explores not just the newly-booming Marcellus Shale drilling, but drilling throughout the country. A part of the book looks at the impact upon the SSHE universities. As a Kindle/eBook, Fracking Pennsylvania was the best-selling book in three categories its first week of publication in January. It is now available as a print edition, and is receiving strong reviews from both mass media and environmental newsletters. This is Brasch's 17th book.
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 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.
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.
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, 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.
Michael Ruffini, Ed.D., associate professor of educational technology, presented "Introduction to Screencasting using Camtasia" and "Screencasting Using Camtasia Studio" at The Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C), a statewide event that provides quality programs focused on technology in the educational field. The conference was held from Feb. 10 to 13 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.
Stephen W. Whitworth, associate professor of English, has been invited to deliver the hour-long keynote lecture at the "Reading Medieval and Renaissance English Literature" international seminar at Tel Aviv University in Israel in March and invited to be a featured speaker and panel respondent at the annual Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workshops' international seminar at Fordham University in New York City in April.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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.
Denise L. Davidson
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 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, 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, 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, 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.
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.
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, 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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Tim Knoster, associate professor of exceptionality programs, will be a lead presenter at the Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Support (PAPBS) Network Implementers’ Forum: Going to Scale with PBIS on May 18 to 19 in Harrisburg. The forum is sponsored by the Bureau of Special Education, PA Department of Education, with support from the member agencies of PA’s State Leadership Team for School Based Behavioral Health. The forum is designed as a venue for stakeholders who are interested in emotional support programs for children and youth with disabilities and are vested in the implementation of school or program-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.
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).
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, 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.
Nancy Gentile Ford, professor of history, was invited to speak at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City on her book, “Americans All: Foreign-born Soldiers in World War I,” as part of the museum’s “Americans All” lecture series. Ford will also serve as a panel commentator at the Society for Military History Conference, Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va.
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.
Avinash Srinivasan, assistant professor of computer forensics, was appointed associate editor of Security and Communication Networks, an international journal published by Wiley and Sons. He was also been appointed the Posters and Demo co-chair of IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications for 2011.
Ferda Asya, Ph.D., associate professor of English, presented a refereed paper, “Unfolding Anarchism in Istanbul: James Baldwin’s Another Country”; organized a panel, “American Writers in Europe”; and chaired a session, “The Places of Contemporary Literature,” at the Annual Conference of American Literature Association (ALA) on May 26 to 29 in Boston.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Young Choi, associate professor of MIS and CIS, presented at the International Council on Korean Studies conference, "Korea's Past, Present and Future: Challenges and Prospects," at George Washington University on American, Korean and international aspects of information technology. Additionally, Choi had an article, "A Comparative Study on the Internet Usage Patterns and Future Trends: US and Korea," in the International Journal of Korean Studies.
Jennifer Cughan, academic coordinator for TRiO Upward Bound, presented, "Heart, Mind & Soul Centered Teambuilding," at the 53rd annual PA School Counselors Association Conference, along with Tia Dreckman, TRiO assistant director. Cughan also presented "From 'Serve Us' to Service" at the 37th annual PA Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel Conference.
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.