Department: Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Job title: Assistant professor and Bachelor of Social Work program director
What do you do? As an assistant professor, I teach courses in social welfare policy and social work practice. I am also the director of UNF’s new Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program.
Years at UNF: I joined the UNF faculty in 2006.
Describe your favorite UNF-related memory? One of my favorite UNF memories is of welcoming the inaugural cohort of BSW students to campus for their new student orientation. In that moment, the BSW program became a reality. Looking at those bright shiny faces was incredibly rewarding!
What is your favorite thing about working at UNF? My students!
If you could choose any other career, what would it be and why? If I could choose any other career, I would be an editor for a publishing company or a librarian. I love books!
Tell us something that would surprise people to know about you: As a teenager, I danced with a ballet company.
Tell us about your family. My husband, Brad, and I have been married for nearly 14 years. We have one daughter, Abigail, who is in first grade.
What person had the greatest impact on your life? My daughter continues to have the greatest impact on my life.
What are you most passionate about? I am most passionate about being a good mom.
What would you like to do when you retire? I would like to spend my days beachcombing for shells and reading novels.
What band(s)/musician(s) would perform the soundtrack to your life? Harry Connick, Jr.
If you won the lottery, what would do with the money? I would buy a little beach cottage and invest the rest for my daughter.
If you were not working at UNF, what would you be doing? I would be working as a social worker in the community mental health system.
What is your favorite way to blow an hour? My favorite way to blow an hour is curling up in a comfy chair with a novel.
If you were asked to paint a picture about anything you wanted, what would you paint? The ocean
What was the best money you ever spent? Any money spent traveling is money well spent.
Is there a piece of technology that you just couldn’t live without? No, but I am rather fond of my iPhone.
What is the proudest/happiest moment of your life? The happiest moment of my life was the birth of my daughter.
What was the first concert you ever attended, and what was the most recent concert you attended? The first concert I ever attended was Aerosmith. Most recently, my husband and I took my daughter to see Selena Gomez. How life has changed!
Who is the most famous person you ever met? Thomas Szasz
What do you hope to accomplish that you have not done yet? Earn tenure! Last book read: “The Book Thief”
Brooks College of Health
Public Health: Elissa Barr
presented “Authentic Assessment Aligned with FoSE’s National Sexuality
Education Standards” at the fifth annual International Conference on
the Health Risks of Youth in Nassau, Bahamas in January.
Nursing: Dr. W. Patrick Monaghan had three articles recently
published: “Medical Laboratory Scientist Extraordinaire” in Laboratory
Medicine; “The contamination of intravenous fluids by writing on the infusion
bag: Fact or Fiction?” in the International Journal of Advanced Nursing
Studies; and “Sticky Situation: Best Practice to Secure Endotracheal Tubes in
the Operation,” also in the International Journal of Advanced Nursing Studies.
College of Arts and Sciences
Biology: Dr. Jim
Gelsleichter and his
graduate student, Arianne Leary, presented a poster on her thesis research,
“Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Biomarkers in Gulf of Mexico Sharks and Fishes
in the Years Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill,” at the 17th annual
Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Dr. Joe Butler gave a talk at the recent GTMNERR State of the
Reserve Program entitled “Survey of the Carolina diamondback terrapin
distribution in the GTM NERR.”
Dr. Nikki Dix presented “Intertidal Marsh Vegetation
Monitoring in the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve”
at the Southeastern Estuarine Research Society meeting in Savannah, Ga.
Dr. Cliff Ross
received a grant of $67,000 from the Florida Department of Agriculture for his
study, “Non-target effects of mosquito control pesticides on the sub-lethal
stress response of reef-building corals.”
Chemistry: Dr. Robert Vergenz,
Henry F. Schaefer from the University of Georgia and post-baccalaureate
colleagues Kevin Moore and Angela Migues published “Streptococcal Hyaluronate
Lyase Reveals the Presence of a Structurally Significant C--H⋅⋅⋅O Hydrogen Bond” in
Chemistry, A European Journal in February.
Dr. Nick Curry was guest faculty at the Tennessee Cello Workshop in
Knoxville, Tenn., where he performed, gave four master classes and judged two
competitions. He also gave a master class and lecture at Western Kentucky
University. Finally, his interview with world-renowned cellist Clive
Greensmith, a former cellist for Tokyo String Quartet and cello faculty at
Colburn School of Music, was published by String Visions.
Clarence Hines presented his composition “Boogaloo” at the University
of Tennessee during the Joint Conference of the College Music Society Southern
Chapter, College Music Society Mid-Atlantic Chapter and the Association for
Technology in Music Instruction in February.
Dr. Barry Albright had two chapters
published in At the Top of the Grand Staircase: The Late Cretaceous of Southern
Utah: “Fossil vertebrates from the Tropic Shale (Upper Cretaceous), Southern
Utah” and “Geologic Overview.”
Dr. Andrew Douglas published “The Generalized DMPK Equation Revisited: Towards
a Systematic Derivation” in Journal of
Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical in February.
Sociology and Anthropology: Dr. Suzie Weng and
J. Robinson published the chapter “Intergenerational Dynamics Related to
Aging and Eldercare in Asian American Families: Promoting Access to Services”
in Collective Spirit of Aging Across Cultures.
College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
Computing: The School of
Computing is hosting the 2014 Florida Region Botball Robotics Competition. The
competition is on March 22 in the UNF Student Union Ballroom and features 11
teams from area middle and high schools. Multiple College personnel
volunteered their time.
Dr. Ventzeslav Valev was appointed
as a program committee member to the sixth FTRA International Symposium on Advances
in Computing, Communications, Security, and Applications in Busan, Korea, the
International Symposium on Information and Communication Technology (ICT 2014)
in Zhangjiajie, China, and the International Conference of Computational Intelligence and
Intelligent Systems in London.
Drs. Peter Bacopoulos, J. David Lambert, Mary Hertz, Luis
Montoya, and Terry had their
paper titled “Field and Model Study to Define Baseline Conditions of Beached
Oil Tar Balls along Florida’s First Coast” published in the Journal of Marine
Science and Engineering.
Management: Dr. R. Crowley had a paper titled “ The
Adhesive Strength Test (AST): a Newly Developed Test for Measuring Sealant
Adhesive Strength Between Joints of Concrete Pavement” published in the Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering.
Crowley also had the paper titled “Computer Modeling of Bed Material Shear
Stresses in Piston-type Erosion Rate Testing Devices” published in the Journal of Hydraulic Engineering.
Dr. Mag Malek and Chase Mantev had their paper titled
“The Economic, Social and Environmental Benefits Derived From the Redevelopment
of Brownfields” published in the Journal of Management Science and Engineering
of the Canadian Research and Development Center of Science and Cultures.
College of Education and
Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management: Dr. Jerry Johnson presented the following webinar and papers at the
Appalachian Studies Association Annual Conference in Huntington, W.V. in March:
Webinar, “What is student engagement and how do we measure it?”; Papers —
“Considering different facets of research generalization when determining how
empirical findings might inform practice in Appalachian schools,” “An aura of
truth?: Art as a mechanism for the validation of Appalachian stereotypes,” and
“An overview of the U.S. Department of Education’s Regional Education Laboratory:
Research and technical assistance agendas.” Additionally, Johnson was awarded the U.S. Department of Education, Institute for
Education Sciences subcontract for $60,611 to conduct research and provide
technical assistance on REL-Appalachia research projects in Kentucky and West
Virginia from January to December 2014 as the Primary Investigator.
In February, a large number of faculty and graduate students from the
College of Education and Human Services presented at the Eastern Educational
Research Association Annual Conference in Jacksonville. The presentations were:
“A Faculty Self-Study on Digital Self-Publishing” by Terence Cavanaugh and Elinor Scheirer; “Title IX:
Roster Management or Roster Manipulation?” by Kristi Sweeney, Luke
Cornelius, and Elizabeth Gregg;
“A Model for Information Fluency in the University: A Case Study” by Susan
B. Slavicz and Elinor A.
Scheirer; “The Library Commons and Digital Publishing: Lessons
Learned” by Luke Cornelius, Terence Cavanaugh, Nicholas Michaud and Jeff Bowen; “Baseline
Results of Student Digital Textbook Reading” by Terence Cavanaugh and Nicholas Eastham;
“Effective Programs for Mentoring and Induction of P-12 Teachers: A Review of
the Literature” by Larry G. Daniel and Kelly C. Turner; “Heuristics for Understanding and
Interpreting Multivariate Statistical Methods” by Larry G. Daniel, Heather
Monroe-Ossi, Ronnie Williams, Andrea Hart and Wendy Dickinson; “Q-Methodology and Q-Factor Analysis
in Educational Research: Useful but Underutilized” by Larry G. Daniel,
Yvonne Spinner, Jacqueline Jones, Philip J. Mobley and
Isadore Newman; “Examining Perceptions of Teacher Mentoring and
Induction Programs Using the LIMS” by Daniel Dinsmore and Wanda Lastrapes; and “Relations Between Elementary and Middle
School Students’ Epistemic Stances and Higher-Order Thinking” by Meghan
Parkinson, Daniel Dinsmore and
Dr. Jason Lee gave two presentations at the Sport
and Recreation Law Association’s 27th annual conference on Sport, Physical
Activity, Recreation and Law in Orlando: “‘Boston Strong’ but Not Trademark
Strong” presented along with Dr. Susan Westcott Alessandri from Suffolk
University and “The Super Bowl of Criminal Jocks: Investigating Criminal
Incidents in the NFL” was presented along with Dr. Kristi Sweeney.
Education, Literacy and TESOL: Dr. Gigi Morales David will be presenting “School Museum
Exhibitions: A Collaboration Between Museums, University Education Students,
and Elementary School Children” at the Gulf South Summit hosted at Auburn
University this month.
Office of the Dean: The College of Education and Human
Services hosted its second “Strengthening Future Teachers’ Ability to be
Effective and Supportive Teachers of Students from Military Families Workshop”
in February. Presenters, facilitators, and assistants included Drs. Cathy O’Farrell and
Nicholas Eastham, Cassandra M. Santiago, Ray Wikstrom and Richard
Center for Urban
Education and Policy: Drs. Sophie Maxis,
Mary Rose, along with Ouida Powe and Phillip Simmons, received
a research grant from the UNF Commission on Diversity and Inclusion to study
supports for first generation college students at UNF.
Mike Townsend presented the results of his work with DCPS school board member Jason
Fischer to the school board finance committee in January. His research on school
finance and school consolidation was conducted under the supervision of Dr. Jerry Johnson.
Drs. Larry Daniel, Mary Rose, Chris Janson and
Judy Poppell, along with Mercedes Trapp, participated in the “ONE By ONE
Convention: Moving Public Education Forward” in January at the Prime Osborn
Convention Center. Trapp was a panelist discussing how her role as a featured
student in the “One in Three: Let’s Solve our Dropout Crisis” exhibit has
impacted her life. Dr. Rose served on the steering committee for the sixth
annual Urban Education Symposium: Reclaiming Young Black Males for
Jacksonville’s Future in February at the Jacksonville Public Library. Rose, Dr.
PeDro Cohen (CUEP Advisory Board member) and Phillip Simmons also participated
in the UES Youth Forum in January at WJCT.
Congratulations to the
following employees who will celebrate a milestone anniversary at UNF in February:
Events Planning Coordinator, University Center
LaGasse, Senior Accounts Payable Receiving Representative, University Housing
Burnett, Director, Business
Edward Doyle, Program Manager, Training and Services Institute
Neal Fisher, Assistant Director of Parking Transportation
Tracy Geake, Divisional Budget Coordinator, Administration and
Renee DelConte, Director, One-Stop Student Services
Anthony Ballard, Senior Store/Receiving
Matthew Driscoll, Head Athletic Coach,
Robert Kennen, Associate Athletic Coach, Basketball
Sonia Moyeno, Senior Custodial Worker, University Housing
The following employees were either hired by
UNF or were promoted from OPS positions recently:
Brandi Wynne, Coordinator, Admissions
Donald Cloninger, Custodial Worker,
Ada Urbizu, Data Processing Associate, Graduate
School Laura Reid, Office Manager, School of Computing
Herman Sanderson, Maintenance
Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
Elizabeth Curry, Dean, Library
Donald Frazier, Groundskeeper,
Clare Dreyer, Research Program
Services Coordinator, Small Business Development Center
Kayleigh Harrison, Program Assistant, Student Government
Business and Accounting Office
The following employees were promoted recently:
Taylor, Landscape Specialist, Grounds
Speaks, Budgets Coordinator, Physical Facilities
Saltmarsh, Admissions Coordinator, Graduate School
Heartfelt well wishes in their new endeavors
for the following employees, who left UNF recently:
Garrett, Custodial Supervisor, Custodial Services
Reigger, Academic Support Services Director, Graduate School
Beachem, Academic Adviser, Academic Center for Excellence
(pronounced ah-sah-e) berries are a fruit that is touted as a superfood. This South
American palm tree berry is sold as a supplement due to its long list of healthy
claims. Alexia Lewis, wellness dietitian in the Department of Health Promotion
at the University of North Florida, shares more about this popular berry. In
order to include Acai berries into your diet, a recipe has been provided.
Myth: Acai berries are a superfood.
Acai berries were first called a superfood on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2004.
MonaVie, a multi-level marketing company, also ran a successful marketing
program for drinks made with acai berries. Acai berries could be considered a
superfood. However, for optimal health, focus on enjoying a variety of whole
foods in their natural form instead of focusing on any one superfood.
Myth: Since acai berries have few calories, they have little
Fact: The reddish-purple color of the acai berry indicates it
contains anthocyanins, a pigment that acts as an antioxidant. They also contain
flavonoids, which can reduce inflammation and fiber. Flavonoids have benefits
related to preventing heart disease and diabetes, as well as increasing
feelings of fullness. They also contain vitamins A, B1, C and E, calcium,
potassium, phosphorus and iron.
Myth: Acai berries can aid with weight loss, reduce arthritis, improve
libido, reverse aging, fight cancer, lower cholesterol and act as a toxin cleanse.
Fact: There isn’t currently enough scientific evidence to support weight-loss
claims or many other claims made about acai berries. The research in animals
and petri dishes (in vitro) does indicate that the berry may have antioxidant and
anti-inflammatory properties and may be protective against heart disease.
Myth: Acai berries are natural, so products made from acai berries
Fact: Acai berries are found as a juice, frozen, freeze-dried and
in pill form. There have been no reported side effects from the acai berry or
its juice, but products made with acai berries may have ingredients that may be
unsafe for certain people. Examples include different forms of caffeine, which
can increase heart rate or ingredients that may pose a risk if a large amount
of juice is consumed — potassium may interfere with medications and sugar may affect
blood-glucose levels. The consumer should also be aware that the Federal Trade
Commission has shut down multiple websites for deceptive practices related to
acai berry products.
2 servings, approximately 1 cup each
ounces frozen acai
cup frozen fruit chunks (strawberry, blueberry, pineapple or mango)
or ice, optional
up frozen acai and fruit while still in package. Remove fruits from packaging
and add to food processor with banana. Blend until smooth. If too thick, add
water or if too thin, add ice. Continue to adjust and blend to desired consistency.
from Yummy Mummy Kitchen.
The Goods is a
monthly column about food myths and facts by faculty members in the Department
of Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program and runs monthly in The Florida
Times-Union’s “Taste” section. Have a question about acai berries? Contact
Alexia Lewis at email@example.com.
to Move: A prescription for arthritis
Gone are the days that you must sit and
suffer from arthritis. When joints are stiff and painful, the thought of
exercise may seem overwhelming. Walking around the block or swimming a few laps
may be just what the doctor ordered to reduce the symptoms of arthritis.
But how can exercise relieve arthritis
pain? Exercise strengthens the muscles around your joints and helps you
maintain bone strength. Lack of exercise can actually make your joints even
more painful and stiff. Keeping your muscles and surrounding tissue strong is
vital to maintaining support for your bones to relieve pain. By not exercising,
those supporting muscles weaken, creating more stress on your joints.
Check with your doctor about what type of
exercises are best for you based on your type of arthritis and which joints are
affected. Your doctor or physical therapist may recommend range-of-motion
exercises, such as shoulder rolls, strengthening exercises with weights or
low-impact aerobics, such as walking, swimming or riding a bike. Keep yourself
active in a variety of ways, trust your instincts and don’t exert more energy
than you think your joints can handle.
You: Dash for Lower Cholesterol
The Dietary Approaches to Stop
Hypertension (DASH) is an eating plan created by the National Institutes of
Health to help those with hypertension or pre-hypertension. Studies have found
that following this eating plan can produce many more benefits, including
lowering cholesterol. High cholesterol and high blood pressure are akin to each
other. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, occurs when too much force is
pushing on the artery walls, making your heart work harder to do its job
efficiently. High cholesterol can be one of the causes of hypertension by
increasing the build-up of plaque on the artery walls. So, control cholesterol
and you’ll have hypertension in the bag, too. Here are the DASH
• 4-6 daily servings of fruits and
• 6-12 daily servings of whole grains
• 2-4 daily servings of low- to non-fat
• 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 daily servings of lean
meat, fish or poultry
• 3-6 servings per week of nuts, seeds
The servings vary depending on your
weight and recommendations by your doctor. You’ll find that this diet is high
in fiber, low in fat and salt, rich in potassium, calcium and magnesium. The
CDC also recommends reducing your intake of saturated fat to less than 7
percent and limiting consumption of cholesterol to 200 mg a day to lower
cholesterol. As a bonus, these dietary changes combined with regular exercise
can help you shed those unwanted pounds, which will in turn decrease blood
cholesterol. More details about the DASH diet can be found on http://www.dashdiet.org
Osprey is designed to provide solid advice on how to become healthier at work
and at home. Shelly Purser, director of Health Promotion, writes a different
article each month that focuses on some aspect of health and wellness. Healthy
Osprey is a collaboration of students, faculty and staff working together to
foster a University community that embraces the development of a healthy body,
mind and spirit. The purpose of the Healthy Osprey initiative is to assess and
respond to the needs of the UNF community to create and maintain a healthy
environment, which will enhance the holistic student experience. For more
information, or for any questions you might have, contact Shelly Purser
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