Arts and Sciences
Biology: Brian Coughlin and Dr.
Greg Ahearn and their students, Scott Rettig and Jake Tenewitz, presented
their poster, “Sucralose causes a concentration dependent metabolic inhibition
of the gut flora Bacteroides, B. fragilis
and B. uniformis not observed
in the Firmicutes, E. faecalis
and C. sordellii” at the
Experimental Biology 2014 meeting in San Diego, Calif. At the same meeting, Ahearn and his student, Maria Peterson, presented a poster
entitled: “Effect of calcium on amino acid and dipeptide transport by
intestines of American lobster (Homarus
americanus) and Atlantic white shrimp (Litopenaeus setiferus).” Ahearn, with his student, Rasheda Likely, also presented a poster
entitled: “Functional characterization of a putative disaccharide membrane
transporter in crustacean intestine.”
Dr. Nikki Dix
gave a presentation, “How does eutrophication affect oyster population
structure in a highly flushed, subtropical estuary?” at the National
Shellfisheries Association (NSA) meeting in April in Jacksonville.
Drs. Matt Gilg
and Cliff Ross received a grant of $9,600 from the Protect Our Reefs
Grants Program for their project “Identification of thermally resilient coral
genotypes for use in adaptive breeding programs.”
Dr. Courtney Hackney received $400,000 in funding from the St. Johns River Water
Management District for his project “St. Johns River Economic Impact Study —
Ecosystem Services Valuation.”
Dr. Eric Johnson presented a seminar entitled “A stronger role for ecology
in fisheries management: Lessons from the Chesapeake blue crab” in the Research
Seminar Series of the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of
South Florida in Tampa, FL. He and his and students MaryKate Swenarton, Corey Corrick and Mickhale Green presented a poster entitled “Population biology of
invasive lionfish in Northeast Florida” at the 2014 Scholars Transforming
Academic Research Symposium hosted by UNF. In addition, his research program,
the UNF Coastal Fisheries Ecology Program, was featured on Action News.
Chemistry: Dr. Bryan Knuckley and his students, Christine
Majak and Elias Daboul, presented the poster, “Deciphering the Code of Protein Arginine
Methyltransferases” at the fifth annual Southeast Enzyme Conference in
Dr. Kenneth Laali was awarded the UNF
Presidential Professorship for 2014. He published “4-(Pentafluorosulfanyl)
benzenediazonium Tetrafluoroborate: A Versatile Launch Pad for the Synthesis of
Novel Aromatic SF5 Compounds via Cross Coupling, Azo-Coupling,
Homocoupling, Dediazoniation, and Click Chemistry” in the European Journal of
Organic Chemistry in March. He also published “Selectfluor-Mediated Mild Oxidative Halogenation and
Thiocyanation of 1-Aryl-allenes with TMSX (X = Cl, Br, I, NCS) and NH4SCN
in MeCN and in Ionic Liquids” in Tetrahedron. He also presented
“4-(Pentafluorosulfanyl) benzenediazonium Tetrafluoroborate: A Versatile Launch
Pad for the Synthesis of Novel Aromatic SF5 Compounds via Cross Coupling,
Azo-Coupling, Homocoupling, Dediazoniation, and Click Chemistry” at the 247th
National ACS Meeting in March.
Communication: Dr. Peter Casella presented his first-place paper, “Rethinking Failure: A New
Perspective on the Ten O'Clock News Reported by Carol Marin,” at the annual
convention of the Broadcast Education Association in April in Las Vegas, Nev.
Dr. John Parmelee published “The agenda-building function of political
tweets” in the spring 2014 issue of New
Media & Society.
Dr. Brian Thornton published “The ‘Dangerous’ Chicago Defender: A Study of the
Newspaper’s Editorials and Letters to the Editor, 1968,” in Journalism History in April.
English: Dr. Nicholas de
Villiers presented “Intimately Shared Queer and Sex Worker Histories,
Spaces, and Activism” at the seventh annual DC Queer Studies Symposium at the
University of Maryland, College Park. fHe also published “Ruvisionary History”
at DirtyLooksNYC.org in conjunction with Linda Simpson’s “The Drag
Explosion—Expanded!” in April.
Dr. Clark Lunberry, published “Suspicious Silence: Walking Out on John
Cage” in Current Musicology in
History: Dr. David Courtwright presented “Gender Imbalances, Violence and Social Disorder”
at the Origins of Violence Workshop sponsored by Arizona State University. He
also gave a paper, “Four U.S. Drug Policy Reform Traditions,” at the New York
Academy of Medicine.
Dr. Chau Kelly
gave an invited presentation, “From Sisal Plantation to Port City: Urban
Development and Crisis in Mtwara, 1950-1954,” as part of the Baraza Talks at
the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida.
Philosophy and Religion: Paul Carelli gave a lecture, “Socrates on the Pious and the Just,” the
First Coast Free-Thought Society in April.
Physics: Dr. Nirmal Patel
and his student team were awarded $5,875 by the NASA-National Institute of
Aerospace (NIA) for their “Project CLERTH: Cis-Lunar Exploration for Realizing
Transit Habitat.” The joint team from the University of North Florida
and Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi, has been selected for the
final round of 2014 RASC-AL (Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic
Sociology and Anthropology: Dr. David Jaffee served as organizer
and presider for Sociologists and Regional Economic Development I and II:
Applied and Public Sociology and presented “Race to the Bottom . . . of the River: Critically Analyzing the
Expansion of the Port Economy in a Southern City” at the annual meetings of the Southern Sociological Society,
Charlotte, N.C. in April.
Dr. Gordon Rakita presented the poster, “Scratching the Surface: Surface
Sampling of the 76 Draw Site, Luna County, New Mexico,” at the Society for
American Archaeology meetings in April. He also presented discussant
comments at the “Current Research within the Casas Grandes World” symposium.
College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
Computing: Dr. Swapnoneel Roy and Priyanka Harish had their paper titled “Energy
Oriented Vulnerability Analysis on Authentication Protocols for CPS” accepted
at the International Workshop on Cyber-Physical Systems Security during the
10th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems.
Swapnoneel Roy and Raghu Talluri
had their paper titled “Towards Designing a Greener Advanced Encryption
Standard” accepted at the 2014 International Conference on Security and
Ching-Hua Chuan was the keynote speaker at the Duke Tip state ceremony
event at UNF in May. More information about Duke Tip can be found at http://tip.duke.edu/.
Dr. Robert Roggio, Jaime Gordon and James Comer had their paper titled “A Taxonomy of Common Software
Testing Terminology: Framework for Key Software Engineering Testing
Concepts,” published in the Journal of Information Systems Applied Research.
Dr. Robert Roggio and Jaime Gordon had their paper titled “A
Comparison of Software Testing Using the Object- Oriented Paradigm and
Traditional Testing,” published in the Journal of Information Systems Applied
Dr. V. Valev had his paper
titled “From Binary Features to Non-reducible Descriptors in Supervised Pattern
Recognition Problems,” published in the Pattern Recognition Letters journal.
Dr. Brian Kopp made a
presentation titled “Packet
Communications Message Optimization Research and the NOAA DCS” to the 118th
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Geostationary Operational
Environmental Satellite Data Collection System Technical Working Group meeting
in Austin, Tex. Kopp’s presentation covered efficient satellite communication
protocols and their potential beneficial impact on the future of the
NOAA GOES DCS program.
Management: Dr. Raphael Crowley
was awarded a research grant from the Florida Department of Transportation. The
project involves the development of a geotechnical probe to improve In-Situ
permeability testing. The total award value is $75,000.
College of Education and
Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management: Dr. Luke M. Cornelius
presented two sessions on creating and
growing new programs at this year’s Professional Development Forum and
Presidential Awards Luncheon at UNF’s University Center. Cornelius co-presented
with Dr. Jeffrey Harrison of the
Brooks College of Health. In addition, Cornelius announced the publication of
his latest text, “The Costs of
Education.” The book is the first to approach school finance from a cost
basis. It is also the first finance text in decades to address the funding and
costs of private schools, as well as charter and public schools. Furthermore,
Cornelius participated in the seventh annual Citizenship Day event in April at
Florida Coastal School of Law.
and Interpreter Education: Drs. Janice Seabrooks-Blackmore and Kristine Webb, along with COEHS
graduate students Tara Rowe and Monica Bolanos, presented at the
Florida Transition Institute and Visions Conference in Weston, Fla. in from
April 30 to May 2. The group presented information about the ACCESS Academy, a
program that offers learning strategies to UNF students with
disabilities. Webb and Matthew
Silberstein, a business major, also presented about the Osprey Social Hour,
a project that connects UNF Greek organizations with THRIVE, a program for UNF
students with autism.