It was a special evening for students, faculty and staff in UNF’s Music Flagship Program. Celebrating with various ensembles, student narrators and performers, music faculty and patrons, Dr. Randy Tinnin proudly announced the coming of age of the university’s music program with the new designation as the School of Music in the College of Arts and Sciences. Tinnin, director of the school and professor of trumpet, believes the distinction will further elevate the internationally recognized program expanding both training and performance.“The designation of the UNF Music Flagship Program as the UNF School of Music marks the culmination of years of work,” said Tinnin. “It creates a comprehensive program that equips 21st century music professionals.” The UNF Department of Music was awarded flagship status in 2011. At that time, a graduate program and bachelor's program in music technology and production were added to the existing offerings in jazz studies, performance and music education. The program has grown quickly experiencing a 33 percent growth rate over the past year increasing from 176 students in spring 2014 to 235 enrolled last fall. In addition, students graduating with bachelor’s degrees in music education and masters in piano pedagogy in the past year have experienced a 100 percent employment rate. The designation will further enhance an already successful program — one that graduates like Jordan Rutter believe prepares its students well. The UNF alum, who was recently praised in Opera News, is a countertenor currently working in New York City.
“I always got the sense that our faculty were investing in my future potential as a musician,” Rutter said, commenting that the extensive stage time provided for UNF undergraduates was unique and valuable. “The experience gave me a great foundation,” he said. “They [faculty] were focused on getting me to the next step.” Like Rutter, many music alumni from UNF have experience success on the national level. Jazz bassist Paul Sikivie recently won a Grammy for playing on the Best Jazz Vocal Album of 2015, "For One to Love" by Cecile McLorin Salvant, while another UNF grad, Chris Miller, was also nominated. Brian Hogans, saxophonist, has played with the award-winning Sean Jones Quintet, and others play with prestigious groups including the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, elite Washington D.C. military ensembles and reknowned artists like Wynton Marsalis. Many UNF music graduates have also gone on to train at prestigious institutions like Julliard, the Manhattan School of Music and the Boston Conservatory.With the program’s success has come more demand for offerings, scholarships and outreach. Tinnin hopes the new designation will attract greater support that could impact everything from performance and practice space to more student scholarships and enhanced music education for local public school students.
A new-age glue developed in part by Dr. Stephen
Stagon is drawing the attention of hundreds of companies. Stagon, an assistant
professor of mechanical engineering at the University of North Florida,
believes the futuristic adhesive can offer computer makers a financially
attractive prospect: increased processing speed at a reduced cost.
Stagon explained that increasing the
electricity that runs through a computer’s processing unit, or CPU, creates a
faster processing speed; the down side is that increasing the electricity also
adds damaging heat.
MesoGlue is the high-tech compound the team is
using to bind the CPU to materials that better dissipate the heat. “We’ve been able to show improvement in the
temperature at which the CPU runs,” Stagon said. “With more heat being conducted away from
the unit, you can add more power and it will still be cooler. So a manufacturer
could possibly use a cheaper CPU that will run better and faster.”
Stagon developed the substance with Dr. Hanchen
Huang, professor and chair of mechanical and industrial engineering at
Northeastern University, and Paul Elliott, student at the University of
Connecticut. Seeking to ultimately improve technology, Stagon said, “We were
looking for a better way of sticking things together.”
The University of Connecticut owns the first
patent to the MesoGlue technology; UNF and Northeastern University own the
follow-up patent, which is pending.
Meso, which means middle, refers to the space between
two objects being glued. Yet, this is no ordinary glue. The adhesive uses microscopic
nanorods and two metals. “The metals melt when they come into contact, flow to
fill voids and make a bond,” Stagon said. “They solidify when they absorb
enough of a third metal.”
Not surprisingly, by offering a new — and
possibly cheaper — way to increase processing speed, MesoGlue has attracted the
attention of several big-name companies in the tech world.
“We had about 1,000 inquires after our article
ran in the Advanced Materials and
Processing magazine,” Stagon said. “Companies across many industries — electronics,
defense and many others — asked for more information.”
With most inventions, creators can expect to
encounter bumps in the road as they steer the product to the marketplace. The
first is the cost to integrate a new material into a well-established
manufacturing process. Companies will want to ensure that the overall savings
from the new glue will outweigh the development costs.
For the professor and the UNF
students working with him, a second obstacle is time, something they wish they
had in much greater supply. The adhesive is now used in a vacuum chamber, but
the team would like to create a 2.0 version that can be dispensed from a glue
container. Despite any challenges, the creators feel certain that MesoGlue will
be able to bridge the gap between nanotechnology and real-world applications.
Mechanical engineering senior Kyle Gobble is one of the students working with Stagon to test ways to improve the bond strength. In addition to enjoying
the opportunity to apply his studies in a hands-on-environment, Gobble is
excited to be involved in what he calls unexplored fields of research.
awesome being involved in such groundbreaking projects,” he said. “It requires
us to experiment and learn on our own, hopefully concluding with the results we
are trying to reach.”
is focused on working out the keys to surface treatment and preparation to
improve adhesion. To do that, they continue their research. Stagon joked that he is now using
Edison’s light bulb approach.
Involvement and interest in UNF’s student garden continues to grow thanks to a new greenhouse recently erected on campus. Just about every day, any time of year, you’ll find dedicated students tending the fruits and vegetables growing in the Frederick and Ophelia Tate Ogier Gardens. But, as every gardener knows, there are always challenges to overcome, and there are a few unique to a college setting. First and foremost, growing seasons don’t neatly coordinate with University semesters, causing crop duration and variety to be somewhat limited. The garden also lacked an ideal spot for seedlings. Plant starts were either left vulnerable to weather changes or moved to the vestibule of the Student Wellness Complex, along with plants that needed shelter during freezes. Those problems have been solved thanks to the continued generosity of UNF alum, Bruce Ogier, ’74 and the Ogier family. Supporting the student gardens from the very beginning, Ogier provided the financial support in 2012 to expand the gardens to the current one-acre plot. A lifelong gardener and member of the Student Affairs Community Council, he has remained a champion of the project. The new greenhouse is named in honor of Ogier’s Aunt Joyce, an avid gardener and longtime member of the Southside Garden Club who passed away in 2014. “I am very proud that my cousins and family members came together to help fund the Joyce Tate Brannam Greenhouse,” Ogier said. “The greenhouse celebrates her memory and commemorates a much-needed permanent addition to the Gardens.”Shelly Purser, director of health promotion at UNF, said the support of the Ogier family has been key to the success of the garden. She said students have repeatedly indicated in surveys that their top health concerns are nutrition, obesity and mental health. “The Ogier Gardens provides a fabulous resource to assist students with all of these concerns,” Purser said. “It’s a place to come relax, chat with friends, volunteer outdoors and receive the freshest, most nutritious produce imaginable.” UNF’s department of health promotion has been recognized nationally by the Partnership for a Healthier America. Purser said the garden and efforts to promote good nutrition were key to receiving the honor.According to Kevin Anderson, coordinator of the Ogier Gardens, one of the benefits for students working in the garden is getting produce in exchange for their work. “The garden has created a culture change around food on campus, and the student gardeners enjoy growing their own food,” he said. The Ogier Gardens, which attracted more than 1,000 students in 2015, is the first campus farm in Florida to sell produce to its food provider. The garden’s bounty is regularly featured in the Osprey Café, and also provided to “Lend-A-Wing” for students in need of healthy food. Anderson said there is no doubt that the greenhouse will increase the garden’s yield and versatility. This spring in the greenhouse, there are peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, green onions, eggplant, lettuce, zinneas, nasturtium and other flowers.Over the greenhouse door, a new addition to UNF’s art on campus welcomes gardeners — a beautiful mosaic created by art and design associate professor, Dr. Nofa Dixon and her students.
months of research and deliberations, the Museum of Contemporary Art
Jacksonville, a cultural institute of the University of North Florida, has
selected Jackie Saccoccio as the first recipient of the Brooke and Hap Stein
Emerging Artist Prize.
work will appear in "Confronting the Canvas: Women of Abstraction," opening
June 4 at MOCA. This is one of the first museum exhibitions to focus solely on
contemporary female painters.
Saccoccio is one of the most exciting artists working today,” said Marcelle
Polednik, director and chief curator at MOCA Jacksonville. “The Stein Prize
places MOCA Jacksonville among a handful of elite museums that recognize the
extraordinary accomplishments of emerging artists.”
in 2015 by Brooke and Hap Stein, the award will be given on an annual basis in
recognition of an artist, chosen from one of MOCA’s self-curated exhibitions,
whose work demonstrates a singular combination of talent, innovation and
is the perfect selection for the inaugural recipient of the Stein Prize,”
Brooke Stein said. “Her work sets the standard for what the Stein Prize
represents and recognizes.”
who lives and works in New York and Connecticut, has exhibited internationally
for the last twenty 20 years. In her recent paintings, she emphasizes the
process of painting by tipping, dragging and shaking the large-scale works over
one another, where liquid pools of color, directional lines and translucent
completely nonrepresentational, her works are borne out of her interest in
centrifugal forces in portraits. In order to reinterpret portraiture, the
artist researched materials utilized by Renaissance painters, such as mica.
Evolving the practice, her surfaces are freckled with mica and translucent
varnishes, creating multilayered planes of shifting forms.
received an MFA in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of
Chicago and a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has
taught at Brooklyn College; Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills,
Michigan; Princeton University; and RISD.
artist has exhibited her large-scale abstract paintings and wall drawings
throughout the U.S. and Europe, and is the recipient of numerous awards and
grants, including the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 2005, a
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship and the 2015 Artadia NADA
Award. Her work also has been reviewed in notable art publications.
is an honor to be named the first recipient of the Brooke and Hap Stein
Emerging Artist Prize, as it is an award that reflects the vision of the
curatorial team at MOCA Jacksonville with a long-term commitment to emerging
voices,” Saccoccio said.
to the generosity of Brooke and Hap Stein, MOCA is acquiring Saccoccio’s
"Time (Smelt)," a 2016 oversized oil and mica painting on linen,
which will also be displayed in "Confronting the Canvas."
were thrilled to acquire this painting for MOCA’s Permanent Collection,” Hap
Stein said. “The canvas is a stunning example of Jackie’s work and will be an
enduring record of the exhibition and a prized object for MOCA visitors to
enjoy for years to come.”
The UNF Graduate School is adding a Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition (DCN) degree to its list of course offerings this fall. This unique program will be the only DCN degree offered in Florida and one of only two in the nation.
Until now, Rutgers University was the only school in the country to offer the DCN degree program. UNF’s program will be similar to Rutgers’ in that the degree will be fully online and target practicing dietitians with a master’s degree who wish to earn the benefits and opportunities of professional doctorate training. The program requires a minimum of three year’s work experience in the field. “We’re excited to offer a Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition,” said Dr. Judith Rodriguez, director of the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program at UNF. “It will prepare nutritionists and dietitians to develop the advanced level skills necessary to critically analyze evidence in order to design and implement programs, policies and procedures that promote health and wellbeing of communities.” The program will emphasize advanced evidence-based practice and chronic disease prevention, as well as treatment for the underserved populations in both clinical and community settings. It will also prepare practitioners for leadership roles in clinical, community or higher education settings through course work, advance practice residency and the production of applied scholarship.“Within a few years, all new registered dietitians will be required to hold a graduate degree, and those in supervisory roles will likely be expected to hold DCN degrees,” said Dr. John Kantner, dean of UNF’s Graduate School. “The University is well positioned to prepare a new generation of leaders in dietetics and nutrition for the growing population of Florida.”This new professional Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition degree joins several other new and upcoming graduate programs at UNF, such as the Master of Management and Master of Social Work, which is using UNF faculty strengths to serve the needs and interests of Northeast Florida and the entire state.With the additional new doctoral and master’s degree programs, UNF now has a total of four doctoral programs, 29 master’s degrees and 56 bachelor’s degrees.For more information the new Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition degree, its admission standards and graduation requirements, as well as program of study, visit the UNF Graduate School website.
brought you to UNF?
opportunity to live in the place that I also research: I study the early South,
especially Spanish Florida, British South Carolina, and American Indian
communities across the region.
the most rewarding experience you’ve had with a student in one of your classes?
number of years ago, I took a small group of UNF Honors students on a trip to
South Carolina. We started with several days in an archive, tracking down
colonial period records. Their reward for working so hard was a two-day break
in Charleston with historical tours and free time to see the city. When it came
time to leave the archive, however, all of the students begged me to cancel the
fun part of the trip so that we could keep working! (Fortunately, the archive
was closed over the weekend, and we enjoyed Charleston enormously.) I love
every part of the historical research process. We are truly detectives. And
there is no better feeling than when I can teach a student just how thrilling
it is to be a historian.
is the most rewarding academic experience you have had outside of the
April, I organized a two-day conference at Flagler College on the Yamassee
Indians of Florida, South Carolina and Georgia. Many of my students came, top
scholars from around the country spoke, and more than 100 local people
attended. At the end of the conference, the chief of the Yamassee community in
Florida stood up to speak. For a very long time, scholars have claimed that the
Yamassees were/are extinct. But here he was, thanking us for working on his
community’s history. It was an amazing moment. I really understood how
important our work is.
your inspiration for teaching?
have been incredibly fortunate to have teachers who believed in and invested in
me from childhood to graduate school. I try to take the same time and care to
help my students become excellent and confident thinkers and writers.
do you enjoy most about being a professor?
students become truly empathetic human beings. Having the ability to see beyond
cultural and other differences, I believe, is one of the most important things
that we can teach our students. I hope that in my own small way I encourage
students to become both more tolerant of difference and also more critical of
institutions that codify and naturalize inequality.
you weren’t teaching, what else would you doing?
would be a civil rights lawyer, most likely working with American Indian
communities on issues of sovereignty and social justice.
your favorite UNF memory.
came to UNF with real interest in local history but little sense of what it
meant to be a local historian. Because of UNF’s focus on community involvement,
I have learned how to bring that interest to life: incorporating students into
my research and connecting with descendants of the people that I study. This
fall I was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship,
something I never really imagined would happen. The fellowship will give me the
time to write the first comprehensive book on the Yamassee Indians.
you have a favorite spot on campus? If so, where is it? What do you like about
I need to think on campus, I walk around the green. I love to see how that
space changes over the course of a day or semester as students (and geese) use
the strangest excuse a student has given you for not submitting an assignment?
mostly had the usual excuses about work and life interfering with assignments.
And, in my experience, those excuses are real. Our students are often juggling
so many commitments. I wish they all had the time and resources that I had
one thing in your field of study that people might not know?
90 miles from UNF is a community of Yamassee Indians that have lived along
the Oklevueha River west of Palatka since the late 18th century. The
public and scholars alike know virtually nothing about their history or about
their present-day community.
your teaching style. Do you like to integrate tech, or are you more comfortable
with a lecture-style classroom?
I enjoy and value lecturing, my preferred teaching style is the seminar
discussion. I love those light bulb moments that occur when we are all talking
and brainstorming together.
What is your favorite thing about working at UNF?
work in an incredibly collegial department. We are all dedicated to excellence
in our teaching and research, and we all genuinely care about and respect one
another. I know how rare that is.
advice would you give to a student who is about to graduate?
pursue whatever it is that they love with passion and to travel as much as
do you take your Starbucks?
chai tea latte, please.
than books related to your academic areas of interest, what literary genres do
you prefer? Why?
read a great deal of both fiction and memoirs by American Indian and African
American authors written in the 20th and 21st centuries. It’s
related to my work in a sense because I learn a lot about issues of race and
gender through my reading. But it doesn’t feel like work.
do you work best? Are you a night owl or an early riser?
am an early riser, but I write best from the mid-afternoon to the evening.
you ever hold class outside?
take my classes and students to local historical sites, where we are often
outside in the very best sense of the word: outside of the classroom and beyond
there any places around Jacksonville that you frequent?
live in Atlantic Beach with my family, and we spend a lot of time feeling lucky
to be so close to the ocean.
you have any rituals that help get you in the correct mindset for grading
sit under a palm tree at my favorite coffee shop. It puts me in a great mood.
is your favorite memory from your undergrad days?
knew I was going to be a historian when one of my undergrad professors (Cornell
West) taught us the history of African American music by dancing on stage for
an hour. Suddenly history was alive and right in front of me.
your favorite class that you teach? Why?
one? I’d say my seminar on Southeastern Indians because so few students know
the history of American Indians in our region. Many start the class feeling
like the South is a foreign country and end the semester transformed, suddenly
aware of what colonialism really meant (and continues to mean) for American
Indians. Numerous students have told me that, years later, they still care
deeply about American Indian rights. And, I have had several students pursue their
Ph.D. in Southeastern Indian studies at other universities. The first is
actually about to have his dissertation defense (I’m on the committee and so
proud). He started that project in my seminar.
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all the latest Osprey news,
stats and info.
Combine for 2-hit shutout in UNF Baseball’s Onslaught of FAMU
The North Florida pitching
staff limited Florida A&M (15-9) to just two hits in a decisive, 15-0 win
this evening at Harmon Stadium. The Ospreys scored 14 of their 15 runs in the
first three innings. North Florida (16-10) won its fifth straight home game and
has now emerged victorious in 10 of the last 12 games played. It took little
time for the Ospreys to seize control of the game after five runs crossed the
plate in both the first and second innings.
completed the month of March with a 13-5 record and will begin April with the
Atlantic Sun Conference opener at Kennesaw State today.
UNF Volleyball Ranked in Top 20 Poll
up a 5-1 mark in conference play last week, North Florida beach volleyball
earned a No. 17 ranking in DiG Magazine's Collegiate Beach Volleyball poll as
announced by the publication on Tuesday. The Ospreys are currently 14-3 on the
year and two losses come against nationally-ranked teams in Georgia State and
Stetson. North Florida also owns wins against South Carolina and Florida
Atlantic who rank 19th and 20th, respectively.
Osprey Women’s Tennis Downs
Lipscomb to Stay Unbeaten in A-Sun
After North Florida women's tennis clinched an exciting
doubles point, the Ospreys continued their strong play into singles to grab a
6-1 win against Lipscomb to stay undefeated in Atlantic Sun play on Thursday
UNF Men’s Basketball Players Dallas Moore and
Beau Beech Earn NABC All-District Honors
Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced today the NABC Division I
All-District teams and UPS All-District coaches for 2015-16 and North Florida's
Dallas Moore and Beau Beech both earned recognition on the prestigious lists. Moore, the 2015-16
Atlantic Sun Player of the Year and first-team All-Atlantic Sun honoree, was
named first-team NABC All-District 3 becoming the first Osprey player to
collect that honor and the first to garner multiple honors after earning
second-team distinction last year. Beech, a first-team All-Atlantic Sun
performer, was named to the second-team list and becomes just the third Osprey
to earn the postseason accolade, joining Moore and former UNF standout Parker
Smith, a second-team All-District honoree in 2012-13. "When your program
receives national honors like this," said head coach Matthew Driscoll. "It is a strong reflection about the
culture of family, work and talent that we have tried to instill in our
North Florida Men’s and Women’s Track and
Field Open Outdoor Season Well at UNF Spring Break Invitational
Florida women's and men’s track and field squad opened up the outdoor portion
of their schedule in the UNF Spring Break Invitational at Hodges Stadium.
Women’s highlights of the day included several personal records along with a
pair of event titles and runner-up finishes. The men’s track and field also
held personal records and event titles. This highlighted a strong opening to
the outdoor season for both the Men’s and Women’s North Florida track and field
UNF Women’s Track and Field
UNF Men’s Track and Field
Brooks College of Health
Department of Nutrition and Dietetics:
Dr. Catherine Christie, J Nelson-Worel and
L.L. Hayman published "Implementation of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines — Who, What,
Why, Where, and When" in the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.
Drs. Catherine Christie, Judith Rodriguez, Alireza Jihan-mihan, M.Sadeghi
and T. Zerbe published The Role of Maternal Dietary Proteins in Development of Metabolic
Syndrome in Offspring in the journal Nutrients.
Department of Public Health:
Dr. Natalie Arce Indelicato published
“Unpacking Self-care: The Connections between Mindfulness, Self-compassion, and
Self-care for Counselors," in the journal Counseling and Wellness with
Clinical Mental Health Counseling program recent graduates Caren Coleman,
Courtney Martensen, and Rachel Scott. Indelicato also presented on "Relational Cultural Theory" at The Girl-Centered
Institute, a partnership between the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, Voices
for Florida Girls, the UNF Division of Continuing Education, and the
Jacksonville System of Care Initiative.
Drs. Michele J. Moore, Elissa Barr and R. Glassman,
presented "Development of an Evidence-Based Sexual Risk Reduction Program for
College Students" at the 16th Annual American Academy of Health Behavior Meeting
in Ponte Vedra.
Dr. Michele J. Moore, S. Griner, and K.
Wilson presented "Physical Dating Violence, Forced Sexual Intercourse, and
Alcohol Use Among High School Students" at the 16th Annual American Academy of
Health Behavior Meeting in Ponte Vedra.
B.K. O’Hara, and W. Chen published "The Efficacy of a Brief Nature
Sound Intervention on Muscle Tension, Pulse Rate, and Self-reported Stress:
Nature Contact Micro-break in an Office or Waiting Room" in Health Environments
Research and Design Journal.
, Caroline Guardino, Katrina Hall, Peter S. Wludyka, along with UNF graduate students E. Thomas and C.
Ottenstein, presented "Cultivating Healthy School Environments: Teachers’ and
Students’ Perceptions of Learning in the Outdoor Classroom" at the 16th Annual
American Academy of Health Behavior in February in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Emma Apatu, and UNF graduate
student L. Kirkland presented "The Impact of School-based Nutrition and Garden
Programs on Parental Dietary Behavior in Low-income Settings: A Call to Action" at the 16th Annual American Academy of Health Behavior in February in Ponte
School of Nursing:
Drs. Debra Wagner and Barbara Olinzock presented Patients’ with a Spinal Cord Injury
Satisfaction with Self-Care Teaching by Nurses at the 30th Annual Conference of
the Southern Nursing Research Society in Williamsburg, Va.
College of Arts and Sciences
Art and Design:
is co-curator and participating artist in the printmaking
exhibition “The Other” at MOCA Jacksonville.
is exhibiting at the
Yokna Sculpture Trails Exhibition.
has two exhibitions:
“Flesh: Revealing A passion for Paint” at
the Verum Ultimum Gallery in Portland, Ore., and “Painting and Seeing” at the
University of North Carolina.
has an exhibition “Lumen”
at the Smith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas.
Dr. Nikki Dix
presented How 2015 Became ‘The Year of
the Oyster’ at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve
at Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTMNERR) State
of the Reserve Symposium.
Dr. Terri N. Ellis and her UNF students published Porin Loss
Impacts the Host Inflammatory Response to Outer Membrane Vesicles of Klebsiella
Pneumoniae in the journal Antimicrobial
Agents and Chemotherapy.
Drs. Jim Gelsleichter and Matthew Gilg
received funding in
February from the National Science Foundation to extend for three years their
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in Coastal Biology.
Drs. Margaret C. Stewart and Cory Young presented “Bridging the Gap in Social Media Crisis
Communication: Pedagogical applications of the STREMII model” at the
International Crisis and Risk Communication Conference.
Dr. Gregory Domber
awarded a 2016 Rockefeller Archive Center grant-in-aid for research at the RAC
on Ford Foundation programs, which supported East-West exchanges of scholars in
the 1950s and 1960s.
Dr. Shannon Eaves
presented "The Men Had No Comfort With Their Wives: Enslaved Men, Masculinity and Patriarchy
Amid Sexual Exploitation" at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Southern
Historical Association in Little Rock, Ark.
Dr. Theo Prousis
Lord Strangford at the Sublime Porte: Fact, Fiction, and Revelations from
the Archives at the 47th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East
European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) in Philadelphia, Pa.
Dr. Daniel J. Watkins
historical conference titled In the Shadow of Enlightenment: Religion, Reform,
and Revolution in the Age of Unigenitus in October. Watkins also published The Two Conversions of
François de La Pillonnière: A Case Study of Rationalism and Religion in the
Early Enlightenment in the publication Eighteenth-Century
Dr. Gregory Helmick published Archival Dissonance in
the U.S. Cuban Post-Exile Novel.
Aslan presented "
Pattern Recognition to
Improve Diagnostic Process for Late-diagnosed Late Onset MADD Patients," and "Modeling
the Change in Electric Potential due to Lightning in a Sphere" at the Joint
Mathematics Meetings in Seattle, Wash. in January.
also published Modeling the Change in Electric Potential due to
Lightning in a Sphere” in the journal Applicable Analysis.
also presented at
an invited colloquium
Mathematics, Climate, and Medicine: A Sampling
of What Mathematics Can Do
at Stetson University in February.
Dr. Jose Franco,
J. Champion, and J. Lyons published
Arithmagons and a Special Class
Mathematica Universitatis Comenianae.
Political Science and
Dr. Michael Binder and Jeremy G. Carter
published Firearm Violence and Effects on Concealed Gun Carrying: Large Debate
and Small Effects in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
Dr. Josh Gellers
Environmentalism in South Asia: Analyzing the Experiences of Nepal and Sri
Lanka at the American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting in New
Drs. Elizabeth R. Brown and Curtis Phills, along with students S. Hawkins and R. Rogers, presented a poster "Navigating the Economic
Roller Coaster: How Economic Threat Impacts College Students’ Motivation to
Complete Comprehensive Exams in Response to a Strong Versus Weak Argument" at
the 16th Annual Meeting for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
Drs. Elizabeth R. Brown and Curtis Phills, along with student M. Olah, presented a poster "Is That a Man or a Woman: Physical
Androgyny, Stereotypes and Loss of Meaning" at the 16th annual meeting for the
Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
Dr. Elizabeth R. Brown in collaboration with J. Allen, J. Smith, D. Thoman, and students C. Collins,
I. Landa, C. Curti, and G. Muragishi presented a poster "Forecasting
Belonging: How Other People can Benefit from Communal and Agentic Strategies
when Regulating Belonging in Group Settings" at the 16th Annual Meeting for the
Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
Dr. Elizabeth R. Brown in collaboration with I. Handley, J. Smith, S. Rushing, E. A. Shanahan, E.
Burroughs, R. Belou, M. Skewes, and J. Hoena, presented a poster "A Self
Determination Theory Intervention that Supports Women in STEM Improves
Everyone’s Job Satisfaction" at the 16th Annual Meeting for the Society for
Personality and Social Psychology.
Dr. Anita Fuglestad,
with colleagues M.G Kroupina, D.E. Johnson, and M.K. Georgieff, published
Micronutrient Status and Neurodevelopment in Internationally Adopted Children
in the journal Acta Paediatrica.
Dr. Paul Fuglestad gave
the invited talk "The Role of Regulatory Focus in the Initiation and Maintenance
of Health Behavior Change in the Psychology Department" at the University of
Dr. Iver Iversen published "Problems with ‘Percent Correct’ in Conditional Discrimination Tasks" in the European Journal of Behavior Analysis.
Iversen was the keynote speaker at the 8th conference on The Art and
Science of Animal Training in Dallas, Texas.
Dr. Angela Mann
presented "A Child’s Right to an Education Should Never
be Suspended," and with students presented "The Training of School Psychologists in Behavioral Assessment,
Intervention, and Consultation" at the annual conference of the National
Association of School Psychologists.
Nicholson was invited by The National Head Start Association to assist in
their monthly newsletter to all Head Starts nationwide on a “Research Blast,”
responding to concern about lead exposure in Flint, Mich.
and Social Work:
Dr. Rosa De Jorio
edited Supplement XII of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, to
which she contributed the introduction Women, Gender, and Islam in Africa:
Intersectionality, Geospatial Distinctions, and Knowledge
Dr. Suzie Weng
S. Lee published Why do Immigrants and
Refugees Give Back to Their Communities and What Can We Learn from Their Civic
Engagement? in VOLUNTAS: International Journal of
Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations.
Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder, with La’Tara Osborne-Lampkin and Newton
Black Faculty Diversity Efforts in the Age of Post-Racialism and Obama” in
the Western Journal of Black
Studies. Wilder, with Tamara Bertrand Jones and La’Tara
Osborne-Lampkin, also published Balancing the Call to Serve: The Costs and
Benefits of Leaving a Legacy in the Academy in the journal Beyond Retention: Cultivating Spaces of
Equity, Justice, and Fairness for Women of Color in U.S. Higher Education
in the journal Beyond Retention. Wilder also published Ripple Effects and Shockwaves: The Impact of a
Black Female Faculty Member’s Open Letter to Her Institution in Beyond
Retention. Wilder presented Colorism in the 21st Century:
Black American Implications of a Global Skin Color Consciousness and Hierarchy
at the UNF International Studies Senior Seminar Lecture Series. Wilder also
gave the keynote address Reclaiming the Narrative on Equity at the JPEF
One-By-One Annual Public Education Forum.
Coggin College of
Young Tae Choi
and Andrew Thoeni published
Media: Is This the New Organizational Stepchild? in the journal European
and Thoeni also published
Irritants: Small Actions with Large Consequences in the Academy of Marketing Science.
and Alyssa Kyff
will be giving a poster
presentation entitled Coggin Delegation: Domestic and International Student
Integration Program at the NAFSA
Association of International Educators annual conference in
Kate Mattingly Learch
and Dr. Steven Paulson published a chapter entitled "Strategic Relationship
Development: A German-U.S. University Case Study" in the publication IIE: Global
Perspectives on Strategic International Partnerships.
Computing, Engineering and Construction
School of Computing:
Dr. Charles Winton served as the head judge for the Northern California Botball
Educational Robotics Program Competition held at NASA Ames.
was featured in the Faculty Spotlight article of CIRT’s
March 2016 newsletter discussing his work on transitioning team-based projects to the online environment.
along with CCEC
Engineering students, participated in the inaugural Hire Attire Fashion Show
presented by Career Services and The Coggin College of Business. The fashion
show geared towards exposing and highlighting the growing trends within
business attire and landing an ideal job.
Dean Mark Tumeo gave the opening remarks
at the 6th Annual Expanding Your Horizons Conference in March at the
University Center. Approximately 200 young girls in grades 5 – 8 participated,
as did a host of volunteers. The workshops
included: Circuits Workshop: How to build a Dragon Fly; Engineering Workshop:
Strengths & Materials; Building Water Quality Workshop: River Keeper, Testing
Water from the St. Johns River.
College of Education and Human Services
Foundation and Secondary Education:
Dr. Dilek Kayaalp
present her paper Hybrid and Supra-hybrid: Complex and Conflicting Identities
of Immigrant Youth in the Canadian Nation-state at the 2016 American
Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting in April.
Dr. Daniel Dinsmore recently
published a book chapter with coauthor Emily Fox titled "Teacher Influences on the Development of Students’ Personal Interest in Academic Domains" in the volume Social
Influences on Social-emotional, Motivation, and Cognitive Outcomes in School Contexts. Dinsmore also published an article in Cognition and Instruction, with
co-authors Sandra Loughlin, Emily Grossnickle, and Patricia Alexander, titled ‘Reading’ Paintings: Evidence for Trans-symbolicand Symbol-specific Comprehension Processes.
Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education
Drs. Jennifer Kilpatrick and Caroline Guardino presented their research at the Association of
College Educators for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in New York City. Kilpatrick and Emily Headrick Hall
presented Identifying the Roles and Responsibilities of
Today’s Beginning Deaf Educators. Kilpatrick also presented with Cally Traetto Mentoring a Developing Deaf Education Program: A Partnership with the
Haiti Deaf Academy. Additionally, Kilpatrick shared her dissertation research in a
presentation titled Between Words and Sentences: The
Development of a Written Language Inventory for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Students. Kilpatrick also presented, with Drs. Hannah Dostal and Kimberly A. Wolbers, on the
findings of an efficacy study that was part of a federally funded
project to further develop Strategic and Interactive Writing
Drs. Caroline Guardino and Joanna
Cannon served as editors to a two-part special issue of The American Annals of the Deaf on Deafness and Diversity. Guardino and Cannon hosted two panel presentations on the two publications. The first
panel was titled Research to Practice Connections: Working
with Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing with Disabilities, and
the second panel titled How Do we Prepare Qualified Professionals to Work with Students with Diverse
Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL:
Dr. Katie Monnin will be
presenting on the historical and contemporary role of female comic book
and graphic novel superheroes at the Chicago Comic Con. Monnin continues to publish her
two monthly columns and lesson plan publications, which she has been doing
for the last six years, for Diamond Comic Book Distributors. This month's reviews and lesson plans, focusing on HarperTeen's Nimona and DC
Comics' Secret Hero Society, Study Hall of Justice are available through Diamond
Distributors. In March, Monnin also presented a
talk focused on teaching children's and young adult graphic novels at the
Downtown Jacksonville Public Library Children's Department for Will Eisner
Congratulations to the following employees who
will celebrate a milestone anniversary at UNF in April:
Kathryn Ritter, Director, Procurement
Donna Onofrey, Office Manager,
Melinda Brown, Executive Secretary, Networking
Systems Security and Information Technology
Michael Kennedy, Associate Director,
Academic Support Services, Welcome Center
James Mousa, Coordinator Property
Charles Strudel, Associate Director
Safety Security, University Police Department
Douglas Titus, Coordinator IT Support,
James Laney, Refuse Recycle Moving
Supervisor, Physical Facilities
Lynette Qadeer, Senior Custodial Supervisor, Physical Facilities
The following employees were either hired by
UNF or were promoted from OPS positions recently:
Jimmy Carey, Law Enforcement Officer,
University Police Department
Victoria Chandler, Custodial Worker, Custodial
Kaitlyn Dietz, Coastal Training Specialist,
Seohee Go, Office Assistant, Public Health
Jeanette Hinkle, Office Manager, Clinical and
Applied Movement Science
Joseph Moreau, Custodial Worker, Physical
Corey Rivers, Custodial Worker, Physical
David Robbins, Clerical Aide, Administration
Ashley Sedghi-Khoi, Office Manager, MOCA
Amy Woodbury, Administrative Secretary, Coggin
College of Business
James Wright, Custodial Worker, Physical
The following employees were promoted recently:
Garry Bates, Maintenance Supervisor, Physical
Melissa Blankenship, Director, Student
Enrollment Communication Center
Kyle Clark, Assistant Director, IPTM
Kelly Gates, Director of Donor Engagement and Stewardship, University
Development and Alumni Engagement
Wallace Harris, Director Facilities Operations,
Marla Lewis, Assistant Director Student
Financial Aid, Financial Aid Office
John Reis, Assistant General Counsel, General
Kevin Roop, Assistant Director, IPTM
Heartfelt well wishes in their new endeavors
for the following employees, who left UNF recently:
Robert Berry, Director, Internal Auditing
Loran David, Maintenance Mechanic, Physical
Marion Detlefsen, Assistant Coach, Women's Golf
Timothy Hunter, IT Support Manager, User
Marcus Mills, Applications Systems Analyst,
Coordinator LEL Programs, Foundation Accounting
Nancy Purvis, Administrative Secretary, Office
of the Dean of Students
Samantha Riggins, Assistant Director,
Christine Sandy, Program Assistant, Continuing
Laura Shellaberger, Assistant Athletic Trainer,
Lauren Spencer, Coordinator Course Development,
An almond or “Prunus dulcis” is the seed of the
almond tree which originated in the Middle East and North Africa. The almond is
a nutritionally dense food and is a rich source of B vitamins, niacin, riboflavin,
vitamin E, mineral, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous
and zinc. Similar to other nuts, the almond is high in fat, mainly unsaturated,
and fiber and also has an abundant amount of protein. Dr. Alireza
Jahan-mihan, assistant professor and registered dietitian in the Nutrition and
Dietetics Flagship Program, discusses myths and facts about the almond. To help
you use it in your diet, a recipe is provided.
Myth: Almonds can reduce the risk of cardiovascular
Almonds have a lowering effect on cholesterol and is rich in dietary fiber,
mono- and poly-unsaturated fatty acids and also contains phytosterols. These
compounds potentially may lower LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). Moreover,
some studies have shown that almonds my also increase HDL (good cholesterol).
Flavonoids in almonds along with the vitamin E,
reduces the risk of heart disease.
Myth: Almonds have a beneficial effect on the gastrointestinal
During the digestion process in the gastrointestinal tract,
almond flour is fermented and produces short chains of fatty acids, most
notably, butyrate, which is a material for cells lining the large intestine.
For individuals with celiac disease or gluten
sensitivity, almonds are the pantry essential you don’t want to live without.
They provide a great amount of required nutrients and calories.
Myth: Almonds have a beneficial effect on bones and
The phosphorus and calcium
in almonds help make this possible.
In comparison with other nuts, almonds have thehighest amount of calcium, boasting 75
milligrams per ounce.
Myth: Almonds are useful for weight loss.
Frequent nut eaters are
generally thinner compared with those who almost never consume nuts.
Almonds are one of the ingredients in many weight-reducing diets because they
suppress appetite and also they are highly nutrient-dense. A handful of almonds
provide 4 grams of fiber, “good”
monounsaturated fats and 6 grams of protein. This combination will keep you
feeling energized and satisfied.
Myth: Almonds can help diabetics manage blood glucose.
Based on one study published in
theJournal of the American College of
Nutrition, the American Diabetes
Association-recommended diet includes 20 percent of total calorie intake from
almonds, which helped improve insulin sensitivity in prediabetic individuals.
study published in the Journal of Nutrition & Metabolism,
a breakfast containing almonds stabilized blood glucose levels for the rest of
butter (for greasing)
3 cups (plus more for pan)
almonds: 8 oz. (plus 1 lb. whole, lightly toasted)
sugar: 11⁄2 cups
brown sugar: 11⁄2 cups
oil: 1⁄4 cup
powder: 1 tbsp.
cinnamon: 11⁄2 tsp.
extract: 11⁄2 tsp.
Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Grease and flour a baking sheet; set aside.
Combine sliced almonds and granulated sugar in a food processor;
pulse until smooth.
Add flour, brown sugar, oil, baking powder, cinnamon, vanilla and
eggs; pulse until dough comes together.
Fold in whole almonds and transfer to prepared pan.
Pat dough into a 7×15 rectangle pan; bake until golden and
slightly firm, 18 to 20 minutes. Let biscotti cool.
Reduce oven to 325 degrees. Remove cooled biscotti from pan; cut
crosswise into 20 7-inch strips; cut each strip in half to form 40 31⁄2-inch long strips.
Transfer strips to parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake until
golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely before serving.
“The Goods” is a monthly column about food myths and facts by faculty members in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program that runs in The Florida Times-Union’s “Taste” section.
Have a question about almonds? Contact Jahan-mihan at
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