Brooks College of Health
Department of Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences
Dr. James Churilla will be recognized in May by his undergraduate institution, Towson University, for his career accomplishments. Dr. Churilla will be the honorary recipient of the prestigious Dean’s Distinguished Alumni Award for the College of Health Professions at Towson University on May 5, 2017.
Department of Public Health
Dr. Tes Tuason and graduate students F. Mosal and I. Sughayer published a book chapter “Prevention” in the A. Wenzel (Ed.) of The Sage Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, Sage Publications Inc., 2017.
Dr. Cynthia Williams will serve as guest editor for a special issue of Sage Open titled, “Healthcare Informatics: Data, Innovation and Delivery.” The issue will focus on application of health care technologies and big data to bridge the gap between data/technology and outcomes, thus supporting the application of big data and technology. The manuscript deadline is August. Please submit papers here.
Coggin College of Business
International Business Flagship Program
Alyssa Kyff and Erika Gallion will present a session on the international business minor for nonbusiness majors as an innovative way to increase study abroad participation at the NAFSA Association of International Educators Annual Conference, Los Angeles, May 28 – June 2.
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Art and Design
Paul Karabinis has an exhibition called Alternative Processes: Handmade (peer curated by Dan Burkholder) at PhotoPlace Gallery in Middleburg, Vermont.
Chris Trice had a photograph selected for the juried exhibition “Water” at the Midwest Center for Photography in Wichita, Kansas.
Jenny Hager exhibited sculpture in “Humanity: The Value of a Life” at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum in Jacksonville.
Vanessa B. Cruz and Shelia Goloborotko performed “Synaesthesia” a collaboration with the Jacksonville Symphony in the UNF Recital Hall.
Department of Biology
Dr. Vladimir Mashanov gave a presentation "Developing the genomic toolkit to study echinoderm regeneration" at Bioinformatics and Genomics Seminar Series at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. With student undergraduate Maleana Khoury, Dr. Mashanov also gave an interview to the Florida Times-Union in March.
Department of History
Dr. Theo Prousis published a book, “Lord Strangford at the Sublime Porte (1824): The Eastern Crisis” (Istanbul: Isis Press, 2017), and two essays, “A Russian Pilgrim in Ottoman Jerusalem” and “Pilgrimage, Connection, Community,” in “Thresholds into the Orthodox Commonwealth: Essays in Honor of Theofanis G. Stavrou” (Bloomington, IN: Slavica Publishers, 2017), 101-125, 675-679.
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Rumana Ahmed and Dr. Mahbubur Rahman (mentor) published “Mathematical modeling analysis to simulate the dynamics of Immune cells, HIV, and Tuberculosis” in the American Journal of Undergraduate Research, Volume 14(1) 35-48 (April).
School of Music
Dr. Erin K. Bennett served on the conference planning committee for the recent Music Teachers National Association annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland and presided over several sessions. In addition, Dr. Bennett was accompanied to the conference by graduate music student Sarah Hartley and undergraduate student Jordan Earle. (March)
Dr. Nick Curry was a featured clinician along with the cello professor from the Eastman School of Music at CelloFest at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. (April)
Professor Barry Greene presented two master classes and a concert at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico in San Juan. (April)
Department of Physics
Dr. Daniel Santavicca co-authored a paper with colleagues from MIT titled "Single-photon imager based on a superconducting nanowire delay line" in the journal Nature Photonics (March).
Dr. Nirmalkumar G. Patel has been awarded U.S. Patent No. US 9,606,078 B2 for his Patent Application No. 11/938,290 on “Nanocrystalline Indium Tin Oxide Sensors and Arrays” by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on March 28, 2017. This patent has 13 claims.
Dr. Nirmalkumar G. Patel was awarded the U.S. Patent No. US 7,930,923 B2 on April 26, 2011.
Dr. John W. Hewitt was selected for the Community Scholars Program as part of the 2017-18 cohort.
Dr. Jason T. Haraldsen and undergraduate student Thomas LaMartina presented “Understanding the magnetic and electronic properties of transition-metal chalcogenides” at the American Physical Society's March Meeting in New Orleans (March). At the same meeting, Dr. Haraldsen and undergraduate student Daniel Boyko presented “Determination of the spin dynamics and magnetic Dirac nodes in a Heisenberg honeycomb lattice,” and Dr. Haraldsen presented "Impurity bands and half-metal states in Mn-doped GaS layers.” Dr. Haraldsen has also published “Cyclic E2 and P4 on Alzheimer’s Disease Pathways” in Advances in Alzheimer’s Disease (March).
Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Dr. Anne E. Pfister published “Forbidden Signs: Language Socialization and Therapeutic Approaches to Language in Mexico” in Ethos (March).
Dr. Anne E. Pfister, with her colleagues A. Cannon and J. Joanou, facilitated a workshop, “Applied Qualitative Research Using Multimodal, Arts-based Methods” at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology (March).
College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
School of Computing
Dr. William Klostermeyer published “An Eternal Domination Problem in Grids,” with M.E. Messinger and A. Ayello in Theory and Applications of Graphs, Volume 4 (2017).
Dr. Ching-Hua Chuan organized the first International Workshop on Deep Learning for Music, in conjunction with the 2017 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (JICNN 2017), held in May in Anchorage, Alaska.
Dr. Karthik Umapathy presented a paper titled “Data Analytics as a conduit for progressing Information Systems Research in Nonprofit Organizations” at the Southern Association for Information Systems (SAIS) conference in St. Simons Island, Georgia, in March.
Dr. Karthik Umapathy has been appointed to serve as managing editor of the Journal of Southern Association for Information Systems (JSAIS), starting in April.
School of Engineering
Dr. Patrick Kreidl, with students Blake Nazario-Casey and Harris Newsteder, co-authored a paper titled “Algorithmic Decision-Making for Robot Navigation in Unknown Environments,” presented as a poster at IEEE SoutheastCon in April, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Dr. Patrick Kreidl, jointly with Dr. Shigang Chen at the University of Florida, gave a presentation titled “New Technologies in Defense Maneuver Against Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) Attack” at the Florida Center for Cybersecurity’s Research Symposium on April 4. Dr. Kreidl was also invited to chair the “Human Factor” session at this same conference.
Drs. Paul D. Eason and Murat Tiryakioğlu, with Matthew Weber and Hüseyin Özdeş, published “The effect of surface corrosion damage on the fatigue life of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy extrusions,” in Materials Science and Engineering vol. 690 (2017) pp. 427-432.
Dr. Murat Tiryakioğlu, with Hüseyin Özdeş, published “On estimating high-cycle fatigue life of cast Al-Si-Mg-(Cu) alloys from tensile test results,” in Materials Science and Engineering vol. 688 (2017) pp. 9-15.
Dr. Brian Kopp is conducting a study for the FAA’s Center of Excellence on how best to utilize commercial satellite communications resources to support the new generation of low-earth orbit satellites, in conjunction with UNF now being an affiliate member of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation.
Dr. Brian Kopp was invited to speak as a panelist at the American Meteorological Society’s annual Washington Forum for a session on radio frequency spectrum used by NOAA for communications with its GOES satellites. The session was titled “Demystifying Spectrum – How will 1675-1680 MHz Spectrum Sharing Impact the Enterprise?”
College of Education and Human Services
Department of Childhood Education, Literacy and Tesol
Dr. Christine Weber was recognized at the Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium (STARS) as a principal investigator who obtained cumulative funding of $1 million or more in grant awards over the past 10 years through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
Dr. Kim Cheek wrote a chapter titled, “Processes Shaping the Earth” in a new e-book, “Mastering Science Content for Middle School Teaching and the NES General Science Exam.” Even though the book was not specifically written to address FTCE competencies, the science content in the book will be useful for elementary teacher candidates preparing for the subject area exam on the FTCE.
Dr. Stacy Boote with co-author Dr. David Boote, presented their published paper, “ABC Problem in Elementary Mathematics Education: Arithmetic Before Comprehension” involving prospective elementary teachers (PSTs) (n=121) (6 semesters, 7 classes) engaged in a problem solving activity each week in class, at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' (NCTM) Research Conference in San Antonio in April. They presented PSTs' solution methods for one intentionally misleading mathematics problem, analyzed using a convergent parallel mixed methods content analysis. Two-thirds of PSTs (n=80) misunderstood the problem scenario and directly translated numbers from the problem text. PSTs who answered correctly (n=41) used a problem model strategy to comprehend the scenario and were more likely to use multiple models, draw a diagram, and draw a diagram before using another model; however, a large number of PSTs who answered incorrectly also used multiple models and drew diagrams. Self-correction was not common (8 of 121), because their equations did not provide feedback or support comprehension. Three kinds of imprecision also affected problem comprehension and were evident in both correct and incorrect solutions. Intentionally misleading problems helped PSTs see consequences of their mathematical habits and highlighted the importance of sense making and precision when creating problem models.
Department of Foundations and Secondary Education
Dr. Hope E. Wilson and student Marilyn Heth were honored by the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council this year as part of the Young Women of Distinction event. Dr. Wilson was awarded the Volunteer of Excellence award, and Heth earned her Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting, for her project involving awareness of allergies among young children.
Congratulations to Drs. Wanda Lastrapes, KoSze Lee, Brian Zoellner, Pali Sen, and Dale Casamatta for receiving an award expected to total more than $1.42 million for their NSF Noyce grant project titled “Jacksonville Teacher Residency Noyce Fellows: Empowering Urban Learners through STEM Education.”
Clay County School hosted University of North Florida at its Spring Mock Interview experience. This event, coordinated by Clay County’s SPRINT Specialists, provided a real-world interviewing experience for graduating COEHS students. The interns rotated through four rounds of interviews with district administrators and had the opportunity to be interviewed, as well as observe the process as their peers were interviewed. Time was allowed at the end of each round for debriefing, thus enabling the interns to hone their interview skills through the feedback provided.
Department of Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management
Drs. Kristi Sweeney, Luke Cornelius, and Jennifer Kane were all successful in their application for tenure and/or promotion.
More positive press for CAMP Osprey! Read more about the good work of Dr. Matt Ohlson here.
Visiting Professor Rudy Jamison successfully defended his doctoral dissertation in March.
The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate has accepted the University of North Florida among its 22 new graduate schools of education as members into the consortium. Dr. David Hoppey and others wrote the successful application. Learn more
Dr. John Kemppainen received an award at the St. John's County Career Academy Awards night in April for representing UNF as a charter advisory board member to the St. Augustine High School Teacher's Academy.
Center for Instruction and Research Technology
Jamie Chaires, instructional designer, presented “Streamlining the Migration of Courses to Canvas” at CanvasCon 2017, held at the University of South Florida. Ross Bell, assistant director of online learning support, also co-presented “Canvas without Borders: Inviting Guest Users” with Scott Peden of ITS.
Allison Archer and Megan Bracewell, instructional designers, presented two emerging ideas sessions at the 2017 OLC Innovate conference in New Orleans: “5 Essential Strategies to Support Student Engagement Online” and “Revamping Faculty Development: Bridging the Divide Between Distance and Blended Learning.”
Thomas G. Carpenter Library
Maria Atilano, assistant University librarian, has been invited to present a webinar for the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System on May 30. Titled “Shut Up and Listen: How We Used Social Listening to Connect with Customers and Build a Community,” the webinar will explain how the Thomas G. Carpenter Library refocused its social media efforts to concentrate on listening and engagement.