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June 2021

A Look Back: 10 Years of Project Atrium

For the past 10 years, visitors to MOCA Jacksonville have been gazing upward to view the oversize artworks that have soared above the lobby and graced the 40-foot walls that surround the museum’s central staircase. Known as Project Atrium, the endeavor has challenged commissioned artists to create large-scale artworks that capture the imagination. To add to viewer interest, the artists often installed their work as the public watched, allowing a first-hand look as the artistic process as it evolved over several weeks. Here are a few of the many projects that have shaped Project Atrium.

Making Great Lives Matter by Carl Joe Williams'Making Great Lives Matter' by artist Carl Joe Williams, 2020
With vibrant geometric patterns inspired by African American quilt patterns embedded with symbols of power, New-Orleans based artist Carl Joe Williams created a historical backdrop for televisions that showed newsreels of injustice including the death of George Floyd in May 2020. The lower tier of video monitors featured community members providing answers to questions posed by the artist.

The Fragility of the Promise by Kedgar Volta'The Fragility of the Promise' by Kedgar Volta, 2019
Regional artist Kedgar Volta created "The Fragility of the Promise" using a reactive light installation consisting of over 1,000 LED fixtures. The artwork was the artist's inquiry into the fluctuating interactions between our internal narratives and the external forces of culture and commerce and to serve as a reminder that the external forces that compel us are striking, yet ultimately fleeting and unstable. The fragility of the connection becomes a testament to the elusive promise of prosperity.

The Greys In-Between by Anila Quayyum Agha'The Greys In-Between' by Anila Quayyum Agha, 2018
Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum used light and cast shadows to transform the Atrium Gallery into a place that alluded to Islamic sacred spaces with geometric ornamentation and pattern. Agha used laser-cut steel lanterns to create a space of peace and tranquility, though her shadows also fell on dark colored walls to adress her concerns about U.S. views toward immigration and people of color.

Cargomobilities by Joelle Dietrick'Cargomobilities' by Joelle Dietrick, 2015
Tallahassee-based painter Joelle Dietrick produced a multilayered mural of paint and adhesive fabric to present a visual commentary about the interconnectedness of macro economies and micro systems. Fascinated with geolocation data for cargo ships and shipping containers, the artist employed a glitch art aesthetic that allowed her to analyze, recode, manipulate, and visualize data into a pulsating scene of cranes, cargo ships and houses. As part of her research, Dietrick toured Jacksonville Port Authority.

a mural of crystals for Project Atrium by Shaun ThurstonProject Atrium by Shaun Thurston, 2014
For the inaugural One Spark festival in 2013, Jacksonville artist Shaun Thurston entered a project called “20 Murals in a Year,” pledging to those who voted for him that he would use the crowdfunding money to cover the city in art. He placed fourth overall and earned about $4,100, which helped pay for materials. His Project Atrium mural is the culmination of that project. For this installation created at MOCA for One Spark in 2014, Thurston chose crystals as his subject, stemming from his love of collecting rocks and stones as a child.

Nick Morrow Named Director of Athletics

headshot of Nick MorrowNick Morrow has been named UNF’s new director of athletics. Having served as a senior staff member in the department for the last decade, Morrow will take over July 1 as North Florida’s seventh athletic director replacing Lee Moon who retires June 30.
As athletic director, Morrow will be responsible for the management and operation of the Athletics Department, which includes 19 competitive NCAA Division I teams with membership in the ASUN Conference and the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) for swimming, over 300 student-athletes and 150 employees.
"Nick has been an invaluable leader within the University for the past 10 years and has greatly contributed to the growth, development and success of the Osprey athletic program," President David Szymanski said. "He worked closely under the guidance of Coach Lee Moon and has proven himself to be a remarkable leader with his strong work ethic, communication skills and dedicated commitment and devotion to our student-athletes, coaches and athletic programming."
Morrow joined the UNF athletics staff in July 2011, most recently serving as the senior associate athletic director for development, external and financial operations. "Jacksonville is my home, and I am excited for the opportunity to build upon a foundation of excellence and lead UNF to further academic and athletic success while providing an exceptional student-athlete experience,” Morrow said.
Prior to joining UNF, Morrow served as assistant athletic director, facilities operations and events at the University of Maryland, held facility roles at University of Florida's Stephen C. O'Connell Center and worked for the University of Florida's Athletic Association.

Time to Hit the Beach with a Book

Woman reading at the beachTime to hit the beach! Looking for a taste of literary escapism this summer? Here are some reading recommendations from the Thomas G. Carpenter Library staff to check out and enjoy.

Maria Atilano, Student Outreach Librarian:
Kindred by Octavia Butler

Stephanie Boilard, Library Systems Specialist:
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Outlawed by Anna North

Lena Hernandez, Library Services Specialist in Acquisitions:
Ikenga by Nnedi Okorafor

Kelly Hovinga, Virtual Learning Librarian:
The Water Dreamers: The Remarkable History of Our Dry Continent by Michael Cathcart
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Giannina Medell, Outreach Services Associate:
Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider Ham by Will Robson and Zeb Wells

Stephanie Race, Head of Research and Outreach:
The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams

Dee Robertson-Lee
, Library Services Specialist in Research:
Eye of the Elephant: An Epic Adventure in the African Wilderness by Mark and Delia Owens

Austin Sprunger, Senior Library Services Associate in Access Services:
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Death Becomes Them: Unearthing the Suicides of the Brilliant, the Famous, and the Notorious by Alix Strauss

The Carpenter Library building is open seven days a week this summer for all of your browsing and research needs.

Article submitted by Maria Atilano, Student Outreach Librarian

Save the Date: First Coast Heart Walk

American Heart Walk logoJoin your fellow Ospreys in the fight against heart disease and stroke. This year’s First Coast Heart Walk to benefit the American Heart Association will take place on Saturday, Sept. 18, and UNF will be a part of it! More information is forthcoming, but mark your calendar to participate with fellow UNF faculty, staff and students! To join the team or for more information, contact Ashley Ballard or Michael Hines

2021 Hurricane Season Expected to Pack a Punch

Hurricane storm cloudsThe 2021 Atlantic Hurricane season officially kicks off today. Though the experts don’t expect the same record-breaking number of named storms that we saw in 2020, the outlook is another busier-than-normal season with major hurricanes anticipated.
In late May, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted a 60% chance that 2021 will be above-average, with 13 to 20 named storms. Of those, 6-10 are expected to be hurricanes and 3-5 of those to be major hurricanes, classified as category 3, 4 or 5. In saying this, officials with NOAA reminded communities along the coastline and inland to begin preparations.
Bob Greenlaw, emergency manager on UNF’s Crisis Management Team, believes UNF employees should begin to do the same. “The time for hurricane preparedness is now – before a storm threatens,” Greenlaw said. “We have all experienced shortages when panic buying is occurring and that happens just before a hurricane is forecast to hit.”
To help Floridians prepare, the state is holding a “Disaster Preparedness Sakes Tax Holiday,” Greenlaw said. This year’s tax holiday began Friday, May 28 and runs through Sunday, June 6. A complete checklist of supplies created by the National Hurricane Center is available online. More preparation guidelines are available on the UNF Emergency Management website from the dropdown list titled “Campus Safety Guides.
Learn more about NOAA’s outlook for the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season in its video highlights.

Shark Season Already Underway

Shark swimmingMay kicked off shark season in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia, as sharks commonly move into the area when waters start to warm. Because of the healthy local shark population, it is not uncommon for a small number of shark bites to occur on the First Coast on an annual basis, typically up to seven bites.
Overall, Duval County ranks fourth at 46 attacks and St. Johns County ranks fifth at 44 attacks for the most unprovoked shark “attacks” that have occurred in Florida waters since 1882. Blacktip sharks and spinner sharks have been implicated in most of these attacks.
Yet while beach goers are trying to avoid these encounters, UNF researchers have been looking for sharks in order to monitor their numbers and locations. Since 2009, Dr. Jim Gelsleichter, associate professor of biology and director of UNF’s Shark Biology Program, has been monitoring local shark populations to identify areas that serve as critical habitats and to monitor the abundance of sharks in the waters from the Altamaha River in Georgia to the coastal and inshore waters in St. Augustine.
The Shark Biology Program is funded by NOAA Fisheries and has sampled over 5,000 sharks from over 15 species to date. The most abundant sharks in the local areas are the Atlantic Sharpnose shark, sandbar shark, blacktip shark, bonnethead, blacknose shark, scalloped hammerhead and finetooth shark. The size of sharks in First Coast waters can range from 1 foot to over 16 feet in length.
UNF research has demonstrated that the estuaries and bays of the First Coast provide protection and serve as critical habitats for newborn and juvenile sharks from several species. These locations are referred to as “nursery grounds” because of the abundance of smaller, younger sharks. Most inshore areas on the First Coast serve as nursery habitats for Atlantic Sharpnose sharks, blacktip sharks and sandbar sharks. The research also has shown that portions of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway serve as nursery habitats for the scalloped hammerhead shark, a critically endangered species that is also prohibited from harvest in Florida.
Although it can vary from year to year, shark abundance on the First Coast has not changed significantly over the past 12 years. This indicates that the local shark population is largely stable. Shark populations on the east coast of the U.S. have experienced significant recovery from record lows that occurred between the late 1970s and early 1990s because of overfishing. Still, some shark species have exhibited slower rates of recovery and are still in need of protection.
Gelsleichter and UNF biology students recently invited local meteorologist Richard Nunn to ride along on the UNF research boat to visit local sharks. You can watch the episode on WJXT Ch. 4 News4Jax.
Story submitted by Amanda Ennis, public relations coordinator.

Meet Andrea Adams-Manning

Andrea Adams-ManningDean of Students
What do you do at UNF? As the dean of students, I focus much of my attention on the overall student experience, and supporting students, faculty and staff by helping maintain a safe and secure campus environment. In my role, I oversee and work with my team to provide the functions within and services provided by the Office of the Dean of Students.
I help students who are experiencing extenuating circumstances that are impacting their ability to engage in college, address complicated complaints and concerns, interpret or write University policies, oversee the medical withdrawal process, provide guidance associated with behavioral concerns, notify campus partners when there is a student illness or death, and work with families in these situations, provide oversight of the judicial hold process, and last but not least, supervise the individuals within my office along with the department heads for the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and the Office of Student Accountability & Resolution. For more information, please visit our office website. 
What do you enjoy about working here? I genuinely enjoy working with the amazing staff and faculty who make up my professional Osprey family. They are some of the most dedicated and hard-working people I have had the opportunity to work with, and their hearts are always focused on helping our students.
How long have you lived in Jacksonville? Where else have you lived? As of June 15 of this year, I will have lived in Jacksonville for 10 years. I grew up in Michigan; yes, I am one of those people who can show you where I lived by pointing to various parts of my hand. I also lived and worked in Athens, Ohio, for about five years before I moved to my new home in Jacksonville.
What one memory do you most treasure? I have this one memory when I was with my Aunt Pam in downtown Detroit, in the Greek Town area, and it was my first time visiting an authentic Greek restaurant. My aunt ordered Cheese Saganaki. I had no idea what this was, and let’s just say I was so surprised when it was brought to the table. The gush of flames coming from the plate of cheese almost scared me right out of the booth. I cherish the laughter we shared within this moment, and all the wonderful moments I shared with this amazing person.
If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, from the past or present, who would be on your guest list? I would invite the most influential women leaders within my life: Merry Jo Brandimore from SVSU, Judy Piercy from OU, Lucy Croft from UNF, and Jenny Hall-Jones from OU. These women all have leadership attributes that I admire, and I can only image the riveting conversations we could share over a fabulous dinner and glass of wine.
If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? I’m not sure, all I know is that I would want it to be in nature and to bring joy to other people’s lives.
What superpower would you like to have? How would you use it? The ability to teleport to distant locations quickly and through time. I would use it to visit family and friends who I have lived away from since moving away from Michigan.
If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1? This is a tough one. There is so much to consider, and I would have to weigh the consequences of this decision.
What would be the title for the movie version of your life? “It Was the Best of Times; It Was the Worst of Times.” This was a slogan my friends and I had in my graduate program. It sums up the amazing experiences you have in college and the stress you endure.
What’s at the top of your bucket list? Going to Iceland. I have always wanted to go. Last year we were going to go, but the pandemic put a halt to all our travel plans. I just want to see the beautiful hills and soak in the Blue Lagoon Spa.
What one food do you wish had zero calories? Hamburgers and fries
Tell us something that might surprise us about you. I cry at those commercials where the music builds up to create a heartfelt moment. Many people are surprised by this because I keep my composure under pressure and maintain a calm disposition.
Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? To Alaska! I have always dreamed of seeing whales in their natural habitat. They are beautiful creatures, and I’ve always have been amazed by them.
Tell us a few of your favorite things.
Band: Dave Matthews Band
Color: Red
Ice cream flavor: Oreo Cookie
Movie: Most superhero movies.
Season: Fall (In Michigan)
Sound: My dog snoring
Sport to watch: Basketball or Women’s Soccer

Osprey Profile

James Silas Tanner at the GTM NERRMeet Silas Tanner
James "Silas" Tanner is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Science in biology. His choice stems from his love of the outdoors and his desire to be a champion of the environment. He chose to transfer to UNF to complete his undergraduate degree because he liked the University’s homegrown atmosphere and accessibility as well as its state-of-the-art biology building. Though he was born in Charleston, South Carolina, he considers St. Augustine his hometown, after living in Vilano Beach for 20 years.
What do you like most about UNF? What I like most about UNF is the laid-back atmosphere. During my undergraduate studies, student-professor ratios were very important to me. Since being at UNF, all my courses have had less than 30 students, so one-on-one communication with professors is always accessible.
What has been your coolest UNF experience so far? My coolest UNF experience so far was graduating with my bachelor’s degree in Coastal Biology with a minor in Environmental Studies in 2016.
Who is your favorite professor? Do you have a favorite class? My favorite professor is Dr. Gilg. He makes learning ecological genetics and evolutionary ecology palatable, as well as sporadically delivering a good laugh. My favorite class during my undergraduate studies was Shark Ecology with Dr. Jim Gelsleichter. This was my first true experience conducting field research ― catching, tagging and releasing estuarine sharks in an effort to study their abundance and movement patterns. So far in my graduate studies, my favorite course has been Advanced Marine Plants and Algae with Dr. Cliff Ross.
What’s your favorite UNF tradition? SWOOP!
When you’re looking to de-stress and relax a bit, where do you go on campus? When I am looking to de-stress and relax, I would most likely go for a walk on the Robert W. Loftin Nature Trails within the Sawmill Slough Preserve, kayak in Lake Oneida or go play golf at the UNF Golf Complex.
If you could meet one historical figure for coffee, who would it be? If I could meet one historical figure for coffee, it would be Leonardo da Vinci ― the quintessential “Renaissance Man.” I would love to pick his mind about the intellectual motivations behind his groundbreaking inventions and how he utilized personal observations of nature coupled with scientific perspective to produce some of the most progressive conceptions and convenient creations in history.
If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? The Big Bang.
What three traits define you? Achiever, learner and intellectual.
Do you have any advice for high school students? The biggest piece of advice for high school students would be to volunteer every opportunity you have. I began volunteering in high school (local library, food kitchens) to obtain a scholarship that helped pay for many of my undergraduate credits. During my undergraduate studies at UNF, I began volunteering at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM NERR) with Dr. Dix, which I was able to acquire class credit for, as well as a job offer following graduation!
When will you graduate? What do you want to do after graduation? I am planning to graduate in the spring of 2022. I plan to travel extensively following graduation ― road tripping the continental United States, as well as backpacking through Europe!

Inside News Roundup

Colors with the word PRIDELGBTQ Center to celebrate Pride Month
The LGBTQ Center invites everyone to celebrate Pride month at the Many Sides of Pride® Film Festival presented by the LGBTQ Community Fund for Northeast Florida and held at MOCA Jacksonville. Over four days, MOCA will present 10 films highlighting the diversity of LGBTQ stories and storytellers, celebrating their impact on the world of cinema. The LGBTQ Center also is presenting a Drag Queen Brunch, Sunday, June 6 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Jacksonville Public Library Main.
Advance business leadership and skills with UNF’s Coggin College graduate programs
Coggin Graduate and Executive Programs is expanding focus on their graduate program offerings with new degrees and courses aimed to empower the business leaders of the future. Given the changes in the business landscape, a graduate business degree is valuable in developing the skills organizations are looking for, and essential for some career opportunities. Learn more about new graduate program offerings.
Updates to UNF’s Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is working to implement action steps on UNF’s Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence. The plan has five goals, 53 strategies and 171 action steps to help further integrate high-quality diversity initiatives and infuse diversity into recruiting, admissions, hiring and administrative practices throughout the University. Read more about the actions undertaken in the first quarter.
Dr. Kelly Smith with studentsFlorida biology students travel across coastal cities to study marine environments
UNF served as the first host site for the 2021 Florida Institute of Oceanography’s Marine Field Studies Course. In this unique course, college students from across the State University System visit coastal universities across Florida to learn and study research in various differing marine environments. Learn more about the course.
UNF faculty/staff create “Teaching Innovations and Exemplars” website
The Department of Art, Art History and Design, in collaboration with the Office of Faculty Enhancement (OFE) and the Center for Instruction and Research Technology (CIRT), has launched the “Teaching Innovations and Exemplars” website that shares the imaginative teaching innovations developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic by UNF faculty.
New degree programs to engineer the future at UNF
The College of Computing, Engineering and Construction is unveiling two new engineering degree programs that will begin accepting students in Fall 2021: Bachelor of Science in Advanced Manufacturing and Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering. Both programs were created to meet current regional and global engineering demands and to better prepare our students to enter the workforce. Read more about the new degree programs.
UNF’s Carpenter Library opens new digital exhibit
The Thomas G. Carpenter Library houses a variety of digital exhibits created to highlight selected materials held by the Carpenter Library, Special Collections and University Archives. The exhibit Acres of Ashes: The Great Jacksonville Fire of 1901 launched May 3 on the anniversary of Jacksonville’s great fire, and features selected source materials from UNF Special Collections and general collections. The exhibit can be viewed at: Acres of Ashes: The Great Jacksonville Fire of 1901. Learn more about other digital exhibits online.


UNF balloonsMilestones
Congratulations to the following employees with a milestone anniversary in May:

15 Years
Willie Hunter
, Director, Student Financial Aid Scholarships, Financial Aid Office

10 Years
Asai Asaithambi
, Professor, School of Computing
Joanne Berglund, Head Athletic Coach, Golf
Rebecca Easom, Custodial Supervisor, Physical Facilities
Carole Goldberg, Academic Advisor, First-Year Advising

5 Years
Leonardo Campos, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
Patricia Dombroski, Office Manager, Mathematics and Statistics
Kelly Anne Gomes, Coordinator, Academic Support Services, Enrollment Services
Jennifer Jackson, Director, Academic Advising Services, CCB Advising
Sheila Mastriana, Child Development Teacher, UNF Preschool

The following employees were either hired by UNF or were promoted from OPS positions recently:

Kerry Eldred, Clinical Research Associate, Psychology
Kevin Kurtz, Clinical Research Associate, Psychology
Micah McKinney, Clinical Research and Phlebotomy Associate, Psychology
Teresa Medrano Montealegre, Academic Support Services, Coordinator, Student Enrollment Communication Center
Marie Myszkier, PTAC Coordinator, Small Business Development Center
Micayla Neal, Admissions Coordinator, Admissions
Stephanie Perry, Coordinator, Academic Support Services, ES Planning and Operations
Angela Pisa, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Jana Soto, Student Affairs Specialist, SG Business and Accounting Office
Ricky Watson, Maintenance Mechanic, Shared Cost
Sydney Wissinger, Administrative Assistant, President's Office
Pamela Wong, Clinical Research and Phlebotomy Associate, Psychology
Mary Yuskis, Director, Donor Engagement Steward, University Development/Alumni Engagement

Great Job
The following employees were promoted recently:

Donald Barker, Associate Director, IPTM
Julia Behler, Coordinator, Library Services, Library
Natasha Christie, Interim Associate Dean/Associate Professor, Arts and Sciences
Marice Hague, Associate Director, Small Business Development Center
Gunner Lake, Assistant Director, IT Security
Sabrina Padlan, Grants Specialist, IPTM
Karen Patterson, Provost/Vice President, Academic Affairs
Michael Russo, Assistant Director, Online Learning Support, Distance Learning
Nicholas Seabrook, Chair/Associate Professor, Political Science and Public Administration

Heartfelt wishes in their new endeavors for the following employees who left UNF recently:

Mary Baron, Professor, English
Adam Boyd, Assistant Professor, Nursing
Terry Brown, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
Amy Brownfield, Laboratory Technician, Biology
Felix Caballero, Academic Advisor, CCB Advising
Daniel Cesar, Senior Telecomm Technician, Telephone Services
Kolanda Douglas, Marketing/Publications Coordinator, Music
Ryan Duzon, Associate Director, Academic Support Services, Enrollment Services 
Nathan Edwards, IT Help Desk Manager, User Services
Rachel Given, Coordinator, Athletic Video Production, Video Production
Catherine Godoy, Assistant Professor, Nursing
Daniel Gonzalez, Landscape Grounds Supervisor, Grounds
Franscine Green, Custodial Worker, University Housing
Tess Henderson, Admissions Coordinator, Admissions
Jenna Hensley, Coordinator, Residence Life, Crossings
Channing Hodges, Coordinator, Employment, Human Resources
Cheryl Huffman, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Tamara Lumsden, Coordinator, Events Catering, MOCA Jacksonville
Christina McArn, Groundskeeper, Grounds
Carol Moon, Senior Library Services Associate, Library
Mario Pickens, Assistant Professor, Teaching, Learning and Curriculum
Tommy Richardson, Control Systems Technician, Maintenance and Energy Management
Erica Samples, Office Manager, Psychology
Kathryn Shapiro, Academic Support Services Coordinator, One-Stop Center
Amy Sims, Academic Support Services Coord, One-Stop Center
Brittani Smith, Web Specialist, Florida Institute of Education
Charlotte Soto, Senior Custodial Worker, Osprey Fountains

Faculty and Staff

Osprey FountainBrooks College of Health
Dr. Kristen Hicks-Roof, nutrition and dietetics assistant professor, discussed how much fruit is too much in Florida Newsline. Read Dr. Hicks-Roof article online.

Dr. Tes Tuason, professor in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program of the department of Public Health, with Dr. Güss and Lauren Boyd in psychology, published an article titled, "Thriving during COVID-19: Predictors of psychological well-being and ways of coping” in PLoS ONE. 16(3): e0248591. Read Dr. Tuason article online. Also, with Caitlyn Murtha, an alumna of the CMHC program, Tuason presented "Visibility of Whiteness: Analyzing White Privilege among female counseling trainees" at the 3rd CSI Florida conference. At the same conference, graduate students that Tuason advised presented "Unique Bodies: Unique Stories: Exploring the mental health experience of intersex individuals."

Dr. Helene Vossos, assistant professor of nursing, has been elected "President-Elect" for the Florida chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, and will serve as president next year.

Coggin College of Business
Dr. Courtney Azzari
, assistant professor of marketing, has been selected as this year’s AMA Marketing and Society Special Interest Group (MASSIG) Emerging Scholar Award winner. This award recognizes marketing academics in the early stages of their careers who have made significant contributions to research advancing the study of marketing and societal issues. Azzari will be recognized at this year’s Marketing and Public Policy Conference, which will be held virtually June 24. In addition, Azzari was awarded the 2016 Charles C. Slater Award for best article in Journal of Macromarketing as well as received a 2021 AMA-EBSCO Responsible Research in Marketing Award. She also serves on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Consumer Affairs.

College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Laura Habegger, assistant professor, recently coauthored a paper on rapid phenotypic evolution in flatfishes. Learn more in EurekAlert!

Dr. Candice Tahimic, assistant professor, and her coauthors published a research article “Placenta-Expanded Stromal Cell Therapy in a Rodent Model of Simulated Weightlessness” in the April issues of Cells, 10(4), 940 (2021). Tahimic is senior author and corresponding author of the article. Tahimic also is a coauthor in an influential review that discusses the effects of combined spaceflight factors such as microgravity and radiation on organ systems. The review was published on April 27 in the Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part C, 39(2), 129-179 (2021). In addition, Tahimic delivered a public lecture titled “I'm Sending my Mice to Space: an Earth-Bound Scientist's Take on Health Challenges in Microgravity” on April 14 during the Science on Tap public lecture series.

Dr. Stuart Chalk, professor of chemistry, presented several talks at the 256th American Chemical Society Meeting in April.

  • Chalk presented “Putting FAIR into practice for chemical data.”
  • With Robert Hanisch and Daniel Hutzschenrueter, Chalk presented “Making units of measure FAIR: Current efforts to digitize the SI system of units”
  • With Dylan Johnson, and Caleb Weber, Chalk presented "SciFlow: A Django/Python workflow system for processing SciData formatted JSON-LD.”
  • With Chalk, Montana Sloan, chemistry undergraduate student, presented "Moving thermodynamic data into the open: Crosswalking NIST TRC data to the SciData framework.”

Dr. Dylan Johnson, postdoctoral faculty, with Dr. Stuart Chalk, presented a talk at the 256th American Chemical Society Meeting in April: "SciDataLib: A python library for generation of SciData framework files in JSON-LD.”

Dr. Medhat Khedr, visiting chemistry faculty, published the chapter “Biobased polyamides” in Physical Sciences Reviews.

Dr. Amy Lane, associate professor of chemistry and director for the Advancement of Women in Natural Sciences, has received a $324,000 award from the National Science Foundation to continue her work to decipher nature’s methods for creating a group of naturally occurring molecules known as diketopiperazines that offer a variety of potentially useful applications in medicine, agriculture, and other commercial enterprises. Learn more about her research grant. 

Criminology and Criminal Justice
Dr. Kristina M. Lopez, assistant professor, and Dr. Holly V. Miller, professor, published the research article "Social Bonds and Latino/A Victimization: An Examination of Mediating and Moderating Effects" in the Victims & Offenders, 1-20, (2021).

Dr. James Beasley, associate professor, with co-author Kimberly Eckel Beasley, published the book "Dramatism and Musical Theater: Experiments in Rhetorical Performance" in April.

Dr. Keith Cartwright
, chair and professor of English, and Dr. Jillian Smith, associate professor of English and film, premiered their documentary film “Kóokayen ku k’a’ajsik u chiich / Luciérnaga que receurda a su abuela (Firefly that Remembers Its Grandmother)” (co-directed with Dr. Dolores Flores-Silva) at the International Book Fair of Yucatan in April.

Dr. Nicholas de Villiers, professor of English and film, published the chapter “Male Sex Work in Documentary Films: Rhetorical and Ethical Frameworks,” in "The Routledge Handbook of Male Sex Work, Culture, and Society,” April.

Dr. Chris Gabbard, professor, presented the paper “‘That Secret Something’: Invisible Mental Disability and the Trope of Exclusion,” at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) annual conference in April.

Dr. Laura Heffernan, associate professor, received a glowing review for her new book, “The Teaching Archive,” in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Dr. Clark Lunberry, professor, presented the art installation “Haunted Words | Or, Drowning My Library,” at Karpeles Manuscript Library as part of the exhibit “Th3Rivers, A Contemporary Exploration of the St. Johns Lower Basin,” April.

Dr. Maureen McCluskey, visiting instructor, directed the play “J. Caesar” at MOCA Jacksonville in April.

Mr. Marcus Pactor, associate instructor, with Garielle Lutz, published the interview “The Threatening Clarities That a Sentence Can Occasion” in “Heavy Feather Review,” April.

 Dr. Michael Wiley, professor, published the novel "Head Case,” in April. That same month, Wiley also published the story "A Winter Night's Dream." In addition, Wiley presented on the "Crafting Tension" panel at the Orlando Book Festival held in April.

Dr. Felicia Bevel, assistant professor, chaired the "Childhood Studies" Panel at the British Association for American Studies Annual Conference, April 9.

Dr. David Courtwright, Emeritus Professor, testified in the national opioid litigation bellwether trial in Charleston, West Virginia. Courtwright was an expert witness for the plaintiffs in their case against the pharmaceutical distributors McKesson, Cardinal Health, and Amerisource Bergen, all accused of oversupplying West Virginia and other states with prescription opioids. 

Dr. Philip Kaplan, associate professor, presented “In the Presence of the King: the Greek Common Peace and Persian Imperial Strategy in the Fourth Century BCE” at the Association of Ancient Historians Annual Meeting of 2021 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on May 7.

Dr. William B. Lane, visiting instructor, was awarded a $5,000 PICUP mini-grant to support computation-based curricular change. The project title is “Streamlined, Consistent Introductions to Computation for Undergraduate Physics Students,” and will result in startup modules for physics students learning programming for their first time as part of their physics education.

Dr. Devki N. Talwar, visiting instructor, has published a peer-reviewed research paper titled "Assessment of intrinsic and doped defects in Bridgman grown Cd1-xZnxTe alloys." The research was accomplished by Talwar, in collaboration with Prof. P. Becla of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Prof. H. H. Lin of National Taiwan University, Taipei and Prof. Z. C. Feng from Guangxi University of China.

Dr. Tracy Alloway, psychology professor, discussed her new book “Think Like a Girl” on “River City Live.” Watch the discussion.

Political Science and Public Administration
Dr. Michael Binder
, associate professor, discussed the census with WJCT.

Dr. Joshua C. Gellers
, associate professor, gave a virtual guest lecture on “International Organizations and the Climate Crisis” in an International Organizations course at Ohio Wesleyan University. Gellers also participated in a live discussion titled, “Robot Rights! 4 Guests on Stage Who Work on Robot Rights” on the social media platform Clubhouse in April. In addition, Gellers spoke with Iranian-based NGO Organization for Defending Victims of Violence on “Addressing climate change requires the adoption of a climate justice lens.” Read Dr. Gellers interview

Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Dr. Mandi N. Barringer
, assistant professor of sociology, and her colleague presented their paper “Getting Older in the Bible Belt: Sources of Support for Aging LGBTQ Americans Living in the South” at the Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting in April. At the same meeting, Barringer was an invited panelist for the book discussion on “Conditionally Accepted: Christians’ Perspectives on Sexuality and Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights” and also an invited panelist for the discussion on “Integrating Applied Work into the Classroom.”

Dr. Jacqueline Meier
, assistant professor, was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend Grant to support her project “Animals of a Late Bronze Age Household at Mycenae, Greece.” The endowment grant is a prestigious award that will support Meier’s research and writing of two articles on the use and treatment of animals in Late Bronze Age Mycenae in Greece.

Dr. Jenny Stuber, associate professor of sociology, discussed her new book, “Aspen and the American Dream: How One Town Manages Inequality in the Era of Supergentrification,” with Next City

College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
Dr. Steve Stagon
, associate professor of mechanical engineering, discussed two new engineering programs the school is adding this fall on the Channel 4 Morning Show. Watch the news segment

College of Education and Human Services
Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management
Dr. Terry Cavanaugh, professor, and Dr. Luke Cornelius, associate professor, published a Higher Education Budget Workbook last month by Wisdom Builders Press. It is the first practical budget text published for higher education and a major contribution to the field of Education Finance. It is designed to teach students and administrators how to prepare accurate and professional budgets and budget presentations, including practical instructions for using spreadsheet programs. 

Teaching, Learning and Curriculum
Dr. Hope (Bess) Wilson , associate professor, with her coauthor, published the book “ Letting Go of Perfect: Empower Children to Overcome Perfectionism. ” 

The COEHS Office of Academic Support and Information Services was selected by the Recognition and Rewards Committee as the winner of the Quality Customer Service award.

Thomas G. Carpenter Library

Maria Atilano, student outreach librarian, published the feature article “How to Make Memes and Influence Students” in the May/June 2021 issue of Marketing Library Services. She also co-presented with Giannina Medell, outreach services associate, the session “Keeping Your Social (Media) Distance: Library Engagement in the Time of COVID” during the Northeast Florida Library Information Network (NEFLIN) Technology Conference on May 6.

Tom Caswell, associate dean, contributed to 2021 Environmental Scan, a white paper published every two years by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Research Planning and Review Committee documenting developments in higher education that are currently having an impact on academic and research libraries.

Emily Ray, electronic resources librarian, and Daniel E. Feinberg, online learning librarian, published the case study “Deepening Understanding: Adding Privacy into a Library and Information Studies Course” in the refereed journal The Serials Librarian. This article combines a library technical services perspective with a public services instruction perspective and looks at what data privacy and privacy mean to both the world and students. DOI:10.1080/0361526X.2021.1900022

Courtenay McLeland, head of Digital Projects and Preservation, presented a poster session “Art Collection Management in the IR” at the Southern Miss Institutional Repositories Conference on April 29. She also co-presented with Adam Chalmers, systems librarian, and Jenn Bibb, Special Collections coordinator, the session “Establishing an Omeka Digital Exhibits Presence: Collaboration and Customization” at the NEFLIN Technology Conference on May 6.

Susan Swiatosz, head of Special Collections and University Archives, with Clayton McCarl, associate professor of Spanish and Digital Humanities, Carol Lynne Hemmingway, UNF history and Spanish student, and Marisa Pechillo, UNF history graduate student, presented the panel session “Creating Meaningful Hybrid and Virtual Internship Opportunities for Students“ at the Society of Southwest Archivists 2021 Annual Meeting on May 18.

Administrative and Professional Association Gabor/UNF Foundation Award of Employee Excellence
Nancy Miller
, assistant athletic director for compliance, won the 2021 Gabor/UNF Foundation Award, presented by the A&P Association to an employee demonstrating excellence in overall job performance, contribution to the University and evidence of current or recent activities outside the normal scope of the position description. The runner up was Tara Rowe, adjunct professor and director of the THRIVE program. The six finalists were Jennifer Nutt, Erin Davis, Michael McGuire, Marla Lewis, Megan Porter and Melonie Handerson. Learn more about the award and see the full list of current and past winners.

LGBTQ Center
Manny Velásquez-Paredes
, director of the LGBTQ Center, has been named a 2021 National Latino Leader Award winner by the Council for Latino Workplace Equity, an initiative under the National Diversity Council. Velasquez is honored for his outstanding leadership efforts and record of professional accomplishments. The award will be presented virtually at the 6th Annual National Latino Leadership Conference on Tuesday, Sept. 14.  

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Women's tennis earns ITA 49th ranking more details to the leftWomen's Tennis Cracks Top 50 in Final ITA Rankings
UNF women's tennis was recognized for its historic season yet again after coming in at No. 49 in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Women's Tennis Division I Team poll as announced by the national organization Wednesday, May 26. The No. 49 ranking is the first time UNF women's tennis has been ranked in the top 50 in the ITA Division I poll. Learn more about the Women's Tennis ranking.
Eisenbeiss Concludes Historic Appearance at NCAA Championship
North Florida freshman Christin Eisenbeiss concluded her historic appearance Sunday at the NCAA Championship carding a final round 76 over the par 72 layout of Grayhawk Golf Club.
Eisenbeiss, the first UNF women's golfer to qualify for and compete at the NCAA Championship as an individual, finished tied for 75th with a 54-hole total of 226 (75-75-76). She was just the fourth ASUN women's golfer to play as an individual at the NCAA Championship and her T75 showing was the second best in conference history. Learn more about the NCAA Championship.
Four Ospreys Garner All-Conference Recognition
Coming off her ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors, junior Ashley Goebel was selected to the ASUN All-Conference first team. In addition, Shannon Glover, Halle Arends and Kayla Harper were named to the ASUN All-Freshmen team as this year's sophomores were eligible for the honors. Goebel became the second UNF player to earn ASUN Scholar-Athlete honors. Learn more about the honors.
UNF golfer wins Haskins Award more details to the leftGabrelcik Advances to Final Ten on Haskins Award Watch List
The Final Haskins Award Watch List presented by Stifel was released by Golf Channel and Golfweek and North Florida freshman standout Nick Gabrelcik was among the 10 collegiate golfers named to the prestigious list. The Fred Haskins Award, recognizes the player of the year in college men's golf, and is voted on by college golfers, coaches and members of the college golf media. Learn more about the golf honor.
Kachler Makes ASUN History, Sweatt Named to All-Freshmen Team
For this first time in not just UNF but also ASUN history, graduate student Alex Kachler was named ASUN Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Player of the Year in the same season. Joining Kachler with ASUN Postseason honors was freshman infielder Aidan Sweatt who landed on the ASUN All-Freshmen Team as announced by the league office Thursday, May 20. Read more about the ASUN honors.

Summer Sips that Skip the Sugar

Pitcher and glass with strawberry drinkSummer is the perfect time to enjoy a refreshing beverage by the pool, at a BBQ, or on the beach. Sugary beverages are so accessible and commonly offered at gatherings, but they do not improve your health. It is easy to guzzle too much sugar in an attempt to stay cool and hydrated when it’s hot. Unfortunately, In fact, drinking just one can of soda amounts to 39 grams of sugar (9 teaspoons), and a Frappuccino can have up to a whopping 102 grams of sugar (25 teaspoons)!
Importance of Hydration During Summer Months
Staying hydrated is essential throughout all four seasons, but as the scorching summer approaches, it becomes especially important. As the temperature rises, our bodies excrete water in the form of sweat to cool us down. Additionally, important minerals such as sodium and chloride are excreted along with our sweat. This increased loss of water and minerals causes us to become more dehydrated. By increasing our fluid intake, we replenish both the water and minerals lost through sweating and other bodily processes. If drinking plain water isn’t quite your thing, it may take a lot of extra effort and discipline to take in enough fluids to stay hydrated during the warmer weather. Thankfully, drinking plain water is not the only solution. There are some simple swaps you can make to skip the sugar in your favorite beverages and still enjoy each sip this season!
Sparkling Beverages
If you like soda, try flavored carbonated waters or invest in a soda machine to make sparkling water at home. These beverages are refreshing when iced. If carbonated water is not sweet enough for you, try a can of various stevia-sweetened brands of sparkling soda. There are numerous flavors including cream soda, root beer, cola, ginger lime or grapefruit. Many include prebiotics, which may benefit gut health.
Fruity Refreshers
Drinking one cup of fruit juice has the same amount of sugar as three to four pieces of whole fruit. If you love the fruity taste of juice, try infusing water by adding sliced fruit like strawberries, limes, grapefruit, oranges or berries to iced water. Cucumbers and mint can also improve the taste of plain water. Another option is to mix ¼ cup juice with ¾ cup water or seltzer and mix with ice for a refreshingly delicious fruit based drink with 75% less sugar.
Frozen Coffee Drinks
Delicious frozen drinks are especially enticing during the summer. Instead of going through the drive-through to get a sugar-laden drink, you can make your own frozen coffee beverage at home! To make a sugar-free Frappuccino, brew 4 ounces of coffee and blend with or pour over 8 ounces of ice. Next, mix in your favorite add-ins. Keep it simple with zero calorie sweeteners, low-fat milk and a dash of vanilla or a sprinkle of cinnamon. Also, most stores carry sugar-free coffee syrups and creamers like toasted almond, French vanilla and coconut, which add flavor and decadence to hot and cold coffee drinks!
Sweet Tea Alternatives
Sweet tea is so refreshing on a hot day, but it also has over 10 teaspoons of sugar per 16 ounce serving. Tea is an under-appreciated summer drink and can add so much variety to your beverage options. If you walk through the tea aisle at your local supermarket, you will find unique dessert flavors like vanilla sugar cookie, coconut cocoa, strawberry chocolate or even s’mores. Fruit-flavored teas such as watermelon mint or pineapple guava are also refreshing in the summer. These teas can be iced and sweetened with a non-calorie sweetener for more enjoyment.
Having flavorful and refreshing beverage varieties will help you to consume more water during the warm weather without the added sugar. Consider exploring your favorite grocery store to see what beverage products you can find that skip the sugar and satisfy your thirst.
Submitted by Melissa Baron, MS, RDN, LDN; Larissa DePasqua, Nutrition and Dietetics student; and Paige Courtier, Nutrition and Dietetics student

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Brooks College of HealthUNF online nutrition degree awarded ‘Best Researched-Focused Program'
The Brooks College of Health’s online Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics degree has been recognized as the “Best Research-Focused Program” of the Top Online Nutrition Degree Programs by UNF’s online graduate nutrition degree is a distance learning option for students who wish to emphasize the application of advanced nutrition knowledge in a clinical or community-based practice.
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Inside UNF is a monthly publication produced by UNF Marketing and Communications
Marsha Blasco, Editor; Contributing writers: Melissa Baron, MS, RDN, LDN; Larissa DePasqua, Nutrition and Dietetics student; and Paige Courtier, Nutrition and Dietetics student; Amanda Ennis, Public Relations Coordinator; Isabel Pease, Assistant Vice President of Marketing.