Brooks College of Health
Athletic Training and Physical Therapy: Dr. Peter Magyari attended the American College of Sports Medicine mid-winter meeting in Indianapolis for members of the Committee on Certification and Registry Boards. He worked with the Exam Development Committee on the four major certification exams in Exercise Science (Personal Trainer; Health Fitness Specialist; Clinical Exercise Specialist; Clinical Exercise Physiologist). He also attended the 2009 Southeast Regional American College of Sports Medicine Conference in Birmingham, AL, where he presented research titled "Geocaching: Utilizing Technology to Increase Physical Activity on Campus." This project was funded with a UNF Environmental Center Seed Grant in which Magyari was a co-primary investigator with Ryan Meyer, former chief ranger with the UNF Wildlife Sanctuary. Magyari also presented a tutorial titled "The Safety and Efficacy of Resistance Exercise Training in Heart Failure Patients" and acted as the chair/moderator for a symposium titled "Strength Capacity and Functional Performance in Older Adults."
Nursing: Drs. Kathy Robinson and Barbara J. Kruger, with Florida Department of Health partners Sharon Surrency and Dr. Phyllis Sloyer, presented a paper on "Linking Practice-based Knowledge with a Nursing Conceptual Framework to Guide Care Coordination Interventions for Families of Children with Special Needs" at the Southern Nursing Research Society in Baltimore, as well as a poster at the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs in Washington, D.C.
Drs. Doreen Radjenovic and Barbara J. Kruger and Judy Comeaux, with community partner Dr. Karen Toker, presented a paper on "Working in a Teachers' World: Caring for Children with Special Needs in School," at the Southern Nursing Research Society in Baltimore.
Drs. Jan Meires and Barb Kruger and Peggy Hoff presented "Portrait of a Home-base Experience: Continuity in Clinical Nursing Student Practice" at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials for Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice Dec. 4 in San Antonio.
Public Health: Dr. Michele Johnson Moore, with C.E. Werch; S. Ames; and D. Thombs, published "Health Behavior Insights: The Transtheoretical/stages of Change Model: Carlo C. DiClemente, Ph.D.," in Health Promotion Practice, Vol. 10, No. 1, 41-48 (2009). Health Promotion Practice is published by The Society for Public Health Education.
The Mental Health Counseling program, headed by Dr. David Whittinghill and now located in the Brooks College of Health Department of Public Health, recently received accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) until March 2014.
Coggin College of Business
No submissions this month
College of Arts and Sciences
Biology: Dr. Courtney Hackney, as vice-chair of the Chief of the Corps of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board, presided and presented findings of the board to the chief of engineers in San Francisco.
Communication: Dr. Hyung-Seok Lee and Chang-Hoan Cho of Yonsei University published "The Matching Effect of Brand and Sporting Event Personality: Sponsorship Implication" in the Journal of Sport Management, Vol. 23, No. 1, January 2009.
Dr. Berrin A. Beasley gave a presentation, "Do You Want to Be a Historian? Issues and Opportunities," at the American Journalism Historian Association's Southeast Symposium in Panama City, Fla.
English: Dr. A. Samuel Kimball published "The Linguistic Turn, First-Person Experience, and the Terror of Relativism: 'The Purloined Letter' and the Affective Limits of Ratiocination," in "Approaches to Teaching Poe's Prose and Poetry," edited by Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock and Tony Magistrale (MLA, 2008).
History: Dr. Charles Closmann presented "'Not a Drop to Spare': Sustainable Water Use in 20th Century Hamburg, Germany" at the Evolution, Environment and Responsible Knowledge Conference at the University of Central Florida in Orlando in January.
Dr. David Courtwright participated in the panel "American Alcohol Studies Matures" and chaired and commented on a session, "Identities in Flight: Aviation's Impact on Nation, Gender and Sexuality," at the American Historical Association Meeting in New York City in January.
Dr. Elizabeth Lane Furdell published "The Family Physician: A Victorian Manual for Health" in The International Journal of the Book.
Mathematics & Statistics: Dr. Michelle DeDeo presented "Incorporating Software into College Algebra: Who wins? We All Do, If" at the Joint Math meetings in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Mahbubur Rahman presented "Horizontal Gene Transfer of Kinetic Network in Aquifer media," at the Joint Math meetings in Washington, D.C.
Music: Dr. Gary Smart, UNF's Terry Professor of Music, was declared winner of the 2009 Robb Musical Trust's Biennial Composers' Competition for his "Song of the Holy Ground" for piano and string quartet. Smart's new work will have a premiere performance at the University of New Mexico in March 2009.
Psychology: Dr. Jacob Vigil published "Integrating Traditional Hypotheses of Aggression with Socio-Relational Models That Predict Situational and Conditional Variation in Expressive Behaviors," an invited commentary on John Archer's article "Does Sexual Selection Explain Human Sex Differences in Aggression?" in the theoretical journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences in January.
Dr. Ma. Teresa Tuason gave three presentations with UNF graduate students at the National Multicultural Conference and Summit in New Orleans in January. The topics were, "The Internal and Intergenerational Processes that Underlie and Perpetuate Repeat Teen Pregnancy," "Socio-Economic Status: Acculturation and Adjustment Disorder in Immigrants to the United States" and "Journey to Acceptance: Mothers of Lesbian Daughters."
World Languages: Dr. Shira Schwam-Baird published "The Romance Epic Hero, the Mercenary, and the Ottoman Turk Seen through the Lens of Valentin et Orson (1489)" in the annual journal Medievalia et Humanistica New Series, No. 34.
Dr. Rene Scott's entry on Uruguayan poet Amanda Berenguer appeared in Latin American Women Writers: An encyclopedia, edited by Mara Claudia Andr and Eva Paulino (London: Routledge, 2008, pp. 54-55).
Dr. Yongan Wu published "Teaching Young Adult Literature in Advanced ESL Classes" in The Internet TESL Journal, Vol. 14, No. 5.
Dr. Kyle Echols presented "Quisqueyanos contra africanos: La reconstruccin de Hait y la autoimagen indgena en la poesa de Manuel de Cabral y las novelas de Freddy Prestol Castillo" during the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, in San Franciso in December.
College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
Computing: Dr. Charles Winton was an invited attendee at the 2009 Botball Educational Robotics Symposium held at the University of Oklahoma. Winton gave a presentation at the symposium on upgrading the firmware and Linux kernel for a new controller to be used in future Botball robotic competitions.
Drs. Arturo J. Sanchez-Ruz, Karthikeyan Umapathy, J. Beckham, and Patrick Welsh presented and published their paper, "The Data Interoperability Problem as an Exemplary Case Study in the Development of Software Collaboration Environments" at the CoNGN'08: International Workshop on Collaboration and Cognition in Next Generation Networks held at the 4th Association for Computing Machinery/Special Interest Group on Computer Human Interacction/Create-Net/Institute for Computer Sciences Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing in November. Snchez-Ruz, Umapathy and P. Hayes presented and published their paper titled "Toward Generic, Immersive, and Collaborative Solutions to the Data Interoperability Problem which Target End-Users" at the ONISW 2008: The 2nd International Workshop on Ontologies and Information Systems for the Semantic Web held at ACM 17th Conference on Information and Knowledge Management in October. Snchez-Ruz and Dr. Bart Welling (English Department) presented and published their paper titled "A Domain-Specific Approach to the Development of Ontology-Based Document Assessment Assistants" at DSM 2008: The 8th OOPSLA (object-oriented programming systems, languages and applications) Workshop on Domain-Specific Modeling held at ACM OOPSLA 2008 in October. Sanchez-Ruz also served as a member of the Program Committee for DSM 2008: The 8th OOPSLA Workshop on Domain-Specific Modeling. Additionally, Snchez-Ruz gave an invited presentation, "Domain-Specific Approaches to the Development of Ontology-Based Document Assessment Assistants" at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Central Florida, in January. He was also invited to be a reviewer for Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Software Special Issue on Domain-Specific Languages and Modeling, which will be published in July/August 2009.
Construction Management: Dr. John Dryden presented and published his paper "Evaluation of D-Cracking Preventive Measures in an Ohio Test Pavement" at the 88th Annual Transportation Research Board Meeting in January.
Dean's Office: Rebecca Johnson gave an invited presentation to the Society of Women Engineers titled "Job Search Techniques: Resumes, Cover Letters, and Job Search Campaigns" in January.
Engineering: Dr. Adel El Safty and Upul Attanayake presented and published their paper, "The Effectiveness of CFRP Laminates in Strengthening Reinforced Concrete Girders," at the Transportation Research Board Conference in January. El Safty also made arrangements for two guests, Glen Switzer of Gate Concrete Products and Joseph Lord of FPCA Education Foundation, to speak on "Prestressed Concrete and the Big-Beam Competition".
Jean Fryman, Outreach Recruiting, participated in Lee High School's Annual Open House fostering the link between Lee and the UNF School of Engineering. Fryman also coordinated the visit to UNF of approximately 70 robotics students from the Orange Park High School Engineering Academy to participate in a robotics workshop.
Dr. Susan Vasana received her first patent from research conducted at UNF, "Manchester Code Delta Detector," Issued Dec. 23, 2008, PN# 7,469,023. This is Vasana's 10th patent. Vasana and UNF grad student Harold Rivera presented and published their paper "A Digital Filter Model of Cardiovascular System and its PZ Plots in Assistance of the Medical Signal Monitoring and Heart Condition Diagnosis" at the International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies (BIOSTEC) - The First International Workshop on Mobilizing Health Information to Support Healthcare-related Knowledge Work - MobiHealthInf, in January.
Dr. Patrick Welsh gave an outreach talk on igneous rocks and crystals to all the third-graders at San Pablo Elementary School at Jacksonville Beach in January. Welsh also presented an update on Year Two of the Joint UNF-JU River Report to the Lower St. Johns River Technical Advisory Committee in December. Welsh represented UNF at the Southeast Ocean Observing System (SECOORA) Board Meeting in January (Welsh also serves as the current chair of the Science Committee). Welsh and Dr. Dave Lambert presented their research work on rapid Hurricane Damage Assessment and Construction Forensics at the Digital Hurricane Symposium at Louisiana State University in January.
College of Education and Human Services
Academic Advising: Drs. John Kemppainen and Betty Flinchum, along with three other Consortiums for Belize Educational Cooperation (COBEC) members, have been invited to serve as consultants to the University of Belize. Kemppainen will focus his attention on the area of student services.
Childhood Education: Dr. Christine Weber was invited to a work session at the Florida Department of Education to develop a new state plan for gifted students.
In coordination with Dr. Otilia Salmon, who received a grant to work with Saint Clair Evans Academy, Drs. Lunetta Williams and Katrina Hall conducted a professional development workshop "Time Matters: Best Literacy Practices" for teachers in January.
The art-science integrated curriculum and e-books that Dr. Gigi M. David developed for the Art in Public Places program of the Cultural Council are now also available online at http://www.culturalcouncil.org/educators/k-12-art-in-public-places-lesson-plans. David's poem "Words are a Tool" was published in the Spring 2009 Florida Reading Quarterly.
Dean's Office: Dr. Larry G. Daniel is president-elect of the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities (TECSCU), an organization for the primary administrators of approximately 200 member schools, colleges or departments of education in AASCU (American Association of State Colleges and Universities) institutions. Daniel had previously served as the southeast regional representative to the TECSCU Board.
Dr. Marsha Lupi represented UNF in the special interest group "Women in the Deanship" at the 61st annual American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) conference in Chicago in February. The group is currently beginning a study on mentoring faculty for future leadership roles within colleges of education.
Exceptional Student and Deaf Education: Drs. Sherry Shaw and Len Roberson had an article accepted for publication in the summer volume of American Annals of the Deaf titled "Service Learning: Re-Centering the Deaf Community in Interpreter Education." Shaw also will be presenting the results of her summer research grant project, "Cognitive and Motivational Contributors to Interpreting Student Aptitude" at an international conference, Aptitude for Interpreting: Towards Reliable Admission Testing, in Antwerp, Belgium, May 28-29. The Department of Exceptional Student and Deaf Education is co-sponsoring the conference.
Foundations and Secondary Education: Drs. Marianne and Lehman Barnes presented a session, "Successes and Challenges in a Statewide Action Research Initiative," at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Science Teacher Education (ASTE) in Hartford, Conn., Jan. 10.
Leadership, Counseling and Instructional Technology: Drs. Jennifer Kane and Chris Janson gave an invited presentation titled "Community_based Learning: Establishing and Maintaining Community Partnerships" Feb. 25 for the Office of Faculty Enhancement.