Brooks College of Health
Athletic Training and Physical Therapy: Dr. James Churilla
presented a tutorial on "Metabolic Syndrome: Prevalence and Risk Among U.S. Adults" at the 37th Annual Southeast American College of Sports Medicine Meeting in Birmingham, Ala., in February. He was elected as Member-At-Large to the Southeast Chapter of American College of Sports Medicine (SEACSM) Executive Council for a three-year term. In March, Churilla presented "Resistance Training for Cardiac Patients: Maximizing Rehabilitation" at the 13th Annual American College of Sports Medicine Health & Fitness Summit in Atlanta.
Drs. Ann Noonan, A. R. Russell Smith, and Mary Strickland Lundy presented an educational program on "Student Retention: A Problem Worth Addressing," at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting in Las Vegas in February.
Nursing: Drs. Barbara Olinzock, Barbara Kruger and Connie Roush in Nursing with Dr. Sharon Wilburn in Public Health and Dr. Ken Wilburn in the College of Education and Human Services published "Building a Baccalaureate Community Nursing Curriculum Using a Participatory Evaluation Approach" in the January-March issue of Health Care Manager, 2009.
Dr. Mark Welliver published "Tips for Using Video: Teleconferencing for Distance Education," with Drs. Jonathan Pabalate, John McDonough, Li Loriz and Jeffrey Groom and Nicholas Kalynych in Nurse Educator Journal, Vol. 33, No. 4, 2008. He also published "The Discovery, Development and Implications of Sugammadex, A Selective Relaxant Binding Agent," in Drug Design, Development and Therapy, Vol. 2, with J. McDonough, N. Kalynych and R. Redfern. He also received the Excellence in Clinical Leadership award from UNF's Nurse Anesthesia Program.
Nutrition and Dietetics: Dr. Judy Perkin and Britnee Skinner published an article, "The Cookbook as a Tool for Teaching about Food and Culture," in the Spring 2009 issue of Dietetic Educators of Practitioners.
Dr. Lauri Wright was elected chair of the Dietetics Education Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association, a leadership role that includes implementation throughout the United States of the new Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education accreditation standards.
Public Health: The editors of the Jacksonville Business Journal chose Dr. Elissa Barr as one of "Forty Under 40" on a list of Northeast Florida's "brightest, most-promising professionals" for 2009. This award recognizes high level of achievement among professionals under the age of 40 in Northeast Florida in both their careers and community involvement.
Dr. Mei Zhao was selected as the recipient of the UNF 2008-2009 Outstanding International Leadership award. She has been the driving force of the development of a collaborative research project with the faculty at Shandong University in Jinan, China, as well as the establishment of an ongoing study abroad program with Shandong and Qingdao universities. She is a member of UNF's China Institute and International Council and serves as faculty adviser for the UNF Chinese Culture Club.
Dr. Michele Johnson Moore gave the following presentations this March at the 9th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Health Behavior held in Hilton Head, SC: "Associations Between Self-image Factors and Health Behaviors of College Students" (with Drs. Michelle J. Moore, C.E. Werch and H. Bian); "Theoretical and Behavioral Mediators of Alcohol Reductions from a Brief Intervention for Adolescents" (with Werch, Bian, Moore, C. DiClemente, S. Ames, D. Thombs, R. Weiler and S. Pokorny); and "Marijuana Use Among College Students: Mediation Analysis of an Effective Brief Intervention" (with Bian, Werch and I.C. Huang).
Coggin College of Business
Economics and Geography: Dr. Chris Baynard presented a paper titled "The Ecological Footprint of Oil Production and Sustainability" at Environmental Sensitivities Research Institute's 2009 Petroleum User Group (PUG) Conference in Houston in February. Baynard also presented a paper titled "Environmental Performance and Reporting: A Case for Using Geospatial Technologies to Monitor the Oil Industry's Ecological Footprint" at the 2009 International Business Research Conference, co-sponsored by the University of Warsaw and UNF, in Jacksonville in February.
Marketing and Logistics: Dr. Reham Eltantawy's book "The Impact of Strategic Skills on Supply Management Performance: A Resource-Based View" is being published this spring by VDM Publishing House in Germany.'
Dr. A. Coskun "Josh" Samli just returned from the University of Birmingham (England) where he was invited to give a series of four lectures on global interdependence of nations, globalization from the bottom up, international entrepreneurship and the current global recession and some possible solutions.
College of Arts and Sciences
Biology: Dr. Dale Casamatta published "Further Phylogenetic Uncertainty at The Base of The Nostocales (Cyanobacteria)" in Phycologia, the journal of the International Phycological Society, Vol. 48, No. 2, March 2009.
At the annual Benthic Ecology Meetings in Corpus Christi, Texas, Dr. Matt Gilg and his students made the following presentations: "Population Genetics of a New Introduction:' Green Mussels in the Western Hemisphere," "The Effect of Cold Exposure on Mortality in the Asian Green Mussel, Perna viridis: Implications for Potential Range Expansion" and "Geographic Variation in M7 lysin Allele Frequency:' A Test of the Hypothesis of Reinforcement on the Rapid Evolution of a Reproductive Protein."'
Chemistry and Physics: Dr. Jay Huebner presented three lectures: "Astronomy Matters for Chemistry Teachers (AM)," "The Impact of Asteroids (IA)" and "Photoelectric Chemical Sensors (PECS)" at Ana-Lab and Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas; at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas; at Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport; and at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.
Dr. Robert A. Vergenz presented the following posters: "Methyl-Donated Hydrogen Bond Network in Folylpolyglutamate Synthetase Alpha-Helix," "Methyl Interactions in G29ÐI32 Turn of Amyloid-beta-(1-42) Fibrils" and "Role of Solvent in Mechanism for Aqueous Glycine Condensation" at the Sanibel Symposium in St. Simons Island, Ga., in March. He also presented "Chemicals that Calculate and Origins of Life" and "Mathematical Methods for Detecting Evidence of Weak Interactions in Amyloid-beta-(1-42)" at the March regional meeting of the Mathematical Association of America in Jacksonville.
English: Dr. Mark Ari published "Matzo Brei: Theory and Recipe" in Jewish Magazine, Issue 232 (April 2009). The article can be reviewed at http://www.jewishmag.com/132mag/matza_brei/matza_brei.htm
Dr. Chris Gabbard presented " 'That Secret Something': The Mentally Disabled Primitive in Daniel Defoe's 'Mere Nature Delineated'" at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) conference in Richmond, Va. He also presented "Defoe's 'Peter the Wild Boy' and the Conundrum of Species" at the Southeastern Society for Disability Studies conference in Charlotte, N.C.
Dr. A. Samuel Kimball published "At the (Infanticidal) Limits of First-Person Consciousness: Anger, Shame, and the Sacred in Paul Haggis's 'Crash'" in Soundings XCI.1-2 (spring/summer 2008).
Dr. Clark Lunberry gave a presentation, "Writing on Water: Extensions of Text (and Teaching) onto Landscape," at the symposium on Creativity: Worlds in the Making, at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. He also delivered "Antonin Artaud's Unending Death Rattle" at Seismes/Seismic Shifts: 20th- and 21st-Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Two of his poems, "Channels" and "Water on Water," were included in the sound installation, "The Deep Seascape," at the Wertheim Performing Art Center Concert Hall at Florida International University.
Dr. Jillian Smith published "The Politics of Tactility: Walter Benjamin Materialized by Way of Frederick Wiseman's 'Titicut Follies'" in Studies in Documentary Film, Vol. 2, No. 2 (2008).
History: Dr. Charles Closmann presented a paper titled "I Drink Your Water, I Drink It all Up:'Sustainable Resource Use in 20th Century Hamburg, Germany"' at the Southeast German Studies Association Annual Symposium in Columbia, S.C., in March.
Dr. Elizabeth Lane Furdell made a presentation on the history of Ireland at the Proton Therapy Institute for patients and their families in March.'
Mathematics and Statistics: Dr. Dan Dreibelbis presented "Self-Conjugate Vectors on 3-Manifolds Immersed in R6" at the international Workshop on Singularities in Generic Geometry and Applications in Valencia, Spain.
Music: Charlotte Mabrey performed the "Concerto for Percussion" by John Mackey with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Lockington, in Jacoby Hall.
Dr. Randy Tinnin performed at the Chicago Brass Festival with Serafini Brillanti.
Political Science and Public Administration: Dr. Hyunsun Choi presented "Sustainable Development and E-Planning" at the Urban Affairs Association's annual meeting in March in Chicago. He also co-presented "Koreans and Koreatowns in Urban America: Spatial Evidences of Segmented Social Assimilation" at the same conference. Choi co-authored "Regional Growth Forecast: Integrated Land Use and Transportation in Southern California," published in The Korea Spatial Planning Review, Vol. 6, March 2009. He also co-presented "Fairness in Sustainability: Assessment of Inequality and Diversity" at the American Society for Public Administration National Conference in Miami.
Dr. Pamela A. Zeiser and German colleagues presented "Internationalizing Course Discussions: A German-American Partnership" at the American Political Science Association's Teaching and Learning Conference in Baltimore in February.
Psychology: Dr. Adam Carle co-presented "State of the States: The Well-Being of the Health Care Environment for Children with Special Health Care Needs and Their Families" at the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. His paper "Assessing the Adequacy of Alcohol Abuse Measurement across Time and Ethnicity: Cross-Cultural Equivalence across Hispanics and Caucasians in 1992, Non-equivalence in 2001-2002" was published by BioMed Central in the journal BMC Public Health, Issue 9, No. 60, March 2009.
Dr. Lynne Carroll presented "Intersectionality: Mothers, Mental Illness and Meaning" at the Annual National Conference of the Association for Women in Psychology in Newport, R.I., in March.
The Association for Psychological Science recently conferred upon Dr. Michael Toglia the title of Fellow. 'To become a Fellow, a person must "make a distinguished contribution to scientifically oriented psychology." And, as APS notes, "Fellow status is awarded to APS members who have made sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, service and/or application." APS, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology and its representation at the national and international level, has 20,000 members. Among the membership are leading psychological scientists and academics, clinicians, researchers, teachers and administrators.
Sociology and Anthropology: Dr. Melissa Hargrove presented a conference paper titled "We Be Gullah Geechee Anointed People: The Other Side of Heritage Tourism in the Lowcountry South" for the Society of Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting in Santa Fe, N.M., in March.
Dr. Gordon Rakita published his book, "Ancestors and Elites: Emergent Complexity and Ritual Practices in the Casas Grandes Polity," with AltaMira Press, a division of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc.
Dr. Suzanne Simon presented a conference paper titled "Resisting Wind Parks in Oaxaca, Mexico: Local Inequality as an Obstacle to Addressing Global Climate Issues" for the Society of Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting in Santa Fe, N.M., in March.
Dr. Jenny Stuber presented a conference paper titled "Gender and the Embodiment of Social Class" at the Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting in Baltimore.
College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
School of Computing: Dr. Sherif Elfayoumy, along with Dr. Peter Wludyka (Mathematics and Statistics), H. Sakhamuri, S. Maddirala, M. Htike, K. Britt,'C. Masnita-Iusan, C. Heilig and N. S. Nahman Jr, published their paper, "Bacteremia Rates in HIV Infected Hemodialysis Patients: A Comparative Analysis of 1996 and 2004 USRDS Datasets," in the proceedings of the American Federation for Medical Research's 2009 Southern Regional Meeting in February.
Dr. Bob Roggio was elected International President of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE), the international computing sciences honor society composed of 244 chapters worldwide. UPE is a sponsor of the International Collegiate Programming Contest, which was held in Stockholm last month.
The 2009 Florida Region Botball tournament competition was at UNF in March. The CCEC annually sponsors the Florida Region Botball Educational Robotics Program and the tournament is its concluding event. Dr. Charles Winton serves as the program's regional director, in addition to chief judge for the Northern California Botball Tournament March 28 in San Jose, Calif.
School of Engineering: Dr. Adel El Safty visited Egypt to meet with personnel from American University in Cairo (AUC) and Alexandria University to develop a study abroad course for UNF civil engineering students.
Jean Fryman hosted 55 visiting students from the Orange Park Engineering Academy March 26. The students were a part of a program that provides professional mentors in architecture, construction management and engineering. The students received a presentation about the engineering profession and the UNF engineering programs.
Drs. Steve Nix and Pat Welsh convened the first Taylor Engineering Research Institute Workshop March 25. Topics included advanced modeling of the atmosphere, waves, coastal ocean and the estuaries of the South Atlantic Bight. Speakers came from five Florida universities, the St. Johns River Water Management District, Taylor Engineering and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
College of Education and Human Services
Leadership, Counseling and Instructional Technology: La'Tara Osborne-Lampkin presented a research paper, "Grievance and Arbitration Practices and Decisions: Outcomes of Rational Decision-making," at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Finance Association (AEFA) in Nashville in March. She also co-authored two additional papers, "Collective Bargaining and Teacher Mobility" and "Seniority Provisions in Collective Bargaining Agreements and the Teacher Quality Gap," which were also presented at the conference. She also delivered a research paper, "An Examination of Grievance and Arbitration Policies for Dispute Resolution in Florida's School Districts," at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in San Diego in April. Building on previous work, she co-authored and presented at that same conference a research paper, "Do Provisions in Collective Bargaining Agreements Perpetuate a 'Teacher Quality Gap?'"
Childhood Education: Dr. Candice Carter and Saloshna Vandeyar recently had an article published in the book "Peace Education in Conflict and Post-conflict Societies: Comprehensive Perspectives." The article was titled "Teacher Preparation for Peace Education in South Africa and the United States: Maintaining Commitment, Courage and Compassion." Carter also had three presentations accepted by the American Educational Research Association (AERA): "Seeking Democracy and Democratic Practices in Teacher Education," "Identifying Innovative Spaces for the Development of Peace Education Research and Practice" and "Roundtable Discussion: A Review of Youth Literature for Peace Education." She also has had a book proposal accepted by Palgrave Macmillan, titled "Peace Philosophy in Action."
Dr. Elizabeth Fullerton, with Drs. Maureen Conroy and Vivian Correa, had an article accepted in the Journal of Behavior Disorders called "An Investigation of Early Childhood Teacher's Use of Specific Praise Statements with Children at Risk for Problem Behavior." Fullerton and Dr. Anna Maria Guerrero had an article accepted in Exceptional Parent magazine called "From Diagnosis to Inclusion: Parent Advocacy in Lima, Peru," which is also available online.'In March, Fullerton presented a workshop at the National Training Institute for Young Children with Challenging Behavior. The topic was "Creating a Classroom Environment to Promote Social Competence in Young Children." In addition, Fullerton's Institutional Review Board (IRB) accepted a research project at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC) on "Using Video Training to Improve Teacher-Child Interactions." Fullerton and Dr. Caroline Guardino are co-principal investigators for a study called "Modifying the Physical Environment to Reduce Problem Behavior and Increase Academic Engagement in an Inclusive Classroom."
Dr. Wanda Hedrick had an article titled "Interactive Word Walls: More Than Just Reading the Writing on the Walls" recently published in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.
Dr. Katrina Hall talked about whether TV is helpful or harmful to babies while she was a guest speaker on WJXT Channel 4's "Ask the UNF Expert."
Dr.Katie Monnin has been selected as the incoming editor for the Florida Reading Association's Florida Reading Journal, replacing Dr. Katrina Hall, who served the past three years.
Dr. Ronghua "John" Ouyang made three poster presentations at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) conference in March: "Make Statistic Analysis Simple: Solution with a Simple Click on the Screen," "An Administrative Perspective: Creative Use of Blackboard in Education" and "Technology for Teaching and Learning Elementary Mathematics: An Analysis of Online Resources." Ouyang (and a co-writer) also published an article in University Education Science titled "Research and Development of Educational Theories in the United States."
Exceptional Student and Deaf Education: "Deaf Learners: Developments in Curriculum and Instruction," a book written by Dr. Donald Moore and David Martin and published by Gallaudet University Press, is being translated into Japanese.