Brooks College of Health
Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences: Dr. Rose Marie Rine was the invited speaker for a two-day workshop for the Hong Kong Physical Therapy Association in October. She and colleague Dr. Jennifer Braswell provided lectures and hands-on training to physical therapists on “Vestibular Rehabilitation for Children: Evaluation and Intervention.”
Nutrition and Dietetics: Dr. Judith Rodriguez was recognized by State Attorney General Bill McCollum for her “commitment to studying and understanding the nutritional needs of the Hispanic community.”
Nursing: Dr. Carol A. Ledbetter was elected chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in October; her one-year term will begin in January. The board is the final authority on all policy and accreditation matters affecting CCNE, which currently accredits 883 nursing programs (513 baccalaureate, 366 master’s and four doctor of nursing practice) at 526 institutions. The board is comprised of 13 individuals who broadly represent CCNE’s community of interest. Ledbetter serves on the board as a representative of the faculty.
Dr. W. Patrick Monaghan received the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus Award from Bowling Green State University. The BGSU Alumni Association presented the 49th Distinguished Alumnus Award to Monaghan at the university’s summer commencement.
Public Health: Dr. Elissa Howard-Barr’s book “The Truth About Sexual Behavior and Unplanned Pregnancy,” 2nd edition, with co-author Stacey M. Barrineau, a former student and graduate of UNF’s community health program, was published by Facts on File in August. She also presented “Family Life Education for Students with Disabilities” with co-presenter Dr. Darrel Lang, in Richmond, Va., through the Virginia Department of Education.
Coggin College of Business
Economics and Geography: Dr. Chris W. Baynard is now representing the Coggin College of Business on the UNF Environmental Center Board, replacing Professor Christopher Johnson.
Marketing and Logistics: Dr. A. Coskun “Josh” Samli presented a paper titled “Globalization of Emerging New Luxuries: A Major Challenge for International Retailers” at the ninth tri-annual conference of the Academy of Marketing Science and the American College Retailing Association. His paper was also published in the conference proceedings. Samli served as the co-chair for the international track.
College of Arts and Sciences
Biology: Dr. Doria Bowers presented a research poster “Arbovirus Lifecycle in the Mosquito Host” at the Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases in Central and Eastern Europe international meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria, in September.
Dr. Judy Ochrietor and co-authors N.A. Finch and P.J. Linser published “Hydrophobic Interactions Stabilize the Basigin-MCT1 Complex” in the October issue of Protein Journal.
English: Dr. Mary Baron gave a talk in September on “Arts Inside,” her volunteer work with jailed juveniles, and read from her recent book of poetry “Storyknife,” at the Florida Heritage Book Festival at Flagler College in St. Augustine.
History: Dr. David Courtwright presented "A Short History of Drug Use and Drug Policy" at the Global Public Policy Forum on the U.S. War on Drugs in September in El Paso. He also gave a talk on culture-war politics to the University of Texas at El Paso History Department.
Dr. Aaron Sheehan-Dean published "Politics in Civil War Virginia: A Democracy on Trial" in “Virginia at War, 1864,” edited by William C. Davis and James I. Robertson (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2009).
Music: Dr. Gary Smart will release a new CD of piano music titled “Turtle Dreams of Flight” with Albany Records.
Philosophy: Dr. Julie Ingersoll has published “Mobilizing Evangelicals: Christian Reconstruction and the Roots of the Religious Right” in “Evangelicals and Democracy in America,” edited by Steven Brint and Jean Reith Schroedel.
Dr. Rico Vitz presented his paper “Lies, Captivating Lies, and Religious Belief: Hume on the Learned Elite and the Christian ‘Superstition’” at the 36th International Hume Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Sociology and Anthropology: Dr. Rosa De Jorio’s chapter “Da siti sacri a patrimonio pubblico: il caso di Djenne, Mali” (“From Sacred Sites to Public Patrimony: The Case of Djenne, Mali”) was published in the volume edited by Paola Bacchetti e Vanni Beltrami, “Afriche: Scritti in Onore di Bernardo Bernardi,” Rome, 2009.
World Languages: Dr. María Ángeles Fernández-Cifuentes presented a paper titled “El entrelacement cervantino: don Quijote en la residencia ducal y Sancho en la Ínsula Barataria” at the 5th Conference of the Asociación Hispánica de Humanidades in Seville, Spain, in June. Cifuentes also participated in the 14th Conference of the Asociación Internacional de Teatro Español y Novohispano de los Siglos de Oro in Olmedo, Spain in July. At that conference she read “Lope narrador: la figura de donaire como génesis de las Novelas a Marcia Leonarda.”
Dr. Renée S. Scott presented “La mirada sobre la mujer en el cine de Lucrecia Martel” during the annual conference of the International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, held in Rio de Janeiro, in June.
College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
Construction Management: Drs. J. David Lambert and Patrick Welsh presented to leaders of the Florida Department of Emergency Management their Rapid Assessment Team - Video Vehicle (RAT-V2) designed to use HD video technology to conduct damage assessment in near-real-time after a hurricane landfall. The vehicle helps detect damage from hurricane-embedded tornadoes as well as more accurately assess the hurricane wind field at landfall. Welsh, as a Florida-at-large member of the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) Board of Directors, attended the SECOORA Board Meeting in Raleigh, N.C., and reported on efforts of the science committee to devise a future proposal for SECOORA development methodology and evaluation criteria. Welsh and Terry Smith (Dean's Office) visited Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach in September to discuss ongoing, collaborative atmospheric and oceanic research with Drs. Christopher Herbster and Brad Muller, as well as other colleagues and students of Applied Meteorology in the Department of Applied Aviation Sciences. The visit resulted in agreement on expanded meteorological data-sharing and continued development of computational, atmospheric and oceanic models.
School of Engineering: Dr. Chris Brown and co-author J.F. Renner published their paper, “Aquifer, Storage and Recovery (ASR): An Innovative Water Management Alternative,” in the Georgia Engineer, Vol. 16, No. 4. Brown and A. Anderson-Vincent presented their invited abstract, “ASR - An Innovative Water Solution for Michigan,” at the annual meeting for the Michigan Chapter of the AWWA (American Water Works Association) in September. Brown also recently presented “What Civil and Environmental Engineers Do” at the Creekside High School Civil Engineering Academy.
Dr. Adel ElSafty gave a presentation, “University-based Studios for In-depth Learning Experiences on Precast Concrete,” at the Precast Concrete Institute (PCI) Foundation in September. ElSafty’s video on “Authentic Structural Engineering Education and the Progress with the Design Studio” was shown during the opening ceremony of the 2009 PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference in San Antonio. He and co-authors Khalid Yousri and Hosam Seleem presented and published their paper “Concrete Repair and Cathodic Protection of Corroded Reinforced Concrete Structure” at the same convention. El-Safty and Dr. Dan Richard (Office of Faculty Enhancement) gave a presentation at UNF on “Making Learning Meaningful: Integrating Community-Based Learning and the Classroom” in September.
Jean Fryman represented the School of Engineering at an open house event at Creekside High School to meet parents whose children are interested in engineering.
Dr. Susan Vasana gave a presentation, “Creativity in Problem Solving,” at the UNF Office of Faculty Enhancement program titled Engaging the Whole New Mind: Creativity and UNF Reads.
College of Education and Human Services
Childhood Education: Dr. Katie Monnin recently received a contract for her second book “Teaching Early Reader Comics and Graphic Novels” by Maupin House publishing. The book will be released in the summer. In September, Monnin presented “Redefining Reading in Florida Schools During a New Media Age: Graphic Novels as Reading Rockets to the Future” at the Florida Reading Association (FRA) conference in Orlando. Monnin will appear at the Miami Book Fair later this month promoting her first book “Teaching Graphic Novels: Practical Strategies for the Secondary ELA Classroom,” released this month.
The annual Family Fest outdoor literacy event took place in October on the UNF Nature Trails. This event is a collaborative initiative between the Child Development Research Center and the Department of Childhood Education. The focus of the event is to engage children and their families in arts-infused activities that support literacy development and foster an appreciation for nature. The children and their families had the opportunity to canoe, visit with animals from the Jacksonville Zoo, go on a nature scavenger hunt, paint a mural, listen to a poetry and storytelling performance by Dr. Nile Stanley, create their own books with children's author Dr. Gigi Morales David and make an assortment of creative crafts led by COEHS students.
Exceptional Student and Deaf Education: Dr. Kris Webb participated in the Distinguished Scholars Program for doctoral students at Clemson University in October. She presented via video conference “Transition from High School to Adult Life: Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities” and has been invited to do a similar presentation to doctoral students at Texas A&M University later this month.
Foundations and Secondary Education: Drs. Wanda Lastrapes and Meiko Negishi presented “Using a Journal Blog in Initial Field Experiences: Linking Theory with Reality” at the Florida Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference (FATE) in Daytona Beach in October. Drs. Marsha Lupi, Jacqueline Batey, Terence Cavanaugh, Lastrapes and Negishi also presented at the FATE conference. Dr. Madalina Tanase helped with the conference, Dr. Otilia Salmon served as a board member and Lastrapes, FATE past president, presided over the conference.
Leadership, Counseling and Instructional Technology: Dr. Terence Cavanaugh was quoted extensively in a recent Florida Times-Union article titled “First Coast Professors Meet Surging Student Demand by Going Digital: More Schools are Offering Online Courses to Attract Students.” Cavanaugh made three presentations at the Florida Reading Association (FRA) conference in September, one as a featured and invited speaker on “E-books in the Classroom” and two other general sessions, “Using Word Clouds in the Classroom” and “Map that Book.” Last month he presented “Professional Reading Program for an Educational Technology Program” and “Mapping for Community in CMS Online Instruction” at the FATE conference in Daytona Beach.
Dr. Jason W. Lee presented “Prayer, Athletics and Religious Freedom” and “Sport Internships: Practices and Perspectives” with co-authors Drs. Jennifer Jackson-Kane and Michael Smucker at the 2009 Florida Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Sport (FAHPERDS) Conference in Orlando last month. At the same conference, Lee completed his term of office as the Association for Sport president. Dr. Kristi Sweeny was voted in as the president–elect of the Sport Association, a position previously held by Dr. Jennifer Jackson-Kane, and Dr. E. Newton Jackson Jr. was presented the Education Leadership Association’s 2009 Outstanding Professional Leader Award. Lee has been featured in recent radio interviews including an “In Context” session addressing his recent text “Sport & Criminal Behavior.” The show aired on WJCT 89.9 FM public radio Sept. 12 (and is currently available online). Lee was also interviewed by WCXR-Jacksonville about the current status of the Jacksonville Jaguars, including the concern over poor ticket sales and rumored potential for team relocation.