Public Health: Drs. Julie Merten, Sue Higgins, Michele Moore
and Elissa Barr presented a poster “Sun safety, knowledge, attitudes and
behaviors among beach-going adolescents” at the 14th annual American Academy of
Health Behavior in Charleston, S.C. in March.
Drs. Cindy Battie and Tes Tuason,
along with Dr. Irma Ancheta from
Nursing, published “The prevalence of
cardiovascular risk factors and diabetes increases with a body mass index of ≥
23 KG/M2 in Filipino American women” in Ethnicity and Disease.
Arts and Sciences
Art and Design: Nofa Dixon’s exhibition, “Reinventing NOFA, A One Person Exhibition,” has
been displayed at the Kent Campus of Florida State College at Jacksonville
Dr. Debra Murphy read her paper,
“Raphael’s Galatea: Fugitiva Imago in Conception and Meaning,” at the annual
meetings of the Renaissance Society of America in New York City in March.
Biology: Drs. Matt Gilg and Cliff Ross co-hosted the 43rd annual Benthic
Ecology National Meeting at UNF.
Dr. Jim Gelsleichter and his students gave the following presentations at the 43rd
annual Benthic Ecology Meeting at UNF: (i) with A. Leary and D. Grubbs,
“Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Biomarkers in Deep Sea Sharks in the Years
Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill”; (ii) with M. Gonzalez De Acevedo,
B. Anderson, B. Frazier and C. Belcher, “ Reproduction of the Bonnethead Shark
(Sphyrna tiburo) from the Southeastern U.S. Atlantic Coast”; (iii) with M.
Collazos and A. Leary, the poster “Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon
Biomarkers in the Golden Tilefish After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.”
Gelsleichter, with C. J. Walker and his colleagues D. H. Adams and C. A.
Manire, published “Evaluation of the Use of Metallothionein as a Biomarker for
Detecting Physiological Responses to Mercury Exposure in the Bonnethead, Sphyrna Tiburo” in the journal Fish Physiology and Biochemistry.
Dr. Quincy Gibson and her students gave the following presentations at the
Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Marine Mammal Symposium in Wilmington, NC: (i) with
J. Ermak, “When are two heads better than one? Using eco-demographic variables
predict alliance formation in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)”; (ii) with K. Karle, “Seasonal changes in
group composition and behavior of female bottlenose dolphins”; (iii) with S.
Nekolny and E. Johnson, “Mark-recapture abundance estimates of bottlenose
dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)
in the St. Johns River, FL”; (iv) with S. Revels, “Prevalence and type of skin
lesions in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops
truncatus) in the St. Johns River, Florida,” which was awarded the Best
Undergraduate Oral Presentation at the meeting.
Dr. Matt Gilg, with his students Ryan Howard, Ryan
Turner, Mike Middlebrook, Mazen Abdulnour, Elvis Lukaj and Y. Peter Sheng gave
a presentation, “Estimating the dispersal capacity of the introduced green
mussel, Perna viridis, from
field collections and oceanographic modeling,” at the 43rd annual Benthic
Ecology Meeting at UNF.
Dr. Courtney Hackney and his students, Asher Williams and Nathan T. Lauer,published
the paper, “Soil phosphorous dynamics and saltwater intrusion in a Florida
estuary,” in the journal Wetlands.
Eric Johnson (i) presented “Assessing
the potential of spatial management strategies for protecting migratory mature
female blue crabs Callinectes sapidus”
at the 106th annual meeting of the National Shellfisheries Association in
Jacksonville; (ii) presented “A novel application of bio-geochemical
fingerprinting to evaluate the nursery potential of Chesapeake Bay subestuaries
for blue crabs” at the 43rd Benthic Ecology Meeting at UNF; (iii) with graduate
student Mary Kate Swenarton presented “Preliminary investigations
of life history of Pterois volitans
in the coastal waters of Northeast Florida,” also at the 43rd Benthic Ecology
Meeting; (iv) with students Corey Corrick and MaryKate Swenarton, presented the
poster, “Derbies as an effective means for sample collection and
analysis of invasive lionfish in Northeast Florida” at the 43rd Benthic Ecology
Meeting; (v) with colleagues at the Smithsonian Institution received a grant,
“Nursery habitat contributions to the Chesapeake blue crab spawning stock” from
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,
Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program for $328,904, with a subcontract to UNF for $40,000.
Dr. Mike Lentz
and his students Travis Putzke, Rick Hessler, Chad Harris, Lewjain Sakr and
Tyler Gorman presented a poster, “Genetic and Physiological Characterization of
Yeast Isolated from Fruit, and Analysis of Fermentation Potential” at the
Southeast Regional Yeast Meeting at Vanderbilt University in
Dr. Judy Ochrietor gave the following poster presentations with her students
at the American Society for Cell Biology meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana: (i)
with J. M. Brown, “Characterization of the interaction between Basigin and
L1cam”; (ii) with J. D. Fong, “Photoreceptor-specific Basigin protein may
stimulate expression of interleukin 6 via the ubiquitously-expressed Basigin
protein”; (iii) with K Russell, “Photoreceptor-specific Basigin protein
stimulates expression of interleukin 6 via the MAP kinase pathway”; and (iv)
with H. Zahir, and J. Gelsleichter, “Characterization of Basigin and
Monocarboxylate transporter gene expression in the mouse tongue.”
Dr. Cliff Ross
gave the following poster presentations with his students at the 43rd annual
Benthic Ecology Meeting at UNF: (i) with Amanda Andersen, Kevin Olsen, Chelsea
Metzgar, and Richard Pierce, “Non-target effects of mosquito control pesticides
on the sub-lethal stress and survival of coral larvae”; (ii) with Nichole
Bishop, “The Host-Pathogen Interaction of Wasting Disease among Seagrasses
under Abiotic Stressors.” Ross
also published the paper, “Nitric oxide and heat shock protein 90 co-regulate
temperature-induced bleaching in the soft coral Eunicea fusca,” in the journal Coral Reefs.
Dr. Christa Arnold published
three articles in Medical Encounter: (i) “Are Physicians and Patients Really
Trained Listeners? Demonstrating and Discussing Listening Skills Training for
Medical Encounters”; (ii) “Examining
Patient Communication Behaviors in the Medical Interview: Towards Creating
Enhanced Patient Medical Communication Skills Training”; and (iii) “Revisiting
Patient Communication Training: Introducing the AGENDA Model and Curriculum.”
Criminology and Criminal Justice: Dr. Jennifer Wesely received the 2014 Susan B. Anthony
Award for advocacy, leadership and service to improve the status of women at
UNF. She also published “Women’s Homelessness and the
Role of Violence: Not Just a Personal Problem” in the edited book “Understanding Diversity: Celebrating Difference,
Clark Lunberry published
a review of Herbert
Blau’s “Reality Principles: From the
Absurd to the Virtual in The
Drama Review.” He also delivered a paper, “Reinventing Language, Vowel by Colorful Vowel,”
at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs in February.
History: Dr. Alan Bliss (i) delivered a lecture on U.S. Civil Rights history at
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District Headquarters on the
occasion of Black History Month; and ectured on Jacksonville’s historic
connections with the Civil Rights Movement at the Durkeeville Historical
Dr. James Broomall gave an invited presentation at the Southern
Roundtable’s Annual Conference in Athens, Ga.
Dr. David Courtwright gave a talk on informal economies and illicit
trade at the Stanford Association for International Development’s annual
Dr. Chau Kelly was part of a roundtable “Graduate Student
Writing Workshop” at the American Society of Environmental History Annual meeting
in San Francisco.
The Lynne Arriale Quintet,
featuring pianist Lynne Arriale, performed the program, “You Know How I Feel,”
a tribute to Nina Simone, Abbey Lincoln and Joni Mitchell, at the following
venues in Europe: (i) Kulturforum Villach, Villach, Austria, (ii) Theater
Steubchen, Kassel Germany, (iii) Vienna, Austria and (iv) CRC Concert
Hall, Istanbul, Turkey.
Dr. Gordon R. Brock conducted the UNF Wind Symphony at the 2014 Southern
Division College Band Directors National Association and National Band
Dr. Cara Tasher served
as chorus master and coordinated the final concert of the Regional Conference
of the American Choral Directors Association, with internationally renowned
Simon Halsey conducting the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and a vocal
ensemble comprised of the University of North Florida Chorale, Georgia State
University Singers and Tennessee Tech Chorale. This was the first performance
by the JSO of William Walton's Belshazzar’s
Philosophy and Religion: Dr. Bert Koegler published: “The Crisis of a Hermeneutic Ethic” in Philosophy Today.
Dr. Jonathan Matheson published “A Puzzle about Disagreement and Rationality” in The Social Epistemology Review and Reply
Collective (March). He also presented “Moral Caution and
Disagreement: An Epistemic Principle for Applied Ethics” at the Association for Practical and Professional
Ethics in March.
Physics: Dr. Daniel Santavicca
gave an invited talk, “Kinetic Inductance in Superconducting Nanowires,” at the
Florida Chapter of the American Vacuum Society and Florida Society for
Microscopy Annual Symposium at the University of Central Florida in March.
Science and Public Administration: Dr.
George Candler was an invited speaker on “Possiveis contribuições da
reflexão epistemologica para o avanço do conhecimento na administração pública”
at the IV Colóquio Internacional de Epistemologia e Sociologia da Ciência da
Administração in Florianopolis, Brazil.
Pamela Zeiser presented “The UN
Security Council Meets Global Pandemic: The Position of Pakistan” at the annual
conference of the International Studies Association in March.
Sociology and Anthropology: Dr. Jennifer Spaulding-Givens gave a presentation, “Using Reflective Activities to
Enhance and Assess Student Outcomes in Community-Based Learning,” and displayed
a poster, “In the Trenches: Utilizing Community-Based Learning to Teach Social
Work Practice with Organizations and Communities,” at the Gulf-South Summit in
Auburn, Ala. in March.
College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
Computing: Dr. Robert Roggio’s
paper titled “Taxonomy of Common Software Testing Terminology: Framework for
Key Software Engineering Testing Concepts” has been accepted for publication in
the Journal of Information Systems Applied Research.
Dr. Ching-Hua Chuan gave an invited talk
on “Intelligent Systems for Music Recommendations” for the Joe Berg Seminar in
April at the Museum of Science and History in Jacksonville. Additionally, Chuan
presented her project on “Giving Voice to Sign Language: 3D Gesture Recognition
and Speech Synthesis” at Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium in
Raghu Talluri and Dr. Swapnoneel
Roy’s paper titled "Cryptanalysis and Security Enhancement of Two
Advanced Authentication Protocols," has been accepted at ICACNI 2014. Roy
was also invited to deliver a talk on "Energy efficiency and data
security" at the conference
Ventzeslav Valev’s paper titled “From binary features to non-reducible
descriptors in supervised pattern recognition problems” has been published in
the Journal of Pattern Recognition Letters. Valev also co-authored two papers — “Binary feature selection
using non-reducible descriptors” and “Pre-ictal phase detection with SVMs” — that
were accepted at the fifth international Workshop on Machine Learning, Pattern
Recognition and Applications in Bologna, Italy, in July.
Engineering: Dr. Bill
Dally was an invited keynote speaker at the eighth international
Multipurpose Reef and Surf Science Symposium held in Rincon, Puerto Rico.
College of Education and
Counseling and Sport Management: Dr. Terence Cavanaugh presented three papers with other faculty at the Society
for Information Technology and Teacher Education conference: “The New
University Press — the Library: Lessons Learned” with Dr. Luke Cornelius, Nick Michaud, and J. Bowen; “Student
Trends with Digital Textbook Options in Preservice Education” with Dr. Nick Eastham; and “A Case
Study of Digital Dissertation Self-Publishing” with Dr. Elinor Scheirer. Furthermore, in April, Drs. Cavanaugh and Jason Lee
presented “Premium blend: The benefits of hybrid/blended instruction” for an
online colloquium hosted by Troy University.
Dr. Jerry Johnson recently had
a book and an article published. The book was titled, “Dynamics of social
class, race, and place in rural education” by Information Age Publishing and
co-authored with C. Howley and A. Howley. The article was published in the
International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation and co-authored
with M. Hess and S. Reynolds, titled, “A developmental model for educational
planning: Democratic rationalities and dispositions.” In April, Johnson presented
a paper, along with J. Roush and J. Hitchcock, at the American Educational
Research Association in Philadelphia, Pa., titled “Educational assets,
resources, and barriers in a semi-isolated community of Appalachia:
Implications of social capital.”
Foundations and Secondary Education:
discussed the development and growth of their collaborative partnership at the
2014 Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher
Education at Auburn University in March. Their presentation, titled “Developing
Mutual Capacity: Creating and Growing a School-Based/University Partnership,”
highlighted key attributes that influence sustainability and address challenges
in school-based teacher education contexts. Presenters included Drs. Brian Zoellner, Richard
Chant and Wanda Lastrapes.
Exceptional, Deaf And Interpreter Education: Drs. Janice Seabrooks-Blackmore, Karen Patterson
and Kristine Webb published an
article in the Spring 2014 issue of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
titled, “Career Development: Planning, Integration, and Collaboration.”
Professional Development School Partnership
between UNF and Duval County Public Schools was well represented at the
2014 Professional Development School National Conference in Las Vegas, Nev. in
March. Tpresented Drs. Debbie Reed
and Susan Syverud, as well as Christie Stevenson and Maria
Ramdas participated in a conversation titled “Let’s Talk: The University of
North Florida’s Commitment to Reflective Practices.” Dr. Debbie Reed gave a presentation titled “Teacher Preparation in a
PDS Context: Service Learning Pedagogy Aimed at Enhanced Civic Outcomes for Future
Special Educators.” Reed co-presented with Ashleigh
Stowers on “Perspectives on Nexus 7 Tablets and Communication of Students
with Disabilities: The Convergence of Community Collaboration in a PDS
Context.” Brett Veneziale and Dr. Susan Syverud shared “To UPDS
Classrooms and Beyond: A Commitment to Making a Difference.” “The Evolving Role
of a Resident Clinical Faculty Member: Impacting Teacher Training and
Retention, Cultivating Meaningful Corporate Partnerships, and Increasing
Student Achievement” was presented by Stevenson, Dana Klabacka and Syverud.
Education, Literacy and TESOL: Dr. Kim Cheek
presented a paper at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching
annual international conference in March in Pittsburgh, Pa. The session
was titled, “Relative Magnitude Estimations for the Durations of Geoscience
Processes by 11 to 13-yr.-old Indonesian Learners.”