College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Doria F. Bowers with colleagues F.Y. Chim and J.J. Saredy presented “Sindbis Virus Growth in and Dissemination from the Mosquito Midgut” at the Fourteenth Regional Virology Conference at Emory Conference Center in April. She also moderated the session, “Assembly, Entry and Exit.”
Dr. Judith Ochrietor presented five posters at the annual meeting in April of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: “In good taste: An investigation of lactate metabolons in the mouse tongue” with Dr. Jim Gelsleichter and students Haaris Zahir, Luz Castillo and Rita Seddeikwith; “Expression profile of Monocarboxylate transporters and Basigin gene products in the mouse cornea” with students Randall Maniccia and Joseph Fong”; “Analysis of immune molecule expression in mouse adipose tissue and deep fat” with student Sanny Juresic; “Characterization of Basigin and MCT-1 gene product expression in murine myocardium” with student Grace Morse; and “Analysis of the expression of the Basigin subset of the immunoglobulin superfamily in mouse brain” with student Tavia Hall.
Dr. Kenneth Laali and colleagues H. M. Savanur, R. G. Kalkhambkar published “Pd(OAc)2 Catalyzed Homocoupling of Arenediazonium Salts in Ionic Liquids: Synthesis of Symmetrical Biaryls” in Tetrahedron Letters in April. He also published the paper “Ionic Liquids as Novel Media for Electrophilic/Onium Ion Chemistry and Metal-Mediated Reactions: A Progress Summary” in the April journal ARKIVOC. Finally, he was granted a patent for “Synthesis of 4-(pentafluorosulfanyl) benzenediazonium tetrafluoroborate and Analogs.”
Dr. Amy Lane moderated a session on “Organismal Interactions in Wet and Not-So-Wet Worlds” at the Gordon Research Conference on Marine Natural Products in March; gave an invited lecture “Harnessing the Biosynthetic Potential of Marine Bacteria” at Florida International University in April; and presented three posters at the 251st American Chemical Society National Conference in April: “Natural Products from Marine Micro-organisms Inhibit Yeast Biofilm Formation” with student Jisun Ban, “Exploring the Biosynthetic Potential of Nocardiopsis Genus Actinomycetes” with student Joon Seok Oh, and “Actinomycete Bacteria as Sources of Antibacterial Metabolites” with student Robert Hughes.
Dr. Michael Lufaso and his colleagues published “Ba-doping Effects on Structural, Magnetic and Vibrational Properties of Disordered La2NiMnO6” in the Journal of Alloys and Compounds.
Dr. Christa Arnold published “Patient Medical Education Training: A Pilot Test of the AGENDA Curriculum” in Medical Encounter, 2016, 30, 106-108.
Drs. Tulika Varma and Stephynie C. Perkins presented the paper, “An examination of Nestle' India's Maggi Noodle Ban Crisis: A Study in Sentiment Analysis to Map Organizational Crisis Response,” at the International Public Relations Research Conference in Miami. Their manuscript was included in the published proceedings.
Dr. Nicholas de Villiers presented “The Videomaker and the Rent Boy: Gay-for-pay Confessional in 101 Rent Boys and Broke Straight Boys TV” at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in Atlanta.
Dr. Clark Lunberry published “Dance of Light and Loss” in the May “Performing Arts Journal.”
An article by Dr. David Courtwright, “Scientists want to study marijuana. Big Pot just wants to sell it” was published in The Washington Post on April 29.
Dr. Chau Kelly published “Commodifying Water in Coastal Tanzania: Natural Resource Management and Social Relations, 1926-1937” in the March African Studies Quarterly.
Dr. Gregory Wurtz and his co-author published “Transformation quantum optics: Controlling spontaneous emission using coordinate transformation” in the Journal of Optics. He also published with his co-author “Nonlocality-driven supercontinuum white light generation in plasmonic nanostructures” in Nature Communications.
Political Science and Public Administration:
Dr. David Schwam-Baird published “Frankenstein in Colombia: America's Policy Missteps and the Paramilitaries” in the Journal of Third World Studies in April.
Dr. Josh Gellers presented “Crowdsourcing Global Governance: Sustainable Development Goals, Civil Society, and the Pursuit of Democratic Legitimacy” at the April International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology in Santa Ana, California, and published his work in International Environmental Agreements in April. He also delivered an invited guest lecture in April titled "Poverty, Environmental Degradation, and Human Rights: Exploring the Nexus" at the University of California, Irvine. Finally, he was awarded a 2016-17 Postdoctoral Fulbright Scholar grant from the Institute of International Education to travel to Sri Lanka to study public participation in environmental decision making.
Dr. Paul Fuglestad, with colleagues M. M. Wall, J. J. Shim and D. Neumark-Sztainer, published “Is Friendship Network Weight Status Associated with One's Own Psychological Well-Being? It Depends on One's Own Weight Status” in the April Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.
At the April Nordic Conference for Behavior Analysis in Norway, Dr. Iver Iversen gave an invited presentation “Experimental analysis of variability in operant behavior”; gave an invited symposium presentation “The empirical foundation of Skinner's arguments about Selection by Consequences”; and presented a poster with Dr. Monica Vandbakk, “Stimulus control of within-session variability and stereotypy of operant behavior.”
Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work:
Dr. Anne E. Pfister presented “Escalando al Futuro/Climbing the Future – Using Photovoice with Deaf Youth to Explore Language and Identity” at the 2016 Conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics in Orlando. This paper was presented in a session she organized with colleague, Dr. Anneliese Cannon, titled “Participatory Research and Performativity in Applied Linguistics: Youth, Meaning Making, and Multimodality.” In a session with UNF faculty, Dr. Clayton McCarl and Dr. Laura Heffernan, she also presented UNF Digital Humanities projects, at The Humanities and Technology Camp in Gainesville.
Dr. Gordon Rakita was selected by the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology as the junior laureate for the 2016 triennial Lloyd Cotsen Prize for Lifetime Achievement in World Archaeology.
Dr. John Kantner was an invited discussant for two symposia at the 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology: “Chaco and Hopewell: Rethinking ‘Interaction Spheres' Through Multiscalar Network Analyses” and “Methodological Tool or Paradigm Shifter? Assessing the Status of GIS in Archaeological Research.”
Dr. Jenny Stuber presented “Normative Institutional Arrangements and the Mobility Pathway: How Campus-Level Forces Impact First-Generation Students” at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Washington, D.C.
Coggin College of Business
Dr. Reham Eltantawy, chair of marketing and logistics, won the UNF Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award.
Dr. Gregory Gundlach, professor of marketing, with student Riley Krotz, published research monograph “Resale Price Maintenance after Leegin: The Curious Case of Contact Lenses,” 2016.
Dr. Nathan Kunz, assistant professor of operations management, presented a paper titled “Fleet Size Prediction in Humanitarian Operations” at the Annual Conference of the Production and Operations Management Society in Orlando in May.
Coggin student, Jacob Turner, was awarded the first Osprey Community Engagement Medallion this spring for his exemplary commitment to volunteerism, philanthropy and community-based work study.
College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
School of Computing:
Dr. Karthikeyan Umapathy was named a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. IEEE Senior Membership is an honor bestowed only to those who have made significant contributions to the profession.
School of Engineering:
Dr. Brian Kopp presented an update on his research to develop a two-way satellite communications scheme for the Data Collection System onboard the NOAA Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites at the 120th NOAA Data Collection System Working Group meeting in May, at the Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center.
College of Education and Human Resources
Department of Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education:
Drs. Jennifer Kilpatrick and Caroline Guardino traveled to Haiti in March to plan a future Transformational Learning Opportunity for deaf education students. They met with Mr. Gerald Oriol, secretary of state for the Integration of Persons with Disabilities and Jonas Cadet, president of the Haiti National Federation for the Deaf to discuss goals they have for schools, as well as administrators at four of the country's largest schools for the deaf. Dr. Kilpatrick and Ms. Cally Traetto, teacher at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, also conducted a three-day professional development seminar for the teachers at the Haiti Deaf Academy. Dr. Kilpatrick returned in May to observe and support teachers at the Haiti Deaf Academy in the implementation of the new strategies learned in March. She other professional staff she conducted a four-day professional development seminar at Centre St. Vincent and a six-day seminar at PAZAPA.
Hicks Honors College
In May, the U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration featured on its Facebook page a video of the University of Florida's Hick's Honors College Refugee Project. Each year, freshman students in Hick's Honors College First Year Colloquium class are paired with children of Jacksonville's refugees, one of the largest populations in the Southeast, to provide meaningful service opportunities for students and to ease the children's transition to a new culture. Fall semester 2015 projects included Saturday soccer coaching, special events and a Thanksgiving dinner, a children's clothing drive, English tutoring, and mentoring, among other projects, representing a total of 9,250 student hours donated. The program included various partners: UNF students from the Honors Program and UNF Men's Soccer Team; and city and state agencies, Jacksonville Children's Commission, Duval County Schools and the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Center for Instruction and Research Technology
, instructional designer, and
, online learning librarian, presented a preconference workshop in April titled “Best Practices in Instructional Design for Distance Information Literacy Courses” at the 17th Distance Library Services Conference in Pittsburgh. Julie Fuller also led a conference panel discussion titled “Leaning Into Instructional Design.”
, assistant director of instructional design, presented “Leveraging Expert Instructional Design Strategies to Develop Quality Online Courses,” in April at the Online Learning Consortium Innovate Conference in New Orleans.
Division of Student Affairs
, director of student health, will present on Travel Health at the American College Health Association annual meeting on June 2.
Dr. Lucy Croft
, associate vice president of student affairs, has been elected chair of the board for the National Association for College Activities. This is a three-year appointment with service as chair-elect, chair and immediate post chair.
, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life coordinator, facilitated at the Sigma Kappa Regional Leadership Conference in January 2016. She also presented at the Southeastern Panhellenic Conference in April.
, associate director of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, attended the Donna M. Bourassa Mid-Level Management Institute in January. He was also confirmed as a master steward with Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity in November 2015.
, assistant director of health promotion, presented at the Partnership for a Healthier America national conference hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama on May 18. The presentation was on the Healthy Ospreys Eat Well Campaign, which focuses on creating a healthy environment at UNF.
, assistant director for clinical services in the Counseling Center, participated in four presentations at the annual Association for the Coordination of Counseling Center Clinical Services conference in May: “Are Your Counseling Services Effective? The Nuts and Bolts of Evaluating Counseling Center Work”; “A Collaboration between Counseling Center and Disability Services in Support of Students diagnosed with High Functioning Autism”; “Strategies to Increase the Multicultural Competence of Counseling Center Staff and Trainees”; and “Polyamorous Clients: Ethical and Clinical Considerations for College Counseling Centers.”
, assistant director of student affairs, presented a paper titled “Lamhatty, Thomas Darko, and the Shadow of the Ancient South” at the British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference in February as part of a UNF panel.
, coordinators in Housing and Residence Life, presented “Hungry for Change: Supporting Students' Awareness of Social Justice Issues in the World Café” in January at the Jon C. Dalton Institute for College Student Values.
, coordinators in Housing and Residence Life, presented “The World Café: A unique way to dialogue about social topics” at the Southeastern Association of Housing Offices conference in February.
of the LGBT Resource Center presented “Queering the Campus: LGBTQIA College Access and Attainment” with a group of UNF undergraduates at the JASMYN Teaching Respect for All Conference in January.
Dr. Annabel Brooks
, director of the Taylor Leadership Institute, earned certification from Robert McNamara's Advanced Adult Development and Human Leadership Performance seminar, and completed the associated Leadership Influence series.
Dr. John Frank
of the Taylor Leadership Institute presented at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Conference in March. Their presentation focused on the Taylor Leadership Institute's approach to interdisciplinary leadership grounded in collaboration between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs.
, events planning coordinator for the Taylor Leadership Institute, presented “Praxeological Service-Learning”
at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference in March.
, associate director of Housing and Residence Life, presented “Gender Inclusive Housing Experience on the UNF campus” at the Florida Housing Officers conference. She was also named a 2016 faculty member for both the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers Regional Entry-Level Institute and the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International National Housing Training Institute.
, director of the Interfaith Center, presented at several national and international conferences this academic year. She presented “Five Essentials for Mobilizing Students around Interfaith Cooperation” at the Parliament of the World's Religions in October 2015. She copresented “Who's Engaged? Understanding Student Involvement with Interfaith Experiences” with the Interfaith Youth Core and “Race & Religion: Students Respond Through Dialogue & Action” with UNF students at the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus in September 2015. At the same conference, she served as a panelist for the Interfaith Youth Core presentation “Empowering Student Leaders in Interfaith Community Service.” She copresented “Engaging Non-Religious Students in Interfaith Dialogue and Community Service” with the Interfaith Youth Core at the NASPA annual conference in March. Tarah Trueblood also spearheaded a team of UNF staff to establish the Cultural Competency Pursuit, a Student Affairs professional development curriculum which includes about 140 staff and faculty members.
, Interfaith Center coordinator, presented “The fierce urgency of now: how interfaith cooperation can advance social justice” as the co-keynote speaker with Mustafa Abdullah of the ACLU at Indiana State University's Social Justice Summit in February. Huffpost Religion published her piece “What St. Augustine, FL Can Teach Us About the Importance of Interfaith Literacy” in April.