School of Nursing:
Drs. Linda Connelly and Cindy Cummings attended the Sigma Theta Tau/National League of Nursing 2016 Nursing Education Research Conference in Bethesda, Maryland, and presented on Graduate Nurses Perceptions of Workplace Readiness.
College of Arts and Sciences
Art and Design
Vanessa Cruz won the 70th-year Fulbright logo contest. Her logo will be used throughout the anniversary year.
Alex Diaz is exhibiting at “Texas National 2016” at the Stephen F. Austin Art Gallery in Nacogdoches, Texas. He has another exhibition at “Art Now: Photography 2016” at Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Nofa Dixon juried at the Mandarin Art Show in Jacksonville, Florida.
Sheila Goloborotko and Vanessa Cruz’s animated film, “Call + Response,” was selected by Portland animators and printmakers to be screened at the Southern Graphics Council (SGS) Conference in Portland, Oregon. Goloborotko also has an exhibition, “Flux,” in the collection of SGC International Archives, Portland State University and Pacific Northwest College of Art; and at a MOCA exhibition showcasing the work of 23 women printmakers, she presented “The Other,” which was the focus of a KBOO radio program, “Transpose.”
has an outdoor sculpture exhibition at Yokna Sculpture Trails.
Stephen Heywood is exhibiting in “Role Models” at the Belger Art Center, Kansas City, Kansas, during the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference.
Jason John is exhibiting his work at “Painting and Seeing” at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, North Carolina. He also published work in International Painting Annual, Manifest Creative Research Journal and Creative Quarterly Magazine.
Kally Malcom has an image published in the photography and printmaking magazine The Hand Magazine.
Dr. Murphy presented “The Portrait of II Gran Cardinale Alessandro Farnese in the Palazzo dei Conservatori Scipio Frieze” at the annual meetings of the Renaissance Society of America in Boston, Massachusetts. Murphy was also designated one of 40 “Cultural Icons” by the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the annual Arts Awards.
Dr. Dale Casamatta, P. Dvorak, E. Jahodářová, E. and P. Hasler published “Difference without distinction? Explaining gaps in cyanobacterial systematics” in Journal of Phycology.
Dr. Nicole Dix, with S. Badylak, E.J. Phlips, J. Hart, A. Srifa, D. Haunert, Z. He, J. Lockwood, P. Stofella, D. Sun, and Y. Yang published “Phytoplankton dynamics in a subtropical tidal creek: influences of rainfall and water residence time on composition and biomass” in Marine and Freshwater Research. With K. Dietz, S. Dunnigan, M. Monroe, and A. Noel, she presented “Northeast Florida Oyster Condition Assessment” in March at the Southeastern Estuarine Research Society (SEERS) Meeting, Bluffton, South Carolina.
Dr. Quincy Gibson gave three presentations at the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Marine Mammal Symposium in Savannah, Georgia: (i) with Carissa King, “Identification of bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) critical habitat areas in the St. Johns River, Florida”; (ii) with Kristy Karle, Kristy, “The function of second-order male alliances in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the St. Johns River, Florida”; and (iii) with Cameron Keys, “Spatial patterns of second-order alliances among male bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the St. Johns River, Florida.”
Dr. Chris Gabbard published a book review “Rachel Adams’s Raising Henry: A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability and Discovery” in the January – March issue of the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies.
Dr. Clark Lunberry presented “Writing on Basho’s Pond” at the American Comparative Literature Association Conference at Harvard University in March.
In March, Mr. Marcus Pactor published “A Giving Toilet” in Yalobusha Review and “Good Sense” in Fiction Fix.
Dr. Alison Bruey and her co-authors had their book, Tortura en poblaciones del Gran Santiago republished digitally by the Biblioteca Nacional de Chile's Memoria Chilena program.
Dr. Shannon C. Eaves presented “‘The Men Had No Comfort With Their Wives’: Enslaved Men and Masculinity in the Midst of Sexual Exploitation” at the Southern Historical Association Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Dr. Barry Albright and Dr. Alan Titus (i) published “Magnetostratigraphy of Upper Cretaceous Strata in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Southern Utah: The Santonian-Campanian Stage Boundary, Reassessment of the C33n/C33r Magnetochron Boundary, and Implications for Regional Sedimentation Patterns Within the Sevier Foreland Basin” in Cretaceous Research. (ii) He also gave the invited talk, “The Jones Branch Local Fauna: an Early Arikareean Mammalian Assemblage from the Upper Oligocene Catahoula Clay, Wayne County, Mississippi” at a symposium on “Fossil Vertebrates of the Gulf Coastal Plain” as part of the 50th Annual Meeting of the South-Central Section of the Geological Society of America, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Dr. Jason Haraldsen received a grant from the Institute for Materials Science at Los Alamos National Laboratory for student research on Magnetic Dirac Materials. He also published “H1R Antagonists for brain inflammation and anxiety: Targeted treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders” in Journal of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery Research. And he received a UNF technology grant to help purchase molecular dynamics software for undergraduate research opportunities.
Political Science and Public Administration
Dr. Josh Gellers and Dr. Christopher Jeffords (i) presented “Procedural Environmental Rights and Environmental Justice: Assessing the Impact of Global Environmental Constitutionalism” at the International Studies Association Annual Convention in Atlanta (March). (ii) He also served in March as an invited participant in the Winter Workshop on Conservation and Equity at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, California.
Dr. Pamela A. Zeiser presented (i) “I want to make $80k When I Graduate: Career Preparation in the Classroom” and (ii) “The Ignored (Inter)Discipline: Emphasizing the ‘Interdisciplinary’ in International Studies” at the 57th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association in March.
Dr. T. P. Alloway and Dr. M. Toglia, with their colleagues B. Wallace and K. Patterson, presented “The Gist of it: Sentence Recall in Children with ASD” at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, New Orleans, Louisiana in March.
Also in March, Dr. C. Leone, with his colleagues L. Gainey and R. Moulder, published “Angel or Demon? Self-monitoring differences in the mental representations of current versus former romantic partners” in Self and Identity.
Dr. J. Nicholson, with P. Deboeck and W. Howard, published “Attrition in developmental psychology: A review of modern missing data reporting and practices” in the International Journal of Behavioral Development.
Dr. J. Wolff, with her colleagues K. Rospenda and A. Colaneri, published “Sexual Harassment, Psychological Distress, and Problematic Drinking Behavior among College Students: An Examination of Reciprocal Causal Relations” in the online Journal of Sex Research in March.
Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Dr. David Jaffee and Dr. David Bensman published “Draying and Picking: Precarious Work and Labor Action in the Logistics Sector” in WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society.
Dr. Ron Lukens-Bull presented “When Pluralism Became a Value for a Muslim Militia: The Case of Banser (Barisan Ansor Serba Guna)” in March on the panel “Islamic Authenticity and Uncivil Society in Indonesia” (sponsored by the Indonesia Timore Leste Studies Committee) at the Association of Asian Studies meetings, Seattle, Washington.
Ross McDonough presented “Making a Difference to a Child in a Time/Resource-Limited Environment” to the Duval County Public Schools Association of School Psychologists and Social Workers in March.
Also in March, Dr. Jenny Stuber presented her research, “Inside the College Gates: Education as a Social and Cultural Process,” at the Aarhus University Danish School of Education.
College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
School of Engineering:
Dr. Brian Kopp received a $179,998 grant from the Florida Department of Transportation, March 15, "Long Distance Wireless Radio Link for the FDOT Intelligent Transportation System Statewide Network."
Dr. Brian Kopp, Dr. Juan Aceros and Dr. Adel El Safty received a $107,113 grant March 30 from the Florida Department of Transportation, "Reinforced Concrete Foundation Remote Monitoring.”
Dr. Patrick Kreidl, in collaboration with Dr. Shigang Chen at the University of Florida, received funding in the amount of $50,000 for a one-year seedling project titled “New Technologies in Defense Maneuver against Distributed Denial-of-Service Attacks” from the Florida Center for Cybersecurity.
Dr. Patrick Kreidl co-authored, with former students Jason Gutel and Mason McGough as well as Dr. Alan Harris and Dr. Nick Hudyma, a paper titled “Simulated rock profiles for surface weathering estimation,” presented at IEEE SoutheastCon, April, Norfolk, Virginia.
Dr. Patrick Kreidl is a recipient of UNF’s 2015 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, recognizing excellence in the teaching and training of graduate students at UNF.
School of Computing:
The School of Computing held a “Hack-a-thon” on April 1. Thirty students on 10 teams competed for a $1,000 scholarship. Judges included Michael Potts, CEO of Feature; Melissa Hong, CEO of VisualSolutions and CAB member; Micah Cooper of Hashrocket; and Jarred Wheeler of Beeline.
Dishi Shrivastava, Karthikeyan Umapathy, Haiyan Huang, Ching-Hua Chuan, Lakshmi Goel. A Study on Influence of Gender Differences on Social Presence Features. In Proceedings of the Southern Association for Information Systems (SAIS), St. Augustine, Florida, USA, 2016. Conference Best Paper – Finalist.
Albert D. Ritzhaupt and Karthikeyan Umapathy. A meta-analysis of pair-programming in computer programming courses: Implications for educational practice. Presented at the 2016 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, April 8 - 12, Washington, DC.
College of Education and Human Services
Department of Foundations and Secondary Education:
Dr. John White and Mark Ari, English Department, were invited/funded speakers at the National Education Association Conference in San Diego, California, April 1-3. Their presentation — "Seeking Equity for Invisible (non-tenure-track) Faculty: Negotiating and Selling the Idea of Promotable Ranks and Associated Merit Pay for Instructors and Lecturers” — was based upon the union’s successful efforts to create the first-ever promotion system for UNF instructors and lecturers. In addition, Dr. White was selected as one of two recipients of this year's Outstanding Service Award. His union colleague, Mark Ari, is the other recipient.
Three faculty members from the Foundations and Secondary Education department attended the 2016 American Educational Research Association Conference held in Washington, DC, this April. Hope E. (Bess) Wilson presented her research on “Domain-Specific and Perspective-Specific Academic Self-Concept” at the conference. She also served as the Program Chair for the Research on Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Special Interest Group. She was also elected Secretary of the SIG, and began her term at the end of the conference. Raine Osborne and Dan Dinsmore presented “Outcomes assessment methods for interprofessional education involving medical and physical therapy participants: A systematic review.” Additionally, Dan served as section chair for Division C, Section 3a this year. Dilek Kayaalp presented her paper "Hybrid and supra-hybrid: Complex and conflicting identities of immigrant youth in the Canadian nation-state" at the conference.
Department of Childhood Education, Literacy and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL):
Dr. Stacy Boote recently published an article, “Choosing the Right Tool” in NCTM's Teaching Children Mathematics. In this piece, Dr. Boote argues that grouped craft sticks, a groupable Base-Ten manipulative, are superior to pre-grouped manipulatives like Base-Ten blocks. Craft sticks grouped in singles (1's), bundles (10's), baggies (100's), and boxes (1,000's) provide a physical place value model to teach the long division algorithm, connecting procedural accuracy with conceptual understanding.
Department of Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education:
Due to their interest in and commitment to our International Professional Development School partnership, the Belize Ministry of Education sponsored five educators to spend the first week in April in Jacksonville to learn about our Urban Professional Development School partnership with Duval County Public Schools. The Belize delegation included Kuxlin Ha Government Primary School Principal Shirline Wiltshire, Ministry of Education Coordinator of Teacher Education and Development Services Yvonne Howell, University of Belize faculty Dr. June Young, Dr. Maxine McKay and Ms. Catherine Wade. Drs. John Kemppainen, Susan Syverud, Debbie Reed and Cathy O’Farrell along with Resident Clinical Faculty Christie Stevenson, Darcey Gray and Dwayne Kohn showcased our partnership at Woodland Acres Elementary, Lake Shore Middle International Baccalaureate World School, and Kings Trail Elementary, presented a workshop titled Professional Development Schools: The UNF Model, and then discussed the continued development of our International Professional Development School partnership in Belize.
UNF was well represented at the 2016 National Association of Professional Development Schools Conference in Washington, DC. We had a total of 11 presenters: university faculty members included Drs. Susan Syverud, Debbie Reed, John Kemppainen, and Marnie Jones; school partners included Resident Clinical Faculty Christie Stevenson, Dr. Darcey Gray and Dwayne Kohn; Main Street America corporate representative Mark Friedlander, and Exceptional Education majors Julianna Santucci, Jenelle Vinachi and Brady Lipps. The following eight presentations showcased the depth and breadth of our Urban Professional Development School partnership with Duval County Public Schools: Service Learning in an Urban Professional Development School: A Qualitative Study; How Does Your Garden Grow?: Cultivating Minds and Plants in a PDS; Using Peer Supports in a PDS Context: Working Toward Inclusion of Students with Disabilities; Reading Matters: A University-School Collaboration that Evolved to Prevent Reading Failures; Expanding the Depth and Breadth of a University-School Partnership by Engaging Your Local Business Community: Our Success Story Can Be Yours; Preservice Teacher Candidates Impacting Literacy Skills of Struggling First Grade Readers, including English Language Learners and Children with Disabilities; Creating a Community of Learners: Resident Clinical Faculty, Directing Teachers, and Preservice Teachers; and An International Professional Development School Partnership between the University of North Florida and the University of Belize and Kuxlin Ha Government Primary School.
While visiting Florida to attend the Professional Development School National Conference in Orlando, a 23-person delegation from the Netherlands decided to spend a day in Jacksonville to visit and learn about the UNF Urban Professional Development School partnership at Woodland Acres Elementary. The Dutch delegation was led by Principal Marco Schaap from Julianaschool Rijssen and included faculty from Hogeschool Viaa (University) Zwolle and various faculty and administrations from the following schools: PCPO Rijssen, Willem Alexanderschool Rijssen, Elimschool Rijssen, Constantijnschool Rijssen, de Sprankel Zwolle, de ARS Hardenberg, Rehoboth Urk, de Schutsluis, and VGPO de Zevenster. After observing various aspects of partnership at UPDS Woodland Acres Elementary, our guests from the Netherlands and Belize enjoyed lunch with UNF administration, and then a workshop titled Professional Development Schools: The UNF Model presented by Drs. Susan Syverud, Debbie Reed, John Kemppainen and Cathy O’Farrell along with Resident Clinical Faculty Christie Stevenson, Darcey Gray and Dwayne Kohn.
Department of Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management:
Dr. E. Newton Jackson Jr.’s conference paper won Best Paper at the 52nd Annual MBAA International Conference, Best Paper Award for: Sports, Events & Recreation Marketing Track on April 13-15 at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois.
Office of Academic Advising:
The College of Education and Human Services was recognized at St. John's County 10th Anniversary of Career Academies on Thursday, April 14. Dr. John Kemppainen received an appreciation award from Superintendent Joseph Joyner for being a charter advisory board member of the Teacher's Academy at St. Augustine High School for his continued ongoing support of the academy. During the awards ceremony, Ms. Jasmine Douglas, a student at St. Augustine High School and a member of the Teacher's Academy, as well as a dual enrolled UNF student, received a scholarship from one of St. John's County sponsors and plans to attend UNF next fall as an education major.
Office of the Dean:
Dr. Marsha Lupi, Interim Dean; Amanda Laukitis, Assessment Assistant/Special Projects Coordinator; Jade Yuen, Graduate Research Assistant; and Christian Ramos, undergraduate student, participated in the 3rd Annual Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Symposium TLO Poster Showcase on April 11. Staff and students presented on short-term study abroad internships in teacher education and sport management. They shared personal and professional growth as a result of their study abroad placements in schools or sport agencies in Plymouth, England. Christian Ramos shared, “Working with the Plymouth Argyle Football Club strengthened my love for sports and gave me a fresh perspective of the work that goes into the industry. I am reassured that Sport Management is the right program for me.”