Coggin College of Business
Dr. Nathan Kunz, assistant professor of operations management, co-authored the article “Sustainable Business Growth: Exploring Operations Decision-Making,” recently published in the Journal of Global Responsibility.
Diane Denslow, instructor of management, with Konstantin B. Kostin and Diane Denslow, published the article “Enhancing E-Marketing Efficiency Via Revenue Management Technology,” in the Journal of Chinese Economics, Vol. 15., No. 1, 2017.
College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Vladimir Mashanov published the paper “Inhibition of cell proliferation does not slow down echinoderm neural regeneration” in Frontiers in Zoology.
Andrew Faus, an undergraduate student in Dr. Vladimir Mashanov’s lab, presented the poster “Reference transcriptome of the highly regenerative echinoderm Sclerodactyla briareys” at the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference in February.
Charles B. Coughlin traveled with four students, Lester Manley, David Ha, Morsal Osmani and Vincent Volante, to the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference in Boca Raton in February. The students presented laboratory research results in scientific posters about how food additives impact bacteria commonly found in the human gastrointestinal tract.
Dr. Stuart Chalk and research collaborators published the paper “Computational Chemistry Data Management Platform Based on the Semantic Web” in The Journal of Physical Chemistry A in December.
Dr. Joshua Melko and students Tri Le and Gregory Miller published “Determining Rate Constants and Mechanisms for Sequential Reactions of Fe+ with Ozone at 500 K” in the January issue of The Journal of Physical Chemistry A.
Tricia Booker, journalism adjunct at UNF, published her first book titled “The Place of Peace and Crickets: how adoption, heartache, and love built a family.” In this memoir, Booker recounts her personal history with international adoption that brought three children into her life. Published by Twisted Road Publications, the book was released March 15 and is available at several area bookstores and on Amazon.com.
Dr. Philip Kaplan published “The Ring of Polycrates: Friendship and alliance in the east Mediterranean,” in the Journal of Ancient History 4.2 in November.
Dr. Theo C. Prousis delivered a talk, “Euthanasia in Nazi Germany: When Medical Ethics Went Haywire,” for a panel on Medical Ethics Today: Lessons Learned from Anne Frank and the Holocaust, sponsored by the Duval County Medical Society Foundation, the Jewish Federation and the Museum of Science and History.
Dr. Harry Rothschild presented his paper, “Man and Tree, Tumor and Burl: Illness, Ecology, and the Consonance between the Human Body and the Natural World in Early Medieval and Medieval China” at the Association of Asian Studies Northeast conference at Boston College.
Mathematics and Statistics
Dr. Pali Sen, with graduate student Ben Webster, published “Analysis of Survival Functions in Predicting Length of Stay in Florida Hospitals” in the Journal of Basic and Applied Research International, Vol. 19, Issue 3, pages 194 – 205, International Knowledge Press, December 2016.
Dr. Andrea Venet and her UNF percussion students performed in concert alongside guest artist and Saturday Night Live percussionist Valerie Naranjo as part of the UNF Cummer Chamber Music Series in February. Repertoire included compositions, transcriptions and arrangements by Naranjo, inspired by West African and Native American music styles. Dr. Venet also gave a lecture recital presentation titled “Affekt and Execution; Historical Considerations and Contemporary Techniques for Performing Bach on Marimba” at the University of Central Florida in February.
Philosophy and Religion Studies
Dr. Andrew Buchwalter published “ ‘The Ethicality in Civil Society’: Bifurcation, Bildung and Hegel’s Supersession of the Aporias of Social Modernity,” in David James (ed.), Hegel’s Elements of the Philosophy of Right: A Critical Guide (Cambridge University Press).
Dr. Lev Gasparov co-authored the accepted manuscript “New ligands for uranium complexation: A stable uranyl dimer bearing 2,6-diacetylpyridine dioxime” published in Inorganic Chemistry Communications.
Dr. Jason Haraldsen gave a talk on Magnetic Dirac Modes at the 2nd International Symposium on Science and Technology of 2D Materials. Dr. Haraldsen’s research student Thomas LaMartina presented a poster at the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference at Florida Atlantic University.
Dr. John Hewitt was interviewed about the NASA discovery of seven earth-like exoplanets on WJCT’s First Coast Connect and WJXT morning show. He was also awarded a Julena Steinheider Duncombe Grant from the American Astronomical Society to host a summer workshop on the Solar Eclipse.
Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Drs. Suzie Weng and Jennifer Spaulding-Givens presented a poster “Informal mental health support in the Asian American community and culturally appropriate strategies for community-based mental health organizations” at the Society for Social Work and Research conference, New Orleans.
Dr. Suzie Weng, with a former research assistant W. T. Wolfe, published “An Asian American community in the Southern United States: An exploration of fear of crime” in Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice. Dr. Weng also presented the poster “An untapped resource for nonprofit social service organizations: An examination of a partnership with corporate employee resource groups” at the Society for Social Work and Research conference, New Orleans.
Drs. Paul Clark and Jennifer Spaulding-Givens published “Can a Low-Complexity Community-Based Project Have Transformative Effects?” in The Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, February.
College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
School of Computing
Dr. Karthik Umapathy presented his ACM Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE) paper titled “A Meta-Analysis of Pair-Programming in Computer Programming Courses: Implications for Educational Practice” at the 2017 ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) Symposium in Seattle in March. ACM SIGCSE is the premier computer science education conference. Dr. Umapathy co-authored the ACM TOCE paper along with Dr. Abert Ritzhaupt from the University of Florida.
School of Engineering
Dr. Patrick Kreidl, electrical engineering, was awarded $25,000 by the Florida Center for Cybersecurity for a project with Dr. Shigang Chen at the University of Florida titled “Defensive and Resilient Cyberspace with Threat Tracking and Prediction based on Temporal-Spatial Network/Data Activity Profiling” in March.
Dr. Chiu Choi published “Velocity Feedback Experiments,” in the International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy, vol. 7, no. 1 (2017), pp. 4-16.
College of Education and Human Services
Department of Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education
The ASL, Deaf Education and ASL/English Interpreting programs sponsored a Deaf Social on March 4 bringing together high school teachers, students and parents; UNF faculty, adjunct instructors, lab assistants, alumni, ASL students, interpreting students and deaf education students; deaf-blind consumers; deaf senior citizens; Florida Black Deaf Advocates representative; a retired interpreter trainer from St. Petersburg and many others from the community. The evening included deaf culture and sign language games, food and lots of conversation.
Dr. Jennifer Renée Kilpatrick, with colleagues Drs. Hannah Dostal (University of Connecticut) and Kimberly Wolbers (The University of Tennessee) presented two papers at the Writing Research Across Borders IV at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia: “An experimental Study of Strategic and Interactive Writing Instruction,” which shared the findings of a yearlong investigation comparing the language and writing outcomes of third- through fifth-grade students participating in Strategic and Interactive Writing Instruction with the outcomes of students participating in business as usual instruction; and “The Language Zone in Strategic and Interactive Writing Instruction,” which discussed the development of “The Language Zone,” a space where teachers and d/hh students participate in language related work during writing.
Dr. Caroline Guardino and nine undergraduate deaf education students volunteered at the Jacksonville STEAM Festival where students presented Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math projects. The UNF deaf ed students accompanied the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind and St. Augustine deaf and hard-of-hearing students while touring the festival. UNF students were immersed in American Sign Language as well as challenged to practice their teaching skills during the event.
Department of Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management
The UNF College of Education and Human Services Education Doctoral program has been selected as a new member of the Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate (http://www.cpedinitiative.org/). The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate is the “knowledge forum on the EdD. The consortium has a membership of over 80 schools of education in the US, Canada and New Zealand working collaboratively to improve professional preparation in education at the highest level.” Membership to this prestigious Consortium is a recognition of the important role that UNF plays and continues to play in our community, as well as the college’s commitment to preparing outstanding educational leaders.
Dr. LaDonna Morris attended the Black, Brown and College Bound Summit, sponsored by Hillsborough Community College, in Tampa on Feb. 24. She and Chadwick Lockley, Joanna Hillman and Taylor Hoffman, three students pursuing a master’s in higher education administration, presented “Ground Zero: An Innovative Diversity Plan Proposed by Higher Education Administration Graduate Students at the University of North Florida” to an enthusiastic audience of college recruiters, diversity officers, and college and high school students. The graduate students received scholarships from COEHS and the Graduate School to attend. Grammy award winner and education advocate John Legend was the featured keynote and serenaded the group with his hit, “All of Me.”
Drs. Luke Cornelius and Terence Cavanaugh published “Grading the Metrics: Performance-Based Funding in the Florida State University System” in the Journal of Education Finance. The article was a policy analysis of Florida’s 10-factor performance-based funding system for state universities. The paper also discussed problems and issues with the metrics, their ongoing evolution and political issues related to performance-based funding in Florida, as well as an analysis of the metrics to university elements that also found significant correlations to other university elements such as school size and population makeup.
Additionally, Dr. Terence Cavanaugh presented “Repurposing Public Domain Literature into Open Source Educational Resources,” and with Dr. Nicholas Eastham, “Using The 3-D Printer as Assistive Technology,” which explained how they developed a fast 3-D printing process to convert data into physical graphs for students with vision impairments, at the annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) in Austin, Texas, in March.
Justin Lerman and Rudy Jamison, two of our EdD students, with Matthew Ohlson and Principal Joseph Theobold, community partner leader from Putman County, presented “The Virtual Pathway to College and Career Readiness” at the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference in March. The presentation was published in the conference proceedings. CAMP (Collegiate Achievement Mentoring Program) Osprey is a leadership-mentoring program partnering collegiate student leaders with students from a high-poverty, rural elementary school. To overcome geographic and financial barriers, CAMP Osprey uses “virtual leadership mentoring” available on the UNF campus to conduct weekly leadership mentoring sessions. The proposal shared successes and challenges associated with program development, implementation and technology adaptation along with previous outcomes associated with collegiate mentor and elementary mentee participants.
Department of Foundations and Secondary Education
Drs. Dan Dinsmore, Brian Zoellner, Meghan Parkinson and Anthony Rossi (Department of Biology), along with two undergraduate research assistants, Mary Jo Monk and Jenelle Vinnachi, recently published an article in the International Journal of Science Education titled, “The effects of different types of text and individual differences on view complexity about genetically modified organisms.” This research was funded by a seed grant from the UNF Environmental Center. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09500693.2017.1298871.
More than 100 area educators and prospective educators attended ESOL Career Ladder for Student Success (ESOL CLASS) events in March at UNF’s College of Education and Human Services. The evening consisted of face-to-face information sessions for those interested in becoming Florida ESOL certified teachers. The two recruiting sessions focused on UNF world language majors and DCPS paraprofessionals and a special professional development workshop.
Department of Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL
Dr. Christian Winterbottom, with D. Simpson, S. Loughran, E. Lumsden, P. Mazzocco, R. McDowall Clark, published “'Seen but not heard.' Practitioners work with poverty and the organising out of disadvantaged children’s voices and participation in the early years" in European Early Childhood Education Research Journal.
In collaboration with UNF’s Thomas G. Carpenter librarians Maria Atilano and Jeff Bowen, Dr. Katie Monnin hosted this year’s Will Eisner Week Event in March. The event focused on the connection between the literary-level reading experience explicit in graphic novels and the library's current and growing graphic novel collection. A follow-up event will take place in September during Banned Books Week. The second event will focus on why an increasing number of graphic novels are appearing on banned books lists across the country and the problems (and the potential solutions) such a phenomenon presents to valuing graphic novels in 21st century libraries and schools.
Dr. Katrina Hall and Seaside Community Charter School partners Deb Lacovara and Amanda Patow participated in the Center for Community Based Learning’s 4th Annual Community Engagement Participant Summit on March 3 at the Adam Herbert University Center. As part of the summit, the team worked on creating the “story” of their partnership to share with stakeholders.
Drs. White, Hall and Ari were awarded a 2017 Academic Affairs Foundation Scholarship Development grant of $20,000 for “Preparing Students for a Global Society: Creating and Implementing an Interdisciplinary Thematic Secondary Public School Curriculum.” The team will work on curriculum and professional development for Seaside Charter K-8, a public school inspired by principles of Public Waldorf. To learn more about the model, visit The Alliance for Public Waldorf Education at http://www.allianceforpublicwaldorfeducation.org/.
Dr. Stacy Boote recently published an article with Dr. David Boote in The Elementary School Journal titled “Leaping from Discrete to Continuous Independent Variables: Sixth-Graders’ Science Line Graph Interpretations.” The article describes challenges sixth-graders with varying levels of science and mathematics achievement encounter when transitioning from interpreting graphs having discrete independent variables to graphs having continuous independent variables. The data analysis from sixth-graders’ think aloud interviews and written graph interactions yielded a number of interesting findings. Recommendations to aid students were also provided.
Hicks Honors College
Dr. Leslie Kaplan will serve the state-level honors college association as president of the Florida Collegiate Honors Council from February 2017 – 2018.
Center for Instruction and Research Technology
Megan Bracewell and Allison Archer presented a session titled “Revamping Faculty Development: Bridging the Divide Between Distance and Blended Learning” at the Online Learning Consortium Innovate Conference in New Orleans.
Lt. Gen. Rick Tryon joined the Division of Student Affairs in March as director of the Taylor Leadership Institute. A retired lieutenant general in the U.S. Marine Corps, Tryon served in the Marines for 40 years. Among many postings over his long career, he deployed in support of the Gulf War in 1991, served as a commanding general over U.S. Marines and multinational forces in the Iraq War from 2008 to 2010, and headed the U.S. Marine Forces Command and U.S. Marine Forces Europe from 2013 to 2014. In 2015, Tryon joined UNF as professor and senior fellow in International Leadership in Hicks Honors College. He earned his bachelor’s at the U.S. Naval Academy and holds master’s degrees from Webster University and Johns Hopkins University.
On Campus Transition will host their 10 Year Anniversary Celebration and 10th graduation ceremony on April 20.
Twelve members of UNF’s Student Government traveled to Tallahassee in March to give UNF students a voice on several key legislative agenda items. Led by Bella Genta, Student Government president, the group met with 10 state officials including representatives, senators, legislative aides and the governor’s education staff. In their lobbying efforts, the students asked that Bright Futures funding be restored to 2010 levels and made available for summer tuition payments. They also requested support for the Board of Governor’s Legislative Budget Request to provide increased funding for the UNF Counseling Center to decrease wait times, and asked for reconsideration of the Excess Credit Hour Surcharge. Students also had an opportunity to attend the Senate to watch floor debate and voting, tour the Old Capitol and meet with UNF alumni.
Thomas G. Carpenter Library
Dr. Elizabeth Curry, library dean, was selected to receive the 2017 ASCLA Leadership and Professional Achievement Award, a national award from a division of the American Library Association (ALA) at the ALA Conference in June. The ALA is the oldest and largest library association in the world with more than 56,000 members; its ASCLA division is the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies. Curry is recognized for her many collaborative projects and her work to create and facilitate the Sunseekers Leadership Institute and the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute, both of which have been transforming leaders in Florida for over two decades.