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InsideAugust 2017

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Meet the new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. George Rainbolt at work as the new dean of the College of Arts and SciencesAs we welcome Dr. George Rainbolt to the University of North Florida community, here are five things you’ll want to know as he begins his new role as dean of COAS:

1. Why UNF? While there are many positives to consider about UNF, Rainbolt will tell you that he made his choice because of the people he met. In fact, he remembers the exact moment he knew he would be happy here. It happened as he waited at the back of the room for his interview. The other UNF deans were working through some University business. “They were working together, joking, talking and cooperating,” he said. “That was the moment I knew that this was a team I’d like to join. Before that I was interested, but that was the moment I was sure.”

2. What’s his vision for COAS? If you ask the new dean this question, he will likely share a favorite quote from Arthur Conan Doyle’s character Sherlock Holmes: “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.” Rainbolt believes it’s very important for a new dean to “listen and learn” before he decides on a vision, and that’s what he plans to do.

3. What academic options does COAS offer UNF students? The new dean believes that the College of Arts and Sciences plays an important role in offering students an alternative to choosing a profession as a freshman. He’s seen many students reach their junior year, only to discover they don’t like the career path they’ve chosen. “Asking someone at 18 what they want to do with the rest of their life is a pretty hard thing to do,” Rainbolt said. “For many students, arts and sciences is the ideal environment.” 

4. Where was his last position? Rainbolt moved to UNF from Georgia State University in Atlanta, where he served as chair of the Department of Philosophy. He has held several international positions as well. His wife, Dr. Madeline Zavodny, also will be joining the Coggin College of Business faculty as an economics professor.

5. Parlez-vous Français? If you do, you may want to converse with Rainbolt, who became fluent after living in France. Even more interesting, he speaks only French with his two sons, and his wife converses with them in English — a tried-and-true technique for raising bilingual children. “It was a huge struggle for me to learn French, and it dramatically opened my world in so many ways,” Rainbolt said. “I didn’t want my children to struggle with that the way I did.”

And there’s more: Rainbolt earned his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Arizona and a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College. His research is primarily in philosophy of law with a focus on the nature of rights. He has written three books. The most recent is “Critical Thinking: The Art of Argument,” co-authored with Sandra Dwyer.

Around Campus

What’s new with the Presidential Search?

UNF SealThe 15-member Presidential Search Committee has been meeting since April. Here is the latest on the search for the University’s sixth president:

• UNF has hired Parker Executive Search of Atlanta to lead the search. The company will actively recruit from October through February.

• The campus community is encouraged to attend public listening sessions on September 5 and 6. See the published timeline for more details. 

• The committee continues to seek input through the online survey, which is available through Sept. 6.

• On-campus interviews of candidates will be held on campus in February. The University’s Board of Trustees will select the best candidate.

• The Florida Board of Governors meets on UNF’s campus March 28 – 29, 2018, and will likely confirm the president-elect at that time.

For more information, visit the Presidential Search webpage.

Around Campus

New virtual parking permits to go live Aug. 16

Virtual parking permits will go live in just a couple of weeks. Here are several important facts about the new system:
  • There are no more physical permits. Your vehicle’s license plate number is now your permit.
  • You can register up to five license plates under your account, but only one of those vehicles can be on campus at a time. 
  •  So if you ever borrow a car, just remember to enter the license plate into your Parking Portal.
  • To scan the license plates, Parking Service employees will drive vehicles with electronic license-plate recognition cameras.
  • Your license plate must be visible, so if you back into a space — rather than pulling in — you will receive a citation. 
  • The process of purchasing the permits has not changed.

    Questions? Call Parking Services at (904) 620-2815 or send an email.
  • To scan the license plates, Parking Service employees will drive vehicles with electronic license-plate recognition cameras.
  • Your license plate must be visible, so if you back into a space — rather than pulling in — you will receive a citation.
  • The process of purchasing the permits has not changed.

Questions? Call Parking Services at (904) 620-2815 or send an email.

Get to Know

Meet Steve Montesinos

Steve Montesinos talks with studentJob title and department: Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Social Media/Technology Coordinator at the UNF Counseling Center

What do you do at UNF? I provide personal counseling and psychotherapy to UNF Students, mental health and wellness consultation and outreach to the UNF community, and train/supervise counselors-in-training.

What do you enjoy about working here? Many things. I love that our campus is surrounded by a gorgeous nature preserve. Also, I appreciate the relationships, support and feeling of community fostered within our department and the division of Student Affairs.

How long have you lived in Jacksonville? Where else have you lived? I’ve lived in Jacksonville for 31 years. I was born in San Jose, Costa Rica, and lived there, with my family, as an infant and young child.

If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, from the past or present, who would be on your guest list? Sigmund Freud, George Carlin, Eleanor Roosevelt and William Shakespeare. I would guess we would have some pretty interesting conversations. And, I would be interested in seeing who would be the first and last to leave.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? Film producer. I’ve always enjoyed cinematic arts and would love to be part of a film production team.

What superpower would you like to have? How would you use it? The ability to fly. I would use it many ways, to travel, help others and relax in the clouds.

If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1? That is a really, really tough question. If I could wave a magic wand, it would be for everyone to gain automatic empathy for everyone else. If not, I would take action to begin resolving wealth disparity.

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? Fiji. I love nature and the ocean, and I can’t imagine a better place to experience both.

Tell us a few of your favorite things.
Band: Soundgarden
Ice cream flavor: Cake batter
Movie line: “It’s all ball bearings nowadays” from “Fletch”
Quote: “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

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Research at UNF focuses on virtual reality tool

What is virtual reality?
Virtual reality, also referred to as VR, is the computer-generated simulation of a 3-D environment. Though virtual space is not real, researchers at UNF — Dr. Sandeep Reddivari, an assistant professor of computing, and senior Jason Smith, a computing and information sciences major — are looking for real ways VR tools can aid in the analysis of medical data. To do that, they have created a virtual reality tool they have named VRvisu.

Dr. Sandeep Reddivari (right) and Jason Smith demonstrate virtual reality tool
What is VRvisu?
With virtual reality goggles in place, VRvisu allows the wearer to interact with medical data in a new way. The goal of the project is to provide scientists or doctors with new perspectives and insights in the hope of making improved treatment decisions.

To enter a virtual world, do you only need a pair of VR goggles?
Many hours of programming work and downloading and cleaning data must take place before a user dons the goggles. Reddivari and Smith chose a large medical data set of cancer tumors complete with MRI and CT scan images. The tools they used and how they used them are what makes the project a success.


What can you see when you wear the goggles? With VRvisu, the view through the goggles reveals a 3-D plot graphed with patient ages, survival rates and a medical score. Images of the tumors appear to float in the chart.
Virtual reality view of 3-D graph of medical data

What is the role of the virtual hands?

Smith added virtual hands to the application so that the wearer can reach out and touch the tumors and more closely observe size and shape. He also programmed a patient data window to pop up by touching a tumor, so that a doctor or scientist would have additional patient information at their virtual fingertips. 

Virtual reality tool that looks like hands to touch images in 3-D


What’s next?
Future plans include adding features that will allow multiple users to connect in the same space as well as enabling users to resize the view and actually step into the data plot to observe it more closely.


Osprey Profile: Meet Mansenie Joseph

UNF student Mansenie Joseph at the airportWhy did you decide to attend the University of North Florida? The main reason was the double-degree program with KEDGE Business School in France. Ever since I was little, I wanted to study in France, and so when I finally saw the opportunity to go for years and not just one semester, I could not pass it up. After deciding to come here, I applied for scholarships and basically got my school paid for, which was another plus for coming to UNF.

What is your major and why did you choose it? International Business — I originally wanted to study international relations and economics, but when I heard about the UNF-KEDGE program, I changed my major immediately.

What has been your coolest UNF experience so far? Well, my coolest experience has been having the chance to travel for the past two years while taking my classes in France. I got to meet people from all over the world, I learned how to be independent through traveling alone and I had the opportunity to learn about different cultures by actually being a part of them. It was the most rewarding/life changing experience of my life.

If you could meet one historical figure for coffee, who would it be? I would want to meet Mahatma Gandhi. The man was so peaceful, and he was so confident that he could achieve peace through nonviolence. He was accepting and inspiring. I would want to hear what he thinks of the world he left behind. I would want to know what he would do if he were still alive. I would want to know how it was possible for him to do everything he did during such a difficult time.

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? I am from Haiti, and I would want to witness the Haitian revolution in its entirety. This country was the first black independent nation, and I feel that it would be amazing to be able to witness how it first began.

Do you have any advice for high school students? Be open-minded, come to college with no expectations and make the absolute best of your experience. Go to meetings that interest you, even when you’re tired; build relationships with your professors and advisors because they are there to help; and talk to anyone and everyone so you will enjoy your experience. It goes by fast and will never come back, so make the most of it. Lastly, take lots of pictures and videos. You will want to remember this time.

When will you graduate? What do you want to do after graduation? I will graduate Aug. 4, and I have been accepted into the GlobalMBA program. I am going to France in September to travel around Europe before my classes start in Germany in October.


Swoop Summary

UNF former basketball player Dallas MooreDallas Moore Inks Pro Contract with Italy's Vuella Pesaro
Former North Florida basketball standout Dallas Moore begins his professional playing career in mid-August after signing a one-year contract to join Vuella Pesaro of the Italian League. Learn more about Dallas Moore.

Demarcus Daniels Signs Contract to Play Professionally in Sweden
Another former North Florida men's basketball standout will continue his playing career as Demarcus "Baebae" Daniels inked his first professional contract to play for the Nässjö Basket club in Sweden. Learn more about Demarcus Daniels.

Men's Tennis Honors ITA Scholar-Athletes, Earn Team Honors
For the third straight season, North Florida men's tennis earned ITA All-Academic Team honors, while five student-athletes were named ITA Scholar-Athletes as announced by the association on Tuesday. Learn more about men's tennis.

Knowles Captures Title at The Players AmateurUNF golfer Philip Knowles
University of North Florida golfer Philip Knowles beat Bluffton's Bryson Nimmer on the second playoff hole on Berkeley Hall Club's North Course to win the 2017 Players Amateur championship. Learn more about Philip Knowles.

Women's golf foursome garners WGCA academic honors
The North Florida women's golf quartet of Nathalie Nygren, Courtney Cobb, Teresa Conroy and Sydney Shrader were recognized as All-American Scholars by the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) for the 2016-17 season. Learn more about women's golf.


MOCA Jacksonville: Exhibition by artist Gabriel Dawe

MOCA atrium installation by artist Gabriel Dawe

In his Project Atrium exhibition, artist Gabriel Dawe seems to freeze a vibrant spectrum in space at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville. Dawe's installation runs through October 29.

Read more about the exhibition


Dateline balloons to celebrate our faculty and staffMilestone Anniversaries
Congratulations to the following employees with a milestone anniversary at UNF in July:

35 years
Thomas Barton
, Professor, Accounting and Finance

30 years
Mary Baron
, Professor, English
Adel Boules, Professor, Mathematics and Statistics
Andrew Buchwalter, Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies
Marcus Dickman, Associate Professor, Music
Paul Mosley, Head Account Services Associate, University Library
Behrooz Seyed-Abbassi, Associate Professor, School of Computing

25 years
David Fenner
, Senior Associate Dean, Arts and Sciences
Hubert Gill, Senior Instructor, Accounting and Finance

20 years
Christopher Baynard
, Associate Professor, Economics
Wayland Coppedge, Associate Instructor, Economics
Hugh Cornell, Senior Instructor, Mathematics and Statistics
Rosa De Jorio, Associate Professor, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Hans-Herbert Koegler, Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies
Michael Lentz, Associate Professor, Biology
JoAnn Nolin, Associate Professor, Health Administration
Thomas Pekarek, Professor, Physics
Valerie Reynolds, Coordinator, Budgets, President's Office
John Sharp, Assistant Director, Systems Engineering

15 years
Parvez Ahmed
, Professor, Accounting and Finance
Judy Comeaux, Assistant Professor, Nursing
Karene Fabian, Coordinator, Accounting, Controller’s Office
Joseph Flowers, Instructor, English
Jeffrey Harrison, Chair/Professor, Public Health
Nick Hudyma, Professor, Civil Engineering
Karen Patterson, Dean/Associate VP, Academic Affairs
Lashawn Smith, Coordinator, Contracts, Grants Accounting, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Heather Strayer, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department
Debra Wagner, Assistant Professor, Nursing

10 years
Lian An
, Associate Professor, Economics
Wayne Balcar, Adjunct, School of Computing
Mary Beal, Instructor, Economics
Denise Bossy, Associate Professor, History
Michael Bovenzi, Associate Professor, Music
Jessica Brown, Accounting Associate, Music
Alison Bruey, Associate Professor, History
Justin Cato, Associate Director, Recreation
James Churilla, Associate Professor, Clinical and Applied Movement Science
Cynthia Cummings, Associate Professor, Nursing
James Curry, Associate Professor, Music
Alina Dumitru, Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics
Daniela Genova, Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics
Kathryn Grant, Adjunct, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Elizabeth Heuer, Associate Professor, Art and Design
Clarence Hines, Associate Professor, Music
Christopher Janson, Associate Professor/Center Director, Leadership School Counseling and Sport Management
Amy Keagy, Laboratory Manager, Biology
Erin Largo-Wight, Associate Professor, Public Health
Wanda Lastrapes, Director, Research Program Services, Education and Human Services
Kate Learch, Associate Director, International Business Flagship, Undergraduate and International Program
Juliana Leding, Associate Professor, Psychology
Brenda Maxey-Billings, Instructor, English
Erin Richman, Adjunct, Psychology
Albert Ritzhaupt, Adjunct, School of Computing
Cliff Ross, Chair/Professor, Biology
Thobias Sando, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering
Latasha Scott, Program Assistant, Student Health Services
Sherry Shaw, Professor, Exceptional Deaf and Interpreter Education
Michael Stultz, Instructor, Exceptional Deaf and Interpreter Education
Brian Thornton, Professor, Communication
Frederick Troendle, Laboratory Lecturer, Chemistry
Karthikeyan Umapathy, Associate Professor, School of Computing
K.D. White, Senior Buyer, Procurement Services

5 years
Amatuli, Laboratory Lecturer, Biology
Catherine Baucom, Instructor, Education and Human Services
Stephan Boka, Instructor, English
Kim Cheek, Associate Professor, Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL
Malgorzata Czerwinska, Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Statistics
Todd DelGiudice, Assistant Professor, Music
Frankie Dupree, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Jose Franco, Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Statistics
Kelly Gates, Director of Donor Engagement and Stewardship, UDAE
Stephen Gosden, Assistant Professor, Music
Elizabeth Gregg, Associate Professor/Chair, Leadership School Counseling and Sport Management
Theresa Hammock, Program Services Coordinator, Military and Veterans Resource Center

Courtney King, Assistant Director, Student Affairs
Bryan Knuckley, Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Corinne Labyak, Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Dietetics
Jennifer Lieberman, Assistant Professor, English
James Littleton, Instructor, School of Computing
Patricia Madrid, Administrative Assistant, Alumni Engagement
Jody Nicholson-Bell, Assistant Professor, Psychology
Jeffrey Pigg, Head Athletic Coach, Cross Country/Track and Field Programs
Sherry Pinkstaff, Assistant Professor, Clinical and Applied Movement Science
Lynn Pinner, Executive Secretary, Environmental Health and Safety
Daniel Santavicca, Assistant Professor, Physics
Walter Schuller, Coordinator, Computer Systems, School of Computing
David Swanson, Associate Professor, Marketing and Logistics
Heather Truelove, Assistant Professor, Psychology
Hope Wilson, Associate Professor, Foundations and Secondary Education

The following employees were either hired by UNF or were promoted from OPS positions recently:

Thomas Boss, Assistant Athletic Coach, Baseball
Caitlin Bradley, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Emily Britt, Coordinator, Residence Life, Osprey Landing
Robert Buehn, Director, Military and Veterans Resource Center
Robert Cote, Maintenance Mechanic, Housing
Sheresa Divens, Coordinator, Residence Life, Residence Life Programming
Laura Drake, Office Manager, Clinical and Applied Movement Science
Sierra Ejankowski, Administrative Secretary, Pre-Law Program
Ian Gibson, Director, Basketball Operations, Men's Basketball
Carrie Guth, Director, Employment, Human Resources
Laura McCloskey, Associate Director, Human Resources Records Management
Hailey Miller, Academic Advisor, Education and Human Services
Sarah Moukhliss, Assistant University Librarian
Akanke Omorayo-Adenrele, Field Education Director, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Shantelle Ortiz, Administrative Secretary, School of Computing
Apryl Price, University Librarian, Library
Rachel Probst, Coordinator, Residence Life, Osprey Cove
George Rainbolt, Professor/Dean, Arts and Sciences
Herrick Smith, Laboratory Tech, Art and Design
Terence Thompson, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Corey Ulloa, Coordinator, Residence Life, Osprey Fountains
Sonya Yates, Custodial Supervisor, Custodial Services

Great Job
The following employees were promoted recently:

John Anderson, Associate Lecturer, Physics
Rodrick Andrews, Director, Student Financial Aid, Financial Aid Office
Ashley Ballard, Director, Recreation and Wellness
KimberlyBarnhart, Coordinator, Data Management, Advancement Services
Andrew Beall, Associate Lecturer, Biology
Melissa Bush, Associate Lecturer, Chemistry
Jennifer Garrow, Coordinator, IT Support, User Services
Elizabeth Hardy, Coordinator, Academic Support Services, One-Stop Center
Bruce Herring, Assistant Director, IPTM
Jennifer Kane, Professor, Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management
John Kantner, Professor, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Heather Kite, Associate Director, Field House Rentals
Marla Lewis, Associate Director, Student Financial Aid, Financial Aid Office
Jennifer Marshall, Coordinator, Administrative Services, General Counsel
Deborah Miller, Senior Director, Center for Instruction and Research Technology
Lauren Newton, Associate University Librarian
Riley Sackett, Coordinator, Student Financial Aid, Financial Aid Office
Janice Seabrooks-Blackmore, Interim Chair, Exceptional Deaf and Interpreter Ed
Diane Stover, Coordinator, Outreach and Recruitment, Military and Veterans Resource Center
Michele Verkerk, Office Manager, Foundations and Secondary Education
Marielle Veve, Associate University Librarian

Heartfelt well wishes in their new endeavors for the following employees who left UNF recently:

Anila Aslam, Assistant Child Development Teacher, UNF Preschool
Ali Badibanga, Assistant Director, Prospect Management, UDAE
Christopher Brantley, IT Support Tech, Training and Services Institute
Curtis Brown, Senior Recycle Refuse Worker, Recycling
Lauren Chase, ESL Instructional Specialist, Student Affairs
Pamela DeLoach, Accounts Payable Receivable Associate, Controller
Natalia Dubynska, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Kathryn Esquer, Psychologist, Counseling Center
Mark Finnegan, Head Athletic Coach, Men's Tennis
Nicole Fiore, Coordinator, Residence Life, Osprey Fountains
Felicia George, Director, Class Comp Employment, Human Resources
Andrew Hambidge, Coordinator, IT Support, User Services
Deborah Price, Law Enforcement Sergeant, University Police Department
Becky Purser, Director, Campus Recreation
Paul Robinson, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Joshua Sevearance, Research Engineer, Mechanical Engineering
Frank Tappin, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
Kent Ward, Police Communications Officer, University Police Department
Ray Wikstrom, Director, Military and Veterans Resource Center
Franklin Young, Coordinator, Athletic Operations, Men's Basketball

Faculty and Staff

Regalia for UNF faculty and staff accomplishmentsBrooks College of Health

Department of Public Health
Dr. Tes Tuason presented “Health is Wealth: But Can We Be Healthy Without Wealth?” on “On the Pulse: Study of Health and Economics” in the Museum of Science and History, Jacksonville.

In addition, Tuason, with students C. Avant, E. Rollins, K. Freeman, R. Underwood, T. Higgins and K. McCallan, presented “The Effect of Self-Esteem on College Freshman’s Attitudes towards Mental Health and Propensity to Seed Services” at the 2017 American Counseling Association Conference & Expo, San Francisco. At the same conference, Tuason, with students A. Hopson, S. Pierre, S. Barber, L. Griffis, A. Stanley and D. Matthews, presented “Fifty Shades of Skin: Colorism and its Effect on Self-Esteem.”

Coggin College of Business

Dr. Gregory Gundlach, professor of marketing, co-chaired “Evaluating Antitrust Remedies: A Multidisciplinary Approach,” an American Antitrust Institute Symposium on June 20 at the National Press Club, Washington D.C.

Dr. Nathan Kunz, assistant professor of operations management, co-authored “Toward a dynamic balanced scorecard model for humanitarian relief organizations’ performance management,” which was recently published in the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 194-218. 

Dr. Ronald Adams, emeritus professor of marketing, presented “McDonald’s vs. NLRB: Should Franchisors be Held Responsible for the Labor Practices of Their Franchisees?” at the 24th Annual Conference of the European Institute of Retailing and Services Studies (EIRASS), June 27, in Vancouver, British Columbia.

College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Cliff Ross and student Paige Duffin presented “The role of environmental stressors and host immunocompetence in wasting disease prevalence and severity in the seagrass Thalassia testudinum” at the American Society of Plant Biology in Honolulu in June.

Dr. Terri Ellis and her students presented three different posters at The Annual Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in New Orleans. Jazmyne Jackson presented the poster “Alterations in Capsular Polysaccharides of Klebsiella pneumoniae in response to exposure with sub-MIC levels of Cephalothin.” Amanda Velez presented the poster “Bacterial Exposure to Sub-MIC Levels of Cephalothin on Macrophage Phagocytosis of Klebsiella pneumonia.” Debra Brunson presented a poster and gave an oral presentation of “Membrane Porin Loss in Klebsiella pneumoniae Clinical Isolates Leads to Alterations to the Cell Envelope.”

Dr. John Hatle, with students Ayesha Awan, Justin Nicholas, Ryan Koch and Julie Vokrri, and colleagues Marshall McCue, Caroline Williams, Goggy Davidowitz, and Daniel Hahn, published “Life-extending dietary restriction and ovariectomy each increase leucine oxidation and alter leucine allocation in grasshoppers” in Experimental Gerontology.

Dr. Dale Casamatta made four presentations at the Phycological Society of America Annual Meeting in June. With student Amber O. Brown and colleague Quincy A. Gibson, he presented “Determining microcystin presence in stranded Tursiops truncatus in Northeast Florida.” With student Chelsea Villanueva and colleague Jeffrey Johansen, he presented “Quantitatively establishing that highly conserved ITS 16S-23S rRNA region secondary structures are taxonomically informative at the species level.” With students Alyssa Garvey and Chelsea Villaneuva, he presented “Identifying biogeographical patterns within Brasilonema (Scytonemataceae, Cyanophyta) using 16s rRNA and its secondary structures.” Finally, with students Phil D. Jenkins and Chelsea Villanueva, he presented “Aerial sampling of cyanobacteria over longitudinal and altitudinal gradients.”

Dr. Quincy Gibson, with graduate students J. Ermak and K. Brightwell, published “Multi-level dolphin alliances in northeastern Florida offer comparative insight into pressures shaping alliance formation” in the Journal of Mammalogy in June.

Dr. Stuart Chalk was awarded $70K by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for the first year of a grant titled “Development of a Units Repository for Administration and Dissemination of Scientific Units for Use in Semantic Applications.” Chalk also presented an invited talk titled “Enhancements to the IUPAC Gold Book: Giving Chemical Meaning to Big Data” as part of the special symposium on “Research Data, Big Data, and Chemistry” at the 49th International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) World Congress in São Paulo in July.

Drs. John Parmelee, Berrin Beasley, Stephynie Perkins and Nataliya Roman presented “Gender and Generational Differences in Political Reporters’ Interactivity with Politicians and the Public on Twitter” to the European Political Science Association in Milan.

Dr. David Deeley presented a UNF case study on using students to produce sports content for ESPN3 as part of the panel “BEA Fast Break: Recruiting, Training, and Managing Student Crews” at the Sports Video Group: College Sports Summit in June.

Mathematics and Statistics
Dr. Scott Hochwald
, chair/associate professor, was honored with the Meritorious Service Award presented by the national Mathematical Association of America at its July conference in Chicago.

Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki released a solo CD recording titled “Karol Szymanowski – Songs | Pieśni,” produced by MRS Classics. The CD features 26 songs in four languages transposed to baritone voice as a first of its kind recording for the low male voice.

Dr. Nick Curry taught lessons, presented research and master classes at the Aria International Summer Academy in Massachusetts. Other faculty members participated from Julliard, Eastman, Oberlin, Rice, Michigan and Northwestern.

Dr. Randy Tinnin directed the UNF Trumpet Ensemble, which was selected by competitive taped audition to perform at the 2017 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania, in June.

Political Science and Public Administration
Dr. Joshua C. Gellers
published the book “The Global Emergence of Constitutional Environmental Rights,” Routledge: Law, Justice and Ecology Series.

Drs. Jody Nicholson, Christian Winterbottom and Matt Ohlson have selected Amanda Moscrip, a first-year student in the Master of Science in Psychology program, for a two-year $10,000 fellowship funded through a UNF Foundation Board grant. Amanda will be the project manager on a program to expand and evaluate a mentoring program targeting at-risk K-8 youth in the Jacksonville community.

Dr. Elizabeth R. Brown, with colleagues M.Steinberg, Y. Lu and A.B. Diekman published “Is the lone scientist an American dream? Perceived communal opportunities in STEM offer a pathway to closing U.S.-Asia gaps in interest and positivity” in Social Psychological and Personality Science, July.

Dr. Angela Mann and student Amulya Mandavalli presented their research on “The Beliefs and Values Surrounding Mental Health in Rural India” at the annual conference of the International School Psychology Association in Manchester, United Kingdom in July.

College of Computing, Engineering and Construction

School of Computing
Dr. William Klostermeyer
, with Michael Henning, published “Italian Domination in Trees,” in Discrete Applied Mathematics, vol. 217 (2017), pp. 557-564.

Dr. Sandeep Reddivari presented “SDVisu: A Tool for Clustering-Based Visual Exploration of Static Dependencies” by Sandeep Reddivari, Mahesh Kotapalli and Nan Niu at the IEEE Computing Conference, London, in July.

Dr. Swapnoneel Roy, with Chanchal Khatwani, published “Cryptanalysis and Improvement of ECC Based Authentication and Key Exchanging Protocols” in Cryptography, vol. I (2017)

School of Engineering
Dr. Don Resio, with Taylor Asher and Jennifer Irish, published “The effects of natural structure on estimated tropical cyclone surge extremes” in Natural Hazards (2017) pp. 1-29.

Dr. Issa Ramaji, with P. Gultekin-Bicer, C.J. Anumba published, “Comparison Basis of Building Information Modeling Workflows for Energy Analysis” in Computing in Civil Engineering (2017) pp. 332-339. Also, with P. Gultekin-Bicer, R.W. Crowley and J.D. Lambert, Ramaji published “Investigation of Leveraging BIM Standards to Facilitate Sustainability Evaluations from Early Stages of Design” in Computing in Civil Engineering (2017) pp. 175-183.

Dr. John Nuszkowski published four papers:
With H. Li, S. Liu, C. Liew, T. Gatts, S. Wayne and N. Clark, Nuszkowski published “An Investigation of the Combustion Process of a Heavy-Duty Dual Fuel Engine Supplemented with Natural Gas and Hydrogen,” International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol. 42, No. 5, pp. 3352-3362, 2017.

Nuszkowski, with H. Smith, M. McKinney, N. McMahan, B. Wilder, E. Boehringer, B. Clarkson, C. Littleton, K. Parker, published “On-road Fuel Economy Increase by Trailing at a Safe Distance,” Proc. IMechE, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering, 10.1177/0954407017703233, 2017.

M.U. Kaisan, F.O. Anafi, Nuszkowski, D.M. Kulla, and S. Umaru, published “Exhaust emissions of biodiesel binary and multi-blends from Cotton, Jatropha and Neem oil from stationary multi cylinder CI engine” in Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, Vol. 53, pp. 403-414, 2017.

Nuszkowski, with J. Schwamb, and J. Esposito, published “A Novel Gas Divider using Nonlinear Laminar Flow,” in Flow Measurement and Instrumentation, Vol. 52, No. 12, pp. 255-260, 2016.

College of Education and Human Services

Department of Foundations and Secondary Education
Dr. Daniel Dinsmore
recently published a book titled “Strategic Processing in Education” at Routledge. The book is designed to help undergraduate and beginning graduate students better understand how learners use both domain-general and domain-specific strategies. Dinsmore also published an article titled “Examining the ontological and epistemic assumptions of research on metacognition, self-regulation, and self-regulated learning” in the journal Educational Psychology.  

Drs. Dale Casamatta, Wanda Lastrapes, KoSze Lee, and Brian Zoellner facilitated a community-based learning experience for the Jacksonville Teacher Residency (JTR) Noyce residents. The JTR residents sampled and tested water from the Ribault River in July as part of their field studies. The purpose of this curriculum extension was to help JTR residents investigate how the natural environment is part of the community surrounding the schools where they will be working in the fall as teaching apprentices. The goal is that they can use field studies like this to build relevance in the math and science curriculum for their secondary students.

Department of Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education
Dr. Jennifer Renée Kilpatrick
received an Institute of Education Sciences subaward for $205,990 for a study titled “An Efficacy Study of Strategic and Interactive Writing Instruction (SIWI): Teacher development and student outcomes.” The four-year project begins in August and will be directed by Dr. Kimberly Wolbers of the University of Tennessee, who received a total award of more than $3.2 million. The collaboration between personnel at The University of Tennessee, University of Connecticut, Arizona State University, Gallaudet University, Georgia State University and University of North Florida is an Efficacy and Replication project to examine the outcomes of SIWI with deaf and hard of hearing students.

Furthermore, Kilpatrick and her colleague Dr. Hannah Dostal, at the University of Connecticut, presented “SpectAPPular Literacy Learning” at the 2nd Annual National Deaf Education Conference in Indianapolis in June. The presentation shared the research-based rationale for using technology to bridge students’ personal and community literacies to school literacies and demonstrated the use of five apps that teachers of the deaf can use to facilitate vocabulary development and support authentic writing in the classroom.

Hicks Honors College
LouAnne Hawkins and Dr. Leslie Kaplan published “Helping the Me-Generation Decenter: Service Learning with Refugees” in the Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, Vol. 17, no 2, Fall/Winter 2016, pp. 157-176.

Student Affairs
Dr. Lucy Shaffer Croft
, associate vice president for Student Affairs, was sworn in as chair of the board of directors for the National Association for Campus Activities, which provides resources to promote student learning through engagement in campus life. A longtime NACA® volunteer, Croft has coordinated and served on the faculty for NACA® Institutes and as a regional conference chair and national conference chair.

Division of Continuing Education
UNF’s Division of Continuing Education was recently recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management and the Holmes Corporation as a Top 20 SHRM Educational Provider nationwide. The award ceremony took place in New Orleans May 2-4. Certificates were presented to the institutions that had the highest enrollments for the 2016 SHRM Learning System® course.

The Goods


ChickpeasThe Goods on Garbanzos

Having trouble finding a way to incorporate healthy plant-based proteins into your diet? Look no further than the chickpea! Here are some myths and facts about this versatile legume rich in fiber, protein and several vitamins and minerals.

Myth: Chickpeas aren’t actually beans.
: Technically, chickpeas are legumes. Beans always fall under the category of legumes, although not all legumes are beans. Also known as garbanzo beans, the chickpea gained this name when its cultivation began in the American continents. 

Myth: From a nutrition standpoint, chickpeas and legumes are all alike.
: Chickpeas do have differences in nutrient content compared to other legumes. Published nutritional analyses show that 1 cup of cooked chickpeas provides 270 calories, 49 grams of carbohydrates, 14 grams of fiber, 5 grams of fat (three of which are the mono- and polyunsaturated healthier fats), healthy source of essential fatty acids (omega-6, and omega-3) and 0 cholesterol. Chickpeas are an excellent vegan and gluten-free source of protein and fiber, several B vitamins (especially folate), as well as potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, selenium and zinc.

Myth: Cooking chickpeas reduces the overall nutritive content.
: A majority of recipes call for chickpeas to be cooked before incorporating them, but, fortunately, cooking doesn’t alter the total protein and carbohydrate content of the chickpea. Cooking can actually increase both fiber content in addition to protein quality and availability by inactivating components that inhibit efficient digestion/absorption. 

Myth: Cardiovascular health is the only beneficial effect from eating chickpeas.
: Of course, the cardiovascular health component is bolstered by the presence of lecithin, soluble fiber, folate and magnesium. Fiber helps significantly reduce LDL, the bad cholesterol, and also helps clear triglycerides from the blood. Chickpeas are also being studied for their role in glucose metabolism, obesity and bone mass as well as inflammation and immunology.

The Goods is a monthly column about food myths and facts by faculty members in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program and runs in The Florida Times-Union’s “Taste” section. Evan Koch, graduate student and dietetic intern in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, also added to the content. Have a question about chickpeas? Contact Dr. Corrine Labyak at

Homemade Hummus

1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas or 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (1 large lemon)
1/4 cup tahini (If you have difficult time finding tahini, replace with plain Greek yogurt)
1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt to taste
2 to 3 Tablespoons water
Dash ground paprika, for serving

Combine lemon juice and tahini in food processor (preferable) or blender
Process for 30 seconds, scrape sides and process for another 30 seconds until well blended
Add olive oil, garlic, cumin and ½ tsp of salt and process for 30 seconds
Open, drain and rinse the chickpeas. Add half of them and process for 1 minute
Scrape and mix
Add remaining chickpeas and process
Taste for salt and add to adjust to your preference
If too thick, then slowly add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water to reach preferred consistency
Serve hummus with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of paprika.
On the side, serve with pita bread and/or veggies and olives.
Hummus can be kept in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Servings: 6 servings, ¼ cup each or a total of 1 ½ cups hummus
Recipe and nutritional analysis adapted from this online recipe.


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