Brooks College of Health
Department of Health Administration
Dr. Cynthia White-Williams will serve as guest editor of a Special Collection on Healthcare Informatics: Data, Innovation and Delivery. This special collection focuses on the application of healthcare technologies and big data to bridge the gap between data/technology and outcomes, thus supporting the application of big data and technology. Learn more about this special collection.
Department of Public Health
Dr. Robert Zeglin presented “The Role of Sexuality Competencies in the Future Counselor Identity: A Delphi Study” at the biannual conference of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision in Chicago in October. Zeglin also published “An Introduction to Proposed Human Sexuality Counseling Competencies” in the International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, October.
Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences
Dr. James Churilla published the findings from three studies: “Prevalence of Individual Metabolic Syndrome Criterion, Elevated C-Reactive Protein and Physical Activity in U.S. Adolescents: 2007-2010 NHANES” was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health; “The Utility of Using a Dose-Response Approach to Mental Distress and Physical Activity: Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System 2011,” in the Journal of Public Health; and “Mode of Physical Activity Participation by Body Mass Index in U.S. Adults: 2015 BRFSS” in Research in Sports Medicine.
School of Nursing
Dr. Cynthia Cummings and Dr. Linda Connelly published “Reflections of Nursing Students’ ‘Very Bad Day’ Simulation Experience” in the Teaching and Learning in Nursing, November. Cummings and Connelly also will be presenting “Training Graduate Students in Simulation Education” at the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Conference in Indianapolis in October. In addition, Cummings will be presenting a poster “Differences in Perception of Clinical Preparation between Nursing Graduates and Nurse Educators” at the AACN Baccalaureate Conference in Atlanta in November.
Dr. Helene Vossos received recognition from the American Health Council for outstanding contributions and dedication in the field of nursing in August. Locally, she volunteered as the Medical Division Chair for the Domestic Violence Initiative in Flagler County at the Sheriff Department and Community Leaders in October to assist in making recommendations and organizing programs in the community. In addition, Vossos was invited to edit for Wolter-Kluwers mental health clinical module on a variety of topics and to conduct a peer review of the CE Article for the Journal of American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Rocking Chair Therapy for Veterans, in October. In the same month, Vossos presented “The Role of the PMHNP in an Inpatient Crisis Stabilization Unit” at Pinegrove CSU in Daytona Beach.
College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Anita Fuglestad, with her colleagues E.W. Demerath, M.C. Finsaas, C.J. Moore, M.K. Georgieff and S.M. Carlson, published “Maternal executive function, infant feeding responsiveness and infant growth during the first 3 months” in Pediatric Obesity, August.
Dr. Jody Nicholson published “A community-based intervention for low-income families to reduce children’s blood lead levels between 3-9.9 µg/dL”, in Children’s Health Care. With undergraduate Ali Simons and graduate student Jenny Barton, Nicholson published “Ability to Categorize Food Predicts Hypothetical Food Choices in Head Start Preschoolers Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior” in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.
College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
School of Computing
Dr. Karthikeyan Umapathy, Dr. Dan Richard, Evan Copello, Rachel Carpenter, Hinal Pandya, Gregory Rousis and Jason Smith, presented Florida Data Science for Social (FL-DSSG) 2017 Summer Internship project findings at the Big Data JAX, Jacksonville, meetup on Sept. 26.
Ten School of Computing students comprising four teams participated in the IEEEXtreme 24-hour competition Oct. 14-15.
Department of Construction Management
Dr. Issa Ramaji and A.M. Memari published “Extending the current model view definition standards to support multi-storey modular building projects.” Architectural Engineering and Design Management, pp.1-19, 2017.
College of Education and Human Services
Department of Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management
Dr. Ronghua Ouyang chaired the 23rd International Conference of the Association of Chinese Professors of Social Sciences in the United States (ACPSS) at High Point University, High Point, North Carolina, Oct. 20-22. He was re-elected to be the president of the ACPSS. In addition to the remarks at the opening ceremony, Ouyang also presented, “Chinese Language Teaching, Culture Sharing and Confucius Institutes in the USA: Opportunities and Challenges.”
Dr. Anne Swanson, Dr. Matt Ohlson, and Dr. Laura Boilini; UNF student assistants Donique Wray, Randa Abdelhameed, and Juliette Lauk; volunteer assistants Beth Pospyhalla, Joseph Stilwell; leader Assistant Principal David Errico; and teacher Ms. Tiffany Neal-Butts participated on Oct. 13 in “Developing the Leader Within Me” Workshop, A UNF Outreach Project-Joseph Stilwell Middle School in Duval County. Twenty 8th grade students from the Joseph Stilwell Military Academy of Leadership visited UNF for a day of leadership and art. The students discussed leadership traits and their own skills and abilities, composed an action plan for their leadership development for the 2017-18 school year, toured the UNF Campus and painted their chosen leadership traits on canvas. The work will be on display at UNF on all three floors of the College of Education and Human Services through spring 2018. The students will return to UNF for a “Celebrate Leadership” event to discuss their leadership development and take their art with them. We extend a huge thank you to our student leaders for sharing their work with us!
Drs. Nicholas Eastham and Terence Cavanaugh presented “New Dimensions of Printing: Rapid Prototyping 3D Graphs” at the Florida Association of Science Teachers conference in Orlando in October. Eastham and Cavanaugh also will present “Rapid Processes for Educational Resource Creation” — which includes creating 3-D printed, educational tactile resources for the visually impaired and rapid video captioning with a hardware hack and cloud-based software — at the UNF DHI Digital Projects Showcase Nov. 8.
Department of Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education
Dr. Suzanne Ehrlich was recently appointed to the Independent Living Resource Center's (ILRC) Board of Directors here in Jacksonville.
Dr. Clare Liddon and graduate students in the Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education program attended the 37th annual Florida Association for Behavior Analysis Annual Conference in Daytona Beach. Liddon served as a discussant in a research symposium, titled “Translational Behavioral Research: Insights from Basic Science on Conditioned Reinforcement.” Three recent studies on conditioned reinforcement were discussed, originating from behavioral research labs across Florida universities, including University of South Florida, University of Florida and Florida Institute of Technology.
Dr. Debbie Reed co-chairs a new task force to study clinical preparation of special education teachers. Learn more about the new task force.
Department of Childhood Education, Literacy and Tesol
Dr. Katrina Hall assisted with the Advanced Ed accreditation visit Oct. 21-23 for Seaside Community Charter School, a new UNF professional development school and a Community Based Learning Carnegie Engaged Partner. Hall wrote the charter application for the K-5 school, which is now going up for renewal in its 5th year. The school will move to Atlantic Beach near Hanna Park in 2018. The school accepts applications for grade K-6 on an ongoing basis. Learn more about school enrollment.
Dr. Christine Weber, board member for CEC TAG, spent three days at Western Kentucky University participating in strategic planning and board meetings for the division. She also participated in a podcast titled “Moving from Professional Development to Professional Learning.”
Dr. Katie Monnin moderated the “Gender Identity: Understanding Through Art” panel at New York City Comic Con with “NeverEnding Story” child actress and today’s contemporary Broadway choreographer Tami Stronach; transgender and New York Times best-selling graphic novelist Dana Simpson; graphic novelist and Disney animator Molly Ostertag; and high school teacher and author Michael Gianfrencesco. Monnin also spoke at New York City Comic Con on two other panels: “The Representative Bookshelf” and “Men in Comics: A Woman’s Panel.”
Center for Urban Education and Policy
On Oct. 5, the Center for Urban Education and Policy supported the Rhoda L. Martin Cultural Heritage Center’s “The Wonder Woman’s Banquet.” The banquet honored the legacies of five amazing women whose immense contributions to education — either directly as teachers, or as advocates and benefactors — have made indelible marks to the Beaches communities. See the video featuring these awardees. The Center is grateful for the support of many current and former faculty leaders: Wanda Hedrick, Lunetta Williams, Sue Syverud, Sophie Maxis, Jeanie Jones, and Lynne Raiser; as well as current students Lani Derby and Donique Wray, and graduate Dr. Ellen Glasser — the recent Mayor-elect of Atlantic Beach. Rhoda L. Martin was a former slave who in the 1920s started the first school for African-American youth in the kitchen of her home located in "The Hill," the historic African-American community in Jacksonville Beach. Her efforts led the DCPS School Board to open the former Jacksonville Beach Colored School No. 144 in 1939. The Center currently works to preserve the history of African-American life and education at the beaches, while also advocating for and supporting current education efforts.
Dr. Katrina Hall is a current board member of the Rhoda L. Martin Center and has long collaborated with the organization, supporting after-school programs that still run there, and assisting with community tutoring programs and other efforts. Across her various collaborative roles, the strength of the relationships she has built with the Rhoda L. Martin Center, its board and volunteers really shine. New CUEP staff are grateful for the wisdom and experiences of the retired educators who are affiliated with the Rhoda L. Martin Center, and look forward to continuing to work with the Center to understand how to better nurture the learning and developmental of African-American youth, families and communities, as well as how to better prepare educators to honor and involve the community in their teaching.
Jacksonville Teacher Residency Program
Drs. Wanda Lastrapes (UNF) and Chris White (DCPS), co-directors of the Jacksonville Teacher Residency, highlighted this collaborative urban teacher preparation model at the 61st Annual Fall Conference of the Council of the Great City Schools in Cleveland. Their presentation, “Strengthening Urban Education One Teacher at a Time,” focused on the comprehensive profession development framework that supports both JTR residents (graduate students) and their clinical residency mentors throughout the graduate program and into their induction years as a Duval County Public School STEM teacher. Their presentation was one of three innovative approaches to new teacher preparation shared with conference participants Oct. 20.
Members of Cohort 4 of the Jacksonville Teacher Residency (JTR) Program were recognized as National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teaching Fellows at a welcome reception Oct. 18. The reception was held at the Adam W. Herbert University Center and featured speakers from partnership agencies included the UNF College of Education and Human Services, Duval County Public Schools and the Jacksonville Public Education Fund. The JTR program prepares STEM teachers to work in high-need schools in Duval County’s urban core. While engaged in graduate teacher education courses, residents work with high-quality STEM teacher mentors to prepare for teaching. The program is now affiliated with the Noyce Teaching Fellows program, which focuses on teacher preparation and induction through strong STEM experiences. Highlights of the event included discussion of key attributes of effective teachers in these schools including strong content knowledge, effective pedagogy and a caring disposition. Jackson High School Science teacher Allison Williams shared her insights about developing long-lasting professional relationships with students.
Tim Robinson, Director of International Affairs, appeared on First Coast Connect on Oct. 5 to talk about UNF’s new Peace Corps Prep Program. Listen to the show on First Coast Connect.
Kaitlin Legg, director of the LGBT Resource Center, co-facilitated the “Dimensions of Diversity” webinar for the National Association of Fundraising Professionals Strategic Conversation Series on Oct. 20, with Birgit Burton (Georgia Institute of Technology) and Sara Cole (YMCA of Greater Rochester).