UNF’s new Retired Faculty Association
The University recently gained a UNF Retired Faculty Association, formed by a group of 30 retired faculty members who came together in May in a first-ever attempt to create this type of organization. As an extended family that serves to “strengthen the fabric of collegiality,” retired faculty associations can be found at other universities in the state and around the country.
The mission of the association is to: provide opportunities to continue valued relationships with the University; serve as a conduit for the current events of campus, community, and colleagues; and deepen connections with former and current faculty and their disciplines.
Brooks College of Health
Dr. Debra Wagner, associate professor of nursing, authored the publication “Patients with a spinal cord injury satisfaction with self-care teaching by nurses” in 2018 Rehabilitation Nursing, 43(3), 138-148.
Cindy Cummings made two presentations at the International Nursing Education conference in Banff, Canada, May 8: “Incorporating Moral Resilience into an Undergraduate Nursing program” and “Preparation on Nursing graduates for practice.”
Robert Zeglin, with K.C. Hergenrather and J. Hernandez Garcia, published “A systematic review of the common experiences of caregivers of HIV+ men who have sex with men: Implications for counselors” in Journal of Rehabilitation, 84(1), 22-30, 2018.
Dr. Deirdre Shoemake, instructor in the School of Nursing, presented “The Relationship Between Pressure Injury Prevention Strategies and the Incidence of Hospital-Acquired Pressure Injuries” at the University of North Florida’s Showcase of Osprey Advancements in Research and Scholarship (SOARS) conference in April. In addition, Shoemake and Dr. Judy Comeaux collaborated with junior BSN student nurses Jayce Teeman, Jeremy Tromblay and Beau Bradley on a poster presentation titled “Dedicated Education Unit: A Clinical Experience,” for the 66th Annual Student Nurses Association Conference held in Nashville in April.
Coggin College of Business
Dr. Jeff Michelman, professor of accounting, will be chairing Rotary District 6970’s efforts to eradicate polio. In November 2017, Michelman completed the 106-mile Bike Ride to End Polio, raising more than $92,000. When combined with the match from the Gates Foundation, the total funds raised were $278,000.
Dr. Adel El-Ansary, professor of marketing, has had his manuscript titled “Marketing’s Identity Crisis: Insights from the History of Marketing Thought” accepted for publication at the Academy of Marketing Science for its June 2018 Issue of the Academy of Marketing Science Review along with four commentaries: Phil Kotler, Sideny Levy, Richard Bagozzi and O.C. Ferrell. These commentaries, by facilitating debate and discussion, will further enhance the impact of the ideas advanced in El-Ansary’s article.
College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Mike Aspinwall, with his colleagues S. H. Taylor, C.J. Blackman, B. Choat, D.T. Tissue and O. Ghannoum, published “CO2 availability influences hydraulic function of C3 and C4 grass leaves” in the Journal of Experimental Botany (April).
Dr. Quincy Gibson, with her colleagues A. Brown, A. Foss and M. Miller, published “Detection of cyanotoxins (microcystins/nodularins) in livers from estuarine and coastal bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from Northeast Florida” in the Journal Harmful Algae (May).
Mark Ari published a new edition of his novel, “The Shoemaker’s Tale” (Zephyr Press) with a National Endowment of the Arts Artworks grant.
Dr. Nicholas de Villiers gave an invited talk and workshop, “Drag Culture, History, and Laughter,” at Oberlin College and Conservatory.
Joe Flowers presented a lecture on “Ethics and Eating” at the Museum of Science and History for the Joe Berg Seminar series (April).
Marcus Pactor published “More Fish Than Man” in Heavy Feather Review (Vol. 7).
Mathematics and Statistics
Dr. Michelle DeDeo was awarded the UNF 2017-18 Undergraduate Teaching Award.
Professor Danny Gottlieb continues to perform with actor/musician/philanthropist Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band, Gottlieb’s 14th year with the group, raising money in support of the U.S. Military. The group’s April concerts included Brook Army Medical Center in Texas; Offutt Airforce base in Nebraska; Mountain Home AFB in Idaho; March AFB and Beale AFB in California; and a concert for first responders and firefighters of Sonoma County. Professor Gottlieb also recorded on four selections as a guest artist on a big band tribute album for the late Grammy award winning trumpeter Lew Soloff. Besides Gottlieb, who has won four Grammy Awards, the recording also featured Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Randy Brecker and Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Lou Marini.
Dr. Nick Curry, associate professor of cello, gave a masterclass at the prestigious Latvian Music Academy in May. He also presented research at the National Suzuki Association of the Americas conference.
Dr. Cara Tasher was featured to discuss the relevance of choral music and conducted the UNF Chamber Singers on the popular national program "Good Morning, Lituania" in a 10-minute segment. Additionally, while on tour in the Baltic States, she introduced 30 students to the most well-known choral composers of each country including Vytautas Miskinis, Vaclovas Augustinas, Eriks Esenvalds, and Part Uusberg. She also created the Jacksonville SINGS! Refugee Chorus that performed alongside UNF Chorale and Osprey Treble Chorus at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Augustine in early April, partnering with Lutheran Social Services and Catholic Charities Bureau.
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Dr. Andrew Buchwalter published “The Metaphysic of Spirit and Hegel’s Philosophy of Politics” in Hegel’s Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Politics, ed. Michael J. Thompson (Routledge).
Dr. Daniel Santavicca published “Prospects for faster, higher-temperature superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors” in the journal Superconductor Science and Technology.
Dr. Jason T. Haraldsen and collaborators published “Manifolds of magnetic ordered states and excitations in the almost Heisenberg pyrochlore antiferromagnet MgCr2O4” in Physical Review B (April).
Political Science and Public Administration
Dr. Joshua C. Gellers, with his colleague Chris Jeffords, presented a paper, “State Capacity and the Implementation of Environmental Rights,” at the International Studies Association Annual Convention in San Francisco. He also presented, with UNF graduate student Trevor J. Cheatham, a paper, “Sustainable Development Goals and Environmental Justice: Realization through Disaggregation?” at the Wisconsin International Law Journal Annual Symposium, held at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison.
Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Dr. Keith Ashley published “Mocama Life at Santa Cruz de Guadalquini: Persistence and Accommodation Under the Mission Bell” in Franciscans and American Indians in Pan-Borderlands Perspective: Adaption, Negotiation, and Resistance. Academy of American Franciscan History.
Dr. Mandi N. Barringer, with her colleagues David A. Gay and John Lynxwiler, presented “Cohort, Religiosity, and Attitudes Toward Legal Abortion: A Comparison of the Millennial, Generation X, and Baby Boom Cohorts” at the 2018 Southern Sociological Society Meeting in New Orleans. At the same conference, Dr. Barringer organized the paper session “Gender, Sexualities, and Religion.”
Dr. Ronald Lukens-Bull was awarded a 2018-19 academic year Fulbright Senior Scholar research grant for his project, “Pluralism as Piety: Mulism Youth, Militias, and the Value of a Diverse State in Indonesia.”
Dr. Shinwoo Choi presented her paper “Sense of Belonging as a Mediator of Racial Microaggressions and Depressive Symptoms Among Asian American Students” at the Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium (STARS) Junior Faculty Poster Competition, University of North Florida.
College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
School of Computing
Dr. Ching-Hua Chuan is mentoring two students, Richard Lentz and Brian Hicks, who are working on the NASA Suits Design Challenge. They presented their project at the Johnson Space Center in May.
School of Engineering
Dr. Stephen Stagon and Dr. Juan Aceros mentored student Melissa Messenger, who presented a poster titled "Mechanical and Electrical Characterization of Silver Nanorod Bonds" at the Florida American Vacuum Society annual meeting on May 8 and won second place, with a cash prize, in the undergraduate poster competition.
Dr. Patrick Kreidl, jointly with Dr. Shigang Chen at the University of Florida, presented “Defensive and resilient cyberspace with threat tracking and prediction based on temporal-spatial network/data activity profiling” at the Florida Center for Cybersecurity’s Research Symposium on April 3. In addition, Kreidl co-authored, with student Blake Nazario-Casey in the School of Computing, a paper titled “Robot navigation in unknown environments using priority-based scheduling” and presented it as a poster at IEEE Southeastcon in April in St. Petersburg, Florida. At the same conference, Kreidl presented a paper titled “Evaluation of two RFID traffic models with potential in anomaly detection,” that he co-authored with student Al Alkadi and Dr. Zornitza Prodonoff in the School of Computing as well as Dr. Hongmei Chi, professor of CIS at Florida A&M University.
College of Education and Human Services
The College assisted Gilchrist Berg in awarding this year’s Gladys Prior Awards for Career Teaching Excellence. The program, funded by Berg, honors four local teachers for exemplary work in the classroom providing each with an award of $15,000.
Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management
Recent EdD graduate, Joan Thurston and Dr. Jennifer Kane presented the findings of her dissertation research, Student-athlete Perceptions of Coaching Leadership Behaviors’ Influence on Symptoms Associated with Anxiety, Depression, Suicidality, and Substance Abuse at the College Sport Research Institute (CSRI), in Columbia, South Carolina on April 24.
Dr. Amanda Blakewood Pascale and colleague, Dr. Andrew Q. Morse at the University of Northern Iowa will have their article, "Employer perspectives on higher education accountability: Evidence of broad consensus or nuanced dissent?” published in the forthcoming issue of the Journal of Higher Education Management.
Dr. Matthew Ohlson received grants from the Cummer Foundation and the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida to expand the collegiate student leadership development embedded in the C.A.M.P. Osprey program. This nationally recognized program is a partnership between the Taylor Leadership Institute and the COEHS. In addition, Ohlson, in collaboration with a rural school leader, Kirianne Bird, Flagler County Schools, and UNF graduate students, Leah Norton and Lisa Dunham, wrote the article "Here to Stay: A Case Study in Supporting and Empowering Teachers” which will be published in the summer issue of the Kappa Delta Pi Record. Also, Ohlson was a featured speaker at the American Compliance Association (ACA Compliance Group) National Conference discussing ways to use positive leadership to reduce workplace stress.
Dr. Kristi Sweeney spoke with Action News Jax on the potential impacts of the redevelopment plans for Everbank Field.
Childhood Education, Literacy and Tesol
Dr. Wanda Hedrick’s retirement party at Restaurant Orsay was a great culmination to an amazing career. Dr. Hedrick’s scholarship, service, and teaching will be much missed at UNF.
Dr. Stacy Boote presented a paper with her co-author, Dr. David Boote, at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Research Conference in Washington, D.C. on April 23. “Leaping from Discrete to Continuous X-Axes in Science: 6th Grade Struggles” presents findings from their qualitative study using protocol analysis.
Dr. Deborah Reed spoke on EduTalk Education Talk Radio on inclusion in special education.
Center for Urban Education and Policy
Dr. Chris Janson, UNF education professor and director of the University's Center for Urban Education and Policy, is working with local activist on turning Snyder Memorial into a museum for civil rights history.
Excpetional, Deaf and Interpreter Education
Phillip Sasse, a spring 2018 graduate from the graduate program in EDIE recently earned his master's degree in exceptional student education, with a concentration on disability services.
Dr. Tara Rowe, assistant director of THRIVE in the disability resource center and fellow graduate of LCSM, co-presented a session on supporting students with ASD here at UNF in developing career skills. The session discussed strategies used at UNF to promote career skills and included five "musts" to cover when students with ASD prepare for job interviews.
Thomas G. Carpenter Library
Tammy Druash, resource description librarian, and Maria Atilano, student outreach librarian, presented "Librarians Assemble: Identifying, Acquiring and Promoting a New Graphic Novel Collection,” highlighting the Thomas G. Carpenter Library’s new and growing graphic novel collection at the 2018 Florida Library Association Conference on Thursday, May 24 in Orlando.
Stephanie F. Race, head of research and outreach, was invited to contribute to “Pivot to Learning” — a panel discussion bout open and affordable educational resources during the GALE/Cengage Learning annual meeting in Michigan in May.