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Student Union named for President Delaney

Student Union lights shine on the water as the sun setsAs President John A. Delaney's tenure comes to a close, his name will remain prominent on UNF's campus — on the side of the Student Union building. The University's Board of Trustees voted last month to name the central gathering place the John A. Delaney Student Union in honor of President Delaney's tremendous service and commitment to the University over the last 15 years.


“Naming the Student Union after our longest-serving president is a fitting reminder of the mark John Delaney has left on this University,” said BOT Chair Kevin Hyde. “The Student Union is the heart of the campus and, under his leadership, this facility has made a positive impact, not only on the lives of students and the entire University community but Northeast Florida as well.”

The announcement came as a surprise to Delaney during the annual Celebrate UNF event, which showcases the impact of University alumni, donors and volunteers on the Jacksonville community. The new building name will take effect Friday, June 1. 


The recent Alumni Journal article featured University highlights from the past 15 years.

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'Iron Wedding' pour and performance rehearsal

  Nik James and Nicole Bovasso stand together at their wedding rehearsal Students pouring during the Iron Pour event Flame ascending from wedding cake sculpture  

UNF Art and Design alumni Nik James and Nicole Bovasso invited the campus community to celebrate their future marriage at the “Iron Wedding” pour and performance rehearsal. The couple's wedding rehearsal was not only a beautiful, artistic event; it gave students in the Art and Design programs firsthand experience. Led by Jenny Hager, professor of sculpture, students assisted in creating many details of the wedding, from backdrops, flags and cast iron details. The performance has been entered into the 8th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art to be held in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on June 3.

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What should you eat? There's an icon for that!



Choosing nutritious food is easy for Yemila Lowry, but then again she's a registered dietitian nutritionist with UNF's Dining Services. She's well aware that others don't share her expertise and often hears from the students she councils: "I struggle to eat healthy on campus because I don't know how to choose healthy options."


Now, campus diners simply have to look for the Healthy Osprey icon, which visually identifies the food choices packed with nutrients and fiber, but low in saturated fat, sodium and calories. Each choice has been stamped with Lowry's approval. The Healthy Osprey icon was developed in partnership with the Department of Recreation and Wellness and an initiative, Partnership for a Healthier America. The icons are now visible at the Osprey Café, Jamba Juice and Chop'd and Wrap'd, and will soon make their way to all UNF eateries. "My hope is that we make healthy options an easier choice for students as well as the entire campus community," Lowry said.


Learn more about the Healthy Osprey icon


Find additional nutritional information about dining on campus.

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Army ROTC trains with Black Hawk

ROTC students practice evacuation techniques Army ROTC students gather around helicopter












UNF Army ROTC students gained hands-on training for medical evacuation procedures with a Black Hawk helicopter on the field of the Coxwell Amphitheater. The 52 cadets worked in small groups as they learned how to properly use radio communication, relay information to the pilot and load causalities into the Black Hawk, which was provided by the Florida National Guard, 1st Battalion, 11th Aviation Regiment. 

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Changing the future one atomic layer at a time

Students and faculty working on research equipment.For UNF student Caitlin Kengle, the arrival of a state-of-the-art piece of equipment in the Physics Department in 2015 changed her future. After two summers of helping Dr. Maitri Warusawithana set up the machine in the lab, the engineering student was hooked and switched her major to physics.

For the rest of us, the impressive machine could lead to advances in research that may well change our futures — in ways we can’t yet imagine.

Warusawithana, assistant professor of physics, said he and the scientific community are looking for materials that outperform or have altogether new functional properties compared to those found in nature – whether it’s materials that conduct electricity with zero resistance or materials that allow for ever-faster computers.

“It’s the materials that are limiting advances in technology, so we are synthesizing new crystals in pursuit of properties superior to compounds found in nature,” Warusawithana said.

How this is done is not as easily explained. The machine, called a molecular beam epitaxy system, operates at ultra high vacuum – the kind of vacuum approaching that of outer space. Measuring about 20 feet long and weighing a few tons, it is housed in UNF’s Atomic-LEGO Lab; LEGO is an acronym for Layered Epitaxial Growth of Oxides. While Lego toys allow youngsters to build structures with blocks, this machine allows researchers to build new crystal structures with atoms, essentially by stacking one atomic layer at a time.

Here’s how it works. A substrate, or base layer, is manipulated into the machine’s vacuum chamber using magnetic arms. Multiple elemental metal sources, such as copper or titanium, are heated to very high temperatures, allowing a beam of atoms from those metals to be directed onto the substrate. Upon colliding with the substrate, the atoms chemically bond, resulting in a new material with a degree of atomic order that Mother Nature couldn’t come up with on her own.

What applications will this research have? To explain that, Warusawithana cited an example from the past, from this same area of research – Condensed Matter Physics. In the early 1940s, researchers working with the semi-conducting material silicon discovered what became known as a P-N junction, which allowed electrical current to travel one way, but not the other. It was something no one had seen before. A decade later, this discovery led to the transistor, which was then embedded in chips that are now in cell phones, microwaves and just about everything else.

“The applications are far in the future, and at this point we cannot see precisely what form they might take,” Warusawithana said. “But history has shown that this branch of science could lead to revolutionary applications.”

Warusawithana is one of about only 10 people in the country working with this particular technique for oxide thin film synthesis at the ultimate single atomic layer limit. He is also the only researcher doing this in Florida, so for students like Kengle, the Atomic LEGO Lab has already opened doors to research most undergraduates never have a chance to experience. As a result, Kengle has embraced a career in physics and has been accepted to a premier graduate school. "I’ve learned so much from this work, mostly about the process of research," Kengle said. "It's been a great experience."

That’s a result of research Warusawithana won’t have to wait years to discover. “At bigger universities, undergraduates don’t get to turn the knobs on such sophisticated equipment,” he said. “At UNF they do, and it’s a great feeling to see our undergrads going into top-rated programs in the country as a result.”

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Voices combine to raise awareness

Dr. Tasher and chorus at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, photo credit Arvie Witherspoon
The UNF Chorale and the Osprey TREBLE, along with an ensemble of more than two dozen refugees from Jacksonville, performed together at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine on Friday, April 6. The “Seeking Refuge” benefit concert organized by the UNF School of Music Choral Department raised funds for three organizations in Jacksonville that assist refugees: Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Services and World Relief.

Dr. Cara Tasher, director of Choral Studies at UNF, said the concert was held to create awareness of the needs of the large population of refugees in Jacksonville, who have been relocated to safety from various countries including Burma, Congo and Eritrea. Tasher held rehearsals in French, Spanish and English and commissioned UNF students to write a medley with traditional songs from the refugees’ countries of origin for the concert. "We believe music is a powerful tool to remove barriers and create meaningful relationships between human beings from all walks of life," Tasher said. 

Faculty Forum

Meet Dr. Clarence Hines

Dr. Clarence Hines headshotDr. Clarence Hines is an associate professor of jazz studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. He has taught a variety of music courses at UNF, ranging from small to large lecture. He is currently teaching Jazz Arranging, Jazz Styles and Analysis and Applied Jazz Trombone courses required for Jazz Studies majors. He also teaches The Music Business, a nationally recognized course that is open to students from various disciplines across the campus. His scholarly work includes trombone performance, composing and arranging music primarily for jazz ensembles, and he is currently composing creative and challenging music for a series of performances and publications that will take place over the next year, and for a future recording project.

What brought you to UNF? I initially came to UNF as an undergraduate music student in the late 1990s. I returned a few years later after an opportunity to teach at my alma mater arose.

If you weren’t teaching, what else would you be doing? I would devote more time to performing and creating music.

What is your personal philosophy? Many years ago, I discovered a recording of contemporary music that featured Max Ehrmann’s “Desiderata” performed as spoken word. This poem is central to my philosophy.

What do you like most about UNF? I like working with my colleagues and students. I also like that the University is small, yet many programs are competitive with those of much larger and older institutions.

Describe your teaching style. Do you like to integrate tech, or are you more comfortable with a lecture-style classroom? I am a tech savvy teacher, and I integrate technology throughout my courses as appropriate. I do still teach at the chalkboard, but I also use a variety of technology tools to provide students with the most authentic and practical experiences possible.

If you could witness any historical event, what would it be? Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech would be an event to witness.

What is your favorite memory from your undergraduate days? Some of my favorite memories include performing with legendary jazz artists in the Great American Jazz Series, Dr. Huebner’s astronomy classes, lab courses in the portable classrooms near the current Boathouse and late night ultimate frisbee on The Green.

Where is the best place you’ve visited? I have been fortunate to travel to all over the world. Denmark, Netherlands and Spain are among the best countries that I have visited.

How do you recharge? I try to relax and enjoy life in a number of ways (i.e. listening to music, improving culinary skills, traveling with my wife). Summer collaborations with longtime friends, mentors and associates are extremely refreshing and help energize me for the next academic year.

What do you like most about Jacksonville? Where else have you lived? I grew up in a small southwest Georgia town, but lived all over the place, including Western New York where I became acclimated to long, cold and snowy winters. I also lived in North Carolina, where I served in the Army’s 82d Airborne Division, and I also lived in the Republic of Panamá.

What would you most regret not having done by the end of your life? I would probably regret not having created something of substantial intellectual/artistic value to leave behind.

Get to Know

Meet Cristina Helbling

Cristina Helbling, director Academic Support Services headshotJob title and department: Director, Student Academic Success Services, Undergraduate Studies

What do you do at UNF?
My office offers a variety of academic support programs designed to help students succeed in challenging programs of study.

What do you enjoy about working here?
I love my team. I’m so grateful to work with such a talented group of people who make me laugh and smile every day. I also love our student leaders (SI, tutors, etc.). Watching them help their peers succeed is an incredibly rewarding experience.

How long have you lived in Jacksonville? Where else have you lived? Eight years in Jacksonville, and I’ve also lived in Ohio and Virginia.

What one memory do you most treasure? Summers in Spain with my grandparents. I loved seeing where they grew up and learning about their culture.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
Astronaut. I’ve always been fascinated with space, and I’d love to see Earth at a distance. Really puts things in perspective.

What one food do you wish had zero calories?
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. 
I love science fiction — books, movies, TV shows — I can’t get enough.

Where would you like to go on a dream vacation?
I’d love to stay in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora.

Tell us a few of your favorite things.
Band: Weezer
Book: "Pride and Prejudice"; "Oryx and Crake"
Color: Blue
Ice cream flavor: Mint chocolate chip 

Around Campus

2017-18 Faculty Award winners named

2017 Convocation award ceremony onstage before an audience

Congratulations to the 2017-18 University of North Florida Faculty Award winners. All recipients receive a cash award and will be honored with a commemorative plaque at the 2018 fall convocation. Nominations come from students, faculty colleagues, staff, administrators and alumni. The awards are funded through unrestricted gifts from the UNF Foundation Inc., Academic Affairs and the Center for Community-Based Learning.

Distinguished Professor Award:
Winner: Dr. Adel K. ElSafty, College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, School of Engineering, Civil Engineering
Runner-Up: Dr. Sherif A. Elfayoumy, College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, School of Computing

Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Awards:
Dr. Mina Baliamoune-Lutz, Coggin College of Business, Economics and Geography
Dr. Jennifer K. Hager, College of Arts and Sciences, Art and Design
Dr. Carolyn B. Stone, College of Education and Human Services, Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management

Outstanding Faculty Service Awards:
Dr. Cheryl J. Frohlich, Coggin College of Business, Accounting and Finance
Dr. Otilia L. Salmon, College of Education and Human Services, Foundations and Secondary Education

Outstanding Faculty Community Engaged Scholarship Award:
Dr. Jody S. Nicholson-Bell, College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology


Outstanding Graduate Teaching Awards:
Dr. Christopher T. Leone, College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology
Dr. Karthikeyan Umapathy, College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, School of Computing

Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Awards:
Dr. Erin K. Bennett, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Music
Dr. Ching-Hua Chuan, College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, School of Computing
Dr. Michelle R. DeDeo, College of Arts and Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics
Dr. Jennifer L. Lieberman, College of Arts and Sciences, English
Dr. Joshua J. Melko, College of Arts and Sciences, Chemistry
Deborah M. Owen, Brooks College of Health, Public Health
Dr. Norman H. Rothschild, College of Arts and Sciences, History
Dr. Stephen P. Stagon, College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, School of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Jenny M. Stuber, College of Arts and Sciences, Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
Diana L. Tanner, Coggin College of Business, Accounting and Finance 

Outstanding Adjunct Teaching Awards:
Amy H. Keagy, College of Arts and Sciences, Biology
Michael J. Mastronicola, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Music
Nicole L Nelson, Brooks College of Health, Clinical and Applied Movement Science
Michael A. Taylor, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Music 

View present and past recipients on the website


Balloons with UNF logoMilestones
Congratulations to the following employees with a milestone anniversary in May:
25 Years
Michael Maroney, Manager, Maintenance Utilities, Physical Facilities

20 Years
Kenneth Hill, Senior Academic Advisor, Education and Human Services

15 Years
Sandra Gainey, Custodial Services Specialist, Physical Facilities
Caron Johnson, Assistant Director, Student Affairs, Veterans Resource Center

10 Years
Lauren Chartier, Office Manager, Political Science and Public Administration
Lauren Tallier, Assistant Director, Continuing Education
Danh Vo, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities

5 Years
Lisandra Carmichael, Librarian, Thomas G. Carpenter Library
Aaron Leedy, Academic Advisor, Arts and Sciences
Jennifer Marshall, Coordinator, Administrative Services, General Counsel

The following employees were either hired by UNF or were promoted from OPS positions recently:
Ariel Broussard, Student Affairs Coordinator, Student Affairs
Eric Faulconer, Assistant Athletic Coach, Women's Soccer
David Flatt, Parking Services Technician, Parking and Transportation Services
Michael Kenjosian, Custodial Worker, Osprey Fountains
Cathy Kimball, Assistant Director, Student Financial Aid, Financial Aid Office
Hoang Nguyen, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Kathryn Santilli, Assistant Director, Prospect Management, Constituent Programs
Annette Cherry Smith, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Larry Snedden, Instructor, School of Computing
Monica Stam, Assistant Director, Student Financial Aid, Financial Aid Office
William Strudel, Recycle Refuse Worker, Recycle
James Tanner, Research Program Services Coordinator, Biology
Michael Yarick, Academic Support Services Coordinator, One-Stop Center

Great Job
The following employees were promoted recently:
Donald Barker, Assistant Director IPTM
Carolyn Carley-Richart, Coordinator Development, MOCA Jacksonville
Kathleen Halstead, Law Enforcement Lieutenant, University Police Department
April Johnson, Assistant Director, Enterprise Systems
Joseph Namey, IT Software Engineer, Enterprise Systems

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

Nicholas Amodeo, Academic Support Technician, Center for Instruction and Research Technology
Margaret Anderson, Office Manager, Procurement Services
William Beckett, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance and Energy Management
Dionysia Bentley, Registered Nurse, Student Health Services
Thomas Bullock, Parking Attendant, Parking and Transportation Services
Leah Carpenter, Admissions Coordinator, Graduate School
Charlene Dawston, Office Manager, ADA Compliance
Clare Dreyer, Coordinator, Research Program Services, Small Business Development Center
Tracy Gale, Parking Attendant, Parking and Transportation Services
Karen Haltiwanger, Budget Association, Enrollment Services
Bruce Herring, Assistant Director, IPTM
Tanner Ives, Coordinator, Sports Media Relations, Athletic Communications
James Joiner, Law Enforcement Lieutenant, University Police Department
Brittany Lopez, Academic Support Services Coordinator, One-Stop Center
Chantil Mnkandla, Police Communications Operator, University Police Department
Zemrija Murtic, Maintenance Mechanic, Physical Facilities
Scott Peden, Assistant Director, Enterprise Systems
Brianna Pollock, Child Development Teacher, UNF Preschool
Takeisha Rice, Administrative Secretary, Counseling Center
Timothy Robinson, Director, International Affairs, Center for International Education
Ricky Stanford, Law Enforcement Officer, University Police Department
Diane Stover, Coordinator, Outreach and Recruitment, Military and Veterans Resource Center
Megan Vaysben, Assistant Director of Development, University Development and Alumni Engagement
Djit Yarbro, Custodial Supervisor, Custodial Services 

In Memoriam

With sadness, we announce the passing of a UNF colleague:
Gregg Kinder headshotGregory Kinder, a transition coach with the Military and Veterans Resource Center since July 2017, passed away April 20 at the age of 60. Kinder administered various programs at the MVRC and counseled veteran students on a wide array of issues. Prior to his work at UNF, Kinder, a 30-year veteran of the Navy, served his country on tours around the world, retiring as Command Master Chief.

Faculty and Staff

Regalia for UNF faculty and staff accomplishmentsBrooks College of Health

Dr. Kristen Hicks-Roof, assistant professor of nutrition and dietetics, published “Growing the Dietetics Profession via a Mentorship Program between Dietitians and Dietetics Students” in Nutrition Today (2018); 32(2): 89-91. With Paige Chaffin, Hicks-Roof also published “Nutrition Check: Working With Your Children, Not Against” in the Southside Newsline, April.

Dr. Michele Moore, chair and professor of public health, Dr. Elissa Barr, professor of public health, and K. Wilson presented “Community Support for Offering Sexual Health Services through School Based Health Clinics after Two Years of Awareness Efforts” at the 39th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, in New Orleans.

Dr. Helene Vossos, assistant professor of nursing, and A. Wehbe published a chapter titled “Using a Culturally Congruent Approach in Mental Health Care” in “Leininger’s Transcultural Nursing: Concepts, theories, research and practice,” Chapter 11, 2018, 4th Ed.

Dr. Debra Wagner, nursing professor, and Dr. Jasper Xu, assistant professor of health administration, published “A retrospective chart review of skin-to-skin contact in the operating room and administration of analgesic and anxiolytic medication to women following cesarean birth” in Nursing for Women’s Health.

Dr. Robert Zeglin, assistant professor of public health, is the founding editor of the Journal of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness: Research, Practice, and Education, a national peer-reviewed journal seeking to promote sexual wellness in the clients and communities counselors serve through a positive approach to sexuality and sexual rights. It will serve as the official journal of the Association for Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness and publish empirical research using rigorous quantitative and qualitative methods, best practices, descriptive and critical theory analyses, case studies and current trends and issues focused on sexual wellness at all stages of life. Learn more at the Journal’s new website.

College of Arts and Sciences


Dr. Doria Bowers and students presented a poster “Alphavirus Lifecycle in the Mosquito Host” at the Emerging Pathogens Institute Annual Research Day at the University of Florida.

Dr. Dale Casamatta and colleagues John Beaver, Janet Kirsch, Claudia Tausz, Erin Samples, Thomas Renicker, Kyle Scotese, Heidi McMaster, Becky Blasius-Wert, Catherine Teacher, and Paul Zimba published “Long-term trends in plankton seasonal dynamics in Lake Mead (Nevada-Arizona, USA) and implications for climate change” in Hydrobiologia.

Dr. Quincy Gibson, Dr. Dale Cassamatta and graduate student Amber Brown presented “Komarekiella delphikthonos sp. Nov. (Cyanobacteria): an epidermal cyanobacterium implicated in an estuarine bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) fatality” at the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Marine Mammal Symposium in March.

Gibson made multiple presentations at the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Marine Mammal Symposium in March. With graduate student Emily Szott, Gibson presented “Residency and site fidelity of a northeast Florida estuarine dolphin population.” Gibson and undergraduate student Emily Goldbach presented “Analysis of vessel interaction rates with bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the St. Johns River, Jacksonville.” With undergraduate student Bailey Slater, she presented “Seasonal patterns of skin lesion prevalence and type in the St. Johns River, FL bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus).” Gibson also made two presentations at the meeting with colleagues: “Reproductive success of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the St. Johns River, Florida,” with Kristin Brightwell and Andrea Mason; and “Preliminary examination of sexual dimorphism in Northeast Florida bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus),” with Kristin Brightwell.

Dr. Michael Lentz published a review article, “The role of simple phenolic compounds on beer aroma and flavor” in the journal Fermentation.

Dr. Adam Rosenblatt, with colleague James Nifong, published the chapters “Understanding alligator feeding patterns: historical and modern perspectives” and “The use of estuarine and marine habitats by American alligators: physiological limitations, drivers of variation, and ecological implications” in American alligators: habitats, behaviors, and threats (Nova Science Publishers). With colleagues Abby Lawson and Bradley Strickland, Rosenblatt published the chapter “Patterns, drivers, and effects of alligator movement, behavior and habitat use” in the same volume.

Dr. Cliff Ross and his colleagues David Reynolds and Danielle Dixson presented “The effects of the red tide producing algae, Karenia brevis, on Porites astreoides: a potential regional stressor to coral reefs” at the 47th Annual Benthic Ecology Meeting, Corpus Christi, Texas, in March. At the same meeting, Ross presented “Assessing prevalence and severity of seagrass wasting disease in Florida Bay as a function of immune status in the host species, Thalassia testudinum” with colleagues Paige Duffin, Dan Martin and Katrina Lohan. In addition, Ross presented “Seagrass Wasting Disease: The Infection Dynamics of a Labyrinthula sp. – Turtlegrass Pathosystem” at the Southeastern Estuarine Research Society, St. Augustine, in March.

Dr. Christos Lampropoulos was an invited speaker and presented a talk in the Molecular Magnets Workshop (MMW) at the 58th Sanibel Symposium, in St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Dr. Amy Lane presented a contributed talk titled “Unlocking bacterial biosynthetic pathways to expand diketopiperazine chemical diversity,” at the American Chemical Society National Conference in March. She also presented a poster titled “Unleashing cyclodipeptide synthases to expand diketopiperazine chemical diversity,” at the Gordon Research Conference for Marine Natural Products in March.

Dr. Joshua Melko with undergraduate students Jake Tenewitz and Tri Le published “Kinetics of CO+ and CO2+ with N and O atoms” in The Journal of Chemical Physics, February.

Mr. Mark Ari moderated “From a Wounded Place,” a reading and panel discussion with Rilla Askew, Natasha Oladokun, Catherine Carberry and Sohrab Fracis at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference in March. He also read from his novel “The Shoemaker’s Tale,” Zephyr Press, to celebrate the book’s upcoming new edition funded by a National Endowment of the Arts Artworks Grant, at the Douglas Anderson Writers’ Festival in March. At the same event, he led “The Wink of Immediacy,” a flash-fiction workshop. 

Dr. Nicholas de Villiers co-chaired a panel, “Queering Pornography,” and presented a paper, “Camp versus Sex or Camp Sex in Tsai Ming-liang’s Musical Films,” at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in Toronto.

Jennie Ziegler published “Keystone” in Appalachian Heritage, and “A Forest of Folklore: The Easter Egg Tree” in FolkloreThursday.

Dr. Denise I. Bossy published “Spiritual Diplomacy: The Tama Yamasees and La Florida’s Franciscan Missions,” in Franciscans and American Indians in Pan-Borderlands Perspective, University Press of Florida.

Dr. Philip Kaplan gave a paper on “Trading Places and Worship Spaces: The Political, Social and Economic Roles of Religious Sanctuaries Built by and for Resident Aliens in the East Mediterranean” at the Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Midwest and South in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in April.

Dr. Chau J. Kelly attended the 60th annual African Studies Association conference in Chicago, where she gave a paper honoring her advisor, titled “From the Giriama to Colonial Nutrition: Approaching the Silences to Remember a Scholarly Life” in November. Kelly also contributed to a panel discussion about censorship of graphic novels and comics that kicked off this year’s Banned Book Week at the Carpenter Library in September.

Dr. Denis Bell, professor of mathematics, wrote “A Box of Dreams,” a collection of more than two dozen short stories that was published in paperback in 2017, with illustrations by colleague Louise Freshman Brown, professor of painting and drawing.

Dr. Sarah Caissie Provost published “Bringing Something New: Female Jazz Instrumentalists’ Use of Imitation and Masculinity” in the journal Jazz Perspectives in March.

Philosophy and Religious Studies
Dr. Andrew Buchwalter published “Elemente von Hegels politischer Theologie: Ziviler Republikanismus, soziale Gerechtigkeit, Konstitutionalismus und universelle Menschenrechte,” in Thomas Oehl and Arthur Kok (eds.), Objektiver und absoluter Geist nach Hegel: Kunst, Religion und Philosophie innerhalb und außerhalb von Gesellschaft und Geschichte (Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill).

Dr. Jason Haraldsen made three presentations at the American Physical Society’s annual March meeting in Los Angeles. He presented a talk on his research, “Spin heptamer excitations in the pyrochlore antiferromagnets MgCr2O4”. With undergraduate student Daniel Boyko, Haraldsen presented a talk on their research, “Evolution of magnetic Dirac bosons in a honeycomb lattice.” Haraldsen, with undergraduate student Ronald Puntam, also presented a poster on their research, “Examination of the magnetic interactions between divacant Fe dimers in graphene.”

Dr. Chris Kelso with colleagues Pearl Sandick, Jason Kumar and Danny Marfatia published “Directly detecting Isospin-Violating Dark Matter,” in the journal Physical Review D. With colleagues Pearl Sandick, Chris Savage, Katie Freese and Paolo Gondolo, Kelso published “Examining the time dependence of DAMA’s modulation amplitude” in The European Physical Journal C.

Political Science and Public Administration
Dr. Joshua C. Gellers delivered a talk, “Climate Policy in the United States and the World,” at Changing the Climate of Our Conversation event at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.

Dr. Jennifer Wolff chaired a paper symposium at the Biennial meeting for the Society of Research on Adolescence, titled “Adult role transitions for at-risk youth: Effects of child maltreatment, harassment, and family history of early pregnancy” in April.

Dr. Michael Toglia with colleagues K. Todorovic, D. M. Rumschik, G. L. Berman, C. Glober and A. Lovaas, presented “Checking the list! Recommended procedures for mistaken identification cases” at the annual American Psychology-Law Society meeting, Memphis, Tennessee, in March. At the annual Southeastern Psychological Association meeting in Charleston, South Carolina, Toglia, with colleagues E. M. Robinson, A. M. Bateh, S. G. Bayer, K. McColman, A. E. Pittman and E. A. Farris, presented “Perceived credibility of older adult eyewitness testimony” in March.

Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
Dr. Krista Paulsen, with colleagues Xiangming Chen and Anthony Orum, published the second edition of their book “Introduction to Cities: How Place and Space Shape Human Experience,” Wiley-Blackwell.

Public Opinion Research Laboratory
Andrew Hopkins
, assistant director of the Public Opinion Research Lab, has been awarded the 2018 John Tarnai Memorial Scholarship by the Association of Academic Survey research Organizations or AASRO. The award provides a scholarship in memory of John Tarnai, former AASRO president, and recognizes outstanding but relatively new survey center employees with great promise for pursuing long-term careers in survey research.

College of Education and Human Services

Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management
Dr. Elizabeth Gregg, with E. Taylor and R. Hardin, published “Too sexy for my shirt: Player reaction to the LPGA dress code,” in Women, Sports, & Media: Careers, Coverage, and Consequences; College Park, Maryland, April 2018. Gregg and Dr. Jason Lee published “Tell them who you are: Academic Visual Identity and ASAHPERD Stakeholders,” in Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance; Orange Beach, Alabama, April 2018. In addition, Gregg, Lee and Dr. Matthew Ohlson published “Does your CBL have a strong VI? Community-based academic visual identity,” University of North Florida 5th Annual Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Symposium, April 2018.

Dr. Matthew Ohlson organized the inaugural C.A.M.P. Osprey Leadership Mentoring Awards ceremony. The event hosted more than 200 people, including students from Duval, Putnam, and Flagler counties, to honor and celebrate multiple past mentors. It also honored local community leadership including Dr. Bruce Taylor, founder of the Taylor Leadership Institute, and Lt. General Rick Tryon. The event included multiple inspiring presentations by author Jonathan Catherman, viral TED Talks speaker Drew Dudley and Action News Jax anchor Tennika Hughes.

Dr. Kristi Sweeney spoke with Action News Jax on the potential impacts of the EverBank Field redevelopment plans. 

Childhood Education, Literacy and Tesol
Dr. Stacy Boote, with Dr. David Boote, published an empirical article “ABC problem in elementary mathematics education: Arithmetic before comprehension” in the Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education (Vol. 21, Issue 2, pgs. 99-122, 2018).

Dr. Christine Weber and her Elementary School Curriculum graduate class hosted Michael Bostic-Jones from Raines High School who lead a discussion on teaching slavery and its importance to children.

Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education
Dr. Caroline Guardino and colleagues published a textbook titled “Case Studies in Deaf Education: Inquiry, Application, and Resources.” The book provides an extensive series of case studies and comprehensive materials that will prepare professionals to work with the diverse spectrum of students who are d/Deaf and hard of hearing (d/Dhh) and empower them to better understand these complex and unique learners. The text is balanced and unbiased in both language and instructional approaches that encourage readers to use inquiry-based learning to make informed educational decisions. For more information, visit Gallaudet University Press.

Foundations of Secondary Education
Dr. Hope Wilson published Integrating the Arts and STEM for Gifted Learners

Center for Urban Education and Policy
Dr. Chris Janson spoke with the Florida Times-Union on his project with a local activist to turn the Snyder Memorial into a civil rights history museum. 

Thomas G. Carpenter Library
Head of Digital Projects Courtenay McLeland and Library Services Specialist Tracey Britton were subjects of the “Feature Interview” segment on preservation librarianship in Guild of Book Workers Newsletter, no. 237 (April 2018): 12-13. 


Swoop Summary

Women's tennis team in huddle to celebrate winOspreys Win Fourth Straight Championship
Behind tournament MVP and lone senior Luise Intert, No. 1 North Florida women's tennis won its fourth straight ASUN Tournament with a 4-1 victory against No. 4 Stetson. With the win, North Florida earns its fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. The first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament begin on May 11. Learn more about women's tennis.

CHAMPS! Men's Tennis Wins Program’s Second Championship
No. 1 North Florida men's tennis defeated No. 2 Stetson, 4-1, to earn its second-ever ASUN Championship title in program history. North Florida enters the NCAA Tournament 13-9 and going undefeated in conference play. The first and second rounds of the tournament begin May 11 on campus sites. Learn more about men's tennis.

Ospreys Shut Out Hatters to End Series
North Florida softball scored in the first inning and never looked back as it shutout Stetson, 4-0, to close out the series on April 29 at the UNF Softball Complex. Learn more about North Florida softball

Personal Records Highlight Women's Track Regular Season Finale
North Florida Women's Track and Field wrapped up the regular season meet schedule April 27 at the North Florida Invite with several athletes posting personal best performances at Hodges Stadium. Learn more about women's track and field.


Men's Track Closes Regular Season with Several PRs and Trio of Event Titles
The North Florida Men's Track & Field team concluded its regular season meet schedule on April 27 hosting the North Florida Invite at Hodges Stadium. The squad saw several PRs set along with collecting three event titles on the day. Learn more about men's track and field


Men's Golf Captures Fifth ASUN Championship 

The No. 26-ranked North Florida men's golf shot a final round 279 and finished at 4-under to earn the program's fifth ASUN Championship on April 24 at The Legends Course of Chateau Elan. Junior Andrew Alligood was the individual runner-up to pace the Ospreys. Learn more about men's golf.


Women's Golf Finishes Second at ASUN Championship

The North Florida women's golf team placed four players in the Top 10 led by freshman Mindy Herrick with a fourth-place individual showing. The Ospreys earned a runner-up team finish at the ASUN Championship. Learn more about women's golf.

The Goods

Red and green cabbage in rowsCorned beef and cabbage is often a part of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, though cabbage isn’t a traditional Irish food. The vegetable actually became a hearty and economical food for Irish immigrants upon arriving in America, and cabbage (and corned beef) became “Irish food” over several generations of Irish immigrants to the United States. Jill Snyder, an instructor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, shares some myths and facts about this leafy vegetable.

Myth: There is only one type of cabbage.
Fact: There are hundreds of varieties of cabbage grown throughout the world. In America, there are three popular types of cabbage: green, red and savory. Green cabbage is known as market cabbage and the most popular grown as well as consumed in the U.S. Green cabbage has smooth, dark to pale green outer leaves, while inner leaves are pale green or white. Red cabbage has deep red-purple leaves and tends to have a tougher texture than green cabbage. It’s thought that red cabbage contains more vitamin C than green cabbage. Another kind of cabbage is savory cabbage, which has crinkled yellow-green leaves and a more delicate texture than other varieties. Savory cabbage is typically used in salads and coleslaw.

Myth: There are no health benefits in cabbage.
Fact: Nutrient properties found in cabbage have been linked to cancer prevention, heart health and immunity. Cabbage contains sulfroaphane, a sulfur-containing compound giving cabbage its bitter taste and its cancer-preventing properties. Sulforaphane is also thought to inhibit histone deacetylase, an enzyme involved in the progression of cancer cells. The polyphenol content of cabbage is known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by preventing platelet buildup and lowering blood pressure. Additionally, cabbage is also high in fiber, which is showing promise for regulating the immune system and inflammation.

Myth: Cabbage can’t protect against radiation therapy.
Fact: Cabbage contains a compound known as 3,3’-diindolylmethane (DIM), which has been shown to increase short-term survival rates in some animal studies on radiation, according to Georgetown University. In one study, DIM-treated mice had higher counts of red and white blood cells as well as blood platelets, which are diminished in radiation therapy. This study shows that cabbage could provide a protective shield to healthy tissues during cancer treatment.

Myth: Cabbage is a weight loss food.
Fact: Cabbage was thrown into the diet spotlight in the 1950s by the popular Cabbage Soup Diet. While this diet is still around today, there’s no scientific evidence that following this diet will maintain weight loss. It’s noted that this diet was intended to promote weight loss by consuming a low-calorie food that promotes satiety. Cabbage can be incorporated into a healthy diet and can promote weight loss through its low caloric and high-fiber content. According to USDA Foods Fact Sheet, one-half cup of cooked cabbage contains about 20 calories per serving, 0g fat, 0g of cholesterol, 20mg of sodium, 5g of carbohydrate and 2g of fiber.

The Goods is a column about food myths and facts by faculty members in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program that appears monthly in The Florida Times-Union’s “Goods” column.

Corned Beef and Cabbage


Allrecipes — Serves 5

3 pounds corned beef brisket with spice packet
10 small red potatoes
5 carrots, peeled and cut into 3-inch pieces
1 large head of cabbage, cut into small wedges

  1. Place corned beef in a large pot or Dutch oven and cover with water. Add the spice packet that came with the corned beef. Cover pot and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer approximately 50 minutes per pound or until tender.
  2. Add whole potatoes and carrots and cook until the vegetables are almost tender. Add cabbage and cook for 15 more minutes. Remove meat and let rest 15 minutes.
  3. Place vegetables in a bowl and cover. Add as much broth (cooking liquid reserved in the Dutch oven or large pot) as you want. Slice meat across the grain. 



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