Brooks College of Health
Dr. Tess Tuason, public health professor and clinical director, with Dr. C. Dominick Güss, professor psychology, and Lauren Boyd, psychology, published “Thriving during COVID-19: Predictors of psychological well-being and ways of coping,” PLOS ONE 16(3): e0248591, 2021. Find more information online.
Coggin College of Business
Dr. Courtney Azzari, assistant professor of marketing, with Courtney Nations, Laurel Anderson, Martin Mende, Josephine Go Jefferies, Hilary Downey, Amy L. Ostrom and Jelena Spanjol, “Consumers on the Job: Contextualization Crafting in Expert Services,” Journal of Service Research, 2021, forthcoming. Read the abstract online.
Dr. Lakshmi Goel, former chair and professor of management, was appointed as the new associate dean of Graduate and Executive Programs. The Dean is confident that under her leadership our Graduate Programs will continue to grow in stature and size, and that we will quickly develop a robust set of Executive Education offerings.
Dr. Oliver Schnusenberg, professor in accounting and finance, was featured in WalletHub's piece about American Express credit cards. Read his recent contribution.
College of Arts and Sciences
Art, Art History, and Design
Vanessa Cruz, professor of graphic design and digital media, has had her session proposal, “How Covid Created Fields of Belonging Within an Intersectional Framework,” accepted and included in the Call for Papers for the School of Art and Visual Studies at the University of Kentucky (SECAC 2021) meeting.
Jason C. John, associate professor of painting, participated in two exhibitions: “Home Sick, The Art Effect” at the Trolley Barn, Poughkeepsie, New York; and “Who: Art about Identity,” Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, February. John also was published in “Who: Art About Identity,” in the Manifest Exhibition Catalogue, Cinncinati, and gave a talk on “Common Ground,” Manifest Artists Panel Talk, via Zoom, February.
Andy Kozlowski, assistant professor of art and design, has the following upcoming shows:
- 41st National Print Exhibition at ArtLink Contemporary Fort Wayne, Indiana, with Juror Ruth Lingen. There were 229 entries with 63 entries selected, 87 artists with 60 artists accepted.
- 32nd National Print and Drawing Exhibition at the Gormley Gallery, Notre Dame of Maryland University, with Juror Alex Ebstein. The entries came from 26 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. Ninety-one artists submitted 257 artworks. From those, the juror selected 28 artworks by 21 artists. One of Andy’s pieces "Blue Bones" was selected for a purchase award and will be added to the Notre Dame of Maryland University permanent collection.
- Kozlowski also has a piece in the show "Restriction," an exhibition of small works at Clayhill Arts in Somerset, England. The show was organized by Amanda Lynch.
- In addition, Kozlowski juried the Miniature Marvels exhibition at the St. Augustine Art Association.
Jessica Borusky, gallery director and instructor, published a review for MOCA Jacksonville's exhibit Romancing the Mirror. The review is published in the Arbus Magazine and available online and in print.
Dr. Adam Rosenblatt, assistant professor was highlighted in the report of City of Jacksonville’s Special Committee on Resiliency. In addition, Rosenblatt discussed alligators sticking their noses through ice to survive in Oklahoma on Fox News.
Dr. Terri Ellis, associate professor, Dr. Raphael Crowley, associate professor of engineering, and Dr. Brian Wingender, assistant professor Materials Science and Engineering Research, received a UNF Foundation Board Grant for “Material Characterization of MICP-Treated Beach Sand.”
Dr. Cliff Ross, professor of biology and department chair, together with his colleagues, published, “Spatial patterns of Thalassia testudinum immune status and Labyrinthula spp. load implicate environmental quality and history as modulators of defense strategies and wasting disease in Florida Bay, United States” in Frontiers in Plant Science.
Dr. Frank Smith, assistant professor of biology, will continue his research this fall with his student Raul Chavarria, who in March was awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program award and will be earning a master’s degree. The award covers tuition and pays a $34,000 stipend annually for three years of graduate school.
Dr. Josh Melko, associate professor of chemistry, was awarded the America Chemical Society (ACS) Congressional Fellowship. The ACS Congressional Fellowship Program places two fellows on Capitol Hill each year as staff members in the office of a senator, representative, or committee. As part of a broader effort that places about 30 scientists per year in Congress, the program has two main goals: to provide policy-makers with high quality information on science-related issues and to educate scientists on how government works and how science policy is made. This highly competitive fellowship required multiple interviews and resulted in only two spots being awarded nationwide.
Dr. Ken Laali, presidential professor of chemistry, was awarded a U.S. patent to fight cancer tumors using synthetic curcumin analogs. Learn more about the patent.
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Dr. Michael Hallett, professor, discussed Jacksonville Area Legal Aid with The Florida Times-Union.
Dr. Kristina Lopez, assistant professor, was selected as the March Latina/o/x Criminology Scholar Spotlight by Latina/o/x Criminology, an organization that contributes to criminological expertise and understanding of the rapidly growing U.S. Latina/o/x population.
Dr. Priscilla Berry, visiting English instructor, presented “Leadership Communication: Style, Presence, and Power” to the Florida State Senate, February.
David Blanton, visiting English instructor, published "Lost in Pagination" in The Rupture, February.
Dr. Ashley Faulkner, English instructor, with Linda Howell and Susan Perez, presented “Navigating Institutional Culture and General Education Review: The Challenges of Change” at the Association of American Colleges and Universities Conference on General Education, Pedagogy, and Assessment, February.
Dr. Linda Howell, assistant professor of English, presented “Integrity as Integration” at the International Center for Academic Integrity Mid-Atlantic Conference, February. Howell also presented “Navigating Institutional Culture and General Education Review: The Challenges of Change,” with Ashley Faulkner and Susan Perez, at the Association of American Colleges and Universities Conference on General Education, Pedagogy and Assessment, February.
Dr. Alison J. Bruey, professor of history, presented the paper “Militarizing Disaster: Security in the Devastation Zone, Chile 1939,” at the Florida Conference of Historians, February 19-20.
Dr. Charles Closmann, associate professor of history, published ‘Feeling the Burn’: Camp Blanding, Florida and the U.S. Military’s Role in Forest Ecology, 1980 to 2010,” in the Annals of the Florida Conference of Historians 27, January, 91-102. Closmann also presented a paper “Shallow Roots: Urban Gardening in Jacksonville from 1976 to the Present” at the Annual Conference of the Florida Conference of Historians, Southern Florida College, Florida; February.
Dr. David Sheffler, associate professor of history and department chair, with Jo Ann H. Moran Cruz, published a chapter “Literacies.” In A Cultural History of Education In the Medieval Age, edited by Jo Ann H. Moran Cruz, 145-168. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020.
Dr. Erin Bodnar, assistant professor of Music and director of bands, was awarded a UNF Foundation Board Grants “Women Composers and Women Soloists.”
Dr. Andrew Buchwalter, Presidential Professor of Philosophy, published “Human Dignity and the Intercultural Theory of Universal Human Rights,” in the current online edition of Jus Cogens: A Critical Journal of Philosophy of Law and Politics.
Dr. Sarah LaChance Adams, Florida Blue Distinguished Professor and director of the Florida Blue Center for Ethics Philosophy and Religious Studies, participated in a panel on Women in the Arts, Romancing the Mirror curated exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville.
The College of Arts and Sciences and College of Education and Human Services received a VOYA Foundation grant in March for their Quantum Physics Secondary Professional Development project, a collaboration with Duval County Public Schools. The COAS team includes Dr. William B. Lane, visiting lecturer, Dr. Gregory Wurtz, associate professor and chair of the Physics Department, and Dr. Lev Gasparov, COAS associate dean for faculty advancement and presidential professor of physics.
Dr. Jason T. Haraldsen, associate professor of physics, has published two peer-reviewed research papers: “Effects of exchange distortion and spin rotation in the magnetic Kagome Lattice” in Physical Review B, with undergraduate student Abigail Coker, February; and “Thermodynamics of general Heisenberg spin tetramers composed of coupled quantum dimers” in Magnetochemistry,” with undergraduate student Peter Dyszel, February. Haraldsen also presented an invited webinar at the University of Connecticut and the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, titled “Examining multi-band effects on the electronic compressibility of a 2D electron gas: Insights into the negative compressibility of LaAlO3/SrTiO3,” in February.
Dr. William B. Lane, visiting lecturer, published a peer-reviewed Exercise Set through the Partnership for Integration of Computation into Undergraduate Physics: W. Brian Lane, “X-Ray Diffraction,” PICUP Collection of Exercise Sets, on February 23.
Dr. Samana Shrestha, visiting instructor, presented research in progress seminar at Department of Biomedical Sciences titled “Use of Radiation to Enhance Cancer Killing by Using Nanoparticles,” Feb. 26.
Political Science and Public Administration
Dr. Mike Binder, associate professor and director of the Public Opinion Research Lab, discussed the Jacksonville mayor campaign with The Florida Times-Union and Governor DeSantis’ approval rating with News4Jax.
Dr. George Candler, professor of public policy, presented on “Modelos de gesto e Justiça Restaurativa,” in the I Encontro Internacional de Gestão da Justiça Restaurativa: Compartilhando Experiências,” São Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 25.
Dr. Josh Gellers, assistant professor and Master of Arts in International Affairs director, was highlighted in the report of City of Jacksonville’s Special Committee on Resiliency.
Dr. Tracy Alloway, professor, discussed how forgiveness reduces cortisol levels on News4Jax.
Dr. Elizabeth Brown, associate professor in psychology, together with students and coworkers, presented the following talks and posters in February.
- Brown, Elizabeth R. & Allen, Jill M. Nevertheless, She Persisted (in Science Research): Enhancing Women’s Science Research and Belonging Through Communal Goals. Talk presented at the 22nd annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
- Graham, Jasmine, & Brown, Elizabeth R. STEM Inquiry: How Communion Affects LGBTQ Individuals’ Belonging in STEM. Poster presented at the Gender Preconference of the 22nd annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
- Lovelady, Luke, Olds, Courtney, & Brown, Elizabeth R. Caring About the Other: The Associations Between Communal Motivations and Condom Use. Poster presented at the 22nd annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
- Miller, Xylie, Johns, Sawyer, Mukundan, Sadana, & Brown, Elizabeth R. The Effects of Humanization and Political Identification on Willingness to Talk and Support the Democratic and Republican Party. Poster presented at the 22nd annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, February.
- Phills, Curtis E. & Brown, Elizabeth R. A Man is a Politician, but a Woman is a Female Politician. Poster presented at the 22nd annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, February.
- Graham, Jasmine, & Brown, Elizabeth R. STEM Inquiry: How Communion Affects LGBTQ Individuals’ Belonging in STEM. Poster presented at the 22nd annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, February.
Dr. C. Dominik Güss, professor in psychology, with S. Ahmed and D. Dörner, published “From Da Vinci’s flying machines to a theory of the creative process,” in Perspectives in Psychological Science, February. The 2018 Journal Impact Factor is 8.19, which makes it fifth out of 137 journals in Psychology, Multidisciplinary. Güss also had an article featured by the Board of Governors on their New Clips listserv: “Thriving During COVID-19: Predictors of Psychological Well-Being and Ways of Coping.”
Dr. Lifan Yu, visiting assistant professor in psychology, with L. Yu, M. Gambaro, M.J. Song, M. Teslik, M. Song, M.C. Komoski, B. Wollner and R. D. Enright, published “Forgiveness Therapy in a Maximum-Security Correctional Institution: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy,” in Advanced online publication, February.
Sociology/Anthropology and Social Work
Dr. Jacqueline Meier, assistant professor of anthropology, published “Introduction to the special issue “Contextual Taphonomy in Zooarchaeological Practice” in Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports with her co-author and co-editor of the online special issue, Dr. Reuven Yeshurun of Haifa University.
College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
Dr. Osama Jadaan, professor and director of the School of Engineering, with John J. Mecholsky, Shu-Min Hsu, Jason Griggs, Daniel Neal, Arthur Clark, Xinui Xia, and Josephine F. Esquival-Upshaw, published “Forensic and reliability anlayses of fixed dental prostheses,” in the Journal of Biomedical Material Research, pp. 1-9, 2021. Jadaan also is an invited speaker at the MS&T21 symposium in October to be held in Columbus, Ohio.
Dr. Chip Klostermeyer, dean of CCEC, with M.E. Messinger and A. Yeo, published “Dominating Vertex Covers: a searchlight problem,” in Discussiones Mathematicae Graph Theory 41(2021), 123—132.
Dr. Mona Nasseri, assistant professor of electrical engineering, with T.P. Attia, B. Joseph, N. Gregg, E. Nurse, P. Viana, B.H. Brinkmann, and others, published “Non-invasive wearable seizure detection using long-short term memory networks with transfer learning” in the Journal of Neural Engineering, 2021.
Dr. Kathikeyan Umapathy, associate professor in the School of Computing, with Z. Xu, A.D. Ritzhaupt, Y. Ning, and C.-C. Tsai, C.-C., published “Exploring College Students’ Conceptions of Learning Computer Science: A Draw-A-Picture Technique Study,” in Computer Science Education, 31(1), 60–82. 2021.
Dr. Brian Wingender, assistant professor Materials Science and Engineering Research, with Masashi Azuma, Christina Krywka, Paul Zaslansky, John Boyle, Alix Deymier, and Acta Biomaterialia, published “Carbonate substitution significantly affects the structure and mechanics of carbonated apatites” Volume 122, 1 March 2021, Pages 377-386.
College of Education and Human Services
The College of Arts and Sciences and College of Education and Human Services received a VOYA Foundation grant in March for their Quantum Physics Secondary Professional Development project, a collaboration with Duval County Public Schools. The COEHS team incudes Dr. Terri Galanti, associate professor, Dr. Brian Zoellner, associate professor, and Dr. Daniel L. Dinsmore, professor and associate dean.
Dr. Terrie Galanti, assistant professor, Teaching, Secondary Mathematics and Computational Thinking/STEM Integration, published the article “Just solving for x”: Retrospective narratives of opportunities to learn on accelerated Algebra I pathways" in the Journal of Mathematical Behavior.
The 2021 Holmes Scholars are Easter Brown, Jeania Jones, Tommy Silas and Stephanie Jackson. The UNF Holmes Scholar Fellowship is awarded to students who are actively working to complete their doctoral degree in PK-12 education and demonstrate a commitment to equity and diversity. Learn more about the UNF Holmes Scholars.
Dr. Dilek Kayaalp, assistant professor, Teaching, Learning and Curriculum, Dr. Sophie Filibert, associate professor of School Counseling Leadership, and Dr. Mario Pickens, assistant professor of Early Childhood Education, received the Foundation Board Initiative UNF research grant. The title of their project is "Supporting Black Students’ Persistence in STEM Programs at UNF: Implications for Modeling Diversity and STEM Leadership."
Dr. Jen Kilpatrick, assistant professor, Deaf Education, Dr. Suzanne Ehrlich, assistant professor, Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management, and Michelle Bartlett, North Carolina State University, published the article “Learning from Covid-19: Universal Design for Learning Implementation Prior to and During a Pandemic,” in The Journal of Applied Instructional Design. Their study explored Universal Design for Learning implementation surrounding the Rapid Online Transition to Teaching and Learning. Read the article online.
Dr. Linda Skrla, professor, Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management, and Ronald Hallet, professor at the University of La Verne, published the article “Supporting Students Who Are Experiencing Homelessness: A Brief Guide for Teachers and Schools” in the spring issue of American Educator. Read the article online.
Dr. Nile Stanley, associate professor, Teaching, Learning and Curriculum, recently presented two sessions, “Using Digital Storytelling for Teaching Science to African American Youth” and “Optimizing Underserved Youth’s Potential by Building Community Partnerships through Poetry and Art” at the National Youth Advocacy and Resilience (NYAR) conference at Georgia Southern University, Savannah, Georgia. In addition, Stanley’s Digital Science and Poetry Stars project received $23,300 in funding from the Cummer Family Foundation. The funds support research and programs in the instruction of science through filmmaking and literacy through poetry for African American, elementary school children and teachers.