College of Arts and Sciences
Drs. Dale Casamatta, professor of biology, and Quincy Gibson, associate professor of Biology, published the article “A new species of cryptic cyanobacteria isolated from the epidermis of a bottlenose dolphin and as a bioaerosol” in the journal Phycologia. In addition, Casamatta and colleagues published “Global Change Biology: Pesticides Alter Ecosystem Respiration via Phytoplankton Abundance and Community Structure: Effects on the Carbon Cycle?”
Dr. Kenneth Laali, UNF Presidential Professor and organic chemist published the following five papers: (1) “Facile synthesis of libraries of functionalized cyclopropanes and oxiranes using ionic liquids – A new approach to the classical Corey-Chaykovsky reaction” in Tetrahedron Letters; (2) “Design, synthesis, and molecular docking study of novel quinoline‐based bis ‐chalcones as potential antitumor agents,” in Archiv der Pharmazie; (3) “Copper‐Catalyzed Coupling of Arylethynes and Aryltriazenes to Access Libraries of 1,2‐Diketones and Their Efficacy in Synthesis of Triaryloxazoles, Imidazoles and Diaryl‐Diazepines” in ChemistrySelect; (4) “Recent Advances in the Development of “Curcumin Inspired” Compounds as New Therapeutic Agents In Mini-Reviews” in Medicinal Chemistry, and (5) “Curcumin Conjugates of Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs: Synthesis, Structures, Anti-proliferative Assays, Computational Docking, and Inflammatory Response” in ChemistryOpen. In addition, Laali received a US Patent “CURCUMINOID-INSPIRED SYNTHETIC COMPOUNDS AS ANTI-TUMOR AGENTS” US PATENT 11,117,907 B2, issued Sep.14, 2021.
Dr. Brynna Jones, assistant professor of chemistry, published “Toward absolute viability measurements for bacteria” in the Journal of Biophotonics in collaboration with colleagues from the National Institute for Standards and Technology: Dr. Joy Dunkers (corresponding author), Dr. Hariharan Iyer, Dr. Charles H. Camp Jr., Dr. Stephan J. Stranick, and Dr. Nancy Lin.
Mark Ari, assistant professor of creative writing, unveiled the installation, “Not in My County, Not in Mine,” a work combing poetry, video, sculpture and scent, created collaboratively with artists Ginger Andro and Chuck Glicksman, in the exhibition “Walls and Borders.” The Sculptors Guild and Westbeth Gallery, New York City.
Dr. James Beasley, associate professor of English, published the article, "Glenn Gould," for the Rocktalog: Scholars Celebrating and Inhabiting Musicians, special Issue of Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures (23, Summer 2021), edited by G.V. Carter and Victor Vitanza.
David Blanton, visiting instructor of English, published the short story "Room Below" in The Gettysburg Review, September 2021.
Dr. Marcus Pactor, associate instructor of English, published a fictional short story "Never End with Termination," in 3:AM Magazine. September 2021.
Will Pewitt, instructor of English, published four translations of Arabic poetry appearing in The Antonym, September 2021.
Dr. Grace Bossé, instructor of physics and the Physics Department’s Lab Manager, and Dr. William B. Lane, visiting lecturer of physics, received a grant from William F. and Edith R. Meggers Project Award of the American Institute of Physics, for an amount of $12,500, toward the proposal “Computation-Based Professional Development and Activities for High School Physics.”
Dr. Jason Haraldsen, associate professor of physics, and Dr. Thomas Pekarek, UNF Presidential Professor, published a paper in Physical Review B. Title: “Enhancement of the spin-glass transition temperature through pd-orbital hybridization in Zn1−xMnxTe.” Authors: A. R. Alcantara, S. Barrett, D. Matev, I. Miotkowski, A. K. Ramdas , T. M. Pekarek, and J. T. Haraldsen; Faculty authors at UNF:T. M. Pekarek, and J. T. Haraldsen; Undergraduate Physics Majors at UNF: A. R. Alcantara, S. Barrett, D. Matev; Journal: Physical Review B, volume 104, page 104423 (2021). A. R. Alcantara, S. Barrett, D. Matev, I. Miotkowski, A. K. Ramdas , T. M. Pekarek, and J. T. Haraldsen, Enhancement of the spin-glass transition temperature through pd-orbital hybridization in Zn1−xMnxTe, Phys. Rev. B 104, 104423 (2021).
Dr. Lakshmi Narayanan and Dr. Shanker Menon, visiting assistant professors in psychology, developed a major proposal and made a presentation to a College in Texas for an RFP for over $1 million for a project on Compensation Consulting in the College environment collaborating with other I/O psychologists, Sept. 1, 2021.
Dr. Jody Nicholson-Bell, associate professor in psychology, published a guest column in the Florida Times-Union titled “Thoughts on healthy aging from an Alzheimer's researcher,” Oct. 12, 2021.
Sociology/Anthropology and Social Work
Dr. Jelena Brezjanović-Shogren, visiting instructor of anthropology, published an article "Seeds, soil and social connections: growing community in community gardens,” Springer Nature Social Sciences Journal, September.
Ronald Lukens-Bull, professor of anthropology, recently published his co-editor work “The Handbook of Contemporary Islam and Muslim Lives” with Springer Nature. It is a two-volume reference source.
Dr. Jacqueline Meier, assistant professor of anthropology, presented a public lecture for the Jacksonville Society of the Archaeological Institute of America titled, “Animals and Domestic Lifeways at Mycenae, Greece.”
Dr. Jenny Stuber, professor of sociology, published the second edition of her book, "Exploring Sociology: A Sociological Approach" with Sage (September 2021).
College of Education and Human Services
Dr. Kim Cheek presented "Professional learning for elementary teachers on project-based learning in NGSS-ESS," for the Geological Society of America Connects 2021, October 9-13, 2021, Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Nick Eastham, STEP Lab and Dual-Enrollment Coordinator, presented at the FSCJ’s Academy for Teaching & Learning’s Fourth Annual Science Symposium. His breakout session was titled “Large-Scale Breadboard for Demonstration and Accommodation.”
Dr. Terrie M. Galanti, assistant professor, Secondary Mathematics and Computational Thinking/STEM Integration in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum, with C.K. Baker, T. Kraft and K. Morrow-Leong, published “Building powerful mathematical thinking with digital interactive notebooks,” in Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12, Special Issue: Digital Equity and the Digital Divide, 2021.
Dr. Caroline Guardino, professor of Exceptional and Deaf Education, and Dr. Claudia Sealey-Potts, associate professor of Nutrition and Dietetics, attended the Florida Educator’s Association (FEA) annual delegate meeting in Orlando, Florida as United Faculty of Florida representatives. The delegates discussed and voted upon initiatives that support making both K-12 and higher education stronger and safer. Six critical priorities for the upcoming year include: increased pay for highly qualified and certified teachers, long-term contracts to retain teachers, protecting academic freedom, protecting the retirement system so the burden does not fall on employees, prioritizing teacher-led rather than standardized assessments, and respecting the right for educators and administrators to make decisions locally.
Dr. Amanda Pascale, Amanda Kulp and Lisa Ellen Wolf-Wendel’s (KU) research on Promotion Clarity by Gender and BIPOC Status Among Associates was recently spotlighted and included in Harvard’s Graduate School of Education’s Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE). Read the article in Innovative Higher Education.
Dr. Nile Stanley
, associate professor of literacy, and Sydney Williams, undergraduate special education major, have been awarded support from the Cummer Family Foundation to support teachers and
students at Englewood Elementary school with arts integration.
Holmes Scholars 2021-22 Announced
Congratulations to the 2021-22 Holmes Scholars Marlena Jenkins, Crissy Benton, Dominique Keys and Lindsay M. Gallon. 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 fellowship.
Hicks Honors College
Dr. Leslie Kaplan, Honors director and faculty member, with Dr. Corrine Labyak in Nutrition and Dietetics, T.M. Johnson and Honors student Meghan Moholland, published “Practical School Nutrition Program May Reduce Food Neophobia,” in Nutrients 2021, 13, 3541.