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Joseph L. Andreacci
Joseph L. Andreacci, Ph.D., associate professor of exercise science, and Eric S. Rawson, professor of exercise science, along with former students Trisha Nagle (BS’09, MS’10), and Elise Fitzgerald (BS’09, MS’10) are co-authors on the manuscript, “Effect of exercise intensity on percent body fat determined by leg-to-leg and segmental bioelectrical impedance analyses in adults,” which appears in the March 2013 issue of Research Quarterly for Exercise in Sport, 84(1): 88-95 More Joseph L. Andreacci Scholarship
Shaheen Awan, professor of speech pathology, was named a Fellow by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, one of the highest honors ASHA bestows. Awan's work focuses on computer analysis of disordered speech and voice. Awan has published 35 research articles and book chapters and is the author of The Voice Diagnostic Protocol. His recent research has focused on the development and validation of acoustic models for the prediction of dysphonia severity in sustained vowels and continuous speech.
Toni Trumbo Bell
Toni Trumbo Bell, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, recently published a peer-reviewed paper in Analytical Biochemistry with former student and BU alum, Broc Wenrich. Their research Interaction of nucleic acids with Coomassie Blue G-250, appears in the September issue. Wenrich is currently pursuing a master’s degree in chemistry at Bucknell University.
Michael G. Borland, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, presented a first author poster, “Ligand- and receptor-dependent effects of PPARβ/δ and PPARγ on cell proliferation in the A431 carcinoma cell line,” at the 2012 Society of Toxicology international meeting in San Francisco (March 11 to 15). Borland also attended the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Undergraduate Affiliate Network Leaders Biochemistry Concept Workshop at Moravian College (March 3) with Toni Trumbo Bell, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry.
William Calhoun, Ph.D., assistant chair of mathematics, computer science and statistics, recently presented, “The legacy of Turing reducibility,” at the Turing Centenary Conference in Cambridge, U.K. The conference marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alan Turing, who was one of the founders of computability theory and played an important role in the development of the computer. He even helped the Allies win World War II by devising techniques and machines that cracked the Enigma code and other German codes. Turing was involved in many areas: statistics, logic, computer science, cryptology, mathematical biology and even athletics. Calhoun used Turing’s diverse interests to motivate workshops for incoming freshmen in the BU Summer Enrichment Program in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Noreen Chikotas, D.Ed., and Michelle Ficca, Ph.D., both associate professors of nursing, participated in the recent Quality and Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN) Faculty Development Workshop in Orlando, Fla. The workshop aims to develop the capacity of graduate nursing faculty to teach other graduate-level faculty to incorporate quality and safety competencies and content into their programs. The training workshops targeted faculty in graduate-level programs and their clinical partners to assure that the full diversity of graduate education, such as public health or systems management, is represented. More Noreen Chikotas scholarship
Kevin Ferland, professor of mathematics, computer science, and statistics, had his paper, "Record Crossword Puzzles," accepted for publication in the American Mathematical Monthly. In it, Ferland proves that 96 is the maximum number of clues possible for a New York Times 15 x 15 daily crossword puzzle, and he determines all grids achieving that maximum.
Nathaniel Greene, Ph.D., professor of physics and engineering technology, received a 2011 Pennsylvania Waste Watcher award for “outstanding commitment to recycling, waste reduction and reuse in the state of Pennsylvania” by the Professional Recyclers of PA organization for his work in designing and installing a biofuel heating system at the Bloomsburg Recycling Center. The system, which burns used vegetable oil as well as motor oil, is beginning its second heating season.
Stephen Kokoska, professor of mathematics, computer science and statistics, has been named the Chief Reader Designate for AP Calculus for Educational Testing Services, Princeton, N.J., where he will assume the role of Chief Reader in July 2011. More than 10,000 college faculty and AP teachers from around the world gather each June for the annual AP Reading. As a Chief Reader, Kokoska will be responsible for ensuring AP Calculus scoring reflects college-level achievement.
Paul Loomis, associate professor of mathematics, computer science and statistics, is spending the spring semester travelling in South America where he has visited universities in Lima and Huancavelica, Peru, in La Paz and Potosi, Bolivia, and is now in Argentina. During these visits, Loomis has observed classes, talked with students and professors, and given seminar talks (in Spanish) on number theory, his specialty.
Tim McConnell, Ph.D., chair of exercise science, recently authored or coauthored “Demographic differences in religious coping after a first-time cardiac event,” in the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention; “Treatment of patients with intermediate cardiovascular risk: Are clinical measures enough?” in the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology; “Clinical and functional predictors of health-related quality of life during cardiac rehabilitation.” In the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention and “Reducing cardiovascular disease risk in medically underserved urban and rural communities,” in the American Heart Journal. More Tim McConnell scholarship
Joan Miller, associate professor of nursing, recently published “Burnout and Its Impact on Good Work in Nursing” in the peer-reviewed Journal of Radiology Nursing. Miller addressed the influence of burnout on good work in nursing, work that is at once excellent, ethical, and engaging, or personally meaningful. Issues, such as inadequate staffing and moral distress influence the ability of the nurse to achieve and maintain a commitment to work that is of the highest standard in terms of technical excellence and social and moral responsibility. Given the critical shortage of nurses in the United States and globally, interventions are needed that will allow nurses to reflect on the values that inform and sustain their commitment to quality care.
Eric S. Rawson
Eric S. Rawson, Ph.D., professor of exercise science, was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The ACSM is the largest and most respected sports medicine organization in the world with more than 45,000 members and certified professionals in more than 90 countries.
At the 2014 ACSM National Conference in Orlando, Rawson will be delivering a lecture entitled “One pill makes you larger and another makes you small: Dietary supplements for weight loss and weight gain.” Rawson is a Fellow of the ACSM, chairs the Nutrition Interest Group, and is the immediate past-president of the Mid-Atlantic ACSM Chapter.
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Mehdi Razzaghi, Ph.D., professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science, is researching internationally as a Fulbright Scholar, a prestigious award granted through a highly competitive, merited-based program. Razzaghi will spend this coming academic year researching statistics and toxicology while teaching a graduate course as well at the University of Warsaw in Poland.
John Riley, professor of mathematics, computer science and statistics, was recently published, “Recycling in Vista®,” in the Journal of Digital Forensic Practice, Volume 3, Number 1, March 2010.
Deb Sanders, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.E., assistant professor of nursing, received national certification by the National League for Nursing (NLN), a national accrediting agency, as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE). The national exam required for this certification recognizes excellence in the advanced specialty role of the academic nurse educator through specialized clinical expertise, practice, and leadership.
Mike Shepard, Ph.D., professor of environmental, geographical and geological sciences, published an article in the December issue of Sky and Telescope magazine, a popular astronomy magazine that is available at the Andruss Library. The article is called "Why do Asteroids come in Pairs?"
American Nuclear Society’s Northern PA Section honored David Simpson, Ph.D., associate professor of physics and engineering technology, and his class earlier this spring for Engineering Week. Simpson, a chapter member, has gone out of his way to coordinate a program that awards a bachelor degree in health physics allowing students to pursue in nuclear related careers. PPL has hired many of his students, as well as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Pamela A. Smith
Pamela A. Smith, Ph.D. associate professor of speech pathology, made two presentations at the International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association conference in Cork, Ireland, in addition to several presentations at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention. She mentors graduate and undergraduate research and is editor of ASHA’s Perspectives in Gerontology.
Cynthia Venn, Ph.D., professor of environmental, geographical and geological sciences, recently presented a paper, “Using Map Exercises as an Integrative Tool in a General Education Oceanography Course,” at the American Geophysical Union Ocean Sciences meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii. This paper reports the results of a semester-long class activity that was developed as a result of the 2013 BU Teaching Excellence Academy sponsored by the TALE office.