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Faculty Scholarship and Research
Brian C. Johnson, academic advisor, director of Frederick Douglass Institute, recently had his sixth book, The Problematic Tyler Perry, which explores the vast chasm between Perry’s fans’ adoration and the critical reception of his work. While some argue that Perry’s brand of “blackness” is little more than buffoonery, others claim he offers representations that are missing in entertainment choices, especially among niche audiences.
Perry is applauded by some for offering films and television shows that are «good entertainment», while others label his work trashy. He can be seen either as an oracle whose morality plays provide a gospel message of family healing, or as an actor with a misaligned worldview. This book asks: what are we to do with the “problem” of Tyler Perry?
In addition, Johnson’s newest article was published by Film International (Issue 13, No. 4) on“Fear and Self Loving: Masturbation in Movie Teen Comedies.”
Cassandra Sachar, assistant professor of writing, recently published "Establishing a Writing Community in the College Classroom" in Faculty Focus, "Making Feedback Matter" in The Teaching Professor, and “The Writing Crisis and How to Address It through Developmental Writing Classes” in Research & Teaching in Developmental Education.
Michael C. Hickey, Ph.D., professor of history, this semester has continued scholarly activity in two fields of history: the history of Russia's 1917 Revolution; and the history of the aftermath of the Holocaust in the Soviet Union. In March, Hickey participated in an international conference on "Russia's Failed Democratic Revolution, 1917: A Centennial Reappraisal," held in Rome (Italy) and hosted by the Notre Dame University's Nanovic Institute for European Studies. In addition to chairing the conference's opening session, Hickey presented his new research on the mechanics of local state administration in Russia in 1917. Hickey's essay from that conference, "Lost in the Vermicelli? The Provincial Government and Local Administration in Smolensk in 1917" will appear later this year in a special issue of the Journal of Modern Russian Historiography and History.
On April 10, Hickey discussed this new research as the featured speaker at the Delaware Valley Seminar on Russian History at Swarthmore College. In addition, Hickey's featured review essay "Russian Culture in War and Revolution" will appear in the journal Revolutionary Russia in summer 2016. In the field of Holocaust Aftermath studies, Hickey's featured review essay "Jewish Life in Belarus: The Final Decade of the Stalin Regime" appeared this spring in The Belorussian Political Science Review, vol. 3. And on April 7, Hickey served as commentator for the panel "Polish Jewish Refugees and Displaced Persons" at the 34th Annual Conference on the Holocaust and Genocide at Millersville University, where he also chaired and commented on the panel "The Aftermath of the Holocaust and Its Commemoration in Western Europe." Hickey Scholarship
Anne-Dyer Stuart, MFA, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, had a poem earlier this year entitled “Oxbow Lake” published in Sugar House Review, a Salt Lake City, Utah based literary journal. Sugar House is an independent journal focused exclusively on poetry. Stuart was also solicited as a peer reviewer for R.KV.R.Y Quarterly Literary Journal.
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Joseph L. Andreacci, Ph.D., professor of exercise science, Eric S. Rawson, Ph.D. and Timothy R. McConnell, PhD., professor of exercise science, along with former student Abigail Pauley ‘14M, are authors on the manuscript entitled, “The Impact of Body Composition on Energy Expenditure during Walking and Running in Young Adults. The manuscript appears in the February 2016 issue of the Journal of Exercise Physiology-online. Andreacci Scholarship
Jerry Wemple, MFA, professor of English, recently had a poem entitled Rock and Roll published in HEArt, a Pittsburgh based literary journal focused on issues of social justice. From 1997-2002, HEArt published and distributed 15 print issues of its quarterly magazine. Known as HEArt Quarterly until 2000 and HEArt thereafter, it featured poetry, fiction, essay, review, and visual art probing aspects of racial, sexual, gender, and class discrimination. Wemple Scholarship
Fracking America: Sacrificing Health and the Environment for Short-Term Economic Benefit is Walter M. Brasch’s 21st book. Walter Brasch is a professor emeritus of journalism. The book details significant issues related to fracking and the anti-fracking environmental movement. In addition to several chapters devoted to health/medical and environmental issues, as well as the process of fracking, in the 690 page book are chapters about academic integrity relating to professors taking oil/gas money and producing research agreeing with industry talking points; the collusion between politicians and the oil/gas industry, with an emphasis upon Pennsylvania; and renewable energy alternatives to oil and gas.
The book is endorsed by Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, and one of the nation’s leaders in the environmental movement; and Damian Short, distinguished research professor at the University of London. The Midwest Book Review gives it a “highly recommended” rating; Carol Hartman, an environmental journalist, calls it “essential reading.” The book is available at greeleyandstone.com, amazon.com, and local bookstores.
David Magolis, Ph.D., associate professor of mass communications, was recently appointed to the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) Leadership Council. The role of the council is to help NAMLE grow to become the preeminent leader in the effort to expand and improve the practice of media literacy education in the United States.
The Leadership Council will lead NAMLE’s communication, resources, and professional development projects in accordance with the strategic vision set forth by the Executive Director and the Board of Directors.
Inclusive practices are at the cornerstone of what we share with students as they prepare to work with diverse groups of children in schools. Robin Drogan, Ph.D., assistant professor of exceptionality programs, and Darlene Perner, Ed.D., professor of exceptionality programs, have published a chapter, “Facilitating Systems of Support” in Including Learners with Low-Incidence Disabilities.
This book, as part of a series, brings a unique international perspective on a topic that is not often written, supports for students with low-incidence disabilities. Some of the inclusive education features include: values and beliefs, rights, relationships, a sense of belonging, effective practices, and school community and culture. The focus is on quality implementation of effective collaborative practices.
Michael Patte, Ph.D., professor of teaching and learning, and Thomas Starmack, Ph.D., professor of teaching and learning, collaborated on two recently published books.
Beyond the Classroom Walls pushes students to look beyond the walls of the classroom to explore all avenues of educating students including families, community, and other school resources. The book is written with supporting recent scholarly articles to support the concepts of each chapter. Included are notes to instructors for the means of creating authentic and engaging assignments and means of delivering instruction.
Organizational Behavior explores various types of leadership and major concepts critical to leading in the 21st Century. The book has a Pk-16 target audience for students or professionals seeking to learn more and be engaged in learning about effective leadership in our complex world. The impact on pre-service and in-service teachers is the depth with which students engage with content and apply concepts in their current setting through job embedded assignments. Patte Scholarship
Michael G. Borland, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was recently designated an Education Fellow of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Borland is one of only two PASSHE faculty members, and one of 75 BMB professionals nationwide who have earned this distinction.
Earlier this year, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry became the first PASSHE university to receive an ASBMB accreditation. BU’s biochemistry program was rated on factors including research laboratory facilities, faculty scholarship and educational goals. The accreditation recognizes BU’s biochemistry program as meeting the organization’s advanced requirements.
Ferda Asya, Ph.D., professor of English, presented a refereed paper, “Return Trip of Culture: Morocco/France/Morocco,” in the “Edith Wharton Society Panel,” at the American Literature Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Boston. The American Literature Association is committed to exploring the richness and diversity of American writing and welcomes all forms of scholarship. It is not limited to any specific critical methodology or dogma. Asya Scholarship
Christi Moncavage, Au.D., clinical audiologist with the Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, was named one of HearStrong Foundation’s Champion of the Month for August. Moncavage is an accomplished doctor of audiology, an engaged supervisor of graduate students and a passionate hearing healthcare provider.
In reflecting on moments that really symbolize the impact hearing better has had on her life, she says, “Hearing my husband’s wedding vows, hearing my daughter cry for the first time, and hearing my name as a recipient of a doctoral degree: hearing is what makes every life event better.”
Amarilis Hidalgo de Jesus, Ph.D., professor of language and cultures, has been elected as treasurer of the Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (International Association of Hispanic Culture and Literature, AILCFH) for 2015-2017.
In addition, she has been invited and received a travel grant by the municipality of Manta, Ecuador to participate in the “Encuentro internacional de escritores y poetas.” Hidalgo de Jesus Scholarship
Michael Ruffini, Ed.D., professor of educational technology, presented “Screencast Your Lessons With Camtasia!” at the ISTE 2015 International Technology and Expo Conference held in Philadelphia. In addition, Ruffini published a new book, “PowerCasts Creating Dynamic PowerPoint Screencasts with Camtasia Studio!” The Planets — project example from book. Visions in Education Publisher. Ruffini Scholarship
Kristie Byrum, Ph.D, APR, an assistant professor of public relations, recently presented her research at the Athens Institute for Education and Research in Athens, Greece. Byrum was invited to present her findings related to Corporate Social Responsibility Communications to international scholars in attendance at the Annual International Conference on Communication and Mass Media.
The event was organized by the Mass Media and Communications Research Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER). Byrum’s work assessed the effectiveness of various media formats, including a news release, article and advertisement, in generating source credibility, information, credibility, purchase intention, brand reputation and social media engagement. Byrum assessed both corporate and consumer sources to determine effectiveness.
The research indicated that news releases and articles are superior formats for conveying corporate social responsibility messages, thus suggesting an active role for public relations professionals in the strategic planning and implementation of corporate social responsibility programs. Byrum is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America and currently serves on a national PRSA committee devoted to devising and implementing strategic communications curriculum for MBA programs nationwide.
Michael Rebold, Ph.D., CSCS, assistant professor of exercise science, recently had his cell phone research accepted for publication in PLOS ONE. The research, done in collaboration with several exercise science students, is looking at the impact of cell phone use on the intensity and liking of a bout of treadmill exercise.
Since everyone is constantly having to stay connected with their cell phone it is imperative to study how the cell phone distracts us from exercise, according to Rebold. In order to achieve health benefits, he says we need to exercise at a moderate intensity for at least 30-minutes. If we have our cell phones with us during exercise will this deter us from achieving these health recommendations of at least 30-minutes of moderate intensity exercise, according to Rebold.
Shaheen Awan, Ph.D., professor of speech-language pathology, recently had his article, Exploring the Relationship Between Spectral and Cepstral Measures of Voice and the Voice Handicap Index (VHI), voted the Best Speech Language Pathology Paper of 2014. Journal of Voice received a record number of manuscript submissions in 2014. This year’s Best Paper Award Winners will be announced and awarded in May during the 44th Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice Joint Meeting with the International Association of Phonosurgery.
Amber Pitt, Ph.D., assistant professor of biological and allied health sciences, was a co-author, along with colleagues from the University of Maine, Clemson University, and U.S. Geological Survey, of “Evaluation of a waistband for attaching external radio transmitters to anurans” published in the peer-reviewed journal Wildlife Society Bulletin. The paper describes a new and improved radio-transmitter attachment method that can be used for tagging anurans (frogs and toads).
This method allows for improved radio-telemetry studies that will allow researchers to track anurans and gain critical data regarding their natural history and ecology. Anurans have undergone dramatic population declines in recent years and are highly imperiled throughout the world so ecological data that can be gained through radio-telemetry studies can lead to enhanced conservation programs.
Lam D. Nguyen, D.Mgt., associate professor of management, recently had his two coauthored papers published in the International Journal of Business Research, Vol. 15, No. 1. The first paper, “Core Competencies: Redefining Competition in the Global Economy,” reviewed concepts of core competencies and how to turn core competencies into competitive advantages in order to compete effectively in the globalized market. The second paper, “Online Group Buying: An Investigation on Service Quality and Customer Satisfaction in Vietnam,” discussed a causal model to identify determinants to the level of satisfaction with online group buying sites in Vietnam.
The International Journal of Business Research (IJBR) is a peer-reviewed public journal in the Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory and in Cabell’s Directories 2004-14 Editions with a 20 percent acceptance rate. Nguyen Scholarship
Brenda Wands, assistant professor and program director of the Geisinger Health System/Bloomsburg University Department of Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia program, recently was granted a Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship Grant through Health Resources and Service Administration for $15,701. This award is valuable to the nurse anesthesia students to offset some of their tuition costs. Nurse anesthesia students are unable to work during their 33 month graduate program; therefore this grant award is appreciated in their educational journey. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists provide a valuable service providing anesthesia care to communities at large.
Kurt Smith, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, has just published The Descartes Dictionary with Bloomsbury Press. During Winter break, he presented (with Professor Alan Nelson, UNC Chapel Hill, philosophy) "An Analysis of Descartes on Synthesis," at the Eastern Division meetings of the American Philosophical Association. And, he has forthcoming "Rationalism," in Oxford Bibliographies, edited by Duncan Prichard, and This is Modern Philosophy, with Blackwell Publishing. Smith Scholarship
Tim McConnell, Ph.D., professor of exercise science, recently coauthored, "Religiosity and religious coping in patients with cardiovascular disease: Change over time and associations with illness adjustment," published in Journal of Religion and Health. Trevino KM, McConnell TR. 2014:53:1907-1917. The Journal of Religion and Health is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed academic journal that publishes original articles that deal with mental and physical health in relation to religion and spirituality of all kinds. McConnell scholarship
Faith Warner, Ph.D., professor of anthropology, had two contributions published in Disasters in Field Research: Preparing for and Coping with Unexpected Events by Gillian Ice, Darna Dufour, and Nancy Stevens, by Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2015. Warner’s contributions entitled Thank you Dengue and War, Vulnerability, and Common Ground address health, safety, and security challenges she encountered while conducting long-term participant observation with Q’eqchi’ and K’iche’ Maya communities in a United Nations refugee camp in southern Mexico. Warner Scholarship
Ken Hall, Ph.D., assistant professor of management, had “Corporate entrepreneurship, customer-oriented selling, absorptive capacity, and international sales performance in the international B2B setting: Conceptual framework and research propositions” published in International Business Review, vol. 23, no. 6 (December 2014), pp. 1193-1202, DOI doi:10.1016/j.ibusrev.2014.04.003, with Raj Javalgi (Cleveland State University) and S. Tamer Cavusgil (Georgia State University).
In addition, Hall had “Psychological influences on customer willingness to pay and choice in automated retail settings: Context effects, attribute framing, and perceptions of fairness” published in American Journal of Business, vol. 29, issue 3/4 (December 2014), pp. 237-260, DOI 10.1108/AJB-06-2014-0036, with Ashutosh Dixit (Cleveland State University) and Sujay Dutta (Wayne State University).
Jennifer L. Cughan, M.S., academic coordinator for TRiO Upward Bound, as a member of the ACT State Organization of PA she was elected as their state representative. That means she goes twice a year to meetings with the ‘movers and shakers’ of ACT—those professionals who guide the making of the ACT college ready-test and a plethora of other resources used by education and work force organizations throughout the world.
She has the opportunity to meet many people from across the country and across the world that influence the world of academia and the labor force. Admissions directors, professors, high school counselors, principals, Industrial Pscyhologists, Human Resource personnel and the list goes on. All professionals working toward a brighter future for YOU and all young people.
Bridget Klein, instructor of exceptionality programs, ASL and deaf culture, was recently chosen to display a piece of her artwork at the Dyer Arts Center at National Technical Institute for the Deaf/Rochester Institute of Technology. De ‘VIA is short for Deaf View / Image Arts. Viva DeVIA was an exhibition celebrating 25 years since the birth of DeVIA. In 1989 eight Deaf artists gathered for a four day workshop. There they collaborated on the De’VIA manifesto, defining Deaf culture art that represents Deaf artists along with their perceptions based on their Deaf experiences.
Her photography piece “Free Spirit” was showcased recently. According to Klein, speech therapy is all about control and precision. Growing up in speech therapy she felt her spirit was constricted and lacked freedom. Her photo represented her personal revolution against the constraints of speech therapy, the controlled, gentle breathing is exchanged for the wild and carefree beauty of using every ounce of air in her lungs to scatter milkweed seeds and sow her freedom in the earth.
A. Blair Staley, DBA, CPA, professor of accounting, and his colleague Nace R. Magner, Western Kentucky University, published a refereed journal article, "Roles of Instrumental and Noninstrumental Voice in Members' Reactions Toward Interorganizational Committees" in International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior, 3 (17), 311-334. The International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior brings together researchers and practitioners, both within and outside the United States, who are in the areas of organization theory, management, development, and behavior. This journal covers all private, public and not-for-profit organizations' theories and behavior.
Michael Martin, Ph.D. assistant professor of English, recently presented at the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender (OSCLG) Conference in San Francisco. His paper was a joint presentation with Melissa Galán, a senior in communication studies, titled “Creando identidad y familia — One Text at a Time”. The presentation, which included a professional-grade video of the two presenters, considered how a group of text messages between the two authors have created a new understanding of identity and a sense of family that crosses gender, generation and culture. The paper is being revised as an ethnographic narrative for future publication. Martin Scholarship
Philip Polstra, Ph.D., associate professor of digital forensics, recently did a webinar, “Bad USB – Why USB security is badly broken,” for the CISO Platform — an international organization dedicated to getting pertinent information into the hands of senior security executives and decision makers in a timely manner. Others have described Polstra as one of the top security researchers in the world. He is internationally recognized for his work with USB security and forensics. His USB-related work has been presented at top conferences around the world and presented in a number of publications. Polstra Scholarship
Kim Olszewski, D.N.P., assistant professor of nursing, recently presented at the National Safety Council (NSC) Congress and Expo in San Diego, California. Her presentation was entitled “Occupational Health and Social Media: Guiding Employees Safely”. Olszewski’s presentation provided practical suggestions on promoting wellness and healthier lifestyles for employees beyond the 40 hour workweek. Living a healthier lifestyle occurs 24/7 and the use of the internet to access health information via social media sites, blogs, and other websites has become a daily activity.
Guidelines and recommendations were offered on how businesses can educate and guide employees to use the Internet to find health information for their individual needs. For more than 100 years, professionals have attended this event to learn about industry-leading technology, education, networking opportunities and tried and true products and services needed to stay at the forefront of the safety industry.
David Minderhout, Ph.D., professor emeritus of anthropology,has just had published an article in Accounts, the journal of the Union County Historical Society. The article, "The Susquehannocks," appears in 4(2):4-17 and summarizes what is known about these Native Americans after whom the Susquehanna River was named.
Laura Davis, J.D., associate professor of business law, and Victoria Geyfman, Ph.D., professor of finance, recently had an article accepted for publication in the Journal of Education for Business. Their article, "The Glass Door Remains Closed: Another Look at Gender Inequality in Undergraduate Business Schools," reports on the decline in representation of women in undergraduate colleges of business, and the impact this enrollment trend will have on business schools, industry and the national economy.
Victoria Geyfman, Ph.D., associate professor of finance, and Laura Davis, J.D., associate professor of business law, recently had an article accepted for publication in the Journal of Education for Business. Their article, "The Glass Door Remains Closed: Another Look at Gender Inequality in Undergraduate Business Schools," reports on the decline in representation of women in undergraduate colleges of business, and the impact this enrollment trend will have on business schools, industry and the national economy.
Noreen Chikotas, D.Ed., graduate coordinator and director of nurse practitioner programs, recently was re-awarded an Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) grant through the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) for $691,872. This grant is considered a competitive continuation award from the initial AENT grant she obtained in 2012 for $632,000.00 which assisted 32 primary care nurse practitioner students in achieving their Master’s in Nursing and certification as either Adult Nurse Practitioner’s, Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner’s or Family Nurse Practitioner’s. Chikotas Scholarship
The National Science Foundation has awarded Zzyzx Polymers a $737,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant to support research and development efforts on the firm’s novel plastic polymers manufacturing process. Mark Tapsak, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, is one of the company’s cofounders. This SBIR Phase II project will demonstrate the first commercial-scale processing of post-consumer plastic materials for high-value applications using an approach known as continuous mechanochemical compatibilization. The Zzyzx Polymers project will focus on using CMC to recycle materials without the need for extensive cleaning or sorting, thereby reducing processing steps, and returning value to these materials in a more cost-competitive way.
Evren Eryilmaz, Ph.D., assistant professor of information and technology management, co-authored on the paper "How media choice affects learner interactions in distance learning classes" published in Computers & Education Vol., 75. The paper explored the affordances of an online social networking system to facilitate online interaction, course community development, and perceived learning.
Furthermore, his paper "Leveraging a Personalized System to Improve Self-Directed Learning in Online Educational Environments" published in Computers & Education Vol., 70 was the most downloaded article in July. Eryilmaz Scholarship
Hayden Wimmer, Ph.D., assistant professor of business education and information and technology management, presented a paper titled "A Multi-Agent System for Healthcare Data Privacy" at the America's Conference for Information Systems (AMCIS) in Savannah, GA which won best paper in track and was nominated for best paper of conference. AMCIS is one of the largest and most respected conferences in Information Systems.
Elena Litvinova, instructor of developmental instruction, had her article, “Adding Another Row to The Time-Distance-Speed Diagram,” published in Mathematics Teaching in U.K. During the last two years, she has worked collaboratively with her husband, Semyon Litvinov, on a comprehensive review of elementary methods of solving inequalities, including a non-traditional Interval Method.
This material may be of interest to college/high school instructors who teach pre-calculus or/and calculus courses. In March of 2011, we presented a part of this material at the “History and Pedagogy of Mathematics (HPM) Americas Section 2011 East Coast Meeting”. A comprehensive overview of the material was presented on March 10, 2014, at the INTED2014 (8th International Technology, Education and Development Conference) in Spain. It was a virtual presentation and the paper was published in the conference proceedings.
David Simpson, Ph.D., associate professor of physics and engineering technology, has partnered with the Department of Environmental Protection to develop refresher-training materials for operators of X-ray equipment, such as general radiologists and dental X-rays technicians. The materials help ensure the continuing education on DEP regulatory requirements are met for safe operation of X-ray systems.
DEP regulations require operators to document that they have completed a recommended two contact hours or four units of continuing education every four years in specialized subject areas such as sources of radiation exposure and methods of protection. The subject areas should be applicable to the procedures they perform and equipment they use.
Monica Favia, Ph.D., and Lam D. Nguyen, Ph.D., management faculty, recently have their co-authored paper, “Factors influencing consumer’s trust in e-commerce: An empirical examination in Vietnam” published in the International Journal of Business Research, Vol. 14, No. 2. The International Journal of Business Research (IJBR) is a peer-reviewed and publicly available journal listed in Cabell’s Directories 2004-14 Editions and in the Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory with an acceptance rate of 20 percent.
Nancy Gentile Ford, Ph.D., was recently among three invited presenters on “Immigrants in the Military: Regional and Historical Factors” at Princeton University, which hosted the Patriots or Invaders? - Immigrants in the Military in Modern America Conference.
The conference brought together recognized experts, academics as well as journalists, members of the U.S. military establishment and political figures around a dialogue about the role of immigrants — their families and children — in the armed forces; the causes and effects of military recruitment on first-and second-generation immigrants and the barriers faced by immigrants and families in the military. Gentile Ford Scholarship
Kevin Ferland, professor of mathematics, computer science, and statistics, recently had a paper, “Record Crossword Puzzles,” published in The American Mathematical Monthly. It contains a proof that 96 is the maximum number of clues possible in a daily New York Times crossword puzzle. In addition to presenting the only two possible grids that have 96 clues, it gives a crossword puzzle using one of those grids that anyone who likes to do crossword puzzles should enjoy.
The American Mathematical Monthly publishes articles, notes, and other features about mathematics and the profession. Its readers span a broad spectrum of mathematical interests and abilities. Authors are invited to submit articles and notes that bring interesting mathematical ideas to a wide audience of Monthly readers.
Jung S. Kim, Ph.D., Lam D.Nguyen, Ph.D., associate professors of management and marketing, recently had their coauthored paper, “Strategies of Chinese automakers,” published in the International Journal of Strategic Management, Vol. 14, No. 1.
The International Journal of Strategic Management (IJSM) is a refereed publication listed in Cabell’s Directories 2004-14 Editions and in Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory with an acceptance rate of 23 percent. It is available online at the EBSCO Publishing in the Business Complete Listing and at the Gale/ Cengage Publishing. The journal will soon be available with the SCOPUS.
Craig A. Young, Ph.D., associate professor of education, was recently appointed to serve as a member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Academic Studies Advisory Committee for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). His three-year term will begin after the 2014 Annual Convention this fall in Washington, D.C.
The committee's charge is to develop plans to assist teachers in making schools safe and welcoming places for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming, intersex, queer, and questioning people, and their allies to initiate and sustain conversation about the relevance of gendered, sexual, and affectional identities to reading and writing lives, to teaching lives, and to the well-being of students; to promote inquiry into issues of sexuality and gender identity and expression in the teaching of literacy and literature; to encourage proposals for presentation of such inquiry through public meetings to support individuals in the production of publishable written reports of such inquiry; and to select excellent proposals for the annual convention.
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 as the University of Warsaw in Poland.
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. Rawson Scholarship
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.
Ted Roggenbuck, Ph.D., director of the BU Writing Center and associate professor of English, collaborated with Mike Sherry, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, to write "Reframing Responses to Student Writing: Promising Young Writers and the Writing Pedagogies Course," which was recently published in Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education. The article describes an attempt to provide future teachers with an opportunity to practice evaluating and responding to student writing through a collaboration among members of an NCTE committee, a blended writing pedagogies course composed of education, creative writing, and professional writing students, and middle school teachers and their students in two states.
Tim Knoster, Ed.D., professor of exceptionality programs, recently had his latest book, “The Teacher’s Pocket Guide for Effective Classroom Management, Second Edition” published by Brookes Publishing Company. Knoster, a behavior expert and former teacher, provides friendly how-to book educators need to increase desired behavior in today's K-12 classrooms. The second edition weaves in timely new guidance for teachers implementing multi-tiered systems of support in tandem with positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS), while also serving as a great resource for teachers in more traditional school settings.
Stephen W. Whitworth, Ph.D., associate professor of English, was invited for a second year to deliver the keynote lecture at the Department of English at Tel Aviv University's annual symposium in January on literature and psychoanalysis. This year's symposium was entitled "The Perversity of the Poetic." Whitworth delivered a lecture entitled "'The Most is Not Too Much': Masochism and the Perverse Phantasm in Southwell's 'Complaynt of St. Peter (1591).'" After delivering his lecture, Whitworth answered questions and participated in a roundtable discussion of the work being done on literature and psychoanalysis in a variety of literary periods by Israeli English faculty, graduate students, and analysts. Whitworth Scholarship
M. Safa Saraçoğlu, Ph.D., associate professor of history, associate professor of history, helped organized a four-panel discussion on Legitimizing Law in the Ottoman Empire recently at the 47th annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association in New Orleans, from Oct. 10 to 13. The session reflected a select group of responses to a call for papers Saraçoğlu issued in January. The mini-workshop covered an entire day and attracted a lot of attention. It involved 24 respected scholars from a variety of countries including Hungary, Israel, Turkey, United Kingdom and U.S.
In addition, Saraçoğlu presented his research, “Düstur Before “Birinci Tertib:” Liberalism, Codification and Government in Nineteenth Century Ottoman Empire” in one of these panels. The discussions in this workshop were lively and brought up several significant issues in the rapidly evolving topic of Islamic law and historical change. Saraçoğlu Scholarship
Loren F. Selznick, J.D., assistant professor of business law, recently published an article, "Walking the Executive Speech Tightrope: From Starbucks to Chick-fil-A," in the Oklahoma Law Review. The article discusses legal issues that arise when top corporate executives make controversial public statements on hot-button social issues. It focuses on two companies, Starbucks and Chick-fil-A, whose executives took opposing positions on same-sex marriage in 2012. The controversy raised a number of questions about the expressive rights of CEOs.
Conrad Quintyn, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology, and co-authors N. Seguchi and H. Takamuku of Department of Environmental Changes, Kyushu University, Japan had a paper, "A Study of Postcranial Indices, Ratios, and Body Mass versus Eco-geographical Variables in An Assessment of Phenotypical Adaptations to Climatic Conditions," accepted and presented at the 82nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Knoxville, Tenn., in April. Quintyn Scholarship
James H. Dalton, Ph.D., professor of psychology, is author of the chapter "Community Psychology" in Volume 1 of the new, second edition of the "Handbook of Psychology," a major resource for the entire field of psychology and for related fields. The Handbook is a ten-volume set covering the science and practice of psychology, edited by Irvin Weiner of the University of South Florida, and published by John Wiley & Sons. It has been highly praised in Library Journal and in PsycCRITIQUES, the American Psychological Association journal of book reviews. Andruss Library has a copy of the second edition multivolume set.
Toni Trumbo Bell, Ph.D., 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.
William Calhoun, Ph.D., professor 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.
John O. Okpara, professor of management, recently had an article "An Exploratory Study of International Strategic Choices for Exporting Firms in Nigeria,” published in Thunderbird International Business Review, Vol. 54, No. 4, July/August 2012, pp. 479-491. TIBR is a practitioner business journal that publishes the latest in research and thought leadership on global business practices throughout the world.
Steven Si, Ph.D., professor of management and international business, had two papers, “Factors influencing successor selection in China: an empirical analysis,” and, “Transformational and transactional leaderships, empowerment climate, and innovation performance: A multilevel analysis,” recently published in the volume 9, issue 3, 2011 of the Journal: Problems and Perspectives in Management and in the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 21 (2), 2012 (SSCI Journal).
Sybil L. Holloway, Psy.D., psychological counselor in BU's Center for Counseling and Human Development, had a book review published on Understanding and Preventing College Student Suicide that will be cited in the Fall 2012 issue of NACADA Journal: The Journal of the National Academic Advising Association. Also, she recently published two articles related to her Fall 2010 sabbatical in San Antonio, Tx. "Exploring Latino Cultures: An Amazing Sabbatical Experience" appears in the April 2012 issue of The Pennsylvania Psychologist. "How to Enjoy a Sabbatical" was published on Feb. 15 by Inside Higher Ed.
Doug Karsner, Ph.D., associate professor of history, who has been involved with aeronautical and aerospace history for many years, has been appointed to serve on the American Historical Association's Committee on the Fellowship in Aerospace History, administered jointly with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The AHA is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1884 and incorporated by Congress in 1889 for the promotion of historical studies. The association provides leadership for the profession, protects academic freedom, develops professional standards, aids in the pursuit and publication of scholarship, and supplies various services to sustain the work of its members.
Jesús Salas-Elorzaz, Ph.D., professor of Languages and Cultures, published the essay, “Recurso narrativo de desfamiliarización en La vida conyugal, de Sergio Pitol,” in Revista Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea 48.18 (Enero-Marzo 2011): 37-45.
Sue O’Donnell, associate professor of art and art history, was one of four artists recognized at a recent juried art exhibition in Bloomington, Ind., held in conjunction with the 2011 College Book Art Association Conference “Word, Image, Text, Object.” The College Book Art Association promotes and supports academic book arts education by fostering the development of its practice, teaching, scholarship and criticism at the college and university level. O’Donnell’s work entitled “Return Path” was awarded a best in show recognition.
Gifford Howarth, associate professor of music, was recently adjudicating a national percussion festival and running s few percussion education workshops in the Netherlands. Howarth judged all the component groups in Percussion, General Effect and Artistry. In addition to the Netherlands, he has done clinics and workshops in the U.S., Canada, Asia and Europe. Howarth is known as a mallet percussion specialist with an own method book ("Simply Four") and a series of signature marimba mallets from Vic Firth.
Deborah S. Stryker, associate professor of special education/deaf education, recently co-published in the Oxford Journal: Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, Spring 2011 Volume 16 No 2 “The Importance of Morphemic Awareness to Reading Achievement and the Potential of Signing Morphemes to Supporting Reading Development.” She is collaborating in ongoing research involving deaf and hard of hearing children who are aided by the use of a grammatically correct form of English signing, Signing Exact English, with a colleague at the University of Kansas and another from the Northwest School for Hearing Impaired Children in Seattle, Wash.
Doreen M. S. Jowi, assistant professor of organizational communication, and her colleagues, Alan K. Goodboy, assistant professor of communication studies, and Jason. S. Wrench, associate professor of communication and media at the State University of New York, New Paltz, recently had their book “Directory of Communication Related Mental Measures: A Comprehensive Indices, Measures, and Instruments” published by the National Communication Association Non-Serial Publications.
In addition, Jowi also recently presented two papers, “International Communication Matters: The Case for East African Tanning Extract Company” and “Barack Hussein Otieno Obama: The Global President?” Furthermore, Jowi has been selected for inclusion in the 2010-2011 Edition of the Montclair Publishing WHO’S WHO in Collegiate Faculty in the U.S.A.
Stephanie Schlitz, associate professor of English and linguistics, served as a guest editor for a special issue of the global Journal of Writing Research, which focuses on corpus-informed approaches to writing research and includes articles from a diverse, international group of experts in the field. The articles were selected to provide writing researchers and teachers with a comprehensive and informative introduction to corpus-informed writing research, and to exemplify how researchers are developing and exploiting corpora and corpus methods to improve writing research and writing instruction. Schlitz Scholarship
Meredith Re' Grimsley, professor of art and art history, has work in several upcoming shows (Sept. 2010), including the Fiber Art International, a show that premiered in Pittsburgh and is now traveling throughout the country. Her work is included in "The Cutting Edge: A Celebration of Fiber," at the New Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The premier event for the new gallery opens this weekend and will be exhibited through October. She will also have a solo show and lecture at the Glasgow Goodkind Gallery, in Glasgow, Mt., during the 2011 exhibition year.
Jason Godeke, associate professor of art and art history, has been awarded the Vermont Studio Center Fellowship by The Institute for Culture and Society, supported through the College of Liberal Arts Faculty Enhancement Fund. This competitive award provides one College of Liberal Arts faculty member a fully funded four-week residency between July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 to focus on research while in residence at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. The fellowship includes housing, all meals, studio space, the companionship of professional peers, access to prominent contemporary artists and writers, and most of all, uninterrupted work time.
M. Ruhul Amin, professor of management, was recently inducted into the Emerald Literati Network of Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., joining the network of authors, editors and researchers. Amin, who has made several contributions to Benchmarking: An International Journal, was recently published with Sharmistha Banerjee for their research, “Benchmarking Environmental Performance: Five Leading Steel Mills in India, in the journal’s latest edition Vol. 17, No. 3, 2010 pg. 388-395.
DeeAnne Wymer, professor of anthropology, held a book signing at the Hopewell Culture National Park museum store, Chillicothe, Ohio, in June, for her book, “Hopewell Settlement Patterns, Subsistence, and Symbolic Landscapes” published by the University of Florida Press. The book, an edited volume by A. Martin Byers and Wymer in May, brings together leading researchers to create a new theoretical approach in archaeology to integrate scientific and cognitive studies to illuminate Moundbuilder archaeology. Wymer Scholarship
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.
Luke Springman, associate professor of languages and cultures, was awarded a $5,740 research grant by The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), a publicly-funded independent organization of higher education institutions in Germany. The DAAD awards highly competitive, merit-based grants to scholars world-wide for use toward study and research in Germany. Springman’s research will investigate the genre of educational films called Kulturfilme, which were intended for young people during the German Weimar Republic (1918-1933).
Denise L. Davidson, Ph.D., assistant professor, school counseling and college student affairs, and Mark Bauman. Ph.D., assistant professor, recently co-edited a special issue of The Journal of College and University Housing focusing on “Addressing the Needs of Residential Students with Disabilities.” Davidson and Bauman solicited manuscript proposals, selected six topics, and edited the articles. Bauman led the development of an article titled “Service, Comfort, or Emotional Support?: The Evolution of Disability Law.” In addition to contributing to that article, Davidson was an author of “Implementing Universal Design: A Collaborative Approach to Designing Campus Housing.”
Denise L. Davidson, Ph.D., assistant professor, school counseling and college student affairs, recently had her research, “Job Satisfaction, Recruitment, and Retention of Entry-Level Residence Life and Housing Staff,” published in The Journal of College and University Student Housing, Vol. 38 (2, 78-93). JCUSH is a peer-reviewed journal that addresses research related to college and university residence life and housing programs.
Pamela A. Smith, Ph.D., 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.
Lawrence Kleiman, Ph.D., professor of management, recently had his textbook Human Resource Management: A Managerial Tool for Competitive Advantage, 6th Edition published by Kendall Hunt Publishing, which combines author service, innovation, technology and quality to provide students with advantages that are unparalleled in the higher education publishing industry. Kleiman Scholarship
Seung Hoon Jang, Ph.D., assistant professor of management, recently presented the following three studies, "Career choice factors of job seekers and the search for employment in small businesses (conference proceeding)," "Confucian ethics and strategic leaders in East Asian firms," and "Founders' dynamic capabilities and venture creation" at the 43rd Decision Science Institute (DSI) Conference in San Francisco. Hoon Jang Scholarship
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?"
Sky and Telescope magazine, now in its seventh decade, came about because of some happy accidents. Its earliest known ancestor was a four-page bulletin called The Amateur Astronomer, which was begun in 1929 by the Amateur Astronomers Association in New York City.