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Arts and Sciences

Dr. George Anastassiou, professor of mathematics, published his new book, Advanced Inequalities (World Scientific Publishing Corp.). This monograph presents univariate and multivariate classical analyses of advanced inequalities and is intended for graduate students and researchers in pure mathematics and applied mathematics.

Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

The following presentations were made at the annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association conference in Philadelphia:

Dr. Eugene Buder and Dr. Linda Jarmulowicz, associate professors, and Dr. Kimbrough Oller, professor, presented "L2-L1 Effects in Stops: Spanish-English Bilingual & Monolingual Children";

Dr. Michael Cannito, professor, Doriann Beverly, graduate student, and others presented "Effects of Stimulus Sentence Characteristics on Speech Intelligibility Scores";

Cannito and others presented "Abnormal Dysfluencies in Adductor Spasmodic Dysphonia Pre- and Post-treatment";

Memorie Gosa, graduate student, and others presented "NSSLHA Crash Course-Dysphasia Assessment for Pediatric and Adult Patients";

Gosa and others presented "Practice and Discussion in Interpretation of Instrumental Swallowing Assessments";

Jarmulowicz and graduate student Anne Warlaumont presented "Higher Input Frequency Correlates with Earlier Acquisition of Grammatical Suffixes";

Dr. Walter Manning, professor, presented "Humor as an Indicator Of Cognitive Change in Fluency Treatment";

Dr. Lisa Lucks Mendel, associate professor, and others presented "Monitored Live Voice or Recorded? We ask the Question Again!";

Oller, Jarmulowicz and others presented "New Concepts in Assessment for Bilingual Children";

Oller and J. Montgomery presented "LENA Technology: Expanding Research and Clinical Application in Child Language";

Oller and others presented "New Concepts in Assessment for Bilingual Children";

Dr. David J. Wark, associate professor, and others presented "The Certification and Recertification Process, Council For Clinical Certification, NSSHLA Convention";

Wark and others presented "Person-Centered AR: Implications for Curriculum & Practicum in Audiology";

Warlaumont presented "Extending LENA to Measure Leading and Following by Child and Adult."

The following presentation was given at the Arkansas Speech and Hearing Association in Little Rock in October:

Dr. Lisa Lucks Mendel, associate professor, presented "Speech Perception Assessment: Reminders and New Considerations."

Communication and Fine Arts

Dr. David Evans, professor of music, presented a paper on "The Image of Ethiopia in U. S. African American Folk and Popular Song" at the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society in Nashville in October.


Dr. Rebecca Anderson, professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “Exploring Beginning Teachers’ Perceptions: A Secondary Analysis of Tracking” and “Q & A’s About Online Teaching and Learning: Seven Experienced Instructors’ Answers” at the National Reading Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

Dr. John Bauer, part-time instructor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “Examining Students Online Media Course Use vs. Private Use of Same Media” at the National Reading Conference in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Dr. Richard James, professor of counseling, educational psychology and research, trained police officers from Murfreesboro, Memphis, Bartlett and Collierville; sheriff’s deputies from Shelby County; and officials from the Memphis Veteran's Administration Hospital in crisis intervention with the mentally ill. Counselor education doctoral students Valerie Patterson, Ann Gravely and Michelle Brasfield assisted him.

Dr. Larry Weiss, professor of health and sport sciences, Dr. Brian Schilling, associate professor of health and sport sciences, and graduate students Lucas Ferreira, Chrissie Feldmann and Kelley Hammond made several presentations at the National Strength and Conditioning Association annual conference in Orlando: "Association of Accelerometer-derived Squat Peak Velocity with Drop Vertical Jump Displacement"; "Reactive Strength Index and Ground Contact Time: Reliability, Precision and Association with Drop Vertical Jump"; Criterion Validity of Accelerometer-derived Peak Velocity During Jump Squats”; and "Association of Accelerometer-derived Jump Squat Power with Drop Vertical Jump Displacement."

Fogelman College of Business and Economics

Dr. Larry Moore, associate professor of accountancy, was appointed by state representatives Ullyses Jones and Barbara Cooper to the Cooper-Jones Project as a member to analyze opportunities and obstacles in regards to economic advancement in Shelby County and to make recommendations to the legislature and administration for action and legislation on the project. He was interviewed twice as a background source on ABC's Nightline on Oct. 20 concerning ethics in state politics. He was also interviewed by Fox-13 regarding black dialect, voter turnout and on the grading of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton. ABC-24 interviewed Moore regarding the endorsement of Steve Cohen by President Obama.

Herff College of Engineering

Dr. Joel Bumgardner, professor of biomedical engineering, was a National Institutes of Health Biomaterials and Biointerfaces review panel member in Washington, D.C., in September.

Dr. Khan Iftekharuddin, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, received a National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute Grant for research on brain tumor detection, segmentation and prediction. The $425,714 award is for "Multiresolution-fractal Modeling for Brain Tumor Detection." The study will investigate precise segmentation of hard-to-detect brain tumors and abnormalities. The results obtained from this project will have immediate impact in neuroradiology practice by providing an accurate, objective and consistent way to evaluate and interpret brain tumors.

Dr. Gladius Lewis, professor of mechanical engineering, co-authored "Dependence of In Vitro Fatigue Properties of PMMA Bone Cement on the Polydispersity Index of Its Powder" in Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials; "Evaluation of Two Novel Aluminum-Free, Zinc-Based Glass Polyalkenoate Cements as Alternatives to PMMA Bone Cement For Use in Vertebroplasty and Balloon Kyphoplasty" in Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine; "Influence of the Assignment of the Constitutive Material Behavior Model of the Annulus Fibrosus and the Nucleus Pulposus on the Biomechanical Performance of a Model of the Cervical Spine; a Finite Element Analysis Study" in Journal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology; "Random Damage and Characteristics of Debris Particles Are Two Important and Yet Ignored Factors in the Mechanical Integrity of the Stem-Cement Interface of a Total Hip Replacement: Influence of the Surface Finish of the Metal Stem" in Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine; and "Determination of Optimum Length of a Buried Pipeline to Be Protected Using a Photovoltaic-Powered ICCP System" in Journal of Pipeline Engineering. Lewis served as reviewer of research proposals submitted for consideration for funding to the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong and the National Institutes of Health (NIH Director's Opportunity for Research in Five Thematic Areas (RC4) Program).

Loewenberg School of Nursing

Dr. Jill Dapremont, assistant professor, published “Success in Nursing School: Black Nursing Students' Perception of Peers, Family and Faculty” in Journal of Nursing Education.

Dr. Linda Finch, associate dean, published “Marketing Nursing as a Profession: Integrated Marketing Strategies to Address the Nursing Shortage” in Health Marketing Quarterly.

Dr. Shirleatha Lee, assistant professor, published  “Pre-diabetes and Blood Pressure Effects on Heart Rate Variability, QT Interval Duration and Left Ventricular Hypertrophy in Overweight-Obese Adolescents” in Journal of Pediatric Nursing. She also presented “Evaluation of Anemia in Women with New York Heart Association Class III and IV Heart Failure” at the Tennessee Nurses Association Convention.

Lee and Dapremont published “Engaging Nursing Students Through Integration of the Audience Response System” in Nursing Education Perspectives.

Dr. Carolyn Speros, associate professor, presented “Promoting Health Literacy: An Advanced Nursing Practice Imperative” at the 6th International Council of Nurses' Advanced Practice Nursing Conference, held in Brisbane, Australia.

Dr. Lin Zhan, dean, reviewed the manuscript of “Predictors of Diabetes Outcomes of Low-Income Residents in Mexico: A Replication Study” for Journal of Nursing Research and “Aerobic Exercise in Older Persons with Dementia: A Case Study” for Journal of Gerontological Nursing.

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