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Administration and Staff

Ed Antoniak, senior procurement specialist, published the article “University of Memphis Student Sustainability Project” in the Fall 2011 issue of the National Association of Educational Procurement’s Educational Procurement Journal. Visit the journal’s website to view the article.

Arts and Sciences

Dr. Jerry Goldstein, professor of mathematical sciences, was the subject of two international conferences, held this past summer at the University of Poitiers, France, and the University of Bari, Italy. They were in honor of Goldstein’s research and coincided with his 70th birthday.

Dr. Gene A. Plunka, professor of English, published a book chapter, “Peter Weiss’s The Investigation: The Marxist View of the Holocaust,” in To Have or Have Not: Essays on Commerce and Capital in Modernist Theatre, edited by James Fisher.

Communication and Fine Arts

Copeland Woodruff, co-director of Opera Studies, will be directing Christopher Durang’s irreverent play Mrs. Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge for Circuit Theatre during the upcoming holidays. He was recently appointed as the regional governor of the Mid-South region of the National Opera Association and will serve as the local chair of the upcoming National Convention to be held in Memphis Jan. 4-9. At the event, Woodruff will direct the U of M Opera in the winner of the organization’s biennial Chamber Opera Competition, Confession, by composer Raphael Lucas. In the spring, Woodruff will return to Boston’s Guerilla Opera to direct the world premiere of Rudolf Rojahn’s new opera Bovinus Rex.


Dr. Laura Casey and Dr. James Meindl, assistant professors of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “Within-trial Contact: Conditioning Effects on Preceding and Subsequent Stimuli” at the Association for Behavior Analysis in Nashville.

Dr. William Hunter, assistant professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “Examining the Effects of NHT+1 on Students Identified with Emotional Behavioral Disorders” at the Teacher Educators for Children with Behavioral Disorders (TECBO) conference in Tempe, Ari.

Dr. Richard James, professor of counseling, Dr. Steve Lenz, assistant professor of counseling, doctoral student Stephanie Gotay and master’s student Dixon Parnell trained law enforcement officers from Memphis Police Department, Memphis Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Desoto County, Shelby County, Memphis Airport, Collierville, Germantown, Tennessee Air National Guard and Honolulu in crisis intervention techniques with the mentally ill. They also trained dispatch personnel from Memphis 911/Police Dispatch on the same subject.

Dr. John Johnston, professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “Meeting NAEYC Professional Preparation Standards: Initial & Advanced Program” at the AACTENCATE Institutional Orientation Conference “Raising the Bar for Accreditation: The First CAEP Conference” held in Arlington, Va. He also presented “Meeting NAEYC Professional Preparation Standards: A Self-Study Workshop for Higher Education Faculty” at the National Association for the Education of Young Children annual conference in Orlando.

Fogelman College of Business and Economics

Dr. Rabi S. Bhagat, professor of international management and organizational behavior, co-wrote “Organizational Stress, Psychological Strain and Work Outcomes in Six National Contexts: A Closer Look at the Moderating Influences of Coping Styles and Decision Latitude” with associate professor Balaji Krishnan and doctoral student Terry Nelson. The paper won the Emerald Group Publishing’s (England) “Highly Commended Award.” The same work also won “best paper” from the Fogelman College of Business & Economics for 2010. Bhagat also co-wrote “Boundary Conditions for Turnover Intentions: Exploratory Evidence from China, Jordan, Turkey and the United States” in The International Journal of Human Resource Management.

Herff College of Engineering

Dr. Warren Haggard, who holds the Herff Chair of Excellence in Biomedical Engineering, and Dr. Joel Bumgardner, professor of biomedical engineering, were honored at the University of Alabama-Birmingham’s School of Engineering’s 40th anniversary Nov. 11-12. They were both selected by the school as two of the “40 Engineers Making a Difference.” Haggard, Bumgardner and PhD candidate Ashley Cox presented two oral presentations at the 21st Annual Musculoskeletal Infection Society Meeting at the Mayo Clinic in August.

Humphreys School of Law

Daniel Kiel, professor of law, was featured in August on CSPAN discussing the history of Memphis school desegregation.

Barbara Kritchevsky, professor of law, was interviewed by the Memphis Daily News about her years of involvement with the Memphis Law’s advocacy program.

Loewenberg School of Nursing

Sheri Howard, clinical assistant professor of nursing, had her abstract “A Plan for Integration of Simulation with Curriculum Based on a S.W.O.T. Analysis” presented at the Fourth Annual Tennessee Simulation Alliance Conference that was held at Belmont University School of Nursing in early November. This scholarly work by Howard was assisted by Dr. Linda Finch, associate dean of nursing, and by the Simulation Task Force that conducted the SWOT analysis during the academic year 2010-11.

Dr. Robert Koch, associate professor of nursing, had his abstract “Preparing for the Worst: Civilian/Military Healthcare Provider's Interface during Catastrophic Events” accepted for presentation at the AONE 45th Annual Meeting and Exposition scheduled for March 21-24, 2012, in Boston.

Dr.  Shirleatha Lee, assistant professor of nursing, in collaboration with several nurse practitioners at Methodist Le Bonheur, wrote the manuscript Osteogenesis Imperfecta Type VIII: A Case Report, which was accepted for publication by the refereed Journal of Neonatal Nursing. A co-author was Stacy Hines-Dowell, adjunct faculty. Also, Lee’s abstract “Pre-diabetes and Elevated Blood Pressure in Overweight and Obese Black Youth Increase the Risk for Left Ventricular Hypertrophy” was accepted for poster presentation at the Mississippi Delta Healthcare Alliance 4th Annual Healthcare Conference in Robinsonville, Miss., earlier this month. As part of the presentation, Lee participated in a panel discussion that addressed “Best Practices: Prevention and Intervention Programs” and “Strategies for Improving Health Outcomes for Adolescents.”

Dr. Nathan Martin, assistant professor of sports commerce, was quoted in the Nov. 1 issue of The Commercial Appeal about research conducted by the U of M’s Department of Health and Sports Sciences on “Changing Tailgating Behaviors at the Liberty Bowl Stadium.” 


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