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Names in the News

Administration and Staff

Joellen S. Dimond, U of M horticulturist, has been elected to the board of the West Tennessee Chapter of the Tennessee Urban Forestry council for a two-year term. She was also elected secretary for the organization. Dimond is the University's representative to the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council.

Arts and Sciences

Dr. George Anastassiou, professor of mathematics, lectured at Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea; at the Academy of Science-Applied Mathematics in Beijing; and at Jian Tong University in Shanghai.

Dr. Kathy Lou Schultz, associate professor of English and director of the English Honors Program, has published a scholarly monograph, The Afro-Modernist Epic and Literary History: Tolson, Hughes, Baraka in the Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics Series from Palgrave. Prof. Brent Hayes Edwards of Columbia University calls Schultz's study "a revelatory remapping of the African-American literary tradition" while Prof. William J. Harris of the University of Kansas says "this book puts Schultz in the company of the finest critics who are writing about black literature today." Also, Schultz was an invited lecturer at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. The title of her lecture was "African American Modernism and the Aesthetics of 'Racial Uplift.'" Schultz also served as co-chair for a doctoral dissertation by a University of Fribourg student who graduated with highest honors.

Schultz was invited by the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania to record a program in their "PoemTalk" Series: "Constrained to honor (PoemTalk #71)" on Claude McKay's famous Harlem Renaissance sonnet "If We Must Die."

Communication and Fine Arts

Dr. Lily Afshar, professor of classical guitar, performed solo, chamber music and as soloist with orchestra at St. John Smith’s Square in London. 

Herff College of Engineering

Dr. Gary L. Bowlin, who holds a Herff Chair of Excellence in Biomedical Engineering, had a new patent issued on Nov. 19: "Electroprocessed Collagen and Tissue Engineering." He was also elected to the editorial board of The Journal of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers (JBCP), which publishes original papers of high quality within specific areas of bioactive and compatible polymer research. Established in 1984, JBCP is one of the first journals to publish papers completely devoted to the application of polymer materials to biological systems. Bowlin will review papers in his area of expertise and suggest other possible competent reviewers, as well as participating in additional facets of the journal including previewing and proof-reading galley copies of accepted papers. 

Dr. Warren Haggard, who holds a Herff Chair of Excellence in Biomedical Engineering, is co-editor of Metal-on-Metal Bearings: A Clinical Practicum. The book presents a historical overview of the use of metal-on-metal articulations; collects for the first time the information necessary to assess clinically and biologically relevant patient outcomes; addresses the practical questions that are being raised by surgeons, researchers and engineers; describes what the clinician needs to know in order to practice evidence-based medicine; and projects directions for clinical, biological and biomechanical research efforts. The book was published by Springer.

Fogelman College of Business & Economics

Dr. Charlene Spiceland, professor in the School of Accountancy, had the paper "Financial Incentive of Home–Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Machine Use in the Inpatient Hospital Setting" accepted for publication in The Laryngoscope, a premier medical research journal. The paper demonstrated via a cost benefit analysis the economic efficacy of instituting a policy requiring the use of home CPAP machines for patients admitted to inpatient units in a tertiary care centers. It was co-authored by Dr. David F. Smith, Katie Mattare and Stacey L. Ishman, who all work at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Loewenberg School of Nursing

Dr. Sarah Miller, assistant professor of nursing, has been selected to present a scientific paper, "Changes in Quality of Life and Cough After Expiratory Muscle Strength Training (EMST) in Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)" at the Dysphagia Research Society (DRS) spring meeting in Nashville. This research is the result of a collaborative research program Miller has developed with multidisciplinary labs at University of Florida and Jacksonville University. An additional presentation, "Dysphagia Risk in COPD Patients," has also been accepted for a poster. Her article, "Caring for the Chronically Ill Patient: Understanding How Fear Leads to Activity Avoidance in Individuals with Chronic Respiratory Disease” was accepted for publication in International Journal of Nursing.

School of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Dr. Marilyn J. Dunham Wark, director of Speech-Language Pathology Services, was awarded The Honors of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) at the ASHA convention in November. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the Association and is presented to those individuals and organizations who, through their work with students, have made significant contributions to both the Association and to the discipline of human communication sciences and disorders.


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