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Names in the News

Arts and Sciences

Dr. Fernando Burgos, professor of Latin American studies, published the following articles: “Postmodernism and its Signs in ‘Juegos Nocturnos’ by Augusto Roa Bastos” in  Postmodernism’s Role in Latin American Literature: The Life and Works of Augusto Roa Bastos; “Lo fantástico en la cuentística de Levrero: transferencias, transformaciones y deslímites de la imaginación” in Conference Proceedings Actas del Coloquio Internacional: lo fantástico diverso; “El gato eficaz en distorsión” in Texto, contexto y postexto: aproximaciones a la obra literaria de Luis Valenzuela; and “Ribera metafísica en la cuentística de Guimarães Rosa” in Cincinnati Romance Review 29.

Burgos also delivered the keynote address “Vectores de la posmodernidad en la narrativa hispanoamericana” at the Facultad de Letras y Ciencias Humanas de la Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Peru. He presented the following papers: “Lo fantástico en la cuentística de Levrero” at the International Colloquium Lo fantástico diverso Coloquiofanperú 2010, held at the Centro de Estudios Literarios Antonio Cornejo Polar, Lima, Peru, in October; “Extrañas identidades de la narrativa posmoderna” at the Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Latin-America: Images of Nation, Gender, and Identity of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association in Atlanta in November; and “Mario Levrero: testimonios de un escritor consternado” at the XVIIth International Conference of Literary Studies of the Sociedad Chilena de Estudios Literarios at the Universidad de Playa Ancha, Valparaíso, Chile, in November.

Dr. Stan Franklin, professor of computer science, Dr. Sidney D'Mello, research assistant professor in the Institute for Intelligent Systems, Tamas Madl, a former intern in Franklin’s Cognitive Computing Research Group, and Bernard Baars, a senior fellow in theoretical neurobiology at the Neurosciences Institute, published “A Cognitive Model's View of Animal Cognition” in Current Zoology; “The Timing of the Cognitive Cycle” in PLoS ONE; and “Modeling Medical Diagnosis Using a Comprehensive Cognitive Architecture” in Journal of Healthcare Engineering.

College of Communication and Fine Art

Dr. Lily Afshar, professor of guitar, performed at the 26th Fadjr International Music Festival in Iran. She gave two concerts at the Niavaran Cultural Center in Tehran and the Shahid Avini Concert Hall in Bushehr. Afshar also performed at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


Dr. Trey Martindale, associate professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, was awarded $32,000 last November by the U.S. Department of Education (Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education) for the two-year, multi-state research project “Teachers Learning in Networked Communities, Part III.” This study is an effort to increase teacher retention via mentoring and professional development. 

Martindale has been named to the national advisory committee of WatchKnow, a non-profit company with the mission of indexing thousands of educationally appropriate instructional videos. He also had the book chapter, “Personal Learning Environments,” published in Emerging Technologies in Distance Education.

At the Association for Educational Communications and Technology international convention in Anaheim, Calif., in November, Martindale presented “New Media Consortium Accreditation Issues,” “Designing and Building the IDT Studio,” “Determining the Relationship Between Safety Managers’ Perceptions of Asynchronous E-learning and Site Safety Performance” and “Teachers Learning in Networked Communities.” 

Dr. Mary Ransdell, clinical assistant professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, served on the Association for Childhood Education International committee to review elementary level NCATE Program Reviews completed this past semester by reviewers across the country in Washington, D.C.

Herff College of Engineering

Dr. Amy Curry, associate professor of biomedical engineering, presented “Sustainability: Women Engineering the Future” at the Society of Women Engineers Region D conference in Knoxville, Tenn., in early March.

Loewenberg School of Nursing

Dr. Jill Dapremont, assistant professor of nursing, had the article “Success in Nursing School: Black Students’ Perception of Peers, Family and Faculty” accepted for publication in Journal of Nursing Education. She made the poster presentation “Diverse Study Groups: A Strategy To Enhance Success Among Black Nursing Students” at the 11th Annual Nurse Educator Institute conference in Branson, Mo., in March.

Dr Robert Koch, associate dean of nursing, presented “Nursing Education and the Masters Essentials” at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing National Masters Education Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., in February.

School of Public Health

Dr. Latrice C. Pichon, assistant professor in the School of Public Health, gave the poster presentation “African-American Faith Leaders Beliefs about Condom Availability in a Faith-based Organization” at the American Academy of Health Behavior Conference, held in Hilton Head, S.C., in March.

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