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Dr. Shirley Raines, former U of M president, is being inducted into the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame Oct. 28 at the Nashville Airport Marriott as part of the Tennessee Economic Summit for Women.

Arts and Sciences

Dr. George Anastassiou, professor of mathematics, had his 150-page monograph “Topics in Complex Approximation” published by Cambridge Scientific Publishers. He also lectured at the University of Athens in Greece in June on the topic of “Fuzzy Fractional Approximation by Neural Networks.”

Dr. Keri Brondo, assistant professor of anthropology, had her book, Land Grab: Green Neoliberalism, Gender and Garifuna Resistance in Honduras, published by the University of Arizona Press. It concerns Brondo’s research and writings about Garifuna land rights, women’s activism and conservation policies in Honduras during the last decade.

Dr. Robert Connolly, associate professor of anthropology and director of the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa, published an article that focuses on the last five years of engagement between the Museum and the Southwest Memphis Community in Museums and Social Issues.

Dr. Michael Duke, assistant professor of anthropology, recently published an editorial in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette about his research on the health disparities of the Marshallese, and the social injustice of policies that force them to pay into a Medicare system they cannot use. It also reveals the economic impact of this policy for all of Arkansas.

Dr. Scott Fleming, assistant professor of computer science, has been awarded a $312,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for “Information Foraging Theory: From Scientific Principles to Engineering Practice.”

Dr. M. Shah Jahan, professor-chair of physics, presented an invited talk on “The Effects of Vitamin E on Free Radicals in Solids” at the second Annual World Congress of Food Science and Technology, held in Hangzhou, China, on Sept 23-25.

Dr. Vinhthuy Phan, associate professor of computer science, is the principal investigator on a three-year, $280,000 grant titled “Analysis of Gene Expression Data using Transitive Directed Graphs” from the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Kathy Lou Schultz, associate professor of English, presented a paper before the international Modernist Studies Association at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. The title of her talk was “Amiri Baraka and the Poetics of the Everyday.”

Dr. Charles Williams, professor emeritus of anthropology, is featured in the May issue of the Society for Applied Anthropology's News.

Dr. Chase Qishi Wu, associate professor of computer science, has been awarded two research grants worth $525,000: “Technologies and Tools for Synthesis of Source-to-Sink High-Performance Flows” (Department of Energy, $225,000) and “Robust Network Fusion Algorithms for Detection and Localization of Radiation Sources” (Department of Homeland Security, $300,000).

Communication and Fine Arts

Dr. Lily Afshar, professor of guitar, released her first chamber music album, Musica da Camera, which features the Musical Sketches on Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin as well as works by Paganini and Piazzolla. “The inspiration for this recording began with my curiosity of Uspensky’s Musical Sketches on Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin,” Afshar says. “The fact that it is based on Pushkin’s novel, and the unique instrumentation for eight musicians – drums, bass, clarinet and strings with guitar – intrigued me. Knowing the story and listening to the programmatic piece clearly explains the character of the hero and heroines created by both Pushkin and Uspensky while blending 19th Century with the 20th.”

Fogelman College of Business & Economics

Dr. Charlene Spiceland, instructor of accountancy, has been named by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to the Tennessee State Board of Accountancy. The mission of the Board is to protect the public interest by ensuring that persons professing special competence in accountancy or those offering assurance regarding financial statement presentation have demonstrated their qualifications to do so. Spiceland was appointed to serve a three-year term through June 30, 2016.

Dr. J. David Spiceland, professor of accountancy, recently had the third edition of his textbook, Financial Accounting, published. The text previously received the First Edition of the Year award (the Crystal Award) from its publisher, McGraw-Hill. Spiceland is the lead author. Co-authors are Dr. Wayne B. Thomas (Oklahoma University) and Dr. Donald R. Herrmann (Oklahoma State University). Spiceland’s other textbook, Intermediate Accounting, is in its seventh edition. Two previous editions of that text were selected for the Outstanding Revision of the Year award.

Herff College of Engineering

Dr. Gary Bowlin, professor and Chair of Excellence in Biomedical Engineering, attended the 2013 Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting in Seattle Sept. 24-28 where he gave the poster presentation “In Vitro Characterization of Organic-Inorganic Composite Lyophilized Gelatin Sponges for Bone Regeneration.” He will present “Characterizing Bone Marrow-derived Mast Cell Interaction with Electrospun Scaffolds” at TERMIS-AP (Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society Asia Pacific) Chapter’s 2013 Annual Conference, to be held in Shanghai and Wuzhen, China, Oct. 23-26.

Dr. Joel Bumgardner, professor of biomedical engineering, attended the 2013 Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting with graduate student Grace Waters, who presented a poster on her honors thesis research to design and build an automatic arm to hold a computer monitor for an individual with quadriplegia. In addition to Bumgardner, the project is in conjunction with Drs. John Williams of biomedical engineering and Tom Wyatt of electrical and computer engineering and Dr. Lavonnie Perry Claybon of MidSouth Act. This honors project is supported by a National Science Foundation GARDE grant with additional support from the U of M Helen Hardin Honors Program. The event was held in Seattle Sept. 24-28.

Dr. Eugene Eckstein, professor and chair of biomedical engineering, attended the 2013 annual Biomedical Engineering meeting as a member of the Council of Chairs, held in Seattle in September.

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