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More September Features:

Sept. 30 gala to launch Centennial
Oct. 5 book signing, photo exhibit
Law School announces five additions
Boyd provides unmatched service
Co-workers have "wow" attitude
Administrator of the Year
Shupe receives Montgomery Award
Todd "shines in the eyes of others"
Central Avenue Project
Names in the news


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Administration and Staff

Dr. Rosie Bingham, vice president for Student Affairs, and Danny Armitage, assistant vice president for Student Affairs, Campus Services, presented “Finding New Revenue: Our New Chartered Course” at the NASPA Region III Summer Symposium in Savannah, Ga., in June.

Armitage, Monique Savage, director of Conference Planning and Operations, and Courtney Shelton, manager of Event Planning and Coordination, presented “Creating an Internal Marketing Process: Collaborative Magic” at the Association of Collegiate Conference and Event Directors International conference in Orlando earlier this year.

Arts and Sciences

Dr. Ralph Albanese, professor and chair of foreign languages and literatures, and Dr. Will Thompson, associate professor of French in foreign languages and literatures, were formally presented as Chevaliers dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Knights of the Order of the Academic Palms) by Pascal Le Deunff, Consul General of France in Atlanta, at a ceremony in June. The French Academic Palms distinction, created by Napoléon Bonaparte in 1808, is awarded to individuals throughout the world who have made substantial contributions to the promotion of French language and culture over the course of their careers.

Dr. George Anastassiou, professor of mathematical sciences, published Advances on Fractional Inequalities (Springer Press). He also published the research monograph Intelligent Systems: Approximation by Artificial Neural Networks.

Michael Compton, instructor of English, has written a screenplay for a feature film that will be released this fall. The film was shot in Baton Rouge. 

Dr. Thomas Fagan, professor of psychology, was selected as the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient for Kent State University’s College of Education, Health and Human Services Second Annual Hall of Fame Awards.

Dr. Michael Ferkin, professor of biological sciences, wasa guest editor for a special issue on animal cognition for Current Zoology  (volume 57 issue 4). The issue includes 13 peer-reviewed articles, including papers from the laboratories of Ferkin and Dr. Stephan Schoech, professor of biological scienceFerkin is also an editorial board member for Current Zoology.

Dr. Ramin Homayouni, associate professor of biological sciences and director of the Bioinformatics Program, was named academic editor of PLoS ONE in February 2011. PLoS ONE (www.plosone.org) is an open access journal and publishes original research from all disciplines within science and medicine.

Dr. Leslie Robinson, director of the Center for Health Promotion and Evaluation in the Department of Psychology, had her article “Physician Communication Regarding Smoking and Adolescent Tobacco Use” published by Pediatrics magazine.  

Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

Lee Harris, professor of law, published Corporations and Other Business Entities: A Practical Approach.

Dr. Andrew J. McClurg, who holds the Herff Chair of Excellence in the School of Law, had his book, 1L of a Ride: A Well-Traveled Professor’s Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School, touted in articles in National Jurist’s Prelaw and Concurring Opinions.

Steven Mulroy, professor of law, published the article “Sunlight’s Glare: How Overbroad Open Government Laws Chill Free Speech And Hamper Effective Democracy" in the Tennessee Law Review.

Communication and Fine Arts

Dr. Lily Afshar, professor of classical guitar, performed at several venues during a concert tour in Iran and taught in Gorgan, Isfahan and Bandar Abbas in the Persian Gulf. She performed a concert at the Beverly Hills (Calif.) International Music Festival, the Neurosciences Center in La Jolla and in Solvang, Calif. She also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Boston Conservatory.

Jennifer Barker, adjunct professor of architecture, received the Architectural Research Centers Consortium Jonathan King Medal for research. 

Barker and Jenna Thompson, adjunct professor, presented papers at the National Conference on the Beginning Design Student at the University of Nebraska. They were invited to discuss their work, which focuses on integrating sustainability into the curriculum through mind-mapping exercises, designed to discover how students relate to the world.

Bryna Bobick, assistant professor of art education, co-authored with Elizabeth Wheeler “Native American Lesson Plans in School Arts: A Content Analysis.” The essay appears in the Journal of Art for Life. Bobick had art work included in Southworks Juried Art Exhibition 2011 at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation in Georgia and gave a presentation, “Survey of Tennessee’s Elementary and Middle School Art Educators,” at the National Art Education Association Conference in Seattle.

Bobick and Donalyn Heise, associate professor of art education, had art work accepted into the juried Tennessee Art Education Association and Tennessee Arts Academy
Inaugural Art Exhibition, Connections, which is at the Leu Center for the Visual Arts at Belmont University. Heise and Melody Weintraub, instructor of art, published “The Indispensable Art Teacher,” a two-part essay in the online edition of School Arts magazine.

Michael Chisamore, assistant professor of architecture, received an Award of Excellence from the American Society of Architectural Illustrators. The illustration will be in included in the Society’s publication Architecture in Perspective 26 and shown at ASAI’s conference in Tokyo in September.

Dr. Carol Crown, professor of art history, contributed “One Bible, Two Preachers: Patchwork Sermons and Sacred Art in the American South” to the book The Oxford Handbook of The Reception History of the Bible.

Jed Jackson, professor of art, had a solo exhibition at the Cedarhurst Museum in Illinois in March. His work has been included in group exhibitions at the Burchfield Penny Art Center in Buffalo, New York and the Castellani Art Museum in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. His work is featured in the current issue of New American Paintings.

Richard Lou, chair of art, presented a lecture about his work at the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

Kris Markman, assistant professor of communication, and her co-author John Overholt have published their essay "Becoming 'the Right People': Fan-generated Knowledge Building in Mystery Science Theatre 3000" in the new book In the Peanut Gallery with Mystery Science Theater 3000: Essays on Film, Fandom, Technology and the Culture of Riffing.

Kevin Richmond, assistant professor of music, and Tonya Butler, assistant professor of music industry, presented at the 32nd Southern Regional Conference of the College Music Society (CMS) at Rhodes College in February. Butler’s session was “Copyright Protection and Registration for Music Majors…FINALLY!,” and Richmond’s session was “Extended Techniques at the Piano: Notation and Performance Practice.”

James Williamson, associate professor of architecture, served as chair of the jury selection committee for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Memphis Design Awards and the AIA TN Design Awards.


Dr. Celia Anderson, associate professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented, “Preparing Teachers for Urban Schools: A CRT Examination of Teacher Education in the ‘Public’ Good” at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in New Orleans.

Dr. Sally Blake, associate professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented, “An Examination of Urban Teacher Education and the Public Good,” at the American Educational Research Association conference in New Orleans.

Dr. Laura Casey, assistant professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, and graduate student William Justice presented “T-Units: A Pure Measure of Written Expression” at the Association for Behavior Analysis convention in Denver.

Dr. Philip Gould and Dr. Patricia Murrell of the Center for the Study of Higher Education coauthored the paper “Improving Learning Through Reflexive Meta-Instructional Analysis: Desire2Learn’s Unobtrusive Premium.” The paper was presented at the 2011 Fusion Desire2Learn Users Conference in Denver in July.

Dr. Michael Grant, associate professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented, “How Teachers use Project-based Learning” at the American Educational Research Association conference in New Orleans.

Dr. Allison Henward assistant professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented, “Children’s Access to Popular Culture Technology In and Out of the Preschool Classroom” at the American Educational Research Association conference in New Orleans..

Dr. John Johnston, professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “Teacher Development Across the Professional Educator Continuum: Writing the Next Chapter in Improving Teaching and Learning” at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education conference in San Diego.

Dr. Laurie MacGillivray, professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented, “Book Discussions in a Homeless Shelter” at the National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research conference (NCTEAR) in Madison, Wis.

Dr. Renee Murley, clinical assistant professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “Successfully Addressing the Needs of Students with Behavior & Learning Challenges: The Positive Behavior Support Initiative in Tennessee-Current Status” and “’Lynx’ to SWPBS in a Middle School (Shelby Co.)” at the State Special Education conference in Nashville.

Dr. Angiline Powell associate professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented, “An Examination of Urban Teacher Education and the Public Good” at The American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference in New Orleans, LA.

Dr. Kay Reeves, clinical assistant professor of instruction and curriculum leadership presented, “Higher education inclusion: What do unified teacher preparation programs look like?” at the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Convention & Expo in National Harbor, Maryland.

Dr. Jerrie Scott, professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented, “Lift Every Voice and Read” at the National African American Read-In in Washington, D.C.

Herff College of Engineering

Dr. Joel D. Bumgardner, professor of biomedical engineering, has been elected to the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). AIMBE is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., that represents 50,000 individuals and the top 2 percent of medical and biological engineers.  The induction ceremony was in Washington in February.

Jessica Amber Jennings, research assistant professor in biomedical engineering, presented the paper “Cis-2 Decenoic Acid Prevents S. Aureus Biofilm Formation in Vitro” at the Musculoskeletal Infection Society conference in Rochester, Minn.

Loewenberg School of Nursing

Dr. Toni Bargagliotti, professor of nursing, has been inducted as a Fellow of American Academy of Nursing for her achievements in nursing after a nomination from Dr. Brother Ignatius Perkins, a Dominican friar.

Dr. Shirleatha Lee, assistant professor of nursing, had the manuscript  Racial Differences in the Cardiac Autonomic Function of Overweight and Obese Youth” accepted for publication in the Southern Online Journal of Nursing ResearchMinority Health Specialty Edition” (April 2011).

Dr. Genae Strong, assistant professor of nursing, had the manuscript “Provider Management and Support for Breastfeeding Pain accepted for publication in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing.

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