Administration and Staff
R. Alton Simpson, director of environmental health and safety, has been awarded the Campus Safety,
Health and Environmental Management Association’s “Award of Excellence” for the campus
newsletter Environmental Health and Safety. He received his award at the CSHEMA annual conference in Orlando in July.
Arts and Sciences
Dr. George Anastassiou, professor of mathematics, published Advances in Applied Mathematics and Approximation Theory: Contributions from AMAT
Dr. Gene A. Plunka, professor of English, has been added to the editorial board of The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism.
Dr.Robert Yelle, associate professor of history and a Helen Hardin Honors program associate professor,
has been named as a Joint Tikvah/Senior Emile Noel Fellow for the 2013-14 academic
year by the Tikvah Center for Law and Jewish Civilization. Yelle, also a program adviser
for the minor in Religious Studies, is a former Guggenheim Fellow and author of Explaining Mantras: Ritual, Rhetoric and the Dream of a Natural Language in Hindu
Tantra; The Language of Disenchantment: Protestant Literalism and Colonial Discourse in British
India; and Semiotics of Religion: Signs of the Sacred in History, in addition to numerous articles. He is an active member of the American Academy of
Religion and is presently editor of the AAR/Oxford University Press book series Religion, Culture and History.
Communication and Fine Art
Dr. Lily Afshar, professor of classical guitar, performed at the 60th anniversary of the Ashwell
Music Festival in Hertfordshire, England. She gave master classes in Tehran, Neishaboor,
Sari and Ghazvin, Iran. Afshar performed, taught master classes and judged the competition
at the Festival de Guitarra de Paracho, Mexico.
Afshar released a new CD, One Thousand and One Nights in Iran, which features her own arrangements of Persian and Azerbaijani ballads as well as
world premiers of works written for her by the Italian composer Carlo Domeniconi and
the Iranian composer Reza Vali. The CD also features music from Venezuela and Paraguay.
Education, Health and Human Sciences
Dr. Richard James, professor of counseling, educational psychology and research, conducted a seminar
for the Quebec State Police (Montreal) crisis intervention teams July 2. James and
Mike Skirius, an MS candidate in clinical mental health, conducted crisis intervention
team training for law enforcement officers in Memphis, Bartlett, Germantown and other
areas of Shelby County as well as Hernando and Hamilton County, Tenn. Sixty-six officers
went through the training.
School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Dr. Walter Manning, professor of communication sciences and disorders, wrote the foreword for the book,
Stammering Therapy from the Inside: New Perspectives on Working with Young People
and Adults, and attended the “book launch” in London at the Palace of Westminister-UK-Parliament,
where he served as representative of the University of Memphis. While in London, he
also gave the two-hour presentation “Goals and Principles of Therapeutic Success During
and Following Treatment” to an audience composed of students from the City University
of London and members of the London British Stammering Association (BSA).