2018 Publications (by department)

Department of Biological Sciences

Jennifer R. Mandel, Assistant Professor

The sunflower genome provides insights into oil metabolism, flowering and Asterid evolution 

Published in Nature 546, 148-152 (01 June 2017) (Link to article)

The domesticated sunflower, Helianthus annuus L., is a global oil crop that has promise for climate change adaptation, because it can maintain stable yields across a wide variety of environmental conditions, including drought1. Even greater resilience is achievable through the mining of resistance alleles from compatible wild sunflower relatives2,3, including numerous extremophile species4. Here we report a high-quality reference for the sunflower genome (3.6 gigabases), together with extensive transcriptomic data from vegetative and floral organs. The genome mostly consists of highly similar, related sequences5 and required single-molecule real-time sequencing technologies for successful assembly. Genome analyses enabled the reconstruction of the evolutionary history of the Asterids, further establishing the existence of a whole-genome triplication at the base of the Asterids II clade6 and a sunflower-specific whole-genome duplication around 29 million years ago7. An integrative approach combining quantitative genetics, expression and diversity data permitted development of comprehensive gene networks for two major breeding traits, flowering time and oil metabolism, and revealed new candidate genes in these networks. We found that the genomic architecture of flowering time has been shaped by the most recent whole-genome duplication, which suggests that ancient paralogues can remain in the same regulatory networks for dozens of millions of years. This genome represents a cornerstone for future research programs aiming to exploit genetic diversity to improve biotic and abiotic stress resistance and oil production, while also considering agricultural constraints and human nutritional needs8,9.

Department of English

Loel Kim, Associate Professor

Moving Toward Patient Autonomy: A Case Study of Communication in Adolescent Cystic Fibrosis Care

As life expectancy for patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) and other life-impacting chronic illnesses continues to increase, more pediatric patients will transition to adult care. As part of the complex shift in this transition, patients become legally, institutionally, and socially expected to assume a larger role in their own healthcare, which requires more sophisticated communication skills. This article reports a single case study in which two interview participants, a child life specialist and a 16-year-old CF patient, report the same incident through their independent perspectives. In responding to a question about failed communication, both participants

independently related the story of the patient trying to persuade doctors to remove her gastric feeding tube. We analyzed their narrative of this series of events using a model called collaborative interpretation (CI), which posits that both patients and providers are experts and joint problem solvers. Our conclusions indicate that child life specialists can serve as models and educators to help
adolescent patients master key communication skills as they become co-agents in managing their healthcare.

Amanda J. Young, PhD (Department of Communication & Film)

Department of Psychology

*Tracy Hipp

Book Chapters

  • Hipp, T. N. & Cook, S. L. (2017). Rape and sexual assault on campus, in diverse populations, and in the spotlight. In C. M. Renzetti, J. L. Edlesdon, and R. K. Bergen (Eds.), Sourcebook on Violence Against Women. Los Angeles: SAGE.
  • DeGue, S., Hipp, T. N., & Herbst, J. H. (2017). Community-level strategies to prevent sexual violence. In C. Calkins & E. Jeglic (Eds.), Sexual Violence: Evidence Based Policy and Prevention. Springer.

Encyclopedia Entries

  • Cook, S. L. & Hipp, T. N. (2017). Violence Against Women Act. In K. L. Nadal (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications.
  • Hipp, T. N. & Cook, S. L. (2017). Street harassment. In K. L. Nadal (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Espelage, D. L., Basile, K. C., Lemis, R. W., Hipp, T. N., & Davis, J. P. (2018). Longitudinal examination of the bullying-sexual violence pathway across early to late adolescence: Implicating homophobic name-calling. Journal of Youth and Adolescents. [Advanced online publication.]
  • Fuino, L., Ports, K. A., & Hipp, T. N. (2017). Unaccompanied children migrating from Central America: Public health implications for violence prevention and intervention. Current Trauma Reports. [Advanced online publication.]
  • Hipp, T. N., Bellis, A. L., Goodnight, B. L., Brennan, C. L., Swartout, K. M., & Cook, S. L. (2017). Justifying sexual assault: Anonymous perpetrators speak out online. Psychology of Violence, 7, 82-90.
  • Media Coverage: Psychology Today, The Independent (UK), Mamamia (AUS), Slate, News.com (AUS), Geelong News (AUS). A Reddit thread on this publication reached the front page of the entire site and #1 in the r/Science subreddit

Refereed Paper Presentations

  • Espelage, D. L., Basile, K. C., Leemis, R. W., Hipp, T. N., & Davis, J. P. (May, 2018). Longitudinal Examination of the Bullying-Sexual Violence Pathway across Early to Late Adolescence. Within the symposium: Longitudinal Predictors of Sexual Violence and Teen Dating Violence Across Adolescence. Society for Prevention Research, Washington, DC. [Awarded SPR Abstract of Distinction]
  • Hipp, T. N. & DeGue, S. (November, 2017). A Theoretical Model Explaining the Influence of Adult Entertainment Venues on Community-level Risk for Sexual Violence. The Annual Integrative Research and Program Showcase, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Division of Violence Prevention, Atlanta, GA.

Invited Presentations

  • Hipp, T. N. & Borgman, R. A. (2018). Strip Clubs, Sexual Violence, and Violent Crime. Invited speaker for the CDC Division of Violence Prevention's Research & Evaluation Branch.
  • Hipp, T. N. (2017). Sexual & Intimate Partner Violence against LGBT Populations. Invited speaker for the CDC's Sexual & Intimate Partner Violence Workgroup.

Department of Social Work

Robin Lennon-Dearing, Associate Professor

  • Lennon-Dearing, R., & Price, J. (2017, October). Women living with HIV tell their stories with photovoice. Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education. Dallas, TX.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R., & Price, J. (2018). Women living with HIV tell their stories with photovoice. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment. DOI: 10.1080/10911359.2018.1443867
  • Lennon-Dearing, R., Elswick, S., Neely-Barnes, S., Snipes, K., Williams, M., Carter, A., & Gray, A. (2018). The Students Helping Students Program: Improving academic and social-emotional skills in bachelor of social work students. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, 23(1).

World Languages and Literatures

Diana Ruggiero, Assistant Professor


  • "Choose Your Own Adventure: 'Multiple Choices' Assignments for Heritage/Non-heritage Learners in Languages for Special Purposes." Presented with Christina Garcia. 100th Annual Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). Salamanca, Spain, June 26, 2018.
  • "Toward a Socially Responsive LSP: Reconsidering the Scope and Objectives of LSP for the Twenty-First Century." Session Panelist. IV International Symposium on Languages for Specific Purposes (ISLSP)/CIBER Business Language Conference. University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, February 24, 2018.
  • "Service Learning Research: Achievements, Opportunities, and Challenges." Session Panelist. American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) 2017 Annual Convention and World Language Expo. Nashville, Tennessee, November 18, 2017.
  • "Beyond Soccer: The Life and Music of the Afro-Ecuadorians." Film screening and presentation of the documentary film Más allá del fútbol , dir. Diana Ruggiero. University of Memphis Alumni Association Hispanic Council, University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee November 7, 2017.
  • "Challenges and Opportunities in Teaching Spanish as a Professional Language." Colloquium Panelist. Second Language Research Forum. The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, October 14, 2017.


  • Ruggiero, Diana. "Community Service Learning, Learning by Design , and Heritage Learners: A Case Study." In Multiliteracies Pedagogy and Language Learning: Teaching Spanish to Heritage Speakers, edited by Gabriela Zapata and Manel Lacorte, 129-147. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2017.
  • Ruggiero, Diana. "Body Language Awareness: Teaching Medical Spanish Interpreting." In Translation, Globalization and Translocation: The Classroom and Beyond, edited by Concepcion Godeva, 185-206. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
  • Ruggiero, Diana. "The CruCES Project: A Consideration of Service Learning and Intercultural Sensitivity Among Heritage Learners." Revista de Lenguages para Fines Especificos (LFE) 23, no. 1 (2017): 45-62.

NOTE: * New Faculty