Administration and Staff
Joellen S. Dimond, U of M horticulturist, has been elected to the board of the West Tennessee Chapter
of the Tennessee Urban Forestry council for a two-year term. She was also elected
secretary for the organization. Dimond is the University's representative to the Tennessee
Urban Forestry Council.
Arts and Sciences
Dr. George Anastassiou, professor of mathematics, lectured at Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea;
at the Academy of Science-Applied Mathematics in Beijing; and at Jian Tong University
Dr. Kathy Lou Schultz, associate professor of English and director of the English Honors Program, has published
a scholarly monograph, The Afro-Modernist Epic and Literary History: Tolson, Hughes, Baraka in the Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics Series from Palgrave. Prof. Brent
Hayes Edwards of Columbia University calls Schultz's study "a revelatory remapping
of the African-American literary tradition" while Prof. William J. Harris of the University
of Kansas says "this book puts Schultz in the company of the finest critics who are
writing about black literature today." Also, Schultz was an invited lecturer at the
University of Fribourg in Switzerland. The title of her lecture was "African American
Modernism and the Aesthetics of 'Racial Uplift.'" Schultz also served as co-chair
for a doctoral dissertation by a University of Fribourg student who graduated with
Schultz was invited by the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania to
record a program in their "PoemTalk" Series: "Constrained to honor (PoemTalk #71)"
on Claude McKay's famous Harlem Renaissance sonnet "If We Must Die."
Communication and Fine Arts
Dr. Lily Afshar, professor of classical guitar, performed solo, chamber music and as soloist with
orchestra at St. John Smith’s Square in London.
Herff College of Engineering
Dr. Gary L. Bowlin, who holds a Herff Chair of Excellence in Biomedical Engineering, had a new patent
issued on Nov. 19: "Electroprocessed Collagen and Tissue Engineering." He was also
elected to the editorial board of The Journal of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers
(JBCP), which publishes original papers of high quality within specific areas of bioactive
and compatible polymer research. Established in 1984, JBCP is one of the first journals
to publish papers completely devoted to the application of polymer materials to biological
systems. Bowlin will review papers in his area of expertise and suggest other possible
competent reviewers, as well as participating in additional facets of the journal
including previewing and proof-reading galley copies of accepted papers.
Dr. Warren Haggard, who holds a Herff Chair of Excellence in Biomedical Engineering, is co-editor of
Metal-on-Metal Bearings: A Clinical Practicum. The book presents a historical overview of the use of metal-on-metal articulations;
collects for the first time the information necessary to assess clinically and biologically
relevant patient outcomes; addresses the practical questions that are being raised
by surgeons, researchers and engineers; describes what the clinician needs to know
in order to practice evidence-based medicine; and projects directions for clinical,
biological and biomechanical research efforts. The book was published by Springer.
Fogelman College of Business & Economics
Dr. Charlene Spiceland, professor in the School of Accountancy, had the paper "Financial Incentive of Home–Continuous
Positive Airway Pressure Machine Use in the Inpatient Hospital Setting" accepted for
publication in The Laryngoscope, a premier medical research journal. The paper demonstrated via a cost benefit analysis
the economic efficacy of instituting a policy requiring the use of home CPAP machines
for patients admitted to inpatient units in a tertiary care centers. It was co-authored
by Dr. David F. Smith, Katie Mattare and Stacey L. Ishman, who all work at Johns Hopkins
University School of Medicine.
Loewenberg School of Nursing
Dr. Sarah Miller, assistant professor of nursing, has been selected to present a scientific paper,
"Changes in Quality of Life and Cough After Expiratory Muscle Strength Training (EMST)
in Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)" at the Dysphagia Research Society (DRS)
spring meeting in Nashville. This research is the result of a collaborative research
program Miller has developed with multidisciplinary labs at University of Florida
and Jacksonville University. An additional presentation, "Dysphagia Risk in COPD Patients,"
has also been accepted for a poster. Her article, "Caring for the Chronically Ill
Patient: Understanding How Fear Leads to Activity Avoidance in Individuals with Chronic
Respiratory Disease” was accepted for publication in International Journal of Nursing.
School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Dr. Marilyn J. Dunham Wark, director of Speech-Language Pathology Services, was awarded The Honors of the National
Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) at the ASHA convention in November.
The award is the highest honor bestowed by the Association and is presented to those
individuals and organizations who, through their work with students, have made significant
contributions to both the Association and to the discipline of human communication
sciences and disorders.