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Nursing school outreach helps needy
Law clinic’s real-world setting
Problem child? Program offers help
Spiceland Scholarship continues
Grants to the U of M
Back on Track
Names in the news


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Names in the news

Arts and Sciences

Eileen Hinders, instructor of English, was recognized as the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities’ Volunteer of the Year at its annual membership meeting. Hinders has been a member of the Arlington Chapter since 1983, serving locally in many offices and serving statewide as president for four years. This group is the oldest, privately funded preservation group in the state, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Dr. Gene Plunka, professor of English, won the 2010 South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA) Book Award for his 2009 book, Holocaust Drama: The Theater of Atrocity (Cambridge University Press).

College of Communication and Fine Arts

Hugh Busby, local support provider II, won the LSP of the Year Award 2010 as the LSP for the College of Communication and Fine Arts.

Copeland Woodruff, assistant professor of music, joined the directing and teaching staff of La Musica Lirica for a stint last year. He directed all three concerts of scenes from Italian-language opera for both the “Young Artist” and “Studio Artist” programs, which consisted of 22 total scenes. He will return this summer.

Woodruff directed the critically acclaimed Heart of a Dog by Rudolf Rojahn for Guerilla Opera, an ensemble-in-residence at Boston Conservatory. His re-envisioning of the groundbreaking company's first opera led to sold-out performances and his placement on its advisory board.The troupe will come to Memphis in February as guest artists and will also perform the opera.

Woodruff delivered collaborative workshops on acting techniques for the singing actor, representing non-traditional acting methods at the National Opera Association convention in January.He also received a presidential appointment to the organization's board of directors.


Dr. Rebecca Anderson, professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “Exploring Beginning Teachers’ Perceptions: A Secondary Analysis of Tracking” and “Q&A’s about Online Teaching and Learning: Seven Experienced Instructors’ Answers” at the National Reading Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

Dr. John Johnston, professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented, “The Relationship of NCATE Program Reviews to Unit Accreditation”; “Understanding Diversity in the NCATE Standards”; and “Understanding the Assessment System and Unit Evaluation” at Southern Arkansas University.

Johnston also presented “NAEYC Professional Preparation Standards: A Self-study Workshop for Baccalaureate and Graduate Degree Faculty” at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., and “Early Childhood Generalist Committee Standards Review and Revision” to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Early Childhood/Generalist Standards’ board of directors for their approval in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Wendy Linz, part-time instructor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “Exploring Beginning Teachers’ Perceptions: A Secondary Analysis of Tracking” at the NRC/LRA conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

Dr. Cathy Meredith, clinical associate professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, Dr. Satomi Taylor, ICL professor and Bonnie Cummings, ICL instructor, presented “Authentic Experiences Integrating Science, Math, Social Studies and Literacy” at the National Association for the Education of Young Children in Anaheim, Calif.

Dr. Clif Mims, associate professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “Integrating Higher-order Thinking Skills into Mathematics” at the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference in Greensboro, N.C.

Dr. Angiline Powell, associate professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “Math, Assistive Technology Reading” at the Teacher Education Division Conference for Exceptional Children in St. Louis. She also presented “White Paper” at Ready 2 Teach in Nashville.

Dr. Allen Seed, associate professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “TN Middle Schools: How They Really Do It” at the National Middle School Association Annual conference in Baltimore.

Herff College of Engineering

Dr. Eugene Eckstein, professor and chair of biomedical engineering, is attending the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering’s 20th annual “Medical and Biological Engineering in the Next 20 Years: The Promise and Challenges” in Washington D.C., in February. He is also attending AIMBE’s 2011 Federal Symposium. Eckstein is a member of AIMBE’s board.

Dr. Erno Lindner, professor of biomedical engineering, gave the invited presentation, “Electrochemical Sensors in Biomedical Analysis,” to Aegis Technologies in Huntsville, Ala., earlier this month.


Inez Todd, senior administrative secretary to the Dean of University Libraries, has been notified that she passed all parts of the CPS examination and has achieved the Certified Professional Secretary rating.

Loewenberg School of Nursing

Dr. Shirleatha Lee, clinical assistant professor, had her article, “A Pilot Study of QT Internal Analysis in Overweight and Obese Youth,” published in Applied Nursing Research. It was Lee’s third article of the fall semester to be published.

Susan Moore, clinical assistant professor of nursing, was invited to be a panel judge to select international awards for Sigma Theta Tau International at its biennial convention, to be held in Grapevine-Dallas this fall.

Dr. Carolyn Speros, associate professor of nursing, was interviewed by nationally recognized health-literacy expert Helen Osborne about her “Health Literacy Out Loud” series of podcasts.They discussed communicating with older adults and promoting health literacyin this population group. This series is available at http://www.healthliteracyoutloud.com/2010/12/14/health-literacy-out-loud-50-communicating-about-health-with-older-adults/.

School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

Dr. Shaum P. Bhagat, assistant professor of AUSP, and colleagues at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital published “Monitoring Carboplatin Ototoxicity with Distortion-product Otoacoustic Emissions in Children with Retinoblastoma” in the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. Bhagat and doctoral student Paul H. Carter published “Efferent-induced Change in Human Cochlear Compression and its Influence on Masking of Tones” in Journal Neuroscience Letters.

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