Arts and Sciences
Dr. George Anastassiou, professor of mathematical sciences, participated in the annual meeting of the American
Mathematical Society held in Boston in early January. He presented three articles,
two of which were invited.
College of Communication and Fine Arts
David Acey, assistant professor of communication, was honored as a 2011 Outstanding Achiever
during the Memphis Silver Star News 20th Annual Memphis & Shelby County Achievers’ Award celebration.
Dr. Lily Afshar, professor of guitar, performed at the Caserta Festival 2012 in Italy. She was also
on the jury of the guitar competition.
David Appleby, professor of film and video production, restored a 16mm film he made in 1975 on
the creation of a dance by Helmutt Frike-Gotschild and the Zero Moving Company. The
film, Work In Progress, has been picked up by Insight Media in New York for national distribution.
Bryna Bobick, assistant professor of art education, co-chaired and presented research at the Art
Education session at the Southeastern College Art Association Conference held in Savannah,
Ga. Bobick was also selected as the 2012 Tennessee Art Education Association (TAEA)
Higher Education Art Educator of the Year, and was honored at the TAEA Professional
Development Conference in Memphis. She was a guest professor to the University of
Tennessee, Chattanooga, in November, and had work included in the 2011 National Juried
Exhibition of the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville.
Carrie Brown-Smith, assistant professor of journalism, gave a presentation about new technologies and
social media at the U of M Women’s Research Forum in November.
Sherry Bryan, associate professor of architecture, was selected by the Tennessee Board of Architectural
and Engineering Examiners to serve as the transcript evaluator for the Board. Also,
Bryan participated in the Chicago Architecture + Design College Day, one of the largest
national recruiting venues for students interested in architecture and design.
Michael Chisamore, assistant professor of architecture and director of the Center for Sustainable Design,
was appointed to the Sustainable Shelby Green Building Task Force. He also presented
the paper “TERRA Incognita: Teaching Sustainable Design through Engaged Scholarship,
Community Outreach and Service Learning" (co-written with Jim Lutz, former director of the U of M’s Center for Sustainable Design) at the Building Technology
Educators Society Conference in Toronto.
Dr. David Evans, professor of music gave four concerts in Germany in January and presented a paper
titled "Will the Real Azmari Please Stand Up?: Changing Roles and Definitions of Azmari in Contemporary Ethiopia" for the International Conference on Azmari in Ethiopia
at the University of Hildesheim Jan. 7. He also published "Integrating Folklore and
Music Research into Tourism and Development" in Culture and Development for Amhara Region.
Allison Graham, professor of communication, co-edited “Media,” a volume in The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture series.
Michael Hagge, chair of architecture, participated in the Chicago Architecture + Design College
Day. He also moderated a panel on Green Building Design as part of the Justice Forum
at BRIDGES, USA. Adjunct professor Jimmie Tucker served as a member of the panel. Hagge also participated as an observer in a National
Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) site visit to the University of Hartford. Hagge
and Jeanne Myers, adjunct professor of architecture, served on the planning committee for the 2011
annual convention of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Joe Hayden, associate professor of journalism, has written a new grammar handbook, The Little Grammar Book: First Aid for Writers. The book, which will be published in the spring, covers the 12 most common grammatical
mistakes and demonstrates how to fix the errors.
Donalyn Heise, associate professor of art education, will present the paper, “Teaching Art to Children
in Crisis,” at the 2012 National Art Education Association National Convention in New York City in March. Heise also published “Implementing
an Art Program for Children in a Homeless Shelter” in Studies in Art Education. She collaborated with Laurie MacGillivray, literacy professor in the U of M’s College of Education, and several art education
majors. Heise and Byrna Bobick were on the planning committee for the Tennessee Art
Education Association Fall Conference, held in Memphis in October. The professional
development conference was a collaboration of TAEA, the University of Memphis, Memphis
College of Art, and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.
Katherine Hendrix, professor of communication, published the essay “The Growth Stages and Maturation
of an Outsider-within: Developing a Critical Gaze and Earning the Right to Speak”
in Qualitative Inquiry. She also published the book chapter “Home as Respite for the Working-class Academic”
in Our Voices: Essays in Culture, Ethnicity and Communication. She served as a panelist on “Voices of Gender and Race in Commercials: Amplified,
Muted, Translated, Transmogrified?” at the National Communication Association conference
in New Orleans in November.
David Horan, instructor of photography, taught study abroad courses in Florence, Italy, during
the summer. Horan also had work included in a collaborative exhibition with Petr Lysacek
at Kultur Stadt in Munich, Germany, and five pieces in a juried group exhibition on
Social Documentary in Spokane, Wash.
Tom Hrach, assistant professor of journalism, published the article “An Incitement to Riot:
Television's Role in the Civil Disorders in the Summer of 1967” in Journalism History.
Earnestine Jenkins, associate professor of art history, presented the paper, “Victorian Women of Color
and the Family Photo Album: Documenting Race, Gender and Interracial Relationships
in 19th Century Memphis,” at the annual conference of the Association for the Study
of African American Life and History in Richmond, Va. Jenkins also participated in
the National Civil Rights Museum Renovation Scholars Committee Meeting in Memphis
Lurene Kelley, assistant professor of journalism, was selected as a 2012 fellow for the prestigious
Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute at the Walter Cronkite School
of Journalism at Arizona State University last month. She also was named one of the
Top 40 under 40 by the Memphis Business Journal.
Craig Leake, professor of film, received the Award of Merit for Documentary Filmmaking at the
2011 University Film and Video Association Conference at Emerson College in Boston
for his film The Nurse. More than 60 films were submitted for competition, and only three documentary films
were recognized. Leake and his daughter, Mackenzie, garnered a regional Emmy nomination
for their film Don't Make Me Start This Car!, which chronicles her fear of driving.
Marina Levina, assistant professor of communication, presented two papers at the Society for Social
Studies of Science Conference: “Healthymagination: Anticipation and Affect in Health
Information Technologies” and “’And Man Made Life’: Synthetic Organisms and Monstrous
Richard Lou, chair of art, was awarded the Memphis Latino Leadership Award — the Lisa Maples
Visionary Award — from the Memphis chapter of the National Hispanic Professionals
Organization. The award recognizes his efforts in establishing Memphis' first Latino
Cultural Center and other work in the community.
Kris Markman, assistant professor of communication, was part of a panel discussing Internet rights,
privacy and free speech at the U of M.
Gray Matthews, assistant professor of communication, was an invited speaker at a conference on
“Technology and Contemplation,” which was hosted by Bellarmine University in Louisville.
Gray spoke on the topic of “Technology, Commotion and Contemplative Action.”
Greely Myatt, professor of sculpture, showed new work in the exhibit “Just Sayin’” at David Lusk
Gallery. He was commissioned to create a piece for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital
in Memphis and eight locations of Nordstrom department stores across the country.
He had worked included in the following two-person and group exhibitions: Pulse Contemporary
Art Fair in New York City; “Exploring Media” at the University Art Gallery of Western
Illinois University; “Desires, Nightmares and Dreams II” at The Running Horse Contemporary
Art Space in Beirut, Lebanon; “Dog Days” at Termius 200 in Atlanta; “Syntax: Text
and Symbols for a New Generation” (Selections from the Hadley Martin Fisher Collection)
at the Tampa Museum of Art in Tampa, Florida; “Price is Right” and “Ripped from the
Studio” at David Lusk Gallery; “America” at Koelsch Gallery in Houston; “That What
the Modern Era has Gained in Civility it has Lost in Poetic Inspiration” at 1646 in
The Hague, The Netherlands; “Art Miami”; and “Memphis Connections” Collaboration with
Julie Ann Wright at Marshall Arts gallery in Memphis.
Cedar Nordbye, associate professor of art, exhibited his work in two concurrent solo exhibitions
this summer. His installation Everything Connects to Everything was in the installation space at the Lexington Art League in tandem with the exhibition
More is More, curated by Melissa Vandenberg.
Susan Owen-Leinert, associate professor of voice, returned to Germany in October as the editor of Louis
Spohr’s complete songs in 12 volumes, recently released with the German publisher
Dohr in Cologne. She presented this first complete critical Lied Edition through lectures
in Braunschweig, Kassel and Düsseldorf. Owen-Leinert’s new publication won high praise
in the June/July issue of the British magazine The Singer.
Todd Richardson, assistant professor of art history, published a book, Pieter Bruegel the Elder: Art Discourse in the Sixteenth-Century Netherlands.
Dr. Steve Ross, professor of film and video production, was awarded the Communication Educator of
the year Award by the Tennessee Communication Association. Additionally, his short
fiction film Dancing on a Volcano was shown at VideoFest Dallas and the TCA annual conference in September.
Kevin Sanders, assistant professor of tuba, recorded Charles Booker's Tuba Concertino with the
U of M Wind Ensemble for publication on a CD of Booker's music titled “Radiant Blues:
The Music of Charles Booker Jr., Vol. 4” on Mark Records.
Craig Stewart, assistant professor of communication, was invited to present his paper “Truthiness
and Consequences: A Cognitive Pragmatic Analysis of Stephen Colbert’s Satirical Strategies
and Effects” at the inaugural conference on North American Critical Discourse Analysis
in Salt Lake City in May. Stewart also presented “Effects of News Frames and Academic
Major on Opinions of Adult and Embryonic Stem Cell Research” at the International
Communication Association conference in Boston.
Jenna Thompson, adjunct professor of architecture, will present a research paper on sustainability,
“Convergence and Confluence: Systems Thinking Approach to Integrated Sustainability
in Higher Education,” as part of the World Symposium on Sustainable Development at
Universities at the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) in Rio de
Janeiro in June. Thompson serves as sustainability coordinator for the Department
of Architecture and partnered on the paper with Amelia Mayahi, U of M sustainability coordinator. Also, Thompson was appointed to represent the
University on the Sustainable Advisory Committee of the Memphis and Shelby County
Office of Sustainability. Furthermore, she presented a paper at the Building Technology
Educators Society Conference in Toronto in August. The paper, “Control Issues: Bio-plastics
in the Design Curriculum,” focused on the work of several groups of students and faculty
exploring bio-plastics. The research was funded by a grant from the FedEx Institute
of Technology. The paper was co-written with adjunct professor Jennifer Barker, third-year architecture honors student Megan Hoover and former faculty member Chere Doiron.
Jimmie Tucker, adjunct professor of architecture, presented a paper on Sustainable Design at the
2011 national conference of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA)
in Atlanta. He also served as faculty sponsor for the NOMA Student Design Competition
entry submitted by students in his Architecture Design 5 Studio. Additionally, Tucker
was invited to serve on the Awards for Distinction Selection Committee at Washington
University School of Architecture.
Tony de Velasco, assistant professor of communication, along with Melody Lehn, doctoral student in communication, co-edited the book Rhetoric: Concord and Controversy.
Nancy White, associate professor of ceramics, and art alumni Rollin Kocsis and Mary Stubbs, exhibited work at Gallery 56 in Memphis. White also had work shown at Harrington
Brown Gallery in Nashville, Sarah Howell Gallery in Jonesboro, Ark., L. Ross Gallery
and at Christian Brothers University. A piece White created for the Women’s Foundation
to honor Onie Johns of Caritas Village has been traveling around Memphis.
James Williamson, associate professor of architecture, presented a paper, “A World Within a World:
The Design of a Campus Interfaith Chapel,” at the 2011 Architecture, Culture and Spirituality
Symposium held in Serenbe, Ga. The paper focused on the community engagement and design
elements of a studio project in the Architectural Design 4 Studio taught by Williamson.
Also, Williamson was awarded a Poet’s Tax Grant to conduct research at the University
of Pennsylvania Architectural Archives in connection with his book about architect
Randle Witherington, associate professor of interior design, received the Preservation Service Award
from Victorian Village Inc. for his work tutoring the Victorian Village Tour Ambassadors.
He received the award at the Victorian Village Museum/Home Tour where eight interior
design students gave guided tours of the Lee House and the Cruse Town House.
Loewenberg School of Nursing
Dr. Shirley A. Thorn, assistant professor of nursing, presented “Emergency Physicians’ Perspectives on
the Usability of Health Information Exchange,” which focuses on grounded theory methodology
research, at the Health Memphis Research Conferencein December.