Arts and Sciences
Dr. Gene A. Plunka, professor of English, published "Revering the Nazis and Blaming the Victims: Three
Enigmatic Holocaust Plays" in the Summer 2012 edition of Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History.
College of Communication & Fine Arts
Dr. Lily Afshar, professor of classical guitar, performed a concert at the University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign. She released a new solo guitar CD with Mahoor publications in Iran
called “One Thousand and One Nights.” She also published a book of her arrangements
of Bach's music for the guitar called "Essential Bach," published with Mel Bay publications.
Dr. David Evans, professor of music, recently completed a tour of Denmark and Finland, sponsored by the U.S. Embassies,
where he gave concerts, workshops and lectures. Among the venues were Syddansk Misikkonservatorium
(Odense, Denmark), Metropolia University of Applied Sciences (Helsinki), Sibelius
Academy (Helsinki) and the Stompin' at the Savoy Festival (Helsinki).
Jason N. Miller, media specialist and ArtLab Selections Committee chair in the Art Museum of the
University of Memphis, had his photography featured in the Korean art photography
magazine Photo+. His Dairy Diary Series was given a six-page spread in the Premier Contemporary Photography Magazine.
Dr. Steven J. Ross, professor of communication, and Anita Jo Lenhart, associate professor of theatre, directed a new film, Four Scenes From King Lear, which debuted as part of the On Location Memphis International Film Festival, April
25-28. Four Scenes is based on the Ostrander Award-winning, New Moon Theatre Company production of King Lear that Lenhart directed at Theatreworks. The scenes chosen for the film were completely
re-staged for the camera.
Herff College of Engineering
Dr. Warren Haggard, Herff Chair of Excellence in Biomedical Engineering, and biomedical engineering
alumnus Dr. Jonathan McCanless were issued U.S. patent No. 8,404,256 for “Biomaterial Composite Composition and
Method of Use” on March 26.
Dr. Brooke Sanford, post-doctoral scholar in biomedical engineering, presented “Tibiofemoral Joint Forces
during the Stance Phase of Gait after ACL Reconstruction” (co-authored by Dr. John Williams, professor of biomedical engineering, William Michael Mihalko and A. Zucker-Levin) at a session on musculoskeletal modeling at the 11th International Symposium on Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
in Salt Lake City in April.
School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Dr. Gavin Bidelman, assistant professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and in
the Institute of Intelligent Systems, published research on the overlap of music and
language in the brain and how tonal languages may prime the brain for the development
of musical skills in PLOS ONE journal.