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Arts and Sciences

Dr. Narahari Achar, professor of physics, has contributed some of his archeo-astronomy findings to a documentary film about the history of Krishna. The film can be seen at www.saraswatifilms.org/movies.php and contains about nine minutes of Achar’s work on the dating of the Mahabharata war.

Dr. Fernando Burgos, professor of foreign languages and literatures, had his book, Un lector y un escritor tras el enigma: la narrativa de Enrique Jaramillo Levi (A Reader and a Writer in Pursuit of the Enigma: The Narrative of Enrique Jaramillo Levi), published by the Institute of National Culture of Panama. It was presented at the International Symposium “Fifty Years of Writing. International Conference on the Literary Contributions of Enrique Jaramillo Levi,” held in Panama in July. The book is a critical revision of the key postmodern fundaments that have characterized Jaramillo Levi’s’ writings since the publication of his collection of short stories Duplications in 1973.

Burgos and Fatima Nogueira, assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures, delivered two papers at the same symposium.

Dr. Takuya Nakazato, assistant professor of biological sciences, published the article “Hybrid Incompatibility ‘Snowballs’ Between Solanum Species” in Science.

Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

Dr. Eugene Buder, associate professor, had three papers presented: “Vocal Repetition Increases During the First Year of Development” at the International Child Phonology Conference in Memphis, with Dr. D. Kimbrough Oller, who holds the Plough Chair of Excellence, and R. Bakeman; “Acoustic and Respiratory Perspectives on Glottal Development in Infants 9 to 18 Months” at the International Child Phonology Conference, with D. Parham and M. Doiuchi; and “Dynamic Indicators of Mother-infant Prosodic and Illocutionary Coordination” at the 2010 Speech Prosody Conference in Chicago with Oller, L.B. Chorna and A.S. Warlaumont.

Dr. Julie E. Cleary, assistant professor, and others had the poster “Maternal, but not Paternal, Interstitial Duplications of Chromosome 15q11.2-q13 are Associated with ASD in 9 Individuals” presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research in Philadelphia. Cleary also co-published “Disfluency Characteristics Observed in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A preliminary Report” in Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders.

Dr. Walter Manning, professor, published “Listener Responses According to Stuttering, Self-acknowledgement and Modification” in Journal of Fluency Disorders.

Dr. D. Kimbrough Oller, who holds the Plough Chair of Excellence, gave the keynote presentation “Automated Analysis of Vocal Development and Family Interaction: The Present and Future”at the First LENA Users Conference in Denver. He also presented “Vocal Development Theory and the Automated Identification of Developmental Disorders Including Autism” at theBanbury conference on Linguistic Phenotypes, held at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, and “Vocal Development and the Evolution of Language” at the Colloquium for the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.

Education

Dr. Lee Allen, associate professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “Online Learning in 7-12 Education: A Statewide Evaluation” at the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) E-Learn International conference in Orlando.

Dr. Sally Blake, associate professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “International Investigation of Inquiry Interactions of Young Children” and “Student Perceptions of Problem-based Learning Experiences (PBL)” at the Mid-South Educational Research Association conference in Mobile, Ala.

Dr. Laura Casey, assistant professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “Using the GBG and Including the Teacher, too” at the Tennessee Applied Behavior Analysis conference in Nashville.

Bonnie Cummings, instructor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “Soaring into New Heights Basic and Advanced Aerospace” at the West Tennessee Aerospace Workshop in Huntsville, Ala.

Dr. Allison Henward, assistant professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “Children, Popular Culture and Preschools” at the Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education conference in Dalton, Ga.

Dr. Allen Seed, associate professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “Middle School Job-alike” at the Tennessee Association of College for Teacher Education conference in Nashville.

Fogelman College of Business and Economics

Dr. Rabi Bhagat, professor of international management and organizational behavior, made the keynote address “On the Applicability of Western Management Theories in the Indian Context” at the First Indian Academy of Management conference, held in Jamshedpur, India. He also made the keynote address “Theoretical and Methodological Issues in the Study of Team Effectiveness across Cultural Divides” at the conference of Team Effectiveness in Geographically Distributed Groups, held at the University of Melbourne (Australia) in July. Also in Melbourne, Bhagat chaired a symposium on “Cultural Differences in the Perception of Time and Temporal Orientation in Five National Contexts” at the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychologists conference and presented three papers with international collaborators on the topic of work stress and coping in nine countries at the International Association of Applied Psychology conference.

Bhagat was elected as a fellow of the International Association of Applied Psychology during his time in Australia.

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