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Administration

Dr. Daniel Bureau, director of Student Affairs Learning and Assessment, published "Coming into Focus: Positioning Student Learning from The Student Personnel Point of View to Today" in the monograph The Student Personnel Point of View.

Gary L. Donhardt, director of Institutional Research, had his article, “The Fourth-Year Experience: Impediments to Degree Completion,” published in Innovative Higher Education.


Arts and sciences

Dr. George Anastassiou, professor of mathematical sciences, along with I. Iatan of Romania, published a new 582-page monograph titled "INTELLIGENT ROUTINES: Solving Mathematical Analysis,” published by Springer.

Dr. J. Gayle Beck, who holds the Lillian and Morrie Moss Chair of Excellence in Psychology, was one of 25 researchers invited to the “Reaching Vulnerable Populations Worldwide: Applying Evidence=based Training and Core Psychological Change Processes to Disseminate Effective Services for Trauma Survivors” workshop sponsored by the NATO Science for Peace and Security Program in Amsterdam.

Dr. Shannon Blanton, vice provost for Undergraduate Programs and professor of political science, and Dr. Yuki Matsuda, associate professor of Japanese in foreign languages and literatures, attended the 80th anniversary celebration of Chuo Gakuin University, Japan, which is one of the U of M’s five partner universities in Japan. They used the opportunity to visit three other exchange partner schools in Tokyo: Chuo Gakuin University, Meiji University and J.F. Oberlin.

Dr. Dennis Laumann, associate professor of African History, published a new book, Colonial Africa, 1184-1994 (Oxford University Press). The book examines how Africans experienced European colonial rule and is organized in a "layered" approach that gives students a deeper insight into the ways in which Africans experienced colonialism and looks at how they understood the world in which they lived during this period.

Dr. Fatima Nogueira, associate professor of foreign languages and literatures and Dr. Fernando Burgos, professor of foreign languages and literatures, published Conductividades posmodernas en la obra de Enrique Jaramillo Levi (Postmodern Conductivities in the Work of Enrique Jaramillo Levi). Both faculty members were also invited to speak about their book at the First International Symposium of Short Story Writers and Literary Critics around the Panamanian Short Story Production. Additionally they delivered one other paper on the short story of six Panamanian writers. The event, which was held in June, was sponsored by the Technological University of Panama.

Dr. Gene A. Plunka, professor of English, published a book review of Kimberly Jannarone's Artaud and His Doubles in the Spring/Summer edition of South Central Review.

Dr. Junmin Wang, assistant professor of sociology, received a research grant ($136,178) from the National Science Foundation to fund her research project "Making Global Capital Work: Economic Openness and Corporate Governance in Chinese Capital Markets." She also published the book State-Market Interactions in China's Reform Era: Local State Competition and Global Market Building in the Tobacco Industry.


College of Communication and Fine Arts

James Williamson, associate professor of architecture, discussed and signed copies of his new novel, The Ravine, at Burke’s Bookstore in September.

Copeland Woodruff, co-director of Opera Studies, directed the premiere of Rudolf Rojahn's Bovinus Rex for Guerilla Opera, which is an Ensemble-in-Residence at Boston Conservatory. He directed a revisionist staging of Sondheim's A Little Night Music at the Harrower Summer Opera Workshop at Georgia State University. In late summer, he taught and directed for an American Musical Theatre Workshop at Beijing University, China, where he was invited to direct the department's first full production, Raise the Red Lantern, which will be in January. “The aim is to bring a western approach to the acting and production sensibility, while maintaining a traditional Chinese musical theatre style,” Copeland says.


College of Education, Health and Human Sciences

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) and Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE) Conference in Austin, Texas, earlier this year. He also presented “Migrating Courses to Online Delivery” at the Professors of Instructional Design and Technology (PIDT) Conference in Estes Park, Colo., in May.

Dr. Rebecca Anderson, professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “Secondary Education Leaders: Creating, Caring Online Learning Communities” at the New Zealand Educational Administration and Leadership Society Conference in April.

Dr. Jeff Byford, associate professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “Investigating Student’s Perceptions of Moral and Value Conflict in Relation to their Personal Selves” at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference in Vancouver, Canada, in April.

Dr. Laura Casey, assistant professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “Effects of Differential Reinforcement of Short Latencies, Task Completion, and Accuracy of an Adolescent with Autism” at the America Educational Research Association in Vancouver in April.

Bonnie Cummings, instructor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “A Comparison of American & Japanese Pre-service Teachers’ Percept Childcare: Fathering in America & Japan” in Washington, D.C. in March. Cummings also presented “How Can I Teach All I Need to Teach? Integration is the Key to Meeting Standards” at the Delta Kappa Gamma International Convention in New York City in July

Dr. Duane Giannangelo, professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “Looking Forward into the Past” at the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) in Boston in August.

Dr. Michael Grant, associate professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “Presentation of Young Researcher Award” and “Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning Annual Meeting” at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting in British Columbia, Canada, in May.

Dr. William Hunter, assistant professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “Classroom-level PBIS Interventions for Students Identified with Emotional Behavioral Disorders” at the 9th International Conference on PBS in Atlanta in March.Hunter also presented “Exploring Racial Identity of Student Teachers: Contributing to African American Student Success at the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Conference in Denver in April.

Drs. Richard James and Stephen Lenz of counselor education trained 49 police officers from Memphis, Shelby County, Collierville, Bartlett, Southaven, Police Dispatch, the Veterans Administration and the U of M in crisis intervention de-escalation skills in July. They were assisted by Beverly Schafgen and Angela Norton, doctoral students in counselor education, and Molly Okeon, Elizabeth Keyl, Karma Howard, Randy Caruthers and Kimberly Broyles, masters students in school, clinical mental health and rehabilitation counseling. James also was a co-presenter at the International Crisis Intervention Team convention in Las Vegas in August. The meeting focused on intervention strategies for police officers who encounter veterans who have traumatic brain injury.  

Dr. Shirley Key, associate professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “STEM Activities in the Elementary Classrooms Using Aviation” at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference in Indianapolis in April.

Dr. Deborah Lowther, professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “Secondary Education Leaders: Creating Caring Online Communities” at the New Zealand Educational Administration and Leadership Society Conference in April.

Dr. Laurie MacGillivray, professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “Mental Vacations Book Club Meetings in a Homeless Shelter for Women” at the American Educational Research Association in Vancouver in April.

Dr. Cathy Meredith, clinical associate professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “Fathering in Japan and the U.S.: A Comparison of American & Japanese Pre-service Teacher’s Perceptions of Child Care” in Washington, D.C., in March. She also presented “How Can I Teach All I Need to Teach? Integration is the Key to Meeting Standards” at Delta Kappa Gamma’s International Convention in New York City in July.

Dr. DeAnna Owens, assistant professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “After Your Doctorate, What Then!” at Capella University Doctoral Colloquia Conference in Atlanta in March.

Dr. Mary Ransdell, clinical associate professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “Quality of Evidence: CAEP Conference 2012 at the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) in Arlington, Va., in September. She also presented “Data-driven Program Improvement at the TACTE: Texas Association of College Technical Educators” in Nashville.

Dr. Ellie Ro, assistant professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “Bilingual? He Can’t Speak Any Language!: Young Diverse Learners’ Language/Literacy Development” at the Global Summit on Childhood by ACEI in Washington, D.C. in March.

Dr. Satomi Taylor, professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “A Comparison of American & Japanese per-service Teacher’s Perceptions of Childcare: Fathering in Japan & the U.S.” at the Association for Childhood Education International Conference in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Robert Williamson, assistant professor of instruction and curriculum leadership, presented “College Campus Transition Program: Success through Effective Community Partnerships Area of Emphasis: Transition” at the 2012 Annual Special Education Conference in Nashville. He also presented “Effectiveness of Video   Making: Evaluation of Pre-requisite Skills Part II” at the CEC 2012 Convention and Expo in Denver in April. Furthermore, Williamson presented “AgileAssyst Cognitive Support System (3)” at the ITASD Conference in Valencia, Spain, in July.


Herff College of Engineering

Dr. Joel Bumgardner, professor of biomedical engineering and interim chair, participated as an invited speaker at Clemson University’s Biomaterials Day Sept. 28. He also attended the Society for Biomaterials 2012 Fall Symposium “Grand Challenges in Biomaterials” meeting in New Orleans in early October and the 2012 Biomedical Engineering Society’s annual meeting “Advancing Human Health and Well-Being” where he gave the poster presentation “Design and Validation of a Cyclic Strain Bioreactor to Condition Spatially-Selective Scaffolds in Dual Strain Regimes,” which was co-authored by Dr. Warren Haggard, Chair of Excellence in Biomedical Engineering, doctoral student Jared Cooper and master’s student J. Matt Goodhart. Bumgardner is president of the Society For Biomaterials, which promotes advances in all phases of materials research and development.


Loewenberg School of Nursing

Laura Long, clinical assistant professor, has been named director for Clinical Education.


School of Public Health

Dr. Latrice C. Pichon, assistant professor of social and behavioral sciences, presented the paper “Recruitment of Homeless Adults for HIV Research: Ethical Considerations Encountered with the Informed Consent Process” and the poster “Role of Religious Parents in Adolescent Sexual Health Decision-making” at the American Public Health Association Conference in San Francisco Oct. 27-31. She also presented “Faith-Based Organizational Readiness to Engage in Community-Based Participatory Action Research and HIV Prevention” at the United States Conference on AIDS Sept. 30-Oct. 3.

 

 

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