College of Continuing and Professional Studies
Dr. Suneetha B. Manyam, associate professor of counseling and human sciences, presented with two of her doctoral students at the CCPS-sponsored Atlanta Research Conference at Mercer on April 12: “Understanding the Impact of Poverty on Children from the Transitional Homes” with Auvronette Guilbeaux; and “Acculturation Process among Women from Asian Indian and Middle Eastern Countries” with Sanaz Rezai. Dr. Manyam and Rezai presented at the Licensed Professional Counselors Association’s 26th Annual Convention and Regional Conference on May 10 in Atlanta on the “Impact of Culture on the Identity Development of Middle East and Asian Women.” Dr. Manyam was appointed to the 2014-2015 Board of Directors for the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCAGA). Dr. Manyam will serve as professional development co-chair. Dr. Manyam also published two manuscripts: “Marital Adjustment Trend in Asian Indian Families” in the Journal of Couples and Relationship Therapy; and “The Effect of a Wellness Intervention on the Total Wellness of Counceling Practicum Graduate Students” in The Practitioner Scholar: Journal of Counseling and Professional Psychology.
Dr. Don Redmond, assistant professor of counseling, gave a presentation with doctoral student Tara Overzat on “The Use of Personal Narratives in Gerontological Counseling: A Narrative Therapy Approach” at the American Counseling Association Annual Conference and Expo in Honolulu, Hawaii, in March.
Dr. Kathy Robinson, assistant professor of counseling, and Dr. Emily Piassick, director of counseling and psychological services (CAPS) led teams of faculty and staff from the Atlanta and Macon campuses at the fifth annual Garrett Lee Smith College Conference on “Building Suicide Safer College and University Communities: Strategies and Interventions.” The conference, organized by Georgia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), was held May 16 at Middle Georgia State College in Macon. Team members included Carole Burrowbridge, director of the ACCESS and Accommodations Office; Julie E. Cannon, assistant director of student health and counseling services; Melissa Mashburn, associate director of residence life; Brent Meyer, assistant director of CAPS; Sgt. Ed Roney of Mercer Police; Julie Strecker, director of international programs; Maj. Willie Woolfolk of Mercer Police; and Amanda Miller, clinical mental health graduate student.
Dr. Kathryn Kloepper, assistant professor of chemistry, received the Undergraduate Analytical Research Program Award Grant from the Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh on May 7. While in Pittsburgh, Dr. Kloepper also gave a talk, titled “You want to work with undergrads?! Firsthand advice about pursuing the tenure track at an undergraduate institution,” to graduate students from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Kloepper was hosted by Mercer alumnus Daniel Bolt (CLA ’12), and the event was promoted by Phi Lambda Upsilon and the Younger Chemists Committee.
Dr. Chinekwu Obidoa, assistant professor of global health, presented a poster, titled “Using Social Media to Assess the Impact of Globalization on Youth Health and Well-being in Nigeria,” at the Fifth Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Conference in Washington, D.C., May 10-12. Dr. Obidoa also was the discussion leader for a film viewing of “Cry the Beloved Country” to students, faculty, staff and the Macon community as part of Willis-Slater Productions Ethnic Awareness Events at Mercer on April 29. Dr. Obidoa also attended Health in Africa: The Unfinished Agenda Summit, organized by the World Affairs Council in Atlanta on May 19.
Eric O’Dell, assistant professor of art, is featured in an exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Sciences, titled “Emerging Artists.” The exhibit highlights works by six artists from Georgia and runs until June 29.
Stephen Simmerman, assistant professor of art, had artwork selected in the upcoming Second Annual Jonesborough Juried Art Show. The exhibition will run through June 30 in the McKinney Center for the Arts in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Simmerman also was accepted to be an art vendor in the 15th Annual Blue Plum Festival in Johnson City, Tennessee.
Dr. Bridget Trogden, associate professor of chemistry and director of INT 101, presented at the spring 2014 Gulf-South Summit on Service Learning. The presentation was on the Alternative Weekend program that is part of INT 101, and was titled “The Cross-Town Travel Course: Student Engagement with Self and Other through an Alternative Weekend Program.” She was also accepted to, and attended, the IUPUI Research Academy in May on advancing research related to service and learning in higher education. Dr. Trogden also published a paper as part of ConfChem, hosted by the Committee on Computers in Chemical Education of the American Chemical Society. The paper is titled “Reclaiming Face Time: How an Organic Chemistry Flipped Classroom Provided Access to Increased Guided Engagement.” The paper and the archived discussion can be found here.
Dr. Huey Chen, professor, co-authored “Liaison-based academic health department in Georgia: a partnership for improving community health” in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.
Dr. Philip Fabrizio, assistant professor, has been elected to the Leadership Council for the American Association of Clinical Anatomists for 2014-2015 as special councilor-allied health.
Dr. Alyssa Fiss, assistant professor, was appointed associate editor of PTNow: Online Publication of the American Physical Therapy Association in May. Dr. Fiss was also appointed international collaborator of CanChild Childhood Disability Research Centre.
Dr. Cheryl Gaddis, assistant professor of practice in the Department of Public Health, was selected by public health students as Most Outstanding Professor in the Master of Public Health Program for the 2013-2014 academic year. The award was presented during the public health hooding ceremony on May 8.
Dr. Jimmie Smith, assistant professor of practice, has been designated as a board member for Loaves and Fishes Ministry Inc. in Macon.
Brittany Taylor, grant project coordinator, was selected as a grant reviewer for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Dr. Ashish A. Advani, clinical assistant professor, was appointed invited reviewer for the Journal of Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy.
Dr. Candace W. Barnett, professor; Dr. Susan W. Miller, professor; Dr. Ashish A. Advani, clinical assistant professor; et al co-authored “Practitioner’s roundtable discussion in a practice of pharmacy course” in Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning 2014; 6(3):373.379.
Dr. Michell B. Butler, clinical assistant professor, was awarded the 2014-2015 National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation Faculty Scholars program grant of $2,500.
Dr. Nicole L. Metzger, clinical assistant professor, was the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award for the College of Pharmacy. Dr. Metzger and Dr. Kathryn M. Momary, associate professor, co-authored “A patient with HIV and tuberculosis with diminished clopidogrel response” in the International Journal of STD and AIDS 2014; 25(7):532-534.
Dr. Nader H. Moniri, associate professor, was inducted into the Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society.
Dr. Samuel K. Peasah, research assistant professor, co-authored “Comparison of laboratory-confirmed influenza and non-influenza acute respiratory illness in healthcare personnel during the 2010-2011 influenza season” in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 2014; 35(5):538-546.
Dr. Gina J. Ryan, clinical professor, co-authored “National estimates of insulin-related hypoglycemia and errors leading to emergency department visits and hospitalizations” in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine 2014;174(5):678-686.
Desireé M. Clement, clinical instructor, has been accepted into the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program at Vanderbilt University to begin part-time study this fall.
Susan Estes, clinical associate professor; Fran Kamp, clinical associate professor; Mary Beerman, clinical associate professor; and Dr. Linda Barber, assistant professor, comprised the planning committee for the Lippincott and Laerdal Simulation User’s Network and Product Fair on April 25 at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing. Nursing faculty representing the southern region participated in the interactive and collaborative conference focusing on incorporating innovations, including simulation, electronic health records and best practice, into nursing classes and programs.
Dr. Nancy deClaisse-Walford, Carolyn Ward Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages, participated in a panel discussion on “Teaching the Bible Online: Pedagogical Lessons” on March 9 at the Southeast Conference for the Study of Religion in Atlanta. She also taught a five-week course on the history of the Bible in February at Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in Atlanta, and she contributed four articles on Psalms 103, 119, 138 and 145, to the Center for Biblical Preaching’s Working Preacher in March.
Dr. Thomas B. Slater, professor of New Testament language and literature, published four commentaries in the Working Preacher commentary series for Passion Week. They can be found at workingpreacher.org. He also was on the team that produced the Covenant Bible Study series, contributing work on the book of Revelation. Dr. Slater is a member of the task force for the revision of the 25 Articles of Religion for the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church. The task force has been commissioned by the College of Bishops. It will revise and update the Articles for 21st century Christians. The goal is to give the Articles a more central role in the life of the denomination and also in the lives of its members individually.
Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes, assistant professor of pastoral care and counseling, was awarded a summer fellowship from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion to explore how women’s ways of remembering and narrating their experiences of oppression and trauma represent both gifts and challenges for teaching on race and gender issues. She also delivered the opening address and a Bible study session at the Christian Community Development Association’s 2014 Immersion, a weeklong intensive training program for ministers and community development practitioners from across the globe, April 27-28.
Dr. Brett Younger, associate professor of preaching, recently published Time for Supper: Invitations to Christ’s Table with Smyth and Helwys Publishing. He has sermons in the February, March, April, May and June issues of Lectionary Homiletics, as well as monthly columns for Associated Baptist Press and Baptists Today. Dr. Younger recently finished 12 Sundays preaching at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains. He will be serving as the interim pastor of Santiago Community Church in Santiago, Chile, July through November.
Peter Bryant, manager of the Electronic Systems Division, presented “System Engineering Considerations for Electronic Warfare/Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Integration and Collaboration” at the Association of Old Crows (AOC) Dixie Crows’ Annual Symposium held March 24-27 at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins.
Dr. Joseph C. Richardson, manager of the Electronic Warfare Division, had an article published in the April 2014 edition of S.T.E.M. Magazine, titled “T.W.I.C.E., A Plan for Academia-Industry Partnership Success in S.T.E.M.”
Dr. Richard F. Camino-Gaztambide, clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral science, was invited as a speaker to the 40th Annual Meeting of the Puerto Rico Chapter of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry on ”Pediatric Psychiatry in the DSM5 Era” held on April 5 at the Condado Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Dr. Camino-Gatztambide gave two lectures, titled “ADHD and Comorbid Disorders” and “The Role of Forgiveness in Clinical Practice.” The previous day, Dr. Camino-Gaztambide gave a lecture, titled “Spirituality in Pediatric Practice” for faculty and residents at the Pediatric University Hospital in San Juan.
Dr. Susan Cline, associate professor of biochemistry, was selected to participate in a yearlong medical education collaboration between MedU and the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) to develop learning tools that integrate core basic science concepts into the clinical training years of M.D. programs.
Carolann Curry, reference and document delivery librarian for the Macon campus, was selected as a recipient of the 2014 MLA/EBSCO Annual Meeting Grant. Curry was honored at the awards ceremony and luncheon of the Medical Library Association’s (MLA) annual meeting in Chicago on May 19. Curry was also recently appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA). Her three-year appointment will begin June 1. Curry also authored two consumer health book reviews in Library Journal: “Chia Vitality: 30 Days to Better Health, Greater Vibrancy, and a More Meaningful and Purposeful Life” by Janie Hoffman was published on Apr. 1, 139(6): 107; and “Prepare To Defend Yourself: How To Navigate the Healthcare System and Escape with Your Life” by Matthew Minson was published on May 1, 139(8):93.
Dr. David Gu, assistant professor of physiology in the Division of Basic Medical Sciences, gave two presentations at the Experimental Biology 2014 Annual Meeting held in San Diego, California, April 26-30: “Protease-activated receptor-2 regulates BK channel activity in rat vagal bronchopulmonary sensory neurons (FASEB J April 27, 2014, 712.4)” and “Differential regulations of ASICs and TRPV1 by zinc in rat bronchopulmonary sensory neurons FASEB J April 27, 2014, 712.3).” Randal Moss II, a masters student, Dr. Zhanna Vysotskaya, a postdoctoral researcher, Carolyn Gilbert, a research technician, and Dr. Sabry Gabriel, professor of family medicine, participated in these studies.
Dr. Edward C. Klatt, professor of biomedical sciences and program director of the Biomedical Problems Program, published an article, titled “Who can pass the test?,” in the April 2014 online issue of Medical Science Educator, published by the International Association for Medical Science Educators. Dr. Klatt presented a short abstract lecture, titled “Web-based Pathology Practice Examination Usage,” at the Pathology Informatics Summit on May 15 in Pittsburgh. Dr. Klatt also served as the electronic poster judge at that meeting.
Anna Krampl, reference librarian for the Macon campus, and Alisha Miles, library assistant professor and assistant director for public services, created a poster presentation for the School of Medicine Joint Research Conference, titled “Utilizing Social Media and Other Strategies for Enhancing the Impact of Your Research.” Krampl presented during the poster session of the conference on May 15.
Alisha Miles, library assistant professor and assistant director of public services, attended the Medical Library Association’s (MLA) annual meeting in Chicago, May 16-21, where she presented a paper, titled “A Tale of Two Libraries: Implementing Embedded Librarianship Programs from the Perspective of a Solo Hospital Librarian Turned Academic Librarian.” Miles also presented three posters at the conference: “Medical Informatics Section Information,” “Emerging Technologies Help Bridge the Gap... Health Information + Community,” and “Identifying barriers to break technological boundaries: A needs assessment of regional medical librarians.” During the meeting, Miles also served as the chair of the Medical Informatics Section Committee. She was also recently appointed to the MLA’s Rogers Information Advancement Jury for 2014-2015.
Joshua Smith, library assistant II for the Macon Campus, graduated with his Master of Science in Technical Communication Management from the School of Engineering.
Dr. Melton Strozier, professor of psychiatry, co-presented a panel presentation with other members of the Georgia State Board of Examiners of Psychologists to the annual meeting of the Georgia Psychological Association held in Athens on May 2. The title of the panel presentation was “Changes in the Rules for Psychologists: New CE Requirements for the 2015-2016 Cycle.”
Dr. Bowden Templeton, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, interim director of the Master of Family Therapy Program and director of Family Related Medical Education, and Dr. Steve Livingston, associate professor and director of behavioral science at the Memorial University Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program, presented “Training Medical Students for Future Collaboration with Mental Health Practitioners” to the annual meeting of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine in San Antonio, May 3-7.
Dr. Jacob Warren, Rufus C. Harris Endowed Chair and director of the Center for Rural Health and Health Disparities, was recently named the co-chair of the Data and Evaluation Committee for Georgia Shape, the governor’s statewide childhood physical fitness initiative. Dr. Warren published the text Rural Public Health. It is the first text of its kind to examine contextual factors, individual health conditions and preventive innovations in improving health in rural communities. Dr. Warren delivered two presentations at the National Rural Health Association annual meeting in April: “Conducting community-based participatory research in rural communities” and “DESRE: A rural health training program for students.”
Dr. Carol Cagle, assistant professor of management, had her manuscript, “Capacity and Financial Performance: A Review and Assessment of the Empirical Literature,” accepted for publication in the second issue of the Journal of Supply Chain Operations Management in 2014.
Dr. Tammy Crutchfield, professor of marketing, started Macon Teens Against Sex Trafficking with her yearlong marketing capstone class. The campaign aims to educate Macon’s youth on sex trafficking, and will be an ongoing campaign with a new team taking over each year. Georgia Public Broadcasting aired a story about the campaign.
Dr. Madeline Domino, associate professor of accounting, had her manuscript, “Social Cognitive Theory: The antecedents and effects of ethical climate fit on organizational attitudes of corporate accounting professionals - A reflection of client narcissism and fraud attitude risk,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Business Ethics.
Dr. Aleksandar “Sasha” Tomic, visiting assistant professor of economics, had his manuscript, “The Faculty Flutie Factor: Does Football Performance Affect a University’s U.S. News and World Report Peer Assessment Score?,” accepted for publication in Economics of Education Review.
Dr. Lucy Bush, assistant professor of education, and Dr. Jeffrey Hall, assistant professor of education, contributed to the Handbook of Games and Simulations in Teacher Education, published in March by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education in conjunction with the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Association for Educational Communications and Technology, National Technology Leadership Summit and Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education. Dr. Bush and Dr. Hall presented “iLearn Math: Exploring iOS Apps for Mathematics Education” at the 2014 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting and Exposition held April 9-12 in New Orleans.
Dr. Martha Lee Child and Dr. Karen Davis, assistant professors of education, and Dr. Michelle Vaughn, assistant professor, presented at The U.S. Play Coalition Conference on the Value of Play: Collaboration and Creativity in Partnership with IPS/USA at Clemson University on Feb. 17. The title of the presentation was “Literacy in the Preschool Play Centers.” Another presentation, “Children, Imagination, and Play: A Naturally, Nonthreatening, Peaceful Alternative to Global Violence,” was accepted and presented at the international conference Global Summit on Childhood in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on April 11.
Dr. Geri S. Collins, assistant professor of education, and Dr. Macklin Duggins, professor of education, presented at the annual National Council for History Educators in Albuquerque in March. They presented on the use of debates to promote in-depth study of events that change the course of history. Two of the topics covered were the Indian Removal Act and the decision to drop the atomic bomb.
Dr. Anthony Harris, professor of education and coordinator for the M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership Program, is featured in a documentary, titled Freedom Summer, scheduled to premiere on PBS on June 24 at 9 p.m. Dr. Harris was interviewed by The New York Times regarding his role in the documentary.
Dr. Ron Knorr, assistant professor, presented a paper, titled “From Tillman to Progressivism: A Brief History of Funding For Black Education in South Carolina from 1896 To 1930,” at the annual meeting of the Southern History of Education Society at the University of Alabama. Additionally, Dr. Knorr was named to the board of advisors for the Eugene T. Moore School of Education at Clemson University, his doctoral alma mater.
Dr. William Lacefield, professor of mathematics education, published “Standards for Mathematical Practice USA: Brainstorming Ideas for Future Research” in the proceedings of the British Society for Research Into Learning Mathematics 2014 Conference. Dr. Lacefield attended Pedagoo London, an annual conference on teaching and learning, which was held in March at the Institute of Education of the University of London.
Dr. Douglas Hill, professor of music, was invited to adjudicate bands and orchestras in Cleveland, Tennessee, for the East Tennessee Band and Orchestra Association annual festival held at Bradley Central High School, March 20-21. Dr. Hill performed with Townsend School of Music faculty members Jonathan Swygert, Jay Hanselman, Dr. Tom Gibson and Eric Bubacz for the Mercer Faculty Brass Quintet concert in Fickling Recital Hall on March 17. As a charter member of the Colony IV Brass Quintet, Dr. Hill performed as part of the annual Organ and Brass Cherry Blossom Concert at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Macon on March 24. Dr. Hill organized the Mercer University Instrumental Chamber Ensemble Concert presentation at Riverside United Methodist Church as part of the Cherry Blossom Festival with Townsend School of Music faculty members Dr. Monty Cole and Dr. Marcus Reddick. The Mercer Brass Choir, Saxophone Quartet and Percussion Ensemble were the featured chamber ensembles at this performance. Dr. Hill performed on trumpet as part of the Chamber Orchestra at the Liberty United Methodist Church Good Friday Service with Townsend School of Music faculty member Maestro Adrian Gnam, oboe, on April 18. The Colony IV Brass Quintet performed as part of the Easter Sunday Services on April 20 at Christ Episcopal with Townsend School of Music faculty member Dr. Jack Mitchener. Dr. Hill performed on trumpet in the Chamber Orchestra with the Middle Georgia Choral Society’s performance of Joseph Haydn’s “Mass in the Time of War,” conducted by Townsend School of Music faculty member Milburn Price. Dr. Hill performed in the Macon Symphony Orchestra trumpet section as part of the annual Pops Concert on May 3.
Hannah Rogers, public services librarian and liaison to the College of Pharmacy and College of Health Professions, received a stipend from the Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund to attend the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in Dallas in July. The mission of the fund is to increase librarians’ identification with medical, pharmaceutical and health care professionals.
Geoff Timms, systems librarian and assistant professor, created a display in Tarver Library featuring the Nazi Germany occupation and British liberation of the British Channel Island of Guernsey. The display contains various artifacts, such as local wartime newspapers, a Liberation Day 40th anniversary coin, 1945 medal and censor-approved messages mailed back and forth between Guernsey and England via the Red Cross. The Guernsey Press published a photograph and short article about this display on May 19.
Sarah Gerwig-Moore, associate professor of law, was reelected to serve as chair of the Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission. Her paper, “Wiping the Plate Clean: Last Meal Practices by State,” co-authored with Andrew Davies and Sabrina Atkins, was accepted for presentation at the 2014 American Society of Criminology Meeting in San Francisco and accepted for publication in the fall issue of the British Journal of American Legal Studies.
David Hricik, professor of law, had the second edition of his leading treatise for patent litigators published: Ethical Issues in Patent Litigation (LexisNexis 2d ed. 2014), as well as the third edition of the property case book he co-authors: Property: Cases, Documents, and Lawyering Strategies (Lexis/Nexis 3rd ed. 2014). He also continued co-authoring his “Writing Matters” column with the Georgia Bar Journal, and blogging on the nation’s leading patent law site, patentlyo.com. He also gave the following presentations: “Spotting Conflicts in Patent Litigation, Opinions, and Prosecution, for the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association” (May 2014); “Spotting Conflicts in Patent Litigation, Opinions, and Prosecution, for the Georgia State Bar Intellectual Property SpringPosium” (Adairsville in April 2014); “Judicial Ethics and Technology, for the Georgia Judicial Probate Judges’ Continuing Legal Education” (Athens in April 2014); “Spotting Conflicts in Patent Litigation, Opinions, and Prosecution, a national web case for the American Intellectual Property Law Association” (April 2014); and “Prosecution Bars and Litigation Counsel,” at St. Mary’s School of Law (San Antonio in March 2014). He also became of counsel to Taylor English Duma LLP, an Atlanta law firm.
Mark Jones, professor of law, and Dr. Paul Lewis, associate professor of Christianity in the College of Liberal Arts, participated in a workshop held at the University of Notre Dame Conference Center, May 19-22, titled “Virtue and Its Development: An Interdisciplinary Conference.” At the conference, Professor Jones and Dr. Lewis spoke on a panel, titled “Practical Applications of Virtue Education.” Dr. Lewis outlined the work of the Mercer University Phronesis Project, of which Professor Jones and Dr. Lewis are co-directors, and described various courses on ethics and biblical studies aimed at the cultivation of virtue, practical wisdom and moral identity among undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts. Professor Jones addressed the professionalism movement within professional education and described various courses on lawyer professionalism aimed at the cultivation of virtue, practical wisdom and professional moral identity among graduate students at the Law School.
Dr. David Ritchie, professor of law and philosophy, helped organize two international programs at the Macau University of Science and Technology in Macau, S.A.R. Both programs were supported by Mercer. The first was an international symposium on Sino-Brazilian relations that brought together scholars from Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Portugal and the United States to discuss the international business, legal and political connections between Brazil and China. During the symposium, Dr. Ritchie delivered a paper, titled “Constitutions, Economics and the Creation of Social Realities in Brazil and China.” The paper will be published in China as part of the conference proceedings. The second program was an international exchange between the Federal Judiciary of Rio de Janeiro and the legal community in Macau. Twelve federal judges spent 10 days in Macau exchanging views with academics, judges, politicians and practitioners. This is the fourth judicial exchange program Dr. Ritchie has arranged as part of his activities as senior scholar in the Brazil Institute at Mercer (BRIM).