Faculty and Staff Notables Oct 2014

Faculty and Staff Notables

October 1, 2014

College of Health Professions

Dr. Jeannette Anderson, clinical assistant professor, and Dr. Niamh Tunney, clinical assistant professor, co-authored "The scholarship of teaching and learning in a physical therapy program," in Multidisciplinary Collaboration: Research and Relationships: New Directions for Teaching and Learning. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 2014;139: 61-76.

Dr. Huey Chen, professor, authored "Practical Program Evaluation: Theory Driven Evaluation and the Integrated Evaluation Perspective," 2nd ed. SAGE Publications Inc.

Dr. Jeffrey Ebert, clinical assistant professor, and Dr. Ann Lucado, assistant professor, received a $4,000 Mercer University Seed Grant for "The immediate effect of orthotic management on thumb stability during P-A mobilizations: a pilot study."

Dr. Ann Lucado, assistant professor, authored "Clinical commentary: therapist supervised clinic-based therapy versus instruction in a home program following distal radius fracture: a systematic review," published in the Journal of Hand Therapy. 2014;27(3):175-176. Dr. Lucado also received a $500 grant for "Scapular muscle strength and activity in recreational tennis players with lateral epicondylalgia" from the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia, and she was awarded the Excellence in Reviewing Award from the Journal of Hand Therapy.

Dr. Lisa Lundquist, interim dean, and Martha Sikes, clinical assistant professor, co-authored "Tofacitinib for rheumatoid arthritis" published in the International Journal of Orthopedics. 2014;5(4):504-511. Dr. Lundquist was appointed chair of the Promotion of Academic Careers Task Force, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Practice Section for 2014-2015, and was appointed chair of the Student/Resident Affairs Committee, Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists for 2014-2015.

Dr. Ellen Perlow, clinical assistant professor, co-authored "The exclusion of bed exercises for patients following a total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and its effect on functional outcomes," published in the Journal of Student Physical Therapy Research. 2014;7(2):53-63.

Brittany Taylor, grant project coordinator, was selected as an abstract reviewer for the 2014 National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Grantees' Conference, sponsored by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

Dr. Phil Tobin, clinical assistant professor, Heather Schmidt, clinical assistant professor, and Martha Sikes, clinical assistant professor, co-authored "Dermatologic graffiti: what primary care providers need to know about tattooing," published in Advance for NPs and PAs 2014. Dr. Tobin was appointed to the Three Rivers Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Board of Directors for 2014-2017.

College of Liberal Arts

Dr. Kevin M. Bucholtz, associate professor of chemistry, chair of the Department of Chemistry and director of undergraduate research, presented "Identifying factors for student success in organic chemistry" and "Preparing chemists for dynamic work environments: An interdisciplinary chemistry degree" at the 2014 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in August.

Dr. Garland L. Crawford, assistant professor of chemistry, presented "Using liberal arts strategies to develop critical thinking in biochemistry courses" and "To form a more perfect union: Integrating faculty scholarship into biochemistry teaching lab" at the 2014 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in August. Dr. Crawford and Dr. Kathryn D. Kloepper, assistant professor of chemistry, organized a symposium on "Liberal Arts Content and Pedagogy in the Chemistry Classroom: Making Connections Between Disciplines" at the conference.

Dr. John Marson Dunaway, professor emeritus of French and interdisciplinary studies, hosted a film ("Cry the Beloved Country") and discussion on campus for the 16th annual Ethnic Awareness Events on April 29. He also authored an essay, titled "Maritain engagé," in the fall 2014 issue of the American Maritain Association's Maritain Notebook.

Dr. David R. Goode, associate professor of chemistry, presented "Gamification of the organic synthesis project at Mercer University part II: Assessment and perceptions" and "Student-centered learning using an integrative approach in an exploratory junior-level studio laboratory" at the 2014 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in August.

Dr. Lori A. Johnson, associate professor of political science and director of the Law and Public Policy Program, participated in the "Reacting to the Past" Annual Faculty Institute at Barnard College in New York in June. The institute offers workshops on teaching and learning and the opportunity for participants to play several different "Reacting to the Past" role-playing games. Dr. Johnson was also invited to participate in a workshop sponsored by the Consortium of Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia. The theme for the workshop was "Strengthening Sociolegal Studies: Approaches that Can Involve Undergraduates in Research."

Dr. Adam Kiefer, associate professor of chemistry, recently gave an invited lecture at Allegheny College, titled "Monitoring Mercury Emissions from Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining (ASGM) in Africa and South America." Dr. Kiefer also recently gave an invited lecture at the University of Southern Mississippi, titled "From Macon to Mozambique: Chemistry Research at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution." Dr. Kiefer also presented "Gamification of the organic synthesis project at Mercer University part I: Design and implementation" and "Science as service: Combining service learning with research in artisanal gold mining camps" at the 2014 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in August. Dr. Kiefer and Dr. Jennifer L. Look, assistant professor of chemistry, organized a symposium on "Science as Service: Research-Oriented Service-Learning Projects in Undergraduate Science Programs" at the conference.

Dr. Kathyrn D. Kloepper, assistant professor of chemistry, presented "Bringing the Bard into instrumental analysis" and "Avoid the fire hose: Give up a block diagram (or two) to improve student learning and engagement" at the 2014 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in August.

Dr. Jennifer Look, assistant professor of chemistry, presented "Service-learning as a research tool: Exploring local environmental issues to engage students in analytical chemistry studies" at the 2014 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in August.

Dr. Frank J. Macke, professor of communication studies, presented an invited paper, titled "Coming to Terms: The Experience of Human Communication as a Threshold of Relational Consciousness," at the First International Communicology Institute Colloquium: The Cultural Matrix of Communicology, sponsored by Eastern Washington University in Spokane, Washington, May 19-21.

Scot J. Mann, associate professor and theatre director, recently choreographed violence and movement for the Alliance Theatre's world premier of Bull Durham, The Musical.

Dr. Lydia Masanet, professor of Spanish, had her book Hacia dentro en femenino reviewed in the Spanish literary journal Hispania, which is the leading publication on Spanish language and literature in the world. The publication information for the review is as follows: Domeenech, Conxita. "Rev. of Hacia dentro en femenino, by Lydia Masanet." Hispania, Volume 97, Number 3, September: 2014, pp. 533-534.

Dr. Amy Nichols-Belo, assistant professor of international and global studies, attended the 2014 NSF-sponsored Summer Course in Research Methods (SCRM) weeklong course on "Statistics in Ethnographic Research" in July. Participants receive free tuition and room and board and are selected based on scholarly and teaching potential.

Dr. Anya Silver, professor of English, had her poem "Hayom Harot Ha-olam" ("Today, the World is Born") published in Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas, September 2014, p. 13. She was also the featured poet at the Burlington Festival of Books, Sept. 21, in Burlington, Vermont.

Rosalind Simson, associate professor of philosophy and adjunct professor of law, had her article "What Does the Right to Life Really Entail? A Framework for Depolarizing the Abortion Debate" accepted for publication in the fall 2014 issue of the University of Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal.

Dr. Bridget G. Trogden, associate professor of chemistry, director of INT 101 and QEP director, presented "Using flipped learning to engage students without sacrificing content" and "Monitoring student abilities and perceptions regarding information literacy in chemistry" at the 2014 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in August.

Marian Zielinski, professor of theatre, presented an invited paper, titled "Imagery and Text: A Communicology of Text as Subject, Texture, and Narrative Structure in Fiber Art," at the First International Communicology Institute Colloquium: The Cultural Matrix of Communicology, sponsored by Eastern Washington University in Spokane, Washington, May 19–21. She was also a participant in Studio Art Quilt Associate Georgia/South Carolina Regional Portraiture Workshop with Esterita Austin in Atlanta, Aug. 25–27. Zielinski's art quilt, "Goodnight, Sweet Prince," is on exhibit with the touring Quilt National Collection at the Oceanside Museum of Art in Oceanside, California, through Nov. 23. Another of her art quilts, "Characters in Search of an Author," is on exhibit at The New Britain Museum in Connecticut from Oct. 4-Jan. 4.

College of Pharmacy

Dr. Ajay K. Banga, professor, was awarded a $969,648 grant for "In-home deactivation systems for psychoactive drugs" from the National Institute of Drug Abuse.

Dr. Annesha W. Lovett, assistant professor, was awarded a $4,395 Mercer University College of Pharmacy Seed Grant for "Heart disease patient access, treatment patterns and adherence in urban and rural settings."

Dr. Maria M. Thurston, clinical assistant professor, was an invited peer reviewer for Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics.

Dr. Kevin S. Murnane, assistant professor, was appointed to the editorial board of CNS and Neurological Disorders - Drug Targets. Dr. Murnane was also appointed to serve as an ad-hoc reviewer for the Journal of Neuroscience Methods and Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry.

Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics

Dr. Jody Blanke, Ernest L. Baskin Jr. Distinguished Professor of Computer Information Systems and Law, served as the invited faculty commenter for one of two award-winning students notes published in the Washington and Lee Law Review this year. Each year, the school holds a Student Notes Colloquium, where the best two notes are acknowledged. The school invites an outside scholar, who has written in or works in the area of law addressed by the student note, to comment on the paper.

Georgia Baptist College of Nursing

Dr. Dare Domico, associate dean for graduate programs, presented "Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis" at a mini-workshop of the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of Orthopedic Nurses on Sept. 6.

James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology

Dr. Nancy L. deClaissé-Walford, Carolyn Ward Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Studies, published an edited work, titled The Shape and Shaping of the Book of Psalms: The Current State of Scholarship, with the Society of Biblical Literature Press.

Dr. David Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics, accepted the an invitation to be keynote speaker at the Vose Conference at Vose Seminary in Perth, Australia, in June 2015. He also accepted invitations to be St. John's Visiting Scholar in Religion at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, in August 2015, and to deliver the Nordenhaug Lectures at International Baptist Theological Seminary in November 2015.

Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes, assistant professor of pastoral care and counseling, had her new book, Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength (Cascade Books), featured in Relevant Magazine's "Nine Social Justice Books to Read This Fall."

Penfield College

Dr. Richard Martin, associate professor of public safety, served as author or co-author for the following scholarly articles: "The impact of federal monitors on consent decrees," Law Enforcement Executive Forum (accepted for publication on Sept. 13); "Selecting the right recruit: Attributes preferred by Illinois and Iowa police chiefs," Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 14 (2) 94-114; "An alternative approach to preservice police basic training: Combining training and education learning outcomes," Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 38 (11), 995-1007; "Technology use in a multi-generational police agency workforce," Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 14 (1), 49-67. Dr. Martin also made a presentation at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, where he was appointed chair of the Program Committee for 2014 and chair of the Hate Crime Section for the 2015 national conference in Orlando. He will organize panel presentations for papers submitted to the Hate Crimes Section. Dr. Martin was also appointed chair of the International Association of Chiefs of Police University and College Police Section Scholarship Committee. He made a presentation to the section membership on the competitive selection process and the 2014 scholarship winners at the annual international meeting in Orlando. Dr. Martin and two colleges made a presentation, titled "Command and Staff College Initiative: An Academic Partnership," at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences national conference in Philadelphia.

Dr. Karen Rowland, associate professor of counseling, and two counselor education and supervision Ph.D. candidates, M. DeLa Sweeney and Myrsane Caze, published the article, "Multicultural Issues in Supervision: Exploring Gender Identity Differences" in Supervision in the SACES newsletter, summer edition. The newsletter is published by the Southern Association of Counselor Education & Supervision.

School of Medicine

Dr. Richard L. Elliott, professor and director of professionalism and medical ethics, recently authored or co-authored the following scholarly articles: "Another kind of 'difficult' patient." EPIC. Georgia College of Emergency Physicians. Spring 2014, 27-28; "You're a student? Thanks, but I want a real doctor." Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia. 2014;103(2):18-9; "When is brain dead not dead enough?" Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia. 2014;103(1):12-3. Dr. Elliott also presented a paper on the ethics of involuntary treatment at the "Mental Health, Civil Rights, and Involuntary Treatment" conference held in Macon in June.

Dr. David Gu, assistant professor of physiology in the Division of Basic Medical Sciences, recently published a peer-reviewed research article, titled "Modulation of BK channel activities by calcium-sensing receptor in rat bronchopulmonary sensory neurons," in Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology. Dr. Zhanna Vysotskaya, postdoctoral researcher, Randal Moss II, master's program student, Carolyn Gilbert, research technician, and Dr. Sabry Gabriel, professor of family medicine, were co-authors on the study.

Dr. Warren S. Hutchings, medical director for Mercer Student Health Center and assistant professor of family medicine, was featured in the GaHIN September 2014: Edition 3 newsletter.

Dr. Edward C. Klatt, professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Biomedical Problems Program Director, co-authored, along with Dr. Vinay Kumar, the fourth edition of the Robbins and Cotran Review of Pathology, one of a textbook series used worldwide in medical education.

Dr. Edward C. Lauterbach, professor emeritus of psychiatry and neurology, was asked to write the forward for the Brazilian clinical neuropsychiatry textbook Neuropsiquiatria Clinica (Rubio Publishers).

Dr. Richard O. McCann, associate professor of biochemistry, published an essay with Dr. Milton J. Cormier, professor emeritus of biochemistry at the University of Georgia, titled "The Amazing Green Fluorescent Protein: Events Leading to the Cloning and Expression of its Gene and Reflections on its Impact" in ASBMB Today, which is the monthly magazine of the America Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, in August. Much of the fundamental research on the biochemistry and biophysics of bioluminescence in marine invertebrates was performed in the laboratory of Dr. Cormier in Athens, where Dr. McCann was a student and research technician, and at the UGA Marine Institute on Sapelo Island. Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) was part of that research, and this remarkable protein has revolutionized the practice of cell biology in the past 20 years, during which time more than 29,000 scientific papers have reported the use of GFP to visualize proteins in living cells from bacteria, plants, fungi, protozoans and animals. Three scientists who pioneered the use of GFP were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2008.

Kim Meeks, library assistant professor and interim director of the Mercer Medical Library, attended the biennial Consortium of Southern Biomedical Libraries (CONBLS) conference at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, April 9-11. Additionally, Meeks was elected as program chair and president-elect for the Georgia Health Sciences Library Association. The organization's annual conference will be held in March 2015 and hosted by the School of Medicine in Macon.

Lenora Rogers, program administrator for the Department of Internal Medicine, presented a workshop on "Root Cause Analysis for Administrators: Moving Beyond Sentinel Events" as part of the 34th Annual Administrators of Internal Medicine Educational Conference, held Sept. 13-14, in Washington, D.C. The AIM conference was held in conjunction with Academic Internal Medicine Week 2014, sponsored by the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine.

Dr. Mike U. Smith, director of AIDS education and research, authored or co-authored the following scholarly articles: "Paul Griffiths and Karola Stotz: Genetics and Philosophy: An introduction." Science and Education, 23(9), 1961-1962; "It's not your grandmother's genetics anymore!" American Biology Teacher, 76(4):224-229; "It's not your grandmother's genetics anymore! (Part 2)." American Biology Teacher, 76(5):306-310; "The role of authority in science and religion with implications for introductory science teaching and learning." Science and Education, 22(3):605-634; and "Relating Science and Religion: An Ontology of Taxonomies and Development of a Research Tool for Identifying Individual Views." Science and Education, 22(10):2679-2707. Dr. Smith also made an invited presentation, titled "The GAENE—Generalized Acceptance of EvolutioN Evaluation:Development of a new measure of evolution acceptance," for the Departmental Colloquium, Mallinson Institute for Science Education, Western Michigan University.

Staff and Administration

Anneliese Newberry, coordinator of alumni programs, joined the Alumni Services staff on Sept. 2. A Macon native, Newberry (CLA '01, summa cum laude) has a degree in psychology from Mercer and was the recipient of the Metzger Award for psychology research as a student. She now oversees programs such as the Mercer alumni chapters, the Mercer Ambassador program and the Alumni Travel program.

Tift College of Education

Dr. Sharon Murphy Augustine,assistant professor and director of graduate studies in Macon, published an article, titled "Living in a Post-Coding World: Analysis as Assemblage," in the July issue of the qualitative research journal Qualitative Inquiry.

Dr. Sherah Betts Carr, associate professor, recently had her commentary, titled "Debunking Three Assessment Myths," published in Education Week. She co-authored the piece along with Anaya Bryson, a Ph.D. candidate in the curriculum and instruction program.

Dr. Ismail S. Gyagenda, associate professor, co-authored, along with Dr. W. Rajab-Gyagenda of Islamic University in Uganda, the book chapter "Examining Ugandan and Malawian language of instruction policies from a linguistic human rights perspective: Past and present challenges and realities" in Giving Space to African Voices: Rights in Local Language and Local Curriculum. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Dr. Ron Knorr, assistant professor, and Dr. Richard Binkney, associate professor, presented results of a research study, titled "Blended Course Delivery System in Graduate Teacher Education Programs: Perceptions of the Graduates," at the 11th Annual Sloan Consortium Blended Learning Conference in Denver, Colorado, on July 9. Dr. Knorr also gave an invited talk on "The School of 2030" to the Coastal Georgia Chapter of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants in Brunswick on Sept. 18.

Dr. Rhonda Moulder, adjunct professor, conducted a workshop alongside Georgia Teacher of the Year Amanda Miliner in Dr. Moulder's curriculum planning course on Sept. 4.

Dr. Karen Weller Swanson, director of the Ph.D. program in curriculum and instruction, served as editor of the new Jossey-Bass publication of New Directions in Teaching and Learning for fall 2014. The following faculty contributed a chapter: Dr. Wallace Daniel, Distinguished University Professor of History and former provost; Dr. Jane West, associate professor of education; Dr. Jeannette Anderson, clinical assistant professor and director of clinical education; Dr. Niamh Tunney, clinical assistant professor; Dr. Caroline Brackette, assistant professor counseling; Peter Otto, retired reference librarian; and Dr. Patricia Kelly, former associate director of the Physician Assistant Program.

Townsend School of Music

Dr. Douglas Hill, professor, performed a trumpet solo with the Riverside United Methodist Church Chancel Choir on Aug. 9 in Macon. Dr. Hill organized and performed on trumpet and flugelhorn with Associate Professor of Music Dr. Monty Cole on saxophone and several School of Music students in the backup band for the Temptations performance on Sept. 28 at The Grand Opera House.

Richard Kosowski, associate professor, performed with Carol Goff, associate professor, in the annual Great American Art Song recital in April.Later in the month, Kosowski was soloist in the Choral Society of Middle Georgia's performance of Haydn's Missa en Tempore Belli "Paukenmesse." In May, he led the Mercer University Children's Choir (MUCC) in performance of its annual end-of-year concert, "Songs for a Spring Day," for which he composed "Pie Jesu (for a friend, lost too soon)." In June, he led the MUCC in performance at Wild Adventures amusement park. Later in June, he recorded a CD of Russian folk music, 21st century settings of "Three Prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer," and 18th and 21st century American choral music as soloist and section leader of Coro Vocati, a semiprofessional chamber chorus led by former Townsend Dean John Dickson. Activities in August included leading MUCC in performance of the national anthem at the Southeast Regional Little League playoffs, performing on the School's Faculty Gala Concert with Goff, and serving as vocal clinician at the first rehearsal of the St. Joseph Catholic Church choirs.

Jack Mitchener, associate professor of organ, University Organist and director of the Townsend-McAfee Institute of Church Music, recently completed a new recording: a CD to be issued on the Raven/Albany label, titled Romantic to Modern: 100 Years of Organ Music in France and Germany (ca. 1840-1940). In late spring, he played the dedicatory service and inaugural recital on a new organ for First Baptist Church in Athens, and gave a workshop and served as organist for the Polyphony Music Conference. He also was a featured clinician for the Fellowship of United Methodist Musicians conference in Columbia, South Carolina. In addition, he gave master classes, lectures and recitals in several venues in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Amy Schwartz Moretti, director of the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, associate professor and Caroline Paul King Chair in Strings, performed as guest artist at the Fayetteville Chamber Music Festival in Texas, May 16-17, the Rome Chamber Music Festival in Italy, June 8-12, ChamberFest Cleveland, June 20-28, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, July 7-18, and the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, July 30- Aug. 3. Moretti performed in the premiere of GroundWorks DanceTheater's choreography of Tan Dun's "Ghost Opera" for String Quartet and Chinese Pipa, with Water, Metal, Stone and Paper at the Cleveland Institute of Music's Kulas Hall, June 28. As a member of the Ehnes Quartet, Moretti contributed Shostakovich quartets Nos. 7&8 that were released in the recording Khatchaturian/Shostakovich by Onyx Classics, March 2014. It was selected "Album of the Week" by London's Sunday Times, June 6. Chandos released Bartok: Chamber Works for Violin Vol. 3, June 24, which includes 44 duos performed by James Ehnes and Moretti.

Christopher Schmitz, associate professor, had his composition, titled "Susurrus," published this past summer by Walrus Music Publishing, a national publisher and distributor of jazz sheet music based in Pismo Beach, California.

University Libraries

Julie Poole, coordinator of center library services and assistant professor in the Division of Library Services, has been appointed chair of the Association of College and Research Libraries Distance Learning Section Research Committee for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Walter F. George School of Law

Charles Adams, adjunct professor, co-authored Brown's Georgia Pleading, Practice, and Legal Forms Annotated, Vol. 7 (Fourth ed., 2014) with Cynthia T. Adams.

Daisy Floyd, dean and University Professor of Law and Ethical Formation, was appointed to the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism. She will serve a three-year term, which began Sept. 1. The role of the committee is to develop policy relevant to professionalism; develop and present professionalism programming; produce work product on professionalism topics, such as books and journals; collaborate with other ABA entities; and serve ABA members in the area of professionalism.

David Hricik, professor, authored "Is Litigation Counsel who Also Engages in Competitive Decision-making Wrong for the Part?," in St. Mary's Journal of Ethics and Malpractice 150 (2014). He had his article "Bringing a World of Light to Technology and Judicial Ethics" accepted for publication in the Regent University Law Review. He was quoted in the Marcia Coyne's article "Alito's Slap at Federal Circuit Provokes Patent Bar" in the National Law Journal (July 2014). Hricik gave the following speeches and presentations: "Negotiation, Money, and Ethics" at the Middle Georgia Annual Bankruptcy Institute (Macon, Georgia, September 2014); "Supreme Court Update" at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting (Amelia Island, Florida, August 2014); "Ethics and Money" at the Oklahoma Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section Annual Meeting (Dallas, June 2014); "Ethical Issues and Biosimilar Practice" at the Fifth Annual Biosimilars Symposium (New York, June 2014); "Lawyers, Ethics, and Money" at the 14th Annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property Law Association Annual Meeting (Denver, May 2014); "Spotting Conflicts in Patent Litigation, Opinions, and Prosecution" at the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association (May, 2014); "Spotting Conflicts in Patent Litigation, Opinions, and Prosecution" at the Georgia State Bar IP SpringPosium (Adairsville, Georgia, April 2014); "Judicial Ethics and Technology" at the Georgia Judicial Probate Judges' CLE (Athens, Georgia, April 2014); and "Spotting Conflicts in Patent Litigation, Opinions, and Prosecution" for the American Intellectual Property Law Association's national webinar (April 2014). He also moderated a panel on legal ethics that included the head of patents at Coca-Cola at the State Bar IP Meeting on Sept. 19.

Mark Jones, professor, authored "Brave New World: Where Angels Fear to Trade" in 65 Mercer Law Review 599 (2014).

Patrick Longan, William Augustus Bootle Chair in Professionalism and Ethics, presented "Issues in Dealing with an Entity Client," Institute for City and County Attorneys, Institute for Continuing Legal Education of Georgia, Athens, Sept. 12, as well as "Update on Ethics and Professionalism," Henry County Bar Association, Oconee, Georgia, Sept. 13.

David Oedel, professor, was interviewed by 13WMAZ regarding comparison of officer-involved killings in Macon and Ferguson, Missouri. He was also interviewed by the local television station regarding the legal ethics issues involved in the Georgia governor's race between Nathan Deal and Jason Carter and the U.S. Senate race between Michelle Nunn and David Perdue.

Dr. David Ritchie, professor of law and philosophy,has been appointed to the position of director of international initiatives. In this new position, he will help increase the visibility of the School's current international programs and offerings as well as implement a plan for growing offerings in this area of law. Additionally, Dr. Ritchie will coordinate with international law faculty to ensure cohesion of the international law curriculum and guidance to students. Part of his role will include increasing opportunities for study abroad, student exchanges with foreign universities, international externships placements and general guidance for current and prospective students interested in practicing international law.

Jack Sammons, professor emeritus, authored a book review, titled "The Virtuous Circle of Justice," of Richard Dawson's Justice as Attunement: Transforming Constitutions in Law, Literature, Economics, and the Rest of Life. Routledge, Abingdon 2014. The review appeared in 11 No Foundations: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Law and Justice, 134 (2014).

Scott Titshaw, associate professor, will present his paper "'Federalism' and Family-Based Immigration for Rainbow Families in the U.S. and the E.U." at the "Rights on the Move" conference Oct. 16-17 at the University of Trento in Italy.