February Faculty and Staff Notables


College of Continuing and Professional Studies

Dr. Linda Foster, assistant professor of counseling, published an article, titled “A Best Kept Secret: Single-Subject Research Design in Counseling” in the journal Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation in December. She also published a chapter, titled “Clinic Directorship:  A multifaceted role” in Developing and Maintaining Counselor Education Laboratories (2nd edition, 2010) edited by Keith Mobley and Jane Myers, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.  Available at:  http://www.acesonline.net/free-ebook-developing-and-maintaining-counselor-education-laboratories/

Dr. Kenyon Knapp, associate professor of counseling and assistant dean for graduate programs, served as a faculty sponsor/mentor for three students in the Master of Science in school counseling program for a poster presentation. The students, Christina Harwood, April Brown and Helen Chatmon, presented a poster on the “Bully Buster Campaign” at the Georgia School Counseling Association Annual Conference on Nov. 4 in Athens. 

Dr. Michael Roty, assistant professor of mathematics, presented a lecture, titled “Math Phobia,” to faculty and tutors of the Learning and Tutoring Center at Georgia Perimeter College on Jan. 7.

Dr. Zipangani Vokhiwa, assistant professor of science, attended a Council for Undergraduate Research Institute: “Beginning a Research Program in the Natural Sciences at a Predominantly Undergraduate Institution” Nov. 19-21 at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. The main objective of the Institute was to discuss ways and means of introducing research in undergraduate class offerings to stimulate critical thinking in students’ learning processes and encourage an atmosphere of “Learning Through Research.” Dr. Vokhiwa was invited once again to serve as a member of the IUCN SSC ISSG for the period 2010-2012. The Species Survival Commission is the largest of the six volunteer commissions of IUCN -The World Conservation Union. The combined skills and insights represented by SSC’s broad membership of scientists, field biologists and other professionals uniquely position the SSC to identify and promote actions necessary to stem the loss of the world’s biological diversity. Dr. Vokhiwa, was invited to serve again as a judge at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) which will be held in Los Angeles, Calif., May 8-13. Intel ISEF contributes significantly to fostering scientific and engineering literacy in high school students. For the Intel ISEF 2011, more than 1,000 experts in life sciences, physical sciences and engineering will be required to ensure the most accurate judging results for the estimated 1,600 finalists expected to compete at the event.

Dr. Sabrina Walthall, assistant professor of science, has been selected to participate in the 2011 ASM/JGI Bioinformatics Institute: Incorporating Bioinformatics Research in Undergraduate Education, March 9-12, at the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) headquarters office in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Art Williams, professor and chair of the Department of Counseling and Human Sciences, participated in a training exercise for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transport Authority Police Department at the MARTA Police Headquarters in Atlanta.  MARTA police officers who desire to be promoted to the rank of Sergeant attended a ten day training exercise in November conducted by university professors and law enforcement professionals. The officers were trained and tested during an exhaustive two-week review of their capabilities. Assisting Dr. Williams were two students in the counselor education and supervision doctoral program, Nadia Glover and Yvette Gates

College of Liberal Arts

Dr. Paul Lewis, associate professor of Christianity and director of senior capstone, attended the recent annual meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics in New Orleans, La., where he led a discussion on relationships between church and academy for the Church and Academy Interest Group.

Dr. Brian Rood, associate professor of interdisciplinary studies and director of environmental studies and policy, has been invited by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to join the Rivers Alive Board.

Dr. Monika Sawhney, assistant professor of global health, had her abstract, titled “Health systems efficiency and child health status: challenges in achieving Millennium Development Goals,” presented by one of her co-authors at the Sixth International Health Care Systems Conference held at Zirve University in Gaziantep, Turkey, Oct. 20-22.

Dr. Yosálida C. Rivero-Zaritzky, assistant professor of Spanish, presented a paper, titled “Luces y sombras, relaciones duales en El Sur de Adelaida García Morales y su versión cinematográfica por Víctor Erice,” as a panelist in the session, “Women Writers of Spain and Latin America,” at the Southern Atlantic Modern Languages Association’s 82nd Annual Convention with Special Focus in The Interplay of Text and Image, on Nov. 7 in Atlanta. At the same conference she served as chair of the session, “Film Adaptation of Contemporary Literary Works. Hispanic Contemporary Literature.” She also served as expert consultant for Judith Caballero’s dissertation, titled “De las bambalinas al tablado: La presencia de la madre en el teatro del Siglo de Oro español,” defended on Dec. 10 at the University of Arizona.

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Dr. Ajay K. Banga, professor, was awarded a grant of $60,000 for “Formulation development, skin irritation, and efficacy characterization of cosmeceuticals” from Skin Medica Inc.

Dr. Nicole L. Metzger, clinical assistant professor, was quoted in the article, “Pharmacy job market changing: competition for prime spots increasing,” in American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Intersections Magazine, online on Dec. 26.

Dr. Kathryn M. Momary, assistant professor, was awarded a grant of $10,000 for “Contribution of CYP2C19 genotype and smoking status on clopidogrel responsiveness” from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy New Pharmacy Faculty Research Awards Program. Momary and Dr. Michael W. Jann, professor, were also awarded a grant of $7,500 for “Pharmacokinetic drug-drug interaction study of venlafaxine XC (Effexor-XR) /indinvair and desvenlafaxine XR (Pristiq) / indinavir in healthy volunteers genetic testing for P-Glycoprotein (P-gp) polymorphisms,” from Pfizer.

Dr. Nader H. Moniri, assistant professor, co-authored “Dynamin2- and endothelial nitric oxide synthase-regulated invasion of bladder epithelial cells by uropathogenic Escherichia coli,” in the Journal of Cell Biology 2011; 192(1):101-10. Moniri was also appointed to the editorial board of the World Journal of Pharmacology.

Dr. Diane N. Nykamp, professor, and Dr. Susan W. Miller, professor, published “Pharmacy student and preceptor perceptions for the first advanced pharmacy practice experience” in Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning 2011; (3) 1:9-16.

Dr. Michell B. Redding, clinical assistant professor, Dr. Amanda L. McCall, community pharmacy resident, and Dr. Mina A. Yun, community pharmacy resident, published “Understanding medication therapy management services” in The Georgia Pharmacy Journal  2010; (32)12:21-28.

Dr. Angela O. Shogbon, clinical assistant professor, published “Management of pulmonary arterial hypertension” in The Georgia Pharmacy Journal 2011; (33) 1:21-28.

Dr. Chalet Tan, assistant professor, was appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Pharmaceutical Investigation.

School of Engineering

Dr. Wade H. Shaw, dean and Kaolin Chair of Engineering, has been named to the editorial board of the newly formed IEEE Technology News, which draws from the IEEE’s digital library, one of the largest archives of technical literature in engineering and technology. It includes nearly 3 million articles and 200,000 new articles are added annually.

Tift College of Education

Dr. Robert Ceglie, assistant professor of education, presented a paper, titled “Religion as a Support Factor for Women of Color Pursuing Science Degrees,” at the Association for Science Teacher Educators Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minn., on Jan. 21.

Dr. Jacquelyn Culpepper, associate professor, gave a presentation, titled “From the Traditional Classroom to Online Teaching,” at the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Education Conference on Oct. 29 in Nashville, Tenn.  She and Dr. William Lacefield, professor, also gave a presentation, titled “Electronic Portfolios in Teacher Education Programs:  Providing Evidence of Transformation,” at the same conference.

Dr. William Lacefield, professor of mathematics education, attended the winter conference of the United Kingdom’s National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics, held Nov. 30–Dec. 1 in Sheffield, England. Lacefield also presented “Building Confidence and Competence in Mathematics through Children’s Literature” at the DeKalb County School System’s Title I Mathematics Summit, held Jan. 22 at Miller Grove High School in Lithonia.

Dr. Dana H. Lilly, professor of education, Dr. Elizabeth Lilly, associate professor of education, and Dr. Karen Davis, associate professor of education, made a presentation, titled “Come Read with Georgia” at the Georgia Reading Association’s 31st Annual State Reading Conference 2011 on Jan. 24 in Atlanta.

Dr. Jane Metty, assistant professor of education, served as a judge for the Georgia Honors Program for Henry County applicants in Locust Grove on Nov. 4 and served as a judge for the Rockdale County Regional Science Fair (Middle and High School Science) in Rockdale on Jan. 28. Metty will also serve as a judge for the Henry County Regional Science Fair (Middle and High School Science) in Locust Grove on Feb. 3-4.

Townsend School of Music

Amy Schwartz Moretti, associate professor and director of the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, was violin soloist and conductor in a performance of “Winter” from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” with the Center String Orchestra at Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s Inaugural Prayer Service held at First Baptist Church of Gainesville on Jan. 16.

Dr. Robert Parris, Charles B. Thompson Professor of Organ and university organist, gave the premiere performance of his “Sonata II for Organ” on Sept. 14 at Davidson College Presbyterian Church on the campus of Davidson College.  Composed in June  2010, the 14-minute work has received several subsequent performances.  The choir of Christ Church, Macon (Episcopal) gave the first performance of Dr. Parris’s anthem “When the Lord Restored the Fortunes of Zion on All Saints” on Nov. 7 and also the first performance of his anthem, “Hodie, Christus Natus Est,” on Dec. 24. Both anthems were composed during September and October 2010.

University Libraries

Liya Deng, assistant professor and government information librarian, and Stan Trembach, assistant professor and instructional services librarian, were granted the Express Outreach Project Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine in January. The project will entail promoting electronic government health resources to the personnel of community health centers and public libraries in Georgia and will run through April 30.

Print Article