Faculty Scholarship and Research

Faculty Scholarship and Research

Erik Larsen

Erik Larsen

Erik Larsen, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, recently published a paper, “Microbial esterases and ester prodrugs: An unlikely marriage for combating antibiotic resistance” in Drug Development Research. This work was a collaboration with a chemist at Butler University. Drug Development Research publishes research papers and review-type articles covering all area within drug development: from target identification and validation and structure–activity relationship studies, through to post-market clinical reports. Topics covered include medicinal and process chemistry, pharmacology, biotechnology and biopharmaceuticals, toxicology, drug delivery, formulation, pharmacokinetics, clinical trial reviews and post-approval/post-marketing evaluation.

Amarilis Hidalgo de Jesus

Amarilis Hidalgo de Jesus

Amarilis Hidalgo de Jesus, professor of language and cultures, has published the article "Máforas judías en "La herencia" de Janette Becerra y "Gothan" de Marta Aponte Alsina (Jewish Metaphors in the short stories of Janettte Becerra ("La herencia") and Marta Aponte Alsina ("Gothan") in Diane Martin, Eva Paris and Yamile SIlva, Historia y Empoderamiento Femenino (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Editorial del Ministerio de la mujer, 2018) and a book review, Subversion of the American Century: Filipino Literature in Spanish and the Transpacific Transformation of The United States in Chasqui (Revista de Literatura Hispanoamericana, May 2018.)

Her paper "Integrando al estudiante latino en los Programas de Español Universitarios" ("Latino Students Integration in Spanish University Programs) was published in the selected proceedings of the IV International Colloquium of Languages, Cultures, Identity in School and Society (Soria, Spain, July 2018, Marymount University and Loyola Law School, 2018.) She presented the papers “La identidad sexual en Pájaro de mar por tierra de Isaac Chocrón” (Sexual Identity in Isaac Chocrón’s Pájaro de mar por tierra) at the 28th Annual Meeting of the Association of Gender and Sexuality Studies” in Chicago, Illinois”; "Educando al joven caribeño en Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania” at the Annual Caribbean Studies Association Conference in Havana, Cuba, June 2018; “La desmitificación y reconstrucción de la historia en Colombina descubierta de Alicia Freilich (The Desmitification and Reconstruction of History in Alicia Freilich’s Colombina descubierta) in the International Caribbean Studies conference of the Association of Mexican Caribbean Studies, Merida, Mexico, April 2018.)

John Polhill

John Polhill

John Polhill, professor of mathematical and digital sciences, recently published a paper, “Relative and almost linking systems” in Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics. This work was a collaboration with mathematicians from University of Richmond and Sam Houston State University. The Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics publishes papers in which combinatorics and algebra interact in a significant and interesting fashion. This interaction might occur through the study of combinatorial structures using algebraic methods, or the application of combinatorial methods to algebraic problems. The combinatorics might be enumerative, or involve matroids, posets, polytopes, codes, designs, or finite geometries. The algebra could be group theory, representation theory, lattice theory or commutative algebra, to mention just a few possibilities.

Kyle Beyer

Kyle Beyer

Kyle Beyer, assistant professor of exercise science, recently published an article, “Maturity-Related Differences in Systemic Pulmonary and Localized Fatigue Threshold Among Your Male Athletes” in Pediatric Exercise Science (PES). This work was conducted in conjunction with collaborators at the University of Central Florida and the University of Kentucky. PES is devoted to enriching the scientific knowledge of exercise during childhood. Articles focus on children’s unique responses to exercise; the role of exercise in treating chronic pediatric disease; the importance of physical activity in preventing illness and preserving wellness; and methods for making youth sports safer and more enjoyable.

Kristin Austin

Kristin Austin

Kristin Austin, Ed.D., assistant professor, Teaching and Learning, will present at the Higher Education Social Media Conference on “Face the Parents. Book their Enthusiasm: Deploying a Parent Facebook Group.” Parents can be critical influences in healthy college adjustment when engaged appropriately. In this session, Austin will share the top findings of her doctoral research on a closed, private Facebook group for parents of new college students. Participants will also learn how they can maximize the impact of a Facebook group for parents at their school.

Michael Patte

Michael Patte

Michael Patte, Ph.D., professor of teaching and learning and a child life specialist, along with his colleagues Jaipaul Roopnarie, James Johnson, and Suzanne Quinn published three chapters Policy for early childhood education and care: Tools for thinking; International perspectives on early childhood education; and Early Childhood Education in the U.S.A. in the Handbook of International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education published by Routledge in 2018. The Handbook of International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education provides a groundbreaking compilation of research from an interdisciplinary group of distinguished experts in early childhood education (ECE), child development, cultural and cross-cultural research in the psychological sciences, etc.

Kurt Smith

Kurt Smith

Kurt Smith, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, has a new book recently published (by a commercial press), titled Simply Descartes (2018). The book is geared for the general, non-academic reader. Additionally, a short article of his was published in The Journal of Philosophical Economics (2018), vol. 11, No. 2, pp. 29-36. Editors of the journal approached Smith, asking him to contribute his views on Descartes and the notion of animal spirits in light of recent research that has revealed John Maynard Keynes' use of the latter in his now classic work in economics.

Barry Minemyer

Barry Minemyer

Barry Minemyer, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematical and digital sciences, will have a research paper published in an edition of the "London Mathematical Society Lecture Note Series," October 2018. According to Cambridge University, "This volume consists of eleven peer-reviewed papers on some of the most recent developments at the interface of topology and geometric group theory. The authors have given particular attention to clear exposition, making this volume especially useful for graduate students and for mathematicians in other areas interested in gaining a taste of this rich and active field." A wide cross-section of topics in geometric group theory and topology are represented, including Minemyer's paper, "Intrinsic Geometry of a Euclidean Simplex".

Brian C. Johnson

Brian C. Johnson

Brian C. Johnson, Ph.D., instructor of academic enrichment, Frederick Douglass Scholars Fellow, recently had his latest book, “Reel Big Bullies: Teaching to the Problem,” with James Vines published by Brill. Using clips from Hollywood blockbusters like Knocked Up, The Emperor’s New Groove, The Benchwarmers and others, Reel Big Bullies is designed to help students, administrators, teachers and counselors create a safer school environment for all students. It’s also intended to help all students understand the terrible toll bullying can take on its targets, and to encourage students to stand up for their classmates who are being bullied. The book’s framework follows the three themes above and discusses the pertinent legal and policy decisions affecting educational intervention. With the already busy (overwhelmed) teacher in mind, we describe nearly 200 film clips teachers can show in class to promote and spark discussions with students in middle and high schools.

Kathy Kollar-Valovage

Kathy Kollar-Valovage

Kathy Kollar-Valovage, MS, MSIT, CCEP, BU Testing Center coordinator, co-presented an educational session, “Creating Your Ideal Test Center” at the National College Testing Association Annual Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., together with colleagues from Missouri, North Carolina, South Dakota and Texas. Presenters were chosen based on experience with facility renovation and relocation. This past summer the Testing Center was appointed to serve on the NCTA’s test center certification committee. As part of the Professional Services Division of NCTA, this committee focuses on the promotion of professionalism and quality in the administration of testing services and programs. By encouraging self-study and adherence to professional standards, test center certification is designed to assist test centers across the United States and Canada in improving their testing processes and their service to examinees. It takes an institution six months to a year to complete the test center certification process.

Michael Shepard

Michael Shepard, Ph.D., professor and chair, environmental, geographical, and geological sciences, has a new popular piece published on Asteroid 216 Kleopatra based on a journal paper, "A Revised Shape Model of Asteroid (216) Kleopatra," published earlier this year in Icarus, the International Journal of Solar System Studies. "A Better Look At Asteroid 216 Kleopatra" appears in Science Trends, which provides a platform for scientists to share their recently published peer-reviewed research directly with a large and global audience. To date, we’ve helped thousands of scientists from across the world publicize their work on everything from climate change to cancer research.

Greg Zimmerman

Greg Zimmerman

Greg Zimmerman, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, along with chemistry major Daniel Staros, and collaborators Kate McCallum and Hugues Arcis from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, presented a paper “Equations for Calculating Limiting Conductivities and Ion-Pair Association Constants for Aqueous KCl Under Hydrothermal Conditions”, at the 2018 International Conference on Chemical Thermodynamics held at Lake Tahoe, California. This conference brought together world-wide experts in a wide range of fields centered around thermodynamics, such as Aqueous Solutions at High Temperatures and Pressures; Thermal Physics of Condensed Matter and Materials; Biopharmaceuticals and Drug Discovery; Nanotechnology; and Thermal Analysis of Phase Transitions of Materials for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells.

John Grandzol

John Grandzol

John Grandzol, professor of management, recently earned the American Society for Quality’s certification as Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence. This professional certification recognizes Grandzol’s expertise across multiple managerial functions including leadership, strategic plan development and deployment, management methods, quality management tools, customer-focused organization, supply chain management, and training and development. His “senior fellow” standing in ASQ confirms over 25 years of membership and service as well as his contributions as ISO certification participant, state quality award examiner, and quality-related researcher and teacher.

M. Safa Saraçoğlu

M. Safa Saraçoğlu

M. Safa Saraçoğlu, professor of history, recently published ’s book Ninteenth-Century Local Governance in Ottoman Bulgaria: Politics in Provincial Councils was published by Edinburgh University Press. The book’s cover features an artwork by Sue O’Donnell, associate professor of graphic design, who kindly designed the book cover. The book launched Edinburgh Studies on the Ottoman Empire. Saraçoğlu wrote a blog entry that appeared on the EUP site to explain the motivation behind the volume.

Denise Davidson

Denise Davidson

Denise L. Davidson, Ph.D., assistant professor of teaching and learning, department of teaching and learning, was invited to assist with the development of a cross-functional team framework for college and university behavioral intervention/threat assessment teams. In recent years, concerns have increased for students engaging in high risk behaviors where strategically coordinated and collaborative efforts may be useful. A growing body of literature and practice suggests that cross-functional teams may best address complex, emerging, evolving, and ongoing issues or topics. Part of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, the resulting framework will be available to colleges and universities across the country.

Lam Nguyen

Lam Nguyen

Lam Nguyen, Ph.D., professor of management and international business, and Loan Pham, adjunct professor of marketing and professional sales, together with Natalia Ermasova of Governors State University, have their coauthored paper, “Leadership and Stress Orientation of Japanese and Russian Working Adults,” published in the Global Business Review, Vol 19, No. 4. Published by SAGE and indexed/abstracted in the Australian Business Dean Council and in SCOPUS, Global Business Review is designed to be a forum for the wider dissemination of current management and business practice and research drawn from around the globe but with an emphasis on Asian and Indian perspectives.

Stephen Clickard

Stephen Clickard

Stephen Clickard, professor of music, chair of the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance and director of the Center for Visual and Performing Arts, had his jazz settings of six traditional Christmas carols published by eJazzLines Publications. "Noël Nouvelet," "Here We Come A-Wassailing," "Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanue," "Angels We Have Heard On High,” "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen,” “It Came Upon The Midnight Clear” and The Holly and the Ivy" are also featured prominently on the soon to be released recording by the Clickard Consortium on its album, “Noël Nouvelet.” eJazzLines provides the largest and the best selection of jazz arrangements available anywhere. From combo charts to jazz studio orchestra arrangements, vocals and instrumentals, difficulty levels of easy to the most professional, classics from the dixieland and swing eras to jazz arrangements of today's pop hits, and countless great originals.

Chris Podeschi

Chris Podeschi

Chris Podeschi, associate professor of sociology, is the primary author of the research paper “Unconventional Boomtowns: On the Social and Individual Impacts of Natural Gas Extraction from the Marcellus Shale” recently accepted for publication in Coordinating Research on the Social Impacts of Energy Development: Synthesis across the Social Sciences as a refereed book chapter. The paper is based on research done with a grant provided by Geisinger Health System. Co-authors include Heather Feldhaus, professor of sociology; John Hintz, professor of environmental issues and politics, Ethan Minier '14, as well as Dr. Lisa Bailey-Davis and Jacob Mowery, both of Geisinger.

Michael Borland

Michael Borland

Michael Borland, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was among a select few to receive a SOT Faculty Grant to boost undergraduate toxicology research. Borland will use the funds to support the junior-year research project of Taylor Runkle, who has career aspirations related to biomedical science, as part of a collaborator two-semester Honors Research Project with Ellen Kehres, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry. Specifically, the funds will aid in the purchase of cell culture supplies, ligands, and luminescent assays to reactive oxygen species. Runkle will be conducting cell proliferation and clonal expansion studies, gene expression analyses, and examine receptor- and ligand-dependent changes in response to ultraviolet radiation as a source of reactive oxygen species. This is a component of the study of a previously characterized isosteric selenium derivative of the PPRβ/δ agonist GW501516 and its effects on cell growth, transcriptional regulation, and oxidative stress in human malignant melanoma.

Julie Vandivere

Julie Vandivere

Julie Vandivere, Ph.D., professor of English and director of the Honors Program, had her essay, "Defining Life in Essays and Reports: Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown” and the "Government Reports on Infant Human Mortality" selected for publication in the Selected Papers of the 26th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf (University of Liverpool Press, 2018). This year's international conference investigated how Virginia Woolf engaged with heritage, and how she understood and represented it. One strand took a look at her experience of the heritage industry, for example: libraries, museums, art galleries, authors' houses, artists' houses, stately homes, London's heritage sites, and tourist sites in Britain and abroad. Alternatively, the topic encompasses Woolf's constructions of heritage, including literary heritage, intellectual heritage, family histories, the history of women and the history of lesbians. The conference also considered ways in which Woolf has been represented and even appropriated by the heritage industry, for example in virtual and physical exhibitions; libraries, archives and collections; plaques, memorials, and statues; and at National Trust or other properties such as Monk's House and Knole.

Andrew Blair Staley

Blair Staley

Andrew Blair Staley, CPA, MST, professor of accounting, passed a six-part exam to become an AccessData Certified Examiner. The training leading to certification educates forensic professionals in new technology used in fraud investigations. Staley has taught in the Department of Accounting's pioneering fraud investigation program since its inception in 2003.

For individuals who are proficient with Forensic Toolkit technology and are familiar with Forensics Toolkit (FTK), Password Recovery Toolkit (PRTK), FTK Imager, and Registry Viewer. ACE candidates will benefit from having the AccessData BootCamp and Windows Forensics - XP courses as a foundation. The ACE certification consists of an online exam with both knowledge-based and practical-based components.

Matthew Polinski

Matthew Polinski

Matthew Polinski, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, recently had his research published in Inorganic Chemistry. The communication, “[Ag2M(Te2O5)2]SO4 (M = CeIV or ThIV): A New Purely Inorganic d/f-Heterometallic Cationic Material” included recent chemistry graduate Todd Poe as first author. This work was a collaboration with scientists from Florida State and Creighton University.

Inorganic Chemistry publishes fundamental studies in all phases of inorganic chemistry. Coverage includes experimental and theoretical reports on quantitative studies of structure and thermodynamics, kinetics, mechanisms of inorganic reactions, bioinorganic chemistry, and relevant aspects of organometallic chemistry, solid-state phenomena, and chemical bonding theory. Emphasis is placed on the synthesis, structure, thermodynamics, reactivity, spectroscopy, and bonding properties of significant new and known compounds.

Kristie Byrum

Kristie Byrum

Kristie Byrum, Ph.D, APR, an assistant professor of public relations, recently returned from the World Public Relations Forum in Oslo, Norway, where she presented, “A New Taxonomy for Strategic Communication Integration: A Model for Incorporating Public Relations Curriculum into Graduate Degree Programs." This presentation represents the second time that Byrum has been appointed to present work during the research stream at the biennial World Public Relations Forum. In 2016, she presented scholarship on public relations ethics at the global conference in Toronto, resulting in published paper in Public Relations Review.

Mindy Suzanne Andino

Mindy Suzanne Andino

Mindy Suzanne Andino, Ed.D., assistant professor of teaching and learning, along with Kristin Austin, Frederick Douglass Teaching Scholar, and Tiffany Long, BU ’18, presented “Putting the SUPER in Supervisor: How to Supervise Graduate Assistants” at the National ACPA: College Student Educators International Conference in Houston, Texas in March. Melissa Benfer BU ’19 and Tiffany Long BU’ 18 were selected as recipients of an ACPA grant. Kristin Austin, Frederick Douglass Teaching Scholar Fellow, along with Dr. Mindy Andino, in the Department of Teaching and Learning, presented her dissertation research titled “Parents as Partners, not Pesters: Understanding Parental Role in New Student Success” at the National ACPA: College Student Educators International Conference in Houston, Texas in early March.

Mary Nicholson

Mary Nicholson

Mary Nicholson, Ph.D., professor of instructional technology, and Mindi Miller, Ph.D., RN, professor of nursing, completed an intensive three-week course from Quality Matters (QM) titled “Applying the QM Rubric Face-to-Face Facilitator Certification (AFFC).” They are now certified to offer the QM course “Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR)” on campus. Currently, 91 BU faculty have finished the online APPQMR workshop that provides quality assurance guidelines for improving distance education course organization and design. Nearly BU faculty have finished the online APPQMR workshop that provides quality assurance guidelines for improving distance education course organization and design. Faculty members at BU who would like to complete the APPQMR course will now have the option of either taking the course online or at our Bloomsburg campus. The goal of QM, a non-profit quality assurance organization, is to provide a mechanism for reviewing and improving online learning structures.

Mindi Miller

Mindi Miller

Mindi Miller, Ph.D., RN, professor of nursing, and Mary Nicholson, Ph.D., professor of instructional technology, completed an intensive three-week course from Quality Matters (QM) titled “Applying the QM Rubric Face-to-Face Facilitator Certification (AFFC).” They are now certified to offer the QM course “Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR)” at our Bloomsburg campus. Currently, 91 BU faculty have finished the online APPQMR workshop that provides quality assurance guidelines for improving distance education course organization and design. Faculty members at BU who would like to complete the APPQMR course will now have the option of either taking the course online or at our Bloomsburg campus. The goal of QM, a non-profit quality assurance organization, is to provide a mechanism for reviewing and improving online learning structures.

Anne Dyer Stuart

Anne Dyer Stuart

Anne Dyer Stuart MFA, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, recently published poems in the national literary journals, Louisiana Literature, Raleigh Review, and The Texas Review. She was also invited to write about teaching young adult literature to future teachers on The Worrisome Words blog. The Worrisome Words, produced by Jen Harrison of East Stroudsburg University, publishes pieces on all areas of children’s literature and YA literature scholarship. Finally, she was invited to transition from the Impost editorial board to Reviews Editor. Impost: A Journal of Creative and Critical Work is a peer-reviewed journal published by the English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities.

Joseph L. Andreacci

Joseph L. Andreacci

Joseph L. Andreacci, and Jennifer Venditti, associate professor of Biological and Allied Health Sciences, along with former students Emily Cumberledge, MS ’17 and Cassandra Myers, MS ’15 are authors on the manuscript entitled, “The Effect of the Menstrual Cycle on Body Composition Determined by Contact-Electrode Bioelectrical Impedance Analyzers,” which appears in the March 2018 issue of the International Journal of Exercise Science. The primary aim of the International Journal of Exercise Science is to engage undergraduate and graduate students in scholarly activity as authors and reviewers as they develop into professionals. In accordance with this aim, on manuscript submissions it is mandatory that at least one author be a student that has played a prominent role in the overall study.

Michael Ruffini

Michael Ruffini

Michael Ruffini, Ed.D., professor of educational technology, presented a poster/presentation "Creating POWTOON’s for Your Classroom” at The Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C), a statewide event that provides quality programs focused on technology hardware, software and integration strategies in education. The conference was held from Feb. 11 to Feb. 14 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. The Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C) is a statewide event that provides quality programs focused on technology in the educational field. Each year, hundreds of exhibitors showcase their latest technology products and services to the vast audience of teachers, administrators, technology directors, school board members and more.

Dina Clark

Dina Clark

Dina Clark, Ph.D., assistant professor of accounting, has an article accepted for publication in the International Journal of Public Administration entitled “Russian Public Sector Employees’ Reasoning of Ethical Behavior: An Empirical Study.” IJPA is an international, research-driven, and peer-reviewed publication aimed at exploring the latest developments in public administration, public policy, and management — translating theory for practice and practice into theory. Its aim is to be truly global in scope, covering developed, emerging and transitional states and all areas of public activity. IJPA welcomes both individual country-based and especially comparative work. Its target audience is not just scholars but also policy-makers and practitioners, including aspiring public sector leaders engaged in education and research in the growing global MPA community.

Sue O'Donnell

Sue O'Donnell

Sue O'Donnell, MFA, associate professor of art and art history, presented at the annual SECAC Conference in October 2017, hosted at the Columbus College of Art & Design. This year's conference, entitled Microscopes & Megaphones, brought together educators, scholars, administrators, and independent artists from around the country to exchange ideas and concerns relevant to the practice and study of art. Her paper "Finding Your Narrative (and Making it Stick)" was selected for the panel "Tell Me a Story: Tapping the Power of Narrative in Graphic Design". Her research referenced a NY Times bestselling book called "Made to Stick" written by Chip and Dan Heath.

Jennifer Haney

Jennifer Haney

Jennifer Haney, Ph.D., assistant professor in EGGS, had an article published in the Journal of Geography entitled “A Geographic Approach for Teaching about Terrorism” (Volume 116, Issue 6, 2017). The article was based on Haney’s experiences in teaching a new course she developed, Geography of Terrorism. As part of the course, students travelled to the 9/11 museum in New York City. Their experience there was captured by a photograph that became the cover for that issue of the journal. The photograph was taken by Cheryl Smith, secretary of the EGGS department, who was one of the trip chaperones.

James Vines

James Vines

James Vines, Ph.D. faculty advisor, and Melissa Cheese, Ed.D., assistant professor of reading, co-authored a paper entitled “The Importance of Support Networks for At-Promise Students.” The paper was accepted for publication in the November 2017 issue of the Journal of Research Initiatives. The Journal of Research Initiatives (JRI) is a peer-reviewed and methodologically diverse open access journal, publishing articles on higher education research and best practices. The journal covers a broad range of educational issues including social justice, economic equality, academic achievement, intellectual best practices, and cultural empathy. At-promise students enter colleges and universities with various challenges including being academically underprepared and lacking essential critical thinking skills to be successful. The article explores the role of an educational opportunity program and its efforts to support student success.

Carolyn LaMacchia

Carolyn LaMacchia

Carolyn LaMacchia, assistant professor of information and technology management, and Loren F. Selznick, assistant professor of business law, authored the interdisciplinary article "Cybersecurity Liability: How Technically Savvy Can We Expect Small Business Owners To Be?". The article has been accepted for publication in the Spring 2018 issue of the Journal of Business & Technology Law, published by the University of Maryland. This research addresses the growing potential liability to small businesses for data security breaches and suggests legal protections for small business who have neither the financial resources nor the technical expertise to battle cybercriminals.

Loren Selznick

Loren Selznick

Loren F. Selznick, assistant professor of business law, and Carolyn LaMacchia, assistant professor of information and technology management, authored the interdisciplinary article "Cybersecurity Liability: How Technically Savvy Can We Expect Small Business Owners To Be?". The article has been accepted for publication in the Spring 2018 issue of the Journal of Business & Technology Law, published by the University of Maryland. This research addresses the growing potential liability to small businesses for data security breaches and suggests legal protections for small business who have neither the financial resources nor the technical expertise to battle cybercriminals.

Ellen Kehres

Ellen Kehres

Ellen Kehres, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, along with Michael Borland, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry published a collaborative research article in the October 2017 issue of Toxicological Sciences. The paper, “PPARβ/δ and PPARγ Inhibit Melanoma Tumorigenicity by Modulating Inflammation and Apoptosis” included four Bloomsburg University undergraduate student co-authors and was also chosen as an Editor’s Highlight for that issue.

Jesús Salas-Elorza

Jesús Salas-Elorza

Jesús Salas-Elorza, professor of Spanish of the Department of Languages and Cultures. Translation of the collection of poems title Mall by the Venezuelan poet Julieta León in collaboration with River Poets of the town of Bloomsburg was published in its second translated edition, April 2017, by Adoro Leer at Create Space. Born in 1949 in Caracas, Venezuela. Graduate in Philosophy and in Letters, by the Central University of Venezuela. León studied music and piano, for many years, in the academy Juan Manuel Olivares; made sculpture and worked ceramics in the Fire Arts Workshop. Specialist in Group Dynamics, graduated from the postgraduate Humanities of the School of Psychology of the Central University of Venezuela.

Ferda Asya

Ferda Asya

Ferda Asya, Ph.D., professor of English, presented a paper, titled “From Wharton to White: Paris in Focus and Flux in Expatriate Writing,” at the American Literature Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, on 28 May 2017. The American Literature Association is committed to exploring the richness and diversity of American writing and welcomes all forms of scholarship. It is not limited to any specific critical methodology or dogma. The primary purpose of the American Literature Association is the advancement of humanistic learning by encouraging the study of American authors and their works. The American Literature Association shall actively encourage fellowship and scholarly interaction among persons interested in American authors, their art, their ideas, and their times.

Debbie Stayer

Debbie Stayer

Debbie Stayer, Ph.D., RN-BC, CCRN-K, assistant professor of nursing, and Joan S. Lockhart Ph.D., RN, CORLN, AOCN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN, Professor Duquesne University, authors of Living with Dying in the Pediatric ICU:A Nursing Perspective published in the American Journal of Critcal Care (July 2016) were awarded the 2017 APEX Grand Award for Writing, top-level recognition reserved for the most outstanding entries. APEX Awards for Publication Excellence, is an annual competition for publishers, editors, writers and designers who create print, Web, electronic and social media materials. This year, only 100 of more than 1,400 entries received APEX Grand Awards. Their research provides insight into the complex issues of caring for dying children and the children’s families from the perspective of nurses in pediatric intensive care units. APEX judges noted that the article offers “a thoughtful, thorough and well-written discussion of the challenges faced by pediatric nurses who care for children with life-threatening illnesses” and called it “an impressive analysis with a lot of useful advice for practitioners.”

Conrad Quintyn

Conrad Quintyn

Conrad Quintyn, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology has published two articles. The first is a coauthored article titled: An assessment of postcranial indices, ratios, and body mass versus eco-geographical variables of prehistoric Jomon, Yayoi agriculturalists, and Kumejima Islanders of Japan. American Journal Human Biology 2017;00:e23015. This research, partially supported by the College of Liberal Arts Research and Disciplinary Grants, has implications for understanding patterns of long bone variation in prehistoric East Asians and Native North and South Americans. The second article is titled: Religion and Science: The reality of compatibility and illusion of conflict. Sociology and Anthropology 2016, 4(4): 249-256.

Christina Francis

Christina Francis

Christina Francis, Ph.D., associate professor of English, presented a paper entitled, “If You Weren’t Such a Clotpole … : A Look at Merthur (BBC's Merlin) Fanfiction” at the International Arthurian Congress, July 23-29, in Wurzburg, Germany. The International Arthurian Congress occurs every three years in a different location, bringing together scholars from all corners of the globe who study and teach Arthurian literature. Her paper examined the value of Arthurian fan fiction as Arthurian texts in their own right and the role of fan fiction in Arthurian medievalism.

David Magolis

David Magolis

David Magolis, Ph.D., associate professor of mass communications, was recently selected as the Outstanding Volunteer for the National Association of Media Literacy Education. This award is given every two years. The Outstanding Volunteer Award, "is specifically in recognition of a non-Board member volunteering a substantial amount of time in service of a specific NAMLE project or initiative. This award is given to a volunteer who has devoted many hours to their volunteer task(s) over a period of three or more months." Magolis presented and moderated two sessions at the conference on June 26-28 in Chicago.

Swapan Mookerjee

Swapan Mookerjee

Swapan Mookerjee, Ph.D., professor of exercise science, is a co-author of a research paper published in Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology (June 2017). This work is based on his collaborative work with colleagues at the Institute of Physiology & Anatomy, as well the Institute of Movement & Neuroscience, German Sport University, Cologne, Germany. According to Mookerjee, these investigations will enhance our understanding of the physiological modeling of cardiorespiratory responses following high intensity resistance exercise.

Rebecca Toothaker

Rebecca Toothaker

Rebecca Toothaker, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor of nursing, was able to present her research “The Impact of Clickers on Nursing Education: Millennial’s Perspective ” at the Elsevier Nursing Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada in March 2017. This poster presentation disseminated research findings from her grant to explore the millennial’s perception of clicker technology as an active strategy in a nursing classroom. In addition, she published a manuscript stemming from her dissertation in the Journal of Professional Nursing entitled “A Phenomenological Study of Millennial Students and Traditional Pedagogies.” She was also able to present at the Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners (PASNAP) annual education conference in March 2017. The title of the conference was: “Light the Way: Brighten a Student’s Tomorrow” The title of her accepted paper was “Clinical skills in the School Setting: You want me to do what?” The three hour podium presentation aimed to enhance the school nurses’ understanding of skills, adapt current techniques for nursing procedures, and provided a working knowledge of evidenced based practices for the school nurse.

Sharlene Gilman

Sharlene Gilman

Sharlene Gilman, Ph.D., assistant professor of writing in the Department of Academic Enrichment, had an article accepted for publication in the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy. The article, "Sacred Shock: Student Actors on Anti-bullying Improvisation and Impact of Self-rehearsal" is a study of adolescent actors from Selinsgrove High School's Tolerance Troupe. The article focuses on how actors and troupe alumni see using dramatic arts to affect peer audiences and the ways in which taking multiple positions in the theatrical and real dynamic of bully, bystander, and target author their world-view and themselves.

Cassandra Sachar

Cassandra Sachar

Cassandra O’Sullivan Sachar, Ed.D., assistant professor of writing, recently published several articles: “How to Shrink Your Course” in The Chronicle of Higher Education (September 2016), “6 Tips for Supercharging Your Learning Stations” in Edutopia (October 2016), “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: How Teacher Modeling Improves Student Writing” in Teachers.Net Gazette (October- November 2016), “Five Quick Tips to Motivate Reluctant Writers” in the NADE English SPIN Newsletter (November 2016), “Bridging Students’ Cultural Understanding: Teaching World Literature” in Modern English Teacher (January 2017), and “Reflection on My First Year as a Professor: How I Cultivated a Rewarding Experience” in Women in Higher Education (February 2017).

Kai Kuang

Kai Kuang

Kai Kuang, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication studies, recently recent the Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award at the annual National Communication Association's Annual Convention. The Dissertation Awards program was created in 1970 to recognize new scholars who have recently completed their dissertation. The first awards were given in 1971. The Miller Award is presented to most outstanding dissertations completed in the field. Up to three awards may be given in any year. Kuang also received the Top Paper Award from the Health Communication Division at the Convention this year.

Faith Warner

Faith Warner

Faith Warner, Ph.D., professor of Anthropology, has been selected to serve a three year term on the U.S. Student Fulbright National Screening Committee for study in Mexico through the Institute of International Education (IIE), by invitation of the Institute’s Board of Trustees and CEO, Allan Goodman. Warner is a 1995 Fulbright awardee, having previously received a Fulbright Garcia-Robles award to conduct ethnographic research with Guatemalan Maya peoples in refugee camps in Mexico and she is a long-standing member of the Fulbright Organization. She also serves the IIE as an advisor for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program and she is Representative of the East of the national executive council of Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honor Society in Anthropology.

Deb Sanders

Debra Sanders

Deb Sanders, Ph.D., RN, GCNS-BC, FNGNA, assistant professor of nursing and Susan Beck, MSN, RN, assistant professor of nursing, presented at the national ATI Nursing Education Summit, Nashville, TN. Their poster presentation, “ Therapeutic Communication Vignettes: Innovative Teaching Strategy to Engage Senior Level Nursing Students”, demonstrated teaching innovation in the Adult Health 2 senior level nursing course, in which simulated case scenarios and group process is used to enhance the students communication and interaction techniques. The ATI (Assessment Technology Institute) Summit is attended by nurse educators across the United States to expand and excel in nursing education through the use of integrated nursing education learning systems.