Faculty and Staff Notables  

College of Continuing and Professional Studies


Dr. Hani Khoury, associate professor of mathematics and chair of the Department of Mathematics, Science and Information Systems, had a paper, titled “Citizenship and Mathematics: The Importance of Dialogue in Mathematics Teaching and Learning,” selected for presentation at the 20th Annual International Conference on College Teaching and Learning in April. The paper, chosen as one of the best of the conference, is one of a small number of accepted selected for publication in the conference's "Selected Papers." It addresses the importance of discussion in mathematics and science education as related to culture and citizenship in the United States and internationally.  The paper asks the following questions: How can people develop a genuine understanding of citizenship through the exploration of mathematics and science? What is the formative responsibility of higher education in helping communities develop perspectives that will encourage the reinvention or rejuvenation of traditions that recognize the importance of mathematical and scientific proficiency? What is it that democratic societies may risk when the roles of evidence and dialogue/intellectual leadership vanish from the spheres of public debate and popular culture? And, how can mathematics and science help us develop and maintain a genuine understanding of democratic thinking, informed citizenship and the importance of mathematics and science education in a competitive, scientific and global world? 


Dr. Laurie Lankin, associate professor of counseling and human sciences, will present a workshop at the Southeastern Conference on Cross-Cultural Issues in Counseling and Education in February in Savannah. The workshop, titled "One Person, Multi-ethnic Identities," will focus on the complicated identities developed by people of multiple racial and ethnic backgrounds.


Dr. Karen D. Rowland, assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Sciences, served as a panelist for the discussion, "Challenges and Shifts within Black America: Health (Mental and Physical) Care, Education, Government, Criminal Justice, Economics, and The Church" at the InterVarsity National Black Student Leadership Advancement Conference in Atlanta, Dec. 28, 2008 to Jan. 1, 2009.


College of Liberal Arts


Dr. Robert Allen and Dr. Laurie White, professors of computer science, have been coordinating efforts with Bibb County to provide "Java programming expertise" to selected teachers in the Bibb County Public Schools. On Dec. 3, they hosted their first "Java Workshop" in which they spent an entire day educating the teachers about Java and the course guidelines.


Dr. Chris Grant, associate professor of political science, had an active schedule in November. On election night, he teamed with Dr. Gregory Domin, assistant professor of political science, as analysts for WMAZ -TV13 in Macon. He also completed his term as president of the Georgia Political Science Association. He passed the gavel to his successor at the annual meetings of the association in Savannah, as well as participating as member of a roundtable discussion for the 2008 elections. He then spent a week in the Republic of Moldova, where he was a Fulbright Scholar in 2006, giving invited talks on the implications of the 2008 American elections. He lectured at four universities while in Chisinau, as well as making contacts to support a tentative Mercer on Mission project to Moldova in 2010. Grant was also invited to Gottingen, Germany, to a conference hosted by Georg-August Universitat to present on the electoral outcomes of 2008. He was also invited to publish his talk.


Dr. Lori A. Johnson, assistant professor of political science, co-authored the chapter, "A Legal Revolution? The Bush Administration's Effect on the Judiciary and Civil Justice Reform," with Michael P. Moreland, a professor at Villanova School of Law. The chapter will be published in the book, Judging Bush, by Stanford University Press. A conference featuring authors of chapters from the book was held at Villanova University on Nov. 22, 2008, and later televised on C-SPAN.


Dr. Gordon Johnston, associate professor of English, wrote the gallery guide for the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences exhibition of the wood-fired pottery of Roger Jamison, who retired from Mercer’s Department of Art in December 2008. The exhibit opens at the museum on Jan. 23. As coordinator of the Georgia Poetry Circuit, Johnston brought nationally prominent poet Michael Waters, author of eight collections of poems including Darling Vulgarity (BOA Editions, 2006), to campus Nov. 7-11, 2008. This spring, Johnston has arranged poetry circuit readings by David St. John and Kelly Cherry.


Dr. Caryn S. Seney, associate professor of chemistry, along with undergraduate chemistry major, Brittany M. Gutzman, published a journal article, titled "Correlation of Size and Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Activity of Optical and Spectroscopic Properties for Silver Nanoparticles," in The Journal of Physical Chemistry in January.


Dr. Margaret Symington, associate professor of mathematics, and Marsha Sanders-Leigh, program director at Georgia Tech's Center for Education in Science, Mathematics and Computing, completed the design and delivery of 100 hours of mathematics training for teachers from Coffee and Atkinson counties. This work was funded by two Department of Education Teacher Quality Grants  written by Dr. Symington, with matching funds from the school districts. Each of workshop consisted of a one-week session in the summer and two follow-up sessions during the school year.


Dr. John Wright, professor of psychology, was one of four invited panelists for the Cat Writers' Association panel on Feline Behavior, held in conjunction with the CWA 15th Annual Conference in Atlanta. Dr. Wright was also interviewed as the featured guest on The PetCast on the topic “Cat Behavior Therapy” (www.ThePetCast.com, episode 183).  The Las Vegas-based radio show and Podcast posts new episodes at www.ThePetcast.Com and through its iTunes feed.   


College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences


Dr. Ashish A. Advani, clinical assistant professor, was awarded a grant for $21,000 from Alaven Pharmaceuticals, LLC.


Dr. Ajay K. Banga, professor, along with several co-authors, published three research papers, one in the Drug Delivery Journal, titled “Iontophoretic delivery of methotrexate,” and two in the International Journal of Pharmaceutics¸ titled “Transdermal delivery of low molecular weight heparin,” and “Optimizing fast disintegrating tablets.” Dr. Banga also received a grant for $18,000 from Agile Therapeutics for “Formulation factors affecting skin permeation of hormones from a Transdermal patch.”


Dr. Kathryn M. Momary, clinical assistant professor, and S.B. King published “Clopidogrel: Time for personalized therapy?” in the Journal of American College of Cardiology 2008;1(6):718-719.


McAfee School of Theology


Dr. Alan Culpepper, dean, had the publication of his book, Anatomy of the Fourth Gospel: A Study in Literary Design, commemorated with a session at the Society of Biblical Literature meeting in Boston, Nov. 21-24. The session was devoted to papers and responses by contributors to a volume of essays marking the 25th anniversary of the publication of the book. The volume of essays is titled Anatomies of Narrative Criticism, edited by Tom Thatcher and Stephen Moore (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2008).


Dr. Larry McSwain, professor of ethics and leadership, has been appointed associate dean for Doctor of Ministry Studies. In addition, Mercer University Press has accepted his biography of Dr. Jimmy Allen for publication.


Mercer University Press


Dr. Marc Jolley, executive director, reviewed two books for the Sport and Literature Association: Baseball's Greatest Hit: The Story of Take Me Out to the Ball Game written by Andy Strasberg, Bob Thompson and Tim Wiles (New York: Hal Leonard, 2008), and The Global Game: Writers on Soccer, edited by John Turnbull, Thom Satterlee and Alon Raab (Lincoln: The University of Nebraska Press, 2008).  Dr. Jolley’s reviews can be found in the archives of the sport literature association Web site: http://www.uta.edu/english/sla/index.html.


School of Engineering


Dr. Paul MacNeil, associate professor and director of the Software Engineering Program, Dr. Scott Schultz, associate professor of industrial engineering, and F.M. Barron, of the Mercer Engineering Research Center, helped David Phillips, a student in the Master’s of Engineering, software engineering specialization, to obtain funded support through the RAPCEval program for research in scheduling of radar warning receivers. The RAPCEval program, a collaborative Air Force and university education and research program, supports advances in electronic combat technology. The RAPCEval program is overseen by a steering committee of scientists and engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson AFB, the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center at Robins AFB, Mercer University, Mercer Engineering Research Center (MERC), Wright State University and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, who are charged with ensuring that student research is of sufficient interest to the Air Force and also of high academic quality.


School of Medicine


Dr. David Burtner, professor, Mary Mathis, instructor, and Dr. Melissa Thompson, assistant professor, served as judges for the Springdale Elementary Science Fair in Macon, Dec. 16, 2008. The members of the Department of Family Medicine faculty judged and provided written feedback to more than 100 4th- and 5th-grade science project entries.


Dr. Maitri S.P. Chand, assistant professor, presented a poster at the AAMFT National Conference at Memphis in October 2008, titled “Exploring Marital Beliefs of Middle Class Urban Hindus in India.” The study explored the beliefs of middle class urban Hindus about the meaning and purpose of the institution of marriage, their expectations from marriage, requirements for staying married, any change that they think has come about in the construction of this meaning over the last decade and the possible reasons for this change.


Dr. Susan D. Cline, assistant professor of biochemistry, was one of approximately 100 invited delegates at the Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Neurological Disease Emergence and Convergence mini-symposium sponsored by Nature Publishing Group and the Foundation IPSEN in Durham, N.C., on Dec. 5, 2008.


Dr. Daniel V. Hagan, professor of anesthesiology, presented a research poster co-authored with Krista S. Wieters, instructor in community medicine, titled "Emerging Disease: Chikungunya, an Arbo-Alphavirus Indigenous to Tropical Africa and Asia, Threat to Southeastern U.S.?," at the Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Research Conference, Nov. 20-23, 2008,  in Washington, D.C. The work was also coauthored with collaborators from Somervell Memorial Medical College and Hospital in Karakonam, India.


Dr. Alice House, assistant professor of family medicine, has been selected to serve on the Geriatrics/ Long Term Care Physician Consultant Board. The purpose of this board is to provide the Georgia Composite Board of Medical Examiners and the Georgia Medical Care Foundation Medicare Review Board with expert opinion.


Dr. Steve Livingston, associate professor and director of the Family Therapy Program, has been appointed by Piedmont Hospital-Atlanta to serve as facilitator of Piedmont’s new Schwartz Center Rounds. The Schwartz Center Rounds is a multidisciplinary forum where caregivers discuss difficult emotional and social issues that arise in caring for patients. Dr. Livingston also co-presented, "Planning and Launching a Community Marriage Initiative," a workshop for the 2008 Summit on Children, sponsored by the Supreme Court of Georgia's Commission on Children, Marriage and Family Law, Nov. 19, 2008, in Atlanta.


Dr. Melton Strozier, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, became president of the American Academy of Family Psychology on Jan. 1. As president, Dr. Strozier will oversee activities that promote the practice and scholarship of Family Psychology as defined by the American Board of Professional Psychology.


Staff and Administration


Mary Lou Beall, coordinator of the Douglas Regional Academic Center, delivered a paper, titled “Darfur Lost in the Conflict: The Portrayal by Cable News Networks,” at the 13th Annual Conference of the Arab U.S. Association for Communication Educators at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., Nov. 14-17, 2008. The paper was co-authored with her daughter, Megan Louise Beall, a graduate of Mercer University and the McAfee School of Theology. Megan Beall also co-moderated a Conference Workshop on "How to Prepare a Paper for a Conference Presentation."


Dr. Wallace L. Daniel, provost, had the article, titled “Vklad tserkovnykh prikhodov v grazhdanskoe obshchestvo v Rossii” or “The Contribution of Church Parishes to Civil Society in Russia,” published in Doklady III Vserossiiskogo sotsiologicheskogo kongressa¸ or the Papers of the III All-Russian Sociological Congress, Moscow, Oct. 21-23, 2008. The articles are accessible at http://www.isras.ru/publications_bank/1227607904.pdf.


Corp. Mike Kondorf was named Officer of the Year by the Mercer Police Department. Corp. Kondorf is the only officer to win this award more than once.  This was his third win.  He did so with a qualifying score of 96.7 percent. In addition, the department recognized Chief Gary Collins and Maj. Willie Woolfolk for 25 years of continuous service to the department.


Stetson School of Business and Economics


Dr. Penelope Prime, professor of economics, was a presenter and Dr. Vijaya Subrahmanyam, professor of finance, was a discussant at the Second Georgia International Development Economics Workshop on Dec. 5, 2008, on the Atlanta campus. The Stetson School of Business co-sponsored the event with the America Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.


Tift College of Education


Dr. Mary Kay Bacallao, professor, has a new math basic facts game out for children called Equals. She completed and filed a non-provisional United States patent application for the game, which is currently under review. More information on the game can be found online at www.playequals.com.


Dr. Peter Ross, associate professor, presented a research paper in December, titled "Differential response to task concentration and accuracy with competing stimuli between normal and ADHD children," at the IIC International Conference for Multidisciplinary Studies. 


Townsend School of Music


Dr. Douglas Hill, professor of music, organized a fall instrumental recruitment tour to seven Florida high schools Dec. 14-17, 2008.  Performances and master classes were presented by five chamber ensembles comprised of Townsend faculty members: Dr. Monty Cole, Dr. Marcus Reddick, Distinguished Professor of Music Adrian Gnam and music students Julie Collins, Abby Rowswell, Sarah Baxter, Stephen Hoy, Frank Arden, Emily Odum, Chris Pitts, Nam Bui, Andrew Brin, Chris Cyr and Kristen Wyckoff, as well as guest artists Ken Trimmins and Heather Noyes-Richter.


University Libraries


Arlene F. Desselles, instructor and health sciences librarian for the College of Nursing at the Swilley Library, has been named a member of the Medical Library Association’s Academy of Health Information Professionals. The group is a peer-reviewed professional development and career recognition program that credentials information professionals based on their academic preparation, professional experience and professional accomplishments.


Elizabeth D. Hammond, dean, served on an Off-Site Reaccredidation Evaluation Team in Atlanta, Nov. 5-6, 2008, for the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Julie Huskey, catalog librarian at Tarver Library, attended the Southeastern Innovative Users' Group annual conference in Charlotte, N.C., Nov. 12-13, 2008.


Geoffrey P. Timms, electronic resources/reference librarian at Tarver Library, contributed to the “E-Opinions from the Field” column in Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship 20(4) with an evaluation of federated searching as a means to find information across multiple databases.


Walter F. George School of Law


David T. Ritchie, associate professor of law, was the program chair for the 2009 Law and Humanities Section program, titled “Legal Outsiders in American Film,” which was held in January at the Association of American Law Schools annual meeting in San Diego, Calif. The proceedings from the Law and Humanities panel will be published in the Suffolk University Law Review. While he was in San Diego, Ritchie also moderated a panel at the Mercer sponsored program on Law and Rhetoric (http://law.mercer.edu/lawandrhetoric/).


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