Faculty and Staff Notables
College of Continuing and Professional Studies
Dr. Timothy Craker, associate professor of comparative literature and philosophy in the Department of Liberal Studies, presented a paper entitled “Finding Our Way About Between the Kernel of Corn and the Sovereign Sun” at the annual meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association in New Orleans, La. in April.
Dr. Laurie Lankin, associate professor of counseling and human sciences, presented “Learning from Our Past: The Whisper of the River” for Mercer’s First-Year Friday in Willingham Auditorium in August.
Dr. Richard Martin, associate professor of public safety, served as one of four reviewers of the 5th edition in the 2011 Delmar/Cengage publication, Police Operations authored by Karen M. Hess and Christine H. Orthmann. Dr. Martin was recently appointed to the Theta Chi National Fraternity Colony Advisory Board, which is currently looking into possible expansion onto the University of West Georgia. The board serves as a group of mentors for the men who have taken up the call to bring Theta Chi to campus while also helping to organize officer transitions, chapter meetings and retreats.
Dr. Kyra Osmus, professor of human services, Dr. Marna Burns, associate professor of counseling and human sciences, Jeanette Cadwell, faculty advisor, and S. J. Overstreet, instructor, in the Department of Counseling and Human Sciences have earned certification as Human Services-Board Certified Practitioners. The certificate process is sponsored by the National Organization for Human Services and the Center for Credentialing and Education.
College of Liberal Arts
Dr. John Marson Dunaway, professor of French and interdisciplinary studies, led the eighth annual Commons Summer Faculty Workshop on Faith and Learning in July. He has organized and met with a number of local clergy paired across racial and denominational lines. They meet quarterly as a group and at various times as pairs in an effort to foster more collaboration among churches of different races. This project is an initiative growing out of the annual Building the Beloved Community Symposium.
Scot J. Mann, assistant professor and theatre director, directed, choreographed and performed in Mercer Theatre’s production of Zastrozzi: The Master of Discipline. He also consulted on Theatre Macon’s production of The Yankee Tavern. In September, Mann instructed a master class for Prattville High School in Montgomery, Ala. He also served as master instructor for a Society of American Fight Directors professional seminar on historical techniques of broadsword and rapier and dagger for stage and film. Presently, he is directing The Importance of Being Earnest with Mercer Theatre.
Olu Q. Menjay, assistant professor in the Roberts Department of Christianity and principal and chief administrative officer of Ricks Institute in Virginia, Liberia, was an invited guest at the Ricks Institute Alumni Association’s 22nd annual national conference held in Potomac, Md. Menjay addressed the convention on two occasions and presided at the installation of the association’s 2010-2012 officers. At the annual banquet, Menjay was recognized with the 2010 Leadership Award for his guidance of Ricks Institute following Liberia’s civil war.
Dr. Yosálida C. Rivero-Zaritzky, assistant professor of Spanish, published a critical edition of Antonio Buero Vallejo’s 1970 play El sueño de la razón (The Sleep of Reason). Situated in the tumultuous beginning of 19th Century Spain with Francisco de Goya as its main character, this work surreptitiously criticized the politics of Buero Vallejo’s era and mocked the censorship of Franco’s dictatorship.
Dr. Richard F. Wilson, Columbus Roberts Professor of Theology and chair of the Roberts Department of Christianity, was an invited guest at the Ricks Institute Alumni Association’s 22nd annual national conference held in Potomac, Md. Dr. Wilson was the keynote speaker at the convention and also addressed members of the Association during a business session. He was recognized with the 2010 Stewardship Award for his work with the Institute.
Dr. Fletcher Winston, associate professor of sociology, presented a paper, titled “Service-Learning and Student Participation in Social Movements at Engaged Universities,” at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting in Atlanta.
Dr. Marian Zielinski, professor and scenic and lighting designer in the Department of Communication Studies and Theatre, won first place for her fiber art piece titled “Morning Light” in the Middle Georgia Art Association’s exhibit, The Golden Hour, which opened Sept. 17 and is on display until October 8.
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Dr. Laurel E. Ashworth, professor, was appointed to serve a three-year term as the vice-chair for the Georgia State Community Health Drug Utilization Review Board.
Dr. Ajay K. Banga, professor, graduate student Vishal Sachdeva and collaborators published “In vivo intradermal delivery of terbinafine” in International Journal of Pharmaceutics 2010;393(1-2):112-8. Banga and graduate student Jvotsna Paturi and collaborators also published “Transdermal and intradermal delivery of dexamethasone” in Journal of Drug Targeting 2010; 18(2),134-140.
Dr. John D. Bauer, assistant professor, co-authored “Cloning large natural product gene clusters form the environment: piecing environmental DNA gene clusters back together with TAR” in Biopolymers, 93:833-844, 2010.
Dr. Renee L. Hayslett, assistant professor, and Dr. Michell B. Redding, clinical assistant professor, were awarded a CATAL Grant of $1500 for “Using an Online Instruction Tool to Develop Student Learning Skills in the Spanish for Pharmacists Elective Course.”
Dr. Vanthida Huang, assistant professor, was awarded a Mercer University Seed Grant in the amount of $3,000 for “In vitro activity of daptomycin alone and in combination with ceftriaxone against nonsusceptible Staphylococcus aureus in an in vitro pharmacodynamic model.”
Dr. W. Klugh Kennedy, clinical associate professor, was awarded a grant in the amount of $275,000 for “CNS IIS Trial: R092670NAP4002. A rapid titration and initiation of paliperidone palmitate long acting injection” from Johnson and Johnson (Janssen). Kennedy also received two contracts from Memorial Health and Mercer University Medical School. Both contracts are for graduate medical education in behavioral medicine. One is in the amount of $10,000, and the other is in the amount of $5,000. Dr. Kennedy also co-published “Acamprosate” in Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism &Toxicology 2010; 6(3): 363-380. Additionally, Dr. Kennedy was appointed a fellow for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacy.
Dr. Lisa M. Lundquist, clinical associate professor, Dr. Leslie T. Taylor, professor, and Dr. Christine M. Klein, clinical assistant professor, were awarded a Mercer University Seed Grant for “ Medication knowledge and adherence of older adults in a fall prevention program” in the amount of $3,000. Dr. Lundquist, pharmacy resident Puga Patel and pharmacy students David M. Farino and Asmerom M. Hagos published “New drug update 2010” in Georgia Pharmacy Journal 2010;32(7):20-30.
Dr. Leisa L. Marshall, clinical associate professor, and Dr. Diane Nykamp, professor, published “Active-learning assignments to integrate basic science and clinical course material” in America Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 2010; 74(7): article 119.
Dr. Nicole L. Metzger, clinical assistant professor, received the Preceptor of the Year award from the Emory Healthcare Residency Program. Metzger was also appointed to the American Society for Health-System Pharmacists New Practitioners Forum Membership and Outreach Advisory Group for 2010-2011.
Dr. Susan W. Miller, professor, was appointed to the Georgia Pharmacy Association By-Laws Revision Committee for 2010 – 2011.
Dr. Kathryn M. Momary, clinical assistant professor, co-authored “Clopidogrel and Proton Pump Inhibitors: Between a rock and a hard place” in Pharmacotherapy 2010;30(8):762-5.
Dr. Nader H. Moniri, assistant professor, and graduate student Rebecca N. Burns published “Agonism with the omega-3 fatty acids alpha-linolenic acid and docosahexaenoic acid mediates phosphorylation of both the short and long isoforms of the human GPR120 receptor” in Biochem. Biophys. Res. Comm., 396: 1030-1035, 2010.
Dr. Pamela M. Moye, clinical assistant professor, was accepted into the American Academy of HIV Medicine.
Dr. Diane Nykamp, professor, co-published, with pharmacy students Meredith Blalock, Emily D. Carey, Robert L. Myrick and Selamawit T. Tolla, “Cleansing and detoxication products in Self-Care” in US Pharmacist 2010; 35(7): Epub. Dr. Nykamp also co-authored “Pharmacotherapy Using Cardiovascular Agents: Focus on the Top 200 Drugs” in Journal of Pharmacy Technology 2010; 26: 213-219. Nykamp also co-authored “Pharmacotherapy Using Cardiovascular Agents: Review” in Journal of Pharmacy Technology; 2010; 26:1-10.
Dr. Angela O. Shogbon, clinical assistant professor, was appointed to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists New Practitioners Forum Professional Practice Advisory Group for 2010-2011.
Dr. Chalet Tan, assistant professor, and graduate students Thripthy Chandran and Usha Katragadda, published “Design and evaluation of micellar nanocarriers for 17-allyamino-17-demethoxygeldanamycin” in International Journal Pharmaceutics, 392:170-7, 2010.
Dr. Chad M. VanDenBerg, clinical associate professor, and V. E. Spratlin, were awarded a grant for “A Phase I, Single-Dose, Randomized, Open-Label, Two-Period, Cross-Over, Fed and Fasted Pharmacokinetic Study of CX157 Modified Release Tablet, 175mg in Healthy Volunteers” in the amount of $90,510 from CeNeRx Biopharma Inc.
Georgia Baptist College of Nursing
Ann C. Keeley, associate professor, was named to the Advisory Council of Friendship Center of Holy Comforter Church, which serves those with chronic mental illness.
Freida Fuller, professor, served as a faculty member for the Mercer On Mission trip to Vietnam in June 2010.
McAfee School of Theology
Dr. Alan Culpepper, dean, taught a short course on the Gospel of John at the Baptist Theological Seminary in Santiago, Chile. He participated in a ten-day Christian Leaders Institute at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem at the invitation of the American Jewish Committee.
Dr. Nancy L. deClaissé-Walford, professor of Old Testament and Biblical languages, presented a paper, titled “Preaching the Imprecatory Psalms,” at the International Society of Biblical Literature Meeting in Estonia on July 29. On Sept. 24, she presented a paper on “Translating the Psalms” at an International Psalm Symposium at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. In addition, she has contributed a chapter, titled “The Theology of the Imprecatory Psalms” to the volume Soundings in the Theology of the Psalter, which will be published by Fortress Press later this year.
School of Engineering
Dr. George Hayhoe, professor of technical communication and director of the Master of Science in technical communication management program, served as co-editor of Qualitative Research in Technical Communication, recently published by Routledge. Dr. James Conklin of Concordia University, Montréal, is the other co-editor of the collection. It consists of 12 previously published articles, 10 of which originally appeared in Technical Communication during Dr. Hayhoe’s tenure as editor of the journal. A new preface and four previously unpublished essays round out the collection. One of the chapters was written by Dr. Hayhoe’s students, Debbie Davy and Christina Valecillos, as their capstone project in the master’s program in technical communication management.
Dr. Richard O. Mines Jr., professor of environmental engineering and graduate program director, and Dr. Zipangani Vokhiwa, assistant professor in the College of Continuing and Professional Studies, led a Mercer On Mission trip to Malawi in June. A team of nine students from the School of Engineering, Tift College of Education and the Stetson School of Business and Economics worked on three major projects while in Malawi. One of the in-country projects involved working with children and staff at the Mangochi Orphanage and Educational Training, where the students and their professors constructed a vegetable and fruit orchard to help provide food and fruits for the children at the orphanage. In addition, the team made compost for the garden and prepared indigenous tree seedlings for planting during the next planting season as part of their best management practice for watershed management program around the orphanage. The second project was conducted at Chuluchosema Orphanage in Zomba, where the engineering students on the team obtained measurements for a proposed solar water pump to be installed at the orphanage during the next Mercer On Mission trip. The other students staked out and began tilling the ground for preparation of a vegetable garden for the orphanage. The third project was a community based natural resource management effort involving a local village club comprised of mostly women in Makoli Village. The project was done in collaboration with the National Herbarium and Botanical Gardens and the Forestry Department in Zomba and Machinga, respectively. During this project, the nine students and their professors cleared, prepared and constructed a tree nursery, which involved tilling the soil, making terraces, constructing sowing beds and preparing potting bags for sowing seeds for the establishment of a tree nursery so that the people of the village can reforest and rehabilitate their land, which has been deforested.
School of Medicine
Dr. Daniel V. Hagan, professor of anesthesiology, presented a program this summer at Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences in the series “The World of Giant Insects.” His program was titled “Nits, Gnats and Nibblers.” Dr. Hagan’s research focuses on medical parasitology, which deals with insects that vector pathogens to humans and blood-feeding insects such as sand flies, biting midges, deer flies and horse flies.
Dr. Harold P. Katner, professor of internal medicine, gave a lecture to the Association of Nigerian Physicians of the Americas in Washington, D.C., in July titled “Evidence for a Euro-American Origin of HIV/AIDS.”
Dr. Edward C. Klatt, professor of pathology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences in Savannah, presented a focus group session, titled “Addressing Non-cognitive Barriers to Student Success,” along with a poster presentation, titled “Does Student and Faculty PBL Group Assignment Affect Examination Performance,” at the 14th annual meeting of the International Association of Medical Science Educators in New Orleans, La., in July.
Dr. Edward C. Lauterbach, professor emeritus of psychiatry and neurology, Dr. W. Grady Carter, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and Dr. Samuel D. Shillcutt, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, recently published an article, titled “Catatonia and CPK elevation in neurosyphilis: role of plural pharmacodynamic mechanisms,” in Psychopharmacology Bulletin, 42(4):53-63.
Rita Smith, outreach and education coordinator of the Medical Library, has published an article, titled “Public Library Participation in a MedlinePlus Go Local Project: Perceptions of Georgia Librarians and Staff,” in the July 2010 issue of Journal of Consumer Health online.
Stetson School of Business and Economics
Dr. Linda Brennan, professor of management, wrote a book, titled Operations Management, for McGraw-Hill’s professional series, which was published this summer.
Dr. Steven McClung, associate professor of marketing, had his paper, “Student Booster Programs: Marketing Communication for the Non-Believers,” accepted for presentation at the 8th Annual Conference of the Sport Marketing Association in New Orleans, La.
Staff and Administration
Stephanie A. Mooring earned her Master of Science in technical communication management from the School of Engineering and was promoted to the position of assistant director of the Academic Resource Center in July.
Tift College of Education
Dr. Richard Binkney, assistant professor, has published “Passing the GACE in Middle Grades Language Arts”, a 300-page test preparation manual. The book has 19 chapters aligned with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission’s test objectives, including a diagnostic pre-assessment test, a diagnostic post-assessment test, a writing sample assessment, an extensive annotated answer key and an alphabetical subject-matter index. It is published by American Book Company in Woodstock.
Dr. Robert Lawrence, assistant professor, co-authored two chapters in the book, Preparing Teachers for the Early Childhood Classroom: Proven Models and Key Principles, published by Brookes Publishing Company and edited by Dr. Susan Neumann of the University of Michigan and Dr. Michael Kamil of Stanford University.
Dr. Peter Ross, associate professor and psychologist, had his grant for anti-bully interventions in the schools funded again for this academic year. The focus of the grant is to train teachers in anti-bully efforts and critical child development variables in order to become on-site experts so that the interventions will sustain themselves over longer periods of time.
Dr. Karen Weller Swanson, associate professor, is an invited speaker at the SoTL Symposium of the South Conference at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. She also will co-present several presentations in October, including: “Using Course Management Tools to Teach Content through a Conceptual Approach,” and “Finding a Framework,” both pre-conference workshops ahead of The International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning Conference in Liverpool England. She will also co-present “Playing with the content,” “Teaching conceptually through online learning modules” and “The use of online discussion tools to promote student development and content rigor in a community of practice,” at The International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning Conference in Nashville, Tenn.
Townsend School of Music
Dr. Douglas Hill, professor of music, was director of the Second Annual Mercer University Summer Band and Orchestra Camp held in McCorkle Music Building in June, which 48 students from across the Southeast attended. The camp culminated in a final concert for parents and relatives in Fickling Recital Hall. He also represented Mercer at the Georgia Music Educators Association District 11 Fall Meeting in Milledgeville in August. Dr. Hill also assisted in the creation of a new brass quintet, the Barrister Brass, designed by a group of local attorneys to promote brass chamber literature and perform in the area. He performed in the Mercer University Faculty Brass Quintet concert, “American Music For Brass,” with fellow faculty: Jonathan Swygert, trumpet, Jay Hanselman, horn, Tom Gibson, trombone and Eric Bubacz, tuba, in Fickling Recital Hall.
Dr. Christopher Macklin, assistant professor, presented papers on different aspects of his research concerning the performance of music during plague epidemics at three international conferences: the 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies hosted by Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich., the Medieval and Renaissance Music Concert hosted by Royal Holloway University in London, England and the International Medieval Congress hosted by the University of Leeds in Leeds, England. His paper “Plague, performance, and the elusive history of the Stella celi extirpavit” was also published in the journal Early Music History (Cambridge University Press, vol 29, pp. 1-31).
Susan Broome, associate professor and associate director for technical services at Tarver Library, published a review of CCPS’s Regeneration! A Journal of Creative Writing in the Summer 2010 issue of Georgia Library Quarterly.
Elizabeth Hammond, dean, attended the Lyrasis board of trustees retreat. Lyrasis is the nation’s largest regional membership organization for libraries and information professionals. Hammond is serving as board secretary for 2010-2011.
Louise L. Lowe, assistant professor and public services librarian at Swilley Library, and Judith Brook, associate professor, associate dean of University Libraries and director of Swilley Library, presented “Let Them Try It Before You Buy It” as part of a program, Information Assessment Techniques: Tools For the Rest Of Us, sponsored by the Library Leadership and Management Association Measurement, Assessment & Evaluation Section, Data Collection for Library Managers Committee at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., in June.
Walter F. George School of Law
Richard Creswell, professor, wrote an op-ed piece in August for the Cherokee Tribune as part of the Blue Ridge Bar Association’s From the Bench and Bar series titled “Animal Law – An Emerging Field of Legal Practice.”
David Hricik, professor, gave a presentation in September titled “The Ethical IP Lawyer Meets the Internet” to the Carolina Patent, Copyright and Trademark Association at its annual meeting in Isle of Palms, S.C. Also in September, Hricik spoke at the annual retreat of the Eckert Seaman’s law firm in Bedford, Pa.; gave a presentation on ethical issues in intellectual property practice at the Du Pont Country Club in Wilmington, Del., at the Widener University School of Law Annual Intellectual Property CLE; appeared on a panel with Frank Quirk, director of the Miller-Becker Center for Professional Responsibility of the University of Akron School of Law, at the 2010 Intellectual Property Owners Annual Meeting in Atlanta, where they discussed ethical issues in patent practice.
David G. Oedel, professor, wrote an op-ed piece in September for the Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper on the legal merits of state law suits against the new health care law. Oedel is deputy special attorney general for Georgia in its lawsuit against the federal health care law.
Sue Painter-Thorne, associate professor, and professors Linda Berger and Karen Sneddon, presented at the 2010 Summer Conference of the Institute of Law Teaching and Learning on “Not Your Mother’s Rhetoric: Teaching Rhetorically Across the Curriculum.” Painter-Thorne also presented at the 14th Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute on June 30 with Rebekah Handley of the University of Oregon on “Writing to—and for—the Bench: How Legal Practitioners Can Help Judges Write Good Opinions.” Her article, “Tangled Up in Knots: How Continued Federal Jurisdiction over Sexual Predators on Indian Reservations Hobbles Effective Law Enforcement to the Detriment of Indian Women,” has been accepted for publication by the New Mexico Law Review to be published in 2011, and she has been asked to speak at the University of South Carolina’s Race and the Family Conference, Oct. 14-15, on the topic of the Indian Child Welfare Act. Her presentation is titled “Ill Defined & Misunderstood: ‘Indians,’ ‘Family,’ and the Indian Child Welfare Act.”
Scott Titshaw, associate professor, spoke on LGBT legal issues to a group of professionals and students at Emory University on Sept. 17.