Faculty and Staff Notables
College of Continuing and Professional Studies
Dr. Karen D. Rowland, assistant professor of counseling, attended the Georgia School Counselors Association Leadership Development Institute May 13-14 in Milledgeville. Dr. Rowland presented her leadership strategic plan for her role as the counselor educator/coordinator liaison for the association. She also assisted DeeAnn Fleming, school counselor at Mount Zion Elementary School in Clayton County, in planning and implementing Career Day activities for all students grades 3-5.
Dr. David Lane, professor of counseling, presented “Please Share the Door, I’m Freezing: Creating Oneness in Marriage” for the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia’s Annual Convention in Marietta on May 8. Dr. Lane and the College of Continuing and Professional Studies received a grant from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship for a post traumatic stress disorder “train the trainers” project in Haiti. Dr. Lane conducted an initial visit to Haiti, May 13-17, to assess need and create strategic linkages for the training.
Dr. Kenyon Knapp, associate professor of counseling and assistant dean of graduate programs, presented “Crisis Counseling Ethics: Practical Applications” at Anchor Hospital’s inpatient psychiatric facility seminars in Atlanta on June 4 and at the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia’s Annual Conference in Marietta on May 8.
Dr. Hani Khoury, professor of mathematics and chair of the department of mathematics, science, and information systems in the College, Dr. Mary Kay Bacallao, professor of education, and Dr. Clemmie Whately, assistant professor of education, in the Tift College of Education, presented “Developing numeracy,” at the Sowing Seeds for Success in the New Decade conference, sponsored by the Georgia Head Start Association May 12-14, at St. Simons Island.
College of Liberal Arts
Dr. Heather Bowman Cutway, associate professor of biology, conducted a compost workshop in May for 60 attendees on Mercer’s Macon campus. The workshop was open to the public and covered the basics of composting at home and provided materials to start composting for registrants. The workshop was funding by a Knight Neighborhood Challenge Grant from the Community Foundation of Central Georgia.
Dr. David A. Davis, assistant professor of English and southern studies, published a new edition of Victor Daly’s novel Not Only War: A Story of Two Great Conflict, the only novel of World War I written by an African American veteran, with University of Virginia Press. Dr. Davis gave a talk on the book at the American Literature Association conference in San Francisco, Calif., on May 29. Dr. Davis also gave the paper, titled “Integrating the Kitchen in Ellen Douglas’s Can’t Quit You, Baby,” at the Society for the Study of Southern Literature conference in New Orleans, La., on April 9. He led a roundtable discussion of foodways in southern literature at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans.
Dr. John Marson Dunaway, professor of French and interdisciplinary studies and director of Mercer Commons, attended the Europe Week Banquet at the Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta on May 13. The event was hosted by the European Union Center of Excellence at Georgia Tech and the Belgian Consulate. Dunaway also spoke to Perry Middle School eighth-graders at their Career Day on May 4.
Dr. Linda Hensel, professor of biology and advisor for Beta Beta Beta, the national biology honor society, traveled with five students to the Biennial Beta Beta Beta national meeting in Durango, Colo., May 17-23. They each presented undergraduate research posters, including Ashleigh Murphy, Clem Bell, Candace Nelson, Sneha Patel and Yogi Patel. A poster co-authored by Hensel, Murphy and Bell, titled “Sequencing the CHM Chloroplast-mutator Locus of Arabidopsis thaliana,” placed third in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Division.
Dr. Paul Lewis, associate professor of Christianity, had a sermon, titled “Into the Wilderness” published in Preaching in the Interim: A Resource for Intentional Interim Ministers. The collection is edited by B. Leslie Robinson Jr., and published by The Center for Congregational Health in Winston-Salem, NC.
Dr. Randall Peters, professor and chair emeritus of physics, developed a student-laboratory tool in 2005 that has attained a place of significant international visibility. His unprecedented experiment is described in a paper, titled “Study of simple harmonic oscillator resonance using a compact Kater pendulum.” The paper is highly ranked in its placement in searches among all major Internet search engines, including Google, Bing and Yahoo!.
Mary Raschko, assistant professor of English, presented a paper, titled “A Polemical Glossed Gospel”, at the 45th International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Dr. Alan Smith, associate professor of biology, served as a team leader in an extensive, multi-disciplinary, educational outreach project that culminated with more than 1,000 seventh-graders from the Bibb County public schools participating in field activities at the Amerson Water Works Park in April and May. Smith planned the activities with professors from Macon State College and Wesleyan College, the science coordinator for Bibb County Public Schools, Laura Schofield of NewTown Macon and teams of Bibb County middle school teachers. The team developed three field units following the guidelines of the Georgia Performance Standard, including: Plant Biodiversity, GPS and Archeology and Wetlands Ecology. In addition, the team recruited volunteers from the community and trained them as “Rangers” to lead the activities at the park. Among the Mercer faculty and staff who served as rangers were Dr. Kevin Drace, Dr. Virginia Young and Allan Rene De Cotret. The project was coordinated by NewTown Macon and funded by a grant from The Beverly Lewis Foundation.
Additionally, Dr. Smith and his student researchers presented their work at the annual meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists in Asheville, N.C., and at Mercer’s Fourth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. Elspeth Sawyer and Cayla Best demonstrated significant diel patterns of invertebrate dispersal with their poster entitled “Preliminary characterization of the Phenomenon of Invertebrate Drift in a Middle Georgia Stream.” The research of Kathyrn Doornbos, Erica Henderson and Sajal Patel is a component of Dr. Smith’s ongoing research with tick-borne diseases, focusing on the “Prevalence and Distribution of the Causative Agent of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Rickettsia rickettsii) in Field-Collected Dermacentor variabilis from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, N.C.” The latter poster was awarded second place overall at the undergraduate research symposium and the research served as the foundation for Doornbos’ successful research proposal to study tick-borne rickettsial diseases in Thailand as a Fulbright Scholar.
Dr. Smith also served as an invited speaker at the State Capitol Rotunda on May 3, where Gov. Sonny Perdue announced by proclamation that May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Dr. Smith discussed his past eight years of research with undergraduate students documenting the occurrence of Lyme disease and ehrlichiosis in field-collected ticks from the middle Georgia area. In addition, Dr. Smith has been invited to serve with three other Lyme disease experts on the advisory panel of the Georgia Lyme Disease Association.
Dr. Richard F. Wilson, Columbus Roberts Professor of Theology and chair of the Roberts Department of Christianity, published as co-editor and contributor, a book titled For Faith and Friendship with Insight Press. Additionally, he was named chair of the Baptist World Alliance’s Commission on Christian Ethics for the 2010-2015 leadership cycle and he will plan and convene meetings of the commission each year during that period. Dr. Wilson recently spent three weeks in Liberia working with Dr. Olu Menjay, CLA ‘95, at the Ricks Institute, a K-12 boarding school near Monrovia, with whom Mercer has a growing partnership of teaching and service learning. On June 9, Wilson was interviewed on Liberian national radio about the partnership between Ricks Institute and Mercer, specifically about scholarships Mercer has granted to Liberian students to study at Mercer. On June 11, he was featured in The Daily Observer, the national newspaper of Liberia, in an article about the Ricks-Mercer partnership. On April 23, Wilson received the Humanitarian Award for his work with Ricks during the 6th annual gathering of the Ricks Institute Alumni Association of Georgia. Wilson has worked with the Institute since 2007.
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Dr. Michael W. Jann, professor, was elected as national secretary to the American College of Clinical Pharmacology for 2010-2012. The American College of Clinical Pharmacology is a prestigious national organization composed of distinguished clinical pharmacologists, primarily from pharmacy and medical schools.
Dr. Nicole L. Metzger, clinical assistant professor, was appointed to the American Society for Health-System Pharmacists New Practitioners Forum Membership and Outreach Advisory Group for 2010-2011.
Dr. Chad M. VanDenBerg, clinical associate professor, and V. E. Spratlin were awarded a $90,510 contract 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” from CeNeRx Biopharma Inc.
Georgia Baptist College of Nursing
Mary Beerman, assistant professor, was named the College’s 2010 “Distinguished Faculty of the Year.”
Susan Bulfin, associate professor, presented “Human Genome Project Update” to Georgia’s statewide United Advanced Practice Nurses’ Organization.
Lana Chase, assistant professor and Ann Keeley, associate professor, presented a poster at the Palliative Care Conference sponsored by the College and the Center for Health and Learning in March.
Dr. JoEllen Dattilo, associate dean for the undergraduate program and professor, is serving as president of Mercer’s chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. In May, 110 students from Atlanta were inducted into the chapter, while 28 students were inducted in Macon.
Susan Estes-Blakey, assistant professor, presented “Transcultural Nursing: Appalachian Kentucky” in March at Baptist Collegiate Ministry fundraising dinner. The funds raised help support Mercer students’ summer missions.
Elaine Harris, associate professor, and Ann Keeley, associate professor, served as speakers at the Palliative Care Conference sponsored by the College and the Center for Health and Learning in March. Harris and Keeley presented “Can You Help Me Find My Bus Ticket? Understanding the Communications of Those who are Dying.”
Dr. Helen Hodges, professor, had a manuscript, titled “Preparing New Nurses with Complexity Science and Problem Based Learning,” accepted for publication by the Journal of Nursing Education.
Kelli Shugart, assistant professor, presenter a poster, titled “Disruptive Behaviors: Bullying of Nursing Faculty and their Intent to Stay within Academe,” at the Palliative Care Conference hosted by the College and the Center for Health and Learning in March.
Winsome Stephenson, assistant professor and Susan Bulfin, associate professor, presented “Pharmacology Update” to DeKalb County Board of Health Nurses.
Janet Timms, professor, Linda Streit, dean and professor, Dr. Susan S. Gunby, professor, Elaine Harris, associate professor, Dare Domico, professor, Dr. Jackie Zalumas, professor, Ann Keeley, associate professor, and Mary Beerman, assistant professor, presented a poster, titled “Mercer University Faith-Based Palliative Care Service-Learning Initiative,” at the Palliative Care Conference sponsored by College and the Center for Health and Learning in March.
Dr. Marc Jolley, director, spoke at the Scribblers Retreat on St. Simons Island, May 14. His topic was “The Art of Publishing in the 21st Century.”
Five MERC personnel presented papers at the 2010 Airworthiness and Sustainment Conference held May 11-13 in Austin, Texas. Mary Schleider presented “Fleet Management using Aging Fleet Integrity & Reliability Management.” Dr. Ken Taylor presented “Application of Aerodynamic Loads to a Global C-130 Structural Model for Calculating Local Model Stress Intensity Factors.” Dr. Darin Lockwood presented “Analysis of the C-130 Forward Fuselage Countermeasures Dispensing System.” Bob Heath presented, “Development and Implementation of a Reliability Centered Maintenance Program for the Air Force C-130 System Program Office.” Chuck Boulware presented “Challenges of Structural Testing of Aircraft Assemblies.”
McAfee School of Theology
Dr. Larry L. McSwain, associate dean for Doctor of Ministry Studies and the Watkins Christian Foundation Professor of Leadership, published the book Loving Beyond Your Theology: The Life and Ministry of Jimmy Raymond Allen with Mercer Press.
Dr. Thomas Slater, professor of New Testament, was the guest editor for the refereed journal Review & Expositor (107:1 [Winter 2010]) on the topic “Perspectives on the Mega-Church,” which featured articles from a cross section of contributors in the academy and various types of local churches studying the impact of the mega-church on American Christianity. The issue examined what these churches might learn from more traditional congregations and what might be learned from mega-churches.
Staff and Administration
Charlene Leach, associate director of career services, was honored at the annual meeting of the Georgia Association of Colleges and Employers held at the Jekyll Island Club, June 8-11. Leach received the Founders Award, which recognizes those who have provided outstanding service, support and dedication to the organization and the career services and recruitment professions. Leach is one of only 10 recipients of the award in the organization’s 40-year history. She has served in a variety of leadership roles within the organization and served as its president in 1999. The Georgia Association of Colleges and Employers is a state branch of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
Debra O. Leahy, administrative assistant to the senior vice president for marketing communications and chief of staff, graduated summa cum laude from the College of Continuing and Professional Studies with a Bachelors of Applied Science degree.
Kim Meredith, assistant director of career services, earned her Licensed Associate Professional Counselor license from the state of Georgia on April 19. Meredith serves as career counselor for adult students and alumni at the Henry County Regional Academic Center. She is currently being supervised by a licensed professional counselor and hopes to be fully licensed in 2012.
School of Engineering
Dr. Donald Ekong, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, presented a poster, titled “Use of RFID Technology in Mobile Phones,” at the IEEE RFID 2010 Conference in Orlando, Fla., on April 13.
School of Medicine
Dr. Maitri S.P. Chand, assistant professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program, presented a workshop, titled “Disabilities, Chronic Illness and Sexuality,” at the Family Health Center. The audience included medical students, family residents, family physicians and marriage and family therapists.
Carolann Curry, reference and document delivery librarian, has been approved for membership in the Academy of Health Professionals at the provisional level. The Academy is the Medical Library Association’s peer-reviewed professional development and career recognition program, which recognizes the personal investment of time and effort required for exemplary professional performance and for contributions to the association and to the profession.
Dr. Marie Dent, associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Community Medicine, and members of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Lee Bowen, assistant professor and director of counseling services, and Dr. Bowden Templeton, assistant professor and director of family related medical education, presented “Family centered medicine: Integrating family systems education into the medical school curriculum” to the annual meeting of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, Vancouver, B.C., on April 26.
Dr. Cynthia E. Gonzales, clinical associate professor of pediatrics, was a speaker at a symposium, titled “Health Disparities in Cancer Care: Reducing the Unequal Burden,” on June 11. She provided an overview of the progress made in pediatric oncology, highlighting novel therapeutic approaches that have improved survival rates in select pediatric cancers. Dr. Gonzales also discussed misconceptions and ethical dilemmas in pediatric clinical trials and the barriers to participation in such clinical trials. The symposium was a collaborative effort between the Southeast Georgia Cancer Alliance, the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer and Research Pavilion and the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial University Medical Center.
Miriam Hudgins, archivist for the School of Medicine and coordinator of technical services for the Medical Library and Learning Resources Center, was recently recertified as a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists. Archivists become certified only by meeting educational and experience requirements and passing the archival certification examination offered by the Academy.
Dr. Robyn Mowery, assistant professor and clinical director in the Atlanta Marriage and Family Therapy Program, and Dr. Bowden Templeton, assistant professor and director of family related medical education, gave invited presentations to the annual meeting of the Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, St. Simons Island, May 29-June 2. Dr. Mowery presented an ethics workshop titled “Creating and maintaining moral space at the table of diversity,” and Dr. Mowery and Dr. Templeton, presented an ethics workshop titled “We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto -- Ethical decision-making in technicolor.” During this workshop, Dr. Mowery’s original framework for ethical assessment and decision-making was introduced. Drs. Mowery and Templeton were invited to repeat this workshop on June 4 to the Central Georgia Chapter of Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy in Macon. Dr. Mowery also served as an invited speaker at the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing’s Research Day Conference on Palliative Care in Atlanta, where she gave the talk, “Grieving with hope: Anticipatory loss through bereavement,” on March 26. Additionally, on April 17, Dr. Mowery, and The Rev. Dr. Kent Reynolds, of Athens, presented the poster, “Contextualizing positive psychology,” at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies International Conference in Kansas City, Mo. On April 22, Dr. Mowery was invited to present “Coping with grief and loss in the face of serious illness: Relational pain management” to the Pediatric Transplant Program Parent Support Group at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Dr. Christopher Senkowski, associate professor of surgery at the School of Medicine and associate program director in surgery at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, has been selected as a recipient of the American College of Surgeons/American Association for the Surgery of Trauma Health Policy Scholarship for 2010. The scholarship provides $8,000 in funding to participate in the Heller school for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University course, titled “Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management.” As part of the scholarship, Dr. Senkowski will participate in a joint surgical advocacy meeting in Washington, D.C., and serve for one year on the health policy committee of the American College of Surgeons/American Association for the Surgery of Trauma.
Dr. Mike U. Smith, director of AIDS education and research and professor of medical education, served as an invited panel member for Conceptual Assessment in Biology I, II, and III (2008, 2009, 2010), a National Science Foundation funded project and has two articles forthcoming in the special Darwinian Anniversary issue of Science & Education, including the lead articled, titled “Current status of research in teaching and learning evolution: I. Philosophical and epistemological issues. 19(3-7), published online ahead of print at http://www.springerlink.com/openurl.asp?genre=article&id=doi:10.1007/s11191-009-9215-5 and “Current status of research in teaching and learning evolution: II. Pedagogical Issues,” published online print at http://www.springerlink.com/openurl.asp?genre=article&id=doi:10.1007/s11191-009-9216-4. Dr Smith also co-authored several papers in journals, including “Updating the Model Definition of the Gene in the Modern Genomic Era with Implications for Instruction,” in Science & Education, 19(1):1-20, and “Support for the CINS as a Diagnostic Conceptual Inventory: Response to Nehm and Schonfeld (2008),” in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 47(3):354-357. Another co-authored piece has been accepted for publication in American Biology Teacher, titled “The New World of Genetics: A Changing Understanding of Genes and the Central Dogma of Biology.”
Rita Smith, outreach and education coordinator at the Medical Library and Learning Resources Center, has published a book review of Conducting the Reference Interview: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians, 2nd edition, in the April-June issue of Medical Reference Services Quarterly.
Dr. James L. Thomas, professor of basic medical sciences, and Dr. Kevin Bucholtz, assistant professor of chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts, have a new article in press written with several co-authors, titled “The functions of key residues in the inhibitor, substrate and cofactor sites of human 3β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1 are validated by mutagenesis,” in the Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20420909
Claudia Twum, MPH ‘10, gave a presentation on the research project she has conducted with Dr. Yudan Wei, assistant professor in the Department of Community Medicine, titled “Pesticide Exposure and Perceptions on the Effect of Environmental Factors on Childhood Obesity,” at the Break the Cycle of Children’s Environmental Health Disparities Conference held in the Woodruff Health Sciences Administration Building at Emory University on May 6. It is a collaboration project from several universities in the nation, led by Southeast Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit at Emory University.
Dr. Roger Alan Williams, associate professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, and the staff of the Psychology Assessment Center were chosen as recipients of the Partner Agency of the Year Award for 2009 by the Georgia Department of Corrections. The awards ceremony was held at the new DOC headquarters in Forsyth on April 29 and was accepted by Lin Howland, director of Mercer Medicine on their behalf. Over the past five plus years, Dr. Williams and the psychology team of Tonya Williams, Renee Sullivan and Gill Hanania have worked with the Macon Transitional Center, providing evaluation and counseling services as consultants to the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. The Transitional Center program enables inmates during the final six months of their prison sentence, to more successfully re-enter society and the work place. Educational, job training and substance abuse services are offered there and have been identified by the State as primary interventions to reduce recidivism. The Transitional Center has also been an essential training venue for third-year medical students as part of their psychiatry clerkship. Helping the physicians-in-training learn about the correctional system and challenges of incarceration. Medical School faculty and medical students have generously donated needed clothing and personal supplies to the inmates; essential to community re-entry.
Stetson School of Business and Economics
Dr. William R. McNay, professor of management, presented a paper at the Annual Symposium on Executive Education on June 3. The symposium was sponsored by the Journal of Executive Education and the Coles College of Business, Kennesaw University. The purpose of the symposium was to address the dual interests of both business scholars and business executives for their most critical needs in the 21st Century.
Dr. Penelope Prime, professor of economics and director of the China Research Center, recently traveled to Poland to lecture on China’s economy at John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. Professors and students from a number of universities as well as local business representatives were invited to attend. Dr. Prime’s lectures were titled: “Business Challenges in China’s Dynamic Economy,” and included three parts, China’s Comparative Global Competitiveness Business Structure and Domestic Competition and Evolving Business Culture in China. The lectures were also broadcast over the internet and translated into Polish. The Modern ICT Technologies in Propagation of the Achievements of Academic Research project sponsored the lectures. More information about the project is available at: www.ict.kul.eu.
Tift College of Education
Dr. Dana H. Lilly, Professor of Early Childhood Education, made a presentation, titled “Enhancing Home-School Communication and Collaboration with Web-based Technologies,” at the Association for Childhood Education International 2010 Annual Conference and Exhibition on April 29 in Phoenix, Ariz.
Dr. Karen Swanson, associate professor, and dr. debra rosenstein, associate professor, attended the 2010 National Carnegie Foundation’s Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Leadership Program at Creighton University, June 2-5. Dr. Swanson was chosen as a Carnegie Scholar and presented her current Scholarship of Teaching and Learning project, titled “Developing a signature pedagogy for a hybrid, 3-year cohort Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction research.” Both Dr. Swanson and dr. deb attended sessions to enhance their Scholarship of Teaching and Learning practice.
Townsend School of Music
John Dickson, dean, conducted Diaspora, an alumni choir from Louisville’s Southern Seminary, for the American Choral Directors Association Southern Division convention’s featured music and worship event at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Memphis, Tenn., in March.
Susan G. Broome, associate professor and associate director for technical services, wrote a recently published article in Georgia Library Quarterly, titled “The Importance of Being Earnest: A Librarian’s Approach to Academic Leadership.”
Linda Chen, library systems coordinator, and Theresa P. Rhodes, associate director for public services and collections, presented “Collaborative Efforts in Setting Up an Approval Plan for University Press Books” on April 20 and again on April 21 at the Innovative Users Group 2010 Conference in Chicago.
Liya Deng, government information librarian, and Stan Trembach, instructional services librarian, received the National Network of Libraries of Medicine State and Regional Exhibiting Award to organize the “Tips for a Healthy U” mobile exhibit promoting key NLM electronic health resources, which they exhibited April 11-24. Deng and Trembach also co-presented “Let the Professors Learn It First: Reaching Out to Undergraduate Students through Blackboard Faculty Instruction Workshops,” at the Atlanta Area Bibliographic Instruction Group Conference, the University of West Georgia in Carrollton on May 28.
Julie Poole, coordinator of center library services and instructor in the division of library services, presented a poster session, titled “Professional Development in a Distributed Environment,” at the Off-Campus Library Services 2010 Conference in Cleveland, April 28-30.
Walter F. George School of Law
Denise Gibson, assistant law librarian for research services, was recently appointed to the American Association of Law Libraries Academic SIS Legal Research and Sourcebook Committee for 2010-2011. This committee is charged with collecting advanced, specialized and introductory legal research course materials from law schools nationwide for use by AALL members, administering nationwide surveys to obtain data on how legal research is taught in law schools, creating and maintaining longitudinal data and reports on teaching trends and methodologies in legal research, including new technologies, and coordinating with the AALL Public Relations Committee to publicize the teaching materials contained in the Sourcebook
Ismael Gullon, associate law librarian for collections and technical services, has been elected vice chair/chair-elect of the Technical Services Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries. This is a 660-member interest group that promotes the communication of ideas, interests, and research in acquisitions, cataloging and classification, preservation, binding, and serials control in all types and sizes of law libraries.
David Hricik, professor, participated in a webcast along with law firm partner Thomas Gilligan on Ethical Issues and Social Networking for the Defense Research Institute in Chicago, Ill. More than 20 law firms participated in the interactive, nationwide broadcast. He gave several presentations including: a presentation on his draft Amicus Brief in Therasense v. Becton Dickinson & Co., in Denver, Colo., to the American Intellectual Property Law Association; a presentation on Ethics for Intellectual Property Attorneys in Pre-Lawsuit Investigations in Denver, Colo., at a plenary session of the 8th Annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property and Technology Institute; and several presentations at major intellectual property firms across the United States on ethical issues in patent practice and in the use of the Internet. Hricik also published an article with Seth Trimble, LAW ’10, titled “Congratulations on Your Hallucinations: Why the PTO’s 1992 Amendment to Rule 1.56 is Irrelevant to Inequitable Conduct.”
Also in June, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit cited Hricik’s article “How Things Snowball: The Ethical Responsibilities and Liability Risks Arising from Representing a Single Client in Multiple Patent-Related Representations,” in a recent decision. Hricik is one of the country’s leading experts on ethical issues in patent practice. He also spoke at the 2010 Association of Life Insurance Counsel Annual Meeting in Braselton on Ethical Issues with Metadata on May 25.
In May, Hricik led an interactive discussion at the 2010 International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition Conference on ethical and privilege issues arising from lawyer’s use of the Internet, including social networking sites. He also gave an invited guest lecturer at the University of Mississippi School of Law on ethical issues in patent litigation to students taking a course in federal intellectual property litigation. Additionally he gave a presentation in Overland Park, Kan., at the Kansas State Bar Association 2010 Intellectual Property Law Institute on ethical issues in patent practice and litigation. Hricik also wrote and filed with the United States Court of Appeals an amicus brief on behalf of several law professors from around the country in Lockwood v. Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP.
David Ritchie, associate professor, recently had his essay published titled “Reflections, Remembrances, and Mimesis: One Person’s View of the Significance of the 25th Anniversary of the Founding of the Legal Writing Institution.” Ritchie has been asked to serve as a member of the editorial board of the journal Revista da Faculdade de Direito da Universidade Federal do Parana. This journal is a peer edited international publication of the law department at the Federal University in Curitiba, Brazil. Ritchie was recently appointed to the planning committee for the Southeast Association of Law Schools 2011 workshop on Latin American, South American and Caribbean legal issues.