Faculty and Staff Sketches

November 23, 2015



Amy Masko, associate professor of English, gave a presentation, "Adolescent Reflections on Urban Schooling," at the Annual Conference for the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum in Portland, Maine; and a plenary address, "Empowering Women Through Education in the Developing World: The Case of Ghana," at the National Council of Women Societies Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado.

Kirkhof College of Nursing faculty members Deborah Bambini, Barbara Hooper, Sally Stockdale and Luanne Shaw gave a presentation, “The Development and Implementation of a Faculty Simulation Team From the Ground Up: Successes and Continuing Challenges,” at the National League for Nursing Technology Conference in Tampa, Florida.

 Dianne Slager, assistant professor of nursing, was a co-author of an article, “A Feasibility Study of Women’s Confidence and Comfort in Use of a Kit to Monitor Ovulation,” published in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health.

Sylvia Mupepi, associate professor of nursing, had her instrument, Cervical Screening Barriers and Belief Questionnaires, indexed in the APA PsycTESTS Database.

Rick Albrecht, professor of movement science, gave a keynote address, "Sports Specialization: Training One-Trick Ponies," at the National Alliance for Youth Sports Annual Youth Sports Congress in New Orleans, Louisiana. He also lead a session, "Our Role in Creating Great Youth Sports Programs."

Dawn Evans, assistant professor of English, gave a presentation, "Organizational Habitus: Restructuring Youth's Views of Possible School Reform," at the American Association for Teaching And Curriculum Conference in Portland, Maine. 

Colleen Brice, professor of English, gave a presentation, "Advocacy and Policy SIG Meeting: How Can We Advocate for ELS?," at the annual conference of Michigan Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages held at Michigan State University. 

David Linn, associate professor of biomedical sciences, gave a presentation, “RGC Survival with a Selective Nicotinic Agonist and Modulator,” at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Meeting in Denver, Colorado.

Bopi Biddanda, professor of water resources, Annis Water Resources Institute, received a $25,000 grant from NOAA through the University of Michigan for a project, "Lake Sentinel: Observatory for Ecosystem Changes."

Dianne Conrad, assistant professor of nursing, was invited to participate in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Competency-Based Education for Doctoral-Prepared Advanced Practice Registered Nurses work group.

Nursing faculty members Janet Winter and Geraldine Terry gave a presentation, “Chaotic Exercise in Innovation to Promote System's Thinking in Interprofessional Healthcare Teams,” at the American Nurses Association-Michigan Conference and Annual Meeting in East Lansing.

Jean Barry, associate professor of nursing, gave a presentation, “Moral Distress: The Facts, and A Path to Healing,” at the American Nurses Association-Michigan Conference and Annual Meeting in East Lansing.

Donald Mitchell Jr., assistant professor of education, gave presentations, "Addressing Perceived Skill Deficiencies in Student Affairs Graduate Preparation Programs" and "A Multi-institutional Analysis of Greek Affiliation and Academic/Involvement Outcomes for African American College Students," at the Association for the Study of Higher Education Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado. Jay Cooper, associate professor of education and interim chair of leadership and learning, was a co-author for the first presentation.

Ranelle Brew, associate professor of public health, gave a presentation, "LoWellness Health Assessment Project in Partnership with GVSU Public Health," at Michigan's Premier Public Health Conference at Crystal Mountain; and "Innovative Pipeline Programming into Health Careers – A Community and University Collaboration," at the American Public Health Association Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

Information Technology staff members gave presentations — Glenna Decker, "Applying Principles of Andragogy in Online Teaching"; Matt Roberts, "Grading Nirvana: Toward a Better System and How to Implement It"; and Justin Melick, "Increasing Instructor Presence through the use of a Lightboard," at the ETOM Fall Conference, hosted by Grand Valley

Ivo Soljan, professor of English, and his wife, Vinka Soljan, co-authored an anthology of Croatian poetry, The Canon of Croatian Poetry: 1450-2000, published by the Edwin Mellen Press Publishing House.

Erica Hamilton, assistant professor of education, gave presentations, "Examining the Substitution-Augmentation-Modification-Redefinition Model for Instructional Design and Technology Integration," and "Tweeting U.S.A.: An Examination of State Educational Twitter Hashtags," at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Gregory Maytan, associate professor of music, was awarded the loan of a 1683 Giovanni Grancino violin by the Swedish Järnåker Foundation, which supports promising string players through providing the loan of vintage Italian violins. Maytan was selected on the basis of his professional accomplishments and his active performing schedule. Grancino is widely considered to be the greatest of violin makers in history.

Janet Vail, research scientist at the Annis Water Resources Institute, gave a presentation, “Making Lake Michigan Great: An Onboard Outreach and Education Project,” at the Ninth Biennial State of Lake Michigan Conference in Traverse City.

Library faculty Hazel McClure and Gayle Schaub gave a webinar, "Making the Most of Threshold Concept Lesson Plans: Ideas for Practical Teaching," for the Florida Library Association.

Tracy Russo, visiting professor of education, gave a presentation, "A Survey of Social Media Use and the Effects of a Social Media Initiative on Graduate Student Engagement," at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology International Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Social work faculty members Jamie Langlois and Matt Langlois conducted a presentation, "Zero Tolerance for Disproportionality," at the Michigan Association of School Social Worker's Conference in Lansing. 



In the News

Louis Moore, associate professor of history, was interviewed by The Huffington Post for a story about the University of Missouri football team protest over racial incidents.

Mark Schaub, chief international officer, was interviewed by WOOD-AM, WZZM-TV and WGVU Public Media for stories about study abroad trends and student participation.

Brian Kingshott, professor of criminal justice, was interviewed by WOOD-TV for a story about the terrorist attacks in Paris. 

Jonathan White, professor and executive director of the Homeland Defense Initiative, was interviewed by several media outlets about the terrorist attacks in Paris.