Aug 9 - Aug 15

posted Aug 17, 2009, 5:43 PM by David Russell   [ updated Aug 22, 2009, 5:28 PM ]

Susan McHugh , associate professor in English Department, traveled to Newcastle, Australia to give presentations on her research and teaching at the inaugural Minding Animals Conference, the largest meeting to date of scholars and others working on animal issues. One presentation, titled "Not the End of the Story: Animal Agents in Extinction Fictions," stems from research for her current book project on literary and social agency forms. The other talk is titled "Reading (and Writing) Animals? Learning from Pedagogical Challenges in Literary Animal Studies," and it addresses her work in developing her course "Animals, Literature, Culture" at UNE. McHugh has been invited to serve as a Steering Committee member for the next Minding Animals meeting, tentatively scheduled for 2012 in Europe.

Ali Ahmida, professor in Political Science Department, recently had an article published in the September issue of Third World Quarterly entitled "Beyond Orientalist, Colonial and Nationalist Models: a critical mapping of Maghribi studies (1951-2000)."

Ronald Deprez, Amy Kinner, Peter Millard, Leeann Baggott, Jean Mellett and Jia Ling Loo published an article entitled "Improving Quality of Care for Patients with Chronnic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease" that is featured in Population Health Management, August 2009, 12(4): 209-215.

Dr. Amy Keirstead, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Physics, co-authored a paper recently published in the journal Polymer.  The article, "Preparation of photochromic poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) fibers by electrospinning", Polymer 50 (2009) 3974-3980, describes the unusual photochemical behavior of a class of photochromic molecules (spiropyrans) in a restricted polymeric environment.  Dr. Keirstead is continuing to research the photochromic behavior of various spiropyrans in novel media with student Robyn Gaudet (Chemistry, '11).

Timothy E. Ford, Ph.D., vice president for research and dean of the College of Graduate Studies, is the lead author of an article titled "Using Satellite Images of Environmental Changes to Predict Infectious Disease Outbreaks" that appears in the September 2009 issue of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emerging Infectious Diseases. The paper is co-authored by Rita R. Colwell, Joan B. Rose, Stephen S. Morse, David J. Rogers, and Terry L. Yates. The researchers write that nothing is larger in scale, has more potential for long-term effects, and is more uncertain than the effect of climate change on disease outbreaks, epidemics and pandemics. Climate change leads to rises in sea level, flooding, droughts, and forest fires, which can increase disease outbreaks and their impact on people’s health. Satellite imaging is being used to measure the things that contribute to climate change, such as changes in ocean sea surface temperature, sea level, vegetation, soil type, and soil moisture. Researchers hope that satellite imaging can be used to create an early warning system so we can plan for and possibly even prevent future outbreaks. The CDC highlighted the article in its advanced publicity of the issue. See MedPageToday.com for a summary of the article.

Dr. Teresa Dzieweczynski in the Department of Psychology had a paper recently published in the journal Animal Behaviour. The article, "Lovers and fighters: male stickleback, Gasterosteus aculeatus, differ in their responses to conflicting stimuli," Animal Behaviour, 78, 399-406 has a student co-author, Colleen Mack (psychobiology '07). The work was completed through grants from the Marine Science Center and the CAS Dean's Office and was completed with the assistance of Amanda Toussaint (psychobiology '08) and Melissa Davio (psychobiology '09).

India Broyles (UNECOM MMEL) and students in the Master of Science in Medical Education Leadership have had a submission entitled “Five Doors to Excellence In Assessment” accepted for a 90-minute symposium at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM)’s 36th Annual Predoctoral Education Conference, January 28-31, 2010 in Jacksonville, FL.  The panel will describe selected response assessments and complex performance assessments that have been newly designed using a comprehensive approach to assessment and grading.
Panelists: 
India Broyles, EdD - Moderator -- Director, MMEL
Evelyn Schwalenberg DO, Director of Predoctoral Education
Audrey Okun-Langlais DO  -- UNECOM/UHC Family Medicine
Elisabeth Del Prete DO -- UNECOM/UHC  Chair of Family Medicine
Peggy Cyr MD (MMC)  -- Family Medicine Clerkship Coordinator