Scholarly Achievements

February 14, 2019

Here are the latest accomplishments in scholarship, research, and craft by MBU faculty and staff.

Keith Bishop, associate professor of physical therapy

Murphy Deming alum Kristen Lambert ’18 DPT presented a platform, “Wound Management in Aquatic Physical Therapy: Transparent Film Dressings,” drawing upon her and Bishop’s research, American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Conference, January 2019, Washington, D.C.

Mary Jane Epps, assistant professor of biology

Manuscript, “Public Questions Spur the Discovery of New Bacterial Species Associated with Lignin Bioconversion of Industrial Waste,” accepted for publication in Royal Society Open Science.

Deborah Diaz, associate professor of physical therapy; Carolyn Moore, associate professor of physical therapy; and Ashley Cane, August Health physical therapist and Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences adjunct professor

Published a recent article, “Physical therapy management of adults with mild traumatic brain injury,” Seminars in Speech and Language.

Marty Fontenot, assistant professor of physical therapy

Peer-reviewed poster presentation, “The Effectiveness of Neurodynamics Compared to Traditional Stretching Approaches for Increasing Range of Motion in Adults with Limited Straight Leg Raise Mobility,” American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Conference, January 2019, Washington, D.C.

Lise Keiter, professor of music

Several concerts with clarinetist Lynda Dembowski, including performances in Charlottesville, Annapolis, and at Bridgewater College, spring 2018.

Performed on several chamber music concerts as part of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, summer 2018.

Participated in a workshop “Embracing Diversity,” and chaired a session, College Music Society National Conference, October 2018, Vancouver, Canada.

An invited panelist, “Beyond the Stage: How to prepare to be a successful music major in college,” sponsored by the Harrisonburg Music Teachers’ Association, January 19, Harrisonburg.

Katherine Low, associate professor of religion and chaplain

Published a review of My So-Called Biblical Life: Imagined Stories from the World’s Best-Selling Book edited by Julie Faith Parker, Review of Biblical Literature, January 10.

Bess Maxwell, assistant professor of physical therapy

A presentation, “Health-Focused Care in Aquatic Physical Therapy,” American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Conference, January 2019, Washington, D.C.

Carolyn Moore, associate professor of physical therapy

A poster presentation, “Physical Therapists’ Knowledge and Attitudes Towards LGBT Populations,” American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, January 2019, Washington, D.C.

Brenci Patiño, associate professor of Spanish

An invited lecture, “Citizenship and Resistance: Examining Border Celebrations,” sponsored by the Virginia Latino Higher Education Network, University of Lynchburg, December 4. (Patiño serves as the lecture series coordinator for the network.)

Stephanie Sebolt, assistant professor of education

Presented a workshop, “Negotiating Meaning: How Spanish-Speaking Mothers Make Sense of Parent Engagement,” National Association for Multicultural Education Conference, November 27–29, Memphis, TN.

Sandra Wagoner, Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences (MDCHS) adjunct professor

With four second-year students in the Occupational Therapy Program — Taylor Conyers, Tiffany Helmick, Autumn Puryear, and Ellen Sparks — presented an evidence-based, four-hour workshop, “Thumbs up for Thumbs,” January 19 at MDCHS.