Scholarly Achievements

May 21, 2019

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

Sandra Bagbey, director, MBU in South Boston, and Sharon Barnes, director, MBU in Roanoke

Presented a session, “Survival Techniques in a Constantly Changing Workplace: Seeking Roadside Attractions and Personal Well-Being and Higher Education Professionals in the Midst of Changing Traffic Patterns, Roadblocks, and Detours,” Mid-Atlantic regional meeting of the Association for Continuing Higher Education. The conference theme was “Detours or Expressways: Exploring Roads that Lead to Student Success.”

David Black, digital projects and academic engagement librarian

A presentation, “Open Athens: Simplifying Authentication,” Computers in Libraries conference, March.

Master’s thesis, “‘bere we þe cros’: The Persistence of the Cross in English Ritual and Religious Practices from Bede to the Reformation,” awarded the Carlton B. Smith Award for Outstanding Thesis by the history faculty of James Madison University.

Clayton Brooks, assistant professor of history

Presented a paper, “The Painful Politics of History,” VHC conference, Virginia Wesleyan University, April.

Led a discussion of Edward L. Ayers’ The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America, Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar spring meeting, March. 

Calvin Chung, assistant professor of business

A paper, “Social Capital Building Process of a Korean Immigrant Church in the U.S.,” which was co-authored with two communications professors at James Madison University, accepted for publication in the Journal of Communication and Religion (issue 42.3).  

A paper, “Preferences for Human Resource Practices in South Korean and U.S. Based Nonprofits,” accepted for presentation at the Academy of Management conference, August, Boston.

Kerry Cook, assistant professor of theatre

An essay, “The Other Winding Sheet,” published in an essay collection, Epistolary Discourse on Deathbed Letters in Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost.

An article, “Peripatetic Pedagogy: Teaching First-Generation Shakespeare,” published in the journal Early Modern Culture.

A paper, “Phoebe,” on intersectional feminism in As You Like It, Shakespeare Association of America conference, April.

Maria Craig, associate professor of chemistry

Presented a poster on research in the area of immune system regulation as the principal investigator, with MBU student co-authors Emma Rhodenizer, Katriel Cho, and Kelly Li, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Meeting, April, Orlando, Fla.

Kent Diduch, associate professor, physician assistant program

A lecture, “Overtraining and Fatigue Syndrome,” UVa Running Medicine 2019 conference, March 15.

A lecture, “The ‘Ins and Outs’ of Sports Physicals,” and a workshop, “Hands-on Sports Physical Practice,” the 29th Annual McLemore Birdsong Pediatric Conference, April 13, Omni Hotel, Charlottesville.

A lecture, “Work-up and Management of Exertional GI Symptoms,” and a workshop “Sidelines Concussion Management — SMART-EST,” annual conference of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, April 15–16, Houston.

Bruce Dorries, associate professor of communication

Chaired an MBU student panel presentation, McDonough Leadership Conference, Marietta College, April 5. Students Jessica Hall, Isabella Ross, and Destiny Velazquez presented “From ‘No Men Allowed’ to ‘Now Men Allowed”: Arguments for a Women’s-Only Leadership Program at a Co-ed Institution.” 

Allison Ellington, occupational therapy program director

A poster, “Concurrent Validity of Sensor Glove-Derived Measures of Upper Extremity Motor Function,” 2019 American Occupational Therapy Association conference.

Co-authored posters with three Mary Baldwin University alumnae from the Class of 2018, 2019 American Occupational Therapy Association conference:

  • With Jennilee Dodds ’18, “Investigating the Use of Virtual Reality as a Therapeutic Intervention for Two Patient Populations: Cerebral Palsy and Autism Spectrum Disorder”
  • With Jenny Lewis ’18, “Practicing IADLs with Virtual Reality: Patient Perceptions and Clinician Feedback”
  • With Carleigh Ladden-Stirling ’18, “Addressing Sexuality with Spinal Cord Injuries: A Dialogue Among Providers, Clients, and Partners”

Mark Erath, adjunct professor, master of healthcare administration

Appointed to serve as a master examiner on the 2019 Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. 

Completed the award-winning annual Baldrige Examiner Training Program, May, and attended the Baldrige Quest for Excellence conference, April, where five 2018 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award winners were recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

Janet Ewing, director, Q Center

Attended the Sigma Beta Delta Board of Directors meeting as a member of the board and chair of the 25th Anniversary Celebration and Quadrennial Meeting Planning Committee, February 6–9, San Diego.  

Attended a live webinar on fake news offered by Dr. Donald Ketti, University of Texas at Austin, March 13.

Guest speaker, Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society Induction Ceremony, Bridgewater College, April 16.

Marty Fontenot, assistant professor of physical therapy

Presented a poster, “The Effectiveness of Neurodynamics Compared to Traditional Stretching Approaches for Increasing Range of Motion in Adults with Limited Straight Leg Raise Mobility,” APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Washington, D.C.   

Drew Gogian, director, School of Nursing

Appointed to the Augusta Health Foundation Board of Directors.

Sara N. James, professor emerita of art history

A publication, with co-author Ulysse Desportes,”Horace Talmage Day (1909–1984),” Dictionary of Virginia Biography, Library of Virginia.

Jinyoung Kang, assistant professor of business

Selected by B Lab and anchor partner United Nations Global Compact as a contributor to the project development of the SDG Platform, an impact management platform based on the B Impact Assessment.

Carlton Lewis, adjunct professor of criminal justice

Photo on the cover of Outer Banks This Week Magazine

Photo used for marketing purposes, social media for the Lost Colony Outdoor Drama

Photo used for exhibit marketing, North Carolina Museum of History

Photo used for educational display, Tarheel Jr. Historian, North Carolina Museum of History

12 photos permanent collection of Station Square Business Offices

Two photos accepted for display, North Carolina State Fair Juried Art Show

Photos used for 55th National Conference on Outdoor Theater and Southeastern Theater Conference

Photo accepted for display, the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts Art Show

Attended InfoSec Information Security Conference, fall 2018, Raleigh, N.C.

Paul Menzer, dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts

Named to a five-year term on the Editorial Board of Shakespeare Quarterly, the world’s premier Shakespeare journal, published by the Folger Shakespeare Library and Oxford University Press.

Daniel Metraux, professor emeritus of Asian studies

Two books published, The Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony Farm and the Creation of Japanese America and How Journalists Shaped American Foreign Policy: A Case Study of Japan’s Military Seizure of Korea.

Amy Miller, assistant professor of Asian studies

A lecture, “Worshiping the Divine Feminine in Hinduism,” Spencer Center’s International Cafè series.

Wrote the foreword for The Wakumatsu Tea and Silk Colony Farm and the Creation of Japanese America by Daniel Metraux.

Reid Oechslin, director of internal operations

Excerpts from a 1997 documentary film by Oechslin and Chris Farina will appear in a song cycle by Victory Hall Opera on Sally Hemmings, “Sally on West Main,” 7:30 p.m., May 25, Music Resource Center, 105 Ridge Street, Charlottesville.

Marina Omar, assistant professor of political science

A paper, “Why Affiliate? Independent Candidates in Emerging Democracies: The Case of Afghanistan Since 2001,” Midwest Political Science Association, April, Chicago. 

Colleen Pendry, adjunct professor of art

A solo exhibition of painting and photography, “Ephemerality,” May 1–June 30, Hess Financial Services, Harrisonburg.

Peter Ruiz-Haas, associate professor of chemistry

With Jessica Balough and Bethany Taylor, presented two posters, “The Degradation of Bisphenol-F Under UV Light” and “Estrogenic Properties and Removal of Tetrabromobisphenol-A (TBBPA) by UV Advanced Oxidation,” Spring National Conference of the American Chemical Society, Orlando.

Melissa Scheiber, assistant professor of biology

Attended the 80th Annual Meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists, April, Memphis, Tenn. and presented posters:

  • With student Ascharya Balaji, “Examining the Role of Levonorgestrel on the Invasive Behavior of Human T47D Breast Cancer Cells in a Danio rerio Model” 
  • With student Mary Oliver, “The Effect of Micro-RNA 200a Targeting PTEN to Inhibit Apoptosis in THP-1 Cells Following a Lipopolysaccharide-Induced Immune Response” 
  • With student Sage Wyatt, “Effects of Testosterone Propionate on Embryonic Zebrafish Spine Development” 

Received the VFIC Mednick Fellowship for proposal, “Estrogenic Effects of BPF and BPS on Breast Cancer Development, Progression, and Metastasis.

Pam Stephenson, assistant professor of occupational therapy

A short course presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association’s annual conference 2019, New Orleans: Stephenson, P., Laverdure, P., Clark, G. F., and Cosbey, J.  Transitioning to School-Based Practice: A Primer for Practitioners.  

Poster presentations at the American Occupational Therapy Association’s annual conference 2019, New Orleans:

  • Stephenson, P., “How Does Providing Jail-Based Services Impact OT Students’ Perceptions of Occupational Justice?” 
  • Benito, R., and Stephenson, P., “Is There a Need for Occupational Therapy Services in Working with Correctional Officers?” 
  • Holt, A., Johnson, S., and Stephenson, P., “Occupational Therapy’s Role with Breastfeeding: A Co-occupation Between Mother and Infant.”
  • Mazique, D., Lewis, C, and Stephenson, P., “Occupational Therapy: Recognizing Health Inequalities and Bias Related to African-Americans Within Healthcare.”
  • Sheard, K., Burns, L., Hull, H., and Stephenson, P., “I’m Supporting an OT Capstone Experience! What will make it successful?”

Round table discussion facilitated at American Occupational Therapy Association’s annual conference 2019, New Orleans: Stephenson, P., & Costello, P., “Interprofessional Collaboration Across Children and Youth Practice Settings: Successes and Challenges.” 

Charis Tucker, assistant director of the Spencer Center

A poster, “African American Travel Trends and the Connection to Study Abroad,” during the session on “Increasing Diversity Outreach and Support in International Education,” NAFSA conference, Washington D.C., May 30.

Lindsey Walsh, assistant director and coordinator of internships and employer relations, The Vantage Point

Completed the Leadership Greater Augusta Program, hosted by the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce, May 2, which included a tour of the industry, government, and education systems in the Valley; skill development in personal growth through the Kiersey assessment; communication training with the American Shakespeare Center; and a diversity workshop with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities.