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Accomplishments by SU faculty, others 11.4.13

Following is a list of presentations, awards, honors and other achievements by or to Shippensburg University faculty or other members of the campus community. If you need further information, please call 477-1202. 

  • Dr. Lynn F. Baynum, associate professor of teacher education, Dr. Mary L. Paxton, assistant professor of teacher education, and Dr. Cheryl A. Slattery, associate professor of teacher education, presented at the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators (PAC-TE) 42nd Teacher Education Assembly in Harrisburg. They presented “Purposeful Prompting: Cultivating Common Language to Foster Common Ground and a Shared Vision.” In addition, they attended as well as served as Presiders for several concurrent sessions at the Assembly.
  • Dr. Wendy S. Becker, associate professor of management, and Nicole F. Campana, undergraduate psychology student, presented “The Great Bear Wilderness disaster: Demonstration of the Staff Ride as Experiential Learning” at the 2013 Academic Innovation Conference: Fostering Learning Through Student Engagement at Shippensburg University Oct. 18.
  • Dr. Sean Cornell, associate professor of geography-earth science, helped obtain a $64,400 Together Green grant from the Toyota Foundation for environmental restoration projects at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station Greenbackville Field Site. The restoration will focus on invasive species removal, oyster reef restoration, and native marsh grass restoration. The grant runs through fall of 2014 and will engage Ship students together with community partners including the Nature Conservancy, and the family-focused environmental organization Shore People Advancing Readiness and Knowledge. He also participated in a NSF-Funded curriculum development workshop at the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College in Minnesota.  Integrate is an initiative focused on interdisciplinary teaching of geoscience for a sustainable future. He is one of several authors invited to develop a distance-learning and blended course focused on general education on the topic of coastal processes, hazards, and society. He will partner with other coastal scientists and engineers from the University of New Orleans, Penn State, and Boston University to develop the multi-media delivered curriculum which will engage students in hands-on projects, working with real-world problems, analyzing and assessing important datasets, and assessing our presence today and in the future on the coastlines of the world. He has also been contacted by a representative of Reuters for a video essay on sea-level rise. 
  • Dr. Kenneth France, professor of psychology, is the author of “Intervening with Clients in Crisis,” a chapter in the recently published Psychologists’ Desk Reference.
  • Dr. Luis Melara, associate professor of mathematics, spent two months this summer as a faculty advisor in the Mathematical & Theoretical Biology Institute at Arizona State University. He was the lead faculty advisor for a group of undergraduates from SUNY-Stony Brook, Morehouse College, Arizona State University, and Northeastern Illinois University and graduate students from Arizona State University and Oxford University doing research on an invasive ant species in the U.S. Gulf Coast.  This research led to the report “Dynamics and Control of an Invasive Species: The Case of the Rasberry ‘Crazy’ Ant Colonies.” He also received a courtesy faculty appointment in the Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center at Arizona State. He served as chair and a co-panelist in the session “Applying to Graduate School and the Interview Process” during the 40th Annual Meeting of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in the Sciences in San Antonio Oct. 3 to 6. He gave the invited presentation “Mentoring Undergraduates Through Research in Mathematical Biology” at the International Symposium on Biomathematics and Ecology Education and Research Oct. 11 to 13, 2013 at Marymount University in Virginia. He presented the talk “Introduction to Math Biology Using Differential Equations” in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Ursinus College Oct. 17. Melara, along with undergraduates Brenna DeShong and Megan Parthemore, presented the talk “Orals Reviews: Improving Recruitment and Retention in STEM Majors” at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Conference Oct. 18 in Baltimore. His manuscript “Optimal Control in the Treatment of Retinitis Pigmentosa” was accepted for the Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, one of the premier research journals in math biology.  
  • Dr. Christopher L. Schwilk, assistant professor and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership & Special Education, presented “Careers in Special Education Outside of the K-12 Environment” Oct. 26 at the Teacher Educators of Children with Behavior Disorders Conference in Tempe, Ariz.  
  • Dr. Roger L. Serr, vice president for student affairs, and Dr. Peter M. Gigliotti, executive director for university communications & marketing, were invited speakers Oct. 21 at the 2013 EC Jamboree in New York City sponsored by the American Society for Emergency Contraception and the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception. They discussed the Plan B medication and the media controversy surrounding it in 2012. Conference attendees were from around the United States and the world, including the United Kingdom and Africa.
  • Dr. Praveen Veerabhadrappa, assistant professor of exercise science coauthored the abstract titled ‘Pedometer-assessed Workplace Walking Program Improves Cardio-Metabolic Profile among the University’s Workforce’ with two exercise science student researchers, Heather Weiss and Chelsey Michael, and presented at the American Heart Association, Council for High Blood Pressure Research 2013 Scientific Sessions in New Orleans. The presentation was based on data from the ‘Ship Move’ research study.

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