October 10, 2013

Faculty Highlights for October 2013

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Benjamin Allen's article, "The COMBREX project: Design, methodology, and initial results," was published in PLOS Biology. Click here to read the article.

Assistant Professor of Psychology Jacqueline Alfonso Barry gave an invited talk at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on September 17th titled, "Empirically Supported Approaches for Alcohol Use in College Students: From Research to Practice."

Professor of Psychology Joyce Benenson published an article, "Children's social networks and children's well-being," in the Handbook of Children's Well-being.

On September 21st, Associate Professor of Management Patricia Clarke gave a refereed conference presentation at the Financial Education Association annual meeting. The presentation, "Fuel prices and implications for online retail: A case study of staples," was co-authored with management major Julia Regan '14.

Assistant Professor of Biology Padraig Deighan co-authored a research paper, "Phage-encoded inhibitor of Staphylococcus aureus transcription exerts context-dependent effects on promoter function in a modified E. coli-based transcription system," which was published in the Journal of Bacteriology, 2013, Aug; 3621-8.

On October 4th, Professor of Philosophy Ray Devettere presented a paper, "Mindfulness Exercises and Ethics," at the annual conference of the Society for Ethics across the Curriculum at Oregon State University.

Assistant Professor of Sociology Janese Free was interviewed this month by freelance journalist, Joseph Dussault, for an upcoming newspaper article on collective responses to national and international tragedies, specifically focusing on acts of crime and violence.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Aren Gerdon was selected to review National Science Foundation (NSF) grant proposals submitted to the CAREER grants division in October.

Assistant Professor of Nursing Terri Jabaley presented information about advanced practice nursing at the Healthcare Career Panel sponsored by the Career Center and the Biology Department on Wednesday, September 18th.

In September, Assistant Professor of Sociology Katrin Kriz chaired a symposium, "Child welfare and migrant families: Estonia, Norway, Spain, the Netherlands and the United States," at the annual meetings of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) in Dublin, Ireland.

On September 20th, Assistant Professor of Education Christine Leighton and her colleague, Lisa M. O'Brien, co-presented "Raising the bar: Mediating access to and engagement with complex text for children acquiring English" at the New England Reading Association Conference in Portland, Maine.

On September 27th, Associate Professor of Science Education and Education Department Chair Fiona McDonnell, Lecturer in Education Kathleen Fraser and Associate Dean of Academic Support Cindy O'Callaghan represented Emmanuel College Teacher Preparation Programs as they attended an event, Commonwealth Collaborations: Advancing Educator Preparation in Massachusetts, which was co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.

Associate Professor of Art Megumi Naitoh has been awarded a $15,000 fellowship from the Brother Thomas Fund through the Boston Foundation. This prestigious fellowship is awarded to "talented artists making significant contributions to their community through excellence in their craft." Naitoh has been recognized by the Boston Foundation for her innovative work in translating digitally inspired pixilated images to the medium of ceramics. Inspired in part by Roman mosaics, this body of work by Naitoh engages an interesting tension between ancient and contemporary craft and the impact of technology on our lives. More information on the award can be found here.

The Department of Nursing held the Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing Annual Induction Ceremony for Pi Epsilon at Large Chapter on Friday, September 20th, in the Chapel at Emmanuel College. BSN students, MSN students and community leaders were inducted into Sigma Theta Tau.

Associate Professor of English Mary Elizabeth Pope's collection of short stories, Divining Venus, will launch on October 17th at Newtonville Books in Newton Center. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. Pope's interview with Interlochen Public Radio's "Michigan Writers on the Air" aired on September 26th. Click here to listen to the interview.

Professor of Chemistry Faina Ryvkin and co-author Michael Lynch '13 published the article "Investigation into structural changes of the copper binding site in lysyl oxidase upon substrate and inhibitor docking" in the journal of Innovation Systems Research Network Inorganic Chemistry.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Bryan Sears co-authored an article, "Efficient measurement of total tumor microvascularity ex vivo using a mathematical model to optimize volume subsampling," which was published in the Journal of Biomedical Optics.

Assistant Professor of Psychology Xiaowei Zhao was selected to serve on the editorial board of Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, a journal of Cambridge University Press.