A Panther’s Panther: Tony Price Jr.,
Promotes Healthy Behaviors at Georgia State
Tony Price Jr. will lead the university community on a walk through the Atlanta Campus to the football field at Georgia State Stadium on National Walking Day, April 3.
It’s just one of many events he has helped to plan to promote healthy behaviors and physical activity across Georgia State’s campuses this year as the health and wellness coordinator in the Office of Employee Development and Wellness Services.
Price, an exercise physiologist, has been a part of the Georgia State family for 12 years between his undergraduate and professional career. While in college he worked as a resident assistant and graduate assistant in Housing as he worked to obtain his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in exercise science.
“I like to think that I’m a Panther’s Panther,” Price said. “Since I went to school here and came back to work here, I feel like I almost have a deeper connection to Georgia State.”
Price, the son of a United States Marine, was an only child who moved a lot growing up. After an injury on his high school’s football field in Okinawa, Japan he became interested in exercise science.
“When I was a sophomore I broke my arm the first game, the first play of that season. And it was broken in such a way that both of the bones in my right arm broke,” said Price, who wore a long arm cast for three months, a short arm cast for three months and even a splint into track season that same year.
Price started his career as a physical therapy assistant at Martin Army Community Hospital in Fort Benning, Ga., which provided him a look into the impact chronic health conditions have on the lives of soldiers he helped prepare to return to work.
“I got a chance to see how diabetes affects populations, how obesity affects different populations and how tobacco utilization can affect different populations,” he said.
That has fueled his passion to help Georgia State employees prevent those diseases. Price helps coordinate and lead a host of free programs, events and trainings for the university community, including Wellness on Wheels, Walk-N-Talks which take place every Thursday, and Fun Fitness Fridays.
“I want people whereever they are to be as healthy as they can be,” he said.
The most rewarding part of his job, he says, comes from health coaching.
“I really get the chance to have that one-on-one interaction with people and figure out where they are, whether they want to go, either gain weight or lose weight, or whether they want to run a 5K for the first time in their life,” he said. “I get to use the tools that I have to help them along the journey and when they have completed the journey I get to share in that joy with them.”
Price, who will start a doctoral degree in public health at Georgia State this fall, said he is most interested in researching the prevention of childhood obesity.
“I personally believe that if I can help a child not be obese or not develop certain other chronic diseases then that will impact them over the course of their lifespan and It will impact everyone else that they come into contact with,” he said.
Price hopes the wellness programs continue to grow at Georgia State. Part of his job is to serve as a liaison to the University System of Georgia where he helps to create new procedures and policies for wellness.
“It’s important because there’s a lot of literature and documentation that says a healthy employee is a happy employee and a happy employee is a more productive employee, but even more than that people are more than just where they work,” Price said.
When Price isn’t working, he has many other hobbies. He’s training for a Spartan obstacle course race, he plays the alto saxophone and he’s also an avid fantasy football player. He’s also getting married next year.
If you would like to attend National Walking Day on your campus, learn more here.
Georgia State to Establish Prevention Research Center
Focused on Migrant Health
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded Georgia State University a five-year, $3.75 million grant to establish a Prevention Research Center (PRC) that will focus on the health and health disparities of refugees and migrants.
Georgia State is one of 25 institutions included in the 2019-24 PRC network, which works to identify public health issues and develop interventions that can be scaled up or replicated in other communities. The PRC will be based at the university’s Perimeter College campus in Clarkston, a city known as the “Ellis Island of the South” because it is home to thousands of migrants. The center will open on Sept. 30.
“We are deeply honored to join the CDC’s Prevention Research Center network, which has played a vital role in advancing public health in this country for 35 years,” said Michael Eriksen, interim vice president for research and economic development at Georgia State. “Nationally, very little is being done to address issues affecting refugee communities, and having a campus inside Clarkston presents a tremendous opportunity to work with a population that’s in need of support and research.”
Eriksen will direct the center with Rodney Lyn, interim dean of the School of Public Health.
The core research project, conducted in partnership with the community, will address the health and well-being of migrant children by adapting SafeCare, an evidence-based parenting program. Georgia State researchers will use SafeCare to conduct the first systematic effort in the nation to develop culturally and linguistically relevant care and interventions for migrant and refugee children.
Led by Daniel Whitaker, professor of health promotion and behavior and co-director of the National SafeCare Training and Research Center, the researchers will examine whether the program can improve the parent-child relationship, alleviate parenting stress and boost children’s social and emotional health.
“Mental health problems among refugees are very common, and the need for public health interventions focused on refugee mental health continues to grow,” Whitaker said. “Young children in particular are vulnerable and one of the primary protective mechanisms is the presence of safe, stable and nurturing relationship with an adult.”
The PRC will work with community partners to design and implement the core research project and identify and address other health concerns. A community advisory board consisting of major agencies involved in migrant health, community groups and new citizens will help guide the center’s work. Community engagement efforts will be led by Mary Helen O’Connor, assistant professor of English at Perimeter College and director of Georgia State’s Center for Community Engagement. The chair of the advisory board will be Heval Kelli, a Georgia State alumnus and cardiology Fellow at Emory University. Kelli arrived in the U.S. as a refugee in 2001.
“I am thrilled to connect the resources of the university to the Clarkston community in a meaningful, collaborative and responsive way,” O’Connor said. “Having taught in Clarkston for more than a decade, it is exciting to have an initiative that will utilize the expertise of our faculty, students and staff to develop innovative approaches to address persistent disparities in the health of the Clarkston community. We look forward to learning together how to make measurable and sustainable improvements in the health of our friends, neighbors and students.”
“We are proud to be a welcoming city for migrants and refugees,” said Clarkston mayor Ted Terry. “With its focus on community-based participation, the Prevention Research Center will provide opportunities for our residents to collaborate with Georgia State faculty and access much-needed resources and care.”
In addition to the School of Public Health and Perimeter College, the PRC will engage faculty and students from other schools and colleges to employ an interdisciplinary approach to addressing migrant health.
“The School of Public Health is privileged to have the opportunity to deepen its partnership with the Clarkston community in improving the health and well-being of children and families,” Lyn said. “The Prevention Research Center will allow Georgia State researchers to develop new knowledge that may hold promise for serving other similar communities across the country.”
It’s Tornado Season in Georgia
Tornado season is here in Georgia. Georgia State’s Office of Emergency Management has provided safety tips employees should be familiar with in case a tornado warning is issued.
The following steps will be taken:
1. The Georgia State Office of Emergency Management will initiate the mass notification procedure for a tornado warning, which includes the following activations:
a. Mass notification text, email and phone call
b. Tornado sirens and indoor speakers
c. Alertus Emergency Desktop Override System
2. Individuals outside when the warning is issued should take cover in the nearest building.
3. Individuals inside when the warning is issued should remain indoors.
4. Individuals should take appropriate shelter on the lowest possible floor in interior rooms away from windows and doors. When determining the best shelter area, consider the following guidelines:
a. Avoid areas near glass.
b. Avoid areas near exterior walls.
c. Avoid areas with high roofs.
d. Avoid areas with wide-span roofs.
e. Avoid non-structural hazards, such as heavy equipment on shelving.
f. Do not enter elevators during a tornado warning.
5. Help direct special -eeds people and visitors to safe sheltering areas.
6. Take direction from the Emergency Response Team in the building in which you are sheltering.
7. Crouch close to the ground, if possible, and cover the back of your head and neck with your hands.
8. Remain in your sheltering location until the all-clear is issued from the Office of Emergency Management.
Apply for the Tuition Assistance Program
The Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application submission deadline for summer is April 15 at 5:15 p.m. Learn more about TAP during a WebEx on Wednesday, April 3, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.:
Audio conference information:1-415-655-0002
You may complete the TAP application at: https://www.usg.edu/assets/hr/benefits_docs/tapp_app.pdf. TAP applications will not be accepted after the deadline. It is important to read the TAP policy before completing the application. You are responsible for the policy and procedures at the time you sign the application. To view the TAP policy, click here. If you have questions or need information about TAP, contact Regina Barnett at (404) 413-3334 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Georgia State Selects Clusters In Fourth Round
Of Its Next Generation Program
Georgia State University has selected three new research clusters as part of the fourth round of its ambitious Next Generation Program, dedicated to boosting the university’s reputation for pioneering, interdisciplinary research and scholarship.
The selected clusters include:
Artificial Intelligence Augmented Systems: Design and Application: This initiative will help to build Georgia State as a center of excellence in the design of artificial intelligence (AI) systems that augment human decision-making, while also leading in scholarship considering the pragmatic, ethical and societal implications of these systems. The initiative will focus on the design and application of AI in augmenting education, information technology, healthcare, financial technology and logistics. Departments involved include Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Psychology and Philosophy.
Quantum Science, Quantum Materials and Quantum Information: This initiative will expand upon Georgia State’s existing capabilities and achievements in quantum science, including inventions such as a quantum optical nano-generator called a spaser, and research that has resulted in innovations in ultrafast optics, quantum materials, infrared dyes and super-resolution microscopy. The cluster proposal will support faculty whose expertise is in the ultrafast optics of quantum materials, electron spectroscopies of two-dimensional and topological materials, and inorganic or colloidal chemistry who will develop technologies and further applications of spasers in theranostics and sensing. Departments and existing centers involved include Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and the Center for Nano-Optics.
Shared Vision: A Georgia State Imaging Innovation Hub: As imaging technology plays an increasing role in society and research, it is driving significant advances in nearly every technical field, including astronomy, medicine and security. The hub brings together existing research faculty exploring a wide range of digital imaging research, including imaging at the nano-particle level, remote sensing for biophysics and space sciences, digital pathology, brain imaging using magnetic resonance imaging and other tools. The hub will help Georgia State become home to high-profile, leading research with new approaches to acquire, process and characterize imaging data from the smallest to the largest scales. Departments involved in this hub include Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics and Astronomy, Psychology and the Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA).
The Next Generation Program is the successor to the Second Century Initiative (2CI), which attracted high-caliber faculty who lead in their fields of expertise.
“The Second Century Initiative and Next Generation Program have added major multi-disciplinary dimensions to our research portfolio and enriched both our graduate and undergraduate programs,” said Risa Palm, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “These three new initiatives will continue to enhance the quality and reputation of Georgia State.”
Since 2009, these initiatives have brought more than 100 faculty who helped to establish high-profile institutes and centers, including the Institute for Biomedical Sciences, the Urban Studies Institute, the Center for Molecular and Translational Medicine, the Transcultural Conflict and Violent Extremism initiative, the Global Studies Institute, the Center for Research on Interpersonal Violence and more.
The 2CI and the Next Generation Program also enhanced existing centers and institutes at the university established prior to the two initiatives, including the Neuroscience Institute, Center for Diagnostics and Therapeutics, and the Center for Law, Health & Society.
To learn more about the Next Generation Program, visit https://nextgen.gsu.edu.
Graduate Programs Ranked Among Nation’s Best by U.S. News
Many of Georgia State University’s graduate programs ranked highly in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report magazine survey of “Best Graduate Schools.”
The magazine annually ranks undergraduate and graduate programs across the U.S., using qualitative and quantitative measures. Rankings of colleges and schools use both measures. Those of individual disciplines are based peer assessments by academics.
The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies moved from 18 to 21 in the magazine’s overall ranking of public affairs schools. Its individual disciplines continued to rank highly. Its program in local government management ranked seventh, nonprofit management ranked ninth, public financing and budgeting was eighth, public management and leadership was 19th, public policy analysis 22nd and urban policy eighth. Its program in local government management went from eighth to seventh.
The Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions moved up from 117th to 99th in the overall ranking of nursing schools. Its doctoral program went from 132nd to 126th.
The College of Education and Human Development ranked 45th in the nation (down from 40). Its counseling program ranked 11th, its curriculum program 23rd, its ranked elementary teacher education program was 21st, secondary teacher education was 22nd, and student counseling and personnel services was 11th.
The College of Law ranked 67th in the nation overall (down two spots). It ranked second in health care law and its part-time program ranked 13th, its program in clinical training was 26th and dispute resolution was 44th. Environmental law ranked 103rd, international law 78th, tax law 43rd, trial advocacy 21st and legal writing 75th.
The Robinson College of Business ranked 48th in the survey of part-time MBA programs (down from 32nd). Its information systems program ranked 13th (up from 17th).
In health-related areas, the university’s program in health care management ranked 39th and public health was 56th. Rehabilitation counseling was 55th and social work ranked 59th.
Learn About the Individual Green Office Certification
Green offices are starting to take root and sprout across Georgia State. Faculty, staff and departments can be recognized for sustainable practices by applying for Green Office Certification through the Sustainability Initiatives Office.
Like many certification programs, the scoring is tiered and based on level of difficulty to achieve tasks in categories, including energy conservation, waste reduction, recycling, communications, and occupant health and comfort.
Once certified, individuals receive a certificate to be displayed in their space and will be featured on the sustainability website and Green Scene. Applicants also have access to a Companion Guide that outlines the benefits, costs and feasibility of each credit available through the program.
The Life & Earth Sciences Department on the Dunwoody Campus recently earned the Silver Level Green Office Certification.
“I had been brainstorming for years about efforts that we could take on our campus to become more sustainable,” said Cody Luedtke, a lab coordinator and lecturer who teaches environmental sciences, botany and biology on the Dunwoody Campus. “When I found the Green Office Certification program it seemed like the perfect way to get started and earn some recognition for our efforts in the process. We were already doing many of the things required to earn certification, but we have made an organized effort over the past few semesters to expand our efforts and change the way we do things.”
The department was already making sustainable choices by recycling properly and going paperless whenever possible, Luedtke said. But they also scored big points by using reusable dishware and water filters to eliminate plastic bottles and committing to making more than 50 percent of their events zero-waste. The department earned Green Office credit by donating about 200 pounds of books to Goodwill and Books for Africa and starting a book exchange.
Luedtke is encouraged by the enthusiasm for sustainability on the Dunwoody campus, and hopes the department can inspire others to take the challenge as well.
“I think institutions have incredible power when it comes to sustainability,” Luedtke said. “A change at the department level, implemented by our 30 plus staff and faculty, has a much greater effect than a single individual can achieve. The coordinated sustainability initiative motivates everyone to participate, and with increased participation comes even greater enthusiasm as people see those around them making a positive difference.”
If you or your department are interested in earning recognition for your sustainable practices at work, visit sustainability.gsu.edu. You can download the Green Office Checklist and also take a look at the Green Office Companion Guide.
The Faculty Fellows for the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP): College to Career: Career Readiness through Everyday Competencies are: Aakanksha Angra, academic professional in biology; Sandra L. Dwyer, principal senior lecturer of philosophy; Laura Hastings, senior lecturer in political science and global studies; Jung Ha Kim, principal senior lecturer of sociology; Melissa McLeod, senior lecturer of English; Paul N. Ulrich, senior lecturer of biology; Natalie Stickney, assistant professor in kinesiology and health at Perimeter College; Sahithya Reddivari assistant professor of engineering; Tamra Susan Ortgies-Young, assistant professor of political science at Perimeter College; Keisha Brown, assistant professor of mathematics at Perimeter College; Susan Cody-Rydzewski, faculty member in sociology; Christa Wright, assistant professor of public health; Shelby Frost, clinical associate professor of economics; and Isabelle Nathalie Monlouis, professor of practice entrepreneurship and innovation.
Kyle White, assistant to the dean in the College of the Arts, performed in a three-city recital tour with Snow Pond Saxophone Quartet, which included a performance with Jan Berry Baker, associate professor of saxophone.
Sarah Cook, associate dean of the Honors College, established the David E. Cook & Fr. Charles Robbins Scholarship in memory of her father who died earlier this year. This scholarship will benefit Georgia State students who have come through the child welfare system.
Perimeter College celebrated staff excellence during a Staff Development Day award ceremony. Receiving awards were: Karon Edge-Fitzpatrick, Alpharetta Campus administrative coordinator, for the Quality Service Award; Melanie Lynn, Laura Moore and Michael Butler, American Sign Language Lab staff, for the Teamwork Award; Vickie Johnson, PBI Project RAISE/Mathematics, for the Leadership Award; and Nancy McDaniel, Learning and Tutoring Center, Dunwoody, for the Perimeter College Community Culture Award.
Mary Beth Walker, associate provost for strategic initiatives and innovation at Georgia State since 2017, will join California State University-Northridge as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs on July 1.
James A. Weyhenmeyer, vice president for research and economic development at Georgia State University since 2011, will join Auburn University as vice president for research on April 1.
Diane Belcher, professor and chair of Applied Linguistics & ESL, is one of the associate editors of The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching, which won the Association of American Publishers 2019 PROSE award for best multi-volume reference in the humanities. The encyclopedia also received “Honorable Mention” in the American Library Association 2019 Dartmouth Medal for most outstanding reference work.
Kristina Brezicha, assistant professor of educational leadership, published an article in the Peabody Journal of Education comparing the Civic Education Initiative (CEI), spearheaded by the Joe Foss Institute, to research-based practices for teaching civics.
Sarah Brosnan, professor of psychology, philosophy and neuroscience, was appointed editor of Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B.
Andrew J. Butler, professor of physical therapy and associate dean for research in the Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions, has been named dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Health Professions.
Deborah Byrd and Laura Tartak co-presented, “Jane Austen, James Bond, and Jack the Ripper Walked into a Pub: Creating a Study Abroad with Broad Appeal”; and Jennifer McAllister Duncan presented, “Sneaky Tricks to Make Students Think I’m Watching,” during the Two-Year College English Association-Southeast conference in Memphis, Tenn. Byrd is an assistant professor of English at the Newton Campus, and Tartak is an assistant professor of library science at the Newton Campus. Duncan is an online assistant professor of English for Perimeter College.
Xiaojun (Matt) Cao, professor of computer science, was invited to serve as IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) Symposium co-chair for 2019. ICC is one of the IEEE Communication’s Society’s two flagship conferences dedicated to driving innovation communications. This year it will be held May 20-24 in Shanghai, China.
Karen Wheel Carter, associate dean and an associate professor of business and criminal justice on the Dunwoody Campus, received the Irene and Curtis Ulmer Scholarship in Adult Education from the University of Georgia. The annual award is given to two outstanding doctoral students who demonstrate interests and experiences that address the advancement of adult education in the public or nonprofit sectors and not the corporate or for-profit world. The recipient also must demonstrate experience in the practice and research of adult education and show potential for leadership in the field.
S. Tamer Cavusgil, the Fuller E. Callaway Professorial Chair and director of the Center for International Business Education and Research, was recognized in Advances in Global Marketing, which published a comprehensive review of scholarly academic literature in international marketing covering 1995-2015. Cavusgil was named the most prolific author of the time period and co-author of the most influential article published during the period.
Sierra Carter, assistant professor of psychology, has been selected one of the National Minority Quality Forum’s “40 under 40 Leaders in Minority Health.”
Thomas Crisp, associate professor of literacy, has been named vice president/president-elect of the Children’s Literature Association, the largest international organization in the humanities for the study of children’s literature.
Rajeev Dhawan, the Carl R. Zwerner Chair of Economic Forecasting and director of the Economic Forecasting Center, was recognized by The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago for the best change in private inventories forecast. He also received his fifth Crystal Ball Award from Pulsenomics, given annually for accuracy in projecting the future path of the Zillow Home Value Index over various time horizons. Dhawan earned first place in five of 11 prize categories among more than 100 experts who participate in the firm’s home price expectations survey.
Richard Dix, professor of biology, was appointed to the editorial board of Investigative Ophthalmology & Vision Science, a leading eye research journal published by the Association of Research in Vision & Ophthalmology, which has 12,000 members worldwide.
Stephen Dobranski, Distinguished University Professor of English, was named editor of the journal, Milton Studies, published by Penn State University Press. His first issue as editor will be published this spring. Milton Studies is published biannually as a forum for scholarship on John Milton (1608-74), using a range of approaches and methodologies to elucidate the life and works of the influential poet and polemicist.
Craig Dongoski, professor of art and design, had a solo exhibition, “Observing Time Through Circles of Little Animals” at Gallery 205 in Columbia, Tenn.
Craig Drennen, associate professor of art and design, is featured in two solo exhibitions, “Bandit Roll/Chimney Hole” at the Atlanta Contemporary and “The Chimney Cane Candy Hole” at Loaca Projects in San Francisco.
Art and Design professor Craig Dongoski and Distinguished University Professor Pam Longobardi are part of a group exhibition, “Anthropocene,” at The Clemente in New York.
Cynthia Farnell, director of the Welch Gallery, and Stephanie Kolpy, lecturer of art and design, are included in the International Print Biennial at Kai Lin Gallery. Kolpy was awarded the show’s Patron Purchase Award.
Julia Gaffield, assistant professor of history, received an Omohundro Institute Digital Collections Fellowship to support the digitization of pre-1820 printed documents from the Bibliothèque Haïtienne des Pères du Saint-Esprit, Haiti’s oldest library. Gaffield’s project will preserve the archival collection, which was displaced when the archive was destroyed by an earthquake in 2010.
Doug Gardenhire, chair and clinical associate professor of respiratory therapy, has been elected to the Board of Directors for The Coalition for Baccalaureate and Graduate Respiratory Therapy Education (CoBGRTE) for 2019-20. CoBGRTE is an organization that helps students, faculty members and the public learn about baccalaureate and graduate respiratory therapy education in the U.S.
Sarah Gershon, associate professor of political science, was presented with the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award by the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University. Gershon earned her Ph.D. in political science from Arizona State in 2008 before joining Georgia State as an assistant professor.
Ryan Grelecki, Honors College faculty associate for the Honors Experience in the Robinson College of Business, emceed the Risk Management & Insurance Department Foundation’s annual black-tie awards celebration, the Riskies, at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center on March 5.
Wesley Harvey, lecturer in art and design, is a featured ceramic artist at the Red Clay Lodge Gallery Expo during the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference in Minneapolis.
Jessie Hayden, assistant professor of English at Perimeter College, received the “Inspiration Award” at Park Pride’s Parks and Greenspace Conference on Monday, March 25.
Maged Henary, associate professor of chemistry, is the winner of the 2019 Georgia State Undergraduate Research Conference (GSURC) Faculty Award. GSURC organizers chose Henary because of his body of work, which demonstrates his commitment to guiding undergraduate research. Henary has mentored 38 undergraduate research projects over the last decade, resulting in his students having the opportunity to present their work at various conferences, publish their research in journals, earn awards and obtain a patent.
John Horgan, Distinguished University Professor of global studies and psychology, was invited to join a gathering of leading world experts on terrorism to speak at a conference at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Feb. 28 – March 3.
Sue Kasun, associate professor of language education, and Jyoti Kaneria, coordinator for the College of Education and Human Development’s Project ESCUELA grant, took students from North Atlanta High School interested in dual-language teaching to Garden Hills Elementary School to see dual-language classrooms firsthand.
Mark Keil, the John B. Zellars Professor of Computer Information Systems, received the Association for information Systems Fellow Award for outstanding contributions to the information systems discipline in research, teaching and service.
Karl Kroeppler, drawing and painting instructor, was part of a juried exhibition at Callanwolde Fine Arts with self-portraits of life with Trige, minal Neuralgia.
For the fifth consecutive year, V. Kumar, Regents Professor, the Richard and Susan Lenny Distinguished Chair in Marketing and executive director of the Center for Excellence in Brand & Customer Management, was recognized by the American Marketing Association as the world’s most productive researcher in premier marketing journals over the past 10 years, covering 2009-18.
An article by Hongli Li, associate professor educational policy studies, titled, “The Relationship between Test Preparation and State Test Performance: Evidence from the Measure of Effective Teaching (MET) Project” is the winner of the AERA Division H Outstanding Publication Awards in the category for Assessment and Accountability.
Distinguished University Professor Pam Longobardi was highlighted by the Fulton County Art Program, which showcased women artists in its permanent art collection. Longobardi’s work is on view at the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Isabelle Monlouis, professor of practice and associate director of the H.J. Russell Center for Entrepreneurship, has received a grant from VentureWell (formerly the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance) to develop an innovation and entrepreneurship program for WomenLead, Georgia State’s university-wide undergraduate leadership course.
Clinical assistant professor Tim Newman and his students worked with Dustin Bixby, vice president of marketing and promotion for the Atlanta Motor Speedway, Alex Kirk from Racing Electronics and NASCAR driver Chase Elliott for this year’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.
Marise Parent, professor of neuroscience and psychology and the Honors College faculty associate for research and theses, has been chosen to receive the Alumni Distinguished Professor Award. This award is presented by the university’s Alumni Association each spring to one faculty member for outstanding achievements in scholarship, teaching and service. Parent will receive the award during an event on May 7.
Angelo Restivo, associate professor of film, media and theater, had a new book published by Duke University Press. The book is titled, “Breaking Bad and Cinematic Television.”
Film, Media and Theater professors Jennifer Barker, Angelo Restivo, Laurel Ahnert and Diana Anselmo presented at the Society for Cinema & Media Studies 60th annual Conference in Seattle.
Renée Schwartz, associate professor of science education, spent time in Valparaiso and Santiago, Chile, this semester as part of her Global Initiatives Grant project. She taught two genetics workshops for secondary biology teachers at the Pontific Universidad Católica de Valaparaiso, led a seminar on developing science teachers’ inquiry pedagogy skills, saw Humboldt penguins on the coast and discussed research plans and an international conference symposium with Edgard Hernandez Lema from the Chilean Ministry of Education.
Nida Shaikh, assistant professor of nutrition, has been awarded the “Distinguished Service by a Researcher” award by the Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Veda Storey, The Tull Professor of Computer Information Systems, has received the Association for information Systems Fellow Award for outstanding contributions to the information systems discipline in research, teaching and service. Storey also received the 2018 Peter P. Chen Award for outstanding contributions to the field of conceptual modeling.
Christine Thomas, professor of mathematics education, has been selected to receive the Benjamin Banneker Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her decades of leadership and advocacy of behalf of all children in mathematics.
Robert Scott Thompson, coordinator of music technology, had three of his works presented during the Diffrazioni Festival in Florence, Italy.
College of Education & Human Development (CEHD) faculty members Kris Varjas, Joel Meyers and Jane Brack worked with CEHD alum Leandra Parris to examine the relationships between bullying experiences and coping with bullying in an article for the Journal of School Violence.
Yannick Veilleux-Lepage, a senior research associate with Georgia State’s Transcultural Conflict and Violent Extremism Initiative has been awarded a grant from the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security, and Society to study the confluence of misogyny, gender and social media in the Extreme Right movement.
College of Education & Human Development faculty members Michelle Zoss, Brett Wong, Teri Holbrook, Sheryl Cowart Moss, Nadia Behizadeh, Peter Rohleder and Carla Tanguay are the recipients of the college’s 2019 Faculty Awards, which were awarded at a luncheon on March 5.
Baozhong Wang, associate professor in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences, has received a five-year, $3.86 million federal grant to develop a universal flu vaccine using a microneedle patch that will protect against any strain of the influenza virus.
Christina West, associate professor of art and design, is a visiting artist lecturer at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, N.Y.
Robinson College faculty are among the world’s most productive researchers in their disciplines, according to the University of Texas at Dallas Top 100 Business School Research Rankings of publications in 24 peer-reviewed research journals from 2014 to 2018. Robinson is No. 32 among business schools worldwide and No. 29 among business schools in North America. (No 3. in the Southeast and No. 1 in Georgia.)