Faculty and Staff Achievements Spring 2014

Titus Albu, Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Presented “Theoretical studies of hydrogen abstraction reactions from hydrofluoroethanes” at Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Atlanta, GA, November 12-16, 2013.

Presented “Fluorescence and electrophoresis studies on lysozyme modifications induced by p-benzoquinone” at Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Atlanta, GA, November 12-16, 2013.

Deborah Elwell Arfken, Director and Professor, University Planning; Political Science, Public Administration, Nonprofit Management

Served as chair of the board of directors for Girls Inc. spring 2014.

Invited to participate in a panel discussion entitled “The Secret Life of a Board Chair:  Harnessing the Board-CEO-Staff Partnership to Achieve Fundraising Success,” on April 23, 2014, at the Mountain City Club in Chattanooga.  The panel discussion was sponsored by the TN SE chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Jessica Auchter, Assistant Professor, Department Political Science, Public Administration, & Nonprofit Management

Published book entitled The Politics of Haunting and Memory in International Relations with Routledge Press (2014).

Presented research in progress at the International Studies Association conference in Toronto in March 2014

Selected as editorial board member for the Journal of Narrative Politics

Selected as coordinator-elect for the Interpretive Methods Workshop at the International Studies Association Northeast annual meeting.  Will serve one year as coordinator-elect, and the following year as coordinator.

Invited to review journal article submissions for the journal International Political Sociology, a grant proposal for the SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada), a textbook for Global Politics for Oxford University Press, and to complete a book review in the journal International Studies Review on a recent book on memory and transitional justice.

Tom Buggey, Professor and Siskin Chair of Excellence, College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies

Presented “Using Self-modeling with Persons with autism” at the Chattanooga Autism Conference April 2014

Presented “Creating and Using Self-Modeling Videos” at the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities International Conference. Jan. 2014

Presented “UTC Research Day podium presentation –7 Years of Research on Video Self Modeling at the Siskin Children’s Institute in 12 Minutes”

Presentation “Self-modeling: The Minnesota Project” accepted to the Annual Conference of the Division of Early Childhood.

Editorial Board – 4 reviews of manuscripts for Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities

Editorial Board – 2 reviews of manuscripts for the Journal of Computing in Higher Education

Invited Guest Reviews – Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities & Journal of Applied School Psychology

Invited textbook review Pearson: Teaching Students with Learning Problems by Mercer, Mercer, and Pullen

Published research:

Decker, M., & Buggey, T. (2014). Using Video Self- and Peer Modeling to Facilitate Reading Fluency in Children With Learning Disabilities. Journal Of Learning Disabilities, 47(2), 167-177.

Buggey, T., & Ogle, L. (2013). The Use of Self-Modeling to Promote Social Interactions Among Young Children. Focus On Autism & Other Developmental Disabilities, 28(4), 202-211.

Williamson, R. L., Casey, L. B., Robertson, J., & Buggey, T. (2013). Video Self-Modeling in Children with Autism: A Pilot Study Validating Prerequisite Skills and Extending the Utilization of VSM across Skill Sets. Assistive Technology, 25(2), 63-71.

Submissions:

Buggey, T., & Grove. V. (Submitted). Research to Practice: Self-modeling and the Minnesota Training Project. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Invited Submission – Buggey, T. (2014). Creating and Using Video Self-Models. Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities. Online Journal.

John Burgess, Professor, Theatre & Speech

Attended and completed the “Broadway Lighting Master Class” in New York City

C. Daniel Chase, Lead Web Administrator, IT Strategic Systems

Invited to the OmniUpdate User Training Conference 2014 to present, “Our ‘Special Sauce’ Responsive Design Refresh Using Bootstrap and OU Campus”. The presentation covered UTC’s implementation of OU Campus and refreshed web design.

Steven Cox, Team Lead of Special Collections and University Archives, Lupton Library

Published Once I Too Had Wings: The Journals of Emma Bell Miles, 1908-1918.  Ohio University Press. Spring 2014.

Presented a paper titled “I Can Make Us A Living If You Can Be Satisfied with the Living I Make: The Struggles of Early 20th Century Rural Appalachian Life as Lived by Emma Bell Miles” at the Appalachian Studies Association at Marshall University, in Huntington, West Virginia.

Michelle D. Deardorff, Professor and Department Head, Political Science, Public Administration, and Nonprofit Management

Panelist, “Freedom Summer National Youth Summit,” Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History. Jackson, MS, February 5, 2014. Live streamed to eleven museums plus schools and individuals.

Working Group Moderator, “Teaching Political Theory and Theories,” American Political Science Association’s Conference on Teaching and Learning in Political Science. Philadelphia, PA, February 7-9, 2014.

Panelist, “MOOCS: A Conversation on the Advantages and Disadvantages of MOOC’s in Political Science and Civic Education,” American Political Scienc Association’s Conference on Teaching and Learning in Political Science. Philadelphia, PA, February 7-9, 2014.

Keynote Speaker, “Constructing the Franchise: Citizenship Rights versus Privileges and their Concomitant Policies,”Mississippi College School of Law, Law Review Symposium: Re-Examining The Voting Rights Act: Where Is Our Nation After Shelby County V. Holder? March 20-21, 2014, Jackson, MS.

American Political Science Association, Chair, Teaching and Learning Standing Committee

American Political Science Association, Chair, Frank J. Goodnow Award committee

American Political Science Association, CQ Press/SAGE Award for Teaching Innovation Selection Committee

David Edwards, Associate Professor, Political Science, Public Administration and Nonprofit Management

Presented a paper, “Annexation in Tennessee After PC 1101,” at the Western Social Science Association Conference in Albuquerque, NM.

Jennifer T. Ellis, Assistant Professor, Education

Publications:

Ellis, J.T. (2013, December 15).  [Review of the book Undoing ethics: Rethinking practice in online research by N. Whiteman].  Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, 15, 3, pp. 209-212.

Conference Presentations:

Ellis, J., Ingraham, L., & Terry, K. (2014) Writing to learn science.  National Science Teachers Association National Conference.  March 6-8, 2014, Boston, Massachusetts.

Cogburn, D. L., Ellis, J.T. & Arnone, M.P.  (2014, January).  Evaluating the Role of Face-to-Face Residencies in Cross-National, Accessible Cyberlearning. Session conducted at the Advances in Teaching and Learning Technologies mini-track at the 47th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-47), Waikoloa, HI.

Conference Workshops:

Cogburn, D. L., Ellis, J.T. & Arnone, M.P.  (2014, January). Towards an Integrated Model for Accessible Global Cyberlearning: A Case Study of the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP). In. D. L. Cogburn & M. Hine (Chair), Cross-cultural communication and collaboration in accessible cyberlearning and global virtual teams. Symposium conducted at the Global Virtual Teams mini-track at the 47th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-47), Waikoloa, HI.

Ellis, J.T.  (2014, January). Roundtable on Mixed Methods Research Design and Evaluation Strategies for Global Virtual Team Projects: Quantitative approaches: Surveys, social network analysis. In. D. L. Cogburn & M. Hine  (Chair), Cross-cultural communication and collaboration in accessible cyberlearning and global virtual teams.  Symposium conducted at the Global Virtual Teams mini-track at the 47th Annual Hawaii InternationalConference on System Sciences (HICSS-47), Waikoloa, HI.

Dawn M. Ford, Executive Director, Walker Center for Teaching & Learning

Completed her Ph.D. in Public Health in February 2014.

Attended the Natural History of the Bahamas conference in Nassau, Bahamas, March 2014.

Presented with Will Stern at the 2014 Dalton State Teaching and Learning Conference, “Flipped Classroom for Improved Student Engagement, Motivation, and Retention.”

Achievements Presented with Ralph Covino, Cheryl Robinson, and Priscilla Seaman at the 2014 Dalton State Teaching and Learning Conference, “ThinkAchieve Faculty Fellows: Improving Student Engagement and Learning at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Presented at the 2014 Southern Regional Faculty and Instructional Development Consortium meeting, “The ThinkAchieve Faculty Development Model for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.”

Achievements Presented with Linda Johnston, Valerie Rutledge, and Elizabeth O’Brien at the 2013 CUMU Conference,  “ThinkAchieve Grant Program: Opportunities for Experiential Learning Within and Beyond the Classroom.”

J. Kevin Ford, U. C. Foundation Professor, Music

Two choral music editions were selected for inclusion in the University Interscholastic League’s Prescribed Music List.  “Two Schubert Songs for Male Chorus” and “Hodie Completi sunt dies Pentecostes” by Luca Marenzio.

Tammy Garland, Associate Professor, Criminal Justice

Book Chapter Published:

Garland, T.S. & Policastro, C. (2014). Sexual victimization and the vulnerable (pgs. 153-172). In T.N. Richards & Catherine D. Marcum (Eds.). Sexual victimization: Then and now. Los Angeles, CA: Sage.

Presentations:

Garland, T.S., Branch,K., & Grimes, M. An Examination of Rape Myths in Comic Books, at Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Philadelphia, PA (February 19, 2014).

Garland, T.S. & Bumphus, V.W. Drug Policy and the Ivory Tower: Drug Policy Attitudes among University Faculty and Staff, at American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, GA (November 21, 2013).

Grimes, M., Garland, T.S., & Branch, K. Poster Presentation. Blurring the lines: Rape and rape myths in comic books, UTC Research Day, Chattanooga, TN (March 21, 2014).

Larsen, K. & Garland, T.S. Poster Presentation  Bullying and bystanders, UTC Research Day, Chattanooga, TN (March 21, 2014).

Boris B Gorshkov, Lecturer, History

Invited to write book review for “Historian”, a history journal, of  “The Decline of Serfdom in Late Medieval England: From Bondage to Freedom,”  Suffolk: Boydell Press, 2014, by  Bailey, Mark.

Attended two academic conferences and chaired two panels.

Gregory Grant, Professor Emeritus, Chemistry

Presented “Self-assembly of molecular squares containing Rh(III)-thiacrown vertices” at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society                                                                                   New Orleans, LA, April 7-11, 2013.

Presented “Synthesis and characterization of cyclometallated gold(III) compounds involving thiacrowns” at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans, LA, April 7-11, 2013.

Stephanie Henderson, Costume Designer and Lecturer, Theatre and Speech

Will return to Italy as the Costume Designer for the touring opera company La Musica Lirica this summer.  This year, she will take three UTC students—Cricket Glenn, Rebecca Rouse and Samantha Johnson—with her as design assistants.

Designed the costumes for Chattanooga Theatre Centre’s production of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Christopher Horne, Associate Professor, Political Science, Public Administration, and Nonprofit Management

Published “Life On Point youth development program outcomes” published in Journal of Adolescent and Family Health, January 2014.

Presented “Context-sensitive evaluation of aspiring evidence-based programs” at the Southeast Evaluation Association conference, January 2014.

Delivered invited presentation to Hamilton County Health Department on evaluation of youth development programming, January 2014.

Debbie Ingram, Professor and Interim Director, Physical Therapy

Presented research poster on clinic directors’ preference of physical therapist image and taught course on integrity at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting in Las Vegas in February.

Appointed to the Catherine Worthingham Fellows subcommittee of the Awards Committee for the American Physical Therapy Association.

Published article in PT Health Policy Journal on disciplinary actions and offenses of physical therapist assistants. Published article in Physical Therapy on movement analysis.

Gaye Jeffers, Associate Professor, Theatre

Jeffers’ play, PHILO, inspired by Sophocles’ PHILOCTETES, was produced at Tennessee State University in Nashville.  Marc Payne directed the play, which ran March 5 – 7 in the Cox/Lewis Theatre.

Jisook Kim, Associate Professor, Chemistry

Published “Biological implications of benzoquinones” (Book Chapter) in the book “Quinone: Occurrence, Medicinal Uses and Physiological Importance”, Kim, J., Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2013, ISBN 978-1-62618-323-0.

“Biological Implications of 2-Chlorocyclohexa-2,5-diene-1,4-dione toward Ribonuclease A”, Vaughn, A. R.; Redman, C. B.; Kang, S. M.; Kim, J.,  Advances in Bioscience and Biotechnology, 2013, 4, 22-28.

Presented “Fluorescence and electrophoresis studies on lysozyme modifications induced by p-benzoquinone” at Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Atlanta, GA, November 12-16, 2013.

Presented “Studies of DNA binding interactions with [Rh(9S3)Cl3], [Rh(9S2O)Cl3], and [Ir(9S3)Cl3] using fluorescence spectroscopy” at Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Atlanta, GA, November 12-16, 2013.

Kyle Knight, Professor, Chemistry

Published  “Tenulin 0.25-hydrate, a sesquiterpene lactone isolated from Helenium amarum,” K. S. Knight, C. T. Smith, T. G. Waddell and B. Noll, Acta Cryst., 2013, E69, o1237-o1238.

Published “The true identity of the triterpene component of Wyethia mollis, a lanosta-diene containing a tetrahydropyran E-ring.” Smith CT, Noll B, Waddell TG, Knight KS, Natural Product Communications, 2013, 8, 299-300.

Published  “Isotenulin,” K. S. Knight, C. T. Smith and T. G. Waddell, Acta Cryst., 2013, E69, o1290.

Published  “Santal monohydrate, an isoflavone isolated from Wyethia mollis,” K. S. Knight, C. T. Smith, T. G. Waddell, Acta Cryst., 2014, E70, o267.

Presented “Ring-Closing Metathesis Reactions of Novel Dienes.” at Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Atlanta, GA, November 12-16, 2013.

Sara Knox, Instructor, Criminal Justice

Invited Speaker. Ethics of fire investigation. IAAI. Gatlinburg, TN.

John Lee, Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Presented “Heteroleptic Palladium(II) and Platinum(II) Complexes Containing a Crown Thioether and Mondentate Phosphines.” at Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Atlanta, GA, November 12-16, 2013.

Presented “Synthesis, Characterization, and Reactivity of p-cymene Ruthenium(II) Complexes with Fluorine-Containing Phosphite Ligands.” at Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Atlanta, GA, November 12-16, 2013.

Presented “Synthesis, Characterization, and Reactivity of p-cymene Ruthenium(II) Complexes with Fluorine-Containing Phosphine Ligands.” at Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Atlanta, GA, November 12-16, 2013.

Presented “Engaging Students in the Inorganic Chemistry Classroom with Well-Defined Learning Objectives:  Interactive Learning Through Group Activities, Literature Discussions, and even Field Trips.” at Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Atlanta, GA, November 12-16, 2013.

Presented “Synthetic and Structural Studies of Heteroleptic Palladium(II) and Platinum(II) Complexes Containing a Crown Thioether and Mondentate Phosphines at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans, LA, April 7-11, 2013.

Presented “Back to Grad School with IONiC/VIPEr:  Collaborative Development of Primary Literature Based Learning Objects in a Workshop Setting” at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans, LA, April 7-11, 2013.

David Levine, Professor, Physical Therapy

Appointed as a reviewer for the World Confederation of Physical Therapy, Congress on Physiotherapy Education, Liverpool England.

Appointed as the co-chair of the scientific program for the 8th Symposium for the International Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy at Oregon State University.

Sharon Redhawk Love, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice

Publications:

Love, S. & Park, S. (2013). Images of gender twenty years later: A content analysis of images in Introductory Criminal Justice and Criminology Textbooks. Feminist Criminology.8. 320-340.

John Lynch, Professor, Chemistry

Presented “Automated spectrophotometric titrations and the determination of chemical equilibria.” at Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Atlanta, GA, November 12-16, 2013.

Barry Matlock, Lecturer, Philosophy and Religion

Served on the Editorial Board of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament.

Attended the SBL Annual Meeting as a member of the Steering Committee of the Pauline Epistles Section where he also chaired a conference session.

This year saw the publication of the first chapters of the Oxford Handbook of Pauline Studies (online edition), which he has been editing.

Marcus D. Mauldin, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Public Administration & Nonprofit Management

Gave a presentation to the Chamber of Commerce Southside Council entitled, “The Economic Impact of Chattanooga Nonprofits”;  Conducted a workshop for the Southeast Command and Leadership Academy with Dr. Felicia McGhee.

Gary Maynard, Assistant Professor, Sociology

Attended and presented a paper at the American Sociological Society’s Annual meeting in August 2013 in NYC. The paper was titled – “International Trade, the ITGA and Youth Smoking Rates in the Developing world.

Published an article on Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple in the Jonestown Report in October of 2013 titled – Jim Jones and Narcissistic Personality Disorder (Part IV): The Violent Stage of NPD

Submitted an article to the International Journal of Comparative Sociology in Feb. 2014 titled “Health INGOs, Democracy and TB Mortality Rates in Poor Nations.

I submitted a journal article to Social Currents in March of 2014 titled International Trade and Youth Smoking in the Developing World.

Presented two papers at the Southern Sociological Society’s annual meeting in March of 2014 in Charlotte. The two papers were titled – World Polity and Youth Smoking Rates in the Developing World and The Impacts of Helicopter Parenting on Depression, Anxiety and Drug Use.

Deborah A. McAllister, UC Foundation Professor, Education

Achievements Presenting six, 1-day workshops, for the grant-funded project, “NASA Mathematics Resources and Super Source Activities for Elementary Grades Preservice Teachers,” Spring-Summer 2014, $12,750.

Participating on the Lego Education Advisory Panel (LEAP), 2012-2014.

Participating on the Mathematics Bias and Sensitivity Review Panel for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), 2013-2014.

Serving as President of Faculty Senate, UTC, 2012-2014.

Recipient of UTC’s Outstanding University Service Award, April 2014.

Karen McGuffee, UC Foundation Professor, Criminal Justice

Publications:

McGuffee, K. (November 7, 2013). Tips for the Department of One, at American Association for Paralegal Education, Phoenix, AZ.

McGuffee, K. (November 7, 2013). Tips for the Department of One, at American Association for Paralegal Education, Phoenix, AZ.

Rob Mebane, Nita T. Grote Professor, Chemistry

Published “Solvent-free and atom efficient conversion of aldehydes into nitriles,” Gozum, V.J.; Mebane, R.C. Green Chemistry Letters, 2013, 6, 149.

Presented “Catalytic transfer hydrogenation of ketoximes using Raney nickel and 2-propanol as hydrogen donor.” at Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Atlanta, GA, November 12-16, 2013.

Adam Miecielica, Visiting Assistant Professor, Theatre and Speech

Designed the set for the University of Arkansas’ production of “As You Like It.”

Designing scenery for local television station Fox 61.

Cassandra Nice, Assistant Director, Women’s Center

Invited to present the marketing successes of the Elect Her- Campus Women Win! grant implementation at UTC with an American Association for University Women (AAUW) representative at the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) convention in Indianapolis in March 2014.

Seong Min Park, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice

Publications:

Love, S. & Park, S. (2013). Images of gender twenty years later: A content analysis of images in Introductory Criminal Justice and Criminology Textbooks. Feminist Criminology.8. 320-340.

Park, S. & Eck, J. (2013). Understanding the effects of random repeat victimizations. Victims and Offenders. 8. 399-415.

Park, S. & Joo, H. (2013). A Study of Repeat Victimizations in South Korea: Generalized Linear Model (GLM) Analysis of Korean National Crime Victimization Survey. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, November, Atlanta, GA.

Park, S. (2013). A Study of Over-Dispersed Household Victimizations in South Korea: Zero-inflated Negative Binomial Analysis of Korean National Crime Victimization Survey. Presented at the KIC-KOSCA International Academic Conference, June, Seoul, South Korea.

John Phillips, Professor and Department Head, Philosophy and Religion

Published a co-edited book (with John Finamore) – “Literary, Philosophical, and Religious Studies in the Platonic Tradition,” produced and distributed by Academia Verlag.

Will present a paper on evil at the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies conference in Lisbon, Portugal, in June.

Dennis Plaisted, Associate Professor, Philosophy and Religion

Published his article “An Undignified Side of Death with Dignity Legislation” in Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, 23:201-229 (2013).

Gretchen Potts, UC Foundation Associate Professor, Chemistry

Presented “Better nicotine fix? : Analysis of alkaloids in e-cigarette filling solutions by HPLC.” at Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Atlanta, GA, November 12-16, 2013.

Lynn Purkey, Associate Professor, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures 

Published a book, Spanish Reception of Russian Narratives 1905-1939: Transcultural Dialogics. UK: Tamesis 2013) and

Published “Nuevo Romanticismo and Futurism: Responses to Machine Culture.” International Yearbook of Futurism Studies. Vol. 3 (2013). Special issue on Iberian Futurisms. Ed. by Günter Berghaus. 181-207.

Published “Luces de Bohemia expresionista: Valle y Káiser.” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 90.05 (2013): 557-80.

Steve Ray, Associate Professor and Interim Department Head, Theatre and Speech

Directed and designed the set for “Legally Blonde: the Musical” for the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, which received five “Miss Annie” awards including “Audience Favorite Spotlight Production.”

Irven Resnick, Professor and Chair of Excellence in Judaic Studies, Philosophy and Religion

Served as Director of the NEH Summer Institute for College and University Faculty—“Representations of the ‘Other’: Jews in Medieval England,” held 13 July-15 August, 2014 at Oxford University’s Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies.

Published book “Peter the Venerable’s Against the Inveterate Obduracy of the Jews. “Trans. and annotated by Irven M. Resnick, Fathers of the Church, Mediaeval Continuation, 14 (Washington DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2013).

Published the following articles this year:

“Race, Anti-Jewish Polemic, Arnulf of Seéz, and the Contested Papal Election of Anaclet II (1130 A.D.)” in  Jews in Medieval Christendom: Slay Them Not, eds. Kris Utterbeck and Merrill Price (Leiden: Brill, 2013), pp. 45-70; “Conjoined Twins in Scholastic Thought: A Survey,” Viator 44.2 (2013): 343-68; and “Luke 22:44 and Sweating Blood: Jesus and Medieval Natural Philosophers,” Viator 44.1 (2013): 169-88.

Brian Ribeiro, UC Foundation Associate Professor, Philosophy & Religion

Elected President of the Tennessee Philosophical Association, which meets annually in Nashville, where he will preside over the 46th annual meeting in October 2014.

Published article, “The Theistic Argument from Beauty: A Philonian Critique” in European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 5 (2013): 149-158.

Tom Rybolt, UC Foundation Professor and Department Head, Chemistry

Published “Force Field Based MM2 Molecule-Surface Binding Energies for Graphite and Graphene,” J. H. Son, T. R. Rybolt, Graphene, 2013, 2, 18-34.

Published “Storage and Timed Release of Acetaminophen from Porous Carbonaceous Materials,” S. McCary and T. Rybolt, Open Journal of Physical Chemistry, 2013, 3(2), 76-88.

Presented “Double walled carbon nanotube and graphene bilayer models for a general representation of carbon nanoporosity and molecule-surface binding energies.” at Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Atlanta, GA, November 12-16, 2013.

Presented “Double walled nanotube (DWNT) models and molecule-surface binding energies for a nanoporous carbon” at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans, LA, April 7-11, 2013.

Manuel Santiago, UC Foundation Professor, Chemistry

Presented “Quantification of the uremic toxin p-cresol in serum of ESRD and normal patients.” at Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Atlanta, GA, November 12-16, 2013.

Presented ““Equilibrium binding of the uremic toxin p-cresol to serum albumin.” at Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Atlanta, GA, November 12-16, 2013.

Presented “Interactions between creatinine and serum albumin: a study of free and bound nitrogenous uremic toxins.” at Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Atlanta, GA, November 12-16, 2013.

Presented ““Phenylkenonuria: an indication of end stage renal disease.” at Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Atlanta, GA, November 12-16, 2013.

Presented “Purple urine bag syndrome: regulation of pyrimidine enzymes by tryptophan.” at Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Atlanta, GA, November 12-16, 2013.

Erika L. Schafer, Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Assistant Director of Bands, Music

Hosted the 2014 Trumpet Festival of the Southeast in January.  World-renowned trumpeters Allan Dean and Tito Carrillo were featured in concerts and master classes.  The festival also included clinics, a collegiate trumpet ensemble concert, a faculty recital, and exhibits.  There were approximately 200 participants with twenty-two universities represented.

Charlene Simmons, UC Foundation Associate Professor, Communication

Published a photo, “Cottonwick Grunt,” in Connect, December 2013.

Presenting a referred research paper, “A Marriage of Foes? Radio, Newspapers, and the Facsimile in the 1930s” at the Annual ICA Convention in Seattle, WA on May 23, 2014.

Catherine Smith, Associate Professor, Physical Therapy

Co-presented a 4 hour pre-conference workshop at the National Association of Neonatal Therapist annual conference titled “Creating and Sustaining High Performing Developmental Care Teams in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Through Shared Mental Models”.

Presented a concurrent educational session titled “Developmental Implications of Head Shape Variability in Young Infants” as well as a poster titled “Head Shape Variability in Preterm and Full-term Infants” at the NANT conference, 4/24-26/2014.

Victoria Steinberg, Associate Professor, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

Awarded a funded spot ($2700) at the following NEH Summer Institute: Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia: Literature, the Arts, and Cinema since Independence.

Patrick Sweetman, Lecturer, Theatre and Speech

Directed “Blithe Spirit” and “And Then There Were None” for the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.

Roger Thompson, UC Foundation Professor, Criminal Justice

Won the UTC UTNAA Public Service Award 2014

John Trussel, Associate Professor, Accounting 

Publications:

Patrick, Patricia, and Trussel, John. “The Nature and Extent of Financial Distress in Pennsylvania’s Municipal Governments.” Journal of Government Financial Management. Spring, 2014, 38-43.

Patrick, Patricia., and Trussel, John, “Predicting County Expenditures by Policy Area”  International Research Journal of Applied Finance, IV (12), 2013, 1646-1662.

Trussel, John and Patrick, Patricia. “The Symptoms and Consequences of Fiscal Distress in Municipalities: An Investigation of Reductions in Public Services.”€ Accounting and the Public Interest 13, December, 2013, 151-171.

Trussel, John. “Is the Loss of Tax-exempt Status by Previous Filers Related to Financial Distress?” Journal of Accounting and Finance13 (4), 2013, 60-73.

Trussel, John and Patrick, Patricia. “Predicting Fiscal Distress in Special District Governments.”  Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management 24(4), Winter, 2013, 589-616.

Shela Van Ness, Associate Professor, Sociology

Published one article.

Wrote a new course.

Presented a paper at a professional conference.

Kristen Vaughn, Counselor, Counseling and Personal Development Center

Accepted to present a program she created at ACPA’s 2014 national convention entitled  “Fostering Collaboration in a Multidisciplinary Counseling Center through Ethical Analysis.”

Chosen by the Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services to have the program sponsored by the American Psychological Association for approved continuing education credits for psychologists.

Robert Wells, Assistant Professor, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

Published “The Multitude: Ambivalence and Antagonism.” Special Issue, Post-Autonomia. Eds. Esra Erdem and Joost de Bloois. Rethinking Marxism 26:2 (2014). 239-251. Print.

Published “Orders and Disorders, Wills to Powers – Arlt and Nietzsche, the Astrólogo and the sociedad secreta.” Dissidences: Hispanic Journal of Theory and Criticism 5.9 (2013): n. pag. Web.

Talia Welsh, UC Foundation Associate Professor, Philsophy and Religion

Published the following articles this year: “Idealism Revisited: Merleau-Ponty’s Early Critique of Science and Psychology.” Self & Society, 41 (3), 2014, 20-27; “Fat Eats: A Phenomenology of Decadence, Food, and Health.” In Food and Everyday Life, Ed. Thomas Conroy. New York: Lexington Books, 2014; and “Unfit Women: Freedom and Constraint in the Pursuit of Health.” Special Issue of Janus Head on Interdisciplinary Feminist Phenomenology, 13, Issue 2, 2013. 58-77.

Presented papers at national conferences, including “Philosophy as Transformative Self-Help.” American Philosophies Forum “Crossings, Hybrids, Genres” at Stony Brook University-Manhattan (April 3rd-5th, 2014) and “Ambivalence and Anxiety in Mindful Eating” at Mindful Body in the Arts of Eating at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton  (January 23rd-24th, 2014).

Joe Wilferth, Professor and Associate Dean, Arts & Sciences

Published peer-reviewed article entitled “Training in Multimodal Technologies Requires Training in Assistive Technologies” in March of 2014 in The Writing Instructor.

Talia Welsh, Associate UC Foundation Professor, Philosophy & Religion

Published “Idealism Revisited: Merleau-Ponty’s Early Critique of Science and Psychology.” Self & Society, 41 (3), 2014, 20-27.[invited]

Published “Fat Eats: A Phenomenology of Decadence, Food, and Health.” In Food and Everyday Life, Ed. Thomas Conroy. New York: Lexington Books, 2014.

Presentations:

“Philosophy as Transformative Self-Help.” American Philosophies Forum

“Crossings, Hybrids, Genres.” Stony Brook University-Manhattan, NYC April 3rd-5th, 2014.

“Ambivalence and Anxiety in Mindful Eating.” Mindful Body in the Arts of Eating. Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton. January 23rd-24th, 2014.

Stefanie Whitson, Lecturer, Chemistry

Presented “Quantification of the uremic toxin p-cresol in serum of ESRD and normal patients.” at Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Atlanta, GA, November 12-16, 2013.

Presented ““Equilibrium binding of the uremic toxin p-cresol to serum albumin.” at Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Atlanta, GA, November 12-16, 2013.

Presented “Interactions between creatinine and serum albumin: a study of free and bound nitrogenous uremic toxins.” at Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Atlanta, GA, November 12-16, 2013.

Presented ““Phenylkenonuria: an indication of end stage renal disease.” at Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Atlanta, GA, November 12-16, 2013.

Jonathan Yeager, Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religion

Published a book, “Early Evangelicalism: A Reader,” with Oxford University Press

Published a review of Ava Chamberlain’s “The Notorious Elizabeth Tuttle: Marriage, Murder, and Madness in the Family of Jonathan Edwards” in the journal, “Church History”

Awarded a William Reese Fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society, where I will spend the month of June conducting research for my current book project

Won the “Outstanding Research” faculty award by the College of Arts and Sciences at UTC

Presented the paper, “The Role of Samuel Kneeland and Daniel Henchman as Jonathan Edwards’s Chief Printer and Publisher in Boston,” at the American Society of Church History annual winter meeting in Washington D.C.


Anne Mayer shares her experience with the UTC Sick Leave Bank

Ann Mayer knows why it’s important to be a member of the Sick Leave Bank—it was there when she really needed it.

Mayer joined the University 14 years ago. Her mentor at UTC strongly encouraged her to become a Sick Leave Bank member. During her UTC orientation, Mayer signed up for insurance and additional benefits, but neglected to sign up for the Sick Leave Bank. Her mentor reminded her to join, so during the next enrollment period, she did.

More than a decade later Mayer, Early Childhood Specialist and young toddler teacher at the UTC Children’s Center, experienced complications during a procedure performed to address an illness. She knew her sick leave days were running out, so she contacted UTC Human Resources. Mayer received forms by email, and within a few days of returning the forms, she was approved to use hours from the Sick Bank.

If your office or department wants to know more about the Sick Leave Bank, call Kendra Biggs in Human Resources at (423) 425-4753.


Join the Sick Leave Bank through June 30th!

Have you ever thought about what would happen if you had an unexpected illness or injury that caused you to be unable to work? You still need a paycheck, but you can’t work…then your sick leave and annual leave are used up? Are you in the Sick Leave Bank?

The UTC Sick Leave Bank is a common pool of hours to which staff and 12-month faculty donate some of their accumulated leave. The sick leave bank shall provide emergency sick leave to member employees who have suffered disability due to unplanned personal illness, injury, or quarantine and who have exhausted their compensatory time and personal, sick, and annual leave balances.

Employees may join the Sick Leave Bank during the enrollment period (April 1 – June 30). Read MORE…


Partnership Promise Deadlines 2014

Everyone enrolled in the Partnership PPO must take action in 2014! Members and covered spouses must do the following to fulfill the Partnership Promise requirements:


Blue Ribbon Award Winners for 2014

Has a UTC employee gone the extra mile to help you?

You can show your appreciation by nominating that person for the Blue Ribbon Award. A committee appointed by the chancellor will select monthly an award winner who exhibits outstanding service to others. Nominations should be specific in identifying incidents or situations that show the nominee has served his/her customers with special distinction.

If you have a nominee to be considered at an upcoming meeting, please e-mail your nomination to Melanie Sadler (Melanie-Sadler@utc.edu), Human Resources Administrative Assistant, or mail to Dept. 3603.

All non-faculty staff (full or part-time) with at least one year’s regular service are eligible for the award. Any UTC faculty, staff, student, alumnus, or member of the community are invited to submit nominations.

Blue Ribbon Winners, 2014

January

Val Sample, Director of Housing and Residence Life, keeps track of finances, staffing, camps, and conferences, and has her finger on the pulse of all of the department’s projects and their progress. When personnel changes took place in the department, she made sure positions were filled in a timely manner and kept the department running in a consistent fashion. Even with her attention to detail in the office, Sample’s attention to her staff creates a great work environment in the department. “Val is always on top of things, and always remembers staff birthdays and anniversary dates. She is very encouraging to staff to pursue personal development through training, classes, and seminars,” said Melita Rector.  Rector and Sharon Williams, who both work in Housing and Residence Life, nominated Sample.

February

Chris Charland has used many of his lunch hours to educate UTC students about how to prepare and nourish the soil of the UTC Sustainability Garden.  He also taught them how to use a gas-powered tiller and properly plant vegetables.

According to Lisa Darger, Sustainability Coordinator, Charland’s primary responsibility as Campus Services Supervisor is to maintain a clean, safe, well-landscaped campus.  He also assists faculty, staff, and students with numerous projects.

“Just in my short tenure here at UTC, Chris has orchestrated the inaugural I LOVE UTC campus beautification projects in 2013 and 2014, providing planning, mulch, straw, plants and tools to over 80 students. He was instrumental in providing support for the recent Tree Campus USA recertification and the Tennessee Arboretum designation, particularly in on-going maintenance of signage, tracking tree and shrub plantings, and project costs. The student Wildlife-Zoology Club adopted the Challenger Center wetland as a 2014 project, with Chris as an advisor to plant specimen, location, and maintenance,” Darger said.

Darger adds that each time a student group, faculty or staff member approaches with a request, Charland is immediately accommodating and gracious, interacts patiently with students, is generous with his time while balancing his daily responsibilities, and goes out of his way to ensure that each experience benefits the campus and those participating in the project.

March

Scott Newby, Senior Power Plant Operator, stayed at the UTC Central Energy Plant for more than 30 hours recently when inclement weather lead to problems with the boilers and chillers.

Newby was nominated by Brandon McDonough, Power Plant Foreman, who also worked to address the problem.  McDonough explained that as long as the boilers and chillers function well, most people on campus are blissfully ignorant of how the Central Energy Plant runs.

Thanks to Scott and Brandon for keeping our work environments comfortable!

April

Since Doug Burkhart, Craft Supervisor for Housing and Residence Life, joined the UTC staff a little more than a year ago, he has impressed Bud Sisler, his supervisor.

“When Doug was hired he hit the ground running, learning all the buildings he was responsible for and learning the skill levels of his direct employees to understand their strengths and weaknesses.  Those who report to him maintain a great relationship and they have never come to me with a negative word. If anything, they thank me for making the choice to hire him over the other candidates,” Sisler said.

Burkhart always responds to requests for help, whether it’s during or after business hours.  Sisler explains that Burkhart works very well with other departments and vendors that service the campus, all the while maintaining a positive attitude.  He also arrives on time and seeks the best answer to an elusive problem.

“I really can’t say enough about his added talents and contributions to our department. If all my employees modeled his behavior, you would need a lot more blue ribbons to go around,” Sisler said.

May

Rebecca Dragoo has helped Dr. Elizabeth Gailey on a number of occasions by locating new classrooms for her when audio-video and/or seating issues threatened to hamper her ability to teach (and for her students to learn). “Rebecca is always polite, responds to requests quickly, and–most importantly–has come through 100 percent of the time when I’ve asked for a classroom change–no matter how late in the semester. Her conduct and attitude suggest that she understands the importance of classroom environment in teaching and learning–especially in communication courses that rely heavily on being able to play music and show TV and movie clips to illustrate key concepts,” Gailey said.

June

Michael Savini, a two-time alumnus of UTC, loved using the lap pool at the ARC while he was earning his second degree in Chemical Engineering from 2011-2013.  He says he now has an “incredible job thanks to UTC.” Unfortunately, the job and the drive prevented him from using the ARC during the summer hours, which used to be Monday through Friday from 6 a.m.-5 p.m.  He called Caesar Wood, Director of Campus Recreation, to discuss the problem—that there wasn’t time for alumni to use the ARC pool after work.  That conversation had a productive outcome when the pool hours were lengthened. “For Caesar to call one alumnus, take the time to listen and then to make something happen!   That’s the type of staff that I want at my university.   I know Caesar hasn’t been at UTC very long, but you definitely found a top-notch manager.  I am very grateful he took the time and listened.  Thank you Caesar,” Savini said.  Savini’s son will enter UTC in fall semester as a junior, and he is hopeful his daughter and younger son will also be future Mocs!


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