Abdollah Arabshahi, Research Professor, Computational Engineering

Student Graduated:

Mr. Ross Gruetzemacher

Master of Science: Computational Engineering

Thesis Title: “Numerical Simulation of Human Breathing and Particle Transport Through a CT-Based Pulmonary Airway


Chairperson: Dr. Abdollah Arabshahi


  1. Gruetzemacher, R., Arabshahi, A., and Sreenivas, K.,”Numerical Simulation of Airflow in a CT-based Human Airway Model With Physiologically Appropriate Boundary Conditions,” Poster Presentation within the Respiratory Bioengineering Track, Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, October 2014
  2. Hasbestan, J.J., Newman III, J.C., and Arabshahi,A.,” A New Approach to Mesh Adaptation Procedure Using Linear Elasticity for Geometries Undergoing Large Displacements,” FEDSM2014-22010, Proceedings of the ASME 2014 4th Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting and 11th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels, Chicago, Illinois, August 2014


  1. Air Force SEEK EAGLE Office (AFSEO), Advanced Aircraft Compatibility Science and Technology Expansion, BAA-PZIE-14-0001, “Physics Based Prediction of Stability and Control Characteristics Using Sensitivity-Enhanced Reduced Order Models,” PI, $200,000.00, October 2014, is submitted.

Grants and Contracts:

  1. Tennessee Higher Education Commission Center of Excellence in Applied Computational Science and Engineering, “Numerical Simulation of Airflow and Particle Transport in a CT-based Human Airway Model,” PI, $55,000.00, July 2014- July 2015
  2. Tennessee Higher Education Commission Center of Excellence in Applied Computational Science and Engineering, “Rupture Predictions for Aneurysms,” PI, $33,000.00, July 2014 – July 2015
  3. Tennessee Higher Education Commission Center of Excellence in Applied Computational Science and Engineering, “Utilization of Computational Design Optimization Technology for Sub-Model Parameter Optimization,” PI, $30,000.00, July 2014 – July 2015
  4. Tennessee Higher Education Commission Center of Excellence in Applied Computational Science and Engineering, “Extension of Reduced Order Modeling Capabilities for Stability Derivative Evaluation and Computational Design,” PI, $22,000.00, July 2014 – July 2015
  5. National Science Foundation,”First principles based simulation of particulate transport in the human respiratory system,” PI, $295,208.00, April 2014; Not funded.

Vasabjit Banerjee, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Public Administration, and Nonprofit Management

Published peer-reviewed journal articles:

Timothy Rich and Vasabjit Banerjee. “Running Out of Time? The Evolution of Taiwan’s Relations in Africa.” Forthcoming at the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs (formerly, China Aktuell).

Vasabjit Banerjee. “Party Organizations in Multiethnic and Homogenous Societies: Comparing India and Japan.” Forthcoming in the Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia.

Papers presented at conferences:

Vasabjit Banerjee and Carolyn E. Holmes. “Checking Trust: Measuring social capital at the individual level”. At the International Studies Association – Midwest (ISA-MW), Annual Joint Meeting, November 8, 2014.

Michael Bonnal, UC Foundation Associate Professor, Economics

Will attend the American Economic Association meetings and participate in a course on Health Care Economics at the conclusion of this conference.

Attended the Southern Economic Association meetings.

“Political Institutions, Trade Openness, and Economic Growth: New Evidence,”€ co-authored with Mehmet Yaya was accepted for publication in the Emerging Markets Finance and Trade Journal.

“The Amelioration of Child Labor, A Modest Proposal,” got accepted for publication in the Journal of International Trade and Economic Development.

Robert Boyer, Director, Patten Performances, Fine Arts Center

Successfully completed operating Tennessee Presenters’ biennial ArtsConversation conference from October 26 – 28, 2014 at Montgomery Bell State Park on behalf of 46 participants over two and a half days. 

Nicole Brown, Academic Advisor/Adjunct Faculty, Communication

Co-presenter with Dr. Bryan Samuel at the 27th Annual National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE 2014) in Indianapolis, Indiana on May 30, 2014. The workshop was entitled Building Our House for Diversity: Strategies and initiatives on retaining and recruiting quality diverse faculty at a PWI.

Troy Carroll, System Administrator, Information Technology

Presented at the 21st Annual Campus Technology conference in Boston, MA in July 2014. Presentation was titled, “Virtual Desktops Work in Labs; What About Staff?”

Daniel Chase, Lead Web Administrator, IT Strategic Solutions

Presented “Don’t like your Google Search Interface? Make your Own!” at HighEd Web 2014 in Portland, OR. Full description and link to presentation available here:


Served as track co-chair for Applications, Integration and Mobile (AIM) at HighEd Web 2014, as well as Poster track chair.

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

Published “Black Political Thought,” in The Encyclopedia of Political Thought, Michael Gibbons, editor. Blackwell Press, 2014: 340-350. This was a reviewed publication sponsored by the Foundations of Political Thought section of the American Political Science Association. A shorter essay, “Paulo Freire (1921-1997),” was also published in these volumes.

Featured in a video on Plessy v. Ferguson, published by Soomo Publishing, 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZPnKi_eJiY&feature=youtu.be

“The Impact of the Pedagogy of Historical Memory,” Association for the Study of African American Life and History Annual Meeting, Memphis, TN. September 25-27, 2014.

“Federal Litigation and the Protection of Gender Equality in the Workplace,”€ American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. August 26-September 31, 2014.

Reviewed submissions to the Journal of Political Science Education and College Teaching, as well as served as a program reviewer for the Department of Political Science at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Walter Edmondson, Systems Administrator, Computational Engineering

The faculty and staff of the Computational Engineering Department hosted students from our community and the entire state of Tennessee for lectures and tours concerning simulation and supercomputing. Groups in 2014 included The Governor’s School for Computational Physics, Silverdale Baptist Academy, Rhea County HS, Gordon Lee HS, and Youth Leadership Chattanooga.

Lucien Ellington, UC Foundation Professor, Editor of Education About Asia, Director, Asia Program and Center for Reflective Citizenship, School of Education

Published an article entitled “Economic Literacy and the Tokugawa Era” in Virginia Review of Asian Studies ( 2014 Volume 16). He successfully edited two issues of Education About Asia (Spring 2014 Volume 19. No. 1, Fall 2014 Volume 19. No.2) The latter issue featured the special section “Maritime Asia” which was supported by the United States-Japan Foundation and was the longest issue in the journal’s history.

Japan Outreach Initiative Coordinator Asami Nakano on behalf of the Asia Program continues her work with area schools and on October 15th conducted a successful workshop on Japanese food for 40 participants. The workshop featured the food editor for the Boston Globe. UTC is one of ten universities nationally funded for the JOI program.

Ellington also received $27,000 from the Apgar and Miller Foundations to coordinate three programs; a September 17th seminar led by Professor Michael Federici entitled “The American Framer’s Constitutional Principles” for 21 students, teachers, and community leaders , a Constitution Day Lecture by Federici entitled “American Constitutional Politics in Perspective: Why Parchment Barriers are Insufficient” that 220 students, faculty, and community members attended, and a November 14-15th institute for 21 teachers entitled American Citizenship and Politics: Past, Present, and Future. The latter institute, which had additional support from the Foreign Policy Research Institute, featured seven internationally-known scholars including UTC’s David Carrithers and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Walter McDougall.

Jennifer T. Ellis, Assistant Professor, School of Education

Peer Reviewed Conference Presentation: Pinder-Grover, T., Brown, M. K., Ellis, J. (2014) Virtual writing communities to foster accountability and enhance scholarly productivity. 39th Professional & Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD). Dallas, TX. November 5-9, 2014.

Ahmed Eltom Professor and Department Head, Electrical Engineering

1- Completed $2.4 DOE grant

2- Invited as a panelist at 2014 Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads(Association(ECEDHA) Conference and ECEPO in Napa CA

3- Publish a Journal Paper titled; Sarra Abd Elwahid, Abubakr Babiker, Ahmed Eltom, Gary Kobet, “Hardware Implementation of an Automatic Adaptive Centralized Under Frequency Load Shedding Scheme”. Accepted, IEEE Transaction on Power Delivery,2014.

4- Presented a conference Paper titled: Abdulelah Y. Alharbi, Ahmed H. Eltom, Nur Sisworahardjo, “Impact of Plug-In Electric Vehicle Battery Charging on a Distribution System Based on Real-Time Digital Simulator”. The International Conference on Renewable Energy and Power Quality, Presidency (Rectorat) at the Cardoba University, Cordoba , Spain, April 8-10, 2014

5- Published a paper at :2.  S. K. Bunga, A. H. Eltom, N. Sisworahardjo, “Impact of Plug-In Electric Vehicle Battery Charging on a Distribution System,” IEEE IAS Annual Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, October 05 – 09, 2014.

6- Secured $110,000 from TVA to conduct research on GIC and Open phase on Transformers

Bryan J Ennis, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

Attended the 2014 annual national meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in Atlanta, GA, with the following activities:

Presented two papers:

– Opening Remarks: Learnings & Future Challenges for Granulator Control & Optimization

– On Characterizing Particle Shape (w/Rollins, Ennis, Pruitt, Owino, UTC, and Rickman, Hannan, Lohn-Wiley, NASA)

Also chaired two papers sessions, and helped supervise attendance of the UTC Chem-E car team and AIChE Student Chapter, w/ Dr. T. Thomas.

Conducted a professional development workshop where UTC engineering students collaborated with local industry to learn solids handling principles: “Measuring Powder Flowability & Its Applications – A Hands-On Design-Oriented Workshop”€

https://blog.utc.edu/news/2014/11/engineering-students-collaborate-local- industry-learn-solids-handling/

Helped secure an additional gift of $18,000 to the Chemical Engineering Lab Fund, generously donated from David & Renee Cummins and the Shell Company.

Submitted an NSF proposal for $2,147,530 with Kandah, Kizza, Ofoli, Sutton, and Henry for IT infrastructural improvement for remote laboratory network deployment.

Submitted an Major Research Instrumentation NSF proposal for internal UTC review of $434,000 with Rollins, Onyango, Brock-Hon, Mies (UTC), Brown (MTSU), Rickman (NASA), Walton (Grainflow Dynamics), Johnson (Astec Industries), for acquisition of a High Resolution Imager for Particle Shape Characterization,

Invited by Kluwer Academic Press to revise and publish a second edition of a previous published monograph, “The Science and Engineering of Granulation Processes.”

Invited for summer leave collaborative research to the University of Leeds (England), Massey University (New Zealand), and Merck Center for Material Science and Engineering.

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

Presented with Will Stern of HHP at the Teaching Professor Technology Conference, Denver, CO: “Flipped Classroom for Improved Student Engagement, Motivation, and Retention.”

Co-authored two student research presentations at the Tennessee Academy of Science annual meeting, November 21, 2014.

Co-authored a book with Dr. Bradley Reynolds, A Laboratory Manual for Introduction to Environmental Science, Kendall Hunt, published in August 2014.

Presented a research paper on childhood lead poisoning in Tennessee at the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting on November 17, 2014 in New Orleans, LA.

Elizabeth Forrester, Adjunct Professor, Chemistry

Publication of research:

Attenuated transforming growth factor beta signaling promotes metastasis in a model of HER2 mammary carcinogenesis

Breast Cancer Res. 2014 Oct 4;16(5):425.

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Tammy Garland, Interim Department Head and Associate Professor, Criminal Justice

Manuscript Published:

Richards, T.N., Crittenden, C., Garland, T.S., McGuffee, K. (2014). An exploration of policies governing faculty-to-student consensual sexual relationships on university campuses: Current strategies and future directions. Journal of College Student Development, 55(4), 337-352.

Dean Hamann, Lead Banner Database Administrator, Information Technology

Presentation: “Demystifying Oracle Fusion Middleware”, at the CoHesion Banner user group annual conference, 2014

Presentation: “Installing Banner XE: no fuss, no muss, no bother, at the CoHesion Banner user group annual conference, 2014

Presentation: “Installing Banner XE: no fuss, no muss, no bother, at the Tennessee Higher Education Information Technology Symposium and at Campus Technology 2014

Linda Hill, Associate Professor, Nursing

HRSA Nurse Anesthetists Traineeship Grant, 7-1-2014 thru 6-30-2015, $28,843.00.

HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant, funded for 3 years 7-1-2014 thru 6-30-2017. Year funding $346,343.

Jenny Holcombe, Lecturer, School of Nursing

Silver, C. F., Coleman, T. J. III, Hood, R. W. Jr., & Holcombe, J. M., (in press). The six types of nonbelief: A qualitative study of type and narrative. Mental Health, Religion, & Culture.

Raschal, S. P., Holcombe, J. M., & Carlton, B. G. (2014, November). Allergy immunotherapy: Does rush make a difference? American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunotherapy Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Holcombe, J. M., Sticher, M., Coleman, T. J., & Silver, C. (2014, October). More human than human: Psychometric validation of a short form humanism scale, findings and implications. Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN

Ralph W Hood Jr., Professor, Psychology

Community Lectures:

The Contemporary Serpent Handlers of Appalachia, Invited Lecture at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Sunday, September 14, 2014.

Dialogue between Liberal Christians and the Holiness Serpent Handlers of Appalachia, Invited Lecture at Christ Episcopal Chuirch, Chattanooga, Tennessee, September 21, 2014.

The use of qualitative methods in the psychology of religion, Invited lecture Rosemont University, November 12, 2014.

Convention Presentations with UTC Students

Silver, C., Hood, R. W. Jr., Keller, B., Klein, C. & Coleman, T. (2014). Reframing “spirituality”: Mystical experience, openness to experience and religious styles as      characteristic of spiritual self-identification. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Indianapolis (November).

Ghazi, H., Hood, R. W. Jr., & Silver, C. (2014). This above all, to thine own self be true;             Spiritual or religious identity and the path to Western acculturation among Muslims.         Paper presented at the annual meeting of the     Society for the Scientific Study of Religion,            Indianapolis (November).

TV and Media Work

Interview and consultant for Serpent Handlers of Appalachia, Hannah Park, KBS World News,       South Korea, March, 2014

Consultant, Serpent Handling Tradition, Ralf Buecheler, Royalfilmmakers.com, Germany.

Interview and Consultant, Contemporary Serpent Handlers, Zachary Frank, Associate Producer,     Solon Media.

Templeton Grant Proposal #51968 Funded: Beyond the Shroud: Discerning Jesus in the mind’s eye, Jeff Larsen & Mike Olson (UTK) Ralph Hood (UTC), Amt. $253,305.00

Templeton Grant Proposal #52249 Funded: Development change in Spirituality: Longitudinal study of faith biographies, religious schemata and their psychological correlates and predictors. Heinz Streib and Barbara Keller, University of Bielefield, german and Ralph Hood, UTC, Amt. $158,932.00

Convention Papers, Invited Addresses, Plenary Address

Hood, R. W. Jr. (2014). Tension between Tradition and Transformation in the Contemporary Serpent Handlers of Appalachia, Plenary Address, Sino Bilateral Conference on Psychology of Religion, Beijing, China, May 15-17.

Hood, Ralph W. Jr. (2014). Self loss in Indigenous and Cross Cultural Psychologies: Beyond Dichotomies?Plenary Address, Sumer seminar, cultural psychology of religion, Travis Institute & Institute for Psychology, China Academy of Science, Harbin, China, July 20-27.

Journal Publications

Williamson, P. W. & Hood, R. W. Jr. (in press). Religious serpent handling and community     relations. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community.

Hood, R. W. Jr. (2014). Them that believe: A postmodern exploration of the contemporary serpent handlers of Appalachia. Scripta Instituti Donnerian Aboensis, Postmodern Spirituality, Vol. 21, ss. 72-91.

Silver, C. F., Hood, R. W. Jr., Williamson, W. P. (2013). The differential evaluation of religious            risk rituals involving serpents in two cultures. Studia Religiologica, 46, 1-15.

William, W. P. & Hood, R. W. Jr. (2014). Religious fundamentalism and perceived threat: a report from an experimental study. Mental Health, Religion, & Culture, 17, 520-528.

Hood, R. W. Jr. & Williamson, W. P. (2014). Case study of the intratextual model of   fundamentalism: Serpent handlers and Mark 16:17-18. Journal of Psychology and   Christianity, 33, 58-69.

Williamson, W. P., Bishop, J., & Hood, R. W. Jr. (2014) Religious Fundamentalism and             Racial Prejudice: A Comparison of Implicit and Explicit Approaches. Mental Health, Religion,        & Culture. DOI: 10.1080/13674676.2014.935729

Keller, B., Klein, C., Swhajor-Bieseman, A., Silver, C. F., Hood, R., & Streib, H. (2013). The         semantics of ‘spirituality’ and related self-identification: A comparative study in Germany   and the USA. Archive for the Psychology of Religion, 35, 71-100.


Agilkaya-Sahin, Z., Hood, R. W. jr., Streib. H., & Ayten, A. Eds). (in press). The psychology of

religion in Turkey. Leide, The Netherlands: Brill

Book Chapters

Hood R. W. Jr. (2014) Authoritarianism. In K. von Stuckard & R. A. Segal (Eds.), Vocabulary             for the Study of Religion. Leinden: Brill.

Hood, R. W. Jr. (2014). Religious ecstasy and other intense religious emotions. In C. Kim-    Prieto (Ed.), Religion and spirituality across cultures, cross-cultural advancements in      positive psychology (pp. 319-335). New York: Springer. DOI 10.1007/978-94-017-            8950-9_17, Springer Science+Buisness Media Dordrech.

Hood, R. W. Jr. (2014). . Chemically Assisted Mysticism and the Question of Veridicality. In   J. Harold Ellens (ed.), Seeking the Sacred With Psychoactive Substances: Chemical Paths             to Spirituality and God. Volume I : History and Practices, (pp. 395-410).   Santa Barbara,             California: Praeger.

Hood, R. W. Jr. (2014). Methodological Issues in the Use of Psychedelics in Religious            Rituals. In J. Harold Ellens (ed.), Seeking the Sacred With Psychoactive Substances:       Chemical Paths to Spirituality and God. Volume II Insights, Arguments, and    Controversies, 179-199). Santa Barbara,         California: Praeger.

Encyclopedia Entries

Hood, R. W. Jr. (in press). Appalachian Mountain Religion. . In Encyclopedia of Christianity in           the United Sates (p.   ). Rowman & Littlefield

Hood, R. W. Jr. (in press). Gerrge Weent Hensley. In Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United       Sates (p.   ). Rowman & Littlefield

Hood, R. W. Jr. (in press).   Serpent Handling Sects. .In Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United    Sates (p.   ). Rowman & Littlefield

Book Review

Hood, R. W. Jr. (in press) Review: Varieties of Anomalous Experience: Exploring the Scientific          Evidence (2nd ed.). Edited by Ezel Carde????a, Steven Jay Lynn, & Stanley Krippner.         Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. The International Journal for the  Psychology of Religion

New Editor Assignment

Co-editor Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion

UT Publication Board

Re-appointed to 3 yr term UT Pres  Sept 2014-2017

Appointed to Executive Board, UT Press Sept. 2014-2017

Honors Committee

External Reviewer

Doctoral Dissertations

External reviewer for Saima Ambreen, Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Fourth Edition (WISC-IV): Adaptation, Translation, and Standardization in Pakistan, National Institute of Psychology, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan.

External reviewer for Waseem Fayyaz, Conditions, Contexts, and Outcome of Practicing Veil (Hijab) among Parkitani Women, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan

Master’s Thesis UTC and External Review

Sarah McKane, Master Thesis, UTC (Graduated)

Juli Duin, Master Thesis, University of Memphis (Graduated)

University Promotions

Kevin Ladd (Promotion to Professor), Department of Psychology, Indiana University (Promtoed)


Appalachian Jouirnal; Amason Scientific;American Academy of Religion; Asian Journal of Social psychology; Cognition, Consciousness and Cognition; Current Anthropology; Journal of Management and Spirituality; Journal of Religious Studies;Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion; Review of Religious Research; Journal of Beliefs and Values; Journal of Personality and Social Psychology; Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion; Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior; Neuroscience Letters; International Journal of Psychology; Journal of Religion and Health, Mental Health, Religion, and Culture; Pakistan Journal of Psychological Research, Plos One; Psychological Assessment; Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Religion, Stress and Health, Social Sciences Journal; The Social Science Journal

Grant Reviewer/Paid Consultant

Sir John Templeton Foundation Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Vlaaderen, FWO) (The Research Foundation Flanders)

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

Led workshop titled “Practical Strategies for Evidence-Based Programming” at the Georgia After School and Youth Development conference, Augusta, Georgia, October 2014.

Presented “The Irony of Evidence-Based Program Registries’ Growing Influence on Nonprofit Program Replication and Adaptation” at the annual conference of the Association of Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, Denver, Colorado, November 2014.

Rik Hunter, Assistant Professor, English: Rhetoric & Writing

Article published in the November 2014 (Vol. 2.2) issue of Literacy In Composition Studies: “Hypersocial-Interactive Writing: An Audience of Readers-as-Writers.”

Joanie Jackson, Assistant Professor and DNP Coordinator, Nursing

Smith, J. Jackson, H. Stanfield, & A. Clark “Interprofessional Advanced Nursing Education: A Cadaver Lab Experience”. Poster presentation at Region 8 Sigma Theta Tau conference. Murfreesboro, TN

Knight, J. Jackson, C. Schreeder, & P. Dycus “Improving the Work Environment with Magnet Education”. Poster presentation at 28th annual North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference, Atlanta, GA.

2014 – T. Lyle, W. Book, R. Arriaga, & J. Jackson – “Text Messaging Intervention: Implicit and Explicit Effects on Medication Adherence in Adults with Congenital Heart Disease”. Poster presentation at International Adult Congenital Heart Disease Conference, Cincinnati, OH.

2014 – J. Jackson, A. Clark, and H. Stanfield “Providing Advanced, Culturally Competent Care through Clinical Training (PACT 4): Interprofessional Geriatric Care”. Poster presentation at St. David’ Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations conference, Austin, TX.

Richard Jackson, UTNAA Distinguished Professor, English

Out of Place (book of Poems), June 2014

Retrievals (book of Poems, October 2014

Resonancia (Book of poems translated in Barcelona), May 2014

Paper on “The Unsayable” at Literary Conference in Olomuce, Czech Republic n(Oct 2014)

Paper on Translation, Literary Review, Poland Dec 2014)

Reading, Paper at Kritya Poetry Festval, Trivandrum, India (Nov 2014)

Reading and Workshop, River Pretty Conference, Missouri (September 2014)

Reading and Workshop, Ljubljana, Slovenia, July 2014

Workshop, Yale Writers’ Conference, June 2014

Lectures (6) University of Maribor, May 2014, Slovenia

Reading, Barcelona, Spain, for Kriller 7 Press (May 2014)

William Kuby, Assistant Professor, History

Published article, “Till Disinterest Do Us Part: Trial Marriage, Public Policy, and the Fear of Familial Decay in the United States, 1900-1930” in the September 2014 issue of the Journal of the History of Sexuality.

Kristin Labs, Assistant Director, International Education

Trainer for a NAFSA: Association of International Educators’ Core Education Program titled Health, Safety, and Risk Management in Education Abroad, delivered in October 2014.

Stephen Leather, Identity and Access Management Engineer, Information Technology

Presentation: “From Days to Minutes” Presented at Tennessee Higher Education Information Technology Symposium and at Campus Technology 2014

Daniel Loveless, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering

Three publications in December issue of IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science:

1) N. N. Mahatme, N. J. Gaspard, T. Assis, I. Chatterjee, T. D. Loveless, B. L. Bhuva, W. H. Robinson, L. W. Massengill, S.-J. Wen, and R. Wong, “Kernel-Based Partition Approach to Mitigate Combinational Logic Soft Errors,” to be published in IEEE Trans. Nucl. Sci, Dec. 2014.

2) Y. P. Chen, T. D. Loveless, P. Maillard, N. J. Gaspard, S. Jagannathan, A. L. Sternberg, E. X. Zhang, A. F. Witulski, B. L. Bhuva, W. T. Holman, and L. W. Massengill, “Single-Event Transient (SET) Induced Harmonic Errors in Digitally Controlled Ring Oscillators (DCROs),” to be published in IEEE Trans. Nucl. Sci, Dec. 2014.

3) T. D. Haeffner, T. D. Loveless, E. X. Zhang, A. L. Sternberg, S. Jagannathan, R. D. Schrimpf, J. S. Kauppila, M. L. Alles, D. M. Fleetwood, and L. W. Massengill, “Irradiation and Temperature Effects for a 32 nm RF Silicon-on-Insulator CMOS Process,” to be published in IEEE Trans. Nucl. Sci, Dec. 2014.

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

Presented a paper entitled, “Open Local Government Data: The New Performance Challenge” at the Public Performance Management and Reporting Network Conference in Newark, New Jersey.

Paper entitled, “Promises and Challeges of Local Government Open Data Initiatives” was accepted for presentation at the March 2015 annual conference of the American Society for Public Administration in Chicago, IL.

Named Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Deborah A. McAllister, UC Foundation Professor, School of Education

Presented “Robotics and Mathematics for Elementary and Middle Grades,”at the Tennessee Mathematics Teachers Association conference, in Knoxville, September 2014.

Presented the “STEM Saturdays” program to students in grades 3-8, Fall 2014.

Participating on the Lego Education Advisory Panel, 2012-present.

Cassandra Nice, Assistant Director, Women’s Center at UTC

Awarded $2,146 grant from the Osborne Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga for “Play, Believe, Achieve!”- A UTC Event in Honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Program being held in partnership with HHP, Campus Recreation, Athletics & WISE

Eric O’Neill, Assistant Professor, Biological and Environmental Sciences

Published a paper: Stephen C. Richter, Eric M. O’Neill, Schyler O. Nunziata, Andrew Rumments, Emily S. Gustin, Jeanne E. Young, and Brian I. Crother (2014) Cryptic Diversity and Conservation of Gopher Frogs across the Southeastern United States. Copeia: June 2014, Vol. 2014, No. 2, pp. 231-237.

Presented: “Past, Present, and Future Research in Molecular Ecology of Amphibians and Reptiles” Keynote Address at the Twentieth Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Herpetological Society, Belmont University, Nashville, TN

Presented: “Molecular systematics of the North American tiger salamander radiation using parallel tagged amplicon sequence data.” Oral Presentation, Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution, Raleigh, NC

Presented: “Bacterial symbionts of the introduced lady beetle Coccinella septempunctata”. Oral Presentation, Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Portland OR

Gretchen Potts, UC Foundation Associate Professor, Chemistry

Published a book with co-author. Dr. Chris Dockery,   Potts, Gretchen E. and Dockery, Christopher, R. (Eds) Addressing the Millennial Student in Undergraduate Chemistry. ACS Symposium Series 1180, American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, 2014. DOI: 10.1021/bk-2014-1180.

Paper accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, Hensley, Sarah A. and Potts, Gretchen E. Stoichiometric determination of 1-(2-pyridylazo)-2-naphthol complexation with Pb(II) by mass spectrometry, Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research, Accepted.

Gave an invited talk at the Southeastern Meeting of ACS, Gretchen E. Potts. Flipping the lab: Preparing instrumental lab students for the workplace, 66th SERMACS, Nashville, TN, October 15 – 19, 2014.

Coached the winning team for Teacherpreneurer 48HR Launch (Howard High School Science Teachers).

Reviewed two articles for the journal Analytical Letters and a proposal for the ACS Symposium Series.

Elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Chattanooga Section of the American Chemical Society for 2015.

Submitted an external proposal to NIH for NIH – R21 $336, 313 in collaboration with Drs. Ethan Carver and Margaret Kovach which is currently being scored, Gretchen Potts (PI-UTC), Ethan Carver (CoPI-UTC), Margaret Kovach (CoPI-UTC), In-depth analysis of e-cigarette filling solutions and their biological implications ($336,313, in review).

Donald R. Reising, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering

Paper titled, “Discriminating Authorized and Rogue Network Devices Using Dimensionally Reduced RF-DNA Fingerprints” was accepted to the IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security.

Michelle Rigler, Director, Disability Resource Center

“Independence, Social and Study Strategies for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders:” A BASICS College Curriculum is the first of four books being published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers based on our curriculum for the Mosaic Program. With Amy Rutherford and Emily Quinn.

Charlene Simmons, UC Foundation Associate Professor, Communication

Had three photographs of the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon published in the following story “Nashville woman takes marathon title after winner runs too fast” by Nick Caloway http://www.wkrn.com/story/27359425/chickamauga-battlefield-marathon-winner-disqualified-nashville (November 11, 2014).

Had a photograph of the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon published in the following story “Chickamauga Marathon Winner Disqualified for Impossible Splits” by Allison Wade http://www.runnersworld.com/races/chickamauga-marathon-winner-disqualified-for-impossible-splits (November 11, 2014).

Nur Sisworahardjo, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering

  1. Present research paper entitle: Impact of Plug-In Electric Vehicle Battery Charging on a Distribution System at 2014 IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, October 5 – 9, 2014.
  1. Submitted a conference paper entitle: Impact of Plug-In Electric Vehicle Battery Charging on a Distribution System Based on Real-Time Digital Simulator for International Conference on Renewable Energies and Power Quality (ICREPQ 14), Cordoba, Spain, April 8 – 10, 2014.

Cathie Smith, Associate Professor, Physical Therapy

Professional Appointments:

Smith CR

Contributing Author, Neonatal Therapy Core Scope of Practice. Developed by the National Neonatal Therapy Collaboration as a foundation document for the National Neonatal Therapy Certification Board, National Association of Neonatal Therapists

Planning Committee Member, National Association of Neonatal Therapists Annual Conference, scheduled to be held in Phoenix AZ in April, 2015

Peer Reviewed Presentations:

Smith CR, Invited Guest Instructor to teach a course titled Clinical Reasoning in Physical Therapy; University of A Coruna; Department of Physical Therapy; A Coruna, Spain; International Summer School; August 2014

Invited Presentations:

Smith CR, Developmental Outcomes of Late Preterm Infants; American Physical Therapy Association Section on Pediatrics Annual Conference, St Louis, MO, October 2014

Smith CR, Improving Adaptive Motor Control in Geriatic NICU Infants. American Physical Therapy Association Section on Pediatrics Annual Conference, St Louis, MO, October 2014


Smith CR, Faculty Development Grant to teach an international course at the University of A Coruna School of Physical Therapy, A Coruna University, A Coruna, Spain; August 2014

Kidambi Sreenivas, Research Professor, SimCenter

The following papers and posters were presented at various conferences:

(1) Gruetzemacher, R., Abdollah Arabshahi, A., and Sreenivas, K.,”Numerical Simulation of Airflow in a CT-based Human Airway Model With Physiologically Appropriate Boundary Conditions,” Poster Presentation within the Respiratory Bioengineering Track, Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, October 2014.

(2) Sreenivas, K., Mittal, A., Hereth, L., Taylor, L.K., and Hilbert, C.B., “High-Fidelity Computational Simulation of the Interaction between Tandem Wind Turbines,”€ 32nd AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference, June 2014, AIAA Paper 2014-2278

(3) Mittal, A., Sreenivas, K., Taylor, L.K., Hereth, L., Hilbert, C.B., and Hyams, D.G., “Investigation of Rotor Models for Wind Turbine Simulations,” 32nd AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference, Atlanta, GA, June 2014, AIAA Paper 2014-2280

(4) Gupta, A., Sreenivas, K., and Taylor, L.K., “Preconditioning Methods for Multiphase Flows,” 11th AIAA/ASME Joint Thermophysics and Heat Transfer Conference, Atlanta, GA, June 2014, AIAA Paper 2014-2824

(5) Currier, N., and Sreenivas, K., “A Preconditioned Non-Singular Eigensystem for the Navier-Stokes Equations with Finite-Rate Chemistry,” 7th AIAA Theoretical Fluids Mechanics Conference, Atlanta, GA, June 2013, AIAA Paper 2014-3084

(6) Mittal, A., Sreenivas, K., and Taylor, L.K., “Exploration of Modal Decomposition Techniques for Wind Turbines,” AIAA-2014-1398, SciTech 2014, National Harbor, MD, January 2014.

Additionally, served as a panelist for NSF. I have also served as a reviewer for the ASME Gas Turbine Exposition and Conference to be held in Montreal next year.

Chantelle Swaren, Assessment and Outreach Librarian, UTC Library

Elected as Board Member, University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies, Library School Association (LSA) Board. Will serve two years in the position.

Conference Presentations:

Swaren, Chantelle. “Storytime Station: A case study on using public library-created videos to reinforce early literacy skills and practices”. Session 120, Libraries creating content for/with children and young adults, Section Libraries for Children and Young Adults with Literacy and Reading, IFLA World Library and Information Congress, 80th IFLA General Conference and Assembly. Video Presentation, Auditorium Lumiare, Lyon Convention Centre, Lyon, France. 19 August 2014. Remote Conference Presentation via Video and Paper.

Swaren, Chantelle. “Using Regression to Move Forward: Strategically Analyze Data for Better Planning.” Tenn-Share 2014 DataFest. Nashville Public Library, Nashville, TN. 25 September 2014. Conference Presentation.

Swaren, Chantelle. “Using Regression to Move Forward: How to Strategically Analyze Data for Better Planning.” LOEX Annual Conference 2014: Creative Visualization: The Art of Information Literacy. Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, MI. 10 May 2014. Lightning Talk.

John Trussel, Associate Professor, Accounting

Published two articles:

Trussel, John and Patrick, Patricia. “The Socio-Demographic, Economic and Financial Profiles of Municipalities at Risk of Financial Distress in Pennsylvania.” In progress. Journal of Accounting, Audit, and Finance Management. 1(1), 2014, 9 pages.

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.

Li Wang, Research Assistant Professor, SimCenter

Li Wang, “Towards Accurate and Efficient Simulation and Design Using High-Order CFD Methods, Modern Techniques for Aerodynamic Analysis and Design,” Invited talks, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, July 7-11, 2014.

Li Wang, “Multiscale Large Eddy Simulation of Turbulence Using High-Order Finite Element Methods,” Presented at the 7th AIAA Theoretical Fluids Mechanics Conference, Atlanta, GA, June, 2014.

Li Wang, W.K. Anderson, T. Erwin and S. Kapadia, “Discontinuous Galerkin and Petrov Galerkin Methods for Compressible Viscous Flows”, Computers and Fluids, Vol. 100, pp. 13-29, 2014.

Li Wang, W.K. Anderson, Kapadia, S. and Taylor, L.K., “Multiscale Large Eddy Simulation of Turbulence Using High-Order Finite Element Methods,” 7th AIAA Theoretical Fluids Mechanics Conference, Atlanta, GA, June 2014, AIAA Paper 2014-3211.

Robert Webster, Associate Research Professor, Graduate School of Computational Engineering

Attended the 50th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference as part of the 2014 Propulsion and Energy Forum in Cleveland, OH, which was sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

While at the 50th Joint Propulsion Conference, attended meetings of the Gas Turbine Engine Technical Committee (GTE TC) as the chair of the Communications Sub-committee; also served as the substitute chair of the Communications Committee for the Air-breathing Propulsion Sub-group in the absence of the committee chair.

As chair of the GTE TC Communications Sub-committee, collected information from the Gas Turbine Engine field (industry, academia, and government), and composed the GTE TC’s Year-in-Review article, which will be published in the December, 2014, issue of AIAA’s monthly magazine, Aerospace America.

While at the 50th Joint Propulsion Conference, volunteered to serve as a technical session chair for the upcoming 53rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting (ASM), which is part of the AIAA SciTech forum to be held in January, 2015; will be chairing the technical session for papers focused on compressor aerodynamics (GTE-06).

Received notification that abstract submission for the upcoming SciTech Forum had been accepted; this will be presented in session GTE-06 as part of the 53rd ASM; title of the paper is “Computational Simulation of the Fan and Low-pressure Compressor Stages of the Energy Efficient Engine”; co-authors are colleagues Dr. Kidambi Sreenivas and Mr. Bruce Hilbert

Reviewed a paper entitled “Investigation on Pressure Fluctuation Related to Mild Surge in Multi-stage Centrifugal Blower with Inlet Gude Vane” for the 2015 TURBO EXPO sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Gary Wilkerson, Professor, Health and Human Performance


Wilkerson GB, Dale RB, Alvarez RG. Biomechanics of Gait: Foot and Ankle. La Crosse, WI: Orthopaedic Section, American Physical Therapy Association, 2014.

Wilkerson GB & Denegar CR. Cohort study design: an underutilized approach for advancement of evidence-based and patient-centered practice in athletic training. Journal of Athletic Training. 2014;49, doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-49.3.43.

Denegar CR & Wilkerson GB. Safeguarding Student-Athlete Health and Welfare conference: proceedings summary. Journal of Athletic Training. 2014;49, doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-49.4.01.

Invited Presentations:

Implementing Best Practices in Youth Football. MomsTEAM Institute Youth Sports Safety Summit, Boston, MA, September 15, 2014.

Cognitive Aspects of Visuomotor Performance: Managing Injury Risk. Advances in Visuomotor and Neurocognitive Training Conference, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, October 31, 2014

Katie Wilson, Adjunct Professor, Public Administration and Non-Profit Management

Journal article publication:

Wilson, M.K., Marczynski, S., O’Brien, E. (2014). Ethical behavior of the classical music audience. Ethical        Human Psychology & Psychiatry Journal: An International Journal of Critical Inquiry. Volume 16,           Number 2, December 2014

Michele Wollert, Adjunct Faculty, Psychology

Presented with psychology of religion research team at the Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014 meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion in Indianapolis, “The Semantics of Self-Attributed Spirituality” panel, presentation “Growing in Faith:  Case Studies of Religious Spirualities”



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