Pam Bailey, assistant professor of education

President Elect for the Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics and will begin her term in July 2017 followed by President for two years and Past President for one year.

Bailey will also speak at the University of Maine on June 1. Topic: From the lens of a math specialist: PtAs effective practices expanded.

Now available, a book in which Bailey co-authored a chapter, A critical analysis of emerging high-leverage practices for mathematics coaches: In Elementary mathematics specialists: Developing, refining, and examining programs that support mathematics teaching and learning.

Clayton Brooks, assistant professor of history

Book published in March with the University of Virginia Press, The Uplift Generation: Cooperation Across the Color Line in Early Twentieth Century Virginia.

Doris Dodson, assistant professor of social work and director of field experience

Presented “Educating the Next Generation of Social Workers: The Importance of Self-Care, Developing Resilience and Lessons Learned” at the Western Social Science Association conference on April 13 in San Francisco.

Bruce Dorries, associate professor of communication

Chaired an MBU student panel at the McDonough Leadership Conference at Marietta College April 1. Megan Edwards and cadets Maddison Bowen and Kaylin Coe presented “Leveraging Anniversaries: Mediation Theory in Times of Historical Change.”

Janet Ewing, associate professor of business

Consultant and program participant at the Daytona State College Leadership Academy, “Face Your Future,” in Daytona Beach, Florida on April 25. Twenty honor students were engaged in four hours of assessment, applied leadership activities, leadership challenges, and consultation with a panel of notable community leaders. The goal of the academy was to have each student “Face ‘Their’ Future” as an upcoming business and community leader.

Louise Freeman, professor of psychology

Paper, “Reading Books and Reading Minds: Differential Effects of Wonder and The Crossover on Empathy and Theory of Mind”, will be published in the next edition of Study and Scrutiny: Research on Young Adult Literature.  Celine Brooks ’16 is a co-author.

Featured speaker and panelist at the Roanoke Harry Potter festival on May 12–13.

Nadine Gergel-Hackett, associate professor of physics

Hackett and student co-author Anna Wright presented, “Memristor Circuitry via Material Implication” at the American Physical Society’s Meeting on March 14 in New Orleans.

Lise Keiter, professor of music

Guest artist at Ball State University, where she gave a solo recital and master class.

Paula Kiser, instruction and electronic resources librarian

Presenting at The Innovative Library Classroom Conference (TILC) at Radford University on May 11 -“Ready for the Next Step: Combining Information Literacy with Digital Literacy Instruction in e-Portfolio Creation.” She is also co-presenting at the VIVA Collection’s Forum about our library weeding project (VIVA is the Virginia library consortium) on May 19.

Katherine Low, assistant professor of religion and college chaplain

Published five separate encyclopedia articles on Job’s wife in the Hebrew Bible, Judaism, Christianity, Visual Arts, and Literature in Volume 14 of The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception in March 2017. She has accepted the offer to write a larger entry on Pilate’s wife for the same encyclopedia.

Bess Maxwell, assistant professor of physical therapy

Received a 2017 Leadership Award from the American Physical Therapy Association Aquatic Section for her work on the Aquatic Therapy Certification Program.

Roderic Owen-professor of philosophy

Gave a presentation on, “Leading through Conflict” at the McDonough Leadership Conference at Marietta College, Ohio on March 30–April 1. Along with Bruce Dorries, he also helped sponsor Cadets Maddison Bowen and Kaylin Coe as well as and past SGA President, Megan Edwards on a student presentation: “Leveraging Anniversaries: Mediation Theory in Times of Historical Change.

Brenci Patiño- associate professor of spanish

Delivered a paper titled, “Labor of Love: Displaced Mothering in Babel and Paris je t’aime” at the Latin American Studies Association Congress in Lima, Peru, on April 29.

Also awarded a grant from Pragda Spanish Film Club to partially cover the screening fees for five Latin-American films to be presented on campus in Fall 2017 as part of the Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations.

David Paulk, professor and director of physician assistant program

Served as a CDC expert panel member and co-author of first ever guidelines for the acute diagnosis and management of mild traumatic brain injuries in children and adolescents. A companion article will be published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Paulk has been a panel member for four and a half years.

Presented at Drexel University, Philadelphia, Child maltreatment and disclosure.

Will present the following at University of Witwatersrand School of Medicine, Johannesburg, South Africa:

-Child Maltreatment and disclosure in South Africa

-Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) in children and adolescents

-My life as a clinician and PA educator

Will also present at the Virginia Academy of PAs (VAPA) annual conference:

-Dealing with the difficult patient and difficult patient communication

-Mild traumatic brain (mTBI) injury in children and adolescents

Was appointed by the Director of the CDC along with 15 other experts from around the country to serve on a special emphasis panel charged with funding $3.3 million to 1-2 individuals/organizations to develop primary preventative strategies and culture change for concussion prevention among youth, particularly youth sports.

Reports the medical challenge bowl team will compete in the national medical challenge bowl competition at the AAPA national conference in Las Vegas. They are the Commonwealth champions having defeated every program in Virginia during the state competition. Remarkably, they missed only one question during the competition. Even more remarkable is the fact they had only completed two semesters of PA school, whereas their competition was well into their clinical year.

Colleen Pendry, adjunct faculty member, art and art history

Series of poems titled Seasons was included in the annual “beat Burg” poetry celebration in April, in Lynchburg.

Currently has a solo exhibition, titled “Fragility” at Riverviews Artspace, WNRN Gallery in Lynchburg. The show runs through May 31.

Edmund “Rick” Potter, assistant professor of history

In March, Edmund Potter presented the paper “Wilson Mexico and a Revolution not Understood”  at the 64th annual conference of the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  In April, he led a team that included Katerin Collazo, Sean Crowley, and Carol Creager in the production of the MBU 175 Exhibit at the R.S. Smith Center and gave the Annual Stuart Lecture for the Augusta County Historical Society on Mary Baldwin at 175.  Additionally, he produced a review on Simon Read’s Winston Churchill Reporting: Adventures of a Young War Correspondent for H-War H-Net Reviews and one on West Country Households: 1500-1700. Edited by John Allan, Nat Alcock, and David Dawson for The Sixteenth Century Journal.   Finally, in June he will be speaking at an international conference in Scotland.

Jim Sconyers, associate professor of art

The Staunton Augusta Art Center invited Sconyers to jury submissions for the 51st Art in the Park at Gypsy Hill event.

Was invited to jury submissions, select awardees and speak at James Madison University’s 2016–17 School of Art, Design, and Art History, Undergraduate Juried Exhibition and award ceremony.

Stuart Tousman, adjunct faculty member

Gave a poster presentation, “Constructivist Based Online Group Asthma Education Program” at the Eastern Allergy Society Conference in West Palm Beach, Florida in May 2016 and gave a presentation on motivational interviewing at the Association of Asthma Educators National Conference in July of 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida. Served as the program director for the national Asthma Educator Conference has been the chair for the Virginia Asthma Coalition (VAC) for seven years. His recent (VAC) work includes helping the group organize their five-year strategic plan.