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Catawba College Faculty Continue to Present, Publish Papers, and Enjoy Professional Achievements

February 20, 2018

Category: Academics, Biology, Business & Economics, Environmental Science, Faculty, Nursing, Politics, Staff

Catawba College faculty members continue to have scholarly papers published or accepted for publication, or have enjoyed professional achievements outside the college. Following are details of their accomplishments.


Dr. J. Michael Bitzer, Provost, Chair and Professor of Politics
Dr. Michael Bitzer, Provost, Chair and Professor of Politics, was quoted in the January 18, 2018 edition of "The New York Times" for an article regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's case regarding North Carolina's redistricting lawsuit.

Dr. Jay Bolin, Associate Professor and Chair of Biology
Dr. Jay Bolin, Associate Professor and Chair of Biology, along with colleagues at Old Dominion University and the Oman Botanic Garden, published a professional research article in "Phytotaxa" on Feb. 12, 2018. The article concerns Hydnora ­arabica (Aristolochiaceae), a new species from the Arabian Peninsula and a key to Hydnora. Bolin's co-authors were Darach Lupton of Oman Botanic Garden in Muscat, Oman, and Lytton John Musselman of the Department of Biological Sciences at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.


The plant parasite Hydnora Arabica (Aristolochiaceae) is described from the Arabian Peninsula. This species was previously identified as Hydnora Africana in Oman. It can be separated from other Hydnora taxa primarily by its terete rhizome, red to orange inner perianth tube color, and tepal lobe margins entirely covered with dense strigose seta. In Oman, Hydnora Arabica is known to parasitize two leguminous trees: Acacia tortilis and the introduced Pithocellobium dulce, but may parasitize additional Fabaceae. At least 11 synonyms or subspecific varieties of H. abyssinica are described in the literature, all from east or southern Africa. These synonyms are discussed in light of new observations of morphology including tepal margin ornamentation. A new key for Hydnora is proposed.


Professor Sasikarn Chatvijit-Cook, Assistant Professor of Marketing
Professor Sasikarn Chatvijit-Cook, an Assistant Professor of Marketing, presented a paper to the International Textile and Apparel Association on November 18, 2017 and her paper received a Paper of Distinction Award for the culture track.

Her paper was titled "Exploring the Sociology of Wedding Dress Rentals consumption in Thailand." Her study employed qualitative methods to investigate how Thai societal characteristics influence consumers' wedding dress renting behavior. Findings demonstrate that shared beliefs in Thai culture affect individuals' actions or use of resources to achieve their goals. Specifically, Thai consumers' decisions to rent are influenced by cultural values, norms, and decision rules imposed by institutions that consumers acknowledge and comply with. Findings contribute to the literature in sociology of consumption in the context of wedding dress rentals by proposing a conceptual framework for exploring product-specific consumption in Thai culture.


Dr. Tyler Davis, Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Dr. Tyler Davis, Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, made a presentation at the American Geophysical Union Fall meeting on December 14. His presentation was titled, "A Pipeline for 3D Digital Optical Phenotyping Plant Root System Architecture."

Davis' work presents a new pipeline for digital optical phenotyping the root system architecture of agricultural crops. The pipeline begins with a 3D root-system imaging apparatus for hydroponically grown crop lines of interest. The apparatus acts as a self-containing dark room, which includes an imaging tank, motorized rotating bearing and digital camera. The pipeline continues with the Plant Root Imaging and Data Acquisition (PRIDA) software, which is responsible for image capturing and storage. Once root images have been captured, image post-processing is performed using the Plant Root Imaging Analysis (PRIA) command-line tool, which extracts root pixels from color images. Following the pre-processing binarization of digital root images, 3D trait characterization is performed using the next-generation RootReader3D software. RootReader3D measures global root system architecture traits, such as total root system volume and length, total number of roots, and maximum rooting depth and width. While designed to work together, the four stages of the phenotyping pipeline are modular and stand-alone, which provide flexibility and adaptability for various research endeavors (available online).

This work is an ongoing collaboration between Dr. Davis and Dr. Miguel Piñeros (USDA-ARS) and Dr. Leon Kochian and David Schneider (both at University of Saskatchewan). This research aims to quantify crop root system architecture (i.e., the configuration of roots within and throughout the soil) to assist plant breeders to meet the current and future challenges of global food security, namely: agricultural drought, nutrient depletion and soil toxicity.


Ms. Kimberly Smith, Director of Catawba to Career
Ms. Kimberly Smith, Director of Catawba to Career, was one of three individuals from Catawba College who made a December 4, 2017 presentation at the annual conference of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Other presenters included Dr. Forrest Anderson, Associate Professor of English, Associate Provost for Student Academic Success, and Acting Dean of Students, and Mr. Daryl Bruner, Student Academic Success Coordinator.

The SACSCOC presentation was titled "Students Who Muddle: A Pre-Intervention Plan to Effect Course Correction." It introduced attendees to a historically-overlooked group of students, sophomores and juniors in good academic standing who flounder through the curriculum and have a surprisingly good chance of not graduating. Smith, Anderson and Bruner demonstrated how to use predictive data to identify students likely to fall into this group prior to their very first semester of college. Presenters also detailed an intervention plan for proactively approaching this group and offering personal academic plans to effect course corrections in their first-year before they are needed.


Professor Sandra Yamane, Assistant Professor of Nursing
Assistant Professor of Nursing Sandra Yamane will make a presentation titled "Addressing Workplace Violence in Prelicensure Curriculum: Development, Administration, and Evaluation of an Innovative Teaching Bundle" on April 20th at the Nursing Education Research Conference 2018. Following is an abstract of her presentation:

"The burden of violence directed at workers in health care settings - particularly violence perpetrated by patients and visitors - is well-documented (Gomaa et al., 2014; Pompeii et al., 2013). Research suggests nursing students are exposed to violence as well, through clinical learning experiences and/or paid caregiving roles (Çelebio?lu, Akpinar, Küçüko?lu, & Engin, 2010; Ferns & Meerabeau, 2008; Hinchberger, 2009; Magnavita & Heponiemi, 2011), a reality that supports the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice's call for formal and informal education and training to help students recognize, prevent, and mitigate workplace violence (WPV) (NACNEP, 2007). Nurse educators are well-qualified to teach about occupational hazards, including WPV, but such concepts are not systematically evident in pre-licensure curricula, effective pedagogical strategies related to such concepts are limited, and students may leave educational programs not realizing the significance of workplace safety to their practice.

"To address this gap, learner experiences and needs related to WPV were identified, lecture material and situational trigger films related to WPV were created, and immersion simulation experiences were developed. This bundle of activities led to the implementation of a dynamic pedagogical strategy that addressed all domains of learning: cognitive, psychomotor, and affective (Bloom, 1956). Trigger films are short films that are used to engage the affective domain (Molloy, Sabol, Silva, & Guimond, 2016). Immersion simulation experiences are widely used throughout modern nursing curricula to teach decision-making and psychomotor skill development through replication of patient scenarios in a safe environment (Hayden, Smiley, Alexander, Kardong-Edgren, & Jeffries, 2014). While the use of trigger films alone or the use of immersion simulations alone can be effective, when coupling the two strategies in a controlled environment, the learning effect may be enhanced.

"This presentation will detail the authors' experiences in conducting the needs assessment and designing the pedagogical interventions aimed at increasing students' understanding around patient/visitor-perpetrated violence and best-practice prevention and mitigation strategies. Such interventions recognized the existing typology of workplace violence and integrated conceptual models applied to violence prevention. As such, they served as an effective approach to prepare future nurses to recognize and respond to one of the more well-documented occupational hazards facing health care workers today."

Professor Yamane also had an article, "Educating Future Health Care Professionals about Cybercivility Needs Assessment Study," published on January 3, 2018 in "Nurse Educator." Here is a summary of that article: "As misbehaviors online in higher education have been widely addressed in recent research, the discourse on cyberincivility has become a contemporary issue in health professions education. However, studies regarding cybercivility, particularly from an interprofessional education standpoint, are few. This study assessed the knowledge, experience, and perceptions about cyberincivility among students in four health care disciplines. Their preferred means of learning about cybercivility and the perceived benefits of such education are also discussed."

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