Recent Professional Achievements of Catawba College Faculty

Over the summer, Catawba College faculty members continued to have papers published or accepted for publication, attend professional conferences and enjoy achievements outside the college. Details of their accomplishments follow. Dr. Carrie Graham, LAT, ATC, Assistant Professor of Athletic Training ...

Over the summer, Catawba College faculty members continued to have papers published or accepted for publication, attend professional conferences and enjoy achievements outside the college. Details of their accomplishments follow.

Dr. Carrie Graham, LAT, ATC, Assistant Professor of Athletic Training
Dr. Graham was invited to give several presentations over the summer.  In early June, she presented research findings titled “Factors Contributing to Low Representation of Diverse Female Faculty in Athletic Training Education Programs,” at the international Adult Education Research Conference (AERC) held at the University of Victoria, British Columbia.  Her research examined the experiences of diverse female faculty in terms of their workplace marginalization and interactions with mentors to understand factors that contribute to their low representation in athletic training education programs.  Her findings were part of a larger study.  Due to her AERC presentation, Dr. Graham was an invited guest speaker to address Critical Conversations for a Radically Different Future in Human Resource Development for a webinar series hosted by the Academy of Human Resource Development.

On July 11th, Dr. Graham also made a presentation titled “Creating an Inclusive Workplace culture” at the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association Leadership Institute (NCATALI) held at Carolina Panthers Stadium in Charlotte.  This presentation focused on using opportunities to identify, understand, and value individual differences to create a workplace that welcomes and supports all individuals.  The NCATALI is designed for athletic trainers who demonstrate a high level of potential to serve the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association, Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association, and National Athletic Trainers’ Association.


Ms. Brandy Jones-Neelam, Assistant Professor of Athletic Training
Ms. Jones-Neelam attended the annual National Athletic Training Association (NATA) 

symposia in New Orleans, La., in late June.  While there, she acquired 25 CEUs toward maintaining her Athletic Training certification and also assisted Michael Higgins Ph.D., A.T.C., P.T. from the University of Virginia, and several other colleagues in demonstrating and teaching manual therapy techniques for lumbopelvic disorders.

Following is an abstract regarding the presentation titled, “Manual Therapy for Lumbopelvic Disorders: Learning Lab.”

“Many therapies exist for the treatment of lumbopelvic pathologies including spinal mobilization/manipulation, muscle energy and mobilization with movement. To be able to distinguish when patients would benefit the most from these interventions would help clinicians become more efficient. Lumbopelvic pain is considered by researchers and clinicians to be a heterogeneous condition and this is a possible reason why many interventions have only small effects. Manual Therapy is recommended in most international guidelines for the management of lumbopelvic pain. Competency Gap: It appears that different types of MT may work through different mechanisms. Understanding these mechanisms may help clinicians choose which therapy is most appropriate for each patient and pathology. At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to: 1. Describe normal and abnormal mechanics of the lumbar spine and pelvis. 2. Identify patients that will benefit from manual therapy techniques to the lumbopelvic region. 3. Summarize the guidelines for applying manual therapy techniques to the lumbopelvic region. At the conclusion of this lab, participants will be able to: 1. Apply Muscle energy for lumbopelvic pathology 2. Apply Mulligan techniques for lumbopelvic pathology 3. Apply Mobilization techniques for lumbopelvic pathology 4. Determine the effectiveness of these treatment techniques.”

Dr. Josh Smicker, Chair and Assistant Professor of Communication
Dr. Smicker has had several papers accepted for publication.  His article titled “Who Will Survive in America? Military Horror, Millennials and Contemporary Moral Panics” was accepted for publication in the June 14, 2018 edition of “In Media Res.”  The piece focuses on the recent films “The Guest,” “Green Room,” and “Don’t Breathe,” exploring how all of these films are organized around traumatic encounters of young millennials with older, white, male military and ex-military personnel.  Smicker was particularly interested in exploring the way that these traumatic moments are framed as productive in these films, both in production of exceptional military bodies, and as a means of ‘toughening up’ and ultimately helping presumably spoiled, entitled, and aimless millennials.  This piece argues that this is connected in turn to broader cultural discourses of ‘post-traumatic growth,’  where various forms of trauma are not only normalized, but are re-contextualized as individual and economic opportunities as long as subjects encountering them possess sufficient ‘resilience’ or ‘grit.’

Smicker had a second paper co-written with Dr. Lisa Calvente of DePaul University titled “Crisis Subjectivities: Resilient, Recuperable, and Abject Representations in the New Hard Times” accepted for publication in the November 1, 2018 edition of “Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation, and Culture.”  In this paper, Smicker and Calvente explore a range of media representations that center on what we identify as crisis subjectivities, These are subjects presented as embodiments of economic and political crises, coming out of a context best described as the propagation of crisis as an ordinary, everyday occurrence. The coauthors trace the development of three main types of crisis subjectivities (resilient, recuperable, and abject) within this context, focusing on the way in which these subjectivities are subsequently read back as the cause of broader structural crises, especially through their connection to discourses of postfeminism and the postracial.  Formed through normative divisions of the population, i.e. racism, classism, and sexism, crisis subjectivities are also presented as disrupting normative temporality on multiple levels, interrupting narratives of progress, individual life trajectories, and the temporality of crisis itself.  Within this context, normative discourses of time as linear, constant, and progressive are replaced by representations that emphasize time as discontinuous and disjunct, defined by unexpected accelerations, delays, and deferrals.  Finally, the coauthors explore the way these crisis subjectivists and temporalities are articulated to discourses that suggest that the proper response to crisis are individual resilience and self-management, while de-emphasizing structural analysis and collective action.

Finally, on August 13, Dr. Smicker presented a paper at the conference, Crossroads in Cultural Studies, held at Shanghai University in Shanghai, China.  His paper was titled “Tourists of Duty: Incursions into Weaponized Nostalgia and Anachronistic Masculinity in Battlefield One and Call of Duty: WWII.”  This paper elaborates the concept of anachronistic masculinity that Smicker and Calvente (aforementioned) had explored through an analysis of technostalgia and performances of masculinity in the video games “Battlefield One” and “Call of Duty: WWII.”  In particular, it examines how the games combine a nostalgic vision of the game franchises themselves (both games have been positions as ‘returns’ to the ‘historical’ roots of their series, paradoxically made possible through newer technologies) with narratives and performances of anachronistic masculinity.  Within these games, the latter functions as a form of nostalgic masculinity that articulates reactionary online masculine performances (MRA, red pillers, Gamergaters, and Twitchers) with a gamespace organized around traditional military models of masculinity and national culture.  It concludes by discussing the links of these gaming cultures to broader online cultures fueling reactionary conservative movements in general, and Trump and Trumpism in particular.

Dr. Buster Smith, Chair and Assistant Professor of Sociology
Dr. Smith was recently interviewed as part of a podcast on concerning a book that he co-authored, “American Secularism.”

Dr. J. Michael Wilson, Chair and Professor of Modern Foreign Languages
Dr. Wilson had two of his short stories published in 2017 in The News Leader of Parsons, Tenn. (pop. 2635 and largest town in Decatur County), the local newspaper of his boyhood.  His “Boy with Stringer and Sheath Knife, circa 1966” was published in the paper’s February 17, 2017 edition, and his “My Grandmother, Scourge of the Reptile Kingdom,” was published in the March 1, 2017 edition.  Both stories were submitted by the paper to the annual Tennessee Press Association Awards competition in the “Best Personal Column” category.

Wilson’s “Boy with Stringer and Sheath Knife, circa 1966” won first place in the “Best Personal Column” category and his “My Grandmother, Scourge of the Reptile Kingdom” won third place in the same category for smaller newspapers.

Wilson has sent The News Leader more of his stories and another was published in the paper’s August 8, 2018 edition.  Wilson said of his submissions to his boyhood paper, “It is fun to give them to the paper of the county where all these memories took place.”

Ms. Sandra Yamane, MSN, MS, RN, Assistant Professor of Nursing
Professor Yamane had an article titled “Learning Cybercivility: A Qualitative Needs Assessment of Health Profession Students” published in the September 1, 2018 edition of “The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing.”  Literatures on cyberincivility in health professions education has mainly focused on intraprofessional communication.  This study explored health professions students’ experiences with cyberincivility, as well as their perspectives on interprofessional cybercivility learning. Professor Yamane employed a qualitative study that used semistructured interviews with a purposive sample of 25 students in nursing, medicine, physician assistant, or physical therapy programs at a private university in the United States.  Thematic analysis was used to identify recurrent patterns in the data.  The results revealed that students defined cyberincivility in various ways and shared experiences of uncivil communication in virtual communities.  They also expressed great interest in learning cybercivility in the context of interprofessional education.  Diverse learning preferences were suggested.  The study highlights the importance and benefits of establishing interprofessional cybercivility learning programs to improve student interactions in the virtual environment.  Future research should explore professional differences and similarities in how learners experience cyberincivility and its influence in their roles as future health care providers.

Recent Professional Achievements of Catawba College Faculty

Over the fall semester, Catawba College faculty members had papers published or accepted for publication, attended professional conferences and made presentations, and enjoyed achievements outside the college. Details of their accomplishments follow. Dr. Alison Atwater, Assistant Professor of Nursin...

Over the fall semester, Catawba College faculty members had papers published or accepted for publication, attended professional conferences and made presentations, and enjoyed achievements outside the college. Details of their accomplishments follow.


Dr. Alison Atwater, Assistant Professor of Nursing, and Simulation Lab Coordinator, and Dr. Valerie Rakes, Chair and Associate Professor of Nursing
Drs. Atwater (left) and Rakes (right) made a presentation titled “Redesigning Simulation Debriefing Practices of a Pre-licensure Baccalaureate Nursing Program” at the North Carolina Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) Symposium on November 15th. 

A summary of the presentation is as follows: Nursing faculty, through simulation with debriefing, have the opportunity to positively influence new graduate nurses’ clinical reasoning (CR). Debriefing following simulation is a time that the student can reflect on the simulated event, deciding what went well, what can be different, what was overseen, their personal performance and other items that are applicable to the scenario. Using a theory-based debriefing model, such as, the Integrated Reflective Debriefing Guide for Promoting Clinical Judgement (IRDG-CJ) is recommended to provide quality, effective simulation and debriefing activities. To ensure simulation and debriefing experiences for nursing students are effective with student growth, it is recommended to use multiple tools, to compliment the theory-based debriefing model. Using the Laster Clinical Judgement Rubric (LCJR) for student assessment, the Atwater Clinical Reasoning Map for Students (ACRMS) for student engagement, and completing debriefing facilitator evaluation with the Debriefing Assessment for Simulation in Healthcare-Rater Version (DASH-RV), the tools were found to be an effective practice for this performance improvement project. The project involved implementing these tools for a rural, moderate nursing program. Using the three tools, faculty participants (N=4) obtained the benchmark set for debriefing evaluation regardless of experience level. Future work is required to note the effectiveness of the ACRMS and CR growth of nursing students.

Ms. Amanda Bosch, Assistant Professor of Education and Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship Librarian
Professor Bosch and her students from Introduction to Teaching and Educational Technology presented Makerspace activities using Little Bits Electrical circuit kits for patron at the Rowan Public Library on November 19th.  The patrons created art spinners, used electrical circuits to create working fans, alarms, and lights during the workshop.

She also visited Salisbury High School on November 5th to partner with students there to produce an Augmented Reality (AR) interactive poster to use to pitch their original idea for a video game. The students, working in blended learning groups and participating in an Inclusion English class, used the project to master “hard content” from the standard course of study, as well as “soft skills” required for contemporary learners to be successful in today’s rapidly changing, technology driven, corporate world. The final posters will be showcased in January at a Project Based Learning, community showcase event, and will also be displayed in the Catawba College library for parents and students to view.

Dr. Sheila Brownlow, Chair and Professor of Psychology
Dr. Brownlow was named to the Editorial Board of the journal, “Social Behavior Research and Practice.”


Dr. Aaron Butler, Assistant Professor of English
On September 29th through 30th, Dr. Butler traveled with four students from his Shakespeare and Tudor Drama class to the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Va., to attend productions at the Blackfriars Playhouse, a re-creation of a Shakespeare-era indoor theatre.  He and the students attended performances of Shakespeare’s plays, “As You Like It,” and “King Richard III,” as well as an adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel, “Emma.” Students making the trip included Julia Peach, Vanna Christian, Tyler Grant, and Collin Weatherman.

Professor Erin Dougherty, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts
This fall, Professor Dougherty presented and had students participate in a Stage Makeup workshop with high school students at Northwest Cabarrus High School in Cabarrus County, N.C.

Dr. Gary Freeze, Professor of History and American Cultural Studies
At the invitation of the Davidson College Classics Department, Dr. Freeze made a September presentation titled “Hoplites of Above-Ground Tombs: Confederate Monuments in the Piedmont Region” at the first meeting of the fall 2018 term of the Charlotte chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America. His presentation reviewed the motives, methods, and measures taken originally to erect the sentinel statues on courthouse lawns and church cemeteries, from the perspective of these being future objects of archaeological research. 

Also in September, at the invitation of the Friends of the Alamance Battlefield, Dr. Freeze made a presentation at Elon University on Religion and the Regulators. His talk, titled “Regulators, Covenanters, and the Path to the Hornet’s Nest,” was a summary of recent work on the idea of the long-term effects of the Regulator Movement, a taxpayer revolt in the late colonial period of North Carolina history. 

Additionally, on September 25, Dr. Freeze made a presentation titled “When Claremont Was Like Mayberry” at a sesquicentennial event for the town of Claremont, N.C. in Catawba County.  His presentation concerned the general history of the urban development of the small towns of Catawba County in the postwar period and was connected to a book signing event for the third volume of his “The Catawbans” trilogy.

Dr. Jamie Henthorn, Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Writing Center
Dr. Henthorn contributed a chapter titled “Bioshock’s Little Sisters and a Legacy of Posthuman Agency” to a book called “Beyond the Sea: Navigating Bioshock” that was published November 1. 

Dr. Henthorn’s chapter uses the video game, Bioshock, to map the use of female bodies for promoting and producing new technology. While Bioshock’s ADAM, a gene-altering compound, is fictional, the game relies on and references historical uses of women’s and girls’ bodies for experimentation, often without consent.  In the dystopian reality of the game, city leaders adapt girls’ bodies to produce the lucrative ADAM.  The girls are removed from natural cycles of development and reproduction so that they might instead work as living factories.  Their childlike innocence is used to mollify concerns about dangerous scientific practices. However, the girls resist in little way these practices, and it is their continued childlike behaviors, despite a wealth of genetic and behavioral conditioning, that give them agency and help them appeal to those in power for release from their situation. 

This chapter concludes with an examination of the issues of creating a game critical of capitalism that is also a AAA game.  Ultimately, the characters and the player are forced to make a meaning within spaces that afford few choices.  This kind of critique also forces one to play through and utilize existing power structures the game is being critical of.

Dr. Erin Howard, Assistant Professor of Biology
Dr. Howard had an article titled “microRNA Regulation in Estrogen Receptor-Positive Breast Cancer and Endocrine Therapy” published on September 11th in “Biological Procedures Online.”

Here is an abstract of the article: “As de novo and acquired resistance to standard first line endocrine therapies is a growing clinical challenge for estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) breast cancer patients, understanding the mechanisms of resistance is critical to develop novel therapeutic strategies to prevent therapeutic resistance and improve patient outcomes.  The widespread post-transcriptional regulatory role that microRNAs (miRNAs) can have on various oncogenic pathways has been well-documented.  In particular, several miRNAs are reported to suppress ER? expression via direct binding with the 3’ UTR of ESR1 mRNA, which can confer resistance to estrogen/ER?-targeted therapies.  In turn, estrogen/ER? activation can modulate miRNA expression, which may contribute to ER+ breast carcinogenesis.  Given the reported oncogenic and tumor suppressor functions of miRNAs in ER+ breast cancer, the targeted regulation of specific miRNAs is emerging as a promising strategy to treat ER+ breast cancer and significantly improve patient responsiveness to endocrine therapies.  In this review, we highlight the major miRNA-ER regulatory mechanisms in context with ER+ breast carcinogenesis, as well as the critical miRNAs that contribute to endocrine therapy resistance or sensitivity.  Collectively, this comprehensive review of the current literature sheds light on the clinical applications and challenges associated with miRNA regulatory mechanisms and novel miRNA targets that may have translational value as potential therapeutics for the treatment of ER+ breast cancer.

Dr. Sarah Jackson, Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication
Dr. Jackson attended the National Communication Association Annual Conference and on November 7th, chaired a panel discussing “Violent Plays: Performing Ethics, Rights, and Freedoms.”  The panel examined the ways in which "violence moves" across bodies in revolt in order to challenge, otherwise simplified, framings of politics and movement. Violence is performed. Slowly. Its institutional, structural, globalized, and technological impact is felt in our bodies. In the context of political expression, violence can be performed as protest and symbolic confrontation. Drawing from historical studies and autoethnographic accounts, the panelists question the politics of nonviolent strategies advocated within neoliberal movements. Recent Antifa debates, as well as the historical debates addressing the whitewashing of Civil Rights struggles in the U.S., are contextualized to assess political reach of abstract and social violence. Beyond underscoring performative and institutional nature of violence, the proposed panel exemplifies performance art as a medium that confronts the apathy of seeing violence. The panel thus aims to draw connections between aesthetic, cultural, and political performance of violence, and the critiques of representation, spectatorship, and ethics embedded in this pervasively compelling and problematic relationship. 

Dr. Jackson also attended the annual mid-year legislative assembly meeting for the Southern States Communication Association at the National Communication Association conference. She serves as the Chair of the Performance Studies Division of the Southern States Communication Association and represented her division at this legislative meeting.

Dr. Renee Just, Assistant Professor of Business & 
Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Experiential Development (CEED)

Dr. Just made a November 2nd presentation at the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Educators Conference titled “Entrepreneurship Integration: Finding the Nooks & Crannies.”  Her presentation focused on the need for finding ways to collaborate and integrate the mind-set that is Entrepreneurship into our communities and campuses. 

She made a September 11th presentation, “What is an Entrepreneur?” at the Idea Center of Rowan County. She explored the concept of an entrepreneur, the history, traits and behaviors and also discussed what an “intrepreneur” is. 

In early June, Dr. Just also made a presentation at the aforementioned Idea Center regarding Entrepreneurial Marketing titled “Why do Brands Matter? Let’s Explore a Marketing Plan…”

Dr. Jennifer Klebaur, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Klebaur was the guest speaker for a November 5th Lunch and Learn Seminar at J.T. Williams Secondary Montessori School in Charlotte.  She spoke to middle and high school students about what it is like to be a psychology professor, the educational requirements needed for a particular field, how psychology might fit in with career plans, and she fielded questions from students. 

She also participated in a November 15th Commuter Connect event held on the Catawba campus.  The event focused on campus resources available to commuter students.

Dr. Scott Morton, Assistant Professor of Communication
Dr. Morton made an October 6th paper presentation titled “The Siren of Radio Pyongyang: An Examination of American Print Coverage of the Korean War’s Seoul City Sue” at the American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA) conference.  Seoul City Sue was an American-born radio propagandist for the North Koreans during the Korean War. Morton’s paper examined American print media coverage of this mysterious woman, who broadcasted during the summer of 1950 and then vanished without a trace; she is still remembered as the most recognized propagandist of the war.

Dr. Salvatore Musumeci, Chair and Associate Professor of History and Classics
Dr. Musumeci attendee the National Collegiate Honors Council annual conference in Boston, Mass., from Nov. 3-11.  He co-facilitated a City as Text Master Class “Uncovering Boston;” was one of 15 faculty to help facilitate the City as Text signature event that over 740 students from across the United States participated in; facilitated a student session on “Students in Honors: Talking Effectively about You, Your Major, and Honors;” moderated and presented on a panel that discussed “City as Text/Place as Text Faculty Institutes: What They Are, What They Do, and How They Benefit You, Your Students, and Your Institutions;” participated on a panel titled "Enabling Honors: Efficiently and Effectively Scaling High-Impact Practices;" judged student posters in Arts & Humanities, served in the consultant center for the following topics: "Honors Seminar, Curriculum Development, and Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression Learning Outcome;," mentored a first-time conference attendee from Chattanooga State Community College, and attended two committee meetings.


Dr. Victor Romano, Assistant Professor of Sport & Health Sciences & Director of Exercise Science Bachelor’s Degree Program
In September, Dr. Romano learned he had a feasibility study titled, “Using chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) self-assessment in collegiate swimmers in determining overtraining,” accepted for publication in the “International Journal of Sport & Society.”  A Catawba exercise science student co-authored the study with Dr. Romano. 

Here is an abstract of the study: For an athlete to achieve peak performance, a balance between rest and training must be fine-tuned to promote the desired performance.  This creates an important correlation between swimming and fatigue because the slightest imbalance can cause an athlete to touch one one-hundredth of a second behind another.  A group of 19 Division II collegiate swimmers were tested for resting blood pressure, resting heart rate, resting blood lactate levels, and two different chronic fatigues syndrome self-assessments (Fatigue Severity Scale and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Questionnaire). Biometric data showed no correlation to muscular fatigue as assessed by an overhead squat analysis or muscular endurance assessments. However, both self-reported assessments used showed a strong correlation (p < .05) in measured fatigue indicators in collegiate swimmers.  Both self-reported assessments showed a strong statistical correlation for the conclusion that these assessments can be used for quick assessment of fatigue in competitive swimmers.

Dr. Kerstin Rudolph, Assistant Professor of English
Dr. Rudolph presented a paper at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Conference on November 2nd.  The paper was titled “Baby Africa: Nursing and Activism in Louise May Alcott’s Hospital Sketches and Subsequent Writings.”

An abstract of the paper is as follows: In Hospital Sketches (1863), Nurse Tribulation Periwinkle, a self-proclaimed “woman’s rights woman,” does not shy away from extending her zeal for gender activism into the realm of race equality. As a scene towards the end of the narrative shows, Trib enjoys shocking a Southern woman by cuddling an African American toddler, with one hand stirring “gruel for sick America” while “the other hugged baby Africa.” The prominent illustration of this scene in the later edition of Hospital Sketches and Camp and Fireside Stories (1869) reinforces the importance of white womanhood to the cause of abolition that Alcott advocates through her sharp-witted nurse. The same compassion Trib uses to heal soldiers also radiates to those recently freed African Americans in need of guidance, thereby propelling middle-class white women like Alcott into principal positions as sentimental activists of race and gender rights. I want to take this scene, as well as the accompanying illustration, as a starting point to think through the ways in which Alcott’s experiences as a war nurse shaped her outlook on race activism. As such, Alcott’s alter-ego in Hospital Sketches provides us with a useful ideological underpinning for the direction she would subsequently take as an author, as well as for tracing how her white, female characters tackle their complex positions as allies to marginalized groups. I want to pay special attention to the power dynamic between white and black women. In Hospital Sketches and Camp and Fireside Stories, the illustration of Trib and baby Africa, which shows a black woman in the background, suggests that cross-racial relationships between white and black women provided a productive, if often fraught, subject for Alcott to test out the intersections between race and gender within the framework of sentimental activism – hallmark qualities that define her nursing as well. This dynamic becomes especially clear in Alcott’s 1873 novel Work, which spends large amounts of time establishing the sentimental relationship between the protagonist, Christie, and her black mentor, Hepsey, as balanced, or at least as an even switch of hierarchical positioning between the two women.

Dr. Buster Smith, Chair and Associate Professor of Sociology
Dr. Smith attended the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and organized a panel discussion on teaching the sociology of religion.  In addition, he convened a section on Divine Perceptions. These gatherings included speakers from Clemson, East Tennessee State University, LSU, Arizona State, Penn State, UC-Berkley, and the College of Idaho.

Dr. Pamela Thompson, Associate Professor of Information Systems
Dr. Thompson was one of nine individuals, out of 55 who applied, invited to make a presentation on September 27th at the SAS Deep Learning Symposium held at SAS World Headquarters in Cary, N.C. Her presentation, titled “Developing a Recommender System for Shark Presence along East Coast Beaches,” was made during the multiday symposium that focused on deep learning, machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies that are transforming a diverse set of scientific, engineering and business domains. The symposium had an educational component that featured invited workshops focusing on how researchers are using machine learning technologies in the Triangle and beyond, in particular at institutions such as UNC Chapel Hill, Duke, N.C. State, and Catawba College.

Dr. J. Michael Wilson, Chair and Professor of Modern Foreign Languages
Dr. Wilson made an October 20th presentation titled “While you were sleeping, the Real Academic changed the rule” at the Fall Conference of the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina. His presentation concerned a recent change in Spanish grammar “rules” pertaining to the use of “hubiese” forms in the result clause of contrary-to-fact conditional sentences.

Ms. Sandra Yamane, MSN, MS, RN, Assistant Professor of Nursing
Professor Yamane will have an article titled “Uncovering cyberincivility among nurses and nursing students on Twitter: A data mining study” published in the January 15, 2019 edition of the “International Journal of Nursing Studies.”

An abstract background for the article is as follows: Although misuse of social networking sites, particularly Twitter, has occurred, little is known about the prevalence, content, and characteristics of uncivil tweets posted by nurses and nursing students. Objective: The aim of this study was to describe the characteristics of tweets posted by nurses and nursing students on Twitter with a focus on cyberincivility. Method: A cross-sectional, data-mining study was held from February through April 2017. Using a data-mining tool, we extracted quantitative and qualitative data from a sample of 163 self-identified nurses and nursing students on Twitter. The analysis of 8934 tweets was performed by a combination of SAS 9.4 for descriptive and inferential statistics including logistic regression and NVivo 11 to derive descriptive patterns of unstructured textual data. Findings: We categorized 413 tweets (4.62%, n?=?8934) as uncivil. Of these, 240 (58%) were related to nursing and the other 173 (42%) to personal life. Of the 163 unique users, 60 (36.8%) generated those 413 uncivil posts, tweeting inappropriately at least once over a period of six weeks. Most uncivil tweets contained profanity (n?=?135, 32.7%), sexually explicit or suggestive material (n?=?37, 9.0%), name-calling (n?=?14, 3.4%), and discriminatory remarks against minorities (n?=?9, 2.2%). Other uncivil content included product promotion, demeaning comments toward patients, aggression toward health professionals, and HIPAA violations. Conclusion Nurses and nursing students share uncivil tweets that could tarnish the image of the profession and violate codes of ethics. Individual, interpersonal, and institutional efforts should be made to foster a culture of cybercivility.

She also had an article titled “Microlearning in Health Professions Education: A scoping review protocol” published November 27th in the “Joanna Briggs Institute Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports.”  The article answered the question: How is microlearning defined and designed as an educational strategy in health professions education? What outcomes associated with microlearning have been measured in health professions students?

Recent Professional Achievements of Catawba College Faculty

As the end of spring semester approaches Catawba College faculty members continue to have papers published or accepted for publication, attend professional conferences and enjoy achievements outside the college. Details of their accomplishments follow. Drs. Katherine Baker, Doug Brown and John Zerge...

As the end of spring semester approaches Catawba College faculty members continue to have papers published or accepted for publication, attend professional conferences and enjoy achievements outside the college. Details of their accomplishments follow.


Drs. Katherine Baker, Doug Brown and John Zerger, Professors of Mathematics
Three Catawba faculty from the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (Drs. Baker, Brown and Zerger) and one student Kerry Aitken, a mathematics major, attended the biennial meeting of the Southeastern Region of Kappa Mu Epsilon, an honor society for students interested in mathematics. The conference was held at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Ga. Attendees heard talks by undergraduates regarding research into Lucas and Fibonacci polynomials and magic squares. There was also a keynote presentation on magic squares by a member of the Georgia Gwinnett faculty.

Dr. J. Michael Bitzer, Chair and Professor of Politics
Dr. Bitzer served on a panel to discuss the trends and outlook for the 2018 mid-term elections in North Carolina and the nation. The panel that specifically focused on N.C.’s congressional and legislative races and the changing political and demographic characteristics of the state was assembled for the April 5 meeting of the Independent Insurance Agents of N.C. Political Action Committee.

Dr. Bitzer joined a panel of experts on April 4 at Charlotte Preparatory School addressing the topic of “Parenting in the Age of Political Divisiveness.”

On April 13, Dr. Bitzer made a presentation at the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast titled “What’s Happening in Mid-Term Elections in N.C.?”  His remarks were made to over 150 Cabarrus Chamber members and legislators about three key aspects to the 2018 mid-term elections: mid-term elections tend to be referendums on the president and his party; the hyper-polarized partisanship drives voters' choices; and NC's "Blue Moon" Election will focus on U.S. House and General Assembly Races, and how big is the Democratic "wave," if any, on these elections?

Dr. Kenneth W. Clapp, Chaplain and Senior Vice President & Ms. Shannon Axtell Martin, Director of the Theology Institute
Dr. Clapp and Ms. Martin represented Catawba College at a gathering of key persons in the Forum for Theological Education’s High School Institute for Theological Education in Indianapolis, Ind., January 31-February 2. At the event hosted by the Lilly Foundation, representatives from over 70 colleges and universities came together to compare notes with colleagues on the effectiveness of the various programs designed to help youth grown in their understanding of theology and to develop leadership skills to be used in their local congregations and for the sharing of the Gospel with peers.

Dr. Luke Dollar, Chair and Professor of Environment & Sustainability
r. Dollar was one of the speakers at the Raleigh March for Science held Saturday, April 14th at Halifax Mall.  The event, which included scientists, families and community activities, focused on the importance of using science to tackle critical issues.  Speakers ranged from a public health leader discussing gun violence research to a research biologist addressing the human impact of biodiversity.

The rally highlighted the pivotal role that evidence-based science plays in protecting North Carolina’s natural resources and serving marginalized communities. Speakers also sent strong messages that science must be accessible to people from all backgrounds. 

Dollar, a National Geographic Explorer and a wildlife biologist with over 20 years’ experience coordinating conversation, research and development, lent his voice to this important event.  His research focuses on carnivores ranging from big cats to Madagascar’s largest carnivore, the Fosa, and satellite analyses of their habitat.  Over 50 percent of his overall efforts are concentrated on grassroots education and sustainable employment programs for local people sharing space with Africa’s predators.

Dr. Eric Hake, Professor of Economics and Interim Dean of the Ketner School of Business
Dr. Hake has had a paper accepted for publication in the June 2018 edition of “Journal of Economic Issues.”  The paper is titled “The Institutionalist Theory of capital in the Modern Business Enterprise: Appropriation and Financialization.”

Hake’s paper seeks to expand and update Baldwin Ranson’s and Philip Klein’s papers on capital formation and power by incorporating the importance of intangible assets in the process of capital formation, accumulation, and what can be referred to as  capital appropriation.  This analysis connects the much discussed process of financialization in the 21st century with its origins in the nascent equity finance of the 19th century.

Dr. Renee Just, Assistant Professor of Business and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Experiential Development (CEED)
Dr. Just served Sage Publications as a peer reviewer for an organizational behavior text, “The Essentials of Organizational Behavior: An Evidence Based Approach” by author Terri Scandura (2018). Her testimonial will be printed on the back cover of the book.

Professor Craig Kolkebeck, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts and Artistic Director at Lee Street Theatre
Professor Kolkebeck put on his acting cap and assumed a role in the February production of “The Realistic Joneses” at Lee Street Theatre in February.  That production was directed by Catawba senior Peyton Glendinning as part of the CataLst program, an internship program offered by Catawba Theatre Arts and Lee Street Theatre.

Dr. Victor Romano, Assistant Professor of Sports and Health Sciences
Dr. Romano along with two of his students, Becky Bradford and Becky Frost, will present their collaborative research at a July meeting of the 9th International Conference on Sport and Society.  The presentation, which will be presented mainly by the students, is titled, “Cardiovascular Response to Lower Body Movement Dysfunction in Division II Collegiate Swimmers.”

The purpose of this study was to identify postural factors that negatively affect cardiovascular performance in Division II collegiate swimmers. Dr. Romano and his students found that correcting muscular imbalances associated with posture due to prolonged sitting, specifically lower crossed syndrome, may lead to improvement of cardiovascular response in collegiate swimmers. 

Dr. Pamela Thompson, Associate Professor of Information Systems, and Dr. Katherine Baker, Assistant Professor Mathematics and Computer Science
Recently, Drs. Thompson and Katherine Baker held their first session with the local chapter of Girls Who Code.  This is a group of local middle school girls, ages 10-13, who meet to learn all about computers and coding.

In the weeks prior to the session, the girls were developing skills in using HTML to create websites.  These faculty members were assisted by Catawba students Morgan Hester, Michael Gil, and Tara Bailey.  The session started with an exercise that helps students learn how to break down a problem into small enough steps for a computer to understand.  They used a recipe for Rice Krispie Treats and broke down the first instruction which was "Melt the butter in a large saucepan."  The girls came away with a great understanding of how hard it is to convert human actions into instructions for a computer program. Next, they used an exercise from the Hour of Code website to build a Star Wars game.  The girls worked one-on-one with the students from Catawba, which enabled them to complete the exercise in 30 minutes.  More exciting sessions are planned for the upcoming weeks

Dr. J. Michael Wilson, Chair and Professor of Modern Foreign Languages
Dr. Wilson had one of his short stories, “Requiem for Sweet Sally: Mourning a Relationship That Did Not End Well,” published in the April/May 2018 edition of “American Waterfowler” magazine.

Dr. Erin Wood, Associate Professor of Psychology
In early March at the annual conference for the Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA), Dr. Wood presented in a symposium focused on teaching in psychology.  That symposium specifically addressed various class assignments, projects, and papers that enhance undergraduate psychology courses.  She shared a new class activity and related skill-building assignments that she has tried in her Data Analysis for the Behavioral Sciences course during fall 2017.

Using a hand-held breathalyzer, Wood’s students voluntarily provided anonymous BAC readings at three separate time points: 1) baseline, 2) after imbibing a small amount of one of five types of non-alcoholic liquids, and 3) after gargling with either regular alcohol-based mouthwash or non-alcohol mouthwash. Most also voluntarily provided basic personal information – not associated with their names – e.g. sex and weight.  The activity allowed students to experience what it is like to be a participant in a psychological experiment and in that way may have been more prepared to engage the data set that they themselves produced.  We used the data set throughout the rest of the semester in examples of statistical analysis at the heart of the course, e.g. descriptive statistics, correlations, t-test, F-tests/ANOVAs, etc.

While at the symposium, Dr. Wood also learned about various other active learning type assignments that she will use in future classes, e.g. having students write their own tests and assigning the development of a functional brochure to the whole class, to be presented to other students in an effort to support all students’ learning.

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