Faculty/Staff Accomplishments 9/4/18

In this issue we celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff in biological sciences, child development, music, nutrition, and political science. We also share departmental news about Taste of Research, Fall Friends of the Library events, and Sizzlin’ September.

Professor of Biological Sciences Francie Cuffney has taken on the position of President of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions, Inc., as of August 1. This is a two-year term. As part of this position she also serves on the American Association of Medical Colleges – Council on Admissions.

Instructor of Biological Sciences Susan Gardner’s paper and accompanying cover art was accepted by the Journal of Bacteriology. The title of the paper is “Interaction of Copper Toxicity and Oxidative Stress in Campylobacter jejuni.” The article is about the project Gardner worked on while in Jonathan Olson’s lab at NC State. The cover art is a design that her son’s partner, Betty Lou Poston, made using micrographs and Gardner’s photos of experiments taken in Dr. Olson’s lab. The paper will be in issue 21 of the journal.

Assistant Professor of Food & Nutrition Lanae B. Hood’s article, “Implementation of a WIC clinic farmers’ market improves accessibility and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables among WIC farmers’ market nutrition program participants,” was published in the Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition.

Professor of Biological Sciences and Environmental Sustainability Erin Lindquist chaired an Inspire Ignite special session at the Ecological Society of America (ESA) annual meeting in New Orleans titled “Ecological Research as Education Network (EREN): Multi-site collaborative research in the undergraduate curriculum” on August 9, 2018. She also participated in the session with her presentation “The EREN Permanent Forest Plot Project (PFPP): Building and sharing a multi-site database in the undergraduate classroom” and served as a panelist.

Assistant Professor of Political Science Whitney Ross Manzo presented a paper at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in Boston on August 31. The paper, “Gender Balance Laws for Boards and Commissions: How Do They Stack Up?,” is part of Manzo and Professor of Political Science David McLennan’s larger project on women in appointed office. This study compares three states across the spectrum of gender balance laws- Iowa, with gender balance mandate, North Carolina, with gender balance recommendation, and Arizona, with no gender balance mention at all- to determine whether and how gender balance laws affect actual board and commission composition.

Instructor of Child Development Pamela Linton Norcross will present a poster at Contemporary Forums: The Fetus and the Newborn Annual Conference in Las Vegas September 5-9, 2018. The title of her poster is “Examining Pathways Linking Maternal Depressive Symptoms to Maternal Sensitivity: Role of Maternal Causal Attributions.”

In August, Associate Professor of Music Jim Waddelow gave a presentation on “Transferring Conductor Score Study into Student Learning Outcomes” to the professional development in-service meeting for music teachers in Moore County. He also presented on “A Vertical Approach to Recruiting and Retention for the School Orchestra” to the professional development in-service meeting for Durham County orchestra teachers.

Departmental News

2018 Taste of Research Scheduled
The 16th Annual Taste of Research will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, from 4:30-6 p.m. in the lower level of Carlyle Campbell Library. Come see what our summer undergraduate researchers have learned, discovered, and created! –Submitted by Paul Winterhoff, Undergraduate Research Program Director

Fall Friends of the Library Events
The Friends of the Library fall dinner will focus on women in WWI. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the World War I armistice, Dr. Keith Gorman and Kathelene McCarty Smith of the Special Collections and University Archives, Walter Clinton Jackson Library at UNC-Greensboro will present their research. They will speak on the role of women’s colleges, home front mobilization, and suffrage during World War One. The role of Meredith College in these efforts will be highlighted. Their work is being published in an anthology on WWI and the South (LSU Press). The event will take place on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 6:30 pm in Belk Dining Hall. Hors d’oeuvres service starts at 6 p.m and will be followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. You can reserve your place online or by phone, (919) 760-8739. For more information please visit the fall 2018 Dinner webpage.

Also coming this fall, the library is pleased to announce a Fall 2018 Quail Ridge Partnership event featuring Jodi Picoult who will be discussing her new novel, A Spark of Light. From the bestselling author of Small Great Things comes a provocative and timely new novel. One fall morning, a gunman enters a women’s reproductive health clinic and begins shooting, taking everyone inside hostage, including the hostage negotiator’s daughter. Each chapter counts backward an hour earlier in the day, tracking the lives of the men and women involved, including the medical staff at the center, the shooter, and the hostage negotiator outside, tracing the story back to what brought these people to this place on this day. This event is on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 7:00pm. To get tickets and more information you can check the Quail Ridge events calendar, or you can check out the recently updated Quail Ridge Books Partnership page.

Submitted by Amanda Sullivan, Research & Instruction Librarian

Sizzlin‘ September Street Fest 
The Meredith Activities Board invites Meredith faculty, staff, and students to the Sizzlin’ September Street Fest on Friday, September 14, 3 p.m. -7:30 p.m. The Sizzlin’ September Street Fest celebrates the start of a new year. This event will include carnival rides and activities, four local food trucks with free food vouchers for Meredith community members, and multiple local bands, including The Catalinas, Punch, and NC State’s Grains of Time acapella group. More information about how Meredith students, faculty, and staff can reserve a free food voucher will be announced in a campus-wide email the week of September 3. –Submitted by Catie Trimble McAnulty, Office of Student Leadership & Service

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