Winter 2017 Faculty Kudos

Rockhurst University congratulates the following faculty members on their accomplishments. Thank you for leading others and representing the University through your many endeavors.

Updated twice per year, these faculty kudos are submitted by any faculty or staff member looking to share their own professional updates or to showcase a colleague's achievements. Submit your news to Katherine Frohoff, director of public relations, at katherine.frohoff@rockhurst.edu.

Winter 2017

Jason Arthur, Ph.D., associate professor of English, has been named co-editor of the Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association. His review of Rich and Pretty, the debut novel by Rumaan Alam, appeared in The Rumpus. In addition, his essay titled “Sweet Bitterness: Why We Need More Novels About Work” was published in the literary magazine The Millions.

Margaret Bjelica, Ph.D., assistant professor at Research College of Nursing, presented at the Midwest Nurse Research Society conference on “Effects of Implementing an Educational Program about Hmong Healthcare Values, Beliefs, and Customs on Hospice Nurses’ Cultural Competency.” Additionally, Bjelica received a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Petia Bobadova, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry and department chair, presented a poster titled "Computational Insights into the Reaction Mechanisms of the Synthesis of B-O Functionalized BODIPYs via Different Experimental Methods" at the international conference on Theory and Application of Computational Chemistry in Seattle.

Theresa Chang, clinical faculty member at Research College of Nursing, presented with Michele Gerdes, instructor at Research College of Nursing, at the third Biennial National League for Nursing Simulation and the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning conferences on “Implementation of an ECG Mini-Workshop and Structure Debriefing in the Didactic Environment.”

Jo Ellen Collette, Ph.D., assistant professor at Research College of Nursing, received a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and presented at the Advanced Practice Nurses of the Ozarks conference on “Provider Adherence to the American Diabetes Association’s Clinical Practice Guidelines.”

Nancy Donaldson, professor of physics, was awarded a National Science Foundation award as a co-principal investigator on a large collaborative proposal awarded to the American Association of Physics Teachers titled “Collaborative Research: Community Sourcing of Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences.” This project will create a portal to serve as an online, open-source, peer-reviewed, and innovatively structured environment for developing and disseminating instructional materials for Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences (IPLS). The IPLS portal will combine materials from multiple NSF-funded projects and will be structured to allow developers to submit their work for peer review, evaluation and inclusion. Additionally, Donaldson has signed a contract as lead author for “Introduction to Physics in Modern Medicine, Third Edition,” which will be published by the Taylor and Francis Group.

Myles Gartland, Ph.D., professor of analytics and management and director of graduate business programs in the Helzberg School of Management, was quoted in several articles in the Kansas City Star’s July 10 MBA special section: “How to Choose Which MBA Program Is Right for You,” “Flipped Classrooms Become More Popular in MBA Programs,” “MBA Becoming More Necessary for Today’s Business Leaders” and “Technological Advances Continue to Enhance Learning Opportunities.”

Michele Gerdes, instructor at Research College of Nursing, presented with Theresa Chang, clinical faculty member at Research College of Nursing, at the third Biennial National League for Nursing Simulation and the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning conferences on “Implementation of an ECG Mini-Workshop and Structure Debriefing in the Didactic Environment.” Additionally, Gerdes presented on “Creation of an Intraprofessional Unfolding Case Simulation Designed to Meet QSEN Competencies” at the conferences.

Meredith Harold, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders, published a number of articles as part of her online communication sciences and disorders newsletter, The Informed SLP.

Mary Haskins, Ph.D., professor of biology, hosted a guest from NASA, who spoke to teachers on campus as part of her TEAM Science grant. Her guest brought samples of lunar rocks and meteorites for the participants to view.

Laura Janusik, Ph.D., MBA, CLP, professor and McGee Chair of Communication, is the producer and facilitator of a webinar series for the International Listening Association. The last webinar was presented Sept. 9 by Sheila Bentley, and was titled “Listening Makes Us More Human.” In addition, she provided webinar training for coach peers titled “Strategies for Listening as a Peer Coach” through the VPR Patient Outreach Program.  Additionally, an article titled “Listening is an Overlooked Leadership Tool,” which was published in the Harvard Business Review, linked to research on listening conducted by Janusik.

Shatonda Jones, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders, conducted a weeklong, intensive therapy camp for adults with aphasia. CSD graduate students participated in the camps as part of their clinical practicum experience. This camp was part of an ongoing research project that examines the efficacy of this intensive training model through graduate clinician and patient outcomes.

Heather Lewis, assistant professor at Research College of Nursing, was accepted into the Jonas Nurse Scholar Program. This two-year national program focuses on the development of academic leadership through mentorship, leadership development and networking with experts in nursing.

Yu Liu, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry, authored a paper titled “Recent Advances in Catalytic Selective Synthesis of Epoxide and Aziridine via Diazocarbonyl compound,” which was published in Current Organic Chemistry by Bentham Science Publishers, and co-authored “Conformationally Strained trans-Cyclooctene (sTCO) Enables the Rapid Construction of 18F-PET Probes via Tetrazine Ligation,” which was published in Theranostic by Ivyspring.

Cheryl McConnell, Ph.D., dean of the Helzberg School of Management and interim dean of the College of Health and Human Services, was quoted in two articles in the Kansas City Star’s July 10 MBA special section: “MBA Programs Embrace Flexible Learning Spaces” and “Format of Course Delivery an Important Consideration for MBA Candidates.”

Anne Pearce, MFA, associate professor of art and director of the Greenlease Gallery, has work included in the “Four by Four Midwest Invitational” exhibition at the Springfield (Missouri) Art Museum. Additionally, Rowe Galleries at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte will open an exhibit of new works on paper by Pearce, along with works by Charlotte-based sculptor Kit Kube.

Mark Pecaut, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics, along with student Megan Hyde, ’16, presented astronomy research at the Cool Stars conference in Uppsala, Sweden. Hyde presented a poster on “Age Constraints on the Scorpius-Centaurus OB Association From Supernova Ejecta in Ocean Cores,” and Pecaut gave a talk titled “Substructure in the Scorpius-Centaurus OB Association.” In addition, Pecaut co-authored a paper titled “The star formation history and accretion-disc fraction among the K-type members of the Scorpius–Centaurus OB association” in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.  Pecaut says, “The killer plot of this paper is the color age map of Scorpius-Centaurus, covering several large constellations in the southern hemisphere.” Pecaut was also the co-organizer of a splinter session on Ages and Timescales of Young Stars, and gave a review talk on “Advances and limitations in determining the ages and timescales of young stars.”  

Brian Roewe, ’09, adjunct faculty member in communication and fine arts, interviewed Rockhurst High School graduate and vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine for an article that appeared in National Catholic Reporter.

Mandi Sonnenberg, Ed.D., associate professor of education, was interviewed by WDAF-TV (Fox4 News) about an industrial design session held at Shick Solutions for children taking part in the STEAM Studio, which Sonnenberg directs. Sonnenberg also served as a panel member for a discussion following the screening of Most Likely to Succeed at Rockhurst High School presented by STEAM Studio, Gould Evans and Rockhurst High.

Risa Stein, Ph.D., professor of psychology, co-authored a paper with two students, Marium Choudhry and Thomas Murray Jr., titled “Dietary Weight Loss in U.S. Health Magazines and its Relation to Ancestral Diet,” which was published in the Journal of Evolution and Health.

Tobey Stosberg, assistant professor at Research College of Nursing, director of LRC and Seelos Center, Marcie Swift, Ph.D., PT, FAAOMPT, assistant professor of physical therapy, and Amy Foley, PT, DPT, MA, CEEAA, associate professor of physical therapy, received one of six Summer 2016 Presidential Grants for Faculty. They completed the interdisciplinary acute care hospital simulation experience with DPT and nursing students this summer. The group plans to complete the simulation experience with students, assess the impact of the experience on student learning, and submit a manuscript on the project.

Christie Thurlow, Ph.D., assistant professor at Research College of Nursing, received an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Education and Sociology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.