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

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Jason ArthurPh.D., associate professor of English, interviewed musician Craig Finn and the resulting article was published in Browbeat, slate.com’s culture blog.

Tina BaceskiPh.D., associate professor of philosophy, wrote an article titled “Hume on Art Critics, ‘Wise Men,’ and the Virtues of Taste,” which was published in Hume Studies (vol. 39, no. 2), the international journal of the Hume Society. 

Petia Bobadova, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry, gave an invited presentation of her research, titled “Computational Insights into the Reaction Mechanism of the Synthesis of B-O Functionalized BODIPYs via Different Experimental Methods,” at an Advances in Computational Chemistry symposium during the Midwest regional meeting of the American Chemical Society.

Keith Brandt, Ph.D., professor of mathematics, and Serge Nevsky, ’12, are co-authors of “Exploring the New Zealand Puzzle,” which was published in Mathematical Spectrum magazine.

San CannonPh.D., adjunct professor of data analytics in the Helzberg School of Management, was cited in MarketWatch for her research article titled “Sentiment of the FOMC: Unscripted,” which was published in Economic Review.

Stephen Chamberlain, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy, wrote an essay titled “Gilson and Maritain on Art and Poetry: The Question of Poetic Cognition and Creative Intuition,” which appeared in a collection of essays titled A Piercing Light: Beauty, Faith, & Human Transcendence, edited by James M. Jacobs (Catholic University Press, 2015).

Faith Childress, Ph.D., professor of history, presented a paper, “Sounds of Change: Nation Building through Music Textbooks in the Early Turkish Republic,” at the History of Education Society (HES) annual conference in St. Louis on Nov. 5, 2015. HES is an international scholarly society devoted to promoting and teaching the history of education across institutions. Childress also presented the paper, “Converting Missionaries: Shifting Missionary Perspectives on the Kemalist Regime,” at the Middle East Studies Association conference in Denver on Nov. 23, 2015.

James DockinsEd.D., assistant professor of management, has been elected to the Greater Kansas City Health Foundation Board of Directors. In addition, he was quoted in a Newsworks story about the benefits of an MBA for physicians.  Dockins worked with staff members in the office of Missouri State Sen. Jason R. Holsman to craft the language for SB 46 – Healthcare Price Transparency Act, which seeks to bring price transparency to the healthcare marketplace.

Nancy DonaldsonPh.D., professor of physics, received an NSF collaborative grant with Loyola University Maryland in May 2012 to develop active-learning physics of medicine curricular modules. The first module, “Fiber Optics in Medicine,” was accepted for publication by MedEDPORTAL Publications. MedEdPORTAL Publications maintains a rigorous peer review process that is based on standards utilized in the scholarly publishing community. The Fiber Optics in Medicine module is a full six-section inquiry-based, active-learning curriculum designed to teach pre-medical and pre-health students the optics principles involved in endoscopic diagnosis, treatment and surgery. To date, two additional grant-supported curriculum modules have been developed in Physics of the Respiratory System and Physics of the Cardiovascular System. A fourth module is in development on nuclear medicine in the Gamma Camera.

Catherine Torrington EatonPh.D., CCC-SLP, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders, authored a paper titled “Non-word repetition in two-year-olds: Replication of an adapted paradigm and a useful methodological extension,” which was published in Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics.

Kendra Gagnon, PT, Ph.D., associate professor of physical therapy, was interviewed by KSHB-TV and WDAF-TV about the Nov. 7, 2015, GoBabyGo! build day. GoBabyGo! is a partnership among the Rockhurst University physical therapy program, engineering program and Variety KC builds cars for children with disabilities. Gagnon was quoted in an article in KC magazine about Variety KC GoBabyGo Powered by Rockhurst University. In addition, she was quoted in the St. Joseph News-Press and The Clinton County Leader about the GoBabyGo! program.

Myles Gartland, Ph.D., director of graduate business programs and professor of management, was quoted in several articles in the Kansas City Star’s July MBA section: “New Specializations Being Offered in MBA Programs,” “Globalization of Industry Shapes MBA Programs,” “Data Analytics Becoming Key Component to Many MBA Programs” and “Technology Changing the Face of MBA Education.”

Matthew Habiger, adjunct professor for the data science program, participated in a White House Tech Meet-up April 17, 2015, where information technology professionals throughout the country met to share best practices.

Curtis Hancock, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, is the author of “Why Can't Philosophers and Poets Get Along: Reflections on an Ancient Quarrel,” which was included in a book titled Piercing Light: Beauty, Faith, and Human Transcendence, James M. Jacobs, editor, published by The Catholic University of America Press.

David Hanzlick, Ph.D., CFRE, AFPTeaches instructor in nonprofit leadership studies, is the chief development officer for Sheffield Place, which was honored for “Excellence in Fundraising” by the Association of Fundraising Professional Mid-America Chapter as part of Kansas City’s National Philanthropy Day.

Katie Hendricks, adjunct instructor in political science, was selected as a volunteer at the American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation in Washington, D.C., an annual leadership conference for high school seniors. She was chosen because of exemplary service to her community and to the American Legion Auxiliary.

Laura JanusikPh.D., MBA, CLP, associate professor and McGee Chair of Communication, acted as the opponent on Sanna Ala-Kortesmaa’s dissertation defense in Tampere, Finland. The Finnish system for obtaining a Ph.D. differs significantly from the American system, as the student’s committee is only three members, the adviser (custos), the opponent (an expert in the field), and  a docent (a professor from the student’s university). Only the opponent and docent can decide a student’s grade. The opponent has the additional responsibility of solely asking the questions during the public defense, which lasted about two hours. In addition, Janusik presented the webinar “Communication Best Practices in Mediation: Applied Interdisciplinary Research,” for the Werner Institute at Creighton University. She attended the International Listening Association convention in Virginia Beach in March 2015. She presented one paper: “Metacognitive Listening Strategy Use: An L1 Study,” and participated in two panel discussions: Revisiting the European Listening & Health Care Conference, and Listening: Exploring Our Relevance in Newer Forms of Communication. In addition, she received the Synergist Award from the International Listening Association for her proposed project: Developing a Comprehensive List of Cognitive and Metacognitive Listening Strategies use in the U.S. English Speaking Classroom.

John KerriganPh.D., associate professor of English, presented a paper titled “The Postsecular Turn and Colum McCann's Recent Fiction,” at the American Conference for Irish Studies in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, March 26-29, 2015.

Charles KovichPh.D., professor of English, was a guest on KCUR-FM’s “Central Standard” July 31 to discuss the film “Inside Out” and its connections to Greek mythology.

Annie LeePh.D., professor of chemistry, attended the Women in STEM Leadership: Clare Boothe Luce 25th Anniversary Professors Conference held at Fordham University.

Mary Lewis’10 EMBA, adjunct instructor in the Helzberg School of Management, wrote an article titled “How Can My Business Win Bigger Customers?” which was published in Thinking Bigger. Lewis is a sourcing manager at Sprint.

M. Kathleen MadiganPh.D., professor of modern languages, gave a presentation titled “Creating Meaning in French Locally and Abroad Through Service Learning” at the annual convention of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) in Saguenay, Québec, on July 11, 2015. Madigan, who has served for 15 years as president of the Greater Kansas City chapter of AATF, was also the official chapter delegate at the Delegate Assembly held on July 10, 2015.

Cheryl McConnell, Ph.D., dean of the Helzberg School of Management, was quoted in several articles in the Kansas City Star’s July MBA section: “Soft Skills Valued Equally as Technical Skills in Today’s MBA Programs,” “MBA Programs Continually Evolve to Meet the Needs of Current Students” and “MBA Degrees Provide Advantages for Professionals.”

TJ Meehan, Ph.D., assistant professor of exercise and sport science, presented an invited talk at the Tate Conference Paleontological Conference, held in Casper, Wyoming, in June 2015. His presentation was about early fossil hoofed mammals and was titled “Freaky Feet and Other Ruminations ofStibarus (Dichobunoidea: Leptochoeridae): The First Skeleton of a Rare, 20 Million Year Survivor of the Initial Artiodactyl Explosion.”

Patricia Cleary Miller, Ph.D., professor emerita of English, read poetry at the International Gerard Manley Hopkins Festival, held in July in Newbridge, Ireland.

Nicole MoodiePh.D., assistant professor of exercise and sport science, is the second author of an article titled “Short-Wave Diathermy Pretreatment and Inflammatory Myokine Response After High-Intensity Eccentric Exercise,” which appeared in the June 2 edition of the Journal of Athletic Training.

Anne PearceM.F.A., associate professor of art and director of the Greenlease Gallery, was featured in a KCUR-FM story about her work and the work of artist Shiraz Bayjoo. Bayjoo presented a Visiting Scholar Lecture and his work was on exhibit in the Greenlease Gallery Aug. 28 through Oct. 10, 2015. Also, she received a 2015 award from the Lighton International Artists Exchange Program for travel to Malaysia. Her work was included in the exhibition “In Good Company,” at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art.

Mark PecautPh.D., assistant professor of physics, presented an invited talk, “Anomalous Spectral Types and Intrinsic Colors of Young Stars,” at the International Astronomical Union Symposium on Young Stars and Planets Near the Sun. The meeting was May 10-15 and featured invited and contributed talks from leading researchers from around the world on young stars and planets near the sun.

Susan ProctorPh.D., professor of theater, was interviewed by KKFI 90.1 FM for the “Arts Magazine” program about the production of Love’s Labour’s Lost she directed Sept. 12 and 13, and Sept. 19 and 20 at the Alcott Arts Center in Kansas City, Kansas. In addition, she was the stage manager for the Kansas City Actors Theatre production of A Number, by Caryl Churchill, which was staged in Mabee Theater. 

Cecilia Samonte, Ph.D., associate professor of history, presented a paper titled “Populating the Anthropological: Maud Huntley Jenks and the Philippine Display at the Louisiana Exposition of 1904” at the National Conference of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association held in New Orleans, Louisiana, from April 1-4, 2015.

Mandi SonnenbergEd.D., associate professor of education, has been awarded the 2015 Excellence in Community-Based Teaching and Scholarship Award through Missouri Campus Compact. This award is given to one Missouri faculty member annually at the Heartland Conference hosted by Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma Campus Compacts. Sonnenberg was interviewed June 25 by WDAF-TV for a story about a camp at the STEAM Studio to engage high school students with industrial design and manufacturing.

Risa SteinPh.D., professor of psychology, was quoted in a Lee’s Summit Journal article about a workshop held on campus Aug. 29 and sponsored by Rockhurst and Creating Community Solutions-KC designed to inspire high school students to find creative ways to inspire inclusion for their peers with mental health challenges. Stein was quoted in a Kansas City Star article about OneDayKC, a program to encourage high school students to develop entrepreneurial business ideas to improve the future of Kansas City.

Brendan SweetmanPh.D., professor of philosophy, wrote a book titled Evolution, Chance, and God.

Tony ToccoPh.D., professor of accounting and head men’s soccer coach, was quoted in an article about the team’s success in The Kansas City Star. A story about the team also appeared on WDAF-TV (Fox 4). Tocco was interviewed by KSHB-TV for a story on the sales tax increase in Kansas that took effect July 1, 2015.

Summer 2015

Jason Arthur, Ph.D., associate professor of English, wrote an essay titled “Good Riddance to the Goodbye-to-New-York Essay,” which appeared in the online literary and culture magazine The Rumpus, which has a broad, international readership.

Tina Baceski, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy, presented a paper titled “Hume on the ‘Naturalness’ of Religious Belief” at the American Philosophical Association's Central Division conference in St. Louis, Missouri, in February.

Stephen Chamberlain, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy, presented a paper titled “Interpreting the Times: The Philosopher’s Understanding in Engaging the World” at the 38th Annual International Meeting of the American Maritain Association. The conference was held in San Francisco, California, from Feb. 26-March 1.

Faith Childress, Ph.D., professor and chair of the history department, presented a paper titled “Negotiating and Renegotiating the Mission: American Protestant Missionaries in Turkey and Iran in the Interwar Period,” at the History of Education Society’s annual conference in Indianapolis, on Nov. 7, 2014. The History of Education Society is an international association focused on promoting and teaching the history of education.

Nancy Donaldson, Ph.D., professor of physics, gave an invited talk on the physics of medicine at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

Rocío De la Rosa Duncan, Ph.D., associate professor of Spanish, presented a paper titled “La figura materna como agente determinante para el cambio en ‘La luna’ de Carol Zardetto y‘¡Una madre como ésa!’ de Isabel Herrera de Taylor” at the XV Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica in Antigua, Guatemala, on March 6. She also presented “Rupturas y nuevas posibilidades para los personajes femeninos en la narrativa de Isabel Herrera de Taylor” at the XXIII International Conference on Central American Literature in New Orleans on March 12.

Rev. George Flanagan, instructor of theology, morality, and health care, recently was named a “Fellow” of the Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City.  He is one of only five so named. 

Sarah J. Hicks, Ph.D., assistant professor of education, presented a paper titled “Examining and Building Teacher’s Knowledge With Technology: A Case of Enactment and Reflection With Technologically Active Curriculum Materials” at the annual international conference of the Society of Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE), March 4 in Las Vegas.

Laura Janusik, Ph.D., associate professor and McGee Chair of Communication, presented on two panels at the National Communication Association Convention in Chicago in November 2014: “ACT and the Common Core State Standards for Speaking and Listening: Challenges and New Approaches to Testing” and  “100 Years of Listening Theory, Research, Pedagogy, and Practice.”

Mohamed Kohia, PT, Ph.D., professor of physical therapy, wrote about Islamic beliefs and heavenly rewards for a column in The Kansas City Star.

M. Kathleen Madigan, Ph.D., professor of modern languages, gave a presentation titled “The Importance of Films: Engaging Critical Thinking and Creativity” at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages convention and expo in San Antonio on Nov. 23, 2014. The conference theme was “Reaching Global Competence.” As Greater Kansas City Chapter president of the American Association of Teachers of French, she also co-hosted with National Honorary AATF President Ann Sunderland a session which featured resources available to French teachers, as well as a talk by Suzanne Hendrickson, Ph.D., on "Life in the Pays des Illinois during the 18th and early 19th centuries" at the Foreign Languages Association of Missouri conference held in Kansas City. Madigan also hosted an immersion day for local French teachers at Rockhurst University on Feb. 28. The day included a presentation by National Honorary President Ann Sunderland titled “Bordeaux la Belle” about the history of and changes in the city of Bordeaux, France, since her experience as a student abroad there in the ’60s, as well as a “Table Ronde” on contemporary Francophone films and related pedagogy given by Michael Foster, Ph.D., of William Jewell College.

Rabbi Herbert Mandl, Ph.D., instructor in theology and religious studies, wrote about Jewish beliefs in the afterlife for a Voices of Faith article in The Kansas City Star.

Cheryl McConnell, dean of the Helzberg School of Management, presented “Women at Work: Same Behavior, Different Consequences” at the American Business Women’s Association meeting Wednesday, March 11. In addition, she was selected for the KC Rising Human Capital workgroup. KC Rising is a regional initiative sponsored by the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, KCADC, and MARC. It is responsible for developing a regional action plan to ensure that Greater Kansas City can develop, attract and retain talent needed to increase innovation and sustain growth.

Ken Mellard, ’75, ’86 MBA, director of leadership studies, was elected by the Cristo Rey Kansas City High School Board of Directors to serve as board chairman for two years. The school is part of the Cristo Rey Network, which comprises 28 Catholic college preparatory high schools for underrepresented urban youth. Through rigorous academics, coupled with real-world work experience, Cristo Rey students graduate from high school prepared for success in college and in life.

Anne Pearce, associate professor of art and director of the Greenlease Gallery, gave a gallery talk on March 7 at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art in conjunction with her exhibition “This Is How I Feel When I Think About You,” which appeared there Feb. 6-March 21.

Mark Pecaut, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics, is co-author of “Modeling Transiting Circumstellar Disks: Characterizing the Newly Discovered Eclipsing Disk System OGLE LMC-ECL-11893,” which was published in the December 2014 edition of the Astrophysical Journal. 

Jennifer Rinella, Ed.D., assistant professor and director of nonprofit leadership studies, was featured in a wallethub.com column on whether to donate time or money to an organization.

Michael Stellern, Ph.D., professor of economics, graduated from sheriff’s school in Platte County, Missouri.

William Sturgill, Ph.D., professor of psychology, presented a poster at the 55th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, held in Long Beach, California, on Nov. 20, 2014, titled “Emotional Category of Word Affects Encoding Specificity Performance.”

Glenn Young, Ph.D., assistant professor of theology and religious studies, is the author of “Mystical Encounter as Homely Otherness in Julian of Norwich’s A Revelation of Love,” which was published in Magistra: A Journal of Women’s Spirituality in History 20, no. 2 (Winter 2014): 22-37.

Winter 2015

Jason Arthur, Ph.D., associate professor of English, was invited to contribute his work, titled “The ‘First-Generation’ Fallacy,” to scholarly blog Class in the Academy.

Tracy Blasdel, visiting assistant professor of marketing, Jeremy O’Connor, Ph.D., and Kelly Phipps, Ph.D., J.D., presented “Promoting Business Interests and Protecting Corporate Culture” at the 2014 Society for Case Research annual Case Writer’s Workshop.   

Petia Bobadova-Parvanova, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry, received an award from the National Science Foundation’s division of chemistry for her work on “Synthesis, Properties and Dynamics of Near-IR BODIPY Fluorophores.”

Stephen Chamberlain, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy, was published for his work: “Fictional Wisdom and the Virtue of Understanding (Sunesis) in the Renewal of Common Sense.”

Ketti Coffelt, O.T.D., assistant professor of occupational therapy, received her doctoral degree from Creighton University. She also co-presented “iPad Video Modeling for Children with Autism” at the Kansas Occupational Therapy Association conference in Fall 2014.

Rev. Thomas B. Curran, S.J., president of Rockhurst University, wrote an article, titled “A Conversation on Sustainability with an Ignatian Way of Proceeding,” which was published in the Journal of Jesuit Business Education.

Nancy DeBasio, Ph.D., RN, president of Research College of Nursing, received an honorary membership award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. She has been an active member of AACN for more than 20 years.

Jim Dockins, Ed.D., assistant professor of health care management, Myles Gartland, Ph.D., and Martin Stack, Ph.D., presented “The Magnet Nursing Services Recognition Program:  Does Magnet Status Attract Higher HCAHPS Patient Satisfaction Scores?” at the MBAA International Conference.

Nancy Donaldson, Ph.D., professor and department chair of physics, received an award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. Her submission to the Pre-health Collection within MedEdPortal’s iCollaborative, “Pressure in the Human Body: Investigating the Respiratory System Module,” received the Physics Award for Outstanding Instruction in the Pre-health Competencies. The award stems from work developed through a physics of medicine grant from the National Science Foundation. Donaldson was also invited to speak at the National Conference on Introductory Physics for the Life Science for the American Association of Physics Teachers, where she presented “Physics of Medicine – My Field of Dreams.”

Rocio Duncan, Ph.D., associate professor of Spanish, was published in XIII Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica for her works “Concepción de la realidad en Sentada esperando de Leticia de Oyuela,” and “La muerte está en los catres de Rosa María Britton.” 

Mairead Greene, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics, gave a presentation titled, "Optimization: From Discover to Assessment," at the Science and Mathematics Education conference in Dublin.

Curtis Hancock, Ph.D., is the author of a paper titled "The Nature of Metaphysics and Science: The Problem of the One and the Many in Thomas Aquinas," which was published in the bookMetaphysics. 

Pam Hart, Ph.D., associate professor of communication sciences and disorders and four graduate CSD students established a camp to help children improve their language and literacy skills.

Sarah Hicks, Ph.D., assistant professor of education, worked with 23 incoming Center High School students, as well as two math teachers, during a summer math camp. The camp focused on enhancing skills in math, communication, problem solving, physics and more.

Syed Jamal, ’97, chemistry instructor, co-authored research, titled "NF-?B Controls Resistance of Human Salivary Gland (HSG) Cells to Apoptosis in an in Vitro Model of Sjogren’s Syndrome," which was published in the Open Journal of Rheumatology and Autoimmune Diseases.

Richard Janet, Ph.D., professor of history, was published in the Homiletic and Pastoral Review for his work “On Catholic History.” His work “Portal to the Heavenly City: A Meditation” was published in The Liguorian: A Redemptorist Pastoral Publication.

Laura Janusik, Ph.D., associate professor of communication, gave two presentations at the International Listening Association Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, including: “Review of the Profile of Nonverbal Sensitivity Test Connecting Theory and Practice: Validity and Reliability Critiques of Four Listening/Listening-Related Measures,” and “Listening Concepts and Metacognition in a Cross-Cultural Perspective.”

Shatonda Jones, communication sciences and disorders instructor, and Pam Hart, Ph.D., associate professor of communication sciences and disorders, supervised 15 graduate CSD students at the 2014 Touchdown for Health Family Fest as they conducted hearing and speech/language screenings.

John Kerrigan, Ph.D., associate professor of English, gave a lecture, titled “Introduction for first-time experiencers of James Joyce’s Ulysses,” for the Bloomsday Celebration at the Kansas City Irish Center.

Charles Kovich, Ph.D., professor of English, and Curtis Hancock, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, are the authors of a newly published book: The Case of the Owl of Minerva.

Katie Madigan, Ph.D., professor of modern languages, was awarded a grant from the American Association of Teachers of French that allowed the Greater Kansas City chapter of AATF, of which she is president, to invite speakers to campus for an immersion day for French teachers on immigration in Francophone literature and film. Madigan also led a workshop titled “Étudiants sans frontières: Concepts and models for Service-Learning in French.”

Rabbi Herbert Mandl, Ph.D., instructor in theology and religious studies, delivered the annual Day of Discovery scholars lecture at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan.

Cheryl McConnell, dean of the Helzberg School of Management, presented at a UMB Lunch and Learn session on the topic “Breaking Myths About Career Advancement: Research and Trends.”

Leslie Merced, Ph.D., associate professor of Spanish, gave a presentation, titled “Cuando la mulata, la mestiza y la criolla le hablan a España: el contradiscurso colonial de Eva Infanzón Canel, Adela Muñiz y Más y Concepción Gimeno de Flaquer” (translated to “When the mulatto woman, the mestiza woman and the creole woman speak to Spain: the Counter-colonial Discourse of Eva Infanzón Canel, Adela Muñiz y Más and Concepción Jimeno de Flaquer”), at the Kentucky Foreign Languages Conference.

Patricia Cleary Miller, Ph.D., professor of English, wrote Un Seul Myrtille, translated to One Single Blueberry, published in Rockhurst Review, the University’s fine-arts journal.

Nicole Moodie, Ph.D., assistant professor of exercise and sport science, gave a presentation, titled “Reliability and Repeatability of a Commercial Accelerometer Unit During a 40-Yard Dash,” at the annual meeting of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Jeremy O’Connor, Ph.D., assistant professor of management, presented “Ambidexterity as a Competence of Project Management” at the Kansas City Project Management Institute’s Professional Development Days. 

Edgar Palacios, adjunct professor of leadership studies, received an Ace Award from the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce for his work as manager of community engagement and performance at the Central Exchange.

A painting by Anne Pearce, associate professor of art and director of the Greenlease Gallery, titled Animals Don’t Take Vows: Tortuga was on view at the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, Kansas, as part of the exhibition Holding Pattern: New at the Spencer Museum. Pearce also contributed work to the Beyond the Bounds: Electric! fundraising event for the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.

Mark Pecaut, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics, was published in The Astrophysical Journal for his work “Does the Debris Disk around HD 32297 Contain Cometary Grains?” 

Kirsten Potter, DPT, associate professor of physical therapy, presented a poster, titled “Selecting Rehabilitation Outcome Measures: Applying the Findings of the APTA MS EDGE Task Force,” at the 2014 Cooperative Meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) and Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis.

Sudhakar Raju, Ph.D., professor of finance, authored an article titled “Risk Aversion, Bank Funding Risk and Futures Hedging,” published in the Journal of Derivatives and Hedge Funds. Raju also presented “Nobel Ideas” to the Global Association of Risk Professionals and “What do Global Financial Sector Reforms Mean for the Bahraini Economy?” at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Jenny Rinella, Ed.D., assistant professor and director of nonprofit leadership students, received her doctoral degree from Baker University. Rinella also presented alongside the Rev.Thomas B. Curran, president of Rockhurst University, at the Executive Director Institute. During their presentation, titled "Strategic Development: Mission-Driven Plans and Processes," Rinella shared findings from her research on effective organizations and the phases of strategic planning, while Fr. Curran discussed approaches to leadership and lessons learned from the strategic planning process at Rockhurst University.

Katie Ryan-Bloomer, Ph.D., assistant professor of occupational therapy, was selected to receive one of Rockhurst’s Presidential grants to perform the study, “Measuring the Efficacy of Constraint Induced Movement Therapy for Young Children Experiencing Hemiparesis.” The grant enabled her to travel to White Plains, New York, to become certified on the Assisting Hand Assessment, which is considered the gold-standard instrument for measuring bimanual skills in children. This longitudinal study will start in Spring 2015 and will be carried out by two research capstone groups in collaboration with the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City.

Rebecca Saxton, Ph.D., RN, associate professor of nursing at Research College of Nursing, presented as part of Loyola University Chicago’s 2014 Ruth K. Palmer Symposium, May 15-16, in Rome, Italy. Saxton is studying the benefit of interruption-free zones on patient safety and efficiency for nurses administering medication.

Chad Scholes, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, and Lisa Felzien, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, presented “Determining how to describe undergraduate research in a clear and equitable way for rank and tenure decisions” at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research.

Mylene Schriner, Ph.D., assistant professor of occupational therapy, participated in a MedBridge CEU online video to discuss her published research, “Rehabilitation of the Upper Extremity after Stroke: Current Practice As a Guide for Curriculum.”

Mandi Sonnenberg, Ed.D., assistant professor of education, led efforts to create a STEAM Studio located inside the Gould Evans office in Kansas City, Mo. The studio will offer after-school STEAM programs for K-12 Catholic school students.

Martin Stack, Ph.D., professor of management, and Myles Gartland, Ph.D. , professor of management, co-authored an article titled “Feeling ill:  Go See a Doctor (In Singapore or Costa Rica) Globalization in Health Services,” published in the Mustang Journal of Management and Marketing.

Mike Stellern, Ph.D., professor of economics, Kelly Phipps, Ph.D., J.D., assistant professor of management, and Jeremy O’Connor, Ph.D. presented “The Greek Financial Crisis” at the 2014 Society for Case Research annual Case Writer’s Workshop. 

Daniel F. Stramara Jr., Ph.D., professor of theology and religious studies, wrote Toward a Chrismatic Ecclesiology as a Theological Basis for Primacy, which was published in the Journal of Ecumenical Studies 49.2 (2014): 218-46.

Brendan Sweetman, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, recently met with the president of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, as part of a small-panel based seminar to discuss business ethics. Sweetman also authored Religion and Science (Italian translation: Religione e Scienza).

Catherine Torrington-Eaton, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders, received her doctoral degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Joanna Carraway Vitiello, Ph.D., associate professor of history, was published in Medicine and Law in the Middle Ages for her work, titled “Forensic Evidence, Lay Witnesses and Medical Expertise in the Criminal Courts of Late Medieval Italy.” She also gave a presentation, titled “Power, Jurisdiction and Homicide in Late Fourteenth-century Reggio Emilia,” at the Biennial New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Sarasota, Florida.

Christina Wills, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, and Mary Haskins, Ph.D., professor of biology, presented three posters, “The Effects of Salt Blocks on Cursorial Arthropods,” “The Relationship between Arthropod Diversity and Multiflora Roses Infected with Rose Rosette Disease,” and “Evaluating Household Products to Determine their Effectiveness in Deterring Ants,” at the Missouri Academy of Science at the University of Central Missouri.

Glenn Young, Ph.D., associate professor of theology and religious studies, gave a presentation, titled “Practice and the Comparative Study of Mysticism: The Yoga Sutra and The Cloud of Unknowing,” at the annual meeting of the College Theology Society in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

Summer 2014

Shahid Ali, Ph.D., associate professor of management, was co-author of an article titled “Surprising Comparison of Risk and Return Factors Between Real Estate Investment Trusts (Reits) And the S&P 500 Index During the 2000/2011 Time Period” in the Journal of Business and Economics Research. Ali also presented “Total Quality Management in Education” in Dallas to the International Academy of Business and Public Disciplines (IABPAD).

Katie Ryan-Bloomer, Ph.D., OTR/L, assistant professor of occupational therapy, wrote an article titled “Play and Playfulness of Children at Home and in the Hospital” which was published in the International Journal of Play.

Steven Brown, Ph.D., professor of psychology, Jennifer Oliver, Ph.D., professor of psychology, and Renee Michael, Ph.D., professor of psychology, delivered a poster titled, “Promoting the Intellectual Skill of Synthesis through Scientific Writing” at the 10th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Raleigh, N.C.

Lana Davies, MSN, Research College of Nursing, presented research project "Nursing Students Clinical Experience in Northern Uganda: Does the Experience Make Students More Culturally Competent?" at International Transcultural Society meeting.

Jim Dockins, Ph.D., assistant professor of management, presented “The Integrated DPT/MBA Dual Degree Program: A Novel Method for Facilitating Health Care Leadership Skills in Physical Therapy Students” at the American Physical Therapy Association combined sections meeting in San Diego. Dockins also made two presentations at MBAA International in Chicago, titled “The Globalization of Nursing: Opportunity of Threat” and “Arabic Translation and Adaptation of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Patient Satisfaction Survey Instrument.” Dockins, along with Tony Tocco, Ph.D., professor of accounting and Craig Sasse, Ph.D., associate professor of management, presented “Specialty Clinics: Surviving in a For-Profit Health Care World” to the Society for Case Research Workshop at Western Connecticut State University.

Nancy Donaldson, Ph.D., professor of physics, spoke about physics for the life sciences at a conference in Arlington, Va., sponsored by the National Science Foundation and convened by the American Association of Physics Teachers. Donaldson also received the physics award from the Association of American Medical Colleges for outstanding instruction in the pre-health competencies for her unit on fiber optics in medicine. Her unit will be featured on the association’s website. 

Lisa Felzien, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, and Chad Scholes, Ph.D., associate professor of biology and division chair of natural, applied and quantitative sciences, will present research results in the faculty section of the National Council of Undergraduate Research conference. 

Brian Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., professor of finance, was co-author of an article titled “Surprising Comparison of Risk and Return Factors Between Real Estate Investment Trusts (Reits) And the SGP 500 Index During the 2000/2011 Time Period” published in the Journal of Business and Economics Research.

Laura Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., professor of economics, and Cheryl McConnell, MPA, CPA, CFE, dean of the Helzberg School of Management and professor of accounting, authored an article titled “Aligning Economics Programs with AACSB Accreditation Processes,” published in Economics and Economic Research. Fitzpatrick also presented “Learning Development Experientially: Social Entrepreneurship in Haiti,” to the Missouri Valley Economics Association.

Myles Gartland, Ph.D., associate professor of management, gave two presentations alongside Martin Stack, Ph.D., professor of management: “The rise of craft beer in the U.S. and Italy: A Comparative Illustration of Path Creation,” and “Business Strategies Underlying the Increasing Global Concentration of the Market” at Beernomics in York, England.

Michele Gerdes, MSN, Research College of Nursing, presented "Development of an Evaluation Tool for Hybrid Pre-Licensure Nursing Clinical Courses" at Sigma Theta Tau International 42nd Biennial Convention. 

Mary Haskins, Ph.D., professor of biology, and Mandi Sonnenberg, Ed.D., assistant professor of education, led the efforts to secure a TEAM Science grant from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Gale Hickenlooper, MPH, and Rebecca Saxton, ’00, Ph.D., Research College of Nursing, published "An Academic-Practice Partnership: Helping New Registered Nurses to Advance Quality and Patient Safety" in the Online Journal of International Nursing. Hickenlooper and Saxton also presented “Evaluation of Teaching Strategies to Develop Pre-Licensure QSEN Competencies in an Academic Practice Partnership” at Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) National Forum. 

Sarah Hicks, Ph.D., assistant professor of education, was selected as a 2014 Publication Award winner for her work on The Summation newsletter through the Kansas City Area Teachers of Mathematics (Missouri).

Syed Jamal, chemistry, wrote an article titled "Purmorphamine Promotes Matrix Mineralization and Cytoskeletal Changes in Human Umbilical Cord Mesenchymal Stem Cells," which was published in Molecular and Cellular Biomechanics.

Laura Janusik, Ph.D., MBA, associate professor and McGee Chair of communication, received the Top Paper Panel Award at the National Communication Association convention in November 2013 for a paper she co-authored titled "Towards Developing a Cross-Cultural Metacognition Scale for Listening in the First Language (L1) Contexts: The Metacognitive Listening Scale." In addition, ACT invited Janusik to return as one of five content specialists in listening. 

John Kerrigan, Ph.D., associate professor of English, moderated three sessions on British literature and teaching writing at the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society Convention. He was recognized for completing a four-year term on the society's board of directors as the Midwest regent and serving as chair of the Scholarship Committee.

Anna (Acey) Lampe, Ph.D., executive professor of management, was co-author of an article titled “Emotional Intelligence: A Comparative Analysis of Two College Business Administration Programs,” published in Advances in Business Research.

Sue Mahley, MN, Rebecca Saxton, ’00, Ph.D., Lynn Warmbrodt, Psy.D., Research College of Nursing, presented "Real World Nursing: The Experiences of DEU Students and Clinical Instructors" at Midwest Nursing Research Society conference.

Cheryl McConnell, MPA, CPA, CFE, dean of the Helzberg School of Management and professor of accounting, published an article titled, “Developing a SoTL Campus Initiative: Reflections on Creating Sustainable Impact,” in Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal.

Renee Michael, Ph.D., professor of psychology, co-authored an article, “The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in an Age of Accountability: Building Bridges,” in Teaching Learning Inquiry. 

Nicole Moodie, Ph.D., assistant professor of exercise and sport science, was a guest on KCUR's "Central Standard" discussing the Olympics and physical requirements for top athletic performance.

Jeremy O’Connor, Ph.D., assistant professor of business, co-contributed a case titled “Tom Hoenig and the $600 Billion Bailout,” published in the Journal for Case Studies. O’Connor also presented “The Ryan Budget” at the Case Research, Summer Case Writer’s Conference at Western Connecticut State University.

Jennifer Oliver, Ph.D., professor of psychology, and a colleague from New York led a participant idea exchange at the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, held Jan. 4 in St. Pete Beach, Fla. The talk, "Teaching About Emerging Adulthood: Integrating Culture," was an interactive session with others interested in the scholarship of teaching.

Mark Pecaut, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics, is co-author of an article recently accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal: "Does the Debris Disk Around HD 32297 Contain Cometary Grains?”

Kelly Phipps, Ph.D., J.D., assistant professor of management, authored an article titled “Spirituality and Religion: Seeking a Juxtaposition that Supports Research in the Field of Faith and Spirituality at Work,” published in the Handbook of Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace. Phipps also presented “The Ryan Budget” at the Case Research, Summer Case Writer’s Conference at Western Connecticut State University.

Kirsten Potter, PT, DPT, MS, NCS, associate professor of physical therapy, received a $23,390 grant from the American Physical Therapy Association to develop a clinical practice guideline on a core set of outcome measures for patients with neurologic conditions. She also is the lead author of an article titled "Outcome Measures for Individuals With Multiple Sclerosis: Recommendations From the American Physical Therapy Association Neurology Section Task Force," which has been accepted for publication. Potter also co-authored “Measurement Characteristics in Clinical Utility of the 12-item Multiple Sclerosis Walking Scale” in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Craig Prentiss, Ph.D., professor of theology and religious studies, held a reading and book signing for his book, Staging Faith: Religion and African-American Theater From the Harlem Renaissance to World War II at Emory University.

Sudhakar Raju, Ph.D., professor of finance, authored an article titled “Strategic Firm Interaction, Returns to Scale, Environmental Regulation and Ambient Charges in a Cournot Duopoly,” published in Technology and Investment. Raju also presented “Macroeconomic Disaster Behavioral Finance and Optimal Currency Areas” to North Africa (MENA) Centre for Investment in Bahrain, as well as “Financial Disasters, Risk Management and Behavioral Finance” to the CFA and Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP).

Craig Sasse, Ph.D., associate professor of management, presented “Unlocking New Demand: How to Use Strategy Tools to Gain a Business Advantage” along with Mary Lewis at the Mid America Supplier Development Council in Kansas City. Sasse, Tony Tocco, Ph.D., professor of accounting, and Jim Dockins, Ph.D., assistant professor of management, presented “Specialty Clinics: Surviving in a For-Profit Health Care World” to the Society for Case Research Workshop at Western Connecticut State University.

Rebecca Saxton, ’00, Ph.D., Research College of Nursing, presented "An Academic-Practice Partnership for Excellence: Developing a Dedicated Education Unit" at the National Conference on Professional Nursing Education and Development. She also presented “Lateral Violence: Restoring Civility to our Health Care Workforce” at the Missouri Hospital Association Annual Convention and Trade Show, as well as “Impact of No Interruption Intervention on Safety and Efficiency” in Rome.

Mylene Schriner, Ph.D., OTR/L, assistant professor of occupational therapy, wrote an article titled “Rehabilitation of the Upper Extremity After Stroke: Current Practice as a Guide for Curriculum” which was published in the Open Journal of Occupational Therapy. 

Mandi Sonnenberg, Ed.D., assistant professor of education, led a group of Rockhurst students who created an after-school club to provide technology lessons for sixth- through eighth-grade students at Visitation Catholic School.

Martin Stack, Ph.D., professor of management,  co-authored an article titled “Liquid Bread: An Examination of the American Brewing Industry, 1865-1940 Part 1,” published in the Journal of Brewery History. Stack also gave two presentations at MBAA International in Chicago alongside Jim Dockins, Ph.D., assistant professor of management, titled “The Globalization of Nursing: Opportunity of Threat” and “Arabic Translation and Adaptation of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Care Providers and System Patient Satisfaction Survey Instrument.” 

Mike Stellern, Ph.D., professor of economics, co-contributed a case titled “Tom Hoenig and the $600 Billion Bailout,” published in the Journal for Case Studies. Stellern also presented “The Ryan Budget” at the Case Research, Summer Case Writer’s Conference at Western Connecticut State University. He also presented “Education and Workforce Issues” and “Higher Education” to the 2013 Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

Daniel Stramara, Ph.D., professor of theology and religious studies, published an article titled, “Peri Pascha, the Book of Revelation, and Melito of Sardis,” in the Patristic and Byzantine Review.

Wenbin Sun, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing, authored two articles: “Linking Corporate Social Responsibility to Firm Default,” published in the European Management Journal, and “Geographically Varying Effects of Weather on Tobacco Consumption: Implications for Health Marketing Initiatives,” published in the Health Marketing Quarterly and in the American Marketing Association Winter Marketing Educators’ Conference.

Brendan Sweetman, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, presented a paper titled, “Hermeneutical Influences in U.S. Philosophy of Religion and Theology,” at the Pontifical Institute of Philosophy and Theology in Mumbai, India. Sweetman also serves as vice president for the North American region of the World Conference of Catholic Universities’ Institutions of Philosophy. 

Marcie Swift, PT, Ph.D., assistant professor of physical therapy, Ellen Spake, Ph.D., assistant to the president for Mission and Ministry, and J. Byron, published an article titled, “The Reliability of a Musculoskeletal Objective Structured Clinical Examination in a Professional Physical Therapist Program” in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education.

Michael Tansey, Ph.D., professor of economics, authored an article titled “Dual MBA/Medical Degrees for Doctors,” published in the American Journal of Health Sciences. Tansey also co-authored “Gravity Model of Trade Applied to Developing Countries,” published in The Southern Business and Economic Journal.

Catherine Thompson, PT, Ph.D., MS, associate professor of physical therapy, is editor and author of Prevention Practice and Health Promotion: A Healthcare Professional’s Guide for Health, Fitness, and Wellness. This new text incorporates updated content from her first book and is designed to reach a broader audience. New chapters offer insight into topics such as stress management and nutrition. Another new chapter, “Prevention Practice for Common Medical Conditions,” is co-authored by Amy Foley, PT, DPT, associate professor of physical therapy. Thompson and Foley updated additional chapters from the previous edition, along with Ann Marie Decker, PT, MS, clinical assistant professor of physical therapy and academic coordinator of clinical education, who contributed to the revision of the chapter on “Prevention Practice for Older Adults.” Thompson also presented on “Learning by Serving: Strategies for Integrating Community Service into the Pediatric PT Curriculum,” and “The Effects of Motor Imagery, Physical Practice, and Combined Practice on Musculoskeletal Flexibility of Youth and Young Adults” with her students at the national American Physical Therapy Association meeting. Thompson also presented sessions related to motor development, motor control and motor learning to students at Concordia Career College. Finally, as part of a child development course at Olathe South High School in Olathe, Kan., Thompson engaged several classes in activities related to enhancing infant growth during the first year of life.

Tony Tocco, Ph.D., professor of accounting, presented, along with Craig Sasse, Ph.D., associate professor of management and Jim Dockins, Ph.D., assistant professor of management, “Specialty Clinics: Surviving in a For-Profit Health Care World” to the Society for Case Research Workshop at Western Connecticut State University.

Mindy Walker, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, gave a presentation titled "Cooperation and Altruism in the Evolution of Species" at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church.

Liz Zayat, MS, OTR/L, academic fieldwork coordinator, is an accepted presenter at the World Federation of Occupational Therapy 2014 Congress in Yokohoma, Japan, June 18-21, 2014. Her presentation is titled, “Accepting the Challenge: Developing a Valid and Culturally Relevant Daily Living Skills Assess

Winter 2014

Petia Bobadova, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry, was invited to speak at a symposium of the Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, “Current Trends in Polymer Science.” Her topic is “Using computational modeling to design the conductive ability of thermally stable conjugated polymers.”

 

Nancy Donaldson, Ph.D., professor of physics and department chair of mathematics and physics, received an award from the Association of American Medical Colleges.  Her submission to the Pre-health Collection within MedEdPortal’s iCollaborative, “Fiber Optics in Medicine,” received the Physics Award for Outstanding Instruction in the Pre-health Competencies. The award stems from work developed through a physics of medicine grant from the National Science Foundation.


Laura Janusik, Ph.D., associate professor of communication, was invited by ACT to be one of five content specialists in listening. She participated in a two-day seminar to help the test makers better identify the construct of listening for inclusion on the test.

 


John Kerrigan, Ph.D., associate professor of English, helped organize and served as emcee at an event commemorating Seamus Heaney at the Irish Center of Kansas City. Kerrigan and Patricia Cleary Miller, Ph.D., professor of English, were two of the featured speakers on Heaney’s work. In addition, Miller read two original poems inspired by Heaney, including “Gaze Through the Clear Water, for Seamus Heaney 1939-2013.”


Dan Martin, Ph.D.,
associate professor and department chair of English, read from his work in creative nonfiction at the Writer’s Place in Kansas City, Mo, in October.

 

 


Renee Michael, Ph.D.,
professor of psychology, was honored with the Brenner Award for Faculty Achievement.

 

 


Works by Anne Pearce, associate professor of art and director of the Greenlease Gallery, were included in a two-person exhibition, titled “Elaborate Webs, Striking Exploits,” at Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art and Design.

 

 


Mark Pecaut, Ph.D.,
assistant professor of physics, recently was recognized for 2012 Best Graduate Research Paper by the Astronomical Society of New York. Coauthored with two colleagues, his paper, titled
A Revised Age for Upper Scorpius and the Star Formation History among the F-type Members of the Scorpius-Centaurus OB Association, was published in The Astrophysical Journal. The principle finding of the research is that the Upper Scorpius Association, a widely used ‘benchmark’ association of stars that have a common origin, is twice as old as previously thought.  This age revision affected the predicted masses of several directly imaged substellar companions. The research was also featured in popular publications, including Sky and Telescope and Science Daily.


Kirsten Potter, DPT,
associate professor of physical therapy, was featured in a video published by the American Physical Therapy Association, titled Evidence to Practice: Outcome Measures for Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis.



Craig Prentiss, Ph.D.,
professor of theology and religious studies, is the author of a newly published book: Staging Faith: Religion and African American Theater From the Harlem Renaissance to World War II (NYU Press, 2013).

 


Sudhakar Raju, Ph.D.,
professor of finance, was the keynote speaker at a seminar titled “Macroeconomic Disasters, Behavioral Finance and Optimal Currency Areas,” held in Bahrain and covered in the Daily Tribune.

 


Margaret Rausch, Ph.D., lecturer in theology and religious studies, wrote two chapters that were published in a book she co-edited, Islamic Religious Education in Secular Societies (Peter Lang Verlag – Vienna Islamic Studies Series, September 2013). They are: “Secularism and Islamic Education in the United States” and “Introduction: Secularisms and Islamic Education in Western and Post-Communist Societies.”


Mandi Sonnenberg, Ed.D.,
assistant professor of education, was invited to be a guest blogger on the topic of multitasking for SCD Group.

 

 


Michael Stellern, Ph.D.,
professor of economics, wrote the section on the outlook for higher education in the 2014 Economic Forecast, issued by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

 

 


Daniel Stramara Jr., Ph.D.,
professor and chair of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, wrote an article titled “Faith and Good Works in an Age of Terrorism,” which was published in Ecumenical Trends (June 2013).

 


Two books by Brendan Sweetman, Ph.D., professor and department chair of philosophy, recently were translated for use in other countries: Religion: Key Concepts in Philosophy, translated into Portuguese for use in Brazil; and Religion and Science: An Introduction, translated into Persian for use in Iran.