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Faculty/Staff Accomplishments and Departmental News 8/12/15

In this issue we celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff in biological sciences, dance, human environmental sciences, music, nutrition, political science, Research, Planning & Assessment, and sociology. We also share news from the Undergraduate Research Program and Friends of the Library.

Professor of Sociology Lori Brown was quoted as an expert source in an article about social media shaming published by global wire service Agence France-Presse (AFP). 

Professor of Dance Alyson Colwell-Waber, along with her colleagues Professor of Dance Carol Finley and Assistant Professor of Dance Sarah Bean, began work on a dance to be performed in the Dance Faculty Concert on September 18.  The dance is an excerpt from “Every Little Movement” by renowned dance artist Gerri Houlihan and is set to the music of Felix Mendelssohn. 

Francie Cuffney, Department Head and Professor of Biological Sciences, was elected as vice-president of the Southern Association of Advisors for the Health Professions for 2015-2017 and will continue on as President of the Association for 2017-19.

Professor of Nutrition Bill Landis has written a book called Aunt Ruby's Green Tomato with M.S. in Nutrition graduate student Samantha Reiff. The book tells a tale of two very different tomato varieties – one a standard red hybrid and the other an obscure green-when-ripe heirloom, and what they can tell us about our food and the people who make it possible. Through the telling of the heart-warming story of Ruby Arnold, namesake and guardian of the Aunt Ruby’s German Green tomato variety, the reader is provided a window to the past when the ingredients for dinner were closer to the backdoor and our everyday lives.  

Assistant Professor of Political Science Whitney Ross Manzo was published in PS: Political Science and Politics, which is one of the main journals of the American Political Science Association (APSA). Manzo’s article, "Teaching Political Theory and Theories," discussed what was learned about teaching political theory at APSA's Teaching and Learning Conference in January 2015, and where the scholarship of teaching political theory could go from there. PS: Political Science & Politics provides critical analyses of contemporary political phenomena and is the journal of record for the discipline of political science reporting on research, teaching, and professional development.

Research, Planning and Assessment staff Dianne Raubenheimer, Dilnavaz Sharma, and Lori Miller presented a session at the annual NCICU Assessment Conference at Elon University. The title of their paper was “Assess This. Not That! Giving Feedback to Foster Best Practice in Assessment.” The conference is attended by those interested in improving assessment practices across the state.

Associate Professor of Music Jim Waddelow conducted the festival orchestra at Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony for the 18th year. The orchestra in Eureka Springs, Ark., draws honors high school students from seven states.

Assistant Professor of Fashion Merchandising and Design Eunyoung Yang and Professor of Human Environmental Sciences Deborah Tippett attended the Annual Conference of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences in Jacksonville, Fla., in June 2015.  Tippett presented a session on “Blogging, Tweeting, Texting, Posting, and Pinning: Communication Trends of the Millennials.” 

In July, Tippett gave the opening keynote address to the CTE Summer Conference for 375 Family and Consumer Sciences teachers on “Honoring Our Past, Sustaining Our Future.” 

Departmental News

NCSSM Research Partnership Continues to Yield Strong Results

Meredith student researchers this summer mentored high school students through the College’s partnership with North Carolina School of Math and Science (NCSSM). Students received stipends to conduct research with a focus on sustainability through the College’s Environmental Sustainability Initiative, which is funded by a grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.

The research teams investigated topics including the use wild edible foods and foraging to enhance local food security; how religious institutions in Raleigh are incorporating environmental sustainability into their beliefs, practices, and campuses; the efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells obtained from food sources; and how human’s perception of tamed nature shapes opinions on environmental issues. Professor of Nutrition Bill Landis, Assistant Professor of History Angela Marritt, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Sasha Ormond, and Professor of English Rebecca Duncan supervised the research as faculty mentors.

The student researchers presented their findings to Meredith and NCSSM faculty and staff on July 30, 2015 at the Mae Grimmer Alumnae House.

Upcoming Friends of the Library Events
Wednesday, August 12, 7 p.m. in Jones Chapel, Debbie Macomber will be talking about her latest book, Silver Linings; a Rose Harbor novel. A best-selling author of many books and known for her women's fiction, you can learn more from her website. This is a ticketed event. You can get a ticket from the library (no charge) or from Quail Ridge with the purchase of a book. Contact the library administrative office (x8531 or sargentg@meredith.edu) to claim a ticket or volunteer.

Tuesday, September 1, 7 p.m. in Jones Auditorium, Louise Penny will be talking about her latest book, The Nature of the Beast. It is the 11th novel of the Inspector Gamache series. You can learn more about her from her website. This is a ticketed event. You can get a ticket from the library (no charge) or from Quail Ridge with the purchase of a book. We are also looking for a volunteer or two to help with the event. Contact the library administrative office (x8531 or sargentg@meredith.edu) to claim a ticket or volunteer.

Monday, October 25, 7 p.m. in Jones Auditorium, Robert Reich will be joined by William Barbour and Tim Tyson for a conversation moderated by WUNC Radio's Frank Stasio. Reich has just published Saving Capitalism; for the Many not the Few. This is a ticketed event. You can get a ticket from the library (no charge) or from Quail Ridge with the purchase of a book. The Friends of the Library are also looking for a volunteer or two to help with the event. Contact the library administrative office (x8531 or sargentg@meredith.edu) to claim a ticket or volunteer.

The Friends Fall Dinner meeting will be on Tuesday, October 26 at 6:30 p.m. in Belk Dining Hall. Filmmaker and Meredith alum Camden Watts Roessler will talk about her career. She has created three films since graduating from Meredith: Abandoned AlliesTrophy, Landfill Dogs: Behind The Scenes, and Brewconomy. There is a charge for attending the Fall Dinner. More information is available at the Friends website.

Melyssa Allen

News Director
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