Faculty/Staff Accomplishments May 2021

In this issue, we celebrate accomplishments of faculty in business, child development, communication, economics, psychology, and world languages and cultures.

Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies Shannon Grimes, gave a live webinar talk on April 17 for Classical Wisdom Weekly. Her presentation, “Alchemy in Roman Egypt,” was open to the public, and the videorecording is now available to subscribers at 

Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems Megan Martin is one of the founding members of the Bryce Martin Foundation, a nonprofit that supports blind and visually impaired children. The creation and development of this foundation was inspired by her son Bryce Martin. The foundation received the 2019 Excellence in Recreation award from the Raleigh Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities. Learn more about the foundation at

Associate Professor of Psychology Joe Mazzola was featured in a WRAL Techwire story about a WalletHub ranking of North Carolina as number two best locations to work from home. The WRAL article drew from an original WalletHub story that also featured insights from Mazzola.

Dr. Pamela Norcross, assistant professor in child development, has a new paper published A Comprehensive Model of Women’s Social Cognition and Responsiveness to Infant Crying: Integrating Personality, Emotion, Executive Function, and Sleep  in the journal Infant Behavior Development with colleagues at UNC-G and UNC-Chapel Hill.

Mediaeval Studies (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto) has published a new critical edition by Brent A. Pitts, Professor emeritus, World Languages & Cultures. The work is entitled ‘The Anglo-Norman Bible’s Book of Tobit (London, Royal MS 1 C III)’. Tobit is a compelling, hopeful, and delightful tale that should be made into a Hollywood movie. The short account relates a road trip, a love story, and a happy marriage! The base and control manuscripts were the Bibles of kings, Henry VIII of England and Louis XII of France.

Associate Professor of Mass Communication Doug Spero covered the real case that inspired the movie Amityville Horror during his career as a reporter. He will discuss this case in a two-part episode of the documentary series Very Scary People on HLN. The documentary episodes will premiere on HLN (CNN’s sister network) on Sunday, May 16, at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. After the premiere, it will continue to air on HLN and also be available on HBOMax, CNNGo and will be syndicated internationally.  

Professor of Economics Anne York was quoted in a WRAL Techwire article, “Apple deal comes with clear winners – and clear losers – for Triangle, economists warn,” about the new Apple campus planned for the Research Triangle. The story ran on April 27, 2021. The publication also ran a full interview with York on this topic, $1B Apple campus is good news for college students, job seekers, says Meredith professor, on April 30, 2021.


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