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Marcia Abbott, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology in Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, Schmid College of Science and Technology, and the

School of Pharmacy, has been awarded a $231,000 American Heart Association: Scientist Development Grant. The project title is Role of interleukin-15 in reversing obesity-induced cardiovascular dysfunction.

Abbott will use the grant to examine the role of interleukin-15 on heart tissue obesity.

Quaylan Allen, Ph.D., assistant professor, College of Educational Studies, recently published two papers exploring issues of race and culture, including:

“Race, culture and agency: Examining the ideologies and practices of U.S. teachers of Black male students” in Teaching and Teacher Education. This study examines teachers of black male students in a United States secondary school setting. Qualitative methods were used to document teachers’ ideologies of and practices with their black male students.

“Tell your own story’: manhood, masculinity and racial socialization among black fathers and their sons” in Ethnic and Racial Studies. This study examines how black fathers and sons in the USA conceptualize manhood and masculinity and the racial socializing practices of black men. Drawing upon data from an ethnography on black male schooling, this paper uses the interviews with fathers and sons to explore how race and gender intersect in how black males make meaning of their gendered performances.

In addition, he presented the paper “Because they are Black they get treated differently: Black mothers’ parental involvement, cultural wealth and exclusion in their son’s schooling” at the annual Pacific Sociological Association in Oakland, Calif.

Haley Buller, lecturer, Department of Communication Studies, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, co-authored an article, “Nurse Communication About Goals of Care” in the Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology. Buller collaborated with Elaine Wittenberg, Betty Ferrell, Joy Goldsmith and Tammy Neiman on the article, which was her first publication.

Kris De Pedro, Ph.D., assistant professor in the College of Educational Studies, led a roundtable discussion as a participant in the April 13 Operation Educate the Educators conference, an event organized by the White House’s Joining Forces initiative launched in 2011 by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.

Kerk Kee, Ph.D, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Communication Studies, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and Yuhua (Jake) Liang, Ph.D., also an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies, contributed a chapter on subjective numeracy to the recently published book Health Communication Research Measures (Peter Lang, 2016) edited by D. K. Kim, & J. W. Dearing.

Liang also was among the authors of an article in the Journal of Health Communication titled “An Effort to Increase Organ Donor Registration through Intergroup Competition and Social Media: A Study of Two College Campus Organ Donation Challenge Campaigns.”

Jerry LaRue, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry, Schmid College of Science and Technology, gave an invited talk titled “Dynamics of Competing Reaction Pathways during Catalytic CO Hydrogenation on Ruthenium” at the symposium “Fundamental X-ray Science and its Application to Catalysis and Water Research: Future Directions” in Stockholm in May.

Peter McLaren, Ph.D., distinguished professor in critical studies and co-director of The Paulo Freire Democratic Project and International Ambassador for Global Ethics and Social Justice, has been appointed to a three-year term as chair for the American Educational Research Association’s special interest group on Marxian Analysis of Society, Schools and Education.

In addition, McLaren recently delivered a well-received lecture at the University of Helsinki. The event was organized by Ph.D. students from the Nordic Centre of Excellence JustEd and Viikki Teacher Training School of Helsinki University. Read more in a JustEd blog post.

A book of poetry by Martin Nakell, Ph.D., professor, Department of English, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, was reviewed in the spring issue of Rain Taxi, one of the premier journals of contemporary avant-garde literature. The review called Nakell’s The Desert Poems of Southern California (Spuyten Duyvil, 2015) a journey that “makes us see things we have never seen before: ‘without this desert everyone would die of thirst’.” It also calls Nakell’s poems reminiscent of some of the best compositions by Philip Glass and said some of the passages “impart the sensation of negative space; they vanish into meaning.”

Christopher J. Nicholas, D.M.A., director of bands and director of woodwind and brass studies, Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music, College of Performing Arts, will spend part of the summer conducting in programs for disadvantaged youth in the Caribbean and Latin America. Nicholas will be a principal guest conductor for the Ecole Sainte Trinité summer music program in Léogâne, Haiti, as well as for the youth symphonic band of El Sistema de Orquestas y Coros de la Ciudad de Guatemala in Guatemala City. In addition, Nicholas is on the brass and conducting faculty for the Opera Maya International Music Festival based in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.