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Susan Jarmuz-Smith earns Board Certification in Behavior Analysis

sjarmuzsmithSusan Jarmuz-Smith, M.S., BCBA, assistant lecturer in the Department of Psychology, completed requirements for the designation of Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). The BCBA allows for independent practice in assessment, intervention, and research in human behavior. The certification required significant coursework, 1,500 hours of supervised experience, and a culminating exam.

In addition, Jarmuz-Smith completed additional credentialing to become a BCBA supervisor. She is able to supervise BCBAs, BCaBAs, and RBTs in clinical practice.

Posted on: 4/18/2014

Marilyn Gugliucci selected to co-chair Higher Education Working Group

mgugliucci4Marilyn Gugliucci, Ph.D., professor and director of Geriatrics Education and Research in COM and secretary for the Maine Council on Aging, along with Jeffrey Hecker, Ph.D., University of Maine Orono provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs, has been selected by Maine Rep. Mark Eves to co-chair the Higher Education Working Group that resulted from the Maine Aging Summit Blueprint for Action on Aging, an initiative created jointly by Rep. Eves and Maine Council on Aging.

The Higher Education working group will be responsible for discovering, cataloging, prioritizing, and sharing aging initiatives underway at higher education institutions around Maine, identifying gaps and promoting best practices.

The group will be focused on creating a central public repository for current research efforts, aging initiatives and programs focused on aging at all Maine institutions of higher education and promoting the sharing of best practices; identifying both gaps in current aging research and research needs; and promoting new initiatives aimed at meeting the needs of older adults, including the creation of new technologies that support independent living.

Posted on: 4/18/2014

Marilyn Gugliucci serves as speaker and presenter at Annual Maine Academy of Family Physicians Conference

mgugliucci4Marilyn Gugliucci, Ph.D., professor and director of Geriatrics Education and Research in COM, was an invited plenary speaker and breakout session presenter for the 22nd Annual Maine Academy of Family Physicians Conference on April 10, 2014.

Gugliucci’s plenary lecture was focused on “Aging and Reflective Practice by Family Physicians,” and the breakout session was focused on “Communicating with Older Adults” using her Learning by Living Nursing Home research project as the foundation for key points.


Posted on: 4/18/2014

Cory Theberge and Daniel Brazeau share expertise at USM lecture series

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Daniel Brazeau, left, and Cory Theberge
Cory Theberge, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, and Daniel Brazeau, Ph.D., director of genomics, analytics and proteomics and associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, both of the College of Pharmacy, contributed to the 2014 University of Southern Maine Southworth Planetarium Science Lecture Series by presenting on topics of their own expertise.

Theberge presented a public seminar at USM on March 20, 2014. He spoke on “The Fate of Pharmacologically Active Chemicals in the Environment.”  Theberge conducts research in medicinal chemistry and veterinary pharmacy and is interested in the long-term effects of exposure to environmental chemical residues from pharmaceuticals and personal-care products.

He is a native of Harpswell, Maine and attended Bates College before graduate study at the University of New Hampshire, where he received a master’s degree in Chemistry.  After five years as a medicinal chemist at Merck and Co. he returned to the University of New Hampshire where he completed his doctorate through the Merck Doctoral Study Program.  Theberge continued at Merck and Co. until moving back to Maine in 2009.

Daniel Brazeau presented a public seminar at USM on April 17, 2014.  He spoke on "The Genomics Revolution and Personalized Medicine - the Science and the Hype."  Brazeau offered a realistic understanding of the roles that such factors as environmental issues and human genetics play in the effectiveness of drugs on individuals.

Brazeau received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from the University of Toledo and earned his doctorate in Biological Sciences (1989) from the University at Buffalo.  After completing postdoctoral training in population genetics at the University of Houston, he was a research assistant professor in the Department of Zoology at the University of Florida and director of the University of Florida’s Genetic Analysis Laboratory in the Interdisciplinary Research Center for Biotechnology.  Brazeau teaches courses in molecular genetics methodologies and a course in pharmacogenomics, which is a requirement for graduate and pharmacy professional students.
                                                                                             

Posted on: 4/18/2014

Anouar Majid interviewed for article in Morocco on King Mohammed VI’s reforms

amajidAnouar Majid, Ph.D., vice president for Global Affairs and director of the Center for Global Humanities, was interviewed for an article that was published April 10th by the Moroccan news agency MAP.

The article discusses a series of reforms by Morocco’s King Mohammed VI that cumulatively add up to what Majid describes as a serious revolution.  He applauds Morocco’s National Council on Human Rights and criticizes Algeria for choosing an unproductive path by supporting the separatist Polisario movement and for not working with Morocco.

Posted on: 4/11/2014

Kim Allen to give keynote at Council for Advancement and Support of Education workshop

kallenUniversity of New England Director of Athletics Kim Allen will be the keynote speaker at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District I one-day workshop to be held Friday, April 11, 2014 at Judd Gymnasium on the campus of Springfield College.

More than 125 professionals have registered for the workshop, which is titled “Athletics Development for DIII Colleges and Universities: A holistic approach to creating, sustaining and evolving an athletics development program.”

CASE one-day workshops feature professional development opportunities on timely and relevant advancement topics. The programs are designed to offer professional development to colleagues from independent schools, community colleges, as well as all colleges and universities.

Allen, who has been UNE's Director of Athletics since February 2006, holds a bachelor of science degree in sport management from Douglass College (Rutgers University) and a master of education degree in athletics administration from Springfield College.

Posted on: 4/09/2014

Barry Costa-Pierce presents at Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

BCostaPierce2Barry Costa-Pierce, Ph.D., FAAAS, Henry L. & Grace Doherty Professor, chair of Marine Sciences and director of the Marine Science Center, gave an invited talk to the Master of Environmental Management and Master of Environmental Science programs at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies on April 2, 2014.

Costa-Pierce presented “Fisheries-Aquaculture Ecosystems: Global to Local Interactions between Sustainable Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems.”

Posted on: 4/09/2014

OT Department well represented at American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference

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A gathering of Occupational Therapy faculty, former faculty, and members of the OT class of 2014 at UNE's OT alumni event in Baltimore.
Several faculty members and 36 students from the Department of Occupational Therapy (OT) attended the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference (AOTA) in Baltimore, Maryland, April 3-6, 2014.  Jane O’Brien, Ph.D., OTR/L, associate professor and OT director, received the AOTA Roster of Fellows award at the awards ceremony for “creative and innovative teaching, scholarship, and service.”

O’Brien and Scott McNeil, OTD, MS, OTR/L, assistant clinical professor, presented a research paper, “Teaching effectiveness: Preparing occupational therapy students for clinical practice,” which has been published in the Open Journal of Occupational Therapy.

OT students Josie Balazs (MS OT ’15) and Michael Whitty (MS OT ’14) represented UNE at the Association for Student Delegates and participated in pre-conference events.

Seven poster sessions at the conference involved UNE students, alumni and faculty.  Faculty members who presented include O’Brien; Professor Regi Robnett, Ph.D., OTR/L; Assistant Clinical Professor Mary Elizabeth Patnaude, MS, OTR/L; Assistant clinical professor Kate Loukas, OTD, MS, OTR.L, FAOTA;  and Associate Professor Jan Froehlich, MS, OTR/L.

Poster presentations:

•    Bolduc, J. & Robnett, R. (April 4, 2014). Usefulness of the ManageMed Screen and the S-5 for assessing medication management capacity for clients post stroke.

•    Hanebrink, S., & Patnaude, MB (April 4, 2014). Make history: Become part of the international symbol for access movement.

•    Kulesz, K., Loukas (April  5, 2014) The lived experience of physical disability: Challenge and triumph.

•    Loukas, K., Lyons, E., Pascarella, M., & Shields, P. (April 4, 2014).  Neuro-occupation: Reflection and research on remarkable recovery.

•    O’Brien, J. , Bowyer, P., & Kramer, J. (April 3, 2014). Applying the Model of Human Occupation in pediatric  practice

•    O’Brien, J., Crossley-Marra, L., DeLuca, K., Kaminski, T., Peters, B., Schena, C. , Shea, M., & Froehlich, J. (April 5, 2014). Using the Child Occupational Self-Assessment in Pediatric Occupational Therapy Practice.

•    Travnik, A. (April 5, 2014). A non-linear day of neuro-occupation and autism.

On the evening of Friday, April 4th, President Danielle Ripich and Westbrook College of Health Professions Dean Elizabeth Francis-Connolly, Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA, welcomed over 50 students, alumni, faculty and friends to an alumni event at the Baltimore Hilton to celebrate UNE’s OT community and O’Brien’s Roster of Fellows award.

Posted on: 4/09/2014

Mike Huitt co-authors article in 'BioCycle'

MHuittMike Huitt, necropsy coordinator for the Marine Animal Rehabilitation and Conservation (MARC) program, co-authored an article that was published in the January 2014 issue of BioCycle, a periodical devoted to composting, renewable energy, and sustainability.

“Using Compostable Bags in Marine Mortality Composting” discusses an experiment that Huitt and colleagues at Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) performed, which demonstrates the viability of using compostable bags to store and transport marine animal waste in an effort to reduce the biological hazards and other related complications associated with handling the material.

Students Nate DiMartino and Zach Towne, both seniors majoring in marine science, assisted in the study.

Posted on: 4/08/2014

Ali Ahmida participates in international conference in Istanbul on political change in the Arab world

aahmidaAli Ahmida, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, was invited to participate in an international conference that was organized by Stanford University and held in Istanbul, Turkey, March 27-28, 2014.  The conference was titled “Political Change in the Arab World:  Internal Dynamics and Regional Actors.”

Ahmida participated in panels and discussions.  He also presented a paper, “Post February 17 Revolution:  The Challenges of Transitional Justice, Truth and National Reconciliation in Libya."

The presentation discussed the urgency of transitional justice and national dialogue and reconciliation as prerequisites for building a third democratic republic in Libya. It argued that the most fundamental challenge facing Libya after the defeat of Qadhdhafi's regime is the unresolved divisions, trauma, exile, and displacement of many people inside and outside the country following the civil war.

Ahmida made four main points in the presentation:  First, a national dialogue is essential for a political compromise to find truth and bring about a return of supporters of the old regime who did not commit crimes. Second, a truth, justice and reconciliation commission is the best tool to achieve this objective. Third, there is a need to learn from both Libyan traditions and the experiences of other societies and commissions that are similar to Libya such as South Africa and Morocco. Finally, it is useful to seek the help of the United Nations.

Ahmida argued that unless there is truth, justice and national reconciliation, the future of the democratic transition in Libya is in trouble and it may end becoming a failed state.



Posted on: 4/08/2014

Shelley Cohen Konrad inducted as Distinguished Scholar and Fellow in National Academies of Practice and the Social Work Academy

scohenkonradOn Saturday, April 5, 2014, Shelley Cohen Konrad PhD, LCSW, DFNAP, associate professor in the School of Social Work and director of UNE’s Center for Excellence in Interprofessional Education and the Interprofessional Education Collaborative, was inducted to Distinguished Fellowship in the National Academies of Practice (NAP) and the Social Work Academy as a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow. The recognition of Distinguished Practitioner, Scholar or Policy Fellow within NAP acknowledges outstanding professional achievements.

NAP is a non-profit organization founded in 1981 to advise governmental bodies on our healthcare system. Distinguished practitioners and scholars are elected by their peers from ten different health professions to join this interprofessional group of health practitioners and scholars dedicated to supporting affordable, accessible, coordinated quality health and healthcare for all.

Along with NAP Distinguished Fellowship induction, Cohen Konrad was a featured panelist for  the keynote address by Dr. Scott Reeves’, PhD, MSc, PGCE, titled “One Health – One Team: Exploring Key Factors in the Development of Effective Interprofessional Practice,” which explored relationships between professional groups working across the inter-sections of care delivery with humans, animals, and the environment.

Posted on: 4/07/2014

Museum created by Will Diehl plays role in documenting ICDE’s 75 year history

Will Diehl, Ph.D., coordinator of Online Graduate Programs in the Department of Education, is the creator of the International Museum of Distance Education and Technology, a project that has its roots in research carried out at the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) member institution, the Pennsylvania State University.  In its 75th anniversary year, ICDE has joined with the museum to provide access to a library documenting the organization’s history, which goes back to the first World Conference, held in 1938 in Victoria, Canada.

The museum is the most extensive and fastest-growing historical timeline of distance education in the world, and according to Diehl, is based around a vision of creating “a community of educators and students who will benefit from the resources that the museum provides as well as the collaborations that result from participation in the community.

Posted on: 4/07/2014

Anouar Majid presents at European Academy of Otzenhausen

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Anouar Majid at the European Academy of Otzenhausen
Anouar Majid gave an invited talk at the European Academy of Otzenhausen in Germany on March 23, 2014. The talk was titled “Making Sense of Islam.”

Majid addressed a group of scholars who are united by their interest in the emergence of Islam as a world religion and tried to outline a genealogy that makes Islam an inseparable part of the Western tradition.

Posted on: 4/07/2014

Ron Deprez presents in webinar on community health needs assessments

rdeprez2On Thursday, March 27, 2014, Ron Deprez, Ph.D., M.P.H., director of Research Programs in the School of Community and Population Health, was the featured presenter in a webinar titled "Translating Data into Healthcare Service Needs of a Population.”

The webinar, sponsored by the New England Society for Healthcare Strategy, addressed a critical step in community health needs assessments (CHNAs)—the use of analytical methods to identify health service needs of populations.

In the webinar, Deprez presented an epidemiological (public health) approach to assessing population based health indicators (i.e., risk factor, disease prevalence, utilization, morbidity and mortality data) to first identify priority health issues and subsequently service needs of a population.

Deprez is a nationally respected leader in the development of healthcare needs assessment and planning technologies, which are now required of non-profit hospitals under the Accountable Care Act.  He has led more than 80 CHNAs all over the U.S. and abroad over the past 23 years.

Posted on: 4/04/2014

Paintings by Corliss Chastain on exhibit

cchastainCorliss Chastain, M.F.A., adjunct faculty member in the Department of Arts and Communications, is presenting an exhibition of paintings titled “Resilience” at Blue on Congress Street in Portland, April 2-29, 2014.

An opening reception will be held on April 4th.  

Posted on: 4/03/2014

Christine Feurt presents at Maine Water and Sustainability Conference

cfeurtChristine Feurt, Ph.D., director of the Center for Sustainable Communities, co-director of the Saco Estuary Project, and associate lecturer in the Department of Environmental Studies, recently attended the Maine Water and Sustainability Conference in Augusta, where she chaired the Collaborative Research session and presented “We’re all in the Same Boat! Scientists and Stakeholders Practice Collaborative Learning and Sustainability Science on the Saco.” 

Posted on: 4/03/2014

Dora Mills and Karen Pardue present at Maine 2014 Quality Counts conference

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Dora A Mills, MD, MPH, FAAP, vice president for Clinical Affairs and Karen T Pardue, PhD, RN, ANEF, associate dean in the Westbrook College of Health Professions, presented an invited breakout session on April 2 at the Maine 2014 Quality Counts conference in Augusta, Maine.

Their presentation: “Learning to Practice Together: The Benefits of Interprofessional Collaborative Practice,” explores the paradigm of interprofessional education (IPE) and practice and how this pedagogy informs a more relationship-centered approach to health care delivery.

Mills and Pardue highlighted examples of interprofessional education and practice that are occurring at UNE and promoted the University’s upcoming May summit on inter professional practice.

Quality Counts is Maine’s largest health care conference, with over 750 health leaders from across the state in attendance and presentations from an impressive group of national leaders.

Posted on: 4/03/2014

Ali Ahmida spends week presenting at University of Arkansas

aahmidaAli Ahmida, Ph.D., chair and professor in the Department of Political Science was invited by the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, to spend the week of March 17th teaching undergraduate classes, presenting to graduate students, and giving talks to faculty and students.  He was also interviewed by public radio.

In addition to teaching three undergraduate classes during his visit, Ahmida gave a seminar to graduate students in history, anthropology, and political science about method, critical theory and the use of archives and oral history.  He gave four talks on his new book Genocide, colonialism and the Canons to a cross-disciplinary audience of faculty and students.

During his visit, Ahmida was interviewed by public radio on modern Libya under the dictatorship and the revolution.

University of Arkansas, Fayetteveille faculty assigned to their students several articles written by Ahmida on European fascism and genocide.

Posted on: 4/02/2014

Josh Pahigian’s ‘Ultimate Baseball Road Trip’ hits number one on Amazon Best Sellers Travel list

jpahigianbookcoverRoadTripThe Ultimate Baseball Road Trip, a book by Josh Pahigian, M.F.A., adjunct faculty member in the Department of English, reached the number one spot on Amazon’s Best Sellers Travel list on April 1, 2014.

The book, originally published in 2004, was updated in 2012. It is described as part travel manual, part ballpark atlas, part baseball history, part restaurant and city guide.  It is coauthored by Kevin O’Connell.

Pahigian is the author of seven books on baseball, including The Seventh Inning Stretch: Baseball's Most Essential and Inane Debates, 101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out, The Ultimate Minor League Baseball Road Trip, the Spring Training Handbook and The Red Sox in the Play-offs. He and O’Connell also collaborated on Why I Hate the Yankees.  Additionally, Pahigian has authored a novel, Strangers on the Beach.

Posted on: 4/02/2014

Michael Cripps presents at Maine Water & Sustainability Conference

mcrippsMichael J. Cripps, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of English, presented at the 2014 Maine Water & Sustainability Conference on April 1, 2014, sponsored by the Senator George J. Mitchell Center and Maine's Sustainability Solutions Initiative and held at the Augusta Civic Center.

Cripps's paper, "Digital Humanities and Sustainability Science: An Archival Project for the Saco River Estuary," shared with attendees the ways the humanities are bringing science, historical archives, and community involvement together through a digital archive and exhibit focused on the history, uses, and biodiversity of the Saco River.  Cripps appeared on a panel titled, "Sustainability and the Humanities: Connecting with Language, Art, and Performance for Enhanced Sustainability."

Cripps's presentation illustrated one way that science and humanities collaborations on digital archives and collections can open access to information relevant to sustainability efforts. He discussed a cross-disciplinary digital collection project begun in 2013 by undergraduates in an English course on the digital humanities.

By combining scientific data on species health and diversity on the estuary, public educational initiatives that involve community stakeholders in sustainability efforts, and historical archival photos, maps, and documents relevant to the Saco River estuary, this web-accessible collection has the potential to broaden visitors' understanding of the ongoing importance of the estuary by exposing them to both the rich history and current beauty of the area.

Portions of the work reported in Cripps's presentation were funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NSF EPSCoR).

 

Posted on: 4/02/2014

Noah Perlut serves as first author of article published in ‘The Auk’

nperlutNoah Perlut, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Studies, recently published an article in the journal The Auk:  Ornithological Advances.  Co-authors include Steven Travis, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Biology; Catherine Dunbar, a former Animal Behavior major; and Derek Wright, a former environmental science major.

The article, “Nestling sex ratios do not support long-term parity in two species with different life-history strategies,” explores the sex ratios of young in two species of grassland nesting songbirds that breed in agricultural fields in Vermont.

Results demonstrated that while Savannah Sparrows showed a significant female-biased nestling sex ratio, Bobolinks’ sex ratio was even.

Posted on: 4/02/2014

George Allen and Alexandra Malinowski named AACP Walmart Scholars

gallenAssociate Professor George Allen, Pharm.D., of the College of Pharmacy, and pharmacy student Alexandra Malinowski were recently named American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Walmart Scholars.

Allen and Malinowski are one of 85 faculty/student pairs that were selected.  They will receive a $1,000 travel scholarship to attend the AACP Annual Meeting and the AACP Teachers Seminar in Grapevine, Texas in July.

Posted on: 4/01/2014

Gayle Brazeau named editor of ‘American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education’

gbrazeau4Gayle A. Brazeau, Ph.D., professor and dean of the College of Pharmacy, was recently named editor of the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (AJPE), the official scholarly publication of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

Founded in 1937, AJPE’s purpose is to document and advance pharmaceutical education in the United States and internationally.  Brazeau has served as associate editor of the publication since 2005.

Posted on: 4/01/2014

Jean Woodward receives Alumni Achievement Award

jwoodward1Jean Woodward, BSPharm, Ph.D., associate dean for Student Services and Faculty Development in the College of Pharmacy, was recently awarded the 2014 University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy Alumni Achievement Award at the Annual American Pharmacists Association Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Posted on: 4/01/2014

George Young to present at Manhattan College

gyoung1George Young, Ph.D., adjunct faculty member and Fellow in the Center for Global Humanities, will present his book The Russian Cosmists:  The Esoteric Futurism of Nikolai Fedorov and His Followers at Manhattan College on April 3, 2014.

The book chronicles the life of cosmist thinker Nikolai Fedorov and the philosophical and cultural movement that blended spirituality, science and magic in the 20th century.

Young’s work has appeared in several periodicals and anthologies, and The Russian Cosmists was recently he subject of the lead review article in the Times Literary Supplement (London).  He has also written blogs for the Huffington Post.


Posted on: 3/31/2014

Jennifer Stiegler-Balfour presents research at 2014 Eastern Psychological Association Conference

JStiegler-BalfourAssistant Professor of Psychology Jennifer Stiegler-Balfour, Ph.D., recently presented her research examining the impact of individual differences on discourse processing at the 2014 Eastern Psychological Association Conference in Boston.

Her talk, titled “The Role of Contextual Cues in Monitoring Causal Information in Narratives,” outlined how some readers are able to monitor protagonists’ goals and motivations while others are not.

Stiegler-Balfour’s research further showed that the addition of a reinstatement sentence that reduced working memory load and highlighted the most important aspects of the narrative raised comprehension levels of readers.

These results were discussed in terms of the implications that subtle text changes can have on individuals who either have lower reading comprehension skill or experience memory decline due to Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.


Posted on: 3/31/2014

Lara Carlson and student advisees present at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facility

lcarlsonLara Carlson, Ph.D., FACSM, assistant professor in the Department of Applied Exercise Science (AES), recently presented with AES students Cara Fowler (’14) and Sarah Lamberton (’15) at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facility in Saco, Maine.

Fowler led the presentation titled “Diabetes and Exercise” in which she explained the benefits of physical activity to those diagnosed with diabetes. She focused on the role of exercise on increased glucose uptake into active muscles, enhanced insulin sensitivity, and improvement of cardiovascular risk factors such as lipid profiles and visceral adiposity.

Fowler and Carlson added that resistance exercise training has also been gaining recognition for improving the enhancement of insulin sensitivity and blood glucose control, while it also has the added benefits of increasing muscle strength, bone mineral density, and lean muscle mass.

Carlson has a faculty appointment with the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Posted on: 3/27/2014

Alicia Peters contributes chapter to new book on human trafficking

apetersAlicia Peters, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Society, Culture, and Languages, has contributed a chapter to the recently published book, Human Trafficking Reconsidered: Rethinking the Problem, Envisioning New Solutions.

The volume, commissioned by the Open Society Institute and edited by Kimberly Kay Hoang and Rhacel Salazar Parreñas, examines the definition of trafficking, analyzes the effectiveness of current anti-trafficking regimes, and discusses the challenges faced by anti-trafficking advocates on the ground. The book is intended to reach a broad audience and will be distributed to high school students across the country.

Peters' chapter, “Challenging the Sex/Labor Trafficking Dichotomy with Victim Experience,” examines the gap between popular and law enforcement perceptions of trafficking and the actual experiences of survivors. Drawing on two and one half years of ethnographic fieldwork, the chapter argues that the narratives of trafficking survivors call into question distinctions between “sex” and “non-sex” trafficking and contest the view of sex trafficking as uniquely harmful or “worse” than any other form of trafficking.

The chapter concludes with a call to look at the full spectrum of survivor experience and draw on survivor narratives to inform policy development, to educate law enforcement, and to help forge a deeper understanding of human trafficking more generally.

Posted on: 3/26/2014

Jim Cavanaugh honored with research publication award

jcavanaughJim Cavanaugh, PT, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, has been selected as a co-recipient of the American Physical Therapy Associations’ Chattanooga Research Award for the article “Comparative Utility of the BESTest, Mini-BESTest, and Brief-BESTest for Predicting Falls in Individuals with Parkinson Disease: A Cohort Study” published in Physical Therapy.

The work was one of several products resulting from a 3-year multi-center research collaboration focusing on the natural history of quality of life and mobility decline in persons with Parkinson disease. Cavanaugh and his co-authors will be recognized this June with a ceremony and reception at the 2014 NEXT Conference and Exposition in Charlotte, North Carolina.  

Posted on: 3/24/2014

Michael Cripps speaks at Conference on College Composition and Communication 

mcrippsMichael J. Cripps, associate professor in the Department of English, delivered a reviewed paper at the 2014 Conference on College Composition and Communication in Indianapolis on March 21, 2014. Cripps's paper, "Opening Access for Basic Writers: Assessing a Writing Center-Freshman Composition Partnership," locates UNE's new mainstreaming initiative for developmental writers within the context of contemporary models for integrating basic writers into credit-bearing courses and shares preliminary assessment data on the effectiveness of the initiative.

UNE's mainstreaming initiative for developmental writers launched in fall 2013, following several years of analysis and planning.  The initiative enables approximately half of UNE's entering developmental writers to bypass a noncredit-bearing writing course and place directly into English Composition, the university's required freshman writing course. These students enroll in a one-credit Writing Lab support course taken concurrently with English Composition, which both streamlines their path to credit-bearing coursework in their first semester and helps them succeed in English Composition alongside freshman writers.

The initiative Cripps presented at the conference is partially funded by a three-year external grant. The grant was received from the Davis Educational Foundation established by Stanton and Elizabeth Davis after Mr. Davis's retirement as chairman of Shaw's Supermarkets, Inc.

Posted on: 3/24/2014

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