Hurdle article to be published in training and development journal
An article authored by Laine Hurdle, adjunct instructor of finance, is scheduled to be published in the July issue of Training and Development magazine, a professional journal from the American Society of Training and Development. The article, "Adult Learning Principles to Consider When Using Web 2.0," focuses on a checklist that supervisors should consider when using discussion threads via Web 2.0 platforms in the workplace. Hurdle utilized Malcolm Knowles' "Theory of Andragogy" and his own experiences as an online instructor at Park in formulating the article.
June 8, 2010, 12:52 pm
Christopher presents session addressing in-port and waterway security threats
Kenneth Christopher, D.P.A., assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and assistant professor of criminal justice administration, presented a session at the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement's Offshore Patrol Vessel Summit in Norfolk, Va., on May 26. The conference theme was building effective partnerships to achieve coastal and offshore safety and security. Christopher's session, "Offshore Patrol Vessel Concept Solutions for Emerging Asymmetric Threats," focused on in-port and waterways threats and vessel/technology solutions, addressing those risks from a port management perspective.
June 8, 2010, 12:51 pm
Kerkman article to be published in Hispanic psychology journal
An article co-authored by Dennis Kerkman, Ph.D., professor of psychology, and Thang Manh Le, senior psychology major, will be published in an upcoming issue (issue 2 or 3, volume 3-2010) of the International Journal of Hispanic Psychology. The article, "Implicit Attitudes Toward Mestizos and Whites: A Tri-National Study," focuses on anti-Mexican racial biases. According to the article's abstract, university students from the U.S. and Spain had negative implicit attitudes toward photos of Mexican Mestizos relative to whites, but Mexican Mestizos showed no negative implicit attitudes toward either group. "While this asymmetry seems consistent with previous results involving black and white Americans' responses to black and white faces, it is not," the abstract said. "Black Americans split almost evenly between those who have a pro-black bias, a pro-white bias and those who are neutral, so that the pro-white and pro-black subgroups cancelled each other out." The article adds that the current study found that 93.5 percent of Mexican Mestizos had neutral implicit attitudes toward whites relative to Mestizos. Unlike many black Americans, Mexican Mestizos simply were not biased either for or against their own race relative to whites, but 21.6 percent of white Americans and 46.1 percent of Spaniards showed negative implicit attitudes toward Mestizos.
May 25, 2010, 10:13 am
Faculty present at Kansas City teaching and learning symposium
Three Park University faculty presented at the 4th annual Greater Kansas City Symposium on Teaching and Learning on May 1 in Kansas City, Mo. The Symposium was founded by Park's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in 2007. Laurie N. DiPadova-Stocks, Ph.D., dean of the Hauptmann School for Public Affairs and interim executive director of the Graduate School, delivered the keynote address, "Preparing Learners for an Unscripted Future." She also engaged symposium participants in a "make and take" session about the myriad of social factors affecting the dispositions and expectations of today's learners. Emily Donnelli, Ph.D., associate professor of English and CETL assistant director, delivered a presentation on "The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Institutional Change." Donnelli discussed how SoTL principles and inquiry methodologies can positively influence institutional change processes. Deborah Osborne, Ph.D., professor of modern languages and coordinator of the English as an International Language program, delivered a poster presentation about engaging English language learners at Park's Student Research and Creative Arts Symposium.
May 25, 2010, 10:12 am
Yates earns Associate Safety Professional designation
David Yates, assistant professor of chemistry, has completed the first exam dealing with occupational safety and health management, sponsored by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. This exam lead to Yates earning the Associate Safety Professional designation which qualifies him to take the second exam focused on safety practice, which leads to the Certified Safety Professional designation. Seventy-five to 80 percent of new safety industry position listings prefer/require the CSP as criteria for consideration. Since the BCSP became organized in 1969, only 20,000 safety professionals have earned the CSP, with 11,000 safety professionals currently holding this certification. The certification is recognized worldwide so the focus is now on the International Organization for Standardization benchmarks, such as ISO 14001 and 18001.
May 25, 2010, 10:11 am
Science E-Fellows High Intensity Induction Program wins award from ACHE
The Park University and Sprint Foundation's "Science E-Fellows High Intensity Induction Program" for science teachers has won the Association for Continuing Higher Education's 2010 Award for Distinguished Credit. The award will be presented at the ACHE Annual Conference and Meeting awards luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 23, in Albuquerque, N.M. The award announcement comes on the heels of the program winning the "Best Credit Program" award at the ACHE Great Plains Region Conference in February. The program, launched in June 2009, was developed to meet the unique professional development needs of beginning science teachers. Jo Agnew-Tally, Ed.D., dean of the School for Education, was the author and developer of the grant from the Sprint Foundation, and Wakisha Briggs, continuing education director, coordinated the initiative.
May 25, 2010, 10:10 am
Shrestha awarded patent for malignant melanoma detection invention
Bijaya Shrestha, Ph.D., adjunct instructor of computer science, was recently awarded a U.S. patent as a co-inventor for "Automatic Detection of Critical Dermoscopy Features for Malignant Melanoma Diagnosis." Early detection of malignant melanoma, a form of skin cancer, is critical for a successful remedy via an appropriate treatment regimen such as chemotherapy, radiation or surgical procedure, but the challenge in most cases is the failure of early detection. According to Shrestha, this patent is on a process and algorithm based on training a computer system with advanced logic systems to examine a digitized image of the cancer lesion and reliably recommend whether it is malignant melanoma or benign. Shrestha and the co-inventors are in the process of developing tutorials. Read more about the invention at www.uspto.gov/web/patents/patog/week13/OG/html/1352-5/US07689016-20100330.html or www.freepatentsonline.com/7689016.html.
May 25, 2010, 10:10 am
Byer presents research at International Boccaccio Conference
Silvia Giovanardi Byer Ph.D., assistant professor of English and modern languages, and assistant director of the Honors Program, presented research at the International Boccaccio Conference, April 30 and May 1 in Amherst, Mass. As a member of the panel on "Boccaccio's Fortune -- Re-Reading Boccaccio's Decameron in Maria de Zayas Novelas," Byer discussed how the majority of writers of 17th century Spain, such as Zayas, found creative inspiration and literary resource among the most noteworthy Italian writers, including 14th century Giovanni Boccaccio. In her paper, Byer illustrated several correlations among the framed collections of stories in the Decameron with Zayas' Novelas Ejemplares. On a deeper level, she analyzed Decameron’s fifth novella, 10th day, with Zayas' 10th story of the first part of her Novelas -- El Jardin engañoso (The Garden of Deceit). Byer's research is scheduled to be published in the refereed journal of the American Boccaccio Association this fall.
May 25, 2010, 10:09 am
Tonsmann presents case study on database extraction
May 25, 2010, 10:08 am
Guillermo Tonsmann, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science, Austin (Texas) Campus Center, was an invited presenter for the Program for Attracting and Retaining Scholars in Computer and Mathematical Sciences, a National Science Foundation-sponsored Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics scholarship program. The presentation was held April 16 in Boone, N.C. Tonsmann's presentation, "Extracting Information from Data: Case Studies," covered two topics on the extraction of information from data. The first, the extraction of rules from a database using concept lattices, explained the idea of concept lattices, and the sequential and parallel approaches to extract rules from them. The second covered the classification of DNA strands using a database of previously classified DNA sequences.
Communication arts faculty present at Central States conference
May 25, 2010, 10:07 am
Faculty from Park University's Department of Communication Arts made a number of presentations at the Central States Communication Association's annual convention, April 14-18 in Cincinnati. Lora Cohn, Ph.D., assistant professor, Michael McDonald, Ph.D., Lynn Norris, Rusty Norris and Ashley Vasquez, adjunct instructors, as well as Thimios Zaharopoulos, Ph.D., interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, all participated.