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Faculty/staff news update

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Academe welcomes news from WSU faculty and staff about research, teaching and service activities. This column recognizes grants, honors, awards, presentations and publications, new appointments, new faculty, sabbaticals, retirements and deaths of our current and former colleagues.


Annette LeZotte, associate director, School of Art and Design, associate professor, art history, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Midwest Art History Society.

Michael Rogers and his colleague Nobuo Takeshima of Nagoya City University in Japan were awarded $10,000 for a study to determine the effect of concurrent aerobic and resistance circuit exercise training using the Thera-Band Exercise Station in older adults. The 12-week exercise program began in April at two senior centers in Nagoya. Rogers will visit Nagoya in June to assist with post-intervention data collection and analysis.


Karen Hayes, assistant professor, and Alicia Huckstadt, professor, School of Nursing, presented "Chronic Disease Electronic Management in Clinical Care of Diabetics" at the Centers for Disease Control Diabetes Translation Conference in Kansas City, Mo., on April 14.

Alicia Huckstadt, professor and graduate programs director, School of Nursing, presented "Navigating the Transition of NP Education to the DNP Degree" at the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties conference in Washington, D.C., on April 17.  She also was nominated for the Outstanding Educator annual achievement award at the conference.

Raymond H. Hull, professor, communication sciences and disorders, has published "Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation," 2009, San Diego, Plural Publishing.

Eunice Doman Myers, associate dean, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, had her poem "Perseid Musings" read and presented in a poster session at the 10th International Multicultural-Multilingual Poetry Reading on March 20 in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. The event was in conjunction with The United Nation's Dialogue Among Civilizations Through Poetry.

Ward Jewell, professor, electrical engineering, lectured about energy grid issues at the dinner and awards presentation of the 72nd Annual Kansas Junior Academy of Science for top-ranked Kansas middle and high school science researchers. The event was held at the Rhatigan Student Center on May 6.

Nicholas Smith, professor of horn, School of Music, has published "Don't Miss!," a book on how to play the French horn more accurately. The book is being distributed by www.hornmatters.com of Tempe, Ariz., which specializes in publications for the horn and other brass instruments. Layout and design work for the book was prepared by Jim Hellman, associate professor, School of Art and Design.

Michael Rogers, associate professor, kinesiology and sport studies, research director, Center for Physical Activity and Aging, wrote about adult playgrounds in the Netherlands, active design in New York City, Dutch and American fall prevention programs, and Japanese day care in his editorial column in Active Aging Today (Vol. 1, No. 4, 2010), an online peer-reviewed journal for which he serves as editor-in-chief. He was also the subject of the journal's face-to-face interview column in which he talked about his teaching and research on physical activity and aging.

Marlene Schommer-Aikins, professor, and Linda Bakken, professor emeritus, along with a colleague, have recently published a book chapter: Schommer-Aikins, M., Bird, M., & Bakken, L. (2010). Manifestations of epistemological beliefs in Pre-K-12 Classrooms. In L.D. Bendixen & F.C. Feucht (Eds.), Personal Epistemology in the Classroom: Theory, Research, and Implications for Practice, 31-54, Cambridge University Press.

Professors and graduate students from the College of Education and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences presented papers at the annual American Educational Research Association (AERA) meeting in Denver, Colorado, April 30-May 3. Craig Elliott,Gina MarxJK Campbell and Mara Alagic: "Attitudes and Communication: Implementation Cornerstones"; Jean A. Patterson, Heather Eubank, Shelia E. Rathbun and Steve Noble: "Making Sense of the Complexities of Urban District Reform in a Change World"; Jennifer Pearson: "The Impact of School Religiosity on Women's Same-Sex Attraction and Well-Being in Adulthood"; Jo Bennett, with other authors: "The Surprising History of Education Policy Since 1950"; Jo Bennett: "Advocates as Linkages in Urban School Services: Implications for Leadership Development"; Jo BennettNatalie Grant andLance Stout: "Study of Parental Involvement in a Rural School District: Implications for Urban Schools and Leadership Development Programs"; Jodie Hertzog: "A Pilot Study of Simulations as Effective Teaching Tools"; Marlene A. Schommer-Aikins and Orpha K. Duel: "Adjusting Study Time Based on Course Difficulty: The Role of Epistemological Beliefs";Sabina M. Low: "Differences Between Student and Staff Perspectives on School Bullying: Findings from a 33-School Study." Jo Bennett: "Surrogate Grandparents in an Urban School: Research, Policy Implication, and Next Steps" at the International Roundtable on School, Family, and Community Partnerships held in conjunction with the AERA conference.


Bert L. Smith, 78, former longtime WSU professor and chair, aerospace engineering, died May 14 in Wichita. He was preceded in death by parents, Roy and Helen Smith, and sister Betty Smith (Allan) Brennecke. He is survived by his wife, Joyce; son, Kevin; daughter, Erin (Kenton) Stewart; and three grandchildren, Reed Nicole Stewart, Blake Andrew Stewart and Cameron Lou Stewart. A memorial service has been set for 11 a.m. Saturday, June 19, at the University Congregational Church, 9209 E. 29th St. A memorial fund has been established, and contributions can be made to the Bert Smith Memorial in Aerospace Engineering in care of the WSU Foundation, campus box 2. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.oldmissionmortuary.com.

Nicholas P. Trabue, 69, painter, illustrator, WSU teacher, died May 11 at his home in Andover. Services have already been held. He was preceded in death by his parents, June and M.G. Trabue; and brothers, Christopher and Timothy Trabue. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Christine Trabue  (Carla Sue); and daughter, Elizabeth Anne. A memorial has been established with Ghana School, c/o First United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway, Wichita, KS 67202. Tributes may be sent to the family via Downing and Lahey Mortuary, www.dlwichita.com.

Jim Zinn, 57, loan officer, Campus Credit Union, died Friday, May 28. Services were held June 2 in Wichita. He is survived by his daughters, Amanda (Brian) Anderson, Wichita, and Erin (Christoffer) Armour, Okinawa, Japan; sisters, Helen (Terry) Rybold, Ft. Worth, Texas; Marie (Bruce) Nuttall, Arlington, Texas; and grandsons Felix, Kaiser, Cole and Carter. Memorial with Harry Hynes Hospice, 313 S. Market, Wichita, KS 67202. Memories may be shared at watsonfuneral.com. 

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