Five WTAMU professors have been named Outstanding Professors for 2008-2009 by Mortar Board. They are Karen Cooley, instructor of accounting, College of Business; Deborah Cassida, instructor of nursing, College of Nursing and Health Sciences; Dr. Russell Teweleit, assistant professor of music, Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities; Dr. Rex Lee, assistant professor of biology, College of Agriculture, Science and Engineering; and Dr. Mo Cuevas, assistant professor of social work, College of Education and Social Sciences.
Dr. Timothy Atchison, interim dean of graduate school and research, and two students who earned their master’s degrees at WTAMU are the authors of an article published in the 2009 Canadian Journal of School Psychology, vol. 24, No. 1, 94-98. The article is titled “Increased Specificity of Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale—Third Edition Matrix Reasoning Test Instructions and Time Limits. The research began as Andy Callens thesis, and all data was collected in the WTAMU psychology lab. Callen is currently a doctoral student at the University of Nebraska in Omaha, and Rachel Engler is currently working on her doctorate at Texas Tech.
Dr. Bruce Brasington, professor of history, was a presenter at the annual meeting of the Medieval Association of the Pacific March 6-7 at the University of New Mexico. His presentation, “Remembering Ivo,” discussed the letters of an early 12th century bishop and how they were transmitted in manuscripts during the century after his death. Brasington also is the author of “Antiquis fas erat. Reflections on Custom in Glosses to Ivo of Cartres’ Panormia” in Custom: The Development and Use of a Legal Concept in the Middle Ages. Proceedings of the Fifth Carlsberg Academy Conference on Medieval Legal History 2008, ed. Per Andersen and Mia-Munster Swendsen.
Dr. Mike Brown, associate professor of ruminant nutrition, Dr. Ty Lawrence, assistant professor of animal science, and Dr. Guy Loneragan, associate professor of beef cattle health and management, were invited presenters at the Plains Nutrition Council Spring Conference April 9-10 in San Antonio. Brown’s presentation was “Direct-fed Microbials” and Lawrence talked about “The Costs and Benefits of Grid Marketing.” Loneragan’s presentation was “Healthy Animals, Healthy People.” The Plains Nutrition Council is an organization of cattle nutritionists.
Dr. Gary Byrd, professor of psychology, and graduate students Fred Amerson, Jeremy Mares and Maria Howell, were presenters at the 55th annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association April 2 in San Antonio. The presentations were titled “Web-based Courses: Assessment Options Creating Unfair Advantage in Academic Performance?” and “Technology Influencing Behavior: Web-based Software’s Impact on Assessment in Upper-division College Courses.”
Dr. Turkan Dursun-Kilic, assistant professor of marketing, received the Outstanding Track Paper Award in the sales and sales management track at the 2009 Association of Collegiate Marketing Educators Feb. 26-28 in Oklahoma City. Her paper was titled “Effect of Personality on Customer Orientation and Performance Outcomes.” She also was nominated for the Distinguished Conference Paper Award.
Dr. Nabarun Ghosh, associate professor of biology, was a presenter at the International Conference of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology March 13-17 in Washington, D.C. His paper was titled “Shift in Pollen Season and Aeroallergen Index Affected Allergic Rhinitis in Texas Panhandle.” It was published in the Journal of Allergy and Immunology, health and behavior section.
Michael Grauer, associate director of curatorial affairs and curator of art at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, was awarded the Distinguished Service Award May 3 from the Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art. He also was a featured speaker June 12 at the 2009 Prix de West Art Show and Sale at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. His lecture was titled “Women Artists of the Southwest.”
Dr. Alex Hunt, assistant professor of English, edited a collection of essays for a book titled The Geographical Imagination of Annie Proulx published in October 2008 by Lexington Books. The book features essays written by various contributors about Proulx’s focus on geography, place and regional environments in her writings. WTAMU contributors include Hunt, Dr. Douglas Werden, associate professor of English and Dr. Bonnie Roos, assistant professor of English.
Lisa Jackson, curatorial assistant at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, was a presenter at the Southwestern Federation of Archeological Societies April 4 in Canyon. Her paper was titled “The Civilian Conservation Corps in Palo Duro Canyon State Park.”
Dr. Guy Loneragan, associate professor of beef cattle health and management, is the co-author of two peer-reviewed manuscripts published in the April issue of The Journal of Food Protection. The articles are titled “Effects of a Siderophore Receptor and Porin Proteins-Based Vaccination on Fecal Shedding of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in Experimentally Inoculated Cattle,” 2009; 72(4):866-869 and “Diversity and Susceptibility of Enterococcus Isolated from Cattle Before and After Harvest,” 2009: 72(4):766-774.
Dr. Pilaka Murty, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, presented “Error Compensation Algorithm for Patient Positioning Robotic Systems” March 10 at the 16th SPIE Symposium on Smart Structures and Materials and Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring in San Diego. He also presented a paper at the SAE World Congress 2009 Conference April 21 in Detroit. The paper, “A Study on the Effect of Part-loading Errors on the Accuracy of a Compound Hole Axis,” was co-authored by Dr. Matt Jackson, assistant professor of engineering and Dr. Emily Hunt, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.
Dr. Vaughn Nelson, professor emeritus of physics, is the author of Wind Energy: Renewable Energy and the Environment. The book, published by CRC Press in March, explores the benefits of wind energy and wind turbines as an option for electricity and as a cost-effective, economical solution to today’s energy crisis.
Dr. Matthew Taylor, assistant curator at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, presented “A reanalysis of the Human Cranium from the Scharbauer Site (41MD1), a Paleoindian Locality near Midland, Texas” at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists April 4 in Chicago. He also presented “The Memphis City Park Burial” for the Southwestern Federation of Archeological Societies.