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Posted on July 19, 2019

In the News 

MPH program earns accreditation

The Master of Public Health Program received accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health for a five-year term through 2024.


Best Teachers Institute

Six faculty members attended the Best Teachers Institute in West Orange, New Jersey. The conference focus was pedagogical approaches effective in helping the current generation of students achieve deep learning. Attendees were Corinna McLeod, professor of English; Tim Penning, professor of communications; Lihong (Heidi) Jiao, professor of engineering; Yatin Bhagwat, professor of finance; Jeanine Beasley, professor of occupational science and therapy; and Jack Mangala, professor of area and global studies and political science. 


Gamal Gasim, associate professor of area and global studies, was interviewed by TRT World Newsmakers for a story about the United Arab Emirates reducing its troops in Yemen.



Deborah Bambini, professor of nursing, was among the authors of an article, "The Effect of Evaluator Training on Inter-and Intra- Rater Reliability in High Stakes Assessment in Simulation," accepted for publication in Nursing Education Perspectives.

Monica Johnstone, director of communications and advancement for CLAS, has created a quilt, "Roman Glass," recognized as a semifinalist during AQS QuiltWeek, set for August 21-24 at the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids.

Matthew Reidsma, web services librarian for University Libraries, wrote a book, Masked by Trust: Bias in Library Discovery, published by Library Juice Press. 

Valerie Peterson, professor of communications, gave an invited presentation, "Married, Single or Widowed: How to Develop More Meaningful Relationships," as part of the AARP's "Learn a Latte" series at Schuler Books and Music.

WGVU Public Media staff members Patrick Center, Zach Liniewski, Alan Helzer and Phil Lane won an Emmy award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the program, "WGVU Newsmakers: Painting with Glass: The Art of Craig Mitchell Smith." The ceremony was June 15 in Detroit.

Movement science faculty members Ingrid Johnson and Tess Armstrong gave presentations, "Increasing Professional Preparation Though Purposeful Practice: Integrating TGfU and TDfU across the Physical Education Teacher Education Curriculum" and "Increased Exposure to Worldwide Physical Education: Combating Marginalization," at the International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education.

Center for Adult and Continuing Studies staff members Simone Jonaitis and Melissa Peraino participated in a Michigan Association of State Universities Extended Education and Professional Development meeting focused on the role continuing education units play in addressing workforce gaps and talent development. Peraino serves as chair-elect for EEPD committee.

Oindrila Mukherjee, associate professor of writing, was awarded a fellowship by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.