Faculty and staff sketches

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Faculty and staff members from the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing gave virtual presentations during the annual ASEE conference.
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Faculty and staff members who have given virtual presentations or written published research articles are detailed below. The campus community can self-submit a sketch online for future publication.


Len O'Kelly, associate professor of communications, was named by the College Media Association as a recipient of the Distinguished Advisor Award. O’Kelly serves as advisor for WCKS Whale Radio.

Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration faculty members Davia Cox Downey and Huafang Li were co-authors of a COVID-19 article, "Federalism, Intergovernmental Relationships, and Emergency Response: A Comparison of Australia and the United States," published in American Review for Public Administration. Li wrote an article, "Communication for Coproduction: Increasing Information Credibility to Fight the Coronavirus," published in American Review for Public Administration. 

Geraldine Terry, associate professor of nursing, gave a virtual presentation, "Open Education Resource: The Online IPE Lab Manual and Workbook," at the Nexus Summit 2020.

Daniel Bergman, associate professor of biomedical sciences, wrote an article, "Serotonergic-linked Alterations of Aggression of the Crayfish," published in Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology.

Loren Rullman, vice provost for Student Affairs, was a co-author of an article, "Student Engagement and Learning: Grounded in the Role of the College Union," published in the Association of College Unions International Bulletin. Rullman was interviewed in by the Society for College and University Planning for its series, "Voices From the Field: Insights from Higher Ed Leaders."

College of Education faculty members Cathy Meyer-Looze and Rick Vandermolen gave a virtual presentation, "Leading in COVID- 19 Times," at the Michigan Association of Continuing and Adult Education annual meeting and the Aspiring Leaders Conference.  

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, assistant professor of multimedia journalism, is the executive director of the Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism. CCIJ members have written a series of articles and launched a podcast about water access. Content is available on the CCIJ website

Bruce Ostrow, professor of biology, gave a virtual presentation, "Development of Pouch Young of the Sugar Glider (Petaurus breviceps), a Novel Marsupial Model Organism," at the Society of Developmental Biology annual meeting.

Latrece McDaniel, assistant director of Alcohol & Other Drugs Services, gave a virtual presentation, "AOD Education 2.0: Redesigning Education Delivery," at the Michigan Higher Education Network Conference.

Annis Water Resources faculty and staff members Richard Rediske, Molly Lane and James McNair were authors of an article, "Simplified Analysis of Measurement Data from A Rapid E. coli qPCR Method (EPA Draft Method C) Using A Standardized Excel Workbook," published in Water. Rediske, McNair, Dan Myers and Matt Allen were authors of "Watershed and Streambank Erosion Modeling in a Coldwater Stream using the GWLF-E Model: Application and Evaluation," published in Modeling Earth Systems and Environment.

Amy Masko, professor of English, gave a virtual presentation, "From the Hot Comb to the Lace Front: Centering African American Culture & History in a STEM Middle School," at the Teaching Black History Conference, sponsored by the Carter Center for Teaching Black History, University of Missouri.

PCEC contributes to ASEE conference

Padnos College of Engineering & Computing faculty and staff members gave presentations at the virtual American Society for Engineering Education Conference. Diane LaFreniere, Sebastian chair, serves as program chair for the ASEE Cooperative and Experiential Education Division and moved quickly to get the conference online.

Innovating Engineering Education through Industry and Community Partnerships, Makerspaces, Competitions, Research Initiatives, and Experiential Education: Brent Nowak, executive director, applied Medical Device Institute; Paul Plotkowski, dean; Casey Thelenwood, assistant dean

Innovating Engineering Education to Transform the Future: Paul Plotkowski

Moving Engineering Forward with Micro-Mobility: John Farris, professor

Developing a Talent Pipeline through Cooperative/Experiential Education in Applied Research: Bogdan Adamczyk, professor; Brent Nowak; Jonathan Engelsma, founding director, Applied Computing Institute 

Skill and Competency Development Through the Co-op Experience: Lindsay Corneal, assistant director, School of Engineering; Chris Pung, professor; Wendy Reffeor, associate professor

Leveraging Experiential Education to Become an Engineering Education Leader: Wael Mokhtar, director, School of Engineering

Professional Issues and Opportunities for Engineering Librarians: Debbie Morrow, PCEC liaison librarian

Evaluating ABET Student Outcome (5) in a Multidisciplinary Capstone Project Sequence: Nicholas A Baine, professor; Karl Brakora, professor; Chris Pung, professor

Effects of a Limited Implementation of the Wright State Model for Engineering Mathematics Education Focused on Precalculus Students: Nicholas A Baine

A Project-based Printed Circuit Board Electronics Course: Karl Brakora, professor; Lihong (Heidi) Jiao, professor

Assessing an Assessment: A Case Study of the NSSE “Experiences with Information Literacy” Module: Debbie Morrow

Linking Co-op and Senior Project: Technical Proposal Requirement Embedded in Second Co-op Rotation: Lindsay Corneal, Wendy Reffeor, Chris Pung