Faculty and Staff Briefs: November 2018


Sean McGinley, Ph.D. (Hospitality) received the 2018 Emerging Professional Graduate Award from the Penn State School of Hospitality Management at Penn State University, Oct. 10. The award was presented to McGinley at the school’s 2018 Alumni Awards Reception, held in conjunction with a two-day program bringing distinguished alumni back to engage with students.

Jorge Piekarewicz, Ph.D. (Physics) received the 2018 Jesse W. Beams Research Award for outstanding research by the Southeastern section of the American Physics Society. The award is in recognition of his research and achievements in nuclear structure and many-body nuclear theory, and his contributions to the theory of neutron-rich matter and broader understanding of the neutron star structure.

Laurie Abbott, Ph.D. (Nursing) received the 2018 American Public Health Association Public Health Nursing Junior Investigator Award at the national conference in San Diego.

James Whyte, Ph.D. (Nursing) was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing on Nov. 3 in Washington, D.C.  His research has resulted in advances in measurement and cultivation of expert performance in nurses and the classification of novice clinical behaviors through novel approaches to the care of people living with HIV/AIDS.

Nicole Gabana, Ph.D. (Sport Psychology) received the 2018 Early Career Professional Award for Science and Practice in Public Health Endeavors from the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.

Jenny Root, Ph.D. (Education) won the 2019 Tom E. C. Smith Early Career Award from the Division on Autism & Developmental Disabilities (DADD). DADD is a part of the Council for Exceptional Children and awards this honor to individuals who have demonstrated “a high standard of research in intellectual disability, autism and/or developmental disabilities early in their career.” Root will accept the award during the  organization’s annual meeting in January.

Robert Reiser, Ph.D. (Education) received a Distinguished Service award from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology 2018 Conference. AECT is one of the most important organizations related to the field of instructional systems and has a presence around the world in the instructional design community.

Jim Klein, Ph.D. (Education), along with alumna Wei Kelly, received the 2018 Outstanding Research Award from the Division of Organizational Training and Performance, Association for Educational Communications and Technology in recognition of their work, “Competencies for Instructional Designers: A View from Employers” published in Performance Improvement Quarterly.


Jeffrey Brown, Ph.D. (Urban and Regional Planning) co-authored the report “Examining the Development Effects of Modern-Era Streetcars: An Assessment of Portland and Seattle,” published by the Mineta Transportation Institute.

Casey Dozier, Ph.D., and Deb Osborn, Ph.D. (Education) co-authored the article “Cognitive Information Processing Theory: Applications in Research and Practice” in the Journal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counseling. The article demonstrates both the practical applicability of the theory as well as the evidence-based research that supports the decision-making model implemented at the FSU Career Center.

Hank Bass, Ph.D. (Biological Science) published a children’s book, “Crazy Lazy Corn,” which introduces students and future STEM scientists to plant genetics. The book is a collaboration with FAMU agronomy professor Kome Onokpise and was funded by a National Science Foundation grant.

Kathy Clark, Ph.D., and Fengfeng Ke, Ph.D. (Education) published the article “Game-Based Multimodal Representations and Mathematical Problem Solving” in the Journal of Science and Mathematics Education.

Lara Perez-Felkner, Ph.D. (Education) published the article “Affirmative Action Challenges Keep on Keeping on: Responding to Shifting Federal and State Policy” in the journal Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education.


Christopher Coutts, Ph.D. (Urban and Regional Planning) spoke on urban planning, the environment and public health at a special presentation for the Florida Department of Health, Nov. 13.

Lydia Hanks, Ph.D. (Hospitality) presented her research, “Parallel Pathways to Brand Loyalty: Mapping the Consequences of Authentic Consumption Experiences for Hotels and Airbnb” to the Virginia Tech Howard Feiertag Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management in September.

Laurie Abbott, Ph.D. (Nursing) presented the poster “Mitigating Cardiovascular Disease Risk among Rural Diabetics” at the American Public Health Association annual conference in San Diego.

Graham McDougall, Ph.D. (Nursing) presented “Memory Self-Efficacy Predictors for Memory Interventions” at the American Academy of Nursing’s 2018 Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.

Graham McDougall, Ph.D. (Nursing) participated in the “What It Means to Be a Fellow” panel discussion at the New Fellow Breakfast American Academy of Nursing’s 2018 Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.

Marilyn McGhee, Ph.D. (Nursing) presented “Performing an Environmental Scan for Curriculum Change: Doing Due Diligence” at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing 2018 Faculty Development Conference in New Orleans.

Joseph Grzywacz, Ph.D. (Family & Child Sciences) presented “Heat-Related Illness State of the Science” at the Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety’s inaugural meeting in St. Petersburg, Florida. Grzywacz discussed his research on the impact of heat stress on farmworkers and how to determine effective training for immigrant farmworkers.

Steven Pfeiffer, Ph.D. (Education) was the keynote speaker at the International Gifted Congress Nov. 9 in Milan, Italy.

Amy Ai, Ph.D. (Social Work) delivered two lectures on clinical psychology to the School of Psychological and Cognitive Sciences at Peking University in October as part of its graduate Seminar on Clinical and Health Psychology course.

Doug Tatum, MAcc (Entrepreneurship) served as a panelist and expert to discuss growth-business economics, exit strategy economics and capital market trends to 40 rapidly growing defense contractors at the Birthing of Giants Business Owners Forum in Huntsville, Alabama. Tatum also delivered the talk “No Man’s Land: Where Growing Companies Fail” to the Wake Forest University Center for Private Business in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the keynote address at the Central Texas Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth Annual Private Equity Two-Step event in San Antonio, Texas.


Mark Bonn, Ph.D. (Hospitality) has been appointed as associate editor of the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly.

Lenore McWey, Ph.D. (Family & Child Sciences) has been appointed to the Health, Behavior and Context Subcommittee for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development.

David Eccles, Ph.D. (Education) has been invited to serve as the associate editor of the Psychology and Social Sciences section of Research Quarterly in Exercise and Sport.


John Lowe, Ph.D., and Eugenia Millender, Ph.D. (Nursing) were awarded the Hillman Catalyst Grant, which will provide $150,000 to support their study to scale-up the Talking Circle intervention for the prevention of substance use among young adults within tribal communities.

Jenny Root, Ph.D. (Education) was awarded an Organization for Autism Research applied research grant to develop and test a technology-based mathematical and social problem-solving intervention for secondary students with autism spectrum disorder.