Faculty and Staff Briefs: August 2019


Alma Littles, M.D. (Medicine) received the Elizabeth Blackwell Award from the American Medical Women’s Association. The award, presented July 27 during a ceremony attended by more than 1,200 people from across the world, recognizes the woman physician who has made the most outstanding contribution to the cause of women in medicine.

Shantel Buggs, Ph.D. (Sociology, African American Studies) received the Association of Black Sociologists A. Wade Smith Award for Teaching, Mentorship, and Service, awarded to members of the organization who have been dedicated and innovative teachers and those who have nurtured future scholars in the field.

Marina Duque, Ph.D. (Political Science) won the American Political Science Association Political Ties Award for the best paper published on political networks in the last two years. Her paper, “Recognizing International Status: A Relational Approach,” was published in International Studies Quarterly.

Yolany Martinez Hyde, Ph.D., (Medicine) won the 2019 Los Confines National Poetry Prize in Honduras for her poetry book, “What does not fit in the words.” She is the first woman ever to receive the prize.

Yanning Wang, Ph.D. (Modern Languages and Linguistics) won the 2018 Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies Annual Article Prize for “Gendering the Planchette: Female Writer Qian Xi’s (1872-1930) Spiritual World,” which was published in the Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture.

Laura Steacy, Ph.D. (Education, Florida Center of Reading Research) received the Early Career Outstanding Paper Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading for her article “Development and Prediction of Context-Dependent Vowel Pronunciation in Elementary Readers.” The award recognizes a scholar who received their doctorate within the last seven years and published an outstanding paper in the journal Scientific Studies of Reading.

David E. Hobart, Ph.D. (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received the 2019 W. Frank Kinard Distinguished Service Award from the Nuclear Chemistry and Technology Division of the American Chemical Society. The award recognizes his decades of contributions and leadership in the field.

Doug Tatum, M.Acc. (Entrepreneurship) was selected as a Founding Member of Inc. Masters, along with some of the most recognizable entrepreneurs in the United States.


Walter Boot, Ph.D. (Psychology), Shayok Chakraborty, Ph.D. (Computer Science), Zhe He, Ph.D. (Information), Neil Charness, Ph.D. (Psychology), Dawn Carr, Ph.D. (Sociology), Antonio Terracciao, Ph.D. (Medicine) and Mia Lustria, Ph.D. (Information) received a $2.9 million grant from the National Institute on Aging for their project “The Adherence Promotion with Person-centered Technology (APPT) Project: Promoting Adherence to Enhance the Early Detection and Treatment of Cognitive Decline.” 

Tim Megraw, Ph.D. and Robert Tomko Jr., Ph.D. (Medicine) were awarded $462,000 over three years from the National Institutes of Health for their project, “Two Functionally Diverse Gamma Tubulin Core Complexes.”

Claire-Marie Hefner, Ph.D. (Religion) received the American Institute for Indonesian Studies/Council of American Overseas Research Centers Fellowship to fund a return research trip in the summer of 2020. This project looks at the role of women teachers as moral and gender exemplars for their students in Islamic boarding schools in Java.

Martin Bauer, Ph.D. (Mathematics) won a grant from the National Science Foundation for “Collaborative Research: The Space of Riemannian Metrics for the Statistical Analysis of the Human Connectome,” a collaborative project with the University of Utah.

Christopher Constantino, Ph.D. (Communication Science and Disorders) received an AARC grant of $5,000 from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to support academic-research and mentorship. He also received $2,500 from the National Stuttering Association to fund a study on the effects of stuttering identity on quality of life and well-being.

Melessa Kelley, Ph.D. (Nursing) was selected by the Florida Nurses Foundation as the recipient of the Evelyn Frank McKnight Grant.

Carrie Pettus-Davis, Ph.D. (Social Work), Randy Blass, Ph.D. (Jim Moran Institute), Jessica Wendorf Muhamad, Ph.D. (Communication) and 21 colleagues from Communication, Computer Science, Education, History, Information, Law, Libraries, Medicine, Nursing, Psychology and Social Work submitted the largest proposal in FSU history, a $100 million grant entitled “Disrupting the Cycle of Incarceration in the United States” to the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change Challenge.

Lara Perez-Felkner, Ph.D. and Shouping Hu, Ph.D. (Education) were awarded a three-year National Science Foundation grant for $900,749 to investigate the reasoning behind why women graduate college at higher rates than men, yet earn only a small percentage of bachelor’s degrees in computer science in comparison.


Claire-Marie Hefner, Ph.D. (Religion) authored the article “On Fun and Freedom: Young Women’s Moral Learning in Indonesian Islamic Boarding Schools,” published in the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

David King, Ph.D. (Management) co-authored “Collaboration and Intellectual Property: Strategies for Navigating Fragmented Property Rights,” published in the Oxford Handbook of Entrepreneurship and Collaboration.

Shaofeng Li, Ph.D., Phil Hiver, Ph.D. and Mostafa Papi, Ph.D. (Education) co-authored “Research Initiatives in the Foreign and Second Language Education Program of Florida State University: Multiple Perspectives, Multiple Approaches,” published in the journal Language Teaching.

Mostafa Papi, Ph.D. (Education) published “Feedback-Seeking Behavior in Secondary Language Writing: Motivational Mechanisms” in the journal Reading & Writing. Papi co-authored the article with doctoral students Anna Bondarenko, Chen Jiang and Shiyao Zhou, and alumna Brenda Wawire, Ph.D.

Stephanie Simmons Zuilkowski, Ph.D. (Education) authored “‘Once They Fall Pregnant, They Don’t Come Back’: Teacher Perspectives on Zambia’s School Re-entry Policy for Adolescent Mothers,” published in the journal Teaching and Teacher Education.

Tanya M. Peres, Ph.D. (Anthropology) edited “The Cumberland River Archaic of Middle Tennessee,” published by University of Florida Press.

David Kirby, Ph.D (English) released his 12th collection of poems, “More Than This,” earlier this month. The collection was published by Louisiana State University Press.

Lindsey Eckert, Ph.D. (English) authored “Priscilla Wordsworth’s Pocketbooks and Interfaces of Subjectivity,” which has been accepted for publication in RES.

Stephen Tripodi, Ph.D. (Social Work), Carrie Pettus-Davis, Ph.D. (Social Work), Michael Fitzgerald, Ph.D. (Marriage and Family Therapy), Tanya Renn, Ph.D. (Social Work) and Stephanie Kennedy, Ph.D. (Social Work) co-authored the article “Pathways to Recidivism for Women Released from Prison: A Mediated Model of Abuse, Mental Health Issues, and Substance Use,” published in the journal Criminal Justice and Behavior.

Lucinda J. Graven, Ph.D. (Nursing), Laurie Abbott, Ph.D. (Nursing) and Glenna Schluck, Ph.D. (Nursing), co-authored “Predictors of Depressive Symptoms in Heart Failure Caregivers,” published in Home Healthcare Now.

Jessica Bahorski, Ph.D. (Nursing) was lead author of the article Parental Self-efficacy in New Mothers Predicts Infant Growth,” recently accepted for publication in the Western Journal of Nursing Research.

Geraldine Martorella, Ph.D. (Nursing) was lead author of the article Knowledge, Beliefs and Attitudes of Emergency Nurses Toward People with Chronic Pain,” published in SAGE Open Nursing.

Geraldine Martorella, Ph.D. (Nursing) published “Characteristics of Non-pharmacological Interventions for Pain in the Intensive Care Unit: A Scoping Review” in American Association of Colleges of Nursing-Advanced Critical Care.

Laurie Abbott, Ph.D. (Nursing), Elizabeth Slate Ph.D. (Statistics) and Lucinda Graven, Ph.D. (Nursing) co-authored the peer-reviewed manuscript “Cardiovascular Disease Risk among Rural Residents Living with Diabetes and Pre-diabetes: A Cluster Randomized Trial,” accepted for publication in the Public Health Nursing journal.

Frank Y. Wong, Ph.D. (Nursing) co-authored “Actives, Passives, and Power: Heteronormative Gender Norms and Their Implications for Intimate Partner Violence Among Men Who Have Sex with Men in Tajikistan” in the journal Culture, Health and Sexuality.

Frank Y. Wong, Ph.D. (Nursing) co-authored “Pharmacists’ Attitudes and Practices About Selling Syringes to People Who Inject Drugs in Tajikistan: Results of a Syringe Purchase Audit and a Survey,” published in The International Journal of Drug Policy.

Frank Y. Wong, Ph.D. (Nursing) co-authored the 5th (Boston, MA: Pearson) and 6th (New York: Routledge) editions of “Community Psychology.”

Christopher Constantino, Ph.D. (Communication Science and Disorders) will publish his first book “Stammering Pride and Prejudice,” this fall.

Laura McTighe, Ph.D. (Religion) co-authored “An Otherwise Anthropology,” a Cultural Anthropology Theorizing the Contemporary series. This series is the culmination of a five-year collaborative inquiry and features eight essays/provocations.

Jennifer Proffitt, Ph.D. (Communication) published “A Finer Type of Radio: The Women’s National Radio Committee and Its Battles for Better Radio Programming” in the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media and “Solidarity in the Newsroom? Media Concentration and Union Organizing: A Case Study from the Sunshine State” in Journalism.

Vanessa Dennen, Ph.D. (Education) edited a special issue of Technology, Instruction, Cognition & Learning (TICL) and contributed an article to the issue co-authored by doctoral candidates Michelle Cates and Lauren Bagdy. The article was titled “Building Pre-service Teacher Knowledge Communities through Social Bookmarking: A Design Case.”


Sonia Cabell, Ph.D. (Education, Florida Center of Reading Research) presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, which took place in Toronto, Canada. The paper discussed the growth of children’s language and decoding skills and how these skills might help predict later writing achievement.

Doug Tatum, M.Acc. (Entrepreneurship) served on a panel of experts for Grant Thornton’s webcast “Three Ways a Board Drives Private Company Success” and presented at the Tugboat Institute’s 2019 Annual Summit in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Zhe He, Ph.D. (Information) presented four papers, four posters and participated in a panel discussion at MEDINFO 2019, the 17th World Congress of Medical and Health Informatics, in Lyon, France.

Elizabeth Madden, Ph.D. and Michelle Therrien, Ph.D. (Communication Science and Disorders) presented on friendship after stroke or brain injury to members and communication partners at the Aphasia Center at Brooke Rehabilitation in Jacksonville.

Sally Karioth, Ph.D. (Nursing) was the guest speaker at the Women4FSU Tampa Bay Luncheon held on August 20 in Naples, Florida.

Eugenia Millender, Ph.D. (Nursing), Marilyn McGhee, Ph.D. (Nursing), and Alicia Craig-Rodriguez, DNP (Nursing) have been invited to give a presentation on “Disrupting the Culture of Nursing: Educating Psychiatric Nurses in the Whole Health and Entrepreneurship Connections to Address Health Disparities in the 21st Century” at the 2019 APNA 33rd Annual Conference, Oct. 2-5, in New Orleans.


David Mullins (WFSU) has been elected Treasurer of Florida Public Media, the association of public broadcasters in the state.

Shannon Hall-Mills, Ph.D. (Communication Science and Disorders) was named president of the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

Susan Shelton, Ph.D. (Nursing) was one of 38 nursing faculty selected from 20 states across the country to participate in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s inaugural year-long fellowship in the Elevating Leaders in Academic Nursing program.

Katelyn White joined the FSU Emergency Management team as its new Emergency Planning Program Manager. She is a graduate of FSU and completed the university’s Emergency Management & Homeland Security certificate program.


Carrie Pettus-Davis, Ph.D. and Stephen Tripodi, Ph.D. (Social Work) hosted the inaugural meeting of the National Scientific Advisory Committee for the Institute for Justice Research and Development. Members provide strategic research guidance to amplify scientific research, scientific integrity, capacity building and policy outreach and represent excellence at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Florida State University, George Mason University, RTI International, Saint Louis University, Texas Southern University and the University of Kentucky.

Tanya Renn, Ph.D. (Social Work) was selected as one of only five scholars in the nation to participate in the two-year Lifespan/Brown Criminal Justice Research Training Program on Substance Use, HIV and Comorbidities. The program is designed to prepare early career scholars for NIH-funded scholars at the intersection of criminal justice and substance use.

Davis Houck (Communication) launched the Emmett Till Memory Project. This app and website digitally guide visitors through the tragic story of Till’s murder in Mississippi.

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