Faculty and Staff Briefs: July 2021   



Sastry Pamidi, Ph.D. (FAMU-FSU College of Engineering) has been selected as a Fellow from the Cryogenics Society of America. Pamidi received the award during the virtual joint 23rd Cryogenic Engineering Conference and International Cryogenic Materials Conference, held in July 2021.

Marsha Hartline, D.N.P., R.N., CNML, (College of Nursing) recently received Tallahassee Memorial Hospital’s first-ever DAISY Award for Extraordinary Faculty, created to honor faculty members who inspire students to remember nursing is much more than tasks and technology.

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, M.F.A. (School of Dance) was recognized with the Dance Teacher’s 2021 Award of Distinction.

Deana Rohlinger, Ph.D. (Department of Sociology) received a mid-career award from the Communication, Information Technologies and Media Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association for her substantive contributions to politics online.

Fang Peng, Ph.D., (FAMU-FSU College of Engineering) received the 2021 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) William Newell Power Electronics Award, the most prestigious power electronics award by IEEE.

Yaacov Petscher, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) and a team of Florida Center for Reading Research researchers received an Honorable Mention from RStudio for their Curriculum-Based Measurement for Home app, an online assessment designed for parents and caregivers to measure their child’s reading skills, in the 3rd annual Shiny App Awards.

Sonia Cabell, Ph.D. (College of Education, Florida Center for Reading Research) received the Diane Lapp & James Flood Professional Collaborator Award from the International Literacy Association. The award is given to two or more people who collaborate and regularly contribute to the field.


James A. Palmer, Ph.D. (Department of History) published “The Chronicle of an Anonymous Roman: Rome, Italy, and Latin Christendom, c. 1325-1360,” the first fully English translation of a 14th-century Roman chronicle, along with an in-depth introduction and annotations.

Carrie Pettus, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) authored the chapter “Smart Decarceration,” for the Encyclopedia for Social Work, which is in press. She also co-authored “Young Fathers in Jail: Associations Between Father Experiences, Father-Child Relationships, and Community Stability,” in press with the journal Victims & Offenders.

David Landau, J.D., Ph.D. (College of Law) co-authored “Abusive Constitutional Borrowing,” a book published with Oxford University Press.

Wayne Logan, J.D. (College of Law) co-edited the book “Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Laws,” published by the Cambridge University Press.

Dawn Carr, Ph.D. (Department of Sociology, Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy) and Natalie Sachs-Ericsson, Ph.D. (Department of Psychology) co-authored “Dog Walking and the Social Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Loneliness in Older Adults” in the journal Animals.

Jenny Root, Ph.D. (College of Education) co-authored an article “Modified Schema-based Instruction to Encourage Mathematical Practice Use for a Student with Autism Spectrum Disorder” in the journal Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities. The article was written with doctoral alumna Sarah Cox and two former Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) students, Kiersten Goetz and Kaley Taylor.

Jill Pable, Ph.D., Yelena Mclane, Ph.D. and Lauren Trujillo (Department of Interior Architecture and Design) co-published “Homeless and the Built Environment,” released by the Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. The book provides a practical introduction to the effective physical design of homes and other facilities that assist unhoused persons in countries identified as middle- to high-income.

Jenny Root, Ph.D. (College of Education) published an article “Using Task Analysis to Support Inclusion and Assessment in the Classroom” in the journal TEACHING Exceptional Children. The article was written with doctoral students Addie McConomy and Taryn Wade.

Alicia (Ali) Craig-Rodriguez, D.N.P., M.B.A., APRN, FNP-BC (College of Nursing) co-published “APRNs’ Controlled Substance Prescribing and Readiness Following Florida Legislative Changes” in The Nurse Practitioner.

Dawn Carr, Ph.D. (Department of Sociology, Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy) and Miles Taylor, Ph.D. (Department of Sociology) co-authored “A Brief Report on Older Working Caregivers: Developing a Typology of Work Environments” in The Journals of Gerontology Series B.

Kelly Matush, Ph.D. (Department of Political Science) co-authored a study “Does Public Diplomacy Sway Foreign Public Opinion? Identifying the Effect of High-Level Visits,” published in the journal American Political Science Review.

Michael McFarland, Ph.D. (Department of Sociology) co-authored a study “The Impact of Police Action on Population Health,” published in the journal Social Science & Medicine.


Lisa A. Jackson, M.S.W., LCSW, Caitlin M. Cates, M.S.W. and Brendan Gonzalez (Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement) presented on the topic of “Building a ‘Campus Family’ to Retain Foster Care Alumni and Homeless Students” at the national 2021 NASPA Virtual Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education.

Bruce A. Thyer, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) presented “How to Successfully Publish in English Language Social Work Journals” at a virtual colloquium presented to the School of Social Work at the Chinese University of Labor Relations in Beijing, China.

Judy Rushin-Knopf, M.F.A. (Department of Art) is a featured artist in an exhibition “Can You Hear the Silence?” at the Ivy Brown Gallery in New York City, which runs through Aug. 17.

Holly Hanessian, M.F.A. (Department of Art) had her exhibition “New Histories: the Gadsden Farm Project” selected by The Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco to be part of the virtual exhibition “Call & Response: Craft as a Tool for Activism.” The Gadsden Farm Project is a collaborative food social justice project created by professor Holly Hanessian and MFA alumnus Michael Diaz.

Deana Rohlinger, Ph.D. (Department of Sociology) participated in “The Conservative Dilemma: Digital Surrogate Organizations and the Future of Liberal Democracy,” a Social Science Research Council workshop.

Sonia Cabell, Ph.D. (College of Education, Florida Center for Reading Research) will present how to support early literacy at the American Reading Company webinar series Aug. 26.

Elcin Haskollar, Ph.D. (Center for Global Engagement) presented “COILing to Build Bridges: Innovative Education for Global Learning and Student Success” in a panel at the Latin American COIL (Virtual Exchange) Network.

Megan M. Buning, Ph.D. (College of Education, FSU COACH) will be presenting “The Effect of Mental Performance Training (via Instructional Rounds) on Umpires’ Self-efficacy to Perform” at the International Society of Sport Psychology’s World Congress. The ISSP World Congress meets only once every four years and presents top research from sport psychology professionals worldwide. This year’s World Congress will convene Sept. 30 – Oct. 4, 2021.


Wayne Hochwarter, Ph.D. (College of Business) was invited to join the Society of Organizational Behavior, an invitation-only group of scholars in the field.

Carol Campbell Edwards, M.S.W. (College of Social Work) has been selected as a Leadership Tallahassee Class 39 member.

Eugenia Millender, Ph.D., R.N., PMHNP-BC, C.D.E. (College of Nursing) was recently invited by the American Academy of Nursing to become a Nursing Fellow and will serve as an Office of the V.P. of Research Faculty Fellow for the inaugural class. As an Academy Fellow, Millender will engage with other health leaders outside of the Academy in transforming America’s health system.

Erik Hines, Ph.D. (College of Education) served as a guest editor on a special issue of “Teaching and Supervision in Counseling” on anti-racist counselor education. The journal, which is the official journal of the Southeastern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, is intended to help further educate counselors on important matters in the field.

Erin O’Hara O’Connor, J.D. (College of Law) was recommended to and will serve a three-year term on the Board of Trustees of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society.


Jamel Ali, Ph.D. (FAMU-FSU College of Engineering) was selected to attend NAE’s 2021 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (Sept. 22-24).

Dalisha Herring, Ph.D. (College of Business) was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Pace Center for Girls in Leon County in May.

Carol Weissert, Ph.D. (Department of Political Science) has retired as the director of the LeRoy Collins Institute within the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy after serving 14 years in the position. Lonna Rae Atkeson, Ph.D., a renowned expert on election science and administration, survey research, public policy, voting rights, state politics, public opinion and political behavior, has been named the new director. Atkeson also joins the faculty of the Department of Political Science.

David Merrick (Center for Disaster Risk Policy) and a team of researchers, technicians and graduate students assisted with assessment and recovery efforts after the collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium in South Florida. The team flew more than 200 drone missions to capture images and data and create incident maps used by local, state and federal search and rescue teams.

Rongjie Liu, Ph.D. (Department of Statistics) has been elevated to the grade of Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the highest professional grade of IEEE for which a member may apply. Only 10 percent of the more than 400,000 members have achieved this level.

Nicole Patton Terry, Ph.D. (College of Education, Florida Center for Reading Research) was elected vice president of the Society for Scientific Study of Reading, which was started in 1993 and is focused on promoting and encouraging the study of reading and disseminating reading-related information.

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