Faculty and Staff Briefs August 2023 

Florida State University’s faculty and staff are central to its mission and the key to its countless accomplishments.

Throughout the year, honors and recognitions are awarded to individual faculty and staff members across campus. Faculty and Staff Briefs are produced monthly to recognize accomplishments and provide a space where honors, awards, bylines, presentations, grants, service and any other notable items can be showcased.



Kristy Anderson, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) received a KL2 Career Development Award, funded by the National Institutes of Health that provides newly trained clinicians and researchers funding, mentorship and training support to develop their translational research.

Nicole Bentze, D.O. (College of Medicine) was accepted into the 2023-2024 class of the Karl M. Altenburger, M.D. Physician Leadership Academy, sponsored by the Florida Medical Association.

Alma Littles, M.D. (College of Medicine) was honored with the Gerold L. Schiebler, M.D. Advocate for Medical Students Award at the annual meeting of the Florida Medical Association.

Debra Danforth, R.N., Niharika Suchak, MBBS and Benjamin Smith, DMSc (College of Medicine) received honorable mention recognition in the Health Communications & Health Technology category at the Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaboration Awards for their entry “Using Simulation for Skill Building in Teams: Modified Use of Simulation in Teams for Students in Training (MUST-SIT) Together©: An Interprofessional Education (IPE) Model.”

Shermeeka Hogans-Mathews, M.D. and Kerwyn Flowers, D.O. (College of Medicine) were awarded the degree of Fellow by the American Association of Family Physicians. Hogans-Mathews was also awarded a 2023-2024 Grant Generating Project Fellowship from the North American Primary Care Research Group Committee on Building Research Capacity. The program teaches family medicine and primary care researchers how to develop and submit grants for research funding.

Frank Fincham, Ph.D. (College of Education, Health and Human Sciences) received the William C. Bier Award from the Society for the Study of Religion and Spirituality at the recent American Psychological Association Conference.

Marcos Colón, Ph.D. (College of Social Sciences and Public Policy) won Best Feature Film Award of 2023 for his documentary “Stepping Softly on the Earth” at the prestigious International Cine Peripheries Festival (Portugal/Spain).

William A. Hill, DVM (Laboratory Animal Resources) was elected by his peers to the Board of Directors of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) to serve a three-year term. The American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine advances the humane care and responsible use of laboratory animals through certification of veterinary specialists, professional development, education and research.

Doug Schrock, Ph.D. (College of Social Sciences and Public Policy) won the 2023 Helena Lopata Excellence in Mentoring Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. Schrock received the award during SSSI’s Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, where he also presented his research paper “Developing Critical Interactionism.”

Steven High (John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art) was appointed to the American Alliance of Museums’ Accreditation Commission to help oversee the accreditation of museums nationwide.


Lucinda J. Graven, Ph.D., APRN, FAHA, FAAN, Laurie Abbott, Ph.D., RN, DipACLM, PHNA-BC (College of Nursing), M. Bryant Howren, Ph.D., MPH (College of Medicine) and Tom Ledermann, Ph.D. (College of Education, Health and Human Sciences) received $240,799 from the Veterans Administration Office of Rural Health — Veterans Rural Health Resource Center-GNV to support year 2 of their project “Supporting Physical & Mental Health in Rural Veterans with Heart Failure.”

Zhe He, Ph.D. (School of Information) is co-investigator on an interdisciplinary project “The Bioecological Center for Rural Children’s Health” which received a four-year $1.9 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Heather Flynn, Ph.D. (College of Medicine) is leading a project to integrate best-practice behavioral health care with pediatric office visits to improve mental health and substance abuse screening and treatment through a $2.6 million grant from the Florida Department of Health.

Gregg Stanwood, Ph.D. and Javier Rosado, Ph.D. (College of Medicine) are leading a multidisciplinary effort to study the cumulative effect of stress and exposure to chemicals on rural children under a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Casey Rust, M.D. (College of Medicine) received a four-year, $326,984 grant to improve geriatrics education for students and interprofessional teams in nursing homes from the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Yang Hou, Ph.D. (College of Medicine) received a Clinical Research Award of $149,940 from the Children’s Tumor Foundation to support the project “Cognitive aging in Middle-Aged and Older Adults with Neurofibromatosis Type 1: Patterns and Predictors.”

Leqi Cui, Ph.D., Ravinder Nagpal, Ph.D. and Prashant Singh, Ph.D. (College of Education, Health and Human Sciences) received a two-year $147,900 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for their proposal “Impact of Structural Modification Techniques on Pea (Pisum Sativum L.) Protein’s Ability to Modulate Human Gut Microbiota.”

Xiaonan Zhang, Ph.D. (Department of Computer Science) received a $299,951 grant from the National Science Foundation for the project “Collaborative Research: SHF: Medium: Towards Harmonious Federated Intelligence in Heterogeneous Edge Computing via Data Migration.”


Lucinda J. Graven, Ph.D., APRN, FAHA, FAAN (College of Nursing) co-authored an American Heart Association scientific statement “Person-Centered Models for Cardiovascular Care: A Review of the Evidence: A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association,” published by Circulation.

Stephen Tripodi, Ph.D. (College of Social Work) co-authored the article “Behavioral Health Interventions for Incarcerated Adults with Histories of Trauma: A Scoping Review,” published by Research on Social Work Practice.

Kelly Grove, MLIS (University Libraries) and Eileen Cormier, Ph.D., RN (College of Nursing) co-authored “Health-Related Behaviors and Weight-Related Outcomes Within Sibling Pairs: A Systematic Review” published by the Journal of Pediatric Nursing.

Mona Bozorgi, MFA (Department of Art) was featured in Art Journal for her work “Threads of Freedom” which explores the lives and stories of Iranian women through photography printed on silk fabric.

Karen MacDonell, Ph.D. and Amy Hall, MSN (College of Medicine) co-authored Predictors of Adherence to Controller Medication in Urban African-American Emerging Adults with Uncontrolled Persistent Asthma” published by the Journal of Asthma. Hall also co-authored “Anxiety, Depression and Global Distress Among African-American Emerging Adults with Uncontrolled Asthma” published by the Journal of Asthma, for which MacDonell was senior author.

Karen MacDonell, Ph.D. (College of Medicine) authored “Exploring Barriers to Medication Adherence Among African-American Emerging Adults with Uncontrolled Asthma” published by Health Education & Behavior.

Ann Rowson Love, Ph.D. and Pat Villeneuve, Ph.D. (Department of Art Education) are the editors of the recently published book “Dimensions of Curation: Considering Competing Values for Intentional Exhibition Practices” published by the American Alliance of Museums. The book is designed to help museum professionals attract audiences to their exhibitions and keep them coming back.

Grace Aneiza Ali, MFA (Department of Art) wrote an introduction to Khadija Benn’s portraiture essay “Those Who Remain: Portraits of Guyana’s Amerindian Women” in the latest issue of The Scholar and Feminist Online. The essay is part of a special issue, “To Make Visible Everywhere: Our Bold, Beautiful, Aging Bodies,” a collection of personal reflections, performances, research journeys and conversations by and about women of color aging.

Robert Hickner, Ph.D. and Michael Ormsbee, Ph.D. (College of Education, Health and Human Sciences) co-authored “Collagen Peptides Supplementation Improves Function, Pain, and Physical and Mental Outcomes in Active Adults” published by the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

Michael Ormsbee, Ph.D. (College of Education, Health and Human Sciences) doctoral student Liliana Renteria and a pair of FSU alumni co-authored “The Effects of Betaine Supplementation on Fluid Balance and Heat Tolerance During Passive Heat Stress in Men” published by Physiological Reports.

Yang Hou, Ph.D. and Xian Wu, Ph.D. (College of Medicine) co-published a manuscript “Longitudinal Association Between Executive Function and Academic Achievement in Children with Neurofibromatosis Type 1 and Plexiform Neurofibromas” in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.

Yang Hou, Ph.D. (College of Medicine) co-authored the paper “COVID-19 Anti-Chinese Discrimination and Well-Being: The Impact of Current Pandemic Stress and Prior Experiences of Discrimination” published by the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.

Michael Ormsbee, Ph.D. (College of Education, Health and Human Sciences), Elisa Angeles (Florida State Athletics) and graduate students Casey Greenwalt and Liliana Renteria co-authored “Pre-Sleep Feeding, Sleep Quality, and Markers of Recovery in Division I NCAA Female Soccer Players” published by the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

Qinchun Rao, Ph.D. (College of Education, Health and Human Sciences) authored “Investigation of Antioxidant and Cytotoxicity Activities of Chocolate Fortified with Muscadine Grape Pomace” published by Foods.

Rebecca Ballard, Ph.D. (Department of English) authored the article “Collectivism as Adaptation in Climate Fiction” published by ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment.

Robin Goodman, Ph.D. (Department of English) edited the book “Feminism as World Literature” and authored “Higher Education as the Frontline of Democracy: The Case Against Florida House Bill 233, the Anti-Shielding/Intellectual Viewpoint Diversity/Student Recording Legislative Act” published by Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies.

Matthew Goff, Ph.D. (Department of Religion) co-edited the volume “Reimagining Apocalypticism: Apocalyptic Literature in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Writings,” published by the Society of Biblical Literature and the article “Editionen Und Studien Zum Testamentum Salomonis” published by Mohr Siebeck.

Michael Diamond, Ph.D. (Department of Earth, Ocean, & Atmospheric Science) co-authored the article “’Cooling Credits’ are not a Viable Climate Solution” published by Climatic Change. Diamond also authored “Detection of Large-Scale Cloud Microphysical Changes within a Major Shipping Corridor after Implementation of the International Maritime Organization 2020 Fuel Sulfur Regulations” published by Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

Carli Zegers, Ph.D., MBA, FNP-BC (College of Medicine) authored the chapter “Creating a Shared Agenda to Achieve Health Equity” in “The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Global Applications to Advanced Health Equity” published by Springer.

Shelley Ducatt, Ph.D. (Student Support & Transitions) contributed to the book, “Engaging Families in Higher Education: Lessons Learned and Best Practices” published by Routledge.

Jeff Broome, Ph.D. (Department of Art Education) co-authored the book “Real Lives Now: Narratives of Art Educators and 21st Century Learning” published by the National Art Education Association.

Joedrecka S. Brown Speights, M.D. (College of Medicine) authored “Physician Burnout – Organizational Solutions for Well-Being” published by Florida Family Physician, the official publication of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians.

Shermeeka Hogans-Mathews, M.D., Roxann Mouratidis, MSLIS (College of Medicine) and third-year medical students DanTasia Welch and A. Lisa Kurian authored “Medical Students, Perfectionism & Sleep: A Dozing Concern” published by Sleep Health: Journal of the National Sleep Foundation.

Sanjay Kumar, Ph.D., Stephen Beesley, Ph.D. and Akash Gunjan, Ph.D. (College of Medicine) co-authored “Visualizing the Tri heteromeric N-methyl-D-aspartate Receptor Subunit Composition” published by Frontiers in Synaptic Science. Kumar and Beesley also co-authored “The t-N-methyl-D-aspartate Receptor: Making the Case for D-Serine to be Considered its Inverse Co-Agonist” published by Neuropharmacology.

Tana Jean Welch, Ph.D. (College of Medicine) authored the chapter “Better Medicine: Shared Suffering and Chronic Vulnerability” in Brian Teare’s “The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven.”

Jose Renato Pinto, Ph.D., Maicon Landim-Vieira, Ph.D. and graduate research assistant Isabella Leite Coscarella (College of Medicine) co-authored “Cardiac troponin T N-domain variant destabilizes the actin interface resulting in disturbed myofilament function,” published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Nadia Banteka, S.J.D. (College of Law) authored the article “Police Ignorance and (Un)Reasonable Fourth Amendment Exclusion” which was cited by the Ohio Tenth District Court of Appeals in the case of State of Ohio v. Melvin Robertson.

Karen Oehme, J.D. (College of Social Work) led a team at the Institute for Family Violence Studies to create the National Toolkit on Officer-involved Domestic Violence, which was included in recent resources as a part of the White House’s 2023 U.S. National Plan to End Gender Based Violence, a comprehensive plan to prevent sexual assault and domestic violence.


Remy E. Jennings, Ph.D. (College of Business) presented a paper “The Good and Bad of Receiving Personal Disclosures at Work” at the Academy of Management Conference in Boston, Mass.

Doug Tatum, M.Acc. (Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship) facilitated the “Farmer’s Financial Future” module for the Farmers Strategic Insurance Leadership Academy.

Eundeok Kim, Ph.D. (Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship) presented the paper “Sustainable Entrepreneurship as a Driver for Sustainable Development: An Analysis of an Innovative Business Model in the UK” at the 2023 International Council for Small Business World Congress in Gwangju, South Korea. Kim also presented the paper “The Role of B Corps in Advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals Through Sustainable Business Models” at the 2023 Global Marketing Conference organized by the Global Alliance of Marketing and Management Associations in Seoul, South Korea.

Larry Dennis, Ph.D. and Ebe Randeree, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) delivered the workshop North Florida Cyber Pathways at the Cyber Florida Pathways Grant Capstone event in Tampa, Fla.

Don Latham, Ph.D. (College of Communication and Information) attended an information literacy convening in Providence, R.I., hosted by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Megan Buning, Ph.D. (College of Education) was invited to speak at the Coaches Coalition in Orlando, Fla. where she shared ways for coaches and athletes to optimize their mental performance.

Amy Haddock, M.D., Ian Boykin, M.D., Joey Jarrard, M.D. and Carolyn Drazinic, M.D. (College of Medicine) spoke at the inaugural Specialty & Business Symposium in Tallahassee for undergraduate, graduate and high school students interested in health care professions.

Sylvie Naar, Ph.D. (College of Medicine) gave the keynote address “The Call for Cultural Humility in MI (Motivational Interviewing): Opportunities and Advancements” at the Second Annual Motivational Interviewing Conference at the Columbia University School of Social Work.

Taylor Thompson, Ph.D. (College of Medicine) co-chaired the symposium “Psychosocial Issues in Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Adolescents and Young Adults” at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention in Washington, D.C.

Adrienne Barnes-Story, Ph.D. (Learning Systems Institute) presented “From Mother Tongue to Language of Instruction: Best Practices for Supporting Literacy Development and Transition” in Nairobi at the Pan Africa Literacy for All conference.

Jennie Robinette, M.Ed. and Adrienne Barnes-Story, Ph.D. (Learning Systems Institute) presented “Low-cost Technology Solutions for High-impact Curriculum Development in Malawi” at the Africa Literacy for All conference.

Probak Karim, M.A. and Adrienne Barnes-Story, Ph.D. (Learning Systems Institute) presented “Treating the Problem at Source: Identifying Gaps in Teacher Education Programs to Improve Literacy Instruction and Teaching Practice in Sub-Saharan African Schools” in Nairobi at the Pan Africa Literacy for All conference.

Marion Fesmire, Ed.D. and Brenda Wawire, Ph.D. (Learning Systems Institute) presented “Building Rwandan Teacher Training College Tutors’ Capacity to Implement Competency-Based Practices” in Nairobi at the Pan Africa Literacy for All conference.

Ana Marty, Ph.D. (Learning Systems Institute) presented “Improving Literacy Instruction: A View into the Role of the Pre-Service Practicum” in Nairobi at the Pan Africa Literacy for All conference.

Deana A. Rohlinger, Ph.D. (College of Social Sciences and Public Policy) was an invited panelist and individual presenter at the American Sociological Association meeting. Rohlinger served on the panel “Post Roe: Learning from the Past, Living in the Present and Planning for the Future” and presented a paper with student Kyle Rose, “Deplatforming and Audience Exposure to Messages: The Case of the Arizona Audit Account Bans.”

Yang Hou, Ph.D. (College of Medicine) presented “ADHD Symptoms of Children with Neurofibromatosis Type 1: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development.

Yang Hou, Ph.D. and Dan Liu, Ph.D. (College of Medicine) co-presented “Internalizing and Externalizing Symptoms in Children with Neurofibromatosis Type 1: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.”

Jeff Broome, Ph.D. (Department of Art Education) led a segment of Art21’s internal development series. The “listening tour” presentation focused on the current state of art education in higher education and more.

Amy Huber, MS (Department of Interior Architecture and Design) presented “Improving Perceptions of Preventative Care Among Underserved Female Populations: Testing Two Cultural Approaches to Medical Marketing” at a posted session at the National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media, National Public Health Information Coalition in Atlanta. Huber also presented a Collaborative Scholars Roundtable update on the research grant “The Influence of Mediated Healthcare Environments on Preventative Healthcare-Seeking Intentions” at the National Conference for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Washington, D.C.

Jeffrey Ayala Milligan, Ph.D. (Learning Systems Institute) attended the Community College Administrator Program alumni symposium in Manila. The symposium included a public forum on the relevance of the U.S. community college model to the Philippines’ educational context.


Daniel Luedtke, MFA (Department of Art) currently has a solo exhibition of new work entitled “Surface Tension” on view at the Alabama Contemporary Art Center in Mobile, AL. The exhibition opened in July and runs until Sept. 24th.

Jessica West, MFA (School of Theatre) directed the one-woman show “Grounded” at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, MD. The show was hailed by DC Theatre Arts as “a searing look at the psychological effects of drone warfare.”


Meardith Pooler-Burgess, DrPH (College of Medicine) organized the first meeting of the People’s Health Justice Committee, a grassroots group representing the Black/African-American community in the Tallahassee region and advocating its interests.

Jenny Root, Ph.D., BCBA (College of Education, Health and Human Sciences) was appointed to the Organization for Autism Research’s Scientific Council.

Andrea Barton-Hulsey, Ph.D. and Michelle Therrien, Ph.D. (School of Communication Science & Disorders) led an Augmentative and Alternative Communication camp this summer. The camp provides specialized training to graduate students in speech pathology, occupational therapy and special education by providing community outreach to children with complex communication needs.

Tracey Dowling, Ed.D. (Career Center) served as the vice president of the Professional Development for the Cooperative Education & Internship Association Academy.

Sabrina Dickey, Ph.D., MSN, RN (College of Nursing) was selected to serve on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Health Policy Advisory Council.


Qinchun Rao, Ph.D. (Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology) was named a Special Issue Editor with LWT — Food Science & Technology.

Amy Wetherby, Ph.D. (College of Medicine) was profiled for her work in autism research and as director of the FSU Autism Institute in Spectrum, an editorially independent division of the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative.

Annika Culver, Ph.D. (Department of History) participated in a week-long delegation to South Korea as part of the Mike and Maureen Mansfield Foundation’s Bridging the Divide Korea Program.

Paul Renfro, Ph.D. (Department of History) was interviewed for the Slate article “Did the ‘Runaway Train’ Music Video Really Save 21 Kids?”

Deana A. Rohlinger, Ph.D. (College of Social Sciences and Public Policy) appeared on The Homeless Romantic Podcast’s episode “How Our Media Shapes Humanity.”

Bill Boyer, D.Scs., and Shenifa Taite, Ed.D. (College of Medicine) launched a monthly faculty development podcast “Faculty Forward” in which they will interview guests on a variety of topics to inspire medical school and health sciences faculty.

The Learning Systems Institute concluded a four-year collaboration with the Malawi Institute for Education and the Malawi Ministry of Education on the National Reading Program Implementation and Expansion activity as standards seven and eight language arts curriculum in English and Chichewa were turned over to the Malawi Ministry of Education for finalization.

The Learning Systems Institute’s Tuzone Gusoma Schools and Systems project trained teachers from three colleges in Rwanda on a new model for the school attachment for student teachers.

As part of the Learning Systems Institute’s Strengthening Teacher Education and Practice Activity, 130 teacher educators in Malawi completed a seven-month intensive professional development course for teaching foundational literacy skills and leading participatory action research at their colleges. A National Symposium on early grade literacy will be held in September, where these teacher educators will showcase their research.

Rabieh Razzouk, MBA, Flavia Ramos, Ed.D. and Rob Lengacher, M.A. (Learning Systems Institute) led the USAID funded Uzbekistan Education for Excellence Program, which empowered 40,000 English teachers and enriched the educational journey of six million students. The team has also developed an educational digital platform providing access to curriculum standards and materials for all of Uzbekistan’s 300,000 educators.

Amanda Tazaz, Ph.D. and Rob Schoen, Ph.D. (Learning Systems Institute) are principal and co-principal investigators for the Cognitively Guided Instruction Professional Development Program, which provided 150 elementary educators in Hillsborough County the chance to improve their math teaching abilities.

Stephanie Zuilowski, Ed.D. (Learning Systems Institute) led the Transforming Teacher Education Activity in Zambia which provided scholarships to instructors from Zambia to complete their online master’s program.

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