Faculty Accomplishments – October 2014

November 14, 2014

At Simmons we take the time to acknowledge and appreciate our faculty and their achievements. Each month, this blog will provide an update on their various academic accomplishments and successes.

William Bellamy, Warburg Professor of International Relations and Political Science, moderated the Warburg Panel "A World in Crisis: Diplomacy Today & Careers in Foreign Service" Oct. 1. Speakers included educators and Warburg ambassadors Thomas Hull, former Simmons College Warburg Professor of International Relations; Mary Beth Leonard, Diplomat in Residence for New England; and Robert Loftus, Professor of Practice at Boston University.

Stacy Blake-Beard, professor of management, presented "Looking Back to Move Forward: OD as a Catalyst to Recognize, Transform and Energize" Oct. 26 at the Organization Development (OD) Network's 50th Anniversary conference, "Recognize, Transform, Energize," in Philadelphia.

Edith Bresler, associate professor of practice in art and music, has an exhibit of photographs "We Sold A Winner" featured in the Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography at La Verne University, Calif., Oct. 20 to Jan. 15.

Angela Chang, associate professor in the School of Management, published an article titled "Case Studies of E-health Implementation on U.S. Hospital Websites" in the Oct. 7 peer-reviewed E-service Journal, 9(2), 46-61. Chang also presented "Waste in Consumption – Who Does It?" at the Association for Consumer Research North American Conference in Baltimore, Oct. 23-26.

Changqing Chen, senior lecturer of chemistry and physics; and student Caitlin Horgan received an Honorable Mention from the American Chemistry Society (ACS) for activities conducted in the Simmons College chapter of the Chemistry and Physics Liaison during the 2013-2014 academic year. The Liaison will be recognized at the 249th ACS National Meeting in Denver in March 2015.

LaDonna Christian, associate professor of practice in nursing and director of the Dotson Bridge and Mentoring program, presented "Diversity Best Practice: The Dotson Bridge and Mentoring Program" at the Massachusetts Action Coalition: Future of Nursing conference Oct. 2 in Devens.

Amy Deschenes, systems & web applications librarian, had an article entitled "Improving the Library Homepage through User Research – Without a Total Redesign" published in the new online peer-reviewed journal Weave: Journal of Library User Experience by Michigan Publishing.

Kristin Dukes, assistant professor of psychology, presented "Race and the Movement to Legalize Marijuana" at the New England Psychological Association conference, held Oct. 17 and 18, at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

Sari Edelstein, associate professor of nutrition, presented "The Registered Dietitian as the Food Allergy Educator for the 6-12 School Kitchen Staff" at The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Oct. 20.

Greg Feldman, associate professor of psychology, presented "The Impact of Co-rumination, Brooding, and Interpersonal Stress on Depressed Affect: A Daily Diary Study"; "Perceived Homework Quality and Self-Criticism Predict Daily Academic Effort"; "Mindfulness as a Moderator of the Association of Negative Affect and Daily Alcohol Use"; and "Mindfulness as a Moderator of the Impact of Daily Executive Dysfunction on Dysphoric Affect" at the New England Psychological Association conference, held Oct. 17 and 18. Feldman's presentations took place on the second day of the conference at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

Linda Del Vecchio-Gilbert, professor of practice and coordinator of the core curriculum in nursing, was featured in an article, "Halloween Party Gives Parents Snapshot of Life," published by the Catholic Free Press. The article provided information about a Halloween party at Holy Name Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School for children with life-limiting illness.

Colleen Kiely, associate professor of art, has two drawings on display at the South Shore Arts Center in Cohasset as part of the "Works on Paper" exhibit Oct. 24 to Dec. 21.

Sarah Martin, assistant professor of psychology, co-authored an article titled "Sleep Onset and Night Walking Insomnias in Preschoolers with Psychiatric Disorders" published in an advance online publication of the international journal Child Psychiatry and Human Development Oct. 7.

Johnnie Hamilton-Mason, professor of social work, moderated a panel on "Race and Racism in Clinic and Culture" Oct. 20 at Simmons College with colleagues Fakhry Davids, Lisa Lowe, and Usha Tummala-Narra. Hamilton-Mason also presented a paper titled "Challenges and Strengths of Studying Abroad for Students from Traditionally Marginalized Communities" at the Council on Social Work Education's Annual Program Meeting in Tampa, Fla., Oct. 25.

Zinnia Mukherjee, assistant professor of economics, with colleague Juan Pedro Garces-Voisenat, was featured in the fall 2014 issue of the Durham University Business School alumni magazine for their research in Patagonia, Chile, which examined society's inclination to pay for alternative resources.

Bob Oppenheim, Professor Emeritus, has artwork on exhibit at the New Art Center as part of the "Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) Artist Fellows and Finalists in Painting" installation Oct. 23 to Nov. 15. Oppenheim is one of 15 award-winning exhibiting artists.

Noah Wilson-Rich, professor of biology and overseer of the Simmons College honeybee hive, gave a talk, "Our Future with Bees," at TEDxBoston Oct. 2 at The Great Hall at Faneuil Hall. This is his second TEDxBoston talk. Wilson-Rich also conducted book reading and signing events of his book "The Bee: A Natural History" at Labyrinth Books, Princeton, N.J., Oct. 21; and at the New England Aquarium Oct. 30.

Becky Thompson, professor and chair of sociology, hosted workshops "In the Realm of Moving Waters: Yoga, Neuroplasticity, and Social Justice" at Vassar College Oct. 9; yoga trauma and recovery for people recovering from addictions Oct. 17 at the SunUte Community Center in Ignacio, Colo.; and a workshop at Peaceful Dragon Zen Home Temple in Westhampton, N.J. She was interviewed by YogaCity NYC about her book, "Survivors on the Yoga Mat," and by Southern Ute Tribal Radio/KSUT Oct. 14. A review of "Survivors on the Yoga Mat" was published in the LifeForce Yoga online newsletter. Thompson taught a yoga class at the SunUte Community Center Oct. 14 and conducted a book reading at Bikram Yoga Oct. 18 in Northampton. She also wrote an article, "Yoga for Every Body and in All Kinds of Places," published in health magazine Mantra.

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(PHOTO: Greg Feldman, Kristin Dukes, and students at the New England Psychological Association conference. PHOTO CREDIT: Jeanine Skorinko)