Accomplishments - February, 2018

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Jessica Cataldo, Health Care Management, will attend the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE) Congress on Healthcare Leadership Conference, March 26-29, in Chicago. Two undergraduate HCM students, Kendall Cole and Kelly Meloy, will also attend, and the program will have an information booth set up.  

Norm Lach, Architectural Studies, is featured in the PCI Journal (Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute) January-February 2018 issue. In “Molding new architects,” the article states “Lach’s commitment to precast concrete has helped introduce a generation of architects to the industry in a way that most architectural programs do not.”

Jennifer A. Brobst, School of Law, will present on a panel “Security and Disruptive Technology” at the California Western School of Law 2018 Symposium “Artificial intelligence, Real-World Ethics” Feb. 17, in San Diego. She will be publishing a full article in the California Western Law Review in fall 2018, analyzing the legal and public health justifications of the use of artificial intelligence and other technologies in 24/7 surveillance of confined prisoners, involuntary commitment patients, and nursing home patients.

Jeb Asirvatham, Agribusiness Economics, presented a study “Impact of Microfinance on Poverty and Household Income in Rural Areas in Nigeria” to the Southern Agricultural Economics Association in Jacksonville on Feb. 7. A key finding in the study – with co-author Enoch Jolaoso -- on the effect of microfinance on poverty and small business income, is that access to credit has a larger effect on improving the standard of living than that of education, though those with a secondary education or higher reported greater income generated from the micro-financed business.

“Rhetorics of Whiteness: Postracial Hauntings in Popular Culture, Social Media and Education!” a book published last year by Southern Illinois University Press, recently won the 2018 Conference on College Composition and Communication “Outstanding Book Award in the Edited Collection Category.” The book’s editors are Joyce Irene Middleton, East Carolina University; Tammie M. Kennedy, University of Nebraska-Omaha, and Krista Ratcliffe, Arizona State University.

Natasha Zaretsky, History, is author of a new book “Radiation Nation: Three Mile Island and the Political Transformation of the 1970s.” The book, which uses the 1979 nuclear accident to examine the country’s politics during that decade, is being published this month by Columbia University Press. Zaretsky was also recently named co-editor of the journal, “The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture.”

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