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Georgia Regents University
College of Allied Health Sciences hosts Dr. David Satcher
Our College of Allied Health Sciences recently hosted former U.S. Surgeon General and Director of the Centers for Disease Control Dr. David Satcher for a Dean’s Research Seminar Series presentation. Dr. Satcher spoke to an overflowing audience about health care leadership and targeting social determinants of health.
College of Dental Medicine partners with Georgia Tech
Our College of Dental Medicine has three collaborative proposals with the materials science group at Georgia Tech to provide 50K to Frank Tay, 60K to David Pashley, and 40K to Christopher Cutler. GRU funds were matched by Georgia Tech to support the folks on their end. Student exchange will be a key part of these grants.
GRU biology majors achieve 92nd percentile in the Nation!
Forty-eight Georgia Regents University biology majors who graduated in academic year 2012-13 took the Major Field Test, the exit exam used by the Department of Biological Sciences.
Dr. Richard Griner, Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biological Sciences, reported that the students' average overall score was 163.0, which ranks at the 92nd percentile compared to the national institutional mean from that year.
The exam was taken by almost 33,000 students at 488 college and universities across the United States.
"We are extremely proud of our students and faculty," said Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Gretchen Caughman. "Our program is rigorous, but the results speak for themselves. Our biology majors are better prepared than most in the nation. This program is successful not only in meeting its academic goals, but also as a pipeline to future career paths."
Georgia Regents University received the 2013 INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education in Excellence Diversity Award. We are the only University System of Georgia institution to receive the honor this year. Fifty-six universities were recognized nationwide, and Emory University was the only other recipient in Georgia.
The GRU Office of Diversity and Inclusion has been selected to receive the 2014 Award for Diversity and Inclusion by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association. The award will be presented at the NCAA Convention Association Luncheon on Jan. 16 in San Diego, Calif.
The GRU College of Allied Health Sciences interprofessional initiative is poised for statewide, national expansion.
The inaugural Interdisciplinary Discharge Conference held in November challenged student teams from GRU Allied Health Sciences and Nursing programs to determine and coordinate a discharge plan for a virtual acute care facility patient, one with numerous medical conditions that would require intervention from multiple health care practitioners. The plans had to be culturally competent and patient- and family-centered and include an appropriate continuum of care placement, interventions, equipment, and community resources.
The conference is under development for expansion to other universities in the Southeast, with a goal of national participation by 2016.
GRU and MedEdPORTAL Publications have partnered to develop the Directory and Repository of Educational Assessment Measures (DREAM). DREAM’s mission is to achieve excellence in health sciences education by providing easy-to-locate, publicly accessible information about assessment instruments to health science educators, educational researchers, and program/curriculum evaluators.
The GRU DREAM Faculty are:
- Christie Palladino, MD: Program Director and Associate Editor, DREAM; EII (Educational Innovation Institute) Educational Researcher and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- James Halbert, MS: Research Associate EII
- Lara Stepleman, PhD: Associate Editor, DREAM; EII Co-director and Professor of Psychiatry & Health Behavior
- Lance Evans, PhD: Associate Editor, DREAM; EII Educational Researcher and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Health Behavior and Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
- Lindsay Blake, MLS: Clinical Librarian and Assistant Professor, Greenblatt Library
- Kathy Davies, MLS: Chair, Research and Education Services, and Associate Professor, Greenblatt Library
Through the work of Dr. Paulette Harris, The National Education Association CLASS grant has approved the Literacy Center’s new initiative for NEA funding to begin in summer of 2014. This initiative is for a Chess for Children (ages 8 and above) literacy program based on research conducted in the United Kingdom and other international locations, which showed that student skills in critical thinking and reading greatly improve when they are taught to play chess. The NEA grant will provide chess sets and more for this initiative.
Two GRU alumni won New Teacher grants from Georgia Power. Read the complete article.
Four graduate students presented at a research conference with Dr. Rebecca Harper on strategies to curb bullying. Read the complete article.
Dr. Graeme Connolly and students Alex Walker and Gina Zagarella presented twice at the annual Georgia Association for Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance convention in Atlanta on Oct. 28. The three presented a lecture titled “Lessons Learned from Elite Coaches: Recommendations to Improve Your Coaching Practice,” and an activity session called “Improving Fitness IQ with Health-related Fitness Activities.”
The GRU Department of Kinesiology has been hosting Prof. Zhu Congqing from Shanghai Normal University this semester. He has been observing classes and also observing the GRU men’s basketball team. His research interests are Physical Education Instruction and how basketball is coached at the university level.
Dr. Drew Kemp gave three presentations in October at the annual meeting of the American Association of Teaching and Curriculum in Chicago, Ill.: “The De-intellectualization of the Teacher Rubrics and the Removal of Responsibility”; “The Spark that Makes Your Ideas Bright: Using Primetime Animation to Explore Social Justice and Place-based Education for Social Studies Education”; and “Conceptualizing Research in Education: Guiding Students Toward Making Connections for Focused Research Topics.”
Kemp also had two journal articles published this year. “Preparing Pre-service Secondary Educators” (Conderman, G., Johnston-Rodriguez, S., Hartman, P., Kemp, D.) was published by Preventing School Failure. The journal is a peer-reviewed academic journal dedicated to serving children and adolescents in general education, special education, and alternative education programs. “Promoting Philosophical Diversity: Exploring Racial Differences in Beliefs about the Purposes of Education” was published in the Journal of the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators.
Drs. Beth Pedergraft and Judi Wilson presented together twice in September. The duo presented “All about Assessment” at the GRU Curriculum Design Academy and “What if They Don’t Want to Read?” at the Georgia Reading Forum, in Macon, Ga.
Wilson presented “Preparing for Leadership” at the GRU New Faculty Orientation in August. She also presented “I can Handle the Kids, but What about the Parents?” at the Burke County School District’s New Teacher Induction Program in September. And in October, she presented “Building and Sustaining District and University Partnerships: Creative and Cost-effective Collaboration” at the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators Conference, in Jekyll Island, Ga.
Dr. Laura Rychly presented “Exploring the Tensions Between Narrative Imagination and Official Knowledge Through ‘The Life of Pi,’” at the Curriculum & Pedagogy Conference in New Orleans, La., in June.
Rychly also contributed a chapter, “Dr. Vera John-Steiner as a Key: Unlocking a Theory of Receptive Discourse” to the book “Constructing a Community of Thought: Letters on the Scholarship, Teaching, and Mentoring of Vera John-Steiner.”
Dr. Juan Walker was awarded a $20,000 grant from the Library of Congress for “Theoretical Cognitive Principles Applied in a Social Studies Classroom.”
Dr. Misato Yamaguchi had three articles published this year. “Developing a Global-Centered Worldview Beyond National Borders: Global Education as a Path for Effective Global Citizenship” was published in SangSaeng (Living Together), a publication of the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for Intentional Understanding. “Online Autobiographies and Discussions in Global and Multicultural Education: A Safe Place to Discuss Culture, Identity, Power & Privilege” was published in “From the Margins toward the Mainstream: Activities to Enhance Social Justice Awareness in Literacy Education and the Arts,” a publication of Rowan and Littlefield. “Using Social Networking in the Social Studies for Global Citizenship: Reflecting on the March 11, 2011, Disaster in Japan” was published in The Georgia Social Studies Journal, a peer-reviewed, online quarterly journal dedicated to a wide array of topics that benefit elementary and secondary social studies teachers and teacher educators.
Dr. Yamaguchi also presented “An Effective Use of Personal Narratives: A Holistic Approach to Teaching about Hiroshima/Nagasaki and Peace” in October at the annual conference of the Georgia Council for Social Studies in Athens, Ga.
Andrea Brooks-Tucker has been appointed the new Chief Nurse Executive at East Central Regional Hospital. She joins the staff through the ECRH-GRU Partnership established in 2009 with the MCG Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. The College of Nursing is an active member of this partnership, helping to build the hospital’s nursing workforce. At GRU, Brooks-Tucker also will serve as the Director of Mental Health Partnerships within the College of Nursing Academic Nursing Practice Unit and on the faculty in the Department of Biobehavioral Nursing. As ECRH Chief Nurse Executive, Brooks-Tucker will be a member of the hospital’s executive management team and have overall responsibility for the operation and performance of the nursing department.
The GRU College of Nursing Healthy Grandparents Program was the featured program at the 2013 Celebrate Caregiving! event sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging. Two HGP participants were presented Rosalynn Carter Institute Certificates for their selection as Family Caregiver of the Year. The Healthy Grandparents Program was established at GRU's College of Nursing in 1999 to provide physical, emotional, and social support to grandparents and great-grandparents raising their grandchildren who are living in parent-absent homes. One of the program’s major events is the Annual HGP Christmas Party where HGP participants enjoy a catered meal, activities, and a special visit from Santa. Program staff invite College of Nursing employees and friends to “adopt a child” for whom they purchase gifts. The gifts are presented to each child by Santa during the party. This year, some 90 children will have a happier holiday because of the Healthy Grandparents Program.
Dozens of children with dietary restrictions trick-or-treated for non-food items, including stickers, glow sticks, and other small toys, at the sixth annual Non-Food Halloween Festival at Georgia Regents University on Thursday, Oct. 31. Children on medically restricted diets were invited to participate in games, crafts, and a haunted house created by GRU nursing students. The free event was hosted by the GRU College of Nursing in collaboration with the CSRA Eos and Augusta Food Allergy support groups. This is the sixth year that the College of Nursing has hosted the festival. Read more | News Coverage: WAGT 26.
Renowned jazz trombonist and international recording artist, composer, and arranger Wycliffe Gordon was presented with a visiting professorship in the Department of Music at Georgia Regents University on Nov. 12. Gordon’s visiting professorship begins in fall 2014. He will spend six weeks of each semester at GRU, working with students in a new Jazz Studies Track in the Bachelor of Music degree program.