Professor Kate Early Published in Professional Health Journal

Kate Early, assistant professor of exercise science in Columbus State University’s College of Education and Health Professions, recently published a peer-reviewed article titled “The Effects of Exercise Training on Brachial Artery Flow-Mediated Dilation” in the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention.

Her article analyzed the results of 66 previous studies to determine the impact of exercise training on flow-mediated dilation (FMD), a method of determining cardiovascular health using ultrasounds to image blood vessels. Early found that aerobic exercise beyond current recommendations had greater improvements in FMD, suggesting exercise of greater intensity and duration may be optimal for improving cardiovascular health.

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Lisa Shaw Named Top Regional Academic Advising Administrator

Lisa Shaw, director of Columbus State University’s Academic Center for Excellence, was recently named the winner of the 2016 NACADA (National Academic Advising Association) Region 4 Excellence in Advising – Administrator Award.

NACADA is an association of 12,000-plus professional advisors, counselors, faculty, administrators and students working to advance the educational development of students. The Excellence in Advising – Administrator Award recognizes individuals who may provide direct academic advising services to students but whose primary responsibility is as an administrator or director of an academic advising program.

NACASA Region 4 comprises Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

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College of Education and Health Professions Duo Addresses State Policy at Conference

Two Columbus State University College of Education and Health Professions faculty members, Sallie Averitt Miller, associate dean for assessment and accreditation and professor of reading education, and Jan Gunnels Burcham, the Fletcher Distinguished Chair in Teacher Education and professor of early childhood education, served as expert panelists at the Georgia Professional Standards Commission’s Certification and Program Officers Conference on Dec. 6, 2016 at Middle Georgia State University in Macon, Ga.

The pair answered five total questions, two of which addressed state policy.

 

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Columbus State Student Receives Epilepsy Scholarship

Olivia Grego, a first-year student majoring in theatre education at Columbus State University, was presented with a 2016 UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship, awarded to outstanding individuals affected by epilepsy who are pursuing postsecondary degrees. She is one of only 40 recipients nationally to receive the $5,000 tuition scholarship.

A native of LaGrange, Ga., Olivia was selected based on her participation in several epilepsy awareness events and involvement in state pageants, where she used her platform to promote epilepsy awareness.

UCB is a global biopharmaceutical company with a focus on neurology and immunology.

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CSU Student Authors State’s Best Science Paper

valencia-coleman-fullA paper by Columbus State University’s Valencia Coleman, a computer science major, business minor and student in CSU’s Honors College, was recently awarded Best Paper in Science at the Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference, hosted by Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Ga.

Her paper, titled “Using an Augmented Reality Game to Develop Computational Thinking Skills,” is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under a five-year $1.2 million grant (Grant No. 1136356) from the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program. The grant, which was awarded to the university in 2011, provides scholarships to juniors and seniors majoring in math or science who commit to obtaining STEM teaching certification and teaching in a high-need school district after graduation. Internships are also available to encourage freshmen and sophomores to consider careers in education.

Coleman was mentored by Rania HodHod, assistant professor of computer science in CSU’s TSYS School of Computer Science.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in the paper are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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International Journal Publishes Ballet Research by CSU Exercise Science Alumna, Instructor

A paper by Shayla Hewitt (M.S. Exercise Science, ‘15), a part-time instructor in Columbus State University’s Department of Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science, was recently published in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science.

“Fitness Testing to Determine Pointe Readiness in Ballet Dancers,” a master’s thesis, is the culmination of Hewitt’s research as a graduate student in CSU’s M.S. in Exercise Science program. The article explores whether specific physical tests could discriminate between pre-pointe, beginner pointe and intermediate pointe ballet dancers.

“Shayla combined her knowledge and skills from the classroom with her experience as a dance teacher and developed a practical, ‘real-world’ research question,” said Clay Nicks, associate professor of exercise science and Hewitt’s faculty supervisor. “Objective criteria for determining when ballet dancers can begin to dance ‘en-pointe’ are lacking. The Journal of Dance Medicine and Science is international in scope, and we hope the results of her study will advance discussion in that area.”

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Professors Sallie Averitt Miller and Erinn Bentley Published in Georgia Journal of READING

Sallie Averitt Miller, associate dean for assessment and accreditation and professor of reading education, and Erinn Bentley, associate professor of English education in Columbus State University’s College of Education and Health Professions, recently published an article, titled “Reading and Writing and Math –Oh MY! Reading and Writing Best Practices for Mathematics Teachers,” in the Georgia Journal of READING, a peer-reviewed, refereed journal of the Georgia Reading Association.

Miller and Bentley set out to determine the impact of a professional development workshop designed to provide middle grades mathematics teachers with best practices for literacy instruction. According to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, students who receive reading, writing and listening support reap dual benefits by communicating to learn mathematics and learning to communicate mathematically.

Miller and Bentley recommend future professional development series include follow-up sessions that focus on the real-world challenges that mathematics teachers face as they implement newly learned strategies.

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CSU’s Michael Rohly Wins Top Prizes for Poster Presentations

Michael Rohly, a mathematics and biology major and Honors College student at Columbus State University, won two top prizes last month for his research on adult zebrafish kidney regeneration and possible therapeutic systems for humans.

Rohly won outstanding poster presentation at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Tampa, Florida and third place poster presentation at the Southeastern Medical-Scientist Symposium at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Rohly’s CSU mentors are Brian Schwartz, professor of biology; Carlos Almada, professor of mathematics; and Guihong Fan, professor of mathematics.

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Sallie Averitt Miller Published in Journal for Teacher Educators

An article co-authored by professor Sallie Averitt Miller, associate dean for assessment and accreditation in Columbus State University’s College of Education and Health Professions, was recently published in GATEways to Teacher Education, a peer-reviewed online journal of the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators.

Recognizing the need for a valid and reliable instrument to assess teacher candidates’ dispositions, or personalities, for teaching, Miller and another researcher led a study to collect and examine new teacher hiring reference forms used by school systems across the state.

The results of their analysis of 25 Georgia school systems were published in an article titled “What Schools Look for When Hiring New Teachers: An Examination of Dispositions Statements on Hiring Reference Forms.” The results and a follow-up study (now in progress) also will be made available for use in teacher preparation programs in Georgia and Mississippi. The final project, a reliable and valid teacher dispositions assessment, will not be mandated for use by either state; however, the project co-directors (authors) will submit the assessment for endorsement by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and approval by the national Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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Professor Adam Maiga Attains CMA Certification

Adam Maiga, associate professor of accounting in Columbus State University’s Turner College of Business, received his Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certification this month after successfully completing both portions of the exam in the same year. CMA certification is a professional credential that can be earned in the advanced management accounting and financial management fields. The exam covers topics such as performance and cost management, internal controls, planning, budgeting and forecasting, external financial reporting decisions, risk management, corporate finance, financial statement analysis, decision analysis, investment decisions and professional ethics.

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Professor of Chemistry Leads International Study of “Honey Economy”

Samuel Abegaz, associate professor of chemistry at Columbus State University, directed an international research collaboration involving seven scientists from four countries across three continents, which led to the publication of “Rheology and Botanical Origin of Ethiopian Monofloral Honeys” in LWT-Food Science and Technology, an international peer-reviewed publication.

His study investigates the plant origins and flow behavior of Ethiopian monofloral honeys, which demand a premium market price. Flow behavior of monofloral honeys can significantly impact the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the honey industry, subsequently shaping the Ethiopian economy, the environment and the global food industry.

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CSU Archivist Awarded for Pictorial History of Columbus

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University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby and Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council (GHRAC) Chair P. Toby Graham presented David Owings, archivist for Columbus State University Archives, with the GHRAC Award for Local History Advocacy during last week’s annual GHRAC Archives Awards ceremony at the Georgia Archives in Morrow, Ga. The GHRAC Awards recognize outstanding efforts in archives and records work in Georgia.

Owings was nominated for his 2015 “Images of America” book, “Columbus,” by Arcadia Publishing. It is the first photographic chronicle of Columbus in more than 30 years and is deemed the most comprehensive in terms of timeline and pictorial content.

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Miller Addresses National Conference About First Book

Joe Miller, assistant professor of writing in Columbus State University’s Department of English, addressed more than 200 attendees at the annual conference of the National Association of State Boards of Education in Kansas City last week. In a moderated talk, Miller answered questions about his first book, titled “Cross-X: The Amazing True Story of How the Most Unlikely Team from the Most Unlikely of Places Overcame Staggering Obstacles at Home and at School to Challenge the Community on Race, Power, and Education,” which chronicles a season with Kansas City Central High School’s debate squad.

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Young Named to Georgia Trend’s 40 Under 40

Shana Young, director of the Leadership Institute at Columbus State University, was named to Georgia Trend’s 2016 list of 40 Under 40, representing the state’s best and brightest in business, government, nonprofits, science, healthcare and education. Nominations were made by readers throughout the state, and final selections were made by the Georgia Trend editorial staff. To view the full list of honorees, visit www.georgiatrend.com.

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Muse Co-Authors Charles F. Elton Best Paper

A paper co-authored by Brian Muse, professor of mathematics at Columbus State University, titled “Choice of Academic Major at a Public Research University: The Role of Gender and Self-Efficacy,” was named a 2015 Charles F. Elton Best Paper by the Association for Institutional Research, the world’s largest professional association for institutional researchers. The award recognizes research that makes significant scholarly contributions to the field of institutional research and decision-making in higher education.

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Professor’s Study on Skeletal Remains Provides Insights into Local Impact of Inca Conquest

Warren Church, professor of anthropology in Columbus State University’s Department of Earth and Space Sciences, collaborated on a chemical analysis of skeletal remains from an ancient Peruvian cliff tomb to assess changing dietary and mobility patterns experienced by local Chachapoya peoples under Inca domination (AD 1470-1535). The study, recently published by the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, provides insight into the presence of local vs. foreign (Inca) individuals, their social statuses and the nature of Inca control.

Research conducted by Church and his colleagues at the tomb site Los Pinchudos was featured in the June 2004 issue of National Geographic Magazine.

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Burgess Authors Multiple Papers on DNA Barcoding

The Conversation, an online source for curated news by professional editors, recently published an article co-authored by Kevin Burgess, professor of plant ecological genetics at Columbus State University, exploring the potential use of pollen genetics in forensic investigations.

Burgess co-authored two other articles cited in The Conversation: “Review and Future Prospects for DNA Barcoding Methods in Forensic Palynology,” published in Forensic Science International Genetics, and “Pollen DNA Barcoding: Current Applications and Future Prospects,” published in Genome. Both are peer-reviewed publications.

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Professor Developing EPA-Sponsored Technique for Removing Invasive Species

Troy Keller, professor of environmental science in Columbus State University’s Department of Earth and Space Sciences, is working with the non-profit Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council on an $600,000 EPA-funded project he co-wrote to develop an environmentally-friendly technique for killing invasive mussels in the Great Lakes. Invasive mussels have altered the ecology of all five Great Lakes and spread throughout the United States from their original home in Eurasia.

Keller is recruiting graduate students to help conduct research examining the effects of this technique on non-target species such as fish, crayfish and aquatic plants in northern Michigan during the summers of 2017 and 2018.

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CSU Fraternity Wins Multiple Chapter Awards at National Convention

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Columbus State University’s Xi-Iota chapter of Kappa Sigma took home more than a dozen top chapter awards in July at their annual leadership conference in Orlando, most notably:

  • The Founders Award for Chapter Excellence;
  • Outstanding Single Community Service Award for the fraternity’s annual “Shave to Save” event;
  • Outstanding Undergraduate of the Year, Tyler Davidson, former CSU Student Government Association president; and
  • Alumni Advisor of the Year, Torrey Wiley

 

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Professor Recognized by Mayor, City Council for Historic Contributions to Columbus

Richard Gardiner, Columbus State University professor of teacher education, and Daniel Bellware, authors of “The Genesis of the Memorial Day Holiday in America,” were recognized by the Mayor and City Council of Columbus this week for their research documenting Columbus, Georgia as the true home of the Memorial Day Holiday.

A copy of the council’s resolution is available at bit.ly/ColumbusResolution.

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