Notable Accomplishments, Activities

Assistant Professor of Physics Zdeslav Hrepic’s “Identifying students’ mental models of sound propagation: The role of conceptual blending in understanding conceptual change" has been published by the American Physical Society in the July-December 2010 issue of Physical Review Special Physics Education Research (Vol.6, No.2). The article is co-authored with Dean A. Zollman and N. Sanjay Rebello from Kansas State University.

Department of Theatre Technical Director Scott Parker will moderate the third annual LDI Portfolio Review at Live Design Institute 2010, Oct. 18-24 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The review will involve young professionals receiving critiques and career advice from lighting, sound and projection professionals.

Joseph Brewer, a student of Adjunct Music Professor Kimberly Cone, finished second in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Turner Classic Movies’ Atlanta Symphony Songster 2010 amateur vocal competition. Brewer and two other finalists performed “Over the Rainbow” before the orchestra’s Aug. 14 concert, The Wizard of Oz. The competition and concert were streamed live as audience members voted online to determine the winner. A sample performance by Brewer can be viewed via Youtube.

English Lecturer Carey Scott Wilkerson presented the workshop “Poetry About Poetry: How Language Looks at Itself” as part of the Sept. 23-25 Chattahoochee Valley Writers’ Conference in Columbus. Wilkerson also read from his 2009 book Threading Stone and led creative writing workshops as part of a recent visiting writer series program at the University of South Alabama.

Professor of English Joseph McCallus discussed his latest book, The MacArthur Highway and Other Relics of American Empire in the Philippines, as part of the Aug. 20 edition of the nationally syndicated radio program The John Batchelor Show, which originates on WABC in New York. The book examines the MacArthur-led, U.S. liberation of the Philippines from Japan in the 1940s.

Guided inquiry research posters co-authored by Assistant Professor of Chemistry Joseph Rugutt were presented by CSU chemistry students during the American Chemical Society’s 240th National Meeting Aug. 22-26 in Boston. EunHye Cho presented “An Inquiry-Guided Synthesis of Novel Anti-Cancer Chalcones,” while Michael Anderson presented “Solid State Aldol Synthesis of Novel Anti-Cancer Chalcones” and “Teaching Assistants in the Chemistry Lab.” Cho, vice president of CSU’s American Chemical Society chapter, earlier completed a summerlong internship with the University of New Hampshire with a presentation at UNH on “Chemical Reactions of Pentacene.” Anderson is the chapter’s secretary.

Senior biology major Akeeta Harris researched mercury using gold nanoparticles — as a means to improve detection of mercury in drinking water — as part of a summerlong internship at the University of Illinois. Mentored by UI’s professor Yi Lu, Harris completed a project, “Detecting Mercury with Gold Nano-Pparticles and Functional DNA.”

Senior chemistry major Yer Yang completed a project examining factors affecting the mass range in mass spectrometry during a June 7-July 30 Research Experience for Undergraduates program at Florida State University’s National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. A PowerPoint of Yang's project can be downloaded from the laboratory website.

Joseph Rugutt was one of 27 professors nationwide selected to participate in a workshop, “Teaching Guided-Inquiry Organic Chemistry Labs,” June 6-11 at the University of Minnesota. The program was part of a series presented by the National Science Foundation-funded Center for Workshops in the Chemical Sciences, which provides professional development training for professors of undergraduate STEM (Science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines.

Senior health science major Edwina Price recently completed Project IMHOTEP, a competitive internship program hosted by the Public Health Science Institute at Morehouse College and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accordingly, Price presented her research “I Am Woman:  Improving Overall Health Outcomes of Disadvantaged African American Women in South Carolina” to CDC personnel and program peers on Aug. 12. The presentation emanated from her service to Community Voices in Atlanta through which she participated in an initiative to improve the overall health of underserved African-American women in an effort to reduce the prevalence of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and obesity. She also assisted with program initiatives on men's health, health literacy and childhood obesity.


Schwob School of Music student violinist Suliman Tekalli captured third prize in the Sept. 3-12 Rodolfo Lipizer International Violin Competition in Gorizia, Italy. Tekalli, a student of Professor Sergiu Schwartz, William B. and Sue Marie Turner Distinguished Chair in Music, competed among 24 invited violinists from 11 countries. His prize earnings totaled about $7,500. Distinguished concert artists and pedagogues from France, China, Poland, Italy, Hungary and Romania judged the competition.

This summer, Schwartz returned to the Bowdoin (Maine) and Summit (New York) international music festivals, where he provided instruction, performed and conducted public master classes. Schwartz's eighth consecutive summer at Bowdoin, involved teaching the festival’s largest group — 25 students from top music schools in the United States and Europe, including 10 Schwob School of Music violin students: Boris Abramov, Suliman Tekalli, Jing Yang, Zubaida Azezi, Nadir Khashimov, Hyun Ji Kim, Cristina Madruga, Carlos Benito de la Gala, Sylvia Wehrs, and Kallen Bierly. The CSU group participated in numerous solo and chamber performances and outreach activity during the festival.

During 2010-2011, Schwartz will serve in master class residencies in Graz (Austria), Dortmund (Germany), Lausanne and Sion (Switzerland), Jerusalem and Tel Aviv (Israel), and the Idyllwild Arts Academy and Boston University. He also will give solo performances in New York, Florida, Georgia and Canada.

Assistant Professor of Music Education Sean Powell’s, “Examining Preservice Teachers’ Perceptions of Initial Peer- and Field-Teaching Experiences” will be published in the April 2011 edition of the Journal of Music Teaching Education. Powell teaches instrumental methods, conducting, wind ensemble literature and the graduate seminar in music education. He also supervises student teachers, and conducts the Wind Orchestra.

Assistant Professor of Art Elizabeth Roberts McFalls is one 50 artists selected from 400 applicants to participate in the 25th annual Tallahassee International Exhibition. Her work, a pen, ink and wallpaper illustration titled Good News Baptist Church, has been displayed at the Florida State Univesity Museum of Fine Arts.