Assistant Professor of Music Elisabeth Small recently presented a session, “Shifting Strategies,” at the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) 2015 National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. The presentation focused on organizing the shifting process for string teachers and students to develop a comfort zone for fluid and reliable shifting. Small also explored ways to achieve confidence in shifting by examining and coordinating listening skills, left-hand logistics, bow planning and timing.
ASTA, founded more than 65 years ago, is a membership association for the national string community with approximately 8,000 members.
Assistant Professor in Belmont’s College of Business J. Haskell Murray recently presented at an impact investing conference sponsored by the University of Michigan and Morgan Lewis, a law firm. Immediately following that event, Murray presented at the Center for Nonprofit Management’s (CNM) Bridge to Excellence conference.
For more information on the impact investing conference click here.
Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Chris Barton recently presented in the Scholarship of Teaching Learning section at the 76th Annual Meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists in Chattanooga. His presentation, “Using DNA Barcoding to Supplement Classical Taxonomic Methods in an Undergraduate Curriculum,” focused on the use of DNA barcoding, a molecular assay that uses DNA sequencing as a means to characterize plant and animal specimens that are otherwise difficult to identify. He also highlighted ways this technique can be incorporated into undergraduate science courses and research programs.
The Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB)is the largest scientific professional organization in the southeastern U. S. with approximately 1400 members from 220 academic and 60 non-academic institutions. ASB’s mission is to promote biology through research and education and is supported each spring with an annual meeting where faculty and students (both graduates and undergraduates) present research in a friendly and collegial environment.
Dean and Professor of the Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences and Nursing Dr. Cathy Taylor was recently honored as one of Nashville Medical News’s 2015 Women to Watch. For the 10th year, Nashville Medical News has profiled a group of women in Middle Tennessee who are making a difference in the health care landscape of Nashville, Tennessee or beyond through their work as clinicians, public health officials, advocates, administrators, association executives or professionals.
Taylor has been working as the College of Health Sciences’s Dean since 2012, after serving as the assistant commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Health’s Bureau of Health Service Administration, an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University Nursing School of Nursing and the director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance Disease Management Program.
Dr. Taylor said she is grateful for the mentors and role models that have encouraged her throughout the career, and she greatly enjoys the opportunity to serve in a similar role for her students. “What an honor to be counted as part of this group of extraordinary women. I am blessed to be able to do the work I love every day, surrounded by respected colleagues and exceptional students.”
For a full list of the 2015 Women to Watch honorees, click here.
On April 10, sixteen Belmont biology, biochemistry and molecular biology and neuroscience students attended the 27th Annual Butler University Undergraduate Research Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. 954 people attended the conference and participated in more than 500 presentations. Participants represented 58 colleges and universities in 16 states and the District of Columbia. Belmont faculty members Mike Pinter (mathematics), Rachel Rigsby (chemistry/physics), Roger Jackson and Jennifer Thomas (biology) also attended, and Thomas served as a session chair.
Students gave the following oral presentations:
Belmont faculty members and students from the Department of Psychological Science attended the annual conference of the Middle Tennessee Psychological Association held at MTSU on Saturday, April 25. Faculty attendees included Drs. Linda Jones, Pete Giordano, Seraphine Shen-Miller, William Bailey and Lonnie Yandell. The conference provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to present their research to colleagues from other colleges and universities.
The following research papers were presented by Belmont students:
The following research posters were presented by Belmont students:
Curb College music business instructor Dwayne O’Brien was recently invited to perform his song, “We Remember,” as the featured soloist at a gala dinner as part of the Arsenal of Democracy: World War II Victory Capitol Flyover. The three-day event included one of the most diverse arrays of World War II aircraft ever assembled flying above the skies of Washington, D.C. in celebration of the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day.
The dinner, held at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, featured combat heroes sharing their personal stories of experiences in the European and Pacific theaters. O’Brien, a pilot himself, wrote “We Remember” as a a tribute to military aviation, and his video for the song has been viewed nearly 3 million times on YouTube. The video was played as O’Brien, co-founder of country band Little Texas, sang along to those gathered at the Arsenal of Democracy gala.
A 2014 thesis project by three students in Belmont University’s Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program was recently published in Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. Co-authored by Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy Dr. Teresa Plummer, the project studied the impact of mobility assistive technology devices on participation for individuals with disabilities.
The research team included Jordan Carver, recent OTD graduate, Ashley Ganus and Jon Mark Ivey, 2004 OTD graduates. Ann Eubank, a Nashville area occupational therapist and social worker associated with Belmont’s School of Occupational Therapy, was an additional co-author.
Professor and Chair of the Biology Department Dr. Darlene Panvini taught a botany class in Fall 2014 that visited the Historic Sam Davis Home and Plantation in Smyrna multiple times as part of the class’s service learning component. The students collected leaf samples from more than 40 trees on the property to apply for arboretum certification with the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council. Panvini’s Fall 2012 botany class did similar work to advance the arboretum on Belmont’s campus towards reaching certification by the Nashville Tree Foundation.
Linday Millward and Joanna Sorrell, Belmont students, accompanied Dr. Panvini on April 30 to present all of the identified, pressed tree samples for the 41 tree to Director of Collections and Education Alex Collins. The pressed tree samples will be stored in an herbarium cabinet that the Belmont Biology Department donated to the plantation last August.
Associate Professor of Music Business Dr. Cheryl Slay Carr was recently interviewed on the television talk show, “Mind Your Music Business.”
Hosted by Jesse Goldberg, Dr. Slay Carr discussed her book,”Music Copyright Law,” co-authored with David Moser and the release of her new CD, “Invocation.”