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Smith Presents Paper Accepted for Publication

Clancy Smith, of the Department of Philosophy, presented a paper entitled “The Gospel of Greed: Ruminations on a Possible Peircean Critical Theory” at the 2014 Charles S. Peirce International Centennial Congress hosted by the University of Massachusetts on July 18.  The paper has subsequently been accepted for publication in an upcoming edition of the International Journal for Transformative Research.

Marsha Blackburn Attends Pipeline Copyright Presentation

PipelineAIMPCongressman Marsha Blackburn joined Belmont’s Pipeline Project students earlier this month in historical Columbia Studio A to hear about their summer research and suggestions regarding licensing reform.  Marc Driskill, general manager of Sea Gayle Music and chair of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), and Brad Peterson of 5/3 Bank engaged Belmont and the nine Pipeline students this summer to take a deeper dive into the current copyright conversations that will shape these students’ futures. The students shared their research of identifying common patterns between stakeholders and expressed what they thought to be the ‘three keys to licensing reform’:  efficiency, fair compensation and understanding.  The students will be submitting a full proposal to the copyright office regarding their recommendations in addition to presenting at an open forum to students and the music industry in late September.

Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business Dean Wesley Bulla said, “The opportunity that Marc Driskill, AIMP, Brad Peterson and 5/3 Bank provided for the Pipeline students is once in a lifetime.  Their generosity with time and expertise gave these students a new understanding of a complex landscape.  The students have shared that they are committed to continuing the conversation to help shape the future they’ll live in.”

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to see these brilliant young minds engage in this discussion,” said Driskill. “The current system is based on a music distribution model that has been dead for decades. New, relevant systems are on the horizon, and I believe the Nashville music community will be a significant influence to the way we will do business in the future, the future in which these students will no doubt be leaders.”

Additional attendees to the early August conversation included Troy Tomlinson, Sony ATV; Darcy Anderson, District Director for Rep. Blackburn; Vincent Candilora, ASCAP; Tim Fink, SESAC; Denise Nichols, The Primacy Firm; Kari Barnhart, 5/3 Bank; Trina Smith, AIMP; Beth Laird, Creative Nation; Kella Stephenson Farris, The Kella Stephenson Company; Jennifer Turnbow, NSAI; Michael Martin, ASCAP; Ree Guyer Buchanan, Wrensong Publishing; John Barker, Clearbox Rights; Wesley Bulla, Belmont University; and Jody Williams, BMI.

The Pipeline Project is a summer think tank dedicated to illuminating the problems currently facing the music industry and charged with exploring possible solutions through research, collaboration, and innovation.

Graduate Nursing Students Present at Pediatric Nursing Conference

Saunders, Kendall and Gray   with their poster.

Saunders, Kendall and Gray with their poster.

Belmont School of Nursing graduate students, Brandon Saunders, B.S.N, RN, Marjorie Gray B.S.N., RN, and Jake Kendall, B.S.N., RN, presented their poster titled “The Use of Antiemetics in Pediatric Patients with Gastroenteritis: A Literature Review” this summer at the 30th annual Pediatric Nursing Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. This scholarship opportunity was a product of their evidence-based practice project requirement for the Research Applications course taught by Associate Professor of Nursing Dr. Carrie Harvey in the fall of 2013.

“This is an outstanding accomplishment for these graduate students and their faculty member. We are proud of their efforts to improve the care of pediatric patients and we look forward to all they will accomplish as advanced practice nurses,” said Associate Dean of Nursing Dr. Martha Buckner.

The School of Nursing provided financial support for the students’ endeavor and commitment to learning.

Bookstore Featured on Industry Website

bookstoreThe University Bookstore is featured in an article published Aug. 18 on Foreword Online, a website with ideas and industry news for collegiate retailers, for its dorm delivery service that puts textbooks in students rooms before they arrive on campus. Belmont has offered dorm-room delivery for seven year and donates $4 per bundle to University Ministries and $1 per bundle to the Office of Residence Life. Click here to read the article.

Occupational Therapy Students, Faculty Begin Year with Service

IMG_2325As part of the new student orientation on Monday, the School of Occupational Therapy had 57 students and faculty members involved in an afternoon of service at six different locations around the Nashville area. Service opportunities included shopping for refugee families with World Relief, sorting and organizing equipment for the Tennessee Disability Coalition, packaging newborn kits and prenatal vitamins at LiveBeyond, doing landscaping at Homeplace, making cards for Meals on Wheels through Fifty Forward and interacting with residents at Morningside Assisted Living Facility.  Through these service experiences, they got to know each other while learning about organizations around the Belmont community and being introduced to service, which is a key value of the University and a central theme in the occupational therapy curriculum design.

Murray Authors, Presents Research Article

murray_haskell_153x230Professor Haskell Murray, in the College of Business Administration and the Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business, has authored “Social Enterprise Innovation: Delaware’s Public Benefit Corporation Law,” for publication in the Harvard Business Law Review.  The Harvard Business Law Review is a scholarly journal with an acceptance rate under 5 percent.  Only the Yale Journal on Regulation has a higher impact factor in the most recent rankings of all legal journals in the “Corporations and Associations” area.  Murray also presented the paper at the annual Academy of Legal Studies in Business conference in Seattle, Washington on Aug. 5.  

Overall Presents at Kenneth Burke Conference

Dr. Joel Overall, assistant professor of English, participated in a panel on Kenneth Burke and Image studies at the Triennial Kenneth Burke Conference in St. Louis, Missouri on July 19. In his presentation titled “Reanimating Burke,” Overall examined and problematized the use of digital animation software in illuminating key theoretical ideas of Kenneth Burke. Overall also participated in a seminar titled “Kenneth Burke and the Digital Archive” with the goal of building the first digital archive within Burkean studies.

Geving Presents at Math Fest

kay gevingKay Geving, of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, presented “College Algebra:  Improving Student Performance using a Hybrid Approach” at Math Fest in Portland, Oregon on Aug. 7.

Hybrid classes utilize computer technology to help teach and reinforce algebra concepts.  In the spring of 2013, Geving conducted both hybrid and traditional college algebra courses using the same textbook, exams and grading criteria. Students in the experimental design actively participated, worked numerous problems and learned from their own mistakes during and after class.  Comparison of test scores, final exam scores, evaluation comments and other observations indicate that the hybrid format greatly improves performance and comprehension of otherwise troublesome concepts. Geving presented these findings and discussed how she transformed her approach to teaching this course.

The Mathematical Association of America’s MathFest is the largest annual summertime gathering of mathematicians. The mission of the MAA is to advance the mathematical sciences, especially at the collegiate level.

Biology Faculty Attend iPlant Genomics in Education Workshop

jackson,niedzwiecki,bartonOn Aug. 13-14, Drs. John Niedzwiecki, Roger Jackson and Chris Barton, of the Biology Department, attended the iPlant Bio Genomics in Education Workshop hosted at Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Alabama.  At the workshop they learned strategies for incorporating the latest genomic and bioinformatics technologies and methods for the undergraduate classroom. Genomics in Education focuses on DNA Subway, a website that introduces students to sophisticated bioinformatics though an easy-to-use interface. 

This free workshop empowers college faculty to integrate modern methods for genome analysis into courses and student research projects. All the resources presented in the workshop are produced by the iPlant Collaborative, a National Science Foundation-funded project to develop a computer infrastructure for plant research. Instruction, workshop materials and lunches are provided by NSF grant funding.

Belmont Delegation Spends Month in China

BU students and China host familiesTwenty Belmont students and three faculty spent the first summer session traveling and studying in China from June 11 to July 2.  During their stay in the city of Zhengzhou, capital of Henan Province, students enjoyed a homestay with faculty members from Zhengzhou University’s School of Foreign Languages and their families.  Zhengzhou University is the largest university in Henan Province with over 50,000 students, and it is one of Belmont’s partner institutions in China.  Belmont’s Dr. Qingjun Joan Li, assistant professor of Chinese language and Asian studies, set up the home stays, coordinating with Professor Victor Wang Shengli, dean of the School of Foreign Languages. Wang will teach at Belmont this Fall Semester as a Visiting Scholar. Belmont students were assigned in pairs, two persons to each Chinese family. They enjoyed a wide variety of activities while staying with their Chinese families including making Chinese dumplings called jiaozi, boating on the Yellow River, joining their little Chinese siblings in birthday parties, learning calligraphy from their Chinese parents, teaming up with their Chinese families to sing Chinese and American songs in karoke, fan dancing and doing taiji quan with their families in the park in the evening as well as visiting with Chinese senior citizens who had never met any Westerners.

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