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Professional Notes: September 2017


A round-up of awards, presentations, papers and the other professional achievements of SLU faculty, staff and students. 


Awards and Fellowships

Peter Garvin SAC award

Peter Garvin (right) accepts the 2017 Joyce Huelsmann Award from SLU's Staff Advisory Committee (SAC). Submitted photo

The Department of Public Safety’s Peter Garvin received the 2017 Joyce Huelsmann Outstanding Staff Advisory Committee Member Award from SLU’s Staff Advisory Committee (SAC). The SAC presented the award to Garvin at its first meeting of the 2017-2018 academic year. The award honors the memory of long-time SLU staff and SAC member Joyce Huelsmann (1963-2010) and recognizes a member of the SAC who has best demonstrated the qualities of leadership, service and positive attitude that were hallmarks of Huelsmann’s career. Garvin has been a member of the SAC since 2014 and served as membership coordinator from 2015 to 2017, chair elect from 2016 to 2017 and is currently a member of the Bicentennial Steering Committee. Garvin has also served on the Service/Events committee for SAC and has worked on SAC’s Food Truck Rally. Garvin has been a public safety officer with SLU since 1996. 

IPE representatives acception their award
Members of SLU's Center for Interprofessional Education (IPE) accept their honorable mention for the Nexus Award. Submitted photo

SLU’s Center for Interprofessional Education and Research (IPE) was among three programs honored with honorable mentions for the inaugural Nexus Award by the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education at the 2017 Nexus Summit in Minneapolis on Aug. 22, 2017. SLU’s program was recognized for its contribution to the National Center’s resources and best practices for programs that integrate education and practice while documenting outcomes and reproducible programs for national dissemination.

All programs in the Nexus Network focus on improving health professions as collaboration-ready team members to advance patient care and outcomes as part of the national center’s “Triple Aim.”

The SLU project that earned the center the award was “Preparing Health Professions Students as Collaboration-Ready Team Members to Improve Community and Population Health. The SLU-Nexus Network project focuses on documenting the outcomes for students in the IPE experience and the beneficial outcomes to the community agency partners.

Advocacy and Service


Fred Rottnek, M.D. (Family Medicine) and David Pole, Ph.D. (Family Medicine) wrote an article for Health Progress, The Catholic Health Association’s journal, about collaborative practice aiding the well-being of patients and health care professionals. 

Claudia Karagoz, Ph.D., (Languages, Literatures and Cultures) published a book chapter, “Uncertain Mothers: Maternal Ambivalence in Alina Marazzi's Film Tutto parla di te/All About You,” in Motherhood in Literature and Culture: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Europe, edited by Rye, Gill, et al. (New York: Routledge, 2017.) In July, Karagoz presented a paper, “What's in a Gaze? 'Il sogno delle bambine' in Letizia Battaglia's Photographs,” at the American Association of Teachers of Italian Annual Conference, University of Palermo, Italy, June-July 2017.

Sydney Norton, Ph.D. (Languages, Literatures and Cultures) published an article, “German Immigrant Abolitionists: Fighting for a Free Missouri” was published in the Yearbook of German-American Studies.

Elsy Cardona, Ph.D. (Languages, Literatures and Cultures) edited the book, Aurora Luque: Haikus de Narila and Portuaria. Bilingual edition by Elsy Cardona. (Gerona/Málaga: Luces de Gálibo: Poesía, 2017.) 

Julia R Lieberman, Ph.D. (Languages, Literatures and Cultures) has co-edited with Michal Jan Rozbicki, Ph.D., director of the Center for Intercultural Studies, Charity in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Traditions (Lexington Books, 2017). Lieberman has also authored the volume’s Chapter 6, “New Practices of Sedaka. Charity in London’s Spanish and Portuguese Jewish Community during the Eighteenth Century.” She delivered the following presentations:

  • “A ‘College town’ embroiled in ethnic turmoil: Field Observations in Jerusalem 2015-2016,” at the 33rd Annual Conference of the Association for Israel Studies A Century After Balfour: Vision and Reality, at Brandeis University, June 12 to14, 2017.
  • “From Portuguese New Christian to New Jew in Jerusalem: The Last Years of Alfonso Enriques (alias David Senior),” at The Seventeenth-World Congress of Jewish Studies Sephardic Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, August 6 to 10, 2017. Lieberman chaired a panel on Linguistic studies of Ladino, the language spoken by Sephardi Jews, at the same congress.

An essay by Cassandra Hamrick, Ph.D. (Languages, Literatures and Cultures), “Baudelaire and Hiawatha,” appeared this summer in the collective volume, Translation and the Arts in Modern France, edited by Sonya Stephens (Indiana University Press, July 2017). 

Christy Garcia, Ph.D. (Languages, Literatures and Cultures) presented “Self-correction of second-language pronunciation via online, real-time, visual feedback,” along with Terrell Morgan and Mark Kolat at Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) 2017 conference in Salt Lake city on Sept. 1. 

Evelyn Meyer, Ph.D. (Languages, Literatures and Cultures) gave two academic conference presentations: “Gawan in the medieval German Tradition,” A Roundtable on “Gawan in Medieval Vernacular Traditions,” sponsored session by the International Arthurian Society, North American Branch, Triennial Congress of the International Arthurian Society, Wurzburg, Germany, on July 25, and “Constructing the Racial and Oriental Other in Text and Illumination in Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival” in “Constructing Race in Arthurian Romance,” sponsored session by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Saint Louis University, 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, on May 11.

Meyer also chaired a session at the Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, held at SLU on June 20, “Writing within Le Morte Darthur and other Arthurian Narratives,” sponsored by the International Arthurian Society – North American Branch, organizer, David Rollo, University of Southern California. Meyer’s conference presentation in Würzburg was specifically mentioned in an editorial in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on July 28, about the Triennial Congress of the International Arthurian Society.

Dan Nickolai, Ph.D. (Languages, Literatures and Cultures) gave two presentations, “Increasing L2 Intelligibility through iSpraak” and “Emerging Trends in Language Learning Technology” at IALLT (the International Association for Language Learning Technology) at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. He also hosted a webinar in June for the organization's members entitled: Curriculum-centered Language Placement.

Promotions and Hirings

David Maddox
David Maddox. Submitted photo

David Maddox has joined SLU as Information Technology Services (ITS) associate vice president and chief information security officer. Maddox has more than 25 years of experience in IT and was most recently at Littler Mendelson and Cerner Corporation in Kansas City. In his new role, Maddox is responsible for implementing processes and technologies to protect the University’s data including all student, academic, research and health care data.

“Cyberattacks are becoming more frequent and more effective,” David Hakanson, vice president, CIO and chief innovation officer, said. “It is great to have someone of David Maddox’s caliber to lead the information security team in an ever-changing environment.”

Maddox hold an MBA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Henry W. Bloch School of Management as well as numerous professional certifications including the Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified Information Security Professional (CISSP). He has also received a Master’s Certificate in Applied Project Management from Villanova University. Maddox began his new role on July 1. 


Scholarships, Grants and Fellowships

Hematology resident Brandon Blue, M.D., was selected to participate in the 2017 American Society of Hematology Clinical Research Training Institute. The year-long educational and mentorship program is designed to prepare hematology and oncology trainees and junior faculty for careers in patient-oriented research.


Kayla Schmidt, senior

Senior Kayla Schmidt presents on her award-winning research. Courtesy of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS)

Kayla Schmidt, a senior in the Investigative and Medical Science Program in the Doisy College of Health Sciences, won the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) National Student Research Paper Award at the organization’s annual meeting in San Diego, California. Schmidt’s winning presentation was “Development of a Microscopic Method to Diagnose Hemoglobin C Conditions in Underdeveloped Countries.” She also won the ASCLS’s Undergraduate Poster Competition. Schmidt became interested in her research topic during her junior year and traveled to Haiti as a senior to continue her work.