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Professional Notes: End-of-Academic-Year Edition


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

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Lectures and Presentations

Oluwatoyosi "Olu" Owoeye, Ph.D., assistant professor of physical therapy and athletic training, presented internationally in Quebec City, Canada, in February. Submitted photo

Oluwatoyosi "Olu" Owoeye, Ph.D., assistant professor of physical therapy and athletic training, presented internationally in Quebec City, Canada, in February. Submitted photo

Oluwatoyosi "Olu" Owoeye, Ph.D., of the Physical Therapy Program of the Doisy College of Health Sciences, presented his lecture, “Injury Prevention in Sport: What Works and How is this Relevant to the Military,” at the Fifth International Congress on Soldiers’ Physical Performance (ICSPP), hosted by Human Performance Research and Development, Directorate of Fitness, Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services in Quebec City, Canada, in February.

Owoeye also shared his expertise and knowledge on an event panel, “An International Problem and Collaboration to Predicting and Preventing Injuries in the Military.”

About the talk

This convention aims to bring together leaders, researchers, operators, and practitioners together in collaboration and open discussions. Not only does this event draw the military sector but thought-provoking brainstorm sessions appeal to many physically rigorous occupations such as police, fire, ambulance, and emergency services.

Kim Levenhagen, DPT, of the Physical Therapy Program, gave a lecture and shared her expertise as part of “Physical Therapy Considerations of Neurologic Presentations in COVID-19,” a webinar presented in collaboration with the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) Section on Health Policy and Administration the Catalyst, Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy, and the Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy, on Saturday April 25.


Jason Eberl, Ph.D., director of the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics, and doctoral candidate Chris Ostertag published articles in Health Care Ethics USA. Eberl also published an article with G. Kevin Donovan, "Is It Ethical to Unilaterally Withdraw Life-Sustaining Treatment in Triage Circumstances?" in The Journal of the Catholic Health Association of the United States.

Timothy Wiemken, Ph.D., of SLUCOR and the Division of Infectious Diseases, Allergy, and Immunology, and Enbal Shacham, Ph.D., of the Department of Behavioral Science and Health Education in the College for Public Health and Social Justice, published an approach for using syndromic surveillance for COVID-19 tracking in the American Journal of Public Health.

This work represents the first peer-reviewed study on syndromic surveillance for COVID-19 and utilizes publicly reported data from the CDC FluView and ILINet to track the disease. A web application was created to continually update the trends as data are reported.

Chris Sebelski, Ph.D., DPT, Elissa Held-Bradford, Ph.D., and Ann Hayes, DPT, of the Physical Therapy Program, published the article, "The Intersection of Movement and Clinical Reasoning: Embodying ‘Body as a Teacher’ to Advance the Profession and Practice" in Physical Therapy.

Karla Scott, Ph.D., of the Department of Communication in the College of Arts and Sciences, published an article, “Gatekeeping, Grace, and Getting tenure: A Womanist Wa/onders To Sing a Black Girls Song,” in the International Review of Qualitative Research, Vol. 12, No. 3, Fall 2019, pp. 258–262.

Bryan Sokol, Ph.D., Leah Sweetman, Ph.D., and Bobby Wassel, Ph.D., of the Center for Service and Community Engagement, and collaborators from the Department of Communication including Tim Huffman, Ph.D., published a peer-reviewed article in the January 2020 special issue of the Journal of Christian Higher Education, “Reconciling structural and personal expressions of justice in Jesuit education.”

The publication coincided with the 10th anniversary celebration of the center and marked an important shift in strategic priorities of the team, focusing more intentionally on making academic contributions to the scholarly literature on community-engaged inquiry.

The article explored the different approaches to student-led community outreached by Campus Kitchen and the St. Benedict Labre Ministry, as well as the Winter Emergency Shelter which was organized in response to the 'polar vortex' of January 2019. The full citation for the article is:

Sokol, B. W., Sweetman, L., Wassel, B., Franco, C., & Huffman, T. (2020). Reconciling structural and personal expressions of justice in Jesuit education. Christian Higher Education: An International Journal of Research, Theory, and Practice, 19(1-2), 44-59.

Katherine D. Moran, Ph.D., of the Department of American Studies, published the book, The Imperial Church: Catholic Founding Fathers and United States Empire, with Cornell University Press.

Erica K. Salter, Ph.D., of the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics, director of its doctoral program, and associate professor of pediatrics, along with health care ethics doctoral students Annie Friedrich and Kirsten Dempsey published an article, “The Use of Suffering in Pediatric Bioethics and Clinical Literature,” in Pediatric Ethicscope.

Jeffrey Bishop, M.D., Ph.D., of the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics and the Departments of Philosophy and Theological Studies, together with health care ethics doctoral Marty Fitzgerald published an article on norming COVID‐19.

Cara Wallace, Ph.D., of the School of Social Work, published an article in Journal of Pain and Symptom Management geared towards helping healthcare clinicians consider the context of grief amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

About the article

Understanding grief is important to help address potential for burnout among providers and potential for complicated grief for bereaved families moving forward. Quality communication, advance care planning, and provider self-care are three recommended practices that can assist now in mitigating our changed landscape of grief. Hospice and palliative care providers are positioned perfectly to serve as a resource to colleagues in other specialties.

Research by Bradley Bailey, Ph.D., of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, on the artist Marcel Duchamp was mentioned in Art in America and The Art Newspaper.

Anne Sebert Kuhlmann, Ph.D., of the Department of Behavioral Science and Health Education, published an article in the International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics (Feb 21, 2020), “Girls’ attendance at school after a menstrual hygiene intervention in northern Ethiopia.”

The article focuses on one of the first large studies to show a positive relationship between a menstrual hygiene intervention and girls’ school attendance.

Chris Ealham, Ph.D., of the Division of Humanities, SLU-Madrid, published, Les anarchistes dans la ville : révolution et contre-révolution à
Barcelone, 1898-1937 (Marseille: Agone, 2020).

Ana Granados, Ph.D., and Ana Portilla, Ph.D., of SLU-Madrid, co-authored an article published in Revista Matemática Complutense: Granados, A., Pestana, D., Portilla, A.,Rodríguez, J. M., Tourís, E. "Stability of the volume growth rate under quasi-isometries." Revista Matemática Complutense no. 33, 2020, pp. 231–270.

Anne McCabe, Ph.D., of SLU-Madrid, co-authored an article published in the forthcoming, Writing and Language Learning: Advancing Research Agendas. See Whittaker, R. & McCabe A. "Writing on history in a Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) context: Development of grammatical metaphor as evidence of language learning." In R.M. Machón (ed.) Writing and Language Learning: Advancing Research Agendas. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. (forthcoming, 2020).

Laura Muro, Ph.D., of SLU-Madrid, published articles including:

Mary Prendergast, Ph.D., of SLU-Madrid, published an article, in Nature. See Lipson, M., Ribot, I., Mallick, S., Prendergast, M.E. et al. "Ancient West African foragers in the context of African population history." Nature no. 577, 2020, pp. 665–670.

Paolo Saono, Ph.D., of SLU-Madrid, co-authored an article in Economic Research-Ekonomska Istraživanja. See Saona, P., Muro, L., San Martín, P., and Cid, C. "Ibero-American Corporate Ownership and Boards of Directors: Implementation and Impact on Firm Value in Chile and Spain," Economic Research-Ekonomska Istraživanja, vol. 33, 2020.

He also co-authored an article in the Journal of International Financial Management & Accounting. See Saona, P., Muro, L., and Alvarado, M. "How Does the Ownership Structure and Board of Directors’ Features Impact on Earnings Management? The Spanish Case," Journal of International Financial Management & Accounting, vol. 31, no. 1, 2020, pp. 98-133.

John Welch, Ph.D., of SLU-Madrid has two forthcoming articles coming out in 2020:

Awards and Honors

This year the Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing partnered with the DAISY Foundation to present the DAISY award for extraordinary Nursing Faculty. Nominations were solicited for faculty who inspire and influence their students.

Joanne Schneider, Ph.D., of the school’s graduate faculty, and to Karen Cuvar, Ph.D., of the undergraduate faculty, received this year’s awards.

Forty-six nominations were submitted for 20 faculty members.

The DAISY Foundation was founded in 2000 by the Barnes Family in memory of their beloved son, and husband J. Patrick Barnes who died at the age of 33 after a short illness. The Barnes Family was awestruck by the clinical skills, caring and compassion displayed by the nurses who cared for Patrick. They founded the DAISY Foundation with the goals of showing their appreciation for and honoring nurses across the globe.

The signature program of the DAISY Foundation, the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses recognizes individual nurses, clinical teams and faculty for their extraordinary, compassionate care and instruction of nursing students.

For over 20 years DAISY awards for Nursing Excellence have been awarded in over 4,500 health care facilities and Nursing Schools in the US and around the globe.

The award’s criteria include:

One of the multiple nominations for Cuvar stated “She is truly caring of all her students. She made class interesting and easy to learn. She was always there for her students and willing to help at any time. I really appreciated having her as a professor because she made me want to strive to be an amazing nurse like her one day!”

One of the multiple nominations submitted for Schneider said, “As a mentor, she inspired me to reach my academic goal. She was with me during my difficult time and supported me throughout my Ph.D. journey. As a professor, she has strategies to teach students who are different in backgrounds”

Ann Hayes, Ph.D., of the Physical Therapy Program, received the 2019 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. The award honors the achievements of highly visible teachers exhibiting leadership and innovation.

Ira H. Trako, J.D., (Law '11), assistant director of the Center for International and Comparative Law in the School of Law, was named a recipient of the Atlas Week Lorenzini Compass Award. The award recognizes the significant efforts of SLU students, student organizations and faculty/staff in promoting awareness of global issues and global injustices.

Flannery Burke, Ph.D., of the Departments of History and American Studies, won a Western Writers of America (WWA) 2020 Spur Award in the Best Western Short Nonfiction category, for her article “Worry, USA: Dude Ranch Advertising Looks East, 1915-1945.” This is Burke’s second Spur Award from the WWA.

Two faculty members from the School of Law won University Scholarly Works Awards.

Alyssa Wilson, Ph.D., of the College of Public Health and Social Justice, along with a doctoral and master’s student in the School of Social Work had an article named “Article of the Week,” by the for Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABA). The article was “Risky Business: Increasing Risky Betting Through Rule-Governed Behavior.”


Ann Hayes, Ph.D., of the Physical Therapy Program, was selected as a member of the Task Force on Limb Loss, Limb Difference, and Prosthetic Competencies for Entry-Level Physical Therapist Education which convened in February 2020 by the Academy of Acute Care of the American Association of Physical Therapists (APTA).

Diana Carlin, Ph.D.
Diana Carlin, Ph.D., professor emerita of communication and former associate provost. Submitted photo

Diana Carlin, Ph.D., professor emerita of communication and former associate provost, served as a Visiting Distinguished Researcher at American University in Cairo, in May.

She also gave a lecture at Cairo University and made a presentation at the American Center at the US Embassy to students on the history of women's rights in the US and conducted a workshop for women political leaders.

While at AUC, she taped a podcast for The Cairo Review of Global Affairs. Carlin also published an essay in The Cairo Review on communication during the pandemic.

Christopher Collins, S.J., of the Department of Theological Studies, has been named as a trustee of Creighton University.

Community Outreach

Participants in Whitney Postman, Ph.D.'s screening of a documentary about the Homer G. Phillips Hospital.

Many of the group’s participants have lived in the historic Ville neighborhood where Homer G. Phillips Hospital, the documentary's subject, trained African-American health care providers and cared for the North St. Louis community. Submitted photo

Whitney Postman, Ph.D., and students from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders screened the award-winning documentary film, The Color of Medicine: The Story of Homer G. Phillips Hospital, for the department’s Cognitive Stimulation Therapy Group (CST), whose members included older African-American adults from North St. Louis in November 2019.

Because many of the group’s participants have lived in the historic Ville neighborhood where Homer G. Phillips Hospital once flourished, they were deeply moved by this powerful documentary about the hospital’s closure, Postman said.

From its inauguration in 1937 to its forced closing in 1979, this legendary hospital was the premiere training site for African American physicians, nurses and other health professionals in the heart of The Ville.

More recently, most of the Homer G. Phillips complex has been converted to senior living apartments, though a corner of it is maintained by CareSTL Health as a day health center.

The CST group continues to gather weekly in the day health center on the hospital’s former grounds.

Graduate students Rebecca Ferron, Audrey Kinzinger, Kailin Leisure and Cassidy Woods, and undergraduate student Tayla Slay, all studying in the communication sciences and disorders department Postman with arranging and leading the screening.

Travis Threats, Ph.D., the department’s chair, welcomed the CST group to SLU and to the screening.

The screening was made possible through matching funds donated by the Henry and Amelia Nasrallah Center for Neuroscience and through a private patient donation to Postman's Neuro-Rehabilitation of Language Laboratory.

University Service and Leadership

The Staff Advisory Committee (SAC) has announced its 2020-2021 Executive Board.

Chair - Sue Stevens

Recording Secretary - Jenni Franey

Corresponding Secretary - Kristin Hrasky

Treasurer - Kathy Barbeau

Membership Coordinator - Rachel Young

The new officers will start or continue their duties on July 1.

The Staff Advisory Committee seeks to communicate the interest and concerns of a diverse University staff to the administration and faculty and support them with its knowledge, skills and abilities; to function in an advisory capacity in the development, review and implementation of University policies which affect staff; and to create and nurture a spirit of unity among all employees at the University.

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