Faculty Achievements

Darlene Amendolair (Nursing) was accepted to the Education Committee for the International Association of Human Caring.

Brian Brady (Business) was one of 75 delegates selected to participate in the four-day Entrepreneurship Experiential Classroom XXI held at the University of Notre Dame and presented by the university in partnership with the University of Tampa and the University of Florida.

Logan Camp-Spivey (Nursing) successfully defended her dissertation, “Barriers and Facilitators Regarding Awareness, Selection, and Implementation of School-Based Interventions Addressing Physical Activity and Healthy Eating Behaviors: Perspectives of South Carolina Public School Administration and Personnel” and earned her Ph.D. With Tamara Cook, she co-authored “Innovative Teaching Strategies Using Simulation for Pediatric Nursing Clinical Education during the Pandemic: A Case Study” in the journal Academic Medicine.

Christa Christ (Psychology) and student Chakieria Allen produced a poster on Producing Stress through Hostile Conversations: Stimuli Validation” for the SC Upstate Research Symposium in April.

Vince Connors (Natural Sciences) co-authored “Lateralization at the individual and population level of the European green lizard in Slovak Karst” in the journal Acta Ethologica.

Tamara Cook (Nursing) and Kimberly Green (Nursing) have had their abstract “Simulating a Culture of Safety Through an Interactive Escape Room” accepted to the AACN’s Transform 2021 nursing conference.

Ryan Crawford (Nursing) received the Pi Gamma Chapter STTI 2021 Outstanding Dissertation award.

Heather Dewitz (Nursing) completed her DNP at Anderson University.

Ona Egbue (Informatics and Engineering Systems) received the 2021 William Daughton World Headquarters Service Award from the American Society for Engineering Management for her efforts to improve the operation of ASEM. She was also named chair of the engineering economy division for the American Society for Engineering Education for 2021-22.

Jennifer Gray (Psychology) co-presented “A Case Examination of Factors Impacting Charges in Vehicular Heatstroke” at the SC Upstate Research Symposium in April. With Kenneth Barideaux Jr. (Psychology) and student Alice Biganzoli, Gray co-presented “How Does the Parent’s Sex and Perceived Moral Character Affect Perceptions of Blame and Responsibility Following Child Vehicular Heatstroke.” Gray and Barideaux also co-presented with student Morgan Kaltwang on “Blame and Responsibility in Vehicular Heatstroke Deaths: Examining the Role of a Parent’s Perceived Moral Character.”

Araceli Hernández-Laroche (Modern Languages) was invited to speak about S.C. Centro Latino and its efforts to support Latinx students for the S.C. Technical College System; the Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries (PASCAL); and for the Humanities for All webinar series “Starting Points: Higher Ed Perspectives on How to Begin a Publicly Engaged Humanities Practice.” She also graduated from the 2021 Grassroots Leadership Development Institute (an initiative of the Spartanburg County Foundation).

Polinpapilinho Katina (Advanced Manufacturing Management) contributed “Governance in CPS” to the Encyclopedia of Cryptography, Security and Privacy, and co-authored “Complex system governance as a framework for asset management” in the journal Sustainability.

Kristi Miller (Nursing) presented a poster at the SCURS symposium in April on “Assessing Safety Culture in Schools of Nursing.” She also became a certified nurse educator after passing the examination.

Maria Montesó (Spanish Translation & Interpreting) was invited to speak on “Building Community Trust and Impact with Language Justice” for the Nonprofit Alliance and Greenville Partnership for Philanthropy.

Bernard Omolo (Mathematics & Statistics) co-authored “A stacking ensemble deep learning approach to cancer type classification based on TCGA data” in the journal Scientific Reports. He also served as guest associate editor for the journal Frontiers in Public Health on the topic “Application of biostatistics and epidemiological methods for cancer research in sub-Saharan Africa.”

Susan Richardson (Informatics and Engineering Systems) is president-elect of the South Carolina Health Information Management Association for 2021-22, and state delegate to the American Health Information Management Association for 2021-22.

Victor Summers (Mathematics) co-authored “Torsion in thin regions of Khovanov homology” in the Canadian Journal of Mathematics.

Refika Turgut (Education) received a nearly $1 million National Science Foundation award to develop integrated computer science curricula using educational robotics for third- through fifth-grade students in linguistically diverse classrooms.

Ginny Webb (Microbiology), Scott Harris (Political Science), Justin Travis (Psychology) and student Tina Fadel co-authored “Identifying the determinants of COVID-19 preventative behaviors and vaccine intentions among South Carolina residents” in the journal Plos One and “The roles of experiences and risk perception in the practice of preventative behaviors of COVID-19” in the journal Pathogens and Global Health. Webb also co-authored, with student Mahek Momin, “The Environmental Effects on Virulence Factors and the Antifungal Susceptibility of Cryptococcus neoformans” in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences. Webb also received the American College Health Association Campus COVID-19 Vaccine Initiative Grant, and is president-elect for the South Carolina branch of the American Society for Microbiology.