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Faculty and Staff Accomplishments | June 2019

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Dr. Elisha Injeti, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and his research students Sarah Berman, Jamie Huston, Austin Lail, and Nicole Piquette presented a research poster at the Experimental Biology 2019 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. The abstract of this poster is published in FASEB Journal with the following citation:

Berman SE, Huston JL, Lail AW, Piquette NB, Injeti ER. Chlorogenic Acid Increases Basal Tone with No Effect on Relaxation of Rat Ileal Smooth Muscles by Mechanisms Independent of PKG Mediated Effects on Myosin Light Chain Phosphorylation. FASEB Journal, 33:1. 2019.

Beth-PorterBeth Cram Porter, Associate Professor of Vocal Music and Chair of the Department of Music and Worship, was recently elected to serve on the Nominating Committee for the National Association of Schools of Music. In addition, she was elected as the Vice President for the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She was invited to participate in singing research as a subject in an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) experiment. This project involved singing in an MRI tube for an hour and included studies at The Ohio State University (August 2018) and in Kyoto, Japan, (March 2019) in conjunction with Kobe University at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute. Porter sang in both opera and commercial styles in the MRI and even performed her bird calls. This research is currently being analyzed by several teams, including Ohio speech scientists Kerrie Obert, M.A.; Youkyoung Bae, Ph.D.; and Karen Perta, M.A.. Obert has already presented some of her preliminary findings at the international Voice Geek Conference in Colchester England, April 2019. Obert has identified a tongue position that she feels is responsible for ring in the voice. Porter’s MRI data proved to be very valuable in the identification of this. She was also invited in to be the guest Choral Clinician at the International Schools of China (ISC) Fine Arts Festival held in Tianjin, China, from March 14-16. She conducted an 80-voice high school choir composed of students from ISC schools in Chengdu, Qingdao, Wuhan, Wuxi, Tianjin, and Yantai.

Dr. Michael Sherr, Professor of Social Work and Chair of the Department of Social Work, co-authored with Dr. Johnny M. Jones from Southeastern University a book titled “Introduction to Competence-Based Social Work: The Profession of Caring, Knowing, and Serving” with Oxford University Press. It is the second edition and will be released on September 2019.

Dr. Otis Wright, Professor of Mathematics, published the following paper: Otis C Wright, III, Sharp upper bound for the amplitudes of hyperelliptic solutions of the focusing nonlinear Schrödinger equation, Nonlinearity, 32 (2019) 1929-1966.

Dr. Felisha Younkin, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and Dr. Michael Firmin, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, co-presented a poster session at the 15th Annual Qualitative Inquiry national research conference on the campus University of Illinois campus in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. The work was titled, “Perceived Professional Identities of Christian Healthcare Workers in Clinical Settings,” and was co-authored with Dr. Rachel Parrill, Associate Professor of Nursing, and Cedarville psychology majors Alexis Smith and Zachary Krauss.

The Marketing and Communication Division was awarded a PRism award and “Best of Show” honor for its entry, “Newsroom Expands Media Reach,” during last month’s Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) annual awards dinner held at the Dayton Club. The PRism is the highest honor given by PRSA.


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