Illuminations - March 2016

Issue 2

MAR 2016
(Communication) "Every year, Eduniversal publishes its official Ranking for the 4000 Best Masters and MBA Programs in 30 fields of studies worldwide." This year the UTSA Masters in Communication ranked 24 of 200 programs worldwide. Congratulations to the hardworking faculty and staff of the Department of Communication!

Dr. Rita Linard (Music), assistant professor of flute at UTSA, celebrated her 30th year of teaching here at UTSA. Dr. Linard has contributed to growth of the of the department as well as its prestige. The UTSA Flute Ensemble is a vital part of the instrumental programs within the Department of Music and Dr. Linard is credited with the success of this program. Congratulations Dr. Linard!

Dr. Sonja Lanehart's (English) recent editing project--The Oxford Handbook of African American Language--has received a glowing review in CHOICE connect, a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries. The handbook is called "essential" and "an indispensable resource for scholars and students in linguistics, sociology, education, and cultural studies. [...] The essays are clearly written, well chosen, and accessible to a wide range of academic readers. This is an excellent, comprehensive overview of an important area of study."

Dr. LaGuana Gray (History) won the Arkansas Historical Association's John William Book Award for We Just Keep Running the Line: Black Southern Women and the Poultry Industry. The annual award is given to the best book on the history of race relations in Arkansas. Gray will be presented with the award at the Association's ceremony next month. Congratulations to Dr. Gray!

Dr. Rebekah Smith (Psychology) was recently named a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and is a fellow of the Psychonomic Society. Congratulations Dr. Smith!

Dr. Kinitra Brooks (English) was recently interviewed by Harvard Fellow Dr. Regina Brooks about rap duo Outkast, the gothic, haz-mat suits, and her new book series, New Suns: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Speculative.
Dr. Augustine Osman (Psychology) has been named an Associate Editor of Psychological Assessment.
Dr. Sandra Morissette (Psychology) was invited in Feb. 2016 to present on the topic "PTSD, Co-occurring Conditions and Functional Recovery in Returning Veterans" at The University of Texas Health Science Center Psychiatry Grand Rounds, San Antonio, TX.
Dr. Thomas Coyle Brooks (Psychology) was recently named as Associate Editor for Intelligence.

(Psychology) The UTSA Department of Psychology was strongly represented at this year's meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in San Diego, CA. Findings were presented from 10 separate projects mentored by six psychology faculty (Dr. Michael Baumann, Dr. Robert Fuhrman, Dr. Raymond Garza, Dr. Mary McNaughton-Cassill, Dr. David Pillow, and Dr. Tina Zawacki). Co-presenting with these faculty were fourteen current and former psychology students (Emma Altgelt, Janet Bennett, Tiffany Berzins, Meghan Crabtree, Andrea, Fernandez, Rida Haider, Lauren Hernandez, Willie Hale, Cory Knight, Catheryn Orihuela, Jessica Perrotte, Jessica Stetler, and Alexander Wang).  Approximately 4100 social and personality researchers from more than 700 colleges, universities, and research institutes around the world attended this year's meeting, with roughly 2600 presenting.
The 16th Annual Spring Research Conference takes place March 24, 2016. The Spring Research Conference offers graduate and undergraduate students pursuing majors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts the opportunity to present their original work in a forum of interested and critically engaged minds that is at the same time welcoming and inclusive. Come out and support your COLFA community.

The UTSA Research Service Center conducts a monthly forum to help faculty and staff navigate the grant and contract process. COLFA faculty, staff, and students are invited to a discussion on how to find research funding opportunities and prepare applications for proposals. The forum takes place the last Thursday of the month from 2 PM - 4 PM in MH 4.02.40. The next meeting is set for March 31, 2016.
The 9th Annual African American Studies Symposium
is scheduled for April 12, 2016 from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM in the UC Denman Room. This year's theme is African American Autobiography with the keynote address by Frances Smith Foster (Emory University) and this year will feature an honored guest, William L. Andrews (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill).
Dr. Steven Kellman (English) recently published an article, "Omnilingual Aspirations: The Case of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights," in Critical Multilingualism Studies.
Dr. Omar Valerio-Jiménez (History) recently published two articles, "Racializing Mexican Immigrants in the Heartland: Iowa's Early Mexican Communities, 1880-1930," Annals of Iowa 75:1 (Winter 2016), 1-46. and "'Although We are the Last Soldiers': Citizenship, Ideology, and Tejano Unionism," in Lone Star Unionism and Dissent, ed. Jesus F. de la Teja, (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2016), 123-145.

Dr. Ephrem Fernandez (Psychology) recently published "Meta-analysis of Dropout from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Magnitude, Timing, and Moderators,"  in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.
Dr. Sandra Morissette (Psychology) presented a poster entitled "Sleep Quality as a Mediator Between Combat Experiences and Neuropsychological Outcomes in Iraq/Afghanistan Veterans" at the International Neuropsychological Society 44th annual meeting this past February in Boston, MA.

Dr. Rebekah Smith and Dr. Reed Hunt (Psychology) and psychology alum Kathryn Dunlap (Psychology, B.A. honors, M.S.) published "Why Do Pictures, but Not Visual Words, Reduce Older Adults' False Memories?" in the journal Psychology & Aging.
Joshua Brunsman (Psychology Graduate Student) with co-authors Dr. Rebekah Smith and Dr. Reed Hunt presented a poster entitled "Prospective Memory with a Focal Target in a Familiar Context" at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Chicago.

Robert Moreira (English alum), won the 2016 NACCS Tejas Fiction Award for his short story collection Scores. Also, a staged reading of his new play, Roses from Castile, was recently held at UT-RGV's FESTIBA conference. 


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