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      Kate Beadsley, a senior nursing major, received a scholarship from the Philadelphia District of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association at the association's annual Five-County Dinner held Oct. 27.


      Dr. Richard Cooper

      Dr. Richard Cooper

      Dr. Richard Cooper, clinical assistant professor of social work, was asked to serve as an expert witness for a case involving Black vernacular speech popularized by the late Malcolm X, in-group intergenerational behavioral norms and Title VII of the Discrimination Code. His testimony related to cultural diversity and African American history on a volatile VA Affairs/local union internal court case in Dallas.


      Commonwealth Law Professor Michael Dimino co-authored the book "Understanding Election Law and Voting Rights," recently published by Carolina Academic Press.


      Iva Johnson Ferrell

      Iva Johnson Ferrell

      Delaware Law Professor Iva Johnson Ferrell has been appointed Widener University's chief diversity officer. In this position, Ferrell will assist Widener University President Julie E. Wollman and the entire university community in reaching diversity and inclusion goals espoused in Widener's strategic plan. In addition, she will join Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Stephen C. Wilhite in co-chairing Widener's Diversity and Inclusion Council.


      Commonwealth Law Dean Christian Johnson was recently named to the Lt. Governor’s Veterans Task Force. The task force works to address various veterans issues, including employment, housing, legal assistance and mental health issues.


      Kim Noble, assistant professor of nursing, was an invited speaker at the Pennsylvania Association of Perianesthesia Nurses Pride Annual Conference in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. on Oct. 2. She delivered two podium lectures titled "The Skinny on Bariatric Surgery" and "When the Get-Up-and-Go is Gone: Fatigue in Perianesthesia Nursing."


      Dr Barbara Patterson

      Dr. Barbara Patterson

      Dr. Barbara Patterson, professor and director of the PhD program for the School of Nursing, authored the book "Scientific Inquiry in Nursing Education: Advancing the Science." The first edition was released late summer and is available to purchase online. Dr. Anne Krouse, former professor in the School of Nursing, co-authored the text, which addresses the quality of scholarship and research evidence on which nurse faculty base their teaching practices.


      Abbygaile Rios, sophomore biology major, was voted "Player of the Week" by the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union for her positive attitude at practice and games. According to Danna Kutchner, coach of the women's rugby club at Widener, "Rios brings the team together with her sense of humor and is a great young leader on the team."


      Dr. Michael D. Rosko, professor of health care management, published "Efficiency and Hospital Effectiveness in Improving HCAHPS Ratings" in the October/December 2016 issue of Health Care Management Review. He co-authored the article with colleagues Dr. Mona Al-Amin of Suffolk University and Dr. Suzanne Makarem of Virginia Commonwealth University.


      Dr Brent Satterly

      Dr. Brent Satterly

      Dr. Brent Satterly, associate professor of social work, presented at the fifth annual Harry Potter Conference at Chestnut Hill College on Oct. 21. Satterly's presentation on social justice and social work, "I Solemnly Swear That I Am Up To Good: The Spell Craft of Social Work, Harry Potter and Social Justice," was based on a course he is teaching in the spring.


      Delaware Law Dean Rodney Smolla was a guest on a panel that discussed the First Amendment for Free Speech Week. The program, "Free Speech: Still the 'American Way?'", was presented by the Newseum Institute and The Media Institute in Washington, D.C. Other panelists included former NBC news anchor John Seigenthaler; First Amendment attorney Robert Corn-Revere; and American University professor, lawyer and journalist John Watson. Watch it here.


      Dr. Darrell Spurlock, associate professor of nursing, has been awarded the Christine A. Tanner Scholarly Writing Award from the Journal of Nursing Education. Spurlock's article "Validity and Reliability Evidence for a New Measure: The Evidence-Based Practice Knowledge Assessment in Nursing" was selected as the winning article for 2016. The award was announced in the October issue of the Journal and was presented to Spurlock at the annual Journal of Nursing Education Editorial Board meeting held during the National League for Nursing's annual education summit in September.


      Dr Bin Wang

      Dr. Bin Wang

      Dr. Bin Wang, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, received a grant for $132,000 from the American Heart Association over the course of two years to work on research to enhance stem cell therapy by a targeted delivery system to improve the survival of stem cells and to improve cardiac function. Wang is working in collaboration with Temple University and a consultant there, Dr. Mohammad F. Kiani, on the grant.


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