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The following announcements were received through Nov. 30, 2011.


ELIZABETH GILES, director of clinical education in the School of Physical Therapy, has received three board and advisory committee appointments since graduating from the United Way of South Hampton Roads' Project Inclusion Board Governance Leadership and Development Program last spring. Project Inclusion benefits the Hampton Roads community by pursuing inclusiveness on boards and committees of nonprofit organizations and agencies. Two weeks prior to graduation, she was invited to serve a continuous appointment on the Kaplan College-Chesapeake campus Physical Therapist Assistant Program Advisory Board. In June, she was appointed by Dr. Karen Remley, commissioner of the Virginia Department of Health, to a four-year term on the Health Commissioner's Minority Health and Health Equity Advisory Committee. She is currently vice chair of the Data Subcommittee. In September, she was appointed by the Newport News City Council to a two-year term on the Mayor's Committee on Disabilities.

MOHAMMAD KARIM, vice president for research, named chair of the Finance Committee of the Southeastern Universities Research Association. He will serve a two-year term extending through 2013.


KATHERINE HAMMOND, director of theatre, a Meritorious Achievement Award for Excellence in Directing by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for her production of "Red Bug," a mediated stage experience.

X. NANCY XU, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


D.E. WITTKOWER, assistant professor of philosophy, editor of "Philip K. Dick and Philosophy" (Chicago: Open Court, 2011). He also wrote two chapters: "Matt Damon Is a Vast Sinister Conspiracy" and "Time in Unfixed Are You" [sic].


JEFFREY JONES, director of the Institute of Humanities, "Studying Audiences for Political Television," a paper at the "Comedy and Politics" panel of the TV Comedy Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Also, "Satirizing Political Speech Acts: Performativity and Poetic Mimicry," a paper at the symposium "Mediated Politics: The 'Cultural Turn' in Political Communication Research" at the Institute for Communication Studies, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK. Also, "Performing Politicians: Poetic Mimicry and Performativity," a paper at the symposium "Screen Satires: Puppetry, Mimicry, Laughter" for the comparative literatures department, Harvard University.

KATHERINE HAMMOND, director of theatre, a master class, "Projections in Performance," for the National Educational Theatre Association in Chicago. She also was the media designer for the Virginia Stage Company CULTIVATE touring production of "Julius Caesar."

SHARON RAVER-LAMPMAN, professor of communication disorders and special education, "Parallel Talk: Effects on the Language and Interactional Skills of Preschoolers with Deafness" at the Ireland International Conference on Education in Dublin. Co-authors are JONNA BOBZIEN, lecturer, CORRIN RICHELS, assistant professor, PEGGY HESTER, professor, ANNE MICHALEEK, graduate student, and NICOLE ANTHONY, graduate student, communication disorders and special education. This was also published in the proceedings.

MELVIN WILLIAMS, eminent scholar emeritus of human movement sciences,

"Ergogenic Aids and Sports Performance" at the First National Congress on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Sport in Zacatecas, Mexico. Also, "Dietary Supplements and Running Performance" at the American Medical Athletic Association Annual Sports Medicine Symposium at the Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, Va.

D.E. WITTKOWER, assistant professor of philosophy, "Educational Expropriation of Digital Consumer Training," a presentation at MobilityShifts: An International Future of Learning Summit, The New School, New York.

X. NANCY XU, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, "Design of Multifunctional Nanoparticle Probes for Molecular Imaging and Sensing in Single Living Organisms" at the FACSS 2010 in Raleigh, N.C. (published in proceedings). Co-authors are PRAKASH NALLATHAMBY, graduate student, TAO HUANG, research scientist, and KERRY LEE and LAUREN BROWNING, graduate students, chemistry and biochemistry. Also,

"Super-resolution and Single Molecule Imaging of SERS Hot Spots" at the 242nd ACS National Meeting in Denver (published in proceedings), with co-author Huang. Also, "Design of In Vivo Assays for Probing of Physiochemical Dependent Biocompatibility and Toxicity of Nanomaterials" at the 242nd ACS National Meeting in Denver. Co-authors are Lee, Browning and Nallathamby. Also, "Design of Optical Nano Rulers for Sizing of Single Nanoparticles Using Optical Microscopy and Spectroscopy" at Pittcon/ACS 2011 in Atlanta (published in proceedings). Co-authors are Nallathamby and Huang. Also, "Cytotoxic and Therapeutic Effects of Stable and Purified Silver Nanoparticles on Tumor Cells" at Pittcon/ACS 2011 in Atlanta (published in proceedings), with co-author Nallathamby. Also, "Design of Size-dependent Plasmonic Nanoparticles for Probing of Multidrug Membrane Transporter of Single Living Cells in Real Time" at Pittcon/ACS 2011 in Atlanta (published in proceedings). Coauthors are Lee and Nallathamby. Also, "Photostable Single Molecule Nanoparticle Optical Biosensors for Sensing and Imaging of Single Protein Molecules and Their Binding Kinetics at the 240th ACS National Meeting in Boston (published in proceedings). Co-authors are Huang and Nallathamby.


JOHN ADAM, University Professor of mathematics, "Putting the X in Biology: A Review of 'The Mathematics of Life' by Ian Stewart" in vol. 58 of the Notices of the American Mathematical Society.

SABRA GEAR, lecturer of communication disorders and special education, "Teaching Social Skills to Enhance Work Performance in a Daycare Center" in vol. 46, no. 1 of Education and Training in Autism & Developmental Disabilities. Co-authors are JONNA BOBZIEN, lecturer of communication disorders and special education; SHARON JUDGE, associate dean of the Darden College of Education; and SHARON RAVER-LAMPMAN, professor of communication disorders and special education.

AHMED NOOR, William E. Lobeck Professor of Modeling, Simulation and Visualization Engineering, a feature article, "The World Is More than Complicated," in the November edition of Mechanical Engineering magazine, the flagship publication of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

SHARON RAVER-LAMPMAN, professor of communication disorders and special education, "Designing Acoustic and Instructional Features in General Education Classrooms for Preschoolers with Hearing Loss: Auditory-Verbal Strategies for Cochlear Implant Users" in vol. 5, no. 5 of Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal. Also, with doctoral students ANNE MICHALEK and AMY GILLESPIE, "Major Stressors and Life Goals of Caregivers of Individuals with Disabilities" in vol. 10, no. 2 of Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation. Also, with Liu Shenglin, a faculty member from China, as lead author, "The Emergence of Early Intervention for Children with Hearing Loss in China" in vol. 12, no. 1 of The Journal of the International Association of Special Education.

D.E. WITTKOWER, assistant professor of philosophy, co-author (with lead author Julinna Oxley) of a chapter, "Care and Loyalty in the Workplace," in the book "Applying Care Ethics to Business," edited by Maurice Hamington and Maureen Sander-Staudt, (New York: Springer, 2011). Also, co-author (with lead author Ronald Green) of a chapter, "The Case of the Dangerous Detective," in the book "Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy," edited by Josef Steiff, (Chicago: Open Court, 2011).

This article was posted on: December 1, 2011

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