Faculty publish and create

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Faculty will finish the fall semester having published papers, secured patents, conducted original musical compositions and more.


            Dr. Ken Wang, associate professor of information systems, published a paper in the Journal of Medical Internet Research mHealth and uHealth titled “Development and Testing of an Intelligent Pain Management System on Mobile Phones Through a Randomized Trial Among Chinese Cancer Patients: A New Approach in Cancer Pain Management.”


            Wang was part of a team that developed a mobile-based intelligent pain management system to help doctors better manage the pain of cancer patients. The group conducted a study of 46 cancer patients at Xinhua Hospital in Shanghai and concluded that the intelligent pain management system can improve the quality of life for patients with cancer pain.


            Wang also traveled to China this summer to study global e-commerce by visiting manufacturing facilities that include the newly built Zippo Manufacturing facility in Taicang, China.


            Wang also studied how Chinese shipping companies handle “the last mile” in the supply chain - on bikes and scooters instead of trucks.


            Dr. Matt Kropf, assistant professor of energy science and technology, served on the University of Pittsburgh committee to prepare a university-wide sustainability plan, which was unveiled last month.


            Dr. Carys Evans-Corrales, professor of Spanish, has published a new translation from Galician, a Romance language spoken in the northwest corner of Spain. Evans-Corrales received a grant from the Ministry of Culture in Galicia to translate “That's how Whales are Born,” a novel by one of Galicia's most prominent contemporary novelists, Anxos Sumai.


            This is Evans-Corrales's sixth translation from Galician.


            Dr. Joshua Groffman, assistant professor of music, has been presenting, composing and performing. His paper, “Report from the Field(s): Music of Place in the Hudson Valley,” was published in the peer-reviewed online journal “Musica Est Donum.”


            He gave a poster presentation on new approaches to teaching music fundamentals at the Pedagogy into Practice conference at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. The poster presented results from an ongoing study on music pedagogy he is conducting with Zora Wolfe, assistant professor of education at Widener University.


            His composition “An Arrow Pointed Down” for video and live electronics was selected for performance at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival. Groffman also performed his own composition at the College Music Society's National Conference in San Antonio.


            Three members of the Pitt-Bradford education faculty presented at the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators' 46th Teacher Education Assembly in Harrisburg.


            Dr. Wayne Brinda, associate professor of education; Dr. Jonathan Chitiyo, assistant professor of education; and Dr. Donna Dombek, associate professor of education; made a presentation, “Teacher Preparedness in Co-teaching Practices”


            Brinda and Dombek also co-presented “Using Danielson - Broadening Awareness of the Teacher Effectiveness Instrument for Teacher Candidates.”


            Dombek is a member of the association's board of directors and helped plan the conference as well.


            Criminal justice faculty members Dr. Tony Gaskew, associate professor of criminal justice, and Dr. Patricia Brougham, assistant professor of criminal justice, both made presentations at the American Society of Criminology Annual Conference in Philadelphia.


            Gaskew presented the paper, “The United States of America vs. The United States of America: Filtering through Social Movements from the Inside-Out.”


            Brougham made a poster presentation on human-animal interaction programs in correctional settings.


            Gaskew also served as a facilitator for discussing “Assumptions of Criminality” as part of a “Black Minds Matter” series held by the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work in Pittsburgh.


            Tim Ziaukas, professor of public relations, published an article, “Hardly 'False,' the Ka-Door was the Egyptian Tomb's 'Toggle Switch',” in the Winter 2017-18 volume of A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt.


            Judy Hopkins, instructor of composition, had two poems, “How Women View Windows” and “Lunar Eclipse” in California Quarterly.


            Karen Bell, instructor of composition and writing, had a flash nonfiction piece, “Auntie,” published in the River River  journal and a short story, “How to Name and Claim Romance” accepted by the online magazine, The Write Launch.