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AASU Releases Annual Publication on "Excellence in Research and Scholarship"

Savannah, GA—Armstrong Atlantic State University has published its fifth annual report on "Excellence in Research and Scholarship," showcasing the compelling research and scholarship produced by its faculty and students during the 2000-01 academic year. The report features the work of more than 115 faculty and nineteen students in the categories of publications, presentations, and other scholarly activity; external funding for the calendar year 2000; internal faculty grants; graduate student theses; and student exhibition.

The annual report is published by the Armstrong Atlantic Research and Scholarship Committee, which solicits research proposals throughout the academic year from faculty and students in the colleges of arts and sciences, education, and health professions.

The following six faculty were profiled in this year's annual report in recognition of the outstanding quality of their research and scholarship:

Judy Awong-Taylor, associate professor of biology, established AASU's molecular biology lab funded originally by a $43,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. She developed and teaches the New Modern Biology Laboratory course and mentors and supervises the research projects of these students. Nine of her students' projects have won awards, including this year's first place award at the regional Beta Beta Beta Honor Society meeting in New Orleans. Awong-Taylor is credited with establishing the first AASU Research and Scholarship Exhibition. In 1996, she received the Kristina C. Brockmeir Faculty Award for outstanding teaching.
June Hopkins, assistant professor of history, wrote a biography, Harry Hopkins: Sudden Hero, Brash Reformer, based on the legacy of her grandfather Harry Hopkins, relief administrator of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. It was published in 1999. Her second book, Jewish first wife, divorced; The letters and Papers of Ethel Gross and Harry Hopkins, will be published in May 2002. This book explores the assimilation of immigrants, gender relationships, the nature of marriage, and anti-Semitism in the early twentieth century. Hopkins has also earned respect as an historian at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Robert Loyd, assistant professor of special education, was recognized for his lifelong pursuit to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities. Loyd has developed functional curriculum and assessment materials used to prepare students with disabilities to successfully live and work in the community. He is also developing a new student assessment test that will pinpoint their understanding of such life skills as meal planning, using public transportation, and shopping.
Richard St. Pierre, professor of health science, was selected for his involvement in research projects in the field of gerontology. St. Pierre is currently involved in research projects on nutrition and bone injuries that are vital to the field of gerontology. The research reveals effective ways to fight osteoporosis through the use of calcium-rich foods and focuses on reasons why senior citizens lack these important foods in their diet. He also directs graduate student research and is currently utilizing students to develop inventories of factors that lead to crippling falls by the elderly.
L. Linda Wright, assistant professor of health science, has received more than $285,000 in grants for research over the last twenty-five years. She has also given dozens of lectures at national conferences and more than seventy of her articles and abstracts have appeared in scholarly journals. Wright has developed several WEBct courses and in 1999 was chosen to become the educational technology coordinator for health professions. Wright also develops educational software in anatomy and physiology that is used at numerous universities nationwide.
Freya Zipperer, assistant professor of middle and secondary education, studies literature circles—a movement to teach literature through a more personal response to books—as her primary research interest. She has written several articles and regularly provides workshops on the topic for teachers in the local schools. Another area of her research is working with university faculty across the disciplines to establish standards for undergraduate students. Zipperer is also involved in research that will allow all levels of the school system to align high school exit and post secondary entrance standards.



November 29, 2001


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