2016 brings many new and exciting events taking place in our
school and university. We welcome Dr. Kinsuk Maitra (see
below) who chairs our occupational therapy program. Also,
through the generous gift of the Lewis family, we have new
teaching and research award opportunities ($10,000 each) – and
I hope that many of you consider applying for one of these. As
a university, we grew to over 52,000 students from our merger
with Georgia Perimeter College. And – soon enough “The
Ted” will become part of Georgia State’s campus!
At the end of Fall semester, we celebrated 118 graduates at
the December 16th and 17th graduations. The graduates
include our first Doctor of Nursing Practice cohort – all of
whom showed up for both graduation ceremonies! At our
ceremony, we were given great words of wisdom by Mr. Brent
Robinson, our Lewis School convocation speaker, who motivated
our alums to be bold in their careers!
As we begin our Spring semester, I wish all of you a great
15 weeks in classes, clinical experiences, and research
undertakings. As with our first E-News, I know that you
will find the achievements of our faculty and staff reported in
this issue as interesting and impressive.
The School of Nursing is going through Commission on
Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation for the
Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The onsite visit was
completed with no compliance concerns. The school expects to
have an official/final response from CCNE this summer.
Nutrition professor Dan Benardot hosted two University of
Copenhagen nutrition graduate students earlier in the fall.
The students, Ida Lysdahl-Fahrenholtz and Sarah
Staal, are working in the area of energy balance and
the Lewis School’s newest department and chair. Dr. Kinsuk
Maitra has joined our faculty as professor and chair of the
new Department of Occupational Therapy. He comes to Georgia
State from Florida International University. Dr. Maitra and
Carolyn Podolski, who joined the faculty in August, are
preparing to open applications for the first class of Master
of Occupational Therapy students in January 2017. Read
more about Dr. Maitra on the website.
Thirteen PT students and two faculty traveled to the small
farming village of Los Robles, Nicaragua on January 3, for
the first PT international study aboard program. The students
are learning about the culture and lifestyle of this rural
Central American community, while providing physical therapy
to local coffee farmers. This trip gives the students a
remarkable learning experience while allowing them to care
for residents in a medically underserved community. The PT
students raised more than $13,000 via the Georgia State
University Foundation’s Crowdfunding program for the study
abroad program. Read
more on the PT website.
Project Healthy Grandparents
Georgia State University and Project Healthy Grandparents
hosted a public forum for the Georgia legislative committee
which is studying the issues of kinship care. The meeting
allowed grandparents who are raising grandchildren to speak
to the committee about problems they face in kinship care
families. Primarily, the grandparents asked for increasing
the funds that grandparents receive from the state for
raising children to match funds provided to non-relative
foster parents. WSB-TV
Dr. Yu Wang from Hebei University in China is joining the
Department of Respiratory Therapy as a visiting professor. A
medical doctor and faculty at Hebei, Wang is interested in
pharmacology and respiratory therapy in the U.S. His research
includes the use of Hydroxysafflor yellow A, a commonly used
Chinese herb, to reduce tumor metastasis of human nonsmall
cell lung cancer. Recently, he completed a doctor of
pharmacology degree. He will be with the RT faculty
throughout the spring semester.
Congratulations to the Fall 2015 graduates! The Lewis
School graduated more than 115 bachelor's, master's and
doctoral students in two December ceremonies.
School Co-hosts an International Brain Function Research
The Lewis School co-sponsored, in conjunction with the
College of Arts and Sciences, a successful BrainModes 2015
course and workshop in December. This international
conference, held for the first time in the United States,
brings together experts from various disciplines and seeks
to explore innovative means of understanding complex brain
activity and multimodal neuroscience data sets. Georgia
State hosted more than 100 participants and speakers to the
workshop and more than 20 at the two-day pre-event course,
which included hands-on demonstrations of brain
Our faculty have been productive with
publications. Seven new publications have been released
since the November newsletter.
A., Fink, J.B., Harwood, R.,Sheard,
M. “Pressurized Metered-Dose Inhalers
Versus Nebulizers in the Treatment of Mechanically
Ventilated Subjects With Artificial Airways: An In Vitro
Study,” Respiratory Care,November
2015 60:11 1570-1574.
Mountjoy, M., Maughan, R., Burke, L., Benardot, D.,
et al. (2016) “Nutrition for Aquatic Athletes: A practical
guide to eating for health and performance,” FINA
(Fédération Internationale de Natation).
D.S. (2016). Rau's Respiratory Care
Pharmacology, 9th Ed. Elsevier, St. Louis, Mo.
D.S. & Hinski, S. (2016). Workbook for
Rau's Respiratory Care Pharmacology, 9th Ed. Elsevier, St.
Torabi, S. & Mo,
H. (in press) “Trans, trans-Farnesol as a
mevalonate-derived inducer of murine 3T3-F442A preadipocyte
Biology and Medicine (Maywood).
White, S. J. & Minick, P. (2016). “The
Perceptions of Non-Palliative Care Hospitalist Physicians
Referring Patients to a Hospital Palliative Care Program’” The Journal of
Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 18 (1).
Smoliga, J.M. & Zavorsky, G. (2015)
“Faces and fitness: attractive evolutionary relationship or
ugly hypothesis?” Biology
Letters, November 2015 11 (11).
Cortes-Telles, A., Torre-Bouscoulet, L., Silva-Ceron,
M., Mejia-Alfaro, R., Syed, N., Zavorsky, G.,
Guenette, J. (2015) “Combined effects of mild-to-moderate
obesity and asthma on physiological and sensory responses
to exercise,” Respiratory
Medicine,November 2015, 109 (11), pp.
Nominations are being accepted now for the Lewis School
faculty research and teaching excellence awards.
Nominations for both awards are due January 12 and details
can be found on the Lewis School intranet, under “Documents
and Policies” and then “Excellence Awards.”
First seminar of the spring Lewis School
Tuesday, January 26, 9:30
a.m., Room 124, Petit Science Center
“The effect of Protandim supplementation on oxidative
stress and endurance
Dr. Gerald Zavorsky, associate professor, Department of
Save the date! Honors Day
2016 is scheduled for Monday, March 28, in the
Student Center East Ballroom. Details will be available
in the next issue of
After a decade and a half of teaching in the Georgia
State University School of Nursing, JoAnn Bacon,
academic professional, has retired. She handled external
affairs for nursing, undergraduate clinical placements,
and taught numerous new undergraduate nursing students in
their first classes of their nursing profession. JoAnn is
a community health nurse who was also active in the
school’s outreach programs, including back-to-school
physicals. She holds a B.S.N. and an M.P.H., both from
the University of Tennessee.
Jordan Reynolds, president of the Nursing
Students at Georgia State, recently received the Board of
Director's Student Scholarship from the American
Psychiatric Nurses Association's during the annual
convention. She is one of nine undergraduate nursing
students in the country to receive the award. Awardees
receive a one year membership in the APNA and the
opportunity to participate in a research project of APNA.
The Department of Physical Therapy, along with the
Lewis School, mourns the passing of Marylou Barnes,
retired chair of physical therapy and professor, in late
Barnes joined the Georgia State University faculty
in 1979 as professor and chair. By the time she ended her
chair position in 1986, the department had grown in
prestige and produced graduates with a 100 percent pass
rate on the licensure examination. She retired as a
professor emerita in 1995. Read
more about Dr. Barnes' life on the PT website.
Media Clips Our faculty provide expertise to the local and
national media, with the Department of Nutrition leading
the media responses once again.
"Nutrition is a science, not a belief
system," Skating, December 2015, Dan Benardot –
"Election 2016: How Nurses Can Use Their Voices
& Their Votes," Nursing Zone, November 2015, Katherine Evans
"Fat-burning fat exists, but might not be the key
to weight loss," The Conversation, December 16,
Wanders – Nutrition
Arzu Ari was elected vice president of the
Inhalation Therapies Networking Group for the Turkish
Karis Casseus received the Marilyn Chew Lunn
Memorial Nursing Leadership Award from Georgia Regents
University College of Nursing.
Doug Gardenhire has been appointed to the
manuscript review board of the Journal of the
Georgia Public Health Association.
Lynda Goodfellow sworn to serve the second year
term as Vice-President for Internal Affairs for the
American Association of Respiratory Care.
Megan McCrory was named to the editorial
board for Advances
Nomeli Nunez and Desiree Wanders
received joint appointments in the Department of
A. (2015) Patient-focused aerosol therapy in
adults. 59th International Respiratory
Congress. Tampa, FL.
A. (2015) Patient-focused aerosol therapy in
critical pulmonary care. 59th International
Respiratory Congress. Tampa, FL.
A. (2015) Inhalation therapy during noninvasive
ventilation and in patients with tracheostomy.
41st International Congress of the Turkish Respiratory
Research Society, Cesme, Ismir, Turkey.
Beck, E., Lewinson, T. & Kropf, N. P.
justice with older adults. 68th Annual
Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of
America. Orlando, FL.
N. P. (2015). Using gerontology
students as interprofessional dialogue
facilitators: Lessons learned. 68th
Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of
America. Orlando, FL.
Lou, V. W. Q. & Kropf, N. P. (2015). Family caregiving
resilience in an Asian context.
(Co-Convener and Discussant). Symposium
at 68th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological
Society of America. Orlando, FL.
H. & Moore, M. (2015). Evaluating
client-focused mobile applications in an unregulated
world. Food & Nutrition Conference &
Expo, Nashville, TN.