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Message from the Dean

Welcome to the Lewis School E-News!  I’m excited to introduce you to the monthly summary of achievements, accomplishments, and good news about our school.  My hope is that you will take a few minutes from your month to learn more about what your colleagues are doing.  That is the goal of this electronic newsletter.  As you’ll note, the summaries are very brief... But when possible, you will be linked to online resources for more information.  Also, the associate dean’s Health Research newsletter will include more in-depth information about our research.


What are the exciting possibilities from E-News?  One is to provide a way to learn about the research that is taking place across the school.  This information might provide thoughts about collaborations or partnerships for you.  More informally, it opens up avenues for conversation across disciplines. 


In order for this to be successful, we need your help! First, please take a few minutes to read it and find out what is going on in our school.  Second, we need you to send in information about you!  When you publish an article, present at a conference, receive recognition, or do something noteworthy in the classroom – let Angela Go know about it!  She has a news- sharing form you can complete (found on the Lewis School intranet). Lastly, if appropriate – forward to someone who doesn’t receive the E-News (e.g., community partner, alum, a colleague in another unit), if there is information that would help foster connections.


Again – welcome to the Lewis School E-News!





Haverty Lecture

Noted healthcare journalist and analyst Susan Dentzer addresses one of the largest audiences in Haverty Lecture history on the future of American health. She also met with a group of 20 students representing all disciplines in the Lewis School. A video of her presentation can be found on the school website.



Ptlene Minick, associate professor and Ph.D. program coordinator in nursing, retired from Georgia State University at the end of August. A Georgia State alumna, Minick began working in the School of Nursing in 1984.  Minick coordinated the Ph.D. program for the past four years, she chaired or served as committee member for more than 25 Ph.D. students.


Margaret (Peggy) Moloney, associate professor emerita, received a Fulbright Specialist grant to teach and consult with the nursing faculty of Linkoping University (LIU), Sweden. Moloney visited LIU in March to explore the recently initiated nurse practitioner graduate program.


The School of Nursing recently hosted an accreditation team from CCNE. The team was on campus for a successful site visit for the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program and the Post-master’s certificate program.





The Department of Nutrition’s interprofessional education component was featured in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2015 (in press). In addition, the department hosted exchange students over the summer. Anita Nucci worked with two nutrition students from Taipei Medical University, and Megan McCrory hosted two undergraduate nutrition students from Brazil Scientific Mobility Program.



Physical Therapy

On September 11, the Department of Physical Therapy held the first combined White Coat and Remembrance Ceremony.  The first year Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students received their personalized white lab coats and second year DPT students honored cadaver donors. This unique ceremony marks the end of formal anatomy studies and the beginning of clinical work.


In a more upbeat portion of the ceremony, the first year DPT students each received their personalized white coat.




Project Healthy Grandparents

Project Health Grandparents (PHG) celebrates 20 years of serving grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. PHG provides much-needed healthcare and social services to more than 920 families and 2,021 children Atlanta area grandparents headed families (PHG). In celebration of their 20 years of service, PHG hosted a luncheon for grandparent participants and donors. Attendees were treated to a keynote speech from Georgia Representative Renee Unterman. During the weekend before the luncheon, PHG was featured on WSB-TV’s People 2 People program.




Respiratory Therapy


The Department of Respiratory Therapy hosted Dr. Mauo-Ying Bien, Director, School of Respiratory Therapy at Taipei Medical University (TMU). Alumna Chu Ju Chen, who is a graduate of TMU and a Georgia State master’s RT graduate, introduced Dr. Bien to the RT department. She participated in teaching students during a ventilator lab.


“Dr. Bien was extremely enthusiastic in her teaching as she was able to assist in assisting in the teaching of Prof. Murray’s ventilator lab,” says Gardenhire. “Her visit demonstrated to our students the global impact our program has on respiratory therapy around the world!”






Our faculty are on track to meet and possibly beat the record for 2014 publications. All Lewis School departments are represented among the academic journals, book chapters and books published during fall 2015.


Aycock, D. M., & Clark, P. C. (2015). Preliminary Reliability and Validity of an Exercise Benefits and Barriers for Stroke Prevention Scale in an African American Sample. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 23(2), 350-360.


Cole, C.L., Brandon, L.J., Benardot, D., & Thompson, W. (2015) Relationships among energy balance, time of day, and obesity prevalence. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 2015;47: 637-641.


Eades, L., Helvig, A., & Wade, S. Rest and the associated benefits in restorative sleep: a concept analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing: CONCEPT ANALYSIS (In Press)


Henes, S.T., Johnson, A., Toner, M., Mamaril, K., Kelkar, M., Xiao, Y., Warren, G. (2015) Assessing Resting Metabolic Rate in Overweight and Obese Adolescents with a Portable Indirect Calorimeter: A Pilot Study for Validation and Reliability. Nutr. Clin. Pract. (in press)


Gardenhire, D.S. (2015) Student Health and Immunizations: Recommendations for Clinical Placement. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice,. 13(4), ISSN 1540-580X.


Alasmari, A., & Gardenhire, D.S. (2015) Respiratory Therapy Students’ Perceptions of Effective Teaching Characteristics of Clinical Instructors at an Urban University. Respiratory Care Education Annual. 24:11-18. (Student Thesis)


Lorio, A., Gore, J., Housely, N., Warthen, L., Burgess, E. “Teaching Dementia Care to Physical Therapy Doctoral Students: A Multimodal Experiential Learning Approach.” Gerontology and Geriatrics Education (In Press)


Xia, W., Mo, H. (2015) Potential of tocotrienols in the prevention and therapy of Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. In Press.


Michel, H., Olabopo, F., Wang, L., Nucci, A., Greenspan, S.L., Rajakumar, K. (2015) Determinants of 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Concentrations in Infants and Toddlers. Curr Nutr Food Sci. 11:124-130.


Rajakumar, K., Moore, C.G., Yabes, J., Olabopo, F., Haralam, M.A., Comer, D., Bogusz, J., Nucci, A., Sereika, S., Dunbar-Jacob, J., Holick, M.F., Greenspan, S.L. (2015) Effect of vitamin D3 supplementation in black and in white children: A randomized, placebo-controlled trial. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. Jun 19:jc.2015-1643 [Epub ahead of print].


Nucci, A.M., Virtanen, S.M., Becker, D.J. (2015) Infant Feeding and Timing of Complementary Foods in the Development of Type 1 Diabetes. Curr Diab Rep. doi: 10.1007/s11892-015-0628-z


Caley, S., Bliss, L., Pettignano, R. (2015) Speaking Their Language: Developing a Scorecard for Medical-Legal Partnership to Balance Quality & Productivity. The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 5, Issue 3, September 2015, pp.9-17.


Plitnick, K.R., Biehle, K.J., & Meinken, C. (2015). Shivering suppression in therapeutic hypothermia. Nursing2015Critical Care, 10(5), 22-26.


Graff, E.C., Fang, H., Wanders, D., & Judd, R.L. (2015). Anti-inflammatory effects of the hydroxycarboxylic acid receptor 2. Metabolism-In Press.


Wanders, D., Stone, K.P., Dille, K., Simon, J., Pierse, A., & Gettys, T.W, (2015). Metabolic responses to dietary leucine restriction involve remodeling of adipose tissue and enhanced hepatic insulin signaling. Biofactors.-In Press.


Wilmoth, M.C. & Stone, A. (2015). Leading Change in the Health Policy Arena, (pg355-380). In Phillips, J.M. & Damron, B.H. (Eds.), Cancer and Health Policy: Advancements and Opportunities. Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society.






Last seminar of the fall series

Thursday, December 3 12:00-1:00 pm

An Introduction to Health Literacy: Why Should You Care?

Location: 25 Park Place, Room 2343 (Troy Moore Library)


Lewis School Convocation

Wednesday, December 16 at 9:00 a.m.

Georgia World Congress Center, Room A411/412


Media Clips

Our faculty provide expertise to the local and national media, with the Department of Nutrition leading the media responses. 


“Whole milk for a healthy heart? Don’t raise that glass just yet,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 15, 2015 – Desiree Wanders, Nutrition


“Grandparents Raising Grandchildren,” Wisconsin Public Radio, October 7, 2015 – Susan Kelley, Nursing


“Weight control benefits of sleep and exercise,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 6, 2015 – Tamara Melton, Health Informatics


“Food banks on the rise at college campuses,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 1, 2015 – Cathy McCarroll, Nutrition


“Why more grandparents are raising their grandchildren,” The Conversation, September 14, 2015 – Susan Kelley, Nursing and Nancy Kropf, Dean


“FDA proposes including ‘added sugar’ to label,” Fox 5 Atlanta, August 14, 2015 – Jessica Todd, Nutrition


“10 Diet Mistakes Seriously Slowing Your Metabolism,” Yahoo Lifestyle India, August 3, 2015 – Dan Benardot, Nutrition


“Outstanding in their field,” PT in Motion, July, 2015 – Jodan Garcia, Physical Therapy


“Weekend Warrior – Vitamin D deficiency in elite athletes” ESPN Radio L.A., June 27, 2015 – Dan Benardot, Nutrition




Kenneth “Kip” Slade, director of facilities, has recently been selected as chair of the Georgia State Rehabilitation Council (SRC). The council, which is a citizen’s council, works with the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency to make recommendations and create service plans to aid individuals with disabilities find employment and secure independent living.


Student News

David Smelser, a DPT student, received the Georgia Foundation for Physical Therapy scholarship at the PTAG Awards banquet dinner during the PTAG Fall Conference, October 9, 2015.


Nick Housley, DPT student, presented his research “Proximal peroneus brevis muscle insertion and the prevalence of split tendons: a cadaveric study” at the Annual Conference of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. 


Two School of Nursing students topped the 2015 Homecoming Court, Jamika King and Madlina Jonassaint.


Congratulations to the Nursing Students at Georgia State for receiving the both the West District Chapter of the Year and Chapter of the Year awards at the Georgia Association of Nursing Students Annual Convention.



Congratulations to Dawn Aycock, for selection as a Fellow in the American Heart Association. She is being inducted in November. Aycock also completed a post-doctoral fellowship from the NIH-funded Center for Stroke Disparities Solutions Training & Mentoring Institute in August.


Dan Benardot was appointed to the editorial board of International Journal of Nutrition and Exercise.


Megan McCrory has been awarded “Outstanding Reviewer” with the journal Appetite. Also, McCrory has been named the new Southeast region editor for Nutrition Notes, a quarterly newsletter published by American Society for Nutrition.




Dawn Aycock, assistant professor of nursing, received a three-year K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development grant from the National Institutes of Nursing Research.


Dan Benardot, professor of nutrition, received a new grant with the Atlanta Falcons to provide nutrition consultation to the team. Also, he received an internal grant to provide nutrition services to Georgia State Athletics.


Emeriti News


Jana Kicklighter, associate professor emeritus, received a 2015 Medallion Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Academy recognized Kicklighter for her service to both the organization and the profession.


Alumni News

Wendy Hermes presented “Vehicles for the absorption of vitamin D in cystic fibrosis: powder vs. oil” at the Cystic Fibrosis Conference in October. Hermes is a 2015 graduate of the Coordinated Program.




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