April 2019
In This Issue

Dean's Note

Student News

Special Events

Faculty News

Alumni Spotlight

Upcoming Events
Dear Friends of CSSME:

The path to the end of the academic year and commencement is now clearly in sight. In just a few weeks, final examinations will be upon us and both faculty and students will be focused on the remaining tasks at hand.  

But I must say that it has been a remarkably productive spring semester for our students. Just a look below and you will learn about students traveling from Oakland, CA to Boston, MA to Chicago, IL and Baltimore, MD as they present their research and represent UT at various conferences and competitions. The out-of-the-classroom experiential opportunities and experiences abound for our students. The skills, poise and perspectives they develop from these experiences are what makes a UT education stand out. But to ensure that all UT students equally share in these opportunities regardless of their financial situation, requires external assistance from our friends and supporters.

April 23, 2019 is “ALL in for UT” or “Give Day.” Just one 24-hour period where alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends are asked to show their support and gratitude to the University of Tampa. Giving is easy. Just a click of the button below will help take you to our secure college page and allow you to donate any amount you choose. And believe me – no amount is too small or too large. In fact, all contributions will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000. These funds help ensure that current and future UT students have the same outstanding experiences as those who you are reading about below. So please take a moment and go “ALL in for UT.”

And of course, allow me to congratulate all of our graduates who comprise the Class of 2019! Well done; and I’ll see you at Commencement on May 11.
Jack Geller Signature
Jack M. Geller, Ph.D., Dean
April 23, 2019 is “ALL in for UT” or “Give Day.” Just one 24-hour period where alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends are asked to show their support and gratitude to the University of Tampa. Giving is easy. Just click the button to the left and you will be taken to our secure college page where you can donate any amount you choose. And believe me – no amount is too small or too large. In fact, all contributions will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000. These funds help ensure that current and future UT students have the same outstanding experiences as those who you are reading about below. So please take a moment and go “ALL in for UT.”
Student News
UT Students Represent Bulgaria at Harvard Model United Nations
On February 14 - 17, UT students Taylor Aultman, Ana Mejia Flautero, Devon Espinoza, Matthew Youngster, Austin Sasser, Julia Wheelehan, Christina Pasca, and Roman Barber participated in the Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN) 2019 in Boston. HNMUM is the oldest and largest collegiate Model United Nations conference in the word. Students represented the country of Bulgaria in the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council where they discussed, negotiated and collaborated on the most pressing issues in our world today. As delegates of Bulgaria, UT students advocated for the interests of Bulgaria. Preparation for the conference required the students to develop their research, writing, negotiating and public speaking skills. Associate Professors Liv Coleman and Kevin Fridy served as faculty mentors for the students.
UT students represent the country of Bulgaria at the Harvard National Model United Nations.
Psychology Students Achieve High Scores
Every semester in our 400-level Psychology courses, the Area Concentration Achievement Test (ACAT) for Psychology is administered to Psychology majors. The ACAT is a standardized test used by over 160 college/universities to see how well upper-level students are learning important concepts in Psychology. The UT Psychology Department has adopted the ACAT to both assess student progress in the major as well as measure how improvements in our classes and programs positively impact our students. Beginning in Fall 2018, we implemented an incentive program such that the students who receive the top three scores on the ACAT each semester are awarded $100, $50, and $25, respectively. The results from Fall 2018 are in, and the top scores were earned by the following Psychology majors:

  • 1st place – Amelia Mullins 
  • 2nd place- Ashley Morales
  • 3rd place – Kalin Palmer 

The Psychology Department wishes to congratulate Amelia, Ashley and Kalin on their outstanding achievement!  
Students Present Their Research at FURC
Several UT undergraduate researchers presented posters of their research at The Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC), one of the nation's largest multi-disciplinary research conferences. The conference was held at the University of North Florida on February 22 and 23. Students were mentored throughout the research process by members of the CSSME faculty. 

Psychology majors Adam Barrett-Clarke, Hannah Buzbee, and Gina Marie Weis presented "How Facebook Usage Affects Mental Health of College Students: Rumination Group Results."
The students were mentored by Associate Professors Michael Stasio and Erin Koterba and Assistant Professor Erica Yuen of the psychology department.

Psychology major Kassandra Ramsdell presented "Effects of Social and Academic Engagement on Episodic Memory in Young Adults." Assistant Professor of Psychology Sara Festini served as Ramsdell's mentor for this project.

Applied sociology major Casey Butterfield and sociology major Julia Jester presented "Superfund Sites by Black Population - Hillsborough County, Florida." Assistant Professor of Geography Stephen McFarland served as their faculty mentor.

Psychology major Haley Hill, political science major Alexis Laroe, and government and world affairs major Courtney Wilson presented "Women, Confidence, and Politics." Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies Mary Anderson served as their mentor.
Left to Right: Adam Barrett-Clake, Hannah Buzbee and Gina Marie Weis
Renata Sindicic
Senior psychology major Elena Sakosky presented "Fighting Fire v. Hunting Treasure: Examining How Context Affects Decision Making." Associate Professor of Psychology Stephen Blessing served as Sakosky's mentor.

International Business and Marketing major Renata Sindicic presented "BTW, How are Undergraduate Students Using Social Media?" This research was co-authored with Assistant Professor of Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) Enilda Romero-Hall and IDT major Linlin Li.
Students and Faculty Participate at the Florida Conference of Historians
Students and faculty from the history department participated in the Annual Meeting of the Florida Conference of Historians that was held in Sarasota on February 22 and 23.

During the panel session titled "Natural Disaster as Historical Lens and Historical Puzzle," history major Jacqueline Spolidoro presented “Clara Barton’s Red Cross Disaster Relief as Women’s Movement Diplomacy.” Selena Martinez presented “Race in America and the Spanish Influenza Outbreak of 1918.” Rachel Donaldson presented “The Mystery Cloud of A.D. 536: Tales, Tree Rings, and Other Texts.” Associate Professor of History Spencer Segalla served as the Chair/Commentator of the panel session.

During the panel session titled "Quakes, Killers, and Embeds: A Brief History of Sensational News Coverage," history major Alicia Reynolds presented “American Journalism and the Japanese Before the Dawn of WWII (1921-1923): A Theme of Relationships.”
Left to Right: Rachel Donaldson, Jacqueline Spolidoro, Spencer Segalla, Elizabeth Littell-Lamb and Selena Martinez.
Associate Professor Elizabeth Littell-Lamb presented "'To Seek a Place in the Social Revolution’: The Chinese YWCA and the Maoist State-Building Project” during a panel session titled "Women, War and Revolution."

Professor Terry Parssinen presented “‘Devil’s Smoke’: Cigarettes in 19th c. Britain and America” during a panel session titled "'Devil’s Smoke' and Black Drink: The Long, Complex History of Two Commodities."

UT alumnus Giacomo Hans Mattei presented “The British Government’s Response to the Czech
Crisis of 1938” during the panel session titled "Appeasement, Atomic Diplomacy, and the Fair Deal: The Causes and Costs of Global War."
Top Instructional Design & Technology Students Honored
Congratulations to the following Instructional Design and Technology graduate students who received invitations to join Phi Kappa Phi in Spring 2019.

Susana Darias Benitez
Elena De Alfredo Irigoyen
Corie DiPhilippo
Penni Eggers
Jay Hardwick
Wuraola Ogunsanya
Samantha Oliveira
Erika Petersen
Latifatu Seini
Lisa Shemon
Brittan Spence
Political Science Students Present Their Research
Political science majors presented their research at the Florida Political Science Association conference that was held at UT on March 2 and the Midwest Political Science Association conference in Chicago on April 5.

Florida Political Science Association Conference
Jamie Dietrich presented "Does the U.S. Support Unfair Labor Practices Through Trade Negotiations?" Her research explored the existence of labor rights in international trade agreements. Dietrich looked at the number and type of trade agreements to see how many labor standards and violations were present to determine whether or not labor standards were being upheld in international trade agreements. 

Christopher Findley presented "U.S. Security Policy and its Impact on Foreign Direct Investment: Japan and the Asian Tigers." Findley looked at the number of U.S. troops that were stationed within Asian countries and how much foreign direct investment the U.S put into that state to show that initially the U.S has incentives to make investments abroad where U.S troops are present because they would essentially be protected. However, over long periods of time the number of U.S. troops can decrease and the amount of foreign direct investment will continue to increase.

Associate Professor and 2nd Vice President of the Florida Political Science Association Denis Rey served as Arrangements Chair for the conference. Rey also was a panelist in a roundtable titled "Teaching Political Science."
Jamie Dietrich presenting at the Florida Political Science Association conference at UT.
Christopher Findley presenting at the Florida Political Science Association conference at UT.
Midwest Political Science Association Conference
In the poster session Women Seeking Office, Alexis Laroe, Courtney Wilson and Haley Hill presented their poster "Women, Confidence, and Political Ambition." The purpose of their research was to examine the relationship between confidence, political knowledge and political ambition particularly as it is related to the gender gap hypothesis. Associate Professor Mary Anderson served as mentor for their research.

In the poster session Gender, Ana Carolina Mejia presented her poster "The Effects of Institutions and Social Perceptions on Women’s Likelihood of Governing" Her research argued that social perceptions are a likely candidate for explaining both the adoption of gendered proportional representation (PR) electoral systems with lists that include women in every other position and the variance a gendered PR system cannot explain. Associate Professor Kevin Fridy served as mentor for Mejia's research.
Students Share Sociology Research
"Doing Sociology" Symposium
On Friday, March 22, Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), the sociology club, and the department of sociology co-hosted a research symposium titled “Doing Sociology.” During the symposium, undergraduate students presented their research to members of the sociology faculty and students.

Senior biochemistry major Sherrea Brown presented “Religious Priming and Attitudes Toward Universal Basic Income: Even Jesus Can’t Make People Care About the Poor” In this study, the researchers examined whether priming individuals with religious language influences attitudes toward Universal Basic Income (UBI.) Using a convenience sample of adult Americans, the researchers found that religious priming had no effect on attitudes toward UBI. Attitudes toward UBI were found to be largely dictated by broad political views, which do not appear easily manipulated with simple priming techniques. 

Senior sociology major Christina Pasca presented “I, For One, Welcome Our New Robot Overlords: Religion and Attitudes Toward New Technologies” The initial goal of the research was to see if religiosity played a role in predicting Americans' opposition towards new kinds of new technologies, such as the idea of a self-driving car or artificial intelligence. As the research developed, the focus targeted on one subset of future technologies, genetic modification. 

Senior sociology major Julia Jester presented “Superfund Sites by Black Population - Hillsborough County, Florida.” Using Geographical Information System (GIS) methods and software (ArcGIS), Jester presented a map that explores the spatial relationship between superfund sites in Hillsborough County, Florida, and the Black population in county census tracts.

Funding for the research symposium was provided by AKD, the International Sociology Honor Society. 
Sherrea Brown
Julia Jester
Christina Pasca
Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting
Students Christina Pasca and Sherrea Brown also traveled to Oakland, California to present their research at the Pacific Sociological Association's Annual Meeting that was held on March 28 - 31.

Christina Pasca, presented "I, For One, Welcome Our New Robot Overlords: Religion and Attitudes Toward New Technologies" in a science and technology session.

Sherrea Brown presented "Religious Priming and Attitudes Toward Universal Basic Income: Even Jesus Can't Make People Care About the Poor" during a religion session.
Christian Pasca presenting her research at the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meetings and Conference.
Pasca and Brown received funding for their research through a grant from UT's Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (OURI) and the Honors Program and were mentored by Associate Professor of Sociology/Honors Co-Director Ryan Cragun. Pasca also received an additional OURI grant to fund a nationally representative survey in order to gain more accurate data for her research.
Criminology Student Researches Jail Inmate Misconduct
Criminology and criminal justice graduate student Gabriela Solano and Associate Professor Carly Hilinski-Rosick presented “Correlates of Misconduct Among Jail Inmates” at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (AJCS) annual meeting in Baltimore, MD in March. The purpose of their study was to examine demographic, institutional, and jail inmate background characteristics that may impact misconduct. Using inmate misconduct data from an urban county in Florida, their study examined whether there are specific characteristics that impact jail misconduct. Policy implications and directions for future research also were also discussed. Their presentation was part of a panel discussion titled "Can't Follow the Rules: Research on Misconduct in Institutional Research." 

Gabriela’s work on this project was funded by a UT RISE grant. 
Special Events
April 23, 2019 is “ALL in for UT” or “Give Day.” Just one 24-hour period where alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends are asked to show their support and gratitude to the University of Tampa. Giving is easy. Just click the button to the left and you will be taken to our secure college page where you can donate any amount you choose. And believe me – no amount is too small or too large. In fact, all contributions will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000. These funds help ensure that current and future UT students have the same outstanding experiences as those who you are reading about below. So please take a moment and go “ALL in for UT.”
Survivor Describes Experiences of The Holocaust
Below: Toni and John Rinde
On February 21, Holocaust survivor John Rinde spoke to students in Kelly Palmer's HIS 260 - The Holocaust classes. Rinde described the struggles his family endured in Poland during The Holocaust. Rinde was born in 1935 in Przemysl, Poland where His family owned a toy factory. After the Soviets invaded eastern Poland in 1939, they confiscated the Rinde's toy factory and introduced food rationing for the local population. After being forced out of their apartment, the Rinde family moved to Lvov, Poland. In 1941, after Germany invaded Lvov, the family was forced into a ghetto where they shared an apartment with another family. When roundups and deportations began, Rinde’s mother decided to smuggle the family out – first the children, then her husband and herself. She obtained false papers and the family escaped to Lublin, where they lived under assumed identities as Polish Catholics until the end of the war. They were joined in Lublin by an uncle, aunt and their two daughters who found shelter in the Rindes’ residence. After the liberation, the family moved to Paris. In 1952, when John was 17 years old, the Rinde family immigrated to the United States.
Free to Speak
On March 19, Colleen Quinn-Adams, a licensed private investigator and mitigation specialist, and Tavaris Mack, a man who spent two years and nine months in the Polk County Jail after being wrongfully accused for murder, spoke to criminology and criminal justice students about wrongful charges and incarceration. Mack was released when prosecutors dropped the charges accusing him of murdering three people during a Lakeland home-invasion robbery in January 2016. As the result of a change in the testimony of a key witness, new information obtained from cellphone records, and a new defense witness, prosecutors determined that there was insufficient evidence to prove that Mack was involved in the killings. 
Colleen Quinn-Adams and Tavaris Mack address UT students.
Quinn provided students with a thorough review of the case, which she described as "unlike any she had seen in her 30-year career." Mack discussed his personal experience during this difficult time and answered audience questions.

The event received overwhelmingly positive feedback from students in attendance.

This event was organized by Associate Professor Cedric Michel and members of UT's Criminology Club.
IDT Networking Event
On Friday, April 12, the UT Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) program hosted its first Networking Event at the Brew Bus Tasting Room in Tampa. Several current IDT graduate students and alumni joined this social event to mingle and discuss instructional design opportunities and topics.
History Students' Research to be Displayed at Henry B. Plant Museum
The following works by University of Tampa faculty and students will be on display at the City of Tampa’s Fourth Friday Event at the Henry B. Plant Museum, April 26, 4-5 pm.

The students in Associate Professor Charles McGraw Groh’s course, HIS 320, Museums, Historic Sites, and Archives will present a temporary exhibit, entitled "Dirty Laundry: True Tales of Women Workers at the Tampa Bay Hotel.” In the early twentieth century, progressive reformers and national magazines both discovered the working woman. This exhibit showcases the lives of one group of such women, the housekeepers, maids, and laundresses who labored at the Tampa Bay Hotel. Their stories vividly reveal the opportunities, dangers, and constraints that came with the expansion of women's service sector employment.
A rough-cut of a new documentary film, "Letters from Tampa: Two Spanish-American War Stories,” will be previewed at the event. The U.S. Army and Tampa were unprepared for the demands that resulted from the city's selection as the point of embarkation for troops traveling to Cuba during the Spanish-American War. Historical reenactment and the words of Sgt. Henry Dobson and Red Cross Nurse Catherine Pilgard bring this tumultuous period to life. The film is a collaboration of faculty and students from the departments of History; Film; and Speech, Theater and Dance. It was completed under the auspices of the ALEX internship program with the support of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry.

A special performance of songs from the turn of the century by the University of Tampa Men's Glee, conducted by Dr. Rodney Shores, will accompany these exhibits. Numbers include “We Shall Walk through the Valley in Peace,” “She Moved through the Fair,” “Kentucky Babe,” and “Shine on Me.”
Faculty News
2018 - 2019 CSSME Faculty Excellence Awards
Each year, CSSME faculty members who have distinguished themselves in the areas of teaching, student engagement, scholarship and service are selected to recognize them for their accomplishments. Beginning with the 2018 - 2019 academic year, an award was added to recognize the Outstanding Part-Time Faculty member. Award winners were honored at the Academic Awards Ceremony on April 11 in Plant Hall's Fletcher Lounge.

Congratulations to the following 2018 - 2019 CSSME Faculty Excellence Award Winners:
Outstanding Teaching
Kelly Palmer, Ph.D.
Professor of Instruction I, History
Outstanding Scholarship and Research
Jonathan Lewallen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Political Science and International Studies
J.Richard Piper Award for Outstanding Service
Gina Almerico, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Education
Outstanding Undergraduate Research
Stephen Blessing, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Psychology
Outstanding Undergraduate Research
Deletha Hardin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Psychology
Outstanding Part-Time Faculty
Judge Peter "Nick" Nazaretian
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Research Grant Award
James Lopez, Ph.D.
Professor, Language and Linguistics
Associate Professor Denis Rey,
Political Science and International Studies
Excellence in Academic Advising
Sorle Diih, Ph.D.
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Criminology & Criminal Justice
Assistant Professor David Krahl presented "The Effects of Legal- and Extra-Legal Factors on Sentencing Outcomes" in the Crime and Punishment in Communities session at the Midwest Political Science Association Conference in Chicago on April 4. His research examined the effects of legal- and extra-legal factors on sentencing outcomes within the context of an experimental design. The main and interaction effects of the five experimental variables on sentencing outcomes were assessed.
Krahl also served as a discussant for the Crime, Policing, and Punishment paper session.

Read the UT News story about Krahl's study on the cost-effectiveness of surety bonding.
Assistant Professor Andrea Walker presented her paper "A Delicate Dance: Ethical and Systemic Issues in Providing Community-based Sex Offender Treatment"at the annual conference for the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in Baltimore. She presented the results from a qualitative study, which included in-depth interviews (n=22) of community-based sex offender treatment providers, exploring their perceptions of ethical issues stemming from balancing a duty of care to the client with the mandated reporting requirements of the criminal justice system, and the difficulties of working within two bureaucratic systems (i.e., the Department of Corrections and the Department of Health). 
In March, Assistant Professor Enilda Romero-Hall was invited as a guest speaker in the Visions of Education podcast series. In this episode, Dr. Romero-Hall discussed Social Media in Higher Education. Here is the link to the podcast episode (as well as access to articles, books, and other videos related to this topic): https://visionsofed.com/2019/03/10/episode-108-social-media-in-higher-education-with-enilda-romero-hall/

Romero-Hall has been awarded an Undergraduate Research and Inquiry Grant for the 2019-2020 academic year. As part of this grant, Dr. Romero-Hall will mentor and work with undergraduate UT student, Natalie Gebala on the project titled “Faculty Attitudes towards Multimodal Hybrid Online Teaching and Learning.”
At the American Educational Research Association's (AERA) annual meeting in Toronto, CA, Romero-Hall along with Leonor Mendiola Adams from Old Dominion University and junior marine science/biology major Megan Osgood presented "Formative Assessment of a Web-Based Experiential Role-Playing Aging Simulation. The presentation also served to highlight the re-design of the web-based experiential role-playing aging simulation by IDT students Andrea de Souza Fonseca and Erika Peterson.

Also at the AERA conference, Romero-Hall presented "Improving Students’ Attitudes "Toward the Elderly Through a Role-Playing Learning Experience: A Design Case" that she co-authored with UT Associate Professor of Psychology Renee Patrick and IDT graduate Gul Sahin.
Enilda Romero-Hall and Lenor Mendiola presenting their research at the AERA annual meeting.
Enilda-Romero Hall presenting her research at the AERA annual meeting.
History, Sociology, Geography & Legal Studies
Associate Professor Ryan Cragun was recently interviewed for the article " Why Won't More Men Get Vasectomies?" that was published in The New York Times.
Assistant Professor of Sociology S. Katherine Cooper’s article “What’s So Funny? Audiences of Women’s Stand-Up Comedy and Layered Referential Viewing: Exploring Identity and Power” has been accepted for publication in The Communication Review. Through audience reception analysis, her paper examines how comedy audiences discuss their identification of the comics, of the targets of jokes, and of who they perceive to be the intended audience, as well as how audiences articulate distinctions between humor that “laughs with” and humor that “laughs at.” 
In 2009, Associate Professor Bruce Friesen and Associate Professor of Communications Beth Eschenfelder performed a human service needs assessment to help Clearwater Salvation Army leaders plan future responses to the growing needs of north Pinellas County and to identify ways to best serve the community. Among the top-ranked needs discovered was dental care. Friesen and Eschenfelder's research and findings led to the establishment of the Community Dental Clinic (CDC) in Clearwater. A representative from the Salvation Army said "Thousands of people have you to thank for improving their lives through the facilitation of affordable dental care. Thank you!"   https://www.communitydentalclinic.net/home.html
On March 4, Professor of Instruction I, History Kelly Palmer presented "Vichy and the Quakers: Humanitarian Aid, Neutrality and Compromise” at the 49th Annual Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches at the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Associate Professor J. Sumerau's latest sociology-based novel Palmetto Rose is a finalist for the 2019 Lambda Literary Awards.

Sumerau's next research book America through Transgender Eyes with Lain A.B. Mathers will be published in late April by Roman and Littlefield publishers. This book provides readers with important insights into the beauty and struggle of transgender people, identities, experiences, and relationships.
Political Science and International Studies
On April 5, Chair/Associate Professor Mary R. Anderson participated in the roundtable discussions "How to Balance Work and Life Demands" and "How to Survive the Tenure Process" at the Midwest Political Science Association's Annual Conference in Chicago.
In March, Associate Professor Liv Coleman participated in a Japan Political Studies Group roundtable at the annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies in Denver. The occasion was the debut of a new book, "Beyond the Gender Gap in Japan," edited by Dr. Gill Steel and published by University of Michigan Press. Coleman has a chapter in the volume on "Japan's Womenomics Diplomacy."

Coleman presented "Political Scientists Run for Office" at the FPSA conference at UT. Coleman discussed her 2018 bid for Florida State House of Representatives from District 73, eastern Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

Last December, Coleman presented at a conference on STEM and National Security, with a special focus on Women in STEM, sponsored by Pacific Forum and the US Embassy in Tokyo.
Assistant Professor Jonathan Lewallen presented his paper "Booster Seats: New Committee Chairs and Legislative Effectiveness" during the Congressional Committees and Oversight session at the Midwest Political Science Association Conference in Chicago. In his research, Lewallen measured the boost that U.S. House members' Legislative Effectiveness (LE) scores receive by becoming committee chair. He found variation by committee and across time influenced by organizational factors like bill referrals and turnover.
Assistant Professor Ryan Welch co-presented "The Effect of Social and Geographic Distance on Police-Community Interactions" in the Representative bureaucracy and its effects on citizens session at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference in Chicago. Welch and co-authors analyzed how social and geographic distance between officers and the communities they serve impacts officer support towards community-police collaboration, support for police militarization and the number of complaints lodged against them.
Part-Time Professor Nicole Ford presented "Measuring Social and Institutional Trust in Post-Communist States, 2005-2014" at the Midwest Political Science Association's Annual Conference. She discussed her research on a new multidimensional trust measure that was tested in Post-Communist states between 2005-2014 using World Values Survey data.

Ford's article " ‘Trotsky’ Is an Icepick to the Heart of Soviet History" on the Russian-produced Netflix series "Trotsky" was published online at Foreign Policy.
Part-Time Professor Gyldas Ofoulhast-Othamot's article " As its ruling dynasty withers, Gabon – a US ally and guardian of French influence in Africa – ponders its future" was published online in the Politics+Society page of The Conversation.

Ofoulhast-Othamot presented “Bureaucratic Restructuring in Africa: Examining the Agencification of the State Apparatus in Gabon”. at the Florida Political Science Association (FPSA) Annual Meeting on March 2.
Assistant Professor Angela Angeleska co-authored the article " Coherent Network Partitions" that was published in Discrete Applied Mathematics. The authors introduce a new type of graph clustering based on the concept of coherent partition and discuss the relation between coherent partitions and prominent graph clustering quality measures.

On March 6, Angeleska also presented "Modular Decompositions and Coherent Network Partitions" at the International Conference Presentation at the Southeastern International Conference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory & Computing that was held at Florida Atlantic University.
Associate Professor Emilio Toro presented "The Flat Earth: a history of misguided ideas" as part of the Spring 2019 Mathematics Lecture Series. The belief that the earth is flat, shaped like a disk, dates back several hundred years. In this illustrated talk, Toro led students through history to meet some of the eccentric individuals and erroneous notions regarding the shape of the earth. 
Associate Professor Kimberly Cummings presented a poster titled “Impact of Sexism on Perceptions of Peer Academic Sexual Harassment”at the 65th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association in Jacksonville, Florida. The study investigated whether sexism predicted perceptions of two forms of peer sexual harassment (gender harassment and unwanted sexual attention) in an academic context. Overall, results indicated that ambivalent and hostile sexist participants were more tolerant of sexual harassment than benevolent and nonsexist participants. Practical implications of the study were discussed. 
Assistant Professor Renee Patrick co-authored "Experienced versus Desired Levels of Helicopter
Parenting: A Latent Profile Analysis" that was presented in the Family Context & Processes poster session at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting in Baltimore, MD in March. The purpose of this study was to examine whether there are groups of students who differ in how much they experience and want helicopter parenting in their lives and whether the negative associations of helicopter parenting depended on whether the experience of helicopter parenting is desired. 
Alumni Spotlight
Shawn Marinello, B.S. Elementary Education - 1999
What positions have you held since leaving UT?
Currently I am principal at Northeast Elementary School in Stamford, CT. Prior to this position, I served an assistant principal, school counselor, magnet curriculum integration teacher, after school director, and a third grade teacher. 

What are your current degrees?
I hold a B.S., Elementary Education, University of Tampa; an M.A., Educational Counseling, University of South Florida, Tampa; and an Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Urban Education, NOVA Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale.

How did UT prepare you for your continued education and career?
UT helped me begin my journey as a school educator by giving me the strong foundational skills that were needed to be a teacher. The course work and internships were valuable tools that helped prepare me for my first years as a teacher. Also, the leadership experiences at the university were beginning pathways for my future role as a school administrator.  

What advice would give current students at UT?
I would suggest that they take time to get to know the professors that are teaching them. The guidance the staff can give is something that is very valuable after graduation. I would also suggest that they get to know the school administrators in the school they are doing their internship. This connection can be the “foot in the door” they need to land their first teaching job out of college. 
Upcoming Events
Mark your calendars for the following upcoming events at UT:

  • April 23: allinforUT https://www.ut.edu/allinforut/
  • April 24: Math Senior Seminar I, Library, AV 1, 4:00 - 6:30 pm
  • April 26: Sociology Alpha Kappa Delta Induction, Brevard Community Room, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • April 26: Fourth Friday at the Henry B. Plant Museum, 4:00 - 5:00 pm
  • April 30: Math Senior Seminar II: Library AV 2, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
  • May 1: CSSME Undergraduate Research Conference, Fletcher Lounge, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
  • May 3: Criminology & Criminal Justice end of semester social. Vaughn Center, Crescent Club, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
  • May 3: History social and Phi Alpha Theta induction. Plant Hall, Grand Salon, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

If you have an event that you would like advertised in the newsletter, please send your event information to Laura Gicker at lgicker@ut.edu.