Dr. John Tovar, assistant professor in the Feik School of Pharmacy, made presentations titled “COPD: Important Considerations for Pharmacists” and “Immunizations: More Than Just Flu Vaccines” at the 2009 annual summer meeting of the Colorado Pharmacists Society in June. His poster “Use of Antibiotics Without a Prescription in a Flea Market Population” was accepted at the 2009 NAPCRG annual meeting in Canada for November.

Dr. Marcos Oliveira

Dr. Marcos Oliveira, of the Feik School of Pharmacy, is featured in the Aetna Latino 2010 Calendar with the theme Building Healthy Latino Communities: Contemporary Role Models for the month of October.

Dr. Tim Henrich, professor in the School of Nursing and Health Professions and Department of Human Performance, was elected to a four-year term as secretary general of North America, commissioner of physical education and member of the scientific committee for the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance, a Group A member of the United Nations Educational, Social and Cultural Organization. In March, he spoke as commissioner at the council’s annual symposium on “Many Nations Advocating with one Voice for the Health of the World.” He was also the author of a $200,000 grant for the design, construction and operation of a fencing center for UIW to be shared with the community. Other UIW members involved with the grant were Jon Gillespie and Robert Sosa, document format; Cynthia Escamilla, legal adviser; Louis Fox, liason with the County Commissioners Court; and Vincent Rodriguez, solicitation of additional support.

Theresa Alexander

In August, Theresa Alexander, instructor of fashion management, received the commendation award in the Open category of the 2009 Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery competition in London. She was one of 11 finalists. She attended the conference and awards ceremony Oct. 31 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Dr. Lydia Andrade, professor of political science, attended the National Social Science Summer Seminar in August in Honolulu. She made a presentation on “Achieving True Globalization of the Curriculum,” which was coauthored by Dr. Scott Dittloff, associate professor of political science.

A photo essay of Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI, Th.D., professor of religious studies, on Iraqi refugees from research trips to Jordan and the “Creating Art, Creating Friendship” ongoing project at the University of the Incarnate Word is being published online by Catholic Relief Services at www.crscollege.org.

Letitia Harding

Letitia Harding, instructor of English, coauthored a book chapter entitled “Digital Connections and Learning Styles,” which was accepted for publication. It will be published in The Handbook of Research on Virtual Environments for Corporate Education: Employee Learning and Solutions.

An article by Dr. Bob Connelly, dean of the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, called “Introducing a Culture of Civility in First-Year Classes,” appears in the V. 58, No. 1 issue of The Journal of General Education.

Margaret Mitchell, professor of theatre arts, attended the World Stage Design Exhibition and the International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians Conference in September in Seoul, Korea. She also lectured at the Nangyang Academy of Fine Arts.

Dr. Jeffery C. Rabin, of the School of Optometry, made multiple presentations at the annual meetings of the International Military Refractive Surgery, the Aerospace Medical Association, the Air Force Medical Research Symposium and the Association for research in Vision and Ophthalmology discussing “Super Vision: Quantification of Exceptional Acuity and Contrast Detection” and “Automated Diagnosis of Human Color Vision: The Cone Contrast Test.”

Bill Gokelman

Bill Gokelman, professor of music, co-wrote and produced a new musical called “Moses and the Burning Within,” based on the book of Exodus. A CD of music from the show, as well as an accompanying libretto/vocal book and conductor/ piano score, have been published. The show will be produced in more than 30 community theaters, schools and churches throughout the United States and Canada during the next 18 months.

Dr. Roger Barnes

Dr. Roger Barnes, professor of sociology, wrote “Reflections on the Death Penalty,” the afterword in a book recently published by the peaceCENTER. The book is called “Death Sentences: 34 Classic Short Stories About the Death Penalty.” Dr. Michael Tallon, assistant professor of Spanish, had his article “Foreign Language Anxiety and Heritage Students of Spanish: A Quantitative Study” published in the Spring 2009 volume of “Foreign Language Annals,” the official journal of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Tallon, a professional magician, entered his “4M” comedy music routine in the Stage Contest at the Society of American Magicians Annual Convention, from July 15-18 in Buffalo, N.Y. He was awarded the Seabrooke Red Seal Award for Comedy. He is only the fifth person to receive this award, with the last one being given in 2004. In addition, the 500 attendees chose him for the Brad Jacobs’ People’s Choice Award.

Dr. Erin R. Nosel, of the School of Optometry, presented continuing education lectures to more than 250 eye-care providers on “Recent Advances in the Management of Amblyopic Patients and on “Nutritional Aspects of Ocular Health.” She also had a paper accepted at the American Academy of Optometry entitled “Correction of Hyperopia in Children Study (Chics) Pilot.”

Dr. H. Simon Ghazi-Birry, founding dean and professor in the School of Optometry, presented several continuing education lectures to eye-care practitioners on “Clinical Therapeutic Case Challenges” and on “Allergic Eye Disease.” He also conducted a four-hour workshop on “Insurance Coding, Billing and Reimbursement” and delivered an “Update and Prevention of Malpractice in Optometry” to 200 optometrists. Dr. Lara McKnight, of the School of Optometry, was invited to participate in the annual meeting of the Optometric Glaucoma Society in Fort Worth, Texas. One of the activities of the society is to promote eye-care educational training in developing world countries.

Dr. Sharon Welkey, director of the UIW Fashion Management program, and Dr. Lark Caldwell, emeritus, associate professor at Texas Christian University, recently had an article published in the Apparel and Textiles Division of the 2009 TAFCS research journal. This journal is a publication of the Texas Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. “Cultural Adaptability and Study Abroad: A Measure of Change” measured the effect of study abroad on four aspects of cultural adaptability that included emotional resilience, flexibility/openness, perceptual acuity and personal autonomy.

Dr. Patricia Gower

Dr. Patricia Gower, professor of history, had a chapter called “Contrasts in Neglect: Progressive Municipal Reform in Dallas and San Antonio” published in a recent book called “Seeking Inalienable Rights: Texans and Their Quests for Justice.” The book was published by Texas A&M Press.

Vincent Rodriguez, assistant to the president/communications, wrote a commentary article about the Beatles and Beatlemania called “Back in the U.S. of A.” which was published by the San Antonio Express-News in September.