Dr. Adrienne Nock Ambrose
, associate professor of Religious Studies, received a research travel grant from the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame. The grant helped to fund archival research in connection with a book proposal tentatively titled Appealing to the ‘Movie Mind’: American Catholicism in the Age of Spectacle, 1920–1940.

Dr. Veronica Acosta, assistant professor of Biology, was an invited speaker at the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Pedagogy Workshop. Acosta and Dr. Carlita Favero of Ursinus College presented “A Discussion of Diversity and Inclusivity at the University Level: The Need for a Strategic Plan” at the conference. An article of the same name (Martinez Acosta, V.G., Favero, C.B.) was published in The Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education. Acosta served as a senior panelist for the BRAINS (Broadening the Representation of Academic Investigators in NeuroScience) mentoring workshop based at the University of Washington. She served on four panels: “Getting the Mentoring You Need to Succeed,” “Mastering Teaching,” “Conflict and Communication,” and “Building Your Research Group.” Acosta presented “Cellular and Molecular Characterization of Head Regeneration in Lumbriculus Variegatus” (O’Bryant, S.M.; Martinez-Acosta, V.G.) at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Conference in San Francisco. She was awarded an SICB Broadening Participation Travel Award to attend the meeting. The proceedings were published in Integrative and Comparative Biology. Acosta served as co-director of an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates program at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Mass., for a second year. This year Brian Salvador, UIW honors student, was selected to attend the program with her. Salvador presented his and Acosta’s work “Characterization of Neoblast Population during Regeneration in Lumbriculus Variegatus” as a poster during the 9th Annual Undergraduate MBL Research Symposium. At the MBL, Acosta also coordinated a professional development workshop series for undergraduates titled, What to Expect. She has also served as a faculty member of the SPINES course for graduate fellows attending the Summer Program in Neuroscience Excellence and Success, which supports the professional development of underrepresented minorities in the neurosciences.


Dr. Danielle Alsandor, assistant professor of Teacher Education, received an award for her presentation “Keeping it Real: Authentic Leadership & Advising Practices in the Trump Era” at the 2018 Joint State Conference of the Texas Association of Black Professionals in Higher Education and the Texas Association of Black School Educators.

Dr. Rebecca Attridge, associate professor of Pharmacy Practice, presented “Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis for Acute Pulmonary Embolism: Is It Good Advice to Lyse?” at the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists 70th Annual Seminar. Attridge was awarded the Texas Chapter Outstanding Member Award for San Antonio Area for 2017 and the Presidential Citation Award for 2017, by the Society of Critical Care Medicine at the SSCM Texas Chapter Annual Business Meeting in Houston. She presented “Interactive iPad Application to Enhance the Medical Disclosure and Informed Consent Process,” (Kalich, B.A., Cavazos, M., Guinn, T.D., Panday, M., Pillarisetti, J., Attridge, R.L.) at the Heart Rhythm Society 39th Annual Scientific Sessions in Boston.

Dr. Russell Attridge, associate dean of Academic Affairs and associate professor of Pharmacy Practice, presented “Updates in Community Acquired Pneumonia” to attendees at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy’s Hospital Pharmacy Practice Seminar as CE credit. Attridge presented the posters “Purposeful Collaborations Between Practice and Science Faculty Advance Pharmacy Education,” (Attridge, R.T., Coker, A.O., Guerra, C.M., et al.) and “Student Professional Development Program’s Effects on Student Self-Efficacy in Goal Setting,” (Kalich, B.A., Attridge, R.T.) at the 2018 AACP Annual Meeting in Boston.

Justin Bennett, assistant professor of Theatre and production manager, was recently appointed to serve as the engineering commissioner for the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. Bennett was also elected by the Entertainment Services and Technology Association to serve as the co-chair of the Electrical Power Working Group, which forms a part of the organization’s Technical Standards Program.

Dr. Robert R. Blanton, associate professor of Communication Arts, published several works: “The Story of Right Hand, Left Hand” in Engaging the Elephant: Using Film to Facilitate Difficult Conversations About Race in the Classroom; “Won’t You Be My Neighbor: Samaritan Ethics and the Art of Compassion” in Case Studies of Service Learning and Faith Integration, Journal of Christian Teaching Practice; “Strange Times: The Rhetorical Realms of Interactive Nostalgia in Stranger Things” in Subjective Experiences of Interactive Nostalgia. “Truth, Tears, Anger, and Grace: Grieving with Hope in Timothy Keller’s 9/11 Sermon” in The American Sermon; “Highway 61: American Folk Music and the Legacy of Alan Lomax” in Teaching Popular Music in the Classroom; “Loyalty Leadership: Learning and Performing Leadership in The Americans” in Through the Lens: Interrogating Practice, Presentation and Power; “A Requiem and a Dream: Discerning the Rhetorical Significance of the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall” in The Soul of the Nation: U.S. Public Memory and the National Mall; and “Survive or Surrender: The Rhetoric of Indigenous Land in Hell or High Water and Wind River” in Decolonizing Public Address: American Indian Rhetoric and the Struggle for Self-Determination.

Dr. Stefanie Boswell, associate professor of Psychology, is this year’s recipient of the UIW Presidential Teaching Award, which recognizes teaching excellence and student engagement. Faculty members are nominated by other faculty members and students and selected by previous honorees.

Dr. David Campos, professor of Teacher Education, received the Northside Independent School District 2018 Outstanding District Partner of the Year Award. _e University of the Incarnate Word Dreeben School of Education was chosen as the winner in the category of Outstanding Business or Community Organization for the 2017-18 school year.

Dr. Darlene Carbajal, assistant professor of Communication Arts, received her Ph.D. in Education in December 2017 from the University of the Incarnate Word. The title of her dissertation is “Spirituality in a Faith-Based Institution: Faculty Experiences of Facilitating the Spiritual Development of Students.”

Dr. Paulo Carvalho, associate professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, published “Bioactive Products from Singlet Oxygen Photooxygenation of Cannabinoids” in the European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. Carvalho received a $30,034 research project grant for “Synthesis of Anticancer Natural Compounds: Callysgongamide A, a Polyacetilenic Compound, as a Potential Therapeutic Agent,” (Osman, A.G., Elokely, K.M., Yadav, V.K., Carvalho, P., Radwan, M., Slade, D., Klein, M.L.) from the San Antonio Area Foundation’s Beta & Melvin Leazar Memorial Fund. He also published “Identification, Characterization and Molecular Modeling Studies of Schistosoma mansoni Dihydrofolate Reductase Inhibitors: From Assay Development to Hit Identification,” (Teles, A.L.B., Silva, R.R., Ko, M., Ferreira, G.M., Pita, S.D.R., Trossini, G.H.G., Carvalho, P., Castilho, M.S.) in Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry.

Dr. James C. Collins, assistant professor of Computer Information and Cyber Security Systems, is the faculty adviser for the Crypto Cardinals, a new cyber security club, which participated and ranked well in a cyber security competition, a first for UIW. Collins, who joined UIW after a 30-year career in cyber security, formed the club with student leaders.

Dr. Ann D. David, an assistant professor of Teacher Education, organized a professional development and continuing formation workshop for 65 catechists, Catholic-school teachers and diocesan representatives from across the country. As part of the National Catholic Sisters Project, this workshop focused on a free, online curriculum titled “Called & Consecrated,” which teaches young people about the lives and works of women religious. (See more on p. 29).

Dr. Ann D. David, Dr. Stephanie Grote-Garcia, associate professor of Teacher Education, Dr. Letitia Harding, associate Professor of English, Dr. Susan Hall, professor of Teacher Education and the director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Inci Yilmazli, a doctoral student in the International Education and Entrepreneurship Program, presented a poster titled “Living the Process: Embedding the Writing Process Throughout Preservice Teacher Education Coursework,” at the American Education Research Association Annual Meeting in New York City. The poster focused on findings from an ongoing research project examining the connection between how preservice teachers are taught about writing and taught to write, and how they see themselves as writers.

Yvonne Arias Davila, nurse faculty clinical liaison, Cynthia Overmyer Richardson, senior instructor, Dr. Julie Nadeau, associate professor, undergraduate program chair and director of the Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, and Dr. Lee Ann Waltz, assistant professor in the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions, had work presented at the International Quality and Safety Education for Nurses Conference in Bonita Springs, Fla.

Dr. Julian Davis, associate professor of Chemistry, hosted an ALEKS workshop for pre-nursing majors interested in preparing for and getting ahead in their chemistry courses. Participating pre-nursing majors used a customized ALEKS online course to master important chemistry topics. Students who completed the entire course advanced directly into the second semester of their chemistry sequence.

Dr. Amy Diepenbrock, assistant dean of Student Affairs at the Feik School of Pharmacy, presented “Feeding Your Pipeline the Right Fuel for the Right Students: A Story of Three Early Assurance Programs,” (Diepenbrock, A., Graham, C.) at the Pharmacy Education Admissions meeting prior to AACP. Diepenbrock also presented the poster “Identifying Optimal Selection Criteria for the Direct Admit Program” (Graham, C., Diepenbrock, A., Smith, S.E., Oliveira, M., Cauthon, K.A.B.) at AACP Annual Meeting in Boston.

Dr. Jean Dols, associate professor of Nursing, was presented with the 2018 South Texas Nurse Imagemaker Award by the Texas Nurses Association District 8 and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Delta Alpha at-Large Chapter. 

Dr. Christopher Edelman, associate professor of Philosophy, and Juan “Ruben” Garza, grounds maintenance supervisor, were awarded The William Mulcahy Award for Ecological Stewardship. The award was created in 2007 in recognition of grounds superintendent Bill Mulcahy’s leadership in ecological conservation and care of the land at Incarnate Word. Each year, the Earth Month Committee selects two members of the UIW community, one faculty and one staff, to receive this award for their dedication to practicing sustainability.

Dr. Dora Fitzgerald, assistant professor, and Dr. Zazil Reyes-Garcia, assistant professor both in the Communication Arts program, will present their work titled “The Mexico-U.S. border: Multiple constructions from film and political cartoons,” as part of a roundtable session at the Fulbright Association’s annual conference to be held in Puebla, Mexico this fall

Dr. Danielle Gunter, associate professor of Nursing, Dr. Leslie Martinez, assistant professor of Psychology, Kelly Pittman, assistant professor of Accounting, and Dr. Mona Bains, assistant professor of Physical Therapy, received The Provost’s Legacy Teaching Award, which recognizes faculty who demonstrate the degree of dedication to teaching and learning that joins them to the long legacy of teaching excellence that characterizes the University of the Incarnate Word. Dr. Denise Doyle, then provost, established the Legacy Teaching Award in 2010.

Dr. Bradi Frei, associate professor of Pharmacy Practice, presented “Putting the Opioid Epidemic Under the Microscope” and co-presented “Is Pharmacy the Right Career for Me?” with Joanne Fazio-Gosser at the HOSA International Leadership Conference in Dallas. Frei presented “Medication Nomenclature” to high school students at the Institute for Drug Development Oncology Research Internship summer program 2018 at the UT Health San Antonio. She also presented “Update on Oncology Medications Commonly Dispensed by Community Pharmacies” at the Texas Pharmacists Association Conference and Expo in _e Woodlands, Texas. Frei received the Preceptor of the Year Award by the Audie L Murphy Veterans Hospital Oncology Residency 2017-2018.

Dr. Helmut Gottlieb, associate professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, presented “Impact of Integration on Learner Outcomes” and presented the poster “Renal Responses Produced by the Central Microinjection of Salvinorin A and B in Conscious Rats,” (Franklin, C., Evans, L., Henderson, R., Rangel, Y., Anatrella, E., Kaur, S., Bombaywala, P., Gottlieb, H.) at the Experimental Biology Meeting 2018 in San Diego.

Dr. Stephanie Grote-Garcia, associate professor of Teacher Education, was elected president of the Specialized Literacy Professionals, a special interest group of the International Literacy Association (ILA). In addition, Grote-Garcia was appointed director of educator empowerment for the Texas Association for Literacy Education, the state affiliated group of ILA.

Dr. Jaime Z. González, assistant professor and assistant director of Professional Practice (Clinical) Education in the School of Physical Therapy, published “Improvements in Cultural Competence in Athletic Training and Rehabilitative Science Students through Classroom Activities,” (Denton, J., Esparza, S., Fike, D., González, J.) in the Journal of Cultural Diversity.

Dr. Stephanie Hartzell, assistant professor in the Graduate Studies Department of the Dreeben School of Education, presented her work “Interfaith Survey Creation Recommendations” at the International Conference for Christian Teacher Educators in Abilene, Texas.

Dr. Sharon Herbers, professor of Teacher Education in the Dreeben School of Education, was named the 2018 Moody Professor by the University of the Incarnate Word. The awarding of the Moody Professorship reflects a high level of scholarship, teaching excellence and community service.

Dr. Linda Hook, assistant professor of Nursing, presented “Policies and Politics in Healthcare” at the APHON Bits and Pieces Education Symposium at UIW.

Dr. Chad Jackson, director of Professional Practice Education in the School of Physical Therapy, presented a poster titled “Integrated Professional Formation Curricular Design – Allowing Learning to Become Visceral” at the 6th Annual Conference of the Academy for Professionalism in Health Care in Baltimore on behalf of himself, Dr. Amy Crocker, assistant professor and director of Social Accountability and Experiential Learning, and Dr. Nathan Brown, assistant professor.

Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin, dean emerita of the Feik School of Pharmacy, received the Dave Dennis Lifetime Achievement Award from her alma mater, Dillard University in New Orleans, La.

Dr. Jessica Kimmel, professor emerita of the Dreeben School of Education, is the current president of the World Council for Curriculum and Education, a world-wide organization of educators from more than 40 countries who are committed to a democratic education and an education for all. As president, Kimmel presented her paper, “Constructivism: A Learning Theory for a Democratic Education” as the Alice Miel Lecture at the International Conference in Rome. The paper will be published in the conference proceedings.

Dr. Piyush Swami, of the East West Educational Institute in India, and Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, professor of Religious Studies, responded to the presentation of Dr. Toh Swee-Hin, a UNESCO Prize for Peace Education Laureate, called “The Flowering of Global Citizenship Education: Empowering and Transforming Our Common Humanity Toward a Culture of Peace” at the World Council of Curriculum and Instruction Conference in Rome. Sr. Kirk also presented “Roots Serving the City, Branches Serving the World: Incarnate Word Sisters Founded in 1869 in Response to the Mayor’s Pleas, University of the Incarnate Word Students and Faculty Reaching Out in Service Locally and Globally” at the conference. Dr. Swami, Sr. Kirk, Dr. Swee-Hin are pictured here before an olive tree.

Dr. Michael D. Moon, associate professor in the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions, co-authored a research study called “Triaging the Emergency Department, Not the Patient: United States Emergency Nurses’ Experience of the Triage Process” in the Journal of Emergency Nursing.

Cynthia Richardson, Nursing instructor, was named the Sigma Theta Tau 2018 Nurse Imagemaker.

Jennifer Penn, assistant professor in the School of Physical Therapy, led student volunteers to perform balance screenings and education at the 20th Annual San Antonio American Parkinson’s Disease Association Symposium, which counted more than 400 people in attendance. The students screened individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers. Current students, alumni and Dr. Stephen Goffar, professor and associate dean for Academic Affairs, offered their time and talents for the benefit of attendees and organizers alike. Students pictured include Patrick Miles ’18; Amanda Seneri ’18; Diana Chun ’19; Addrianna Green ’19; Christopher Rodriguez ’19; Selina Rodriguez ’19; Lindsay Taylor ’19; Hannah Garza ’20; Sergio Ramos ’20; Paige Rogers ’20; and Vanessa Sanchez ’20.

Dr. Evan J. Petersen, associate professor in the School of Physical Therapy, published “Differential Diagnosis in a Patient Presenting With Both Systemic and Neuromusculoskeletal Pathology: Resident’s Case Problem,” (Petersen, E.J., Thurmond, S.M.) in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. Petersen’s project, “The Use of Real-Time Feedback to Improve Learning of Joint Mobilization Techniques for Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy Students,” was awarded the UIW Faculty Endowment Research Award.

Dr. Jeff C. Rabin, professor and assistant dean for Graduate Studies, Research and Assessment in the Rosenberg School of Optometry, published “Effects of Milk vs. Dark Chocolate Consumption on Visual Acuity and Contrast Sensitivity Within 2 Hours: A Randomized Clinical Trial,” (Rabin, J., Karunathilake, N., Patrizi, K.) in JAMA Ophthalmology.

Dr. Zazil Reyes-Garcia, assistant professor of Communication Arts, co-authored “Podcasting and Play: Rhetorical Narrative Accounts of Latinidad through Crónica,” which has been accepted for presentation at the National Communication Association 104th Annual Convention in Salt Lake City. Reyes-Garcia’s book chapter “Visions of the Border in Mexican Political Cartoons” was accepted for publication in Latina/o Communication Studies: Theories, Methods, and Practice.

Dr. Mary Anne D. Snyder, assistant professor in the School of Osteopathic Medicine, received the part-time Exemplary Teaching Award for the Texas Academy of Family Physicians, to be awarded at the Annual Sessions and Primary Care Summit in Arlington, Texas.

Dr. Elizabeth Urteaga, associate professor of Pharmacy Practice, published “Acute Hyperglycemia After Influenza Vaccination in a Patient with Type 2 Diabetes” in Diabetes Spectrum.

Dr. Horacio Vela, assistant professor of Religious Studies, was elected to the board of La Comunidad of Hispanic Scholars of Religion, an ecumenical organization with ties to both the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature. He presented the paper “Reading Bless Me, Ultima at a Catholic Hispanic-Serving Institution” at the Trinity University-sponsored Symposium on Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya. In addition, he presented at the conference ¡El Futuro Is Here! Doing Campus Ministry and Theological Education Latinamente, held at Dominican University in River Forest, Ill.

Dr. Lucy Wilkening, assistant professor of Pharmacy Practice, published “Psychiatric Pharmacist Consults Highlight Value of Team-Based Care” in Pharmacy Today, Health-System Edition. Wilkening is managing editor for The Mental Health Clinician. She is also planning for the Syringe Services Programs Summit for the City of San Antonio.

Dr. Amy Witte, associate professor of Pharmacy Practice, published “Eye Itching Associated with Allergic Conjunctivitis: An Optometry and Pharmacy Perspective on Treatment,” (Thimmons, J.J., Witte, A.P.) in US Pharmacist Product Information Guide. Witte taught the APHA Pharmacy-Based Immunization Certificate Training Program to Lebanese American University students on rotation at Houston Methodist Hospital.

Phil Youngblood, instructor of Computer Information Systems, completed the Virtual Student Federal Service virtual internship with the U.S. State Department, working with the U.S. Embassy in Reykjavik, Iceland.