Our faculty members participate in conferences around the world, conduct groundbreaking research, and publish books and journal papers that contribute to their field and highlight their expertise. We feature those accomplishments and more in this section. To share faculty news, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
College Arts and Humanities
Donna Nicol, associate professor and chair of Africana Studies, served as an expert panelist for Al Jazeera English’s documentary series, The Big Picture, which focused on private foundations’ impact on Black lives through the pandemic, social protests, and politics. The discussion will be featured on Al Jazeera in the two-part series “The Big Picture: A Race for America” on Feb. 4 and Feb. 11. Visit www.aljazeera.com/schedule for air times.
Kirstin Ellsworth, assistant professor of art and design, hosts an art history authors podcast for the News Books Network. Her most recent interview featured Rachel Berenson Perry, author of the book “The Life and Art of Felrath Hines: From Dark to Light.” Hines was the first Black man to become a professional conservator for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
College of Business Administration and Public Policy/College of Education
Nancy Deng, professor of information systems, Yesenia Fernández, assistant professor in the School Leadership Program, and Meng Zhao, professor of marketing, have had their study “Social media use by first-generation college students and two forms of social capital: a revealed causal mapping approach” published in the journal Information Technology & People. The study examines social media use and its impacts on first generation students by answering the two questions: “How do FGS use social media on college campuses, compared to their peers?” and “How does the use of social media affect their academic experiences?”
College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Biology Terry McGlynn has been named a fellow for the 2021-22 North American Cohort of the Earth Leadership Program. The program enables skilled scientists with theoretical approaches to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to address in a significant way environmental issues and policy on campus, in their fields, and in government.
Recent quotes and/or interviews in the media from faculty
“As soon as parents give “weekly/monthly allowances” to their children, they should also teach them good financial habits. Parents should share their family values with respect to spending, saving and sharing the money (or allowance) with their children. The earlier they start learning about finance, the better it is for kids.” – Prakash Dheeriya, professor of finance, was asked the question “How old should kids be when you start teaching them good financial habits?” for the Q&A section of the MonkeyGeek article “Money Foundations for Kids: Compound Interest.”
“Nitrogen pollution. Climate warming. Invasive species. Ecosystems aren’t experiencing those threats in isolation,” – Justin Valliere, professor of biology, was interviewed for the LAist article “You’re Fertilizing Invasive Grasses With Your Car, Making Wildfires Worse.”
“Credit card debt and payment history have the two biggest impacts on credit scores. It is easier said than done but people should attempt to reduce credit card debt and eliminate consumer credit. Difficult times require hard choices but making hard choices today will pay off in the long run. Cut up the credit cards, sell your car if you have a car payment, and replace it with an “old clunker,” pay cash for everything and if you do not have the cash, do not buy it.” – Michael Manahan, lecturer of finance and accounting, to questions regarding “No Balance Transfer Fee Credit Cards?” for the “Ask the Experts” section of WalletHub.
“They differ mainly in eligibility, credit limit, liability, point collection, and regulations. Since most people have a personal credit card, they are familiar with the application process. The business credit card application process is similar. Quite often, banks that transact with the business offer business credit cards and help in the application process. However, most major banks offer business credit card programs. Small business credit card applications also require a personal guarantee and personal credit score.” – Rama Malladi, professor of finance, was featured in the “Expert Q&A” section of the Credit Card Insider article “Best Business Credit Cards.” He was asked the question “Are there any differences in the application process between personal and business credit cards?”