Faculty Achievements

Dr. Deborah H. Barnes, associate professor in the Department of English and modern foreign languages,Photo of Dr. Barnes at 2nd Murder, Mayhem and Lynching Lecture presents the culminating talk of a three-part series: Murder, Mayhem and Lynching: Constructing, Race, Class and Gender in America.  The last of the three-part series remains to be presented:

Written in Blood: Discourses in Lynching

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
Gallery1 at One University Place
1100 John R. Lynch Street, Jackson, MS 39203


Photo of Dr. Barnes talking with faculty and students after the 2nd Murder, Mayhem and Lynching LectureThe first lecture challenged popular narratives about lynching.  Why have these narratives crowded out the historical evidence and record in the public mind?  Using the study of American lynching as a launching pad, the lecture drew connections between epistemology, problem-based learning and contemporary curricular transformation.  The second lecture focused on the ways that African-American agency as evidenced by African-American lynch mobs undermines popular narratives from multiple perspectives about the Jim Crow era.  

Sparked by passages in Toni Morrison novels depicting lynchings, Dr. Barnes began searching out historical accounts of lynchings.  For more than a decade, she has been compiling and analyzing lynching narratives by witnesses and survivors.  Dr. Barnes plans to publish them in an edited volume.  During the 2013-2014 academic year, she presented a brown bag research talk about the business of spectacle lynching.  

"Drawing Noise," an innovative multimedia piece, made its world premiere at the International Festival for Innovations in Music Production and Composition (IFIMPaC) at Leeds College of Music in Leeds, England, United Kingdom.  IFIMPaC attracts innovative musical compositions and performances from composers throughout Europe and North America.  Its paper presentations and performances explore the latest innovations in production techniques, electronic music composition, image sonification, multichannel soundscape compositions, impulse responses in an audio-visual live performance, electronic and digital instrument-building practices and expressive diffusion.  

Photo of Geil, Elezovic and Chang at Nov. 18 BBRTDr. Ivan Elezovic, assistant professor in the Department of Music, represented the collaborative team that created "Drawing Noise" at IFIMPaC 2015.  Elezovic served as the composer and sound engineer for the project.  Visual artist and assistant professor in the Department of Art, Prof. Chung-Fan Chang served as its art director and principal performer.  Prof. Mark Geil, photographer and assistant professor in the Department of Art, served as the director of photography.  The ideas inspiring "Drawing Noise" developed from the talks given by Dr. Elezovic and Prof. Chang in the 2012-2013 year of the Brown Bag Research Talks Series.  Subsequently, they presented the completed work during this academic year's Brown Bag Research Talks Series.

View "Drawing Noise" on YouTube:

February 12, 2015 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM 
Room 3213, Third Floor of the JSU Student Center

This workshop focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning and its implications for university faculty.  This workshop is designed for all faculty members. Light refreshments will be provided.


2014-2015 Academy Scholars Announced

October 21st, 2014 by Kenya Hudson

The 2014-2015 cohort of participants for the Academy for Research and Scholarly Engagement has been selected.

Ebrahim Amiri, Computer Engineering; Brian Anderson, Social Work; Okechukwu Anyamele, Economics; Gauri Bhattacharya, Social Work; Janice Brockley, History and Philosophy; Kathy Bryant, Elementary and Early Childhood Education; Sarah Buxbaum, Health Policy and Management; Miguel Centellas, Political Science; Huie Tomaz Cunningham, English and Modern Foreign Languages; Ivan Elezovic, Music; Mark Geil, Art; Lolita Gray, Political Science; Hung-Chung Huang, Biology; Hyunju Kim, Computer Science; Jae Young Ko, Public Policy and Administration; Ranjani Kulawardhana, Biology; Catherine Kyeyune, Lifelong Learning; Jaegoo Lee, Social Work; Jung Hye Lee, Epidemiology and Bio-Statistics; Chandar Lewis, Educational Leadership; Kristie Lipford, Social Work; Tzusheng Pei, Computer Science; Chester Robinson, Public Policy and Administration; Gloria Smith, Lifelong Learning; and Talya Thomas, Urban and Regional Planning.

Dr. Ivan Elezovic presents at the University Scholars Symposium Recital.The Center congratulates Dr. Ivan Elezovic, the recipient of a 2015 Mississippi Arts Commission Fellowship. These highly competitive awards provide grants up to $5,000 for the creation of new work and/or professional development by the recipient. Fellowship applications are reviewed through a blind process with criteria focused on originality and vision of the work, technical skill and mastery of the artistic discipline and technique used to create the work. Dr. Elezovic's work was described as pushing "the boundaries of musical composition." It was also characterized as innovative and technically strong.

Dr. Elezovic is an assistant professor and coordinator of theory and composition in the Department of Music at Jackson State University. An active participant in the scholarly and artistic life of Jackson State and the City of Jackson, Elezovic has composed music that has been performed locally, nationally and internationally. In 2013, the Center for University Scholars awarded him a University Scholars grant for which he composed "The Wind Was There," which was performed by renown clarinetist Milan Milosevic of Vancouver College.

Read Dr. Elezovic's artist statement for the Mississippi Arts Commission Fellowship.

Read more about Dr. Elezovic.

Safiya Omari, Ph.D. has been selected as the third director of the JSU Center for University Scholars. An associate professor of social work and health sciences, Omari is also the director of the Southern Institute for Mental Health Advocacy Research and Training. Recently, she served as chief of staff to Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. Dr. Omari earned the doctorate in experimental social psychology from Northeastern University.  Her current research interests include mental health, effects of gender, race, and culture on health behaviors and psychological well-being, violence against women, and discriminatory stress.

Dr. Omari will focus on expanding the visibility of the Center for University Scholars and its activities and supporting the research interests and teaching performance of JSU faculty.

Dr. Victor Ifedayo Ogungbe, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, received three grants worth nearly $400,000 to expand his research in chemical biology, drug discovery and structural biology. The awarding entities are the National Institutes of Health National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Science Foundation Mississippi ESPCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research/Institutional Development Award) and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. After joining the faculty at Jackson State in January 2013, Ogungbe participated in the second cohort of the Academy for Research and Scholarly Engagement.

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