Academy Closing Presentations (Apr. 10 and Apr. 17)

April 8th, 2015 by Kenya Hudson

Day One of Closing Presentations:  Friday, April 10, 2015 in the Theater of the JSU Student Center

Day Two of Closing Presentations:  Friday, April 17, 2015 in the Auditorium of the Engineering Building

The Academy for Research and Scholarly Engagement implements a year-long program of workshops, coaching and engagement with funding agencies in order to broaden the community of JSU faculty and staff who submit competitive proposals for external funding.  The Academy culminates in presentations and a closing ceremony and reception that recognizes perseverance, talent and potential of Academy Scholars.  


Tuesday, April 14, 2015
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Auditorium (Room 100), Engineering Building


XSEDE Flyer Supercomputers, big data sets and new technological tools are used by scientists, engineers, social scientists and humanists every day. The NSF-funded Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) integrates these advanced digital resources and services and facilitates collaboration and sharing of computing resources, data and expertise. In order to broaden participation and increase accessibility of these resources, XSEDE representatives will introduce the program and conduct workshops on how people can participate. Faculty and research staff from the arts, humanities and social sciences are particularly encouraged to participate. There will be a session dedicated to how humanities scholars can use XSEDE resources.

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April 9, 2015 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM 
Room 3213, Third Floor of the JSU Student Center

Co-sponsored with JSU ADVANCE and the College of Public Service, this workshop explores the ways that participants can organize their summers to advance their scholarly goals particularly publication and grant-writing.  The workshop will feature Kimberly Jacob Arriola, M.P.H., Ph.D.; a multi-faceted investigator, scholar and teacher at Emory University.

Dr. Arriola is an associate professor and director of graduate studies for the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University.  Her research focuses on improving the health of marginalized populations and communities of color.  She has published numerous journal articles and co-edited the book, Health Issues among Incarcerated Women.  She is principle investigator for a a NIH-funded project to develop and test a culturally-sensitive organ and tissue donation intervention for African American adults and co-investigator for two national multi-site studies that evaluate new services for HIV-infected jail and prison inmates transitioning to community living.

This workshop is designed for early career faculty and faculty new to Jackson State University.  However, all faculty are welcome to attend.  Light refreshments will be provided.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Holden Reading Room, 4th Floor of the H.T. Sampson Library

Dr. Taunjah P. Bell, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, will present her research talk, "Using Salivary Cortisol to Screen for Proneness to PTSD, Detect Symptoms and Diagnose the Disorder in Service Members and Civilians."  The JSU Center for University Scholars hosts this brown bag research talk and provides beverages and sandwiches.  Please join us!

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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, electonic 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:

March 26, 2015 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM 
JSU INNOVATE, First Floor of the H.T. Sampson Library

This workshop introduces participants to the Blackboard Learn teaching and learning environment.  It includes an introduction to the basic elements of the course environment and demonstration of the ways that its communication and collaboration tools can be used for online and hybrid courses.  This workshop is designed for early career faculty.  However, all faculty are welcome to attend.  Light refreshments will be provided.