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Faculty/staff presentations highlighted — 2020

Texas Woman's University faculty and staff extend the prestige and reputation of the university through their presentations at international, national and regional conferences. Here is a sampling of their recent work.


  • Ellina Grigorieva (mathematics) is the organizer of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) special session “Creative Teaching Methods that Lead to Student Learning” at the Joint Mathematics Meeting (JMM) scheduled 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. She will present a session, “Distance learning methods for successful teaching number theory course,” at 11 a.m. that day.
  • Ellina Grigorieva (mathematics) was the keynote speaker at the Nov. 25 International Forum on COVID-19, sponsored by the Master in Applied Mathematics, attached to the faculty of mathematics of the Autonomous University of Guerrero. She presented a 60-minute talk on her research, “Finding COVID-19) quarantine guidelines: the optimal control theory point of view.”
  • Cheryl Thaxton (nursing, Dallas) and TWU alumna Betty Ferrell conducted a virtual meeting, “Supporting Pediatric COVID-19 Patients: A Forum Discussion,” on Nov. 9. Participants were nurses and nurse practitioners from Texas, California, Mississippi, Arizona, Massachusetts, Illinois and North Carolina. The forum discussion was held in order to conduct a nursing needs assessment and to share newly developed COVID-19 resources for pediatric/adult palliative care and hospice patients.
  • Tracy Irby (Center for Women Entrepreneurs) served as a panelist for a Global Entrepreneurship Week online event Nov. 21. The conference was organized by Youth International Conclave and Business Incubation Center, Bahria University Karachi Campus. Global Entrepreneurship Week is a celebration of innovators who dream big and launch startups that bring ideas to life.
  • Cristina Bejarano (political science) took part in a University of Arkansas at Little Rock virtual panel discussion on Oct. 29. Bejarano presented on the current state of politics in the Latinx community.
  • Marilyn Goff (Houston) co-presented a poster at the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (Virtual) Annual Meeting, held Oct. 26-29. The poster, “In 30 Years, This Group Has Never Slowed Down,” was co-authored by librarians from Louisiana State University – Shreveport, LSU - New Orleans, Tulane, and ExLibris.
  • Dewaynna Horn (College of Business) will conduct a virtual presentation at the 2020 Midwest Academy of Management Annual Conference Wednesday, Oct. 28. Horn will co-present “Balance Satisfaction, Job Burnout, and Citizenship Behavior Among Business Faculty In AAACSB Schools: A Conservation Resource Approach.”
  • Christie Acho (nursing, Dallas) presented “The Psychological Impact of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease” in an Oct. 17 National Association of Nigerian Nurse Practitioners webinar.
  • Linda Merritt (nursing, Dallas) presented virtually at the National Association of Neonatal Nurses National Convention, scheduled Oct. 21-23. Merritt co-presented “With NICU Graduation Day Approaching, How You Can be More Effective with Your Discharge Teaching.”
  • Rupal Patel (physical therapy, Houston) was invited to co-present a virtual continuing education seminar by the California Physical Therapy Association’s two-part series on “Anti-Racism & Culturally Responsive Practice in Physical Therapy.” Part one took place Sept. 23; part two is scheduled Oct. 28.
  • Ling Hwey Jeng (School of Library and Information Studies) will present “Community-Anchored Transformation in LIS Education and Learning” in the Library 2.020 mini-conference, “Sustainability in Libraries,” to be conducted online Wednesday, Oct. 14.
  • Danielle Phillips-Cunningham (multicultural women’s and gender studies) delivered a presentation about the history of Black women’s political organizing from slavery until the present day at Together Digital, a national women’s voting organization committed to organizing women and LGBTQ+ voters. Phillis-Cunningham also presented about southern Black women’s labor organizing at the Sept. 3 launch of The Advancing Black Strategists Initiative, a joint project between Jobs With Justice Education Fund, The Institute for Policy Studies’ Black Workers Initiative and Morehouse College’s International Comparative Labor Studies Department. The goal of ASBI is to develop and advance policies that support the collective power-building of working people in the South.
  • Kyndal DeBruin (TWU alumna) and Celia Lo (sociology) presented a paper, “Racist Perceptions on a College Campus: Intersectionality of Gender, Race, and Greek Affiliation,” and Lo, Paul D.C. Bones (sociology), Tyrone Cheng and Christine Chen presented “Heroin Users’ Role in the Opioid Epidemic,” at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. The meeting, originally scheduled Aug. 8-11 in San Francisco, was conducted virtually.
  • As part of her role as American Occupational Therapy Association’s Academic Leadership Council for Academic Fieldwork and Capstone Coordinators, Shannon Levandowski (occupational therapy) co-hosted “Occupational Therapy Students’ Perspectives: Occupations & Reflections During the Pandemic,” a free AOTA session on COVID-19 for students. The session, conducted online June 26, highlighted the experiences, opportunities and innovations of 12 students from OT schools across the nation as they reflected on the impact of COVID-19 on their academic progression during the spring and summer 2020 semesters.
  • David Rylander (business) presented a paper, “The Role of Microplastics in Business: Perception and Actions,” at the Association of Collegiate Marketing Educators, held March 11-14 in San Antonio.
  • Pamela Baker (business) presented a paper at the SWDSI (Southwest Decision Sciences Institute) Annual Meeting, held March 11-14 in San Antonio. Baker’s paper covered ways to improve student learning.


  • As president of Phi Alpha Theta, the nation’s history honor society, Jacob Blosser (history) gave invited remarks at online convocation ceremonies in May at California State University Fullerton, University of Vermont, Alma College, Southern Virginia University, Trinity University Washington, California Polytechnic University Pomona, Mercyhurst University, West Chester University, Malone University, University of the Pacific, Dominican University of California, Bryant University, and Sacred Heart University.
  • Asha Vas (occupational therapy, Dallas) presented her poster, "Top-down and Bottom-up Perspectives of OT - Cognitive Rehabilitation Following mTBI,” at the North American Brain Injury Society annual conference Feb. 26-29 in New Orleans. 
  • Wyona M. Freysteinson (nursing, Houston) gave an oral presentation, “African American Women’s perception of body image after military sexual trauma,” at the NAAAS and Affiliates Joint Conference Feb. 17 in Dallas.
  • Ling Hwey Jeng (SLIS) gave a presentation, "Am I Too [Fill-in-the-Blank] to Be Heard: A Leadership Reflection Exercise," at the 37th Academic Chairpersons Conference Feb. 6 in Savannah, Georgia.
  • The School of Physical Therapy had a long list of poster presentations at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting Feb. 12-15 in Denver, Colorado. Houston faculty presenting were Christina Marie Bickley, Jennifer Bogardus, Wayne Brewer, Jennifer Ellison, Peggy Gleeson, Katy Mitchell, Rupal Patel, Toni Roddey, Lauren Szot, Shih-Chiao Tseng and Alison Vargo. Presenters from the Dallas campus were Kelli Jo Brizzola, Hui-Ting Goh, Suh-Jen Lin, Ann Medley, Mary Thompson, Elaine Trudelle-Jackson, Sharon Wang-Price and Mark D. Weber.
  • Nursing faculty from all three campuses attended the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Doctoral Education Conference Jan. 30-Feb. 1 in Naples, Florida. Becky Spencer (Denton), Sabrenda Littles (Houston) and Shelley Hawkins (Dallas) gave presentations. Attendees included Rosalie Mainous, Mikyoung Lee and Ph.D. nursing science student Shermel Edwards-Maddox (Denton), Sandra Cesario, Nina Fredland, Peggy Landrum, Wyona Freysteinson and Leigh Minchew, Ph.D. nursing science student (Houston).
  • Deltra Muoki (nursing adjunct, Houston) has been invited to give an oral presentation, “Caregiver Experiences Relating to the Educational Gap Regarding Feeding Tube Placement” at Sigma’s 31st International Nursing Research Congress, scheduled July 23-27 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. More than 800 nurse researchers, students, clinicians and leaders are expected to attend.
  • Liz Kim (visual arts) presented a talk, “Memories in the Present: Portraits of the Modern,” at the “Let’s Face It” speaker series Jan. 23 at The Grace Museum in Abilene.
  • Ellina Grigorieva (mathematics) presented two research papers – one on solving nonstandard problems; the other on the optimal control of cancer – at the Joint Mathematics Meeting Jan. 13-18 in Denver, Colorado. The JMM, which combines meetings of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America, is the largest mathematics forum in the world. Grigorieva also was a judge for American Mathematical Society student papers and organized the AMS Special Session. She also attended numerous talks on mathematical biology and the history of mathematics and applied mathematics, and will share the presented overview with her number theory students.