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Faculty/staff presentations highlighted — January-April 2022

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.




Juliet Spencer (Denton) gave an invited talk, “Cytomegalovirus in Breast Cancer: Fact or Fantasy?,” April 12 at Wayne State University School of Medicine. She also presented a poster, “Cytokine Levels in Breast Cancer are Highly Dependent on CMV Status,” at the CMV2022 Virtual Conference held March 28-April 1.


Farhan Lakdawala (graduate research assistant, Denton) presented a poster, “Characterizing the genetic and physical interaction of the DBL-1/BMP signaling pathway with BLMP-1/BLIMP1 transcription regulator in Caenorhabditis elegans,” April 1 at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Texas Genetics Society.


Ann Davis (Denton) was invited to present “Numbers Don’t Lie: Leveraging Applicant Data to Improve Pre-Health Advising” for the Southeastern Association of Advisors for the Health Professions spring 2022 “Popular Past Conference Presentations” virtual series on March 25.


Catalina Pislariu (Denton) presented "Women in Science: A Former International Student’s Path to a Successful Academic Career" at the virtual Brown Bag Colloquium Series at Texas A&M International University on Feb. 11.


Tina Gumienny (Denton) gave an invited talk, "Tales for Biologists Told Through Monsters and Worms," at Texas A&M University - San Antonio on Feb. 11.


Youlonda FitzGerald (Denton) was a co-presenter in a four-part town hall series on A&P lab accommodations for the Human Anatomy & Physiology Society Curriculum & Instruction Committee: Jan. 19 – “Incorporating ADA Approved Accommodations into A&P Labs;” Jan. 26 – “Supporting Students with Visual Impairments in A&P Labs;” Feb. 2 – “Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in A&P Labs;” and Feb. 9 – “Providing ADA Accommodations for Physical Limitations and Service/Support Animals in A&P Labs.”




Shelia Hyde (Denton) presented her research, “Thriving and Boundary Management for Work and Nonwork Enrichment Gaines,” as part of the “Calling for Support of Work-Nonwork Roles: Protecting Employee Health and Well-Being” symposium April 27-30 at the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington.


Jason Lambert (Denton) presented "Navigating Microaggressions: Tackling the Unseen" at the Annual North Texas Society for Human Resource Management Conference held April 26 in Denton. This session also counted toward continuing education credits for human resource professionals.


Maria Barua (Denton) presented on “How Supply Chain Shortages are Disrupting Small Businesses” for the LiftFund Speaker Series. The recording will be available soon on LiftFund’s website.


English, Speech & Foreign Languages


Angela Mooney (adjunct, Denton) was a guest lecturer for the Latin American Literature and Culture Lecture Series, which took place April 15 at Rice University. Mooney’s lecture was titled “Beyond The Usual Tropes: Representation of Black Trans in The Brazilian Series Manhãs de Setembro.”


To mark International Women’s Day, Brian Fehler (Denton) and Rhetoric graduate students Giribala Joshi, Jennifer Judd (graduate teaching assistant) and Jordan AbuAljazer helped organize and presented at a symposium hosted by Onandaga Community College (OCC) in Syracuse, New York. The symposium, "1848 Seneca Falls to the Age of COVID-19: Negotiating Women’s Rights, Continuing Challenges and Resistance," was an international collaborative effort among faculty and graduate students representing TWU, OCC, SUNY-Oswego, Presidency University (Kolkata, West Bengal), and the University of Calcutta. Many participants attended virtually, and face-to-face attendees traveled to the Women's Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls, site of the first-ever women's rights conference in 1848, which was attended by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Frederick Douglass, and others. The "1848 Seneca Falls to the Age of COVID-19" symposium, the first of its kind, was a success and gave TWU graduate Rhetoric students a valuable opportunity to build collaborative skills in an international, cross-cultural arena and to "boldly go" out into the world while representing America's largest public university system primarily for women. 


Angela Rodriguez Mooney (adjunct, Denton) presented her research at BRASA XVI, hosted March 9-12 by Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Mooney’s presentation was titled “Representation of transgender characters in the Latin American film industry: the case of Alice Junio, Una Mujer Fantástica, and Mía.” 


Health and Wellbeing Initiative


Michelle Reeves (Denton) will present “Problem-Solving Scholars: Successfully Persisting Single-Mother College Students” at the AERA (American Educational Research Association) annual meeting scheduled April 21-26 in San Diego.


Michelle Reeves (Denton) presented at the AAC&U Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, scheduled March 17-19 in New Orleans. Her presentation was titled “Wellbeing’s Role in Developing Community Leaders and Activists.”


Michelle Reeves (Denton) presented “Developing an Ecosystem of Wellbeing on College Campuses” at the NASPA Strategies Conference, held Jan. 13-15


Health Promotion & Kinesiology


Janelle Davis (School of Health Promotion & Kinesiology, Denton) and Kim Taylor (Denton) presented “Student Success Measured by Newell’s Model of Constraints at the 2022 TEXAAN Conference, held Feb. 26 in Austin.




Katherine Landdeck (Denton) will present a free online program on March 30 about women pilots who helped to win World War II. The program is sponsored by the Truman Library Institute.


Library and Information Studies


The School of Library and Information Studies had four faculty and more than 30 alumni who presented at various programs of the 2022 Texas Library Association Annual Conference, held April 25-28 in Fort Worth. Ling Hwey Jeng, Carol Perryman and Kerol Harrod (all Denton) presented the Community Health Connections in Rural Texas program. Sylvia Vardell (Denton) facilitated the 18th Annual Poetry Round Up.


Ling Hwey Jeng (Library Science) and Michael Raisinghani (Business) spoke at a Denton Parks & Recreation Center event on April 30 to kick off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.


Ling Hwey Jeng (Denton) conducted a webinar, “Leadership Capacity Wherever We Are” March 31 as part of the federally funded grant project, Path to Leadership: National Forum on Advancing Asian/Pacific Islander American Librarianship.




Ellina Grigorieva (Mathematics, Denton) is a keynote speaker at the International Workshop on Applications of Geometric Methods of Functional Analysis, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Mark A. Krasnosel’skii, scheduled May 3-5 at The University of Texas at Dallas. On May 4, Grigorieva will present her new research on hybrid control systems, titled “Optimal combined treatment protocol for a hybrid control model of blood cancer.”




Sandra Cesario (Houston) was an invited guest panelist in a discussion titled “Developing the Next Generation of Healthcare Workers” for Leadership Houston, held April 1 at the TMC Innovation Center.


Brenda Moore (Houston) was the featured speaker during a webinar addressing the future of nursing education in Egypt. “The Future of Nursing Education in Egypt: Continued Discussion on Virtual Simulation and International Publications” was presented March 29 and sponsored by the Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt.


Cheryl Thaxton (Dallas) presented “COVID-19 and Marginalized Communities: Evidence-based strategies to support grief and bereavement among pediatric patients and their families” in a March 24 Educational Webinar Series sponsored by PLIDA (Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Alliance).


Wyona Freysteinson (Houston) presented “Redefining nursing’s ontology of person” March 18 at the Annual Nursing Theory Week virtual conference.


Wyona Freysteinson (Houston) co-presented at the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetics Annual Meeting, held March 2-5 in Atlanta. The presentation was titled “It Starts Outside the Exam Room: Perspectives on Inclusivity.”


Catherine Mbango (Houston) presented “Identifying Unique Contributions to Falls In Hospitalized Adult Hematology Patients” at the SNRS 2022 Annual Conference Feb. 25 in New Orleans.


More than 20 TWU College of Nursing faculty members, students, and recent graduates attended the Southern Nursing Research Society Conference Feb. 23-25 in New Orleans. Most attendees conducted presentations:


  • Della Mathew (PhD student, Houston) and Sandra Cesario (Houston), “A research proposal on Role of Magnet recognized hospital nurse managers in implementing evidence-based practice: A mixed method study”
  • Poonam Goswami (PhD student, Houston), “Impact of Advance Care Planning and End-of-life conversations on cancer patients”
  • Elif Isik (Houston), Nina Fredland (Houston), and Rebecca Schultz (Houston), “Caring for a Child with Special Health Care Needs amid the COVID-19 Pandemic through the Parents’ Lens”
  • Rebecca Aulbach (Houston), “The Effectiveness of IPE Simulated Hospital on Self-Efficacy of Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Students - An Academic Partnership”
  • Kinley Spier (undergraduate honors student, Dallas) and Jennifer Wilson (Dallas), “Leveling the Playing Field: Developing Dissemination Strategies for Nursing Research”


Poster Discussions

  • Stephanie C. Evans (Dallas), Damon Cottrell (Dallas), and Phillip Atchison (Denton), “Nurse Practitioner Knowledge of, Preparation for and Comfort with Obtaining a Sexual History from LGBTQ+ Clients”
  • Andrea Jackson (PhD student, Houston), “A Nurse with No Degree: Transforming Parents into Caregivers of Children with Tracheostomies”


Podium Presentations

  • Jennifer Woo (Dallas), “Does Poor Sleep Quality, Symptoms of Fatigue, Vitamin D Deficiency and Pro-inflammatory Cytokines in Pregnant Non-Hispanic Black and Hispanic Women Predict Lower Gestational Age at Birth?”
  • Jitana Benton-Lee  (PhD student, Denton), “Among Other Things: The Reasons Why Obtaining a Nursing Education is Challenging for Underrepresented Minorities”
  • Grace Nicole Fant (PhD student, Denton), “Development of Nursing Research Collaborative”
  • Wyona Freysteinson (Houston), “Introducing a Mid-Range Nursing Theory:  The Neurocognitive Mirror-Viewing Model”
  • Catherine Mbango (Houston), “Identifying Unique Contributors to Falls In Hospitalized Adult Hematology Patients”
  • Brenda Ross Swilley (Dallas, adjunct), “Results of Federal Agency's Smoking Cessation Intervention”
  • Sheranda Fesler (Houston, adjunct), “The Impact of an Ambulatory Pediatric Infusion Center Patient Acuity Scale on Nursing Satisfaction with Workload: A Mixed Methods Study”
  • Tito Tubog (recent graduate, Denton, unable to attend because of weather-related travel cancellations), “Factors influencing academic success among Nurse Anesthesia students”



  • Jennifer Woo (Dallas), Moderator for the Omics Session


Physical Therapy


Faculty members Hui-Ting Goh (Dallas), Sharon Wang-Price (Dallas), Mark Weber (Dallas), Elaine Trudelle-Jackson (Dallas), Kelli Brizzolara (Dallas), Alyssa Fiss (Dallas), Mary Thompson (Dallas), Rupal Patel (Houston) Nick Purcell (Houston, adjunct), current PhD students, and recent PhD graduates presented their research at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting Feb. 2-5 in San Antonio.


Political Science


Jennifer Danley-Scott (Denton) and master’s student Rachel Arnquist presented Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy research at the Midwest Political Science Association’s annual meeting April 7. The paper, “More Than When and Why: Women’s Decisions to Run in Texas,” discussed findings from the center’s 2021 Texas officeholder survey.