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Faculty presentations highlighted

Texas Woman's University faculty 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.


  • 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.