Faculty/staff presentations highlighted — September-December 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. 

Note: Information on presentations should be submitted no later than one month following the event date.




Catalina Pislariu (Denton) was an invited speaker at the BioDiscovery Institute Seminar Series, held Nov. 14 at the University of North Texas.


Camelia Maier (Denton) spoke about the Dr. Bettye Myers Butterfly Garden at Brunch & Learn, held Oct. 25 at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.


Tina Gumienny (Denton) was invited to present her work at the SMU Seminar Series in Biological Sciences, held Nov. 4. The following day, she presented her poster, “Characterizing the genetic and physical interaction of the DBL-1/BMP signaling pathway with BLMP-1/BLIMP1 transcription regulator in Caenorhabditis elegans,” at the Southwest Regional Meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology in Austin. Recent PhD graduate Farhan Lakdawala is a coauthor on the poster.


Graduate assistant and PhD candidate Mafia Mahabub Rumpa (Denton) presented a poster, “Maclura pomifera Plant Extracts Inhibit Proliferation and Induce Apoptosis in ER-positive Breast Cancer Cell Lines,” at the Sigma Xi International Forum on Research Excellence Nov. 3-6 in Alexandria, Virginia. She also will present a poster, “Antiproliferative Activity of Male and Female Maclura pomifera Extracts in ER-positive Breast Cancer Cell Lines,” at the Cell Bio 2022 meeting Dec. 5 in Washington, DC. Both works are coauthored by Camelia Maier (Denton).




Rama Yelkur (Denton) was a panelist at the Invest: Dallas-Fort Worth 2022-2023 Launch Conference scheduled Thursday, Dec. 1, in Dallas. The panel discussion was titled “Keeping Up: How the strength of DFW’s education sector is feeding workforce demand and what changes are still needed.”


Center for Student Research


Diana Elrod (Biology, CSR, Denton) and Jörg Waltje (Center for Faculty Excellence, Denton) presented “Improving Retention and Graduation Rates for Undergraduate STEM Students via PRIME” at the National Symposium on Student Retention, held Oct. 24-27 in San Diego.


Chancellor's Office


Chancellor Carine Feyten spoke at the Economic Issues for Women in Texas 2022 presentation Sept. 22. The event was hosted by the Texas Women’s Foundation.


College of Professional Education


Aimée Myers (Teacher Education, Denton) and graduate students presented at the 2022 International Conference on Urban Education, held Nov. 2-5 in Cancun, Mexico. Myers and Shaunte Alvarez-Minor (Admissions, Denton, master’s student) presented “Women of Color: Navigating the System with Poise, Perseverance, and Passion in Pursuit of a Doctoral Degree;” Marilyn Roberts (PhD student) presented “Our Children Don’t Need a Savior: Coaching Urban Educators to Recognize Bias in Their Practices;” Angelica Addo (graduate assistant) and Roberts presented “Culturally Responsive Evaluation: How Evaluator Background Influences Special Education Evaluations;” and Kimberly Lawson (student assistant, PhD student) presented “Embracing African American Vernacular English as a Dialect and Not a Language Deficit.”




Katherine Landdeck (Denton) presented for the University of Nebraska at Lincoln’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) on Sept. 8. Landdeck was one of the speakers for Fly Girls, a program about women in aviation.


Katherine Landdeck (Denton) spoke at the National Museum of the Pacific War as part of its symposium featuring prominent World War II scholars. The event took place Sept. 16-17 in Fredericksburg.


Human Development, Family Studies and Counseling


Dimple Vadgama (Denton) presented a session, “COVID-19 and Women’s Work-Family Interface Around the Globe: Well-Being, Challenges, Demands, and Stress,” at the NCFR (National Council on Family Relations) Annual Conference held Nov. 16-19 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The session earned the conference “Highly Attended” badge. Azucena Verdin (Denton) and graduate teaching assistants Holly Eddy and Ashton Veasey (both Marriage & Family PhD students, Denton) presented a poster on “Reimagining School-Based Sexual Education Using Structural, Political, and Representational Intersexuality” at the conference.


Brigitte Vittrup (Denton) participated in a panel at the Early Childhood Education and Equity Convening hosted by the Spencer Foundation and Erikson Institute on Sept. 22-23 in Chicago.


Library and Information Studies


Ling Hwey Jeng (Denton) gave a keynote speech, “Data Communications, Library Services, and Community Impact,” at the 2022 Consortium on Core Electronic Resources in Taiwan (CONCERT) annual conference, held Dec. 6.


Ling Hwey Jeng (Denton) was the international visiting scholar at National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan, Nov. 14-18. During her visit, she gave two invited presentations: “Essential Competencies of Community-Based Librarianship,” Nov. 15, at the university’s Graduate Institute of Library, Information, and Archives Studies; and “Person-Center Approach in Library Services with Community Impact,” Nov. 16, at the university library.




Ellina Grigorieva (Denton) presented “Optimal Strategies for Two-stage Combined Treatment of Blood Cancer” Dec. 5 at Big Brain 2022, an international conference sponsored by Fudan University in Shanghai, China.




Cheryl Thaxton (Dallas) presented a workshop lecture for the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Fall 2022 Conference, held Dec. 1-2. The presentation was titled “Diverse Teaching Strategies in NP Education.”


Catherine Mbango’s (Houston) poster on “Breast Cancer Knowledge and Barriers to Screening Among Women in Rural Western Kenya” was accepted for presentation at the 3rd International Indigenous Nursing Research 2022 Summit, “Honoring Our Past, Present, and Future,” held Nov. 3-4 at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing.


Sandra Cesario (Houston) participated in a panel presentation, “Accidental Leadership: Neonatal Nursing Leadership in the Future,” featuring organizational leaders from five global nursing organizations that address the needs of newborns and the nurses who care for them. Organizations involved were the Academy of Neonatal Nursing, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (Cesario is the current AWHONN president), Caring for Hawaii Neonates, Council of Inernational Neonatal Nurses, and National Association of Neonatal Nurses. The presentation took place at the Alliance of Global Neonatal Nursing (ALIGNN) Convention, which took place Oct. 19-21 in Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii.


Susan Quisenberry and Susan Chrostowski (both Dallas) presented “Autoimmune workup for primary care” at the Association of Oklahoma Nurse Practitioner Annual Conference, held Sept. 16 in Oklahoma City, and “Rheumatology lab interpretation and monitoring” at the Texas Nurse Practitioners Annual Conference held Sept. 24 in Round Rock. Both events were podium presentations.


Sandra Cesario (Houston) participated in a presidents panel at the 2022 Society of OB/GYN Hospitalists Annual Clinical Meeting held Sept. 11-14 in San Antonio. Cesario, president of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nursing (AWHONN) was joined by presidents of four other physician organizations for discussion regarding the provision of care to women receiving obstetric and gynecologic health care.


Wyona Freysteinson (Houston) was invited to present “The development of an instrument to measure mirror comfort and avoidance,” at Mirrors: An Interdisciplinary Approach, the International Virtual Mirror Studies Conference held Aug. 29-31 at Capital Normal University in Beijing, China.


Nutrition and Food Sciences


Stephanie Lopez-Neyman (graduate teaching assistant, Denton) was invited to speak at the 4th Edition of the World Congress on Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, scheduled Sept. 7-8, 2023, in Rome, Italy. The invitation was based on her work, "Racial disparities and prevalence of cardiovascular disease risk factors, cardiometabolic risk factors, and cardiovascular health metrics among US adults: NHANES 2011–2018. 


Occupational Therapy


Houston faculty members and their colleagues presented at the Texas Occupational Therapy Association annual conference, held Nov. 11-12 in Denton. Francie Baxter, with alumni Joe Noack and Liz Libson, presented “Journey Forward with the Model of Creative Ability and Occupational Adaptation.” Supriya Sen and Renee Shepherd presented on “Facilitation of OT/OTA Collaboration between Two Academic Programs.”

Physical Therapy


Suh-Jen Lin (Dallas) received the Best Poster award for SCI-ISIG (Spinal Cord Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group) at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine conference, held Nov. 8-11 in Chicago. Lin’s poster was titled “Associations Between Objective Exercise Capacity and Subjective Surveys in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury.”


Suh-Jen Lin and Dale Anderle (both Dallas) and students Isabelle Marshall, Melissa Lopez, Nicole Jelley and Cooper Overton presented three posters at the Texas Physical Therapy Association annual conference held Oct. 28-29 in Irving.


Suh-Jen Lin (Dallas) has had two abstracts accepted for presentation at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, scheduled Feb. 22-25, 2023, in San Diego. Lin will conduct a platform presentation of “Effects of a virtually-delivered program on breathing strength and lung function – a retrospective study.” DPT students Cooper Overton, Nicole Jelley and Kaley Guy are co-authors. Lin will deliver a poster presentation of “Efficacy of Respiratory Muscle Training in Individuals With Spinal Cord Injury.” Co-authors are colleagues Merri Leigh Johnson and Dale Anderle (both Dallas) and DPT students Melissa Lopez and Isabelle Marshall.


Rupal Patel (Houston) was accepted to present at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Section Meeting 2023, scheduled Feb. 23-25, 2023 in San Diego. Patel will present “Embrace Your Inner Imposter: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome Through Courageous Practice of Vulnerability.”


Christina Bickley (Houston) helped present a pre-conference tutorial at the 76th annual meeting of the  American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM), held Sept. 21-24 in Las Vegas. The tutorial focused on using motion analysis technology and data to advance precision medicine in children and adolescents with cerebral palsy. The course, “Using Gait Analysis to Guide your treatment: a flipped classroom exercise,” assembled inter-professional experts in the field of motion analysis from across the United States.


Suh-Jen Lin (Dallas) had three abstracts accepted for presentation: “Efficacy of Respiratory Muscle Training on Respiratory Muscle Strength and Pulmonary Function in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury – A Systematic Review” (co-authored with Dale Anderle and Merri Leigh Johnson, both Dallas) and “Effects of a Virtually Delivered Exercise Program on Breathing Strength and Lung Function in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury – A Retrospective Study,” both at the annual conference of the Texas Physical Therapy Association, held Oct. 28-30 in Irving; and “Associations Between Objective Exercise Capacity and Subjective Surveys in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury” at the annual conference of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, scheduled Nov. 6-11 in Chicago.




Sharon Henderson (PhD student) and Philip Yang (Denton) presented a paper, “Race, Gender, Class, and Perceived Everyday Discrimination,” at the 117th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, held Aug. 5-9 in Los Angeles.