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Szmedra, Fisk and Wu present at the 41st CAPASUS Annual International Meeting

Dr. ChuChu Wu (2nd from left), Dr. Gary Fisk (center), Dr. Philip Szmedra (far right) and other presenters' in the Technology-based Pedagogy Session

Dr. Philip Szmedra, the professor of economics and the Jane and Larry Comer Faculty Scholar in the School of Business Administration and Dr. Gary Fisk, professor of psychology, were invited by Dr. Chuchu Wu, the associate professor of early childhood education in the School of Education and the vice president of the Chinese-American Academic and Professional Association in Southeastern United States (CAPASUS), to present a talk for the 41st CAPASUS 2017 Annual International Meeting on Innovations in the 21st Century: Medical Biotechnology, Circular Economy, and Technology-based Pedagogy was held in Hilton Atlanta Northeast Hotel, Atlanta, Ga on August 4-6, 2017.

In Szmedra’s talk regarding a circular economy, he explained that a circular economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them while in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life. He pointed out that China consumes the most resources in the world and produces the most waste. But it also has the most advanced solutions. He stated that China has been effective in closing industrial loops to turn by-products or waste from one manufacturer to inputs for another. China has the advantage that more than half of its manufacturing is conducted in industrial parks and export processing zones. Szmedra suggested that greater collaboration between China and the world community of researchers is needed to move away from linear thinking and actions to embracing the circular economy.

Fisk has recently finished a new book about PowerPoint Presentation for Teachers, and he gave a talk on research-based findings on the use of PowerPoint in teaching and how majority of professors failed to produce an efficient PowerPoint that can engage students. Fisk suggested that there should be a balance between texts and images, and the text should be key points along with an elaborative picture which is more likely to promote student engagement for class discussion.

2016-2017 President and Vice-President of CPASUS, Dr. His-Ling Huang & Dr. ChuChu Wu (left)

Wu, associate professor in the School of Education, was the moderator of the circular economy session during the conference. Wu is also elected as the 2017-2018 President of CAPASUS. CAPASUS (美國東南區中華學人協會) was established on June 25, 1977 in Atlanta. A non-profit organization, the objectives of CAPASUS are: 1) to provide opportunities for all members to exchange their academic, cultural, social, professional, and business knowledge and experiences and 2) to make academic, cultural, social, professional, and business contributions to the societies of the United States and the Republic of China. CAPASUS holds its annual meetings in Atlanta or other Southeastern U.S. cities.

Easom, Bauer, Wang of RCI published in Journal of Clinical Psychology

The Journal of Clinical Psychology recently published the Rosalynn Carter Institute's peer-reviewed journal article, “Operation Family Caregiver: Problem-solving training for military caregivers in a community setting.” RCI team members, Dr. Leisa Easom, Laura Bauer, and Kelly Wang were co-authors for the study. The article can be accessed online at

GSW students attend the 2017 Women & Girls Conference at UGA

Eight GSW students accompanied Dr. Susan Bragg, associate professor of history,  to participate in the “Women and Girls in Georgia” conference on Nov. 11 at the University of Georgia. The conference theme for 2017 was “Justice and Resistance” and students attended a wide variety of panels on topics such as “Women in Politics in Georgia,” “Women and the Criminal Justice System,” and “Reproductive Rights in Georgia.” The conference was inspiring and provocative, allowing students broad opportunities for dialogue on critical issues in our contemporary politics.

GSW participants were: Charlon Cochran (sociology), Taylor Fisher (English), Zaria Green (nursing), Nicole Kadima (sociology), Madison McMinn (fine arts), Mindy Peterson (fine arts), Lindsey Smith (political science), and Jairus Whitley (history). Students enjoyed visiting the UGA campus and represented our program well in their thoughtful and spirited conference engagement.

The Division of Academic Affairs was very helpful in organizing support funds which were made possible by the GSW Foundation.

Kutzler’s book “Prison Pens…” to be release Feb. 2018

Assistant Professor of History Dr. Evan Kutzler co-authored a book to be released in February 2018 from the University of Georgia Press. The title is “Prison Pens: Gender, Memory, and Imprisonment in the Writings of Mollie Scollay an Wash Nelson, 1863-1866”:

The book presents the letters exchanged between George Washington “Wash” Nelson, a Confederate prisoner of war, and his fiancée, Mary “Mollie” Scollay. The letters follow their courtship through twenty months of imprisonment. The final chapter presents a memoir Wash wrote of his captivity experience. The juxtaposition of the letters and the memoir provides an opportunity for students and scholars to consider the role of memory and gender in retelling Civil War experiences and generating the "lost cause" mythology. The book is accompanied by a digital component - a website that allows students and scholars to interact with the volume’s content and sources via an interactive map, digitized letters, and lesson plans

Fisk presents at Psychonomic Society meeting in Vancouver

Dr. Gary Fisk, professor of psychology, gave a poster presentation at the Psychonomic Society meeting in Vancouver, Canada on Nov. 11. The presentation shows how awareness of a stimulus is necessary for perception rather than being separate processes.


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