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Bryan to present at pop culture conference in September

Professor of English Genie Bryan, Ph.D., will be presenting a paper in October at The Popular Culture Association in the South (PCAS) conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Bryan’s paper, “’We’re All Born Wrong’”: The Fallen in the Postlapsarian World of Andy Davidson’s Modern Gothic Horror In The Valley of the Sun, explores themes of humanity, darkness and what happens to our humanity in a fallen world is the big question in modern Gothic horror.

Bryan’s paper delves into the work of author Andy Davidson, who visited GSW’s campus in September 2017 for a reading and a student workshop.


Yemelyanov chairs section and makes presentations at International conference in Orlando

Professor of the School of Computing and Mathematics Alexander Yemelyanov, Ph.D., was a chair of Systemic-Structural Activity Theory section at the 9th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2018) that was held July 21-25 in Orlando, Florida.  He presented two research papers: “Decision support of mental model formation in self-regulation process of goal-directed decision-making under uncertainty and risk” and “Express Decision – mobile application for quick decisions: An overview of implementations” (with co-authors Associate Professor of the School of Computing and Mathematics Simon Baev, Ph.D., and Alla Yemelyanov, Ph.D., of IIT). Both papers were published in the series “Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing”, vol. 775, Springer publisher, 2018. Find more information about the AHFE 2018 conference here.

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GSW faculty presents at 42nd annual CAPASUS conference

Associate professor of education Chuchu Wu, Ph.D., served as president of the Chinese-American Academic and Professional Association in Southeastern United States (CAPASUS) for 2017-2018. CAPASUS is composed of Taiwanese experts and scholars from all fields from a variety of fields who live in the southeastern US. The organization has dedicated 42 years to improving the diplomatic relations between the Republic of China (ROC) and the US, providing opportunities for both sides’ scholars and experts to exchange their experiences and opinions to enhance skills and technologies and serving the local overseas Chinese community.

This year, under the leadership of Wu, the conference staff organized the 42nd annual meeting and international conference on “Neuroscience and Kids, Intergenerational Parenting, and Healthy Aging” at Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta on August 3-5. Hundreds of scholars, guests and local media attended this event.

This international conference included presentations from 13 scholars from nine different American and Taiwanese universities, including GSW, Syracuse University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Columbus State University, Georgia State University, Emory University, Gordon State University, Taiwan Yang-Ming University and Taiwan Central University. In addition, the directors of LaughActive Atlanta and Georgia Parent Infant Network for Educational Services also presented their specialties at the conference. The conference was well-received by the audience and was successfully completed on August 5.

Three of the 17 presentations were given by GSW faculty. Psychology professor Ellen Cotter, Ph.D., explored several aspects of mental health and social functioning in teenagers, with a goal of giving parents and professionals who work with teenagers some practical suggestions for successful interactions. Topics included brain development and its ties to emotional reactions, signs of depression, the effects of social media on teenagers’ mental health and self-esteem, and strategies for minimizing conflict with teenagers.

Assistant professor of education Xiaodi Zhou, Ph.D., shared his personal experience and journey of finding his own personal and cultural identity. He shared how he transitioned from seeing himself as white, yearning to be white, and feeling shame towards his Chinese ancestry to now more closely identifying with his heritage.

Associate professor of visual arts Keaton Wynn examined the Bie modern theory in his presentation. This theory was developed by Dr. Wang Jianjiang and created a useful platform for Chinese scholars to engage contemporary culture from a Chinese perspective on their own terms. He pointed out that this new Chinese cultural voice can be seen in the work of Contemporary Chinese artists such as Cao Fei.

The audience feedback included lots of interesting questions and comments. The conference will be featured in Atlanta-area newspapers and on the Asian American community’s social media.



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