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Points of Cougar Pride - In The Public Eye 2010-2011
In The Public Eye 2010-2011
Collin College’s chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the national honor society for education, was recently spotlighted on the society’s national website for its civic engagement in collecting books for children at the Samaritan Inn.

Former Collin College student Brian J. Smith has been added to the cast of the CW’s hit show, Gossip Girl. Smith will take on the role of Blake Lively’s Serena van der Woodsen's new love interest. His character will be part of a six-episode storyline starting in September 2011.

Istvan Csato, professor of geology, is co-author of an academic paper, “A two-step process for the reflooding of the Mediterranean after the Messinian Salinity Crisis” that has been accepted for publication by the journal, Basin Research.

Lisa Huang, Central Park Campus’ Health Sciences librarian,  contributed to the book, Master Guide to Authoritative Information Resources in the Health Sciences, published by the Medical Library Association.

The cable network TNT recently released a press release announcing a series based on professor of communications Ceilidh Tilden Charleson-Jennings' book Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog, penned under the name Susannah Charleson. The series is titled "Scene of the Missing."

Jennifer O’Loughlin-Brooks, professor of psychology, wrote two chapters titled “Civic Engagement Through Service Learning” and “Psi Beta as an Avenue of Engagement” for the book Promoting Student Engagement for the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. Professor O’Loughlin-Brooks published “In Your Dreams: Exploring Lucid Dreaming, Dream Recall and General Intelligence” with former Collin College professor Valerie Smith and former students Kim Tanuvasa and Jeff Fortney in the Journal of Psychological Inquiry. She also wrote a chapter titled “Cultivating Scholars” in The Teaching of Psychology in Autobiography: Perspectives from Psychology’s Exemplary Teachers.

Amina El-Ashmawy and Dawn Richardson, professors of chemistry, published “Problem-Solving Workbook with Selected Solutions” as an accompaniment to “Chemistry Atoms First” by Burdge and Overby.

Deborah Cardenas, professor of biology, had her article, “Blurring the Lines Between Online and Traditional Classroom Pedagogy,” published in the May 2 edition of  Community College Week.

Pamela Cooper, a financial aid advisor at the Preston Ridge Campus, was crowned Mrs. Plano May 1 at the Dallas United America Pageant, the local preliminary for the Texas United America Pageant. She will compete on the state level Sunday, June 12 in Austin.

Staci Taylor was named the 2011 Outstanding Dental Hygiene Student in Texas recently and was also featured in the Texas Dental Hygienists' Association Times.

Dr. Levi Bryant, professor of philosophy, co-authored the book The Speculative Turn:  Continental Materialism/Realism and published two articles, The Ontic Principle:  Outline of an Object-Oriented Ontology (Press, 2011) and On the Reality and Construction of Hyperobjects with Reference to Class (“Speculations” 2011.)

Former Collin College student Chris (Megert) August won three awards at the 42nd annual GMA Dove Awards, the contemporary Christian music version of the Grammys. August won for "New Artist of the Year," "Male Vocalist of the Year" and "Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year" for his debut album No Far Away. August won the most awards for any new artist.

Culinary arts student Shelly Kendall was featured in the April 22 episode of the Food Network’s “Outrageous Food.”

Joan Reese, associate professor of English, published two poems “The Human Condition” and "The Rest Home" in the spring edition of Rose & Thorn Journal. She also published "Happy Hour" is in the latest issue of Thunderclap Press. Her personal essay, "The Skull Beneath the Skin," was published in Connotation Press, and her flash fiction, "Imago," in Eclectic Flash.

R. Scott Yarbrough, professor of English, published his poem "Vein-Face Dolls with Eyes" in the spring edition of Karamu/Bluestem, the national literary journal of Arts and Letters of Eastern Illinois University.

Jim Eiting, professor and chair of developmental mathematics, was interviewed on WBAP radio March 26 when he argued that society shares responsibility for educating students, noting that in addition to the need for refining instructional delivery, society must cease perpetuating the notion that math is difficult, and thereby building roadblocks to learning.

Ceilidh Charleson-Jennings, professor of communication studies, (writing as Susannah Charleson), has sold a second book to publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The Possibility Dogs, following rescued shelter dogs as they train for psychiatric and trauma-response services, will be published in spring 2013.  Scent of the Missing, Charleson’s first book, was a New York Times bestseller in 2010 and has been optioned for television.

An interview with professor of developmental mathematics Dr. Rosemary Karr is featured in the fall 2010 issue of the Journal of Developmental Education, published by the National Association for Developmental Education.  The five-page article is titled “Transition in Developmental Education:  An Interview with Rosemary Karr.”

Dr. Mounir Errami, associate professor of biology, was featured in the article titled “Funding:  Researching outside the box” in the January 19, 2011, issue of Nature, an international science and medicine journal, features The article discusses open innovation that offers scientists novel ways to apply their expertise to solve scientific and business problems for companies, government agencies and organizations.

A demonstration by Valeria Antohe, professor of mathematics, and student Mito Are was accepted for publication in the Linear Algebra section of the Wolfram Demonstrations Project, titled "2D Rotation using Matrices."

Tony Howard, professor of philosophy, published A Month of Sundays: Occassional Sermons by a Liberal Catholic Priest with St. Albans Press.

The fall 2010 Technology Supplement of Community College Week features a story about the discovery of a main belt asteroid by Collin College CASMNS students.

Dr. Chris Doumen, professor of biology, co-authored “Effects of the HIV-1 Protein Tat on Myocardial Function and Response to Endotoxin” in Cardiovascular Toxicology.

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