Faculty Presentations 2015

Tuesday, April 28




Psychological Flexibility Mediates the Influence of Childhood Maltreatment on Female Aggression toward Intimate Partners
Dr. Donald Marks, Psy.D. in Combined School & Clinical Psychology

11:00 am, STEM 324

This study examined a variety of predictors of engagement in psychological (e.g., name calling, shouting) and physical (e.g., shoving, hitting) aggression toward intimate partners among 146 female undergraduate students involved in romantic relationships. The relationship between early aversive histories and aggression for women in intimate relationships are explored, as are the implications for treatment of the mediating roles played by anger and psychological flexibility.




Studying the Orbits of Planets Around HD 10180
Dr. David Joiner, NJCSTM

11:00 am, STEM 307

HD 10180 is a sun-like star which has been reported to have between 6 and 9 planets based on radial velocity spectroscopy. We analyze the existing radial velocity data for HD 10180 using Keplerian planetary orbits, with an additional constraint of dynamic stability. We find that two of the planets suggested around HD 10180 are not dynamically stable, and as such are likely false positive signatures.




Pro-Apoptotic Properties of Salicylic-Fatty Acid Conjugates
Dr. Evros Vassiliou, Biological Sciences

11:45 am, STEM 307

Salicylic Acid-Fatty Acid conjugates are synthetic molecules that exhibit properties similar to aspirin and free fatty acids. Their plasma diffusion properties are superior to salicylic acid and may provide a better venue for colorectal cancer prophylaxis and treatment.



The Concert Series for the Deaf and Radio Baton Project: Two Unique Music Projects with Applications for the Music Classroom
Dr. Lyn Schraer-Joiner, Music

11:45 am, STEM 324

This presentation describes two unique music projects for PK-12 students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The Kean University Concert Series for the Deaf brings varied musical experiences, emphasizing the auditory, tactile, kinesthetic, and visual modalities, to children with hearing loss. The Radio Baton Project explored whether radio baton could be a successful tool for improving the ability of students with hearing loss to maintain a steady beat.




The First Line of Defense in Cybersecurity and Trustworthiness of Online Services
Dr. Jing-Chiou Liou, Computer Science

12:30 pm, STEM 415

Today, most computer users still rely on single-factor static authentication, which only requires a username/password. More frequent and more severe security breaches highlight the need to develop a better authentication mechanism. In this presentation, Dr. Liou proposes a single-factor dynamic authentication (SiFaDA) that relies on a virtual one-time password.



Resiliency After Sandy: Climate Change and Disaster Planning for Adaptation in Urban Environments
Dr. Julia Nevarez, Sociology

12:30 pm, STEM 324

This presentation will examine different adaptive approaches to climate change using the example of hurricane Sandy. The presentation will elaborate on notions of resiliency, adaptation, and alternative approaches to climate change that take into consideration sustainable solutions.



Influenza Transmission Modeling and Smart Phone Technologies
Dr. Feng Qi, School of Environmental & Sustainability Sciences

12:30 pm, STEM 307

Fine-scale influenza transmission modeling is essential in assisting surveillance, early warning, and decision making to control the disease spread in communities and cities during outbreaks.This presentation reviews the current status of influenza transmission modeling, discusses the challenges, and presents the smartphone technology used to address these challenges.



Effects of Criminal Justice System Exposure on Youth's Substance Use Trajectories:
Findings from Year 3

Dr. Connie Hassett-Walker, Criminal Justice

1:15 pm, STEM 324

Dr. Hassett-Walker will present results from the third year of her NIH-funded study, specifically gender and racial differences in substance use and justice system involvement, and how justice system involvement alters pathways of substance use.



Nurse Resources and Surgical Outcomes in Elderly New Jersey Patients: The Role of Safety Net Hospitals
Dr. Karen Moosvi, Nursing

1:15 pm, STEM 415

Every year billions of dollars are spent on an ever-increasing number of hip surgeries in the U.S. This study examined the allocation of nurse resources in safety net and non-safety net hospitals and the association between nurse resources and outcomes in elderly patients admitted for surgical repair of hip fracture.



The Effect of Plaintiff Deception and Monetary Caps on Pain and Suffering Awards
Dr. Richard Conti, Psychology

1:15 pm, STEM 307

Each year in the United States, a substantial number of people suffer from traumatic brain injury with a majority of cases resulting from automobile accidents. Forensic neuropsychologists are frequently called upon by the legal system to evaluate malingering in personal injury cases. This study examined the impact of plaintiff deception on damage awards.



Assessing the Initial Impact of Intergenerational Occupation-Based Golf-Mentoring Program for
At-Risk Youths

Dr. Mary Falzarano and Dr. Jennifer Gardner, Occupational Therapy

2:00 pm, STEM 415

Preliminary data analysis from a cohort of 15 at-risk youth will be presented to assess the initial impact of PARFORE, a gang intervention and prevention golf mentor program. The study seeks to determine if participation in PARFORE has an impact on the at-risk youths’ self-esteem and resiliency, levels of depression, anxiety, anger, disruptive behavior and self concept, as well as engagement in healthy activity.



Food As An Indicator of Cultural Wisdom in Global Cinema
Dr. Kristine Mirrer, Communication, Media & Journalism

2:00 pm, STEM 324

Food is a critical conveyor of cultural wisdom and history. Food links holidays and family traditions across generations and continents.The ritual of food in significant events across cultures has been captured on film. This presentation will explore the representation of food in international cinema.




The Efficacy of a Measure of Psychology Program Outcomes: Student Researchers
Dr. Zandra Gratz, Joyce Geronimo, Jennifer Palacius, Psychology

2:00 pm, STEM 307

This study examined the efficacy of a test developed for use as part of a University Psychology Program evaluation. Although intuitively sound, developing a content based assessment is difficult. Unique to the research process was the role students in an Honors Tests and Measurement Class played in the analysis of the efficacy of the measure.



Faculty Panel: After Genocide - Justice?
Dr. Frank Esposito, Dr. Sue Gronewold, Dr. Brid Nicholson, Dr. Keith Nunes, Faculty Panel: Holocaust & Genocide Studies

2:30 pm, STEM 308

After the horror of genocide has been categorized the notion of justice still lingers. This four-faculty panel will explore what happens in the aftermath of genocide: how, if, and when is justice ever really served?
Dr. Gronewold will speak on the aftermath and the search for justice in Bangladesh and Cambodia.
Dr. Esposito will speak on the reality of the injustice to the Native Americans which continues to this day. Dr. Nunes will speak on the response of international law to the Holocaust. Dr. Nicholson will speak on the Irish Famine and the British "apology."



The Day Ahead: IPO Today, Acquired Tomorrow?
Dr. Qian Joyce Mao, Finance

2:45 pm, STEM 307

Dr. Mao will propose that Initial Public Offerings can help some firms to increase their visibility and reinforce their identity. Particularly when target firms are unable to demonstrate their quality or credibility, going public can enhance the likelihood of being acquired by prospective bidders.



Using Motivational Interview as a Pedagogical tool for Teaching and Advising Comment
Dr. Christopher Lynch, Communication, Media & Journalism

2:45 pm, STEM 324

Motivational interviewing has been used by health care providers and social workers. Dr. Lynch has applied it to the classroom using a series of questionnaires and follow-up interviews. This process engages the students in looking at their roadblocks to studying and what they might do to overcome these obstacles. Attendees will learn an overview of motivational interviewing and will discuss how to help students to be more meta-cognitive in their learning.



Helping Latina Pregnant Women Reduce their Risk to Gestational Diabetes - Final Year Findings
Dr. Consuelo Bonillas, Physical Education, Recreation & Health

3:30 pm, STEM 324

Dr. Bonillas will present results from her HRSA-funded research study to reduce the risk of gestational diabetes in Latina pregnant women by educating them on healthier eating habits and encouraging physical activity.



The Generative Literature Project
Dr. Mia Zamora, English

3:30 pm, STEM 307

Dr. Zamora will present a new "literary experiment" by sharing her work in the electronic genre of "generative literature". She will highlight the work of her Electronic Literature students who participated in a crowdsourced gamified digital novel about a murder.