Our #RacerScholars this week are: Dr. Terry L. Derting and Dr. Heather A. Passmore

Our featured #RacerScholars this week are Professors Terry L. Derting  and Heather A. Passmore in the Biology Department at Murray State University. Drs. Derting and Passmore contributed to the article, “Breaking the Cycle: Future Faculty Begin Teaching with Learner-Centered Strategies after Professional Development.” The article appears in the June 2015 issue of CBE—Life Sciences Education.


The availability of reliable evidence for teaching practices after professional development is limited across science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines, making the identification of professional development “best practices” and effective models for change difficult. We aimed to determine the extent to which postdoctoral fellows (i.e., future biology faculty) believed in and implemented evidence-based pedagogies after completion of a 2-yr professional development program, Faculty Institutes for Reforming Science Teaching (FIRST IV). Postdocs (PDs) attended a 2-yr training program during which they completed self-report assessments of their beliefs about teaching and gains in pedagogical knowledge and experience, and they provided copies of class assessments and video recordings of their teaching. The PDs reported greater use of learner-centered compared with teacher-centered strategies. These data were consistent with the results of expert reviews of teaching videos. The majority of PDs (86%) received video ratings that documented active engagement of students and implementation of learner-centered classrooms. Despite practice of higher-level cognition in class sessions, the items used by the PDs on their assessments of learning focused on lower-level cognitive skills. We attributed the high success of the FIRST IV program to our focus on inexperienced teachers, an iterative process of teaching practice and reflection, and development of and teaching a full course.

Breaking the Cycle: Future Faculty Begin Teaching with Learner-Centered Strategies after Professional Development
By: Diane Ebert-May, Terry L. Derting, Timothy P. Henkel, Jessica Middlemis Maher, Jennifer L. Momsen, Bryan Arnold and Heather A. Passmore
CBE—Life Sciences Education
June 1, 2015, vol. 14(2)
doi: 10.1187/cbe.14-12-0222


MSU Featured Scholars: Dr. David R. Canning and Rebecca L. Cunningham

This week’s featured scholars at Murray State University are Dr. David R. Canning and Rebecca L. Cunningham ’14. Dr. Canning and Ms. Cunningham co-wrote the article, “Cell adhesion properties of neural stem cells in the chick embryo,” which appears in the May 2015 issue of the Open Access Journal, In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology – Animal.


The nervous system of vertebrates is derived from an early embryonic region referred to as the neural plate. In the chick embryo, the neural plate is populated by neural stem cells specified from the epiblast shortly after the onset of gastrulation. Accompanying the formation of the plate, chondroitin sulfate glycosaminoglycans are expressed in the basal extracellular matrix. We describe in vitro experiments measuring cell adhesion of epiblast cells during the formation of the neural plate. Our findings may suggest that neural stem cells are set apart from non-neural epiblast by changes in relative cell-cell and cell-substrate adhesion. Specifically, changes in cell adhesion separating neural stem cells from the non-neural epiblast may be augmented by the presence of exogenous chondroitin-6-sulfate in the epiblast basal lamina at the time neural progenitors are specified in the epiblast.

Cell adhesion properties of neural stem cells
in the chick embryo
By: Dr. David R. Canning and Rebecca L. Cunningham
In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology – Animal
May 2015, vol. 51 (5), pgs. 507-514
doi: 10.1007/s11626-014-9851-1

MSU Featured Scholars: Holly Mowery, Dylan Benningfield, Peng Shangwu and Professor Bommanna G. Loganathan

Our Murray State University Scholars this week are students Holly Mowery, Dylan Benningfield, Peng Shangwu and Professor Bommanna G. Loganathan. These #RacerScholars worked with Professor Kenneth Sajwan at Savannah State University to present at the 248th National Meeting of the American-Chemical-Society (ACS) in San Francisco, CA.

The title of the study was, “Pharmaceutical and personal care products residues in wastewater treatment plant samples,” which was published in the series Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society.

Click Here to locate the abstract (Pub #790) from the conference.

MSU Featured Author: Dr. Kate S. He

This week’s Murray State University Libraries’ featured author is Dr. Kate S. He.

Dr. He contributed to the article, “Advancing species diversity estimate by remotely sensed proxies: A conceptual review,” which appears in volume 25 of Ecological Informatics.


Many geospatial tools have been advocated in spatial ecology to estimate biodiversity and its changes over space and time. Such information is essential in designing effective strategies for biodiversity conservation and management. Remote sensing is one of the most powerful approaches to identify biodiversity hotspots and predict changes in species composition in reduced time and costs. This is because, with respect to field-based methods, it allows to derive complete spatial coverages of the Earth surface under study in a short period of time. Furthermore, remote sensing provides repeated coverages of field sites, thus making studies of temporal changes in biodiversity possible. In this paper we discuss, from a conceptual point of view, the potential of remote sensing in estimating biodiversity using various diversity indices, including alpha- and beta-diversity measurements.

Advancing species diversity estimate by remotely sensed proxies: A conceptual review
By: Dr. Kate S. He
Ecological Informatics, January 2015, volume 25, pgs. 22-28
doi: 10.1016/j.ecoinf.2014.10.006

MSU Featured Author: Dr. Kathleen Farrell

The Murray State University Libraries featured author this week is Dr. Kathleen Farrell.

Dr. Farrell is a faculty member of the School of Nursing and Health Professions at MSU. The article she co-authored, “Integrating Interprofessional Collaboration Skills into the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Socialization Process,” appeared in Volume 32, Issue 1, of the Journal of Professional Nursing.

The article addresses the emergence and need for interprofessional collaboration to be used by advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) and for interprofessional education to be incorporated into the “socialization models” of APRN education.

This article will likely be of interest to students and faculty in the health profession and those interested in higher education teaching models.

Click Here to access the article.

MSU Featured Authors: Dana Howard, W. Glynn Mangold and Tim Johnston

1-s2.0-S0007681314X00054-cov150hDana Howard, MSU’s Social Media Marketing Manager, W. Glynn Mangold, MSU’s Distinguished Professor in Marketing and Tim Johnston, Professor of Marketing at MSU are our Featured MSU Authors this week. Their article, “Managing your social campaign strategy using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube & Pinterest: An interview with Dana Howard, social media marketing manager,” is featured in Business Horizons.

Volume: 57     Issue: 5         Pages: 657-665         Published: Sept -Oct 2014

To read their article, click here. On behalf of everyone at University Libraries, we want to congratulate Dana, Dr. Mangold and Dr. Johnston on their published work.

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