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Faculty Showcase

Research, Scholarship, Innovation and Creativity on Display at Spelman

Academic Excellence at SpelmanSpelman College will celebrate research, scholarship and creative activity during its annual Faculty Showcase on Tuesday, Oct. 15, in Living Learning Center ll auditorium.

This highly anticipated event featured oral and poster presentations, lightning talks and a display of books by faculty authors.

Agenda for Faculty Showcase

Welcome & Greetings 

1 p.m. - 1:10 p.m. | Provost Sharon Davies

Interdisciplinary Panel

1:10 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. | Moderator: Dr. Cynthia Neal Spence

Note: Panelists (
Robert Brown, Ines Cordeiro da Silva Dias, Dalila de Sousa, Lana Lockhart, Erin Washington) have been asked to discuss their scholarship and artistic production as it relates to social justice and activism.

TRRC Interlude

1:45 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. | Dr. Aditi Pai

"Dancing Embodied Memory: The Georgia Incarceration Performance Project"

1:55 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.  
Dr. Julie Johnson & Dr. Kathleen Wessel

Panel of Federal Grant Awardees

2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. | Dr. Tasha Inniss

Dr. Gloria Wade Gayles

"What's AGE Got to Do with It? Everything! (NEH)"

Dr. Michelle Robinson

"PhotoVoices in Historic Hobson City, AL (NEA, Our Town and Public Art)"

Dr. Yonas Tekle
"Exploring Diversity and Sexual Behavior of Amoeboid Microbes using Genomics and Cytology (NIH, NIGMS)" 

Dr. Danielle Dickens
"A Social Psychological Perspective to Assessing Identity Shifting Among Black Women in STEM Education (NSF HBCU-UP EiR)" 

Dr. Peter Chen
"Building a Sustainable Research Program in Laser Spectroscopy through a series of NSF Research Grants"

ORIC Interlude

3:05 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. | Ms. Margaret Farrow 

Lightning Talks

3:15 p.m. - 4 p.m. 

Dr. Wandeka Gayle

3:15 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Dr. Celeste Lee - "Disrupting Post-Racial Discourse: Black Students at PWIs and the Continued Significance of Race"
3:20 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.

Dr. Bernida Webb-Binder - "In Search of …Black Pacific Art?"
3:25 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Christopher Oakley
3:30 p.m. - 3:35 p.m.

Dr. Rosetta Ross - "Archival Research on Religion and Black Women in U.S. Civil Rights"
3:40 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Dr. Saira Mehmood - "I’m Not Racist, but…”: Reflections on What Researcher Positionalities Tell Us about Whiteness"
3:45 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

Dr. NaTaki Osborne Jelks - "Taking Science to the Streets: Community Science and Participatory Approaches to Improve Environmental Health and Quality of Life in Urban Areas"
3:50 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.        

"Dessert & Dialogue" (Posters, Publications, & Creative Works Showcase)

4 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

Publications and Creative Works Display:
Johnnella Butler, Karen Brakke, Hyunjung Rachel Chung, Kimberly Jackson, Na’Taki Osborne Jelks, Stephen Knadler, Kai McCormack, Pushpa Parekh, Shanina Sanders, Sharan Strange, Natalie Watson, Erica Williams, Leyte Winfield

Poster Presenters:
Nirajan Dhakal, Jeffrey Ehme, Michelle Gaines, Maira Goytia, Lisa Hibbard, Guanyu Huang, Jennifer Kovacs, Shanina Sanders, Bhikari Tharu, Natalie Watson

Idea Generator Sandbox Sessions (Breakout Rooms)

Goal: To facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations.

If you are considering a new avenue for your research and creative scholarship, these sessions were designed for you to share and discuss your ideas!

Closing & Moving Forward

4:55 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Dr. Tasha Innis