Catawba College faculty publish papers, enjoy professional achievements

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 21, 2017

Catawba College News Service

SALISBURY — Catawba College faculty members have recently had scholarly papers published or accepted for publication. Others have made professional achievements outside the college.

Forrest Anderson 

A professor of English and associate provost for student academic success, Forrest Anderson had a book chapter accepted for publication in “Conversations With Ron Rash.” The chapter is titled “Twisting the Radio Dial: An Interview With Ron Rash.”

“Conversations With Ron Rash” is a collection of 22 interviews with the award-winning author and provides a look into Rash’s writing career from his first collection of short stories, “The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth,” in 1994 through his 2015 novel, “Above the Waterfall.”

The collection includes four interviews from outside the United States, two of which appear in English for the first time. Spanning 16 years, these interviews demonstrate the disciplined writing process of an expert writer, Rash’s views on literature on a local and global scale, his profound respect for the craft of writing, and his ongoing goal to connect with his readers.

Sheila Brownlow

Chairwoman and professor of psychology Sheila Brownlow had a paper she wrote with 2017 Catawba graduate Jennifer Beach and N. Clayton Silver of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, accepted for publication in “Psychology and Cognitive Sciences.” The paper, titled “How Social Status Influences ‘Affect Language’ in Tweets,” focuses on how status influences the emotional content of short language bursts and provides insight into how language reflects the psychological state and social standing of users.

Brownlow and her co-authors studied the “affect language” in over 2,000 Tweets of 50 celebrities across a one-month period. The 140-character tweets were analyzed with the Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count, which provided the percentage of language used to represent various emotional states. Lower-status celebrities (those with fewer Twitter followers) used more positive emotion in their Tweets compared to higher-status celebrities, although negative emotional content did not vary by celebrity status.

There was no statistically significant difference between sexes on emotional content. The results of their research suggest that social status may be more important to public use of affect language than gender of the celebrity.

Jay Bolin and Carmony Hartwig

Jay Bolin, chairman and associate professor of biology, and Carmony Hartwig, assistant professor of biology, had a paper they co-wrote with Peter Schafran of the department of biology at Old Dominion University and Slavko Komarnytsky of Plants for Human Health Institute of N.C. State University in Kannapolis accepted for publication in “Castanea: Journal of the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society.” The paper is titled “Application of DNA Flow Cytometry to Aid Species Delimitation in Isoetes.”

Meredith Fox

Assistant professor of theater arts Meredith Fox played the leading female role of Cassie in Central Piedmont Community College’s summer production of “A Chorus Line.”

Racquel Ingram

Chairwoman and associate professor of nursing Racquel Ingram had a paper accepted for publication in the journal “MedSurg Nursing.” The paper is titled “Creating Win-Win Outcomes With Low Health Literacy Patients: A Case Study Approach for Nurses.”