Quest News

Mercer is Quest Scholar of the Week

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Associate Dean of Libraries and Director of Newfound Press Holly Mercer is participating in the Leadership Fellows program sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries.

Jalata Is Quest Scholar of the Week

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Asafa Jalata, professor of sociology, global studies, and Africana studies, has published a new book, Phases of Terrorism in the Age of Globalization: From Christopher Columbus to Osama bin Laden.

Tee Time: Looking at Leisure Time in CEO Effectiveness

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Andy Puckett, associate professor of finance and Paul and Beverly Castagna Professor in Investments, wanted to examine a common assumption about corporate structure—because owners of the firms are separate from those who manage the day-to-day operations, the managers don’t have as much at stake if the business fails.

Birdwell Is Quest Scholar of the Week

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A lifetime of innovation in areas related to computing and processing has led to Doug Birdwell, professor emeritus of electrical engineering and computer science, being named as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

McConville is Quest Scholar of the Week

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Brendan McConville, associate professor of music theory, is a Fulbright Scholar whose research and teaching activities will take him to Italy this spring and summer.

Intelligent Conversation: Researcher Developing Smart Sensor Networking

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On April 15, 2013, a pair of homemade bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding 264 others. Numerous photographs and videos taken by bystanders and security cameras were analyzed following the attack to find isolated images of the perpetrators. But what if those same cameras could have helped prevent the tragedy? That is the motivation behind Hairong Qi’s research. “Being able to build smart sensors that can not only acquire data but also automatically detect things and predict their intent is one of our goals,” said Qi, professor of electrical engineering and computer science.

Orme is Quest Scholar of the Week

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John Orme, professor of social work, was recently selected to become a Fellow in the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. Orme’s expertise is in the area of foster care, especially foster families.

Norrell is Quest Scholar of the Week

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Robert “Jeff” Norrell, professor and Bernadotte Schmitt Chair of Excellence in the Department of History, published three books this past fall including a biography, Alex Haley and the Books that Changed a Nation, which covers the rise to national celebrity and great literary influence of Haley.

Hay is the Quest Scholar of the Week

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Jessica Hay, assistant professor of psychology, was recently awarded a five-year, $1.3 million dollar NIH grant for “Infant Statistical Learning: Resilience, Longevity, and Specificity.”