On Tuesday, April 30, 2013, JCHS held our Research Finale, our annual event that celebrates and highlights our faculty's academic and research accomplishments throughout the year.
This year's event was moderated by Dr. Melody Sharp, Director of the Post-Licensure and Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programs at JCHS.
First up was the presentation of our annual Faculty Award for Research Excellence. This year's recipient was Susan Jones, Associate Professor in the Nursing Program.
Susan was overwhelmed and surprised by the honor. In March, she was also the recipient of this year's faculty Mission Possible Award.
After receiving her award, Susan posed with Dr. Melody Sharp (left) and Dr. Lisa Allison-Jones, JCHS Dean for Academic Affairs.
Following the award presentation, our Finale attendees had the chance to chat and socialize for a bit before the presentations began. Here, Melody Sharp (right) chats with Dr. Patty Vari, Director of the JCHS Master of Science in Nursing Program.
Nearby, Dr. David Haynes (left), Director of the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program, spoke with Chase Poulsen, M.Ed., Director of the JCHS Respiratory Therapy Program.
Dr. Sharp takes a break with Amanda Ellinger (right), JCHS Sponsored Projects Coordinator and one of the organizers of the Research Finale.
Posing serenely for her portrait was Dorey Anderson, Instructor in the Nursing Program. Be careful, Dorey, your face may freeze like that!
On the other side of the room, Dr. Bob Reese (left), Director of the JCHS Health Psychology Program, shared notes with Dr. Stuart Tousman, professor in health Psychology, and Diana Willeman-Buckelew, Associate Professor in Mathematics & Sciences.
In the back of the room, Dr. Jeannie Garber (left), Assistant Professor in Nursing, talks with Dr. Wilton Kennedy, Director of Clinical Education in the Physician Assistant Program.
It was then time to begin the faculty presentations. Each faculty member who completes a terminal degree or finishes continuing research that led to their terminal degree presents during this event. First up was Dr. Sara Brown.
Dr. Brown presented her doctoral research on the topic, "Nurses' Professional Values and Attitudes Toward Nurse-Physician Collaboration."
Next up was Dr. Diana Willeman-Buckelew.
Dr. Willeman-Buckelew presented her research on the topic, "Relationship Between Knowledge, Perceived Risk, and Influenza Vaccine Uptake in Undergraduate Health Science Students."
Finally, Dr. Martha Anderson provided an update on research that she had begun with colleagues several years ago that had been completed.
Her topic was, "Efficient Cognitive Tests Determine Trajectory of MCI Patients."
Dr. Sara Brown listens to Dr. Martha Anderson during her presentation.
At the conclusion of the oral presentations, everyone moved to our student lounge, The Dog House, to see poster presentations by students and faculty.
The posters were hung around the room so our guests could move from one to another, taking in all of the impressive research our intrepid folks had completed!
Taking a break from the poster perusing was Stimis Smith, Carilion Clinic Clinical Unit Director for Rehabilitation, with Dr. Jeannie Garber, Assistant Professor in Nursing at JCHS.
Kimberly Whiter, B.S., M.S. Ed., MLS (ASCP) (right), speaks with a guest viewing her poster presentation. Kim is an Instructor in the JCHS Medical Laboratory Science Program.
We hope you were able to join us for the JCHS Research Finale this year. It provided a fascinating glimpse into the ground-breaking research going on every day at our institution. If couldn't make it this year, mark your calendars to be with us next year!