First Thursday Event


Each month during the academic year, the Smith Library Center and the Office of the Dean of Faculty host First Thursday gatherings that recognize and celebrate the professional achievements of faculty and staff colleagues across campus. 

At each event, several colleagues talk briefly about a recent professional achievement such as a book or article that has been published; a concert, a performance, or a juried exhibition in which they participated; or a grant they received.

The First Thursday receptions are held in the Periodicals Reading Room at 4pm, therefore access to portions of the periodicals collection will be limited during these times. This event is for SU faculty and staff only. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Barbara Anthony, Associate Professor of Computer Science

Danya Alrawi, Barbara M. Anthony, and Christine Chung. “How Well Do Doodle Polls Do?,” Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo16), LNCS 10046, Volume 1, pp. 3-23, November 2016.

Bob Bednar, Associate Professor of Communication Studies

Published his essay “Teachable Space: When the Spaces Where We Teach Become the Spaces That We Teach” in Remaking the American College Campus: Essays, edited by Jonathan Silverman and Meghan Sweeney (McFarland, 2016).

Romi Burks, Professor of Biology

Co-authored a paper about developing oral communication skills in undergraduates in the July 2016 issue of The Journal of College Science Teaching with colleagues from the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and additional faculty from participating institutions. The paper titled “Think Before (and After) You Speak: Practice and Self-Reflection Bolster Oral Communication Skills” includes data collected from two years of student presentations and assessments conducted as part of a first year biology course in Biodiversity.

David Gaines, Professor of English

His chapter, “Teaching Dylan,” appeared in Professing Dylan (Phillips Memphis Publishing), a volume about Dylan pedagogy edited by Frances Downing Hunter.

Laura Senio Blair

Has a recent publication of the book Nomadias: El cine de Marilu Mallet, Valeria Sarmiento y Angelina Vazquez, in which she wrote a chapter called “Atravesando continentes y océanos: La obra filmica de Angelina Vazquez.” She attended the book’s release while in Chile doing research this summer.