In the Spotlight: Aug. 6, 2008

Kudos to these faculty, staff and students

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  • Shawn Skabelund, lecturer in the School of Art, had his sculpture, Brassing Out, juried into the 22nd annual Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition, which is presented by the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. The site-specific piece—crafted from steel, wood, brass and pinesap—recognizes the miners who died when an explosion ripped through the Farmville, N.C., coal mine in which they were working on May 27, 1925. Fifty-three men lost their lives in the state’s worst coal-mining accident. Skabelund won the Rosen Award First Place, a cash prize that includes a residency on the university’s campus in February.
  • Dennis C. Tanner, professor of health sciences, has had Case Studies in Dysphagia Malpractice Litigation published by Plural Publishing. Dysphagia is a swallowing disorder that results in the deaths of more than 60,000 Americans annually. Tanner, who frequently serves as an expert witness in medical malpractice cases, including two this summer, draws on his experiences and reviews issues that may lead to malpractice litigation. The book is dedicated to the memory of the five patients discussed in it. “It is my sincere hope that future tragedies can be prevented by learning about what went wrong in the management of their dysphagia,” he wrote.
  • Bill Wright, professor of educational leadership, Gary L. Emanuel and Mary I. Dereshiwsky, associate professors of educational leadership, presented their paper “Preparing Our Educational Administrators to Face Legal Challenges: Lessons Learned from the Summative Mixed-Methods Evaluation of the Arizona Risk/Retention Trust Academy,” at the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration annual conference in San Diego on Aug. 1.