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Chris Bjornsen presents results of current study of social media use and personality traits.

Chris Bjornsen presented a poster at the May 2018 meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in San Francisco on the results of this year’s study of social media use and personality traits. The study examined the psychometric properties of revised measures of positive social media use, creeping, catfishing, and gossiping/shaming, and a new measure of social media pressure. These constructs were also compared to well-studied positive (‘Big Five’) and negative (‘Dark Tetrad’) personality traits. Females (ages 18-29) scored higher than males on all social media use measures except gossiping/shaming, and higher levels of social media use were predicted more consistently by higher levels of negative personality traits, especially Machiavellianism (the tendency to deceive and manipulate others for self-benefit). The presentation, available on ResearchGate, was coauthored by a Longwood University student (Madison P. Lowry) and colleagues from two separate U.S. universities.

Dr. Kenneth Pestka II with undergraduate Jacob Hull (18) present at the 175th Acoustical Society of America Meeting

Dr. Kenneth Pestka II and undergraduate Jacob Hull (18) in collaboration with Jonathan Buckley (16) and Stephen Kalista Jr. presented the talk titled, “Elastic constants of self-healing polyethylene co-methacrylic acid determined via resonant ultrasound spectroscopy,” at the 175th Acoustical Society of America Meeting on Friday May 11, 2018. An online lay language version of the talk was invited to appear on the ASA Press Room website and can be found at http://acoustics.org/5apa3-elastic-properties-of-a-self-healing-thermal-plastic-kenneth-a-pestka-ii/

Celebrate Earth Day with Longwood BioBlitz

Do you know that April is the Earth month? Would you like to be a citizen scientist and celebrate the Earth month with Longwood BioBlitz? Come explore the biodiversity at Lancer park-find, identify and record species. Learn about local wildlife and natural history while you work with experienced naturalists. Bring your smart phone and report your own findings/pictures at Longwood BioBlitz iNaturalist project https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/longwood-bioblitz

The Environmental Educational Center at Lancer Park will be “BioBlitz central.” You will be able to find and learn about local wildlife, help collect data on local biodiversity, and participate in several other activities such as a scavenger hunt, and bird watching. At “touch tables”, you can get close encounters with local animals and plants, and materials for teachers will be available. In addition, there will be a large floor map of Virginia that children can explore by walking and use of manipulatives.

All events are free and open to anyone interested in exploring outdoors. Bring your family, friends and neighbors!

When: Saturday, April 21 from 9am- noon

Where: Environmental Education Center at Lancer Park, Cormier Drive, Farmville, VA 23901

Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1r0k2BIXx83eXlC7ND-2XayZwkO1XX5FJ-n7XLIczQeA/edit

Find more information at Longwood BioBlitz website at https://blogs.longwood.edu/longwoodbioblitz/

Please direct any questions to,

Sujan Henkanaththegedara (Henkanaththegedarasm@longwood.edu)

Edward Kinman (kinmanel@longwood.edu)


ChLA Honors Jennie Miskec

Jennie Miskec’s edited volume, The Early Reader in Children’s Literature and Culture (Routledge 2016), was recently named the 2018 Honor title by The Children’s Literature Association’s Edited Book Award Committee. The award will be conferred at the annual conference in San Antonio in June.

Chris Bjornsen publishes book chapter on Social Media Use and Emerging Adulthood

Chris Bjornsen, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, published a book chapter:  Bjornsen, C. (2018). Social Media Use and Emerging Adulthood. In Zupančič, M. and Puklek Levpušček, M. (Eds.), Prehod v Odraslost: Sodobni Trendi in Raziskave [Emerging Adulthood: Current Trends and Research] (pp. 223-261). Ljubljana, Slovenia: Znanstvena založba Filozofske fakultete. The book is published mostly in Slovene, but two chapters are in English, including Dr. Bjornsen’s chapter. The chapter reviews the most current literature (largely within the last 5 years) on the topic of social media use among emerging adults (ages 18-29). The topics covered include social media use and educational achievement, relationships with family, friends, and partners, personality traits, addictive use of social media, creeping, cyberstalking, catfishing, fictitious cyberbullying, psychological disorders, and neurological functioning.



Rhonda Brock-Servais in Horror Literature and Dark Fantasy

Rhonda Brock-Servais’s essay, “Can We Redeem the Monster? Working with Contemporary Young Adult Horror Fiction in the College Classroom,” is the lead chapter in Horror Literature and Dark Fantasy, edited by Mark Labrizi. Subtitled Challenging Genres, the just-published study is part of Brill’s Critical Literacy Teaching Series. Dr. Brock-Servais’s chapter establishes the critical apparatus for the section “Horror and the Adolescent.” In addition to this publication, she is currently teaching a Core Curriculum pilot class on Gothic literature that includes Poe’s “The Oval Portrait” and “Annabel Lee,” Rossetti’s “Goblin Market,” and Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.

Longwood University students in collaboration with Dr. Kenneth Pestka II publish in the Visual Physics section of The Physics Teacher.

Longwood University dual degree engineering student Rebecca Skelton (18) and recent physics graduate Chelsea Dandridge (17) in collaboration with Dr. Kenneth Pestka II produced the Egg bounce! The work, published in the Visual Physics section of The Physics Teacher, is now available online. https://aapt.scitation.org/doi/10.1119/1.5028255

The images and video were produced during a research project designed to study the physics of everyday materials, conducted during the summer of 2016, as part of the Longwood University Perspectives on Research In Science & Mathematics (LU-PRISM). http://www.longwood.edu/studentresearch/prism/

Spring Symposium for Research and Creative Inquiry

Don’t forget to remind your students to sign-up to present at the Spring Symposium for Research and Creative Inquiry held on April 24, 2018. The deadline for presentation submissions is Friday March 2 at 5:00pm:


We have over 100 student registered so far!

Longwood University’s Spring Symposium for Research and Creative Inquiry is a showcase for undergraduate and graduate achievements across disciplines. Students at this year’s Symposium will share their scholarly work with the larger academic and local community in the form of oral presentations, poster sessions, performances, art exhibits, and more.  This event will enliven the intellectual climate on campus by stimulating discussions and facilitating collaborations within and across disciplines.

The Symposium celebrates student achievements while also providing students with the opportunity to present their work in a professional setting, comparable to an international conference or discipline-specific symposium. It also helps them gain experience speaking publicly and translating their knowledge to a broad audience.

Dr. Elif Guler publishes in a Journal of Popular Culture

Dr. Elif Guler’s manuscript, “The Symbolic Restoration of Women’s Place in Turkey’s Resurrection,” has been slated for publication in the Spring 2018 issue of Studies in Popular Culture, MLA-listed journal of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association in the South. Dr. Guler’s study, which she previously also presented as a Blackwell Talk at Longwood University, focuses on the contemporary popular culture representations of ancient Turkish women.

Through William R. Brown’s Rhetoric of Social Intervention (RSI) model, Dr. Guler examines the rhetorical patterns underlying a popular Turkish television show’s attempt to inspire contemporary Turkey with a historical ideal of Turkish society which promoted gender equality and entrusted women with a prominent role in social affairs. The RSI model focuses on the process by which human beings symbolically constitute reality and ideology. Contrary to the typical media representations of historical Turkish women as inferior matrons of the harem (a central trope of centuries-old Orientalist fantasies), the show Resurrection symbolically constructs women as advisors, leaders, peers of men, and warriors. These portrayals are based on the actual Turkish history, adding further value and credibility to this show’s attention intervention.

According to historical records, Turkish women knew how to hunt for sustenance and were trained in archery and using a sword, ready to fight their way through armed conflicts and ward off outside threats. The eighth-century Orkhon Inscriptions (the earliest-known Turkish texts) also emphasized the leadership role assigned to women: the male ruler (Hakan) and his wife (Hatun) were equal partners in protecting and governing the Turkic nation (East Side: 10 and 21). The Hatun had administrative privileges and could precede meetings on behalf of the Hakan. By foregrounding the strong agency, skills, and characteristics of womanhood that allude to this history, Resurrection is enacting an attention intervention to recover the conception of womanhood from ancient Turkish tribes and restore women’s equal place in Turkish society—granting contemporary Turkish women a historical and a traditional reference point which can help further justify their current efforts for equal treatment.


Drs. Adam and Catherine Franssen deliver four presentations at the annual Society for Neuroscience Meeting

Drs. Adam and Catherine Franssen deliver four presentations at the annual Society for Neuroscience Meeting November 11-15, 2017

SfN’s 47th annual meeting, Neuroscience 2017, is the world’s largest neuroscience conference for scientists and physicians devoted to understanding the brain and nervous system.

The Franssens co-authored two presentations describing details of Longwood’s innovative Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Studies minor and the capstone experience. Undergraduate co-authors included Lindsey Sparrock & Megan Zens.

  • One brain, many possibilities: Exploring the value of an interdisciplinary neuroscience studies program
  • Interdisciplinary neuroscience applications: A capstone course

Catherine Franssen shared updates on her wilderness therapy research, with undergraduate co-author Allison Eagle.

  • Does nature benefit everyone? Salivary cortisol responses of wilderness therapy clients

Adam Franssen shared updates on his ongoing research in the maternal brain with undergraduate co-authors Abbey Ripley, Teresa Fruchterman, and Keaton Unroe.

  • Oxytocin and estrogen receptor alpha levels differ in “good” and “bad” maternal rats