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Bjoern Ludwar publishes article on a new method to access diabetes risk

JDST_journalOver 29 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population, suffer from diabetes. Having diabetes means that your body is unable to properly regulate blood sugar levels. This often leads to serious health complications, such as heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, and vascular problems requiring limb amputations. Patients are typically first diagnosed in their early 50s – often too late to change the course of the disease through lifestyle intervention. Through early diagnosis and early changes in diet and exercise, many of the negative side effects of diabetes could be prevented. An article published this week in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology and co-authored by Dr. Bjoern Ludwar and his student Mahelet Mamo of the Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences presents an exciting new approach to solve this problem. The study compares the symmetry of left and right hand fingerprint patterns in patients diagnosed with diabetes along with healthy controls. The authors find that asymmetry scores related to fingerprint pattern can predict the risk of developing diabetes. Dr. Ludwar’s lab was responsible for developing a novel wavelet-based analysis technique for fingerprint data that proved more reliable for risk prediction than other techniques. The findings of the paper could eventually lead to the development of a cost effective and a potentially cell phone based application to determine risk for developing diabetes and associated health problems later in life.

Morris MR, Ludwar BC, Swingle E, Mamo MN, Shubrook JH. “A New Method to Assess Asymmetry in Fingerprints Could Be Used as an Early Indicator of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.” J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2016 PMID: 26830490





Jennie Miskec co-edits new collection

ChLitThe Early Reader in Children’s Literature and Culture: Theorizing Books for Beginning Readers is a new collection of essays co-edited by Jennie Miskec, Associate Professor of Children’s Literature.  Published by Routledge, the volume includes fifteen interdisciplinary articles that draw upon and synthesize scholarship in education, child psychology, sociology, cultural studies, and children’s literature.

Steven Isaac in roundtable on terrorism; featured on AHA blog and C-Span

As a result of a chapter contributed to the recent Routledge History of Terrorism, history professor Steven Isaac was invited to participate in a roundtable on “The History of Terrorism: New Avenues of Research”  at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, held in Atlanta at the start of January.

The panel drew the attention of the AHA’s own blog and received a rather full write-up.

C-Span taped the panel and has said they will air the roundtable on Saturday, 6 February, at 2pm.  Afterward, the session will be available as a download on C-Span’s website: www.c-span.org.

Chemistry faculty publish in Journal of Chemical Education

Four members of the Longwood chemistry faculty, Dr. Sarah Porter, Dr. Melissa Rhoten, Dr. Benjamin Topham, and Dr. Andrew Yeagley, have recently had a paper accepted to appear in a special issue of the Journal of Chemical Education. Launched in 1924, the Journal of Chemical Education is the world’s premier chemical education journal. The topic of the paper is the infusing of information skills and literacy throughout the chemistry curriculum. The full text can be found here: The Stepping Stone Approach

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Mike Lund helps vets tell their stories


When Michael Lund put a notice in the local newspaper about a writing workshop he was starting for military veterans and their families, he didn’t have any idea who might show up.  Then Thomas Bragg walked through the door of the Blackstone Conference and Retreat Center with that newspaper tucked under his arm and a stack of old photographs from his Army days. And, as it turned out, quite a compelling story.  Bill Lohmann reports in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Kat Tracy receives national award

66865This past weekend at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association in Little Rock, Kat Tracy received the Association’s 2015 Award for Scholarly Achievement. Her latest co-edited study, Wounds and Wound Repair in Medieval Culture, is just out at Brill.

Two More Poems, Freshly Squeezed

Two poems by Craig Challender have recently appeared in the 2015 issue of the Connecticut River Review.  One of them, “Old Man Reading Old Men by the Sea,” is the title poem for a new full-length manuscript he is working on.

Leigh Lunsford

Dr. Leigh Lunsford has had her article “Slide-and-Divide: Using a Slick Trick to Dive into Deeper Mathematics” published in the MathAMATYC Educator (Volume 7, Number 1), September 2015.

Lily Goetz and Annette Waggoner Awarded Best in Commonwealth


Dr. Lily Goetz and Prof. Annette Waggoner’s presentation at the annual Foreign Language Association of Virginia conference in September was named the 2015 Best of FLAVA.  In addition to their presentation, “Designing Activities for Meaningful Interpersonal Communication,” the conference included 174 other sessions for and by foreign language educators.  This recognition entitles them to represent the commonwealth at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL) in New York from February 11-13, 2016.

Doug Dalton publishes article on Mortuary Rites in Papua New Guinea

Doug Dalton’s research article on mortuary rites in a rural New Guinea village culture, Death and Experience in Rawa Mortuary Rites, Papua New Guinea, just appeared in the edited volume Mortuary Dialogues: Death Ritual and the Reproduction of Moral Community in Pacific Modernities, edited by David Lipset and Eric K. Silverman, published by Berghahan Press.