Dr. Melissa Sloan

Bulls Notebook: USFSM prof. wins women’s research award

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: April 01, 2016

SARASOTA, Fla. (April 1, 2016) – Dr. Melissa Sloan, associate professor of interdisciplinary social sciences at USF Sarasota-Manatee, said she never expected to win the USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Faculty Research Award, so it came as a surprise to receive a congratulatory call two weeks ago.

“I was trying to get work done when (Assistant Director of Women in Leadership and Philanthropy) Ashley Ehrman called to tell me I won,” she said. “The other award winners were notified the previous week, so I assumed I hadn’t received the award. I was very surprised.”

Dr. Sloan, adding she was honored and elated, sent in her application and nominating letter in mid-February. The award, which comes with a $5,000 grant, recognizes research on women’s issues, scholarly discipline and overall contribution to the USF System.

Dr. Jane Rose, dean of USFSM’s College of Arts & Sciences, wrote the nominating letter, saying Dr. Sloan’s writings are required reading at some graduate programs and have been referenced by Time magazine, The Los Angeles Times and National Public Radio. She also mentors undergraduates and oversees the campus’ Honors program.

“I hope you will agree that Dr. Sloan’s contribution to women through teaching, scholarship, professional associations, volunteerism, leadership activities and institutional welfare fully embody the spirit of this esteemed recognition,” she said, summing up.

A dinner for the winners from across the USF System is set Wednesday at Traditions Hall at the USF Gibbons Alumni Center in Tampa.

Dr. Sloan said she plans to use the grant to fund a study of the emotional impact of infertility on women. Annually, some 7.4 million women in the U.S. deal with infertility issues, she said.

“There hasn’t been a whole lot of scholarly work on this issue,” Dr. Sloan said. “I hope this study raises awareness of the issues and experiences women are going through.”

USFSM’s Dr. Kathy Black, a professor of social work and gerontology, won the award last year.

Joy D’Andrea to receive doctorate May 7

USF Sarasota-Manatee math instructor and faculty member Joy D’Andrea will soon add “Ph.D.” to her curriculum vitae, or resume.

D’Andrea successfully defended her thesis, “Statistical Analysis of Hurricanes in the Atlantic Basin and Sinkholes in Florida,” during a two-hour session at USF Tampa on Tuesday.

The five-member panel recessed for 10 minutes to consider D’Andrea’s arguments before calling her back to congratulate her.

The title of “Doctor” won’t be officially conferred on D’Andrea until USF’s commencement exercise May 7; however her colleagues are already taking to calling her “Dr. D’Andrea.”

She admits it feels “a little weird.” The first in her family to earn a master’s degree and doctorate, she said the thought of being called “doctor” is still sinking in. Turns out, she isn’t the only one adjusting.

“I called my mother. She screamed when I told her,” she said, laughing.

D’Andrea’s doctorate will be in pure mathematics with a concentration in statistics.

Criminology job fair coming to USF Sarasota-Manatee

Students considering careers in criminology – from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office to the U.S. Secret Service – can attend a Criminology Career Expo set Thursday from noon to 2:30 p.m. at USFSM’s Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

The event, hosted by the Criminology Club, will include representatives from 32 employers. Local, state and federal agencies, as well as non-profit organizations, are expected. All USFSM students are invited.

Interested students should attend appropriately dressed and come with resumes.

For more information, contact Career Services, (941) 359-4586.

Also Thursday, representatives from Stetson Law School will on campus to provide information about how to prepare for law school. The information session runs from 11 a.m. to noon and will be held at room B-237.

Travel paper wins top award

Kudos to Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu, McKibbon endowed chair and director of M3 Center, for his collaboration on a study that is to be named “best paper” at the Western Decision Sciences Institute Conference, April 5-9 in Las Vegas.

Dr. Cobanoglu collaborated with USFSM graduate student Huseyin Ciftci, Dr. Faizan Ali of Florida State University, USF doctoral student Muhittin Cavusoglu and University of Florida undergraduate student Xiaotong Zhang.

Their paper, entitled “Cruise Traveler’s Experience: Development and Validation of a Scale,” identified factors that often make for a successful experience for cruise travelers. It identified four broad categories containing 15 indicators to determine a successful trip.

The paper was based on surveys of cruise travelers in Malaysia. It may prove helpful to the cruise industry to plan activities, destinations, facilities and more.

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