Spotlight Series

The Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence is delighted to host the Stetson’s Spotlight Series,  a monthly showcase of research, creative inquiry, and other scholarly engagement of the campus community.  Stop by and learn about the research of our talented Stetson faculty.

2018-2019 Spotlight Schedule

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FALL 2018

When:       Wednesday, 9/12/2018  |  1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Speaker:    TBD

When:       Wednesday, 9/26/2018  |  1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Speaker:    TBD

When:       Friday, 10/12/2018  |  1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Speaker:    TBD

When:       Wednesday, 10/24/2018  |  1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Speaker:    TBD

When:       Wednesday, 11/14/2018  |  1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Speaker:    TBD

When:       Friday, 11/30/2018  |  1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Speaker:    TBD


When:       Wednesday, 1/23/2019  |  1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Speaker:    TBD



When:       Wednesday, 10/04/2017 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
(lunch served at 11:30)

Speaker:     Pamela Cappas-Toro
Assistant Professor of Spanish & Portuguese

Title:         Teaching a Gendered Language in a Maximum Security Men’s Prison: Curricular Approaches to Learning Spanish and Latin American Studies

Dr. Cappas-Toro will reflect on the challenges of building community in a Spanish language course taught in the summer of 2017 at the Tomoka Correctional Institution.  Along with insights from two incarcerated co-instructors of the course, Antonio Rosas and Ken Smith, they interrogate how “explicit knowledge” such as curriculum, content development, and socio-linguistic training in Spanish is created, shaped, and negotiated in a maximum security prison.

When:        Wednesday, 10/18/2017
12:00 pm -1:00 pm (lunch served at 11:30)

Where:     Lynn Business Center Boardroom (LBC 213)

Speaker:     Holley E. Lynch
Assistant Professor of Physics

Title:          Can Geometry Explain Tissue Spreading?

The motions of tissues and cells play an essential role during development. Here I will explore shape-dependent differences in the rate tissues spread and the extent to which these can be reproduced by a computational model based solely on tissue geometry

When:      Wednesday, 11/01/2017
12:00 pm -1:00 pm (lunch served at 11:30)

Where:     Lynn Business Center Boardroom (LBC 213)

Speaker:    Terence Farrell
Professor of Biology and Brown Faculty Fellow

Title:       Pigmy Rattlesnakes and the People that Study Them

Dr. Farrell will discuss recent research projects on rattlesnake foraging behavior, maternal behavior, venom composition, fungal disease, and endocrinology.  He will discuss the collaborations with other Stetson faculty, students, and researchers from other institutions that have been vital in successfully completing these projects.  He will also show images and videos of pigmy rattlesnakes to illustrate key points.

When:  Wednesday, 11/15/2017
12:00-1:00 pm (lunch served at 11:30)

Where: Lynn Business Center Boardroom (LBC 213)

Speakers:  Kelly Hall,  Assistant Professor of Management, Randall Croom, Assistant Professor of Management     

Title:  Examining Student Retention Through an Organizational Behavior Lens

An abundance of scientific evidence indicates that student retention is a complex issue. At Stetson, we have grappled with this challenge for many years and have acquired valuable insights about the antecedents of retention. Despite these contributions, recent statistics suggest that it is important to advance our understanding of this complex issue. In response to this need, we examine student retention at Stetson through the lens of organizational behavior, for example by applying theories of employee turnover, job embeddedness, and organizational commitment, among others. To this end, we have designed a mixed-methods study and are collecting data to acquire new insights that may help us improve student experiences and retention at Stetson.

When:      Wednesday, 12/06/2017
12:00 pm -1:00 pm (lunch served at 11:30)

Where:     Lynn Business Center Boardroom (LBC 213)

Speaker:    Benjamin Tanner
Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Studies

Title:          Frequent forest fires evident in mud core records from isolated wetlands in the longleaf pine sandhills of the Ocala National Forest

Wetland organic mud can preserve records of environmental changes spanning thousands of years. Two cores recovered from separate wetlands in the Ocala National Forest provide a record of relatively stable water levels and frequent fire over the past several thousand years. What will the future bring given the context of current climate change?

When:       Wednesday, 02/07/2018
1:30 pm- 2:30 pm (lunch served at 1:00)

Where:     Lynn Business Center Boardroom (LBC 213)

Speaker:     Michael A. Eskenazi
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Title:         What does Covfefe mean?  Factors that Influence Lexical Acquisition in Skilled Adult Readers

Although it surprises many people, the vast majority of the words you know were acquired not through instruction or memorization, but incidentally from reading.  Without any intention, readers create lexical representations for new words that they encounter while reading.  These lexical representations include the word’s spelling, pronunciation, and meaning.  In three experiments, I explored factors that influence lexical acquisition including spelling skill and context quality

When:     Wednesday, 02/21/2018
12-1pm   (lunch served at 11:30)

Where:    Lynn Business Center Boardroom (LBC 213)

Speaker:  Dengke Chen
Assistant Professor of Digital Arts

Title:         Preserving Miao Cultural Heritage: A Virtual Reconstruction and Retrofit of a typical Diao Jiao House

The Miao People migrated from China to Southeast Asia, especially to Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand, in the eighteenth century, and later their sub-group moved to United States and known as Hmong people. As a manifestation of Miao’s culture, the historical wooden dwelling Diao Jiao House won’t exist long since the wood is highly perishable material which decays in time, causing the houses to become fragile and threatening their structural integrity. As a digital artist, Chen will present a virtual reconstructed Diao Jiao House through Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality techniques and will talk about the strategic design methods he used on retrofit the house, to preserve this endangered cultural heritage.

When:      Wednesday, 03/21/2018
12:00 pm -1:00 pm (lunch served at 11:30)

Where:     Lynn Business Center Boardroom (LBC 213)

Speaker:    Madison Creech
Brown Teacher Scholar in Creative Arts

Title:         Finding My Voice When Collaboration Is My Creative Practice

Collaboration gives me a window into another creative mind, into the usually private studio decisions, mistakes, and uncertain elements before they are erased. Collaborating is luxurious in that way; through observation, my years of art experience can be multiplied. In my practice, I’ve learned there are one of two results that will happen in collaboration. The first result produces art that favors one artist over the other. It becomes obvious which artist was dominant and took the lead on the project. The second result I reference Marina Abramovic and Ulay, in which a third artist is born out of the interactions of the two collaborating artists.  In my opinion, neither result is better than the other; both results are valid and natural.  I often find my voice quietly in arranging others’ images into patterns, into animations, or onto a malleable surface like fabric. In this presentation I will give you a peek inside my creative practice and the influence collaboration continues to make on my personal portfolio.

When:   Wednesday, 04/04/2018
12-1:00 pm (lunch served at 11:30)

Where: Lynn Business Center Boardroom (LBC 213)

Speaker:  Carol Azab

Title:   Do customer’s accents impact service employee recovery behavior?

Service failures occur when a service provider fails to meet customer’s expectations. Service failures can range from receiving the wrong order in a restaurant to losing luggage at the airport.  Service recoveries refer to the actions a service provider chooses to take as a remedy to service failures. The study aims to explore whether customers’ accents affect the type of service remedy offered by the service provider.  The study uses a 2×2 between subject design and provides some interesting insights.