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Salem State Faculty and Staff News: April 2022

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Salem State University faculty and staff are educators, scholars, and leaders in their respective fields. Following are highlights and accolades celebrating the outstanding research and creative activities conducted by Salem State faculty and staff in April 2022.

Faculty and Staff News in April 2022

Sami Ansari has been appointed dean of the Maguire Meservey College of Health and Human Services (MMCHHS) at Salem State. The appointment was effective March 27, 2022. MMCHHS includes the university’s criminal justice, health care studies, nursing, occupational therapy, and social work programs.

Professor Emeritus Clarke Fowler (childhood education and care) published a research article in the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education. The article—titled “Do States’ Add-on Endorsement Policies Provide Shortcuts to Early Childhood Education Licensure?”—indicates that many states allow teachers who already hold a teaching credential in one field to add an early childhood credential with minimal preparation in early childhood education. 

At a news conference at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Professor Jennifer Jackman (politics, policy and international relations) presented findings from a study of attitudes towards seals and sharks among voters, commercial fishers and tourists on Cape Cod that she led. Read “Cape survey measures views on seals, sharks” here. Funded by Woods Hole Sea Grant, the Salem State-led study was conducted in partnership with UMass Boston, Tufts, Center for Coastal Studies, Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman's Alliance, and Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.

Professor Marcos Luna's (geography and sustainability) recent publication on the inequitable distribution of gas leaks across Massachusetts is featured in E&E News: Energy Wire with commentary from experts across the country. Read “Smell gas? Getting it fixed may depend on race and income” here

Lab Instructor Ted Maney (biology) presented "Offshore Shellfish Aquaculture in Federal Waters" at the Northeast Aquaculture Conference and Exposition on Friday, April 29, in Portland Maine. He was also a panelist for a webinar on Aquaculture in New England Federal Waters: Regulation, Public Engagement and Interjurisdictional Coordination. These webinars provided an overview of the state of aquaculture in New England federal waters, an overview of the federal review and authorization process for aquaculture activities, and a discussion about how federal agencies coordinate with states, tribes, and the public to consider environmental and human impacts during regulatory review.

Professor James Noonan (secondary and higher education) published a newarticle in Professional Development in Education titled "Regard me": A case study of learner engagement and the satisfaction of basic needs in continuing professional development.” The article explores how autonomy, competence, and relatedness are connected to teachers' learning. 

Professor Jayashree Ranga (chemistry and physics) is the outreach coordinator for the Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW) event for the Northeastern section of American Chemical Society (NESACS). This year’s CCEW theme is “The Buzz About Bugs: Insect Chemistry."  Learn more about one of the NESACS's CCEW 2022 events here.

Professor Elspeth Slayter (social work) published the op-ed “Beyond Curb Cuts and Ramps” in The Provincetown Independent newspaper. The piece is about how Outer Cape communities - and all communities - can foster disability-affirming spaces that move beyond just disability inclusion. Steps for engaging in this work are explicated.


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