Annual CARS Celebration Held

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May 16, 2012

The 16th annual Center for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship (CARS) celebration held in the Moakley Center included more than 50 presentations and panel discussions that focused on top faculty and librarian research, creative endeavors and other modes of scholarship.

Opening remarks for the ceremony were provided by President [b]Dana Mohler-Faria[/b] and [b]Dr. Howard London[/b], provost and vice president for academic affairs. They praised both the faculty and the event for its focus on teaching issues and professional development.

"As we think about the future of BSU, the most important element is teaching," said President Mohler-Faria to a capacity crowd of faculty and administrators in Moakley's auditorium. "It is important to invest heavily in our faculty and professional development."

CARS is formerly CART (Center for the Advancement of Research and Teaching). Formed more than 20 years ago, the CART advisory board last year adopted a new mission statement to reflect its broader objectives and voted to change the organization's name to CARS. The center's aim is to foster and provide resources for the development of research, creative endeavors and scholarship for faculty and librarians.

The presentations held throughout the two-day event represented a wide range of topics in a variety of disciplines. Some focused specifically on teaching, including, "Learning Assistance: What it is, How it works, and How Faculty are the Key to its Success?" and "Teaching the Whole Student: Using Intersectionality to Inform Curricular and Co-Curricular Work." Others had an international lean, such as "Health and Cancer Beliefs and Attitudes among Urban Chinese" and "Reading Instruction and Reading Attitudes in the Republic of Cape Verde."  There were also sessions that focused on specific areas of research, such as, "Basking Sharks, Ocean Sunfish and Marine Turtles" and "The Mathematics of Escher's Path of Life III.'"

Poster presentations in the Moakley Center's atrium highlighted faculty scholarship. Titles included: "Conductors, Charisma, and the Affective Communication Test," by Professor [b]Donald Running[/b], music; "Crisis or Crossroads? Child Welfare Professionals and Child Maltreatment Fatalities," by [b]Dr. Emily Douglas[/b], assistant professor of social work; and "Tea Time for the Coffee Maven," by [b]Dr. James Hayes-Bohanan[/b], professor of geography. For a complete schedule of the event click here.

In his closing remarks on day two, [b]Dr. Andrew Harris[/b], associate provost for faculty affairs, thanked the more than 80 faculty and administrators who had participated in the celebration. "It's been such a privilege and a pleasure, both personally and professionally, to have been part of this year's program and to have had the opportunity to admire your talent, ingenuity and scholarship," he said. "I know I speak for our entire community when I applaud you for your participation in this extraordinary event."

Dr. Harris, who has announced he will be leaving BSU this summer to take a position at another university, expressed his appreciation to his colleagues. He also offered special thanks to the CARS coordinators, [b]Dr. Karen Fein[/b], associate professor in the master of social work program, and [b]Dr. Pamela Russell[/b], professor in the Department of Movement Arts, Health Promotion and Leisure Studies.  "Your extremely hard work to plan, coordinate and present this year's celebration has been outstanding in every respect," he said. (David K. Wilson, '71, University Advancement; top two photos by Rob Matheson, '07, G '12)

President Dana Mohler-Faria delivers opening remarks
In keeping with the "cars" theme, faculty books are on display with the authors' photos positioned in model cars
Dr. Andrew Harris (far left) delivers closing remarks for a crowd of faculty and staff