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  • Professional Activities, July-September 2020

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    Dian Baker, Nursing, and her research colleagues have been awarded the APIC-AJIC Award for Publication Excellence for their work “The epidemiology of non-ventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia in the United States”. Their work on non-ventilator pneumonia prevention and their national incidence study is critically important to patient safety and essential for quality hospital care. The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) is the leading professional association for infection preventionists (IPs) with more than 15,000 members. The award for publication excellence recognizes an author who has published an article in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) which was widely read and cited during the previous year.

    Dr. Diego Bonilla, Communication Studies, is the subject of an essay published in Colloquia, an academic journal of the Sorbonne University in Paris. The article is authored by Dr. Héctor Perea, current holder of the Alfonso Reyes Prize.

    Dr. Perea’s essay is entitled “Las tramas de la trama en la reconstrucción del tiempo. El cine ilimitado de Diego Bonilla” or “The plots of the plot in the reconstruction of time. Diego Bonilla’s unlimited cinema”. In his essay, Dr. Perea states that Dr. Bonilla’s filmmaking work, which utilizes computational methods to edit a film based on its narrative, could be as important as the integration of sound or color at the beginning of cinema. He relates Dr. Bonilla’s work with that of other notable filmmakers/authors like Georges Méliès, Julio Cortázar and Alejandro González Iñárritu with his virtual installation “Carne y Arena.” Dr. Perea’s full article, written in Spanish, can be accessed at https://colloquiasal.com/catalogue/ in the “Las formas plurales de la genericidad literaria” journal.

    Dr. Diego Bonilla, Communication Studies, and Dr. Rodolfo Mata are coauthors of an electronic anthology entitled “Tablada Hipertextual” or, in English, “Hipertextual Tablada”. The anthology has been published by the Institute of Philological Research of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). The edition contains a prologue by Dr. Bonilla entitled “Sobre la importancia del pensamiento computacional y la literatura” or “About the importance of computational thinking and literature”.

    Rafael Diaz, Mathematics and Statistics, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Grant to spend the 2020-21 academic year at the University of the Yucatan in Mexico conducting research on the introduction of inferential statistics at high school level.

    Darryl Omar Freeman, Ethnic Studies, will participate as a guest panelist in a webinar, "Seeing Racism and Prejudice in Seward and Beyond" at 7 p.m. ADT Sunday, July 19. This event is sponsored by Rotary International District 5010. His presentation will focus on the Value and Objectives of Ethnic Studies Courses in Galvanizing Racism Awareness.

    Dan Janos, Film, had his animated film Flora My Dear featured at Fear No Film, part of the monthlong Utah Arts Festival in June. Flora My Dear also screened at Artist’s Television Access in February as part of the X-peri-Mental Animation filmshow, and was invited to the Ashland Film Festival in April. Unfortunately, the latter was canceled due to public health concerns.

    Mikkel Herholdt Jensen and Eliza J. Morris, Physics and Astronomy, published their work on the stochastic nature of protein assembly in PLoS Computational Biology. The work was a collaboration with researchers at UC Davis and the Molecular Engineering Lab at University of Basel & ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and was co-authored with Sac State Biochemistry major Hai Tran. The article, “Stochastic Ordering of Complexoform Protein Assembly by Genetic Circuits,” is open access and can be viewed at https://journals.plos.org/ploscompbiol/article?id=10.1371/journal.pcbi.1007997.

    Dr. Partha Mohapatra, Accounting, was invited by the National Association of Graduate Programs in Accounting (ANPCont) of Brazil to talk about “Data Analytics in Accounting and Auditing” to the faculty and PhD students of Brazil. There were more than 90 participants in this webinar. As participants from other Accounting Associations were also invited, scholars from countries Hong Kong, India, Greece, Portugal, Sweden, and France also participated in the event.

    Dr. Bita Rivas, Graduate and Professional Studies in Education, applied for the Counselor Educator position on the Board of Directors of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Through a formal application review process, the Board selected Dr. Rivas and she will serve a five-year term beginning July 1, 2020, and ending June 30, 2025.

    CACREP accredits master’s and doctoral degree programs in counseling and its specialties that are offered by colleges and universities in the United States and throughout the world. CACREP maintains collaborative relationships with other groups that focus on accreditation, licensing, certification, and the professional development of counselors and related practitioners. CACREP has been recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, a national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation.  CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations. CHEA recognition provides assurance to the public and higher education institutions that CACREP is a legitimate accreditor with authority granted by a regulating body who has reviewed the standards, processes, and policies of CACREP. CHEA recognition also assures the public that the programs  that achieve CACREP accreditation are legitimate degree programs. 

    The vision of CACREP is to provide leadership and to promote excellence in professional preparation through the accreditation of counseling and related educational programs.  As an accrediting body, CACREP is committed to the development of standards and procedures that reflect the needs of a dynamic, diverse, and complex society.  CACREP is dedicated to

    1. encouraging and promoting the continuing development and improvement of preparation programs; and
    2. preparing counseling and related professionals to provide services consistent with the ideal of optimal human development.

    In March 2002, the CACREP Board of Directors developed this Statement of Core Values to provide additional clarification and support for the existing Mission and Vision statements. The CACREP Board of Directors believes in

    • advancing the counseling profession through quality and excellence in counselor education;
    • ensuring a fair, consistent, and ethical decision-making process;
    • serving as a responsible leader in protecting the public;
    • promoting practices that reflect openness to growth, change and collaboration; and,
    • creating and strengthening standards that reflect the needs of society, respect the diversity of instructional approaches and strategies, and encourage program improvement and best practices
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