2016 TALENT Grant Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to this year’s TALENT Grant Award winners.

By: Michaela Christman
Last Updated: November 22, 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 TALENT Grant Award winners!

The TALENT Project (Teaching and Learning Enhancements with New Technology) encourages Stony Brook University instructors to invest their time, talent and energy to solve current and future challenges of pedagogy. The program supports innovative ways of thinking about teaching and learning with technology: creative pedagogical approaches to using familiar technologies (such as Blackboard) and the inclusion of less familiar technologies that enable students to learn in new ways.

This year’s award recipients are:

Brenda J. Anderson - Psychology - Using Videos to Improve Pass Rates in a Statistics Course

Brenda Anderson received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois (1993).  After postdoctoral fellowships at Indiana University and the Medical College of Wisconsin, she came to Stony Brook University.  She has been teaching and conducting research at Stony Brook University for 20 years.  Anderson converted lectures for two chapters in her statistics class into a video format.  In this class, each topic relies on mastery of the previous topic, therefore students who cannot attend regularly fail and repeat the course. To increase the pass rate, Anderson sought to provide content online for students challenged to attend class.


Mei Lin (Ete) Chan - Biochemical Engineering - Educational Video Game for Biotechnology Laboratory

Dr. Chan is a research assistant professor in the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department at Stony Brook University. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in BME from Columbia University, NY. Currently, she teaches two core courses, “Introduction to BME” and “Genetic Engineering”. The goal of Chan’s project was to develop an educational video game to allow students to familiarize themselves with the biotechnology lab in her BME 304 Genetic Engineering course before the actual lab session.  The success of her project will allow students to prepare themselves in a stress-free environment via playing a video game that simulates what they have to do in the actual lab.


Melissa Clarke - Arts - Wolfie Sync

As a professor in the arts, and as an interdisciplinary artist who works with students that are also engineers, programmers, and musicians among other disciplines, Clarke is often asked by students and professors to recommend a potential student collaborator who might be able to work on a desired project. Clarke is a firm believer that good collaboration between the disciplines creates strong projects. I often feel, however, although I might know what students are good at, to recommend a student seems to place a lot of accountability on my own judgment. Rather, a better solution might be to have the students (and professors) seek out a collaborator who is the best fit for a project in their own terms, using a platform that provides background information and skill sets with work samples the potential collaborator has listed. Clarke's project is to create something like LinkedIn and other networking sites and apps but targeted specifically for Stony Brook with the working title Wolfie Sync.


Jamie Greco, Department of Physical Therapy & Joanne Cesiro, Department of Physical Therapy - An ebook for a Biophysical Agents course: An alternative to Powerpoint Presentations and a window to more Active Learning

Dr. Greco is currently a matriculated student in a Doctor of Education (EdD) program with a concentration in Health Sciences Education. Dr. Cesiro began her Physical Therapy career after graduating with a Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Stony Brook University in 2003.

In 2012, the DPT program at Stony Brook University (SBU) expanded to include an additional cohort of students on the Southampton campus (SH).  HAY 544 Modalities in Physical Therapy is currently taught on each of these campuses to a cohort of 85 students—50 at SBU and 35 at SH.  The instructors will create innovative active learning environments incorporating eLearning strategies to change the teaching methods of some of the course content. Their project included the creation of an interactive eBook using iBook author as an alternative and novel means to delivering the didactic content within their course outside the traditional walls of the classroom. 


Kristina Lucenko, Cynthia Davidson, Lisa Diedrich, Victoria Hesford and Nancy Hiemstra - Diversifying Wikipedia/Enhancing Online Education at Stony Brook

The goal of this team's project is to actively engage students and faculty in the important project of diversifying Wikipedia and, by extension, examining how knowledge is constructed as a result of bias. They also wanted to develop a structure and resources that incorporate Wikipedia writing and editing assignments into a range of courses and bring academics into Wikipedia’s publishing system to improve the quality of knowledge within the site, and to give scholars a powerful public platform through which to share their expertise.


Kristina Lucenko is Assistant Professor and Director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stony Brook University. Her research and teaching interests include writing pedagogy, feminism, digital and graphic narratives, autobiography, disability studies, and service learning. She has published chapters in the edited volumes Service Learning and Literary Studies in English and Assimilation and Subversion in Earlier American Literature and has an article forthcoming in English Journal.


Cynthia Davidson is an Outstanding Provost’s Lecturer and the Emerging Technologies Coordinator for the Program in Writing in Rhetoric at Stony Brook University. In 2015, she was part of a team that received an S-BOLD grant for WOLFIE (Writer’s Online Learning Forum and Information literacy Environment), a joint project between the PWR and Libraries at Stony Brook University. She has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago, an advanced certificate in composition studies from Stony Brook U., and fond memories of attending the first Digital Media and Composition program at Ohio State University.


Lisa Diedrich is Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and is affiliated faculty with the Ph.D. concentration in Disability Studies in the School of Health Technology and Management. Her research and teaching interests are in critical medical studies, disability studies, and feminist and queer theories and methods. She is the author of Treatments: Language, Politics, and the Culture of Illness and her second book Indirect Action: Schizophrenia, Epilepsy, AIDS, and the Course of Health Activism is due from University of Minnesota Press this fall.


Victoria Hesford is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Stony Brook University. Her research interests can be situated at the intersection of the interdisciplinary fields of American studies, feminist cultural studies, and queer studies, and focuses on how, and to what effect, political projects and movements are mediated through mass culture in twentieth and twenty-first-century American culture. Her first book, Feeling Women’s Liberation, which offers a critical history of the rhetorical production of women’s liberation, was published by Duke University Press in June 2013. She has also published essays in, among other places, Women’s Studies Quarterly and Feminist Theory, and South Atlantic Quarterly.


Nancy Hiemstra is Assistant Professor of Migration Studies in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research analyzes global migration, immigration enforcement practices, 'homeland security' at the  scales of home and community, Latin America, and feminist epistemology and methodologies. She has published numerous journal articles and chapters in edited volumes, and she is co-editor (with Deirdre Conlon) of Intimate Economies of Immigration Detention: Critical Perspectives (Routledge, 2016). Dr. Hiemstra teaches courses on gender, race, feminist perspectives, national identity, and immigration


Kaveh Sadigh - IM - Cardiology - Interactive Learning Modules to Improve Electrocardiogram Training for Preclinical Medical Students

This project will result in a comprehensive electronic learning resource that provides a systematic approach to ECG interpretation and the underlying pathophysiology of cardiac conditions. This on-demand resource will address various learning styles, provide for unlimited practice, and allow students to learn at their own pace using interactive videos and models with in-video and post-tutorial quizzes. This interactive electronic ECG resource will also serve as a  template that will be applied to additional  topics within the cardiology pathophysiology course. Should this model prove to be successful, it will also be applicable to other courses in the school of medicine, such as anatomy, biochemistry, pulmonology, nephrology, and neurology.


For more information on the TALENT Grant award recipients and their projects, please visit https://facultycenter.stonybrook.edu/pages/2016-award-recipients

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