The faculty showcase offers the chance to be “inspired”

Each year, Meriam Library and Chico State Enterprises come together to celebrate the outstanding work and accomplishments of our faculty. This year, Inspired 2022 will celebrate campus research, creative work and awards for dozens of people. It will be held on Zoom on Wednesday, April 6, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. See more details.

The event will also celebrate professors who have persisted in being published amid the pandemic. Many share their work and visions here:

Jaebong Son, Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems

Son’s article “Using a Heuristic-Systematic Model to Assess the Twitter User Profile’s Impact on Disaster Tweet Credibility” was published by the International Journal of Information Management in October 2020. As Son notes, one of the problems with short-lived disaster tweets (i.e. up to 140 characters) is the credibility of the content of the tweets, since Twitter users are amateur citizen journalists and Twitter lacks control. Nevertheless, information on Twitter is disseminated much faster than traditional media. Therefore, he studied the factors influencing the credibility of disaster tweets, empirically showing that Twitter user profiles positively affect the credibility of disaster tweets, helping to speed up the retweeting or spreading of information.

Why was this job important or interesting to you?

Are tweets believable during disasters? According to the literature on disaster or emergency management, the credibility of information is important. In this study, I revealed that Twitter users’ profile information (e.g. followers, followers, likes, etc.) are not just numbers, but credibility cues, such as credibility of reputation and credibility of endorsement. This study helps improve our understanding of why short tweets spread quickly and widely among Twitter users during disasters.

How have you persisted in being published during the pandemic?

No magic here, I believe. I was trying to keep my pace as usual while working harder than before. For my peace of mind, I have been more patient after submitting manuscripts as the review process has become slower in selecting reviewers and editorial decision.

What comes next for you, with this research or any other project?

In a follow-up study, I investigated the role of non-verbal linguistic conventions (e.g. emoticons and emoticons) conveyed in tweets to exchange information about disasters. Sometimes an emoji can express a feeling of sadness better.

Hassan Salehi, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Hassan Salehi

Salehi’s paper, “CNN-Based Hierarchical Occlusal Surface Morphology Analysis for Posterior Tooth Type Classification Using Augmented Images from 3D Tooth Surface Models”, was published by Methods and computer programs in biomedicine in September 2021. Salehi’s goal was to create a bridge between engineering and dentistry. In this research, he and his co-authors developed artificial intelligence, specifically deep learning algorithms, to process and analyze x-ray images to overcome some of the challenges faced by oral radiologists and dentists.

Why was this job important or interesting to you?

I believe in advancing technology for humanity and have always tried to design engineering tools and develop scientific solutions for medical and biomedical applications. This work is an excellent example of providing an engineered solution for a dental application.

How have you persisted in being published during the pandemic?

It was difficult to conduct cutting-edge research and publish quality research papers due to limited access to research facilities and the enormous burden caused by the pandemic itself. Nevertheless, we tried to work harder and put in more time and effort to do it right.

What comes next for you, with this research or any other project?

Another ongoing research project in my lab is “deep learning-based quantitative analysis of optical coherence tomography (OCT) images for early detection of dental caries”. It was funded by the National Science Foundation NSF MRI Grant. Last month, I presented a research paper from this project titled “Comparison of Deep Convolutional Neural Network Models with OCT Images for Dental Caries Classification” at the SPIE Medical Imaging conference. Also, in collaboration with the College of Agriculture, we are developing a digital image analysis tool to analyze images of legume roots and characterize their nodulation. This work was funded by CSU ARI Grant. To learn more about my current research and projects, please visit my lab’s website.

Karin Lightfoot, Director of the School of Nursing

Karin Lightfoot

Lightfoot’s article, “Building Coalitions: A Statewide Nursing Organization’s Role in Changing Nursing Education Regulation during the COVID-19 Pandemic,” was published in the Journal of Professional Nursing in May 2021. As she explains, the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) has put in place excessive restrictions that impact clinical placements, the hiring of nursing faculty, and restrict student time. to learn using simulation (a highly effective and safe way to teach clinical reasoning skills to female nursing students). Nursing education leaders across the state worked collaboratively to share their common concerns with state legislators, resulting in the passage of legislation that enabled increased use simulation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why was this job important or interesting to you?

He touched on how CACN (California Association of Colleges of Nursing) leaders worked with leaders of Community College Schools of Nursing to bring issues to the attention of state legislators so that we can collectively strategize. to update nursing education legislation. I often speak with our students about the importance of contributing to nursing knowledge and the need to use their voice to advocate for health care and nursing practice. I try to follow the chops and lead by example. While we were certainly busy in our own nursing schools, ensuring that our students and faculty had the support and resources necessary to pursue our mission and goals, we felt it was also important to work with our state partners to address the challenges we all faced.

How have you persisted in being published during the pandemic?

By working with a team of writers that kept us all focused, even when we were working long days meeting the needs of our own nursing schools. In addition, each member of the team brought their own expertise which, collectively, made the strength of our article.

What comes next for you, with this research or any other project?

In the future, I hope to engage in further research specific to effective teaching methods to improve nursing education, including the use of simulation and other alternative modes of teaching. Last year, I presented at the American Public Health Association’s annual conference, where I shared my research on nursing students providing care in a Camp Fire shelter and the impact it had on their education.

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