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Samford Students Win First and Third Place in National Undergraduate Research Competition
The Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE) hosted its 11th Annual Undergraduate Research Competition during their conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2-5, 2022. Two Samford University students, Catherine Buchanan and Sydney Rennich, won first and third place, respectively.
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Samford Launches Research Advisory Collaborative to Showcase Faculty, Student Scholarship and Research
The goal of the collaborative is to highlight the research taking place on campus and encourage future research for students and faculty.
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Johnson Earns CIRES Fellowship
Chemistry professor Corey Johnson has earned a fall, 2022, sabbatical fellowship from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES,) a partnership of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Colorado in Boulder.
 
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Hughes Serves as Author for National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support
P.J. Hughes, professor and assistant provost for faculty success, had the opportunity to serve as an author of the 2022 National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES), a document that sets national standards for diabetes education for patients who are newly diagnosed or face diabetes-related complications.
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Female Student Entrepreneurs Excel in Business Pitch Competitions Showcasing their Platforms to Empower Women
Samford student entrepreneurs Kylie Pitt and Haley Batson recently competed in business pitch competitions to help further their business goals. In addition to the opportunity to win cash prizes and have unparalleled networking opportunities with successful entrepreneurs, both students had the chance to spotlight their platforms, which aim to empower women, on large stages.
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Faculty Strive to Bridge the Gap in Health Care for Performing Artists
Over the past year, Dr. Dana Daniel Blake and Dr. Jason Terry have joined forces to research and improve the health of music students.  Blake is an assistant professor and director of clinical education for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Samford and Terry is an assistant professor of piano and director of keyboard studies in the Division of Music in the School of the Arts.   
 
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Kinesiology Students Present Research at Southeastern Conference
Forty-two Samford University Kinesiology students traveled to Greenville, South Carolina to present their research at the 2022 Southeast American College of Sports Medicine (SEACSM) annual conference.
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Antwi-Fordjour Earns Grant for Infectious Disease Research
Math and computer science professor Kwadwo Antwi-Fordjour will lead student researchers in a project to utilize biological control measures via mathematical modeling of systems of differential equations for the control of infectious disease.
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Research by Emmons, Carey Honored Among Top Papers in Sports Communication
Research by Samford University communication and media professors Betsy Emmons and Clay Carey has earned top honors from the International Communication Association. The pair will present their work for the Top Papers in Sports Communication panel at the organization’s annual conference in Paris in May.
 
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McCarty, Hagues Cross Disciplinary Research Examines Correlation Between Childbirth Ages and Life Outcomes of Tanzanian Girls
Samford faculty members, Sara Helms McCarty, professor of economics in Brock School of Business, and Rachel Hagues, associate professor in the School of Public Health, have partnered to complete cross disciplinary research. Their work, which combines the economics and global community development disciplines, has been published by the Journal of Human Rights and Social Work. 
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Stone Research Selected for Publication in Finance Research Letters
Anna-Leigh Stone, assistant professor of finance, has had new research selected for publication. Her article, “Dodd-Frank and Unlimited Deposit Insurance,” is forthcoming in Finance Research Letters.
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Ross Testimony Published by The Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States
William G. Ross, the Albert P. Brewer professor of law and ethics, was invited by The Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States to provide a written testimony for its study of recent proposals for court reform. Ross was one of 17 legal scholars from across the nation who provided solicited testimony, which has been published on the Commission’s web page found on whitehouse.gov.
 
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Project SAMson Shows Results in First Year: Improves Athlete Performance, Reduces Number of Injuries
Since its launch last year, the collaborative program has already improved the performance of the university’s athletes and helped with injury prevention and recovery.
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Piano Contributes to National Study Investigating Homeschool Surge and Associated Mental Health Outcomes  
A new study published in January 2022, coauthored by Clara E. Piano, assistant professor of quantitative analysis, investigates the surge in homeschooling over the course of the pandemic and the consequences of the closure of in-person learning on mental health outcomes.
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Benton, Davis Selected as Members of Samford’s Research Advisory Collaborative
Two faculty members in Samford University’s Orlean Beeson School of Education have been selected as inaugural members of Samford’s Research Advisory Collaborative (RAC).
 
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Math Faculty Present Research at AMS Meeting
Samford math faculty are active researchers, and several of them presented their work at the virtual Fall Southeastern Sectional Meeting of the American Mathematical Society in November.
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Samford Economics Faculty Publish New Research, Present Work at Southern Economic Association Annual Conference
Samford’s economics program was well represented at the Southern Economic Association annual conference in Houston, Texas, Nov. 20-22, 2021. Economics professors Joy Buchanan, Art Carden and Clara Piano each presented their work in multiple sessions, and recent graduate Hannah Florence ’21 presented her project she completed as part of the American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI) Young Scholars Program.
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Samford Business Student-Athlete to Present Thesis at 2022 National Council on Undergraduate Research
Samford student-athlete Peter Renkoski has been selected to present his senior sports marketing thesis at the 2022 National Council on Undergraduate Research, the premiere conference dedicated to the celebration and promotion of undergraduate research and student achievement.