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Center for No-Boundary Thinking Names Affiliate Faculty

JONESBORO – The affiliate faculty for the Center for No-Boundary Thinking at Arkansas State University has been announced by Dr. Alan Utter, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs and research.

Dr. Xiuzhen Huang, the center director, is a professor of computer science and an Arkansas Research Alliance Scholar. Her areas of interest include artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. Dr. Huang is joined by associate directors and division leads Dr. Emily Bellis, Dr. Jason Causey, and Dr. Jake Qualls.

The center was approved by the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board in July.

Bellis is research assistant professor of bioinformatics.

“Affiliate faculty of the Center for No-Boundary Thinking are leaders in their fields who are willing to tackle the challenges of true interdisciplinary collaborative work," Bellis explained. "They are willing to contribute their expertise to help solve problems that are beyond the scope of a single discipline.”

Here is the list of the inaugural affiliate faculty, by area represented at A-State, along with those from St. Bernards Medical Center, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, and U.S. Department of Agriculture:

College of Sciences & Mathematics

Dr. Than Boves - Associate Professor of Ecology - Department of Biological Sciences

Dr. Amanda Lambertus - Associate Professor of Mathematics Education – Dept. of Mathematics & Statistics

Dr. Mohamed Milad - Assistant Professor of Statistics - Department of Mathematics & Statistics

Dr. Argelia Lorence - Professor of Metabolic Engineering - Department of Chemistry & Physics

Dr. Asela Wijeratne - Assistant Professor of Bioinformatics - Department of Biological Sciences

Dr. Sudeepa Bhattacharrya

· Associate Professor of Bioinformatics - Department of Biological Sciences

· Division of Medical Sciences & Public Health - Working Group Member

College of Agriculture

Dr. Ahmed Hashem - Assistant Professor - Agricultural Systems Technology

Dr. Jianfeng (Jay) Xu - Research Professor - Plant and Soil Science

College of Engineering & Computer Science

Dr. Hung-Chi Su - Assistant Professor – Department of Computer Science

College of Liberal Arts and Communications

Joe Ford - Associate Professor of Digital Design – Department of Art + Design

Leslie Parker - Assistant Professor of Graphic Design – Department of Art + Design

Dr. Justin Castro - Associate Professor of History – Department of History

Dr. Cameron Wimpy – Assistant Professor of Political Science – Department of Political Science

College of Education and Behavioral Science

Dr. Karen Yanowitz - Professor of Psychology – Department of Psychology

Dr. Beverly Boals Gilbert – Professor of Teacher Education – Department of Education

Neil Griffin College of Business

Dr. Richard Segall - Professor of Computer & Information Technology – Department of CIT

Dr. Kelly Fish - Professor of Computer & Information Technology - Department of CIT

Dr. Farhad Moeeni - Professor of Computer & Information Technology - Department of CIT

College of Nursing and Health Professions

Dr. Amanda Carpenter - Assistant Professor – Department of Occupational Therapy

Dr. Shawn Drake - Professor of Physical Therapy – Department of Physical Therapy

Dr. Susan Motts - Associate Professor of Physical Therapy – Department of Physical Therapy

Dr. Cheryl Dubose

· Associate Professor – Department of Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences

· Division of Medical Sciences & Public Health - Working Group Member

St. Bernards Medical Center

Sarah Nehring, DO

· Program Director, St. Bernards Internal Medicine Residency Program

· Division of Medical Sciences & Public Health - Working Group Member

NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine @ A-State

Dr. Viswanathan Rajagopalan – Assistant Professor – Basic Sciences

US Department of Agriculture

Dalmo A. N. Vieira – Physical Scientist – Agricultural Research Service, National Sedimentation Laboratory

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