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Science at St. Andrews earning recognitions

Laurinburg, NC - News has been good for the Science at St. Andrews University faculty and staff over the past several weeks.

“I am pleased to announce that Dr. Bonnie Draper (assistant professor of biology) has been accepted as a co-author of the new 7th Edition of Principle of Biology I Laboratory Manual published by Hayden/McNeil,” said Dr. John Knesel, associate professor of biology and chair of the department of natural and life sciences.

Knesel is one of the co-authors along with Dr. Thomas W. Sasek and Dr. Dennis E. Bell for the manual that is in use at both St. Andrews University and the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Draper came to St. Andrews in fall of 2012 from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. While she continues her research in microbiology, her work in the classroom and with student organizations has made her an active presence on campus.

"I am also pleased to announce that the photos on the cover were provided by Director of Logistics Rooney L. Coffman and he receives the photo credit acknowledgement in the publication,” said Knesel.

This is the first book cover to Coffman’s credit, although his photos have been used in numerous campus publications during his tenure at St. Andrews. A 1968 St. Andrews graduate, Coffman has been recognized by alumni in recent years with the Distinguished Merit Award and the creation of the Rooney L. Coffman Science Sustaining Fund in his honor.

Dr. Ann Phillips, assistant professor of psychology, has also earned recognition for her paper co-written with Dr. Paul Silvia, “Self-Awareness without Awareness? Implicit Self-Focused Attention and Behavioral Self-Regulation.”

“The International Society for Self and Identity Research honored the work with its 2013 Best Paper Award,” said Knesel.

The paper appeared in the journal Self and Identity in April 2013. The award was formally presented by Rick Hoyle, editor of Self and Identity at the Self and Identity preconference of the Society of Social and Personality Psychology annual meeting in Austin, Texas last week.

The findings of the experiment conducted by Phillips and Silvia suggest “that comparing self to standards can occur automatically and that it is attention to self, not awareness of the self per se, that evokes self-evaluation."

Phillips is beginning her second semester teaching at St. Andrews after serving as an assistant professor at Huntingdon College. She has previously taught courses and The University of North Carolina - Greensboro, High Point University and Elon University.

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