May 13, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 17

Welcome Additions

Asst. Prof. Mary M. Aruda (CSON) Ph.D University of Massachusetts-Lowell

Fields of interest: Maternal Child Health, predictors of unprotected sex for teens at pregnancy testing; adolescent pregnancy prevention.

Courses: Advanced Health Assessment Across the Life Span, Pediatric Ambulatory Care.

Aruda, who holds bachelor's degrees from St. Francis College in New York City and Cornell University, is the author of multiple papers on teen pregnancy and reproductive health. For her doctoral thesis, "Predictors of Unprotected Sex for Teens at Pregnancy Testing," she surveyed 305 teens at the time of an in-clinic pregnancy test and explored the motivations for their behavior. Her professional experience includes service as a nurse practitioner at Boston's Children's Hospital's Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine. Aruda also worked as a staff nurse at the same hospital in the cardiovascular and surgical intensive care unit.

Asst. Prof. Kenneth Lachlan (Communication)

Ph.D Michigan State

Fields of Interest: Effects of mass media, new media technologies.

Courses: Survey of Mass Communication, Mass Communication Theory.

Lachlan's current research is centered on depictions of violence and its effects. His doctoral dissertation was titled "Latitude of Moral Sanction for Violent Reprisal and Attitudes Toward Aggressive Behavior: An Examination of Shifts in Acceptance." Lachlan, who earned bachelor's degrees in communication and sociology at Wake Forest University and a master's degree at Bowling Green State University, is the author of several articles and a book chapter titled "Diffusion, Media Use and Interpersonal Communication Behavior" which appeared in Communication and Terrorism.

Asst. Prof. G. Michael Barnett (LSOE)

Ph.D, Indiana University

Field of interest: Instructional technology.

Courses: Computer Applications for Educators Secondary/Middle School Science Methods Computer Applications for Educators.

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Before joining the Lynch School of Education faculty Barnett did his doctoral work in instructional technology and master's work in physics at Indiana University. A graduate in physics of the University of Kentucky, he is the author of numerous papers on the implementation of technology in the classroom, including the forthcoming "Addressing Children's Understanding of the Moon's Phases and Eclipses," which is to appear in the International Journal of Science Education. Barnett's professional experience includes work with ActiveInk Network of Austin, Texas, where he developed a K-12 environmental science curriculum. He worked in a similar capacity for a project called STREAMS at Indiana University where he was part of a team that developed an on-line environment to support middle school students in sharing their research on water quality.

"Welcome Additions," an occasional feature, profiles new faculty members at Boston College.

-Stephen Gawlik

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