NEDtalks 2017 Speakers: Thursday, April 20

Join us Thursday, April 20, beginning at 3:00 p.m. at Ned R. McWherter Library, room 226, for the second day of NEDtalks 2017. NEDtalks is a two-day symposium where UofM faculty will share their recent research in 15 minute talks designed to engage and entertain. The full line-up of Thursday’s speakers is below, as well as photos and bios of each. A huge thank you to the wonderful UofM scholars who plan to share their accomplishments with us at NEDtalks, and to all UofM faculty for their continued contributions to UofM scholarship.

Dr. Earnestine Jenkins’ research and teaching interests focus on the African American-African Diaspora experience, through the lens of history, the fine arts, art history, and cultural studies. Her interdisciplinary, scholarly work encompass critical race studies; gender studies; African American-Diaspora photography and photographic culture; the visual culture of the urban south, and 19th – early 20th century Ethiopian art history. Her most recent publication is Race, Representation, and Photography in 19th Century Memphis: from Slavery to Jim Crow. London: Ashgate, 2016.


Dr. Stephanie Madden is an assistant professor of public relations in the Department of Journalism and Strategic Media. She has a passion for advocacy and social justice issues, and her research focuses on the intersections between activism, risk and crisis communication, public safety, and social media. Dr. Madden earned her B.A. in communication studies from Vanderbilt University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in communication from the University of Maryland. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., Dr. Madden was a full-time researcher at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START).

Dr. Melissa Janoske
is an assistant professor and head of the public relations major in the Department of Journalism and Strategic Media at the University of Memphis. Dr. Janoske earned her B.A. in organizational communication and a M.A. in Corporate and Professional Communication, both from Radford University in Radford, Virginia. She finished her Ph.D. at the University of Maryland in 2014, writing her dissertation on how online communities formed and aided individuals and organizations with crisis response and recovery. Her dissertation was funded by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. Dr. Janoske has also published research on both crisis and social media more generally, including best practices in crisis communication, visual communication, social media activism, and online communities and social networking.

Dr. Roger Kreuz is a professor of Psychology and an Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Memphis. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Toledo, and earned his masters and doctoral degrees at Princeton University. In his research and writing, he has explored a variety of phenomena that revolve around language and communication. With Richard Roberts, he is the coauthor of two books: Becoming fluent: How Cognitive Science can Help Adults Learn a Foreign Language and Getting Through: The Pleasures and Perils of Cross-cultural Communication (both published by The MIT Press).

Dr. Nate DeYonker received his B. Sc. in Chemistry with a minor in Astrophysics from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 2001. His PhD studies in computational and theoretical chemistry were completed in 2005 at the University of Georgia, under the direction of Prof. Henry F. Schaefer III. Dr. DeYonker then worked as a postdoctoral associate with Profs. Angela K. Wilson and Thomas R. Cundari at the University of North Texas. After a long stint as a staff Research Scientist at the University of Memphis, Dr. DeYonker was re-hired as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Fall 2016. Current research thrusts in his lab involve modeling the gas phase spectroscopy of inorganic astrochemicals, and improving visualization, reproducibility, and workflow in studies of enzymes and inorganic catalysts. Prof. DeYonker mostly spends his free time giggling with his daughter Patti.
Robert Byrd is a former newspaper manager, reporter, editor, photographer and designer, who worked for community newspapers throughout the Southeast for more than seven years. He returned to academia to help educate a new generation of journalists for a ever-changing media industry. His teaching interests are in visual communication, multimedia journalism, social media, media history, and media criticism. Dr. Byrd’s research focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer representations in both the LGBTQ and mainstream media. His most recent work explores LGBTQ representations in television sitcoms. Dr. Byrd is also interested in LGBTQ media history, in particular, its role in providing a queer memory in contemporary politics. He is a member of the AEJMC’s GLBT interest group as well as the history, cultural and critical studies, and newspaper and online news divisions. For more information about Dr. Byrd’s research and teaching, visit his website at

Dr. Elena Delavega is Assistant Professor of Social Work, MSW Program Coordinator, and Associate Director of the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the UofM. She obtained her Master of Social Work in 2008 and her PhD in Social Work in 2010 at the University of Houston. Dr. Delavega’s body of work is centered on the issues of poverty and exclusion and includes more than 14 peer-reviewed publications, over 50 other publications including reports, newspaper/magazine articles, book chapters, fact sheets, and translations; and over 65 peer-reviewed and invited presentations.

Dr. Latrice C. Pichon, PhD, MPH, CHES, is an Associate Professor in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the UofM School of Public Health. Her research focuses on exploring the role of the faith-based community in addressing HIV awareness and prevention, partnering with community-based organizations to understand HIV outreach, care, and utilization needs among vulnerable populations, and using the application of CBPR approaches. Formative research is a critical component of her CBPR work as it sets the foundation for her research inquiries and trusting relationships with communities who are intended to benefit from her work.

Eddie Wiley serves as the Co-Chair for the HIV Care and Prevention Planning Group for Shelby County. He is a proud Tiger at the UofM where he is pursuing his Master of Public Health. Recently honored by the Memphis Flyer as one of Memphis’ Top 20 under 30, Mr. Wiley has long been recognized for his continued work in the field of HIV/AIDS. A self-professed “journacate”, Mr. Wiley fuses his passion for advocacy with journalism as a contributing writer for The Unleashed Voice Magazine and an On-Air Personality for The Unleashed Voice Radio Show on KWAM 990.

Andrea W. Stubbs, MPA is part of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Comprehensive HIV Prevention and Care Program. For nearly a decade, she has served as the Manager of HIV Community Programs mobilizing a diverse group of 25 community stakeholders and addressing programmatic and policy level structural changes. Her role calls for an intricate balance, and understanding of, organizational and community needs via careful selection and training of community allies and supporting staff. Additionally, she has successfully led a team of community researchers that have significantly improved early diagnosis and engagement in HIV care for youth and assured young adult males participated in PrEP feasibility studies.  As a community research translator, Andrea has bridged the gap between research and applied services.


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