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Georgia Southern Wins Top Advocacy Team at International Mediation Tournament

MockMediation-650x423Pictured are (L to R): Jonathan Quintyne, Dylan John, Dick Calkins ( with the International Academy of Dispute Resolution), Jessica Shanken and Tashai Gilman.

Competing against graduate law students from around the world, Georgia Southern won first place in the advocacy category of the International Law School Mediation Tournament in Des Moines, Iowa, held March 18-21.

The event marked the first time that a team from the University was invited to the international tournament. Even more impressive, however, is the fact that it was also the first time an undergraduate team made it to the finals in the tournament’s history.

“It was unprecedented for an undergraduate team to make it to the finals, let alone win, in a competition against law school students,” said  Dr. Laura Agnich, assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology and advisor to the University Mock Mediation Club. “The president of INADR [International Academy of Dispute Resolution], Dick Calkins, who hosted the competition, emailed me to let me know how amazing our students are and how shocked the law schools were when they won.

“I’m not surprised that they won considering the amount of work the students put into training,” she added. “They meet multiple times a week leading up to competitions and invest countless hours into understanding all facets of the cases they mediate.”

The team from Georgia Southern consisted of members of the Mock Mediation Club: Dylan John, Jonathan Quintyne, Jessica Shanken and Tashai Gilman. The club was founded in 2013 in order to train students in international mediation, and has trained mediation teams from Sri Lanka, Canada, Brazil and the U.S. The Sri Lankan ambassador to the U.S. has recognized the club for its work.

“Our Mock Mediation Club is very unique in its approach and inspires members to engage the subject of advocacy and mediation more than just looking at it from a competitive angle,” said John, club president. “We, as a team, are known for attending competitions and helping train other teams prior to and during the competition. We see this as the right thing to do and a further refinement of our skill sets even if these teams could potentially be our opposing teams when the competition rounds kick off.”

The Mock Mediation Club had been in existence for only a year when it attended the Intercollegiate International Mediation Tournament for undergraduate schools at Brenau University in November 2014. Despite being relatively new to the experience, the team placed second in the advocate client category and ninth in the mediator category. Because of their performance in this tournament, they were invited to compete in Iowa.

In addition to winning the advocacy category outright, the team also placed ninth in the world for the mediator category, making it to the semi-finals among their international and graduate counterparts. Quintyne and Shanken also received fifth place Outstanding Individual awards in the advocacy category.

Students’ travel to the tournament was supported by the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, and the SGA.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers more than 125-degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education.

University Online Programs Rank Top 10 in the Nation



Georgia Southern’s online programs have been ranked nationally by and placed in the top 10 in multiple categories.

Georgia Southern ranked No. 4 for “Best Online Colleges of 2015,” and No. 9 for “Best Online Masters in Education Programs of 2015.”

Several factors were weighed in determining the rankings for these recognitions. collected data from College Navigator and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), both government databases, to ensure accurate, up-to-date information was being evaluated. Factors included acceptance, retention, graduation and enrollment rates.

“Georgia Southern’s online programs are among the best at preparing individuals for careers in today’s fast paced employment market,” said Dr. Jean Bartels, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “The strength of our faculty and the strong online programming format make Georgia Southern leaders in the delivery of online education. These recognitions and rankings underscore the national presence of our outstanding programs.”

In addition to the ranking, the University’s online programs have been included among the best in the country by U.S. News and World Report, and

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Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers more than 125-degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education.

Georgia Southern Professor and Wife Discover New Tick Species

Dmitry Apanaskevich and wife, Maria

Georgia Southern professor Dmitry Apanaskevich, Ph.D., and his assistant, his wife, Maria, have found twelve specimens of a new tick species, never before identified on earth.

The new species, Dermacentor limbooliati, is similar to Dermacentor auratus, among which it was hiding in plain sight for over 40 years. Aspanaskevich has described the new species and its many differences in his article, “Description of New Dermacentor (Acari: Ixodidae) Species From Malaysia and Vietnam”, co-authored with Maria, in the Feb. 25 issue of the Journal of Medical Entomology.

“There are not that many [species in the Dermacentor genus], but they’re very similar to each other,” said Apanaskevich. “However, the variabilities within the species plus similarities among the species makes it hard to break species apart. Each species so similar to each other you have to dig through hundreds and hundreds of specimens of each species to really understand how they’re different from one another.”

And dig they did. The specimens are part of the U.S. National Tick Collection (USNTC), where Apanaskevich is assistant curator and Maria, who also has a background in tick research, assists. It is one of the largest tick collections in the world, housed and curated by Georgia Southern since 1990, and holds more than 700 tick species with over one million specimens. In order to make this discovery, Dmitry and Maria had to pore over 2,000 Dermacentor auratus specimens one by one to find the new species.

“It’s huge work when you’re looking through 2,000 specimens of one species,” said Dmitry. “Obviously you have a desire after the first hundred to say, ‘I don’t want to look anymore. It’s enough for the research!’ But here’s the trick, you have to look through all 2,000 specimens. And looking through all 2,000 species, we found twelve of the new species. If we didn’t look through all of them, we wouldn’t have found them.”

Apanaskevich, Maria and Georgia Southern professor Quentin Fang are studying and curating the Dermacentor genus as part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant, “Systematics of medically important Dermacentor tick vectors,” which provided $327,500 to develop a global-scale taxonomic revision to better identify this genus.

Since beginning the research in 2011, Apanaskevich and his research team have already discovered one new Dermacentor species and validated a second species, thought to have been a misidentification for more than 100 years. Both discoveries were published in the Journal of Medical Entomology and they allowed him to extend the timeline of the grant. They are also in the process of identifying even more new species discovered among the USNTC specimens.

The team has also described previously unknown nymphs and larvae, redescribed poorly described species and developed identification keys that will help future scientists in their research. Throughout the project, Apanaskevich says Georgia Southern graduate and undergraduate students were involved in the research.

“For me, this is a big discovery,” he  said. “Dermacentors are considered done, even in my perception. Ticks are well-studied because of their [medical] and [veterinary] importance, and the government put a lot of money into ticks for this reason in the past. And for this same reason finding new ticks is harder and harder. For us, it’s a revelation because we found that even the well-studied ticks still have secrets.”

The new species is named after Lim Boo Liat, Ph.D., a renowned professor and zoologist in Malaysia. Apanaskevich says he is solely responsible for the more than 15,000 specimens of Southeast Asian Dermacentor in the collection, which he collected in the late 60’s or early 70’s.

“For five or so years, this guy was collecting samples almost every day from different places in Malaysia,” Apanaskevich said. “If he didn’t do that, we might have five jars of samples. Because he did, we have more than 200 jars full of vials with ticks just from him.”

In addition to the study and publishing, Dmitry and Maria are also creating detailed illustrations of their discoveries. Dmitry draws ink illustrations of the specimens and Maria fills in the textures and colors in Photoshop. These illustrations have already made their way to the cover of the Journal of Medical Entomology twice in the last year.

NASA Research

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Georgia Southern Announces Change in Two Divisions

President Brooks A. Keel announced today that Russell Keen, the current vice president for government relations and community engagement will lead a newly formed Division of External Affairs. This new division will include University protocol, government relations and community engagement as well as, the move of the current marketing and communications department into this new division. The marketing and communication department was formerly within the Division of University Advancement.

Dr. Keel explains, “The creation of the Division of External Affairs will bring greater efficiency and collaboration to the efforts of communicating the Georgia Southern story. Under Russell’s leadership, we are well positioned to manage the growing reach we have as a University to our community and the state of Georgia.”

The Marketing and Communications department, now part of the Division of External Affairs will continue to provide marketing, public relations, website, photography and advertising services to the University community and remain the point of contact for the University brand and media relations.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers more than 125-degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education.

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