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SMU Library Highlights Faculty Research

Michael Nunez, OT-student, reading a Faculty Research article

Many Samuel Merritt University (SMU) faculty have had books and journals published. Now, faculty can share the descriptions and highlights of publications with the entire SMU community by displaying scholarly works in the John A. Graziano Memorial Library (Health Education Center). 

Thanks in part to the Faculty Research Committee, a subgroup of Faculty Organization, and funding from Academic Affairs, faculty research publications are now featured in a prominent display case.  "The Faculty Organization Research Committee is proud of the intellectual contributions of its faculty and its ongoing commitment to research," said Richard Rocco, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences.  "Faculty are passionate about their research, their discipline and creativity has come to fruition in these varied works."

For the past year the Faculty Organization Research Committee and the Library staff have worked together to collect and store the latest research articles and textbooks.  "Since the Library is open to the public, the community can readily learn about the broad range of interests and concerns our faculty address in their published writings," explains Barbara Ryken, SMU Nursing Librarian.

More than a dozen articles from the last six months are displayed.  Library staff updates the case periodically.  A comprehensive list of all publications by SMU faculty covering the past few years is also available on the Library web page.  "Citations of published works by our faculty are one measure of the influence and thus the quality of their research," said Dr. Rocco.

According to published researcher Peter Barbosa, PhD, Professor in the Department of Pre-Clinical Sciences at the California School of Podiatric Medicine, visibly displayed research strengthens individual-to-individual relationships among across disciplines who are researching similar hypothesis and diagnosis. Their efforts also help students assess their interests in the healthcare field.   

"By highlighting faculty research it is hoped that students will become aware of the interests of our faculty and, perhaps, inspire some to consider getting involved in an active SMU research program," adds Dr. Barbosa.  "I like to think we are helping them chart their lives."

The Faculty Organization Research Committee serves as a venue for interface between faculty and students conducting research, and the Office of Academic Affairs (in order to assure that appropriate physical, human, and fiscal resources are made available).  In addition, members provide individual consultation to faculty on research projects.  The faculty research display case is located in the main reading room of the Library.

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