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Recognition Through Research
Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic
Volume 6, Number 1
|Published quarterly, Recognition Through Research is designed to enhance awareness and foster participation from Sherman College faculty, staff, and students in research and other scholarly activities.||
IN THIS ISSUE
William R. Boone, PhD, DC
John Hart, DC, MHSc
Thank you for inviting us onto your screen. We seek to provide a newsletter that will be an effective tool of communication regarding activities in the area of research and other scholarly activities at Sherman. Should you have any question, or need any help from us with your projects, please do not hesitate to ask. In this issue, we have news regarding recent publications, 2009 IRAPS, and our usual feature to challenge your knowledge and stimulate the discovery process (reward included). Sit back, relax and enjoy the latest regarding scholarly activities at Sherman College.
I will be parting as Director of Research from SCSC at the end of August, 2009. Dr. Irwin, as chief academic officer, has requested me to write a brief overview of my past five years with SCSC.
In 2004, I was asked early on to assist with an existing accreditation concern regarding the level of scholarship emanating from the DCP. I am pleased to say that from 2004 to present the level of scholarship meeting peer-review quality has eclipsed the entire publication and/or conference presentation history of SCSC covering the previous 25 years. The scholarship concern has been removed and is no longer an area of accreditation interest (mission accomplished). As well, the research department received the first sizeable research grant in its history, awarded by the South Carolina Chiropractic Association.
An important complement to the scholarship success at SCSC was established with the faculty senate adopting a policy of requiring publication of peer-review quality scholarship every 2 to 4 years. Supporting this commitment, it still remains the responsibility of the research department personnel to assist the faculty in achieving this goal. I am pleased to have observed my colleagues within the department willingly and competently assist other faculty to this end. In some instances the accomplishments also represented the faculty members’ first peer reviewed publication. Moreover, more students have attained and continue to attain authorship in peer reviewed journals than in the previous history of SCSC. This has been accomplished by linking the students to faculty already vested in projects destined for peer-review publication.
I am also pleased to witness SCSC providing the opportunity and release time for non-chiropractic faculty to publish in their respective areas of interest. This is a major advance for improving the institution’s academic quality. Unfortunately, chiropractic education as it currently exists does not emphasize publication level scholarship. It is my hope, however, that with these recent advancements, SCSC will recognize that a significant contribution to the profession will be to graduate practitioner/scholars. It is possible to integrate such a program into the curriculum, and it is my hope that my successor will be of a mind to do so, and that the administration will support such an endeavor.
I have enjoyed the past five years, as well as serving as Director of Research for ten previous years (1980-1990), and wish SCSC every success it is entitled to. It has been my privilege to create the initial design and implementation of the research department, and to once again be of service as its director for the past five years.
William. R. Boone, Ph.D., D.C.
The theme this year will be Advances in Chiropractic Science and Philosophy. The Symposium will be held on the Sherman College campus October 16-18, 2009. http://www.sherman.edu/iraps
Rules: You must supply a reference for your answer(s). If via the internet, copy the web address and add it as a hotlink. The first person to email firstname.lastname@example.org with all answers correct will win a $50.00 universal gift card!
1. How does nature allow for the birth and survival of two-headed snakes?
2. How is a headless chicken created that can perform bodily functions with nurturing?
3. What does this structure contain that has an effect on our nervous system:
4. Do you know what’s going on below? Well, don’t keep it a secret. A clue would be:
5. What do the numbers below represent relative to the brain?
For any activity to be designated scholarship, it should be public, susceptible to critical review and evaluation, and accessible for exchange and use by other members of one's scholarly community.
--Lee Shulman, President, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
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