Around Webster: Lee-Johnson survey, Paserman on banking, Schumacher on intervention, Vix on e-resources

Oct. 19, 2015

Around Webster: Lee-Johnson, Paserman, Schumacher, Vix

Recent professional news and achievements involving Webster University community members include:

Paserman Presents at BIS on Global Financial Connectedness

Michal Paserman, assistant professor of finance at the Geneva campus, presented her research at a conference on Global Financial Interconnectedness held by the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), the Netherlands Bank, the Deutsche Bundesbank and the Review of Finance.

The conference brought together leading academics, central bankers and bank supervisors with the objective of developing new models and tools to enhance the understanding of financial interconnectedness.

Paserman presented her work, "Comovement or Safe Haven? The Effect of Corruption on the Market Risk of Sovereign Bonds of Emerging Economies during Financial Crises." She researches how the sensitivity to systematic shocks of sovereign bonds issued by countries perceived as more corrupt increases during financial crises. 

Read more at Webster Geneva.

Lee-Johnson Research on Chinese, American Digital Use in Academics


Yin Lam Lee-Johnson, assistant professor of Teaching English as a Second Language, School of Education, is conducting a research study regarding how Chinese and American students use digital devices for academic purposes. She has collected 320 completed questionnaires from Harbin University and presented about the study at the Webster Fall Faculty Institute on Oct 2.

She is now collecting data from undergraduate students at Webster University. Faculty are encouraged to send the e-survey link to their students:  

Undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in the study by completing the survey, which takes less than 10 minutes. The findings will help researchers understand the digital divide between Chinese and American students, and help administrators and faculty make important decisions to provide Chinese international students useful resources for academic success.

This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board and has been funded by the Faculty Research Grant. Please contact Lee-Johnson for more information at

Vix Presents at Joint Library Association Conference

Heidi Vix, electronic resources librarian, presented at the Missouri Library Association, Kansas Library Association joint conference in Kansas City, Missouri, on Oct. 2. 

Her presentation focused on ways librarians can negotiate with vendors for electronic resources. Vix currently negotiates all renewals and licenses for the library’s electronic resources.

Schumacher on Early Childhood Intervention


Ruth Schumacher, visiting assistant professor of Applied Educational Psychology and School Psychology within the Multidisciplinary Studies Department of the School of Education, presented at the "Sharing a Vision" conference organized by the Illinois Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children.

Her presentation, "Facilitating True Family Partnership in Early Intervention," shared the results of a participatory action research study conducted at an Early Head Start program on the South Side of Chicago. See the conference program here [PDF].

Schumacher is a nationally certified school psychologist who has practiced in Illinois and Missouri. 






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