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Faculty Highlights — Summer 2016

In this regular section, DrexelNow provides an update on University research funding, commercialization activity and faculty honors, courtesy of the Office of Research. This update offers a snapshot of activity during the spring quarter.

 

Sponsored Projects & Awards

  • Denise Garcia, PhD, assistant professor, College of Arts and Sciences, received a $342,344 NIH grant for the project, “The Role of Sonic Hedgehog Signaling on Astrocyte Function in the Adult CNS.”
  • Chloe Silverman, PhD, associate professor, College of Arts and Sciences, is co-principal investigator on a $50,000 Organization for Autism Research grant for “Measuring What Matters,” part of a two-part project titled, “Autism Transitions and Outcomes Collaborative.”
  • Kelly Joyce, PhD, professor and director of the Center for Science, Technology and Society, College of Arts and Sciences, is co-investigator on a $47,455 NSF grant for “Workshop: Advancing Ethics for Trustworthy Cyberspace and Data Analytics.”
  • Shari Moskow, PhD, professor and head of mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences, received a $31,200 NSF grant for her project, “NSF-SIAM Optics and Photonics Workshop.”
  • Lin Han, PhD, assistant professor, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, received a $75,000 Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement grant for the project “Molecular Engineering of Cartilage with Biomimetic Proteoglycans: Mechanisms of Diffusion and Extra-Cellular Matrix Interactions.”
  • Uri Hershberg, PhD, assistant professor, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, received a $75,000 Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement grant for the project “Development of an In Vitro Assay to Measure Vaccine Effectiveness.”
  • Adrian Shieh, PhD, assistant professor, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, received a $43,000 Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement grant for the project “Experimental systems for the Determination of the Oncogenic Potential of Fucosyltransferase 8.”
  • Wan Shih, PhD, associate professor, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, received a $75,000 Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement grant for the project “Rapid Antimicrobial Susceptibility Test.”
  • Yinghui Zhong, PhD, assistant professor, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, received a $43,000 Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement grant for the project “Control of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection & Biofilm: A Novel Antimicrobial and Anti-Adhesive Catheter Coating.”
  • Deanna Hill, JD, PhD, assistant clinical professor and program director of higher education, School of Education; and Kristine Lewis Grant, PhD, EdD, associate clinical professor, School of Education, were awarded an AERA Education Research Service Project Award for 2016 for “Creative Corridor Center for Equity's Focus Project.”
  • Ann Klassen, PhD, professor, community health and prevention, Dornsife School of Public Health, received a $171,751 UNICEF grant for the project “Tajikistan — Formative Research on Infant and Young Child Feeding.”
  • Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, professor, community health and prevention, Dornsife School of Public Health, received a $50,000 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant for the project “Environments Supporting Healthy Eating Index.”
  • Alexis Roth, PhD, assistant professor, community health and prevention, Dornsife School of Public Health, received a $270,816 Louisiana Partnerships for Success grant.
  • Nora Lee, PhD, assistant research professor, epidemiology and biostatistics, Dornsife School of Public Health, received a $143,536 grant from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for the project “Youth Access Tobacco.”
  • Leslie McClure, PhD, professor and chair, epidemiology and biostatistics, Dornsife School of Public Health, received a $161,094 grant from the Indiana University at Birmingham for the project “Trace Element Levels and Risk of Stroke.”
  • Issa Zakeri, PhD, professor, epidemiology and biostatistics, Dornsife School of Public Health, received a $38,390 grant from Ohio State University, for the project “Objective Evaluation of the Conductive Olfactory Losses and Nasal Obstruction Symptoms.”
  • Mariana Chilton, PhD, associate professor, health management and policy, Dornsife School of Public Health, received a $15,000 W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant for the project “Agreement with Benefits Data Trust for CHOP/BDT FI Project Qualitative Evaluation.”
  • The A.J. Drexel Autism Institute received a $3.5 million dollar gift, allowing the institute to become an innovation incubator for pilot programs that prevent young adults on the autism spectrum from falling through the cracks after high school.

 

Selected Faculty Honors & Awards

  • Kirk Heilbrun, PhD, professor, College of Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of the 2016 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology and Law by the Psychology-Law Society.
  • Scott Warnock, associate professor, College of Arts and Sciences, was elected to the Executive Board of the Council of Writing Program Administrators.
  • Jamie Callahan, EdD, clinical professor and director of the Human Resource Development Program, School of Education, received the Academy of Human Resource Development’s R. Wayne Pace Outstanding Human Resource Development Book of the Year Award for her co-edited book, “Realizing Critical HRD: Stories of Reflecting, Voicing and Enacting Critical Practice.”
  • Rajashi Ghosh, PhD, associate professor, School of Education, received the Early Career Scholar Award and the Outstanding Reviewer Award by Human Resource Development Review during the 2016 Academy of Human Resource Development Conference.
  • Kristy Kelly, PhD, assistant clinical professor, School of Education, was recently approved as a Fulbright Specialist for the next five years. Kelly will be listed on Fulbright's global roster for specialists that international institutions can invite to provide expert support on institutional advancement, research, and curriculum development. Her specialty areas are gender and politics, education diplomacy and development.
  • Joyce Pittman, PhD, associate clinical professor, School of Education, was elected chair of the Association of the Advancement of Technology in Education's Society for Information Technology in Education Technology Leadership Special Interest Group for 2016.
  • Richard Chiou, PhD, professor, College of Engineering, was recently appointed program chair for the American Society for Engineering Education’s manufacturing division.
  • Yury Gogotsi, PhD, distinguished university and trustee chair professor, College of Engineering, was included in Thomson Reuters’ 2015 “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.”
  • James Herbert, executive vice provost and dean, Graduate College, has recently elected to fellowship status in the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.
  • Donald Bersoff, JD, PhD, emeritus professor, Kline School of Law, has received the 2016 Raymond D. Fowler Award for Outstanding Contributions to the American Psychological Association.  
  • Rachel López, JD, professor, Kline School of Law, has received a 2016–17 Fulbright Scholarship that will enable her to study transitional justice mechanisms in the wake of the genocide of indigenous Mayans in Guatemala. López is among just a handful of scholars to receive the Fulbright Scholarship Program’s Global Flex Award, which will support her research and scholarly collaborations with colleagues in Guatemala and Spain.
  • Amy Boss, JD, trustee professor, Kline School of Law, received the Homer Kripke Achievement Award from The American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers.
  • Loretta Sweet Jemmott, PhD, professor and vice president of health and health equity, College of Nursing and Health Professions, has been appointed to Main Line Health’s Board of Governors.
  • Vicki Schwartz, assistant clinical professor, nutrition sciences, College of Nursing and Health Professions, was inducted as a fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Girija Kaimal, EdD, assistant professor, creative arts therapies, College of Nursing and Health Professions, was invited to join the editorial review boards of Arts in Psychotherapy, Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal, Urban Review and Journal of the American Art Therapy Association.
  • Marla Gold, professor and dean emerita, health management and policy, the Dornsife School of Public Health, was honored by the Communities Advocating Emergency AIDS Relief Coalition, for her profound contributions in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
  • The Office of Faculty Affairs selected awardees for the 9th cycle of the Career Development Awards, aimed at helping junior tenure-track faculty members increase their exposure to senior colleagues at other institutions who can be collaborators and mentors. Topics from the 2016–2017 cycle will include “Lifecourse Epidemiology: A Maternal and Infant Health Perspective,” “Modern Toxicity and Non-Human Agency in Urban Redevelopment,” and “Audiofuturism and African American Science Fiction Writers.” The five awardees are Jaime Slaughter-Acey, PhD, College of Nursing and Health Professions; Andre Carrington, PhD, College of Arts and Sciences; Michelle Dolinskii, PhD, College of Arts and Sciences; Peter Gaskill, PhD, College of Medicine; and Allison Kenner, PhD, College of Arts and Sciences.