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Faculty Highlights Fall 2014

In this regular section, DrexelNow provides an update on research funding, commercialization activity and faculty honors at Drexel, courtesy of the Office of Research. This update offers a snapshot of activity during the quarter that ended June 30, 2014.

Sponsored Projects

• Ju-Tao Guo, MD, College of Medicine, Department of Microbiology, received a $2,809,838 award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for “Evaluation of Therapeutic Benefits of HBV Nucleocapsid Assembly Inhibitors.”

• Michael R. Lowe, PhD, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology, received a $2,210,247 award from the National Institute of Mental Health for “Weight History, Brain Activation to Food Cues and Eating Disorder Psychopathology.”

• Amy H. Auchincloss, PhD, School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, received a $810,175 subcontract from the University of Michigan for “Neighborhoods and Cardiovascular Risk in a Multiethnic Cohort.”

• Jeffrey M. Jacobson, MD, DUCoM, received another year of funding for $777,385 from the AIDS Activities Coordinating Office for ”Ambulatory/Outpatient Medical Care.”

• Rachel A. Greenstadt, PhD, College of Computing & Informatics, received a $699,379 award from the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency for “Active Authentification via Linguistic Modalities.”

• Charles Lane, PhD, CoAS, Department of Physics, received a $520,000 award from the U.S. Department of Energy for “Neutrino Physics at Drexel.”

• Jung-Ran Park, PhD, CCI, received a $498,773 award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for “Positioning a New Generation of Cataloging and Metadata Professionals for 21st Century Global Information Access.”

• Deborah Turner, PhD, CCI, received a $294,536 Early CAREER Development (Research) Grant award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for “The Oral Present, Urban Library Services, and the Underserved.”

• Elisabeth J. Van Bockstaele, PhD, DUCoM, Department of Pharmacology, received a $450,903 award from NIH for “Opioid Molulation of the Coeruleo-cortical Pathway.”

• Akhil Vaidya, PhD, DUCoM, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, received a $439,807 award from NIH for “Molecular Pathways Targeted by Potent Antimalarial Pyrazoles.” Vaidya also received a $425,186 award from NIH for “Mitochondrial Functions in Malaria Parasites.”

• Aleksandra Sarcevic, PhD, CCI, received over $1.3 million in funding (over four years) from NIH and the National Library of Medicine for “Automatic Workflow Capture and Analysis for Improving Trauma Resuscitation Outcomes.”

• Ellen Giarelli, EdD, College of Nursing and Health Professions, received a HRSA Award for the conference “Creating Integrated Health Care for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder,” a collaboration of CNHP, Drexel University Online, and the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute.

• Philip Massey, PhD, SPH, Department of Community Health and Prevention, was awarded an American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant from the Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University to support “What’s in a Tweet about Cancer Prevention? An analysis of HPV vaccination messages on Twitter.”

• Peter DeCarlo, PhD, College of Engineering, received a three-year, $388,798 NSF grant for “Collaborative Research: High-resolution Study of Atmosphere, Ice, and Aerosol Interactions in Coastal Antarctica.”

• Meghan Butryn, PhD, and Evan Forman, PhD, CoAS, Department of Psychology, received a $2.3 million NIH grant for “An Innovative, Physical Activity Focused Approach to Weight-Loss Maintenance.” Michael Lowe, PhD, Department of Psychology, received a $2.2 million NIH grant for “Weight History, Brain Activation to Food Cues and Eating Disorder Psychopathology.”

• Aroutis Foster, PhD, School of Education, was awarded an NSF CAREER grant for nearly $765,000 for the project “CAREER: Projective Reflection: Learning as Identity Exploration Within Games of Science.”

• Joshua Jacobs, PhD, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, will join a $22,500,000 four-year DARPA-funded research project titled “Restoring Active Memory." He is also PI for a five-year $1.26 million DARPA grant for "Memory Enhancement with Modeling, Electrophysiology, and Stimulation."

• Donna Murasko, PhD, dean of CoAS, and Jennifer Stanford, PhD, Department of Biology, received a $1.2 million Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant to increase the retention of undergraduate students in STEM majors.

• Mitra Taheri, PhD, CoE, is the recipient of a three-year NSF MRI, “Development of a Direct Detection Energy Loss Spectroscopy System.” NSF is providing $897,919 of the total $1.2 million award.

• Jake Russell, PhD, CoAS, Department of Biology, received a $597,394 NSF grant for “Dimensions: Identifying How the Ecological and Evolutionary Interactions Between Host and Symbiont Shape Holobiont Biodiversity.”

• Amy Throckmorton, PhD; Ken Barbee, PhD; and Kara Spiller, PhD, all in BIOMED, are members of two “dream teams” to address unmet pediatric medical needs as part of a partnership with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Hebrew University. The projects will receive $250,000 each over two years.

• Carol Ann Gross-Davis and Jennifer Taylor, PhD, SPH, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, collaborated with CoE faculty Patrick Gurian, PhD, and Mira Olson, PhD, to propose “Assessment of Human Health Risk from Operational Failure Incidents and Regulatory Violations during Natural Gas Drilling,” which has been awarded $50,000 by the A.J. Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment.

• Charles Lane, PhD, and Michelle Dolinski, PhD, CoAS, Department of Physics, received a $520,000 DoE grant for “Neutrino Physics at Drexel.”

• Naomi Goldstein, PhD, CoAS, Department of Psychology, received a $405,592 grant from the Stoneleigh Foundation for “Promoting Youths Successful Completion of Probation: Applying an ACF Model to Juvenile Justice.”

• Sheila Vaidya, PhD, SoE, was awarded a $300,000 grant from the Philadelphia Regional Noyce Partnership New Teacher Support Program, aimed at implementing programs that recruit and develop math and science teachers.

• Hasan Ayaz, PhD, BIOMED, and colleagues received a $75,000 DUCoM Clinical and Translational Research Institute grant for "fNIRS Assessment of Dorsolateral and Dorsomedial Prefrontal Cortex in Response to Food as a Marker for 'Loss of Control'."

• Veronica Tom, PhD, DUCoM, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, received a $337,969 award from NIH for “Multipronged Approach to Promote Functional Axonal Regeneration after SCI.”

• Gordon Richards, PhD, CoAS, Department of Physics, received a $185,000 NSF grant for “CDS&E: AGNs Amidst the Data Deluge.”

• Karen Moxon, BIOMED, received a three-year $300,000 NSF grant for “Sources of Adaptation During BMI Control.”

• Georgi Medvedev, PhD, CoAS, Department of Mathematics, received a $150,277 NSF grant for “Dynamics of Large Networks.”

• Kurtulus Izzetoglu, PhD (PI), and Hasan Ayaz, PhD (Co-I), BIOMED, and colleagues from the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center received a three-year $115,000 NIH grant for "Prescription Opioid Dependence: Physiology, Emotion and Treatment Outcome."

• Kelly Joyce, PhD, director of the Center for Science, Technology and Society, CoAS, received a $70,000 NSF grant to explore a “Relational Model for Understanding the Use of Research in the Public Policy Process.”

Technology Commercialization

• Drexel received issued U.S. Patent No. 8,790,921, “Alimentary protein-based scaffolds (APS) for wound healing, regenerative medicine and drug discovery,” which was invented by Peter Lelkes, PhD, formerly of BIOMED, Dara Woerdeman, PhD, BIOMED and their colleagues.

• Drexel received issued U.S. Patent No. 8,798,701, “Functional near-infrared spectroscopy as a monitor for depth of anesthesia,” which was invented by Banu Onaral, PhD, Kambiz Pourrezaei, PhD, Kurtulus Izzetoglu, PhD, and Meltem Izzetoglu, PhD, of BIOMED, and their collaborators from DUCoM. 

• Eleven patents were filed and four patents were issued from DUCoM between April 1 and June 30.

Selected Faculty Honors and Awards

• Yury Gogotsi, CoE, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been recognized as a “Highly Cited Researcher 2014” by Thomson-Reuters.

• Linda Wilson, PhD, assistant dean for special projects, CNHP, will be inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in November. Wilson was also inducted into the Academy of Nurse Educators.

• James Herbert, PhD, CoAS, was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.

• Christine Maguth Nezu, PhD, CoAS, Department of Psychology, received the Russell J. Bent Award for Distinguished Service from the American Board of Professional Psychology.

• Bruce Levine, JD, SoE, was appointed to the Advisory Board of National Education Week, a national education initiative that culminates in a series of events in Washington, D.C.

• Rohan Tikekar, PhD, Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, Department of Culinary Arts and Food Science, was the recipient of a $50,000 IExE Seed Funding Grant for “Novel Photochemical and Biological Processes for Decontamination of Flowback Water from Hydraulic Fracturing of the Marcellus Shale,” in collaboration with Christopher Sales, PhD, CoE, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering.

• Tikekar also won the 2014 Phospholipid Best Paper Award from AOCS for an article he collaborated on titled “Effect of Antioxidant Properties of Lecithin Emulsifier on Oxidative Stability of Encapsulated Bioactive Compounds.”

• Kymberlee Montgomery, DrNP, CNHP, was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners this past June.

• Patricia Gallagher, PhD, CoE, was reappointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology.

• Shannon Marquez, PhD, associate dean for academic affairs and Director of Global Public Health Initiatives, SPH, was awarded the 2014 Echoes of Africa Award for Health for her leadership and service to the community.  The award was presented by City of Philadelphia’s City Council and Echoes of Africa.

• Bob Muir, PhD, CoE, was inducted into the Delaware Highway Hall of Fame by the First State Section of the American Society of Highway Engineers.

• Mark Hempstead, PhD, was awarded the CoE Excellence in Research Award for 2014 and the Allen Rothwarf Award for Teaching Excellence for 2013-2014.

• Antonios Kontsos, PhD, Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, CoE, received the 2014 ONR Young Investigator Program award for “Identification of Fatigue Precursors for Multi-scale NDE & Prognostics.”

• Vera Lee, SoE, was invited to be a member of the American Educational Research Association’s Division K Committee for the Innovations in Research on Diversity Award.

*This list first appeared in the fall issue of Drexel Quarterly, published in October 2014.