November 2012

Scholarly & Research Highlights

Research Awards

Dr. Anthony Addison, professor of chemistry, was appointed fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS) for his achievements and contributions to the sciences and excellent volunteer service to the ACS community.

Scott Barclay, professor and head of the Department of History and Politics, was named a Williams Senior Scholar of Public Policy at the Williams Institute, UCLA, where he researches public opinion on issues related to the LGBT community.>

Efrat Eichenbaum and Mitra Khaksari, psychology graduate students, under the mentorship of Dr. Pam Geller, associate professor of psychology, were selected for the 2012 Anne Anastasi Student Poster Award for outstanding student research for their poster "Examination of African American and White Women's Religious Coping Behaviors following Pregnancy Loss” at the APA conference, Orlando, FL, August 2012.

Dr. Arthur M. Nezu, ABPP, Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, was appointed by the American Psychological Association (APA) to their Clinical Treatment Guideline Development Panel for Depressive Disorders across the Lifespan to oversee the APA’s initiative to develop evidenced-based clinical treatment guidelines for the profession. This is the first time the APA has sought to develop recommendations for treatments of specific disorders and conditions.

Dr. Christine Maguth Nezu, professor of psychology, was named "Clinician of the Month" by the Association for Behavioral & Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). ABCT is the leading multidisciplinary organization for cognitive and behavioral therapies in North America.

Research Grants & Projects

Drexel University, through the particle physics group, was admitted as a full collaborative member on the Enriched Xenon Observatory (EXO) experiment. The EXO is an experiment in particle physics aiming to detect "neutrino-less double beta decay" using large amounts of xenon isotopically enriched in the isotope 136. A 200-kg detector using liquid Xe is currently being installed at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, New Mexico. Drexel's group will contribute to the operations of EXO-200, specifically overseeing nonstandard cryogenic operations, and will also contribute to background simulations, materials screening, and design of cryogenic systems for ton-scale EXO. Dr. Michelle Dolinski, visiting research professor of physics, is a technical coordinator and expert shifter for EXO-200. A postdoc, graduate student and undergraduates from the Department of Physics will be also involved in the project.

Dr. Evan Forman, associate professor of psychology and director of clinical training, was awarded a five-year, $2,812,483 grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for the project "Acceptance-Based Behavioral Treatment for Obesity: Maintenance and Mechanisms."

Dr. Yixin Guo, assistant professor of mathematics, was awarded a three-year, $165,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for the project "Closed-loop Deep Brain Stimulation, Synchrony Breaking and Chimera State."

Arwa Ibrahim, psychology graduate student, mentored by Dr. James Herbert, professor of psychology and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, was awarded a grant from the Yates Foundation in support of her master's thesis "Mixed-Methods Analysis of Iraqi Refugees with Potential Trauma Histories.” Her research will explore the nature of traumatic reactions in this understudied population as well as broader questions regarding the degree of cross-cultural consistency in reactions to trauma.

Dr. John Kounios, professor of psychology, auditioned to speak at the 2013 TED Conference. His audition video on the neuroscience behind epiphanies can be seen here.

Dr. Michael Lowe, professor of psychology, received a four-year, $2.5 million research grant from the National Institute of Mental Health for the project “Weight Suppression, Dieting and Bulimia Nervosa: a Biobehavioral Study.” The study, which is being conducted in collaboration with researchers at Columbia University, will examine the biological and behavioral correlates of different types of dieting in women with bulimia.

Dr. Sean O’Donnell, professor of biology and associate head of the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science, was published in Nature for a study that looks at biodiversity preservation by private landowners who own land surrounding tropical reserves. Read more here.

Dr. Kevin Olson, research associate professor of physics, received a three-year, $154,478 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for his proposal “Improvement of Numerical Algorithms for the 1D Hydrodynamic Code, Argos.”

Dr. Wesley Shumar, department head of culture and communication and professor of anthropology, in collaboration colleagues from the School of Education, was awarded a four-year, $2,083,101 grant from the National Science Foundation for the project "Collaborative Research: Supporting the Emergence of a Professional Teaching Community Through Collective Knowledge-building in Assessment and Feedback of Mathematical Thinking."

Dr. James Spotila, professor of biology, is part of a study published in Nature that explores how climate change adversely affects Pacific populations of leatherback turtles. Read more here.

Miscellaneous Research News

Dr. Ludo Scheffer, teaching professor of psychology and director of undergraduate studies in psychology, conceived and funded the first undergraduate research scholarship for the Department of Psychology. The scholarship will support psychology undergraduate students travelling to academic and professional conferences to present their research.

Dr. Mimi Sheller, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy, participated as an expert adviser at the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s June meeting in Oakland, CA, to provide comments for the Government of Japan and World Bank Joint Project: Knowledge Exchange and Knowledge Sharing for Disaster Risk Management.