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  • Drexel graduate students with the nurse anesthesia program

    CRNA Students Attend Annual Congress

    CNHP graduate students in the nurse anesthesia program attended the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist Annual Congress in Boston, Massachusetts. Lew Bennett, DNP, assistant clinical professor and department chair, and Suzanne Ariza, CRNA, assistant clinical professor, also attended.

    September 27

  • CNHP's communications manager, Roberta Perry with Johns Hopkins' head and neck surgeon Ralph Tufano, MD and his nurse practitioner Michael Lopez, CRNP

    September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

    Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month Spotlights Need for Early Detection and More Research

    The incidence rate of papillary thyroid cancer has increased 170 percent between 1990 and 2010 and in 2017, 56,000 new cases of all thyroid cancers were diagnosed. While the most common thyroid cancers are usually treatable if found early, some types and variants are often aggressive and difficult to treat. And, unlike many other cancers, the mortality rate for thyroid cancer, which had held steady, has increased in recent years.

    People of all ages, from infants through seniors, can be diagnosed with thyroid cancer. In addition, patients need lifelong daily medication and periodic testing following treatment. The expenses can be high, and treatments may have side effects that impact the patient’s quality of life.

    When CNHP's communications manager, Roberta Perry was diagnosed five years ago with stage IV metastatic papillary carcinoma, a disease which affects women more than men by three to one, she didn't know how important early detection is. One of her doctors told her he suspected she had had cancer for at least six years before its detection. Perry also didn't know how challenging it would be to live without a thyroid which is why early detection is critical—a total thyroidectomy isn't always needed.

    ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc. created Thyroid Cancer Awareness Week nearly 20 years ago, and expanded it to a full month, September, to create greater awareness about thyroid cancer. Throughout Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month, people worldwide communicate several key points:

    1. “Find It Early” messages to encourage medical professionals perform a quick neck checks through palpation using their fingers, together with expert follow-up if a nodule is found.
    2. The urgent need for more research for new treatments and cures for all thyroid cancer.
    3. Connections to thyroid cancer education with experts, the annual International Conference, support groups both in-person and online, and awareness and research fundraising events.

    The nonprofit ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc. is marking its 23rd year of providing a wide array of free services and resources to thyroid cancer survivors, families, medical professionals and the public around the world.

    September 27

  • Hiring Paid Research Assistant

    Dean Gitlin will be hiring a paid research assistant from either a master's or PhD CNHP programs to focus on assisting her with the backend research required to develop the fifth edition of her book Successful Grant Writing, 4th Edition: Strategies for Health and Human Service Professionals. The position will start October 1, 2018, or shortly thereafter. It will be five to ten hours per week. Please see the job description then send cover letter and resume to Kate Clark by Friday, September 28.

    September 26

  • Roberta Waite

    Assistan Dean and Director Invited to National Table

    Roberta Waite, EdD, professor, assistant dean of academic and community integration and director of the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th St. Family Services, had the opportunity to represent the College at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation think tank addressing ways to build a "Culture of Health" in America. The overarching goal for the think tank's Transforming Health and Health Care Systems area of focus is that: health care, public health and social services work together to fully address the goals and needs of the people they serve.

    Additionally, Waite  spoke at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine in Washington D.C. on September 24. An ad hoc committee of the National Academies is examining the potential for integrating services addressing social needs and the social determinants of health into the delivery of healthcare to achieve better health outcomes and to address major challenges facing the U.S. healthcare system. Waite was invited to speak about the ways in which this is achieved at 11th St. The committee also was interested in 11th St.'s approach to care, coordination of health and social services and efforts to increase capacity and sustainability.

    September 26

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    West Philadelphia Community Center "Call to Action" Meeting

    Drexel University recently purchased the West Philadelphia Community Center (WPCC) as an extension of the Dornsife Center. We are in the early stages of considering future uses for this structure and want your input.

    All are invited to this community meeting about the future of the WPCC building. We want to hear your voice. Childcare will be provided. Please join us!

    Thursday, September 27, 2018
    6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Tour 6-6:30 p.m. // Dinner & Conversation 6:30 p.m.

    West Philadelphia Community Center
    3512 Haverford Avenue

    September 26

  • Sierra Rocks!

    Come Support CNHP's Erin Johnson at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Parkway Run and Walk, 5K Run or 2K Walk is on Sunday, September 30

    Diagnosed when she was almost 11 months old, Sierra Johnson has been in treatment for infant acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) with MLL (KMT2A) rearrangement at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia oncology department since May 22, 2017. On August 9, Sierra underwent a “haploidentical allogenic” bone marrow transplant with stem cells donated by her father after a cancer relapse in May. Because of her relapse, she also lost a significant amount of vision in her left eye.

    Currently, Sierra is inpatient at CHOP and is recovering well from the bone marrow transplant. On U.S. News and World Report’s 2018-19 Honor Roll of the best children’s hospitals, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) was named No. 3 in the nation. The Johnson's have felt lucky to be offered excellent, caring and compassionate treatment at CHOP during this extremely challenging health journey. In 2017, the team "Sierra Rocks" raised over $5,000 to support CHOP's oncology department and associated pediatric cancer treatment, research and support services. This year, they've increased their goal to $8,000.00.

    If you would like to join Sierra Rocks or find out how you can help, click here or contact Kirstin Lindermayer at 267-693-8632. To get your company or workplace involved, please coordinate with Kirstin and call CHOP at 267-426-6517.

    September 26

  • Clinical/Research Practicum for Undergraduate and Master's Students

    Integrating behavioral health into primary care remains a national agenda. With funding from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the Center for Family Intervention Science at the College of Nursing and Health Professions and Drexel Family Medicine are collaborating on a project focused on screening adult patients for mental health and substance use and then referring those in need for services.

    The project will take place in four family medicine offices at Drexel University and Temple University Health. We are seeking advanced undergraduate and graduate students interested in volunteering as healthcare navigators. The position involves working with staff at the medical practices to help screen patients in the waiting room, assisting patients to find appropriate services after the medical visit and calling six weeks later to see if they attended services.

    All volunteers must commit to at least eight hours per week for the entire school year, attend a one-day training in October and attend weekly, a one-hour supervision (at 3020 market or on line). Students must be in their third or fourth year of undergraduate or in a master’s program.

    Opportunities for class projects or thesis are available. If you are interested, please send your CV to the project coordinator Jesse Smith.

    September 26

  • Scholar Snack: Inside the Faculty Studio

    The Drexel University Libraries cordially invites students and interested faculty and staff to attend

    Scholar Snack
    Inside the Faculty Studio

    A panel discussion on research and publication success with Professors Debjani Bhattacharyya, Linda Kim and Alden Young.

    Monday, October 1, 2018
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Dragons’ Learning Den, W. W. Hagerty Library

    This month, three Drexel scholars who share an interest in the intersections of race and imperialism with the law, government policy, and visual culture, will discuss how they find the materials for their research, the ins-and-outs of the writing process, and how to navigate the publishing world.

    September 25

  • Mike Traud and Blaise Colamarino at MAD Symposium

    Alumni Spotlight: Blaise Colamarino

    Blaise Colamarino, BS `18 in Culinary Arts & Science, is now working under chef René Redzepi at Noma, a restaurant consistently ranked among the World's 50 Best Restaurants by Restaurant Magazine.

    Colamarino recently attended the MAD Symposium, a two-day event founded in 2011 by Redzepi. It consists of presentations from chefs, farmers, academics, thinkers and artists and has been described as "a mashup of TED, Burning Man, and SXSW."

    Pictured are Colamarino and Hospitality Management Program Director Mike Traud, who is teaching at the American University of Rome this semester for CFHM's study abroad program.

    September 25

  • Jennifer Nasser

    Faculty Presentation at Appetitive Behavior Seminar

    Jennifer Nasser, PhD, an associate professor the the Department of Nutrition Sciences, has been invited to give a seminar at Columbia University, entitled: “Using Functional Near Infra-red Spectroscopy (fNIRS) to explore the gut-brain axis in humans during eating”.

    This will be on October 4, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

    September 25

  • Miles4Hips: Supporting Hip Dysplasia Education and Research

    Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) student Nancy Muir is a pediatric physical therapist, marathoner and ultramarathoner who has set out to run a 100-mile race to promote awareness around hip dysplasia.

    Her goal is to raise $3,000 to support the mission and initiatives of The International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI), which is an organization that promotes the development of hip dysplasia research and education by developing new technologies and improving the treatment process for those affected.

    Muir is collecting donations and keeping a blog to share her journey with running and hip dysplasia. Click to learn more about the Miles4Hips campaign.

    September 24

  •  Jonathan Deutsch, PhD, a professor in the Center for Food and Hospitality Management and Department of Nutrition Sciences

    Food Waste Competition Sought CFHM Expertise

    Jonathan Deutsch, PhD, professor in the Center for Food and Hospitality Management and Department of Nutrition Sciences, brought his expertise to a competition where eight teams of Lehigh University students were given 48 hours to design a prototype that would help minimize food waste, on a national or local scale.

    Ideas ranged from a program to help grocery stores order more efficiently, smart lids that would tell you when to eat leftovers and ways to reuse misfit produce.

    Watch the news segment here.

    September 21

  • Beyond the Walls Summit flyer

    Beyond the Walls Summit

    Philadelphia FIGHT will present the 2018 Beyond the Walls: Re-entry Summit & Prison Healthcare Summit on Friday, October 5, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch Streets.

    Beyond the Walls will explore the impact of mass incarceration and health disparities on individuals and communities, and provide opportunities for attendees to become involved in advocacy work to address the crisis in the criminal justice system. The Summit is produced by the Institute for Community Justice and the Community Health Training Alliance.

    For more information and to register, click here.

    September 21

  • Fall 2018 health sciences library flyer

    Health Sciences Library Hours

    Gary Childs and Janice Masud-Paul will continue to assist the CNHP community directly in Three Parkway this quarter.

    • Monday and Tuesday
    • Room 605A
    • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    • October 1 through December 4

    You may also schedule an appointment by emailing Gary Childs or Janice Masud-Paul.

    September 20

  • Fish market sign

    National Food Safety Month

    It's National Food Safety Education Month. What do we need to know about food safety besides cooking food thoroughly and storing food at the right temperature? Apparently a lot! Let's start with the food safety benefits of "cook from frozen" seafood.

    A group of faculty, staff and students from the Center for Food and Hospitality Management authored a whitepaper entitled "Eliminating Waste from the Seafood Supply Chain: the Benefits and Challenges of 'Frozen.'" It included Jonathan Deutsch, PhD, professor, Alexandra Zeitz, food lab manager, Linda Croskey, undergraduate culinary arts and science student, Benjamin Fulton, a student in the food science master's program and Rosemary Trout, MS, assistant clinical professor and program director. Pete Pearson, MBA, director of food waste at the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, DC was also part of the group.

    "Our project objective is to challenge the culinary and consumer preferences for fresh (spoiling) seafood and investigate if high quality culinary standards could be achieved to the same (or higher) levels by preparing frozen seafood products directly from their frozen state (cook from frozen). This research is especially relevant in both consumer and commercial settings, since the perception of “fresh” is skewed towards higher temperature storage, rather than a consumer reluctance to rate “frozen” as higher quality, even though by food safety, sustainability, and true freshness standards, frozen is superior. Our hypothesis is that the largest perception barrier to frozen seafood is a reluctance to view frozen seafood as desirable from a culinary standpoint."

    September 20

  • Fulbright-Fogarty Fellows Applications Due

    The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is accepting applications from medical and graduate students in the health sciences for Fulbright-Fogarty Awards in Public Health for the 2019-2020 academic year.

    Fulbright will award up to 20 designated grants in Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Malawi and Uganda. Please note that CNHP has excellent contacts in Africa due to our connection with the Mandela Fellowship, which was hosted at Drexel for the past two years. We also can help to find contacts in Guatemala as well.

    Please contact Kate Clark if you wish to make these connections.

    Application deadline: October 9, 2018.

    September 20

  • Research Lab Orientation

    The 2018 research lab orientation will be held this year on September 26th, 2018 from 3pm to 4:45pm at Rm 206 in the 3 Parkway building. This year, we will focus on introducing the latest research tools available at CNHP to our research team.

    • This first part of the orientation is mandatory to all incoming PhD students.
    • The second part is aimed at addressing concerns brought about during the past few years.
    • There will be a tour of the CNHP research lab facilities at 3-Parkway after the orientation.


    Part 1: Mandatory for incoming PhD students

    3 p.m.  Robert Palisano Welcome and introductions, stipends, tuition remissions and health insurance 10 minutes
     3:10 p.m. Cecile James Compliance, CastleBranch, timelines  5 minutes
     3:15 p.m.  Arun Ramakrishnan  Research labs overview and lab manual review 25 minutes

    Part 2: Mandatory for ALL research students. Recommended for ALL research faculty/staff

    3:40 p.m. Karen Skinner IRB, intro to COEUS protocol submissions 10 minutes
    3:50 p.m. Alan Myers/Brian Thomas Information technology (IT) services, guidelines on data storage and sharing 10 minutes
    4:00 p.m. Janice Masud-Paul CNHP software and library guides  5 minutes
    4:05 pm.m Sheila Plungis Clinical spaces 5 minutes
        Questions and individual issues  
    4:15 p.m. Ramakrishnan
    Touring Three Parkway lab spaces 30 minutes
        Total time 120 minutes

    For any questions or concerns, please contact Arun Ramakrishnan, director of research labs.

    September 19

  • Nurse-Led Care Conference

    The Nurse-Led Care Conference 2018: Transforming Practice, Defining Value, will convene national leaders to examine challenges, opportunities and solutions for transforming health care through nurse-led models of care.

    The event includes plenary sessions, breakout presentations and in-depth pre-conference workshops including one with Lorina Marshall-Blake who serves as the president of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation and mentor in the Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program. Learning activities focus on public health nursing, workforce development and practice transformation supporting inter-professional, team based models, along with other methods that address the needs of vulnerable populations through value-based care. This event is hosted by the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium.

    For information, including continuing education, full speaker list and details, click here.

    September 19

  • Nominate an Outstanding Dragon

    The Alumni Board of Governors is accepting nominations for its 2019 Alumni Association Awards.

    Each year, the Board recognizes graduates and students for exceptional achievements and service in their profession, the community and within the University through its awards process.

    Do you know an outstanding Drexel graduate who deserves recognition?

    The award criteria and an online nomination form are available here. In submitting your nominations, please complete the form with as much information as you have available. You can also provide additional information including but not limited to, a résumé or a nomination letter. Nominations must be received by Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, and you will be notified once the award recipients are selected.

    Please save the date for the Alumni Awards Ceremony which will take place as part of Homecoming Weekend on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. 

    *All alumni awards will be presented during Homecoming Weekend with the exception of the Golden and Silver Dragon Society Awards, which will be presented during Alumni Weekend (May 16 - 18, 2019), and the A.J. Drexel Paul Award, which will be presented in the fall of 2019.

    Please direct questions to Lauren R. Villanueva ’04, ’09 at 215.571.3644.

    Click here to meet the 2018 alumni and student award recipients.

    September 19

  • Yom Kippur illustration

    Yom Kippur

    Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, takes place in 2018 on the evening of Tuesday, September 18.

    Following Rosh Hashanah – the faith’s new year – Jews observe the Ten Days of Repentance, an opportunity to reflect on their sins and transgressions over the past 12 months. This period culminates with Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, a solemn 25-hours of prayer and fasting undertaken as a gesture of penance.

    Students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends are encouraged to join Drexel Hillel for High Holiday celebrations. Click here for a full calendar of services dates, times and locations.

    September 18

  • Power In Medicine

    Power in Medicine Today: A Conversation About Bias in Our Clinical Spaces

    Wednesday, October 10, 2018

    8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    New College Building
    Geary Auditorium B
    245 N. 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA

    Physicians, fellows, residents, medical students, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses and healthcare professionals are invited to attend this half-day event to learn about:

    • the power differentials that exist in medicine between healthcare team members, patients and families and across the diversity of members
    • strategies to manage biases
    • recognize the spectrum of sexual misconduct Raise awareness of our organizational culture and consider how to move it toward equity and respect for all

    For information, schedule, speakers and registration, click here.

    September 18

  • Girija Kaimal

    Presentation and Exhibition of Art Therapy Study

    Girija Kaimal, EdD, an assistant professor in PhD program in creative arts therapies, along with colleagues from the University of Pennsylvania will give a presentation and exhibition titled "All Day Art" on October 17 at the Penn Medicine Cherry Hill satellite site.

    The presentation will be on the art therapy study we did with cancer patients and caregivers, which was supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Presentation and reception

    October 17
    3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Penn Medicine Cherry Hill 1865 Route 70 East, First Floor Lobby
    Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

    Parking lot and garage are free.

    RSVP by Friday, October 12, 2018 to Rachel Lutgen

    September 17

  • Cover of OT Practice of the American Occupational Therapy Association

    Helping Older Adults

    Laura Gitlin, PhD and colleagues Marianne Granbom, PhD, Allyson Evelyn-Gustave, OTR/L and Sarah Szanton, PhD have published an article entitled "Helping Older Adults Age in Place" in OT Practice. The article discusses environmental modifications, from occupational therapists, nurses as well as carpenters in some cases, needed for homes of older adults with functional challenges as part of the Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE) program.

    September 17

  • Student Volunteers Needed

    The FREE Healthy Women “EMPOWERED FOR LIFE 2018 CONFERENCE” is on October 6, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. -3:30 p.m. in Philadelphia.

    One of the screenings that will take place throughout the day includes blood pressure. NCCOP has asked us to let our students know they are seeking undergraduate and graduate nursing students from CNHP who are interested in participating in the screening process.

    For more information about this opportunity or the conference, please contact Karen Perrin BSN, RN, secretary of the health team ministry (NCCOP) at 267-402-8243.

    September 17

  • Graduate Open House


    Learn about Drexel's on-campus and online graduate programs at our University-wide Graduate Open House. Drexel has a program for every interest.

    Saturday, October 20
    11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    Check-in opens at 10:30 a.m.


    Visit campus to explore the possibilities of graduate education at Drexel University. You'll have the opportunity to:

    • Speak with faculty and admissions representatives
    • Learn about our over 120 programs
    • Engage with current graduate students
    • Explore financial aid opportunities
    • Take an optional tour of our campus

    Click here for information about the graduate programs offered at Drexel.

    September 17

  • Music Therapy and Counseling Student Helps in Beijing

    Xiaoying Guo has an interesting answer to the old chestnut "How did you spend your summer vacation?"

    The rising second-year student working toward an MA in Music Therapy and Counseling assisted renowned music therapist Barbara Wheeler, PhD, MM, MT-BC in a music and wellness program at YiRen Spa in Beijing, China. Guo, a native of China, translated for Wheeler and helped lead musical experiences.

    The two-day program served three groups, including a parent-child group, a new mothers group and a group of new staff members at YiRen. The program featured lectures by Wheeler, which Guo and another individual translated, and musical activities including drum circles, vocal and rhythmic activities and guided imagery activities.

    September 14

  • FitCityPhl event logo

    FitCity PHLDesign and Opioid

    FitCityPHL provides a forum for planners, architects, designers, public health professionals and interested stakeholders to discuss strategies to improve health through the built environment. This event will focus on how the built environment relates to the opioid crisis in Philadelphia.

    Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    Public Health Management Corporation
    1500 Market Street Philadelpia, PA 19103

    Register here

    Confirmed speakers:

    • Loren Robinson, MD, MSHP, Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion, Pennsylvania Department of Health
    • Hilary Sample, Associate Professor and Principal, Columbia University and MOS Architects
    • Andrew Goodman, Director of Community Engagement, New Kensington Community Development Corporation
    • Ashley Richards, North District Community Planner, Philadelphia City Planning Commission
    • Patricia Codina, Community Development Director, Impact Services Corporation
    • Travis Cos, PhD `08, Behavioral Health Consultant and Research Liaison, Public Health Management Corporation

    Information, full agenda and speakers click here

    September 14

  • Outdoor concert as part of the first-year student experience

    Welcoming New Dragons

    From the desk of M. Brian Blake, PhD, executive vice president and Nina Henderson Provost

    Dear colleagues,

    We are fast approaching the 2018-19 academic year and welcoming our new Dragons to Drexel. The Vice President and Dean of Student Life, Dr. Subir Sahu, recently invited staff and faculty to participate in Drexel Welcome Week activities.We are excited to bring this new class of students to Drexel and would like them to experience a burst of Dragon pride through the support and enthusiasm of the Drexel community. Please join us in welcoming the students by participating in Welcome Week activities.

    Welcome Week provides students with resources and connections that will guide them through their journey as Drexel Dragons. The first event is Move-In Weekend on Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16. Join us as we greet new students as they arrive to campus. There will be several opportunities for you to volunteer on Move-In Weekend and Welcome Week. Keep in mind that volunteer opportunities will not involve the actual moving of student belongings. Instead, our volunteers will be welcoming and greeting students and their families, while helping direct people to the appropriate locations on campus. Those interested in volunteering for Move-In Weekend, please register here.

    Each of my first three years as provost, I have enjoyed volunteering for Move-In Weekend and attending many of the Welcome Week events. This year, the Office of the Provost will also sponsor an Academic Kick-Off event during Welcome Week to introduce the academic deans as a group. I invite all of you to volunteer/participate in Move-In and throughout Welcome Week.

    Let’s all work together to make the initial entry of our incoming students especially impactful!!

    Go Dragons! 

    September 13

  • Kimberly McClellan, EdD, MSN, assistant clinical professor and associate chair of the advanced practice nursing

    Disseration Successfully Defended

    Kim McClellan, EdD, MSN, CRNP, successfully defended her dissertation entitled, “African Born Women Seeking HIV Care in Philadelphia: Qualitative Exploration of a Community of Practice” on September 12.

    Congratulations Dr. McClellan!

    September 13

  • Ice cream cones

    Ice Cream Social

    The Drexel Postdoctoral Association is hosting an ice cream social with BEN & JERRY'S ice cream.

    Come wind down with us and socialize in celebraion of National Postdoc Appreciation Week. Ice cream, sweet treats and coffee will be provided.

    • Monday, September 17
    • 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    • 709 Bossone

    Please RSVP here.

    September 13

  • Dissertation Successfully Defended

    Abigail Duffine, PhD, RDN, in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, successfully defended her PhD dissertation on Friday, September 7.

    The title of Duffine’s dissertation was: “The Effect of a Multi-Component, School-Based Obesity Intervention on the Health Outcomes and Behaviors of Children.” She will be staying at Drexel as a post-doctoral fellow with Stella Volpe, PhD and with the PA-SNAP-Ed program whose director is Judy Ensslin, MS, RDN. Duffine's dissertation committee included Stella Volpe, PhD, chair of the nutrition sciences department, Brandy-Joe Milliron, PhD, assistant professor in nutrition sciences, Patricia Shewokis, PhD, professor in nutrition sciences and in biomedical engineering, sciene and health systems, Michael Bruneau, PhD, assistant teaching professor in health sciences, and Tanja Kral, PhD, associate professor of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

    Congratulations to Dr. Duffine! 

    September 13

  • Brandy-Joe Milliron, PhD

    Board of Directors Appoints Faculty Member

    Brandy-Joe Milliron, PhD, an assistant professor in the nutrition sciences department, has been asked to join the board of d irectors of Greener Partners. As a new member, she’ll help shape curriculum development and program evaluation strategies for programs with Farm Explorer and Deaver Wellness Farm at Lankenau Medical Center.

    Greener Partners is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission broadly focuses on “creating healthy communities through food, farms and education.” Through their four major programs, Greener Partners promotes sustainable agriculture and education programs designed to strengthen access to fresh local food, educate people about the origins of their food and empower individuals to grow their own food and make healthier choices.

    Their programs include:

    1. The Norristown Healthy Food Project: Greener Partners provides weekly fresh food and bilingual food education to families through a unique school-based food distribution program.
    2. SOL (Sustainable Organic Local) Food Teen Leadership: This program is a year-long job training program where teens learn about food justice, sustainable farming practices and seasonal cooking.
    3. Deaver Wellness Farm: This farm is located at Lankenau Medical Center, where it grows organic produce. The produce is distributed to patients at the medical center, and cooking demonstrations show patients and staff how to prepare featured produce.
    4. Farm ExplorerTM: This is a mobile farm that features hands-on student lessons about local agriculture, seasonal eating, cooking and nutrition. Farm Explorerä visits a variety of settings including schools, community centers and community events.


    September 12

  • National Suicide Prevention Week

    This week is National Suicide Prevention Week, which aims to raise awareness about the growing risk of suicide in our country and across the world. Earlier this year, we were shocked by the news of two prominent American figures taking their own lives: Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. The news of their deaths spread widely across headlines and brought a country together in mourning. While tragic, however, the risk of suicide and severity of community concern in less visible, more marginalized populations in this country is in many ways the real headline.

    Earlier this year, the Human Rights Campaign released their 2018 LGBTQ Youth Report, a comprehensive look at the experiences and health of LGBTQ American youth. The report highlights that an alarming number of LGBTQ youth, especially those of color, struggle with severe levels of stress, isolation and depression, which all contribute to risk of suicide. And now, a recent report on a joint needs assessment initiative between Public Health Management Corporation, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, and the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, shows that depression, suicide and social isolation are the top three LGBTQ community concerns in the state of Pennsylvania.

    In response to this alarming and life-threatening epidemic in LGBTQ youth, the Center for Family Intervention Science has been working to expand clinical, family-based services for transgender and gender diverse youth in the Philadelphia area. Originally a funded project through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, this service has grown to involve more staff and students in the College, as well as more community-based organizations in the area that provide direct and comprehensive service with LGBTQ youth. Serving as a referral and research clinic, we provide attachment-based family therapy (ABFT) for youth and their families. This therapy is evidence-based and efficacious in reducing symptoms and severity of depression and suicidal ideation in LGBTQ youth. For a detailed case study on ABFT with an African American bisexual youth, please see the recent publication in the Journal of Family Psychotherapy, written by counseling and family therapy PhD candidate, Maliha Ibrahim.

    For more information about these services, please contact the Director of the Center for Family Intervention Science, Guy Diamond, PhD or call the clinic line at (215) 571-3420. For more information about our ABFT training program, including upcoming workshops at Drexel University, please visit the ABFT training website.

    If you know a family or LGBTQ-identified youth that is in crisis, please know that free, anonymous services are available 24/7 through the Trevor Project.

    TrevorLifeLine: (866) 488-7386
    TrevorText: (202) 304-1200

    September 12

  • Convocation

    All faculty, advisors, professional staff and graduate students are invited to 2018 Convocation on Thursday, September 27th. You are encouraged to attend this year’s Convocation that marks the beginning of the academic year and offers the Drexel community a chance to rededicate ourselves to Drexel's mission of teaching, research and service to society. In addition to marking the beginning of the academic year, Convocation serves as a reminder of how fortunate we are to be part of a long legacy of educators and innovators, connected by a desire to shape future generations and build a stronger community. All faculty, advisors, professional staff and graduate students are invited to our 2018 Convocation on Thursday, September 27.

    Convocation begins with a procession of faculty, advisors, professional staff and graduate students in academic regalia. As we gather as a scholarly community, we celebrate our accomplishments and those of our students as well as recognize Drexel’s broad impact regionally and globally. The keynote speaker will be Scott Cooper, PhD, president and CEO of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. An international museum professional and heritage preservation scholar, Cooper has spent over two decades protecting, promoting and transforming cultural sites and institutions in countries around the world.

    Each year we aspire for even more participation at Convocation. As with previous years, we look forward to recognizing new faculty during the ceremony. This year, the provost will recognize advisors in attendance with a special seating location. In addition, the Office of Provost is going to highlight, through publicizing a picture of their faculty, the school/college with the highest participation.

    • Date and Time: Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 11 a.m

    • Place: Drexel University Main Building Auditorium

    • Classes: Faculty are encouraged to reschedule classes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. either by offering online instruction or moving the in-person class to Tuesday, November 20. In some cases, a class may not be able to be rescheduled and those classes may be held during Convocation. Faculty should notify students of the schedule by the first day of classes, Monday, September 24.

    • Registration: Please register by Monday, September 10 at which time regalia may be ordered.

    • Ordering Regalia: Order regalia during registration courtesy of the Office of the Provost.

    • Regalia Pick-up and Procession: Faculty, advisors, professional staff and graduate students who are processing should gather at 10 a.m. in the Bossone Research Center lobby to pick up their regalia. Refreshments will be provided. Participants will begin lining up by college or school, and the procession into the ceremony will begin promptly at 11 a.m.

    • General Attendance and Reception: Advisors and professional staff who will not process with regalia are invited to attend Convocation and the Reception as well. The Main Building Auditorium will open for general attendance at 10 a.m. Advisors and professional staff should check with their supervisor before attending. General attendance guests are asked to register online by Monday, September 10, 2018.

    • Stage Party: Members of the Executive Council are invited to join the trustees and special guests as part of the stage party. The stage party should gather at 10:30 a.m. in the Office of the President to pick up their regalia. Refreshments will be provided. The stage party will begin lining up at 11 a.m.

    • Disability Accommodations: Attendees requiring specific aids or services should contact the Office of Disability Resources directly at 215.895.1401 or

    September 11

  • September 11 Message from the Dean

    Dear faculty, students and staff,

    As you are all aware today is 9/11—a day, 17 years ago, we each remember where we were the moment time stood still and we learned that our country was attacked. On this day and everyday we remember the lives lost in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington DC, first responders, all of their families and our veterans.

    Please take time today to reflect on our past, our present and how we can build a future of peace with social justice.

    Dean Gitlin

    September 11

  • Zachary Quinto in Three Parkway

    History Channel Show Visits Drexel ‘In Search Of’ Superhuman Answers

    Appearing this week in DrexelNow is a different perspective about the History Channel's visit to CNHP last November. Click here to read.

    September 11

  • Annual College Research Meeting

    Save the Date

    The annual research meeting of the College of Nursing and Health Professions is scheduled for Thursday, October 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. All faculty, staff, PhD students and post-doctoral fellows are invited.

    The agenda and location will follow.

    September 11

  • Professor Jonathan Deutsch from Center for Food and Hospitality Management

    Latest Food Trends

    Which new foods can you expect to see in your grocery store soon?

    Jonathan Deutsch, PhD, a professor at Drexel University's Center for Food and Hospitality Management, gives listeners of RadioMD with Michael Roizen, MD a roundup of the latest food crazes and trends displayed at the annual summer Fancy Food Show in New York.

    Find out what environmentally friendly "upcycled" foods are, and if they're safe to eat. Plus, get the lowdown on cannabis cuisine, and what health benefits can come from cannabinoid infusions.

    September 10

  • Rosh Hashanah

    Celebration of Rosh Hashanah

    Please join the Board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in recognizing faculty, students and professional staff celebrating Rosh Hashanah.

    Rosh Hashanah translates as “the head of the year” in Hebrew and it is the period when Jews observe the end of one year and the beginning of the next. The biblical name for this holiday is Yom Teruah, literally "day shouting or blasting." It is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days specified by Leviticus 23:23–32 which occur in the early autumn of the Northern Hemisphere. It is thought by Jews to be the day that God created Adam and Eve and serves as a time to celebrate the creation of the universe.

    Although the festival is a chance to enjoy time spent with friends and family, it is also a time for reflection, and begins ten days of repentance for sins committed in the previous year. At the end of the ten days is Yom Kippur, which is the Day of Atonement.

    September 10

  • New Art Therapy Journal Publication

    Mariya Keselman MA '17 co-authored “Exploration of Cultural Humility in Medical Art Therapy” with Yasmine Awais, an assistant clinical professor in creative arts therapies. This work, published in Arth Therapy: the Journal of the American Art Therapy Association Volume 35, Issue 1, comes out of Keselman’s thesis, advised by Awais, written in partial fulfillment of the art therapy and counseling master's program.

    Keselman’s thesis also received the Dean’s Award for Social Justice.

    September 9

  • Vicki Schwartz

    We are What We Eat

    Vicki Schwartz, DCN, RD, an assistant clinical professor in the nutrition sciences department, gave a presentation to the Philadelphia Bar Association on May 10, 2018. They wrote up a recap of her presentation in their monthly newspaper called The Bar Reporter (Volume 47, #19) August, 2018. The title of the article is, “The Science Behind ‘We Are What We Eat.’"

    September 9

  • Bottles with colored liquids

    Era of Designer Alcohol

    Jonathan Deutsch, PhD, a professor in the Center for Food and Hospitality Management, comments in a Munchies article titled "How We Came to Live in an Era of Very Strange Booze Flavors" that what's new is really really old. Flavors go in an out of style much like fashion.

    September 6

  • Faculty and staff at Pennoni Honors College after their Painted Meditation workshop

    Painted Meditation Hits Pennoni

    Faculty and staff at Pennoni Honors College participated in a Painted Meditation workshop recently. The Painted Meditation workshop was designed by art therapist, painter, and continuing mindfulness student Michele Rattigan, creative arts therapies assistant clinical professor, to assist those interested in finding a place to start a mindfulness practice.

    Mindfulness…the simple practice of becoming aware. Artists describe their personal art making processes as a release resulting in a state of relaxation as well as an innate drive to discover, uncover and bring into awareness the parts of themselves they have longed to demystify and with which to reconnect. This experience is not exclusive to artists: Individuals who do not identify as artists are also able to meditate, achieve states of heightened awareness and reconnect with the self through a mindfulness-based guided process of painting, reflective breath work and journaling. Often times, we simply feel lost and are not quite sure how to begin.

    September 6

  • Nutrition sciences student studies

    Sweat Diary Mentions Student Study

    The Drexel Nutrition Sciences’ Athletes’ Study, whose principal investigator is Stella Volpe, PhD, professor and chair of nutrition sciences, received a shout-out from a runner’s “Sweat Diary” for Philadelphia Magazine.

    Check out the entry at 1:55 pm on Thursday. The nutrition sciences students who are research assistants for the study include Joseph Stanzione (PhD candidate and metabolic lab manager, master's students Maria Terry and Julia Rovera and Khushboo Bothra, a volunteer.

    September 6

  • Cover of the book Institutions as Conscious Food Consumers

    Co-authored Book Released

    Brandy-Joe Milliron, PhD, an assistant professor in nutrition sciences, and Jonathon Deutsch, PhD, a professor and MAlexandra Zeitz, food lab manager both in the Center for Food and Hospitality Management were all co-authors of a chapter in a book entitled Institutions as Conscious Food Consumers. Their chapter is entitled "From Navigating the Regulatory Environment to Designing a Good Food Supply for Institutions: Cases From Philadelphia Jonathan Deutsch, Alexandra Zeitz, Benjamin Fulton, Brandy-Joe Milliron, Catherine Bartoli."

    September 5

  • Volunteer Summit

    For the first time, Drexel is excited to bring together Drexel faculty and staff, alumni volunteers and student leaders for an afternoon of thoughtful discussion, networking and collaboration.

    Your partnership with the Office of Alumni Relations in supporting our alumni volunteers is critical to our success. You’ll leave the summit feeling empowered and equipped with the knowledge and resources you need to continue to succeed in this important role.

    Informationincluding the full summit schedule, as well as discussion and breakout session descriptions is available online. Register by Friday, Oct. 12 to secure your spot!

    September 5

  • Summer to fall illustration

    September Pound Class Schedule

    POUND Workout Class Schedule

    Parkway POUND Fitness Workout with Kym Montgomery

    September Dates
    Tuesday, September 11, 4:00 p.m.
    Thursday, September 13, Noon
    Tuesday, September 18, Noon
    Thursday, September 20, 4:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, September 25, 4:00 p.m.

    Parkway Health and Wellness
    Three Parkway, 2nd Floor

    This free class is for faculty and staff and is limited to 16.

    Sign up now.

    What is POUND? Check it out!

    September 4

  • STAR Scholars who presented at Scholars Summer Showcase

    STAR Scholars Summer Showcase

    On Thursday August 20, the following four CNHP undergraduate students presented posters at the 2018 STAR Scholars Summer Showcase in the Bassone Research Center.

    Kaitlin Kelly, accelerated physician assistant, presented "Early Detection of Deep Tissue Injury in Surgical Patients." Faculty mentor: Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD

    Megan Walsh, health sciences, presented "A Population Study of Maternal Asthma among Philadelphia Pregnant Women who Received Perinatal Nurse Home Visits due to Diabetes." Faculty mentor: Joan Bloch, PhD.

    Purva Rege, nursing, presented "Benefits of Using Music Therapy in People with Dementia." It was a collaborative effort with Shekelia Yates, also a nursing student who worked as a summer intern in a Life Plan Community (Living Branches in Souderton, PA), funded by LeadingAge PA. Faculty mentor: Kathleen Fisher, PhD.

    DiMaria-Ghalili, Bloch and Fisher are all doctoral nursing faculty in the PhD program.

    September 4

  • Undergraduate nursing student Paul Gabby running in the TransRockies Run

    Ultramarathoner Raises Awareness for Soldier Suicide

    Paul Gabby, an undergraduate nursing student, decided to do the TransRockies Run in Colorado in order to raise money and bring awareness to veterans’ mental health issues through the non-profit Stop Soldier Suicide. As an active-duty member of the military having served in the Navy for nearly 12 years, Gabby knew that these issues — and the ways they are exacerbated by isolations and stigma — have hit close to home.

    Read the full story here.

    September 3

  • Jennifer Nasser

    Nasser Named to MANNA Advisory Board

    Jennifer Nasser, PhD, associate professor in the nutrition sciences department, was recently appointed to the MANNA Institute’s advisory board. MANNA is a non-profit organization, located in Philadelphia, that cooks and delivers nutritious, medically-appropriate meals and provides nutrition counseling to individuals with diseases such as cancer, renal disease and HIV/AIDS.

    September 3

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