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  • Two People arm and arm smiling

    Leadership Education Grant Recipient

    Beth Desaretz Chiatti, PhD, RN, CTN, CSN, associate professor of nursing, received a Edith Anderson Leadership Education Grant at the 2019 45th Annual Biennial Convention of Sigma for her work as a faculty mentor to Instructor Salima Farooq, nursing faculty at the Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery in Karachi, Pakistan.

    December 23

  • Patti Zuzelo

    National Nursing LGBTQ+ Health Summit

    Patti Zuzelo, EdD, RN, ACNS-BC, ANP-BC, ANEF, FAAN, a clinical professor and DNP project coordinator, attended the inaugural National Nursing Summit on LGBTQ+ Health hosted at Columbia University School of Nursing on November 21-22, 2019.

    The agenda focused on health disparities and educational inequities/deficiencies/opportunities related to sexual orientation and gender identity. Research priorities and LGBTQ+ education and practice concerns were explored and explicated to provide a beginning agenda for action.

    December 23

  • Package of plant-based burger meat

    Hot Topic: Imitation Meat

    Hot Topic: Pros and Cons of Imitation Meat

    • Tuesday, January 14
    • 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
    • Academic Bistro
      Academic Building, 101 N. 33rd St.

    Plant- and bacterial-based meat substitutes have been in the news this year, but many people do not know where they come from and what their advantages and disadvantages are.

    Michael Tunick, PhD, an assistant clinical professor in the  Department of Food and Hospitality Management, will explain both sides of the issue and serve samples of Beyond Meat, Impossible Burger and genuine ground beef.

    December 20

  • Maggie McCrea and Roberta Perry reading a poem

    A winter poem

    Twas the week before finals and all through the College,
    every student was seeking every last bit of knowledge;

    Professors and advisers calming co-eds’ frayed nerves,
    with every ounce of patience, they have in reserve.

    The dean is reflecting on the year in review,
    looking at what happened and what she would redo.

    There’s a new dean of research, Clegg is her name,
    Someone who comes to us with street cred and acclaim.

    Let’s look at all the research she will help guide.
    NIH interests and studies, we hypothesize.

    Many projects were funded from a bunch of new grants, 
    in aging and ice cream and art therapy and dance.

    A big one of note is Drexel’s new DARE.
    studying cell to society, the biology of wear.

    Let me see, what else can I mention?
    What possibly needs a little more attention?

    New positions were added and people promoted.
    And a move for the College, trustees finally voted.

    There are brand new departments who captured our hearts; 
    hospitality and food and culinary arts.

    They invent in a food lab and study food waste.
    They learn in a bistro and community garden space.

    We welcome these students into our fold,
    and the EMS people and their hearts of gold.

    They train EMTs and prepare the flight nurse.
    They teach trauma professionals who are risk-averse.

    The Daylight Café formally opened their door.
    Welcoming and strengthening the client-caregiver core.

    Virtual reality found a new use
    giving simulation and art therapy a creative boost.

    Let’s not forget our incredible staff.
    Who are we kidding, our better half.

    They keep things humming and the wheels a-turning.
    They help CNHP sing as an institute of learning.

    We’re thanking and celebrating the effort of this year.
    Listen to us, friends, we want you to hear!

    Our wish for us all as we fade out of sight,
    glad tidings to all, and to all a good night.

    Written by Roberta Perry and performed by Maggie McCrea and Roberta Perry at the CNHP Celebration of Our Successes event at the Academic Bistro on December 5, 2019.

    December 20

  • Roberta Perry holding 4th Annual Bake-off trophy

    And the Winner Is...

    The 4th Annual CNHP Holiday Challenge is complete.

    Thank you to all our participants in today’s bake off! There was quite an assortment of homemade treats from chocolate ginger cookies to vegan brownies, and it was all delish. It was a very close race, but in the end Roberta Perry won the trophy with her cheese pie. Honorable mention goes to Wayne Miller’s lemon bars and Debbie Clegg’s oatmeal cookies.

    This means the trophy will live in Perry’s office until next year, and she will determine what the 5th Annual Holiday Challenge is!

    Congratulations, Roberta!

    December 20

  • Funding Announcement

    Request for Applications: UHC Funding for Working Groups - Deadline February 1, 2020

    To promote innovative activities and foster collaboration, the Urban Health Collaborative is pleased to request proposals to fund working groups. Working groups will engage in scholarly activities related to one of the UHC’s themes. A range of activities are of interest. Some examples include, but are not limited to:

    • Research proposal development.
    • Planning for a journal special issue.
    • Development of a mini-symposium or series of workshops.
    • Preliminary data studies.
    • Planning a community-led intervention.

    A working group is an interdisciplinary collaboration that includes faculty and trainees. Working groups must include Drexel faculty and graduate students, and can additionally include staff, postdoctoral fellows, visiting scholars/faculty, or external participants. Postdoctoral fellows or doctoral students may lead a working group but must have a faculty mentor on the team. The maximum budget that can be requested for each award is $15,000. Please visit the UHC website for more information or visit the Drexel Funding Portal to apply.

    December 20

  • Group standing for a photo

    Faculty Presentation at MSCHE

    Kristen Betts, EdD, and Constance Lyttle, PhD, School of Education, Karen Goldschmidt, PhD, associate clinical professor and chair of RN to BSN Program and Beth Haas, Kline School of Law collaborated on a presentation for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) 2019 Annual Conference in Philadelphia.

    The panel addressed Standard V Assessment and discussed "Balancing Content, Assessment and  Cognitive Load". Goldschmidt presented the results of a pilot study where RN to BSN faculty took a "deep dive" into measuring the amount of time students spend working in each course (student to content, instructor to student and student to student). Faculty determined if course credits were allocated appropriately and made adjustments were warranted to enhance learning.

    December 20

  • 11th St. and CNHP staff, faculty, students and volunteers preparing Turkey Drive bags

    11th Street Turkey Drive

    11th Street did it again! This year they were able to help feed 160 families with the Turkey Drive.

    A special thank you to Drexel's Office of Institutional Advancement for providing this year’s turkeys and delicious sides, to all our volunteers who helped get the bags ready and to staff and providers who nominated families and patients. 


    • 11th Street Community Advisory Board members and patient ambassadors
    • AmeriCorps members and co-op students
    • Anti-Drug/Anti-Violence Network - Youth Violence Reduction Partnership

    Please know that you helped bring a little more cheer to our community.

    December 20

  • Costa Rica Skyline

    Global Experience: Spring-Break Costa Rica

    One-week intensive program will be offered to CNHP graduate/undergraduate seniors this March.

    The College of Nursing and Health Professions has partnered with the International Center for Development Studies (ICDS) to offer graduate students (undergraduate seniors are also eligible to apply) the opportunity to experience the Costa Rican healthcare system first hand. Through a series of site visits and lectures by local experts, students will be able to observe in a variety of healthcare facilities and gain perspectives from local health care professionals on the successes and challenges of delivering health care in Costa Rica.

    The program will be largely based at the Hospital Clínica Bíblica, the largest and most comprehensive private hospital in Costa Rica and the only Joint Commission-certified hospital in Central America.

    December 19

  • Roberta Waite presenting

    Keynote Given

    Roberta Waite, EdD, PMHCNS, ANEF, FAAN, professor and associate dean of Community-Centered Health & Wellness and Academic Integration, was invited to be the keynote speaker for preconference at the APHA Public Health Section.

    She spoke to speak on "Activating awareness about racism and leveraging change to alleviate oppressive health practices." Additionally, she presented on "Enduring implications of colonialism in the US: Situating health in context" and presented the poster "Tackling Racism as Trauma: A Community Influencer of Health."

    December 19

  • Faculty presents in Spain

    Yasmine Awais, associate clinical professor in the Creative Arts Therapies Department, co-presented the panel "Imagining Utopias: Critical Pedagogy in the Arts Therapies at the European Consortium" for Creative Arts Therapies conference in Alcalá de Henares, Spain in September. Awais was a recipient of Drexel University's International Travel Award.

    Panelists included faculty across five different universities, including Marisol Norris, PhD (Drexel, 2019), currently an assistant professor of Music Therapy at Lesley University. 

    December 19

  • Deborah Clegg, PhD

    New Manuscript Published

    Associate Dean for Research Debbie Clegg, PhD, had a new manuscript published in the Journal of Lipid Research titled Determinants of body fat distribution in humans may provide insight about obesity-related health risks.

    Where fat is distributed in and across the body has an impact on disease risk. Clegg has had a longstanding interest in determining 'how a fat cell knows where to go' - or, what the determinants are for body fat distribution. She was asked to author a paper highlighting her research interests and focus and it has just been published and is available online for downloading and review.

    December 19

  • Roberta Waite presenting

    Waite Speaking Invitation

    Roberta Waite, EdD, PMHCNS, ANEF, FAAN, professor and associate dean of Community-Centered Health & Wellness and Academic Integration, was invited to speak to federally qualified health center leaders in Iowa.

    The Iowa Primary Care Association asked Waite to speak on "Trauma-informed care: Integration at an FQHC" at their annual conference.

    Kudos Dr. Waite!

    December 18

  • CNHP Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2020 holiday card

    Happy Holidays from DPT

    Happy Holidays from Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2020!

    The Class of 2020 that will be going out on their final winter and spring clinical rotations. They take a photo each year to send to all those who help in their education, including their clinical partners.

    December 18

  • Deborah Clegg, PhD

    New Publication Hot New Research

    Debbie Clegg, associate dean for research, published "Imaging Metabolically Active Fat: A Literature Review and Mechanistic Insights" in International Journal of Molecular Sciences.

    A 'hot' new area of research is discovering that fat cells can now be transformed to instead of storing calories, they can actually burn calories - this is an exciting and important area for research and may provide an opportunity to reduce body weight and decrease body fat stores if we can learn how to convert more fat cells into 'burning' cells.

    Clegg has partnered with experts in the field and written a review article on how different imaging techniques can be used to determine how to activate and convert these storage fat cells into burning cells. The publication is now online and available for review.


    December 17

  • Stella Volpe

    Faculty featured in InStyle

    Stella L. Volpe, PhD, a professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences, was featured in an InStyle magazine article. "Why Is Everyone Fasting? Here’s What You Need to Know About IF: The pros, cons, and how to try it yourself" addresses the intermittent fasting craze and if it's healthy or effective.

    December 17

  • Hahnemann Library Hours Update

    Based on a recent usage analysis, the hours of library services at Hahnemann Library in Center City are changing.

    New hours are effective January 6, 2020:

    • Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. -8:00 p.m.
    • Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, closed
    • Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    Access to the 24/7 space on the first floor will continue.

    All Drexel students, faculty and staff will continue to have 24/7 access to the Libraries online resources through the library's website. Please direct questions to us at

    December 17

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    Table with various cookies, tarts, cakes, cupcakes and cakepops

    Thursday's the Day! 4th Annual CNHP Holiday Challenge


    • Thursday, December 19th
    • 12-1 p.m.
    • Three Parkway, Room 1043

    Everyone enjoyed the 2017 Bake Off so much (not to mention, we had a record number of participants), we decided it's time for a rematch!

    Individuals can enter their favorite holiday or winter baked treat into our Bake Off Taste Test Challenge! Faculty and Staff are invited to sample the treats and vote for their favorites, so don't forget to bring enough to share!


    The baked treat with the most votes will be awarded bragging rights and the highly coveted CNHP Holiday Challenge Trophy to keep in their office until next year!The winner also decides the theme for the 2020 Holiday Challenge.

    Let us know if you're entering

    December 17

  • Rita K. Adeniran, DrNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

    New NAP Fellow Announced

    Graduate nursing assistant clinical professor Rita Adeniran, DrNP, has been elected as a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice (NAP) in Nursing. She is invited to join NAP in San Diego, CA for their annual meeting and forum and formal induction ceremony in March 2020.

    A Distinguished Fellow within NAP is a very high honor that acknowledges outstanding achievements. Adeniran is a recognized leader in her profession and colleagues in other Academies of NAP recognize her ability to help establish and lead her new Academy in the days to come.

    December 16

  • Ebony White, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS

    Faculty Featured in NYT About Teens and Death of Celebrities

    Ebony White, PhD, an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Counseling and Family Therapy, was featured in the New York Times' "How to Help a Teenager Handle the Death of an Idol." White addresses how parents and teachers can better connect with teens when they feel they have lost a friend.

    December 16

  • Deborah Clegg, PhD


    Debbie Clegg, PhD, the associate dean for research, had several articles published focusing on the role of fluid and electrolyte balance as well as potassium management in patients with chronic kidney disease.

    Taking care of individuals with chronic kidney disease (CKD) is an interest and focus for Clegg's research and scholarship. She has numerous publications in this area - and highlights two newly published manuscripts focusing on the role of fluid and electrolyte management for individuals with CKD as well as the role of two new oral binding therapies which can assist with reducing the incidence of life-threatening hyperkalemia or elevated blood potassium levels in individuals with failing kidneys.

    Fluid overload as a therapeutic target for the preservative management of chronic kidney disease. Palmer BF, Clegg DJ. Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension. 2019 Nov 9. doi: 10.1097/MNH.0000000000000563. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31714288

    December 16

  • Nursing School Almanac Rankings Announced

    Nursing Schools Almanac has just released its 2019 rankings of the best U.S. nursing schools. I'm very pleased to share that we've included Drexel University. We collected data on more than 3,000 institutions, and only 3% made our list of the 100 best nursing schools in the nation.

    • #51 nursing school in the United States
    • #24 among private nursing schools
    • #12 overall in the Mid-Atlantic region
    • #6 overall in Pennsylvania

    December 13

  • Anthony Angelow, PhD and Mary Yost, PhD

    Faculty accepted to leadership academy

    Anthony Angelow, PhD, chair, Advanced Practice Nursing, Nurse Practitioner and DNP Programs and assistant clinical professor, and Mary Yost, PhD, chair, BSN Co-op Program and assistant clinical pProfessor, were nominated and have been accepted into the 2019-2020 cohort of the Department Head and Academic Leadership Workshop Series titled: Managing Up, Managing Out, and Managing Within, offered by the Office of Faculty Affairs.

    Led by Harris Sokoloff, PhD, from the Penn Center for Education Leadership, the half-day workshops are aimed at providing department heads and other academic leaders with the opportunity to grow their leadership capacity and develop relationships with their peers. Moving into a faculty leadership role can be a challenging and exciting opportunity. However, these opportunities are not often paired with adequate training and support. With the guidance and insight provided by Sokoloff, participants will explore best practices for leading academic units in times of change.

    Congratulations Drs. Angelow and Yost!

    December 13

  • Rose-Ann Ghalili

    Faculty Publication on Nutrition Education for Health Professionals

    A recent article co-authored by RoseAnn DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD, RN, CNSC, FASPEN, FAAN, FGSA, professor and assistant dean for Interprofessional and Collaborative Research, highlights the continued need for interprofessional competencies in nutrition education.

    The publication summarizes the workshop sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in 2017 to address this gap in knowledge by convening experts in clinical and academic health professional schools. For more information please read: Advancing Nutrition Education, Training, and Research for Medical Students, Residents, Fellows, Attending Physicians, and Other Clinicians: Building Competencies and Interdisciplinary Coordination. Advances in Nutrition.

    December 13

  • Jennifer Quinlan

    Avoiding Salmonella Contamination

    A Runner's World article quoted Jennifer Quinlan, PhD, an associate professor in the Nutrition Sciences Department, about ways to avoid Salmonella contamination with poultry also appeared in Bicycling magazine.

    December 12

  • Girija Kaimal, EdD, associate professor in Creative Arts Therapies

    Cuddling As Therapy

    A Philadelphia Inquirer article quoting Girija Kaimal, EdD, an associate professor in the Creative Arts Therapies Department, about professional “cuddlists” and the stress-reducing and well-being promoting effects of cuddling was picked up December 7 by multiple outlets including the Associated Press, U.S. News & World Report and SFGate.

    December 12

  • Faculty and staff getting together to wrap gifts

    Holiday Family Drive and Wrapping Party

    The Healthy Workplace Taskforce is extending their sincerest gratitude to everyone who participated in their Holiday Family Drive. Because of everyone’s generosity they were able to sponsor three separate families. A group of volunteers got together to wrap 147 donated gifts and over $1,000 in gift cards.

    December 10

  • Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, distinguished University professor and dean

    Dean's work featured in NYT

    On top of dementia, anxiety and depression are also experienced by people with the disease and those caring for them. A recent New York Times article discusses new therapies to help cope with these mental health issues, including those in Dean Gitlin's Tailored Activity Program.


    December 9

  • Administrative Professionals Networking Event

    The theme for this event is “Celebrating You” with a focus on celebrating individual and team successes. Drexel employees are invited to attend an administrative professionals networking event.

    • December 10
    • 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
    • Three Parkway, Room 1043

    Register in Career Pathway in DrexelOne.

    December 9

  • Platter with a tomato bisque soup and green salad; salad dressing on the side

    Is Soup Healthier than Salad?

    Nyree Dardarian, an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, was featured recently on a FOX-29 broadcast about soup being a lower calorie, healthy option over salads while eating out.

    Watch here.

    December 9

  • Flower drawing created in virtual reality

    Art Therapy and VR

    Girija Kaimal, EdD, an associate professor in Creative Arts Therapies, is the lead researcher conducting a study to see if creative arts therapies is the next frontier for virtual reality in healthcare.

    Read about the study in Medgadget.

    December 9

  • Illustration of hands clapping and thumbs up

    Years of service recognition

    Drexel University recognizes and celebrates the dedication of our faculty and professional staff who have reached an important milestone in their career here. Congratulations and thank you for your service and dedication.

    Five Years of Service

    • Brian Anderson
    • Jesse Ballenger
    • Ryan Clancy
    • Darin Dunston
    • Renata Estes
    • Margaret Finley
    • Maryann Godshall
    • Scott Horowitz
    • Loretta Jemmott
    • Stefan Jewett
    • Alyssa Kalter
    • Ellen Stephanie Krauthamer Ewing
    • Lindsay Loftus
    • Amy Maniero
    • Melissa Matsumura
    • Margaret McCrea
    • Dawn Morningstar
    • Alan Myers
    • Richard Pepino
    • Clare Pisoni
    • Kelly Quigley
    • Jamie Teufel
    • Zakarias Thornton
    • Mary Yost
    • Chanel Young

    Ten Years of Service

    • Gladys Clapano-Mozdzonek
    • Jessica Cullison
    • Rose DiMaria-Ghalili
    • Juanita Figueroa
    • Kristine Mulhorn
    • Maura Nitka
    • Carol Okupniak
    • Paulina Sockolow
    • Spencer Ward

    Fifteen Years of Service

    • Kathleen Fisher
    • Beth Leonberg
    • Rexine Patterson
    • Vicki Schwartz

    Twenty Years of Service

    • William D'Andrea
    • Michele Rattigan
    • Christine Wilson

    Twenty-five Years of Service

    • John Cornele

    Thirty Years of Service

    • Sharon Goodill
    • Florence Ierardi

    December 6

  • Colorful professional development graphic with thought bubbles including career, leadership, grow and competence

    Professional Development Opportunities

    There are many offerings from Drexel Department of Human Resources for professional development to help you in every aspect of your career. Click here to see what's available in December in person and online.

    To register for training, log into DrexelOne and click on the employee tab to get to Career Pathway. The calendar view will show you all upcoming classes and workshops.

    December 5

  • Faculty Forum on Global Engagement

    The Provost's Office invites you to meet the staff of the Office of Global Engagement and Education Abroad (OGEEA) to learn about the global opportunities available to you!

    • December 11 from 9:30 - 11 a.m.
    • Lebow's GHall 109
    • Breakfast will be provided.

    Attendees will learn about how OGEEA works to support your global engagement goals in research, education abroad, global classrooms or on-campus global programming.

    To RSVP, please email

    December 5

  • Annalisa Na, PT, PhD

    PTRS Tenure-track Candidate Lecture

    The Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences would like to invite faculty to Tenure Track Candidate Annalisa Na, PT, PhD’s lecture: “Walking between knee arthritis and arthroplasty.”

    • Tuesday, December 10, 2019
    • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    • Three Parkway, Room 601 or via live webcast.

    Annalisa Na, PhD, is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Division of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Duke University and PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Sciences at the University of Delaware. Her dissertation work focused on relating gait mechanics to self-reported walking difficulty in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

    Na’s current work focuses on optimizing functional outcomes for patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus who suffer from osteoarthritis and may require subsequent knee arthroplasty. Her dissertation work was funded by the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. She has also received a Geriatric Research Grant from the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research.  Before pursuing research, Na completed an orthopedic physical therapy residency through Proaxis Therapy and Evidence in Motion and achieved board certification as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist.

    December 4

  • Alexandria N. Dawson, a CNHP BSN student and DUSNA Legislative Co-Chair 19-20', presenting a resolution at the state conference

    Students get Resolution Passed

    Nursing students Alexandria Dawson and Madison Schmus presented a resolution at the Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania convention where it voted upon, and passed on the state level.

    Their resolution is entitled "In support of increased awareness of the importance of decreased screen time in infants younger than 24 months of age". "We felt like it was important to bring awareness to this specific population because infants are continuously being exposed to media use and screen time at a young age," reports Dawson. Exposure can negatively impact infants and cause cognitive, physical and social-emotional delays.

    Kristen McLaughlin, MSN, an assistant clinical professor in graduate nursing, lent her expertise in pediatrics and access to many resources to advise Dawson and Schmus in their work. "We are so grateful for her help," Dawson said.

    The pair will present the resolution at the NSNA convention in April of 2020, and, at the request of McLaughlin, maybe make it into a poster presentation.

    Congratulations Lexi and Madison!

    December 2

  • Rob Maschi

    PT Professor Talks Shin Splints

    Rob Maschi, PT, DPT, an assistant clinical professor, was featured in SHAPE magazine's "A Complete Guide to Shin Splints Including Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention."

    Click here to read.

    December 2

  • Drexel University Physician Assistant patch on a white coat

    Meet Two PA Students

    No matter what unique reasons students give for seeking careers as physician assistants, one thing most give for selecting CNHP’s program are the same. McAllister Egbire-Molen and Zach Clark both talk about the mission of our program as their deciding factor.

    Click here to get to know them.

    December 2

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