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  • Food Lab Partnership Featured

    Research from Drexel's Food Lab was referenced in a February 26 Nosh story about the creation of the Upcycled Food Association, of which Drexel is a partner organization.

    February 28

  • Kate J. Morse, PhD MSN RN AGACNP-Ret

    Assistant Dean Abstract Accepted

    Kate J. Morse, PhD, the assistant dean for Experiential Learning and Innovation and an associate clinical professor, had an abstract accepted by National League for Nursing. "Escaping the Trap of Memorization: Using Active Learning Strategies to Facilitate Pathophysiology" will be a 45-minute concurrent session at the 2020 NLN Education Summit in September.

    The NLN Summit features engaging sessions from the most prominent and brightest thought leaders who are defining the future of nursing education. Attendees look forward to gaining fresh perspectives, challenging their thinking and learning innovative strategies and solutions to help take their nursing program and career to the next level.

    February 28

  • Rosemary Trout

    Faculty speaks at Perelman School of Medicine

    Rose Trout, DHSc, director of the Culinary Arts and Food Science program and an assistant clinical professor in Food and Hospitality Management, was invited to speak by medical students who have seen her as the featured food scientist on epicurious.com. Approximately 70 med students were in attendance for her presentation and discussion on food science, healthy eating index and food in general.

    February 28

  • Poster of the Ten Principles of an Age-Friendly University

    Drexel Named Age-Friendly University

    Drexel University has been named an Age-Friendly University (AFU) in recognition of its commitment to meeting the needs and aspirations of all people, old and young. CNHP's dedication to aging has led Drexel to be the first AFU in Philadelphia and one of only two in Pennsylvania. We join a growing initiative that includes more than 60 institutions throughout the United States and around the world.

    February 27

  • Philly Chef Conference In the News

    The Philly Chef Conference, an event hosted by the Food and Hospitality Management department, is getting quite a lot of traction in the media especially in Philadelphia magazine. Click here to read the February 26 article and here for the one from the 21st.

    February 27

  • Ebony White, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS

    Faculty Comments on Active Shooter Drills

    Ebony White, PhD, an assistant clinical professor in Counseling and Family Therapy, was quoted in a February 21 KYW-TV (CBS-3) segment about the National Education Association calling for the end of active shooter drills because of the increased stress it causes students.

    February 27

  • Photo of Mexican meal bowl and computer screen

    Professor and team present to Drexel Med Students

    On Wednesday, February 19, 2020, sports nutrition fellows, Marissa Casella, MS, RD, LDN, and Austin Voltin, MS, RD, LDN, from the Department of Nutrition Sciences’ Center for Nutrition and Performance, under the direction of Nyree Dardarian, RD, LDN, assistant clinical professor and Center director, and Andrea Irvine and Kellsey Frank, assistant directors, gave a presentation to Drexel College of Medicine medical students during Wellness Week.

    The purpose of the lunch and learn was to bring increased awareness to the vital role nutrition plays in medical students’ lives, and realistic tips that the students could use to develop healthy nutrition practices. Educational materials, including “no cook” recipes and “lab coat snack” suggestions, were provided as takeaways, in addition to the presented materials pertaining to meal prepping.

    Over 120 medical students registered for the event.

    February 26

  • Documentary Screening: Invisible Warriors: African American Women in World War II

    Screening with Q&A 

    • March 12, 2020
    • 7 to 8:45 p.m.
    • Mitchell Auditorium, Bossone Research Center
    • 3140 Market St.

    Invisible Warriors: African American Women in World War II, produced and directed by Gregory S. Cooke, features the amazing stories of 600,000 pioneers – the first African American women to work in industry and government administrative service. It is an unforgettable conversation among ‘Rosie the Riveters’ who share their wartime memories, recounting their battles against racism at home, Nazism abroad and sexism everywhere.

    Join us for an exclusive screening of Invisible Warriors for the Drexel community, followed by a Q&A with Cooke and Mrs. Ruth Wilson, one of the 600,000 African American Rosies.

    RSVP here.

    February 25

  • Black and white illustration of an African American woman with her hand against her forehead

    Need for Culturally Competent Treatment: African American Women and Depression 

    Register now for this continuing education training presented by Bernice Kennedy, PhD, the owner of BRK Mental Health/Psychiatric Services, and Chalice Rhodes, PhD, an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Counseling and Family Therapy. They will be presenting training on applying the Multifaceted Model of Depression in African American Women.

    • February 29, 2020
    • 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    • 1601 Cherry Street, Room 1043 and via Zoom

    Register here.

    February 25

  • Meditation graphic

    Meditation at Three Parkway

    Mindfulness Meditation at CNHP for Beginners through Experts

    “With mindfulness, you can establish yourself in the present in order to touch the wonders of life that are available in that moment." - Thich Nhat Hanh

    Join us at meditation every Wednesday in Three Parkway. Open to faculty, staff and students.

    • Wednesdays
    • 12:30 p.m.
    • Room 955

    There are very notable benefits from a meditation practice including reducing stress, promoting emotional health and reducing age-related memory loss. It doesn't matter if you've never meditated or you're a pro, everyone is welcome for these weekly, short guided meditation sessions.

    This is a wonderful opportunity to sit quietly with Drexel colleagues and friends and to learn how to better manage your stress and become more mindful in your everyday life. This time offers an opportunity for Drexel professional staff, faculty and students to reduce stress and grow in mindfulness and compassion together.

    Participants in our Wellness Incentive Program are eligible to earn 5 points (a $5 credit) for each session they attend on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

    You must register for the annual program AND complete your annual PHP before you will be eligible to receive any payouts. Points for attending these events will be sent to Health Advocate on a monthly basis for the prior month’s activities.

    Bring a friend!

    February 24

  • Tuesday Topic graphic

    America to Me: Real Talk, Session 4

    America to Me: Real Talk, Session 4

    • Tuesday, February 25, 2020
    • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
    • Three Parkway, Room 742 and Via Live Webcast

    Real Talk is a series to engage our community of learners around the issues of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In this talk we will view clips from the series, and engage in dialogue to explore issues of bias and privilege.

    Members of the Drexel University community can now access the full America To Me series here.

    Register

    To see all Tuesday Topics, click here.

    February 24

  • Jasreen Sekhon

    Food Science Faculty Received Best Paper Award

    Food Science faculty, Jasreen Sekhon, PhD, received AOCS Protein and Co-Products Division’s 2020 ADM Award for Best Paper in Protein and Co-Products in the category of engineering/technology for the paper, “Nutrient Enhancement of Corn Distillers Dried Grains by Addition of Coproducts of the Enzyme‐Assisted Aqueous Extraction Process of Soybeans in Corn Fermentation” (JAOCS 96(9):1047-1057).

    The prestigious Archer Daniels Midland Award for Best Paper in Protein and Co-Products recognizes outstanding papers that report original research in chemistry/nutrition and engineering/technology fields of protein and co-products, published in AOCS Press publications over the past year. The award consists of a plaque for the main author and certificates for all contributing authors.

    February 24

  • Tiffany M. Montgomery, PhD, RNC-OB, C-EFM, a postdoctoral research fellow at CNHP

    Postdoc Represents NBNA on New AIM-CCI National Maternal Health Safety Workgroup

    Tiffany M. Montgomery, PhD, RNC-OB, C-EFM, a postdoctoral research fellow in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was recently appointed as the new co-chair of the National Black Nurses' Association Women's Health committee. As part of her new role, she is the organization’s representative to the newly formed Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health Community Care Initiative (AIM-CCI) National Maternal Health Safety Workgroup.

    The workgroup was created as part of a five-year, $1.8 million grant from the Maternal and Child Health section of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Organizational members of the workgroup include ACOG, AWHONN, CDC, WIC, CMS, among others. The workgroup’s main goal is to establish several new community-focused postpartum bundles aimed at decreasing U.S. maternity mortality and morbidity and increasing maternal health equity. Montgomery attended the workgroup’s inaugural meeting in Washington, D.C. on February 18 and 19. The focus of the workgroup is in line with her clinical practice in labor and delivery and her research interests and prior work in sexual and reproductive health disparities and community engagement.

    February 24

  • Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, FAAN, dean and distinguished university professor

    Overlooked Relationships Issues In Alzheimer's

    Dean Laura Gitlin, PhD, d was quoted in a February 18 Pride News magazine article about the often overlooked issue of navigating romantic relationships when one partner receives a dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

    February 20

  • Anne Dabrow Woods, DNP, an adjunct professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions

    On-boarding Practices in Nursing

    Anne Dabrow Woods, DNP, an adjunct professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, co-authored a February 14 All Nurses piece about the opportunities to improve on-boarding practices for nursing hires in their first job and continuing education for all nurses.

    February 20

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

    Tailored Activity Program Discussed in WSJ

    Dean Laura Gitlin, PhD, was quoted in a February 17 Wall Street Journal article about the Tailored Activity Program, a therapy program created by Gitlin and her colleagues, that helps alleviate symptoms like agitation and aggression for dementia patients.

    February 20

  • Lisa Chiarello

    PTRS Faculty Receives Distinguished Mentorship Award

    The Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences congratulates Lisa Chiarello, PT, PhD, FAPTA, on receiving the Jeanne Fischer Distinguished Mentorship Award at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting on Friday, February 14, 2020.

    The Jeanne Fischer Distinguished Mentorship Award recognizes an Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy member who has a minimum of 25 years of professional practice in pediatric physical therapy and is considered a leader in mentorship by their colleagues. Winners display mentorship in areas beyond clinical practice, such as community service, leadership, advocacy, research and/or policy.

    Chiarello’s commitment to altruistic mentorship has impacted many through her ability to motivate others and help them develop their skills. Recipients of this award have included a number of recognized leaders in pediatric physical therapy.

    Congratulations to Dr. Chiarello for being added to this prestigious list!

    February 20

  • Nursing student Lucy Schneidereith on the lacrosse field

    Player of the Week Named

    Nursing student Lucy Schneidereith was named the women's lacrosse player of the week. This redshirt junior scored a career- and game-high seven goals in the 16-8 home opening win against Manhattan on last Saturday. The midfielder connected on seven of her ten shots including 2-of-2 from free-position attempts while grabbing two groundballs.

    Schneidereith had recorded a hat trick in the opening five minutes of the contest.

    Congratulations Lucy!

    February 19

  • Group of Drexel nursing students

    Male Student Nurse Kick-off Event

    On February 17, the newly-rebooted Male Student Nurse's Association had a kick-off event. This dinner included a round table discussion with alumnus and CHOP nurse, Adam Bilodeau, regarding challenges faced by male nurses in school, clinical and practice. He provided real life examples and dialogue about his experience at Drexel and at CHOP.

    Great conversation was led by freshman Tommy Beck. The event was chaired by male nursing faculty advisor's, assistant clinical professors Maureen Gonzales, CRNP,  and Meaghan Shattuck, MSN.

     

    February 19

  • Elizabeth Lee, a physician assistant student, standing next to American flag with notification of Air Force scholarship.

    PA Student Accepted into USAF Health Professions Scholarship

    Elizabeth Lee has been accepted into the United States Air Force Scholarship Program. Upon completion of the PA program in 2021, Lee will serve active duty in the Air Force for three years. During her time in the USAF, she will be able to treat the men, women and families at military bases worldwide and learn how to be a leader in a variety of settings.

    Lee approached applying for this scholarship with a lot of thought knowing that the results could potentially change the trajectory of her life after school. No one in her family had military experience so this was all new. Lee started the very long process in June and finally received her acceptance in late November.

    Congratulations Liz and thank you for your service!

    February 19

  • Meditation graphic

    Meditation at Three Parkway

    Mindfulness Meditation at CNHP for Beginners through Experts

    “With mindfulness, you can establish yourself in the present in order to touch the wonders of life that are available in that moment." - Thich Nhat Hanh

    Join us at meditation every Wednesday in Three Parkway. Open to faculty, staff and students.

    • Wednesdays
    • 12:30 p.m.
    • Room 955

    There are very notable benefits from a meditation practice including reducing stress, promoting emotional health and reducing age-related memory loss. It doesn't matter if you've never meditated or you're a pro, everyone is welcome for these weekly, short guided meditation sessions.

    This is a wonderful opportunity to sit quietly with Drexel colleagues and friends and to learn how to better manage your stress and become more mindful in your everyday life. This time offers an opportunity for Drexel professional staff, faculty and students to reduce stress and grow in mindfulness and compassion together.

    Participants in our Wellness Incentive Program are eligible to earn 5 points (a $5 credit) for each session they attend on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

    You must register for the annual program AND complete your annual PHP before you will be eligible to receive any payouts. Points for attending these events will be sent to Health Advocate on a monthly basis for the prior month’s activities.

    Bring a friend!

    February 17

  • Girija Kaimal, EdD, an assistant professor in PhD program in creative arts therapies

    Using VR in Creative Arts Therapies

    Girija Kaimal, EdD, an associate professor in the Creative Arts Therapies department, was quoted in a February 11 Digital Journal article about a 2019 study on the use of virtual reality as an expressive tool in creative arts therapies.

    February 17

  • Jessica Chou

    Opioid Overdose Prevention and Narcan Rescue Training

    • Wednesday, March 4, 2020
    • 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    • Three Parkway Building

    Jessica Chou, PhD, an assistant professor in Counseling and Family Therapy, will host a free training offered by the city of Philadelphia DBHIDS. This 1.5 hour training will address:

    • The impact of the opioid epidemic both nationally and locally.
    • Efforts the city is making to combat the epidemic.
    • Different types of opioids both medically prescribed and non-prescribed.
    • Risk factors to an opioid overdose.
    • Laws that govern the ability to help people in distress.
    • Signs and symptoms of an opioid OD.
    • How to talk to someone experiencing a substance use disorder.
    • What Narcan is, the steps to administering it and how to access Narcan and treatment and services.

    Click here to RSVP.

    February 17

  • Jonathan Deutsch

    Where Do Food Industry Pros Eat?

    Jonathan Deutsch, PhD, a professor in the Food and Hospitality Management department, authored a Feb. 12 Philadelphia Citizen column about where those in the Philadelphia food industry eat.

    February 17

  • Ebony White, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS

    Faculty Member Quoted on Talking to Children about Racism

    Ebony White, PhD, an assistant clinical professor in Counseling and Family Therapy, was quoted in a Feb. 13 in a Romper article about how to talk to children about racism and using Black History Month as a starting point to continue the conversation any time of year.

    February 17

  • Small group of the 2020 People of Purpose

    TODAY is the Last Day to RSVP for 2020 Nurturing Purpose Celebration

    Join students, faculty, staff and friends at an open house to Celebrate the 2020 Nurturing Purpose honorees.

    • Thursday, February 20
    • 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
    • Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions
      Three Parkway, Room 1043
    • Light refreshments will be served

    Meet this year’s cohort of the 11 People of Purpose who embody how we at CNHP learn and teach, provide exceptional care, serve our communities and contribute new knowledge that advances the health of all people and of all ages.

    Please RSVP today!

    February 17

  • Cover image: Volume 1461, Issue 1 Special Issue:The Year in Diabetes and Obesity Pages: i, 1-143 February 2020 Issue Edited by:  Rexford S. Ahim

    Hormones Influence Fat in More Ways Than You Knew

    This review article in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences is authored by Deborah Clegg, PhD, CNHP's associate dean of Research, and discusses what we do and do not know about how sex hormones influence your fat tissue.

    The article focuses on the importance of estrogens, not only circulating estrogens, but also estrogens made directly in adipose tissue/fat tissue and how they influence the ‘health’ and function of your fat. Not only do they influence the tissue itself–but, estrogens also determine where your fat is deposited on your body. Estrogens promote storage of fat cells on your hips and thighs, and sadly, as we transition through menopause, the reduction of estrogens which occur during that transition causes our fat to shift. Now we accumulate more fat in our belly–also called visceral fat.

    This has HUGE health implications as fat stored in your hips and thighs is ‘healthy’ fat where fat stored in your belly/visceral fat is highly associated with diseases such as diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. If you ever wanted to know more about your fat and fat cells we highly recommend you read this article. As a side note, the editor of the journal liked one of the figures so much they decided to use it as the cover of the journal.

    February 17

  • Pfizer Pre-doctoral Fellowship Awarded

    May Cheung, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Nutrition Sciences whose advisor is Deeptha Sukumar, PhD, was the recipient of the 2019 Pfizer Pre-doctoral Fellowship for her dissertation research, entitled: “The Influence of Combined Magnesium and Vitamin D Supplementation on Cardiometabolic Health Indices: A Double-Blinded Randomized Controlled Trial.”

    Cheung was presented with this award in 2019 at the American Society for Nutrition Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. The American Society for Nutrition interviewed Cheung about this award.

    February 14

  • Jackie Murphy, MSN, BSN, ASN

    Successful Dissertation Defense

    Please join in congratulating the NEW Dr. Jackie Murphy!!!! Murphy, the chair of the MSN Advanced Role program, interim chair of Complementary and Integrative Health Department and an assistant clinical professor, successfully defended her EdD dissertation entitled, "Exploring the Effects of an Open Access Mindfulness Course on Online Graduate Student Persistence, Stress, and Mind Wandering: A Mixed Methods Explanatory Sequential Study”  on February 12, 2020 at the Drexel University.

    Way to go Dr. Murphy, we are so proud of your accomplishment!

    February 14

  • Girija Kaimal, EdD, an assistant professor in PhD program in creative arts therapies

    Health Benefits of Art Making

    Girija Kaimal, EdD, an associate professor in the Creative Arts Therapies department, was quoted in a January 24 Bold Business article about the health benefits of art making, specifically increasing life expectancy.

    February 12

  • Michael Tunick

    Chemistry of Chocolate

    Michael H. Tunick, PhD, an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Food and Hospitality Management, appeared on SiriusXM’s Doctor Radio channel with host Ira Breite, MD on February 10. They spoke about the Chemistry of Chocolate, appropriately in time for Valentine's Day. One topic, was research led by Jennifer Nasser, PhD, an associate professor in the Nutrition Sciences department, on people’s desire for chocolate.

    February 12

  • Tiffany M. Montgomery, PhD, RNC-OB, C-EFM

    Postdoc Discussions: Black Americans in Nursing Education

    College of Nursing and Health Professions, Office of Innovation, Discovery and Research presents Postdoc Discussions, public presentations on issues of interest to researchers and health professionals.

    Black Americans in Nursing Education: Past, Present, and (Recommendations for the) Future

    Presented by Tiffany M. Montgomery, PhD, RNC-OB, C-EFM

    • Thursday, February 27, 202
    • 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
    • Three Parkway Building, Conference Room 742 (or Via Zoom)

    RSVP here. 

    This presentation will review racial disparities affecting black American nurses, nursing students and nursing faculty; highlight black American pioneers in nursing education; and identify potential strategies for future recruitment and retention of black American nursing students and faculty. Although the presentation focuses on black Americans in nursing, the strategies discussed may be useful for recruitment of all minority CNHP students and faculty, in hopes of building a more diverse, equitable and inclusive health care system.

    Tiffany M. Montgomery, PhD, is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions. She obtained her PhD in Nursing from the University of California, Los Angeles; Master of Science in Nursing, specializing in Nursing Education, from California State University, Dominguez Hills; Master of Science in Health Policy Research from the University of Pennsylvania; and Bachelor of Science in Nursing/minor in African-American Studies from San Jose State University.

    The goal of Montgomery's program of research is to reduce STD transmission and increase condom utilization among adolescent and young adult black women through the creation and adaptation of highly effective mobile health interventions. She utilizes both qualitative and quantitative research methods, as well community-based participatory methods and community engagement strategies in her research studies. In addition to her passion for sexual health, she is also passionate about increasing the number of and support for black nursing students and faculty in U.S. schools of nursing.

    Montgomery serves as a co-chair of the National Black Nurses Association Women’s Health Committee, a member of the Delaware County Intermediate Unit Family Center Advisory Board and a mentor for the Open Door Abuse Awareness Program I.C.U. program for high school girls. She maintains clinical practice as a per diem labor and delivery nurse at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia.

    February 10

  • Meditation graphic

    Meditation at Three Parkway

    Meditation at CNHP

    “The goal of meditation isn’t to control your thoughts, it’s to stop letting them control you.” Anonymous

    Join us at meditation every Wednesday in Three Parkway. Open to faculty, staff and students.

    • Wednesdays
    • 12:30 p.m.
    • Room 955

    There are very notable benefits from a meditation practice including reducing stress, promoting emotional health and reducing age-related memory loss. It doesn't matter if you've never meditated or you're a pro, everyone is welcome for these weekly, short guided meditation sessions.

    This is a wonderful opportunity to sit quietly with Drexel colleagues and friends and to learn how to better manage your stress and become more mindful in your everyday life. This time offers an opportunity for Drexel professional staff, faculty and students to reduce stress and grow in mindfulness and compassion together.

    Participants in our Wellness Incentive Program are eligible to earn 5 points (a $5 credit) for each session they attend on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

    You must register for the annual program AND complete your annual PHP before you will be eligible to receive any payouts. Points for attending these events will be sent to Health Advocate on a monthly basis for the prior month’s activities.

    February 10

  • Ellen Bass, PhD

    Faculty Member Selected to Join Editorial Board

    Ellen Bass, PhD, professor and chair of the Health Systems and Sciences Research department, has been selected to join the editorial board of the Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making. The focus of the journal is on research that seeks to understand how people engage in cognitive work in real-world settings and the development of systems that support that work.

    The journal features research on human cognition and the application of this knowledge to the design and development of system interfaces, automation, aids and other support systems, training programs, personnel selection devices and coordination environments for people who work in teams or groups.

    February 10

  • Small group of the 2020 People of Purpose

    2020 Nurturing Purpose Celebration

    Join students, faculty, staff and friends at an open house to Celebrate the 2020 Nurturing Purpose honorees.

    • Thursday, February 20
    • 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
    • Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions
      Three Parkway, Room 1043
    • Light refreshments will be served

    Meet this year’s representatives of our community who demonstrate purpose and service in their passions and pursuits.

    Please RSVP by Wednesday, February 14.

    February 10

  • Beth Desaretz Chiatti, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing

    Chapter Authored in Nursing Textbook

    Beth Desaretz Chiatti, PhD, an assistant clinical professor, authored chapter 13 in Fundamentals of nursing: Concepts and competencies for practice (9th ed.). The chapter is entitled "Culture and Diversity." The textbook is written by Ruth  Craven, Constance Hirnle and Christine Henshaw (2020) and published by Wolters Kluwer. ISBN: 9781975120429

    February 10

  • Rosemary Trout

    Program Director Shines in Culinology Education

    A December interview in Culinology magazine with Rosemary Trout, DHSc, assistant clinical professor and director of the Culinary Arts and Food Science Program, was mentioned in a Jan. 30 Culinology blog post.

    February 7

  • Jonathan Deutsch

    Food Lab is Founding Partner in New Association

    Jonathan Deutsch, PhD, a professor in the Food and Hospitality Management Department, was quoted in a Jan. 31 New Hope Network story about the Drexel Food Lab becoming a founding member of the recently launched Upcycled Food Association and the Association's plans for 2020.

    February 7

  • Rosemary Trout

    Epicurious Videos Feature Food Scientist

    Rose Trout, DHSc, director of Culinary Arts and Food Science Program and assistant clinical professor, is featured in new episodes of "4-Levels." This month's subjects in the epicurious.com series are doughnuts, sushi, burritos and hot dogs and have over ten million views combined.

    February 6

  • Darin Dunston, assistant director of PhD Programs and Inter-professional Education and Tuesday Topics coordinator, on stage in The Chosen

    Staff Member Steps onto the Stage

    Darin Dunston, assistant director of PhD Programs and Inter-professional Education and Tuesday Topics coordinator, is no stranger to the stage. With a BFA in acting from New York University, Dunston has spent time in almost all areas of performance. This actor, playwright and theater professional recently played David Malter in The Chosen, a play adapted by Aaron Posner and Chaim Potok from the novel by Chaim Potok.

    The Chosen premiered at the Arden Theatre in 1998, however, his performance, produced by Actor's Playground, used ambiance of the sanctuary at Temple Beth Zion Beth Israel as its backdrop to commemorate 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz.

    February 5

  • BRAVE: CNHP LGBTQIA+ Group

    BRAVE- CNHP LGBTQIA+ Group General Interest Meeting

    • Monday, February 10
    • 6:00 p.m.
    • Three Parkway, Room 1043

    This is the inaugural meeting of the new CNHP LGBTQIA+ group BRAVE. The creation of this group stems from the collaboration between students, faculty and staff at the College, and is meant to be a space for discussion around equity, inclusion, identity, diversity and education.

    The following is the group's mission.

    "We are committed to forging/building an inclusive LGBTQIA+ community for all students, staff, alumni and faculty at CNHP. We want to be group and individual models for true inclusivity, equity and diversity. Our primary goals are to promote a brave/safe and nondiscriminatory space for advocacy, support and engagement throughout our College communities."

    They invite you to begin this journey of inclusion at CNHP with them and look forward to meeting everyone and working together as one unit.

    RSVP here.

    February 4

  • PhD candidate presents at conference

    On Monday, January 27, 2020, Department of Nutrition Sciences’ PhD candidate, Dan Dychtwald, MPH, MS (mentored by Brandy-Joe Milliron, PhD), recently spoke at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Homeless Health Initiative’s Day of Dialogue.

    The theme of the conference was the role of fathers/men in Philadelphia’s family shelters. Philadelphia has been a pioneer in the area having integrated all of its family shelters over the past few years so that Philadelphia families do not face separation. Dychtwald has been working in the area of maternal, child and family health (MCFH) since joining Drexel as a graduate student. He currently serves as the co-chair of the Father’s Workgroup for Philadelphia’s Community Action Network in MCFH. As many families transition to independent housing arrangements supported by various programs, Dychtwald presented his preliminary dissertation data on expanding and promoting the role of fathers in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).

    February 4

  • Nyree Dardarian

    Eating for the Sport of Life — A Conversation and Food Tasting

    • Wednesday, February 26, 2020
    • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

    Led by Nyree Dardarian, clinical professor of Nutrition Sciences and Philadelphia Flyers Team Nutritionist, and Eric Zillmer, Director of Athletics, learn about the psychology of food and how it can be used to enhance your everyday performance for personal and professional success. Also, enjoy a delicious food tasting for a more hands-on experience! Learning objectives include:

    • Practice the concept EAT.DRINK.THINK™
    • Conceptualize food as fuel.
    • Time meals around your day to maximize performance and health.
    • And much more!

    Register here.

    February 4

  • Ellen Bass, PhD

    Faculty member giving seminar in Israel

    Ellen Bass, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Health Systems and Sciences Research, is leading a seminar at Ben Gurion University on February 20. Her talk for the ABC Robotics and Industrial Engineering and Management Department is titled "An approach to function allocation: bridging the gap between task analysis and function allocation recommendations."

    Abstract

    Automation is a key enabler to support human operators in many domains. Function allocation is a process which examines a list of functions that the human-machine system needs to execute in order to achieve operational requirements, and determines whether the human, machine (i.e., automation), or some combination should implement each function. Because function allocation has key implications on safety and performance, it is important to be able to determine function allocation strategies for domains of interest. Currently however there is a gap between how systems engineers think about function allocation and the tasks to be supported. Also there is currently no standard for assessing recommended function allocation strategies. Some human factors descriptions of function allocation can be too abstract or conceptual to guide specific design decisions. Sometimes only response times and subjective measures have been used to evaluate the strategies. Thus, it is important to consider the set of measures for comparing function allocation strategies. This seminar will present a taxonomy to support assignment of function allocation strategies as well as highlight an approach to bridge the gap between function allocation and task analysis.

    February 4

  • Head shot of George Yancy, PhD, sitting in front of a full bookshelf

    The Danger of White Innocence

    Presented By: George Yancy, PhD

    Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Philosophy
    Emory University

    • Wednesday, February 26
    • 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
    • Drexel University Center City Campus
      New College Building, Geary B

    The Board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion welcomes faculty, students and professional staff to a unique event second in the Distinguished Presenters Series. This is a can’t miss event due to the caliber of the presenter and the direct application to diversity and inclusion. Each one, reach one; if you plan to come, bring another, and so on! Seating may become limited. Please be sure to register today! This event is not webcast.

    George Yancy, PhD, is the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Philosophy at Emory University and a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College, one of the College's highest honors. He is also currently the University of Pennsylvania’s inaugural fellow in the Provost’s Distinguished Visiting Faculty Fellowship Program. He received his BA in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh (with honors). His MA in Philosophy is from Yale University, and an MA from New York University in Africana Studies, where he received the distinguished Henry M. MacCracken Fellowship. He received his PhD from Duquesne University (with distinction) and was the first graduate student to receive the McAnulty Fellowship in the Department of Philosophy. He is also the first black professor of philosophy to receive tenure at Duquesne University.

    Yancy is the author, editor and co-editor of over twenty books, numerous scholarly articles and chapters ranging from issues within critical philosophy of race, critical whiteness studies, critical phenomenology and philosophy of the black experience. Three of his books were named CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles. He is the Philosophy of Race book series editor at Lexington Books.

    RSVP Now.

    February 3

  • Stella Volpe

    Nutrition Sciences Chair serves as associate editor

    Stella Volpe, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences, is an associate editor for the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) Health & Fitness Journal. In this role, she writes articles about nutrition and exercise.

    The ACSM used her articles for continuing education credits, entitled, “A Nutritionist’s View CEC Bundle” to sell to its members. Volpe’s “Nutritionist’s View CEC Bundle” was in the top five best sellers for ACSM in 2019 (it ranked 3rd).

    February 3

  • Jennifer Nasser

    Faculty asked to review data briefs

    Jennifer Nasser, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, was asked to review two dietary data briefs: Protein Intake of Adults in the U.S.: What We Eat in America NHANES 2015-2016, and Protein Intake of Adolescents in the U.S.: What We Eat in America NHANES 2015-2016. The dietary data briefs will be released by the Food Surveys Research Group and available on their website.

    February 3

  • Nutrition Sciences Monthly Seminar

    “Nutrition & Growth in Cystic Fibrosis: A New Era of Medicine”

    Presenter:

    Alyssa Tindall, PhD, RDN
    Clinical Research Program Manager
    Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
    Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Roberts Center for Pediatric Research

    • Tuesday, February 11, 2020
    • 12:00 p.m.
    • Three Parkway, Room 1043

    Also available via live webcast.

    February 3

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