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CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

March 05, 2019

We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.


Susan Bell, PhD, professor of sociology, was elected to the board of the International Sociological Association’s Sociology of Health research committee.

Donald Bersoff, JD, PhD, professor emeritus of psychology, was elected to the Board of Trustees of the David Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. Additionally, the fifth edition of his book, “Ethical Conflicts in Psychology,” was published by the American Psychological Association.

Kelly Joyce, PhD, professor of sociology and of science, technology and society, was appointed associate editor of the Social and Behavioral Sciences section of the Online Ethics Center (OEC), hosted by the National Academy of Engineering.

Christine Maguth Nezu, PhD, ABPP, professor of psychology and of medicine, was appointed to the Fellows Committee of the American Psychological Association’s Division 12, the Society for Clinical Psychology.

Mimi Sheller, PhD, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy, has been appointed to the Social Science Research Council’s planning committee for Social Research on Climate Solutions to encourage multidisciplinary collaboration in climate change research and policy.

Fengqing (Zoe) Zhang, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, was elected vice president of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Statistical Association for 2018-2019.


Kevin Moseby, PhD, assistant teaching professor of sociology, has been awarded a 2019 Rockefeller Archive Center research stipend to advance his research on the key agents and actors enabling and constructing black Americans’ HIV/AIDS activism efforts, and to contextualize this activism among other black American advocacy efforts.

Naoko Kurahashi Neilson, PhD, assistant professor of physics, received a $748K grant from the National Science Foundation for her project “Towards the First Astronomical Catalog of Neutrino Sources” through the NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program.

Jennifer Stanford, PhD, PI and associate professor of biology, Eric Brewe, PhD, Co-PI and associate professor of physics and science education, along with three Drexel colleagues, received a $275K grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation for their project “Research on Experiential STEM Curriculum for Authentic Learning Experiences (RESCALE).”


Rebecca Crochiere, PhD student in clinical psychology, was awarded the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s 2019 Distinguished Student Award: Travel Scholarship.

Victoria Grunberg, PhD student in clinical psychology, was awarded the Emily Reid O’Connor Memorial Endowed Fellowship Fund by Drexel’s Clinical Psychology PhD program for her dissertation “NICU Babies’ Next Steps: A Systems-Level Examination of Family Functioning and Infant Development.”

Three College of Arts and Sciences students and alumni were selected as semifinalists for Fulbright Study/Research scholarships: Dakota Peterson, BA Political Science ’18, to Bosnia; Sheridan Clements, BA Anthropology ’19, to the United Kingdom; and Keziah Sheldon, BS Physics ’19, to Austria.

Elizabeth Watson, PhD, assistant professor of wetlands sciences, received a Fulbright Research Award to develop new approaches for seagrass mapping in Baja California, Mexico during the fall 2019 term.


Michael Silverstein, PhD student in clinical psychology, co-authored three articles published in the Journal of Attention Disorders: “Validation of the Expanded Versions of the Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale v1.1 Symptom Checklist and the Adult ADHD Investigator Symptom Rating Scale,” “The Relationship Between Executive Function Deficits andÔÇ»DSM-5-Defined ADHD Symptoms” and  “The Adult ADHD Quality Measures Initiative.”

The Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages hosted a performance of “The Adventures of Kid Quixote,” an adaptation of the original “Don Quixote,” translated and performed by the Latinx students of Still Waters in a Storm, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit organization. The event was co-hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Departments of English and Philosophy, Sociology and History.

Chandler Puhy and Michael Silverstein, PhD students in clinical psychology, were awarded the Teck-Kah Lim Graduate Student Domestic Travel Subsidy Award from Drexel University. They presented research at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies’ annual convention in Washington D.C.; at the Annual Conference on School Mental Health in Las Vegas; and at the International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation in Seville, Spain.


Pamela Geller, PhD, associate professor of psychology, co-authored two recent publications: “NICU Infant Health Severity and Family Outcomes: A Systematic Review of Assessments and Findings in Psychosocial Research” in the Journal of Perinatology and “Female High Reassurance-Seekers are at Risk for Adolescent Depression,” in Advances in Mental Health.

Susan Gurney, PhD, associate teaching professor of biology, and Drexel SEA-PHAGE students co-authored the article “Complete Genome Sequences of 12 B1 Cluster Mycobacteriophages, Gareth, JangoPhett, Kailash, MichaelPhcott, PhenghisKhan, Phleuron, Phergie, PhrankReynolds, PhrodoBaggins, Phunky, Vaticameos, and Virapocalypse,” published in the open-access journal Microbiology Resource Announcements. The article include genomes from 12 bacteriophages that SEA-PHAGE students have isolated and annotated over the past three years.

Adam Knowles, PhD, assistant teaching professor of philosophy, published the book “Heidegger's Fascist Affinities: A Politics of Silence,” Stanford University Press.

James Parisot, PhD, adjunct professor of sociology, published the book “How America Became Capitalist: Industrial Expansion and the Conquest of the West,” Pluto Press.

Gary Rosenberg, PhD, professor of biodiversity, earth and environmental science, co-authored “Tamilokus Mabinia, a New, Anatomically Divergent Genus and Species of Wood-Boring Bivalve from the Philippines,” published in the journal PeerJ and describing a new genus and species of shipworm.

Loÿc Vanderkluysen, PhD, assistant professor of biodiversity, earth and environmental science, co-authored the article “The Eruptive Tempo of Deccan Volcanism in Relation to the Cretaceous-Paleogene Boundary,” published in the journal Science.