CoAS Accomplishments in Brief
August 12, 2021
We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Awards and Honors
Biodiversity, earth and environmental science graduate students Lena Champlin and Haley Carlton were awarded Best Student Presentation for "Spatial and temporal variability of coastal acidification in a eutrophic estuary" at the spring online conference of the New England Estuarine Research and Atlantic Estuarine Research Societies.
Lincoln Rehm, a biodiversity, earth and environmental science doctoral candidate, has been awarded a John A. Knauss Fellowship.
Brittany Wilburn, a biodiversity, earth and environmental science PhD student, received the Garden Club of America Award for field work in coastal wetlands and the Seneca Award from the Wetland Foundation.
Grants and Contracts
Meghan Butryn, PhD, associate professor of psychology, was awarded a 5-year $3M grant for a new NIH R01 clinical trial to study whether obesity treatment outcomes can be improved by using digital self-monitoring data in strategic ways.
Lena Champlin, a biodiversity, earth and environmental science PhD student, received the James H. McLean Student Grant in Collections-Based Research to support trips to natural history museums to sample historical and midden shells from her California research site for geochemical analyses.
Bryce Koester, a biodiversity, earth and environmental science graduate student working with Jocelyn Sessa, PhD, earned a Lerner-Gray Memorial Fund for Marine Research Grant and a Western Society of Malacologists McLean Grant for her proposal “Using pteropods to establish seasonal and historical baselines for ocean acidification in the California Current.”
Emily Presseller, PhD student in the WELL Center under the mentorship of Adrienne Juarascio, PhD, was selected as a recipient of a Psi Chi Summer Graduate Research Grant of $1,500 based on her thesis project "Glucose Variability as a Physiological Correlate of Disordered Eating Among Individuals with Binge-Spectrum Eating Disorders."
Elizabeth Watson, PhD, assistant professor of biodiversity, earth and environmental science, received $40,000 from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to support coastal wetland monitoring in the Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area.
Olivia Wons, clinical psychology PhD student in the WELL Center under the mentorship of Adrienne Juarascio, PhD, was selected as the recipient of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Graduate Student Grant for her project "The Characterization and Relationship of Exercise Behaviors, Dietary Intake, and Eating Pathology in Endurance Athletes with Bulimia Nervosa Spectrum Disorders."
Eric Brewe, PhD, associate professor of physics, co-authored “Transition to online instruction: Strong ties and anxiety,” published in Physical Review Physics Education Research.
Rebecca Clothey, PhD, associate head of global studies and modern languages, published “Don’t lose your moustache: community and culture identity on the Uyghur internet in China” in Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power.
LeeAnn Haaf, a biodiversity, earth and environmental science PhD student, was the lead author with co-authors Elizabeth Watson, PhD, and David Velinsky, PhD, of “Sediment Accumulation, Elevation Change, and the Vulnerability of Tidal Marshes in the Delaware Estuary and Barnegat Bay to Accelerated Sea Level Rise,” published in Estuaries and Coasts.
Monica Ilies, PhD, associate teaching professor of chemistry, co-authored the First-Term General Chemistry nationally standardized test through the Examinations Institute of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Chemical Education.
Miriam Kotzin, PhD, professor of English, published two pieces of flash fiction, “Otherwise” in Writing in a Woman’s Voice and “Acoustics” in 50 Give or Take, and three poems in Hole in the Head Review.
Elizabeth Lampe, Evan Forman, PhD, Adrienne Juarascio, PhD, and Stephanie Manasse, PhD, from the WELL Center, published their article “Feasibility, Acceptability, and Preliminary Target Engagement of a Healthy Physical Activity Promotion Intervention for Bulimia Nervosa: Development and Evaluation via Case Series Design” in Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.
Stephanie Manasse, PhD, Elizabeth Lampe, Sophie Abber, Lindsay Gillikin, and Claire Trainor, from the WELL Center, published “Exposure-enhanced cognitive behavioral therapy for adolescents with binge eating: An initial case series” in Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
Diane Sicotte, PhD, associate professor of sociology, published the article “Will the Green New Deal Bring About a ‘Just Transition,’ or Just Transition?” in Footnotes, a magazine of the American Sociological Association.
James Spotila, PhD, professor emeritus of biodiversity, earth and environmental science, co-authored “Short-term gain, long-term loss: How a widely used conservation tool could further threaten sea turtles,” published in Biological Conservation.
Elizabeth Watson, PhD, assistant professor of biodiversity, earth and environmental science, co-authored “Recent Carbon Storage and Burial Exceed Historic Rates in the San Juan Bay Estuary Peri-Urban Mangrove Forests (Puerto Rico, United States),” published in Frontiers in Forests and Global Change.
Jason Weckstein, PhD, associate professor of biodiversity, earth and environmental science, co-authored “Haemosporidian prevalence and community composition vary little across a chickadee hybrid zone,” published in Ornithology.
Presentations and Exhibitions
Rebecca Clothey, PhD, associate head of global studies and modern languages, delivered a virtual presentation on “China and the Uyghurs: Tales from Turkey” at a workshop for European journalists titled “Reporting on China After Covid: Lessons from Turkey, Czechia, and Beyond,” hosted by the Bakala Foundation in Prague, Czech Republic.
Min Lee, PhD, associate professor of communication, and Emma Whitehouse, an undergraduate communication major, presented their paper “What Do You Mean by Doing the Right Thing?: Examining Corporate Social Advocacy Frames and Transparency Efforts in Fortune 500 Companies’ Website” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s 104th annual conference.
Greg Loring-Albright, a communication, culture and media doctoral student, presented “Memorable Artifacts: The Co-Production of Unique Materiality Via Game Rules” at the inaugural GENeration Analog conference.
Dacia Pajé, a PhD candidate in communication, culture and media, served as the discussant for the panel “Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in the Profession, Minorities and Communication Division,” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s 104th annual conference.
In the Media
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