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CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

August 12, 2022

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

Awards & Honors

Roger Kurtz, PhD, professor of English, has been reappointed to a five-year term as Department Head of English and Philosophy.

Doctoral student Chelsea Jackson, who is pursuing a combined JD/PhD in law and clinical psychology, was elected Law Liaison for the 2022-23 American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) Student Committee.  


Erica (Schulte) LaFata, PhD, assistant research professor at the WELL Center, was awarded a K23 grant from the National Institutes of Health titled “Biobehavioral Reward Responses Associated with Consumption of Nutritionally Diverse Ultra-Processed Foods.” The five-year project will systematically examine differences in the rewarding characteristics of and physiological and metabolic responses to ultra-processed foods. 

Alexis Schulman, PhD, an assistant research professor in the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science, was awarded a 2022 Museums for America grant by The Institute of Museum and Library Services to support the Academy of Natural Sciences and Overbrook Environmental Education Center's Science Shop.  


WELL Center doctoral student Michael Berry is the first author of “Efficacy and mechanisms of a brief adaptive goal-setting intervention for physical activity: A randomized pilot trial” in the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology.

WELL Center professors Meghan Butryn, PhD, and Adrienne Juarascio, PhD, alumna Anna Gabrielle Patarinski, and doctoral students Olivia Wons and Elizabeth Lampe had a manuscript, “Perceived Influence of Wearable Fitness Trackers on Eating Disorder Symptoms in a Clinical Transdiagnostic Binge Eating and Restrictive Eating Sample,” accepted for publication in Eating and Weight Disorders.

MFA in creative writing alumna Jeannine Cook’s essay “Dear Alice” appears in the current issue of Philadelphia Stories


Psychology faculty Naomi Goldstein, PhD and Amanda NeMoyer, PhD and doctoral student Lea Parker are co-authors of a Juvenile Law Center report on the need for alternatives to juvenile restitution practices.


Adjunct associate professor of English Lynn Levin’s debut collection of short fiction, House Parties: Stories, will be published by Spuyten Duyvil in 2023.


MFA in creative writing alumna Leah Mele-Bazaz’s essay “Her Body Lines” appears in the current issue of Philadelphia Stories. Mele-Bazaz’s forthcoming memoir, Laila: Held for a Moment, comes out in October and was recently ranked #11 on Amazon for new releases in the motherhood category.


Associate teaching professor of English Harriet Millan’s poem “Bucharest 1918” was published as the Poem of the Week in Narrative Magazine. Millan’s essay “Buried in a Wedding Gown: The Real-Life ‘Corpse Bride’ Haunting My Childhood” appears in the current issue of The Forward.


BEES postdoctoral researcher Lukas Musher published a paper, “River network rearrangements promote speciation in lowland Amazonian birds,” in Science Advances. The paper was featured in a story published in Quanta magazine.


Associate professor of biology Ryan Petrie, PhD, and graduate students Breanne Hewitt and Pragati Marks published “Plectin linkages are mechanosensitive and required for the nuclear piston mechanism of 3D cell migration” in Molecular Biology of the Cell.


Vaughn Shirey, BEES alumni and current Georgetown PhD candidate, is first author of a paper, “LepTraits 1.0 A globally comprehensive dataset of butterfly traits,” published in Nature.


Associate professor of philosophy and environmental studies Andrew Smith, PhD, published The Threefold Struggle: Pursuing Ecological, Social, and Personal Wellbeing in the Spirit of Daniel Quinn via SUNY Press


Professor of sociology Susan Bell, PhD, delivered the 2022 Reeder Award Address at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association.


Professor of philosophy Marilyn Piety, PhD, and philosophy major Dan Wiedinmyer will present a session, “Flash Philosophy: Cutting-Edge Philosophy in Bite-Sized Pieces,” for The Stoa on August 29 at 11 a.m. Register here to attend via Zoom.


Professor of communication Hilde Van den Bulck, PhD, appeared in a recent episode of WHYY’s Radio Times, “Why people believe conspiracy theories.”  

Several chemistry faculty members and students presented their research at the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education at Purdue University. Associate professor Daniel King, PhD, facilitated The POGIL Project Workshop: Climate Change Concepts in General Chemistry, and presided over and presented a talk, “Use of real-world applications to improve in-class activities,” at the Active Learning Implementation symposium. Teaching professor Craig McClure, PhD, presented a talk, “The US National Chemistry Olympiad in the Philadelphia Section of the ACS - Progress and Challenges.” PhD student Anthony Howcroft presented a talk, “Varying the timing of content introduction to enhance student performance in undergraduate general chemistry.” PhD student Adrienne Pesce presented a talk, “Using Distractor Analysis and Backward Design to craft a new activity on Structural Isomerism.”

In the Media

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