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CoAS Accomplishments in Brief



September 24, 2018

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

GRANTS

  • Michelle Dolinski, PhD, associate professor of physics, received a $561,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for her project “Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay at Drexel.”
  • Adrienne Juarascio, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, received a $480,697 grant from the National Institutes of Health for her project “Improving Weight Loss Outcomes for Binge Eating Disorder.”
  • Stephen McMillan, PhD, professor and department head of physics, received a $182,673 grant from the National Science Foundation for his project “Collaborative Research: Globular Cluster Formation in Hierarchically Collapsing Clouds as an Origin for Multiple Stellar Populations.”
  • Ryan Petrie, PhD, associate professor of biology, received a $323,429 grant from the National Institutes of Health for his project “Physical Mechanisms of 3D Cell Motility.”
  • Susan Rutkowsky, PhD, associate department head and associate teaching professor of chemistry, received $107,000 grant from the State of Pennsylvania for the Science in Motion outreach program. Science in Motion provides equipment and materials to high school chemistry and middle school earth science classes, as well as support for local teachers.
  • Diane Sicotte, PhD, associate professor of sociology, and Kelly Joyce, PhD, professor of sociology and of science, technology and society, received a $345,270 grant from the National Science Foundation for their project “Societal Aspects of Energy Infrastructure Expansion.” Sicotte (PI) and Joyce (Co-PI) will examine the opinions of labor union leaders and members on efforts to expand gas infrastructure versus renewable energy sources.
  • Gideon Simpson, PhD, assistant professor of mathematics, received a $98,134 grant from the National Science Foundation for his project “Collaborative Research: Stochastic Methods for Complex Systems.”

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Grady Chambers, adjunct faculty of English, received the inaugural Max Ritvo Poetry Prize for his first book of poetry, “North American Stadiums,” Milkweed Editions. He also published the poem “Lost Glass” in the fall 2018 edition of Paris Review.
  • Henry Israeli, associate teaching professor of English, received the 24th annual White Pine Press Poetry Prize for his manuscript, “Our Age of Anxiety,” which will be published by White Pine Press in 2019.
  • Gwen Ottinger, PhD, associate professor of politics and of science, technology and society, received an honorable mention for the Society for Social Studies of Science’s Making and Doing award for her NSF-funded project "Meaning from Monitoring."

PRESENTATIONS

  • Susan Bell, PhD, professor and department head of sociology, Kelly Joyce, PhD, professor of sociology, and Kelly Underman, PhD, assistant professor of sociology, organized a panel at the British Sociological Association’s 50th Anniversary Medical Sociology Conference at Glasgow Caledonian University, titled “Studying 21st Century Medicine in the United States: Key Trends and Practices.” Bell also participated in an international symposium in Amsterdam titled “Looking at Lives: Research on Refugee Biographies.”
  • Richardson Dilworth, PhD, department head of politics and director of the Center for Public Policy, was an invited panelist at the 2018 Moscow Urban Forum in Moscow.

PUBLICATIONS