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Faculty Research Accomplishments Spring 2015

Research Publications

Design & Merchandising Adjunct Professor Diane Zatz’s article, “Social Engagement in Practice: Graphic Design Service-Learning and Its Impact on Gainful Employment,” was published in the International Journal of Arts and Sciences. The article featured an account of a class at The Art Institute, with detailed social engagement concepts that are more widely applicable to the design field.

Design & Merchandising Associate Professor Dr. Joseph H. Hancock II collaborated with Vicki Karaminas, Associate Professor of Fashion Studies at the University of Technology in Sydney to release a new book titled "Fashion in Popular Culture." Chapters in the book cover both historical and contemporary concerns, addressing a variety of other questions, including the role fashion plays in subcultures. Fashion Design Professor Alphonso McClendon contributed chapters to the book, including, "Fashionable Addiction: The Path to Heroin Chic," as well as many others. The book is available online at Barnes and Noble, or for download on iTunes.

Arts Administration Assistant Professor and Research Director Neville Vakharia had an article published in the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal (PSIJ) on strategic partnerships in the social sector.  PSIJ focuses on current and emerging leaders in social innovation, and on the principles they have developed to create, manage, and promote social change.

Art and Art History Professor Dr. David Raizman published the article, “Giuseppe Ferrari's Carved Cabinet for the 1876 Centennial Exhibition: Presentation Furniture in the Cultural Context of World's Fairs” in the scholarly journal West 86th Street. The article investigates an award-winning cabinet displayed at the 1876 World's Fair in Philadelphia, and is based upon Dr. Raizman’s research conducted during his sabbatical in 2009. Dr. Raizman also moderated a panel featuring design historians and curators for the recent Philadelphia Antiques Show and gave two presentations on “Barnes and the Decorative Arts” at the Barnes Foundation. He will also soon be visiting the New York Film Academy in New York and Los Angeles as a member of a visiting accreditation team for the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

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Research Presentations

Associate Professor in Architecture + Interiors Dr. Eugenia Victoria Ellis, AIA presents the poster “Auto-tuning Daylight in the Indoor Environment: Using Daylight-Mimicking LEDs to Stimulate Human Receptivity to the Non-Visual Aspects of Light to Enhance Cognitive Functioning and Improve Health Outcomes” at the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) conference in Providence, RI May 29-June 1, 2013.

Art & Art History Professor Dr. Charles Morscheck presented his paper, “Iron Tie Rods in the Construction of Milan Cathedral,” at the International Congress on Medieval Studies May 9 in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Congress is an annual gathering of more than 3,000 scholars interested in Medieval Studies, featuring more than 550 sessions of papers, panel discussions, roundtables, workshops, and performances.

Design & Merchandising Associate Professor Dr. Joseph H. Hancock II was a keynote speaker at the University of Delaware's Common Threads Symposium, April 6.  Dr. Hancock delivered his paper, "Looking Good, Being Strong & Feeling Gorgeous: Changing Fashions within the Women's Movements,” focusing on women in music and television who impacted feminist culture during the 1970s through to the present day.

Cinema & Television Professor and DUTV General Manager Dave Culver and Television Management Professor Al Tedesco were invited to the Drexel Center for Academic Excellence’s first annual Showcase of Teaching, June 5 at Behrakis Grand Hall to present a poster titled, “The Marconi Lab:  A ‘Hands-On’ Experience Designed to Teach Non-Technical TV Management Graduate Students the Physics and Romance of Telecommunications.” Culver and Tedesco’s poster illustrates the pedagogical theory, learning objectives and outcomes of the Marconi Lab and explained how to execute technical processes from schematics to soldering to stringing antenna wire.

Arts Administration Online Program Director Jean Brody and Entertainment and Arts Prof. Xela Batchelder participated in “Curriculum and the Blurring Line Between Nonprofit and Commercial Arts,” at the 2013 Association of Arts Administration Educators conference in New Orleans. The session aimed to create valuable dialog on important topics and trends facing educators teaching the business of art and entertainment.

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Creative Works

Shima Seiki Haute Technology Laboratory Director and Westphal Fashion Design Assistant Prof. Genevieve Dion was featured in a WHYY “Friday Arts” video feature and an extensive Q&A with international weekly science journal, Nature about her work with Drexel’s new Expressive-Creative-Interactive-Technology (ExCITe) Center. In these features, Dion discusses the many fascinating projects on her workbench, including knitting robots, permanently pleating silk, and new design that will allow mobile phones to be charged from shirts.

Photography Professors Andrea Modica and Stuart Rome have photographs on view at an exhibition titled “Pant” at Philadelphia’s Gallery 339 through July 27. The exhibit features work by more than 20 artists offering a distinct view on canine behavior, including portraits of men and women with their dogs and a selection of Cinema & Television Adjunct Professor and film critic Steven Rea’s collection of photographs of movie stars with dogs. Additionally, a copy of Modica’s book “Treadwell” will be on display in an exhibition at the Tokyo Institute of Photography from Sept. 11 through Oct. 6 as part of an exhibition of 100 publications surveying the history of photographic books.

Fashion Design Professor Renée Chase will be an artist in residency in Poland this summer at The XV International Painting and Sculpture Residency, “Lancut 2013” as part of the association “With Knowledge for the Future,” the City of Rzeszow University of Technology Academic Incubator. The new work she will produce will then be included in the group art show “XV Międzynarodowym Plenerze Malarsko – Rzezbiarskim,” which will travel to various venues throughout Eastern Europe including Lancut Castle Festival, Żołynia, Leczna k / Lublin, Mielec, Strzyzow, and Levoca. Chase also has artwork appearing in the New Century Artists Invitational, June 4 through June 22 in New York City and the Perkins Center of the Arts’ Members and Faculty Annual Exhibition in Moorestown, N.J. through June 23.

Entertainment & Arts Management  Professor Dr. Xela Batchelder is working to bring Edinburgh Fringe Festival artists to Philadelphia this fall through the Emerging International Xchange (EIXchange), which she co-founded for emerging artists and curators with aspirations to exhibit internationally. EIXchange’s role is to facilitate and aid emerging artists and curators in building that international networks. The organization is now engaged in presenting two exhibits – both titled “1759” – addressing the historical ties between Edinburgh and Philadelphia. Dr. Batchelder is one of the leading experts on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – the largest annual arts festival in the world, and she is often sought out to advise new and emerging fringe festivals. Over the past 17 years, Xela  has participated in the Edinburgh Festival as a producer, venue manager, artistic director, executive director, performer, director, playwright and educator, and now she brings EAM students to Edinburgh each year to learn and work. 

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