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 Faculty Research & Development 

Winter 2015 Newsletter



Undergraduate Research Showcase
CSH Faculty in the News
Fulbright Awarded to Jessica Jerome, Health Sciences
Women of Spirit & Action
CSH In the News
Upcoming Events
External Funding Opportunities
Faculty Summer Research Grants
Honored Alumnus Craig Klugman, Health Sciences
University Archives
Call for Grant Scenarios
"News Matters": Developing a Public Relations Skill Set
Congratulations to Kyle Grice and Family
Collaborative Research Grant Recipients
DePaul Discoveries
Congratulations - External Funding Received
Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology Undergraduate Research Showcase
DePaul University's 12th Annual Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology Undergraduate Research Showcase took place on November 7, 2014. The CSH had a record-breaking number of students present their research. Nicole Hack, Chemistry, documented the event's success throughout on Click here for the Undergraduate Research Showcase as told in pictures, tweets, and video.
Jessica Jerome, Visiting Assistant Professor in Health Sciences, was awarded a 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to Brazil for her project “Brazilian Health Councils: Recollecting Democracy, Participation and Health.”
Congratulations to the recipients of the Women of Spirit & Action Award!

The following CSH faculty and staff received this honor:

Michele Shade-McKay, Health Sciences
Lucinda Rapp, CSH Office of the Dean
Mona Shattell, CSH Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development
Victoria Simek, STEM Center
Kathryn Grant, Psychology
Rhonda Harley, CSH Advising
Kristen Holdsworth, Environmental Science & Studies Student
Olivia Johnson, Environmental Science & Studies Student
Julie Brosnan, Psychology/Family & Community Services
Maudette Jackson, Psychology/Family & Community Services
Susan McMahon, Psychology
Maxine Loh, CSH Alum
Laura Dorian, Nursing Graduate Student
Linda Kahn, Psychology
Upcoming Events

College Meeting Dates:

Winter Quarter - Tuesday, March 10

Spring Quarter - Tuesday, May 19

February 5, 2015
DePaul University Winter 2015 Graduate Open House
4pm Graduate Admission FAQ
5pm-7pm Open House
If you would like to forward the event registration form, please share the following link:
February 6, 2015  
New Faculty Seminar 
McGS 404
February 16, 2015
Undergraduate Summer 2015 Research Program Applications Due
Deadline: 5:00pm
February 28, 2015
MedEdCamp @ Chicago Medical School
Educators, administrators, physicians, students and health care professionals are welcome. Please click here for registration.
March 6, 2015
New Faculty Seminar
McGS 404
Saturday, March 21, 2015

Rosalind Franklin University of Medical Science Open House
Morningstar Interprofessional Education Center, Room 1.702
3333 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, IL 60064
April 10, 2015
New Faculty Seminar
McGS 404
April 11, 2015 
Annual Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium (CAURS)
Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center
303 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611
Click here for more information
April 13, 2015 
Undergraduate Research Assistant Program Summer and Autumn 2015 Applications Due
Deadline: 5:00pm            
May 1, 2015
New Faculty Seminar PLUS
McGS 404
May 4, 2015
Research Award Nomination Packets Due Deadline: 5:00pm
May 8, 2015
DPU/RFU Research Retreat 
McGowan South 4th Floor  
SHAC Meetings will be held:
March 3, 2015 @ 3pm-5pm
April 7, 2015 @ 3pm-5pm
May 5, 2015 @ 3pm-5pm
June 2, 2015 @ 3pm-5pm
**The February 3 SHAC meeting has been cancelled**
The Department of Mathematical Sciences will host colloquiums on Fridays (usually at 3:30pm) on the following dates:
January 30, 2015
February 6, 2015
February 13, 2015
February 20, 2015
February 27, 2015
March 6, 2015
March 13, 2015
April 24, 2015
Please check the calendar on the department website for any changes. 
To have an upcoming event included in the newsletter, please send event information including date, time, and description via email.
Craig Klugman was named an Honored Alumnus of the University of Texas for his work in Science and Medicine.

The Assistant Dean for Budget, Karen Reinbold, and the budget team in the Dean’s Office are creating a resource guide for PI’s to help in navigating the payment process at DePaul for research-related expenses.  The first step in this process is collecting examples from PI’s about the kinds of circumstances you have run in to in your research, e.g. how and if to pay non-DePaul employees to serve on an advisory board as part of their research, or how to pay someone for consulting services.  Once there is a list of scenarios (generated by your responses), answers to these questions can be produced and organized into an accessible format.

Since Karen Reinbold is on leave, please contact Alexandra Manetas ( with feedback. A simple one-line email with the scenario you have encountered in your research will work fine. Thank you in advance for your replies.

CSH Faculty
in the News

Leonard Jason, Center for Community Research, Psychology, received the 2015 American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research. Jason's work in the fields of clinical-community psychology and behavioral health psychology will be celebrated at an awards ceremony taking place at the 2015 APA convention this summer. 

Sarah Connolly, Health Sciences, was interviewed for her expertise on virology on WGN-TV on October 1, 2014. She spoke about Ebola and risks of transmission.

Craig Klugman, Health Sciences, was interviewed about the risks of Ebola, and featured in an article in the National Journal published October 1, 2014. Craig was also interviewed by a South African Business Week reporter, Ilya Gridneff, and featured in an article published October 21, 2014.

Mona Shattell continues actively publishing in the Huffington Post. Recent articles include:
"What Hazmat Suits, Ray Rice, and the Washington Redskins Have in Common With Human Trafficking" with co-author Jaclyn Houston.
"From Music Festivals to College Campuses: Trans* and Women's Communities" with co-author Elizabeth McConnell.
"Hope and Engagement, Not Control and Coercion, in Psychiatric Care."
"Registered Nurses Are Ebola Fighters and Scientists/Researchers" with co-author Dr. Kimberly Baltzell.

External Funding Opportunities

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Novel and Innovative Tools to Facilitate Identification, Tracking, Manipulation, and Analysis of Glycans and their Functions (R21)
Grant Award - $400,000

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
NIMHD Academic Research Enhancement Award: Enhancing Health Disparities Research at Undergraduate Institutions (R15)
Grant Award - $300,000

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Spatial Uncertainty: Data, Modeling, and Communication (R21)
Grant Award - $275,000

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Spatial Uncertainty: Data, Modeling, and Communication (R01)

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Spatial Uncertainty: Data, Modeling, and Communication (R03)
Grant Award - $50,000

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Elucidating HIV and HIV-treatment Associated Metabolic/Endocrine Dysfunction (R01)
Grant Award - $500,000

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Promoting Research in Basic Neuroscience (R01)
Faculty Summer Research Grants

Congratulations to the recipients of 2015 Faculty Summer Research Grants
Windsor Aguirre
Joanna Brooke
Molly Brown
Doug Bruce
Jason Bystriansky
Andrew Carroll
Eiron Cudaback
John Dean
David Degras-Valabregue
Christopher Drupieski
Elizabeth Florez
Timothy French
William Gilliland
Verena Graupmann
Megan Greeson
Graham Griffin
Christie Klimas
Dorothy Kozlowski
Young-Me Lee
Karl Liechty
Anne Saw
Timothy Sparkes

University Archives has expressed interest in documenting the growth of the College of Science and Health--DePaul's newest college. If you have any physical or electronic records/materials for preservation,  please email University Archives at or call 312.362.7126.The archive submission form can be found here, and more information on transfers to DePaul's University Archives can be found here

On November 21, Carol Hughes, Director of News and Integrated Content in DePaul’s Office of Public Relations and Communications, held an event for CSH faculty on news media and how to position research for public consumption.

Tips that Carol offered for increasing visibility in the media included:

1. Be available – If a news outlet wants to speak to you, try to be as flexible as possible. If they cannot reach you, they will find someone more readily available to meet their deadline.

2. Communicate with the Office of PR and Communications at DePaul – Reporters have databases of specialists. Be sure that the PR office here knows your specialties, and you can more easily be recommended to the media. The PR Office can help promote and protect your interactions with the media.

3. Translate science for a general audience – When writing op-eds, avoid jargon and consider what a non-science audience would find interesting and relevant. When being interviewed, opt for anecdotes over lecturing; pick three main points that you would like your interviewer to walk away with, and then tell a story that includes all three. If the interviewer asks questions that do not allow you to touch upon your three main points, simply deviate from their question with “But there’s something I’d like to tell you…” Avoid sticky yes or no questions, saying “Those are your words, not mine. But I can say…” and then explain your viewpoint.

4. Step lightly – When you speak to reporters, you are speaking for yourself—not the university. It may be helpful to ask “Have you talked to anyone else in the university? Have you spoken to other universities?”

5. Have a high resolution headshot – DePaul will holding a photo day on February 9 on the Lincoln Park campus, which would be a perfect opportunity!

Learn more about the Office of Public Relations and Communications online here.

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The following proposals were funded by the RFUMS/DPU collaborative research grant program--congratulations!

"Glucose Conjugation and Vacuolar Transport of Salicylic Acid in Plants"
John Dean and Jun-yong Choe

"Molecular Mechanisms by which Cyclophilin-D Modulates Transcription of Mitochondrial Genes"
Lihua JinRaul Gazmuri, Jeejabai Radhakrishnan, D. Eric Walters

"Telemedicine – A Global Solution for Medical Education:  An Initiative for Haiti and the United States"
Olayele AdelakunAdam Fleischer, Robert Joseph, Inis Bardella, Mildred Olivier, Tamzin Betteson, and Clarisse Croteau-Chonka

"Unlocking the Molecular Secrets of CYP26B1-mediated Ovary Development"
Jingjing Kipp and Min Lu

"Novel Inhibitors of Pro-inflammatory Caspases"
Caitlin E. KarverFabio Re, Gulam Waris, and D. Eric Walters

"A Case Study of a STEM Mentoring Program Aimed at Increasing Latino High School Students’ Participation in STEM Careers"
Bernadette Sanchez and Hector Rasgado-Flores

"Emotion Regulation Deficits Associated with Early Trauma Among Low-Income, Minority Preschoolers"
Cecilia Martinez-Torteya and David Kosson

"An Evaluation of Viral Prevalence and Activity in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis"
Matthew Sorenson and David Everly

"Assembly of Essential Complexes for Eukaryotic Ribosome Biogenesis"
Lihua Jin and Carl Corell

"Crosstalk Between the Retinoic Acid and Calcium Signaling Pathways Plays a Critical Role in Polycystic Ovarian Function"
Jingjing Kipp and Carl White

"The APP Interactome:  Translating New Targets in Alzheimer’s Disease"
Eric Norstrom, Robert Marr, and Marc Glucksman

"Quantitative Assessment of  Motion-Based Gaming to Improve Rehabilitation Outcomes in Patients with Brain Injuries (BI)"
Cynthia Putnam, Fang Lin, and Sai Yalla

"Application of Image Analytics in Understanding C. elegans Neural Circuits and Behavior"
Jacob FurstHongkyun Kim, Christopher Brandon, and Daniela Raicu

"Integration of Stress Research across Animal and Human Models"
Kathryn Grant, Jocelyn CarterAmiel Rosenkranz, and Kuei Tseng


DePaul Discoveries


In September 2014, DePaul Discoveries had 199 full-text downloads.
The most popular papers were:
 "Characterization of Electrical Performance of Aluminum-Doped Zinc Oxide Pellets"
"Chinese Cultural Factors Impacting the Educational Schooling of Children with Autism in China"
"The effect of short-term water stress on leaf isoprene emission"


In October 2014, DePaul Discoveries had 224 full-text downloads.
The most popular papers were:
"Characterization of Electrical Performance of Aluminum-Doped Zinc Oxide Pellets"
"Chinese Cultural Factors Impacting the Educational Schooling of Children with Autism in China"
"Examining the Relationships between Empathy, Mood, and Facial Mimicry"


In November 2014, DePaul Discoveries had 289 full-text downloads.

The most popular papers were:

"Chinese Cultural Factors Impacting the Educational Schooling of Children with Autism in China"
"Investigating The Viability Of Two Stenotrophomonas maltophilia Isolates After Air-drying"
"Variation in Cone Production of White Spruce at Two Sites near its Southern Range Limit"


External Grants Funded - Congratulations!

September Awards

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $290,861 to Joseph Mikels, College of Science and Health, for a project entitled Emotion, Aging, and Decision Making. Exercise is routinely recommended for older adults.  However, little is known about how different ways of framing exercise messages influence exercise behaviors in older adults.  ("Loss-framed" messages emphasize the negative consequences of not engaging in a behavior while "gain-framed" messages emphasize the benefits of engaging in it.)  This research project will examine the underlying mechanisms by which such message framing influences intentions to exercise and actual physical activity. The project is methodologically innovative in its measurement of both cognitive and emotional reactivity to health messages.

The Chicago Board of Education has awarded $24,000 to Orson Morrison, Director, Family and Community Services, College of Science and Health, for a program entitled CPS Social Emotional Support 2014-15.  DePaul University Family and Community Services will provide early intervention group counseling and individual counseling to students at two assigned schools within the Chicago Public Schools.  Through weekly clinical sessions, students will increase their social skills, build capacity for stress reduction, and gain exposure to coping skills to assist in managing stressful experiences.


October Awards

The Chicago Community Trust, via a subaward from the University of Chicago, has awarded $9,208 to Carolyn Narasimhan, College of Science and Health, for the Chicago STEM Education Consortium. As part of the Chicago STEM Education Consortium, DePaul University will assist with program coordination, center marketing, policy development, outreach, and consulting services in collaboration with the other partners.  The overall goal of the consortium is to advance STEM (science, technology, education, and math) education policy in Illinois to ensure a coherent, evidence-based message about K-12 STEM education improvement.

December Awards

The National Institutes of Health, via a subaward from the University of Illinois, has awarded $68,973 to Young-Me Lee, College of Science and Health, for a project entitled Bridges to the Doctorate for Underrepresented Minority Nursing Students. The long-term objective of this continuing program, undertaken in partnership with the University of Illinois, is to increase the pool of doctorally prepared minority nurse researchers and scholars in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

The Chicago Board of Education has awarded $2,500 to Orson Morrison, Family and Community Services, College of Science and Health, for Conflict Resolution Services. DePaul's Family and Community Services will continue to implement a Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) program at Manierre Elementary to help ensure that students receive consistent reinforcements and consequences for their behavior.  Family and Community Services will also begin implementation of Peach Circles, work to build a culture of accountability and ownership, and provide intensive consultation and co-teaching with teachers to increase socio-emotional learning within the classroom.
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