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Research and Faculty Development

Autumn 2015 Newsletter


Headlines

Rosalind Franklin Alliance
Welcome to New CSH Faculty and Staff

CSH Faculty Awards and Achievements
Faculty Summer Research Grants
Undergraduate Research Funding
CSH in the News
Student Awards and Accomplishments
CSH Excellence in Research Award to Dr. Mona Shattell
Alumni News
Graduate Research Fund
Early Student Success in the CSH
DePaul Discoveries
External Funding Awarded
Teaching & Learning in the CSH
External Funding Opportunities



Alliance Updates

Early Opportunity The Early Opportunity Program, launched 2015, has facilitated guaranteed seats for five undergraduate CSH students at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science upon their successful completion of degree and program requirements. The Early Opportunity Program offers select CSH Pathways Honors Program​ students the opportunity for an early admission decision into Rosalind Franklin programs, including medicine, pharmacy, podiatry, physician assistant, pathologists' assistant, and physical therapy.

Alliance Evaluation DePaul University and Rosalind Franklin University entered into an Alliance for Health Sciences with a six-year agreement in 2012. We will begin a formal evaluation process in 2016 to examine the progress of our joint efforts and plans for subsequent renewal.

Interprofessional Service CSH Nursing faculty and students at Rosalind Franklin are working in the Interprofessional Community Clinic (ICC), which provides free services in general medicine, podiatry, pharmacy, physical therapy, psychology, and ophthalmology to uninsured and underinsured patients. Under clinical faculty oversight, students are able to get experience working in an interprofessional health care setting. As of Spring 2015, the ICC had seen over 1,000 unique patients.

Pathways Honors The third class of Pathways Honors students are beginning this autumn quarter. The Pathways Honors program puts outstanding CSH undergraduates on the path to graduate health professions programs and the health care workplace. Pathways Honors students have special access to health-career faculty and resources at both Rosalind Franklin and DePaul.

Faculty Funding DPU/RFUMS Collaborative Grant applications were due September 16. Twenty-five projects involving joint research between DePaul and Rosalind Franklin faculty have been funded during the first two rounds of the pilot program.

Welcome New CSH Faculty & Staff

Donna Badowski, Nursing, is Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of the RN to MS Nursing Program. She holds nursing degrees from Loyola University Chicago, Lewis University and Duquesne University. Donna also has a post graduate certificate in Simulation Education from LGH College of Health Science and is an NLN Certified Nurse Educator. She has been a nurse for 30 years. Her clinical practice was in Maternal Child and home health nursing. Donna's scholarship interests focus on safety, teamwork, simulation, deliberate practice, peer coaching, and service learning. She held a full time tenured faculty position at College of DuPage (2007-2015).
Angel Sergio Butrόn is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing at DePaul University. He holds a Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Family Health Nurse Practitioner from Resurrection University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from West Suburban College of Nursing. His professional experience includes Critical Care, Emergency Department, Cardiac Catheterization and Home Health Nursing. Scholarly work includes the development and implementation of order sets in the critical care setting.
Desale Habtzghi, Mathematical Sciences, received his PhD in Statistics from the University of Georgia in 2006. He then held positions as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Georgia College and State University from 2006 to 2008, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Akron from 2008 to 2014, and a tenured Associate Professor and the Program Coordinator of the Department of Statistics at the University of Akron from 2014 to 2015, before he joining the faculty at DePaul University in 2015.
 
Desale’s research interests are in survival analysis, biostatistics, nonparametric statistics, statistical computing and statistical applications to biomedical and behavioral sciences.​ In his free time, Desale enjoys running, traveling and gardening.
Jessica Jerome is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences. Her research interests are in health care policy, citizenship, human rights, and health care inequalities among urban populations in Brazil and the United States. She earned her doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2003, and began teaching at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. At DePaul she looks forward to continuing to teach introductory courses in the health sciences, and to developing upper level classes in health care policy and comparative health studies. She is also a research associate with the South Side Health and Vitality research group at the University of Chicago Hospitals. 
Sheila Krogh-Jespersen is an Assistant Professor of Psychological Science in the Department of Psychology. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Texas-Austin and completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Chicago and Florida International University. Her research focuses on examining the development of social cognitive skills in the early years of life. 

CSH Faculty Awards and Achievements


Kathy Grant, Psychology,was named an APA Fellow in Division 53. 

Caitlin Karver, Chemistry, was awarded the CSH Faculty Mentor of the Year Award. The award was presented at the Honors Banquet in June.

Eric Landahl, Physics, served as the Chair of the Advanced Photon Source User's Committee for the past year, culminating in the May 2015 User's Meeting, "Celebrating the International Year of Light.”  In this elected position, he served as the representative of the 5,000 users of the nation's largest scientific facility. 

Mona Shattell, Nursing, was named a Vincent de Paul Professor. The award was conferred at Convocation 2015. 
 

Undergraduate Research Funding

 

Thank you to the faculty members who mentored undergraduate students during summer 2015 through the Undergraduate Research Assistant Program (URAP).


Bernhard Beck-Winchatz, STEM
Susan Fischer, Physics Department
Timothy French, Department of Chemistry
William Gilliland, Department of Biological Sciences
Christopher Goedde, Physics Department
Gabriela B. Gonzalez Aviles, Physics Department
Kathryn Grant, Department of Psychology
Leonard Jason, Department of Psychology
Caitlin Karver, Department of Chemistry
Christie Klimas, Department of Environmental Science and Studies
Mary Bridget Kustusch, Physics Department
Eric Landahl, Physics Department
Theresa Luhrs, Department of Psychology
Joseph A. Mikels, Department of Psychology
Bernadette Sanchez, Department of Psychology
Cathrine Southern, Department of Chemistry
Alice Stuhlmacher, Department of Psychology
Paul A. Vadola, Department of Chemistry

Supporting undergraduate research allows students to gain valuable experience.

If you are a faculty member who participated in URAP this summer, please remember to fill out the evaluation (and have your student fill out the evaluation as well) to be forwarded on to Academic Affairs and to avoid interruptions in eligibility for future awards. 
Request URAP Evaluation Form(s)

Student Awards & Accomplishments


Philip Burns and Amanda Miceli, Chemistry, worked with Department Chair Lihua Jin to repeat experiments for a previous MS thesis under a different condition to improve data. The results will be used in revision of a previous manuscript based on collaborative work with Caitlin Karver.

International students Amanda Claro, Carla Dos Santos, and Wellington Barros from Brazil participated in summer EL classes and worked on analysis and characterization of trisubstituted ethylene monomers and copolymers preparing data for 4 manuscripts with Greg Kharas, Chemistry.

Rebecca Dietrich and Garrett Magnusson, Environmental Science and Studies, interned at the Gary Comer Youth Center this summer.

Charlotte Galvin, Environmental Science and Studies, received the Faculty/Staff Endowed Scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year

Olivia Johnson, Environmental Science and Studies, received a fellowship to cover her room, board, and research fees at the University of Michigan Biological Station where she stayed for 8 weeks conducting her senior thesis research. She also received a student research grant from the Illinois Association of Environmental Professionals to cover research supplies, as well as a CSH USRP which provided her with a stipend.

Grace Penney, Environmental Science and Studies, spent Winter 2015 taking classes in Merida, Mexico followed by an internship working with communities during Spring 2015.

Erin Saal, Environmental Science and Studies, was offered an internship position on the Federal Sustainability Team within the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Valeria Sloan-Lyon, Chemistry, enrolled as an EL student and has completed data collection for two manuscripts with Greg Kharas.
Hung-Chih Ku, Mathematical Sciences, earned his PhD in Statistics from Oklahoma State University in 2012. He then held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center from 2012 to 2015. Dr. Ku’s main research areas are statistical genetics and genome-wide association studies (GWAS). 
Goran Kuljanin, Psychology, is an Assistant Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He received his Ph. D. from Michigan State University. His research focuses on assessing analytical methods and developing computational models for understanding human dynamics with a particular focus on team processes. 
Rachael Lunney is the new Grants Manager for the Psychology Department. Before this position, she worked as a Research Administrator for Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Rachael is originally from the Atlanta area and received her BA in Linguistics from the University of Georgia.  
Michelle Neuman is joining the School of Nursing as a Clinical Assistant Professor. She received her MSN from the University of Cincinnati. She is a pediatric nurse practitioner who has worked as a staff nurse and an NP in a variety of outpatient settings including an elementary school, summer camp, and pediatric office. Prior to becoming a nurse, Michelle worked as an elementary school educator, Jewish educator, and lifeguard.  She is very excited to return to teaching and an academic environment. Her research interests include school health, child development, and the intersection of religion and health care.
Jess Vogt, Environmental Science & Studies, is passionate about creating spaces in which everyone can find their place to contribute to creating a world where all can thrive and flourish. Her quest is to answer the question, How can we create more resilient communities of humans and nature? Jess joins DePaul as an Assistant Professor in Environmental Science and Studies. She received her PhD, MPA, and MSES from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. Jess is also a researcher with the Bloomington Urban Forestry Research Group. Jess studies tree planting, communities, and urban social-ecological systems through the lens of sustainability science.
Kashica J. Webber-Ritchey is an assistant professor of the School of Nursing at DePaul. She holds nursing degrees from Illinois State University, Governors State University, and University of Arizona, and she has been in nursing for 12 years. Her practice has been in medical-surgical, critical care, and pre- and post-operative nursing. Her scholarship has focused on physical activity behavior among parents of young African American children. Her major research interests are the following: obesity prevention in African American children and their parents; digital survey development, administration, and evaluation; and development of theory-based behavioral interventions.

Faculty Summer Research Grants

The following faculty participated in the Undergraduate Summer Research Program (USRP), supporting continued undergraduate research in the CSH.


Jason Bystriansky, Department of Biological Sciences
Kyle Grice, Department of Chemistry

Leonard Jason, Department of Psychology
Caitlin Karver, Department of Chemistry
Dorothy Kozlowski, Department of Biological Sciences
Mary Bridget Kustusch, Physics Department
Jalene LaMontagne, Department of Biological Sciences
Eric Landahl, Physics Department
Beth Lawrence, Department of Environmental Science and Studies
Joseph Mikels, Department of Psychology
Jesús Pando, Physics Department
Kyle Petersen, Department of Mathematical Sciences
Mark Potosnak, Department of Environmental Science and Studies
Anuj Sarma, Physics Department
Timothy Sparkes, Department of Biological Sciences
Ilie Ugarcovici, Department of Mathematical Sciences
Paul Vadola, Department of Chemistry

CSH In the News


DeSACNAS students and faculty advisor Jesús Pando were featured in a DePaul Distinctions article called "Successful in Science." 

The American Heart Association and president-elect Karen Larimer, Nursing, have been receiving media attention from several news sources including the Chicago Sun-Times
WGN-TVCLTVWBEZ, and NBC5


Mark Potosnak, Environmental Science and Studies, was quoted in a Chicago Sun-Times article about Catholic leadership and views on climate change.

Jim Montgomery, Environmental Science and Studies, was featured in an article in Chicago Inno called "
DePaul's Sustainability Efforts Aim To Produce Eco-Friendly Entrepreneurs."

The DePaul Catalyst published a feature on Wendy Wolbach, Chemistry, called "Faculty Research: Wendy Wolbach – Younger Dryas." Wendy was also featured in PNAS article metrics, The Daily Mail, UC Santa Barbara press release, and Red Orbit

Jessica Jerome, Health Sciences, wrote "A Right to Health: Medicine, Marginality and Health Care Reform in Northeastern Brazil" in the "Signed by the Author" section of the DePaul Newsline. 

Beth Lawrence, Environmental Science and Studies, had her research on managing invasive cattails in northern Michigan highlighted by an article in the University of Michigan: Michigan News source. 
College of Science and Health
Excellence in Research Award



 
Mona Shattell, Nursing, received the 2015 Excellence in Research Aaward for the College of Science and Health in recognition of the quality, originality and impact of her research on psychiatric nursing and mental health care.

Alumni News


Dana Klug (Chemistry, 2013), former research student for Caitlin Karver, is working toward her her PhD at Northeastern University. Dana was awarded a highly competitive ACS Medicinal Chemistry Fellowship. Details on her project can be found in the linked article "Graduate researcher wins fellowship to design drugs to combat deadly disease."

Marija Krosnjar (CSH 2006) was featured on the cover of Redbook Magazine. Out of 5,000 entrants, she's one of 6 winners of the magazine's "Real Women, Real Style" competition.

Allison Williams, Environmental Science, 2015) has accepted a position with the Bureau of Land Management in southern California, doing GIS work for their Land Inventory Corps. She will be working primarily within the Mojave Desert.

Graduate Research Fund (GRF) Award


CSH Graduate Students may apply for Graduate Research Funds to help cover the costs of research equipment and travel for research presentations.

Elizabeth McConnell, Psychology, received travel funding to present her research project, “Families Matter: Victimization, Social Support, and Mental Health Outcomes Among LGBT Youth” at the American Psychological Association Convention in Toronto in August.

Early Student Success in the CSH

From the first day on campus, now-rising sophomore Cesar Saucedo sought ways to utilize opportunities available in the CSH. As a freshman without prior research experience, Cesar knew that fulfilling his aspiration of working in a research lab would take effort. Thanks to his willingness to network through face time with professors and conversations with CSH leadership, Cesar was able to have an extremely successful opening year. Cesar presented at CAURS and LSAMP conferences and became funded by LSAMP to reach his goal of working in a research lab. Kyle Grice, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, provided an opportunity for Cesar to try his hand at research. Dr. Grice's mentorship and guidance allowed Cesar to gain invaluable experience and explore directions for his studies at DePaul and his future interests, which include a going on to a PhD program.

This summer, Dr. Grice and Cesar received funding through the Undergraduate Summer Research Program (USRP) for their project "Electrochemical Study for Group 6 Metal Compounds." This involves cyclic voltammetry (an electrochemical technique) of group 6 compounds. Under Dr. Grice's direction, Cesar looked at electrochemistry to see if substances are catalysts for CO2 conversion. Cesar set up and helped run experiments, gaining the research experience he was seeking. Cesar also works as a Teaching Assistant and does lab preparation for the department, which gives him more practice with fundamental skills. Recently, Cesar was accepted to the Arnold Mitchem Follows Program, which is a great step towards reaching his goals. When asked what advice he would give to his peers at DePaul, Cesar noted, "It's always good to ask questions"-perfect advice from a budding scientist.


The latest publication of the CSH Undergraduate Research Journal, DePaul Discoveries Volume 4, was released in May. The twenty-one original research papers were completed by CSH undergraduate students with the help of faculty mentors.
 


In June 2015, DePaul Discoveries had 356 full-text downloads.
June's most popular papers were:
"Characterization of Electrical Performance of Aluminum-Doped Zinc Oxide Pellets" (33 downloads)
"A Preliminary Study of Soundscape Analysis as a Measurement of Ecosystem Health" (25 downloads)
"Examining the Relationships between Empathy, Mood, and Facial Mimicry" (21 downloads)

In July 2015, DePaul Discoveries had 288 full-text downloads.
July's most popular papers were:
"Characterization of Electrical Performance of Aluminum-Doped Zinc Oxide Pellets" (40 downloads)
"Examining the Relationships between Empathy, Mood, and Facial Mimicry" (17 downloads)
"Flirting Style and Sexual Orientation" (17 downloads)

In August 2015, DePaul Discoveries had 332 full-text downloads.
August's most popular papers were:
"Characterization of Electrical Performance of Aluminum-Doped Zinc Oxide Pellets" (72 downloads)
"Flirting Style and Sexual Orientation" (34 downloads)
"Examining the Relationships between Empathy, Mood, and Facial Mimicry" (33 downloads)

External Grants Funded

Summer Awards

The National Science Foundation has awarded $589,432 to Joseph MikelsCollege of Science and Health, for a project entitled The Role of Affect in Decisions Involving Risk across the Adult Life Span. Though decision-making is traditionally considered a critical cognitive endeavor, recent theory and research underscore the role of emotion. In particular, it has become increasingly clear that various aspects of affect are central to decisions involving risk. However, how these affective influences interact remains unknown. This project presents a framework that integrates the various disparate influences of affect on decisions involving risk and offers several empirical investigations that hold promise to elucidate such influences.

Fourth Presbyterian Chicago Lights Summer Day has awarded $2,300 to Orson Morrison, Director, Family & Community Services, College of Science and Health, for the Social Emotional Learning Curriculum and Consultation. DePaul's Family & Community Services will develop a social emotional learning curriculum for the Fourth Presbyterian Chicago Lights Tutoring and Summer Day Program.   Services will include development of a tailored curriculum for Summer Day students, staff training, and weekly consultations with staff to support implementation.

The Chicago Community Trust has awarded $275,000 to Carolyn Narasimhan, Director, STEM Center, College of Science and Health, for the DePaul/CPS Science Partnership (Year 3). DePaul University's STEM Center will partner with the Chicago Public Schools to develop programming for educators in support of the Common Core Standards in Science.  A main goal of the STEM Center is to develop and support math and science programs for K-12 teachers throughout Chicago.

The Simons Foundation has awarded $35,000 to Thomas Kyle Petersen, College of Science and Health, for a project entitled Algebraic, Geometric, and Enumerative Combinatorics. The Simons Foundation's Division for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences awards grants to mathematicians to stimulate collaboration in the field, primarily through the funding of travel and related expenditures.  This collaborative project will focus on the following three areas:  1) Face enumeration in combinatorial topology, 2) Enumerative combinatorics of Coxeter groups, and 3) Affine hyperplane arrangements and descent algebras.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded $500,000 to Carolyn Narasimhan, College of Science and Health, for a project entitled Leading with Algebra.  The DePaul University Teacher Practice Network initiative, “Leading with Algebra,” is a partnership with the Chicago Public Schools to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in the pivotal area of algebra in grades 6-8.

Joseph Ferrari, Psychology, received a grant to fund conference travel in 2015-16 along with students to present their assessment of the impact of a religious retreat weekend program called "Ignatius Spirituality Program" f
or homeless women and men residing in 26 cities across the USA.

Teaching & Learning in the CSH

Paul Vadola and Caitlin Karver developed completely new CHE235 labs in preparation for the fall. Paul is also designing a new CHE486 course that will run this winter, Transition Metal Catalysis in Organic Synthesis, which focuses on cutting edge methods of organic synthesis such as Pd cross-coupling reactions, asymmetric hydrogenations, and olefin metathesis.

Graham Griffin attended the cCWS Conference on Materials Chemistry and Technology. Material from this conference will be incorporated into future Materials Chemistry and Nanotech currently being developed, and some material will also be incorporated into Physical Chemistry Lab and Gen Chem Lab.

Tim French  attended a Chemistry Collaborations, Workshops, and Communities of Scholars (cCWCS, sponsored by NSF) workshop on food chemistry at Clarke University in Dubuque, IA, in July with the goal of submitting an application for a Discover Chicago course based on the chemistry of cooking and modernist cuisine. 

Wendy Wolbach taught CHE 202 Statistical Analysis of Data online for the first time; the course will be repeated autumn 2015.
She also spent part of summer 2015 adapting three additional courses for hybrid instruction:

  • CHE 204 Analytical Chemistry (to be taught autumn 2015)
  • CHE 480 Special Topic in Analytical Chemistry: Electroanalytical Techniques (developed)
  • CHE 424 Group Theory (to be taught winter 2016)
Carey Southern has developed materials that are posted on the Chemistry Placement Test website to help students review important concepts before taking the placement test. Carey is also  developing a hybrid version of Chemistry 130.

 

External Funding Opportunities

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Research to Advance Vaccine Safety (R01)
Modification 3
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=132013

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Short-term Measurements of Improved Physical and Molecular Resilience in Pre-clinical Models (R01)
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=278384

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Ethical, Legal and Policy Issues in HIV Research with Key Populations (R21)
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=278370

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Limited Competition: Small Grant Program for NHLBI K01/K08/K23 Recipients (R03)
Grant
Award Ceiling: $50,000
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=277558

Department of Defense
Community Partners in Suicide Prevention
Modification 2
Estimated Total funding program: $2,500,000
Award Ceiling: $5,000,000
Award Floor: $500,000
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=276646

Department of Energy - Office of Science
Office of Science
FY 2016 Research Opportunities in High Energy Physics
Grant
Estimated Total Program Funding: $40,000,000
Award Ceiling: $40,000,000
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=277813

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
Estimated Total Program Funding: $4,500,000
Award Ceiling: $250,000
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=277840

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Alcohol Use Disorders: Behavioral Treatment, Services and Recovery Research (R01)
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=277876

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Alcohol Use Disorders: Behavioral Treatment, Services and Recovery Research (R03)
Grant
Award Ceiling: $50,000
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=277921

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Alcohol Use Disorders: Behavioral Treatment, Services and Recovery Research (R21)
Grant
Award Ceiling: $200,000
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=277922

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Health Disparities and Alzheimer's Disease (R01)
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=279050

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Research on Informal and Formal Caregiving for Alzheimer's Disease (R01)
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=279053

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Research on Informal and Formal Caregiving for Alzheimer's Disease (R21)
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=279054

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Research on the Mechanisms and/or Behavioral Outcomes of Multisensory Processing (R01)
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=279057

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Using Omics to Define Human Placental Development and Function Across Pregnancy (R21)
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=279060

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Using Omics to Define Human Placental Development and Function Across Pregnancy (R01)
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=279061

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Time-Sensitive Obesity Policy and Program Evaluation (R01)
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=279064

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Emerging Directions for Addressing Health Disparities in Alzheimer's Disease (R03)
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=279065

Do you have student, staff, or faculty awards to announce, upcoming events, or other news? Please email items for inclusion in the quarterly CSH Research & Faculty Development newsletter.

 

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