Newsletter Autumn 2013
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Research and Faculty Development
Autumn 2013

CSH Grant Opportunities and Due Dates
Welcome to our New CSH Faculty Colleagues
Upcoming Events
External Funding Received - Congratulations!
University Grant Opportunities
External Funding Opportunities
External Grant Submissions -- Good luck!
Opportunities to Consider
Call for Abstracts/Papers
Enhancing Undergraduate Student Readiness to Work with Faculty on Research
Congratulations to Our Newly Promoted and Tenured Colleagues
Update from the CSH Research and Faculty Development Committee

CSH Grant Opportunities and Due Dates

Welcome to Our New CSH Faculty Colleagues

Dr. Gerald P. Koocher became Dean of the College of Science and Health in July. Prior to arriving at DePaul, he served as a professor of psychology, health sciences dean and associate provost at Simmons College (Boston). Dean Koocker is editor of the journal Ethics & Behavior. He has published more than 250 articles and book chapters, and he has authored or edited 15 books. His research and clinical interests include family coping with chronic illness and bereavement; ethical and public policy issues in mental health services and research; quackery and malpractice; and psychological aspects of children and the law.
Dr. Barbara Harris is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing. Prior to this, she was a Visiting faculty member at DePaul. She has 30 years experience as a psychiatric mental health nurse and has been in nursing education for 15 years. Her research focuses on person-centered alternatives to managing mental illness as well as curricular innovations that sensitize and educate students regarding the needs and experiences of persons living with mental illness.


Dr. Kyle Grice is an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department. He is teaching General Chemistry and his research focuses on the transformation of strong bonds relevant to renewable fuels and commodity chemicals using transition metal catalysts.
Dr. Anthony G. Clementz received his doctorate in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry at Loyola University Medical Center. He then completed his postdoc at Northwestern University Lurie’s Children’s Hospital. He is a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry. He is teaching forensic chemistry, general chemistry, and biochemistry laboratory.
Dr. Karen Larimer is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing. She earned her PhD in 2011 from Loyola University Chicago, Niehoff School of Nursing. Her research interests include community based participatory research in cardiovascular disease risk reduction and determinants of cardiovascular health and disease.
Ellen Chiocca is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing in the School of Nursing. She is a pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) and maintains a clinical practice in a clinic in Uptown for homeless children and families. Her clinical and research area includes the impact of violence on children.
Dr. Juan Hu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics. She was born in China and she received a PhD from Purdue University. Her research focus is on spatial statistics. 

External Funding Received --

Doug Bruce (Health Sciences); Development of a Syndemic Model among Gay/Bisexual Male Adolescents/Young Adults; $381,200; NIH

Sarah Ann Connolly (Health Sciences); Herpes virus Gene Expresson in Transformed Cells; $14,193; NIH

Bibiana Gabriela Gonzalez Aviles (Physics); NU-CEMRI - Interdisciplinary Research Group D: Fundamentals of Amorphous Oxide Semiconductors; $27,817; National Science Foundation

Kathryn Grant (Psychology); An innovative approach to preventing depression in African American girls; $235,510; NIH

Wendy Jackson (STEM); Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards:  A DePaul/Chicago Public Schools Partnership; $299,986; The Chicago Community Trust

Jim Montgomery (Environmental Science); Soil Assessment for Urban Green Infrastructure; $15,000; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Orson Morrison (DePaul Family and Community Services; Psychology); IDHS Agreement for Psychiatric Services FY 2014; $215,960; IL Department of Human Services

Orson Morrison (DePaul Family and Community Services; Psychology); Medicaid Reimbursements for Psych Services FY 2014; $200,000; IL Department of Human Services

Lynn Narasimhan (STEM; Mathematics); CCSS-M Network Partnership; $600,000; The Chicago Community Trust

Lynn Narasimhan (STEM; Mathematics); Leading With Algebra; $248,343; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Lynn Narasimhan (STEM; Mathematics); LSAMP DePaul FY 2014; $18,000; National Science Foundation

Antonio Polo (Psychology); An Intervention for Depression among Low-Income Ethnic Minority Youth; $216,084; The Annie E. Casey Foundation

LaVome Robinson (Psychology); Social Ecology and the Prevention of Suicide and Aggression in African American Youth; $615,707; NIH

Bridget Tenner (Mathematics); Simons Collaboration Grant; $7000; Simons Foundation.

Nathan Todd (Psychology); Understanding Social Networks in Religious Congregations; $25,000; Louisville Institute

Ilie Dragan, Ugarcovici (Mathematics); Dynamical Systems and the Geometry of Orbits; $7000; Simons Foundation.


External Grant Submissions

This past summer, CSH Faculty members submitted 14 external grant proposals totaling $6,560,197.
We wish luck to our colleagues Beth Ann Lawrence (Environmental Science), Joanne Romagni (Biology; ORS), Suzanne Bell (Psychology), Kathryn Grant (Psychology), Cecilia Martinez-Torteya (Psychology), Joe Mikels (Psychology), Orson Morrison (Psychology), Bernadette Sanchez (Psychology), Michael Shuster (Psychology), and Lynn Narasimhan (STEM).

Enhancing Undergraduate Student Readiness to Work with Faculty on Research

Many undergraduate students have asked academic advisors in the Office of Advising and Student Services about "doing research."

Undergraduate students, however, often are unprepared. Generally, they do not know:
  • why working with faculty on research is important (they have heard that it is "good" but do not know why)
  • how to find research opportunities with CSH faculty
  • what might be expected of them as a volunteer or paid research assistant
Michael Roberts, Assistant Dean for Academic Services, has offered to conduct small group workshops -- Research 101 -- that will address these (and more) topics for students who are interested in approaching faculty to work on faculty research.

Please send comments, ideas, or suggestions about these workshops to and
Dr. Craig M. Klugman is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Sciences. He comes to DePaul from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio where he was the Stewart & Marianne Reuter Professor of Medical Ethics & Humanities. Craig's research is in the areas of public health ethics, research ethics, and end-of-life issues.
Dr. Meegan Greeson is an Assistant Professor in the Clinical/Community Psychology Program in the Department of Psychology. Her research focuses on interventions to improve how communities respond to violence against women. She is also interested in partnering with communities to translate and apply research and evaluation findings to practice.
Dr. Mary Bridget Kustusch received a PhD in Physics from North Carolina State University. She then spent two years as a postdoctoral scholar at Oregon State University. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics. Her area of expertise is Physics Education Research and she specializes in exploring the connections between mathematics and physics and the use of multiple representations, particularly kinesthetic and embodied experiences as mediating resources for students.
Dr. Paul Vadola conducted his graduate studies at Columbia University, earning his Ph.D. in chemistry in 2010, after which he was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Dr. Vadola is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry. He specializes in organic chemistry and will be investigating new methods for streamlining the process of organic synthesis in an attempt to provide efficient access to valuable molecules.
Dr. Kathleen Rylance is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing. She received a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Rush University specializing in Community Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. Her clinical practice focused on community health, wellness and education, including managing a free mobile health care unit. She teaches in the Master's Entry into Nursing Practice (MENP) program at the RFUMS location -- Nursing Fundamentals, Health Promotion of Individuals, Families and Communities, as well as Community Health and Community-based Service Learning.

Upcoming Events

September 25
CSH Emerging Technologies Luncheon, How to Make D2L Work For You; McGowan South, Room 404, 12-1PM

October 9
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS), Molecular and Cellular Sciences Seminar Series, Elizabeth M. Wilson, Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Biochemistry and Biophysics at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Proto-Oncogene Activity of the Primate-Specific Androgen Receptor Coregulator MAGE-A1

October 11
Social Science Research Center (SSRC) MESS HALL, a discussion of research works in progress. 1-2PM, SSRC Conference room 3100, 990 building. Guests this day are Doris Rusch (game design; CDM), Anuradha Rana (fillm; CDM) and Mona Shattell (nursing; CSH) who will be discussing their transmedia project for young adults with emotional health issues.

October 17
9th Annual Jeanne LaDuke Women in Mathematics, Science, and Technology Lecture. Solving complex problems in health through diversity, games, and STEM-learning, Melissa Gilliam, MD, MPH, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Chicago; 6PM, McGowan South, 108

November 1  
Annual Argonne National Laboratory’s Symposium for Undergraduates in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics

November 6
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS), Molecular and Cellular Sciences Seminar Series, Martin Friedlander, M.D., Ph.D**, Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology at Scripps College,California Campus - Stemming Vision Loss with Stem Cells: Ras, VEGF and HIFs Modulation during Retinal Angiogenesis

November 8  
Annual DePaul Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology Undergraduate Research Showcase

November 22           
DePaul University School of Nursing, Grace Peterson Research Day, 10AM-1PM, Student Center 314A/B

University Grant Opportunities

The Vincentian Endowment Fund provides grant funding to faculty, staff, and student projects that enhance the university's Catholic and/or Vincentian identity.
Award - up to $10,000
Deadline - October 11

University Research Council (URC) Competitive Research Grants
Award - up to $3500
Deadline - October 15 and March 15

Public Service Council (PSC) Research Grants
Award - up to $4500
Deadline - October 15 and March 15

External Funding Opportunities

Burroughs Wellcome Fund has issued its call for nominations for investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases (PATH) program.
Award - $100,000/year x 5 years
Deadline - November 1, 2013

The National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence supports the Claire M. Fagin Fellow Award Program, which provides for a 2-year fellowship for advanced research training and mentorship designed to assist doctorally-prepared nurses committed to faculty careers in gerontological nursing.
Award - $60,000/year x 2 years
Deadline - January 13, 2014

National Science Foundation; Science, Technology, and Society
Deadline - February 3, 2014

Spencer Foundation; Small Grants Proposals (Education Related)
Deadline - October 12, 2013 and November 26, 2013

Opportunities to Consider

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) announced a call for applications for its Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy.
Deadline - December 31, 2013

Calls for Papers/Abstracts

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH), 13th International Conference, April 30 - May 3, 2014, Chicago, IL
Deadline - September 30, 2013

National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) 40th Annual Meeting, April 3-6, 2014, Denver, CO
Deadline - October 15, 2013

Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA), Annual Meeting, Midwestern Psychology Association, May 1-3, 2014, Chicago, IL
Deadline - October 31, 2013

The International Society for Applied Cardiovascular Biology (ISACB) 14th Biennial Meeting, April 2 - 5, 2014, Cleveland, OH.
Deadline - November 1, 2013

Congratulations to Our Newly
Promoted and Tenured Colleagues

Dr. Gabriela B. González Avilés (Physics) - Associate Professor with Tenure

Dr. Yan Li (Psychology) - Associate Professor with Tenure

Dr. T. Kyle Petersen (Mathematics) - Associate Professor with Tenure

Dr. Joe Mikels (Psychology) - Associate Professor with Tenure

Dr. Dorothy Kozlowski (Biology) - Professor

Dr. Ruben Parra
(Chemistry) - Professor

Update from the CSH Research and Faculty Development Committee

Chair, Mona Shattell (ex officio), Jonathan Cohen (Mathematics), Eric Landahl (Physics), Judy Bramble (Environmental Sciences) Joanna Brooke (Biology), Christine Reyna (Psychology), Barbara Harris (Nursing)

Charge - The Research and Faculty Development Committee is responsible for supporting the creation of knowledge.  The committee will develop a college-wide plan to support research and will be responsible for recommending necessary faculty resources to conduct scientific investigations.

Current Activities - creating an enhanced structure for the CSH Research website tab and sub-tabs; reviewing the CSH internal grant instructions, applications, and evaluation criteria; developing an AY 2013/2014 Research and Faculty Development Calendar and Quarterly Newsletter.

Near Future Activities - develop a college-wide plan to support research.
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