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Research and Faculty Development
Spring 2014 E-Newsletter

CSH Excellence in Research Award
Undergraduate Research Assistant Program (URAP) Summer & Autumn 2014
DePaul Discoveries
Research Leaves
Social Media
Report from the 2014 Spring Symposium and Research Conference in STEM

Resources for Early Career Faculty
Spotlight on Faculty-Community Collaborations
External Grants Awarded -- Congratulations!
DePaul/RFUMS Alliance Corner
Upcoming Events
CSH Research Colloquium
External Funding Opportunities

Women in Science Fellowship
External Grants Submitted
Congratulations Grad Students!
Want to provide anonymous feedback to the IRB/IACUC/IBC?

DePaul Discoveries

DePaul Discoveries is a peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal published by DePaul University’s College of Science and Health.
Mona Shattell, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Editor

Judy Bramble, PhD
Editorial Board Members
Jocelyn Carter, PhD, Department of Psychology
Gabriela Gonzalez Aviles, PhD, Department of Physics
Kyle Grice, PhD, Department of Chemistry
Craig Klugman, PhD, Department of Health Sciences
Dorothy Kozlowski, PhD, Department of Biology
T. Kyle Petersen, PhD, Department of Mathematics
Mark Potosnak, PhD, Department of Environmental Sciences and Studies
Bridget Tenner, PhD, Department of Mathematics

DePaul Discoveries is online!

The DePaul Discoveries editorial board and many CSH faculty and student reviewers are currently working on Volume 3, which will be published in June.

A special thanks to Chris Keys, founding editor-in-chief, for all of his work on the journal the past two years.

Research Leaves


Congratulations to the following faculty members whose research leaves have been approved!

Camras, Linda
Cohn, Stanley
Connolly, Sarah
Gonzalez Aviles, Gabriela Bibiana
Graupmann, Verena Petra
LaMontagne, Jalene
Lawrence, Beth
LeClair, Elizabeth Ellen
Martinez-Torteya, Cecelia
Sanchez, Bernadette
Stuhlmacher, Alice

Social Media 

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Report from the 2014 Spring Symposium and Research Conference in STEM, hosted by the Louis Stoke Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)

DePaul students received top honors for oral and poster presentations in Biology, Molecular Biology, Environmental Science, Math, Physics and Computer Science.

This year, 26 students from the College of Science and Health (CSH) and the College for Computer and Digital Media (CDM), along with seven faculty and staff from CSH and CDM attended the annual event held at the Tinley Park Convention Center.

The DePaul group consisted of LSAMP students, SACNAS and CIRRUS students, as well as students with a general interest in STEM.

Poster Presentations
Patrick Morgan -- 2nd  place in Math/Physics (Stephen Stanhope)
Amanda Henderson --  1st place in Environmental Science (University of Puerto Rico REU)
Brandon Bell -- 3rd  place in Computer Science (Robert Garcia)
Maria Christina Ulloa --  3rd place in Molecular Biology (RFU internship)
Danielle Araiza, Erica Valdez and Mallory Davis --  3rd place in General Biology (Jason Bystriansky and Timothy Sparkes)
Oral Presentations
Maxine Loh --  1st  place in General Biology (RFU Internship)
Alejandra Luna --  3rd place in General Biology (Jason Bystriansky)
Maria Sanchez -- 1st  place in Molecular Biology (RFU Internship)
Trevor Grand Pre -- 1st place in Physics (University of California – Berkeley internship / Eric Landahl)

The DePaul LSAMP Research Scholars program is coordinated by the STEM Center, under the direction of Lynn Narasimhan.

Quinetta Shelby, Margaret Silliker, and Robert Garcia served as judges as well as faculty mentors. Rhonda Harley, Max Barry, and Victoria Simek served on the organizing committee.

Thank you Victoria Simek for providing this report.
Resources for Early Career Faculty

Internal Resources
New Faculty Seminar
April 11 - New Faculty Seminar, 2:30-5PM, McGS 404
May 16 - New Faculty Seminar, 2:30-5PM, McGS 404
June 6 - New Faculty Seminar, 5PM

New Faculty Seminar PLUS
May 30 - New Faculty Seminar PLUS, 3-5PM, McGS 404

External Resources
National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
NCFDD is an independent faculty development center that provides external mentoring, professional development, and a supportive community for faculty members across institutions. DePaul University has purchased an Institutional Membership to the NCFDD and joins a growing community of colleges and universities that offer NCFDD resources to faculty.

Spotlight on Faculty-Community Collaborations

Grow Strong Project

Dr. Kim Amer (School of Nursing) and the Stanislaus Kostka Elementary School

The School of Nursing's Grow Strong Project was developed by Dr. Kim Amer to foster a connection to food in young children. "When children have a direct connection to food, they are more likely to develop a long-term appreciation for land, local resources, the food they eat, and their well-being," says Kim Amer.

School gardens offer more than just plants.  School gardens incorporate math, science, marketing, and problem solving. Many donate their produce to hunger programs. School gardens also offer a place for parents and community members to learn, connect, and build healthy lives.

The planning of the garden and the classroom instruction was all guided by School of Nursing faculty and students, and the children’s identified learning goals.  The concepts of the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Children in Chicago’s teaching materials entitled 5-4-3-2-1 Go! were used for the instruction.  (
The year after the garden was established, new DePaul Nursing Students are ready to take over where the former students left off. They are planning great things for St. Stans Grow Strong this Spring.  The children ate a much wider variety of vegetables after last year’s planting. Hopefully they will be even more adventurous this year.

External Grants Awarded --

In January and February 2014, CSH faculty have received a total of  $1,267,608 in funding.

Awards in January
The Illinois Board of Higher Education has awarded $10,000 to Elizabeth Florez, School of Nursing, College of Science and Health for the IBHE Nurse Educator Fellowship Program: FY 2014. The purpose of the Nurse Educator Fellowship Program is to ensure the retention of well-qualified nursing faculty at Illinois institutions of higher learning that award degrees in nursing.   Elizabeth Florez, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing at DePaul, was chosen as one of the 22 Nurse Educator Fellows for 2014 by the Illinois Board of Higher Education.  The fellowship funds will be used for professional development, including conference attendance, as well as continuing education aimed at completion of a Certificate in Qualitative Research Methods.

The Neumann Family Services has awarded $68,984 to Christopher Keys from the Department of Psychology for the IPS Model Evaluation. DePaul University will participate in conducting a comprehensive evaluation of an evidenced-based IPS model of supported employment. The evaluation will assess staff growth, agency changes, and client outcomes.

Awards in February
The National Science Foundation, via a subaward from the University of Chicago, has awarded $22,138 to Susan Fischer from the Department of Physics for a study entitled Embodied Physics Learning.  Expertise in the area of physics will be provided in collaboration with the University of Chicago psychology team in order to develop embodied learning exercises for students that are aimed at providing insight into the concept of center of gravity, and related topics in introductory physics. Lecture materials, demonstrations, and traditional lab experiments will be designed and developed to mesh with the embodied learning exercises.

The National Institutes of Health, via a subaward from Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, has awarded $496,486 to Leonard Jason from the Department of Psychology for A Prospective Study of CFS Following Infectious Mononucleosis in College Students. This study will gather biological and psychological data when students in the target populations are well; when they develop Infectious Mononucleosis (IM); and when they develop Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).  At the end of the 3-year recruitment period, the study will continue to follow those who have developed CFS for 12 months.  The study will compare these prospective pre-illness IM variables to IM and post-illness data between students who do and do not go on to develop CFS.

The Chicago Community Trust has awarded $670,000 to Carolyn Narasimhan from STEM for the CCSS-M Network Partnership, Year 3. The CCSS-M Network Partnership is a continuing, coordinated effort with the Department of Mathematics and Science of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to build and extend capacity to implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSS-M) in networks, schools, and classrooms.  In its third year, the project will continue its support of work being offered by CPS in seventeen networks across the district, and will continue to provide further professional development and in-class coaching support to committed teachers and leaders in six of those networks.

Thank you Bob McCarthy and Regina Gilson from the ORS for providing the data.


Dr. Roche Recognized on House Floor Dr. Bernadette Roche, Director of the Nurse Anesthesia program jointly offered with the NorthShore University HealthSystem School of Nurse Anesthesia, was recently recognized by state representative Michael McAuliffe and on the house floor! Dr. Roche also serves as the President of the Illinois Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Congratulations, Bernadette!
Karyn Holm in Go Red for Women Video Check out Professor Emeritus Karyn Holm in this inspiring video for the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign!

DePaul/RFUMS Alliance Corner

DePaul/RFUMS Research Retreat
Date: May 9, 2014
Time: 1-5PM
Location: McGowan South
Perks: meet potential collaborators; learn about $100,000 DPU/RFUMS Collaborative Research Grants; wine/beer/food reception

Upcoming Events

Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium (CAURS)

Saturday April 5, 2014 at the Chicago Marriott, 540 N. Michigan Avenue

How many DePaul students are presenting at the conference this year?

The answer -- 27, and 25 of them are from CSH.

The Biology department has 15 students presenting.
The Chemistry department has 3 students presenting.
Environmental Sciences and Studies has 3 students.
Physics has 2 students.
Psychology and Mathematics each have 1 student presenting.

Good luck to all of our student presentors, and many thanks to their faculty advisors!

Thank you Michael Roberts for providing the data for this report.

CSH Research Colloquium

Topic: Pharmacogenomics to treat mental illness

Title: Personalized Medicine Advances in Neuropsychiatric Disorders: Breakthroughs in Pharmacogenomics for Medication Selection

When: April 9 from 3-4PM

Where: McGowan South, room TBD

Who: Jim Burns, CEO of Assurex Health; CSH Advisory Board Member
RFU has invited DPU faculty to this faculty development  workshop. If you are interested in attending, email or call Dr. Rea Katz, PhD, PA-C  Director of Faculty Development, Office of Faculty Affairs Assistant Professor Physician Assistant Department Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
847.578.8496 Office

This summer (June 29 - July 3, 2014), DePaul will host the 26th International Conference on Formal Power Series and Algebraic Combinatorics (FPSAC)Dr. Bridget Tenner (Mathematics) is the Chair of this conference, and Dr. T. Kyle Petersen (Mathematics) is on the Organizing Committee.

The FPSAC conference series focuses on algebraic and enumerative combinatorics, and connections between these topics, other areas of mathematics, computer science, bioinformatics, and physics. Arguably the most important conference in the world for the presentation of advances in algebraic and enumerative combinatorics, FPSAC’s weeklong annual meeting attracts top mathematicians from many countries, and offers young researchers a unique opportunity to interact closely with each other as well as more established colleagues. The conference, held annually in different countries, is quite large, last year topping 300 attendees. Having it at DePaul is a major coup for the academic -- and mathematical -- reputation of our university.

Thank you Drs. Tenner and Petersen for all of your hard work!

External Funding Opportunities

National Institutes of Health
Community Partnerships to Advance Research (CPAR) (R15) Grant
Award - $300,000

National Institutes of Health
Temporal Dynamics of Neurophysiological Patterns as Potential Targets for Treating Cognitive Deficits  in Brain Disorders (R21) Grant
Award - $200,000

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Alcohol Education Project Grants (R25)
Letter of Intent (Required) Deadlines
Full Proposal Deadlines: May 07, 2014
National Institutes of Health
Translational Research to Help Older Adults Maintain their Health and Independence in the Community (R21)
Full Proposal Deadlines: May 08, 2014
Scientific Research Center On Decision Neuroscience And Aging
Scientific Research Center on Decision Neuroscience and Aging 2014 Grants
Full Proposal Deadlines: April 1, 2014
National Institutes of Health
Family and Interpersonal Relationships in an Aging Context (R01)
Full Proposal Deadlines: May 08, 2014
National Science Foundation
Perception, Action & Cognition
Full Proposal Deadlines: April 15, 2014
American Psychological Foundation (APF)
Visionary and the Drs. Rosalee G. and Raymond A. Weiss Research and Program Innovation Grants
Full Proposal Deadlines: May 01, 2014
March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation*
Prematurity Research Initiative (PRI)
Letter of Intent (Required) Deadlines:  Apr. 15, 2014
The William T. Grant *
Reducing Inequality
Full Proposal Deadlines: May 6, 2014
National Science Foundation
Dimensions of Biodiversity
Full Proposal Deadlines: April 03, 2014
National Science Foundation
Genealogy of Life (GoLife)
Full Proposal Deadlines: March 26, 2014
National Science Foundation
MacroSystems Biology
Full Proposal Deadlines: April 07, 2014
National Science Foundation
Full Proposal Deadlines: June 04, 2014
National Science Foundation
Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology
Full Proposal Deadlines: July 17, 2014

National Science Foundation
Developmental and Learning Sciences (DLS)
Full Proposal Deadlines: Jul 15, 2014
Opportunities marked with an (*) need to fill out a clearance form with DePaul's Development Office.

If you are interested in applying for one of these initiatives or if you have questions on the opportunities, please feel free to contact ORS Pre-Award staff for assistance at x2-7388.  

Thank you Maria del Carmen Ramirez from the ORS for providing these funding opportunities.

Inaugural CRDF Global Henrietta H. Fore Women in Science Fellowship to Advance Science Collaboration

Deadline for Applications is April 25

The inaugural Fellowship will be awarded to a competitively selected female scientist for an eight to twelve week duration at CRDF Global headquarters in Arlington, VA. Candidates must be women with or pursuing a Ph.D. in the natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, or biomedical and behavioral sciences.  Candidates must demonstrate experience or expertise in international collaboration and be a U.S. citizen or have U.S. work authorization. The deadline for application is April 25, 2014. The fellow will be selected by May 9, 2014. Apply at

External Grants Submitted -- Good Luck!

In January and February 2014, CSH faculty have submitted a total of 8 full proposals, totaling almost $8,000,000.

Proposals Submitted in January
Jalene LaMontagne (Biology) submitted a proposal to the Huron Mountain Wildlife Foundation for a project titled, "Mast-seeding dynamics in the southern range of a boreal forest."

Margaret Silliker (Biology) submitted a proposal to the Harris Corporation for a project titled, "Fortifying the STEM Pipeline."

Proposals Submitted in February
William Chin (Mathematics) submitted a proposal to the Simons Foundation for a project titled, "Hopf algebras and coalgebras."

Ayse Sahin (Mathematics) submitted a proposal to the Simons Foundation for a project titled, "Actions of amenable groups: tilings and directional behavior."

Joseph Mikels (Psychology) submitted a proposal to the National Science Foundation for a project titled, "The Role of Emotion in Decisions Involving Risk Across the Adult Life Span.

Lenny Jason (Psychology; Center for Community Research) submitted a proposal to the National Institutes of Health for a project titled, "Modelling social support in recovery homes."

Bernadette Sanchez (Psychology) submitted a proposal to the National Science Foundation for
a project titled, "INSPIRE, a higher Education Academic Pipeline of Success for Underrepresented Students."

Bernhard Beck-Winchatz (STEM) submitted a proposal to the National Aeronautics & Space Administration for a project titled, "DePaul University NASA-based Courses for Middle School Teachers."

Thank you Cate Eckstrom from the ORS for providing the data

Congratulations Grad Students!

Ciaran Shaughnessy (Biology graduate student) was awarded a Sigma Xi "Grant in Aid of Research" for $900.  The title of his project is "Gill ion transport protein localization in acidotic white sturgeon during seawater acclimation." Ciaran also was selected as a finalist for the W.S. Hoar Award at the upcoming 2014 Annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Zoologists.  This is a prestigious award given for the best student paper presented orally at the Annual Conference of the Society. Faculty advisor - Jason Bystiansky

Ryan Wenkus received an external Student Research Grant from the Illinois State Academy of Science for $500. The title of the project is “Linking predator life history trade-offs to levels of stability in predator-prey dynamics”. Faculty advisor - Jalene LaMontagne

Elsa Anderson has received a University Fellowship from UIC for $25,000 (for each of 2 years) and a tuition waiver. Last month she was accepted into the PhD program at UIC in Ecology and Evolution. Faculty advisor - Jalene LaMontagne

Erika Binelli came in third place in the 2014 Art of Science Calendar Contest. Her winning photo (below) will be featured on the 2014 Aquaneering calendar, and will be distributed to all subscribers of Animal Lab News (ALN) and the scientific journal ZebrafishFaculty advisor - Beth LeClair
Thanks to Margaret Silliker for providing the information for this section.

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