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Research and Faculty Development

Summer Newsletter


Headlines

Promotion and Tenure Announcement
Welcome to New CSH Staff
DePaul Urban Farming Organization - Urban Garden
CSH in the News
Highlights from Spring Quarter
Provost’s Collaborative Research Fellow Awards
Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award to Dr. Jesús Pando
Excellence in Teaching Award to Dr. Liam Heneghan
Student Accomplishments
Graduate Research Fund Awards
Staff Quality Service Award to Dominika Chafai
Alumni News
DePaul Discoveries
Summer Journal Clubs
External Funding Awarded
External Funding Opportunities

Congratulations to Promoted CSH Faculty


Promotion to Professor
Bernhard Beck-Winchatz
Bernadette Sanchez
Timothy Sparkes
 
Promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure
Jocelyn Carter
William Gilliland
Justin Maresh
Mark Potosnak
Nicholas Ramsey
Cathrine Southern

Welcome New CSH Staff

Prior to accepting the academic advising position in the biological sciences, Felicia Gowanlock advised DePaul’s track and field and cross country students in Athletic Academic Advising (AAA). She acted as a liaison between students, coaches, and faculty to better support our student-athletes academically. Felicia recently completed an internship in the Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Office at Loyola, leading workshops on oppression, privilege, and racial identity. Felicia earned a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Biology at Allegheny College, and completed her Masters of Education in Counseling with a concentration in College Student Development from DePaul this past June. 
Carissa Madrid is the new administrative assistant for the MENP program. She graduated from DePaul University as an undergrad in 2007, and she is currently enrolled as a graduate student obtaining her Masters in Educational Leadership. Carissa recently moved back to Chicago after living abroad in Italy for three and a half years. She enjoys traveling as much as possible, reading, and recently became a certified yoga instructor.
Alexandra Manetas graduated from DePaul in 2013 with a BS in Finance, and began working at DePaul soon after as an accounting specialist in the Accounts Payable Department. Alexandra joined the CSH this past January as the Business Assistant for the College of Science and Health Dean’s Office.

Highlights from Spring & Early Summer


It was an exciting Cross-McGowan Classic in May! Team Bio beat Team Chemistry for a final score of 19-15 at the end of the yearly softball game. Both teams played valiantly—and next year’s rematch is sure to be an event. 
 
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The 2015 Annual Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA)-Division 27 (SCRA) Affiliated Meeting was held in May, and Taylor & Francis provided a reception in celebration of Joseph Ferrari's 20th continuous year as Editor of the “Journal for Prevention and Intervention in the Community.” 
 
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Eiron Cudaback, Health Sciences, gave a presentation entitled "Brain Inflammatory Response in Health and Disease" in May as part of the Biological Sciences Research Seminar.
 
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The 2015 Academic High Altitude Conference and its pre-conference workshop was held at DePaul University June 23-26, 2015, hosted by Mark Potosnak, Environmental Science and Studies, and Bernhard Beck-Winchtaz, STEM, The workshop taught educators how to use a novel low-cost balloon platform to advance STEM education and research, and the conference included presentations by researchers from around the country and multiple keynotes--including one on Google’s Project Loon. Please view the conference announcement or visit the Academic High Altitude Conference website for more information.
 
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Phil Funk, Associate Dean for External Relations, CSH, and Biological Sciences, completed the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education "Harvard Graduate School of Education Management Development Program." This program allows department chairs, associate deans, and other administrators in higher education to meet to discuss best practices. 
 
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In April, John Roe, PhD (Penn State University), gave a presentation on “Growth, Geometry, and Sustainability,” exploring the way mathematicians interpret exponential growth and how these ideas can be applied to questions of ecological and economic sustainability.

Student & Alumni Accomplishments


At the 2015 Illinois Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (Il LSAMP) Spring Symposium and Research Conference in STEM, six DePaul students received top honors for oral and poster presentations in Biology and Chemistry. A list of the students and their awards is below.

Maya Navarro, Chemistry
2nd Place, Chemistry Oral Presentation
 
Danielle Araiza, Health Sciences/Biology
1st Place, Biological Sciences Oral Presentation
 
Erica Valdez, Biology
2nd Place, Biological Sciences Oral Presentation
 
Joshua Smith, Biology
1st Place, Chemistry Poster Presentation
 
Darcy Velazquez, Chemistry
Stephanie Pacheco, Biology
2nd Place, Chemistry Poster Presentation
 
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Allison Williams, Environmental Science and Studies student, won the CSH Excellence in Research award.

Ashley Leszkiewicz, Environmental Science and Studies student, received the Dean’s Undergraduate Fellowship at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Tammy Basso, Environmental Science and Studies student, won the Dean’s Undergraduate Fellowship at the Field Museum.

Mary Babiez, Environmental Science and Studies student, is a Summer Fellow in the Center for Tree Science at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL.

Elizabeth Carter, Environmental Science and Studies student, was awarded the Outstanding Environmental Science & Studies Student award.

Olivia Johnson, Environmental Science and Studies student, received a grant from the Illinois Association of Environmental Professionals.

Robert King, Environmental Science and Studies student, received the James and Mary Schaefer Endowed Scholarship.
 
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The Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium (CAURS) took place in April 2015. Students Joshua Smith, Biology, and Realino B Gurdiel III, Biology, served as DePaul student reps to the 2014-15 Inter-School Board, and many DePaul students and mentoring faculty participated in the 2015 Symposium.
 
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The following students received Environmental Science & Studies scholarships in Spring 2015:

Catherine Pease
Cody Sabo
Lukasz Stanek
Ariel Wagner

DePaul Urban Farming Organization &
DePaul Urban Garden



Over the winter months, the DePaul Urban Farming Organization members mastered a functioning hydroponic system and made plans for their spring planting. Now in early summer, the DePaul Urban Garden (DUG) is planted, watered, and cared for by a group of passionate DePaul students across disciplines--and even outside of the CSH. As a student organization, the DePaul Urban Farming Organization has taken trips to visit other urban gardening sites, hosted Edible Earth dinners, and bonded with community members through the garden. Faculty co-advisor Kim Frye notes that the group is community and service-oriented. 
The DePaul Urban Garden (DUG) holds open volunteer hours at the garden, located at the corner of Belden and Bissell, on Wednesdays (3pm-4:30pm) and Saturdays (10:30am-12pm) this summer. Faculty, staff, and student participants are always welcome. For more information, please visit the DePaul Urban Farming Organization website, Facebook page, and follow the DePaul Urban Farming Organization on Twitter.

CSH In the News


Linda Camras, Psychology, was featured in the May 2015 edition of Popular Science, addressing "Do Babies Express Emotions the Same Way Adults Do?" 

Joseph Ferrari, Psychology, was spotlighted by the DePaul Newsline in May in the article “DePaul Students Conduct First National Study of Permanent Deacons Since the '60S.”

Craig Klugman, Health Sciences, was featured by the DePaul Newsline in April for his innovative and interdisciplinary teaching methods as he held class in the DePaul Art Museum. Dr. Klugman serves on the DePaul Art Museum faculty advisory board. Dr. Klugman was quoted in a Reuters article, “J&J to consult ethicists on requests for experimental drugs,” as well as an article in BioSpace, “Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Taps Ethicists to Weigh Compassionate Use Requests.” Dr. Klugman was also quoted in the article “‘Right to Try’ Movement Wants Terminally Ill to Get Experimental Drugs” published on Healthline, and featured in a discussion on quarantine during the MERS outbreak in South Korea for 90.5 Busan radio.

Dorothy Kozlowski, Biology, was interviewed on Chicago Tonight: Health in May on concussions and long-term health problems associated with contact sports and brain injuries.

Kenshu Shimada, Environmental Science and Studies, was quoted by the San Diego Reader in May on “laws and regulations concerning fossils from U.S. public lands” in an article titled “I live with dinosaurs: Home museum in Escondido ordered to shut down.”

Two Provost’s Collaborative Research Fellow Awards Granted to CSH Faculty


Dorothy Kozlowski, Biology, and Eiron Cudaback, Health Sciences, were awarded the Provost’s Collaborative Research Fellow Award through the University Research Council. Drs. Kozlowski and Cudaback will be exploring how traumatic brain injury affects the neuroinflammatory response in mice that carry different APOE genes--a risk factor for Alzheimer’s Disease.

Mona Shattell, Nursing and Psychology, Doug Bruce, Health Sciences and Public Health, and Elissa Foster, College of Communication, were awarded the Provost’s Collaborative Research Fellow Award for their project “Patient and Primary Care Provider Perspectives on Recreational and Therapeutic Cannabis Use, Within a Changing SocioCultural and Political Context."

Jesús Pando
, Physics, was awarded the Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award for 2015 in recognition of his work with the SACNAS chapter at DePaul. Visit the DePaul University SACNAS Chapter’s Facebook page for more information on the organization.
Liam Heneghan, Environmental Science and Studies, received the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award for the College of Science and Health in recognition of his innovative and effective teaching methods. The Quality of Instruction Council will announce the award at Convocation this autumn. 

Graduate Research Fund Awards


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

Congratulations to the following students:

Danielle Vaclavik
Abigail Brown
Dina Chavira
Elizabeth McConnell
Ma Piu Kwan
Crystalia Sulaiman
Jaclyn Houston
Naseem Jamnia
Brittney Raeann Fraumeni
Crystalia N. Steltenpohl
Mary Keegin
Theressa L. LaBarrie
Ana B Goya Arce
Ryan Wenkus
Martina Mihelicova
Kattie Morris
Tyree Mitchell
Daniel R. Abben
Nadia Spawn
Shanique Brown
Or’Shaundra Benson
Stefanie Mockler
Sarah Page McCarter
Grace Malato
William Krenzer
Michelle Gilchrist
Dominika Chafai, Business Manager, College of Science and Health, received a 2015-2016 Staff Quality Service Award in recognition for her work in promoting university initiatives and supporting DePaul’s mission through collaboration. 

Alumni News


Natalie Hengstebeck graduated from DePaul in 2011 with a major in psychology. Natalie has been awarded a Fulbright for the 2015/2016 academic year for research on the extent to which public childcare is associated with cross-national differences in parents’ relationship quality and personal well-being in 15 European countries. During Fall 2011, Natalie began graduate school at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in the Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) department. She received her MS in 2013 and is a current PhD Candidate in the same program. After she completes the Fulbright in 2015-2016, she expects to complete her dissertation research and earn my PhD in 2017.

Ansonia Badgett has been awarded a 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. Ansonia graduated from DePaul with a degree in Chemistry in 2009. During her undergraduate career she was a LSAMP Research Scholar working with Quinetta Shelby, Chemistry, and went on to a Ph.D. program in Chemistry at LSU. She is currently carrying out her dissertation research with Robin McCarley at LSU. 

DePaul Discoveries Volume 4 was published in May. The twenty-one original research papers were completed by CSH undergraduate students with the help of faculty mentors.
 

In March 2015, DePaul Discoveries had 362 full-text downloads.
The most popular papers were:
Characterization of Electrical Performance of Aluminum-Doped Zinc Oxide Pellets (45 downloads)
Examining the Relationships between Empathy, Mood, and Facial Mimicry (26 downloads)
Chinese Cultural Factors Impacting the Educational Schooling of Children with Autism in China (26 downloads)

In April 2015, DePaul Discoveries had 305 full-text downloads.
The most popular papers were:
Characterization of Electrical Performance of Aluminum-Doped Zinc Oxide Pellets (42 downloads)
Examining the Relationships between Empathy, Mood, and Facial Mimicry (31 downloads)
Effects of CO2 Enrichment on Biomass Yield and Response to Drought In Radish and Winter Wheat (30 downloads)
 
In May 2015, DePaul Discoveries had 332 full-text downloads.
The most popular papers were:
Characterization of Electrical Performance of Aluminum-Doped Zinc Oxide Pellets (45 downloads)
Examining the Relationships between Empathy, Mood, and Facial Mimicry (25 downloads)
An Examination of the Effects of Type of Sport Participation on Weight Classification and Academic Achievement: Academic Persistence as a Predictor (21 downloads)

Journal Clubs

Please find information on two faculty and student journal clubs meeting this summer below.


Each summer, the Department of Chemistry holds a weekly meeting of a journal club in which faculty and students gather to discuss a recent paper from the chemical literature.  Typically, two students from a given research group will select and present a paper, after which they will respond to questions. Every other week lunch is provided by the Department of Chemistry. All students and faculty interested in attending are welcome. This summer, meetings take place on Thursdays from 11:00am-12:00pm in McGowan South 103. Please email Dr. Carey Southern (csouthe2@depaul.edu) if you would like to receive more information about this journal club.

During Spring Quarter 2015, Drs. Mary Bridget Kustusch, Physics, and Tim French, Chemistry, set up a biweekly journal club focusing on papers related to chemistry and physics education research. A paper is assigned, and then the group meets to discuss the main results of the paper, the applications to the members' current research projects, and the limitations of each paper. These papers range from seminal papers in science education research to papers that deal more specifically with current research projects underway in the Chemistry and Physics Departments here at DePaul. Students can also bounce ideas off of the group or ask for suggestions on how to solve current snags in their research. The journal club meets weekly throughout the summer. If you would like to receive more information about this journal club, please contact either Dr. Kustusch (mkustus1@depaul.edu) or Dr. French (tfrench4@depaul.edu).

External Grants Funded


The National Science Foundation has awarded $30,000 to Andrew Carroll, Mathematical Sciences, for the International Conference on Representation Theory and Commutative Algebra. The goal of this conference is to provide an environment to share progress that has been made in diverse fields that bring together studies in representation theory and commutative algebra. Emphasis will be placed on exposing cutting edge methods in these subjects in order to bring a new crop of junior researchers to the field.

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $632,344 (first year of five) to Leonard Jason, Psychology, for a project entitled Emergent Social Environments as Predictors of Recovery Resident Outcomes. This project will help the researchers better understand the mechanisms whereby a sober living experience prolongs abstinence, how the social dynamics of residential life in such residences affect outcomes, and which elements are critical and which are optional. The research is designed to identify who benefits most and least from such care.

The Huron Mountain Wildlife Foundation has awarded $2,135 to Jalene LaMontagne, Biological Sciences, for a research project entitled Mast-Seeding Dynamics in the Southern Range of a Boreal Forest Species. The goal of this research is to understand the causes and consequences of individual variation in seed production on the population phenomenon of mast-seeding, as well as the influence of climate change on white spruce (Picea glauca) seed production, and seedling growth and survival near its southern range limit.

The Illinois Department of Human Services has awarded $215,960 to Orson Morrison, Family & Community Services, for the IDHS Agreement for Psychiatric Services FY 2015. This Community Services Agreement issued by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) will facilitate access to psychiatric services for adults, adolescents, and children who are in need of them.

The Chicago Community Trust has awarded $237,000 to Carolyn Narasimhan, STEM Center, for a continuing project entitled Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards: Year 2. This project promotes high-quality science instruction, as defined by the Next Generation Science Standards, for students in the Chicago Public Schools by:
  • Providing professional development for teachers.
  • Building a cadre of professional development leaders.
  • Providing enhanced instructional support for a subset of high-need schools.
  • Offering professional development for school administrators.
  • Influencing state and local policy around implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards.
The Simons Foundation has awarded $35,000 to Karl Liechty and Kyle Petersen, Mathematical Sciences, as a Mathematics and Physical Sciences-Collaboration Grant for Mathematicians.

External Funding Opportunities


Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Tobacco Regulatory Science Small Grant Program for New Investigators (R03)
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=276095

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Characterization of Pro- and Anti-Geronic Proteins and Peptides (R01)
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=276096

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Health Services and Economic Research on the Prevention and Treatment of Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Abuse (R01)
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=276470

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Health Services and Economic Research on the Prevention and Treatment of Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Abuse (R03)
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=276471

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Health Services and Economic Research on the Prevention and Treatment of Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Abuse (R21)
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=276474

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Development of Measures of Fatigability in Older Adults (R21)
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=276565

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Provocative Questions in Cancer with an Underlying HIV Infection (R21)
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=276590

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Provocative Questions (PQ) Initiative; Cancer with an Underlying HIV Infection (R01)
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=276593

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
NINDS Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research (K01)
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=276598

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
The Health of Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Populations (R21)
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=276657

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
The Health of Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Populations (R03)
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=276658

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
The Health of Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Populations (R15)
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=276664

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
The Health of Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Populations (R01)
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=276666

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Exploiting RNA as a Target for HIV Interventions (R21)
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=277054

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Dimensional Approaches to Research Classification in Psychiatric Disorders (R01)
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=277036

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Partnerships for the Development of Host-Targeted Therapeutics to Limit Antimicrobial Resistance (R01)
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=277043

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Partnerships for the Development of Novel Assays to Predict Vaccine Efficacy (R01)
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=277106

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Ethical Issues in Research on HIV/AIDS and its Co-Morbidities (R01)
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=277109

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Ethical Issues in Research on HIV/AIDS and its Co-Morbidities (R21)
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=277110

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Multidisciplinary Studies of HIV/AIDS and Aging (R01)
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=277289

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Multidisciplinary Studies of HIV/AIDS and Aging (R03)
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=277292

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Multidisciplinary Studies of HIV/AIDS and Aging (R21)
Grant
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=277293

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