May 2012

Presentation in Washington DC

On April 17, Dr. Sherry Goodill '80, President of The American Dance/Movement Therapy Association, spoke about Dance/Movement Therapy as part of the Arts Advocacy Days in Washington, DC. Dr. Goodill educated politicians about the importance of Dance/Movement Therapy and asked members of Congress to support research on creative arts therapy as well as clarify prospective payment systems for Medicaid and Medicare. Arts Advocacy Day is a public awareness project that collaborates with creative arts therapy organizations including the Society for Arts in Healthcare and many other national entities.

Dr. Bloch awarded Stein Fellowship

Dr. Joan Bloch received the Louis and Bessie Stein Family Fellowship on Mar 27.

"Find work that's meaningful" are the words from Viktor Frankl that inspired Bloch to become involved in nursing and in particular, birth.

The objective of the fellowship is to create an interdisciplinary international collaboration between Drexel University and Ben-Gurion University to engage in cross-cultural research for new insights into the problem of racial and ethnic health variations related to preterm birth.

Preterm birth is the leading problem associated with perinatal morbidity and mortality worldwide. The complex part is the social, environmental, behavioral and genetic determinants. Dr. Bloch's research is focused on finding out the factors that explain the perinatal disparities between foreign-born Black (migrant) mothers and US-born Black mothers. Across the world, racial and ethnic disparity rates of pre-term birth rates among socio-economically disadvantaged populations persist.

"Through Drexel I can do the research I have been able to give back to Philadelphia, the people of my home."

Book published on ASD nursing care

Dr. Ellen Giarelli is the editor of the book, Nursing of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence-based Integrated Care across the Lifespan, published April 9, 2012 by Springer Publishing Company. This is the only texts written thus far that addresses the nursing care of people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This book examines professional nursing skills applied to the specific problems that arise from the delivery of health care to people with ASD.

Instructor invited to Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Group

On April 4, Lori Enriquez was asked to be a member of a Registered Dietitian Group by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Enriquez is one of seven experts that were chosen across the United States. Their job as a Health Level Seven International (HL7) Allergy and Intolerance Work Group is to establish standards for what information on allergies and intolerances should be included in the electronic medical record.

"It was exciting, right up my alley of Information Systems and Nutrition and Food Science, so it fits with my experience and interests."

Dr. Palisano receives Marian Williams Award

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) selected Dr. Bob Palisano as a 2012 recipient of the Marian Williams Award for Research in Physical Therapy. The Marian Williams Award for Research in Physical Therapy was established to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to physical therapy by sustained and outstanding basic, clinical, and/or educational research.

Poster chosen for Audio Tour

Dr. Jennifer Nasser's poster on her obesity research has been chosen as a special audio tour session on obesity and the brain at the 72nd Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Associations in Philadelphia from June 8-10, 2012.

Sports Nutrition Conference May 23

Drexel University is hosting a Sports Nutrition Continuing Education Conference at the Bossone Research Center at 3140 Market Street. The conference will be held from 12 pm to 5 pm and is open to Registered Dietitians, Exercise Physiologists, Physical Therapists, Physicians, Nurses, Athletic Trainers, Healthcare Professionals, Students, and anyone else interested in Sports and Nutrition. Presenters include: