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Dr. Dennis P. Andrulis
associate dean for research in the School of Public Health, and Cindy Brach, a senior health policy researcher at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, published the article “Integrating Literacy, Culture and Language to Improve Healthcare Quality for Diverse Populations” in the September/October 2007 edition of the American Journal of Health Behavior.
Dr. Ron Bishop
associate professor in the Department of Culture and Communication, published a book in August entitled, Taking on the Pledge of Allegiance, about a controversial lawsuit filed by Michael Newdow against the Elk Grove (Calif.) school district in which Newdow claimed the inclusion of “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance was unconstitutional. Dr. Bishop’s arguments in the book are built on interviews with Newdow as well as legal scholars Erwin Chemerinsky and Douglas Laycock and journalists Adam Liptak of The New York Times, Jeffrey Toobin of the New Yorker and CNN, and NPR Supreme Court correspondent Nina Totenberg.
associate general counsel, and Tim Raynor, assistant general counsel, both attorneys in the Office of General Counsel, participated in Corporate Pro Bono Day on September 18 by volunteering their time at the Philadelphia Law free legal clinic for small businesses.
Dr. Lisa Bowleg
associate professor, and Michelle Teti, assistant research professor, both at the School of Public Health, presented “A Break from the Everyday Life of Living with HIV: The Role of Peer Support for Women with HIV/AIDS” at the Minority Women’s Health Summit in Washington D.C. in August.
Josh Erickson, Elizabeth McClearn and Zeek Weil — arts administration graduate students — presented “Audiences and the Arts: Policies, Strategies, and Challenges” at the 2007 Conference on Social Theory, Politics and the Arts in New York in October.
Gary M. Childs
education librarian at the Hahnemann Library, published the article “Database Instruction from a Distance” in the Medical Library Association News in February. The piece discusses using products such as Wimba, IrfanView, Centra and Snagalt to teach distance learners.
Dr. Mariana Chilton
assistant professor in the School of Public Health, and Dr. John A. Rich, professor and chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy at the School of Public Health, participated in this year’s Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. in September. Dr. Chilton was part of a separate issue forum entitled “Transform Our Children: From Poverty to Prosperity.” She discussed food insecurity as a significant public health issue that continues to affect millions of families nationwide. Dr. Rich facilitated the issues forum “War and Peace: Examining the Culture of Violence through a Non-Violent Lens.”
Chapin Cimino Cody
associate professor of law, will serve as co-chair of the Women in the Profession Committee Public Service Task Force, which has just been created by the Women in the Profession Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association.
, director of the interior design program, Ada Tremonte, associate director of the undergraduate interior design program, and Deb Ruben, associate director of the graduate interior design program—all from Westphal College— testified at a public hearing of the House Professional Licensure Committee. The hearing was held in MacAlister Hall and was the third time this year that Drexel hosted the committee for a public hearing. Approximately 20 members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives attended.
Dr. Curtis E. Cummings
an associate professor at the School of Public Health, gave a guest lecture on the medical effects of ionizing radiation at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in September.
Dr. Eugenia V. Ellis
associate professor in the interior design program, and her firm, BAU Architecture, LLC, were retained to renovate an 18th century stone farmhouse and to design an addition for a five-bedroom/sitting-room suite for a bed and breakfast located on a six-acre organic farm just outside Bechtelsville, Pa. The Ashtree Organic Retreat was on exhibit as an unbuilt project in October at The Rotunda at Liberty Place in Philadelphia for the American Institute of Architects Philadelphia’s Awards for Design Excellence Exhibit.
visiting associate professor of law, wrote “Applied Legal Storytelling, Politics, and Factual Realism,” an article which was accepted for publication in the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute. The JLWI volume will be a symposium issue for the “Once Upon a Legal Time…Applied Legal Storytelling” conference that Professor Foley co-organized in London in July. Professor Foley also published “9/11 and the Road Not Taken” on the legal Web site JURIST in September.
Dr. Vladimir Genis
associate professor and program director for the applied engineering technology program at the Goodwin College, co-authored a paper with Dr. Alexander Fridman and Dr. Alexander Gutsol, professors of mechanical engineering and mechanics, entitled “Environmental Control Plasma Educational Laboratory.” Dr. Genis presented the paper at the NATO Advanced Study Institute’s Plasma Assisted Decontamination of Biological and Chemical Agents Program held in Turkey in September.
Dr. Susan Gasson
associate professor in the College of Information Science and Technology, presented her paper, “Group Memory in Boundary Spanning, Organizational Knowledge Management,” at the Memory Practices in Computer-mediated Communities workshop at the third International Conference on Communities and Technologies at Michigan State University in June.
Dr. Robert Gilmore
professor of physics, published the book, The Symmetry of Chaos, in May. Christophe Letellier of the Universite de Rouen was the co-author.
Dr. Sandra Urdaneta Hartmann
research coordinator at the College of Medicine’s Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership (IWHL) was a panelist on Issues Impacting Women in Biomedical Research at the “Bridging the Career Gap for Under-represented Minority Scientists” conference hosted by the NIH and the Department of Health and Human Services in October. Dr. Hartmann is also a member of the Association for Women in Science Diversity Task Force, working on issues dealing with women in the corporate arena and women from under-represented minorities. Dr. Hartmann is also a research assistant professor in the Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology.
Dr. Xiaohua “Tony” Hu
associate professor in the College of Information Science and Technology, gave an invited lecture, Bioinformatics and Cancer Research, at Fox Cancer Center in September. He also gave a talk entitled “Data Mining and Bioinformatics” at the Computer Science Department of the University of Delaware and a keynote speech at the 2007 IEEE International Symposium on Bioinformatics and Bioengineering, at Harvard University in October.
Dr. Colleen Jansen
was appointed the new director of development at the School of Public Health. With nearly 13 years of development and fundraising experience, Dr. Jansen most recently served the University of Massachusetts as the director of patient (giving) programs and the director of development for the College of Engineering. She was also the director of major gifts for Polytechnic University and a regional development officer at the State University of New York at Buffalo. At the state school, Dr. Jansen helped organize the university’s first comprehensive $250 million campaign.
Stanley A. Kligman
and Buton Brodo, both instructors of marketing, spoke about marketing strategies to the Association of Residency Coordinators in Surgery at Lankenau Hospital, Wynnewood, Pa., in September.
Dr. Michael Khoo
assistant professor at the College of Information Science and Technology, chaired a panel on “Archives and Databases” at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science in Montreal in October. The panel was part of the stream, “STS and Information Studies.”
executive producer of The Drexel InterView and adjunct assistant professor of English, published an essay entitled “How to Eat a Guinea Pig” on The SmartSet, Drexel University’s online publication; it was republished on MoreIntelligentLife.com, a lifestyle magazine from The Economist.
Dr. Alison Lewis
auxiliary assistant professor with the College of Information Science and Technology, was elected coordinator of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Social Responsibilities Task Force, the largest roundtable in the ALA, with more than 2,000 members.
Dr. Jason Liao
associate professor at the School of Public Health, and Dr. Khew-Voon Chin, associate professor of medicine, biochemistry and cancer biology at the University of Toledo, published the article “Logistic regression for disease classification using microarray data: model selection in a large p and small n case” in the August edition of Bioinformatics.
Dr. Longjian Liu
associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, and Dr.Craig J. Newschaffer, professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Public Health, presented “Cardiometabolic Risk and Cognitive Function among the Elderly in the U.S.A” at the American College of Epidemiology’s 25th annual meeting in Ft. Lauderdale in September.
Dr. Alina Luca
assistant professor of economics, presented the paper “Twin Crises in Emerging Markets: The Role of Liability Dollarization and Imperfect Competition in Banking”, co-authored with Maria Pia Olivero, at the 2007 Latin American meetings of the Econometric Society in Bogotá, Colombia in October.
Dr. Steve McMillan
professor of physics and atmospheric sciences, was a plenary speaker and presented “Gravitational Dynamics of Large Stellar Systems” at the 18th International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation, in Sydney, Australia, in July. Dr. McMillan was a member of the Scientific Organizing Committee and presented an invited talk on “MODEST and the MUSE Software Environment” at the MODEST-7a workshop on Software Frameworks in Astrophysics in Split, Croatia, in August. He was also a member of the Scientific Organizing Committee and presented “A Dynamical Origin for Early Mass Segregation in Young Star Clusters” at the International Astronomical Union Symposium 246 on “Dynamical Evolution of Dense Stellar Systems” held in Capri, Italy in September.
David J. Miller
physics graduate student, presented a poster entitled “A Systems Approach for the Prediction of Wild Type MAPK Pathway Response to Targeted Drugs” at the eighth International Conference on Systems Biology in Long Beach, Calif. in October. Dr. Avijit Ghosh, assistant professor of physics, co-authored this work.
Dr. Gordian A. Ndubizu
professor of accounting and Distinguished Research Fellow at the Le Bow College of Business, published an article entitled “Do cross-border listing firms manage earnings or seize a window of opportunity?” in the Accounting Review in July. Dr. Ndubizu also published “Effective experimental controls for research in international accounting: Further thought” in the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy with David Hong, Ph.D. candidate, and graduated Ph.D. candidate, Dr. Maria Sanchez, who is now a professor at Rider University.
Drew Nicolo and Brian Gadomski—digital media undergraduate students—presented their summer research work regarding “3D Colonial Philadelphia,” a digital reconstruction of the city during colonial times, at the Independence Living History Center Archeology Lab in Philadelphia in October. The students are enrolled in the STAR program, offered through the Center for Civic Engagement and Pennoni Honors College.
professor of visual studies, delivered a guest lecture in a workshop entitled “Exploring Furniture in the Later 19th Century” at the Château sur Mer mansion in Newport, Rhode Island, that was sponsored by the Preservation Society of Newport County in September. In addition to the morning lecture, the day’s events included a tour of the mansion and its furniture with the Preservation Society’s chief conservator, Charles Jeffers Moore.
reference librarian at the Hahnemann Library, had a poster, “Using a Wiki for the Reference Desk,” accepted for the 106th Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association in May.
Dr. Fredricka K. Reisman
professor for the Goodwin College of Professional Studies, director of the Drexel/Torrance Center for Creativity and Innovation and faculty advisor for the Applied Creativity Graduate Student Association, was invited to present a session at the U.S. Department of Education’s national Transition to Teaching (TTT) Directors Meeting. David Schwartz (CEO of Q-linx Inc.), Drexel’s TTT grant recruiter, presented with her. They described their virtual recruiter and applied risk assessment to predicting the success of TTT participants. The presentation was held in Washington, D.C., in October.
, assistant professor of interior design, moderated a roundtable discussion called “Defining Graduate Education in Interior Design” at the Interior Design Educators Council East Regional Annual Meeting held in Philadelphia in October. The meeting was hosted by the Interior Design Program of the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.
junior midfielder with the Dragons men’s soccer team, was named Co-Player of the Week in men’s soccer by the Colonial Athletic Association on October 8. He was also named to the National Team of the Week by College Soccer News, the first such honor for a Dragon this season.
The Drexel Chapter of the Society of Physics Students
as part of community outreach efforts for winning a Marsh White Outreach Award from the American Institute of Physics, performed physics demonstrations this summer to entertain and educate kids during Vacation Bible School at St. Mark’s Church in Philadelphia.
Dr. Il-Yeol Song
served as a dissertation committee member of the dissertation defense by Xuepeng Yin of Aalborg University,. Denmark in August for his dissertation entitled “Integrating OLAP with XML and Data Streams.” He was also the leading program committee co-chair for the Ninth International Conference on Data Warehousing and Knowledge Discovery (DAWAK 2007), in September in Regensburg, Germany. He chaired a session on Data Warehousing Architecture at DAWAK 2007 and served as an external referee of two tenure and promotion cases—Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and City University of New York, Staten Island. He also delivered a talk entitled “A Taxonomic Class Modeling Methodology for Object-Oriented Analysis” at the Computer Science Department of Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, in September.
assistant research professor at the School of Public Health, along with co-authors from the School of Public Health, published “The Protect and Respect Program: A Sexual Risk Reduction Intervention for Women Living with HIV/AIDS” in AIDS and Behavior, in September.
and Tim Jones, physics graduate students, together with Dr. Roberto Ramos, assistant professor of physics, attended the International Superconducting Electronics Conference (ISEC 2007) in Washington, D.C. in June.
professor and chair of the Department of Community Health and Prevention at the School of Public Health, presented “State Needs Assessment” and “Collaborative Strategies between Public Health and Enforcement to Reduce Gender Imbalance in Statewide Compliance Inspections” at the ninth National Synar Workshop, “The Next Ten Years: Collaborating for Innovations in Synar Compliance and Enforcement” in Salt Lake City in October. The national workshop was sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. Professor Ulmer also presented “Participatory Statewide Evaluation of the Pennsylvania Cancer Education Network” to the Governor’s Cancer Advisory Board in Harrisburg in September.
Dr. Enrico Vesperini
research faculty of physics, organized and chaired the Scientific Organizing Committee of the International Astronomical Union Symposium 246 on “Dynamical Evolution of Dense Stellar Systems” held in Capri, Italy in September.
assistant professor of nursing, presented “Depression in Urban African American Women” at the Women and Depression Conference in Sydney, Australia in May. Dr. Waite and Priscilla Killian, assistant professor in Public Health Nursing, also presented “Perceptions of Treatment for Depression among Underserved African American Women” at the 35th Institute and Conference of the National Black Nurses Association in Atlanta. Dr. Waite and Professor Killian published “Exploring Depression among a Cohort of African American Women” in the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association this summer.
Dr. Rosina O. Weber
from the College of Information Science and Technology, and Dr. Michael M. Richter, from the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany, have edited the book Case-Based Reasoning Research and Development, based on proceedings from the seventh International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning, ICCBR 2007, in Belfast, Northern Ireland in August.
Eric A. Zillmer
Psy.D., Pacifico Professor of Neuropsychology and director of athletics, was invited to participate in a panel at the Sheldon Berrol Memorial Chautauqua on the Controversies in the World of Sports Concussion at the Annual American Congress for Rehabilitation Medicine—The American Society of Neurorehabilitation Joint Conference in Washington, D.C. Professor Zillmer also co-authored a paper with Dr. Rebecca Weidensaul Gigli, associate athletic director, entitled “Clinical Sport Psychology in Intercollegiate Athletics,” which was published in the September issue of the Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology.