Faculty Professional Activities, 2011-2012, Announcement #1
Date: February 2012
Kudos to our faculty for their impressive professional activities!
- Dr. Julie Aaron’s application was accepted by the US Department of Energy for DeSales University to participate in the Joint Genome Institute’s (JGI) Microbial Genome Annotation program. The program provides faculty collaborators and their students access to recently sequenced microbial genomes. The research experience provides students with a “real-world” opportunity to study the complete DNA sequences of microorganisms and make novel discoveries that enrich the community as a whole. DeSales University was chosen because Dr. Aaron’s application demonstrated the potential to enrich the curriculum with sequence-based research. The JGI believes that her approach has the potential to contribute to the national model for undergraduate research that the JGI is collectively developing. Dr. Aaron stated “Collaborating with the JGI opens up unique research opportunities for our students, both inside and outside of the classroom. Involvement in this program will enable students to become proficient at using a variety of genomics and bioinformations tools. Meanwhile, their research will contribute to the national goal of sustainable energy generation.” Only 26 participants were chosen from undergraduate institutions across the country. Dr. Aaron and Dr. Joseph Colossi attended a workshop in January at the JGI in Walnut Creek, California, for orientation to the Integrated Microbial Genomes Annotation Collaboration Toolkit (IMG-ACT), a wiki/Web portal fusion that lets students and faculty work with existing genome datasets and record their discoveries. Students will then begin their work in the 2012-2013 academic year.
- Dr. Shamir Ally, an adjunct faculty member in the MBA Program, served on July 29, 2011, as an External Examiner for banker David G. Eswothy's Ed.D. dissertation “Subcultures in a Flat Organizational Structure” at George Washington University, DC.
- Dr. Joan Crete coauthored an article titled “Managing Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: What Our Patients Are Telling Us” with Dr. Pamela Adamshick of Moravian College. The article appeared in the Journal of Holistic Nursing, a publication of the American Holistic Nurses Association, Volume 29, Number 4, December 2011.
- Dr. David Gilfoil and Dr. Charles Jobs coauthored an article titled “Less is More for Online MARCOM in Emerging Markets: Linking Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions and Higher Relative Preferences for Microblogging in Developing Nations” which has been accepted for publication in the Academy of Marketing Studies Journal. Dr. Gilfoil and Dr. Jobs also coauthored an article titled “Mind the Gap: A Global Analysis of the Number of Buyers to Sellers Using Blogging, Social Networking, Online Video, and Microblogging Platforms” which was published in the International Journal of Business Research, an International Academy of Business & Economics publication, in September, 2011.
- Dr. Sara Hayik successfully defended her dissertation on July 28, 2011, thereby fulfilling all degree requirements for the Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. Penn officially conferred the degree to Dr. Hayik on December 21, 2011.
- Dr. Tahereh Hojjat and Dr. Bhagavati presented a paper titled “The Impacts of Ethanol Production on Global Food Inflation: Food vs Fuels” at the Pennsylvania Economic Association (PEA) Conference at Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, on June 2-4, 2011. The paper was published in the Proceedings of the conference. The following DeSales students also presented papers in the student section of the conference:
- » Michael Lindenfelser & Joseph Leeson’s paper titled “Income Inequality in the United States vs Romania.” Michael and Joseph also presented this paper at Social Research Social Justice Conference held in Muhlenberg College on April 7-8, 2011.
- » Thomas Allen’s paper on “Factors Affecting a Company’s Decision to Export”
- » Amitabh Varma’s paper on “The Impacts of International Migration on the Global Economy.”
- Dr. Hojjat presented a paper titled “Food Inflation and Global Poverty” at the Thirteen Annual International Conference of the Global Business and Technology Association held in Istanbul, Turkey on July 12-16, 2011. She was also a discussant of two papers on “What’s Fair in Fair Trade? A Case Study of a Brazilian Cooperative” and “The Corruption-Economic Growth Nexus: Evidence from Four BRIC Countries Based on the Panel Data Approach.” She chaired the session on “Economic Justice, Governance and International Trade.” Dr. Hojjat reviewed two manuscripts for Pennsylvania Economic Review and one manuscript for Springer, on their special edition on “Food Security: the Science, Sociology and Economics of Food Production and Access to Food.”
- Dr. Rodney Howsare and Dr. Larry Chapp coauthored an article on the thoughts of David Schindler for the book titled Being Holy in the World: Theology and Culture in the Thought of David L. Schindler edited by D. C. Schindler and Nicholas Healy which was published in July, 2011, by Eerdmans Publishers. Dr. Howsare’s review of Terrence Nichols’ book, Death and the Afterlife, will appear in the upcoming edition of The Thomist.
- Dr. Patrick Kenny was honored by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) with the PSNA Leadership Excellence Award. “This accolade was awarded to Dr. Kenny for his five years of leadership excellence as PSNA president.” The award was presented at the PSNA Annual Awards Ceremony on October 27, 2011, at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Dr. Kenny has been elected Treasurer of the Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society. His abstract has been accepted for presentation at the Nursing History in a Global Perspective Conference in Denmark in August, 2012. Dr. Kenny will participate as a member of the Committee on Bylaws (COB) of the American Nurses Association. Dr. Kenny was appointed by the American Nurses Association to the Technical Partner Advisory Committee of the Joint Commission.
- Dr. Kish-Catalone’s paper titled “Cervicovaginal Safety of the Formulated, Biguanide-Based Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 (HIV-1) Inhibitor NB325 in a Murine Model” was published in the online Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology, Volume 2011. Dr. Kish-Catalone’s coauthors for the article included her research colleagues at Drexel University College of Medicine; Novaflux Biosciences, Inc., Princeton, NJ; and Medisys Health Communications, LLC, High Bridge, NJ. An abstract coauthored by Dr. Kish Catalone was presented at the International Microbicides conference in Sydney, Australia, in May 2011. Her research was conducted with her coauthors from Carnegie Mellon and Northwestern University. The title of the abstract is “Quantum Dots Monitor Transport from Mouse Vagina to Adjacent Lymph Nodes.” The final full-paper publication is currently under review. It further discusses the topic of Quantum Dots and highlights the author’s in vivo research in their mouse model. Dr. Kish-Catalone’s research has been made possible through a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
- Ms. Susan Lehman is the American advisor to La Bussola dell'Attore (The Actor's Compass) in Trieste, Italy.
- Dr. Stephen Myers's poems “Our ‘In’ at Paballelo” and “Rehoboth Seascape, 10 a.m.” will be published in the summer volume of The Southern Review, a very prestigious publication; one of the founding editors of The Southern Review was Robert Penn Warren of All the King’s Men fame. Dr. Myers’s poem “Sorrento: The Morning Masses” will be published in a forthcoming Poet Lore and “Reading Tomalin’s Hardy, 5 a.m.” in a forthcoming volume of The MacGuffin. Dr. Dennis Varley has recently been informed that the original hymn “Anahorish, O Iossa,” tune by Dr. Varley and text by Dr. Myers, will be performed at an upcoming service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, Northern Ireland. Dr. Myers organized and ran the 27th annual DeSales University Poetry Festival in October 2011. He was a guest professor at Muhlenberg College during the fall 2011 semester, teaching their advanced poetry writing workshop.
- Dr. Richard Noll’s book titled American Madness: The Rise and Fall of Dementia Praecox, which was published by Harvard University Press in the fall, 2011, was given a glowing review in the UK publication New Scientist by one of the most powerful psychiatrists in the United States, Dr. Allen Frances, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Duke University, who was chair of the DSM4 Task Force. Professor Frances’ review describes Noll’s work as “the wonderful book, American Madness, an artful analysis of the rise and fall of the label ‘dementia praecox’ from its promising birth in 1896 to its unlamented death in 1927...Though set in the past, the lessons of this book are as fresh as the controversies over the new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM5) and the very future of psychiatry…Tracing the fate of dementia praecox provides historical perspective and keeps us on our epistemological toes.”
- Sr. John Marie Schauber’s article titled “The Missing Piece” was published in the monthly online magazine, Crossroads, which is sponsored by the Catholic Campus Ministries Association. In the article, Sr. John Marie mentions the pamphlet published by Our Sunday Visitor Publishers in which they suggest five basic steps to acquire an upright and truthful conscience: resolve to do what is right; trust in God, His law, and His church; study the sources of moral law; seek the advice of good and prudent people; and pray and ask for the grace of ongoing conversion.
- Ms. Teresa Wenner completed the Post-Master's Certificate in Geriatric Nursing Education at Pennsylvania State University. The credits earned from this certification help her meet the professional development requirements needed to maintain her certification in Gerontological Nursing.
- Dr. Galina Yermolenko’s book titled Roxolona in European Literature, History and Culture which was published by Ashgate in 2010, is being translated into Turkish by the Koc University Press. The book was reviewed by Dr. Katherine LeGouis from Mount Holyoke College in The Russian Review. Professor LeGouis states “Galina Yermolenko’s elegant, comprehensive, and well-balanced edited volume takes as its focus Roxolana, one of the most significant figures at the court of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, and traces European and Turkish reactions to their images of her from the 1530s to the present day…Yermolenko and the translators make these texts available in English for the first time. This book is a strong contribution to European cultural history and will be of use to anyone interested in the shifting attitudes toward powerful women over the last four hundred years.” Dr. Yermolenko’s report also received a very favorable review in Modern Language Review, Volume 106, Part 4, October 2011. The reviewer was Professor Marialuisa Bignami of the University of Milan who stated “what the essays in this book do is to establish an unexpected relationship between Roxolana’s story and well-known European literary texts (especially dramatic ones) belonging to the early modern period: it is a way of enriching the meaning of these texts beyond what is contained in their own national traditions and of stressing at the same time a common source for some situations and characters in their dramatic plots.”
Professional Activities of the Academic Affairs Staff
- Dr. Tonya Amankwatia is a board member of the Division of Distance Learning of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. As a member of the editorial board, she reviewed chapters for the newest edition of the Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology.
- Dr. Robert Blumenstein has served on Pennsylvania Department of Education teams that evaluated the applications of Alvernia College and Mercyhurst College to move to university status.
- Ms. Debbie Booros has been asked to serve on a Middle States Commission on Higher Education team to evaluate Villanova University’s continuing education program. In February 2010, Ms. Booros was identified to be a “Woman of Influence” in the Lehigh Valley by “Power of Women,” founded by Pamela Varkony in the Lehigh Valley.
- Ms. Debbie Malone assumed the office of President of the Pennsylvania Library Association on January 1, 2012.
- Mr. Thomas Mantoni and Ms. Joyce Farmer presented a paper titled “Return of Title IV – Last Date of Attendance” at the Middle States Association of Collegiate Registrars and Officers of Admissions (MSACROA) annual conference in Atlantic City on November 28, 2011. Reporting the last date of attendance for students who stop attending during a semester is essential for the Financial Aid Office to determine if it is required to return Title IV funds. Institutions are liable for heavy fines for errors in reporting this information. Mr. Mantoni is Co-Chair of Volunteers for AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers) 2012 in Philadelphia and Vice President for Records and Registration for MSACROA.
- Mr. Scott Mattingly successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on January 9, 2012, and he will receive an Ed.D. in Educational Administration with a Higher Education Concentration in May 2012. The title of his dissertation is “The Impact of Re-Accreditation Processes and Institutional Environment Upon a Community College’s Efforts to Meet Minimum Standards for Assessing General Education.”