2016-2017 Recipients

2016-2017 Dean’s Graduate Conference Travel Grant Recipients 

Childhood Studies (MA/PhD)Computational & Integrative Biology (MS/PhD)Creative WritingCriminal JusticeEnglishPhysical TherapyPsychologyPublic Affairs (MS/PhD)Teaching Spanish

Childhood Studies (MA/PhD)

Ryan Bunch
PhD, Childhood Studies
Conference Title: Mid-Atlantic Popular American Culture Association
Conference Location: Atlantic City, NJ
Presentation Title: Performing Objects, Child Subjects, and Disney’s It’s a Small World
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Meredith Bak

Katherine Fredricks
PhD, Childhood Studies
Conference Title: Midwest Popular Culture Association (MPCA) Conference
Conference Location: Chicago, IL
Presentation Title: “My Good Little Christian Girl Shouldn’t Act Like This:” Girlhoods, Sexual Regulation, & the Neoliberal Subject in Lifetime Network’s Preachers’ Daughters
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Kate Cairns

Rosemarie Pena
PhD, Childhood Studies
Conference Title: 40th Annual Conference of German Studies Association
Conference Location: San Diego, California
Presentation Title: Round table 4: BEST revisited: Black Studies in Germany, Europe and the US Series of Roundtable
Faculty Adviser:  Dr. Sarada Balagopalan

Janice Stiglich
PhD, Childhood Studies
Conference Title: American Anthropological Association
Conference Location: Minneapolis, MN
Presentation Title: We Are Not Invisible in Dignified Work: Constructions of Working Children in Lima, Peru
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Kate Cairns

Samantha White
PhD, Childhood Studies
Conference Title: International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport
Conference Location: Paris, France
Presentation Title: Labor, Resistance, and Protest Among Athletics at Historically Black Colleges
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Sarada Balagopalan

Elisabeth Yang
PhD, Childhood Studies
Conference Title: International Society for Intellectual History
Conference Location: Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
Presentation Title: Horace Bushnell’s Notion of the Essentia Organica in “Christian Nurture” and his Child-Centered Anthropology
Faculty Adviser: Dr. John Wall

Computational & Integrative Biology (MS/PhD)

Catherine Guay
PhD, Computational & Integrative Biology
Conference Title: 2016 Society of Developmental Biology Annual Meeting
Conference Location: Boston, MA
Presentation Title: High-throughput spatial cis-regulatory analysis by turning chaos into order
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Jongmin Nam

Ruchi Lohia
PhD, Computational & Integrative Biology
Conference Title: Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society
Conference Location: New Orleans, LA
Presentation Title: Mechanism Underlying Conformational Effects of a disease-associated hydrophobic-to-hydrophobic substitution on an intrinsically disordered region
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Grace Brannigan

Sean McQuade
PhD, Computational & Integrative Biology
Conference Title: SANOFI Mount Sinai Systems Pharmacology Symposium
Conference Location: New York, NY
Presentation Title: Modeling Human Lipid Metabolism for Multiple Classes of Virtual Patient
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Benedetto Piccoli

Sruthi Murlidaran
PhD, Computational & Integrative Biology
Conference Title: Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society
Conference Location: New Orleans, LA
Presentation Title: Relative Affinities of General Anesthetics for pseudo-symmetric intersubunit binding sites of heteromeric GABA(A) receptors
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Grace Brannigan

Sung Won Oh
PhD, Computational & Integrative Biology
Conference Title: American Chemical Society 252nd National Meeting
Conference Location: Philadelphia, PA
Presentation Title: Logic-Gated Multienzyme Pathways Circuit
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Jinglin Fu

Nicole Revaitis
PhD, Computational & Integrative Biology
MS, Biology (May 2013)
Conference Title: Society for Developmental Biology Annual Meeting
Conference Location: Boston, MA
Presentation Title: Analysis of cis-regulatory module in Drosophila oogenesis
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Nir Yakoby

Sreelekha Revur
PhD, Computational & Integrative Biology
Conference Title: 2016 Meeting for Molecular Genetics of Bacteria and Phages
Conference Location: Madison, WI
Presentation Title: Identification of novel stalk-specific penicillin binding proteins in Caulobacter crescentus
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Eric Klein

Catherine Rosenberg
PhD, Computational & Integrative Biology
Conference Title: Lymphedema Education Awareness Conference
Conference Location: Grand Junction, CO
Presentation Title: A Numerical Analysis of the Mathematical Approaches Available to Calculate Limb Volume in Lymphedema Patients
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Desmond Lun

Daniel Russo
PhD, Computational & Integrative Biology
Conference Title: Society of Toxicology
Conference Location: Baltimore, MD
Presentation Title: CIIProCluster: Developing Read-Across Predictive Toxicity Models Using Big Data
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Hao Zhu

Linlin Zhao
PhD, Computational & Integrative Biology
Conference Title: 252nd American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition
Conference Location: Philadelphia, PA
Presentation Title: Experimental Errors in QSAR modeling sets: What we can do and what we cannot do
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Hao Zhu

Creative Writing

Juliana Roth
MFA, Creative Writing
Conference Title: Creating4Change Film Symposium at the University of Michigan
Conference Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Presentation Title: The University: Season 1
Faculty Adviser: Prof. Lauren Grodstein

Criminal Justice

Mitchell Larson
MA, Criminal Justice
Conference Title: American Society of Criminology
Conference Location: New Orleans, LA
Presentation Title: Social Capital and College Success: Voices from Inner-City Students
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Michelle Meloy

Shelby Tucker
MA, Criminal Justice
Conference Title: American Society of Criminology
Conference Location: New Orleans, LA
Presentation Title: Surviving the Dark Times: The Effect of Informal and Formal Mentors on Educational Attainment of At Risk Youth
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Michelle Meloy

Wayne Webb
Criminal Justice and Public Policy – MA/MPA
Conference Title: American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting
Conference Location: New Orleans, LA
Presentation Title: Unmasking the Hidden Influences to College Success in a Disadvantages Urban Environment: Voices from Inner-City College Students
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Michelle Meloy

English

Renee Drouin
MA, English
Conference Title: Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference
Conference Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Presentation Title: “I Dare Say: Early Integration of the Audio-Essay in First Year Composition”
Faculty Adviser: Dr. William FitzGerald

Brynn Kairis
MA, English
Conference Title: Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference
Conference Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Presentation Title: “I Dare Say: Early Integration of the Audio-Essay in First Year Composition”
Faculty Adviser: Dr. William FitzGerald

Physical Therapy

Jessica Abramo
DPT, Physical Therapy
Conference Title: American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting
Conference Location: San Antonio, TX
Presentation Title: The Effects of Chronic Exercise on Lung Function in Adults with Cystic Fibrosis
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Robert Dekerlegand

Alexandria Achille
DPT, Physical Therapy
Conference Title: American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting
Conference Location: San Antonio, TX
Presentation Title: Influence of neuromuscular control and strength training of core musculature on distal function: a systematic review
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Richard Ferraro

David Chen
DPT, Physical Therapy
Conference Title: American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting
Conference Location: San Antonio, TX
Presentation Title: The Effect of six minutes of walking on perceived fatigue and physical performance in people with multiple sclerosis: A systematic review
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Evan Cohen

Michelle Heinemann
DPT, Physical Therapy
Conference Title: American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting
Conference Location: San Antonio, TX
Presentation Title: The Effectiveness of Movement Based Therapy of Exercise on Gait in Persons with Peripheral Neuropathy: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Faculty Adviser: Dr. David Kietrys

Adam Huynh
DPT, Physical Therapy
Conference Title: American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting
Conference Location: San Antonio, TX
Presentation Title: Influence of neuromuscular control and strength training of core musculature on distal function: a systematic review
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Richard Ferraro

Mark Krimmel
DPT, Physical Therapy
Conference Title: American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting
Conference Location: San Antonio, TX
Presentation Title: The Effectiveness of Movement Based Therapy of Exercise on Gait in Persons with Peripheral Neuropathy: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Faculty Adviser: Dr. David Kietrys

Megan Meszaros
DPT, Physical Therapy
Conference Title: American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting
Conference Location: San Antonio, TX
Presentation Title: The Effects of Chronic Exercise on Lung Function in Adults with Cystic Fibrosis
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Robert Dekerlegand

William Owen
DPT, Physical Therapy
Conference Title: American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting
Conference Location: San Antonio, TX
Presentation Title: Effectiveness of Physical Therapy Interventions on Physical Measures of Health After Cesarean Section Delivery: A Systematic Review
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Adrienne Simonds

Amanda Palombo
DPT, Physical Therapy
Conference Title: American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting
Conference Location: San Antonio, TX
Presentation Title: Effectiveness of Physical Therapy Interventions on Physical Measures of Health After Cesarean Section Delivery: A Systematic Review
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Adrienne Simonds

Ayesha Rele
DPT, Physical Therapy
Conference Title: American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting
Conference Location: San Antonio, TX
Presentation Title: Effectiveness of Physical Therapy Interventions on Physical Measures of Health After Cesarean Section Delivery: A Systematic Review
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Adrienne Simonds

Stephanie Silva
DPT, Physical Therapy
Conference Title: American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting
Conference Location: San Antonio, TX
Presentation Title: The Effectiveness of Movement Based Therapy of Exercise on Gait in Persons with Peripheral Neuropathy: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Faculty Adviser: Dr. David Kietrys

Psychology

Madeliene Alger
MA, Psychology
Conference Title: Society for Personality and Social Psychology
Conference Location: San Antonio, TX
Presentation Title: The Effects of Open Body Postures on Power and Persuasion
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Christopher Nave

Michelle Dixon
MA, Psychology
Conference Title: Society for Personality and Social Psychology
Conference Location: San Antonio, TX
Presentation Title: Personality, Person Perception, and Impression Management: Does Impression Efficacy and Motivation Predict Change in Personality
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Christopher Nave

Nicole Ferris
MA, Psychology
Conference Title: Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting
Conference Location: Boston, MA
Presentation Title: Is Novelty a Trigger of a Stimulus? A Study of Novelty as a Cue in Discrimination Tasks
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Bill Whitlow

Vaani Pardal
MA, Psychology
Conference Title: Society for Personality and Social Psychology
Conference Location: San Antonio, TX
Presentation Title: The Role of Implicit Gender Stereotypes in Face-to Face Negotiation Outcomes
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Sean Duffy

Alex Titus
MA, Psychology 
Conference Title: Association for Psychological Science
Conference Location: Chicago, IL
Presentation Title: Sex Differences in Preferences for Humor by Men or Women: Is Humor in the Sex of the Perceiver?
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Sean Duffy

Public Affairs (MS/PhD)

Spencer Clayton
PhD, Public Affairs
MS, Public Affairs (October 2015)
Conference Title: 47th Annual Conference of the Urban Affairs Association
Conference Location: Minneapolis, MN
Presentation Title: Gentrification and Displacement: How Government Policy Disrupts Communities
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Richard Harris

Straso Jovanovski
PhD, Public Affairs
MS, Public Affairs (October 2015)
Conference Title: 66th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems
Conference Location: Seattle, WA
Presentation Title: The Spatial Dimensions of Concentrated Poverty and Health: An Analysis of U.S. Metropolitan and Micropolitan Areas, 2001-2010
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Adam Okulicz-Kozaryn

David Okereke
PhD, Public Affairs
Conference Title: Urban Affairs Association Conference
Conference Location: Minneapolis, MN
Presentation: Assessing Economic Revitalization among New Jersey Municipalities: A Camden Case-Study
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Adam Okulicz-Kozaryn

Christopher Wheeler
PhD, Public Affairs
MS, Public Affairs (May 2016)
Conference Title: Urban Affairs Association Conference
Conference Location: Minneapolis, MN
Presentation Title: Race, Land Use Regulation and Housing Affordability in Metropolitan America
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Paul Jargowsky

Curtis Williams
PhD, Public Affairs
MS, Public Affairs (May 2016)
Conference Title: APPAM Fall Research Conference
Conference Location: Washington, DC
Presentation Title: Breaking the Rules or Breaking the Law?: The Criminalization of School Discipline
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Paul Jargowsky

Zachary Wood
PhD, Public Affairs
MS, Public Affairs (October 2015)
Conference Title: Association for Research on Nonprofits and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)
Conference Location: Washington, DC
Presentation Title: Advocating Against the Grain: Toward a New Typology of Advocacy Behavior to Enhance Democracy
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Lorraine Minnite

Teaching Spanish

Krista Herrera
MAT, Teaching Spanish
Conference Title: Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies
Conference Location: University of Virginia
Presentation Title: Music as a Second Language in “The Tree” by Maria Luisa Bombal
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Carla Giaudrone

2016-2017 Dean’s Graduate Research Grant Recipients 

Childhood Studies (MA/PhD)BiologyCreative WritingEnglishTeaching Spanish

Childhood Studies (MA/PhD)

Eva Lupold
PhD, Childhood Studies
Research Topic: Accessibility and Digital Environments
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Meredith Bak

Biology

Zachary Cook
MS, Biology
Research Project: Comparative properties of soil ecosystems along an urban-rural gradient
Faculty Adviser: John Dighton

Denise Hassinger
MS, Biology
Research Project: Macrozoobenthos Polychaetes from the Florida Keys
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Daniel Shain

Tiffany Lutz
MS, Biology
Research Project: The effects of elevation and body size on the food web complexity and structure of Ecuador web-building spiders
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Angelica Gonzalez

John Rapacz
MS, Biology
Research Project: Spatial Learning and the Hoppocampus in Carassius auratus
Faculty Adviser: Dr. William Saidel

Creative Writing

Monidipa Mondal
MFA, Creative Writing
Research Project: The Complete Works of Edith Wharton
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Carol Singley

English

Damiano Consilvio
MA, English
Research Project: Complete Edition of the Works of Edith Wharton
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Carol Singley

Rebecca Grubb
MA, English
Research Project: Complete Edition of the Works of Edith Wharton
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Carol Singley

Teaching Spanish

Madison Rogers
MAT, Teaching Spanish
Research Project: Conceptual Tools as Mediators in the Production of L2 Spanish
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Prospero Garcia

2016-2017 Dissertation Fellowship Recipients

Childhood Studies (MA/PhD)Computational & Integrative Biology (MS/PhD)Public Affairs (MS/PhD)

Clovis Bergere, PhD Candidate in Childhood Studies
Proposed Dissertation Title: Social Networking and the Mediation Youth in Urban Guinea

Theresa Murzyn, PhD Candidate in Childhood Studies
Proposed Dissertation Title: Investigating the Moderating Effect of Rejection Sensitivity and Other Personality Variables on the Online Social Behavior

Abigail Todhunter-Reid, PhD Candidate in Childhood Studies
Proposed Dissertation Title: In-School Arts Education, Motivation, and Achievement: A Longitudinal Approach

Wenyi Wang, PhD Candidate in Computational & Integrative Biology
Proposed Dissertation Title: Virtual Nanoparticles and Quantitative Nanostructure Toxicity Relationship
Rasheda Weaver, PhD Candidate in Public Affairs
Proposed Dissertation Title: Social Enterprise and Institutional Voids: Exploring the Capabilities of the Social and Economic Bottom-Line

2015-2016 Recipients

2015-2016 Dean’s Graduate Conference Travel Grant Recipients

BiologyChildhood Studies (MA/PhD)Computational & Integrative Biology (MS/PhD)Creative WritingCriminal JusticeEnglishHistoryPhysical TherapyPsychologyPublic Affairs (MS/PhD)

Biology

Sai Shashank Chavali
MS, Biology (October 2016)
Conference Title: Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society
Conference Location: Los Angeles, CA
Presentation Title: Effects of Excluded Volume and Induced N Terminal Conformational Change on Ion Translocation Across VDAC
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Grace Brannigan

Julia Keklak
MS, Biology (May 2016)
Conference Title: Gordan Research Conference
Conference Location: Newport, RI
Presentation Title: Adhesion mediated signal transduction in E. coli
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Eric Klein

Childhood Studies (MA/PhD)

Rosemarie Pena
PhD, Childhood Studies
MA, Childhood Studies (May 2014)
Conference Title: 37th Annual American Adoption Congress International Conference
Conference Location: Denver, Colorado
Presentation Title: Stories Matter: Black, German, American & Adopted
Faculty Adviser:  Dr. Carol Singley

Clovis Bergere
PhD, Childhood Studies
Conference Title: Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association
Conference Location: Philadelphia, PA
Presentation Title: The Conceptual Politics of Childhood and Empire in Tennyson’s Ulysses
Faculty Adviser:  Dr. Lauren Silver

Stephen Bernardini
PhD, Childhood Studies (May 2016)
Conference Title: American Sociological Association Annual Conference
Conference Location: Chicago, IL
Presentation Title:  Street Disorientation: Feeling Queer in Inner-City
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Daniel Cook

Julia Burton
PhD, Childhood Studies
Conference Title: Reflecting on Story’s Place in our Lives
Conference Location: Oxford, United Kingdom
Presentation Title: Why We Need to Stop Talking About Child Abuse: How Pathologizing Discourse Enables Violence Against Children
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Kate Cairns

Theresa Murzyn
PhD, Childhood Studies
Conference Title: 17th Annual Convention of Society for Personality and Social Psychology
Conference Location: San Diego, California
Presentation Title: Predictive Relations Between Children’s Rejection Sensitivity, Negative Emotionality, and Problem Behavior in a Four-Wave Longitudinal Study
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Dan Hart

Janice Stiglich
PhD, Childhood Studies
Conference Title: 114th American Anthropological Association: Familiar/Strange
Conference Location: Denver, Colorado
Presentation Title: Making Intercultural Bilingual Decolonization Familiar in Lima, Peru
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Lauren Silver

Min Young (Elisabeth) Yang
PhD, Childhood Studies
Conference Title: Fragile Subjects: Childhood in Literature, Arts & Medicine Conference
Conference Location: Finland
Presentation Title: J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan: The Child-Boy as a remedy for neurasthenia in early 20th century Britain
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Lynne Vallone

Computational & Integrative Biology (MS/PhD)

Joseph Kawash
PhD, Computational & Integrative Biology
MS, Computational & Integrative Biology (May 2013)
Conference Title: RECOMB/ISCB Conference on Regulatory and Systems Genomics
Conference Location: Philadelphia, PA
Presentation Title: Copy Number Variation Analysis with GROM-RD
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Andrey Grigoriev

Ruchi Lohia
PhD, Computational & Integrative Biology
Conference Title: Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society
Conference Location: Los Angeles, California
Presentation Title: Effects of a Structured Domain on the Conformational Ensemble of Disordered Regions in Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factors
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Grace Brannigan

Liam Sharp
PhD, Computational & Integrative Biology
MS, Computational & Integrative Biology (May 2016)
Conference Title: Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society
Conference Location: Los Angeles, California
Presentation Title: Effects of Quasi-Native Lipid Composition on Membrane Domain Formation Induced By Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Grace Brannigan

Spyros Karaiskos
PhD, Computational & Integrative Biology
Conference Title: RECOMB/ISCB Conference on Regulatory and Systems Genomics
Conference Location: Philadelphia, PA
Presentation Title: Transfer RNA Derived Fragments in Drosophide and their potential targets
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Andrey Grigoriev

Sruthi Murlidaran
PhD, Computational & Integrative Biology
Conference Title: Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society
Conference Location: Los Angeles, California
Presentation Title: Relative Affinities of Positive Modulators of Heteromeric GABA(A) Receptors for Pseudo-Symmetric Intersubunit Binding Sites
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Grace Brannigan

Wenyi Wang
PhD, Computational & Integrative Biology
Conference Title: The Society of Toxicology 55th Annual Meeting and ToxExpo
Conference Location: New Orleans, LA
Presentation Title: Profiling and evaluating environmental chemicals that induce oral acute toxicity using mitochondrial membrane disruption assay, big data and new read-across strategy
Faculty Adviser:  Dr. Hao Zhu

 

Creative Writing

Charles Brock Warren
MFA, Creative Writing (May 2016)
Conference Title: Associate of Writers & Writing Programs Conference
Conference Location: Los Angeles, California
Presentation Title: What Makes MFA Programs LGBTQ-Friendly?
Faculty Adviser: Prof. Lauren Grodstein

 

Criminal Justice

Mark Bodrog
MA, Criminal Justice (May 2016)
Conference Title: The American Society of Criminology (ASC)
Conference Location: Washington, DC
Presentation Title: Visiting Mom or Dad in Jail: Comparison Child/Parent Visitation
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Jane Siegel

Ashley Jensen
MA, Criminal Justice
Conference Title: 71st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology
Conference Location: Washington, DC
Presentation Title: Predictors of College Participation and Desistance from Crime Among Residents from a Socially Disorganized Neighborhood: Pathways into the Ivory Tower (group project)

Faculty Adviser: Dr. Michelle Meloy

Taylor Kates
MA, Criminal Justice (May 2016)
Conference Title: 71st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology
Conference Location: Washington, DC
Presentation Title: Predictors of College Participation and Desistance from Crime Among Residents from a Socially Disorganized Neighborhood: Pathways into the Ivory Tower (group project)

Faculty Adviser: Dr. Michelle Meloy

Jessica McConnell
MA, Criminal Justice (May 2016)
Conference Title: 71st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology
Conference Location: Washington, DC
Presentation Title: Predictors of College Participation and Desistance from Crime Among Residents from a Socially Disorganized Neighborhood: Pathways into the Ivory Tower (group project)

Faculty Adviser: Dr. Michelle Meloy

Shelby Tucker
MA, Criminal Justice
Conference Title: 71st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology
Conference Location: Washington, DC
Presentation Title: Predictors of College Participation and Desistance from Crime Among Residents from a Socially Disorganized Neighborhood: Pathways into the Ivory Tower (group project)
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Michelle Meloy

Wayne Webb
Criminal Justice and Public Policy – MA/MPA
Conference Title: 71st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology
Conference Location: Washington, DC
Presentation Title: Predictors of College Participation and Desistance from Crime Among Residents from a Socially Disorganized Neighborhood: Pathways into the Ivory Tower (group project)
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Michelle Meloy

 

English

Anna Lockhart
MA, English
Conference Title: Northeastern Popular Culture Association
Conference Location: New London, NH
Presentation Title: The Boogyman Catalyst: Transformative Fear in the Gothic and child-like Power in Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Carol Singley

 

History

Jared Berkowitz
MA, History (2016)
Conference Title: James A Barnes Graduate Student History Conference
Conference Location: Philadelphia, PA
Presentation Title: The Burke-Hartke Bill and the Political Economic Crisis of the 1970s
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Janet Golden

 

Physical Therapy

Stephanie Berardi
DPT, Physical Therapy (May 2016)

Conference Title: Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association
Conference Location: Anaheim, CA
Presentation Title: The Effectiveness of Core Stabilization Training on Balance Measures and Functional Outcomes: A Systematic Review of the Literature
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Richard Ferraro

Craig Bowen
DPT, Physical Therapy (May 2015)
Conference Title: American Physical Therapy Association NEXT 2015
Conference Location: National Harbor, MD
Presentation Title: Effectiveness of Instrument-Assisted or Augmented Soft Tissue Mobilization for Patients with Lower Extremity Soft Tissue Conditions: A Systematic Review
Faculty Adviser: Dr. David Kietrys

Samantha Giambri
DPT, Physical Therapy (May 2016)
Conference Title: Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association
Conference Location: Anaheim, CA
Presentation Title: The Effectiveness of Core Stabilization Training on Balance Measures and Functional Outcomes: A Systematic Review of the Literature
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Richard Ferraro

Matthew Lewis
DPT, Physical Therapy (May 2016)
Conference Title: Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association
Conference Location: Anaheim, CA
Presentation Title: Effectiveness of Movement-Based Therapies on Clinical Based Outcomes in Persons with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Faculty Adviser: Dr. David Kietrys

Steven Melchiorre
DPT, Physical Therapy (May 2016)
Conference Title: Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Associations
Conference Location: Anaheim, CA
Presentation Title: Effectiveness of Movement-Based Therapies on Clinical Based Outcomes in Persons with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Faculty Adviser: Dr. David Kietrys

Scott Middleton
DPT, Physical Therapy (May 2016)
Conference Title: Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association
Conference Location: Anaheim, CA
Presentation Title: The Effectiveness of Core Stabilization Training on Balance Measures and Functional Outcomes: A Systematic Review of the Literature
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Richard Ferraro

Maria Nieto
DPT, Physical Therapy (May 2016)
Conference Title: Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Associations
Conference Location: Anaheim, CA
Presentation Title: Kinematics in People With Multiple Sclerosis as Compared to Healthy Controls
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Stephanie Muth

Justin Penn
DPT, Physical Therapy (May 2016)
Conference Title: Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association
Conference Location: Anaheim, CA
Presentation Title: Movement Based Videogames: Examining Alternative Aerobic Exercise Interventions for Individuals with Cystic Fibrosis
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Robert Dekerlegand

Lianne Previti
DPT, Physical Therapy (May 2016)
Conference Title: Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association
Conference Location: Anaheim, CA
Presentation Title: Effectiveness of Movement-Based Therapies on Clinical Based Outcomes in Persons with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Faculty Adviser: Dr. David Kietrys

Tulsi Shah
DPT, Physical Therapy (May 2016)
Conference Title: Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association
Conference Location: Anaheim, CA
Presentation Title: What are the Physical Symptoms Associated with Postpartum Depression?
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Adrienne Simonds

Brian Simek
DPT, Physical Therapy (May 2016)
Conference Title: Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association
Conference Location: Anaheim, CA
Presentation Title: The Effectiveness of Core Stabilization Training on Balance Measures and Functional Outcomes: A Systematic Review of the Literature
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Richard Ferraro

Martina Thomas
DPT, Physical Therapy (May 2016)
Conference Title: Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association
Conference Location: Anaheim, CA
Presentation Title: Movement Based Videogames: Examining Alternative Aerobic Exercise Interventions for Individuals with Cystic Fibrosis
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Robert Dekerlegand

Maggie Townsend
DPT, Physical Therapy (May 2016)
Conference Title: Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association
Conference Location: Anaheim, CA
Presentation Title: Physical Symptoms Associated with Postpartum Depression
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Adrienne Simonds

Quang Tran
DPT, Physical Therapy (May 2016)
Conference Title: Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Associations
Conference Location: Anaheim, CA
Presentation Title: Effectiveness of Movement-Based Therapies on Clinical Based Outcomes in Persons with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Faculty Adviser: Dr. David Kietrys

 

Psychology

Michelle Dixon           
MA, Psychology
Conference Title: Society for Personality and Social Psychology
Conference Location: San Diego, CA
Presentation Title: The Relationship Between the HEXACO60 Personality Factors and Impression Efficacy and Motivation
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Christopher Nave

Debrielle Jacques
MA, Psychology (May 2016)
Conference Title: 2016 Society for Research in Human Development Biennial Meeting
Conference Location: Denver, CO
Presentation Title: Cumulative Risks Among Children and Adolescent’s Living with an Adult with a Substance Use Disorder
Faculty Adviser: Dr. J.J. Cutuli

Autumn Nanassy
MA, Psychology (May 2016)
Conference Title: Society for Personality and Social Psychology
Conference Location: San Diego, CA
Presentation Title: Personality and Social Support as Predictors of Health Systems among Gay Men and Lesbian Women
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Charlotte Markey

Alex Titus
MA, Psychology 
Conference Title: Association for Psychological Science
Conference Location: Chicago, IL
Presentation Title: Sex Differences in Preferences for Humor by Men or Women: Is Humor in the Sex of the Perceiver?
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Sean Duffy

 

Public Affairs (MS/PhD)

Spencer Clayton
PhD, Public Affairs
MS, Public Affairs (October 2015)
Conference Title: 46th Annual Conference of the Urban Affairs Association
Conference Location: San Diego, CA
Presentation Title: Gentrification and Tax Abatements: A Case Study from Philadelphia, PA

Faculty Adviser: Dr. Richard Harris

Straso Jovanovski
PhD, Public Affairs
MS, Public Affairs (October 2015)
Conference Title: 46th Annual Conference of the Urban Affairs Association
Conference Location: San Diego, CA
Presentation Title: The Spatial Dimensions of Concentrated Poverty and Health
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Adam Okulicz-Kozaryn

David Okereke
PhD, Public Affairs
MS, Public Affairs
Conference Title: 46th Annual Conference of the Urban Affairs Association
Conference Location: San Diego, CA
Presentation Title: The Spatial Dimensions of Concentrated Poverty and Health
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Beth Rabinowitz

Jason Rivera
PhD, Public Affairs (January 2016)
MS, Public Affairs (October 2015)
MPA, Public Administration (October 2008)
Conference Title: American Political Science Association Annual Meeting
Conference Location: San Francisco, CA
Presentation Title: Disasters and Political Participation
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Paul Jargowsky

Shikun Sun
PhD, Public Affairs
MS, Public Affairs (May 2016)
Conference Title: Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (SEcoPA)
Conference Location: Charleston, SC
Presentation Title: Economic advancement among low-wage workers: poverty alleviation through employment at metropolitan-level across time
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Marie Chevrier

Rasheda Weaver
PhD, Public Affairs
MS, Public Affairs (October 2015)
Conference Title: ARNOVA 44th Conference
Conference Location: Chicago, IL
Presentation Title: Examining Social Enterprise Impact Using the Capability Approach
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Shoko Kato

Christopher Wheeler
PhD, Public Affairs
MS, Public Affairs (May 2016)
Conference Title: Urban Affairs Association Conference
Conference Location: San Diego, CA
Presentation Title: Metropolitan Size and Housing Affordability Stress in US Metropolitan Areas
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Paul Jargowsky

Danny Tarng
PhD, Public Affairs
MPA, Public Administration (May 2010)
Conference Title: Urban Affairs Association
Conference Location: San Diego, CA
Presentation Title: Utilizing Spatial Analysis to Measure Socioeconomic Change Around New Supermarkets in Urban Food Deserts
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Lorraine Minnite

2015-2016 Dean’s Graduate Research Grant Recipients

Computational & Integrative Biology (MS/PhD)ChemistryHistoryPublic Affairs (MS/PhD)

Computational & Integrative Biology (MS/PhD)

Robert Marmion
PhD, Computational & Integrative Biology (May 2016)
MS, Biology (May 2010)
BA, Biology (May 2008)
Research Project Title: Regulation of Wishful Thinking
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Nir Yakoby

Nicole Revaitis
PhD, Computational & Integrative Biology
MS, Biology (May 2013)
Research Project: Studying the effects of the TGF-a like molecule, Gurken, on morphological drive
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Nir Yakoby

Chemistry

Azzah Alzahrani
MS, Chemistry (May 2016)
Research Project: Synchronous Photoluminescence Spectroscopy of Mesoporous CaTiO3
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Alexander Samokhvalov

Sean Taylor
MS, Chemistry (May 2016)
Research Project: Hydrogen from Water Under the Near-UV/Visible Light by Plasmonic Photo Catalysis
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Alexander Samokhvalov

History

Clara Green
MA, History (2016)
Research Project: Women of the Fur Trade and the Construction of Radical Sentiment: 1680-1870
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Andrew Shankman

Public Affairs (MS/PhD)

Ashley Nickels
PhD, Public Affairs (May 2016)
MS, Public Affairs (January 2016)
Research Project: Power, Politics, and Participation: Municipal Takeovers and Local Democracy
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Richard Harris