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Doctoral Candidates in Anthropology Earn Accolades

Three doctoral candidates in Anthropology each recently made a big mark in their field of study:

  • Sonay Ban has been selected from an international pool of applicants as one of ten doctoral students to participate in the inaugural University of Michigan/Social Science Research Council Doctoral Institute on Global Media and Communication. As a participant, she will develop and refine her doctoral research project on "Banned Documentaries, C/overt Oppression: Multiple Modes of Censorship at Film Festivals in Turkey."

  • Nicole Nathan has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year. The fellowship will support her doctoral field research in the Dominican Republic on "Religious Conversion and the Politics of Identity Among Haitian-Dominican Christians."
  • Kristina Nazimova has been awarded a Boren Fellowship by the National Security Education Program. The fellowship will support her year-long doctoral field research on "Coming of Age in a Post-War City: Language, Displacement, and Youth in Angola."

Congratulations Sonay, Nicole, and Kristina!

Doctoral Candidates in Psychology Win Distinguished Student Awards from the Society of Clinical Psychology

Congratulations to Jonah Cohen and Jessica Hamilton on receiving awards from the Education and Training Committee of the American Psychological Association's Society of Clinical Psychology (SCP).

  • Jonah Cohen has been awarded the SCP 2017 Distinguished Student Practice Award in Clinical Psychology for his outstanding contributions to practice in clinical psychology.
  • Jessica Hamilton is the recipient of the SCP 2017 Distinguished Student Research Award in Clinical Psychology for her outstanding contributions to research in clinical psychology.

As student award recipients, Jonah and Jessica each receive an award plaque, a $200 honorarium, and a complimentary two-year subscription to the Journal of Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice.

M.S. Student in Kinesiology Receives Travel Award from ACSM for Presentation

Eric Muñoz, an M.S. student in Kinesiology's Integrative Exercise Physiology program, has received the Steven M. Horvath Travel Award from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The award funds travel expenses for underrepresented minority graduate students traveling to the ACSM Annual Meeting to present their scholarly work. Eric will attend the 2017 meeting in Denver, CO, in late Spring to present his work entitled "Myokine/Cardiokine Follistatin-like Protein 1 Promotes Oxidative MyHC Expression and Mitochondrial Function in Myogenic Cells." Congratulations, Eric!

Doctoral Candidate in School Psychology Receives NCAA Grant

Bernadette Maher, a doctoral candidate in School Psychology, is one of seven students nationally selected to receive funding from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to study well-being and sports participation topics. According to the NCAA, Bernadette's work "will help inform NCAA member schools and the public on key topics by introducing new studies to the field." Her NCAA Graduate Student Research Grant is for $7,500 for a one-year project. She is expected to culminate her research in an article suitable for publication in a scholarly journal or in a completed dissertation. Bernadette will be invited to present to the NCAA Research Committee in Fall 2017 her findings on how psychosocial effects of serious injuries impact the academic lives of student-athletes. Congratulations, Bernadette!

Doctoral Candidate in Pharmaceutical Sciences Publishes First-Author Papers

Zheng Lu, a doctoral candidate in Pharmaceutical Sciences, has published four first-author papers:

  • Lu, Z., Yang, Y., Covington, R.-A., Bi, Y., Dürig, T., & Fassihi, R. (in press). Amorphous based controlled release gliclazide matrix system. AAPS PharmSciTech.

  • Lu, Z., Yang, Y., Covington, R.-A., Bi, Y., Dürig, T., Ilies, M., & Fassihi, R. (2016). Supersaturated controlled release matrix using amorphous dispersions of glipizide. International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 511(2):957-968.

  • Lu, Z., & Fassihi, R. (2016). Mechanistic approach to understanding the influence of USP apparatus I and II on dissolution kinetics of tablets with different operating release mechanisms. AAPS PharmSciTech, doi:10.1208/s12249-016-0535-x

  • Lu, Z., & Fassihi, R. (2015). Influence of colloidal silicon dioxide on gel strength, robustness and adhesive properties of diclofenac gel formulation for topical application. AAPS PharmSciTech, 16(3):636-644.

Great work, Zheng!

Doctoral Candidates in Biomedical Sciences Earn a Multitude of Accolades

Three students have been awarded a Predoctoral Fellowship from the American Heart Assocation. The award runs from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018 in the amount of $51,900:

  • Polina Gross for "Inhibition of Cardiac TRPC6 Channel Contributes to Attenuation of Post Myocardial Infarction Remodeling"
  • Alyssa A. Lombardi for "Novel Targets to Inhibit Programmed Necrosis in Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury"
  • MItali Ray for "Pro-angiogenic, Anti-atherosclerotic Effects of Interleukin-19"

F31 Predoctoral Fellowships from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have been awarded to two students:

  • Charly Ryan Good received a grant through NIH's National Cancer Institute for the period from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019 for "TET1 Mediated Hypomethylation Activates P13K in Breast Cancer."
  • Katherine E. Sullivan received her NIH funding for the period from September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2019 for "Targeting Parp and RAD52 to Induce 'Dual Synthetic Lethality' in Leukemia Patients Identified by Gene Expression and Mutation Profiling."

First-author papers were published by 13 students for a total of 17 articles:

  • Black, S., Kashkina, E., Kent, T., & Pomerantz, R. T. (2016). DNA polymerase: A unique multifunctional end-joining machine. Genes, 7(9):67-88.
  • Corradetti, C. (2016, September 26). Immune-mediated nephropathy and systemic autoimmunity in mice does not require receptor interacting protein kinase 3 (RIPK3). PLOS ONE.
  • Di Meco, A., Joshi, Y. B., Lauretti, E., & Praticò, D. (2016). Maternal dexamethasone exposure ameliorates cognition and tau pathology in the offspring of triple transgenic AD mice. Molecular Psychiatry, 21(3):403-410.
  • Di Meco, A., Li, J.-G., Blass, B. E., Abou-Gharbia, M., Lauretti, E., & Praticò, D. (2016, June 4). 12/15-Lipoxygenase inhibition reverses cognitive impairment, brain amyloidosis, and tau pathology by stimulating autophagy in aged triple transgenic mice. Biological Psychiatry. doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2016.05.023
  • Di Meco, A., & Praticò, D. (2016). MicroRNAs as therapeutic targets for alzheimer's disease. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 53(2):367-372.
  • Fernandes, N. C., Sriram, U., Gofman, L., Cenna, J. M., Ramirez, S. H., & Potula, R. (2016). Methamphetamine alters microglial immune function through P2X7R signaling. Journal of Neuroinflammation, 13:91-103.
  • Gentile, T. A.,Simmons, S. J., & Muschamp, J. W. (in press). Hypocretin (orexin) in models of cocaine addiction. In V. R. Preedy (Ed.),The Neuroscience of Cocaine: Mechanisms and Treatment.
  • Gross, P., Honnorat, N., Varol, E., Wallner, M., Trappanese, D. M., Sharp, T. E., Starosta, T., Duran, J. M., Koller, S., Davatzikos, C., & Houser, S. R. (2016). Nuquantus: Machine learning software for the characterization and quantification of cell nuclei in complex immunofluorescent tissue images. Scientific Reports, 6. doi:10.1038/srep23431
  • Harper, S. C., Brack, A., MacDonnell, S., Franti, M., Olwin, B. B., Bailey, B. A., Rudnicki, M. A., & Houser, S. R. (2016). Is growth differentiation factor 11 a realistic therapeutic for aging-dependent muscle defects? Circulation Research, 118:1143-1150.
  • Kelly, A. D., & Issa, J.-P. J. (2016). Epigenetics and cancer. In N. A. Berger (Ed.), Epigenetics, energy balance, and cancer (pp. 1-28). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
  • Lauretti, E., Di Meco, A., Merali, S., & Praticò, D. (2016). Chronic behavioral stress exaggerates motor deficit and neuroinflammation in the MPTP mouse model of Parkinson's disease. Translational Psychiatry, 6. doi:10.1038/tp.2016.1
  • Lauretti, E., Di Meco, A., Merali, S., & Praticò, D. (2016, April 5). Circadian rhythm dysfunction: A novel environmental risk factor for Parkinson's disease. Molecular Psychiatry. doi:10.1038/mp.2016.47
  • Simmons, S. J., Barker, D. J., & West, M. O. (in press). Ultrasonic vocalizations (USVs) capture opposing affective states during drug self-administration: Revisiting the opponent-process model of addiction. In S. M. Brudznski (Ed.), Handbook of Ultrasonic Vocalization.
  • Simmons, S. J., Gentile, T. A., Mo, L., Tran, F. H., Ma, S., & Muschamp, J. W. (2016). Nicotinic receptor blockade decreases fos immunoreactivity within orexin/hypocretin-expressing neurons of nicotine-exposed rats. Behavioural Brain Research, 314:226-233.
  • Sullivan, K., Cramer-Morales, K., McElroy, D. L., Ostrov, D. A., Haas, K., Childers, W., Hromas, R., & Skorski, T. (2016, January 19). Identification of a small molecule inhibitor of RAD52 by structure-based selection. PLOS ONE.
  • Tarr, J. T., Visser, T. G., Moon, J. E., Hendesi, H., Barbe, H. F., Bradley, J. P., & Popoff, S. N. (in press). The pivotal role of CCN2 in mammalian palatogenesis. Journal of Cell Communication and Signaling.
  • Thapa, R. J.*, Ingram, J. P.*, Ragan, K. B., Nogusa, S., Boyd, D. F., Benitez, A. A., Sridharan H., Kosoff, R., Shubina, M., Landsteiner, V. J., Andrake, M., Vogel, P., Sigal, L. J., tenOever, B. R., Thomas, P. G., Upton, J. W., & Balachandran, S. (in press). DAI senses influenza A virus genomic RNA and activates RIPK3-dependent cell death. Cell Host & Microbe. [* indicates co-first authorship as designated by journal.]

Finally, various awards were also received by nine students:

Student Topic Award
Antonio Di Meco

"12/15-Lipoxygenase Inhibition Reverses Cognitive Impairment, Brain Amyloidosis, and Tau Pathology by Stimulating Autophagy in Aged 3xTg Mice"

ISTAART Travel Award to theAlzheimer's Association International ConferenceR 2016 in Toronto, Canada AND Student Poster Competition Award

Charly Ryan Good

"A Novel Isoform of TER1 that Lacks a CXXC Domain is Overexpressed in Cancer"

Women in Cancer Research Travel Award from the American Association for Cancer Research to present at the Epigenetic Alerations in Cancer Minisymposium of the 2016 Annual AACR conference, New Orleans, LA

Jeremy D. Hill

"Effects of GPR55 Activation on Neural Stem Cell Proliferation, Differentiation, and Immune Responses to Chronic Inflammation"

Travel Scholarship to Keystone Symposium on Neurogenesis in January 2017, Olympic Valley, CA
Alyssa A. Lombardi

"Genetic Ablation of Fibroblast Mitochondrial Calcium Uptake Increases Myofibroblast Transdifferentiation and Exacerbates Fibrosis in Myocardial Infarction"

APS Cardiovascular Research Recognition Award at Experimental Biology 2016, San Diego, CA

Evan Lutton

"Acute Administration of Endothelial-Targeted Catalase Attenuates Neuropathology and Cortical Microglia Activation in Traumatic Brain Injury"

Trainee Professional Development (Travel) Award from the Society for Neuroscience to present a poster at their 2016 annual meeting, San Diego, CA, AND Early Career Investigator Travel Award from the Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology to present at their 2016 annual meeting, Krakow, Poland

William Rodemer

"Decoding the Signaling of a GPRC Heteromeric Complex Reveals a Unifying Mechanism of Action of Antipsychotic Drugs"

Travel Award to the World Hellenic Biomedical Association Meeting, Athens, Greece AND Outstanding Achievement Award for the best graduate student presentation

Joseph Tarr

"Connective Tissue Growth Factor (CTGF/CCN2) is Essential for Secondary Palatogenesis"

Junior Investigator Award 2016 from the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association at the 73rd Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA

Rachael Werner "Cell Sex: A Developing Story"

Florence P, Haseltine Award for Oustanding Presentation by a New Investigator at the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences 2016, Philadelphia, PA

Yujia Yue

"Interleukin-10 Deficiency Impairs Reparative Properties of Bone Marrow-Derived Endothelial Progenitor Cell Exosomes Function in Ischemic Myocardium"

New Investigator Travel Award to the Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Conference 2016, Phoenix, AZ

Doctoral Candidates in Criminal Justice Publish First-Author Papers

Ingrid Johnson and Nathan Link, doctoral candidates in Criminal Justice, have published first-author papers:

  • Johnson, I. D., & Hiller, M. L. (2016). Rural location and relative location: Adding community context to the study of sexual assault survivor time until presentation for medical care. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, first published online on August 12, 2016, pp. 1-23.
  • Link, N. W., Cullen, F. T., Agnew, R., & Link, B. G. (2016). Can general strain theory help us understand violent behaviors among people with mental illnesses? Justice Quarterly, 33(4), 729-754.
  • Link, N. W., & Roman. C. G. (in press). Longitudinal associations among child support debt, employment, and recidivism after prison. The Sociological Quarterly.

In addition, Nathan also earned Honorable Mention in the DCS Student Paper Award category from the Division on Corrections and Sentencing of the American Society of Criminology for his paper entitled Longitudinal Associations Between Child Support Debt, Employment, and Recidivism After Prison.

Congratulations, Ingrid and Nathan!

Doctoral Candidate in Pharmaceutical Sciences Wins AAPS Graduate Student Research Award and Publishes First-Author Paper in Scientific Journal

Priyanka Kulkarni, a doctoral candidate in Pharmaceutical Sciences/Pharmaceutics, has received the 2016 Graduate Student Research Award in Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, Drug Metabolism, and Clinical Pharmacology and Translational Research. The award will be presented by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) at its 2016 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Denver, CO, in mid-November. The award is made in recognition of excellence in graduate education in the identified fields and related disciplines.

Priyanka is also the first author of an article published in the October 2016 issue of The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. It is entitled "Intracellular Unbound Atorvastatin Concentrations in the Presence of Metabolism and Transport." Great work, Priyanka!

Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology Awarded 2016-2017 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship

Melissa Krug, a doctoral candidate in Anthropology, has been awarded a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year. The award funds Melissa's travel to Peru where she will engage in interviews, observations, questionnaires, and informal conversations with artisans and staff at a fair-trade distribution organization in Lima. For her dissertation entitled Fair Trade and the Prospects for Quechua Language and Culture in Peru, Melissa will study how the economic opportunities afforded by fair trade can encourage indigenous Peruvians from inland mountainous regions to embrace, rather than be stigmatized by, their native Quechua language and customs in the coastal urban center of Lima. Focused on language in the context of fair trade, this study will contribute to the understanding of connections between participation in the global economy and language endangerment, as well as the ways in which fair trade can be strengthened and better implemented to encourage the maintenance of indigenous languages and cultures. Congratulations, Melissa!

2016-2017 Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grants Announced

Two doctoral students in Anthropology have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants for the 2016-2017 academic year:

  • Eryn Snyder Berger earned her master's (CLA '15) and is currently working toward her Ph.D. in Anthropology. She will travel to Argentina to conduct research on state-funded media projects intended to empower Argentinian youth of African descent and promote African heritage. Eryn plans to incorporate her findings into her dissertation on Afro-descendant youth and the impact of media.
  • David Paulson earned his master's (CLA '15) and is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Anthropology. He will travel to Vietnam to research the developmental experiences of minority Cham children, whose language is in danger of extinction. David will offer English-language classes for members of the Cham community and the staff of the UNESCO Center in Phan Rang, Vietnam.

Recent Alumna in Sociology Lands Job at Google

Valerie Bonner, a 2014 graduate of the Sociology doctoral program, is Survey Research Lead at Google. As a graduate student at Temple, she spent a summer interning at the University of Chicago's National Opinion Research Center (NORC), where she worked on a survey sponsored by the CDC and on a project to reduce errors in address-based sampling. Valerie then worked part-time at NERA, Economic Consulting, with survey and sampling practices, helping to design questionnaires and sampling plans, analyzing data, and critiquing other survey and sampling experts. She transitioned to a full-time senior-level position in NERA's Manhattan office after defending her dissertation. Finally, she learned from a fellow NORC intern that Google was looking for a survey methodologist skilled at various quantitative data analysis techniques. For more detail on Valerie's transition from the classroom to the corporate world, visit Congratulations, Valerie!

Psychology Alumnus Receives Honor from APS

Richard Liu, a graduate of the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program, was named an Association for Psychological Science (APS) Rising Star. The Rising Star designation is one of APS' highest honors for early career psychologists. Richard is currently Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior of the Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Doctoral Candidate in Psychology Wins Outstanding Student Researcher Award

Jonathan Stange, a doctoral candidate in Psychology, has been selected as the winner of the Outstanding Student Researcher Award from the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP). This honor recognizes the student's exemplary contributions to clinical science and one's future promise as a rising star in the field of clinical psychology. The award committee cited Jonathan's "exceptionally advanced research contributions to clinical psychology" as the basis of his award. Jonathan is currently a Clinical Psychology Intern at the University of Illinois at Chicago while completing his candidacy for the Ph.D. at Temple University.

Doctoral Candidate in Art History Awarded Prestigious Predoctoral Award

Michelle DiMarzo, a doctoral candidate in Art History, was awarded the Phyllis G. Gordan/Samuel H. Kress Foundation Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize in the 118th Annual Rome Prize Competition from the American Academy in Rome. Michelle is currently in the second year of a two-year fellowship that includes a stipend and residence in Rome while she researches and writes her dissertation entitled Titian and the Culture of Mid-Century Rome: The Venetian Among the Ruins. A description of Michelle's work can be found at under "Renaissance and Early Modern Studies."


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Writing Center Offers Writing Retreats

The Writing Center offers writing retreats that are designed to help graduate students and faculty with their writing projects, including dissertations, proposals, and articles for publication. The writing retreats offer intensive and focused writing time, one-on-one mentoring, goal-setting support, fellowship, and motivation. A nominal fee is charged for each retreat to cover program costs. For more information or to register for this or another writing retreat, visit the Writing Center's website.