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The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is currently accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources. The goals of the fellowship program are to:


  • help junior scholars in the humanities and related social science fields gain skill and creativity in developing knowledge from original sources;
  • enable dissertation writers to do research wherever relevant sources may be, rather than just where financial support is available;
  • encourage more extensive and innovative uses of original sources in libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and related repositories in the United States and abroad; and
  • provide insight from the viewpoint of doctoral candidates into how scholarly resources can be developed for access most helpfully in the future.


The program offers about 15 competitively awarded fellowships in 2019. Each provides a stipend of $2,000 per month for 9 to 12 months. Each fellow receives an additional $1,000 upon participating in a symposium on research in original sources and submitting an acceptable report to CLIR on the research experience. Thus, the maximum award is $25,000.


Fellowship stipends support research beginning between June 1 and September 1, 2019, and ending within 12 months of commencing. Fellowships are not renewed or extended. Fellows are expected to be devoted full time to their dissertation research without holding teaching or research assistantships or undertaking other paid work. Fellows may use stipends to meet living expenses, travel costs, and other expenses that enable dissertation research to be carried out, but not to defray tuition.


Applicants do not have to be U.S. citizens, but must be enrolled in a doctoral program in a graduate school in the United States. The deadline for submission of application materials is Tuesday, December 4, 2018. For further information on eligibility, requirements, and deadlines, please visit CLIR’s website at


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Doctoral Student in Social and Behavioral Sciences Receives Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

Megan Urbanski, a doctoral student pursuing her Ph.D. in Social and Behavioral Sciences in the College of Public Health, has received the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award. This prestigious two-year pre-doctoral fellowship is awarded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Megan plans to study the treatment decision-making preferences of people diagnosed with kidney failure or end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Heather Gardiner, Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the College of Public Health, is sponsoring the project, with Dean Laura A. Siminoff as co-sponsor.

Megan is collaborating with Temple University Hospital to recruit participants and conduct the study. They plan to compare the experiences of those who receive an unexpected diagnosis of ESRD with those who have planned renal replacement initiation, i.e., those who were aware of their kidney disease before they were diagnosed with ESRD and have been given a sufficient amount of time to learn more about the condition and prepare for treatment.

As it is, approximately 36% of people who reach ESRD were likely unaware that they had kidney disease at all. The condition is often asymptomatic until end-stage, at which point people are typically faced with shortness of breath, fluid retention, nausea, confusion, and other symptoms. Patients then face a whirlwind of conversations, treatment plans, and options. They are often instantly initiated dialysis and may be given information about kidney transplantation; they may be told about home dialysis; and they may or may not be given the opportunity to ask all of the questions that they undoubtedly have. Communication about treatment can be inconsistent depending on the doctor, patient, and situation, and part of the problem is that it is not known how or when patients are given this information and, most importantly, how well they receive and comprehend it.

Megan and her team of researchers will conduct 12 to 14 months of participant recruitment, interviews, and analysis. They plan to talk to approximately 25 patients who received unexpected diagnoses of ESRD, as well as 25 patients with planned renal replacement therapy, who typically face better outcomes. In addition, they will interview each patient’s nephrologist to compare the doctor’s interpretation of events—how s/he communicated options and information on the disease—with that of the patient. The patients are from Temple University Hospital, which treats a large number of minorities, who Megan says are disproportionately affected by ESRD.

“The end-stage renal disease population is very vulnerable, and this subset of the ESRD population is particularly vulnerable with higher mortality rates and limited access to kidney transplantation,” said Megan. “We’re looking to see if there’s a way to improve those health outcomes, thereby helping to reduce some of the disparities that currently exist among this group.”

Congratulations, Megan, on receiving this important fellowship!

Doctoral Candidates in Psychology Receive Awards

Congratulations to Erin Curley and Tommy Ng, both doctoral candidates in Psychology, who were each selected to receive the President's Award from the Society for Research in Psychopathology (SRP). The award was created to encourage and facilitate the participation of young scholars from diverse backgrounds and groups traditionally underrepresented in the Society to join the organization and to participate in and present at its annual convention. SRP's annual meeting will be held in Indianapolis, IN, in late September 2018.

Doctoral Candidate in Africology and African American Studies Receives Award

Congratulations to Mikana Scott, a doctoral candidate in Africology and African American Studies, on receiving the C. Tsehloane Keto Student Leadership Development and Mentorship award from the National Council for Black Studies. Mikana received the award at the Council's annual conference in Atlanta in mid-March 2018. The award ensures leadership training to the next generation of young scholars and professionals who will assume positions of responsibility in the field of Africana Studies and in the African Diaspora community. The award is named in honor of South African-born Dr. Keto, who was a dedicated Africa-centered scholar and educator who was a powerful force in the fight for liberation and empowerment for all people of African descent. He was one of the early full professors in the African American Studies doctoral program at Temple. Congratulations, Mikana, on being named a 2018-2020 Keto Fellow!

Anthropology Announces Prestigious Awards Earned by Doctoral Candidates From 2012 to 2017

Eryn Snyder Berger, for research in Argentina:

  • 2016: Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant *
  • 2016: Fulbright Fellowship
  • 2012: Social Science Research Council Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize for Visual Sociology (First Place) *

Melissa Krug, for research in Peru for her dissertation on Fair Trade and the Prospects for Quechua Language and Culture in Peru:

  • 2016: Center for International Business Education and Research International Business Research Award
  • 2016: Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship
  • 2014: Center for International Business Education and Research International Business Research Award

Melissa is the first Temple student to be awarded a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship in ten years.

Nicole Nathan, for research in the Dominican Republic for her dissertation on Religious Conversion and the Politics of Identity Among Haitian-Dominican Christians:

  • 2017: Fulbright Fellowship

Kristina Nazimova, for research in Angola for her dissertation on Coming of Age in a Post-War City: Language, Displacement, and Youth in Angola:

  • 2017: National Security Education Program/Boren Fellowship
  • 2016: Kathryn Wasserman Davis Fellowship for Peace * (for advanced intensive study of Portuguese)
  • 2015: Linguistic Society of America Institute Fellowship *
  • 2015: Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship (Honorable Mention)
  • 2014: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Kristina has secured four consecutive years of highly competitive federal funding. First, she was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which fully funded her doctoral studies for three years. As that fellowship was ending, she was awarded the National Security Education Program's Boren Fellowship. Kristina is the first Temple student to be awarded the latter prize in six years.

David Paulson, for research in Vietnam for his dissertation on Writing in the Margins: Indigenous Literacy, Childhood Socialization, and Rapid Modernization in a Vietnamese Village:

  • 2017: National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship
  • 2016: Fulbright Fellowship
  • 2015: Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant *
  • 2015: Linguistic Society of America Institute Fellowship *

David is the first Temple student to be awarded the National Academy of Education's Spencer Dissertation Fellowship in five years.

Brendan Tuttle, for research in South Sudan:

  • 2014: Wenner-Gren Foundation Engaged Anthropology Grant *

Autumn Zellers, for research in Colombia:

  • 2014: Social Science Research Council Drugs, Security and Democracy Program Fellowship *

* Asterisk indicates that competition is international in scope.

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



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