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    DECEMBER 2, 2004
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Moya Kinnealey, professor and chair of occupational therapy; Donna Weiss, associate dean; and Marlene Morgan, professor of occupational therapy, all faculty members at the College of Health Professions, co-authored A Practitioner’s Guide to Clinical Occupational Therapy, which was recently published by the Psychological Corp.

Shahrzad Missaghi, a doctoral candidate at the School of Pharmacy working with professor of biopharmaceutics and industrial pharmacyReza Fassihi, presented the paper “Physicomechanical and Microscopical Characterization of Different Polymeric Materials and Core Substrates Employed in Formulation of Film-Coated Dosage Forms” at the annual American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists meeting in Baltimore in November.


The state Department of Health recently awarded Ruth S. Farber, associate professor of occupational therapy in the College of Health Professions, a grant for $28,000 to examine the experience of mothers with disabilities and chronic illnesses, including multiple sclerosis. Farber, associate professor of occupational therapy in the College of Health Professions, recently published a book chapter on the participation, well-being, social support and health of this group.

The nursing department at the College of Health Professions recently secured more than $200,000 in funding from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Association and Independence Blue Cross to provide scholarships to nursing students. Temple graduate nursing students Kathy Di Maria, Cheryl Kline, Tom Sellitto and Bridget Vincent, four students who received awards, were honored at a reception sponsored by the Independence Blue Cross Nurse Scholars Program. The program provides students who wish to pursue graduate degrees in nursing and ultimately to become nursing educators with financial support. Nursing professor and chairwoman Jill B. Derstine; Jane Kurz, interim director of the graduate nursing program; Evelyn Gehres, director of development; and Ronald Brown, dean of the College of Health Professions, also attended the event.

The National Institutes of Health’s Center for Scientific Review has selected Grace X. Ma, associate professor of public health and director of the Center for Asian Health in the College of Health Professions, to serve as a member of the Community-Level Health Promotion Study Section. Member selection is based on competence and achievement as shown by the quality of research accomplishments, scientific activities and honors.


Two Temple historians presented scholarly papers at the Social Science History Association meetings in Chicago in November. History and criminal justice professor Mark Haller presented a paper titled “The Bruno Family of Philadelphia: An Economic Analysis of Legal and Illegal Markets.” Sean Purdy, assistant professor of history and a Society of Fellows Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Humanities,presented “Rub a Dub Inna Regent Park: Race and Class in a Toronto Housing Project, 1970s–1990s.” Purdy also organized and commented on a panel session titled “Architecture as Social Policy: Built Environments in Public Housing Histories.”

Enrique Hernandez, Abraham Roth Professor and chairman of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive services at the School of Medicine, recently traveled to Mexico to lecture on two different occasions.

As a visiting professor at Mexico General Hospital, Hernandez lectured on the surgical management of endometrial cancer and uterine sarcomas during the Sixth International Course on Advances in Gynecologic Oncology. Hernandez also attended the International Symposium on Colposcopy and Lower Genital Tract Pathology in Toluca, where he spoke about treatment guidelines for the management of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia. During the symposium, he was named honorary professor of the Mexican College of Colposcopy and Lower Genital Tract Pathology.

Michael P. McNeil, coordinator of the Temple Health Empowerment Office, recently spoke at two conferences. At a regional conference of the Association of College Unions International in Philadelphia, McNeil presented “The Circle of Leadership.” In Chicago, McNeil presented “Ask the Sexpert” and “Street Smart: Pharming” at the Bacchus & Gamma Peer Education Network General Assembly.

At the start of the fall semester, educational psychology professor Glenn Snelbecker gave a series of lectures in South Korea about maximizing the functional relevance of computer technology for educators and students. He presented a keynote address, “Thriving, Not Merely Surviving, with Technology in Education and Training: Responsibilities and Opportunities for Instructional Technology Specialists,” to the second international ALCob conference. ALCoB is a consortium of learning community builders within the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperative. Snelbecker later delivered a keynote address, “Thriving, Not Merely Surviving, with Technology in Education: Implications for Teachers, Administrators and Other Educators,” to the fifth international conference of the Korean Society for Christian Education & Information Technology. Temple educational psychology professors Susan Miller and Robert Zheng were credited as co-authors of Snelbecker’s presentations.