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Doctoral Candidate in Psychology Awarded 2011 Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Fellowship:

Kelly O'Neil, a doctoral candidate in Psychology, has been awarded an Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Child Psychology Graduate Student Fellowship by the American Psychological Foundation. The $25,000 stipend will support Ms. O'Neil's dissertation research during the 2011-2012 academic year. She is Temple's third Clinical Psychology student to be awarded the Koppitz Fellowship in three years.

Recent Graduate in Business Administration Wins Student Research Competition:

Yuhei Inoue, a recent graduate of Business Administration, with a concentration in Tourism, has been selected as the winner of the 2011 North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM)'s Student Research Competition. The winning paper is entitled "Examining the Role of Corporate Credibility in Corporate Social Marketing: A Case Study of Environmental Initiatives by Professional Sport Organizations."  Each original full research paper submitted for the competition is evaluated based on (1) relevance or significance of the topic, (2) theoretical basis, (3) methodology, (4) discussion and interpretation, and (5) clarity of writing. NASSM considers the award to be the most prestigious to be won by a student member of the society. As the winner, Mr. Inoue will present his research during the President’s Luncheon at the 2011 NASSM Conference, scheduled from June 1-4, 2011, in London, Ontario, Canada. Having successfully defended his dissertation, Mr. Inoue is planning to join the University of Memphis in August as an assistant professor in sport and leisure management.

School of Communications and Theater Students and Alumni Present at the Joint Journalism Historians Conference:

Six presenters at the Joint Journalism Historians Conference held in New York City on March 12, 2011, represented Temple University. Five are currently doctoral candidates in Mass Media and Communication: Kelly George; Nicholas Gilewicz, who earned his M.J. in January 2011; Heidi Mau; Heather Muse; and Chiaoning Su. A sixth presenter was James O’Connor, MMC ’08. The event, which is co-sponsored by the History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and the American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA), drew presenters from across the United States and United Kingdom. The program is available in a pdf file.

Film of M.F.A. Candidate in Film and Media Arts Featured at the San Diego Black Film Festival:

Natasha Ngaiza, an M.F.A. candidate in Film and Media Arts, had her short film, 5 Afternoons, chosen as an official selection of the 2011 San Diego Black Film Festival. The film examines what happens when an aging militant and a lonely business major meet once a week for tea. They struggle to overcome their class and generational prejudices to create a friendship. In her work, Ms. Ngaiza explores the representation of African people in cinema and is interested in the use of media as a tool to engage people in civic action. She was a 2010 Flaherty Fellow to The Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, which brings together young leaders in documentary film with established filmmakers.

Five Graduate Students in Art History Earn Prestigious Awards:

Jasmine Cloud, a Ph.D. candidate, has received a two-year fellowship for 2011-2013 from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to live in Rome and work on her dissertation. This History of Art: Institutional Fellowship is one of four $22,500-per-year Kress Institutional Fellowships in the History of European Art that provides a two-year research appointment in association with a foreign institute. She  will be in residence at Rome's Bibliotheca Hertziana. In addition, Ms. Cloud has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for dissertation research in Italy for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Cheryl B. Harper, an M.A. candidate, is the recipient of a fellowship for a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Workshop. She will attend the week-long workshop for community college faculty on "Black Mountain College: An Artistic and Educational Legacy" at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, in July 2011.

Laura Turner Igoe, a Ph.D. candidate, has been granted a Predoctoral Fellowship for Historians of American Art to Travel Abroad for Summer 2011. The awarded is one of six fellowships from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art for doctoral students in art history who are studying aspects of art and architecture of the United States. The fellowship covers four to six weeks of continuous travel abroad in areas such as Africa, Asia, Europe, or South America to sites of historical and cultural interest, including museums, exhibitions, collections, and monuments. The travel fellowship encourages a breadth of art-historical experience beyond the candidate's major field, not advancement of a dissertation.

Tamara Smithers, a Ph.D. candidate, is the recipient of a fellowship for a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar. This competitive award, which reserves only two seminar seats for graduate students, provides a stipend of $3,900 to spend five weeks in Rome, Italy. Ms. Smithers will attend the "Art, History, and Culture in Rome, 1527-1798" seminar at the American Academy in Rome from June 27-July 29, 2011.

Agnieszka E. Szymańska, a Ph.D. candidate, has been awarded a grant by A.G. Leventis Foundation to attend the Gennadius Library Medieval Greek Summer Session at The American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Ms. Szymańska is one of 12 recipients of free tuition and housing for a month-long program in intermediate-level Medieval Greek language and philology, with site and museum trips, at the Gennadius Library in Summer 2011.

M.F.A. Graduate in Painting Earns Positive Review in The New York Times:

Shanna Waddell earned a strong review of her first solo gallery show in The New York Times on March 10, 2011. The article notes that the hallmarks of her style are "radioactive colors, corrupted sterile and spiritual imagery, and sheer painterly bravura." Ms. Waddell was awarded her M.F.A. in Painting in May 2010.

Engineering Graduate Students Publish During 2010-2011:

Graduate students in the College of Engineering have been actively publishing articles and book chapters. A list of publications can be found here.

M.F.A. Candidate in Film and Media Arts Marks Achievement at Sundance:

Fiona Otway, an M.F.A. candidate in Film and Media Arts and a University Fellow, was the editor for the 2011 documentary "To Hell and Back Again." This celebrated film won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Competition and has been receiving a great deal of attention. One blogger calls it a "must see." Ms. Otway is not, in fact, new to Sundance. In 2006, she was awarded the first-ever prize for Best Documentary Editing for her work on the award-winning documentary "Iraq In Fragments." 

Doctoral Candidate in Psychology Receives NIH Grant:

Amanda S. Morrison, a Ph.D. candidate in Psychology, has received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships (F31) from the National Institutes of Health's Office of Extramural Research. The title of Ms. Morrison's project is "Attention Bias and Attention Control in Social Anxiety Disorder." The proposed study will investigate whether a socially anxious person's biased attention toward social threat contributes to the development of Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD). The study will also examine whether good attention control can override this bias and serve as a protective factor against development of SAD. Results from this study have the potential to improve early identification of individuals at risk for SAD, as well as inform innovative prevention programs, such as those that re-train biased attention or improve control of attention.

Doctoral Candidate in Physiology Receives Young Investigator Award:

Terrence Hubert, a Ph.D. candidate in Physiology and member of the Center for Inflammation, Translational and Clinical Lung Research, has been selected to receive a 2011 Young Investigator Award from the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine (SEBM). A committee determines these competitive awards based on the organization and presentation of data in the candidate's abstract, the originality and importance of the research to the field, and the candidate's level of training and contribution to the work. Mr. Hubert's abstract is entitled "rhCC10 Treatment Modulates the Pro- and Anti-Inflammatory Profile in the Immature Lung." The award will be presented in Washington, DC, at the Annual Experimental Biology Meeting on Sunday, April 10, 2011, during SEBM's awards ceremony.

Doctoral Candidate in Criminal Justice Receives Dissertation Research Fellowship:

Lallen Johnson, a Ph.D. candidate in Criminal Justice, has received a highly competitive Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to support his dissertation project on “Classifying Drug Markets by Travel Patterns: Testing Reuter and MacCoun’s Typology of Market Violence.” NIJ’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program provides dissertation research support annually to outstanding doctoral students undertaking independent research on issues related to crime and justice.

Future Faculty Fellow in Kinesiology Publishes First First-Author Article:

Keith Diaz, a Ph.D. candidate in Kinesiology and a Future Faculty Fellow, published his first first-author article in volume 2010 of the International Journal of Hypertension. The article is entitled "Increased Nitric Oxide and Attenuated Diastolic Blood Pressure Variability in African Americans with Mildly Impaired Renal Function." His co-authors include Deborah L. Feairheller, Kathleen M. Sturgeon, Praveen Veerabhadrappa, Sheara T. Williamson, Deborah L. Crabbe, and Michael D. Brown.

Doctoral Candidates in Mass Media and Communication Publish and Present:

David Crider, a Ph.D. candidate in Mass Media and Communication, has had his paper entitled "A Public Sphere in Decline: The State of Localism in Talk Radio" accepted for presentation at the 2011 conference of the Broadcast Education Association. The paper was judged the winner of the Open Paper category in the Radio and Audio Media Division and will be presented during the Division's competitive paper panel. The event will take place April 9-13, 2011, in Las Vegas, NV.

Alanna Miller, also a Ph.D. candidate in MM&C, has published a chapter, "I Blog, Therefore I Am: Virtual Embodiment and the Self," in Utopic Dreams and Apocalyptic Fantasies: Critical Approaches to Researching Video Game Play. The volume was edited by J. Talmadge Wright, David G. Embrick, and Andras Lukacs. Ms. Miller also presented a paper entitled "Dance with the Devil: Femininity, Masculinity and the Boss From Hell in Film," at the 96th Annual Convention of the National Communication Association, which was held November 14-17, 2010, in San Francisco, CA.

Alina Hogea, a third doctoral candidate in MM&C, has two recent publications. Her article entitled "Coming to Terms with the Communist Past in Romania: An Analysis of the Political and Media Discourse Concerning the Tismaneanu Report" was published in the journal Studies of Transition States and Societies. The article is available online. Ms. Hogea also co-authored a book chapter with Jarice Hanson, Verizon Chair in Telecommunications at the School of Communications and Theater, entitled "The Internet as The Public Sphere: Deliberative Democracy and Civic Engagement." It will appear in E-Governance and Civic Engagement: Factors and Determinants of E-Democracy, published by IGI-Global and scheduled for release in 2011.

Tyler Student Featured in New American Paintings for 2011:

Matthew Craig, an M.F.A. Painting student, is featured in the 2011 MFA Annual from New American Paintings. First published in 1993, New American Paintings offers a bimonthly juried exhibition in print. Each regionally focused edition features the work of 40 painters. The publication works with curators from the nation’s top museums to review the works of more than 5,000 artists a year. It publishes the best it finds. Mr. Craig's success follows that of M.F.A. Painting students Stuart Lorimer, Craig Rempfer, and Dan Schein who were featured in the 2010 MFA Annual.

Temple University Symphony Orchestra Nominated for 2010 Grammy Award:

Written by Bill Cunliffe, former faculty in the Boyer College of Music and Dance, fourth stream...La Banda was performed by the Temple University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Luis Biava and featuring Terell Stafford on trumpet. The recording is one of five nominated for a GRAMMY® Award in the “Best Instrumental Composition” category for 2010. The 53rd annual awards ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, February 13, 2011. Among the talented Boyer musicians on the recording are 26 Temple graduate students, including:


Adrian Baule

Flute & Piccolo

Matthew Boyles


Bradley Broomfield


Sarah Carlisle, Principal


Anthony Carrone


Jose Cruz


Yunfei Dai


Andrew Desiderio


Alyssa Destefano


Hannah Doucette

Violin I

Yevgeniy Dyo

Violin I

Kristina Gannon


Regina Golovina, Assistant Principal


Minjee Ha

Violin II

Richard Jones, Associate Principal


Joseph Kauffman

Violin I

Nobuko Kawamura

Violin I

Onyoo Kim


Rodolfo Leuenberger, Associate Concertmaster

Violin I

Elisabeth McPeak

Violin I

Brian Rascon


Rinah So

Violin II

Gozde Tiknaz, Principal


Daniel Timchak

English Horn

Ezgi Yargici


Daniel Zawodniak



Doctoral Candidate in Psychology Receives Two Major Research Awards:

Abigail Jenkins, a Ph.D. candidate in Psychology, has received the 2010 Science Student Council Early Graduate Student Researcher Award from the American Psychological Association. The $1,000 award is given in recognition of outstanding graduate student research completed before the dissertation. In honor of her award, Ms. Jenkins has been invited to present her research at the Science Student Council's annual "Datablitz" session at the APA's 119th Annual Convention, which is to be held August 4-7, 2011, in Washington, DC.

In addition, Ms. Jenkins will be awarded the Elsie Ramos Memorial Student Poster Award at the 44th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), which was scheduled for November 18-21, 2010, in San Francisco, CA. The award is given to student first authors whose posters have been accepted for presentation at ABCT's Annual Convention. Ms. Jenkins will receive an ABCT Student Membership and a complimentary general registration for ABCT's 45th Annual Convention.

Psychology Graduate Students Publish and Present During 2010:

Graduate students in the Department of Psychology publish extensively and present at various conferences annually. A list of publications and presentations for 2010 can be found here.

Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology to Present at Annual Meeting:

Aisha Rios, a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology, is scheduled to present her paper entitled "The Survivor/Perpetrator Conundrum: Navigating Mainstream and Alternative Discourses in the Domestic Violence Movement" at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. The event took place November 17-21, 2010, in New Orleans, LA.

M.F.A. Candidates Collaborate on Video Art Installation:

Five M.F.A. candidates in the School of Communications and Theater have collaborated on a video art installation called Troupe de Fetishe. The work is an experimental, large-scale video installation that explores the fetishistic desire to understand reality through mediated imagery. With its impressive visuals and dark yet quirky narrative, Troupe de Fetishe addresses the role digital technology plays in the fabrication and control of constructed realities. Collaborators on the project include Lisa Marie Patzer, Chia-Ching “Doris” Lin, Ian Markiewicz, and David Miranda Hardy, who are all M.F.A. candidates in Film and Media Arts, and Robert Smythe, an M.F.A. candidate in Theater/Playwriting. The installation was shown October 6-31, 2010 in The Ice Box project space at Crane Arts.

M.F.A. Candidate in Theater Shines on Broadway with Veteran Actors:

Yvette Ganier, an M.F.A. candidate in Theater/Acting, was cast in the role of Viney in the Broadway revival of The Miracle Worker during the Spring 2010 semester. William Gibson’s Tony Award-winning play celebrated the 50th Anniversary of its Broadway opening with its first revival, which ran from February 12-April 4, 2010. The production marked the first time The Miracle Worker was staged in the round. Ms. Ganier performed with a stellar cast, including Academy Award nominee Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) as Helen Keller; Tony Award nominee Alison Pill (The Lieutenant of Inishmore) as Annie Sullivan; Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee Matthew Modine (And the Band Played On); Jennifer Morrison (House M.D., Star Trek); and Tony Award winner Elizabeth Franz (Death of a Salesman).

Doctoral Candidates in Mass Media and Communication Leave Their Mark in Summer 2010:

Michelle Amazeen, a doctoral candidate in Mass Media and Communication, presented her paper entitled “The Politics of Memory: Strategic Recollections of the Past as Oppositional Pitfalls for Election 2008” in the Advertising Division at the 2010 Annual Conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The event was held in Denver, CO, from August 4-7, 2010.

Persheng Sadegh-Vaziri, also a doctoral candidate in Mass Media and Communication, received a scholarship to attend Central European University’s summer course on "Culture as Resource: Cultural Practices and Policies After ’89." The course was taught in Budapest, Hungary, in July 2010.

Doctoral Candidates in Kinesiology Mark Additional Successes:

Praveen Veerabhadrappa, a doctoral candidate in Kinesiology, has been selected to give an oral presentation based on his abstract entitled "Endothelial Dysfunction in African Americans with Masked Hypertension" at Global Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, the 23rd Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Hypertension. He made his presentation as part of the session on "Featured Clinical Research: Clinical Diagnosis of Hypertension and/or Vascular Disease" on Thursday, September 30. The full event was held in Vancouver, Canada, from September 26-30, 2010.

Deborah L. Feairheller, also a doctoral candidate in Kinesiology, has been published in Kidney and Blood Pressure Research. She is the lead author on "Prehypertensive African-American Women
Have Preserved Nitric Oxide and Renal Function but High Cardiovascular Risk
," which appeared in vol. 33, pp. 282-290, and was published online on July 13, 2010.

Doctoral Candidate in Mechanical Engineering Awarded American Heart Association Fellowship:

Rabe’e Cheheltani, a doctoral candidate in Mechanical Engineering, has received a prestigious fellowship from the American Heart Association (AHA). The two-year award is worth $46,000. Ms. Cheheltani was educated in Iran, receiving a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tehran and an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology. Attending Temple University since Fall 2009, she is currently conducting research in the Biofluidics Laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Mohammad Kiani. As an AHA predoctoral fellow, Ms. Cheheltani is developing a novel technique for targeted delivery of proangiogenic compounds to heart tissue to prevent cardiac remodeling after myocardial infarction.

Doctoral Candidate in Kinesiology Has Paper Accepted for Publication:

The manuscript entitled "Enhanced Blood Pressure Variability in a High Cardiovascular Risk Group of African Americans" by Praveen Veerabhadrappa, Keith M. Diaz, Deborah L. Feairheller, Kathleen M. Sturgeon, Sheara Williamson, Deborah L. Crabbe, Abul Kashem, Debra Ahrensfield, and Michael D. Brown has been accepted by the Journal of the American Society of Hypertension. In addition, Mr. Veerabhadrappa, the lead author, was chosen to receive a Young Investigator Travel Award to present his findings at the American Society of Hypertension in New York.

Online Tutorials Now Available for the ProQuest UMI Electronic Thesis

and Dissertation (ETD) Administrator:

Tutorials with screenshots and narration are now available to enable students to electronically submit theses and dissertations. The tutorials are segmented so that you can view, at your convenience, as much or as little as you would like.  Access the tutorials at http://www.temple.edu/grad/etd_tutorials.  The site where theses and dissertations can actually be uploaded is found at http://www.etdadmin.com/temple.

Oral English Proficiency Required of All TAs:

All incoming TAs who are non-native speakers of English must be certified in English prior to assuming their classroom teaching responsibilities. If you fit this description and you are serving as a TA, you MUST be tested for oral English proficiency before working in the classroom.  View the full explanation of the required certification, or visit the websites for the International Teaching Assistants Program and the Teaching and Learning Center for more information.

The Writing Center Offers Three Programs for Doctoral Students:

The Writing Center has instituted three programs for doctoral students. Dissertation boot camp provides a disciplined atmosphere in which dissertation writers can undertake their work. Brown bag lunch seminars are offered on a variety of timely topics.  And dissertation writing groups meet regularly to give dissertation writers a forum in which to share their work-in-progress and receive feedback.

Updated 5.23.11