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Achievements by Women in STEM at Duquesne (2021)

Madison Mellott, a student of Sarah Woodley, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, received $450 from the Beta Beta Beta Research Foundation to support the project The Effects of Pesticides on Liver Function in an Amphibian Model.

Courtney Montepara, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy, received $16,688 from Pfizer, Inc. to support the project Pharmacist-Led Atrial Fibrillation Screening Using Mobile Electrocardiogram Technology in the Ambulatory Care Setting.

Anna Vietmeier, a graduate student of Nancy Trun, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences in BSNES, received $2,000 from the National Association of State Land Reclamationists to be used for research.

Jill Dembowski, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, received $172,500 from the National Institutes of Health to support the project Modulation of Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 Genome Structure During Lytic Replication.

Elena Donoso Brown, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy received $9,550 from Encompass Health to support the project Determining Factors that Contribute to Rehabilitation Home Program Adherence in People with Acquired Brain Injury.

Grace Campbell, Assistant Professor of Nursing received $28,576.37 from DHS-Administration for Community Living, passed through the University of Pittsburgh, to support the project Center for Research, Training and Dissemination of Family Support for People with Disabilities Across the Life Course.

Jennifer Elliott, Center for Integrative Health, School of Pharmacy, received $60,000 from an anonymous donor to support the creation of a comprehensive operational and financial sustainability plan for the Center.

Mihaela-Rita Mihailescu, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, received $414,000 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to support the project entitled Biochemical Characterization of a Novel Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein Nuclease Function.

Mai-Ly Steers, Assistant Professor of Nursing, received $249,000 from the National Institutes of Health for the project, A Social Media Personalized Normative Feedback Intervention for Heavy Drinking Students.

Faina Linkov, Associate Professor of Health Administration and Public Health, received $26,913 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Jessica Devido, Associate Professor of Nursing, received $229,958 from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation as part of the Macy's Scholar's Program.

Rehana Leak, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, received $26,269 from the National Institutes of Health through the University of Pittsburgh for the project Inducible DNA Repair in Cerebral Ischemia.

Fatiha Benmokhtar, Associate Professor of Physics, received $69,999 from the National Science Foundation for the project Parton Distributions in the Nucleon.

Elizabeth Bunk, Jennifer Elliott, and Paige Williams, Center for Integrative Health, School of Pharmacy, received $75,770 from the Pennsylvania Department of Health passed through Adagio Health, Inc., to support tobacco prevention and control activities.

Kathy Sekula, Professor of Nursing, received $500,000 as part of a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration for the project Advanced Nurse Education-Sexual Nurse Assault Examiner Program.

Jennifer Elliott, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, received $50,000 from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for the project Center for Integrative Health-Bridges to Health Operating Support.

Anna Vietmeier, a graduate student of Dr. Nancy Trun, Department of Biological Sciences, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, received $2,500 for the project Microbiological Bioremediation and Bioindicators of Iron, Manganese and Sulfate within Abandoned Mine Drainage.

Fatiha Benmokhtar, Associate Professor of Physics, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, received $69,999 from the National Science Foundation for the project Parton Distributions in the Nucleon.

Melissa Boston, Professor of Education, and Rachel Ayieko, Associate Professor of Education, received $70,000 from Remake Learning for the project Make(er)ing Math FABulous: Using a Fabrication Lab Setting to Enhance Students' Experiences in Mathematics.

Jennifer Elliott, Associate Professor of Pharmacy received $20,000 from the Centers for Disease Control passed through the Allegheny County Health Department to support the expansion of asthma self-management education as part of the school- and community-based asthma program.

Karen Robson, a Ph.D. student in the School of Nursing, received a Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association 2021 Foundation Award ($2,000) to provide funds for completion of doctoral research. Dr. Linda Garand will administer the funds.

Jayna Brooks, a Ph.D. student in the School of Nursing, received a Military Suicide Research Consortium dissertation award from the U.S. Department of Defense ($2,000) to provide funds for completion of doctoral research. Dr. Garand will administer the funds.

Regina Harbourne, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, received $387,031 from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute for Education Sciences for the project Efficacy of the START-Play Program for Infants with Neuromotor Disorders.

Jennifer Aitken, Professor of Chemistry, received $45,281 from the National Science Foundation for the project Development of Quaternary Diamond-like Semiconductors for Infrared Nonlinear Optical Applications.

Regina Harbourne, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, received $26,239 from the National Institutes of Health passed through the University of Southern California for the project Evaluation of the Efficacy of a Physical Therapy Intervention Targeting Sitting and Reaching for Young Children with Cerebral Palsy.

Amanda Altobell, Lukas Chandler, Anna Meurer, and Tina Nguyen, students of Dr. Gerard Magill of the Center for Healthcare Ethics in the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, are awarded a John G. Rangos, Sr. Prize ($1,000) for the project Emerging Leaders in AI and Digital Stewardship.

Elizabeth Balskus, Adele Flaherty, Andrew Harrington, and Hillary Villarreal, students of Dr. Gerard Magill of the Center for Healthcare Ethics in the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, are awarded a John G. Rangos, Sr. Prize ($2,500) for the project Improving Clinical Competency for the Next Generation of Ethics Consultants and Committee Members through Consultation Simulations.

Jessica Davis (Assistant Professor), Sarah Manspeaker (Associate Professor), Sarah Wallace (Associate Professor), and Alison Wix (Instructor) of the Rangos School of Health Sciences are awarded a John G. Rangos, Sr. Prize ($1,000) for the project Establishing the Duquesne University Telehealth Patient Guild and assistance in academic support.

Brooke Deal, William King, and Brianna Ports, students of Dr. John Pollock, Department of Biological Sciences, are awarded a John G. Rangos, Sr. Prize ($1,000) for the project Start Smart: Providing First Generation Students the Opportunity for Academic Success.

Jessica Schmitz, a student of Mr. Rodney Lyde, Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies, is awarded a John G. Rangos, Sr. Prize ($1,000) for the project The Effects of Social Media and Microtargeting on Political Polarization.

Jennifer Elliott, Associate Professor of Pharmacy and Center for Integrative Health, received $100,000 from the Shear Family Foundation to help expand current programming in more communities, establish new programs that address unmet community needs, and hire new staff and provide all staff with professional development training.

Jennifer Elliot, Associate Professor of Pharmacy and Center for Integrative Health, Paige Williams, Community Health Initiatives Program Manager, and Elizabeth Bunk, Clinical Pharmacist at the Center for Integrative Health, received $6,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Health passed through Adagio Health, Inc., to support the implementation of the virtual Diabetes Prevention Programming with Adagio Health.

Jamie McConaha, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, received $15,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Health passed through Adagio Health, Inc., to support tobacco prevention and control activities.

Jamie McConaha, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, received $5,000 from Pfizer Inc. to support a youth vaping prevention program.

Jennifer Elliott, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, received $10,283.32 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention passed through the Allegheny County Health Department to support the expansion of asthma self-management education as part of the school and community-based asthma program.

Jennifer Elliott, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, received $13,531 from the Allegheny County Health Department to support professional staff to administer the COVID-19 vaccine at Central Baptist Church as part of the county's mass COVID vaccination program.

Jelena Janjic, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, received $48,309 from the Department of Defense passed through the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to support the project Targeting Angiotensin-Based Neuroimmune Crosstalk for Treatment of Neuromuscular Trauma.

Asia Parker, a student under the supervision of Fatiha Benmokhtar, Associate Professor of Physics, received $6,000 from the JSA Initiatives Fund (IF) at Jefferson Science Associates, LLC, to support Parker's participation in the JSA Minority/Female Undergraduate Research Assistantship (M/FURA) program at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility.

Rebecca Kronk, Associate Professor of Nursing, and Rita Mihailescu, Professor of Chemistry, received $162,000 from the National Institutes of Health as part of a five-year grant to support Genomic Competencies for Nurses from Theory to Application: An Online Long Course.

Matthew Kostek, Assistant Professor of Health Sciences, and Kimberly Szucs, Associate Professor of Health Sciences, received a $7,616 Faculty Development Fund grant for the project Optimizing Mindfulness to Reduce Kinesiophobia.

Nancy True, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, received a $9,500 Faculty Development Fund grant for the project Developing an Undergraduate Research Pipeline in Antibiotic Discovery at Duquesne University.

Devika Manickam, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy, received a $9,500 Faculty Development Fund grant for the project, Development of Lipid Nanoparticles as a Novel and Safe Non-Opioid Therapy for the Treatment of Chronic Pain.

Jamie McConaha, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, received $5,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, passed through Adagio Health, Inc., to support tobacco prevention and control activities.

Jennifer Elliott, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, received $57,200 from the Allegheny County Health Department to support staff members to administer the COVID-19 vaccine at Central Baptist Church as part of the county's mass COVID-19 vaccination program.

Jennifer Elliott, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, received $40,000 from the Jefferson Regional Foundation for the project, Expansion of Surveillance and Treatment of Asthma in Mon Valley Schoolchildren.

Jennifer Elliott, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, received $50,000 from the Heinz Endowments to support the Census Team of the Greater Hazelwood Community Collaborative in gathering information that will amplify the work of the Healthy Hazelwood subcommittee.

Jennifer Elliott, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, received $16,667 from the Centers for Disease Control passed through the Allegheny County Health Department to support the expansion of asthma self-management education as part of the school and community-based asthma program.

Andrew Simpson (Liberal Arts), Cathleen Appelt (Liberal Arts), Jessica Devido (Nursing), and Pamela Spigelmyer (Nursing) won a $3,000 John G. Rangos, Sr. Prize, for their project, Health Inequalities, Professional Preparation, and the Pittsburgh Region: A Multidisciplinary, Community-Engaged Course to Prepare Generation Z for the Future.

Jennifer Elliott, Center for Integrative Health, received $200,000 from the Heinz Endowments to build on the success of the engagement of the School of Pharmacy and Hazelwood, and to establish long-term partnerships with community-based organizations that will improve comprehensive health care services within the neighborhood.

Jennifer Elliott, Paige Williams, and Elizabeth Bunk, Center for Integrative Health, received $37,500 from the Pennsylvania Department of Health passed through Adagio Health, Inc., to support tobacco prevention and control activities.

Kevin Tidgewell, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, Michael Cascio, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Rita Mihailescu, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, received $10,801 from the National Institutes of Health to support the project Pain and Neurodegenerative Undergraduate Research Experiences: Interacting with Community Partners to Build Specialized and Enhanced Neurologic Disease Programs for Undergraduates.

Wilson Meng, Professor of Pharmacy, and Lauren O'Donnell, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, received an $11,431 Hunkele Dreaded Disease Research Award for SARS-CoV2 and Influenza A Heterologous T-cell Epitopes as Candidate Peptide Vaccines.

Rana Zakerzadeh, Assistant Professor of Health Sciences, received an $11,431 Hunkele Dreaded Disease Research Award for Development of a Novel Simulation Framework for Understanding the Dynamics of Human Aortic Valve.

Alison Colbert, Associate Professor of Nursing, received $499,391 from the U.S. Department of Justice for OVC FY 2020 Expanding SANE Services to Victims of Sexual Assault on Campus.

Melissa Kalarchian, Professor of Nursing, received $10,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to participate in the Office of Women's Health Competition Shape of Health: An Obesity Prevention Game.

Kevin Tidgewell, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, Michael Cascio, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Rita Mihailescu, Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, received $97,198 from the National Institutes of Health for Pain and Neurodegenerative Undergraduate Research Experiences: Interacting with Community Partners to Build Specialized and Enhanced Neurologic Disease Programs for Undergraduates.

Achievements by Women in STEM at Duquesne (2020)

Heather Allen, a graduate student of Dr. Sarah Woodley, BSNES, received Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Pre-Doctoral Fellowship ($42,730) from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, for Investigation of Cell-Type Specific Contributions to Bladder Pain Modulation in the Central Amygdala.

Rehana Leak, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, received $2,722 from the American Heart Association, passed through the University of Pittsburgh, to support the project entitled Dopamine Systems and Rehabilitation Treatments for Improving Neurorecovery among Cardiac Arrest Survivors.

Elizabeth Bunk, Center for Pharmacy Care, received $175,000 from the Allegheny County Health Department to develop a continuing education training platform for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians that addresses culturally sensitive care, medication for opioid use disorder, and stigma surrounding opioid use disorder, overdose, disclosure, treatment, and naloxone.

Lauren O'Donnell, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, received a $56,913 Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement grant for Viral Infections in the Brain: Age-Dependent Outcomes in Protection and Pathology.

Alia Pustorino-Clevenger, CETR, and Meghan Blaskowitz, Assistant Professor of Health Sciences received $46,000 from the U.S. Department of Education, passed through Millersville University, to enable the five model programs within the Pennsylvania Consortium to develop exemplary models of peer coaching/support, inclusive campus residential life, student engagement, and a collaborative strategy to ensure positive employment outcomes within integrated and competitive work settings.

Alison Colbert, Assistant Professor of Nursing, received $7,000 from the RWJF Alumni Network Activation Fund for The Intersection of Disability and Healthcare During COVID-19.

Lauren Rebel, a student of Dr. John Stolz, BSNES, received $900 from the Beta Beta Beta Research Foundation for Characterization of RarA, a Unique Membrane Porin from Sulfurospirillum Barnesii SES-3.

Madison Uhrin, a student of Dr. Sarah Woodley, BSNES, received $700 from the Beta Beta Beta Research Foundation for The Effects of Stress Hormones on the Number of Neurons and Glial Cells in the Brains of Larval Amphibians.

Jamie McConaha, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, received $2,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Health passed through Tobacco Free Allegheny, Inc., to support smoking cessation classes.

Rehana Leak, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, received $53,396 from the National Institutes of Health passed through the University of Pittsburgh, for Inducible DNA Repair in Cerebral Ischemia.

Regina Harbourne, Associate Professor of Health Sciences, received $26,239 from the National Institutes of Health passed through the University of Southern California, for Evaluation of the Efficacy of a Physical Therapy Intervention Targeting Sitting and Reaching for Young Children with Cerebral Palsy.

Jennifer Elliott, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, received $96,279 from the Centers for Disease Control passed through the Allegheny County Health Department, for Live Well Allegheny: Lifting Wellness for African Americans in Allegheny County.

Kelley Baumgartel, Assistant Professor of Nursing, has been named to Pittsburgh Magazine's 40 Under 40 honorees for 2020. The honorees, who are selected based on their career accomplishments, volunteer work and commitment to the Pittsburgh region, will be recognized during the 40 Under 40 Virtual Celebration Thursday, Nov. 19. In addition, each honoree will be included in an upcoming feature in Pittsburgh Magazine.

Rachael Neilan, Associate mathematics professor, has been presented with a Council on Undergraduate Research 2020 Faculty Mentor Award, which recognizes outstanding mentoring of undergraduate researchers.

Rehana Leak, Associate professor of Pharmacy, and Aleem Gangjee, Distinguished Professor of Pharmacy, are awarded $379,500 from the National Institutes of Health for the project, Novel Cytoskeletal Stabilizers as Potential Treatments for Limbic Lewy Body Disorders.

Faina Linkov, Associate Professor of Rangos School of Health Sciences, received $43,000 from the Phi Beta Psi Sorority Foundation, passed through the Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation, for research.

Mai-Ly Steers, Assistant Professor of Nursing, received $249,000 from the National Institutes of Health for the project, A Social Media Personalized Normative Feedback Intervention for Heavy Drinking Students.

Melissa Boston, Professor of School of Education, received $65,000 from the Pittsburgh Foundation. These funds, in combination with an award of $30,000 to AIU3 MSC from the PPG Foundation, will support Mathematics Virtual Institutes Project, which will help fund high-quality mathematics teaching and learning in economically-challenged schools in the Pittsburgh region.

Jelena Janjic, Associate Professor of School of Pharmacy, received $499,828 from the U.S. Department of Defense for the project, Nanoimaging for Noninvasive Monitoring of Donor and Recipient Immune System Contribution to Acute and Chronic Rejection in VCA.

Fatiha Benmokhtar, Associate Professor in BSNES, received $69,999 from the National Science Foundation for the project, Parton Distributions in the Nucleon.

Abigail Delehanty, Assistant Professor in Rangos School of Health Sciences, received $42,115 from the National Institutes of Health passed through Florida State University for the project, Effects of Technology-Supported Social Communication Baby Navigator Intervention to Improve Outcomes of Toddlers with Communication Delays: Preliminary Study.

Stacey Levine, Professor in McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, received $25,000 from the PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc., to help launch the Careers in STEM: Program for Social Change, which will expose underserved high school students to math, computer science, accounting and finance careers and the impact they can have on their communities, the region and the global economy.

Regina Harbourne, Associate Professor of Rangos School of Health Sciences, received $419,775 from the Department of Education Institute for Education Sciences for the research project, Efficacy of the START-Play Program for Infants with Neuromotor Disorders.

Paula Witt-Enderby, Professor of Pharmacy, received $127,488 from Jaquish Biomedical for the project, Strength Training Effects on Circadian and Activity Rhythms, Muscle and Bone Health and Quality of Life in a Healthy Population. Muscle: Time Study.

Angel Tamez, a student of Dr. Jeffrey Evanseck, BSNES, is awarded a $46,000 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The fellowship supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Norman Conti, Associate Professor of Liberal Arts, and Amy Phelps, Associate Professor of Business, received $24,000 from the Nina Baldwin Fisher Fund at the Hillman Foundation for the project, Police Training Inside-Out (PTI-O) Evaluation.

Jill Dembowski, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, BSNES, received $10,000 from the Samuel and Emma Winters Foundation for the project, Regulation of Viral Gene Expression and DNA Replication by LSD1.

Jamie McConaha, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, received $1,620.59 from the Pennsylvania Department of Health passed through Tobacco Free Allegheny, Inc., to support smoking cessation classes.

Mihaela Rita Mihailescu and Jeffrey Evanseck, Professors of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, began their study after receiving a Rapid Response Research Grant from the National Science Foundation in April.

Stacey Levine, Professor of Mathematics, received $16,800 from the National Science Foundation for the project, Learning Geometry for Inverse Problems in Imaging.

Sarah Wallace, Associate Professor of Speech-Language Pathology, received $14,608 from the National Institutes of Health passed through Miami University for the project, Strategies to Accommodate Reading in Aphasia: Using Assistive Technology to Support Reading by People with Aphasia.

Stephanie Wetzel, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, BSNES, received $7,000 from the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy to purchase lab supplies.

Yvonne Weideman, Associate Professor of Nursing, and Dr. David Kahler, Assistant Professor of Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, received a $4,500 Loogman Faculty Research Grant for the project, Water and Daily Life in Olkokola with Photovoice.

Jamie McConaha, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, received $1,500 from the Pennsylvania Department of Health passed through Tobacco Free Allegheny, Inc., to support smoking cessation classes.

Alison Colbert, Associate Professor of Nursing, received $60,000 from the FISA Foundation for the project, Equity Access: Educating and Empowering Healthcare Providers to Make Healthcare More Accessible.

Jelena Janjic, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, received $1,187,157 from the Department of Defense for the project, Neuro-Immuno Modulating Analgesic (NiMA) Nanomedicine Platform for Treatment of Diabetic Neuropathy

Rita Mihailescu and Jeffrey Evanseck, Professors of Chemistry & Biochemistry, BSNES, received $200,000 from the National Science Foundation for the project, APID: Conserved Regions of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus (COVID-19) RNA-RNA Interactions that Mediate Genome Dimerization and/or Progression Through the Viral Life Cycle.

Jill Dembowski, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, BSNES, received a $10,000 Faculty Development Fund award, for her research project, Integrator Complex Function During HSV-1 Transcription.

Rehana Leak, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, received $13,675 from the American Heart Association passed through the University of Pittsburgh for the research project, Dopamine Systems and Rehabilitation Treatments for Improving Neurorecovery among Cardiac Arrest Survivors.

Lauren Sugden, Assistant Professor of Statistics, Liberal Arts, received a $10,000 Faculty Development Fund award for her project, Decrypting the Noisy Genome: An Investigation into the Role of RNA Structure in Recent Human Evolution.

Inah Kim, Assistant Professor of Nursing, received a $10,000 Faculty Development Fund award for her research project, Polypharmacy and Sleep Disturbance in Older Adults.

Rana Zakerzadeh, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, received a $10,000 Faculty Development Fund award for her research project, Development of Technologies to Advance the Simulation of Oxygen Transport in Abdominal Aneurysm.

Rehana Leak, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, is awarded $408,333 from the National Institutes of Health for her research project, DNA Repair and Alpha-Synucleinopathy in Lewy Body Disorders.

Jelena Janjic, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, helps lead nanomedicine effort in transplantation.

Ellen Gawalt, Department Chair and Hillman Distinguished Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, is awarded $33,667 from CIMA Technology Inc.

Mai-Ly Steers, Assistant Professor of Nursing, is awarded $62,451 from the National Institutes of Health for her research project, A Social Media Personalized Normative Feedback Intervention for Heavy Drinking Student.

Melissa Kalarchian, Professor of Nursing, is awarded $20,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a collaborative project with Carnegie Mellon University, which was selected to participate in the Office of Women's Health Competition Shape of Health: An Obesity Prevention Game.

Fatiha Benmokhtar, Assistant Professor of Physics, has been appointed to serve on the program committee of the American Physical Society's Division of Nuclear Physics. The division works to advance the application of nuclear physics techniques to meet societal needs.

Paula Witt-Enderby, Professor of Pharmacology, is awarded $20,023 from OsteoStrong Franchising, LLC., for clinical trials assessing melatonin and osteogenic loading on bone health and quality of life in osteopenia.

Jill Dembowski, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, is awarded $6,743 from Hunkele Dreaded Disease Research for her project, LSD1 Function and Inhibition During HSV-1 Infection.

Achievements by Women in Science at Duquesne (2019)

Sparking an Interest in STEM (DU Magazine, Fall 2019)

Jelena Janjic, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, and her research team move closer to producing pain nanomedicine. Dr. Janjic's team used industry-accepted, quality-by-design standards, which is not typically done with nanotechnology.

Michelle Valkanas, a doctoral program student in the Department of Biological Sciences, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, is awarded an On To the Future Grant through the Geological Society of America to attend their National Conference this Fall. The Grant provides full admission to the conference, $600 for travel, and a one-day career development workshop.

Heather Allen, doctoral program student in Department of Biological Sciences, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, received a Ruth L Kirschtein National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to support her thesis work investigating cell-type specific contributions to bladder pain modulation in the amygdala.

Charlotte Hacker, a doctoral program student in the Department of Biological Sciences, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, received a Fulbright Scholarship to study snow leopards on the Tibetan Plateau in China. Her research will focus on snow leopard diet, with emphasis on understanding livestock depredation and how this knowledge can be used to to find appropriate solutions for human-wildlife conflict.

Rachel Miller Neilan, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, is awarded the inaugural 2019 John G. Rangos Prizes for Faculty and Students for her proposal, Solving Real-World Problems Using Agent-Based Modeling.

Richard Simpson, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, Regina Harbourne, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, and Patrick Cooper, Assistant Professor of Physics, are awarded the inaugural 2019 John G. Rangos Prizes for Faculty and Students for their proposal, A Mobile Clinic and Makerspace.

Elena Donoso Brown, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, and Sarah Wallace, Associate Professor of Speech-Language Pathology, with Occupational Therapy students Natalie Falcione, Jenna Gallipoli, Fiona Kessler and Rachel Tokarski, are awarded the inaugural 2019 John G. Rangos Prizes for Faculty and Students for their proposal, Interprofessional Collaboration 101: Preparing Students to Reimagine Health Care.

Cathleen Appelt, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Meghan Blakowitz, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, Ann Stuart, Clinical Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy, Bridget Calhoun, Associate Professor in Physician Assistant Studies, Jordan Covvey Assistant Professor in Pharmacy, Jessica Devido, Assistant Professor in Nursing, Tammy Hughes, Professor in Education, Rachel Kallem Whitman, Adjunct Faculty of Psychology, Andrew Simpson, Assistant Professor in History, and Tiffany Sizemore, Assistant Professor in Law, are awarded the inaugural 2019 John G. Rangos Prizes for Faculty and Students for their proposal, Innovating Solutions to Contemporary Mental Health Challenges and Social Injustice.

Rachael Neilan, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, and Benedict Kolber, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, BSNES, received $310,500 from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, for their research.

Nancy Trun, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, BSNES, received a $7,500 Faculty Development Fund Award, for her project, Identification of the Roles for Bacteria in Passive Remediation of Abandoned Coal Mine Drainage.

Elena Donoso Brown, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, Rangos School of Health Sciences, received an $8,113 Faculty Development Fund Award for her project, Improving Home Program Practice for People with Language Disorders After Stroke.

Kelley Baumgartel, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, received a $10,000 Faculty Development Fund Award for her project, Human Milk Macronutrient Variability and Subsequent Preterm Infant Growth.

Melikhan Tanyeri, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, received a $7,576 Faculty Development Fund Award for her project, Teaching Key Engineering Concepts Through Music.

Dr. Anna Haensch, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, was recently named US Junior Oberwolfach Fellow.

Dr. Sarah Woodley, Associate Professor of Biology, was awarded the 2019 Carnegie Science Award in the Postsecondary Educator category from the Carnegie Science Center. Carnegie Science Awards honor the accomplishments of innovators in the fields of science, technology, and education whose contributions lead to significant economic or societal benefits for the western Pennsylvania region.

Dr. Rehana Leak, Associate Professor of Pharmacology, received a $13,513 grant from the American Heart Association (passed through the University of Pittsburgh) for the project Dopamine Systems and Rehabilitation Treatments for Improving Neurorecovery Among Cardiac Arrest Survivors.

Dr. Rehana Leak, Associate Professor of Pharmacology, received a pair of grants from the National Institutes of Health: a $233,752 grant for the project The Impact of Heat Shock Protein 70 on Lewy Body Disorders, and a $12,135 sub-award from the University of Pittsburgh for the project Dopamine System Focused Neurorehabilitation Model for Improving Neurorecovery Among Cardiac Arrest Survivors.

Dr. Jelena Janjic, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, spoke about her work using nanotechnology to develop medicines to treat chronic pain at the TEDxCMU Conference Saturday, March 30, 2019.