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Achievements by Women in Science at Duquesne (2020)

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.