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Duquesne Announces Winners in Africa-Based Faculty Research Competition

Duquesne University's Center for African Studies has named four winning projects for its 2014-2015 Rev. Alphons Loogman, C.S.Sp., Faculty Research Grant competition.

This year's winning projects are:

  • Managing the Mental Health Impact of Migration: Emphasis on Ethiopian Migrants in the Middle East
    Dr. Waganesh Zeleke, assistant professor, Department of Counseling, Psychology and Special Education, School of Education, Richland Township
  • The Roots of Song in Jazz: Folk Songs of the Ga and Ewe Explored through Composition and Transcription
    Dr. Joseph Sheehan, assistant professor, Mary Pappert School of Music, Squirrel Hill
  • General and Special Education Teachers' Professional Development Needs in Selected Southern African Countries
    Dr. Morgan Chitiyo, associate professor and program director, Bethel Park, and Dr. Elizabeth Hughes, assistant professor, Ohio Township, both in the Department of Counseling, Psychology and Special Education in the School of Education
  • Assessment of Library Collections and Services at the Spiritan University College, Ghana
    Terra Merkey, music librarian, Gumberg Library, Point Breeze.

The grant was named for the Rev. Alphons Loogman, C.S.Sp., a professor of Swahili at Duquesne in the early 1960s who helped to establish Duquesne as a noted center of African studies during his tenure. The grants of $4,500 support scholarly research that reflects the University's strategic commitment to a closer relationship with the nations and people of Africa, said Dr. Gerald Boodoo, director of the Center for African Studies.

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