December 2, 2013

Faculty Highlights for December 2013

Assistant Professor of Psychology Jacqueline Alfonso Barry's manuscript, "The role of social norms in personalized alcohol feedback: A dismantling study with emerging adults," was accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse. On October 18th, Alfonso Barry and Research Assistants Spencer Deschenes '14 and Caitlin Ferguson '15 presented, "Feedback on feedback: A qualitative study of an alcohol prevention program with incoming freshmen," at the annual meeting of the New England Psychological Association. Alfonso Barry also chaired a paper session at the conference on the topic of clinical psychology.

Professor of Psychology Joyce Benenson published an article, "The development of human female competition: Allies and adversaries," in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society: B, 368.

On November 23rd, Senior Associate Dean and Professor of History Lisa Krissoff Boehm, presented "Cahokia and the History of the North American City" at the Social Science History Association in Chicago, Ill. The panel was entitled "Defining the City" and featured some work from Boehm and co-author Steven H. Corey's forthcoming book, America's Urban History (Routledge, 2014).

On November 21st, Assistant Professor of Sociology Janese Free gave a lecture at the Showa Institute on her volunteer work in Haiti for the past 18 years. Her lecture was entitled, "A Heart for Haiti: Partnering with the Purpose of Empowering."

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Department Chair Christine Jaworek-Lopes coordinated three National Chemistry Week events at the Museum of Science in Boston and the Boston Children's Museum. More than 150 volunteers from local colleges, high schools and industries served as facilitators for the hands-on activities related to the theme of energy for more than 1800 museum visitors.

On October 25th, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy Dean Kolbas attended an international, interdisciplinary conference at Harvard University on "Adorno: Music & Modernity." His paper, "The degradation of imagination: utopian thought in adorno and today," is expected to be published in a volume of collected conference proceedings by Harvard University Press in the near future.

On October 18th, Assistant Professor of Psychology Melanie Leussis and colleagues from Massachusetts General Hospital presented a poster, "Disruption of Ankyrin 3 in Brain Increases Impulsive-Related Behavior in Mice," at the XXI World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics in Boston, Mass. On October 19th, Leussis and psychology major Nathan McGovern '14 presented a poster entitled "Altered Social Behaviors in Mice with Reduced Ank3 Expression are Reversed by Chronic Treatment with the Mood Stabilizer Lithium" at the conference. Leussis also gave a talk, "Investigating the Synaptic Function of the Bipolar Disorder Gene Ankyrin 3" on October 21st.

On November 21st, Assistant Professor of Psychology Helen MacDonald presented her poster, "Trauma exposure, Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms, and Executive Functioning in Children," at the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

On November 15th, Associate Professor of Science Education and Department Chair Fiona McDonnell, Education Lecturer Liliana Busconi and four biology students launched "Inspiring and Engaging Middle School Girls in Science." This new program strives to provide girls with opportunities to explore biological sciences by participating in hands-on activities in a college-level laboratory. The group brought girls from 7th and 8th grades from Emmanuel's partner school, OLPH Mission Grammar School, to the Emmanuel campus. The goal during the spring will be to expand the program to girls from Boston Public Schools located in low-income neighborhoods.

Assistant Professors of Psychology Clare Mehta and Jacqueline Alfonso Barry co-authored a manuscript, "Associations between mixed-sex friendships, gender identity and substance use in college students," which was accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal, Sex Roles.

On November 15th, Assistant Professor of Economics and Department Chair Rebecca Moryl and Assistant Professor of Economics Shuyi Jiang presented their paper, "Fantasy sports, dead sharks and robot nannies: How teaching with podcasts can engage your students," at the Colleges of the Fenway Teaching and Learning Conference at Simmons College.

On November 14th, Professor of Political Science Marie Natoli, was interviewed by National Public Radio for a piece on John F. Kennedy. Click here to listen and read the transcript.

The Master of Science in Nursing program was granted accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The faculty is pleased to report that the program met all of the accreditation standards and that there were no compliance concerns. The program was awarded accreditation for five years, the maximum number of years for a new program.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry R. Bryan Sears co-authored a chapter entitled "Efficient measurement of total tumor microvascularity ex vivo using a mathematical model to optimize volume subsampling" for Handbook of Photomedicine, published by Taylor and Francis/CRC Press.