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Faculty, Staff, and Student Achievements for March 2011
Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Eleonora Gianti, a second-year PhD student in chemistry, working under guidance of Dr. Randy Zahuar, is the Spring 2011 winner of the Peter Kollman Graduate Award in Supercomputing. This is a prestigious American Chemical Society award in supercomputing, won in a national competition. Eleonora’s proposal on "Computational Methods for Developing Novel Small-molecule Stat5a/b Inhibitors for Prostate Cancer Therapy" won her 200,000 service units on a supercomputer cluster (Kraken Cray XT5 system with 112,896 compute cores) at the National Institute for Computational Sciences. Eleonora will be presented with her award at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in Anaheim, CA, March 27-31, 2011, where she will also be presenting her research on this topic.

Diana Sardelis, a third-year PhD student in chemistry, working under the supervision of Dr. Catherine Bentzley, won a 2011 Richard A. Schaeffer Memorial Fund Award. The award supports Diana’s presentation at the 2011 American Society of Mass Spectrometry meeting in June. She won the award in a national competition. Other recipients of the award hail from Berkley, Carnegie Mellon and Purdue!
Hiu Yan Cheng, a junior chemistry major, won the 2011 American Chemical Society Student Leadership Award. This program recognizes emerging leaders in our ACS student chapter network and helps prepare them as leaders in volunteer organizations, such as ACS, and in their professional careers. Yan won this award in the national competition, making it a great honor for both Yan and our ACS student chapter.
Hien T. Nguyen, a third-year PhD student in chemistry, working with Dr. Preston Moore, won the American Chemical Society award for the "Top Poster Presentation in the Graduate Students Category". Hien won the award at the Philadelphia Section of the ACS 11th Annual Student Poster Session at Temple, in February 2011. She was the winner among a highly competitive crowd - Penn, Drexel, Temple, Delaware!
Two publications by the faculty and students in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Featured:

Preston Moore’s publication (S. O. Nielsen, R. E. Bulo, P. B. Moore and B. Ensing, “Recent progress in adaptive multiscale molecular dynamics simulations of soft matter” Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2010, 12, 12401-12414, Perspective) was featured on the cover of the Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics journal.

Vince Pagnotti (BS Chemistry 2004), a chemistry PhD student, and Dr. Charles McEwen, Houghton Endowed Chair Professor of Chemistry, published a paper which was featured on the home page of the American Chemical Society, the largest professional chemical society in the world.
McEwen, C.N., Pagnotti, V.S., Inutan, E.D., Trimpin, S. “New Paradigm in Ionization: Multiply Charged Ion Formation from a Solid Matrix without a Laser or Voltage” Anal. Chem., 82(22): 9164-9168, 2010. (Letters to Analytical Chemistry, accelerated publication)
Kamal Jonnalagadda, associate professor in pharmaceutical sciences was a coauthor of three publications this year. One of the publications was in the Journal of Physical Chemistry B, which also used one of thier figures to be on the cover page.
J Gupta, C. Nunes, S. Vyas, S. Jonnalagadda.  Prediction of Solubility Parameters and Miscibility of Pharmaceutical Compounds by Molecular Dynamics Simulations.  J. Phy. Chem B, 115 (2014-2023), 2011.

Read it here: http://pubs.acs.org/toc/jpcbfk/115/9

The Society of Toxicology (SOT) Endowment Fund 50th Anniversary Undergraduate Educator Award has been awarded to Dr. Joan Tarloff, professor in pharmaceutical sciences. The national award was presented during the annual meeting in Washington, DC, on Sunday, March 6.
Paula Lehrberger, Director of Financial Aid, will be part of a round-table along with Villanova University and  Penn State University at  the Pennsylvania Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators  (PASFA) April meeting.  The group will be discussing issues facing graduate financial aid.

Amalia Issa, PhD, MPH, has agreed to join Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy as chair of Health Policy and Public Health starting July 2011 and pending board approval. Dr. Issa is coming from the Department of Clinical Sciences & Administration at the College of Pharmacy at University of Houston. Since 2005, she has been an associate professor of pharmacological and pharmaceutical sciences and director of graduate studies in clinical research training program. She earned her BSc in biology from Concordia University, her MSc and PhD in neuropharmacology from McGill University and her MPH in health services research/epidemiology from the UCLA School of Public Health. Her research is in the area of personalized medicine and pharmacogenomics, and she brings with her a wealth of experience in collaborative research and service.
Richard Minoff has agreed to join the Department of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business (PHB) at Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy as director of the undergraduate PHB program starting April 18, pending board approval. Minoff has most recently been managing partner of 1 Global Partners, in King of Prussia and Basel, SW. He has previously been president and CEO of Dorland Global Corporation, a global healthcare communications company. Minoff also had prior experience in healthcare communications at Interlink and Barton & Pittinos. He has worked for Wyeth and GlaxoSmithKline. In addition to his 30 years experience in marketing and communications, Minoff has been a faculty member at Wharton, LaSalle University, Ursinus College, and Kutztown State University. Minoff has experience and expertise in many areas, including marketing and brand management, global business, entrepreneurship, human resource management and strategic communication. He earned his BA in political science from University of Connecticut and his MBA from Robert H. Smith College of Business at University of Maryland.
Dr. Paul Kramer, chair of Occupational Therapy was accepted into the Harvard Macy scholars program and took a two-week course in Leadership in the Education of Health Professionals. She is currently working on a project for the course and will return to Harvard in May present the project.
On Saturday, April 2, Dr. Roger Ideishi, associate professor in occupational therapy, will be named Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (FAOTA). This is a very prestigious award given to a very small percentage of therapists who have made a significant contribution to the profession. Dr. Ideishi is being recognized for his work in "fostering access and participation for all children."
Lia Vas, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics, recently had a paper of hers announced as the third most downloaded article on the Science Direct Top 25 Hottest Articles list for the Journal of Algebra for the period October – December 2010. Read it here:


On March 17, Dr. Catherine Bentzley, associate professor in chemistry and biochemistry, brought her motivational chemistry demonstrations to the Boys’ Latin Charter School at 5501 Cedar Avenue. She worked with Brian Harrison’s physical science and chemistry classes. Harrison is one of our post baccalaureate Science Teacher Certification students. This spring he will complete the program requirements for Pennsylvania Department of Education Instructional I Certifications to teach general science and chemistry.
Roberta Batorsky, adjunct instructor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Science, has been selected for the position of Editor of the American Biology Teacher (ABT) Classroom Media Department. This position is typically held for five years.
Dr. Sarah Spinler, professor in pharmacy practice/pharmacy administration, was promoted within the American College of Cardiology to associate of the American College of Cardiology.
In a national competition, Chi Ngong (Gary) Tang C’11 has been awarded a travel grant for the USciences American Chemical Sciences Student Club, helping support the attendance of three Chemistry undergraduate students to the 241st American Chemical Society Meeting, in Aneheim, CA, at the end of March. In addition to presenting a research poster, the group will also be receiving an Honorable Mention Award for their ACS Chapter, also won in a national competition. The students will make outreach efforts as far as California - they will be doing chemistry demonstrations in DisneyLand.
Dr. Ruth L. Schemm, professor of health policy and public health, has been volunteering with a program that focuses on the use of goal directed activities to promote meaning in lives. She has interviewed 19 African American, urban youth, aged 7 to 19, who participate in this after-school polo team and competitive riding program. The polo team recently won the U.S. Polo Association Interscholastic Championship and is the first African American Polo Team to achieve this national honor. http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/delaware/item/15210-west-philly-team-win-national-crown-in-sport-of-kings. Dr. Schemm’s co-authored poster, Equine Assisted Learning:  For  At- Risk, Urban Youth:  The Fastest Way Out Of Town Might Be On The Back Of A Horse, details the Work to Ride program’s positive outcomes.

Homicide is the leading cause of death for African American men aged 15-34 years and in 2006 2,946 black males aged 15-24 were victims of homicide which means that the homicide rate for African American males is 92 in 100,000.  This is 19 times higher than 4.7 in 100,000 rate for white youth (Rich, 2009, p. ix, CDC, 2009).  In a 2003 survey, 13% of all high school students reported that they were involved in at least one physical fight on school property the previous year and 6% involved a carried weapon.  Public Health has led initiatives to reverse this trend and create an imperative to establish a collaborative network of health professionals, educators, community members and officials.  Occupation based after-school programs are an invaluable strategy to provide activities that encourage resilience and improve quality of life. 

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