Sometimes small changes are the best solution to grand challenges. That’s what three students learned this summer when they traveled to Haiti to improve access to clean water for a group of families living in the village of Monchil, a suburb of Jacmel. History major Sarah Nusbaum ’13 (South Salem, N.Y.), English and psychology double [...]
“One of the things I’ve discovered in working with young moms and dads is that they are often in desperate need of safe, affordable housing, particularly after they graduate from high school,” says Deborah Byrd, professor of English. Since 2005, Byrd has been involved with the Family and Development Research Program (FDRP), which provides mentoring [...]
By Lori H. Burke As director of human resources for CBS Radio, Margaret Marion ’95 manages the entertainment conglomerate’s greatest asset—talent. From CBS Radio’s offices in New York City, Marion’s primary role as a human resources generalist is employee relations, working with employees and key managers as a strategic business partner and counseling on company [...]
By Tiffany Bentley With an insatiable curiosity, Peter Donovick ’61 has delved into a broad spectrum of research topics. As professor of psychology and director of the environmental neuropsychology laboratory at Binghamton University, State University of New York, Donovick has studied aging and dementia, stereotype bias, multiple sclerosis, dementia, environmental toxicology, malnutrition, incarceration, compassion, health [...]
By Kate Helm “I have always been curious about how complex behavior emerges from the millions of chemical and electrical releases in the brain,” says Lisa Schrott ’87, associate professor, Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Neuroscience, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport. “A lot of neuroscience is reductionistic—trying to understand the mechanisms of behavior by [...]
By Dan Edelen One of the foremost experts in bat echolocation, James Simmons ’65 knows about the invisible. He seeks to understand the nature of perception by studying the tiny mammal’s sounds pitched beyond the range of human hearing. “Most people interested in perception are interested in vision,” says Simmons, professor of biology, neuroscience department, [...]
By Carrie Havranek As she grew up on a Pennsylvania dairy farm, Sue Miller McDonnell ’73 of West Chester, Pa., probably never envisioned being jokingly called “Dr. Ruth for horses.” However, her internationally respected research in equine behavior at the University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center, Kennett Square, Pa., has earned her the unofficial title. [...]
By Kevin Gray Long intrigued by the notion that the mind and body interact in reciprocal ways, Ali Berlin Weinstein ’99 is conducting novel research into the effects of mental stress reactivity on cardiac patients. Weinstein, deputy director of the Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability, George Mason University, Fairfax, Va., and her [...]
Superintendent of Abington School District in Montgomery County, Pa., Amy Silverstein Sichel ’75 is president-elect of American Association of School Administrators, the professional organization of more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and internationally. She will become president in 2013 and will be the first Pennsylvania school chief to lead the national association [...]
Alex Meis ’08 is part of a team that won the inaugural National Invitational Public Policy Challenge, with a $15,000 award, sponsored by the Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania. The winning entry details a mobile app to empower caregivers of students in the New York City Department of Education with timely student attendance information to ensure that all children are present in school all day, every day.
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