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Political Science Student Selected to Intern in Norway

Jocelyn Brown

 

Jocelyn Brown, a political science major, has been selected for the prestigious Honors College Fall Semester Internship in Oslo, Norway, working for the Nobel Peace Institute. Due to the Honors College's partnership with the Norwegian Nobel Institute, Jocelyn was chosen as their next intern and will be working on site from late September to December. The internship focuses on communications, like the Institute's social media pages, and helping to set up the Nobel Peace Prize announcement and ceremony. This is only the second time a student from WCU has had this opportunity. We congratulate Jocelyn on her achievement!

 

Fall 2022 Mathematics Colloquium

 

Dr. Sunita Chepuri of Lafayette College will present "Total Positivity and Networks" on Thursday, September 22nd from 3:00-3:50PM in Anderson 211. 

Please see the flyer for further information.

 

 

Biology Professor Presented with ig Nobel Award

Frank Fish

 

Dr. Frank Fish of the Department of Biology was awarded a 2022 Ig Nobel Prize for his hydrodynamics research. Dr. Fish's research on the formation swimming of ducklings was 1 of only 10 projects from around the world that were honored this year. The Ig Nobels recognize science that makes people laugh, then think. Congratulations, Dr. Fish!

The Ig Nobel ceremony is available online, with Dr. Fish’s prize award segment beginning at approximately 56:00.

 

NSF Grant for New Scanning Electron Microscope Awarded

NSF Logo

 

The National Science Foundation has funded our proposal for the purchase of a field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM). The $391,730 grant will be used to purchase an  Apreo 2 from ThermoFisher FEI  to replace our existing SEM. This instrument, which can image objects with 1 nm resolution and quantify elemental composition, is used in advanced undergraduate laboratory courses as well as research. It will be housed in the Center for Microanalysis and Imaging Research and Training  (CMIRT), which is a facility supported by the College of the Sciences and Mathematics. Principle Investigator Dr. Kurt Kolasinski (Chemistry) was joined by Dr. LeeAnn Srogi (Earth & Space Sciences), Dr. Howell Bosbyshell (Earth & Space Sciences), Dr. Brandon Mitchell (Physics) and Dr. John Pisciotta (Biology) in the proposal. These researchers will use the new instrument to probe the structure of nanomaterials and semiconductors, to investigate the interactions of nanoparticles with the environment, and to study microtextures and chemical composition of mineral grains.

 

CSM Students Recognized

CSM Celebrates

 

The College of the Sciences and Mathematics held the CSM Student Recognition Ceremony on Monday, May 2nd.

Congratulations to the many students who were recognized, including Outstanding Student Award winner Kai Vonkiel. Photos of the event are available here .

 

Spring 2022 Mathematics Colloquium 

Mathematics Event

 

The Department of Mathematics is hosting a colloquium on Wednesday, April 20th from 3:15-4:05pm in Anderson 203 and via Zoom. 

Dr. Tom Crawford of the University of Oxford will give a talk, "Using Maths to Clean the Ocean," providing an in-depth look at the content of the Numberphile video:  Where Does River Water Go? 

 

Celebrating the Night Sky 

Planetarium Events

 

Two special presentations are being held at the West Chester University Mather Planetarium. 

On Wednesday, April 20th at 7pm, the showing will celebrate Earth Week and feature special guest Senator Carolyn Comitta. 

On Saturday, April 23rd at noon, the showing will celebrate WCU's 150th Anniversary, with activities for adults and children throughout the WCU science complex from 1-3pm.

 

Political Science Professor Featured on Fox29 News

Dr. Loedel Speaks to Class

 

On February 24th, Dr. Peter Loedel of the Department of Political Science led an open discussion with students regarding the crisis in the Ukraine. Dr. Loedel is an expert on European security affairs, including US-NATO relations. The event was featured on FOX29 News.

 

Assistant Professor of Psychology Interviewed by KYW

KYW Roche

 

Dr. Michael Roche of the Department of Psychology was recently interviewed by KYW. Listen here: Me Me Me! Are We More Narcissistic Than Ever? Let's Look at the Data.

 

Biology Professor Publishes New Book

Book Cover

 

Dr. Oné Pagán of the Department of Biology has published a new book. The book, entitled "Drunk Flies and Stoned Dolphins," looks at multiple non-human organisms and their relationships with intoxication.

 

Students Participate in European Union Simulation

EU Simulation Students

 

The Department of Political Science participated in the 29th Annual Mid-Atlantic European Union Simulation in Washington, D.C. from November 11th-13th. Eleven WCU students participated in the European Union Simulation Senior Seminar,  and two WCU students were selected by their student peers as “Outstanding Ministers” of their respective councils. The program promotes global knowledge, while actively connecting “theory” with the “reality” of European Union politics.

 

Biology Professor Receives Grant

Dr. Jessica Sowa

 

Dr. Jessica Sowa of the Department of Biology recently received a $35,000 American Society for Cell Biology Public Engagement grant through the Science Sandbox, an initiative of the Simons Foundation, for her Nematode Hunters project. Nematode Hunters is a classroom-based citizen science project with a remote delivery format that will allow 4th grade teachers at underserved schools in Pennsylvania to engage their students in authentic biological research. Students will become collaborators on a project to discover new intracellular pathogens of nematodes by collecting wild nematodes from any outdoor space, making observations, and submitting the nematodes collected to the West Chester University research team to be tested for the presence of intracellular infections. 

 

PPD Hosts Guest Seminar

The Pharmaceutical Product Development program will hold a guest seminar on Monday, November 22nd in SSN 190 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Dr. Keith Hornberger, the Senior Director of Chemistry at Arvinas, will provide a presentation on recent research advances in PROTAC research and development. Dr. Hornberger's seminar information can be found in this PowerPoint .

 

Biology Professor Receives Grant from Office of Naval Research

turtle robot

 

Dr. Frank Fish of the Department of Biology received a grant of $230,403 from the Office of Naval Research for “Autonomous environmental transitions of an amphibious turtle-inspired robot.”  The grant is in collaboration with Dr. Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio of Yale University.

 

Political Science Professor to Represent PA’s Redistricting Advisory Council

John J. Kennedy

 

Dr. John J. Kennedy of the Department of Political Science, an expert in legislative redistricting, is one of six individuals selected by Governor Tom Wolf for the Pennsylvania Redistricting Advisory Council, which is tasked with ensuring integrity and fairness when Pennsylvania’s congressional map is redrawn. For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Redistricting Public Comment Portal and the WCU Newsroom.

 

Psychology Professor in the News

Dr. Hyers & Dr. Hipple

Photo Credit: Charles Fox, Philadelphia Inquirer

 

Dr. Lauri Hyers of the Department of Psychology, along with Dr. Erin Hipple of the Department of Graduate Social Work, were recently interviewed by USA Today. In the news article, "'Sexy baby,' 'Sexy Handmaid's Tale': Have Halloween costumes gone too far? ," Dr. Hyers discusses the trend for adult costumes to merge infantilization and sexualization through the use of child-like images (e.g., sexy schoolgirl). "That merging of infantilization and sexualization to market to youth is a really dangerous combination, because then it starts to sexualize innocence itself," says Dr. Hyers. "Childishness and innocence gets connected with sexualization."

 

6abc Features WCU 150: History and Heritage Exhibition

Exhibit in the News

 

6abc recently featured the WCU 150: History and Heritage Exhibition, an exhibit produced by students in the Museum Studies program, under the direction of Dr. Michael Di Giovine of the Department of Anthropology & Sociology. Anthropology major/Museum Studies minor Julia Zahm and History major/Museum Study minor Aaron Stoyak curated the showcase, detailing the various artifacts' relevance in the history and heritage of West Chester University. Read the WCU 150: History and Heritage Exhibition 6abc article and view the WCU 150: History and Heritage Exhibition video to learn more.

 

Anthropology Student Receives Award

Old Library

 

Congratulations to anthropology major Joanna Maurer, who was selected to receive the Mustalish Award for Conservation! Recipients of the award must be an upper-division or graduate student in good academic standing with a passion for conservation. The award funds projects relating to conservation work throughout the world with a focus on climate change, species loss, and protecting and preserving the Traditional Ecosystem Knowledge of Indigenous Peoples. Maurer, under the direction of Dr. Heather Wholey, Chairperson of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, received funding for their project, "The Delaware Bay Climate and Archaeology Project: Indigenous Cultural Heritage Sites."

 

 

Physics Professor Awarded NSF Grant

Dr. Brandon Mitchell

 

Dr. Brandon Mitchell of the Department of Physics & Engineering has been awarded $450,000 from the NSF (Award #2129183) for a project entitled, “RUI: Next Generation Rare Earth Based Light-Emitters for Solid-State Display & Quantum Information Technology Applications.” In this collaborative grant, Dr. Mitchell will lead a team of graduate and undergraduate students along with Dr. Lee Bassett (University of Pennsylvania) and Dr. Volkmar Dierolf (Lehigh University). Overall, this project will serve as the basis for a new generation of rare-earth-doped semiconductor devices that harness quantum mechanical effects to achieve new functionalities, such as the control of spins and the manipulation of light emission for quantum information processing and solid-state displays.

 

Mathematics Professor Co-Chairs Conference

Dr. Kim Johnson

 

Dr. Kim Johnson of the Department of Mathematics is co-chairing the 43rd Annual Meeting North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME-NA 43). West Chester University is an official sponsor of the conference, which will be held in Philadelphia on October 14-17, 2021. This will be the first time the conference will be held in the Northeastern United States since 1989. Further information is available in the conference flyer .

 

Psychology Professor in the News

Karen Mitchell

 

Dr. Karen Mitchell of the Department of Psychology was recently interviewed by Philly Voice regarding her research on memory, particularly flashbulb memories. The article on flashbulb memories details Dr. Mitchell's extensive research on flashbulb memories and discusses why memories of highly emotional historic events, such as 9/11 and the assassination of John F. Kennedy, aren't as accurate as we believe.

 

WCU Museum in the News

WCU 150

 

As the official launch of West Chester University’s sesquicentennial nears, the West Chester University Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology continues to receive recognition for the important role that it plays in the celebration. Dr. Michael Di Giovine of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology has worked with WCU students in the Museum Studies program to research and prepare the WCU 150: History & Heritage Museum Exhibition. Sponsored by the Alumni Association, the exhibit celebrates WCU's 150th anniversary with artifacts relevant to the University's history. The exhibition opens on September 17, 2021 in the Francis Harvey Green Library. Further information can be found in The Philadelphia Inquirer and East Bradford Neighbors articles.

 

Biology Professor Awarded ONR Grants

Dr. Frank Fish

 

Dr. Frank Fish of the Department of Biology recently received two new grants from the Office of Naval Research (ONR).

Dr. Fish was awarded a three-year, $1.5 million grant for the collaborative project “Locomotion and Transitions of an Amphibious System: Biologic to Robotic.” The project has two main objectives: 1) to refine our knowledge of the novel propulsion mechanisms of the California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) and extend it to high demand underwater environments; and 2) to develop a biological, i.e., morphologic and kinematic, understanding of sea lion locomotion on land. The proposed work will build on and extend fundamental studies of the California sea lion’s swimming mechanism and thrust production capabilities. Additionally, it will extend preliminary work on the sea lion’s ability to operate on land, including the development of a prototype amphibious robotic platform. This is an interdisciplinary project with co-principal investigators from Drexel University and George Washington University, with $300,000 awarded to WCU. 

Dr. Fish also received a $100,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research for the project "Bio-inspired Flexible Propulsors for Fast, Efficient Swimming: What Physics Are We Missing?"

 

Chemistry Professor Presented with Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award

Dr. John Townsend

 

Dr. John Townsend of the Department of Chemistry was recently named the winner of the 2021 Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in Chemical Science. The award is presented by the Philadelphia Section of the American Chemical Society and is sponsored by Merck & Co. Congratulations, Dr. Townsend!

 

   


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