Books & Bagels @ the Academy 12/7 12-2pm

Books & Bagels: Conversations on Interdisciplinary Research is @ the Academy Friday, December 7, 2012 from 12-2pm at Ewell Sale Stewart Library and Archives inside the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University! The Academy is celebrating it’s bi-centennial this year.
Lunch (not just bagels) and refreshments will be provided.


Michael Hamilton
Responding to Re-aerosolization Risk in the Wake of a Wide-area Anthrax Release
Michael is a Master’s student in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering who recently contributed to a paper which attempts to determine the most appropriate emergency response strategies following a hypothetical bioterrorism attack in a major city like Philadelphia. Using a release of Bacillus anthracis (the causative agent of anthrax) as an example, he and his team have constructed a probability model and applied principles of benefit-cost analysis to derive estimates of the outcomes associated with different response strategies. The goal of this research is to help inform emergency response policies related to such an event.

Chung Wong
Predicting NFL Outcomes Using Neural Network
Utilizing neural network, Chung and his team create a prediction model of NFL outcomes using only five statistical categories. They then compare their result against the advanced AccuScore system. Their model not only significantly reduces the amount of data needed for predictions but also produces results comparable with AccuScore.

Kimberly Oelschlager
Understanding the Clinical Triad of Polytrauma in Military Combat Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom
This project concerns the diagnosis in today’s veterans or TBU, PTSD, and chronic pain syndromes that manifests itself as headaches. It looks at the mechanism of injuries such as a blast injury and how military personnel can receive a brain injury without any visible tissue trauma. This project also looks at the diagnosis and management regimen supported by evidence based medicine that the VA wants medical providers to utilize. The idea of the project is to educate civilian provider’s specifically mid-level practitioners such as PA/NP who will bear the brunt of taking care of our veterans.
Moderated by Mary Jo Grdina of Drexel’s School of Education

Lindau Award 2013

The Lindau Award supports exceptional doctoral student researchers to attend the annual Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates in scenic Lindau, Germany each June. This year’s meeting (to be held June 30-July 5, 2013) will focus on Chemistry and Chemistry-related fields, and Drexel has again been invited to nominate students. We are looking for your help to identify candidates.

Last year, Eric Davis, Chemical Engineering PhD student, was selected to attend the 2012 meeting focused on Physics.  The year before, Greg Botta, Drexel MD/PhD candidate, received the Lindau for the Medicine/Physiology meeting. Two years earlier, Jessica Shiffman (Materials Engineering) and Erica Caden (Physics) were able to attend that year’s meeting. Each time, students have come back enthusiastic and energized by the unique experience. We’d love to continue this exciting tradition for our students.

At the meeting, Laureates lecture on the topic of their choice in the mornings and participate in less formal, small-group discussions with the students in the afternoons and some evenings. For a sense of what the meeting is about and the what the experience is like for graduate students, take a look at this short but lively video. You can also read about Eric Davis’ Lindau experience here.


Interested students must be nominated by Drexel and must be supported (either directly or by working on a project, grant, or fellowship supported by) one of the following sponsoring agencies:

* National Institutes of Health (NIH), NCI, NIAAA, NIDCR, NIEHS, or NIGMS divisions (up to 2 nominees);
* Department of Energy (DoE) Office of Science (up to 2 nominees);
* National Science Foundation (NSF), Directorate for Mathematical Science (NSF-MSP) (up to 2 nominees);
* Other public or private sources (MARS ‘track’, up to 2 nominees).

In addition, candidates must have at least two years of FT doctoral study by June 2012, be actively involved in research, but not planning a defense before Dec 31, 2013.  They must also be US Citizens.

To apply, interested students should complete an internal application by noon on Tuesday November 27th and send that to Rona Buchalter ( Application (for both internal nomination and national consideration) consists of:

  • a one-page personal resume of the nominee,
  • a one page letter of reference from the nominee’s advisor,
  • an essay of no more than one page written by the nominee describing why participation in the Lindau meeting is important for the nominee’s graduate education

A maximum of eight nominees, 2 each in the above categories, will be selected by the University Nominating Committee by that Friday, November 30th.  Ms. Buchalter will then be available to work with nominees on revisions prior to the Lindau deadline of  December 14th, 2012.

Lindau Nominating Committee

John Di Nardo, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Teck-Kah Lim, Associate Vice Provost Graduate Studies
Rona Buchalter, Director of Drexel Fellowships Office

Books & Bagels Today at 12pm

Graduate Student Lounge, Basement of Main

Lunch will be provided

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***Immediately following Books & Bagels, we will have Tom Ipri, Liaison Librarian for Media Arts & Design, hosting library office hours Friday from 1:30-3:30pm. Take advantage of his knowlege and expertise in library resources, effective research methods and more!

Books & Bagels Friday 11/30 12pm

Graduate Student Association (GSA) and Office of Graduate Studies’s (OGS) present Books & Bagels on November 30th, 2012 at 12:00pm. Three student presenters are asked to prepare a 10-12 minute talk about their research and how their accomplishments will shape our world socially and technologically. Presentations are followed by a moderated discussion. Lunch (not just bagels) and refreshments will be provided.

***Immediately following Books & Bagels, we will have Tom Ipri, Liaison Librarian for Media Arts & Design, hosting library office hours Friday from 1:30-3:30pm. Take advantage of his knowlege and expertise in library resources, effective research methods and more!

Location: Graduate Student Lounge, Main Building, Drexel University

Can’t make it? Watch online (enter as a guest):

Meet the Graduate Speakers:
Jules Winters, PhD Candidate, BEES
“The effects of bulkheading on diamondback terrapin nesting ecology in Barengat Bay, NJ”
Barnegat Bay Estuary exhibits the highest development rate of any Mid-Atlantic estuary. As a consequence, bulkheading (hard shoreline stabalization) has increased 30% over the past thirty years along these shorelines, severely limiting the land-sea interface for wildlife. The diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin), in particular, requires the upland habitat that is blocked by bulkheading for annual nesting. To determine the effect of bulkheading on this threatened species’ behavior I looked at changes in terrapin movements and stress levels in relation to modeled bulkheading along their nesting beaches. Thus, using diamondback terrapins as a model organism, the goal of my research is to quantify the impact of coastal development (i.e., human encroachment) upon native wildlife. The results of my study will serve as a model towards effectively quantifying human-wildlife interactions and work towards sustainable coastal habitat use along Barnegat Bay and estuaries worldwide.

Kim Marcellus, PhD Candidate CAEE
“Understanding Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste Decisions and Distribution in Urban Environments.”
My dissertation focuses on tracking a network of decision making parameters for urban developers to include recycling in construction and demolition (C&D) projects. This decision making network includes parameters represented by “nodes” in a belief network supported by expert elicitation and updated using Bayesian
statistical methods. I intend to apply my construction management experience to reinforce new concepts and sustainable strategies to the construction industry and research field of Solid Waste Management and Industrial Ecology. This enhancement will provide better predictions for C&D waste decisions and influence developers to incorporate sustainability in planning, construction, and rehabilitation of urban development projects by
diverting waste from landfills. My extensive industry experience, when coupled with my academic background create an inter-disciplinary relationship, greatly benefiting the industry while enabling me to educate people to create positive change and increase sustainability of the built environment.

Chris Castillo, PhD Chemistry
“Novel Functionalization of α,γ-Dinitro Compounds”
α,γ-Dinitro compounds are of interest because they are energy-rich chemicals with potential military applications and are also useful compounds as synthetic intermediates because the nitro groups can be converted to a wide variety of other functional groups. Here a new reaction leading to functionalization of α,γ-dinitro compounds at the site between the nitro groups is described.