Assistant Professor of Chemistry Quinetta Shelby (far left) and her student assistant Elizabeth Sisler (far right)attracted the interest of Trustee James Czech, Father Holtschneider and Trustee Connie Curran on their exploration into helping medicines work more effectively.
Associate Professor of Biology Dorothy Kozlowski earned a visit from Trustees Harry Harczak (left) and Gerald Beeson, who learned about effective therapies for serious brain injuries.
Eyes wide open: trustees get acquainted with faculty research
July 13, 2009
University trustees had an unprecedented first-person experience learning about faculty research, ranging from maintaining affordable housing in Cook County to capturing stories of human rights violations in Iraq, at their final meeting of the academic year.
In all, 14 scholarly projects were presented to trustees by faculty and their student assistants as part of the ongoing Board Education series to broaden trustees’ knowledge about the academic enterprise at DePaul.
Trustees gave high marks to the event in their meeting evaluations, according to Karen Cullen, assistant university secretary. “Board members said they thought the experience was ‘wonderful,’ and they appreciated the opportunity to meet some of DePaul’s ‘really smart people.’”
“The research showcase was conceptualized as an opportunity for the members of the Board of Trustees to engage in-person with faculty members and students who are conducting exciting research at DePaul,” says GianMario Besana, who organized the event with fellow Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Rafaela Weffer.
“Although DePaul is primarily a teaching institution, a large portion of our faculty is engaged in very high-quality research projects, many of which receive substantial external funding and involve students,” Besana says.
Dorothy Kozlowski, an associate professor of biology, is an expert on therapeutic approaches to traumatic brain injury such as gene therapy and physical therapy. She says the sophistication of DePaul’s research made a big impression on the trustees.
“They were all very positive about the work I was doing, and some even were surprised that research was being conducted in the biology department that had such a direct clinical application. One trustee said he thought work such as ours could only be conducted at a research or medical facility.”
Kozlowski adds the experience was excellent for her student assistant, junior Kevin McDonough, as well. “He really enjoyed being able to talk about the work he had been doing in the lab and said it helped him to be able to discuss his work with people outside the lab.”
Weffer said selections for participation in the showcase were made from a variety of sources—including nominations by deans of faculty with active research agendas and faculty who had active grants—were reviewed by the provost and his associate vice presidents and underwent final vetting by the president.
Projects featured for trustees:
Urban Historical Archaeology
Jane Baxter, Anthropology
Preservation Compact: Using Data, Research,
and Coordination to Maintain the Existing Stock
of Affordable Rental Housing in Cook County
Susanne Cannon, Real Estate
Connect to Protect: Partnerships for Youth
Gary Harper, Psychology
Evaluating Alternative Aftercare Models
Leonard Jason, Psychology
Neural Plasticity and Rehabilitation Following
Traumatic Brain Injury
Dorothy Kozlowski, Biology
The Relationship between School Counselor
Leadership Practices and Comprehensive
Erin Mason, Education
Center for Latino Research
Felix Masud-Piloto, History
Power, Authority, and Sense-Making in
Alexandra Murphy, Communication
The Chicago Algebra Connection
Barbara Radner, School for New Learning
Lung Nodule Interpretation in Computer
Daniela Raicu and Jacob Furst, Computing and Digital Media
Comprehensive Prevention Strategies
for African-American Adolescents
LaVome Robinson, Psychology
The Iraqi History Project
Daniel Rothenberg and M. Cherif Bassiouni, Law
Steric Effects on Reactions of Palladium
Quinetta Shelby, Chemistry
American Sign Language Synthesizer
Rosalee Wolfe, Computing and Digital Media