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October 2021College of Liberal Arts and Social SciencesIn the recently published book In Slow Places in Béla Tarr’s Films: The Intersection of Geography, Ecology, and Slow Cinema, DePaul College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Professor Clara Orban investigates filmmaker Béla Tarr’s slow cinema techniques as an approach to creating geographies of indifference. Read More
October 2021DePaul UniversityDePaul is one of five Illinois University’s participating in the
Metropolitan Chicago Data-Science Corps. The Corps, which is supported by a three-year grant from National Science Foundation totaling nearly $1.5 million, engages students and expert faculty to meet the data science challenges of Chicago metropolitan community and nonprofit organizations. The project offers students, underserved in terms of data science education, the opportunity to garners data science expertise using real world applications. Read More
September 2021College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Assistant Professor Michelle Stuhlmacher and Professor Winnifred Curran have been awarded a grant by the College’s Urban Collaborative Community Research Initiative (UCCRI) for their project, "Designing for Just Green Enough: Greening without Gentrification." The project team will examine the environmental justice paradox: How can we improve equity in greenspace access without displacing the very residents the increased greenspace is intended to benefit, using Chicago’s Pilsen community as a case study. Read More
September 2021Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media
Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media
Associate Professor Peter Hastings has a secured multi-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Graduate Students in Areas of National Need Program (GAANN). Year 1 funding totaled $151,698 of an expected $455,094. The GAANN program provides fellowships to PhD students pursuing degrees in areas of national need such as Computer and Information Sciences.
August 2021Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media
Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media
Assistant Professor Filipo Sharevski has secured funding through the National Security Agency’s National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C) program to provide foundational education in cybersecurity, specifically social engineering and social media information operations, to high school teachers. The project team’s inaugural program is expected to credential an estimated 90 high school teachers to teach an advanced cybersecurity course. Initial funding for the program totals $699K of an expected $949K multi-year award. Read More
July 2021DePaul College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Professor Kathryn Ibata-Arens published the book Pandemic Medicine: Why the Global Innovation System Is Broken, and How We Can Fix It. The book analyzes the current profit-and patent-driven system for new drug development and proposes alternate approaches for more expeditiously implementing new discoveries. Read More
July 2021College of Science and Health
Professor Leonard A. Jason is leading an NIH-funded study comparing those with long-haul COVID-19 to patients who have myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). According to Jason, comparing long-haul COVID-19 with another chronic illness could help researchers uncover root causes of long-term illness and inform their approach to care. His team has a large prospective data set that will help answer questions about pre-illness dispositions including immune markers that could help identify those who are more susceptible to long-term illness.
Photo Credit: Charles Cherney
Drs. Kathryn Grant and Jocelyn Carter, Professors of Psychology, have received a five-year $3.79 million grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will allow the investigators and their research teams to evaluate the Cities Mentor Project and to create sustainable partnerships among Chicago Public Schools, local organizations serving low-resourced communities, and the four largest universities in Chicago (DePaul, Loyola, Northwestern, the University of Illinois at Chicago). The Cities Mentor Project uses mentor and community support to foster youth coping with stressors that impede learning and youth advocacy to change the larger systems affecting their communities and schools.
July 2021College of Communication
The book, which targets business acumen for communication students and professionals, covers topics related to strategic communication including organizational agility, stakeholder engagement, finance and accounting, and DE&I, with targeted essays, interviews and case studies. Read more.
September 2021College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Associate Professor Traci Schlesinger has been awarded a grant by the College’s Urban Collaborative Community Research Initiative (UCCRI) for her project, "Pretrial Requirements as Racialized Net-Widening?"; Dr. Schlesinger’s study will assess the effect of pretrial requirements that select jurisdictions have enacted as they work end or limit cash bail in partnership with the Baltimore Action Legal Team, Baltimore Court Watchers, and the Community Justice Exchange.
March 2021College of Science and Health
Professor of Psychology W. LaVome Robinson and team are conducting a large-scale randomized controlled trial of Robinson's "Success Over Stress" preventive intervention with a $6.6M NIH grant received by DePaul in 2019. In partnership with the Chicago Public Schools, Rush University, and the University of Chicago, the team is testing the effectiveness of a culturally-adapted stress reduction and suicide prevention intervention for urban, African American high school students living in low-resourced communities. Read more.
March 2021College of Science and HealthWith funding from the
Illinois Nurse’s Foundation and
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, College of Science and Health
Assistant Professor Shannon Simonovich is conducting an Examination of Nursing Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic to both to describe the experiences of nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic and to conduct a thematic analysis to better understand the long-term impacts of the pandemic on the nursing profession and implications for public health. This research has potential to lead to changes in practice guidelines and policies for nursing advocacy groups and health care organizations in our community. Credit for Simonovich photo: DePaul University/Jeff Carrion
March 2021Jarvis College of Computing and Digital MediaIsuru S. Godage, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media has received an
National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development award, totaling $529,999. With this funding, Dr. Godage will introduce a novel systematic approach to combining simple soft robotic modules into sophisticated cyber-physical systems, capable of performing complex manipulation and locomotion tasks.
March 2021Jarvis College of Computing and Digital MediaJarvis College of Computing and Digital Media Assistant Professor
Brian Andrews and colleagues virtual reality film,
Hominidae, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was featured at the Festival de Cannes in the XR Development Showcase, and is currently in an international film festival run including 7 Academy Award qualifying festivals. Noteworthy, all the lead creative roles in
Hominidae were filled by DePaul faculty and professionals; the entire production crew was made up by students in the School of Cinematic Arts Animation and Film & Television programs. The project was truly interdisciplinary with the cast drawn from DePaul’s Theater School and recorded in the School of Music.
March 2021College of Liberal Arts and Social SciencesCollege of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Professor Kelly Tzoumis’ reference book entitled
Toxic Chemicals in America: Controversies in Human and Environmental Health has been released. The two-volume book, edited by Tzoumis, contains information on the use and management of select toxic chemicals and substances. Featured toxic chemicals and substances are placed into historical and policy context for understanding the science and health impacts to human health and the ecosystem. Tzoumis has also authored several other recent scholarly publications related to environmental diplomacy and has worked with colleagues on the application of virtual reality (360/3d) experiences and game simulations to environmental conflict and diplomacy education.
March 2021The College of CommunicationThe College of Communication’s Media Engagement Lab, provides a multidisciplinary space for faculty and students interested in marketing communication research focused on Advertising, Public Relations, and Media Psychology. The lab uses Biometric research techniques, to back creative decisions with unbiased data about how humans experience exposure to marketing communication materials.
Assistant Professor Juan Mundel in the
College of Communication reports, among the lab’s projects are a robust research agenda on consumer response to marijuana products as the result of the legalization in the State of Illinois. Researcher’s interested in the Lab are encouraged to contact Assistant Professor Juan Mundel in the College of Communication. Additional information on the research projects and services of the Lab can be found
October 2020The Theatre SchoolWith funding from the American Indonesian Exchange Foundation, as part of the Fulbright Scholar Program, DePaul School of Theatre faculty member,
Susan Studham will explore the decolonization of theatrical production practice, tracing specific hybrid practices and practical innovations through an examination of the uniqueness of the Balinese approach to performance management.
September 2020College of EducationDr. Donna
Kiel, of the Office of Innovative Professional Learning in the College of Education, has been awarded a grant from Little Black Pearl (LBP). Kiel and colleagues will assist LBP with the development of practices and strategies that integrate their vision of teaching and engagement within the remote teaching context. Learn more about Dr. Donna Kiel's
Teaching Through Tough Times project
August 2020College of Science and HealthDr. James Montgomery, Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, in the College of Science and Health has been awarded a $1 million grant from
National Science Foundation to investigate strategies to recruit and retain science undergraduates. The project will conduct research to increase knowledge about the effects of learning communities on non-cognitive factors generally associated with students' academic persistence and outcomes. Understanding of the academic persistence of STEM scholars is viewed by NSF as critical to addressing national shortages in the nation’s STEM workforce.
August 2020Jarvis College of Computing and Digital MediaDr. Alexander Rasin, Associate Professor in DePaul University’s Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media, received a $249,870
NSF grant for a project to develop and evaluate techniques for detecting clandestine access to the contents of stored databases. As recent news indicates, data breaches have become an epidemic threat to businesses, governments, and society. As increasing amounts of personal, private, and proprietary data are being stored electronically, our lack of adequate means to prevent or detect breaches becomes increasingly concerning.
July 2020College of Liberal Arts and SciencesAssociate Professor of History Scott Bucking is undertaking the first comprehensive effort aimed at documenting the complex archaeological landscape south of the Middle Kingdom necropolis at Beni Hassan, with funding from the
American Research Center in Egypt/USAID's Antiquities Endowment Fund. Working collaboratively with the Egyptian ministry and Manila University, the project team will carry out urgent documentation and conservation on the archaeology at greatest risk due to illicit digging and agricultural development. The project also lays an important foundation for a large-scale preservation initiative that draws attention to the rich, multicultural heritage of the region and increases awareness of the significance of this region in multiple periods of Egyptian history.
July 2020College of Liberal Arts and SciencesDePaul received a $1.5 million gift from the
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to support its ongoing partnership with Tangaza University College in Kenta. The initiative, lead by
Sister Patricia Bombard, B.V.M., in the School of Public Service will help DePaul University in its efforts to deliver an array of continuing education and leadership training programs to Catholic sisters in Africa over the next three years.
April 2020College of BusinessDr. Maija Renko, Professor and the Coleman Chair of Entrepreneurship at the Driehaus College of Business, received $248,879 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the project “Promoting Entrepreneurship Among Low-Income Youth”. Together with colleagues from the University of Illinois at Chicago, she will develop an evaluation and research tool for qualitative interview data collection and analysis of entrepreneurs’ experiences in support of this study of low-income youth with disabilities.
October 2019College of CommunicationDr. Juan Mundel, Assistant Professor in the College of Communication, will
investigate the effects of models' age in ads promoting plants in his project, “Age Identification for Plant Shoppers.” With funding from Michigan State University, Mundel’s lab will participate in a study to investigate if younger vs. older models in plant advertisements result in stronger purchase intentions.