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April - May 2012

Dean's Message

This spring has seen a whirlwind of activity, and as you will read below you’ll see how we have come together to celebrate and commemorate so many facets of the CPH family. 

We were thrilled to learn that Dr. Sarah Bass was awarded Temple’s Great Teacher Award – a testament to her immense talent and dedication.  We also honored the retirement of Dr. Fran Ward, Chair of Nursing, for the great work she has done to forge new pathways for our nursing program.  We are so fortunate have such a high caliber of faculty – teachers who define the programs and help shape the futures for so many students who pass through our doors.
Of course spring was also a time to celebrate many of these students. On May 10, we were the proud hosts of CPH’S 2012 Graduation.  It was a wonderful event for students and their families, and will be their memory of a lifetime. I want to thank so many of the CPH staff and faculty who worked so hard to make such a special event so extraordinary. 
Caps off to the entire CPH family.
All the best,
Michael R. Sitler, EdD
Interim Dean

2012 CPH Graduation draws 9,000

More than 800 students celebrated during the College of Public Health’s 2012 Graduation Ceremony held May 10 in Temple’s Liacouras Center. 

Visit the Graduation Photo Gallery!

They were joined by close to 8,000 family and friends during the evening ceremony that featured keynote speaker and Temple University Trustee Dr. William H. “Bill” Cosby.

Public Health professor receives Temple Great Teacher Award

Sarah Bass, PhD, MPH was recently honored with Temple’s Great Teacher Award for 2012. The honor is an esteemed award given for continued excellence in teaching.

Dr. Bass is an associate professor and undergraduate program director for CPH’s Department of Public Health, where she designed an innovative curriculum that is a nationally recognized model and one of only 12 public health programs in the country accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health.

New wireless computer classroom opens on Health Science Campus

With the opening of its new computer lab on the Health Science Campus in late spring, CPH is now home to Temple's first purely wireless classroom. 

Project SHINE director recognized as White House Champion of Change

On Thursday, April 26, Patience Lehrman, Program Director of Project SHINE for Temple’s Intergenerational Center, met with President Obama to celebrate the one year anniversary of the White House Champions of Change program.

The program, created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative, honors individuals who have initiated and led significant improvements in their communities.

CHPSW Research Day spotlights collaboration

More than 55 posters were presented at CPH Research Day April 26, representing collaborations among graduate students and faculty from throughout the College.

Dean's Award Winners

Meredith Borine, Public Health
Kim Polishchuk, Physical Therapy

Entire social work class presents at Research Day

The entire class of 21 students enrolled in Social Work Research Methods II, taught by Professor Theresa White, MSW, MPH, at the Ambler Campus, applied and were selected to present their year-long, IRB-approved research projects during the CPH Research Day.

(Right: Desiree Jorden presents research at CPH Research Day.)

Nursing hosts charter school pediatric health fair

On April 20, CPH’s Department of Nursing partnered with Independence Blue Cross to host a pediatric health fair at the Pan American Academy Charter School. Nurse practitioners from the College operate a school-based health clinic at the Philadelphia K-8 school.

The health fair focused on health and safety topics from the Healthy People 2020 initiative. The nursing students provided posters, resources and interactive experiences for the Pan American students, ensuring an evidence–based approach to pediatric health promotion.

During the event, the Independence Blue Cross Foundation awarded the initiative Education–Plus, Inc. a $40,000 grant, to support school health clinics operating within Pan American Academy and Belmont Charter Schools. Both clinics serve as unique models that provide primary and preventive services to approximately 1,200 students annually.



PT faculty awarded 2012 CPH Research Seed Grant

W. Geoffrey Wright, PhD, assistant professor in CPH's Department of Physical Therapy, received the inaugural 2012 CPH Research Seed Grant for $50,000 to fund his project titled "Using electromyography (EMG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to understand the role of tonic neuromuscular processing in aging and Parkinson's disease".

Tonic neuromuscular processes have been an underinvestigated topic in this context, and Dr. Wright plans to use three innovative techniques to examine their effects.

Chair of Nursing bids farewell

In May, colleagues gathered to honor Fran Ward, PhD, RN, CRNP, the College's David R. Devereaux Chair of Nursing, who will retire from her role on June 30.

(Pictured, CHPSW Board of Visitors Chair David R. Devereaux, Dr. Fran Ward, and her husband, Dr. Norbert Elliot)

During her tenure here Dr. Ward was integral to the transformation of the Department’s academic programs from an acute care, hospital-based focus to a primary care focus. This shift has positioned the Department of Nursing as a leader, adapting to the needs of a changing healthcare delivery system.

"Fran's vision, drive and accomplishment defined her tenure here and will leave its mark on the programs and people they serve," said Michael R. Sitler, EdD, Interim Dean the College of Public Health. "We wish her the best as she begins her next chapter.

Presentations and Publications


Emeka Nwadiora, JD, PhD, DSW, MSW, associate professor at Temple’s School of Social Work, has been invited to speak to the Multicultural Family Services Center in Upper Darby, PA. On May 3 he presented a lecture titled "Pathways to Economic Success: Immigrants Making a Difference" as part of the agency's 2012 Leadership and Economic Summit.

Awards and Appointments


Nathanael Raber, a student in Temple’s Department of Kinesiology, has been named a Temple University Diamond Research Scholar for 2012. His research project is titled “Fourier Transform Infrared Imaging Spectroscopy (FT-IRIS) of Fat and Bone in Female Rats”, and he will be working under the mentorship of Temple professor Vanessa Yingling, PhD, FACSM. Diamond Research Scholars receive a stipend to assist them with summer research and academic credit during the fall.

Four students from the College of Public Health received the Temple University Diamond Award, the highest honor given by Student Affairs to a Temple undergraduate student. This recognition is reserved for those who have demonstrated superior leadership, academic achievement, service to the University, and impact on the local, regional, or global community.

CPH award winners include:
Sahar B. Bivins-Abdullah, Public Health
Marissa J. Godshalk, Communication Sciences and Disorders
N’Keya N. Peters, School of Social Work.
Kevin M. Wanner, School of Social Work

CHPSW Faculty Physical Therapy Clinics

The faculty from the Department of Physical Therapy offer clinical services at both the Health Sciences Campus and Main Campus.

These two convenient locations provide Temple staff, students, faculty and members of the community with access to high-quality, compassionate care provided by highly-trained faculty members.

They treat most orthopaedic diagnoses including low back pain, neck pain, post-surgical conditions, knee injuries, ankle injuries, shoulder pain, and more.

Most insurances are accepted. Call 215-707-7049 to schedule an appointment today. For more information, visit http://chpsw.temple.edu/pt/faculty-clinic, or email mscott.burns@temple.edu with any questions.


PT professor featured on WHYY radio

Emily Keshner, PT, EdD, professor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, was featured on WHYY 90.9 during morning drive time on Thursday, May 17. A video, which is part of a WHYY series on aging in the Delaware Valley, accompanied a separate story on NewsWorks Tonight later that evening. In the clip, Dr. Keshner speaks with older Philadelphians about their experiences and discusses the mechanics of falling. You can listen to the broadcast online at http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/gray-matters/item/38144-gray-matters-talking-about-falls-with-older-adults.

School of Social Work Field Day a success in Harrisburg and Dallas, PA

The School of Social Work's training luncheon for Master of Social Work field instructors is an annual tradition, but this year, SSW Field Education faculty at Temple's Harrisburg Campus decided to try something different.

Tammy Carson, Field Education Coordinator, and Virginia Teter, Field Education Specialist, turned the event into an opportunity to showcase student research and network with field professionals.

On April 18, 35 MSW students presented research posters highlighting their exceptional work from their field placements in 31 different agencies. Faculty and staff, including the Chair of the School of Social Work,Jeffrey Draine, PhD, field instructors, incoming students, and parents attended the event.