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October Professional Notes

A round-up of this month's awards, presentations, papers and the other professional achievements of SLU faculty, staff and students.



LC Ed Talks Speakers

(From left) Ness Sandoval, Ph.D., Olga Arbelaez, Ph.D., and Anthony Breitbach, Ph.D. Submitted photo

Over 250 students in the University’s Learning Communities (LCs) gathered at the Center for Global Citizenship on Monday, Oct. 9 for the fall semester’s LC Ed Talks. The talks provide students with an opportunity to hear from LC faculty members about their personal research interests and for students to ask the panel questions.. This semester’s Ed Talks featured Ness Sandoval, Ph.D., Olga Arbelaez, Ph.D., and Anthony Brietbach, Ph.D. Sandoval presented on his use of spatial data to study urban segregation and inequality. Arbelaez spoke about her research on barriers facing Black Latin Americans. Brietbach shared his research on the keys to success in collegiate athletics.  

Tandra Taylor, a doctoral student in American Studies, presented a paper at the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities at Hofstra University. Her paper was “Cooking Class: Women, Domestic Science, and Higher Education sing the Progressive Era.”


Cara Moore, a doctoral students in American Studies, wrote an article on New Deal-related resources at the National Archives in St. Louis for the Living New Deal Web site and its newsletter. Moore was also featured in an article by the Tribune-Star (Terre Haute, Indiana) for her presentation at a genealogy event hosted by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). She presented “From the Cradle to the Grave: Birth, Childhood, and Death in the National Archives at St. Louis,” with NARA co-author, archivist Daria Labinsky.


Jen Tennison, a doctoral student in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, won one of ten CADRE Fellowships awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the 2017-2018 academic year. The fellowships is a capacity building experience for early career researchers and developers who are members of the NSF’s DR K-12 project.


Awards and Fellowships

Michael Graham, M.D., professor of pathology, was honored with the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual meeting, Oct. 7 to 11, in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Graham has provided years of service to the association’s Laboratory Improvement Program, served as a member and chair of its Forensic Pathology Committee and has acted as liaison to the National Association of Medical Examiners. He is currently the chief medical examiner for the City of St. Louis.


Rubén Rosario Rodríguez, Ph.D. (Theological Studies) published a monograph with Cambridge University Press, Christian Martyrdom and Political Violence: A Comparative Theology with Judaism and Islam in July 2017.


Elizabeth Kolmer, ASC, Ph.D. (American Studies emerita) was interviewed for a new short documentary, The Martyrs of Charity, that traces the lives of five missionary sisters who were members of Kolmer’s order, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ. The five, including Kolmer’s sister, Shirley Kolmer, ASC, were killed in 1992 during the Liberian civil war. 

Advocacy and Service

Shahram Ahmadi Nasab Emran, Ph.D. (Health Care Ethics) served as a panelist in the briefing in the US Congress, “Iran Regime's Threats and Rights Violations: Policy Options.” The panelists explored policy options for addressing the threats of Iranian regime along with the members of the Congress.  Emran’s talk was on “Characteristics of a viable opposition movement to affect change in Iran.” 

Katherine Mathews, M.D., has been named to Missouri’s State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts by Gov. Eric Greitens. Matthews is currently research division director for the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health at Saint Louis University. She has a background in public health, medicine and health care administration with a particular focus in improving pregnancy outcomes and reducing infant mortality.

Dan Tolbert, Ph.D., emeritus professor of anatomy and director of the Center for Anatomical Science and Education, was appointed to his undergraduate alma mater Quincy University's Board of Trustees.