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Professional Notes: January 2022


A round-up of awards, presentations, papers and the other professional achievements of SLU faculty, staff members and students.

Faculty and Staff


Daniel Hoft, M.D., Ph.D. (Infectious Diseases) was appointed to Poolbeg Pharma's scientific advisory board. Hoft is the Dianna and J. Joseph Adorjan Endowed Chair of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, and director of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Allergy & Immunology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

John E. Morley, M.D., professor emeritus at Saint Louis University's School of Medicine, was named Section Editor for the January 2022 issue of Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care, ​​​​​​​​​a high-impact review journal that boasts an international readership.

Grants and Funding

A project led by Daniel Hawiger, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in SLU's Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, received funding from the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society to study changes in T-cells that are predictive of MS. 


Urologist Zachary Hamilton, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Surgery at Saint Louis University's School of Medicine, and graduate student Facundo Davaro-Comas authored an editorial highlighted in Renal & Urology News about the role of lymphadenectomy during radical cystectomy for Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer.

Research by Jeffrey Scherrer, Ph.D. (Family and Community Medicine), Joanne Salas (Family and Community Medicine); Timothy Wiemken, Ph.D. (Infectious Diseases); Christine Jacobs, M.D., interim dean of the School of Medicine (Family and Community Medicine), John Morley, M.D. (Geriatrics); and Daniel Hoft, M.D., Ph.D. (Infectious Diseases) was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The study was also featured in Mcknight's Long-Term Care News.

Patricia E. Freed, Ed.D. (Nursing), Erica Frost (Nursing), and Krista Simmons (Nursing) published the article: "Crucial Conversations: Virtual Instruction, Sensitive Topics, and Safety in Groupsirtual Instruction, Sensitive Topics, and Safety in Groups," in Nurse Educator. Freed, Frost and Simmons were also guests on the "Nurse Educator" podcast.

A recently published paper based on research led by Oluwatoyosi (Olu) Owoeye, Ph.D.(Physical Therapy and Athletic Training), titled "Health-Related Outcomes 3-15 Years Following Ankle Sprain Injury in Youth Sport: What Does the Future Hold?," was featured in a press release by the American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society

Ethel Frese, DPT (Physical Therapy and Athletic Training), and her colleagues Kelly Hawthorne, DPT (Physical Therapy and Athletic Training), Ginge Kettenbach, Ph.D. (Physical Therapy and Athletic Training), Jill Fitzgerald, DPT (Physical Therapy and Athletic Training), and SLU alum Ian Katz, Ph.D. (SLU Class of 2020) recently had their article "Professional Physical Therapist Student Well-Being and Career Attitudes" published in the Journal of Allied Health.

Ginge Kettenbach Ph.D. and Anthony Breitbach Ph.D. (Physical Therapy and Athletic Training) and colleagues were authors of “Early-learners' expectations of and experience with IPE: A multi-institutional qualitative study” published in Nurse Education Today. This article reports findings from a multi-institutional collaborative project between SLU, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – New Orleans, University of New England and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Interviews and Media Appearances

Vasit Sagan, Ph.D., GeoSLU Director, was interviewed by St. Louis Magazine about how St. Louis is becoming a global leader in geospatial science research, education, and innovation.

Sagan also sat down with HEC Media’s Dennis Riggs to discuss how the Institute is addressing grand research challenges and producing talent that will need to be recruited to support this booming industry.

David Brinker (MOCRA) appeared on the KDHX Arts Interview podcast

An article based on research by Gretchen Arnold, Ph.D.(Women and Gender Studies) was published in Ms. magazine

Benjamin de Foy, Ph.D. (Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science) was a guest on the Missouri Catholic Conference for a podcast on "Breaking down the Glasgow Climate Conference." 

Conferences and Presentations

Oluwatoyosi (Olu) Owoeye, Ph.D., attended the 6th Edition of the IOC World Conference of Injury and Illness Prevention in Sport in Monaco from Nov. 25-27, 2021 and presented a workshop and two oral (podium) research talks. The abstracts of the research presentations were recently published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Abstract 1. Abstract 2.

Anthony Breitbach, Ph.D. (Physical Therapy and Athletic Training) visited the Careum Foundation campus in Zurich, Switzerland on Nov. 8, 2021. Breitbach presented “Athletic Training and Sports Medicine in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice” at a “Meet the Expert” session for the Careum leadership team. He also collaborated for a webinar for the Sports Science Society of Switzerland (SGS) “Is Healthcare a Team Sport? Widening our Lens on Interprofessional Collaboration and Education in Sport Science and Exercise Medicine” with Swiss colleagues Dr. Gert Ulrich (Careum Foundation), Dr. Claudio Nigg (University of Bern), Dr. Daniel Erlacher (University of Bern) and Dr. Justin Carrard (University of Basel).

Breitbach also represented the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC) at the Winterthur Interprofessional.Global Symposium hosted by the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Winterthur, Switzerland on Nov. 9-12, 2021. The Winterthur Interprofessional.Global Symposium brought together representatives from 12 global regional networks to establish priorities for Interprofessional.Global and its Working Groups moving forward.  Breitbach serves on the Communication and Global Impact Working Groups.

Farzana Hoque, M.D., was invited as the keynote speaker at the 2021 National Physician Advisor Conference, organized by The American College of Physician Advisors. She gave a speech on "Hone Your Emotional Intelligence to be A Dynamic Physician Leader" on Oct. 18.  Hoque highlighted the evidence-based data & real-world examples of using emotional intelligence (EQ) to ensure high-quality patient care & safety. 

On Jan. 6, 2022, Nori Katagiri, Ph.D. (Political Science) presented his paper "Artificial intelligence and determinants of cross-domain operations" at the "Algorithmic Turn in Security and Warfare" conference of the University of Southern Denmark. During the presentation, he talked about how machine technology affects the chance of cyber and military operations. 

Awards and Recognition

The Modern Language Association of America announced it is awarding its fourteenth Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Translation of a Scholarly Study of Literature. Nil Santiáñez, Ph.D. (Spanish) and his co-authors Justin Crumbaugh, associate professor of Spanish, Latina/o and Latin American studies at Mt. Holyoke College; and María Soledad Barbón, professor of comparative literature at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, received an honorable mention for Spanish Fascist Writing, published by the University of Toronto Press.

The committee’s citation for Crumbaugh, Santiáñez, and Barbón reads: Spanish Fascist Writing is a timely collection of texts, including manifestos, speeches, and letters, arranged to introduce readers to a wide spectrum of themes. Together these texts enrich our understanding of right-wing extremism in Spain and worldwide in the past and present. The collection also adds to the interpretation of the historical genealogies of European fascism. Justin Crumbaugh and Nil Santiáñez, as editors of the anthology, provide a useful history of Spanish fascism, a bibliographic essay, and notes, all of which add to the book’s value as a teaching resource. As translators, with María Soledad Barbón, they are aware of the rhetoric of this particular manifestation of fascism and thus are careful to convey the nuances and stylistic idiosyncrasies of every text.

Tobias Winright, Ph.D. (Health Care Ethics and Theological Studies) has been invited to be an Associate Member of the Las Casas Institute for Social Justice at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford. 

Anthony Breitbach, Ph.D. (Physical Therapy and Athletic Training) was presented with the 2021 Darrell C. Mase Presidential Citation from the Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions (ASAHP) at the ASAHP Annual Conference on October 20, 2021. This award recognizes Breitbach’s service to ASAHP as Chair of the Partnerships, Alliances and Advocacy Committee as well the Interprofessional Task Force. He is also ASAHP’s representative on the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Core Competencies Revision Working Group.

Wilson Rodriguez, M.D., (Neurology) received the Excellence in Professionalism Award sponsored by the Office of Professional Oversight. The award recognizes educators (faculty, fellows, residents, students, nurses, administration, etc.) that exceptionally model the core principles of professionalism.



SLU's Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology participated in the Region VI SAFECON Contest hosted by the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) at Minnesota State University, Mankato. At SAFECON competitions, pilots’ skills are tested in a comprehensive fashion, from pre-takeoff to landing, including events such as aircraft recognition and pen-and-paper flight navigation. This was the first flight-based competition since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Awards and Recognition

Jordan Mason, a Ph.D. candidate in Theology and Health Care Ethics, been awarded the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Jack and Anita Hess Faculty Seminar on the topic of "Bioethics, Disease, and the Holocaust" in 2022.  Recognizing the thriving interdisciplinary nature of the fields of the history of medicine, public health, and the ethics of medicine, this Seminar examines how the Nazis contorted scientific knowledge to serve their racist ‘public health’ and eugenics agenda and, more specifically, how they devised racialized discourses surrounding pathology and disease. Over the course of the Seminar, Mason will be introduced to a range of pedagogical resources from the Museum’s film, testimony, archival, and photography collections. She will have the opportunity to workshop the syllabus for a new undergraduate course, Bioethics After Auschwitz, and prepare herself to teach this course during the upcoming academic year.