School of Graduate Studies
Faculty-researchers add depth and energy to their classrooms, engaging students in the value of new scholarship. At Edinboro University, students often work alongside professors in this inquiry.
EU students and faculty in the Biology and Health Services Department worked together to investigate the effectiveness of radiant catalytic ionization on bacteria responsible for foodborne illness, impressing other researchers with the quality of their research. Under the supervision of Dr. Cynthia Rebar, EU students spent three weeks in Africa, two of them focused on contributing to a long-term ecological study of wildlife at the Tuli Conservation Project in Botswana.
Just a few examples of faculty research include:
Dr. Lenore Barbian, Associate Professor of Anthropology, along with two collaborators, received the 2013 Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences (ALHHS) Publication Award for “Remains of War: Walt Whitman, Civil War Soldiers, and the Legacy of Medical Collections,” (Museum History Journal). Previously, she was recognized by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences with its prestigious Ellis R. Kerley Award for excellence in research.
Dr. Patricia Neff Claster, Assistant Professor of Sociology, focuses her research on sociological studies of children and youth, family and ethnic, racial and gender differences of youth. Widely published and involved in the latest scholarship in her field, Dr. Claster regularly exposes her students to cutting edge research and scholarship.
Dr. Melissa Gibson, Professor of Communications, is co-directing a large, multi-level health communication research project. The research project, involving faculty, staff and students, as well as community partner Boro Women’s Services, explores unexpected pregnancies among college students and the challenges those students face in completing their education.
Dr. Gerald Hoffman, Associate Professor of Chemistry, co-authored an article, recently published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry (Oct., 2014). Titled “Atmospheric Significance of Water Clusters and Ozone-Water Complexes,” the research ranks among the most-viewed and downloaded papers from that issue of the prestigious journal.
Dr. David Hurd, Professor of Geosciences, has dedicated the last 14 years to producing and implementing tactile astronomy materials for the blind. Most recently, with support from NASA’s Lunar Science Institute, Hurd authored and directed the production of a primer on lunar cratering entitled “Getting a Feel for Lunar Craters,” which showcases custom-made tactile products of major crater types found on the moon.
Dr. Jerra Jenrette, Professor of History, Anthropology and World Languages, an active researcher and widely published author, investigates the role of women in the workplace, culture and history, including the Salem witch trials. Dr. Jenrette is completing a manuscript that focuses on women in World War II, which she plans to submit to the University of Tennessee Press.
Dr. Heather Snyder, Associate Professor of Psychology, involves her students in her research projects, which have focused on creativity and learning and on children and adolescents with craniofacial conditions. She chaired two symposia and co-authored, with her students, two poster presentations at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association.
Dr. Dale Tshudy, Professor of Geosciences, studies the fossil record of crustaceans, especially lobsters. An Edinboro faculty member since 1992, Tshudy has published 26 papers in peer-reviewed outlets, mostly international journals. Most of Tshudy’s research is collaboration with paleontologists and marine biologists worldwide, especially in Europe and Asia. During his career, he has named six new species, one new genus and one new family of crustacean. He authored the first-ever, morphology-based family tree of the clawed lobsters in 1997 and the first-ever molecular (DNA) family tree in 2009. Tshudy utilizes his research not only to inform the content of his teaching, but also to give himself added vitality.
Michelle Vitali, Professor of Art and Fellow of the EU Center for Forensic Studies, teaches anatomy, scientific illustration, painting and drawing and is an award-winning artist trained in painting and sculpture. Her knowledge of human anatomy and interest in law enforcement has led her into the forensic arts, including research related to ways to increase the efficacy of three-dimensional facial reconstruction. She’s currently organizing a large facial reconstruction project with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Dr. Jim Wertz, Assistant Professor of Broadcast Journalism and Digital Media, has researched the impact of the film industry on the Rust Belt cities of Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Detroit, identifying its effectiveness in promoting economic development, as well as the effect of state-sponsored incentives.