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Research and Creativity at Adelphi March 2022
Message From the Provost

Welcome to the March 2022 edition of Scholars and Artists of Adelphi University. I’m pleased to share with you a selection of compelling stories of research and artistic endeavors of faculty members from across our University. You’ll see the breadth of intellectual and artistic activity taking place within our University and the profound impact of Adelphi scholars’ work on our students and the world around us. And this is just a sampling of the remarkable passion for discovery and creativity that can be found throughout Adelphi.

Please join me on a journey through the inspiring work that expands the horizons of knowledge, improves the human condition, and embodies the bold, creative and scholarly spirit of our Adelphi community.

Christopher Storm, PhD
Provost and Executive Vice President
The Dramatic Impact of Reenvisioning Curriculum
How do you rebuild a computer science program that meets students where they are—while also meeting the technical demands of the future? Kees Leune, PhD, assistant professor of mathematics and computer science, and Salvatore Petrilli, PhD, associate dean for academic operations and general education in the College of Arts and Sciences, share how Adelphi did just that in a model case study published in The Journal on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics.
Adelphi Professor’s Federal Advisory Board Role Leads to New Look at Youth Sports
Today’s sports landscape for young athletes isn’t all fun and games—for some, it can be serious business. Meredith Whitley, PhD, associate professor of health and sport sciences in the Ruth S. Ammon College of Education and Health Sciences, published an article with fellow members of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition Science Board that examines the current youth sport system and offers recommendations to reimagine it. “Reimagining the Youth Sport System Across the United States: A Commentary From the 2020-2021 President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition Science Board,” was recently published in the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance.
Using Game Theory and Mathematical Modeling to Solve Supply Chain Dilemmas
For more than a year, supply chain disruptions have impacted industries from automobiles and building supplies to groceries and online shopping. Issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, including workforce shortages, high demand for ocean and air shipping, and port congestion have made “supply chain” a new household phrase. But the supply chain is about more than getting goods from point A to point B. Jiang Zhang, PhD, professor of decision sciences and marketing in Adelphi’s Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, is developing alternative strategies that manufacturers can use to plan production and pricing structures more efficiently. In his latest paper, “Single-Manufacturer Multi-Retailer Supply Chain Models with Discrete Stochastic Demand,” published in the 2021 issue of Sustainability, Dr. Zhang and his collaborators provide a simpler way to solve complicated supply chain models and significantly reduce computation work.
New Book Explores Art as a Tool for Change
Can arts and culture lift up communities facing challenges like conflict, poverty, and discrimination? Cindy Maguire, PhD, associate professor of communications at Adelphi University, and Ann Holt, PhD, visiting assistant professor of art and design education at Pratt Institute and adjunct professor in the Department of Art and Art History, co-edited a new book, Arts and Culture in Global Development Practice: Expression, Identity and Empowerment, that explores real-life stories from around the world on the positive, grassroots impact of the arts.
University Libraries: A Rich Collection of Diverse Resources
When Violeta Ilik, MLIS, joined Adelphi as dean of University Libraries in July 2020, our community and nation were reeling after the murder of George Perry Floyd Jr. while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dean Ilik was determined to “open hearts and minds” through the curation of resources that highlight the contributions of voices historically underrepresented in American libraries. Library Diversity Council co-chairs Kimberly Mullins, associate professor, and James Cho, assistant professor and catalog and metadata strategies librarian, are making this vision a reality by creating spectacular collections of works by and about people of color and other marginalized groups.
News Bites
The next round of international exchanges in Adelphi’s TAVEC (Trans-Atlantic Virtual Exchange and Collaboration) partnership with Hochschule Fresenius in Germany is set for this month. Learn how this unique collaboration between Robert B. Willumstad School of Business and Fresenius’ International Business School faculty and students is providing powerful international exposure and developing intercultural, communication and digital competencies in key areas of business.
Adelphi Faculty in the News
Adelphi University faculty members contribute their valuable knowledge and expertise to news stories featured nationally, regionally and locally. In recent months, Adelphi professors were quoted in outlets from The New York Times and U.S. News & World Report to Live Science. They also penned insightful op-eds for news outlets, including The Hill and Newsday.
Elizabeth Palley, JD, PhD, professor and director of the social work PhD program, authored an op-ed titled “Even Working Piecemeal, Democrats Need a Full Agenda for Children,” which was published on the political news website The Hill on January 24. Dr. Palley discussed the importance of continuing forward with legislation designed to benefit children, such as universal childcare, the child tax credit and paid family leave.

Michael D’Emic, PhD, associate professor of biology, was quoted in an October 21 article in Live Science titled “Jurassic Graveyard Reveals Oldest Evidence That Dinosaurs Traveled in Herds.” Dr. D’Emic shared his insights on a new study that details the discovery of more than 100 eggs and the fossils of dozens of M. patagonicus dinosaurs ranging from embryos to adults.

Mariano Torras, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Finance and Economics, was quoted in a November 22 article in U.S. News & World Report titled “What Is Stagflation? Here’s What Experts Can Expect From the Economy and Markets Amid the Debate on Stagflation.” Dr. Torras shared his thoughts on whether the United States might experience stagflation—slowing economic growth combined with high unemployment and inflation.

Maggie Gray, PhD, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, authored an op-ed titled “Why the State’s New Wage Board Won’t Hear From Farmworkers,” which was published in Newsday on January 25. Dr. Gray discussed farmworkers’ employment culture and how it is leading to few testifying during Wage Board hearings on overtime pay.

Deborah Serani, PsyD, senior adjunct professor of psychology, was quoted in an October 15 article in The New York Times titled “For Some Breast Cancer Survivors, October Is the Cruelest Month.” Dr. Serani discussed the “anniversary effect”: when anxiety or negative feelings are triggered by specific times of the year. She also offered advice for those coping with these feelings.
Grant Recognition for Research Excellence
Expanding Oyster Spawning Sanctuaries 
Aaren Freeman, PhD, professor of biology, and Ryan Wallace, PhD, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies and sciences, received $64,000 in grant funding from the local nonprofit organization Friends of the Bay—one part of a $152,134 award—to support their field research for the project “Expanding Oyster Spawning Sanctuaries in Oyster Bay and Cold Spring Harbor (NY).” This project aims to expand and monitor oyster spawning sanctuaries in the Oyster Bay-Cold Spring Harbor Complex. It is one of 39 initiatives to receive 2021 grant funding through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Long Island Sound Futures Fund.

Measuring Mental Health in Low-income Home-Based Child Care Settings
Reem Khamis-Dakwar, PhD, professor of communication sciences and disorders, received a subaward of $191,167 from the Yale School of Medicine Child Study Center for her research using child talk measurement, LENA Grow, to examine the effectiveness of the Infant-Toddler CHILD framework in assessing the mental health climate of 100 home-based child care settings serving infants and toddlers in lower-income New York City neighborhoods.

How Nursing Policies Impact Home Care 
Zainab Toteh Osakwe, PhD, assistant professor in the College of Nursing and Public Health, received $50,000 in grant funding from the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. This grant will support Dr. Osakwe’s research to examine the impact of nursing policies—nurse practitioner (NP) scope-of-practice laws and assisted living nurse staffing policies—on the use of NP-provided home-based primary care nationwide, specifically in assisted living communities.
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