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Research and Creativity at Adelphi Spring 2021
Message From the Provost
Welcome to the inaugural edition of Scholars and Artists of Adelphi University. In this triannual e-publication, I will bring you compelling stories of research and artistic endeavors of faculty members from across our University. Here we will celebrate the passion for discovery and creativity that can be found throughout Adelphi. You’ll see in this message, and in the articles to which it links, the remarkable intellectual and artistic activity taking place within our University and the profound impact of Adelphi scholars’ work on the world around us.

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.


Steve Everett
Provost & Executive Vice President
Understanding Therapy Resistance in Advanced Cancer
Nara Yoon, PhD, assistant professor of mathematics and computer science, is doing important studies on the development of therapy resistance in advanced cancers. In a paper published in the journal Nature Communications, she describes how her computer mathematical models, in parallel with collaborators’ molecular biology research, are revealing that resistance to targeted therapies develops gradually, in a series of adaptations to specific characteristics of the therapies.
Sexual Prejudice, Sexism and Religion
As society inches toward greater equality for women and sexual minorities, psychologists continue to report links between prejudices against these groups and religion. Chana Etengoff, PhD, assistant professor in Adelphi’s Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology, published a deeply insightful paper on the psychological and sociological underpinnings of this issue, titled “Sexual Prejudice, Sexism, and Religion,” in the journal Current Opinion in Psychology. Her research did not take the stance that religion is the inevitable cause of sexism and sexual prejudice, but rather views religion as a cultural tool that individuals can use to either support or undermine gender and sexual equity.
Tetracycline in the Environment: A New Solution
Pharmaceuticals save human and animal lives, but when they end up in our waterways, they present a dangerous form of pollution. The popular antibiotic tetracycline, for example, is found in wastewater in heavily populated and livestock-rich regions. In nature, the drug promotes antibiotic resistance in disease-causing organisms and inhibits the growth of some terrestrial and aquatic species. Justyna Widera-Kalinowska, PhD, associate professor of chemistry, and her students at Adelphi University, with longtime collaborators at the University of Warsaw in Poland, have developed a new, earth-friendly way to break down the widely used antibiotic in our waters. Their article about it was recently published in the Journal of Marine Science and Engineering.
Finance and Female Entrepreneurship
More than 252 million of the world’s entrepreneurs are women, and an average of almost 18 percent of women globally said they too aspire to start a new business. Jason (HyunJun) Na, PhD, assistant professor of finance and economics, and Murat Erogul, PhD, associate professor of entrepreneurship, explore the current climate in external funding that impacts the business prospects of entrepreneurs—specifically women entrepreneurs—in their paper “A Global Review of Female Entrepreneurial Finance.”
The paper was recently published in the International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business.
Groundbreaking Arts
Carson Fox, professor of visual arts, has completed a commissioned installation of public art in the new Charles Library at Temple University in Philadelphia. “Blue Ombre” fills a soaring arched wall with thousands of handcrafted, unique flowers in shades of blue, for a spectacular effect.
COVID Research
Korede Yusuf, PhD, assistant professor of public health in the Adelphi University College of Nursing and Public Health, is a prolific investigator into the impact of COVID-19 on public health. These papers were published by the International Journal of Maternal and Child Health and AIDS

"COVID-19 Devastation of African American Families: Impact on Mental Health and the Consequence of Systemic Racism" 

"COVID-19 and Child Vaccination: A Systematic Approach to Closing the Immunization Gap"  

"COVID-19 and Neuro-Behavioral Economics: A Conceptual Framework to Improve Physical and Mental Health Among Remote Workers" 

"Using Nominal Group Technique to Elucidate a COVID-19 Research Agenda for Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Populations"

Check out Between the Sheets: The hidden psychology of intimate relationships, a column by Lawrence Josephs, PhD, professor of psychology in Adelphi’s Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology, on the Psychology Today website.
Adelphi Faculty in the News
Adelphi University faculty provide subject matter expertise to reporters and editors at national, regional and local news outlets. In February, Adelphi professors were featured in Popular Science, Parents magazine, The Washington Post, WNBC New York and more.

K.C. Rondello, MD, clinical associate professor in the College of Nursing and Public Health, was quoted in a Washington Post article titled “Evolving restrictions have travelers on edge” on February 17. Dr. Rondello shares the likelihood that governments will begin to loosen travel restrictions as the COVID-19 situation improves, but that it’s important to do so cautiously.

A book by Assistant Professor of English Marcos Gonsalez, PhD, Pedro’s Theory: Reimagining the Promised Land, was reviewed in a New York Times book review titled “Three Memoirs About the Messiness of Life and Self-Definition” on February 18. The reviewer reports that “Gonsalez’s storytelling feels honest for its expansiveness, and he manages this without ever sacrificing the intimacy of his strong, personal voice.”
An article titled “The 3,000-Year-Old Bones of a Master Ceramicist Show Unusual Signs of Wear” details the work of Adelphi Professor of History Anagnostis Agelarakis, PhD, at Eleutherna—an ancient city-state on the Greek island of Crete. The article, originally published in Smithsonian Magazine, was republished on the news aggregator website Pocket

Clinical Assistant Professor of Education Stephen Shore, EdD—an expert on autism—was quoted in the Popular Science article “4 big ideas on fixing American schools” on February 6. Dr. Shore shares his belief that we should embrace students’ interests and strengths rather than defining them by deficit, disorder and disability.
Upcoming Research Events
Adelphi University Scholarship and Creative Works Conference 
April 27, 2021

One day each spring, we come together as a community to celebrate student scholarship and creativity during the annual Scholarship and Creative Works Conference. Students share their research activities and results with their peers, faculty members and visitors. In the process, they build presentation and communication skills, learn to defend their work and engage with other academics, and develop an appreciation for scholarship and what it contributes to society. At the end of the day, we gather to recognize our award winners and congratulate our entire research community.

Celebration of Scholarly Research and Creative Works
May 2021

Each year, the Office of the Provost hosts a Celebration of Scholarly Research and Creative Works for Adelphi faculty. Full-time and adjunct faculty from all disciplines in all eight colleges and schools are invited to submit publications, musical scores, recordings, dance notations, digital media and films, artwork, and more for inclusion in the exhibition. A selection committee of deans, faculty and administrators selects two faculty submissions to be featured. 
Upcoming Events in the Arts
March 15–April 10, 2021: Faculty Exhibition

April 19–May 5, 2021: Graphic Design BFA Thesis Exhibition

May 17–Summer 2021: Studio Art and Design BFA Thesis Exhibition

All in the beautiful new Klapper Gallery in Adelphi’s Ruth S. Harley University Center
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