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Faculty notes: Aug. 2018

What our faculty are up to: Conferences from Chicago to Spain, publications, fellowships and more

August 1, 2018

Bryant Adibe, MD, chief wellness officer and assistant professor of physical therapy and health policy and management, will present at the annual Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities conference in Chicago in October. He will talk about the Mount’s unique partnership with Westside Food Bank to address food insecurity on campus.

Emerald Archer, PhD, director of the Center for the Advancement of Women, moderated a Legalize Equality panel for the United State of Women conference in Los Angeles on May 6. She was also interviewed for Sarah Moshman’s documentary, “Nevertheless,” on May 18.

Betsaida Cruz-Coble and Alyx Abel, part-time instructors in the doctor of physical therapy program, were accepted to the distinguished Parkinson’s Foundation Physical Therapy Faculty Program, which trains faculty leaders across the U.S. on improving care for Parkinson’s patients.

The DPT program was in the spotlight on July 31 as the Evidence in Motion blog’s “Program of the Week.” Part-time instructors Ben Cornell and Tiffany Preuschoff were interviewed and shared insightful answers about the program. 

Jackie Filla, PhD, associate professor of political science, gave the opening remarks and participated in a panel discussion during the 48th annual conference of the National Association for Commissions for Women on Aug. 1-4 in Los Angeles. Filla is the current president of the City of Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women. 

Luiza Nogaj, PhD, professor of biological sciences, and her students presented preliminary results of their diabetes and cancer research at the Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research in November and at the American Society for Molecular Biology and Biochemistry in San Diego in April.

Robert Sanchez, PhD, assistant professor of philosophy, published “Mexican Philosophy in the 20th Century: Essential Readings” as the inaugural volume of the Oxford New Histories of Philosophy series. He is also currently editing “An Introduction to Latin American and Latinx Philosophy.”

Christine Marie Seitz ’98 has been named director of the Mount’s traditional bachelor of science in nursing program.

Ana Thorne ‘06, ‘08 MA, PhD, part-time instructor in the humanities program, presented “Autonomy in times of Turmoil: What to Make of the Social” at the 13th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at the University of Granada in Spain on July 25-27. The presentation explored the subject of cultural proficiency and the difference between racism and racismo.