Research Update – March 2018

National committee appointment: Dr. Shirley Clark, professor of environmental engineering, is a National Academies committee member currently working on the project Improving the Next-Generation EPA Multi-Sector General Permit for Industrial Stormwater Discharges. This study will provide input to the Environmental Protection Agency as it revises its Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) for industrial stormwater.

Paper award: Dr. Sheela Pandey, assistant professor of management, received the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) John Jack Award for her paper “Women’s Business Ownership and Women’s Entrepreneurship through the Lens of U.S. Federal Policies.” The USASBE  is an “inclusive community advancing entrepreneurship education through bold teaching, scholarship, and practice.”

Statewide appointment: Dr. Susannah Gal, associate dean for research and outreach, has been selected as a 2018 Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) STEM Ambassador. Ambassadors advance policy goals through outreach, education, targeted relationships with policymakers and building a coalition of local and regional support. They also serve as role models to inspire and encourage youth to pursue opportunities for STEM exploration in formal and informal learning environments.

Journal article: Dr. Eileen M. Ahlin, assistant professor of criminal justice, published a peer-reviewed article in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence resulting from research conducted under an Office of Research and Outreach seed grant. Her article, “Risk Factors of Sexual Assault and Victimization Among Youth in Custody,” seeks to determine if extrapolating data from the substantial prison literature is appropriate by assessing the parallels between risk factors of sexual assault and victimization among youth in custody and those identified for adult inmates.

Journal article: Dr. Jonathan Ivy, assistant professor of psychology, published a peer-reviewed article titled "Reducing Media-Induced Mass Killings: Lessons from Suicide Prevention" in the American Behavioral Scientist. This article analyzes mass killings as the culmination of a sequence of thoughts and actions that are influenced by environmental events including media reports of mass killings.