Professional Triumphs by Touro's Own.
Dr. Shane Desselle, Professor of Social, Behavioral, and Administrative Sciences in the College of Pharmacy, will soon head to Kosovo to embark on a three-and-a-half-week Fulbright program to develop an assessment center at the University of Pristina’s Faculty of Medicine. There, he will help faculty assess student learning outcomes and the university’s mission to establish the pedagogical framework and accountability measures that will enable the university to have a greater impact on the formerly war-torn region.
“High-performing universities often have much to do and say about uplifting the entire area to make it more economically viable and culturally vibrant,” says Dr. Desselle.
Dr. Desselle’s work will be the first step for the University of Pristina to establish the means to find the real positive impact that their student physicians, pharmacists, and nurses have on the community. From that initial framework, they hope to identify what they are doing well to then leverage those strengths to achieve other positive outcomes.
Dr. Desselle’s own interests in unique pedagogy span from team-based learning and project-based learning. In one of his classes at TUC, he employs the learning theory of Connectivism by giving students the opportunity to construct their own learning environment by using Twitter.
“Twitter is a platform where one can get an extraordinary amount of additional news and info on various subjects, such as health policy,”” he explains, “Every state pharmacist society has a twitter account, and so does each scientific journal. Most of them are quite actively Tweeting.” Then in the course, we have students write reflection papers based on what they are seeing from these reputable sources.
It was Dr. Desselle’s own pharmacy journal, Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, that first connected him to the University of Pristina. The university’s Dr. Kreshnik Hoti, serves on the journal’s editorial board, and he was happy to make the pairing through the prestigious Fulbright Scholar program.
“This kind of work is not accomplished in three-and-a-half weeks,” Dr. Desselle reflects, “but it’s the very beginning.”
On March 10, 2018, Andrea Taylor, Professor in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, delivered an international workshop at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, to 24 women, at all career stages, on mentoring, networking and work-life balance. The conference had women attendees from the University of Cape Town, The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and the University of Botswana, and from as far away as Tuebingen University in Germany.
A few weeks later, on April 22, 2018, Dr. Taylor gave a presentation at the American Association of Anatomists in San Diego on , “Diversity in Myosin Heavy Chain Composition of the Papionin Masseter Muscle Indicates the Importance of Hybrid Phenotypes for Feeding.”
Dr. Taylor is a co-PI on an Elsevier Foundation New Scholars Grant that was funded to support mentoring and professional development programming for women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
Both Sides of the Equation
By Shona Mookerjee, PhD
Assistant Professor & Curriculum Coordinator for the College of Pharmacy Department of Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Dr. Shona Mookerjee's work with colleagues Akos Gerencser, David Nicholls, and Martin Brand was recently selected as the representative Bioenergetics article for The Journal of Biological Chemistry's "This year in JBC: 2017". Dr. Mookerjee's, Quantifying Intracellular Rates of Glycolytic and Oxidative ATP Production and Consumption Using Extracellular Flux Measurements, was chosen from the journal's nearly 2,000 papers published in 2017. Below she explains the role that ATP plays in the body and why it is important to view both sides of the ATP-producing machinery at the same time.
Recently accoladed as a Fulbright Scholar, Sarah Sullivan, Associate Professor of the Public Health Program, explains her work in Bolivia and how she will be a resource at the country’s top universities for research ethics and methodology. Her goal is to support Bolivian health sciences researchers to help shape their findings for an international audience and establish an open exchange of ideas and information.
Could you explain in your own words the work you’ll be able to do as a Fulbright Scholar?
I will be working with 3 different public universities in Bolivia. During 3 months each year for 3 years, I will support research ethics classes and committees in the health science universities in the medical school, nursing school, nutrition programs, etc. Some of the universities are also interested in assistance in supporting hospital ethics committees which are linked to their medical schools. Research Ethics relates to protecting human subjects (or participants) in research. The now famous Tuskegee study, where standard medical treatment was withheld to research participants and they were also not offered "informed consent" to participate in the study, is an egregious example of a study where research ethics protocols were violated. The Bolivian universities have requested assistance in setting up their research ethics committees which are similar to Institutional Review Boards (or IRB committees) in universities in the USA.
What collaboration you have between these three universities?
This research ethics work is something that I have been working on in Bolivia for many years. Dr. Annette Aalborg from the Touro University California (TUC) Public Health program and I applied for several National Institutes of Health (NIH) research ethics grants with Bolivia over the last 5 years. In 2014, we were awarded a research ethics planning grant which allowed Bolivian academic researchers and community members from several regions to come together and participate in a face to face and online training. TUC Public Health faculty and students participated in this Training the Trainers (ToT) course. We have ongoing collaborations with the Bolivian universities supporting their research ethics committees, collaborating on research projects and student field studies. Several of our partners at the Bolivian universities are Adjunct Faculty in the TUC Public Health program.
What sort of research ethics issues will you be delving into?
After the ToT, we authored several papers on the innovative research ethics training course and results. The Bolivians are very engaged with the research ethics topics and hope to be involved with ongoing continuation courses to improve their knowledge and skills. Related Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) topics that I will also be discussing are authorship, conflicts of interest, data management, plagiarism and research conduct. I hope to use a case study approach (using case studies from WHO in English and Spanish) to engage the students in the topics.
The Fulbright Program is the US government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Congratulations to Ms. Sullivan for her achievement, which recognizes and supports her work to improve relations abroad to create lasting international relationships in the health sciences.
CEHS Dean and Professor, Jim O'Connor, contributes chapter on Invitational Education in Higher Education
O’Connor, Jim. Touro University California. ”One Educator’s Invitational Journey in Higher Education and Beyond”. Invitational Education and Practice in Higher Education: An International Perspective, eds. Sheila T. Gregory and Jenny Edwards. Lexington Books, Lanham, MD, pp.227-248 (March, 2016).
For over five years, NapaLearns has provided tuition support for teachers to earn
their Master’s degree in Educational Technology from Touro University. Teachers learn
the latest practices related to project-based learning, personalized digital curriculum
and assessment, and use of digital tools and resources. They also complete a capstone
project based on applied research in their schools and share their results with fellow
NapaLearns is proud to announce that since launching the Fellows Program in 2011, over 100 educators have entered the program and 80 have graduated!
NapaLearns thanks their funders, Touro Graduate School of Education Program Chair, Dr. Pamela Redmond, and Touro University leadership for helping NapaLearns meet this monumental milestone!
To learn more about the Fellows Program, visit NapaLearns.org.
COM Awarded $393,250 NIH Grant
Touro University California congratulations Dr. Miriam Gochin, along with her research team of Guangyan Zhou, Shidong Chu, and Ariana Nemati, for receiving an R21 grant titled "Mechanism of indole compounds as HIV fusion inhibitors" in the amount of $393,250 from the National Institutes of Health. To read more, click here.
TUC - A Hub for Specialized Research on Human Metabolism
Two National Institute of Health (NIH) grants were awarded to Touro University California (TUC) in the span of just one week, driving TUC as a leading center for research. To read more, click here.
Study on Cholesterol Makes Top Ten Global List
There’s a reason why Dr. Alejandro Gugliucci's first article for 2013 holds a spot in the top 10 list of articles written globally on the specialty of describing a new method to study the good cholesterol – it’s a hot and relevant topic in today’s medical setting. To read more, click here.
CEHS Co-Sponsors International Conference on Water Quality
Touro University California’s (TUC) College of Education and Health Sciences co-sponsored Sias International Water Conference's "Leveraging Factors for our Planetary Future" in late May 2013, which gathered dedicated environmentalists, international scholars, and other contributors responding to the global challenge of radical climate change. To read more, click here.
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