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DeSales University Faculty Publications: 2017

Dr. Tahereh Hojjat


Hojjat, T.A. & Hojjat, R. (2017). The economics of obesity, poverty, income inequality and health. Singapore: Springer.

Providing a fascinating insight into the factors that influence individual choices regarding eating habits, diet and other behavioral patterns relevant to obesity, this book offers a new perspective about the relationship of obesity to poverty and inequality. The authors explore a unique socioeconomic model that helps build the framework to understand the causes of obesity and its relation to health, science, and economics. An essential read for policy makers who are seeking a framework to address this problem.

Jason Konzelmann, B.S., NR-P


Konzelmann, J. (2017). National paramedic examinations: Strategies, practice & review. New York, NY: Kaplan Publishing.

Kaplan's National Registry Paramedic Examination Strategies, Practice & Review provides essential content and focused review to help you master the national paramedic exam. This first edition features comprehensive content review, board-style practice questions, and test-taking tips to help you face the exam with confidence.

Dr. R. Scott Mattingly

Shupp, MR. and Mattingly, RS. (2017). A qualitative examination of cross-cultural spuervision: Toward a revised model. International Journal for Cross-Disciplinary Studies, 8(1), 2954-2963.


Little attention has been given to the impact of cross-cultural difference in the supervisory relationship. This qualitative study sought to provide new insights for capitalizing upon these differences. Results indicated varied perceptions regarding the definition of "culture," a relationship between cultural differences and supervision style, and the importance of interpersonal dynamics within supervision. Recommendations are provided in the form of valuable cross-cultural supervision practices and a revised supervisory model.

Dr. Jennifer Moore


Moore, J. & Worrall, J. (2018). Criminal law (2nd ed.). Boston:  Pearson.

As part of the larger "Justice Series," the second edition of the Criminal Law text is updated with current legal cases and events. The book's conversation-starting pedagogy encourages active participation in learning, moving students beyond memorization by engaging them in the latest research findings and current events shaping the field. The text also incorporates a new online platform, REVEL, complete with author videos and interactive exercises personally designed by Dr. Moore.

Dr. Richard Noll


Noll, R. (201 7). Psychosis. In Eghigian, G. (Ed.), The Routledge history of madness and mental health (pp. 331-349). New York, NY: Routledge.

The Routledge History of Madness and Mental Health explores the history and historiography of madness from the ancient and medieval worlds to the present day. Global in scope, it includes case studies from Africa, Asia, and South America as well as Europe and North America, drawing together the latest scholarship and source material in this growing field and allowing for fresh comparisons to be made across time and space.

Thematically organised and written by leading academics, chapters discuss broad topics such as the representation of madness in literature and the visual arts, the material culture of madness, the perpetual difficulty of creating a classification system for madness and mental health, madness within life histories, the increased globalisation of knowledge and treatment practices, and the persistence of spiritual and supernatural conceptualisations of experiences associated with madness. This volume also examines the challenges involved in analysing primary sources in this area and how key themes such as class, gender, and race have influenced the treatment and diagnosis of madness throughout history.

Chronologically and geographically wide-ranging, and providing a fascinating overview of the current state of the field, this is essential reading for all students of the history of madness, mental health, psychiatry, and medicine.

Dr. Katherine Ramsland


Ramsland, K. (2017). Forensic investigation: Methods from experts. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Investigations today must coordinate many factors and areas of specialization.

Forensics braids the process of investigation with psychology and the law. Psychology shows the human element, while law dictates the parameters for investigative practices. Forensic Investigation: Methods from Experts demonstrates how these threads intertwine and offers practice with cases that apply specific insights. In this text, experts from diverse disciplines teach specific methods that enhance investigators’ knowledge and support best practices.

Forensic Investigation:

  • includes a case at the start of each chapter.
  • focuses on psychological information as a foundation for investigation.
  • features the work of experts in some area of investigation, including first responders, detectives, death investigators, scientists, attorneys, analysts, and more!
  • offers case-related puzzles in each chapter, some of which even demonstrate that the first leads can sometimes mislead.
  • addresses a variety of investigators involved in the forensic process: detectives, private investigators, death investigators, medical investigators, and more!

Dr. Joshua Slee

Farwell, S. N., Slee, J. B., Li, Y., & Lowe-Krentz, L. J. (2017). Using a GFP-tagged TMEM184A construct for confirmation of Heparin receptor identity. Journal of Visualized Experiments, (120), e55053. doi:10.3791/55053


When novel proteins are identified through affinity-based isolation and bioinformatics analysis, they are often largely uncharacterized. Antibodies against specific peptides within the predicted sequence allow some localization experiments. However, other possible interactions with the antibodies often cannot be excluded. This situation provided an opportunity to develop a set of assays dependent on the protein sequence. Specifically, a construct containing the gene sequence coupled to the GFP coding sequence at the C-terminal end of the protein was obtained and employed for these purposes. Experiments to characterize localization, ligand affinity, and gain of function were originally designed and carried out to confirm the identification of TMEM184A as a heparin receptor1. In addition, the construct can be employed for studies addressing membrane topology questions and detailed protein-ligand interactions. The present report presents a range of experimental protocols based on the GFP-TMEM184A construct expressed in vascular cells that could easily be adapted for other novel proteins.

Goudsouzian, L. K., McLaughlin, J. S. & Slee, J. B. (2017). Using yeast to make scientists: A six-week student-driven research project for the cell biology laboratory. CourseSource.


Traditionally-trained undergraduate students often lack an understanding of science as an active process that yields the information presented in their textbooks. One result has been a call for more research experiences built into traditional introductory undergraduate courses, now commonly referred to as course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs). The laboratory module presented in this paper used an established four-step pedagogical framework to simplify and streamline the development and implementation process of a CURE in an introductory biology laboratory setting. A unique six-week CURE was designed for undergraduates enrolled in a cell biology lab that employs Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a eukaryotic model organism. Students address a research problem that is of interest to the scientific community: Do select chemicals in the environment have adverse effects on the mitotic cell division? Students are first introduced to S. cerevisiae, its life cycle, morphology, growth curve generation and analysis, and the laboratory techniques required to cultivate this organism. Working in groups, students then act as scientists to research primary literature, ask an original question, develop a testable hypothesis, collaborate with peers, design and conduct an experiment, analyze and interpret data, and present their work to their peers. In addition, students are involved in multiple levels of iterative work, including addressing problems or inconsistencies, ruling out alternative explanations, and/or gathering additional data to support assertions.

Daniel P. Wisniewski, O.S. F. S.


Chorpenning, J. F., Dailey, T. F., Wisniewski, D. (2017).  Love is the perfection of the mind: Salesian studies presented to Alexander T. Pocetto, O.S.F.S., on the occasion of his 90th birthday. Center Valley, PA: Salesian Center for Faith & Culture.

On the occasion of Fr. Pocetto’s 90th birthday this year, an international group of scholars who specialize in Salesian studies contributed to a collection of essays in his honor (a “festschrift”).  Former students, university colleagues, and Oblate confreres have joined forces to explore a variety of subjects near and dear to his loving mind.  His academic interest in these areas of study and his living example of these Salesian themes provide the impetus to this publication, which is presented in tribute to one who, in the tradition of his Salesian patron, has taught so many what it means to be who you are and be that perfectly well.

Along with a bibliography of his writings and a postscript on his career (by Daniel Gambet, OSFS), the book includes essays that touch upon core topics in Salesian Spirituality.  See list of essays below.

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