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DeSales University Faculty Publications: 2014

Dr. Aidin Amirshokoohi

Kazempour, M., & Amirshokoohi, A. (2014). “Authentic Science Apprenticeship for In-Service Science Teachers: Participant experiences, reflections, cognitive and affective outcomes, and connections to practice.” Professional Development in Education, 40(5) 855-878.


The success of science education reform initiatives depends considerably on the teachers. Effective professional development opportunities have been shown to encourage and support teachers in their adoption of inquiry-based teaching practices. in particular, it has been argues that an effective means for science teachers to learn about science inquiry is through contextual learning experiences, which allow teachers to be immersed in the culture of science. The purpose of the qualitative study was to explore professional development participants' individual and collective experiences, thoughts, reflections and evolving beliefs, attitudes and knowledge within the context of a two-week summer research apprenticeship program for secondary science teachers. Four profiles of teachers emerged based in their type and level of involvement in the science laboratory in which they were placed. The findings allude to changes in participants' attitudes and sense of self-confidence toward science as well as their knowledge about science inquiry as a process and as an approach to learning. We will also discuss how participants planned to implement theor learning experiences in their classrooms.


Dr. Melissa Carroll











Carroll, M. (2014). The intermingled history of occupational therapy and anatomical education: A retrospecitive exploration. Anatomical Sciences Education. doi: 10.1002/ase.1451


Few research articles have addressed the anatomical needs of entry-level occupational therapy students. Given this paucity of empirical evidence, there is a lack of knowledge regarding anatomical education in occupational therapy. This article will primarily serve as a retrospective look at the inclusion of anatomical education in the occupational therapy curriculum. Focusing on the historical inclusion is the first step to address the gap in existing knowledge. Examining the history of anatomy in occupational therapy provides an educational context for curricular developments and helps current anatomical educators understand the evolution of occupational therapy as a profession. Exploring the educational history also offers anatomy educators an identity, as significant contributors, in the training and preparedness of entry-level professionals while focusing on the ideals of occupational therapy. However, there is a critical need for empirical evidence of best teaching practices in occupational therapy and anatomical education. This manuscript provides a foundation and a starting point for further investigation into the anatomical competencies for entry-level occupational therapists. Anat Sci Educ. © 2014 American Association of Anatomists.

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Fr.Thomas Dailey

Dailey, T. F. (2014). Truth, goodnes and beauty in Person: Evangelization and social communications with Pope Francis. Origins,
(35), pg. 577-582.

 The inaugural John Cardinal Foley Lecture / Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrooks/ January 27, 2014

Fr. John Fisher

Fisher, John (2014). Why I still want to be a priest: I am called to love and give myself up for His People. Our Sunday Visitor. July 8, 2014.


Dr. Pranshu Gupta

Mata-Toledo, Ramon A. and Gupta, Pranshu. (2014). Green cloud architecture. AccessScience. McGraw-Hill Education. Retrieved from



Dr. Tahereh Hojjat

Hojjat, T.A. (2014). Economic impacts of energy development on domestic economy. 1(1),41-45. Retrieved from


New technologies and techniques to extract natural gas and gas liquids, as well as petroleum, from shale rock have greatly altered expectations for North America's capacity to produce energy products. As a result of innovations such as hydraulic fracturing, some government, industry, and academic observers have predicted that the United States will soon become enegy self-sufficent and possibly become a net exporter of natural gas andpetroleum.  This paper will cover literature review and measure the potential impacts on economic growth and development. Fracking, renewable energy are just a few of the things that have reshaped the energy picture over the last 20 years, and the impacts on the economy will be discussed.



Dr. Julie Himmelberger

Ruiqiong, L., Wayne, K.W., Chou, J., HImmelberger, J.A., Litwin, K.M., Harris, G. G., Cane, D.E., Christianson,D. W
(2014). Reprogramming the chemodiversity of terpenoid cycliation by remolding the active site contour of epi-Isozizaene synthase. Biochemistry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1021/bi401643u.


The class I terpenoid cyclase epi-isozizaene synthase (EIZS) utilizes the universal achiral isoprenoid substrate, farnesyl diphosphate, to generate epi-isozizaene as the predominant sesquiterpene cyclization product and at least five minor sesquiterpene products, making EIZS an ideal platform for the exploration of fidelity and promiscuity in a terpenoid cyclization reaction. The hydrophobic active site contour of EIZS serves as a template that enforces a single substrate conformation, and chaperones subsequently formed carbocation intermediates through a well-defined mechanistic sequence. Here, we have used the crystal structure of EIZS as a guide to systematically remold the hydrophobic active site contour in a library of 26 site-specific mutants. Remolded cyclization templates reprogram the reaction cascade not only by reproportioning products generated by the wild-type enzyme but also by generating completely new products of diverse structure. Specifically, we have tripled the overall number of characterized products generated by EIZS. Moreover, we have converted EIZS into six different sesquiterpene synthases: F96A EIZS is an (E)-β-farnesene synthase, F96W EIZS is a zizaene synthase, F95H EIZS is a β-curcumene synthase, F95M EIZS is a β-acoradiene synthase, F198L EIZS is a β-cedrene synthase, and F96V EIZS and W203F EIZS are (Z)-γ-bisabolene synthases. Active site aromatic residues appear to be hot spots for reprogramming the cyclization cascade by manipulating the stability and conformation of critical carbocation intermediates. A majority of mutant enzymes exhibit only relatively modest 2-100-fold losses of catalytic activity, suggesting that residues responsible for triggering substrate ionization readily tolerate mutations deeper in the active site cavity.

Mr. Chuck Gloman


Chuck Gloman won a prestigious “Award of Merit in Originality/Creativity” from “The 
AccoladeCompetition” in LaJolla, CA. The award was given for Gloman’s independent film 
“So Little Time.” The film features a blend of classic cars, period music, and flowing 
cinematography in a heart-warming story, introducing DeSales freshman theatre major Ally  Borgstrom.

The Accolade recognizes film, television, videography, and new media professionals who demonstrate
exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who 

Dr. Gregory Kerr

Kerr, G. (2014). Maritrain, Morality, Art and Distortion. Universitas: A Monthly Review of Philosophy and Culture. 479(4), 49-72.


The novelist flannery O'Connor once said that she had cut her aesthetic "teeth" on the aesthetics of Jacques Maritain. She tells us that her stories often contain distortions and exaggerations of reality. More than that, she says that distorition is critical to her writing.

A traditional morality might question the soundness of the moral value of distortion. Would it not confuse and disturb readers? Indeed, if Plato were present would he not censure her lies and the lies of all writrs who distort the conceptual and conventional truth about things? 

Jacques Maritain's aesthetic philosophy provides a key to understanding the tnesions thta exist between the moralist and the artist. He suggests that a work of fine art or poetry shouldn't be abot conceptually communicating values. Paradoxically, it may be more morally valuable if it doesn't!

Fr. Alexander Pocetto

Pocetto, A. (2014). Love and belief, Francis de Sales (1567-1622), and the new evangelization. Indian Journal of Spirituality, 25(3-4), 264-83. 

From the introduction:

"The purpose of this study is to show how Francis de Sales' views on faith and love can contribute to a hermeneutic of continuity which is essentail for the new evalgelization, one that approaches the spreading or reawakening of the faith in our ages based on emphasizing with new approaches and methods the affective and dynamic aspects of faith and belief that embrace human dignity and freedom."

Dr. Joshua Slee

Slee, J. B., Alferiev, I. S., Levy, R. J., & Stachelek, S. J. (2014). The use of ex vivo Chandler Loop Apparatus to assess the biocompatibility of modified polymeric blood conduits. Journal of Visualized Experiments, 90(e51871). doi:10.3791/51871


The foreign body reaction occurs when a synthetic surface is introduced to the body. It is characterized by adsorption of blood proteins and the subsequent attachment and activation of platelets, monocyte/macrophage adhesion, and inflammatory cell signaling events, leading to post-procedural complications. The Chandler Loop Apparatus is an experimental system that allows researchers to study the molecular and cellular interactions that occur when large volumes of blood are perfused over polymeric conduits. To that end, this apparatus has been used as an ex vivo model allowing the assessment of the anti-inflammatory properties of various polymer surface modifications. Our laboratory has shown that blood conduits, covalently modified via photoactivation chemistry with recombinant CD47, can confer biocompatibility to polymeric surfaces. Appending CD47 to polymeric surfaces could be an effective means to promote the efficacy of polymeric blood conduits. Herein is the methodology detailing the photoactivation chemistry used to append recombinant CD47 to clinically relevant polymeric blood conduits and the use of the Chandler Loop as an ex vivo experimental model to examine blood interactions with the CD47 modified and control conduits.

Dr.Galina Yermolenko






Yermolenko, G. (2014). Tatar-Turkish captvity and conversion in early modern Ukranian songs. In Reyerson, K. & Watkins, J. (Eds.) Mediterranean identities in the premodern era: Islands, entrepots, Empires. Ashgate.

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