Faculty Awarded Summer Scholarship Grants

July 22, 2015

The University of Scranton awarded eight professors 2015 Faculty Development Summer Grants recently. These grants promote scholarship and curriculum development efforts by faculty members.

Danielle Argio, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, will research “Web-Based Intervention for Prediabetic Midlife Adults: An NIH R21 Application.” Dr. Argio, who joined the faculty at Scranton in 2014, earned her bachelor’s degree from Drexel University and her master’s and doctorate degrees from Syracuse University.

Will Cohen, Ph.D., was awarded a grant to research “The Holy Spirit.” Dr. Cohen, associate professor of theology and religious studies, joined the University faculty in 2009. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Brown University, his master’s of divinity degree from St. Vladmir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, and his doctorate from The Catholic University of America.

Andrew LaZella, Ph.D., will use his grant to research “Singular Thought and Singular Reference: John Duns Scotus on Knowing and Naming Haecceitas.” Dr. LaZella has been an assistant professor of philosophy at the University since 2010. He received his bachelor’s degree from Hamline University and his master’s and doctorate degrees from DePaul University. 

Jerry Muir, Ph.D., professor of mathematics, will research “Vector-Valued Integral Kernels of Bergman Type.” Dr. Muir earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York at Potsdam and his doctorate degree at the University of Kentucky. He joined the University in 2004.

Katherine Purswell, Ph.D., plans to research “Development of Play Therapy Certificate Program.” In 2014, Dr. Purswell was named faculty specialist in counseling and human services at the University. She received her bachelor’s degree from Texas State University, San Marcos; and her master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of North Texas.

Marc Seid, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, received a grant to research “Neuromechanisms of Eusociality: Pharmacological Manipulation of Bees.” Dr. Seid achieved bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University and a doctorate degree from Boston University. He joined the University faculty in 2010.

Yamille Silva, Ph.D., assistant professor of world languages and cultures, will research “Geronimo de Ypori and His Manuscript on the Discovery of the Amazon River.” Dr. Silva, who joined the faulty at Scranton in 2009, earned her bachelor’s degree from Los Andes University and her master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Jamie Trnka, Ph.D., plans to use her grant to research “Exile and World Literacy Circulation.” Dr. Trnka is the chair of the Department of Latin American Studies/Women’s Studies and an associate professor of world languages and cultures. She joined the faculty at Scranton in 2006. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and her master’s and doctorate degrees from Cornell University.

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