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      Dr Jonathan Akins

      Dr Jonathan Akins

      Dr. Jonathan Akins, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, participated in a series of research talks “Physical Activity, Turning, and Balance in Adults with Lower-Limb Loss,” held at the University of Delaware on May 11. The purpose of the series was to share the work being done locally to improve the lives of patients with limb loss with clinical collaborators and the research community. Akins originally presented his research at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists 43rd Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium in March.

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      Widener students recognized at AIChE Academic Awards

      The Delaware Valley Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers announced the winners of its 2017 Academic Awards for each class in the six chemical engineering departments in the region that AIChE serves. The winner of the Zeisberg Laboratory Report Award was Madison Fink, a recent graduate of the School of Engineering, for her research on ethanol distillation. The award recognizes the best-written research reports from each accredited chemical engineering department. The Outstanding Student Award Winners from Widener were senior Nicole Alexander, sophomore Nicholas D’Allesandro, and junior Erik Smeltz for demonstrating outstanding academic performance, professionalism, leadership, interest and promise in the successful application of an engineering education. Smeltz also received the Donald F. Othmer Award for maintaining the highest scholastic grade point average. The students were recognized at the 2017 Academic Awards Banquet in April.


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      Commonwealth professors Amanda Smith (left) and Anna Hemingway (right)

      Two Widener Law Commonwealth legal methods professors received grants for proposals submitted earlier this year to professional organizations. Professor Amanda Smith was awarded a $5,000 scholarship grant from the Legal Writing Institute/Association of Legal Writing Directors. The grant is for the article she is writing titled “Say What?”: A How-To Guide on Providing Formative Assessment to Law Students Through Live Critique." Additionally, Professor Anna Hemingway received a $2,000 teaching grant from the Association of Legal Writing Directors for her work on "Incorporating Lessons of Diversity in the Legal Writing Classroom." Her work will result in lesson plans that will be presented to the legal writing community and incorporated into legal methods programs at other law schools.

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      Top 20 Online Health Policy Master's Degree Programs 2017-2018

      Delaware Law School’s online master’s of jurisprudence program in health law has been ranked fourth on the national list of Top 20 Online Health Policy Master’s Degree Programs 2017-2018 published by Programs were ranked based on application of knowledge, focus on law and policy, and program flexibility. The publication said Widener’s program stood apart from others because of its equally unique concentration in regulatory analysis and compliance.

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      School of Nursing's Founders Hall

      The Leadership Center for Nursing Education Research will receive grant funding of nearly $100,000 to conduct a rigorous, expert evaluation of a nursing internship program conducted by the Independence Blue Cross Foundation. The foundation selected the center, housed within Widener’s School of Nursing, to be its academic partner on the evaluation after a competitive RFP process. Foundation officials said they were extremely impressed with the quality of Widener’s proposal. The proposal was coordinated by Associate Professor Darrell Spurlock, the center director, in coordination with Nursing Dean Laura Dzurec and Joe Matassino, director of sponsored research and foundation relations.


      Junior, Josh Tupper

      The Widener University Men’s Outdoor Track & Field team captured its 20th Middle Atlantic Conference championship in program history on May 6. The Pride's relay team, which included senior Honorio Freeland, junior Nate Sites, sophomore Sean Stovall, and junior Josh Tupper finished more than two seconds ahead of the rest of the field with 3:21:58, to clinch the team's sixth straight crown. Widener would end the meet with 173 points, which bettered runner-up Messiah by 10 points.


      With the victory, the Pride's senior class completed a dynasty of success by winning 12 Middle Atlantic Conference championships over four years in the sports of Men's Cross Country, Men's Indoor Track & Field and Men's Outdoor Track & Field.

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      Jeanne Platt

      Jeanne Platt, academic secretary to the Honors Program in General Education, recently earned an honorable mention for Administrative Professionals Day from the National Collegiate Honors Council for her work at Widener. Only 20 professionals from around the country were recognized by the council. Platt began working at Widener in 1998 for the clinical psychology doctoral program (PsyD) and moved to the Honors Program in 2001. Congratulations!

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      Dr. Scott Van Bramer receives award

      Distinguished University Professor Dr. Scott Van Bramer, was named the recipient of the Philadelphia Section of the American Chemical Society Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. The award is given to an outstanding full-time educator involved in teaching undergraduate courses in the chemical sciences in the Philadelphia region. Van Bramer was recognized at the awards program on May 18 by Deborah Cook, chair of the Philadelphia ACS Section and Elizabeth Wagoner, chair-elect.

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