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  • Moitra’s Students Present at the 2nd Annual dmvCAPS Research Conference

    December 12, 2014

    Students of Dr. Karobi Moitra, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology, presented at the 2nd Annual dmvCAPS (Greater Washington Area American Physiological Society) Research Conference at George Washington University on November 21. Michelle Jaldin, Sonia Garcia, Clementine Etoundi and Donna Cooper presented research work on the genetic disease- Pseudoxanthoma elasticum. The poster was titled, “Novel variants in patients with Pseudoxanthoma elasticum identified by next generation sequencing technology”. Research was conducted under the mentorship of Dr. Moitra and funded through her Clare Booth Luce funds. Sevilay Turan, the Science Department Laboratory Manager at Trinity, also contributed research for the presentation but did not attend the conference.

    Dr. Moitra reports that her students were the only undergraduate poster presenters at the conference, among graduate students and post-docs, and conducted themselves in exemplary manner.

    Trinity students present at Moitra DMV CAPs Conference

    Trinity students present at Moitra DMV CAPs Conference








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    Litt Co-Authors New Book- “Literacy Teacher Education”

    December 9, 2014

    Dr. Deborah Litt, Associate Professor of Education, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and Program Chair for Reading, co-authored a new book titled, “Literacy Teacher Education: Principles and Effective Practices”. The book is published by The Guilford Press and is scheduled for release December 9, 2014. The text highlights the knowledge and pedagogical methods for successful teaching, and provides activities and other tools that support teacher development.

    An editorial reviewer quotes, ” Much of the art of teacher education is deciding how to design learning experiences where teachers actively engage with and reflect upon the content being shared. This book offers a rare glimpse into successful practices that fellow teacher educators use when teaching or designing professional learning opportunities. Readers will be eager to immediately implement several practices from the book.”–Denise N. Morgan, PhD, Department of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies, Kent State University

    The book is available for purchase through Amazon and the Guilford Press.


    Litt, Deborah G., Susan D. Martin, and Nancy A. Place. Literacy Teacher Education: Principles and Effective Practices. 1st ed. Guilford, 2014. 272. 




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    DeBoy Article Published in Journal of Neuroscience Methods

    December 5, 2014

    Dr. Cynthia DeBoy, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Biology and Program Chair, was published in the Journal of Neuroscience Methods in August 2014. The article examines the experimental approaches and genetic resources to understanding macroglial cells. Dr. DeBoy expressed that she was excited about the publication and hopes to continue her collaboration with Dr. Li-Jin Chew and the Children’s National Medical Center . She quotes, “The work, the products, and the collaborations are valuable for my professional development, my teaching, and for providing opportunities for [Trinity] students”

    Chew, L.J., DeBoy, C.A., Senatorov, V.V. (2014). Finding degrees of separation: Experimental approaches for astroglial and oligodendroglial cell isolation and genetic targeting. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 236, 125-147.

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    Moitra and Watts Present at 2014 Transforming STEM Higher Education Conference

    December 2, 2014

    Dr. Karobi Moitra, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology, and Dr. Diana Watts, Associate Professor of Business Administration and Program Chair, presented at the 2014 Transforming STEM Higher Education Conference in Atlanta, GA, November 6-8. Co-sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and Project Kaliedoscope (PKAL), the conference examined innovative teaching strategies, professional development, and the increased need for baccalaureate degree seekers to master complex STEM content, competency and literacy.

    Dr. Moitra and Dr. Watts presented their interdisciplinary work, titled, ” Interdisciplinary Teaching in Action: Connecting the Dots between Business, Science and Society.” Read abstract.

    Dr. Moitra reported high interest in their poster presentation and that they had a number of people sign-up to collaborate on future projects. She quotes, “All in all, it was a great meeting. We learned a lot and networked with a number of people. Hopefully, we can continue to work with our wonderful students on future interdisciplinary projects.”

    Dr. Karobi Moitra and Dr. Diana Watts, poster presentation at the 2014 AAC&U and PKAL conference.

    Dr. Karobi Moitra and Dr. Diana Watts, poster presentation at the 2014 AAC&U and PKAL conference.

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    Cosier Contributes Chapter in “Becoming a Great Inclusive Educator”

    November 28, 2014

    Dr. Meghan Cosier, Assistant Professor of Education, contributes a chapter in the newly published book, Becoming a Great Inclusive Educator through Peter Lang Publishing.

    In an editorial review, Douglas P. Biklen, Dean Emeritus, School of Education of Syracuse University quotes, “In thoroughly captivating prose, Becoming a Great Inclusive Educator shows the way. Recognizing disability as a natural form of diversity, this book embraces struggle and exudes hopefulness. It is a richly drawn handbook that lays bare the history, theory, ethical underpinnings, caring practice, and everyday narratives of optimism in deeply imagined inclusive schooling that can make schools whole.”

    The book is available for purchase through Amazon  and Peter Lang Publishing.

    Meghan, Cosier. “Using numbers and narrative to support inclusive schooling.” Becoming A Great Inclusive Educator. Ed. Scot Danforth. Vol. 16. New York: Peter Lang, 2014.

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