Faculty Contributions to Scholarship

Anderson (Andy) Marsh was recently appointed to a newly formed committee of the ACS Division of Chemical Education’s Examinations Institute.  This committee is responsible for producing the 2019 Physical Chemistry Examinations.  Kristen Murphy, director of the ACS Chemical Education’s Examination Institute, wrote, “The appointment to this committee is a significant recognition of stature in the chemistry education community, and is an important, creative professional activity.”

The co-authored book by Jeff Robbins and Noelle Vahanian (with Ward Blanton and Clayton Crockett), The Insurrectionist Manifesto: Four New Gospels for a Radical Politics (Columbia University Press, 2016) has been named to the Choice Outstanding Academic Titles list for 2016.

Jeff Robbins’ Radical Theology: A Vision for Change (Indiana University Press, 2016) has been nominated to the American Academy of Religion for an Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in the category of “Constructive-Reflective Studies.”

Faculty Scholarship

Kristen Boeshore and collaborators from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the University of Miami have published a manuscript in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience entitled “Cocaine promotes primary human astrocyte proliferation via JNK-dependent up-regulation of cyclin A2.”  Previous work from the NIDA research group and others has shown that astrocytes, a population of support cells in the brain, are stimulated to divide when treated with cocaine, while neurons die.  The newly published work elucidates part of the cocaine-induced biomolecular signaling cascade within astrocytes that results in their division.  Alterations in neuron and astrocyte numbers resulting from chronic cocaine use is likely to be part of the neuroplasticity underlies the drug-seeking behavior associated with addiction.