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Chatham Receives NCAA Grant to Support Student-Athlete Mental Health

PITTSBURGH- Chatham faculty members Leigh Bryant Skvarla, Ph.D. and Mary Jo Loughran, Ph.D. and MSCP, student Meredith Deal have accepted a $12,500 grant from the NCAA to develop a web-based program to assist coaches as they support the mental health needs of student-athletes. The NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant Program  received 84 applicants, and Skvarla and Loughran are among the five project teams  selected to receive funding.

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Chatham Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Dublin Institute of Technology

Chatham President David Finegold and Dublin Institute of Technology President Brian Norton sign the MOU
Chatham President David Finegold and Dublin Institute of Technology President Brian Norton sign the MOU.

Chatham University and Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) designed to encourage collaboration between the two institutions. Possibilities included but are not limited to research partnerships; formal exchange programs for faculty and students; shared courses; and combined degrees.

“Dublin Institute of Technology sought us out as a partner because of our leadership in sustainability,” says Assistant Vice President for International Affairs Chris Musick. “There are several areas of academic overlap between the two institutions, and language is not an issue.” Musick notes that the partnership dovetails well with Chatham’s Year of Global Focus for 2018-19, which is Ireland.

“DIT has incredible programs that provide student brainpower for community projects,” adds Chatham Director of University Sustainability Mary Whitney, PhD.

In welcoming this important new platform for collaboration with Chatham, DIT President, Professor Brian Norton, said, “We are all excited by the prospect of working more closely with colleagues in Chatham University and look forward to developing collaborative research projects and mutually beneficial study abroad options for our students and staff.”

DIT’s School of Culinary Arts & Food Technology is Ireland’s leading provider of education, training and research for food-related industries. The Institute also offers a number of other graduate and undergraduate sustainability-related programs that complement Falk School of Sustainability & Environment  initiatives.

DIT is home to the Environmental Sustainability and Health Institute (ESHI), a joint program of Ireland’s National Health Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Dublin City Council, the EU and the University of Ulster. ESHI includes research institutes such as the Dublin Energy Lab, Water Innovation Research Center, Food and Health Research Center, and e-Health.

Chatham President David Finegold signed the Memorandum during his visit to Ireland in November, which followed President Norton’s summer visit to Chatham.

“DIT couldn’t have been more welcoming during my visit and I believe this will be a great long-term partnership,” says President Finegold.  “Beyond our shared strengths in sustainability and food studies, there are a range of academic areas where we can work together, from interior architecture and virtual worlds, to more inclusive approaches to entrepreneurship.”

Since November, DIT’s Head of School for Culinary Arts & Food Technology, Dr. Frank Cullen, has visited Pittsburgh. Further exchanges and collaborations are being developed for 2018-19.

 

Chatham MFA in Creative Writing to Host “Writers on Disability & Access in the Literary Community” on April 4

PITTSBURGH:  On Wednesday, April 4th, at 7 p.m. in the Welker Room of James Laughlin Music Hall, on Chatham University’s Shadyside campus, the Chatham University MFA in Creative Writing Program will host Dialogues: Writers on Disability and Access in the Literary Community. Sonya Huber, Sally Alexander, and Christopher Heuer will read from their work and discuss their experiences as writers with disabilities, as well as the responsibility of academic and publishing institutions to be more inclusive of marginalized populations.

The event is free and open to the public. Contact MFA Program Assistant, Kelly Kepner, at k.kepner@chatham.edu for more information.

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The Fourth River hosts Robin Becker for Joint Launch Event on March 16

PITTSBURGH:  On Friday, March 16th, at 7 p.m. in the Welker Room of James Laughlin Music Hall, on Chatham University’s Shadyside campus, the Chatham University MFA in Creative Writing Program proudly launches Issue 15: Displacement of The Fourth River, a journal of nature and place-based writing.

Additionally, we will be celebrating the launch of Fourth River contributor, Robin Becker’s new collection of poetry, The Black Bear Inside Me. Books will be available for signing after the event.

The event is free and open to the public. Contact MFA Program Assistant, Kelly Kepner, at k.kepner@chatham.edu for more information.

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Visiting Scholar to Give Lecture (2.19.18) on Okinawa Trilogy Photographic Series

Osamu James Nakagawa, a photographer and professor, will be visiting Chatham for two days in February to share insight with students and the community. He will be giving a lecture at 6:00 p.m. on February 19th in Beckwith Lecture Hall in the Buhl Hall of Science and Science Laboratory Building at Chatham University.  The lecture is open to the Chatham community and to the general public.

Nakagawa’s lecture is entitled, “Fences, Maps, and Darkness: Visualizing Okinawa” and will explore his most renowned series of works, the Okinawa trilogy, which concerns the atrocities committed during World War II in Japan.

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Chatham School of Health Sciences Joins Consortium on Climate and Health Education

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University School of Health Sciences has joined the Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education (GCCHE), an international forum for health professions schools and programs committed to sharing best scientific and educational practices and designing model curricula on the health impacts of climate change. The goal of the GCCHE is to prepare a future cadre of highly trained health professionals who will be able to prepare and protect society from these harmful effects of climate disruption. Chatham University joins over 145 schools and programs around the world that have signed on so far.

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They marched. Will they run? PCWP Records Increase in Women Candidates in Southeast PA

PITTSBURGH: Observers around the country have noted an uptick in the number of women running for political office, and some areas of Pennsylvania appear to be no exception to this trend with recent data collected by the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University indicating that women ran for and won more Southeast Pennsylvania municipal offices in 2017 than in 2015.

In 2015, PCWP tallies revealed that less than a quarter of candidates (24.7 percent) in Southeastern Pennsylvania were women—Philadelphia (38.5 percent), Bucks (28 percent), Delaware (22 percent), Montgomery (21.5 percent), and Chester (26 percent). In the same area in 2017, 39.5 percent of candidates were women.

Preliminary results of data collected from the November election indicate that across Southeast Pennsylvania approximately 41.5 percent of the winners in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties were women. In Philadelphia, where only a few races were on the ballot, women represented 62 percent of those who won their races (8 women). Many more offices were contested in the collar counties; in Bucks County 45 percent of winners were women (142 women), while women represented 42 percent of the winners in Delaware (139 women) and Montgomery (167 women) Counties. Chester County’s tally was somewhat lower, with 35 percent (96 women) female winners. The 2015 and 2017 results are based, in each county, on candidates and results available in those respective election cycles.

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Nursing Programs Receive U.S. News Best Online Program Designation

Chatham University’s Graduate and Undergraduate Nursing programs earned a Best Online Program ranking by U.S. News & World Report in their 2018 Best Online Programs edition. Chatham’s graduate nursing programs, consisting of the MSN and DNP online programs, were ranked in the top 100 of all programs.

This year’s edition of U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs ranks schools on five categories—student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, admissions selectivity, and student services and technology. Click on the links to view the details of Chatham’s rankings for Best Online Nursing Programs and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

About Chatham University Nursing Programs
Chatham University offers nursing degrees delivered in convenient online formats including the RN-BSN, MSN and one of the “fastest-to-degree completion” DNP programs in the country. All programs focus on evidence-based scientific nursing practice, patient safety, and quality outcomes; and are designed to help nurses reach career goals and impact quality health care delivery in a variety of health care environments. Chatham nursing programs are known for graduating insightful, compassionate, and collaborative care providers interested in pursuing leadership, practice, education, and management roles in the nursing field. More information at www.chatham.edu/nursing

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Chatham Professor, Ryan Utz, Publishes New Research on “Freshwater Salinization Syndrome”

With winter seemingly here to stay, one of the most common sounds we hear is the familiar “beep beep beep” of salt trucks on our streets and highways.

But what is all that salt doing to our environment?

Scientists have long recognized that road salts can contribute to chemical changes in rivers and streams. But research by Chatham University assistant professor of water resources Ryan Utz, Ph.D. and his colleagues has determined that long-term salinization is occurring throughout most of North America and may be linked to chemical changes beyond salts, including chemicals that lead water to become more alkaline.

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