Archive for March 2021

Dr. Taylor and Colleague Design COVID Photography Program

Dr. Grant Taylor, professor of art & art history, joined Emilie Shuler, an outpatient recreation therapist, to design an online art therapy program for veterans coping with isolation and depression during COVID-19. The virtual Vantage Point: Telehealth Photography Program focuses on COVID-related issues through personal phone camera photos. Taylor is teaching two groups of veterans through the Veterans Affairs video connect platform to center them on successful coping skills and increased social connection during a period of significant isolation. An online presence and exhibit will publish later this spring.

Dr. Delavan’s Pittsburgh Business Times Interview Runs Statewide

Dr. Will Delavan, associate professor of economics, was interviewed for the Pittsburgh Business Journal’s story “Pennsylvania fossil-fuel industry received $37 billion in tax breaks in 2019 says report.” Delevan’s analysis of the report appeared across Pennsylvania in outlets such as the Pennsylvania Capital Star, Pittsburgh Business Times, and Pittsburgh City paper. 

Dr. Harpankar Discusses Credit Cards with WalletHub

Dr. Kshama Harpankar, associate professor of economics, was featured in a WalletHub Q&A regarding credit cards. She provided advice ranging from tips for applying for credit cards to pitfalls to avoid while using credit cards.

Dr. Dolan’s Op-Ed Published on PennLive

Dr. Christopher Dolan’s, professor political science, “Republican Flirtation with Extremism Began More Than a Half-century ago ($$)” was published by PennLive on Feb. 22. The article rejects the argument that conservative extremism is a contemporary phenomenon that began with Donald Trump and traces to the 20th Century origins of elected Republicans using extremist sentiment to build political support.

Dr. Morell to Release New Album to Honor His Child

Dr. Justin Morell, associate professor of music, will release All Without Words on April 30 . The album is a jazz/orchestral trumpet concerto featuring John Daversa, a multi-Grammy winning soloist from the University of Miami. Morell wrote the composition based on his experience as a parent of a non-verbal autistic child. It’s a theme and variations, the theme of which is a transcription of his son Loren’s vocalizations.