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Chancellor’s New Faculty Research Symposium

tuesday, Nov. 19

12:45 to 2:30 p.m.
Campus Center, main level, Multi-Purpose Room

Rutgers University–Camden is at the forefront of cutting-edge research and exceptional creative activities.  Our faculty members are leaders within their disciplines, exploring issues of great significance in today’s world.

Each year, the Chancellor’s New Faculty Research Symposium provides a venue to highlight the work of a number of newer faculty members.  We are pleased to announce that the following scholars will share their current research during the 2019 symposium, which wil be part of our Faculty Research Week.  Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions during a Q&A session following each presentation.

Faculty Research Week

Please join us for these additional 2019 Faculty Research Week Activities:

Faculty Awardee Reception and Presentations

Monday, Nov. 18
11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Campus Center, lower level, Executive Meeting Room

Faculty Research and Creative Activities Symposium

Wednesday, Nov. 20
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Campus Center, lower level, Conference Room West ABC

For more information, contact Jeannie Garmon.

Andrew Abeyta, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Abeyta is a social psychologist whose research is focused on how people satisfy basic psychological needs to live healthy and productive lives. He will discuss psychological factors that promote healthy adjustment to college among first-generation college students. Specifically, he will present findings that suggest that nostalgia—a mostly positive emotional experience that involves revisiting personally meaningful memories—may be utilized to encourage a sense of belonging in college among first-generation college students. He also will discuss how helping first-generation students to find a sense of personal meaning in education may promote college engagement. Finally, Dr. Abeyta will address the implications of this research for the success and retention of first-generation college students.


Brigitte Cypress, Ed.D., R.N.
Associate Professor
School of Nursing

Dr. Cypress is a phenomenologist who will present on linking qualitative research findings to praxis, theory, policy, and evidence-based practice. Qualitative research provides evidence for nursing practice by providing the basis for nursing interventions. Phenomenology as the method for two studies aimed at exploring, illuminating, and describing the phenomenon of the lived experience of nurses, patients, and family members during critical illness in the intensive care unit and emergency department. The first study found that the intensive care unit experience among all the participants is interdependence. The patients, their family members, and nurses are one or intertwined. From the second study, five essential themes emerged from the data: critical thinking, communication, sensitivity and caring, response to physiologic deficits, and patients and families as co-participants in the human care processes. The contribution of the studies to nursing practice includes the recommendations and policy proposals to the organization focusing on patients and family involvement in care, safety, and quality for better health-care outcomes.


Kristie McAlpine, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Management
School of Business

Advances in technology and a 24/7 globalized economy, coupled with demographic changes in the workforce, have fundamentally altered the world of work. Dr. McAlpine’s research explores three key themes that are growing in importance due to these trends: increasing employee flexibility, growing workforce diversity, and the changing work-family interface. Her research examines the changing nature of employee work arrangements, specifically the increased flexibility in when and where employees conduct their work (e.g., telecommuting, flextime). She examines the effects of flexibility for individuals and teams, and pays particular attention to the contextual factors that shape these relationships. In a second area of research, she evaluates how organizations manage diversity and inclusion and how it shapes the quality of employee relationships and experiences. Finally, in a third area of research, she studies how individuals navigate the work-family interface and make decisions about their work and non-work lives in the context of dual-career couples.


Maria Solesio, Ph.D., Pharm.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Solesio’s research interests explore the study of mitochondrial physiology and the mechanisms that lead to organelle dysfunction in neuronal populations. Her research studies the role of mitochondrial inorganic poplyphosphate (polyP) in cellular models of senescence and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. PolyP is a small molecule that is highly conserved during evolution, present in all the studied organisms, and isoenergetic to ATP. Little is known about its role in neuronal mitochondria, specifically in the regulation of the response of the organelle to stress. In Dr. Solesio’s laboratory, researchers try to explicate the role of this small molecule in the complex scenario of mitochondrial dysfunction, found in neurodegeneration and aging. Her hope is to contribute to the disentanglement of the mechanisms controlling mitochondrial physiology and to find innovative pharmacological tools related to polyP to fight these conditions.


Sarah Tosh, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Tosh is a scholar interested in the growing intersections of drug, criminal justice, and immigration policy in the United States. Her research examines the historical development and contemporary outcomes of the “aggravated felony,” an expansive legal category that has led to the deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants—both documented and undocumented—over the past 30 years. Drawing on archival research, in-depth interviews, and ethnographic observation of immigration court deportation proceedings in New York City, Dr. Tosh’s findings demonstrate how processes of immigration enforcement and deportation reproduce existing inequalities in the criminal justice system. By describing creative forms of legal resistance that have emerged in the unique policy conditions of NYC, this research has key implications for advocates and legislators concerned with creating equal systems of justice and protecting the rights of immigrants nationwide.


Anthony Wright, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of Childhood Studies
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Wright’s research explores how digital technologies mediate communicative practices among young people confronting life-threatening circumstances. His current project is situated in the town of Cherán, Michoacán, México, which has been the site of an internationally recognized indigenous uprising that began in 2011. The uprising is a response to the violent and environmentally destructive practices of drug cartels, as well as to the actions of corrupt government officials who enable cartels to act with impunity. Virtually all members of the Cherán community, including many young people, have been involved in the uprising in some capacity. A number of youth activists in Cherán have started an internet radio station known as Radio Fogata through which they produce and disseminate political dialogues about issues that directly affect their community. Using ethnographic methods, Dr. Wright’s research explores how Radio Fogata and other digitally mediated, youth-led initiatives are transforming how young people in Cherán think about and participate in political dialogue and action.