My ongoing scholarship and teaching activities continue to reflect the values and priorities of this university. My research emphasis is management of chronic cancer-related symptoms in disparate populations. I have submitted 3 grant applications this past year, two of which were in response to federal funding calls. One was funded, one was well-scored and resubmitted, but ultimately not funded. Current funded work at the Baltimore VA includes an observational study of function and mitochondrial respiration in patients with non-AIDS defining cancers. My grant applications and publications were reduced this year, primarily due to co-occurring responsibilities of the PhD program and Office of Research between June 1-December 31, 2021.
I continue to have 30% of my effort supported by grants at the Baltimore VA, where I provide medical support to intervention studies in chronic disease, including those on which I serve as co-PI. This effort at the VA includes not only clinical activities but also collaborative grant development activities with an interdisciplinary team.
From the standpoint of teaching, I contributed through course development and teaching this past academic year. I co-developed and co-taught with Ellen Kurtzman the dissertation proposal development seminar (N8454). Finally, taught for the second year a grant writing workshop during summer semester, 2021, which was a non-credit, 16 hours total of direct instruction designed to help students become familiar with NIH grant writing. I serve as dissertation chair for three PhD students who are in the candidacy phase of their degrees, all of whom are preparing to defend their proposals. I continue to co-advise COhort 2 students with SHerrie Wallington and Cohort 3 students with Michelle Odlum.
My service to GW has been primarily at the school level, where I served as assistant dean of the PhD program through December, 2021. I also assumed the position of assocaite dean for research beginning in June, 2021, which in combination with my PhD program responsibilities required considerable time to manage and cut into my scholarship goals (publications and grant applications). I serve on multiple university-level committees, including the student academic disciplinary board, Research Leadership Council, Advisory Committee on Research, Diversity Program Review Team, Search Committe for Vice Provost of Resarch, SON PhD CUrriculum Committee.