Discover Delaware – Health, Humanities, and Human Rights

The University of Delaware’s Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories speaker series for spring semester is set to begin on Monday, February 22nd. This free lunchtime series, titled “Discover Delaware – Health, Humanities, and Human Rights” features diverse topics involving UD faculty, staff and experts throughout the country.

The sessions will be held each Monday through May 9th, from 12:30-2:00 p.m. in Room 110 of the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory (ISE Lab). Each session highlights projects presented in a TED-style talk ending with a discussion session.

The series is free and open to the public, but registration is required; to register or for more information, contact Kimberly Doucette at The first 30 attendees to register will be provided sandwiches and beverages.

Semester Schedule

Nancy M. Targett
– Acting President of the University of Delaware. Dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) Director of the Delaware Sea Grant College Program
Opening Remarks

E. G. Vallianatos – Author
“Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA”

Huey-Jen Lin
  – Associate Professor, Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences
“Molecular Diagnosis Moving Towards Personalized Health Care”

Darcy Reisman – Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
“Stepping Up After Stroke: how do we improve physical activity?”

Linda Smith
– Sr. Training and Development Specialist, Employee Development, Office of Human Resources
“Workplace Culture That Promotes Health and Wellbeing”

Lisa Bartoli – Director, Art Therapy Express Program
“Art Therapy – building bridges between each student’s capabilities and his/her imagination”

Allen Carlsen – Assistant Professor, Theatre
Amy Cowperthwait
– Live Simulated Patient Educator, Adult Health Simulation Lab Coordinator
“Follow the Yellow Brick Road- Collaborating for a Greater Cause”

William Rose
– Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Applied Physiology
“Running footwear and balance”

Speaker TBA

Mia Papas
– Assistant Professor, Behavioral Health & Nutrition
“Hidden hunger on our campus: Food insecurity among UD students”

Kathleen Brewer-Smyth – Associate Professor, School of Nursing
“Abuse and neurological impairment in women who cycle in and out of prison”

John Rosenwald – Senior Editor and previous President of the Beloit Poetry Journal, Retired Professor of English, Beloit College
Ann Arbor – Photographer, Novelist, and Poet
“Every Body is Beautiful, Every Voice Matters”

Tara Jo Manal – Director, Clinical Services & Residency Training, Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy “Low back pain as a model of how innovation in healthcare is challenging”

Jeannie Stephens – Assistant Professor & Director of Undergraduate Program, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Sarah Rooney
– Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
“Interdisciplinary Senior Design: Blending engineering disciplines to solve real-world problems”

Joe Zeni – Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
“Put me in Coach: Considerations for returning to sport after joint replacement”

Kathy Corbitt – Director, Employee Development and Wellbeing at the University of Delaware
Topic – TBA

Cole Galloway – Professor, Physical Therapy, Associate Professor, Psychology, Associate Chair, Physical Therapy
“UD’s Go Baby Go: how community-led R&D redefined my lab (and my life)”

Persephone Braham – Associate Professor, Languages Literatures Cultures Director, Latin American & Iberian Studies
“Cuban Health Care Up Close”

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