For the Record, May 13, 2022

Gabriella L Johnson, doctoral candidate in the Department of Art History, has been selected as a predoctoral research resident at the Center for the Art and Architectural History of Port Cities (nicknamed La Capraia) in Naples, from September 2022 through June 2023. The center supports interdisciplinary projects that highlight Naples and southern Italy as a site of exchange, encounter and transformation. She will be researching her dissertation, “Galatea’s Realm: The Art of Coral, Shells, and Marine Fossils in Early Modern Sicily, Naples, and the Maltese Islands.”

Jennifer Joe, Whitney Family Professor of Accounting, Cohen Family Lerner Director of Diversity and Chief Diversity Advocate in the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, has been named to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (PCAOB) Investor Advisory Group (IAG). According to the PCAOB, “the IAG advises on matters concerning the PCAOB’s mission to oversee the audit of companies that are subject to the securities laws, and related matters, in order to protect the interests of investors and further the public interest in the preparation of informative, accurate, and independent audit reports, including investors’ perspectives on key areas of concern and potential emerging issues related to the PCAOB’s oversight activities.”

Lynn Ferro, graduate research assistant for the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition, was honored with a predoctoral fellowship award from the American Society for Nutrition Foundation. This funds award outstanding research projects proposed and conducted by ASN members enrolled in a graduate program in nutrition. Ferro plans to use the award to fund the sequencing analysis for her intervention study focusing on the microbial changes due to the introduction of first foods and the complementary diet of infants, a critical period in the formation of their gastrointestinal microbiome. In the study, 5-month-old infants who are ready for solid foods and have been fed human milk only, will be randomly assigned to an intervention group and provided one of four complementary foods for two weeks: infant rice cereal, beef puree, prune puree or carrot puree. The sequencing analysis will be used to determine the differences in microbial communities based on these dietary interventions. “The first 1,000 days of life are often referred to as the sensitive period, when factors such as delivery mode, environment and diet composition influence and potentially imprint the shaping microbiota,” she said. Jillian Trabulsi, chair and associate professor of behavioral health and nutrition. “Lynn’s study will test how the introduction of higher fiber and lower protein fruits and vegetables as first foods will increase the microbial diversity and richness of the infant gut compared to common first foods, such as cereal.”

doctoral candidate Lea Stephenson in the Department of Art History has been awarded a fellowship through the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium. She will serve as a resident fellow at specific New England institutions, including the Boston Athenaeum, Massachusetts Historical Society, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute and Houghton Library, Harvard. During her fellowship, Stephenson will research visual culture and archival material related to late 19th-century New Englanders in Egypt, including watercolors, travel diaries, photograph albums and correspondence. This summer archival research will form the groundwork for her dissertation chapters exploring the multi-sensory landscape experience by Euro-American travelers and souvenirs acquired in Egypt.

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