Adelphi University Research & Creative Works Magazine Cover 2020 Issue

Academic and Creative Research Magazine is an annual publication celebrating the passion for discovery across all eight schools at Adelphi. We cover breakthroughs in science and healthcare, explore social justice issues, feature creative works of writing and art, and highlight research from across academic areas, from music to mathematics.

These are the stories behind the big questions, the thought-provoking findings and the collaborative work happening across disciplines on our campus and beyond. These are the stories of the people and projects that contribute to the transformative educational experience at Adelphi. 

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There is no doubt that 2020 has tested us, as individuals and collectively, in many ways. First, the novel coronavirus made its way to virtually every corner of the world, testing our healthcare systems and our collective commitment to public health; then the fires of anti-racism were reignited in the United States by more incidents of deadly violence against people of color. These national and global issues have deeply impacted the scholars at Adelphi University, many of whom do extensive work related to the human condition and social justice.

In this edition of Academic and Creative Research Magazine, you can read about the work of Adelphi researchers who are studying topics related to these profoundly important matters.

Marsha J. Tyson Darling, PhD, is questioning, highlighting and correcting conventional historical narratives that contribute to the ongoing marginalization of African Americans.

Katherine Fiori, PhD, is challenging decades-old theories about the importance of friendships in aging adults—a concept that was painfully demonstrated by the impact of isolation and loss on our seniors during the pandemic. Robert Bornstein, PhD, is doing extraordinary research into interpersonal dependency among seniors, and A. Hasan Sapci, MD, is exploring new technologies that utilize artificial intelligence (AI) to make it possible for seniors to age in place rather than entering nursing homes or assisted living facilities.

Marissa Abram ’08, PhD ‘17, and Maryanne Forbes, PhD ’98, are collaborating with a colleague at the NYU Silver School of Social Work to further develop nursing education simulation tools, the need for which was highlighted when all student clinical rotations had to be suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The radical events of 2020 will help to shape and define the ongoing evolution of research and creativity needed in our world. For now, I hope you will enjoy reading this outstanding collection of articles about the important scholarly work taking place at Adelphi University.

Steve Everett, DMA
Provost and Executive Vice President


Since childhood, Courtney Lee Weida, EdD, associate professor and director of graduate art education in Adelphi’s Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, has found the princess archetype “both captivating and problematic.” Dr. Weida partnered with her sister, Jaime Chris Weida, PhD, assistant professor of English at Borough of Manhattan Community College (The City University of…


Before the COVID-19 pandemic, approximately 12 million people were employed in the manufacturing sector across the United States. According to a 2017 survey in the journal Applied Ergonomics, around 57 percent of workers in factory settings—who often perform heavy, repetitive tasks—reported feeling fatigued at work, which can lead to reduced output, chronic injury and even…


According to the World Health Organization, half of the world's population will be living in water-stressed areas by 2025, creating a dire need for improved waste recycling and water purification systems. Scientists around the world are searching for efficient energy sources to harness for this purpose—among them, Justyna Widera-Kalinowska, PhD, associate professor of chemistry at Adelphi.


For many seniors, the prospect of losing their independence is terrifying. Fortunately, new technologies involving algorithm-driven artificial intelligence (AI) are making it possible for seniors to stay at home without sacrificing their health or their access to quality care.

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