Notable & Quotable

  • Assistant Professor Leena Bharath, who teaches in the School of Health Sciences, has received $434,000 in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The awarded R15 grant will stretch over three years and is intended to support the training of undergraduate students.

  • Ellen Longsworth, art history professor at Merrimack, has been elected president of the Society for Renaissance Art History. 

  • Merrimack Assistant Professor Dan Vlahos, a founding member of Design Museum Everywhere, has recently been selected to serve a three-year term on the Design Museum Council for the Design Museum Foundation.

  • Joseph R. Stasio, an associate professor in the Girard School of Business, was recently featured in WalletHub, lending expertise on the credit card market and how to compare credit cards before you commit.

  • Chief Michael DelGreco of the Merrimack College Police Department became a board member of the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC). MPAC offers accreditation to police agencies across the Commonwealth and is a prestigious benchmark of policing and law enforcement.

  • VPA Instructor Cristi Catt’s music group Telltale Crossing has released its debut album Door Ajar on all major music streaming platforms.

  • Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Emma Duffy-Comparone’s debut book “Love Like That” was named to Vogue magazine’s Best Books to Read in 2021 list. The book came out in March and includes nine short stories that all focus on women and relationships. Vanity Fair also included it on its Best Books to Buy for Valentine’s Day list in February.

  • Sociology professor Michael DeCesare has published “Accrediting Commissions’ Standards on Faculty Governance” in the winter 2021 issue of Academe magazine. 

  • Associate professor of health sciences, Zi Yan, was interviewed by The Wall Street Journal supporting the benefits of outdoor group exercise in the winter during the pandemic. Yan, who’s interdisciplinary research involves psychology, public health and exercise science offered that exercise classes provide physical benefits and much-needed social support, especially during the winter months.

  • Assistant professor of communication and media, Melissa “Mish” Zimdars, was featured on Newsy television to discuss how more news sites are sharing partisan messages while “masquerading” as local news sites.