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GIVING BACK Student volunteers like Andrea Pallais, DPT ‘14, bring expertise and services to communities around the globe.


Embracing Innovation DEAN’S MESSAGE

Fall is always invigorating, and nowhere is that energy more palpable than on a college campus. The 2014 — 2015 academic year is off to a terrific start with a range of new academic initiatives, learning opportunities for students, accolades for our stellar faculty, and the launch of a milestone anniversary for the Physical Therapy Program. Innovation is the word that best describes every aspect of Bouvé College. Our distinguished faculty — renowned clinicians, instructors, and researchers — offers students cutting edge academic curricula combined with real-world expertise. Over the past year, their groundbreaking work in healthcare research and education has received numerous honors. See page 14. Our students, enrolled in what are now some of the most competitive health-sciences programs in the country, are taking advantage of a myriad of experiential opportunities. The benefits of our flagship co-op program are well known. Today’s students are also volunteering in every corner of the globe — from South Africa to Ecuador to right here in Boston’s neighborhoods — gaining firsthand experience and delivering forward thinking and much needed health services to populations that might otherwise not have access. Under the leadership of Associate Dean of Graduate Education Tom Olson, several programs have been awarded re-accreditation this year. These endorsements from professional organizations are a testament to the academic excellence and creativity in our departments, programs, and centers across the college. We count among our alumni some of the world’s most successful healthcare entrepreneurs and innovators. The volunteer mentors in our Health Sciences Entrepreneurs (HSE) Program continue to guide hopeful entrepreneurs in their quests to bring innovative solutions in healthcare to market. The story on page 8 illustrates just how valuable the HSE mentor program has been to three young entrepreneurs. This innovative spirit has defined Bouvé College since its founding. Our spirit was built on a solid foundation and proud traditions. On November 7, 2015, we will mark the centennial anniversary of our Physical Therapy Program, which promises to be a special celebration of one of our finest programs. I hope you will join us! Sincerely, Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN Dean and Professor, Bouvé College of Health Sciences

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Dr. Asa Knowles, former president of Northeastern, welcomes students to BostonBouvé (circa 1964). Left to right: Patricia Strickland, Susan Weir, Dianne Miller, and Dean Minnie Lynn.



16 Bouvé Volunteers

2 Physical Therapy Turns 100 Preparations are underway for the milestone Centennial Celebration in 2015.

7 Where Credit Is Due Accreditation reviews reveal college-wide strengths.


4 It’s All About the Patient Carl Gustafson, PT ‘87, loves to hear his patients say, “I feel better. Thank you.”

5 Three Generations of Pharmacists

8 Minding Everyone’s Business Health sciences entrepreneurs share expert advice, enhance startup success.

23 Reducing Side Effects Professor Alex Makriyannis seeks ways to rid the body of drugs once their job is done.

John Merianos, P ‘61, continues a proud family tradition.

12 New Talent Dean Terry Fulmer welcomes talented scholars and researchers to the faculty.

14 Awards and Honors Faculty receive accolades for research, teaching, and innovation.

15 Dancing to Her Own Beat Lucy West, BHS ‘15, PharmD ‘16, is in continual motion.



Students give time, expertise, and service to communities near and far.


6 Why I Teach 18 What’s New? 20 Gifts in Action 24 Bouvé Faces 25 Planned Giving 2



Celebrating 100 Years of Physical Therapy Education The year 2015 marks the 100-year anniversary of physical therapy education at Bouvé College. The profession evolved out of physical education and rehabilitation with women at the helm, which shaped not only the profession but the role of women in higher education. To celebrate the centennial year, programs and exhibits have been planned. Mark your calendars now for November 7, 2015 and join the Centennial Celebration at the Colonnade Hotel, Boston, MA.



When PT became a separate course, BBSPE shortened its name to Bouvé Boston School.

Bouvé Boston School merged with Northeastern, to become Boston-Bouvé College with Dr. Lynn as dean. It opened with three departments: • Physical Education for Men


• Physical Education for Women

BSI and BSPE merged to form the Bouvé-Boston School of Physical Education (BBSPE), with Ms. Bouvé as director. BBSPE won accreditation by the American Physical Therapy Association and became affiliated with Simmons College.

1925 BSPE expanded to a three-year curriculum, allowing students to specialize in PE or PT.

1917-1918 Marguerite Sanderson was appointed first supervisor for reconstruction aides by War Reconstruction Committee.

1960 Dr. Minnie L. Lynn became director of the school.



Ms. Constance K. Greene was appointed head of the Physical Therapy Course and became chair in 1942.

Camp Mon-o-moy was established in Brewster, MA. All students attended camp to participate in a variety of outdoor activities. PT students engaged in rehabilitation activities.



Marjorie Bouvé resigned as director of BSPE to found the Bouvé School (BSI).

1918 three groups of BSPE students were trained in two month “war courses.”

1915 The first class of 10 graduated from Boston School of Physical Education (BSPE). Founded in 1913 by Marjorie Bouvé, Grace Shepardson, Mary Florence Stratton, Miriam Toby, Caroline Baxter, Bessie Barnes, and Marguerite Sanderson, BSPE graduated women with physical education (PE) degrees, which formed the foundation of the profession of Physical Therapy (PT).


• Physical Therapy for Men and Women

BBSPE became affiliated with Tufts University, offering a specialized degree for PT.

1955 Physical therapists received pins in the program’s first pinning ceremony. Tradition evolved into current Pinning and Hooding Ceremony for doctoral students in PT.

1935 1929 Ruth Page Sweet was named dean of Bouvé School, served from 1929 to 1946, then became administrative director.

BBSPE began a Cultural Exchange Program with Japan, promoting global awareness and demonstrating a commitment to cultural diversity.

1943-1945 BBSPE students were taught World War II emergency courses and students played a vital role in polio patients’ therapy.



Physical Therapy changed its name to the Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences. Remains the only U.S. accredited PT program to offer six months of co-op and 36 weeks of clinical internships.

Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences will admit first class of students to its Master in Occupational Ergonomics and Wellness Program.

PT program was granted full, 10 year accreditation, expanded tenure and tenure track faculty and increased research labs from one to eight.

1997 Bouvé graduated the first cohort of entry-level master of PT students.


PT Program was part of inaugural graduate campus expansion in North Carolina with tDPT Program.


2012 PT Program expanded clinical internship and included military installations.

1969-1975 Katharine Carlisle was named professor and department chair.

For the first time, certificates in Advanced Orthopedic Physical Therapy and Residency in Sports Physical Therapy are offered.

2009 1993 Dr. Meredith Harris was appointed acting chair and in 1996 became chair.


1967 Dr. Catherine L. Allen became dean of the Boston-Bouvé College.


Mary Gass Robinson Hall was dedicated, housing both the College of Nursing and the Department of PT.


Physical Therapy instituted its first Dialogue of Civilizations in South Africa.

Advanced master’s programs in cardiopulmonary and neurological PT were introduced.

Boston-Bouvé College moved to Huntington Avenue.

November 7, 2015 — Bouvé community will celebrate 100 years of PT education at Centennial Celebration on campus and at The Colonnade Hotel, Boston.

The College of Education and Boston-Bouvé College merged to become the Boston-Bouvé College of Human Development Professions (BBCHDP).

Dr. Maura Iversen was appointed chair.

2002 Behrakis Health Sciences Center opened, housing PT and health science classrooms and labs.

2010 First White Coat Ceremony was held. Dr. Iversen launched the first PT academic exchange program with Hesav Sante, Lausanne, Switzerland.

1968 Charles and Estelle Dockser Hall was dedicated. First full, four-year undergraduate classes enrolled in PE, PT, and recreation.

1975-1996 Department Chairs 1975-77: Elizabeth W. Van Slyck 1977-79: Elizabeth J. Fellows, MA 1979-80: Pauline A. Cerasoli, MS 1980-84: Christopher E. Bork, PhD 1984-85: Catherine Certo 1985-89: Jane L. Toot, PhD 1989-93: David A. Lake, PhD

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It’s All About the Patient Carl Gustafson, PT ‘87, loves to hear his patients say, “I feel better. Thank you.”

Thankfully, his former high school baseball coach knew the chair of the Physical Therapy (PT) Program at Bouvé College and made an introduction. “I had to take 12 math and science courses and get a 3.0 or better to be accepted into the program. I discovered that I had an aptitude for math and science and met the requirements.”

It’s not everyday that a back injury leads one to his dream job. But for Carl Gustafson, PT ‘87, LATC, CSCS, that is exactly what happened. A body builder and weight trainer from Stoneham, MA, Gustafson enrolled in the College of Criminal Justice his freshman year, hoping to someday work for the FBI or CIA. He soon discovered that while the profession promised periods of intense, even life-threatening, excitement, much of his time would be spent waiting for something to happen. That was not his style.

“The best person to have at your side is a Northeastern co-op. He/She will keep you fresh.” While considering his options, Gustafson continued his weight training at Northeastern, eventually winning the titles, Mr. Massachusetts and Mr. College America. A back injury led him to the Lane Health Center, where he worked with a physical therapist who ultimately showed him what to do to heal his injury. “I was really impressed with what this therapist knew, how he understood the body and how to heal it,” said Gustafson. “I decided then and there, that’s what I wanted to do.”


After graduating, Gustafson worked in a private PT practice for three years, until there was no more room to grow. Always ambitious, he decided to look for other opportunities. “In addition to seeing patients, I was learning how to run a PT business and decided I wanted to start my own.” In a space rented to him by a fellow therapist, Gustafson launched Sports and Physical Therapy Associates (SPTA). This year, SPTA — which boasts 18 locations in the Greater Boston area and 135 employees, including 40 physical therapists —celebrates its 23rd anniversary. Gustafson has structured his company so that all the therapists could experience advancement in a management capacity while continuing to do what they love. He hired his college roommate, Dan Kline, DMSB ‘86, as business manager to ensure he himself never got too busy to work with patients. He remains very involved with Bouvé College, hiring co-ops and graduates whenever he can. “Physical therapists should have real experience. Northeastern graduates do, thanks to co-op. I tell therapists all the time, ‘The best person to have at your side is a Northeastern co-op. He/She will keep you fresh.’” Gustafson and his wife, Nicoletta, SPL MS ‘89, have six children. Even so, he still managed to make time this past spring to be the Physical Therapy Program’s commencement speaker. He encouraged graduates that even though they need to make a living, they need to follow their hearts. “At the end of the day, there is still nothing better than having a patient say, ‘I feel better. Thank you.’”

John Merianos, P ‘61, continues a proud family tradition. Sitting in his vacation home in Krokeai, a small village south of Sparta, Greece, Dr. John J. Merianos, P ‘61, is visibly moved discussing his family’s legacy. The nephew of Constantine Meriano — who in 1927 founded the New England College of Pharmacy (NECP) and served as its first dean — he credits his enormously successful career as a pharmaceutical chemist not only to his uncle, but to his grandfather and namesake, John Meriano. “My grandfather was the first. He ran a small, neighborhood pharmacy right here in Krokeai,” said Merianos. “This is really where it all started.” Constantine Meriano was a visionary pharmacist who came to the United States to make a better life. Years later, he encouraged his nephew to join him. Merianos immigrated to America on March 2, 1957, a year after finishing first in his high school class. He lived with five others in the basement of New England College of Pharmacy, where he worked as a janitor. Thanks to his rigorous education in Greece, Merianos was academically prepared to attend pharmacy school that fall, despite not knowing much English. “I didn’t need to even go outside to get to school,” he joked. During his junior year, he noticed that American pharmacists were also making ice-cream sodas. He wondered if he needed to continue his education to do that. But his uncle convinced him that he must complete the entire program and suggested that he put his considerable talents toward earning a PhD. After graduating magna cum laude in 1961, Merianos attended the University of Wisconsin, where he earned his MS in Pharmaceutical Chemistry in 1963 and his PhD in Medicinal Chemistry in 1966.


Three Generations of Pharmacists Onyx, where he was an active research chemist and group leader of antimicrobial research programs. Throughout his illustrious career, he worked in many companies as a director of research and development, research fellow, lead scientist, and more. He is the inventor or co-inventor of more than 110 patents. His discoveries can be found in products up and down the pharmacy aisle, from Lysol disinfectant to Colgate Optic White to Alcon Opti-Free cleaning solution. Recently, Merianos founded MerPan Chemical Consultants, which produces diagnostic agents used in blood analysis. He received the University of Wisconsin’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Research and Development, and was voted Microbiologist of the Year in 2007 by the New Jersey local section of the Society of Industrial Microbiology.

“I owe so much to the people who helped me.” “The sacrifice my uncle made for the NECP, and ultimately Northeastern, was amazing. He gave his entire fortune to the school. It meant everything to him. He has been my role model, and an inspiration to me my entire life,” said Merianos, noting also that both his uncle and his good friend Bob Crisafi, P ’53, taught Bouvé benefactor George Behrakis, P ‘57, H ’98.

“Northeastern has special Greek roots,” said Merianos. “Every time I present the Constantine and Mary Merianos Scholarship Award to a student, it’s like a memorial to all of them. It’s so emotional. My grandfather and my uncle would be so proud.”

Merianos remains eternally grateful for having received such encouragement from his uncle and scholarship support during graduate school: “It made all the difference in my life. That is why scholarships are so important to me.” Merianos continues to support the annual Constantine and Mary Meriano Scholarship Award, the Dean N. Constantine Meriano Memorial Scholarship Award, and the Merianos School of Pharmacy Scholarship, as well as the Merianos School of Pharmacy Awards and Convocation. Merianos started his career with FMC Corporation in antimalarial research. Later, he joined Millmaster

Dr. John Merianos, P ‘61, with Dr. Robert Crisafi, P ‘53, at School of Pharmacy 50th Celebration in 2012. VITAL SIGNS — FALL 2014 | 5


Why I Teach By Debra L. Franko, PhD, professor, Department of Counseling & Applied Educational Psychology and associate dean for faculty affairs, Bouvé College of Health Sciences

students and watching them grow and develop into young professionals is wonderfully motivating and fulfilling. As a psychologist, my profession deals with individuals who struggle with mental illness, horrific traumas, addiction, emotional distress, and behavioral health issues. I bring my research in prevention into the classroom to help students learn the importance of intervening before illness develops. By providing real-life clinical vignettes and encouraging discussion of solutions to actual problems faced by clients I’ve worked with over the years, students come to see how to I love to teach. Teaching students who will become part of the next generation of psychologists is a privilege and a gift and one of the most rewarding aspects of being a professor and a clinical psychologist. Teaching new master’s degree students how to connect with a client, build a trusting relationship, carry out a treatment plan, and positively influence the lives of those who struggle with mental health issues is important and meaningful work. Teaching doctoral students to practice empirically supported therapies, become culturally competent clinicians and researchers, and engage in meaningful and well-conducted dissertation research is extremely gratifying. Mentoring


“Teaching students to effectively and compassionately treat and advocate for their clients carries tremendous meaning that extends far beyond the classroom.” translate classroom learning into practice. Through group observation, students develop an appreciation for the complexities of real-life clinical situations before they interact with actual clients in their fieldwork sites. Playing a role in moving students from “novice to ready” is incredibly rewarding and one of the many reasons I love teaching.


Where Credit Is Due Accreditation reviews reveal college-wide strengths.

A record nine different programs and schools within Bouvé College underwent accreditation and other reviews within the past 18 months, and all were successful. Associate Dean of Graduate Education Tom Olson, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, has been overseeing the range of regulatory accreditations and he could not be more pleased. “These reviews are in fact the underpinnings of literally everything that happens here, from research, clinical instruction, co-operative education, to interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaborations,” explained Olson. “These endorsements from the nation’s leading accrediting agencies ensure our ability to attract and retain the best students and faculty, and to deliver the very best healthcare education.” Noting that undergoing nine separate extensive reviews at once is quite unusual, Olson said that to have won or expect to win full accreditation in every case was significant. “These successes are a testament to the faculty, staff, students, and leadership of Bouvé College. Typically, the more complex the program, the more challenging it is to win full accreditation. Given our level of complexity — the interdisciplinary research, scholarship, clinical instruction, and practice that defines our model — our success is all that much more impressive.” Five of the reviews took place in the School of Nursing, including a re-accreditation of the school itself. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) secured its first and full accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The nationally recognized Nurse Anesthesia Program, which operates programs in Boston and Texas in collaboration with the U.S. Army, received a full, 10-year accreditation from

the Council on Accreditation of Nursing Anesthesia Education Programs (COA). The School of Nursing itself met all standards for the review of undergraduate and graduate programs and expects a full, 10-year accreditation from the CCNE to be formally announced this November. It also performed well on the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Nursing Report. Ten nursing programs at the Charlotte campus were reviewed by the North Carolina Board of Governors. Approval is expected early next year.

“These successes are a testament to the faculty, staff, students, and leadership at Bouvé College.” The recently uncoupled School of Psychology and Counseling Psychology PhD Programs each won seven-year approval from the American Psychological Association (APA). The masters in Speech Language Pathology and the doctorate in Audiology Programs secured eight-year accreditations from the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The Physical Therapy Program won full, ten-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), and the Physician Assistant Program, one of the first in the country, anticipates receiving full, seven-year accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) early next year. “I have been so impressed with the teams here, from the preparation to the site visits. This confirms that our programs are indeed top notch,” said Olson.


HSE mentor, Scott Israel, ME ‘82, co-founders Bike Beacon, Amir Farjadian, PhD candidate '14, Qingchao Kong, PhD candidate ‘15, and mentor Jane Mason at a recent mentoring meeting.


Health sciences entrepreneurs share expert advice, enhance startup success.


Tiffany Kelley, PhD, MSN/MBA, RN, ’08, is not your typical nurse. In addition to caring immensely about patient care, her entrepreneurial spirit drives her to do even more with her knowledge and training. Through assistance from the Health Sciences Entrepreneurs (HSE) Program at Bouvé College, Dr. Kelley founded a company, Nightingale Apps, and is developing mobile applications to assist nurses in daily patient care.

During her doctoral research, Dr. Kelley saw that the first few minutes of a nurse's shift are instrumental to the delivery of safe, high quality patient care. Yet, she was surprised at the lack of supportive electronic tools available to help nurses consistently and efficiently share information about their patients during this shift change or be able to later access that information during the shift while on the go. Kelley realized taking notes on scraps of paper was inefficient, inelegant, and a potential safety risk. From that experience, she saw the need to develop Nightingale Apps’ Know My Patient™, a mobile enterprise software solution for nurses in hospital settings.

“Forming an idea for a business can begin with one person, but it takes many people who believe in the vision and share the entrepreneurial spirit to make it happen.” TIFFANY KELLEY, PHD, MSN/MBA, RN ’08

“I envisioned a mobile application that would address the gaps that prompted nurses to create workarounds,” said Kelley. “Know My Patient™ is designed to support nurses in hospital settings with the information they need to provide safe, efficient, timely, and patient-centered care.” Through HSE, founded in 2005 by alumnus Joseph Fleming, PAH ’70, MS ’71, Kelley is finding success. The program provides students, alumni, and faculty entrepreneurs with the knowledge and tools to build successful companies. Each HSE

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venture has a team of two to four mentors who give their time and talents to advise and guide new companies in the healthcare arena. Kelley says HSE mentorship covered strategic planning for her company and helped her refine her approach to investors. Now her mentors are helping her with the process of building product and brand awareness. “We mentor entrepreneurs, not businesses,” said Fleming. “We don’t judge business ideas, rather we steer entrepreneurs in the right direction. Our mentors have the experience to help business owners make good decisions and their experience gives our ventures a ‘step up’ on moving from startup to a company.” Maciej Pietrusinski, PhD ’13, is founder and president of AndrosRobotics in Cambridge, MA. Thanks to HSE, he has been able to focus on the development of robotic health solutions. According to Pietrusinski, a valuable facet of the program is how it matches entrepreneurs with mentors. “The program creates a framework for the entrepreneur-mentor relationship,” he said. “My mentors helped me think about how to

position my company and to look at many ways of funding it. Totally invaluable.” Jane Mason is manager of innovation banking at Cambridge Trust Company. As a mentor, her experience in banking and entrepreneurship provides her with a broad, realistic perspective on how the HSE can breed successful entrepreneurs. “Not every venture will be successful,” said Mason. “That is part of the learning process and the path to successful execution.” For her mentee Amir Farjadian, PhD, Engineering candidate ’14, this meant using Mason’s guidance to change his first bike safety venture into a more refined one; it’s called “doing a pivot.” In this program, the change of direction was business as usual instead of complete roadblock. “We need contacts in the field who have access, who know the environment. People who can help us grow,” said Farjadian. “Jane has helped us find the right people to reach out to.” “This is not for the faint of heart,” said Mason. “It’s an emotional roller coaster. It’s a financial roller coaster. Amir’s commitment has been very impressive.”

Christopher Ford, DMSB ’73, executive board member, has been a mentor since the program began. He is a mentor to four ventures with different needs and challenges. “Entrepreneurs are a different breed,” said Ford. “They are passionate about their idea and believe in its success, but need some basic business knowledge and some connections to make their dreams come true. Our mentors, currently more than 30, are helping Bouvé and Northeastern University launch new companies and create educated entrepreneurs.” “HSE is a signature program at Bouvé College. It connects our alumni, faculty, and students on a path to entrepreneurial success. We’re thrilled to have such talented and committed mentors and so many entrepreneurial students, alumni, and faculty. I can’t imagine a more unique and valuable way to share ideas and be successful,” said Dean Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN. To find out more about the HSE Program and upcoming events, please visit hse or contact Julie Norton, director of the HSE Program, at 617-373-4839,

Joseph Fleming, P ‘70, MS ‘71, Maciej Pietrusinski, PhD ‘13, founder and president of AndrosRobotics, Roy Miller, E ‘62, and Christopher Ford, DMSB ‘73, learn more about AndrosRobotics technology at a recent mentoring session. VITAL SIGNS — FALL 2014 | 11


New Talent Dean Terry Fulmer is proud to welcome the following talented scholars and researchers to the faculty of Bouvé College.

BECKY BRIESACHER Associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Dr. Briesacher is a nationally recognized health services researcher with expertise in drug policy and medication use in older adults. She joins Bouvé from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Briesacher holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, an MA from Williams College, and a PhD from the University of Maryland.

GUO-LIN CHEN Research assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Previously, Dr. Chen was an instructor at the New England Primate Research Center at Harvard Medical School. He received his BS and MS from Hunan Medical University and his PhD from Central South University, both in China. His primary research interest is functional genomics and translational medicine.

GREGORY NILES CONNOLLY Research professor in Bouvé College and the School of Law. Dr. Connolly was professor of public health and director of the Center for Global Tobacco Control at the Harvard School of Public Health. He earned his BA from Holy Cross College, his DMD from Tufts University, and his MPH from Harvard School of Public Health. He is one of six leading U.S. scholars in the field of tobacco control efforts.


BARBARA GUTHRIE Professor and director of the PhD program in the School of Nursing. Formerly associate dean for academic affairs at Yale University School of Nursing, Dr. Guthrie, FAAN, received her BSN from Boston University, her MSN in Family Health from Duquesne University, and her PhD from the New York University School of Nursing. She has received funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Cancer Institute, and the Institute for Nursing Research for her research on the relationship between the health of adolescent girls and their involvement with the juvenile justice system.

BONNIE JO HANSON Assistant clinical professor and director of Clinical Education, Physician Assistant Program. Ms. Hanson has been an inpatient medical oncology physician assistant at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Since graduating from the University of New England with a MS in Physician Assistant Studies in 2006, she has worked in internal medicine specialties including hospitalist, outpatient primary care, and emergency medicine.

KOSTANTIN KHRAPKO Professor, Department of Chemistry and Department of Pharmaceutical Science. Dr. Khrapko was most recently associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He received his MS in Chemistry at Moscow State University, and his PhD in Molecular Biology from Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology, Moscow. His research area is in genetic innovations in aging.

Director of Applied Behavior Analysis Programs and clinical instructor in the Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology. Ms. Dudley is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who earned her MS in Applied Behavior Analysis at Northeastern. She is currently completing a PhD in Applied Behavior Analysis at Simmons College and has designed, developed, implemented, and monitored quality programs for children with autism and related disabilities within the public school system.



Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology. Dr. Lewkowicz was a professor in the Department of Psychology at Florida Atlantic University. He earned his BA and MA from Brandeis University, his PhD from the City University of New York, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. His primary research interest is in perceptual and cognitive development in infancy and early childhood.

Assistant clinical professor in the School of Nursing. Most recently, Dr. Dupuis was the director of Nursing Simulation and Skills Laboratories at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She earned her JD from Massachusetts School of Law and her BS and MS from Boston University School of Nursing.

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Assistant professor in the Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Department. Dr. Levac received her BSc in Physical Therapy from the University of Ottawa and has clinical practice experience as a pediatric physical therapist. She earned her MSc and PhD in Rehabilitation Science from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Motor Control Laboratory at the University of Ottawa. Her primary research interest is in the use of virtual reality systems within neurological rehabilitation.




Visiting assistant professor, Department of Health Sciences and School of Law and director of the Domestic Violence Institute. Dr. Lindauer received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and her JD from Northeastern School of Law. She has extensive experience in domestic violence work at Casa Myrna Vazquez, Respond, Inc., as well as Georgetown University’s Domestic Violence Clinic.

Associate professor in the Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology. Dr. Mohiyeddini has held academic posts at universities in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Britain. He received his Diploma of Psychology from the University of Trier, his PhD in Psychology from the University of Trier, and his Professorial Qualification from the University of Tübingen, all in Germany.



Assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies and the Game Design Program of the College of Arts, Media and Design and the Department of Health Sciences. Dr. Lu was an assistant professor at the School of Communication at Northwestern University. She received her BA from Peking University and an MA in Communication Studies as well as a PhD in Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Children’s Nutrition Research Center at the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine.

Assistant clinical professor in the School of Nursing. Dr. Rejtarova has been at Northeastern part time since 2010 and an acute care PNP with the Inpatient General Surgery team at Boston Children’s Hospital since 2007. She received her BSN from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, her MSN from Northeastern — after completing the dual PNP Program — and her DNP from MGH Institute of Health Professions. Dr. Rejtarova is a PNP certified in both acute and primary care. Her interests include simulation experience for PNP students, pediatric surgical care, and quality of patient care.

ROMAN MANETSCH Associate professor of chemistry and chemical biology, College of Science and Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Most recently a professor of chemistry at the University of South Florida, Dr. Manetsch earned his Diploma in Chemistry and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Basel (Switzerland) and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Scripps Research Institute. His research focuses on organic and bio-organic chemistry, addressing fundamental aspects of medicinal chemistry and drug discovery strategies.

MOIRA MANNIX Director of Cooperative Education and assistant co-op coordinator. She received her BA from Boston College and an MA from Columbia University. Ms. Mannix was the director of the Field Experience Office at Wheelock College and brings many years of experience and expertise in high-quality experiential learning opportunities.

JANET SWEENEY RICO Associate clinical professor and assistant dean for Graduate Nursing Programs. Dr. Rico received her BSN from St. Anselm College, her MSN from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her MBA from Boston University, and her PhD from Northeastern. She is the former director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Simmons College and is a nurse practitioner in the emergency department at Massachusetts General Hospital.


Associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Center for Drug Discovery. Dr. Miller’s research is on the neurobiology, genetics, and immunology of drug addiction. He received his PhD in Biomedical Sciences from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Israel and has conducted basic and translational research related to drug addiction using biochemical, molecular, cellular, behavioral, genetic, and epigenetic approaches.

Assistant clinical professor in the Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology. Dr. Rizzo earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California. She completed her internship in Clinical Psychology at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School and her postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Psychology at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University. Dr. Rizzo is a psychologist at Rhode Island Hospital and serves as assistant director for the Juvenile Mental Health Clinic at the Rhode Island Family Court. Dr. Rizzo is also an assistant professor in psychiatry and human behavior (research) and assistant professor of pediatrics (research) at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.



Professor and director of the undergraduate major in the Department of Health Sciences. In addition to his appointment at Northeastern, Dr. Miller is co-director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and adjunct professor of epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has training in general internal medicine, medical oncology, medical ethics, health policy, injury and violence prevention, and epidemiology.

Visiting assistant clinical professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Dr. Thompson recently completed a Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency with a focus in Ambulatory Care at Northeastern and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)/Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). She received her BS in Pharmacy Studies and her PharmD from the University of Connecticut.


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Awards and Honors We are proud to acknowledge the following awards and honors received by faculty members of Bouvé College for the 2013 — 2014 academic year.*



Steve Alves, PhD, CRNA, FNAP, clinical professor

Carla Bouwmeester, MS, PharmD, BCPS, associate clinical professor

Distinguished Scholar and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice, National Academies of Practice.

Michelle Beauchesne, DNSc, RN, CPNP, FAAN, FNAP, FAANP, associate clinical professor

Fellow, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists.

Mike Gonyeau, BS, Pharm, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, RPh, clinical professor Fellow, National Academies of Practice.

Outstanding Educator Award, nominee, National Organization of Nurse Practitioners.

Alice Bonner, PhD, RN, associate professor John L. Mackey Award for Excellence in Dementia Care, Johns Hopkins Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry;

DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICAL THERAPY, MOVEMENT AND REHABILITATION SCIENCES Maura Iversen, PT, DPT, SD, MPH, professor and chair Distinguished Scholar and Fellow, National Academy of Practice.

Cernoria Johnson Memorial Advocacy Award, The Consumer Voice;


The Burton Grebin Innovator of the Year Award, Continuing Care

Mansoor Amiji, PhD, Distinguished Professor and chair

Leadership Coalition.

Pamela Burke, PhD, RN, FNP, FSAHM, FAAN, clinical professor Fellow, American Academy of Nursing.

Elizabeth Howard, PhD, MSN, BSN, associate professor

CRS College of Fellows Award.

Vladimir Torchilin, PhD, DSc, MS, Distinguished Professor and director The Blaise Pascal Medal in Biomedical Sciences, European Academy of Sciences.

Butler-Williams Scholar, National Institute on Aging; Distinguished Scholar and Fellow, National Academies of Practice.


Mary M. Mayville, DNP, MSN, BSN, assistant clinical professor

Lorraine Book, PhD, assistant clinical professor

Anthony Battaglia/Pocket Nurse® Scholarship Award, International

Award for Continuing Education (ACE), American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning.

Laura Mylott, PhD, ANP-BC, clinical professor Distinguished Scholar and Fellow in Teaching, National Academies of Practice.

SCHOOL OF PHARMACY John Reynolds, PharmD, dean, School of Pharmacy 2013 Bowl of Hygeia Award, American Pharmacists Association Foundation and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations.

DEPARTMENT OF COUNSELING AND APPLIED EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY Jessica Hoffman, PhD, MEd, associate professor Member, Society for the Study of School Psychology (SSSP).

Therese O’Neil-Pirozzi, ScD, MEd, associate professor and SLP Program director Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International.

INSTITUTE ON URBAN HEALTH RESEARCH AND PRACTICE John Auerbach, Distinguished Professor of Practice and director of the Institute on Urban Health Research Lifetime Achievement Award, National Association of State and Territorial AIDS Directors; Pioneers in Overdose Prevention Award, Boston Public Health Commission; CDC committee appointments: Social Determinants of Health Committee Workgroup, Chair, National Quality Forum Health and Wellness Standing Committee; 2014 Shining Star, Victory Programs’ Boston Living Center.


Mariya Shiyko, PhD, MA, assistant professor

Leo Beletsky, JD, MPH, assistant professor

The Early Career Investigator Award, NIDA, International Confer-

Member, College on Problems of Drug Dependence.

ence on Global Health: Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse and HIV.

Andrea Parker, PhD, assistant professor

Robert Volpe, PhD, associate professor

Grace Hopper Travel Scholarship, Grace Hopper Celebration for Diversity in Computing Conference.

Catalyst Scholar, Society for the Study of School Psychology (SSSP).

Jean McGuire, PhD, professor of practice 2014 Shining Star, Victory Programs’ Boston Living Center.

* List as of July 2014

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Dancing to Her Own Beat Lucy West, BHS ‘15, PharmD ‘16, is in continual motion.

“One program, Generation Rx, involves educating the community on the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs,” West explained. “We are involved in the community in several different ways, but are also involved in professional growth and are passionate about how we can better the profession in the future.” This latest honor isn’t her first foray into leadership, and clearly won’t be her last. The pharmacy major keeps her dance card full being involved with four other organizations on campus. In 2013, West helped plan Phi Lambda Sigma’s first inter-professional leadership retreat, an event in which students and faculty from a variety of disciplines were invited to participate in team-building exercises. The chapter plans to make the retreat an annual event in the future.

This year, she worked with the Massachusetts Pharmacists Association to plan the Face of Pharmacy Day. Students and faculty from colleges and universities across Massachusetts went to the state house to advocate for legislation that would recognize pharmacists as healthcare providers, allowing qualified pharmacy interns to administer immunizations and regulate pharmacy audits. “Northeastern definitely had the biggest presence there, which made me very happy and proud,” said West.


Lucy West, who will earn her BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2015 and her PharmD in 2016, is literally in continual motion. The competitive dancer-turned-pharmacy student leader was recently elected national president of the American Pharmacists Association — Academy of Student Pharmacists. This coveted position provides leadership to approximately 34,000 student pharmacists across the country. Last year, West served as a regional officer, as the Region 1 member-at-large, and was active in the community through outreach programs and advocacy for the pharmacy profession.

West is as committed to the school’s future as she is to the profession. Active in the Bouvé Ambassadors Program — through which prospective and accepted students meet with current students to learn about the college’s offerings and the student experience — she finds it rewarding to connect with future “Huskies” and to share her experiences and the opportunities she’s had at Northeastern. “We have Welcome Days, do a phone-a-thon to call accepted students to answer questions they might have, and tell them just what an amazing experience this is.” (For more information on the Bouvé Ambassadors, see story on p. 16.) If this extracurricular resume isn’t enough, West still finds time to dance with the Northeastern University Dance Company (NUDANCO). “Dance is so different from pharmacy, and it allows me to de-stress and relax for a couple of hours a week. It is a great way to bring this passion for dance back into my life.”

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Storytelling volunteers Anna Maichen and Alexandra D’Agostino, both graduate students in the Speech-Language Pathology Program, work with families at a Boston homeless shelter.

Bouvé Volunteers Students give time, expertise, and service to communities near and far.

Giving of yourself is the very essence of volunteerism. Bouvé College students embrace this practice by regularly providing their time, energy, and skills helping causes and organizing events like walkathons, peer mentoring, health fairs, and medical clinics in communities in Boston and all over the world.

The partnership with communities in Ecuador, says Hayward, is made more valuable because the students visit and serve the same locations each year. Through this continuity, the students come to better understand their patients and are able to respect their cultural values while providing targeted health services.

What makes their contributions truly inspiring is that these students are concurrently studying to be healthcare professionals and future healthcare leaders in a variety of clinical specialties. The demands on their time and energy are immense, yet they still find a way to better the lives of others both here and abroad.

“What’s always impressed the community partners is that these students give up their spring break,” said Hayward. “It’s an amazing experience for them, the patients, and the community partners in Ecuador.”

One poignant example of this spirit is the annual program through which Bouvé students travel to Quito and Latacunga, Ecuador, to provide physical therapy (PT) services to orphaned children. The program, headed by Associate Professor Lorna Hayward, PT, MPH, EdD, has been running for eight years and students list it as one of their most memorable college experiences. Hayward says the services provided build directly on several physical therapy core values that underpin the philosophy of the department, such as professional duty, advocacy, altruism, and excellence. Students put their classroom experience into action and learn while helping patients in the field, so everyone benefits.

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The Ecuador program is just one of many. For the last 15 years, Associate Professor and Speech-Language Pathology Program Director Therese O'Neil-Pirozzi, ScD, CCC-SLP, has been running a storytelling group in family homeless shelters here in Boston. The primary goals of the group are to address the well-documented risks of delayed language and literacy development in homeless children, empower parents with strategies to help maximize their children’s language and literacy development, and provide Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (SLPA) majors with the opportunity to learn about the myths and realities of family homelessness while also serving the community.

Undergraduate and graduate SLPA majors volunteer to facilitate the sessions. Each year, an average of 20 students serve approximately 22 children of all ages. The number of SLPA students volunteering for the program, the positive feedback from the children’s parents, and the excitement of the children to see Dr. O’Neil and her students are all testimony to the mutual benefits of the program. Graduate student Alexandra D’Agostino, SPL MS '15, volunteers in the storytelling program. Initially she was surprised at how much she got back from the experience. “I didn’t realize how something as small as reading a story and doing a craft could make such a difference,” said D’Agostino. “Being in a helping profession, I am driven to make a difference. Volunteering makes me feel really good about myself and reaffirms that I made the right decision entering the healthcare profession. ”

“The residents were so happy to see all of our faces and they were really grateful,” said Rosario. Volunteerism is encouraged throughout Bouvé. Programs like the Bouvé Ambassadors and Bouvé Fellows are innovative ways in which students can connect with current and prospective students to help them navigate through their college experience. Christine Letzeiser, PhD, RN, is assistant dean of Student Services & Enrollment and coordinates the Bouvé Ambassadors Program. “I am continuously in awe of their generosity of spirit, their compassion, kindness, and intellectual curiosity,” said Letzeiser of the student volunteers.

“I’m confident these future healthcare leaders will continue to make a difference and contribute to the health of communities here and abroad.” CHRISTINE LETZEISER, PHD, RN The award-winning program allows a Bouvé student to share his or her experience and personal story to prospective students and families. The Ambassadors represent the university and Bouvé College and are an integral part of a prospective student’s decision to choose Northeastern over other selective universities.

Boston Go Red Por Tu Corazon Event with the American Heart Association, Phoebe Oliverio, PharmD ‘14, Elaina Rosario, PharmD candidate ‘17, and Jennifer Hum, PharmD candidate ‘17.

Elaina Rosario, PharmD candidate ‘17, is also finding ways to share her healthcare education in a positive way on campus, as well as in the City of Boston. Through her involvement with the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), Rosario has spent two years working on the Power to End Stroke Initiative. Through the initiative, Rosario has run events like the Power to Dodge Stroke at the Yawkey Boys and Girls Club, heart-healthy bake sales at the Chinatown YMCA, and a health fair providing free blood pressure screenings at the Morville House, a home for low income elders. Such events facilitate the connection between education and community, providing the kind of interaction and experience that’s invaluable to student volunteers.

Students in the Bouvé Fellows Program, who mentor first year students as they transition academically and personally to Northeastern, see the opportunity to give back as personally enriching. Similarly, Anna Maichen, SLP MS '16, a storytelling volunteer who works with D’Agostino at the homeless shelter, views volunteering as a learning experience: “Volunteering has greatly expanded my knowledge of how I will treat future patients. Through volunteering, I have learned how to interact not only with children but also with their families.” Dean Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, isn’t surprised by the level of volunteerism among our students: “Bouvé College provides the resources, faculty, and facilities to help students succeed. From an educational program that supports students’ hands-on learning in the community to skilled fellows and mentors assisting students right here on campus, volunteerism is an extension of how we promote excellence in learning and the sharing of positive life skills.”

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What’s New? Rose DiMarco Retires Rose DiMarco has faithfully served Northeastern University and the Cooperative Education Department since 1970. She has worked with students from several majors including Physical Education, Recreation/ Leisure Studies, Health Education, Athletic Training Education, and Exercise Physiology. Since 1992, her primary focus was Physical Therapy, where she built strong collaborations with colleagues and supported students on their co-ops. Rose will continue her legacy in physical therapy as an Ambassador for the Physical Therapy Centennial Celebration. At her retirement celebration, former student Erin Ward described her experience with Rose: “She has the ability to make you feel like you’re the most important person in the world. This is a powerful skill to have when working with students who may doubt themselves or the likelihood of their succeeding in a particular job setting. It was beyond reassuring to have my feelings validated and worries redirected by an advisor who knows the ropes and has been in the field for a while. I read a quotation recently that stated ‘really great people make you feel that you too can become great.’ I believe this passage epitomizes what it means to be an educator, and Rose lived that message every day.”

Breaking Ground on New Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex

Construction is underway on our new Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC) on Columbus Avenue. This six-story, state-of-the-art building is being designed by Payette, one of the nation’s most award-winning architectural firms for high-technology science and research buildings. A new curved landscaped pedestrian bridge, known as “The Arc,” will connect the ISEC to the campus open-space network and the existing science and engineering buildings. The 220,000 square foot complex, scheduled to open in 2016, will help the university to attract top faculty and academic leaders, increase collaboration across disciplines, enhance students’ learning experience, and expand the university’s research capabilities overall.

Transitions Pharmacy School Dean Jack Reynolds has been asked by the Office of the Provost to serve as acting vice provost for undergraduate education for the 2014 — 15 academic year. Bruce Ronkin, the current vice provost, will serve as the interim dean of the College of Arts, Media and Design (CAMD) while a search for a new dean is underway.

Erin Ward, DPT candidate, '15, and Rose DiMarco, PE ‘70, MS ‘76.

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Dr. David Zgarrick will serve as the acting dean of the School of Pharmacy. Dr. Zgarrick brings broad understanding of academic pharmacy and research to his new role. Dr. John Devlin will serve as acting chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice during this period as well. Dr. Devlin has a record of success in teaching and clinical research, as well as a longstanding history of service to the school, college, and university. Dean Reynolds will be returning to his position as dean of the School of Pharmacy when CAMD’s dean arrives.

Bouvé Ambassadors Initiative Receives Award The Office of Student Services’ Bouvé Ambassadors Program was selected as the Organization of the Month by the National Residence Hall Honorary, the sister organization of the Resident Student Association. The program went on to compete with other award winners in New England and New York and was voted the regional winner in their category for the month. Bouvé Ambassadors are students who share their experiences and personal stories with prospective students and their families. They represent the university and Bouvé College, and can play an important role in a prospective student’s decision to choose Northeastern over other selective universities.

Dean Fulmer Receives Prestigious Award, Honor

SIMULATING SUCCESS Domenic Corey and Ainsley Price, both BHS ’14, teamed up to direct high-intensity simulations from the control room of the Arnold S. Goldstein Simulation Laboratories Suites as part of their Capstone Project last spring. Price, a paramedic, and Corey, an EMT, worked with Director of Interprofessional Simulation Jamie Musler, LTD, ATC, to develop two hybrid EMT education programs that could be approved by the state of Massachusetts. The pair spent three months developing online lectures featuring four high-intensity simulations.


Nurses as Entrepreneurs, hosted by the Health Sciences Entrepreneurs and the School of Nursing Bouvé College Dean Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been selected to receive the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Gerontological Nursing Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the clinical care of older adults. The award— the highest honor bestowed by the NGNA—is intended to recognize individuals whose contributions and accomplishments have significantly impacted elderly care and positively influenced the public image of the aging. A leading expert in geriatrics, Fulmer is currently a member of the Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee for the Veteran’s Administration and is the first nurse to serve on the board of the American Geriatrics Society and as president of the Gerontological Society of America.


Bouvé Parents Reception, in conjunction with Parents Weekend 2014 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 4:00 — 5:30 P.M., BEHRAKIS CENTER, 4TH FLOOR


Featuring Ellen Zane, CEO Emerita, Tufts Medical Center

Homecoming Weekend

“I am pleased and humbled to receive this award,” said Fulmer. “There is no greater affirmation than to be recognized by my distinguished peers.”


Last spring, Dean Fulmer was also elected to the rank of University Distinguished Professor, the highest honor Northeastern University can bestow upon a faculty member. Those named University Distinguished Professor have earned international recognition and distinction for educational, artistic, and/or scholarly contributions that have been transformative in their fields.


HSE Global Entrepreneurship Week Program

For more information on these or other upcoming Bouvé events, or to register, please contact Julie Norton at or at 617-373-4839.

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Gifts in Action Gifts and support from all members of the Bouvé College community enable us to provide scholarships, enhance faculty teaching, expand research, and offer experiential learning opportunities. Below are just a few of the recent gifts to Bouvé that are already having an impact. Awarding Excellence The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences has a new friend in Sendhil Arumugam, who has partnered with Assistant Professor Ganesh Thakur to develop a way to recognize the efforts of innovative students and young faculty who excel in their fields. The CEO of Vinnovate Solutions, Arumugam has made a generous gift to establish The Vinnovate Solutions Graduate Student and Young Faculty Awards for Excellence to advance drug discovery, research, science, and innovation. “We believe that graduate students are the scientists of the future,” said Arumugam. As Thakur explains, “Northeastern was built with the co-op model at its core. One does not have to be an alumnus to recognize how this experiential opportunity helps our students apply the techniques they have studied in the classroom. Sendhil has noted the value co-op brings to our curriculum and intends to become an active partner by offering students co-ops and internships in the fields of healthcare and information technology at Vinnovate Solutions.” Next spring, the awards will also be offered to recipients in the School of Pharmacy and Health Informatics Program.

A Rare Find Most pharmaceutical companies develop drugs with large patient markets in mind. But at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Rebecca Velez, PharmD ’98, helps launch therapies for life-threatening “ultra-rare” diseases. However, her path to the vice presidency of the global quality risk management company wasn’t smooth. In her sophomore year at Northeastern, her financial situation turned dire when her mother passed away. Fortunately, co-op helped her stay afloat, and under the mentorship of her faculty adviser and another professor, she graduated on time. “I can’t imagine how I would have been able to do that at any other school,” she says. Since then, she has focused her efforts on helping others who might have similarly difficult paths. Velez has made a generous gift to the Torch Scholars Program for promising but underserved students. “College was something my mom dreamed about, but never had the opportunity to do,” she says. “When I hear about Torch Scholars, they remind me of her.”

Alumnae Support SON Scholarship

Abhijit Kulkarni, left, MP’15, and Ganesh Thakur, right, assistant professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and faculty fellow at the Center for Drug Discovery at the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, research alternatives to drugs like marijuana and nicotine to retain the positive therapeutic effects without the negative or intoxicating side effects. 20 | VITAL SIGNS — FALL 2014

Susan Peck, BSN ’74, MSN, CPNP, Sharon Gale, ADN ’69, BSN ’81, MSN, FAAN, and Linda Kovitch, BS ’81, MSN ’96, RRT, CRNA, have made multi-year commitments in support of the School of Nursing 50th Anniversary Scholarship, which was established in 2013 as part of the school’s golden anniversary. Each woman is grateful to Northeastern for her nursing education and believes in funding education for future generations of nurses.

Entrepreneur Gives Back Pamela Dembski, BHS ‘77 (ASCP), CHSP, principal and founder of Boston-based Healthcare Accreditation Resources, LLC, knows that owning a business does not come easy. Pam started her company, which offers consulting services to dental, medical, and ambulatory surgery centers on healthcare safety and environmental risk, in 2009. Soon after, she read about the Health Sciences Entrepreneurs (HSE) Program. “Mine was the second venture mentored by HSE. They gave me advice, confidence, and industry contacts that were invaluable,” recalls Pam. Last year, she made a pledge to the HSE Program to show her appreciation. “I want others to have the same opportunity. HSE helps alumni, students, and faculty starting healthcare businesses be successful. I cannot say enough about the program. I am happy to give back.”

The Power of One + One: Networking to Facilitate Philanthropic Gifts Bouvé College was one of nine schools selected to participate in this year’s Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarship Program for its commitment to advancing the independent pharmacy profession. At a recent National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) meeting, Paul Plourd, Cardinal Health’s director of Pharmaceutical Sales, and Professor Todd Brown of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, decided to nominate the school as a shining example of a university whose curricula nurtures the operation of independent pharmacies by supporting student-run chapters of the NCPA, endorsing internship and co-op programs with local independent retail pharmacies, and demonstrating high post-graduate placement rates in community pharmacy settings. “We know community pharmacists play a critical role in improving the cost-effectiveness of healthcare and in helping patients better manage their overall health,” said Mike Kaufmann, chief executive officer of Cardinal Health’s Pharmaceutical segment. “We’re proud to support tomorrow’s community pharmacy leaders. We’re inspired by the impact we know they’ll have on their patients and communities.”

Improving Oral Health Last spring, faculty and students from Bouvé College participated in an interprofessional community service-learning program to improve oral health in Boston. School of Nursing Associate Professor Maria Dolce, PhD, RN, CNE, and Physician Assistant Program Academic Coordinator Trent Honda teamed up with Boston University’s Oral Health Promotion Director Kathy Lituri to collaborate with the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) on the development of a community-based oral health outreach project for the 2014 AAPA Conference.

Students volunteer at the Susan Bailis Assisted Living Center, one of three sites chosen for this year's oral health outreach project.

This year’s program provided oral health outreach to three community-based centers, including the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Susan Bailis Assisted Living, and Cambridge Senior Center. At the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, a patient-centered medical home, students observed dentists performing oral examinations and screening for decay, gingivitis, and periodontitis. Dentists provided students with a general overview on how to review dental radiographs and highlighted the importance of medical-dental collaboration to improve oral health outcomes. This year’s program was made possible by the generous support of the DentaQuest Foundation. For more information, please visit

The Joyce C. Clifford Doctoral Fellowship in Nursing Joyce Clifford left an enduring mark. Her untimely death in 2011 will always be noted as a loss for the nursing profession and for the field of healthcare. Dr. Clifford got her start in nursing at St. Raphael’s Hospital in New Haven, CT, where she earned a Diploma in Nursing and worked as a staff nurse. She received a BS in Nursing from St. Anselm College in 1959 and later attended graduate school at Boston College. In 1964, Dr. Clifford joined the U.S. Air Force. She returned to her civilian career to work in several hospitals and medical schools. She joined what is now Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston as senior vice president and nurse-in-chief and is credited with instituting the primary nursing model, which has had a major impact on care delivery nationally and internationally. Dean Terry Fulmer worked for Dr. Clifford as a staff nurse and clinical advisor. Their friendship spanned 40 years. “Joyce was a wonderful friend and mentor from whom I learned a great deal,” says Fulmer. “Her dedication to the nursing profession and the impact she had on patient care, and on me, was beyond measure.” This important gift was made possible through the generosity of an anonymous donor.

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Reducing Side Effects Professor Alex Makriyannis seeks ways to rid the body of drugs once their job is done.

When medications linger in the human body, they sometimes produce toxic side effects. Professor Alexandros Makriyannis, the George D. Behrakis Trustee Chair in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and director of the Center for Drug Discovery at Northeastern, explained that many things can happen to a drug inside our bodies once it is ingested. For instance, the drug can be modified into by-products with their own undesirable effects. Or, the drug can concentrate in the body’s fatty tissues and then be slowly released into the circulatory system. “If you had a way of controlling how long this drug sits in the body,” Makriyannis said, “that would be a beneficial effect. It would be a safer drug.” In research recently published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry Letters,

“When we started making these new compounds, we weren’t sure if they would be successful, but actually, they worked even better than we’d hoped.” PROFESSOR ALEX MAKRIYANNIS Makriyannis and his team present not just one such drug, but a whole series of them. “We call this concept controlled deactivation,” he explained. In this research, Makriyannis’ team presents more than 100 compounds that are variants of drugs the researchers previously patented. These new drugs target the endocannabinoid system, which includes receptors on the surface of cells throughout our bodies that are responsible for functions like pain, mood, memory, and appetite modulation. The original versions of the new drugs bind to the cannabinoid receptors — which were initially named for their recognition of the tetrahydrocannabinol molecule found in marijuana — and produce some effects such as increased appetite or euphoria. However, development of these drugs has been limited by the negative side effects they elicit. In one high-profile case, a cannabinoid-receptor blocker called Acomplia

was designed to produce an effect opposite to the “munchies” associated with cannabis. The drug was intended to treat obesity, but was pulled from the market when it was linked to increased rates of suicidal ideation. “Our lab works to design and make safer drugs with more controllable action,” Makriyannis said. So with funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, he and his team set out to develop drugs that feature a timing mechanism that would allow a drug to be deactivated as soon as it has performed its function and to be transformed into inactive products. This timing mechanism, Makriyannis said, is relatively simple — it just takes some very smart and specific chemistry. The new drugs are chemically modified to be biodegradable by particular enzymes in the blood. The enzymes would recognize these drug’s new chemical features and “chew them up” right at that spot. The time it takes for the enzymes to finish their action can be controlled, and the resulting by-products from this enzymatic activity are completely safe, according to Makriyannis. Additionally, the drugs’ chemical modifications ensure they don’t stick around in the body’s fatty tissues as long and are thus expelled much more quickly. “When we started making these new compounds, we weren’t sure if they would be successful,” Makriyannis said. “But actually, they worked even better than we’d hoped.” Not only do the compounds have fewer side effects than the original versions of the drugs, they are also more potent and effective. While the drugs in the present research all target receptors in the endocannabinoid system, the approach can be applied to virtually any small-molecule drug, Makriyannis said. “We are controlling the fate of a drug by just designing these molecules in a manner that allows them to act predictably,” he said. “It’s a general concept that we’ve used to make analgesic compounds that are safer and very potent, but the same concept could be used to make neuroprotective drugs or other therapeutic agents.”

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1. John Reynolds, dean of School of Pharmacy, presented Michael Johnson, PhD candidate in Pharmaceutical Sciences, with the John L. Neumeyer Research Achievement Award at the May 2014 Research Showcase.


2. Dr. Rupal Patel, professor of Speech Language Pathology, at MassChallenge Headquarters with HSE mentors Jose Escobar, Bret Siarkowski, E ’87, and Chris Ford, DMSB ’73. Dr. Patel’s VocaliD startup is a finalist in the MassChallenge 2014 Startup Accelerator Program. 3. Anne “Nancy” Warren, BB ‘45, displays her graduation photo and diploma.


4. Marlene Goldstein, Bouvé benefactor, and Evelyn Neumeyer, EdD ’78, enjoy the NU@ NOON Healthy Aging lecture and luncheon. 5. Bouvé parents welcome reception: Diane Thorson from Dubai; Steve and Heidi Case from Colorado; Kathy Cotter, director of development, Bouvé College; and Jing Wang from Lexington, MA.



6. Dr. Maura Iversen visits with Kate Barrett, BB '57, in North Carolina to discuss plans for the Bouvé Centennial Celebration of Physical Therapy. 7. Dean Terry Fulmer and Diane Lupean, BB ‘65, MBA ‘81, after a tour of the Goldstein Simulation Laboratories Suites. 8. Barbara Steward, BB ‘62, Emma Houseman, BB ‘62, and Elaine Thomas, BB ‘62, celebrate a moment together as they reminisce about their days at Bouvé.

Bouvé Faces 8

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The Gift of Opportunity Passing it Along

Legacy gifts have an enduring effect on the Bouvé College of Health Sciences. This inspired philanthropic backing secures the college’s future by providing financial aid to deserving students, recruiting and retaining renowned faculty and scholars, and advancing cuttingedge research. Additionally, this support positions Bouvé as a center of excellence in health professional education, exploration, and service.

Diana L. Brassell, PT ’91, knows that hard work pays off. As a determined high schooler, she opted to pursue a career in physical therapy and was drawn to Northeastern University for its reputable training program and co-op. Her passion for helping people kicked into high gear after arriving on campus; she volunteered at a special-needs school, worked on the yearbook committee, and even joined the ROTC Program. During her freshman year, Brassell had to overcome a significant financial hurdle: As a foster child, she would be on her own at age 18 and without financial support for her education. Various scholarships buoyed her throughout her first year, yet her education was in jeopardy. Brassell was able to continue her studies thanks to the Travelli Scholarship. “It changed my life immeasurably,” recalls Brassell. Northeastern prepared her for a career as a physical therapist in the U.S. Army and at outpatient orthopedic clinics. Through her later work in nursing homes, she discovered that assisting the elderly was her true calling—and today she’s a geriatric specialist and a certified exercise expert for the aging adult. Ever grateful for her education, Brassell decided to include the university in her will. Her gift will ensure that physical therapy students have the opportunity to take advantage of a world-class education and explore career possibilities through experiential learning. “It’s my hope to help students realize their ambitions by closing their financial need gap, just as someone so generously did for me,” says Brassell.

By planning your gift, you can make a contribution to Northeastern while also strategically meeting your financial goals. Bequests can have a transformative impact without affecting your lifestyle or cash flow, or your family’s security.

BEQUEST A bequest allows you to make a long-term commitment without changing your current standard of living. You can name Northeastern in your will or living trust by designating a dollar amount or a percentage of your estate. For more information on this and other gift options, please contact the Office of Gift Planning at 617.373.2030 or, or by visiting giftplanning.

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Preparing Healthcare Leaders to Foster Health and Well-Being Through the Empower Campaign, Bouvé College of Health Sciences will build on its momentum of excellence and rise to meet longstanding and emerging healthcare challenges confronting our global community. Join with us as we pursue this ambitious goal, so that more practitioners of science-based healthcare may be “Bouvé-prepared.” MAKE YOUR GIFT AT WWW.NORTHEASTERN.EDU/BOUVE or contact Kathleen Cotter, Associate Dean and Director of Development, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, at or 617-373-2637.


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