Fellows of the 2006 Class

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  • Ph.D., Higher Education Finance and Administration, Columbia University
James W.

Professor and Chair

  • Transparency and Accountability in Accounting Practices in developing countries, non-profits and Churches
  • The development of graduate study programs in accounting in underdeveloped countries.

"I am honored to be included as a member of the Vincentian Center. The greatest benefit I have received is the interaction with faculty outside the business school. To hear faculty from other colleges in the university discuss their experiences helping the poor forces me to consider how financial management and control can be applied to assist those in need."

St. John's University

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  • Ph.D., Latin American History, Columbia University
Jaime E.

Associate Professor, Social Sciences

  • Urban migration and poverty in Mexico

"My work as a Vincentian Research Fellow enhances my research in Mexico and my teaching because I am compelled to confront questions about the persistence of poverty in the past and present and what can be done to relieve poverty for the urban poor from the Vincentian perspective of charity and justice."

St. John's University

Jaime E. Rodriguez holds a Ph.D. in Latin American History from Columbia University. He is on the faculty at the College of Professional Studies as an Assistant Professor of History in the Division of Social Sciences. His research interests include cities, migration and poverty in Mexico. His scholarly work has focused on the history of Monterrey, Mexico from 1876 to 1910 and how factors such as public order, public health, poverty and migration shaped its development. Dr. Rodriguez is a Senior Vincentian Research Fellow.

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  • M.F.A. Photography, New York University
Belenna M.

Associate Professor

The potential of photography to inspire, to provoke positive change, and to stimulate in students a positive outlook toward humanity and a richer understanding of society

"It is important to remind our students that the visual language holds no barriers. Regardless of our spoken language, as long as we have sight, each of us is affected by images.Photography's visual language is strengthened in that photographs hold within them a little piece of history, a moment preserved. They remind us that things not familiar to us, do in fact, exist; that our very humanity calls us to solidarity and that we are all ultimately accountable to one another."

St. John's University

Belenna M. Lauto is an Associate Professor of Photography in St. John's College and a Vincentian Research Fellow. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and is in several museum and private collections including the Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY, Islip Art Museum, and the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. For the past ten years she has been documenting the work of Mommas House, an organization that helps to educate homeless, single young mothers, in all aspects of life. She also coordinates the Very Special Arts Queens Festival, which provides a venue of art education for children with special needs.

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  • Ph.D., Oncological Sciences, University of Utah
Marc E.

Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • Molecular biology with specialties in protein biochemistry, bioinformatics, proteomics, toxicology, and public health
  • Means of getting science into the hands of those who need it, while training everyone to understand how science affects their lives

"As a Vincentian Fellow my greatest challenge is getting science into the hands of our youngest students in an easy to understand and decidedly interesting way."

St. John's University

Marc E. Gillespie is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in St. John's College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions and a Vincentian Research Fellow. He has also served as the interim director of the Institute for Biotechnology and the chair of the Institutional Biosafety committee at St. Johns. A molecular biologist with specialties in protein biochemistry, bioinformatics, proteomics, and toxicology, Dr. Gillespie leads his own research lab focused on creating affordable high-tech proteomic methods for small laboratories. He teaches gene technology, public health, human anatomy and physiology, and has experience from academia and industry to public health policy. He holds a Ph.D. in oncological sciences from the University of Utah and is currently a Reactome editor, a multinational bioinformatic project. Dr. Gillespie has been developing tools for and teaching science for twenty years.

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  • Ph.D., Human Nutrition, Michigan State University Diplomate, American Board of Toxicology
Sue M.

Associate Professor

  • Nutrition and environmental toxicants in low socioeconomic communities
  • The application of in-vitro techniques to address cellular toxicity with a special emphasis on product safety evaluation

"The Vincentian Research Fellowship has opened up avenues for collaboration in communitybased nutrition research and given me the opportunity to serve the poor using my professional expertise.Through my commitment to bringing the University's Vincentian Mission to bear in teaching, I include activities to remind our students that as educated citizens they have a responsibility to the less fortunate."

St. John's University

Sue M. Ford is an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences in St. John's College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions and a Vincentian Research Fellow.   She earned her Ph.D. in human nutrition from Michigan State University.   A New York State licensed nutritionist and Diplomate, American Board of Toxicology, Dr. Ford teaches biopharmaceutical chemistry, toxicology, biochemistry and public health to undergraduate and graduate students.   Dr. Ford directs a lab where she uses cell culture to study responses of the kidney to toxicants.

Food for Thought

Catholic universities will be particularly attentive to the poorest and to those who suffer economic, social, cultural or religious injustice. This responsibility begins within the academic community but it also finds application beyond it.

Pope John Paul II, Ex Corde Ecclesiae (40)