acCLAim Research and Scholarly Work Newsletter

Vol. 11, Issue 3, October 2021


Researcher of the Month 

  • Aunshul Rege- Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice

My research focuses on the human and social aspects of cyberattacks and cybersecurity because cybercrime is inherently a social problem. My previous National Science Foundation (NSF) funded research projects examined how cybercriminals organize, make decisions, and adapt as they execute cyberattacks against critical infrastructure (power grids, transportation systems, etc.). We maintain a world-renowned critical infrastructure ransomware incident dataset, which is freely accessible to everyone. Read more

Featured Publication

Preclinical non-human animal studies are used to identify novel targets for therapeutics and to screen new drugs for their safety and effectiveness prior to administering them to humans. Given the importance of these studies, it may be surprising that only 30% of preclinical studies include female subjects. This systematic ignoring of female biology likely contributes to the fact that women are more likely to have adverse drug reactions than men. This practice is particularly problematic when disorders are known to occur at different rates or present differently in women and men. For example, women are more likely to suffer from major depression and anxiety disorders than men, and women with depression typically have an earlier onset than men. Yet the biological factors that contribute to these differences are understudied. In a recent review published in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, Dr. Amelia Cuarenta, a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory, and I describe what is known about sex differences in circuits and mechanisms underlying anxiety and depression. We detail how there are different types of sex differences that can have important effects on responding to stress, avoidance, anhedonia, fear processing, and anxiety. We also describe prior work from the laboratory that identified differences in a chemical receptor in the brain that is linked to stress, and detail how this knowledge can be leveraged into better treatments for depression and anxiety disorders. By highlighting preclinical data that compares males and females, we hope to provide a better understanding of the neurobiological mechanisms that contribute to depression and anxiety and help raise awareness about the importance of inclusive data practices for developing new treatments that work for everyone.

Award of the Month

Featured this month is Christina Rosan, Associate Professor of Geography and Urban Studies. Dr. Rosan has been awarded a $150,000 Smart and Connected Cities planning grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) entitled, “SCC-PG: Planning for Resilience and Equity through Accessible Community Technology: Developing a Community-Led Planning Tool for Climate Readiness."

Beginning this January, we will be working with Philadelphia community organizations and residents to develop a community data and visualization tool to identify community priorities for climate related infrastructure investments. This builds off of my past community-engaged research (for an EPA STAR grant) developing a Green Stormwater Equity Index (with Megan Heckert) designed to identify areas of the city that most need green stormwater investments. As a Duckworth Digital Scholars Faculty Fellow, I am exploring how to use storytelling, videos, mapping, and other technologies to raise awareness about urban environmental and racial injustice and promote climate investments that address real community needs.


  • For the project entitled, "Parent Support for Learning Through Play" Kathy Hirsh-Pasek (Psychology) has received funding from the Lego Foundation. Dr. Hirsh-Pasek has also received funding for her project entitled, "Unleashing the Potential: Expanding a Caregiver-focused Instrument for Harmonizing Early Language Development," from the Vanguard Group, Inc.
  • Kimberley Thomas (Geography and Urban Studies) has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Fellowship to spend 5 months in Vietnam next year conducting work on a project entitled, “Unsettling Deltas: Climate change, migration, and livelihoods in the Mekong Delta.”

Internal Funding Opportunities


Deadline: November 1, 2021
The goal of the LAURA Scholars' program is to create more opportunities for undergraduate students to develop research skills by working with faculty mentors on faculty-led research projects while increasing support for faculty research in CLA.

Temple University Funding Opportunities Portal
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Sampling of External Funding Opportunities

Summer National Science Foundation Deadlines

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Innovation Grants Deadline: November 15, 2021
Focus Grants Deadline: December 7, 2021

National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program
Deadline: November 18, 2021

National Institute of Justice

W.E.B. Du Bois Program of Research on Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Justice System
Deadline: January 13, 2022

National Science Foundation
Economics Grants
Deadline: January 18, 2022

Research News

Justice Grants System (JustGrants) Back Online

As of this morning, JustGrants is back online after the fiscal year-end reconciliation of the Department’s financial management system.

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Development Opportunities and Research News


  • While the Other Support and Biosketch format pages and associated instructions are expected to be used as of May 25, 2021, it will not be required until Jan. 25, 2022.

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image of Professor Aunshul Rege