Morris Research Grant Recipients for 2012-13 Announced

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

From physics to food marketing, photography to football ads, faculty members receiving this year’s Michael J. Morris Grants for Scholarly Research reflect the academic breadth and depth of Saint Joseph’s University.

Thanks to a generous gift from Saint Joseph’s alumnus Michael J. Morris ’56 last year, the University established a fund that annually awards up to 10 grants (five available in each college) in the amount of $1,200 each to both tenured and tenure-track faculty who have been active in research. 

“Faculty research is a hallmark of academic excellence at Saint Joseph’s,” said Morris.  “In establishing the Morris Grants for Scholarly Research, my intention is to encourage and promote faculty research and publication to further strengthen the university’s academic reputation.”

The 33 applicants for this year’s grants represent more than a 30 percent increase over last year.

“Through Mike Morris’s generosity, our faculty has advanced the academic distinction of the University in their pursuits of research and scholarship in their respective fields,” said Provost Brice Wachterhauser, Ph.D.  “The research projects of last year’s recipients have been published in numerous scholarly journals and presented at academic conferences in this country and abroad.”

Psychology professor Jodi Mindell, Ph.D., used her 2011-12 Morris Grant to further her longitudinal study of the relationship between sleep and development in young children.  “Since receipt of the Morris Grant, I have published six articles in peer-reviewed journals and four published abstracts, and given 23 presentations at national and international meetings,” she said. “The grant has been instrumental in maintaining my research productivity and advancing my scholarship.”

Here are the Morris Grant recipients for 2012-13:

College of Arts & Sciences Haub School of Business

Piotr Habdas, Ph.D., Physics

“Study of Dense Colloidal Suspensions in the Repulsive and Attractive Glass State”


David Allan, Ph.D., Marketing

 “Are You Ready for Some Football Ads?  A Content Analysis of Popular Music in Super Bowl Commercials 2002 – 2012” 


Jason Powell, Ph.D., English

“The First Volume of a Definitive Edition of the Complete Works of Thomas Wyatt”

Janée Burkhalter, Ph.D., Marketing

“Is Bigger Always Better?:  An Investigation of the Impact of Screen Size on Consumers’ Responses to Brand Integration”


Josephine Shih, Ph.D., Psychology

“Why Are There International Differences in Rates of Childhood Psychiatric Disorder?”


Eric Patton, Ph.D.. Management

“The Changing Meaning of Absence:  Absenteeism and Presenteeism”


Suzanne Sorkin, Ph.D., Music, Theater & Film

“The Composition of a New String Quartet to be Performed by the Amernet String Quartet” 


Mark Lang, Ph.D., Food Marketing

Paper regarding research on PA consumer attitudes and purchase behaviors for locally grown versus organic apples


Bruce Wells, Ph.D., Theology & Religious Studies

“Liability in the Priestly Texts of the Hebrew Bible” 


Ferdinand Wirth, Ph.D., Food Marketing

Paper regarding knowledge management, business intelligence, and electronic commerce modeling

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