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Fall 2006

Fall 2006 Issue Table of Contents

Faculty Research
The building blocks of academic excellence

Dan Pitera Teaching and academic excellence have always been hallmarks of a University of Detroit Mercy education, a tradition that dates back to the University’s founders and current sponsors, the Sisters of Mercy and the Society of Jesus. According to the UDM mission, the University places heavy emphasis on providing an “excellent student-centered undergraduate and graduate education that seeks to integrate the intellectual, spiritual, ethical and social development of students.” Classes are taught by faculty members—rarely by graduate assistants—and students learn in classrooms where the average ratio of faculty member to students is 1:13. This ensures that students receive personal attention from their professors. More ...

Dan Pitera

Associate Professor of Architecture Dan Pitera sees Detroit’s declining population as an opportunity for architects to help create a new urban landscape.

Pitera is director of UDM’s Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC), which currently has a dozen projects on the drawing boards for nonprofit organizations, mostly in Detroit. He has struggled with the problems created by Detroit’s population decline from two million to the latest U.S. Census estimate of 840,000, but he also has witnessed how the city is developing in new directions. More...

Oswald Mascarenhas, S.J.

Oswald Mascarenhas, S.J., balances two fulfilling lives—one as a Jesuit priest spanning over half a century, and the other as a researcher and a professor of Marketing in the UDM College of Business Administration.

He teaches a variety of subjects including domestic and global marketing strategies. His ongoing research examines those topics as well as business ethics, Internet marketing and computer/consumer privacy. More...

Shulamith Schlick

The University of Detroit Mercy is the site of exciting research on fuel cell materials for the automotive industry, in large part because Professor Shulamith Schlick keeps her well-equipped, first-floor corner laboratory and unpretentious office in the Chemistry Building connected with a worldwide network of researchers.

For more than 20 years at UDM, Schlick has attracted a continuous flow of both research grants and promising students from the U.S. and around the world. More...

Carla Groh

The mission of this University resonates with my personal philosophy about education, learning, and life,” says Carla Groh, associate professor of Health Professions. “The integration of the intellectual, spiritual, ethical and social development of people is core to both my teaching and clinical practice.”

Currently, Groh’s research focus is women’s mental health, especially the intersection of social class, race and gender on depression. More...

Andrew Moore

Six years after founding the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Assistant Professor Andrew Moore continues to work for immigrants through his scholarship.

Moore was a Jesuit seminarian when he began teaching at UDM as a visiting instructor in 1998. His initial interest in immigration law was based on the global perspective that a Jesuit education provides and the order’s particular focus on refugees. Working for Catholic Charities of Baltimore as a pro bono immigration attorney in 1997 had exposed him to the incredible need immigrants have for legal services. More...

Harold Greene

While we may see things one way, Associate Professor of Psychology Harold Greene sees things differently—literally. As a researcher of visual perception, Greene’s projects analyze a variety of visual attention processes involved in how we perceive visual scenes.

“I have an eye tracker in my lab, and I use it as a window into moment-to-moment processing as we make sense of our visual environment,” says Greene. More...