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Cecilia Fox

Cecilia FoxAssociate Professor of Biology (2003) 

Education
  • B.S. in Biology, Manhattan College
  • Ph.D.Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Kentucky
Contact

Email: cfox@moravian.edu
Phone: 610-861-1426
Office: Collier Hall of Science, Room 304
Personal Website: home.moravian.edu/users/bio/mecmf01/

Areas of Research and/or Expertise

Neurobiology of aging, neuroprotective effects of antioxidants in animal models of neurodegeneration. Further defining the scope of protection afforded by such antioxidants as selenium and α-tocopherol in the rat model of Parkinson's disease.

Biography

Dr. Fox is the recipient of the 2006 Moravian College IMPACT Award for Outstanding Performance and Dedication to the Highest Standards of Excellence and the 2005 Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching. She has been a participant in the 2010, 2008, 2005 and 2004 SOAR Summer Research Grants as well as recognized in the 2005 and 2004 editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

In 2009, Dr. Fox was also awarded the Omicron Delta Kappa Golden Apple Teaching Award.

Dr. Fox is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Beta Beta Sigma Xi, Society for Neuroscience, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience and Council on Undergraduate Research. In 2009, she founded the Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience (LVSfN) Chapter and serves as president of this organization.

Dr Fox is a regular presenter at the Society for Neuroscience conference where she and her research students share their work regarding the neuroprotective effects of selenium in the rat model of Parkinson’s disease. She has also presented the LVSfN brain awareness outreach service learning programs at the Society for Neuroscience and Council on Undergraduate Research conferences. Dr. Fox and the Moravian College Brain Club recently received the 2010 Omicron Delta Kappa Progress Award for the scholarly and outreach programs conducted through the LVSfN Chapter. Dr. Fox’s 2010 Brain Awareness Program on Brain Gender was also awarded the 2010 Omicron Delta Kappa Educational Program of the Year Award.

Publications
  • Fox C. M. 2010.  Cow brains and sheep brains and rat brains, oh my! Using service learning to educate the public about the benefits of animal research.  Research Saves, Issue 2, 24-25.
  • Fox C. M.  2007. Brain Awareness Day:  Integrating service with classroom instruction in neuroscience.  Journal of College Science Teaching, Vol. 37(2), 40-45.
  • Mueller S, Drost M and Fox C. M. 2007.  Dietary and intraperitoneal administration of selenium provide comparable protection in the 6-hydroxydopamine lesion rat model of Parkinson’s disease International Undergraduate Journal for Neuroscience, 2, 1-10.
  • Fox C. M. The positive outcomes of student involvement in Brain Awareness Day, 2004. Proceedings of the Best Practices in Higher Education, November Issue: 19-21.
Recent Activities of Note

2010

  • An article by Cecilia M. Fox, associate professor of biological sciences, director of the Moravian College neuroscience program, and president of the Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience Chapter, was published in the Spring 2010 issue of Research Saves (the magazine of the Foundation of Biomedical Research).  The article, "Cow Brains and Sheep Brains and Rat Brains, Oh My! Using Service Learning to Teach About the Benefits of Animal Research," focuses on the use of the Moravian brain awareness programs as a mechanism to build public confidence in the benefits of scientific research as well as to highlight the efforts of Moravian neuroscience students in her research program.
  • Cecilia Fox, associate professor of biology and director of the Moravian neuroscience program, presented a workshop titled"Service Learning in Neuroscience – A Cooperative Program Among the Undergraduate Institutions of the Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience Chapter of Pennsylvania" at the national Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Conference in Utah (June 19-21, 2010). The outreach programs developed as a SfN chapter were presented as a model for engaging undergraduates and faculty in educating the public about the benefits of scientific research as well as increasing public confidence in such research endeavors.
  • Cecilia Fox, associate professor of biology and director of the Moravian neuroscience program, presented a workshop entitled Service Learning in Neuroscience – A Cooperative Program Among the Undergraduate Institutions of the Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience Chapter of Pennsylvania at the national Council on Undergraduate Research Conference in Utah (June 19-21, 2010).  The focus of this conference was “developing leaders and solutions for a better society”.  The outreach programs developed as a SfN chapter were presented as a model for engaging undergraduates and faculty in educating the public about the benefits of scientific research as well as increasing public confidence in such research endeavors.
  • An article by Cecilia M. Fox, associate professor of biological sciences, director of the Moravian College neuroscience program, and president of the Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience Chapter, was published in the Spring 2010 issue of Research Saves (the magazine of the Foundation of Biomedical Research).  The article, "Cow Brains and Sheep Brains and Rat Brains, Oh My! Using Service Learning to Teach About the Benefits of Animal Research," focuses on the use of the Moravian brain awareness programs as a mechanism to build public confidence in the benefits of scientific research as well as to highlight the efforts of Moravian neuroscience students in her research program.

2009

  • Cecilia Fox, associate professor of biology and director of the Moravian neuroscience program, received news that her chapter grant to the Society for Neuroscience organization was approved. The grant will provide additional funding for the upcoming LVSfN Undergraduate Research Conference that will be held at Moravian College on April 17.
  • Cecilia M. Fox, associate professor of biological sciences, recently presented her research project "Dietary Selenium Protects Dopamine Levels and May Improve Motor Behavior in the 6-Hydroxydopamine Rat Model of Parkinson's Disease" at the annual Society for Neuroscience Conference in Chicago (October 17-21). ) As president of the Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Chapter, she was recognized as the recipient of two grants sponsored by the SfN for brain awareness outreach initiatives and the Grass Traveling Neuroscientist program. As a partner with the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, Professor Fox also gave a presentation focusing on the Lehigh Valley SfN Chapter's neuroscience service learning activities during Brain Awareness Week 2009.
  • A research project by Cecilia M. Fox, associate professor of biological sciences, was referenced in the October 27 issue of PD Online Research, the Michael J. Fox Foundation's online newsletter. "Dietary Selenium Protects Dopamine Levels and May Improve Motor Behavior in the 6-Hydroxydopamine Rat Model of Parkinson's Disease" was presented at the Society for Neuroscience Conference in October (see above).
  • As president of the Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience Chapter, Cecilia Fox, associate professor of biological sciences, was awarded a SfN Grass Traveling Scientist grant. The grant will fund a visit by Darryl Hood, professor in the Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology Center in Environmental Health Disparities & Medicine of Meharry Medical College and Department of Pharmacology of The Brain Institute of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, to speak with LVAIC undergraduates and faculty members November 12-13, 2009. Dr. Hood's research focuses on the effects of environmental toxicants on the behavioral learning of children exposed to them during critical periods of nervous system development. The itinerary for Dr. Hood’s visit will be made available in October.
  • On July 21, 2009, a Congressional subcommittee held a hearing on "Encouraging the Participation of Female Students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Fields." The Council on Undergraduate Research was invited to submit written testimony as part of the official record of the hearing. Professor Diane Husic, CUR president, worked with Mary Boyd, dean of arts and sciences at University of San Diego; Kerry Karukstis, past CUR president and professor of chemistry at Harvey Mudd College; and Della Cronin, vice president for legislative and public affairs at Washington Partners, LLC, to co-author the testimony document. Cecilia Fox, associate professor of biological sciences; Dan Kunkle, director of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center; and JoAnne Daniels of Moravian Academy contributed input.
  • Cecilia M. Fox, associate professor of biological sciences and director of the neuroscience program, organized an outreach workshop for the NEURON Conference held at Hunter College, N.Y., on April 4, 2009. The workshop focused on encouraging trainee engagement in mental health research. Sarah Johnson, assistant professor of psychology, facilitated the discussion.
  • Tyler McCambridge '09, an honor student working with Cecilia M. Fox, associate professor of biological sciences and director of the neuroscience program, presented their research "Dietary Selenium Protects Dopamine Levels and May Improve Motor Behavior in the 6-Hydroxydopamine Rat Model of Parkinson's Disease" at the NEURON Conference held at Hunter College, N.Y., April 4, 2009.
  • Cecilia Fox, associate professor of biological sciences and director of the neuroscience program, was awarded a chapter grant from the Society for Neuroscience to support her Brain Awareness Outreach Program.
  • The Premed Club, advised by Cecilia M. Fox, associate professor of biological sciences, was recognized for its volunteer work, such as the Holiday Hope Chest program, by the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley. The Club's work was acknowledged on the Bobby Gunter Walsh program on WAEB, February 13. Students Ashleigh Decker (club president) and Alyssa Milano (club vice-president) organized many of the community service events.
  • Cecilia Fox, associate professor of biology and premed advisor, has received approval from the Society for Neuroscience to form the Lehigh Valley SFN Chapter.  As a chapter, local professors/researchers and clinicians in the field of neuroscience will have an avenue to support public education, scientific outreach, and scholarly collaborations. The new chapter will be one of the few in the country composed primarily of undergraduates, and will be able to support research symposia across the Lehigh Valley. Fox will serve as president of the chapter.