University of Pennsylvania
About University of Pennsylvania
The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn or UPenn) is a private, Ivy League, research university located in Philadelphia. Incorporated as The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn is one of 14 founding members of the Association of American Universities and one of the nine original Colonial Colleges. Penn claims to be the oldest university in the United States of America, and is consistently ranked as one of the world's most prestigious universities.
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I am an experimental physicist, focused on applications of diffuse optical spectroscopy and imaging to human diseases. My work has involved instrument design, construction, and control, and advanced data analysis techniques.
Most of my past projects involved detection and staging of breast cancer with multi-modal imaging (esp. MRI); my current work focuses on brain injury during ischemic stroke and ECMO therapy. I am involved in projects applying diffuse optics to a variety of other conditions, including muscle disease and brain function.
My lab's research overlaps cell biology, physiology, pharmacology, immunology, microbiology, and genetics. To understand how airway cells sense and respond to pathogens, we combine biochemistry and molecular biology with real-time optical measurements of airway cell signaling and associated physiological responses, including ciliary beating, calcium signaling, fluid secretion, ion transport, nitric oxide production, and antimicrobial peptide secretion. Our goal is to better understand the cellular and molecular bases of airway diseases to identify novel molecular targets for new therapies.
I'm a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Michael Platt’s laboratory in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to this, I worked for three years as a postdoctoral research associate in Dr. Wesley Warren’s laboratory at the McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University School of Medicine. As a former student in the New York Consortium for Evolutionary Primatology, I obtained my Ph.D. from New York University under the direction of Dr. Anthony Di Fiore.
My research incorporates behavior, genetics and neuroscience to more fully understand adaptation. An important goal of my postdoctoral training is to identify and functionally describe the genetic loci that contribute to diverse adaptations in animal groups, and subsequently, to understand how differences in gene regulation contribute to phenotypic variation.
Sheskin, M., Nadal, A., Croom, A. M., Mayer, T., Nissel, J. & Bloom, P. (2016). Some equalities are more equal than others: Quality equality emerges later than numerical equality. Child Development, 87, 1520-1528. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12544
Croom, A. M. (2015). An introduction to the special issue on slurs. Language Sciences, 52, 1-2. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.langsci.2015.08.001
Croom, A. M. (2015). An assessment of the negative and positive aspects of stereotypes and the derogatory and non-derogatory uses of slurs. In A. Capone & J. L. Mey (Eds.), Interdisciplinary Studies in Pragmatics, Culture and Society (pp. 791-822). Switzerland: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-12616-6_31
Croom, A. M. (2015). Aristotelian moral psychology and the situationist challenge. Polish Psychological Bulletin, 46, 262-277. https://doi.org/10.1515/ppb-2015-0011
Croom, A. M. (2015). Slurs and stereotypes for Italian Americans: A context-sensitive account of derogation and appropriation. Journal of Pragmatics: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language Studies, 81, 36-51. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2015.03.014
Croom, A. M. (2015). The semantics of slurs: A refutation of coreferentialism. Ampersand: An International Journal of General and Applied Linguistics, 2, 30-38. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amper.2015.01.001
Croom, A. M. (2015). The importance of poetry, hip-hop, and philosophy for an enlisted aviator in the USAF (2000-2004) flying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Journal of Poetry Therapy: Interdisciplinary Journal of Practice, Theory, Research and Education, 28, 73-97. https://doi.org/10.1080/08893675.2015.1008732
Croom, A. M. (2015). Music practice and participation for psychological well-being: A review of how music influences positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment. Musicae Scientiae: Journal of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, 19-44. https://doi.org/10.1177/1029864914561709
Croom, A. M. (2015). The practice of poetry and the psychology of well-being. Journal of Poetry Therapy: Interdisciplinary Journal of Practice, Theory, Research and Education, 28, 21-41. https://doi.org/10.1080/08893675.2015.980133
Croom, A. M. (2015). Slurs, stereotypes, and in-equality: A critical review of “How epithets and stereotypes are racially unequal”. Language Sciences, 52, 139-154. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.langsci.2014.03.001
Croom, A. M. (2014). Spanish slurs and stereotypes for Mexican-Americans in the USA: A context-sensitive account of derogation and appropriation. Sociocultural Pragmatics: An International Journal of Spanish Linguistics [Pragmática Sociocultural: Revista Internacional sobre Lingüística del Español], 2, 145-179. https://doi.org/10.1515/soprag-2014-0007
Croom, A. M. (2014). Embodying martial arts for mental health: Cultivating psychological well-being with martial arts practice. Archives of Budo Science of Martial Arts and Extreme Sports, 10, 59-70. http://smaes.archbudo.com/view/abstract/id/10740
Croom, A. M. (2014). Book review: Auditory Neuroscience: Making Sense of Sound. Musicae Scientiae: Journal of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, 18, 249-251. https://doi.org/10.1177/1029864914523548
Croom, A. M. (2014). Remarks on “The semantics of racial slurs”. Linguistic and Philosophical Investigations, 13, 11-32.
Croom, A. M. (2014). Vindicating virtue: A critical analysis of the situationist challenge against Aristotelian moral psychology. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 48, 18-47. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12124-013-9249-8
Croom, A. M. (2014). The semantics of slurs: A refutation of pure expressivism. Language Sciences, 41, 227-242. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.langsci.2013.07.003
Croom, A. M. (2013). How to do things with slurs: Studies in the way of derogatory words. Language and Communication, 33, 177-204. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.langcom.2013.03.008
Croom, A. M. (2013). Racial epithets, characterizations, and slurs. Analysis and Metaphysics, 12, 11-24.
Croom, A. M. (2012). Music, neuroscience, and the psychology of well-being: A précis. Frontiers in Psychology, 2, 393. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00393
Croom, A. M. (2012). Aesthetic concepts, perceptual learning, and linguistic enculturation: Considerations from Wittgenstein, language, and music. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 46, 90-117. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12124-011-9184-5
Croom, A. M. (2011). Slurs. Language Sciences, 33, 343-358. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.langsci.2010.11.005
Croom, A. M. (2010). A game theoretical analysis of slurs and appropriative use. Fourth North American Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information. Bloomington: Indiana University.
Croom, A. M. (2010). Wittgenstein, Kripke, and the rule-following paradox. Dialogue: Journal of Phi Sigma Tau, 52, 103-109.
Croom, A. M. (2010). Thick concepts, non-cognitivism, and Wittgenstein’s rule-following considerations. South African Journal of Philosophy, 29, 286-309. https://doi.org/10.4314/sajpem.v29i3.59143
Croom, A. M. (2008). Racial epithets: What we say and mean by them. Dialogue: Journal of Phi Sigma Tau, 51, 34-45.
Croom, A. M. (Forthcoming). Asian slurs and stereotypes in the USA: A context-sensitive account of derogation and appropriation. Pragmatics and Society. [accepted 9 December 2014]