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Faculty & Students Present at AAAS National Conference

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pictured (left to right): Love, Wentzien, Doel, D’Souza, Kowalewski and Kroen attend and present at AAAS conference.

Drs. Malcolm J. D’Souza, William K. Kroen, and Derald E. Wentzien along with seniors Jasbir Deol, Brittany Kowalewski and graduate student, Matthew E. Love, presented four STEM posters at the 2015 Annual American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) National Conference, San Jose, CA, Feb 12-16, 2015.

Deol, a biological chemisty student presented a poster detailing her senior thesis in chemistry. She examined carbonyl addition reactions in chloroformates, which is a compound that is frequently used in the chemical industry. Wesley College Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research Dr. Malcolm D’Souza was Deol’s mentor for the project.

Mathematics senior Kowalewski’s poster detailed the northern sea ice concentrations using data available from the NASA, National Snow and Ice Data Center and National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration websites. In her research, she mapped the impact of global warming on sea ice by utilizing the Spatial Statistics Tool. Wesley College Professor of Mathematics Dr. Derald Wentzien and Wesley College Visiting Assistant Professor and Graduate Director of Environmental Sciences Dr. Kent Hurst were her mentors for the project.

Love, a graduate student enrolled in the MAT-STEM program, Researched and presented responses to three survey questions designed to measure children’s interest in science before and after Wesley’s annual “Kids in Chemistry” event. The data was recorded on a 5-point Likert scale, which is a tool that uses a range of responses (i.e. strongly agree, agree, disagree) to determine the attitudes and preferences of those answering the questions. D’Souza and Wentzien were Love’s mentors on the project.

The group acknowledges research and travel support from an IDeA award from NIH-NIGMS (INBRE grant no. P20GM103446, DE-INBRE program); an NSF-EPSCoR award (Grant No. IIA-1301765, DE-EPSCoR program); an NSF ARI-R2 grant 0960503; an NSF S-STEM grant 1355554 (Cannon Scholar program); and the State of Delaware. Deol and Kowalewski are active participants in the Cannon Scholars program and Kowalewski acknowledges further support from the Delaware Space Grant program (NASA Training Grant NNG05GO92H).