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Wesley Attends NERIC Conference in Maine

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Pictured (from left): Jones, Wentzien, Gross, Bautista, D’Souza and Bilbrough

Four Wesley STEM students, Andre Jones, a senior biology major; Catherine Gross, a biological chemistry major and graduate teaching student; Riza Bautista, a senior mathematics major and Ariel Bilbrough, a junior biological chemistry major, presented their 2015 summer research results at the Northeast Regional IDeA Conference in Bar Harbor, Maine from September 24-26.

Gross and Bautista presented a Statistical Analysis Software and Geographic Information Systems analyses of the impact of obesity-related diseases on mortality in Delaware, and Bilbrough presented her work in organic chemistry to improve the solubility of pharmaceutical drugs. In the summer, Jones interned with Dr. LeRoy Hicks at Christina Care Health System and reanalyzed the scoring of US hospitals by the US News & World Report.

The students were mentored by Wesley Professor of Mathematics Dr. Derald Wentzien and Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research Dr. Malcolm D’Souza.

The conference bought together INBRE and COBRE officials from New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont and Delaware. Wentzien and D’Souza also presented a poster that detailed the incorporation of informatics in the Wesley biological chemistry program.