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Wesley Faculty, Students and Alumni Present Research at Conference

Wesley College faculty, students, and alumni at NERIC.

Back row: Dr. D’Souza, Skivers. Dr. Wentzien, Santana, Dr. Shuman Front Row: Bautista, Dr. Miller

Wesley College faculty, students, and alumni presented their research at the Northeast Regional Institutional Development Award Conference (NERIC) from August 16-18, 2017, located in Burlington, VT.

Among the speakers were Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research Dr. Malcolm D’Souza, Professor of Mathematics Dr. Derald Wentzien, Assistant Director of STEM Initiatives Dr. Kevin Shuman, Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Kelly Ann Miller, Wesley College students Jose Santana and Michael Skivers, and Wesley alumna Riza Bautista ’16.

Dr. D’Souza and Dr. Wentzien discussed their topic entitled: “Undergraduate Data Science Research Projects form an Integral Component of the Wesley College Science and Mathematics Curriculum.”

Dr. Shuman’s poster presentation was on “Working with the Wesley College Cannon Scholars Program: Improving Retention, Persistence, and Success.” This project was also co-authored by Dr. D’Souza, Dr. Wentzien, and Adjunct Chemistry Professor and Laboratory Supervisor, Kristopher Roeske ’11.

Dr. Miller’s poster presentation was entitled: “Integrating Project Based Learning into the Biology Course Sequence.” It was co-authored by Dr. Shuman.

Santana’s presentation was on the “Geospatial Analysis contrasting U.S. obesity rates and impacts of obesity on dying” and Skivers research was based upon a “1999-2015 Comparison of Obesity Rates and Impacts of Obesity on Mortality in the NERIC States.” Bautista’s research was a case study on “Obesity’s Impact on Mortality in the US and within the NERIC States.”

NERIC 2017 is hosted by the Vermont Genetics Network and the University of Vermont and is funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS).

An Institutional Development Award (IDeA) provided Grant support from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health (P20GM103446, DE-INBRE); a National Science Foundation (NSF) Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research grant IIA-1301765 (DE-EPSCoR); an NSF S-STEM grant (1355554, the Wesley College Cannon Scholar program); and the State of Delaware.