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Wesley Professor and Graduates Publish Research

Wesley College graduates Aaron Givens ’13 (biological chemistry) and Benjamin Barile ’14 (mathematics) had their undergraduate research efforts published in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Xplore digital library. They co-authored a peer-reviewed article that details the creation of a prototype for a mobile app for Delaware farmers. This searchable app details pesticide application information for 62 common registered agricultural pesticides that are typically used in the state.

The project was sponsored by an Institutional Development Award from the National Institute of Health-National Institute of General Medical Sciences (INBRE grant no. P20GM103446, DE-INBRE program), a National Science Foundation (NSF)-EPSCoR award (grant no. IIA-1301765, DE-EPSCoR program), a NSF American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant (no. 0960503), a NSF S-STEM grant (no. 1355554, Cannon Scholars program) and the State of Delaware. Wesley Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research Dr. Malcolm D’Souza mentored Givens and Barile during their research and is principal author of this project.

The paper was first presented during the 2015 International Conference on Industrial Instrumentation and Control at the College of Engineering in Pune, India, which took place in May. The article is dedicated in honor of the 80th birthday of Professor Emeritus Dennis Kevill of Northern Illinois University, in recognition of his contributions to chemistry and related fields. Kevill is a good friend and invaluable mentor to D’Souza.

Givens is currently a second year master’s student at the University of Delaware in the Plant and Soil Science Department. Barile is enrolled in Towson University’s graduate school for Applied and Industrial Mathematics.