On March 1 Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research Dr. Malcolm D’Souza presented “Structured Mentoring Engages Diverse STEM Undergraduates to Enhance Performance” to the Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity-related Diseases through Dietary Molecules (NPOD).
Started in 2014, NPOD is part of the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) with support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The main goal of this NIH program is health research, tackling the most dangerous threat to U.S. citizens, obesity and the host of obesity-related diseases that plagues Americans. Two out of three Americans are obese and suffer from cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
In addition to the presentation, the day-long event included meetings with participating faculty and research staff, post-docs and students. “I shared insights on successful mentoring strategies gained through our directed research program here at Wesley,” said D’Souza. “Wesley is gaining a national reputation for successful undergraduate research.”