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Students, Faculty and Staff Present at National Meeting

Posted March 6th, 2018 at 1:41pm

Front Row (L-R): Pendergast, McDermott, Rodriguez, Gannon, and Dr. Wentzien Back Row (L-R): Lonski, Dr. D’Souza, Henry, Skivers, Dr. Fiedler, and Archambault.

Five Cannon Scholars, two staff members, and three faculty members presented research at the 2018 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting, Feb 15-19 in Austin, TX. The theme of the annual event was “Science Transcending Boundaries.”

During the event, select students had an opportunity to meet and take a photo with Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. “Our students are provided some exceptional opportunities to attend and present at national conferences as well as meet some amazing people along the way,” said Wesley Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research Dr. Malcolm D’Souza.

Wesley students Teric Henri, Kassandra Rodriguez and graduate student Mike Skivers, presented “Vegetation Community Response to Large Scale Tidal Marsh Restoration at Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge in Delaware.” The poster detailed outcomes from ongoing environmental science research projects in Wesley Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Dr. Stephanie Stotts’ dendroecology lab. The lab focuses on the study of ecological processes recorded in the tree-ring record.

Student Morgan Gannon’s poster “1999-2015 Burden of Diseases of the Circulatory System, Diabetes, and Cancer on U.S. Mortality” focused on mortality rates caused due to vascular diseases and cancer in the United States and in Delaware. Her project mentors were Dr. D’Souza and Professor of Mathematics Dr. Derald Wentzien.

Wesley student Austin Lonski’s poster titled “Molecular Profiling of Malignant Melanoma in the State of Delaware,” was a collaborative project with Dr. Fdy Gerges, Green Clinics Laboratory, Dover and Dr. D’Souza’s Wesley Lab.

Wesley Professor of Mathematics and Chair of Mathematics Department Dr. Frank Fiedler presented a poster entitled; “Choosing the Right Data Analytics Tool for Liberal Arts Students.” The poster was an overview of Wesley’s Informatics minor and a detailed analysis of the various computing/programming tools.

“Modification of the Student Support Structures to Close the Achievement Gap” poster was presented by Dr. Wentzien with support from Director of Student Success and Retention Christine McDermott and Coordinator of Tutoring Programs Danielle Archambault. The poster showcased Student Success and Retention initiatives, including data showcasing 2014-present improvements in persistence and retention rates.
NIH NIGMS INBRE (P20GM103446), NSF EPSCoR (IIA 1301765), and NSF S-STEM (1355554) supported the Cannon Scholars, faculty and staff.