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Faculty Research

Dr. Kelly Orlando, assistant professor of biology, is currently collaborating with Dr. Dennis Wykoff, associate professor of biology and the Dennis M. Cook Endowed Gregor Mendel Chair in Genetics at Villanova University.  Dr. Wykoff was awarded $548,273  for a three year National Science Foundation grant entitled “RUI: Evolution of Signal Transduction Pathways in Yeast.”  This grant builds on the past six years of NSF funding in the Wykoff laboratory and focuses on how a variety of fungal species synthesizes thiamine.  Thiamine (or vitamin B1) is essential for growth of all organisms, and Dr. Wykoff’s laboratory has uncovered novel regulation of thiamine in fungal species that are commensal with humans. This work in the near term has evolutionary implications and in the long term may uncover potential antifungal compounds. As part of Dr. Orlando’s continuing collaboration with the Wykoff lab, the grant will fund an Immaculata University undergraduate to work in the Wykoff lab over the next two summers, will allow Dr. Orlando to join the Immaculata student at Villanova for part of the summer, and will fund reagents needed for the Immaculata students to continue their research at Immaculata throughout the school year.

 Dr. Stephanie Theodorou and Leon Niemoczynski, faculty in the Department of Philosophy, co-edited an open-access volume on animal consciousness and emotion titled “Animal Experience: Consciousness and Emotions in the Natural World.” You can access the book here.

 

Dr. Laura Frank, professor of foods and nutrition, authored an article titled “Dietary and Supplement Intake of HIV-Infected Children and Young Adults” in the August 2014 issue of Infant, Child and Adolescent Nutrition.  She presented a poster on this subject at the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Research Day on May 22, 2014, at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Frank also presented at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center Pediatrics Conference and the American Academy of Pediatrics Conference in October 2013 on various topics, including pediatric obesity prevention and treatment.

Dr. David Martinson, assistant professor in the Graduate Psychology Department, completed a collaborative supervision feedback project with Immaculata graduate students.  He presented his initial findings at the International Association for Counseling Conference in Victoria, BC, May 3-7, 2014.

Dr. Marisa Pereyra, associate professor of global languages, presented a paper on Colombian writer Laura Restrepo at the XIII Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica in Cartagena, Colombia in March 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student Research

IU Students Participate in Summer Research Internship 

Dylan Chudoff and Libby Graves are participating in a 2014 SEPCHE summer research course at Cabrini College called “Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (PHAGES).” This course enables them to participate in undergraduate research in several scientific disciplines, including microbiology, virology, genetics, genomics and bioinformatics. Affiliated with the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute, PHAGES allows students to isolate and characterize their own unique bacteriophage, name it and have their bacteriophage archived in the laboratory of Dr. Graham Hatfull at the University of Pittsburgh.

 

Immaculata Students Present Research at Conferences

Thirteen nutrition thesis students, along with their mentor Dr. Laura Frank, presented research posters at the PA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual meeting on April 23, 2014 (The students were Tania Bezerra, Therese Campagna, Rachel Yik Han Chan, JoAnne DeRobertis, Laura DiPiero, Brittany Ford, Lisa Miller Fox, Carrie Gerencher, Diane Hare, Devon Hurley, Pearl Joshua, Stephanie Mina, and Isabel Tse Wong).

Three students presented their undergraduate research at the Pennsylvania Academy of Science annual meeting at Susquehanna University from March 21-23, 2014.  Dennis Alvarez, whose faculty mentor is Dr. Carl Pratt, presented on “Microclimatic Conditions among Trees in Parking Lot ‘Islands’.”  Elizabeth Graves, whose mentor is Dr. Kelly Orlando, presented on “Morphological Changes in Candida Glabrata Inhibited by Anti-Fungal Agents.” Christian Scalo, mentored by Dr. Frank Martin, presented on “The Dynamics of Yeast Metabolism as Reflected through Changes in Hydrogen Ion Concentrations.”

Ace Millis presented research he has been collaborating on with Brandi Santaniello and Dr. James Murray at the American Chemical Society national meeting in Dallas from March 15-20, 2014.  His presentation was titled “Synthesis, Characterization, and Evaluation of Various 7-oxycoumarin Link N-heterocyclic Derivatives as Potential Antioxidants.”

Melanie Dudley and Gregory Marvon presented at the National Biennial Conference for Phi Alpha Theta in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on January 2-5, 2014.  Melanie presented on “Women’s Employment in Philadelphia Department Stores, 1870-1920” and Gregory presented on “The Ostsiedlung or Ostkolonisation: A Historiological Examination of the Causes and Effects of the Medieval Germanic Colonization of Eastern Europe.”  Melanie Dudley also presented her paper at the Phi Alpha Theta Conference at Shippensburg University. 

 

Undergraduate Research at the Capitol--Pennsylvania poster conference

Biology student Christian Scalo, mentored by Dr. Frank Martin, was selected to present at the annual Undergraduate Research at the Capitol--Pennsylvania conference in Harrisburg, PA on March 11, 2014. His poster, titled "Controlling the Carolina Biological Microbial Fuel Cell Laboratory Exercise", studied the cellular and chemical mechanisms which demonstrate the workings of the Carolina Biological Microbial Fuel Cell Laboratory Exercise.

 

 

 

 

 

Posters Under the Dome 2014              

On Thursday, April 10, 2014, the Office of Sponsored Research hosted Posters Under the Dome, an annual event showcasing student research.  The Villa Maria Rotunda, Halls, and Green Room were filled with students, faculty, and other Immaculata community members celebrating the continuing tradition of research at Immaculata University.  Featured were a number of entries funded under the Immaculata University mini-grants program, as well as others that are the culmination of student independent study.

 

 

This spring’s Posters under the Dome event was the most successful yet; it surpassed that of the previous year in scope and depth.  Fifty-eight posters and 75 student presenters displayed their research.  Sixty-four undergraduate students from the departments of Art, Biology, Chemistry, History, Human Movement Sciences, Math/Computing Sciences/Physics, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Nursing presented 49 posters.  Eleven graduate students participated from Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Graduate Psychology departments; they presented a total of nine posters!

 

 
The following projects were presented: View Abstracts
 

Project Title

Student Presenter(s)

Faculty Mentor(s)

Considerations for Multicultural Group Therapy

Katelyn Defrangesco

Michael Dyson, Psy.D.,

Graduate Psychology

Evaluating the Effectiveness of an In-Service Training Session for Food Workers on Renal/Potassium-Restricted Diets

Diane Hare

Laura Frank, Ph.D., R.D.,

Nutrition and Dietetics

Sodium Education for Nursing Home Staff

Lisa Miller Fox

Laura Frank, Ph.D., R.D.,

Nutrition and Dietetics

Education of WIC Nutritionists Regarding Infant Feeding

Tania Bezerra

Laura Frank, Ph.D., R.D.,

Nutrition and Dietetics

In-Service For Dietary Clerks on the Diabetic Diet

Devon E. Hurley

Laura Frank, Ph.D., R.D.,

Nutrition and Dietetics

iPad and Art Applications Use for Senior Citizens as Art Therapy

Orien Chrisitie

Diane F. Grimes, M.F.A.,

Art

Integrating Technology and Art into the Social Studies Classroom

Stephen Beaver

Diane F. Grimes, M.F.A.,

Art

Fibonacci Numbers:  Patterns and Proportions in Nature

Bing Zhuang

Ileana Ionascu, Ph.D.,

Math/Comp Sci/Physics

YouTube: A Source of Collaborative Knowledge

Derrick Allen

M. E. Jones, Ph.D.,     

Math/Comp Sci/Physics

Introducing HFOSS to Students in Academia

Giuseppe Di Prinzio

M. E. Jones, Ph.D.,     

Math/Comp Sci/Physics

Creating the Ultimate Online Learning Experience

Jake Tischler

M. E. Jones, Ph.D.,     

Math/Comp Sci/Physics

Constructivist and Collaborative Learning in an Online Environment

Stephanie Lappen

M. E. Jones, Ph.D.,     

Math/Comp Sci/Physics

The Invisible Poor

Madisyn Speckhart

Melanie Kisthardt, Ph.D. 

English/Communication

Dangers of Asbestos

Allison Lang

Kathleen Lawler, Ed.D., CRNP, R.N., M.S.N.,

Nursing

Health Effects of PCB Exposure

Christine Sbabaro

Kathleen Lawler, Ed.D., CRNP, R.N., M.S.N.,

Nursing

Environmental Health Risk:  Lead

Allyson Jennings

Kathleen Lawler, Ed.D., CRNP, R.N., M.S.N.,

Nursing

Personal Care Products (PCPs)

Katie Cook

Kathleen Lawler, Ed.D., CRNP, R.N., M.S.N.,

Nursing

Firearms and Gun Safety: A Holistic Nursing Approach to an American Epidemic

Lana E. Deist

Kathleen Lawler, Ed.D., CRNP, R.N., M.S.N.,

Nursing

Dangers of Carbon Monoxide (CO)

Michael Syska 

Kathleen Lawler, Ed.D., CRNP, R.N., M.S.N.,

Nursing

Bisphenol-A (BPA) Health Effects

Zorana Ciric

Kathleen Lawler, Ed.D., CRNP, R.N., M.S.N.,

Nursing

Mercury:  A Major Environmental Toxin

Pooja Koladia

Kathleen Lawler, Ed.D., CRNP, R.N., M.S.N.,

Nursing

Phthalates and Health Effects

Khadeejah Adetona

Kathleen Lawler, Ed.D., CRNP, R.N., M.S.N.,

Nursing

The Dynamics of Yeast Metabolism as Reflected through Changes in Hydrogen Ion Concentrations

Christian G. Scalo

Frank Martin, Ph.D.,

Biology

Counselor Collaborative Supervision Feedback Project

Kristin Smith

Staci Johnson

Ryan Bowers

David Martinson, Ph.D.,

Graduate Psychology

Universal Design Research: A Frequency Analysis of High-Circulation Psychology Journals

Loretta Mestishen

Marie McGrath, Ph.D.,

Psychology

Synthesis, Characterization, and Evaluation of Various 7-oxycoumarin Linked

Ace Millis

Brandi Santaniello

James K. Murray, Jr., Ph.D.,

Chemistry  

The Eating Habits of Full-time Faculty at Immaculata University

Mallory Boyle

Candace Breaux

Amy Dollard

Tracy L. Oliver, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Nutrition and Dietetics

Commuter Versus Resident Lunch Eating Habits

Julie Einwechter

Amanda Markie

Marlea Mastricola

Tracy L. Oliver, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Nutrition and Dietetics

Awareness and Knowledge of Food Labels Relating to College Students’ Majors 

Gabrielle Meranshian

Colleen Pierce

April Proctor

Tracy L. Oliver, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Nutrition and Dietetics

The Effect of Nutrition Labels on Food Selection in the Immaculata University Cafeteria

Anne Shaw

Allison Shanley

Susan Stalte

Madalene Zwick

Tracy L. Oliver, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Nutrition and Dietetics

Morphological Changes in Candida Glabrata Inhibited by Anti-Fungal Agents

Elizabeth Graves

Kelly Orlando, Ph.D.,

Biology

Neofunctionalization of the Family of PMU Genes of Candida Glabrata

Kate Crossman

Meagan Fitzgerald

Kelly Orlando, Ph.D.,

Biology

Effects of an Oxidant on Embryonic Development in the Zebra Fish (Danio rerio)

Alex Barton 

Carl R. Pratt, Ph.D.,

Biology

Microclimatic Conditions among Trees in Parking Lot “Islands”

Dennis Alvarez

Carl R. Pratt, Ph.D.,

Biology

Technology in the Pharmacy

Brooke Herbst

Sister Monica Sicilia, M.S., Math/Computing/Physics

How Computer Technology Impacts Nuclear Medicine

Linda Suah

Sister Monica Sicilia, M.S., Math/Computing/Physics

The Future of Radiology

John Cramer

Sister Monica Sicilia, M.S., Math/Computing/Physics

Educational Aspects of Radiography

Nicholas Coia

Sister Monica Sicilia, M.S., Math/Computing/Physics

Ultrasound and Cancer

Jessica Piperno

Sister Monica Sicilia, M.S., Math/Computing/Physics

Electrocardiography

Kelly Dolan

Sister Monica Sicilia, M.S., Math/Computing/Physics

The Impact of Ultrasound In The Medical Field

Regis Chukwueke

Sister Monica Sicilia, M.S., Math/Computing/Physics

Technology’s Impact on Human Resources

Ernest Sutton

Sister Monica Sicilia, M.S., Math/Computing/Physics

Transvaginal Ultrasound in Early Preventive Detection in Ovarian Cancer

Valerie Davis

Sister Monica Sicilia, M.S., Math/Computing/Physics

Technology Advancements in Ultrasound

Erin Williams

Sister Monica Sicilia, M.S., Math/Computing/Physics

Real People in Unreal Worlds

Gregory Bruce

Sister Monica Sicilia, M.S., Math/Computing/Physics

Robotic Surgery

Mei Chen

Sister Monica Sicilia, M.S., Math/Computing/Physics

The Tablet Take Over

William De Santis

Sister Monica Sicilia, M.S., Math/Computing/Physics

Autonomous Cars

Danai Kanyangarara

Sister Monica Sicilia, M.S., Math/Computing/Physics

Film Music and How It Affects the Audience

Jewel Stafford

Sister Monica Sicilia, M.S., Math/Computing/Physics

Cyber Warfare in the United States

Marina Stolarczyk

Sister Monica Sicilia, M.S., Math/Computing/Physics

The Knowledge and Attitude of Immaculata University Faculty and Undergraduate Student Body Toward Athletic Training

Jenna T. Emes

Kelly Stalker, Ph.D.,

Human Movement Sciences

Are Universities Doing Enough to Educate Their Athletes About Concussions and the Risks of Playing Sports

Sarah Nutter

Kelly Stalker, Ph.D.,

Human Movement Sciences

Musical Preference as a Motivational Influence on Exercise

Nicholas Ridolfi

Kelly Stalker, Ph.D.,

Human Movement Sciences

The Effects of Cryotherapy and Thermotherapy on Wrist Range of Motion

Rachel Gannon, Chinonso Okoro, Brittany Shull, Rebecca Stack

Kelly Stalker, Ph.D.,

Human Movement Sciences

Correlation of Functional Movement Screen Scores in Division III Women’s Basketball Players

Alyssa Stirling

Kelly Stalker, Ph.D.,

Human Movement Sciences

Women's Employment in Philadelphia Department Stores, 1870-1920

Melanie Dudley

Sarah Trembanis, Ph.D.,

History

The Grammar Questions: Action Research in the Classroom

Charlotte Bridges

Margaret van Naerssen, Ph.D.,

Cultural and Linguistic Diversity

Awareness of Deficits in Combat and Operational Stress Reaction and PTSD by Army Reservists

Katherine Overman

Jed Yalof, Psy.D., ABPP,

Graduate Psychology

 


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