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Wilson Holds 'Student Research Day' April 23 to Recognize Achievements

Posted: April 19, 2010

4/19/2010 Wilson College will hold the first annual Student Research Day on Friday, April 23, to recognize their achievements. Seventeen students, mostly seniors, will present their work from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. in the Harry R. Brooks Complex auditorium. The public is invited to attend, along with Wilson students, faculty and staff.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: April 19, 2010

CONTACT: Cathy Mentzer, Manager of Media Relations
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3178
Email: cathy.mentzer@wilson.edu

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Wilson College will hold the first annual Student Research Day on Friday, April 23, to recognize their achievements. Seventeen students, mostly seniors, will present their work from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. in the Harry R. Brooks Complex auditorium. The public is invited to attend, along with Wilson students, faculty and staff.

“In recognition of the importance of student research and the accomplishments of our students, a Student Research Day has been established. Those who attended student presentations in past years were very impressed with the quality and sophistication of the research and the presentations. We took the extraordinary step of cancelling classes to allow all students and faculty to attend the presentations, “ according to Mary Hendrickson, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty.

The schedule of presentations is as follows:

9 a.m.

Latoya Franklin, of Chambersburg
The Influence of Status and Physical Attractiveness on Female Mate Selection (Psychology, Professor Beverly Ayers-Nachamkin)

Travis Tosten, of Orrstown
A Different Proof for Pi (Mathematics, Professor Karen Adams)

Jacqueline Valencia, of Chambersburg
Poems (English, Professor Michael Cornelius)

Sarah Weikert Wilson, of Chambersburg
American and the Sublime: 19th-Century Landscape Art and the Transformation of an Aesthetic Concept (Fine Arts, Professor Robert Dickson)

10:30 a.m. Break



10:45 a.m. Physical and Life Sciences

Susan Davies, of Chambersburg
Pseudomonas syringae as a Distributor and Vector for Escherichia coli in Spinacea oleracea (Biology, Professors Bradley Engle and Laura Altfeld)

Bobbie Ditzler, of Dover
Temperature Effects on the Seasonal Polyphenism for Melanization of Papilio polyxenes Larvae (Biology, Professors Bradley Engle and Deborah Austin) Capulet Williams, of Waynesboro Detectable Limits of Blood Using Luminol following Exposure to the Extreme Heat of Fire (Chemistry, Professors Deborah Austin and Catherine Santai)

Noon-1 p.m. Lunch in Dining Hall



1 p.m. Poster Session (first-floor atrium)

“Power and Politics: Demonstrating Communication Theory”
Features students in Media and Society (MCM 304)
Kayla Chagnon of Loudon, N.H., Laura Hans of Chambersburg, Janessa Demeule of North Hampton, N.H., Xiaomeng Li of the People’s Republic of China, Colleen Seidel of Greencastle, Jacquelyn Valencia of Chambersburg (Mass Communication, Professor Aimee-Marie Dorsten)



1:15 p.m. Honors in the Major Theses

Elsa Natalia Hilario Camuamba, of Ethiopia
Mobilizing the Developmental Impasse in sub-Saharan Africa: Promotion of Agricultural Productivity through Inward-and-Outward Economic Integration (Economics and International Business, Professor Abdolreza Banan)

Nikola Grafnetterova, of the Czech Republic
Leadership, Women, and Athletic Participation: Are Female Students Attending Women’s Colleges Less Susceptible to Stereotype Threat than Students from Coeducational Institutions? (Sport Management and Psychology, Professor Lori Frey)

Mary Heather McCoy, of Chambersburg
Community Gardening as a Pathway for Civic Engagement of Youth (Sociology, Professor Julie Raulli)

Bemnete E. Tadesse, of Ethiopia
Morphometric Analysis of Interlobular Renal Arteries of Spontaneously Hypertensive Rat Pups Born to Mothers Treated with Methylphenidate Prior to and During Pregnancy (Biology, Professors Dana Harriger and Catherine Santai)

3 p.m. Break



3:15 p.m. Disert Scholar Presentation

Mariza Lakmini Shehara Cooray, of Sri Lanka
The Impact of Received Remittances on Savings Behavior: An Inquiry into the Savings of Hatton National Bank Microloan Borrowers Using Experimental Methods (International Relations and Economics, Professor Abdolreza Banan)

4 p.m. Reception for Disert Scholar

For more information, contact Wilson Media Relations Manager Cathy Mentzer at 717-264-4141, Ext. 3178, or cathy.mentzer@wilson.edu.



Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a liberal arts college dedicated to the education of women. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Chambersburg, Pa. Wilson offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 areas and a master’s degree in education. The college’s 2009-10 enrollment in both the College for Women and the Adult Degree Programs is 838 and includes students from 20 states and 18 foreign countries. Wilson is committed to environmental sustainability and to preparing leaders who will serve their communities and professions effectively.

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