Erin Strickland, mentored by Professor Sarah Baires will be receiving support for her research project on pre-Columbian Native American habitation area near Block Island. The funds will allow Ms. Strickland to date the shells, clam and oysters to determine consumption practices of Late Woodland Native Americans.
The following four students presented their research with their mentor (Dr. James Diller at the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy:
Alexis Apel, & Diller, J. W. (2015, October). Prison as punishment: A behavior-analytic evaluation of incarceration. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy, Amherst, MA.
Erik Boornazian & Diller, J. W. (2015, October). Behavior analysis as a pragmatic science of morality. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy, Amherst, MA.
Kat Daneault, Brett Gelino & Diller, J. W. (2015, October). Prompting to reduce electrical consumption on a college campus. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy, Amherst, MA.
The following students will represent Eastern at the Northeast Regional Undergraduate Research, Scholarly Activity & Creative Activity Conference. The conference will take place October 23-24 at Ramapo College of New Jersey.
Kate Begin (ENG) Mentor: Dr. Fraustino
Sabreena Croteau (PS) Mentor: Dr. Salka
Erin Drouin (PS) Mentor: Dr. Krassas
Emilio Estrella (BIS) Dr. Pandey
Erin Strickland (ANT) Dr. Baires
Tess Candler (PS) Dr. Salka
Phillip Hoeps (PS) Dr. Salka
Joel Hara (EES) Dr. Metcalf
Nicolai Kousholt Soendergaard (BIS) Dr. Citurs
Moriah Perrett (PSY) Dr. Cousins
Kayla Giordano (PS) Dr. Salka
Christopher Morris (PS) Dr. Salka
Jason Curland Dr. Arroyo
Gretta Ingranam Dr. Arroyo
The Eastern Concert Chorale was selected to perform with Josh Grobin at the Oakdale Theatre. The following students participated :
Hannah Bythrow, Music
Alexis Kurtz, Theatre
Tiara Lussier, English
Halie Poirier, Music
Abby Perreira, Social Work
Alli Rollins, Early Childhood Education/Psychology
Moriah Perrett, Psychology/Music
Judy Reid, Music
Emily Hogue, Music
Samantha Price, Art and Art History
Scott Butler, Music/Theatre
Tyler Hinde, Pre Education-Secondary/History
Connor Cummings, Environmental Earth Science
Nathan Manfull, Psychology
Jordan Pollard, Communication
Tommy Kenny, Music
Andrew Hofmann, Exploratory
Corey Lorraine, Theatre/Math
Anthony Castagnaro, Undecided
Zach Rice, Accounting
Michael Beckstein, Music/Economics
Tyler Ruderman, Communication
Paul Stenko, Business Administration
Ryan Michaud, Health Sciences
Manan Bhatt, and Barbara Murdoch. Indentification of neural progenitors in the chicken olfactory epithelium. Eastern Colleges Science Conference, Niagara University, NY, April 2015.
Alice DiFrancesco and Groth, A. C. Expression and function of the C. elegans ODD-2 protein. TriBeta NE-1 District Conference, University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, CT, April 2015.
Alana Gallagher, Jessica Patrizi, and Barbara Murdoch. The relationship between extracellular matrix of molecules and receptors on regeneration in the chick olfactory epithelium. TriBeta NE-1 District Conference, University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, CT, April 2015.
Bryan Lehner, Catalytic Efficiencies of Enolase from Fast- and Slow-Killing Genotypes of Paenibacillus larvae, TriBeta NE-1 District Conference, University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, CT, April 2015.
Jessica Patrizi, and Barbara Murdoch Unraveling regeneration in the nervous system. Eastern Colleges Science Conference, Niagara University, NY, April 2015.
Gregory Riley, Benjamin Abrahams, and Barbara Murdoch. Where’s the niche? Finding progenitor domains in a regenerating neural tissue. Eastern Colleges Science Conference, Niagara University, NY, April 2015.
Richard Squires, and Barbara Murdoch. Expression of fibroblast growth factor receptor 2 in the developing chick olfactory epithelium. Eastern Colleges Science Conference, Niagara University, NY, April 2015.
Dana Blydenburg and Emily Bragg mentored by Cousins, A.J. (2015, April). Presented a poster titled “Women Control Male Romantic Partners to
Pursue Extra-Pair Partners.” at the Northeastern Evolutionary Psychology Society meeting in Boston, MA. Their poster one the award for the best poster at the conference.
Dr. James Diller mentored student work at 3 conferences. Below are the titles and conferences.
Alana Gallagher, Salters-Pedneault, K., & Diller, J. W. (2015, May). Heart rate variability as a predictor of fear inhibition in classical fear conditioning.
Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY.
Diller, J. W., Pandey, N., Brett Gelino, & Rob Barry (2015, May). Using emailed prompts and feedback to reduce electricity consumption in an organization. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, San Antonio, TX.
Rob Barry, Brett Gelino, & Diller, J. W. (2015, May). Visual analysis of data by editorial board members and practicing BCBAs. Poster presentated at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, San Antonio, TX.
Alexis Apel, Kaitlin Thibodeau, & Diller, J. W. (2015, March) Behavior analysis in higher education. Symposium presented at the 11th annual meeting of the Connecticut Association for Behavior Analysis, New Haven, CT.
Ryan Blejewski, Nicole Berger, & Diller J. W.(2015, March). Contingency management for academic probation students. Symposium presented at the 11th annual meeting of the Connecticut Association for Behavior Analysis, New Haven, CT.
33 Students participated at the18th Annual CSU Psychology Day on May 1st, 2015 including the following students and their Mentors:
Sydney Batchelder (James Diller, Ph.D.)
Rob Barry, Christine Weber (James Diller, Ph.D.)
Sydney Batchelder (James Diller, Ph.D.)
Courtney Blewett (Kristi Salters-Pedneault Ph.D.)
Alexandra Cafferty (Kristi Salters-Pedneault Ph.D.)
Jasmine Carvalho (Peter Bachiochi, Ph.D.)
Brittany Chabot (Kristi Salters-Pedneault, Ph.D.)
Lindsey Conrad (Melanie Evans, Ph.D.)
Kat Daneault (Kristi Salters-Pedneault, Ph.D.)
Sarah Dipollino (Alita Cousins, Ph.D.)
Caitlyn Dubreuil (James Diller, Ph.D.)
Stephanie Ferreira (Joseph Dracobly, Ph.D.)
Stacey Fumiatti (Kristi Salters-Pedneault, Ph.D.)
Sonja Gagnon (Kristi Salters-Pedneault, Ph.D.)
Brett Gelino (Kristi Salters-Pedneault, Ph.D.)
Laura Gorecki (Kristi Salters-Pedneault, Ph.D.)
Patricia Hennessy (Peter Bachiochi, Ph.D.)
Samantha Lew (James Diller, Ph.D.)
Lisa Macari (Alita Cousins, Ph.D.)
Stephanie Madden, Solveig Millet, Jason Prior & Rachel Scrivano (Jenna Scisco, Ph.D.)
Brandon Martins (Jeffrey Danforth, Ph.D.)
Emily McDonald (Kristi Salters-Pedneault, Ph.D.)
Giselle Ortiz (Kristi Salters-Pedneault, Ph.D.)
Moriah Perrett (Alita Cousins, Ph.D.)
Jason Prior (Carlos Escoto, Ph.D.)
Luis Rosado (James Diller, Ph.D.)
Brianna Schnell (Kristi Salters-Pedneault, Ph.D.)
Susan Speir (Kristi Salters-Pedneault, Ph.D.) Winner Best Poster
Sydney Sullivan (Kristi Salters-Pedneault, Ph.D.)
Elyse Tascione (Alita Cousins, Ph.D.)
Christine Weber (Melanie Evans, Ph.D.)
Zane Lombardo (Mentor: Robert Collins) from the Physical Sciences Department has been selected as the Undergraduate Research Fellow. Zane will be working his project titled “Biophysical Studies of Fluorescent Protein Calcium Sensors.” According to Mr. Lombardo, the study on proteins “all connect to his ongoing biosensors project” and prepare him for his future as a biochemist.
At the inaugural CREATE Conference Opening Ceremony on April 17th, 2015, two Awards were presented for outstanding mentoring. Students nominated the professors that resulted in presentation at Regional and National Conference. Both of the student nominators have also been accepted into graduate programs for Fall 2015.
Dr. Miriam Chirico, Professor in the English Department was nominated by her student Renee Ann Drouin for her project on Anne Boleyn. Renee presented her research at the COPLAC Regional Research Conference (14′) and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (15′). Renee will be going to Rutger’s University for graduate training.
Dr. Meredith Metcalf, Assistant Professor in the Environmental Earth Science Department was nominated by her student, Laura Markley. Laura will be attending Lehigh University in the fall and presented her research at a Regional Conference. Her research poster also won an award.
Richard Magner’s research with his Mentor Mizan Khan (Mathematics) titled “Geometric Questions in Number Theory” was accepted for presentation at the Posters on the Hill Conference schedule for April 22-23 on Capitol Hill. Ricky’s research was 1 of 50 submissions selected from over 500 applications. Eastern has a distinguished record of presenters at Posters on the Hill, which has a 10% acceptance rate. Of the years where a Connecticut institution was selected to present at POH, Eastern has been represented 4 times out of 9 (44%)times . Only the University of New Haven has been selected more than 1 time in the past 10 years.
A total of 13 student presentations, from 11 different departments were accepted to be at the 2015 NCUR Conference in Spokane, Washington, April 16-18th. This represents a substantial increase in presentations at NCUR, compared to 3 in 2014. According to NCUR, they received 3700 submissions which resulted in a more competitive process this year. Eighty-eight percent of Eastern submissions were accepted for presentation. The emails notifying students of acceptance stated “your abstract demonstrates a unique contribution to your field of study and we are pleased to offer you the opportunity to present your work to your peers, faculty, and staff from around the world.”
Below is a complete list of presenters, the titles of the presentations and photos:
Benjamin Abrahams (Mentor: Barbara Murdoch, Biology) “Regeneration in the Nervous System: Follow the Dividing Cells”
Damon Gray & Nicolas Aconfara (Mentor: Teri Toles-Patkin, Communications) “Beating The Odds” A Documentary
Nicole Berger, Ryan Blejewski, & Alexis Apel (Mentor: James Diller, Psychology) “Contingency Management and Academic Performance “
Ryan Blejewski (Mentor: Roland Clark) “A Massacre in Jedwabne: A Psycho-Historical Perspective in Trying to Understand the Events of July 10, 1941”
Alex Davenport & Egli Hila (Mentor: Sarah Tasneem, Computer Science) “Assessing the Threat Posed by Impact of Asteroids and Comets to Earth Through Parallel Simulation”
Joshua Draper (Mentor: Jian Lin, Computer Science) “Accurate Geolocation of Website Visitors Using Web Technologies”
Renee Drouin (Mentor: Miriam Chirico, English) “Adaptations of Anne Boleyn: Cromwell’s Other Self”
Kelsey Fuller (Mentor: Richard Jones-Bamman, Performing Arts) “Cultural Cohabitation: Swedish Jazz and the Folk Revival”
Daniel Grondin (Mentor: Dickson Cunningham, Environmental Earth Science) “Rheomorphic Folding of Super-Hot Ignimbrites in the Southern Snake River Plain, Idaho”
Emily Haggett (Mentor: Denise Matthews, Communications) “Love at First Sight” Documentary
Monika Kalinowska (Mentor: Charles Booth, Biology) “Chemical, Physical and Ecological Changes in a Man-made Pond in New England Over the Span of Several Months”
Robert Santiago (Mentor: Alita Cousins, Psychology) “Ethnic and Acculturative Factors Affecting Academic Stress and Academic Expectations”
Kelsey Tuller (Mentor: Barbara Tucker, History) “From Mystery to Methodism: Untangling Legends of a Cult in Connecticut”