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Research Presented at International Conference

Five students will receive a rare opportunity to network with the best as Wheeling Jesuit University's associate professor of psychology, Dr. Bryan Raudenbush, travels to the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior Conference in Naples, Fla. July 18 - 22 to learn from experts and share research.

Senior Trevor Cessna, Pickerington, Ohio; Rebecca Grayhem '05, St. Clairsville, Ohio; Kristin McCombs '05, Bethesda, Ohio; Jeffrey Smith '03, Mt. Pleasant, Pa.; and Phil Zoladz '04 Belmont, Ohio are presenting abstracts of their research projects on sham intoxication to the conference attendees. Raudenbush is also the director of undergraduate research at the University.

The Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB) is an organization committed to advancing scientific research on food and fluid intake and its associated biological, psychological and social processes, according to its website, located at www.ssib.org. The Society provides a multidisciplinary environment for the free exchange of ideas and information, and serves as a resource for scientific expertise and education on topics related to the study of ingestive behavior.

This is the 13th annual meeting of the group and the Wheeling Jesuit University students' projects are a result of Wheeling Jesuit's commitment to preparing students for graduate school and employment by encouraging participation in original research. Every spring the University sponsors a day long Undergraduate Research and Symposium Day that highlights and awards students' undergraduate research projects in all disciplines.

The group of five students traveling to Naples researched two different projects. One described and tested the “Effects of Sham Intoxication: Impact on Mood, Pain Perception, and Threshold, Level of Aggression and Physiology.” It was prepared and researched by Zoladz, who is attending the Naples conference and Chicago resident Ian Wilson '04 who is unable to attend. The second Wheeling Jesuit project called, “Effects of Sham Intoxication on Cognitive Functioning and Performance,” was researched by Smith, Cessna, and McCombs, who are all attending; and by Wheeling resident and current Wheeling Jesuit senior, Richard Yahn, who is unable to attend the conference.

“Wheeling Jesuit ensures that students receive real-world experiences, not just classroom instruction. One of the ways the University does this is through the research process. We give our students the opportunity to take what they've learned in the classroom and expand that knowledge in the area of research,” Raudenbush explains. “This conference is another opportunity for our student and the University to showcase and promote their hard work.” Students will also have a chance to meet graduate school professors and possible employers as they learn more about ways to use their degrees in the real world.

Led by president Kenny J. Simansky, a professor with the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa., SSIB is international in scope and brings together many experts.

Corporate Benefactors include names like Elsevier, Masterfoods, Procter & Gamble, Inc., Purina TestDiets, Inc., Research Diets, Inc., Sanofi~Synthelabo. Corporate Sponsors include: Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Campbell's Soup Company, Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals, General Mills, Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceuticals, McNeil Nutritionals, Mead Johnson Nutritionals, Merck & Company, Nestlé, Inc., Phoenix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Schering-Plough Research Institute.

Corporate Donors include: Entegrations, Inc., Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc., GlaxoSmithKline, Midwest Community Fundraising, Inc. and VWR International.

SSIB also maintains a publication entitled, “Intake” that reports the result of the society's scientific endeavor. It is dedicated to representing the international character of the SSIB membership and serving as a resource to young investigators entering the field of ingestive behavior, according to the SSIB website.

Wheeling Jesuit University is a leader in academics, athletics, and in making a high-quality private education accessible. With more than 30 undergraduate and six graduate programs, Wheeling Jesuit offers students an education for life, leadership and service, providing the foundation to succeed in a career or in graduate school. Many of the Catholic university's programs have 100 percent placement rates in graduate programs across the country. Since 1995, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Wheeling Jesuit University among the top institutions in its “Best Master's Universities in the South” category.

For more information, contact the Admissions Office via e-mail at admiss@wju.edu or by phone at 1-800-624-6992 Ext. 2359.

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