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Wheeling Jesuit Students Recognized for Research Projects

WHEELING, WV, April 20, 2012 -- More than 100 Wheeling Jesuit University students recently presented research projects in nine academic areas during the school's annual Student Research and Scholarship Symposium. Awards, designated for the best presentations, were presented to 28 students at the closing ceremonies.



Coordinated by Dr. Bryan Raudenbush, associate professor of psychology and director of undergraduate research, the annual research day offers Wheeling Jesuit students a chance to present the results of original research in preparation for graduate school and the professional world.

The award winners in each academic area and the titles of the research projects are as follows:

English, communications and fine arts oral presentation awards

  • Senior Ashley Pratt, Raven, Ohio, "Statistical Creation of a Media Guide."
  • Junior Patrick Callahan, Martinsburg, W.Va., Junior Samuel Bauman, Granville, Md., Junior Megan Truelove, Scott Depot, W.Va. and Senior Grace Williams, Wheeling, W.Va., "Freakin' Facebook."
    Professor Carrie West mentored both projects.

    Information science, computer science, technology and mathematics oral presentation awards
  • Seniors Audra Macri, St. Clairsville, Ohio, Ryan Schubert, Philippi, W.Va., Colt Street, Proctor, W.Va. and Si Gammache, Springfield, Ill., "Appalachian Institute Mapping Software." Instructor Robert Kotson, Jr. mentored the project.
  • Macri, "Digital Signage: Because Pixels are Better than Paper." Instructor Christopher Kreger mentored the project.

    Natural, physical and health sciences oral presentation award
  • Senior Andrea Fitzgibbon, Marion, Ohio, "Leaf Decay Coefficiants of Abnormally High Conductivity Streams in Southwestern Pennsylvania." Professor Dr. Ben Stout mentored the project.

    Social and behavior sciences oral presentation award
  • Senior Thomas Coyne, Ellicott City, Md., "The Limits of the 'Hidden Hand' Presidency: A Case Study of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Farewell Address." Associate Professor Dr. Larry Driscoll mentored the project.

    Humanities oral presentation award
  • Senior Adam Principe, Blacklick, Ohio, "Lend Lease and Its Effects on WWII." Professor Dr. Jeff Rutherford mentored the project.

    Natural and physical sciences poster awards
  • Senior Rory Beck, St. Marys, W.Va., "Synthesis and Thermal Decomposition of Tris-Diethyldithiocarbamato iron (IV) hexafluorophosphate." Instructor Dr. Aloysius Hepp mentored the project.
  • Senior Kevin Christopher, Canal Winchester, Ohio, "The Proliferation Capabilities of Radial Glial Cell Line C6 in Vitro." Professor Dr. Andy Cook mentored the project.
  • Senior Chelsea Guiseppi, Fairmont, W.Va., "The Effects of Streptococcus Mutans and Lactobacillus Acidophilus on Dental Carries in the Presence of Various Carbohydrate Beverages." Cook mentored the project.

    Health sciences poster awards
  • Senior Chelsea Amos, New Martinsville, W.Va., "In Long Term Acute Patient Care, Does the Daily Environment Affect the Ability to Wean from Mechanical Ventilation?" Associate Professor Marybeth Emmerth mentored the project.
  • Senior Andrew Penso, Dennison, Ohio, "Diagnosing SPECT/CT Myocardia Perfusion Using One Set of CT Attentuactra Connection Images." Associate Professor Dr. Robert George mentored the project.

    Social and behavior sciences posters awards
  • Senior Jessica Florian, Washington, Pa., "The Effects of Jasmine and Peppermint Administration on Physiological and Psychological Stress Reactions in Enclosed Spaces." Raudenbush mentored the project.
  • Seniors Sierra Moore, St. Clairsville, Ohio, August Capiola, Washington, Pa., Alaina Antoinette, Canonsburg, Pa., Joan Cotter, Pittsburgh, Cassandra Sanderson, Elizabeth, Pa., "The Use of Behavioral Methods to Study Imagery." Associate Professor Dr. Michael Kirkpatrick mentored the project.

Additional awards included a special honor given to Fitzgibbon for her design of the symposium program cover. Fitzgibbon also received a special award designated for the best project that examined an Appalachian issue. It was presented by Mary Ellen Cassidy, director of the Clifford M. Lewis, S.J. Appalachian Institute.

A new award for gender and diversity topics was presented this year by the theology department, represented by Assistant Professor Dr. Jessica Wrobleski. This special award was given to two students, Sophomore Allison Burke, Washington, Pa., whose topic was, "From Woman to Witch: the Role of Misogyny in Witchcraft Accusation" and Junior John Pennacchio, Weirton, W.Va., whose topic was, "The Japanese Internment: The Rise of Racism and the Fall of Human Rights in Total War."

Honors program special topics poster presentation resulted in one award given to Capiola and Senior Lewis Akers, Evans, W.Va., for "An Examination of the Psychological and Physiological Aspects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder." Rutherford mentored the project.

The Symposium ended with an evening presentation by four seniors competing for the prestigious Rev. Frank R. Haig, S.J. Science award, to be announced at commencement. Capiola, Christopher, Fitzgibbon and Samantha Pecnik, Wadsworth, Ohio, competed for this major award in front of 10 faculty judges. Haig recipients receive a medal along with $2,500 in prize money.

Moderated by Dr. James Coffield, assistant professor of chemistry and Haig coordinator, the Haig competition is the pinnacle of the symposium event.




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