Wheeling Jesuit University

Wheeling Jesuit Showcases Student Research in 14th Annual Symposium

WJU Alumna Lacey Greene featured as 2013 Keynote Speaker on “Using Research to Move Towards Best Practices.”

WHEELING, W.Va. – Over 100 students from Wheeling Jesuit University will present their combined research findings at the 14th annual Student Research and Scholarship Symposium. The event will feature 58 poster presentations and 52 oral presentations on student research in the areas of clinical, natural and physical sciences, humanities, social and behavior sciences, computer science, and technology development.

This year’s Student Research and Scholarship Symposium will kickoff on April 16th at 9:00 A.M in WJU’s Troy Theatre. Highlighting the Opening Ceremony will be WJU graduate Lacey Greene, ’11, who will present her Keynote address titled: “We’ve been doing this for 20 years!: Using research to move towards best practices.” The Opening Ceremony will be webcast LIVE HERE

Student research topics cover a wide variety of subjects, many of which have a direct correlation with the health and well being of the economy and people of the Ohio Valley. Examples of such topics include: “How Do Biochemical Factors Influence the Risk of Stress Fractures in Female Track and Field Athletes” submitted by Megan Campbell, and “Health Safety and Coal Mining Jobs” submitted by Laetitia Kibonge.

“Whether you are interested in how "The Hobbit" has reshaped heroism, how to design an effective business strategy or smart phone app, the effects of different pre-competition stretching protocols for improving running performance, the best scent to keep you alert and increase cognitive performance, or an analysis of the microorganisms present in Wheeling Creek, or over 100 other topics, there will be something for everyone.” said Dr. Bryan Raudenbush, WJU Director of Undergraduate Student Research.

“We are also excited about being able to showcase over a dozen research and scholarship activities directly addressing a topic related to the Wheeling community, West Virginia, and the Appalachian region. What the students are looking forward to showing the attendees is how they have taken what they have learned in the classroom and applied it to an important real-world issue.” Raudenbush added.

To read the full event program and complete list of abstracts, visit HERE

Keynote Speaker Lacey R. Greene received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology from Wheeling Jesuit University in 2011, earning summa cum laude status. While at Wheeling Jesuit, Lacey received the Paul Cole Scholarship, the Henry F. Paul Medal for the highest 4-year average in Health Science programs, and the Edward Mallinckrodt Award of Excellence in Nuclear Medicine. She currently works as a Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist at four Cleveland Clinic Regional Facilities, Cleveland, OH.

Throughout her education and career, Lacey has gained valuable experience in the scientific process, research methodologies, and publication procedures. Her most recent research investigated radiologists' perspectives on the underutilization of physical imaging modalities in the detection and diagnosis of breast cancer and how it relates to the future implementation of positron emission mammography. Lacey presented her research at WJU’s Annual Student Research and Scholarship Symposium in 2011, winning in the category of Health Sciences. She was also accepted to give an oral presentation at the 2011 Society of Nuclear Medicine Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX. She submitted an article to Radiologic Technology, which was published in 2012, thus affording her a Caregiver Celebrations Excellence award for Innovation from The Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

In conjunction with a radiologist at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, she is presently working on a study researching the effectiveness of a specialized positron emission tomography scanner constructed and optimized solely for breast imaging. In the near future, Lacey plans to further her education and obtain a Master's Degree in Medical Imaging. She is pictured with her mentor and friend, Dr. Robert F. George.

Below is a partial schedule of the day’s events. To see a full schedule of presenters, go HERE

To learn more, visit the EVENT WEBSITE

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