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Wheeling Jesuit University Students to Present Their Scholarly Works During Annual Symposium April 4



WHEELING, W.Va., March 28, 2017 -- Students across disciplines will present research and scholarly projects during Wheeling Jesuit University's 18th Annual Research and Scholarship Symposium, Tuesday, April 4.

Projects to be presented by WJU students range from concussion recovery time to lung conditions in firefighters, to the modern technology's effect through song lyrics.

“Once gain this year, our students have undertaken scholarly pursuits that can benefit local residents and people in our region. We have more than 150 students - a record number -- presenting their independent projects throughout the day. I encourage the Wheeling community to take part in the day and see what great work our students are doing,” said Dr. Bryan Raudenbush, director of Undergraduate Research and professor of psychology at WJU.

Athletic Training major Jaana Motton will present “The correlation Between Symptoms Said to be Experienced During a Concussion and the Length of the Recovery Time.” Motton's study compares the symptoms and number of concussions and how it impacts recovery time.

Alexis Valuska, a respiratory therapy major, has researched “Lung Conditions in Firefighters.” Her research looks at the many toxic chemicals firefighters are exposed when fighting fires. She conducted two surveys to see what types of fires these firefighters have been exposed to during their career and if there have been any changes in their breathing and quality of life.

Professional Communications major Matthew DiCenzo examines “The Sound of Silence: An Analysis of Modern Technology's Effect through Song Lyrics.” This project investigates how the lyrics from this Simon and Garfunkel song connect with current cultural themes. DiCenzo said the song has relevance today because the lyrics suggest the lack of verbal communication and if written today, would suggest the problems of texting and addiction to mobile devices by people today.

The symposium is a day for students across all majors to present and be judged for the work they have done. The days' events will kick-off with opening ceremonies and keynote talk by alumnus Kevin Melody, class of 2005 at 9 a.m. inside Troy Theater.

Melody, biology major while at Wheeling Jesuit, will present, “Research in Progress: Honest Results from a Life in Science.” A Keyser, West Virginia native, Melody received his masters of science degree in fisheries from Louisiana State University in 2008. Melody recently completed his doctoral dissertation on HIV-1 prophylaxis and selection of drug resistance in animal models.

“When a former student has had an extraordinary start to their career, as Kevin has, it is always a pleasure to re-connect with them by inviting them to be the keynote speaker at each year's event. Kevin has a wonderful track record, beginning at WJU, and we are excited to hear about his post-WJU adventures and experiences,” Raudenbush added.

Following Melody's presentation, research presentations begin with a full schedule of both morning and afternoon expositions. This includes a 12:30-2 p.m. a poster session in the Alma Grace McDonough Center, as well as a fine arts display in the Kirby Hall Art Gallery. Check wju.edu/academics/symposium for a complete schedule of events.

Undergraduates from all academic fields take part in the symposium and present their original work in both speech and poster format. Students then receive valuable feedback from faculty, students, administrators and others as they learn to defend their scholarly work.

All day and evening classes are canceled for the day to allow students to participate in all the day's activities. Awards are presented at ceremony, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in Troy Theater.

The day ends with the annual competition for the Rev. Frank R. Haig, S.J. Science Award at 7:30 p.m., in the Acker Science Center. Senior finalists will compete for the Haig Award, with the winner announced at commencement on May 6. The Haig winner receives a medal, along with a $2,500 cash award.





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