November 2019 Achievements
November 14, 2019   //   By:   //   Achievements, Campus & Community, Campus and Community

Faculty

David Bowne, associate professor of biology, published “Moana Rising,” a short story of climate fiction in the online literary magazine The Write Launch.
Bowne also was invited to be a speaker for a graduate seminar course in environmental engineering at Penn State Harrisburg. He presented “Understanding the past to inform the future: The impact of legacy sediments on aquatic ecosystems and their restoration” Nov. 4.

Cristina Ciocirlan, associate professor of management and department chair, had a new article accepted for publication in the European Management Review journal. The article is titled “Using Values, Beliefs, and Norms to Predict Conserving Behaviors in Organizations,” and it is written in collaboration with Dr. Diana Gregory-Smith and Dr. Danae Manika, both professors at The Newcastle University Business School, and Dr. Victoria Wells, York University, UK. Research for the article was funded by the US-UK Fulbright Commission and Durham University, UK.

James MacKay, professor of chemistry, accompanied five Elizabethtown College students to the 22nd annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences Oct. 19.  Four students presented posters on their following independent undergraduate research projects:
Emily Kagarise ’19 – “Computational and synthetic approach to the design of an imidazole-containing PNA nucleobase for Hoogsteen recognition of AU base pairs,”
Michael Perzel ’20 – “Detection of heavy metals by colorimetric nanoparticles,” (mentored by Lauren Toote),
Brandon Tessier ’21 – “A one-pot allylation and Claisen rearrangement of acetaminophen using microwave irradiation,” and
John Talbott ’22 – “Synthesis of a modified amide-based extended heterocyclic nucleobase capable of hydrogen-bonding to the U-A base pair in double stranded RNA.”
This meeting brings together hundreds of undergraduate students from across the eastern region. Posters are grouped by sub-field and judged. Perzel and Talbott each won first place prizes for their presentations, and Tessier took a second-place prize in his group. MacKay served as a judge for another group.

Curtis Smith, assistant director of academic advising, recently presented at the Push to Publish Conference in Philadelphia and at Millersville University’s annual Literary Festival. He was also the feature reader at Rosemont College’s MFA November Reading Series. His short fiction will appear in upcoming issues of Gargoyle, The Baltimore Review, and Elm Leaves Journal. His nonfiction will appear in an upcoming anthology of lyric essays published by the University of Nebraska Press.

Debbie Waltermire, assistant professor of occupational therapy, presented the webinar “The Practice of Family Centered Rounds in a Pediatric Hospital Setting” to the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM).  The SCCM is working on a multi-hospital collaborative project with the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute to improve patient and family engagement in family centered rounds in Intensive Care Units.

Students, recent graduates and faculty from the Occupational Therapy (OT) Department attended and gave various presentations at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Conference in King of Prussia, Penn. Oct. 18 and 19.
PLATFORM PRESENTATIONS
Christine Achenbach, MEd, OTR/L presented “Empowering the Anxious Student.”
Megan Anderson ‘19, MS, OT; Jessica Battaglia ‘19, MS, OT; Alexa Feduchak ‘19, MS, OT; Chelsea Dantona ‘19, MS, OT and Kerri Hample, OTD, OTR/L, FMCHC presented “Are You Anxious? How do You Know: Interoceptive Awareness.” Contributing authors included Hannah Beatty ‘19, MS, OT and Chelsea Gallagher ‘19, MS, OT.
Hannah Burleigh, OTS and Gina Fox, OTD, OTR/L presented “Addressing Sexuality in Acute Care Practice.”
Kaylin Echterling ‘19, MS, OT; Brooke Jones ‘19, MS, OT; Kelly Zielinski ‘19, MS, OT and Hample presented “Interoception Awareness Intervention: Improving Occupational Performance of Toileting.”
Courtney Schauer ‘19, MS, OT; Bryn Yurick ‘19, MS, OT and Fox presented “Upper Extremity Device Adherence Following Acquired Brain Injury.” Contributing authors included Angelina Farole ‘19, MS, OT and Emily Patrick ‘19, MS, OT.
POSTER PRESENTATIONS
Judy Ericksen, PhD, OTR/L presented “Billing and Clinical Reasoning: Do the New CPT Codes Impact Clinical Reasoning?”
Gina Feeney, OTS and Ann Marie Potter, PhD, OTR/L presented “Peripheral Vascular Disease: An OT’s Guide to Participation.”
Lauren Helmig ‘19, MS, OT; Brittany Romano ‘19, MS, OT and Nancy Carlson, Ph. D. OTR/L presented “Clinician and Caregiver Perspectives on the BBC Sensory Scales.” A contributing author was Kyle Murray ‘19, MS, OT.
Joshua Reed, OTS and Hample presented “Primary Care: What’s Stopping Us?”
Madeline Rutherford ‘19, MS OT and Potter presented “Motherhood and Breast Cancer – Improving Holistic Care.” A contributing author was Kristen Beverly ‘19, MS, OT.
Amanda Sabol ‘19, MS; Jordan Klase ‘19, MS; Morgan Smith ‘19, MS and Ericksen presented “Recent Graduates’ Perspectives of Fieldwork and Occupation-Based Practice.”
Missy Ziegler, OTS and Fox presented “The Impact of Fall Prevention Education for Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease.”
Deborah Waltermire, DrPH, OTR/L presented “Young Adults with Congenital Heart Disease: Ideal Components of a Transition Program.” Contributing authors included Emma Christman ‘19, MS, OT and Jenna Pelonero ’19, MS, OT.

Students

Rachel Bickelman ’22 was the recipient of the Best Undergraduate Research Paper Award for her research “Down and Working in the Dumps: The Effects of Job Satisfaction, Work Stress, and Work Hours on Depression” at the 69th Annual Pennsylvania Sociological Society Meeting Oct. 12. Jessica Cox ’22 also presented her research paper “A Force to be Reckoned With: The Effects of Age and Social Media Usage on the Views of Police Use of Force.” Bickelman and Cox also served as session presiders at the conference.

About the Author :

Emma Knight is an honors sophomore mass communications major and graphic design minor. She is the Campus Life Editor on the Etownian, works in the Office of Marketing and Communications as a student writer and is a writing tutor in The Writing Wing.

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