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Dr. Kelly Orlando, assistant professor of biology, is currently collaborating with Dr. Dennis Wykoff, associate professor of biology and the Dennis M. Cook Endowed Gregor Mendel Chair in Genetics at Villanova University.  Dr. Wykoff was awarded $548,273  for a three year National Science Foundation grant entitled “RUI: Evolution of Signal Transduction Pathways in Yeast.”  This grant builds on the past six years of NSF funding in the Wykoff laboratory and focuses on how a variety of fungal species synthesizes thiamine.  Thiamine (or vitamin B1) is essential for growth of all organisms, and Dr. Wykoff’s laboratory has uncovered novel regulation of thiamine in fungal species that are commensal with humans. This work in the near term has evolutionary implications and in the long term may uncover potential antifungal compounds. As part of Dr. Orlando’s continuing collaboration with the Wykoff lab, the grant will fund an Immaculata University undergraduate to work in the Wykoff lab over the next two summers, will allow Dr. Orlando to join the Immaculata student at Villanova for part of the summer, and will fund reagents needed for the Immaculata students to continue their research at Immaculata throughout the school year.

 Dr. Stephanie Theodorou and Leon Niemoczynski, faculty in the Department of Philosophy, co-edited an open-access volume on animal consciousness and emotion titled “Animal Experience: Consciousness and Emotions in the Natural World.” You can access the book here.


Dr. Laura Frank, professor of foods and nutrition, authored an article titled “Dietary and Supplement Intake of HIV-Infected Children and Young Adults” in the August 2014 issue of Infant, Child and Adolescent Nutrition.  She presented a poster on this subject at the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Research Day on May 22, 2014, at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Frank also presented at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center Pediatrics Conference and the American Academy of Pediatrics Conference in October 2013 on various topics, including pediatric obesity prevention and treatment.

Dr. David Martinson, assistant professor in the Graduate Psychology Department, completed a collaborative supervision feedback project with Immaculata graduate students.  He presented his initial findings at the International Association for Counseling Conference in Victoria, BC, May 3-7, 2014.

Dr. Marisa Pereyra, associate professor of global languages, presented a paper on Colombian writer Laura Restrepo at the XIII Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica in Cartagena, Colombia in March 2014.






Student Research

IU Students Participate in Summer Research Internship 

Dylan Chudoff and Libby Graves are participating in a 2014 SEPCHE summer research course at Cabrini College called “Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (PHAGES).” This course enables them to participate in undergraduate research in several scientific disciplines, including microbiology, virology, genetics, genomics and bioinformatics. Affiliated with the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute, PHAGES allows students to isolate and characterize their own unique bacteriophage, name it and have their bacteriophage archived in the laboratory of Dr. Graham Hatfull at the University of Pittsburgh.


Immaculata Students Present Their Research


Dennis Alvarez, Dylan Chudoff, and David Witte (pictured above) presented at the Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences on October 25 at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. Biology student Dennis Alvarez  presented on Microclimatic Conditions among Trees on Parking Lot “Islands" and Biology student Dylan Chudoff presented on Isolation of Novel Arthrobacter Species Phages. Chemistry student David Witte presented on The Effects of Motor Protein Binding on Microtubule Depolymerization. Their travel expenses were funded by a Pathways enrichment grant.  

Graduate nursing students Kimberly Johnson, Joyce Kish, Rosalyn McGrath, Mary Rooney, Marianne Saunders, Celina Siwula, Lisa Springer, Duane Stanton, and Lauren Stoltzfus (pictured above) presented their M.S.N. Capstone Posters at Immaculata on August 11, 2014.  You can view their abstracts here.

Students Alyssa Iulianetti and Kelly Rickert and Dr. Dawn Kriebel (pictured above) presented a poster at the annual American Psychological Association Conference in August 2014 on "Parent Teaching, Cumulative Instability and School Readiness Among Head Start Children."  Their research and conference fees were funded by an Immaculata mini-grant.

Thirteen nutrition thesis students, along with their mentor Dr. Laura Frank (pictured above), presented research posters at the PA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual meeting on April 23, 2014. The students were Tania Bezerra, Therese Campagna, Rachel Yik Han Chan, JoAnne DeRobertis, Laura DiPiero, Brittany Ford, Lisa Miller Fox, Carrie Gerencher (pictured), Diane Hare, Devon Hurley, Pearl Joshua, Stephanie Mina, and Isabel Tse Wong.


Undergraduate Research at the Capitol--Pennsylvania poster conference








Biology student Christian Scalo, mentored by Dr. Frank Martin, was selected to present at the annual Undergraduate Research at the Capitol--Pennsylvania conference in Harrisburg, PA on March 11, 2014. His poster, titled "Controlling the Carolina Biological Microbial Fuel Cell Laboratory Exercise", studied the cellular and chemical mechanisms which demonstrate the workings of the Carolina Biological Microbial Fuel Cell Laboratory Exercise.

Posters Under the Dome 2014              

On Thursday, April 10, 2014, the Office of Sponsored Research hosted Posters Under the Dome, an annual event showcasing student research.  The Villa Maria Rotunda, Halls, and Green Room were filled with students, faculty, and other Immaculata community members celebrating the continuing tradition of research at Immaculata University.  Featured were a number of entries funded under the Immaculata University mini-grants program, as well as others that are the culmination of student independent study.

This spring’s Posters under the Dome event was the most successful yet; it surpassed that of the previous year in scope and depth.  Fifty-eight posters and 75 student presenters displayed their research.  Sixty-four undergraduate students from the departments of Art, Biology, Chemistry, History, Human Movement Sciences, Math/Computing Sciences/Physics, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Nursing presented 49 posters.  Eleven graduate students participated from Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Graduate Psychology departments; they presented a total of nine posters!

The following projects were presented: View Abstracts



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