Brandon Roy ’20, biochemistry & molecular biology, won an Honorable Mention in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Last year, Brandon was the College’s first-known Goldwater Scholar and will pursue his Ph.D. at Cornell University through a fellowship this fall.
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Dr. Chris J. Dolan, professor of political science, will serve as research associate with the Kosovar Centre for Security Studies (KCSS) in Prishtina, Kosovo, where he will research violent extremism, Russia’s use of hybrid warfare tactics, security sector reform, and the role of NATO in the geopolitics of the Western Balkans. He will also serve as a research associate with the Center for Political Courage at the University of Prishtina in Kosovo and research rule of law, democratization, and public policy in Kosovo.
Jeff Remington, an adjunct instructor and thesis advisor in the MSSE Program since 1997, was named one of 50 finalists worldwide from more than 12,000 nominations for a $1 million Global Teacher Prize to be bestowed by The Varkey Foundation. Remington is one of only five U.S. teachers to make the semi-final for the award, which is run in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). He has previously won numerous state and national teaching awards, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching in 2002.
Randal McCarty P’97, Clark Associates Foundation director and director of recruitment, announced that Logan Boal ’22 (actuarial science and computer & data science) and Brandon Kemmery ’22 (digital communications) were selected to receive $5,000 grants through LVC’s Clark Associates Scholarships. Clark Scholarships are awarded to current sophomores and juniors with outstanding leadership skills or an entrepreneurial spirit. Clark Associates Inc., in Lancaster, is one of the fastest growing companies in Central Pennsylvania, with more than 2,800 employees, including 20+ LVC alumni.
Dr. Kathleen Tacelosky, professor of Spanish, presented “Heritage speakers (back) in Mexico: U.S.-raised children in Mexican public schools,” at the Annual Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language in Albuquerque, New Mexico in February. Tacelosky’s panel, using research she conducted while a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico, attempted to draw together linguists and educators to advance dialogue and a research agenda regarding the linguistic needs of heritage Spanish speakers raised in the U.S. who learned to speak Spanish at home before returning to Mexico.
Dr. Kathy Blouch, director of the master of science in STEM education programs, and Andrea Walker, adjunct instructor in science education, presented and exhibited at the ITEEA International Technology Educators Association Conference in Baltimore, Md., with an undergraduate and program graduate. Also, Blouch led “LVC’s Integrated STEM Program: Engaging Students, Empowering Teachers, Growing Leaders, and Enhancing the Community,” with Tyler Frantz ’08, M’20, and Robyn Weiland ’20.
Dr. Erica Unger, associate professor of biology and director of neuroscience, co-authored “Iron-deficiency and dopaminergic treatment effects on RLS-Like behaviors of an animal model with the brain iron deficiency pattern of the restless legs syndrome” and “Developing a behavioral model of Restless Legs Syndrome utilizing mice with natural variances in ventral midbrain iron,” which were published on ScienceDirect. Unger and her colleagues concluded that BXD strain 40 mice provide a useful tool to model RLS and that the severity of brain iron deficiency is linked to restless legs syndrome symptoms.
Dr. Monica Cowart, provost and vice president of academic affairs, attended the LEAoP Educator’s Summit at Rock Lititz in February with six faculty members and Christina Wolfe, Breen Center employer relations specialist. Professor Tami Barton, associate professor of accounting; Dr. Treva Clark, chair and associate professor of business and economics; Dr. Kimberlee Josephson, associate dean of the Breen Center and assistant professor of business administration; Dr. Robert Machado, chair of humanities and director of English; Dr. Jeff Ritchie, chair and professor of design, media, and technology; and Professor Jeff Snyder, chair and professor of music, heard panel discussions and met representatives from the music industry businesses that make up Rock Lititz, including Tait Towers, Atomic, and Claire Brothers.
Several physical therapy faculty and students presented their research at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting in Denver, Colo., last month. Two faculty members also received recognition during the gathering of more than 18,000 attendees. Dr. Jennifer Price, director of clinical education for PT, received her Pediatric Clinical Specialist Board Certification from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, and Dr. Justin Mierzwicki, clinical assistant professor of PT, was recognized by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties–Geriatrics as “Most Productive Item Writer–2019” for the national board certification examination.
Price; Dr. Katie Oriel, professor of PT; Danielle Burns ’18, D’20; Kaytlyn Fielder ’18, D’20; Alisha Kelley ’18, D’20; and Kayla Roca ’18, D’20 presented their peer-reviewed research poster, “Parent Perceptions of an Early Participation Experience in Young Children with Disabilities: Aquatics versus Land.” Mierzwicki; Kevin Griffith ’18, D’20; Kelsey Harrison ’18, D’20; Nikki Singley ’17, D’20; Madelyn Fox ’18, D’20; and Daryl Holstay ’18, D’20 presented their peer-reviewed research poster, “Comparison of High-Intensity Resistance and Power Training Programs in Pre-Frail and Frail Older Adults.”
Joshua Miller ’21, a physics and math double major, was selected for the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Program. This highly competitive program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy national labs, enables undergraduates to conduct research with some of the most talented scientists in the world. Miller will work on nuclear physics research this summer at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Virginia.