Graduate School Student Success
Stacy Stolzman, MPT, PhDc, is in her 3rd year of the Clinical and Translational Rehabilitative Health Sciences (CTRH) PhD Program. She presented a research poster Does Body Composition Influence Physical Fitness and Pain Reports in Adolescents? at Obesity Week 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia in November 2013. Her results indicated the distribution of body fat (gynoid versus android) can significantly influence adolescents’ physical fitness values and pain intensity during flexibility testing. Pain also decreases following a maximal aerobic exercise test only at the exercising muscle independent of weight status. Stacy is the recipient of a Clinical and Translational Science Institute Pilot Grant for her PhD dissertation project and a PODS I Award through the American Physical Therapy Association. She plans to pursue a tenure track physical therapy professor position when her PhD is complete in May 2015.
Paul Monson, a doctoral student in Religious Studies, has been awarded a Charles M. Ross Trust Scholarship for 2013-14. The Charles M. Ross Trust was established under the Last Will of Charles Marion Ross, for providing graduate training for gifted students of promise who are committed to world service. In accordance with the terms of the Will of Mr. Ross, grants are usually confined to students in the fields of religion, sociology, medicine, and teaching.
Hugo Pereira, a 4th year Interdisciplinary Ph.D. student, recently presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Neuroscience in San Diego, CA. His presentation, Sex Difference in Motor Fatigue for Old Adults in Response to Increased Cognitive Demand, investigates different levels of cognitive load imposed during a sustained elbow flexor contraction until task failure. The results showed that old women presented greater declines in time to task failure when a cognitive load was imposed to the fatiguing contraction compared to old men. The greater decline in time to task failure with increased cognitive load was associated with lower baseline maximal strength. This results highlight the greater risk of women to fatigability with cognitive load and the influence of baseline maximal strength. Understanding these sex differences will help to better prevent functional and cognitive decline with aging.
Allen Williams, a Master’s student in Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, recently presented a poster presentation in the Netherlands. The presentation entitled,Optimizing Regeneration Eluate of Mainstream Municipal Wastewater Ion Exchange Columns for Ammonium Recovery, researches ammonium recovery from wastewater for beneficial use as a fertilizer. This topic is relevant to environmental engineering as it deals with energy demand and global warming. People use a vast amount of energy to make nitrogen fertilizer from nitrogen gas and then wastewater treatment plants use more energy to convert ammonium-nitrogen back into nitrogen gas. The researched technology would allow municipalities to recover the nitrogen for sale as a fertilizer. This would reduce global energy demand and therefore reduce greenhouse gases emission from coal fired power plants. It would also reduce the nitrous oxide (a greenhouse gas) emissions from conventional wastewater treatment plants using nitrification/denitrification to remove ammonium. All of this would be accomplished while still meeting regulatory requirements for discharge of nitrogen to waterways. Allen is also the recipient of the 2013 CSWEA Academic Excellence Award and 2012 FET Scholarship. He is anticipating graduation in December 2013. Allen hopes to work as an environmental engineer in manufacturing, consulting, or with a governmental agency.
Stephanie Pritchard, a Master’s student in counseling has been awarded a Charles M. Ross Trust Scholarship for 2013-2014. The Charles M. Ross Trust was established under the Last Will of Charles Marion Ross, for providing graduate training for gifted students of promise who are committed to world service. In accordance with the terms of the Will of Mr. Ross, grants are usually confined to students in the fields of religion, sociology, medicine, and teaching.
Dora Clayton-Jones, a Ph.D. student in the College of Nursing presented her paper, Religiosity and Spirituality in Adolescents with Sickle Cell Disease at the Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Health, Religion, and Spirituality at Indiana State University. Dora’s research is a qualitative study. The aims are to describe religiosity and spirituality as experienced and perceived by adolescents living with sickle cell disease, to examine the role of religiosity and spirituality in coping with a chronic illness, and to examine the role of religious and spiritual development in shaping beliefs about health and illness. Dora plans to continue research with children and adolescents living with sickle cell disease. She will continue to teach pediatric nursing courses, and build upon the integration of spirituality into the nursing curriculum to include pediatric spirituality. Dora is also an Arthur J. Schmitt Fellow, and was a student speaker for the 50th Anniversary of the Arthur J. Schmitt Foundation.
Dan Garcia recently traveled to Western Illinois University to present his research, The Graduate School Search: Deciding, Applying, Thriving. The paper takes undergraduate students through the introspective process of choosing a student affairs program and graduate school that meets their personal and professional goals, provides a general outline of the application process (i.e. personal statements, the GRE, and references), and offers advice on the transition from an undergraduate to a graduate level of education. Dan is a Master’s student studying in College Student Personnel Administration. He hopes to change lives by working in enrollment management and student services, while working toward his aspiration of leading a division of student affairs as a vice president.
Paul Kaefer, a Master’s student in Computational Sciences, recently traveled to the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics in Manchester, UK. There he presented a paper, Computational Awareness in a Tactile Responsive Humanoid Robot Comedian. The research was sponsored by MU’s Humanoid Engineering and Intelligent Robotics (HEIR) lab and coauthored by Kevin Germino, Dustin Venske, and Dr. Andrew B. Williams. The research studied joke-telling robots that respond to audience feedback. Their goal was to have the robot change its routine based on whether or not the audience enjoyed a given joke. The significance of the research is in computational awareness, which involves enabling machines to be aware of and responsive to human behavior. Paul graduated with his Bachelor’s in May 2013, Magna Cum Laude, from Marquette’s Computer Engineering program. He currently works as a research assistant in MU’s GasDay lab and hopes to work in data analysis or robotics upon earning his Master’s.
Catlyn Origitano recently traveled to the FEAST Conference (The Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory), in Tempe Arizona to present her paper, Pluralistic Perspectives and Moral Imagination: A Cautionary Tale. Catlyn’s paper investigates the role of imagination in our everyday moral understanding and deliberation. In particular, she critiques the idea that one can easily place herself in another person’s shoes and from there discover the best course of action. While imagination does allow for such empathetic activities, Catlyn argues that we must admit that there are limitations to such exercises and that in fact they can be dangerous and harmful if by doing so we do not allow the other to speak for herself. Catlyn is currently ABD in Philosophy.
Dan Carey, a PhD student in Environmental Engineering, presented his paper/poster at the Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) in Chicago, IL. His presentation entitled, Biosolid Derived Biochar to Immobilize and Recycle Ammonium from Wastewater For Agronomy, describes research which beneficially uses waste solids (eg. biosolids) from wastewater treatment facilities. In this process, biosolids are heated to a high temperature in an atmosphere that lacks oxygen; this process is often referred to a pyrolysis. The products of pyrolysis include methane, which can be used as a renewable fuel in place of natural gas, and biochar. Biochar is very similar to charcoal. The biochar is then used to capture nutrients from wastewater and recycled as a fertilizer. This research revealed that biochar produced and treated in this manner can be as effective as chemical fertilizers. Overall this process creates renewable fuel, sequesters carbon in the form of biochar, and recycles nutrients from wastewater.
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