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NU Students Take Five Awards at Eastern Colleges Science Conference

May 3, 2012 by Michael J. Freedman

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Twenty-one colleges and universities from the northeastern United States attended this year's Eastern Colleges Science Conference (ECSC), held April 14 at William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J.  Most of the 267 students and 74 faculty members in attendance made research presentations (in the form of a poster, oral, or manuscript) in search of one of the ECSC's 16 awards.

Students from Niagara University won five:

  • Ashley Scofeld, '12, from Dr. Deborah Leonard's lab authored Induction of Apoptosis in THP-1 Macrophages by 7-Ketocholesterol and Iron Ascorbate Mediated Oxidative Stress.
  • Kristina Foderaro, '12, from Dr. Mark Gallo's lab authored Multi Locus Sequence Typing analysis of Staphylococcus Isolates from White Tailed Deer.
  • Lisa Chute, '12, from Dr. Robert S. Greene's lab authored Dihydroxyvitamin D3  Induces Apoptosis in the Human epitheloid Cervix Carcinoma cell line HeLa.
  • Christopher Dietz, '12, from Dr. Ron Priefer's lab authored Thermo Cage Opening/Rearrangement of Novel Cubyl Styrene Derivatives.
  • Eric Stoutenburg, '13, from Dr. Priefer's lab authored  Thermolytic Mechanism and Fragmentation of Dibenzyloxy Disulfides.

Other participating institutions included Rutgers, Fordham, Hofstra, Providence, Pace, William Paterson and Ithaca.  

In related news, Dr. Robert S. Greene and Connie Guthrie Greene have accepted an invitation to join the ECSC's board of directors.

Niagara University has also been asked to consider hosting the ECSC annual meeting in 2015, its 69th edition.

“That would be a great way to recognize the contributions of Mr. B. Thomas Golisano, the John R. Oishei Foundation and all of the other foundations and individuals who have supported our efforts to enhance our work in student/faculty research,” said Dr. Robert Greene, referencing Niagara University's ongoing construction of a state-of-the-art science center that will bear Golisano's name.

Since 1947, the Eastern Colleges Science Conference has provided a forum for undergraduates to present their empirical and discovery-based research in the natural sciences and engineering, using the general format of a professional meeting. Over the years, over 50 colleges and universities have participated. The range of subject matter has expanded and now includes the computer, behavioral, earth, environmental, health and social sciences, as well as the original areas of biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and engineering.  

The ECSC is an association of primarily undergraduate colleges and universities. The main function of the organization is to stimulate interest in undergraduate research in the sciences and related fields and to provide a lively forum for the presentation of research papers.

Students may give platform (oral) presentations, poster presentations, and/or full-length papers. (A student who submits a full-length paper must also present either a platform talk or a poster.) Students communicate their research in a scientific setting and also learn from colleagues.

To learn more about Niagara University's science programs, please call 716.286.8061 or visit www.niagara.edu/coas/.

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