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April 2019 Academic Updates

Sarah Bell Apr 17, 2019

Faculty News

  • Robert Bonser (Athletic Training) had an article published in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. Bonser was one of the authors of the original research, titled, “Evaluating the Relationship Between Clinical Assessments of Apparent Hamstring Tightness: A Correlational Analysis.”
  • James Bush (Mathematics) served as a moderator for the New York Times weekly online feature, “What’s Going On in This Graph,” on March 20.
  • Xela Batchelder (Business Administration) was one of only seven people selected to do a Professional Development Workshop for the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council for the 2019 workshop series. The talk will be “Independently Touring the World: How to Take Control of your Touring.”
  • Batchelder had two proposals selected to be part of the City of Pittsburgh and Urban Development Authority of Pittsburgh’s 2019 Inclusive Innovation  Summit.
  • Kathy Stolfer (Nursing) will present an abstract on “Preparing Students for Tomorrow Based on Realities of Today: Active Shooter Simulation – A Collaborative, Inter-professional Learning Experience,” at the University of Kentucky at the 15th annual Faculty Development Conference in May.
  • Sherry Parsons (Nursing) participated in a Leadership Seminar on March 26, presenting “Being an Assertive Leader to Advance Team Objectives.”


Student News

  • Ten WU undergraduate and graduate students partnered with thirteen graduate students from Carnegie Mellon University to study food insecurity issues in Greene County. The students interviewed local agencies and their clients to understand the challenges facing county residents and have developed possible solutions. They held two immersion days and worked together at both WU and CMU and presented their recommendations to the Greene County Commissioners on March 22.
  • Claire Gething (Biochemistry) won second place in the Undergraduate Research in Polymer Science Symposium poster presentation. The award was presented in a ceremony on April 3.
  • Mattie Winowitch and Teghan Simonton (Journalism) won second and third place, respectively, in the annual Gertrude Gordon Writing Contest. Winowitch and Simonton were recognized at the Women’s Press Club of Pittsburgh 128th Anniversary Dinner & Journalism Awards on April 4.
  • Kat Thompson (Biology) secured a paid internship to study bottlenose dolphins at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, Mississippi.
  • Emily Hill (Biology) secured a paid internship at Clemson.
  • Courtney Parks (Biology) secured a paid internship working with Project Terrapin.
  • Senior Megan Snyder (Biology) was accepted to Physician Assistant Programs at Alderson Broadus, Marietta College and Chatham. She is planning to attend Chatham University.