Campus Currents

May 9, 2016

Student Research Poster & Presentation Day

Student Poster and Presentation Day

The 5th Annual Student Poster and Presentation Day was another big success, as students showed off their impressive research and scholarship throughout the day on May 6th.

Research on display included a portfolio day for Fashion Design and Retailing students, oral presentations for students in Criminology and History, and poster presentations from students in Biology, Business Information and Technology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminology, English, Fashion Design and Retailing, History, Nursing, Psychology, Sociology and Spanish. 

Later in the afternoon, graduate level nursing students presented their research as well.

The level of research on a wide range of fascinating topics was truly impressive. A small sampling of topics from each area is listed below:

-Computer Science: Efficient Software Development for Enhancing Elementary Students' Math Abilities (Mark Morabito, Samir Leal, Gustavor Moraes, Ryan Ahearn)

-Fashion Design and Retailing: J. Crew Consumer Analysis of Store Implementation (Raphaela Esposito, Samantha Robinson, India Ward)

-Biology: How Long Term, Low Dose Resveratrol Effects K562 Cells (Danielle Archambault)

-Business and Information Technology: Cyber-terrorism and College Student Awareness (Julian Nanton, Jill Southard, Taylor Cahill)

-Chemistry: Analysis of UV Filters in Sunscreens (Marana Fialho)

-Criminology: Modern Myths of Biological Constants: Sex and Race in Body Identification (Megan Fuller)

-Sociology: Victims of Violence and Their Help-Seeking Practice in the United States (Crayton Miller, Olivia DiFranco, Melanie Hain, Kim Micciche, Michelle Schoonover)

-English: The Diverse Young Adult: The Importance of Diversity and Cultural Identity in Young Adult Literature (Nora Chan)

-History: History and Technology: Traditional Meets Current Methods (Colleen Jenkins)

-Nursing (undergraduate): Violence in the Emergency Room (Michelle Rizza, Trinita Harman, Matthew Austin)

-Psychology: An Assessment of the Use of Clothing in Forming Impressions (Annastasia Vescovi, Elyse Corbett)

-Spanish: Dissociation in the Short Story Su Ausencia (Katrina Couffer, Becky Merritt, Julia Downey) 

-Nursing (Graduate): Effective End-of-Life Teaching Strategies (Ashley Fowler) 

The Annul Student Poster and Presentation Day is sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship and Services (CELTSS), as well as the Fashion Design and Retailing Department.

24th Annual MERC Conference

The 24th Annual MetroWest Economic Research Center Conference at Framingham State University is scheduled for Friday, May 13, at 7 a.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum. The title of the conference is "Expansion in MetroWest: Headwinds and Tailwinds."

The Keynote speaker is Dr. Michael Goodman, executive director of the Public Policy Center and Associate Professor of Public Policy at UMass Dartmouth. Dr. Goodman joined the faculty at UMass Dartmouth in 2009 after serving for eight years as the Director of Economic and Public Policy Research at the UMass Donahue Institute. Between 2009 and 2014 he served as the Chair of the Department of Public Policy and the Graduate Program Director of the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program.

The moderator for the event is Susanne Morreale Leeber, President and CEO, Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce and panelists include:

Linea Aspesi, Associate Vice President, Head of Human Resources Boston Hub at Genzyme Sanofi
Paul Matthews, Executive Director, 495/MetroWest Partnership
Art Robert, Director, Community and Economic Development, Town of Framingham

To learn more or to register, visit

Shin Freedman Receives Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to China

Academic Librarian Shin Freedman received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program grant to China in Library and Information Science from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
Freedman will lecture at Zhejiang University during the 2016-17 academic year on the topic of Exploring a New Framework for Information Literacy.

Freedman is one of over 1,200 U.S. Citizens who will teach, conduct research, and provide expertise abroad for the 2016-17 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program’s establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. Since then, the program has given more than 360,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and sciences the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research and exchange ideas abroad.

Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 54 who have been award the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 33 who have served as a head of state or government.

Psychology Internship Poster Presentations Today

Please stop by the Alumni Room in the McCarthy Center on Monday, 5/9, between 9 and 10:30 a.m. to see the internship poster presentations of students enrolled in Dr. Cynthia Prehar’s internship seminar. Light refreshments will be provided.

Notable Accomplishments

-Last week, the annual freshman honors retreat was renamed the Carolyn Maibor Freshman Honors Retreat to Thompson Island in recognition of Dr. Maibor’s many contributions to the Framingham State Honors Program and its students during her seven years as Director.

Upcoming events

Beyond Sports- The Impact of the Black Athlete on Society

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Heineman Ecumenical Center

Organized by: Diversity & Inclusion

Curiosity Unleashed STEM Career Event

Thursday, February 21, 2019

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

McCarthy Campus Center Forum

Organized by: Career Services and Employer Relations

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