HFU Students Present at 2018 SEPCHE Honors Conference

Image of speaker at SEPCHE honors conferenceTwelve students from Holy Family University were selected to showcase their scholarly work at the 19th annual SEPCHE Honors Conference on March 24 at Arcadia University. Working under the direction and guidance of Holy Family’s Honor Council and a mentoring professor, student work ranged from sabermetrics to the influenza virus, as well as various art pieces.

Melissa Cahill
Sabermetrics Applied to Faculty Evaluations
Faculty Mentor: S. Marcella Louise Wallowicz, CSFN, PhD

Based on the Lincoln Police Department’s sabermetric, VORC, which describes a police officer’s overall performance, this project uses sabermetrics to evaluate professors via three factors on which professors are assessed: teaching, scholarship, and service. It investigates the faculty members internally to other teachers within their institutions and externally to teachers at other organizations who perform similar jobs and accounts for personal achievements pertaining to their occupation.

Kristina Colon
Life of the Wild
Faculty Mentor: Pamela Flynn, MFA

My artwork captures the beauty of different animals in their natural environment. Clay is the medium I mostly enjoy working with while using different techniques as well. As an art therapy major, working with clay allows me to not only express myself, but relieve stress in a healthy way.

Rachel D'Angelo
Faculty Mentor: Pamela Flynn, MFA

My sculpture, entitled "Reaching," represents a human arm and hand that are separated from each other but connected with two metal rods. The sculpture's cold appearance is reinforced with the metal rods that echo the structure of the bones of the arm. This sculpture expresses struggle, disconnect with the self and perseverance of the human spirit.

Amber Doyle
Painted Perceptions
Faculty Mentor: Megan Meyer, PhD

As part of a Sensation and Perception course, students selected a piece of art from the Philadelphia Museum of Art and identified how concepts related to visual perception (e.g., depth perception) were represented in their chosen piece. The selected piece of artwork for this presentation is Night Scene by Joshua Shaw.

Wiktoria Galica
Understanding Mutational Outcomes in Influenza by Surveying Viral Fitness
Faculty Mentor: Jaclyn Meyers, PhD

The influenza virus poses a challenge as it is able to quickly accumulate mutations within the hemagglutinin surface protein. Here we investigate antigenic hemagglutinin mutations to evaluate viral fitness of mutant viruses compared to wild-type viruses. The goal of this work is to better predict mutational outcomes and eventually aid in the development of more effective vaccines.

Amanda Gurecki
Perceptions of Law Enforcement
Faculty Mentor: Jennifer DeCicco, PhD

Police brutality cases sparked national discourse on racism and law enforcement. Numerous studies looked at the relationship of race and police use of force, focusing on the offender’s race. The current study seeks to understand the impact that race of an officer and perpetrator has on the justification of the use of force. Findings shed light on this important topic.

Dayna Howitz
Just Breathe: Atelectasis vs Pneumothorax
Mentor: Daniel Bassi MSci, PhD

Breathing is essential for life. However, there are times when our lungs do not or cannot expand fully and allow in the air we need for survival. A closer look at two conditions where the lungs are collapsed, what they are, how they are treated, how they can be prevented, and who is at risk.

Tuyen Le
Integer Solutions and Card Games
Faculty Mentor: Guo-An Diao, PhD

The 24 math game is made based on randomly drawing four cards from a deck of poker cards and use the values of cards (A = 1, J =11, Q=12, K=13) with elementary arithmatic operations (+, - , /, x) to get to number 24. Using stars and bars in the context of combinatorial mathematics, there are 1820 situations from drawing 4 cards, but not all quadruples are solvable.

Erica Longobardi
Faculty Mentor: Pamela Flynn, MFA

As an artist, I like to explore various experiences that evoke fear, anger, and sadness using expressive colors emphasizing my personal interpretation of the world around me. As I am working with oil paints, the process becomes intuitive, allowing my unconscious mind to create the work. I essentially become lost in the process.

Meghan Rakus
Mindfulness in the Classroom: A New Look at Education
Faculty Mentor: Kimberly Heuschkel, EdD

In an education system focused on intellectual intelligence, there is an urgency to take a new look at the classroom environment. Mindfulness interwoven into education can change the outcome of students’ futures and play a positive effect on their cognitive, socio-emotional, and physical health. This presentation will explain the importance of mindfulness for all ages and how it can impact the students, educators, and the outside community.

Vladislav Tatarintsev
Economic Sanctions are an Ineffective Foreign Policy Tool
Faculty Mentor: Daniel Mankowski, EdD

By many, sanctions are perceived as an effective foreign policy tool. However, sanctions are ineffective and even counterproductive. Scientific research has shown that they have had a very low success rate throughout the 20th century. Not only do they rarely work, they can enrage those you try to weaken, which creates complications. Iraq and Russia are clear examples of instances where sanctions did not produce the desired effect and were simply counterproductive.

Vanessa Waller-Peaker
Social Media: A positive tool or a weapon of mass destruction?
Faculty Mentor: Janice Hua Xu, PhD

Social media has positively influenced medical communities, religious affiliations, businesses, institutions of higher education, as well as the general population. However, if extreme caution, wisdom and guidelines are not used, this same outlet can become a weapon of mass destruction. The aim of this presentation is to provoke responsible usage by illuminating potential and often hidden dangers found within.