Research Success Stories
SU students are pursuing their dreams and earning $$$ for it.
Anna Mackley (’09), who conducted undergraduate research on
E. coli 0157:H7, was one of only five students in the U.S. to
receive a prestigious legacy scholarship from the American
Society for Clinical Pathology and Siemens Healthcare
Senior Kristen Tannen became the third SU student in two
years to win the international Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship.
She used it to study abroad, living with an Ecuadorian family.
French M.B.A. student and budding entrepreneur Benjamin Bottura
(’09) recently captured SU’s $5,000 Bernstein Award with his
business plan for La Cuisine, a “cooking restaurant” that allows
patrons to dine on their own creations.
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GIS Grants Grow
From crime and the Internet to flood plains and foodsheds,
mapping projects recently awarded to SU’s Eastern Shore Regional
GIS Cooperative total more than $1 million. Dr. Art Lembo of
Geography and Geosciences is partnering with Cornell and Tufts
universities to model geographic areas that grow and supply food
to populations in Michigan, Mississippi and New Mexico. Locally,
he is mapping crime for Salisbury Police. Other current projects
involve flood maps for the Maryland Environmental Service,
traffic flow data for the Salisbury metropolitan area and
natural hazard mitigation plans for Delaware counties. The co-op
is also partnering with SU’s Business, Economic and Community
Outreach Network to conduct focus groups and map broadband
Internet access statewide.
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Researchers Go South
SU researchers, including two husband and wife duos, are
providing some unique international experiences for students.
Drs. Richard and Kim Hunter of Biology took a conservation
expedition in Indonesia’s Wakatobi National Park to establish a
field lab and extract DNA from two hard coral species.
Professors Dan Harris of Geography and Geosciences and Jill
Caviglia-Harris of Economics and Finance, with their 5- and
7-year-old children, went to Brazil to investigate and map the
economic and environmental impacts of small-scale farming in the
While Dr. Ryan Taylor of Biology is not working with his
spouse, he is examining the mate choices of túngara frogs in
Panama. All have involved SU undergraduates in their work.
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SU is tackling workforce shortages in nursing and sciences,
thanks to grants totaling nearly $2 million. Some $996,303 from
the National Science Foundation will be used to attract students
to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
fields. The five-year project complements SU’s latest
Living-Learning Community for first-year STEM majors. “SU has
aggressively responded to national needs in critical STEM areas,
as these careers are key to the innovation-based economy of
Maryland and the U.S.,” said project co-investigator Tom Jones.
For nursing majors, $937,035 from the Maryland Hospital
Association will fund a high-tech simulation center with
life-like computerized mannequins programmed to replicate
demanding, unpredictable clinical situations, including labor
and delivery. “Recent nursing department grants clearly affirm
the quality of our students and program, and I commend our
faculty for their commitment to addressing Maryland’s need for
nurses,” said Henson School Dean Karen Olmstead.
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