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SU Celebrates Recent Student and Staff Successes

Holloway HallSALISBURY, MD---Salisbury University is celebrating the following recent student and staff successes:

SU Undergraduate Research Published

The results of a study by an SU undergraduate molecular genetics course recently were published in the FASEB Journal, a peer-reviewed international biological research journal produced by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

The study reviewed commercial genetic tests for hemp seed gender, which have proliferated to support the burgeoning cannabidiol (CBD) industry. Hemp farmers use the tests to identify and eliminate male plants at the seedling stage in an effort to leave female plants unfertilized, allowing them to produce higher amounts of the CBD precursor. The study, however, showed that not all commercial tests provided accurate results.

Biological sciences major Allison Nalesnik of Poolesville, MD, was scheduled to present the students’ research at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s annual meeting in April. The meeting was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Garrison Earns NAMM President’s Innovation Award

Music major Geneque Garrison of Salisbury received the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) President’s Innovation Award to assist with travel to the 2020 NAMM show in Anaheim, CA, as a participant of the NAMM Foundation-College Music Society NextGen program.

During the show, Garrison attended workshops on the music industry and meeting with music business students and leaders from around the country. She also toured Walt Disney Concert Hall and attended a Los Angeles Philharmonic dress rehearsal with her faculty mentors, Drs. Sachi Murasugi and Jeffrey Schoyen, and former Salisbury Symphony Orchestra at SU guest artist and L.A. Phil principal piccolo Sarah Jackson.

Dockins-Mills, Modlin Host ITGA Webinar

Dr. Lawanda Dockins-Mills, associate dean of students and Town-Gown Council vice chair, and Eli Modlin, chief of staff and director of government and community relations, recently hosted the International Town-Gown Association (IGTA) webinar “Building Common Ground with Landlords/Property Owners, Community and Students Living Off Campus During Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).”

Topics included best practices, as well as ideas brainstormed through SU’s Neighborhood Compact, such as leniency on rent due dates, waiving late fees, payment plans for student renters demonstrating hardship, rent reductions and forgiveness, and trading labor (painting, maintenance, etc.) for rent.

Hardy Named to Library Racial Equity Task Force

Dr. Beatriz Hardy, dean of libraries and instructional resources, has been named to a national joint task force to create a framework for cultural proficiencies in racial equity that can be used in public and academic libraries.

Hardy will join 11 colleagues from the U.S. and Canada in serving on the Building Cultural Proficiencies for Racial Equity Framework Task Force, assembled by the Association of College and Research Libraries; Association of Research Libraries; American Library Association’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services; and Public Library Association.

For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU website.