Christopher Bailey, Professor of Chemistry, accompanied Wells students Courtney Fesko and Katheryn Sweeney to the 29th National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR), which was held at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA, April 15-20, 2015. Courtney presented her work "Computational Investigations of an Intramolecular, Hetero-, Inverse-Electron Demand Diels-Alder (IMHDA) Reaction," which was performed in collaboration with fellow students Angelo Papagelos, Levi Christman, and Lorelei E. Meier under the direction of Professor Lauren O'Neil. Kathryn's work, "Bioassessment of the Water Quality of the Tioughnioga River In Relation To Surrounding Land Use, Cortland County, NY," was overseen by Professor Niamh O'Leary. The NCUR conferences are intended to be celebrations of undergraduate intellectual life in which the students present their own research to a national audience and engage in scholarly discussions in their own and unrelated disciplines. ANY discipline in which a student has engaged in scholarly or creative work is eligible. Over 140 Wells students have participated in the NCUR Conferences since 1989. The Council on Undergraduate Research recently recognized the leadership shown by Wells College in providing a significant number of our students the opportunity to present their work at NCUR.
Catherine Burroughs, Professor of English, continues to serve on a graduate committee at Cornell University for a student in Theatre Studies who is writing a dissertation titled "In Search of a Feminist Gothic Theatre."
Laura McClusky, Professor of Sociology, served as discussant for a panel on Sexual Assault on College Campuses, March 27th. The panel was hosted by the Gender Based Violence Topic Interest Group of the Society for Applied Anthropology, and was part of the Society's 75th Annual Meetings. McClusky finished her term as co-chair of the Topic Interest Group. She was also granted a sabbatical leave and plans on continuing her research among Maya in southern Belize.