April 2017 Faculty Accomplishments

Professor of Chemistry, Christopher T. Bailey organized Wells College’s participation in, and attended, the 31st National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), held April 6-8 at the University of Memphis in Tennessee. This is the 29th year that Wells has participated in NCUR. Three students accompanied Professor Bailey this year and presented the results of their respective research projects:

Meredith Kadjeski, Biology/Environmental Science, “Dissolved Organic Matter Structure Quality Across a Gradient of North Temperate Lakes” (Schnurr).

Mikaela Mehlrose, Visual Arts/Art History, “An Exploration of the Intersections of Artistic and Gender Marginalization through the Works of L.J. Roberts” (Demerdash-Fatemi).

Anastasia Toumpas, Biology/ Environmental Policy, “Factors Affecting Super-Spreading of Epidemics: A Study of Infection in Peromyscus” (Schnurr).

Marian Brown, Director for the Center for Sustainability and the Environment,was named to the Cayuga Community College Board of Trustees.

Lindsay Burwell, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, attended the Baker Chemistry Symposium at Cornell University along with 14 Wells students. Wells College was one of only a few undergraduate institutions invited to participate. 

Dr. Burwell was an author on a paper accepted to The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences titled, "Erythritol is a pentose-phosphate pathway metabolite and associated with adiposity gain in young adults". Lindsay worked with collaborators in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University to identify metabolic markers that associated with weight gain in college Freshman. One marker, erythritol, was found to be elevated in the Freshman population that gained weight.  This paper provides the first evidence that erythritol (a low-calorie natural sweetener isolated from plants) could also be synthesize in the human body during glucose metabolism. Further investigations will be made to understand how this pathway plays a role in or predicts weight gain.

Dr. Gehan Dhameeth, Assistant Professor of Business, served as one of the judges for the "International Business Plan Competition" held at Ithaca College Business School for Undergraduate International Business Seminar and Graduate (MBA) Managing Global Economy Courses. 

Siouxsie Easter, Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance, directed Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck for the Auburn Players on April 20-23, 2017. The production featured five Wells students in on stage and back stage roles, and Patti Goebel as the Set Designer. The production won six awards from the Theatre Association of New York State: Excellence in Directing to Siouxsie Easter; Excellence in Set Design to Patti Goebel; Excellence in Lighting Design; two awards for Excellence in Acting, one for Reuben Bryan '17; and Meritorious Achievement in Ensemble Work to the Cast.

Patti Goebel, Professor of Technical Theatre recently worked with the Auburn Community Players on their production "Of Mice And Men" as the Technical Director and Set Designer at Cayuga Community College. For this production Patti was honored by the Theatre Association of New York State (TANYS) with the award for "Excellence in Scenic Design." 

Harold Lamson, Adjunct Professor in Math and Computer Science, has been selected as a scorer for Pearson PARCC Project.

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