Misericordia University is presenting a series of research and scholarly work presentations by students and faculty members on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 3-5 p.m. in Lemmond Theater at Walsh Hall as part of Inauguration Week events to recognize the presidency of Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., who became the University’s 13th president on July 1. The event is open free to the public.
In the College of Health Sciences, Hunter Manasco, Ph.D., C.C.C./S.L.P., assistant professor of speech-language pathology, and Christina Santhouse, M.S., C.C.C./S.L.P., a 2010 graduate of the program, are presenting, “Single Case Study: Long-Term Recovery from Childhood Hemispherectomy.’’ Hemispherectomy, which was developed in the 1980s, is a surgery to remove all or most of an entire cerebral hemisphere. It is performed on children usually to relieve lift-threatening seizures. The first generation of hemispherectomy survivors is now reaching adulthood and no reports have been published to indicate their level of function. The Misericordia study examines a young college-age adult’s long-term recovery from the surgery at age seven.
Cynthia Mailloux, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Nursing; Kathleen M. Sheikh, M.S.N., R.N., C.R.N.P., F.N.P.-B.C., assistant professor of nursing, and Vanessa A. Pannunzio-Mayorowski, M.S.N., R.N., C.R.N.P., F.N.P.-B.C., assistant professor of nursing, are offering, “Student Satisfaction and Self-Confidence using High Fidelity Simulation.’’ The study measured the confidence and satisfaction of 176 traditional and nontraditional nursing students in various levels of study who used the high-tech simulation laboratories in the Erwine Nursing Lab and Classroom. The report supports the use of high fidelity simulation as a means of increasing student satisfaction and self-confidence when teaching clinical skills.
In the College of Arts and Sciences, Melissa Sgroi, Ed.D., chair of the Department of Communications; Daniel Kimbrough, M.A., assistant professor of communications, and communications student Callen Clark will present a 10-minute version of their documentary, “VOTE: The Disabled Democracy,’’ a sequel to their award-winning documentary, “Vote.’’ The new film outlines changes made to polling places since spring 2013 when the initial documentary uncovered physical barriers that could have prevented people with disabilities from casting their votes.
Brian Carso, J.D., Ph.D., associate professor of history and government, and Nate Delmar, a 2013 graduate of MU, will make the presentation, “Our Darling Willie: Abraham Lincoln and the Death of His Son.’’ The presentation focuses largely on how the death of William Wallace (Willie) Lincoln, the third son of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln in 1862 impacted President Lincoln’s religious thought and his sense of fatalism. Willie Lincoln died at age 11 after an illness, most likely typhoid fever.
In the College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences, John Mellon, Ed.D., associate professor of business, and student Joseph Layman will present, “Student Preferred Methods of Instruction Survey for Enhancing Teaching Practices.’’ During the 2012 fall semester, Dr. Mellon conducted a survey. He collected and analyzed empirical data that revealed student-preferred methods of instruction.