Conference April 23 to celebrate student research
Approximately 400 Shippensburg University
students will participate in the annual Celebration of Student Research Conference April
The event highlights the year-long efforts by
students who collaborate with faculty to conduct research in various areas.
Topics this year include preventing adolescent gang involvement, providing
better services for bereavement support and helping Americans understand their
The conference, open to the public, is 3 to 9
p.m. in the Ceddia Union Building.
really is an opportunity to show off the work they’ve been doing on their own
or with a professor for the past year. Now’s the chance to shine, to show their
friends and family,” says Dr. Marc Renault, chair of the Council on Student
The conference keynote address, at 7 p.m. April
22 in Old Main Chapel, is being presented by alumni Dr. Gary and Mary Jo Grove.
The Groves both earned their undergraduate and graduate degrees from
Shippensburg. Gary received his in 1968 and 1970 and Mary Jo earned hers in
1969 and 1970. Gary later received a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State
They will discuss their firm, cyberDERM Inc.,
which they founded in 1997. The firm focuses on computerized biomedical research instruments that allow
changes in skin structure and function to be monitored non-invasively. The
group has more than 40 years of experience in working in close concert with
numerous cosmetic and pharmaceutical firms and government regulatory agencies
to develop methods for assessing the safety and efficacy of a wide variety of
The conference will feature 140 poster
presentations, 30 oral presentations and 12 department panels. “Something new
this year that I’m really excited about is our participation from the music
department. They are having several small performances, allowing students to
talk about their music in a research setting,” said Renault.
Sarah Johnston, a graduate student in biology and
Kaitlyn Wallace, a senior undergraduate biology major, created one of the 140
posters to be presented. Their research focused on the prevalence of Escherichia
coli (E. coli) in Pennsylvania and surrounding states.
“We processed white-tailed deer fecal samples
collected from various sites in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, and
Virginia and cultured the bacteria. Results indicated the presence of E. coli,
but not necessarily the virulence factor known as Shiga Toxin (STEC), which can
cause severe illness in humans,” said Johnston.
According to Wallace “I am looking forward to
sharing my results with the public in order to educate them on STEC, and
hopefully give them enough food for thought on how to prevent a STEC infection.”
More information about the conference is
available at http://www.ship.edu/Student_Research_Conference.