Academic Accomplishments

    Academic Accomplishments

    Student Work

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    2009 Faculty Accomplishments

    Dr. Malcolm J. D'Souza, professor of Chemistry, published a peer-reviewed article in the March issue of the International Journal of Molecular Sciences (  Wesley student Darneisha Reed, who will graduate this year with a bachelor’s in Medical Technology, completed a part of this project during her 2008 NIH-INBRE supported summer internship and is a co-author.  This research was a collaborative project with Dr. Jin Burm Kyong of Hanyang University, Korea, and Dr. Dennis N. Kevill of Northern Illinois University. The project involved elucidating the mechanism of reaction of isopropyl chloroformate (which is used in the production of weed killers). The article has now provided a detailed explanation for its decomposition in water and various organic solvents. Isopropyl chloroformate is known to explode on standing, even when kept at low temperatures in a refrigerator. The research was sponsored by the DE-NIH-INBRE grant obtained through the leadership at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI).

    Dr. Lynn Everett, associate professor of Biology, and Dr. Malcolm D’Souza, professor of Chemistry, co-authored a paper entitled “Structure Activity Relationship (SAR) patterns observed within a series of unrelated common consumer drugs.” The research was completed by alumnus and former Biology major Fumie Koyoshi ’08, who is a co-author. This refereed paper has been selected for presentation in July during the 2009 International Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Genomics and Chemoinformatics in Orlando, Fla. Each year just 30% of the submissions are accepted, as the papers are then published by the conference organizers in a journal article. This research was supported by grant number 2 P2O RR016472-08 from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  This IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) grant to the state of Delaware was obtained under the leadership of the Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI), University of Delaware, and the authors sincerely appreciate their efforts.

    Dr. Lucille Gambardella, professor of Nursing, provided the plenary presentation session at the National League for Nursing Leadership in Nursing Education Conference January 9-11 in New Orleans. The presentation was entitled “Growing Future Nurse Educators: Planting the Seeds in Graduate Programs.” The leadership conference was attended by more than 350 nurse educators from across the country.

    Dr. Kathleen C. Jacobs, professor of Business Management, was invited by the president of BusinessWeek Magazine, Keith Fox, to join the publication’s Research Advisory Panel. The Panel is comprised of professional business individuals who the publication feels can identify critical trends that drive and shape today’s business environment. Members share their expertise through online surveys based upon their specific background and training. The results of the surveys determine the magazine’s ranking of specialized business categories such as “The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies.”

    Christine Jarrell, nursing learning resource coordinator, and Dr. Nancy Rubino, professor of Nursing, presented their research titled “Promoting musculoskeletal health in future nurses through integration of a safe patient handling curriculum” at the National League for Nursing Research Conference January 8 – 10 in New Orleans. The presentation reported results of a correlation study examining the impact of a safe patient-lifting curriculum integrated into the Wesley College Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program.

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