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D’Youville Hosting Sixth Annual Research and Scholarship Day

D’Youville Hosting Sixth Annual Research and Scholarship Day

Students and faculty who conduct research are placed on the cutting edge of their chosen disciplines, and their work allows them to make the transition from merely learning or receiving knowledge to creating and producing it.    

On Wednesday, April 17, D’Youville is hosting the sixth annual Research and Scholarship Day which allows D’Youville’s researchers the opportunity to show off what they’ve been working hard on over the past year. The event will take place from 4:00 to 6:30 PM in the Blue Lounge, located on the first floor of the College Center.  

“Classroom teaching at D'Youville is enriched by the active scholarship of our faculty,” says Mimi Steadman EdD, vice president for academic affairs. “In addition, the student experience is enhanced by the opportunity to conduct research under the close mentorship of a D'Youville faculty member. This annual event provides an opportunity to celebrate scholarly excellence of our campus community and to learn from discoveries across the disciplines.”  

Students and faculty members from the schools of Nursing, Pharmacy, and Arts, Sciences, and Education will present their research topics to family, friends, and the campus community. Awards will be given out in two categories: Liberal Arts, Sciences, and Healthcare and Science and Medicine. A student award and a faculty award will be bestowed in each category.  

“Our students not only receive an intimate educational experience in the classroom, but they are also able to work closely alongside world-class scholars and even produce important original research of their own,” says Brandon Absher PhD, assistant professor of philosophy and co-chair of the event.  

Absher also says that the event is a unique opportunity for attendees to “see the amazing variety of exciting research that is taking place at D’Youville. It provides a much greater appreciation for the intellectual ability and scholarly distinction of the faculty and the potential of our students to excel.”  

Fellow co-chair of the event Shoshanna Zucker PhD, assistant professor of pharmacy, says, “I am really excited about Research and Scholarship Day this year because we have a separate category for student presentations. This will enable more students to showcase their work and enjoy the excitement of sharing their insights.”  

FacTalks, which are TED Talk-esque presentations will also be held by students and faculty members. These short and personal talks are a chance for presenters to interact with the D’Youville community based on their research and scholarship. The faculty and students will be given the opportunity to show the passion they have for the topics they dedicate their time and energy to study.

Two guest judges will be on hand to help decide which presentations are best in each of the categories.This year’s guest judges are Joel Bernosky, program manager of ecological programs for Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, who will judge the liberal arts, social sciences, and healthcare categories; and Gil Wolfe MD, professor, and chair of the Department of Neurology at the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Science.   

Bernosky is an environmental planner, policy analyst, and researcher with extensive academic and not-for-profit experience.  

He coordinates Scajaquada Creek restoration efforts and led the development of the watershed management plan for the Niagara River and Lake Erie. He is currently the project lead on several federal and state-funded programs to provide best planning and management practices for source water protection in the Great Lakes Basin.   

Bernosky’s research has been published in the journals Environment Asia, Asian Journal of Water, Environment and Pollution, and Environmental Geosciences.  

Wolfe is a world authority on neuromuscular diseases, leading numerous conferences in the field, as well as peripheral neuropathies, and he is board certified in neurology, neurophysiology, and neuromuscular medicine.   

Wolfe is the president of the New York State Neurological Society. His research has been sponsored by the National Institute of Health/NINDS, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, and Food and Drug Administration. He is actively involved in the training of younger physicians and has directed neuromuscular medicine and clinical neurophysiology fellowships and neurology residency training programs.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, contact Cheryl Saramak, executive assistant to the vice president of Academic Affairs, at or at 716.829.8124.