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Published on April 17th, 2020 | by University Communications


Special notice—all invited to view student conference-level academic work online Monday

Because classes were moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Academic Excellence Day at University Campus had to be canceled this year, along with a number of outside conferences where Saint Leo University students had hoped to present various research projects. Consequently, Academic Affairs has organized the Research and Professional Contributions Conference for 5 to 7:30 p.m. ET, Monday, April 20, via Zoom, to allow many students to present their work.  Faculty and staff and guests are invited to attend remotely.  The conference program features:

Session:  Molecular Oncology and Virology

Molecular Virology

Moderator:  Iain Duffy

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5 – 5:05  p.m.:   Introductory remarks, Iain Duffy

5:05 – 5:25 p.m.:  Hailey Kerns “Two Years and 30+ Bacteriophage with Saint Leo University, a member of Cohort 11 of the SEA-PHAGES Program!”

5:25 – 5:45 p.m.:  Rachael Martin “Bacteriophage genome diversity annotated by the SEA-PHAGES program”

Molecular Oncology

Moderator:   Sergiy Borysov

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5:45 – 5:50 p.m.:  Introductory remarks, Sergiy Borysov

5:50 – 6:10 p.m.:  Jade Moorehead “Screening of NCI’s natural compound library V for novel cytotoxic agents against children’s Acute Monocytic leukemia”

6:10 – 6:20 p.m.:  William Henderson “Peptide derived from a potent tumor suppressor protein as a novel drug prototype against liver cancer” 

6:20 – 6:40 p.m.:  Pietro Vagnone (joins us from Italy) “Retinoblastoma protein provides a novel therapeutic approach toward brain cancer”

6:40 – 7 p.m.:  Panel discussions


Session: General Biology

Moderator:  Laura Altfeld

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5 – 5:05 p.m.:  Welcome, Laura Altfeld

5:05 – 5:25 p.m.:   Rebecca Anderson  “Increasing Sleep in Athletes will Improve Alertness and Athletic   Performance”

5:25 – 5:45 p.m.:   Seida Rodriguez  “Memory Recall Rate Differences Between Nutrition Levels of Coenobita clypeatus with Daily Exposure to a Maze” 

5:45 – 6:05  p.m.:  Sophia Pope  “The Effects of Organic Matter and Dissolved Oxygen on Benthic Invertebrate Richness”

6:05 – 6:25 p.m.:  Kenneth Wybieracki  “Attempting To Calculate Physical Features of Avicennia germinans using 2-D Image Analysis Software”

6:25 – 6:30 p.m.:  General Q & A


Session: Ecology

Moderator:   Chris Miller

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5 – 5:05 p.m.:  Welcome, Chris Miller

5:05 – 5:25 p.m.:   Troy Cobb “The comparison of age determining sampling methods of Red Mangroves (Rhizophora mangle)”

5:25 – 5:45 p.m.:   Robyn Stewart “Urbanization Alters Bird Diversity in Central Florida”

5:45 – 6:05 p.m.:  Gabriella Zaharieff  “Karenia brevis Density and its Effect on Manatee Mortality”

6:05 – 6:25 p.m.:  Olivia Prieto  “Rhizophora mangle Tree Core Analysis”

6:25 – 6:45 p.m.:  Tristan Karuzis “Conservation of Bonnethead Shark Species Through Haplotypes of Tampa Bay Population”

6:45 – 7 p.m.:  General Q & A


Session: Psychology and Criminal Justice

Moderator:  Tammy Zacchilli

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6 p.m.:  Welcome, Tammy Zacchilli

6:05 – 6:20 p.m.:  MacKenzie Day  “Poverty and Delinquency”

6:20 – 6:35 p.m.:  Kati Battoe “How do you love?: Love styles and dependence in relationships”

6:35 – 6:50 p.m.:  Emily Pulaski  “Social media use and self-esteem”

6:50 – 7:05 p.m.:   Kati Battoe  “Socialization and personality”

7:05 – 7:20 p.m.:  Caitlin Walsh  “Math anxiety: You are not alone“

7:20 – 7:30 p.m.:  General Q & A  


Session: Religion

Moderator:  Randall Woodard

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5 – 5:05 p.m.:   Welcome, Randall Woodard

5:05 – 5:35 p.m.:   Hannah Wiand & Juliana Fonseca “What Does It Mean To Be Pro Life According To Catholic Social Teaching.”

5:35 – 6 p.m.:   General Q & A


Session: Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society

Moderator: Frank Orlando

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5 – 5:05 p.m.:  Introductory Remarks, Frank Orlando

5:05 – 5:20 p.m.:  Bella Jacus “Analysis of Healing Miracles in the Gospel of Luke and Their Relevance to Doctors Today”

5:20 – 5:35 p.m.:   Jeanine Ramirez “An Evaluation of the Emergency Powers of the President”

5:35 – 5:50 p.m.:  Madison Whatley “The Master of Her Landscape: Reclaiming the Power of Women in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness”

5:50 – 6 p.m.:  Discussion

The views expressed during this event are those of the speaker/presenter and do not necessarily represent the views of the university.


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