Research symposium winners announced

For Immediate Release: Aug. 11, 2014

DANVILLE — Almost 90 undergraduate students from three regional universities and the Geisinger Health System recently participated in the fourth annual Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium at Geisinger’s Henry Hood Center for Health Research, Danville.

Undergraduate presentations were evaluated in three categories: clinical and translational research, social sciences and humanities, and natural sciences and engineering. Students recognized with awards included:

• Sayeh Bozorghadad, Geisinger intern, top prize, clinical and translational research, “Improving Hospital Discharge: Studying the Effectiveness of Discharge Navigators”

• Daisy Bourne, Bucknell University, top prize, social sciences and humanities, “Government Repression in the Arab Spring”

• Stephanie Gonthier, Bucknell University, top prize, natural sciences and engineering, “Using Statistical Learning to Improve Word Prediction for Augmentative and Alternative Communication”

• Brendan Juengst, Geisinger, best poster, clinical and translational, “Inhibition of Multiple Heat Shock Proteins Enhances Cytotoxicity in Bladder Cancer Cells”

• Paige Michener, Bloomsburg University, best poster in social sciences and humanities, “The Effect of a High-Fat Diet on a Hippocampal-Independent and Hippocampal-Dependent Conditioned Cue Preference Task”

• Gregory Danchick, Bucknell University, best poster, natural sciences and engineering, “Comparison of Head Impact Accelerations Based on Ground Cover of Playgrounds”

• Clinton Allwein, Bloomsburg University, audience favorite, “Optimal Inventory Ordering Policies for Platelets”

The Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium is co-sponsored by Bloomsburg University, The Bucknell Institute for Public Policy, Geisinger
Health System and Susquehanna University.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.