Economics Professor and Student to Work on NASA Connecticut Space Consortium Grant

Brendan Cunningham, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Economics will be work with  Michael Beckstein (a student in the Economics Department) on the NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium. The title of the project is “The Efficient Use of Space Orbit” This project looks at the inefficiencies with the use of earth orbit and how launch satellites are decided by satellite operators. There will be an analysis of the strategies satellite operators use in response to allocation mechanisms that may allow the satellite services to improve.

According to their website the Consortium  “is a federally mandated grant, internship, and scholarship program that is funded as a part of NASA Education. There are Space Grant Consortia in all 50 states, plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. NASA CTSGC, in an effort to encourage broader participation in NASA research programs, was formed in 1991 by the following post-secondary education institutions: Trinity College, University of Connecticut, and University of New Haven with the University of Hartford as the lead institution.”

Further the purposes of this grant are 1. To inspire the pursuit of careers in STEM fields, with a particular focus of engaging groups that are currently underrepresented with STEM disciplines, 2. Be a model for STEM professional development and 3. Contribute to the economy of Connecticut.

Psychology Students Present at Regional Conference

Sydney Batchelder (Eastern Connecticut State University), Rachel Scrivano (Eastern Connecticut State University), Alyssa Daneault (Eastern Connecticut State University), Yohan Krumov (Eastern Connecticut State University), Gary W. Giumetti, Ph.D. (Quinnipiac University) & Mentor: Jenna L. Scisco, Ph.D. (Eastern Connecticut State University) will present their research titled  The Impact Of Face-To-Face Vs. Cyber-Incivility On Task Performance And Eating Behavior at the 56th Annual Meeting of the New England Psychological Association. The meeting will be held October 15th at Assumption College.

NEPA presentation

Travel Grant Awarded

James Doucette III (Mentor: Ari de Wilde) received a travel grant to allow him to present his research titled “A Kantian Dilemma: Gender Discrimination Toward Contemporary Women’s Elite Sport. His research will be presented at the North American Society of Sport 2016 Conference In Tampa Bay, Florida in early November.

Students Publish Research

The following publications were co-authored by students in the Education department:

Trawick-Smith, J., Oski, Heather, DePaolis, Kimberly, Krause, Kristen, & Zebrowski, Alyssa (2016). Naptime data meetings to increase the math talk of early care and education providers. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education37, 157-174.

Trawick-Smith, J., Baton, Brooke, Danieluk, Courtney, Marsh, Samantha, & Szarwacki, Monika (in press). Block play as a context for mathematical thinking: the effects of building complexity, peer and teacher interactions, and replica play materials on math learning in preschool. Journal of Early Childhood Research,(volume, pages to be assigned).

Trawick-Smith, J., Wolff, Jennifer, Koschel, Marley, & Vallarelli, Jaime (2015)Effects of toys on the play quality of preschool children: Influence of gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Early Childhood Education Journal, 43, 249–256.

The following publications were authored or co-authored by students in the Psychology department:

Apel, Alexis & Diller, J. W. (In Press). Prison as punishment: a behavior-analytic evaluation of incarceration.The Behavior Analyst.

Blydenburg, Dana & Diller, J. W. (In press). Evaluating components of behavior-analytic training programs. Behavior Analysis in Practice.

Cerino, Eric & Leszczynski, J. P. (2015). Subjective age, activity, and depression in an older adult sample. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, 20, 208-216.

Fugère, M. A., Cathey, C., Beetham, Raena & Schaedler, Rachel (in press) Preference for the “Diversity Policy” label versus the “Affirmative Action” policy label, Social Justice Research.

Fugère, M. A, Cousins, A. J., MacLaren, Stephanie (2015). Matching in physical attractiveness and women’s resistance to mate guarding. Personality and Individual Differences, 87, 190-195.

Gray, Jenna & Diller, J. W. (In press). Evaluating the work of applied animal behaviorists as applied behavior analysis. Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice.

Biology Students Present Research at 2 Conferences

Jacob Dayton has been accepted to present his research at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Waterbird Society in New Bern, North Carolina September 20-23. His research titled “Population Structure of the Eurasian Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) a Species Exhibiting Demographic Expansion” was mentored by Dr. Patty Szczys.


3 other students mentored by Dr. Amy Groth presented their research at the 75th Annual Society for Developmental Biology on August 4-8. This international conference was held over the summer in Boston. The following is a list of student presenters and their research:


Elizabeth Del Buono “An Investigation of Odd-Skipped Homologs in C. elegans”

Katherine Burgos “The Effect of Simulated Microgravity on Neuronal Function and Development in C. Elegans”

Elizabeth Schoell ” Redundancy of Pax Family Genes in Caenorhabditis”

Eastern Chamber Singers Perform with Josh Grobin for 2nd Time


According to University Relations, “The Eastern Chamber Singers left such a positive first impression when they performed with singer/songwriter Josh Groban at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford this past fall that they were asked to perform with him again, this time at the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 29.”  They joined Groban on stage for “Dust and Ashes” and “You Raise me Up.”

34 Psychology Students Present at the 19th Annual CSU Psychology Day

On May 5, 2016, 34 students presented their research at the Annual Connecticut State University Psychology Day held at Southern Connecticut State University. Below is a list of the student presenters, project titles and their mentors:

Diana Santiago Agustin (Dr. Dracobly) “Correlation of Self-Esteem and Sexual Behavior”

Kaylei Arcangel (Dr. Dracobly) “The Relationship between Stress, Procrastination and Academic Performance”

Jesse Bober (Dr. Jin) “A Descriptive Study on College Students’ Sleep Problems”

Melanie Byrne & Royce Manifold (Dr. Jin) “The Effect of Melatonin on the Sleep Problems of Young Children Diagnosed with Autism”

Kailey Cassidy (Dr. Bachiochi) “Disability Identification”

Corrie Cirelli (Dr. Keyes) “Literature Review of School-Based Interventions for Children with ADHD”

Matthew Collin (Dr. Salters-Pedneault) “Relationship between Perceived Stress, Social Control and Alcohol Consumption in a College Sample”

Annalisa Erickson (Dr. Dracobly) “The Effects of Family Support and Early Adversity on Resilience”

Raquel Estrella (Dr. Salters-Pedneault) “Witnessed Victimization, Reports, and Help Seeking Attitudes”

Joseph Fazzino “Environmental Mission Statements’ Influence on Job Persuit, Attractiveness. and Perceived Fit”

Breanna Fortin (Dr. Salters-Pedneault) “Adverse Childhood Experiences, Resilient Traits and Life Satisfaction”

Sonja Gagnon (Dr. Keyes) “Differences in Family Functioning between Emerging Adults with Health and Unhealthy Eating Attitudes”

Michelle Gluhosky (Dr. Keyes) “Forms of Abuse as Discipline and the Impact on Children”

Jennifer Gumbulevich (Dr. Cousins) “The Interaction of Stress, Mobile Phone Use, and Nature Contact”

Ally Johnson (Dr. Bachiochi) “Effects of Religious Commitment and Sexual Compulsivity on Shame”

Marisa LaBrecque (Dr. Salters-Pedneault) “Permissiveness, Satisfaction, and Attachment Style”

Kyle Majewski (Dr. Keyes) “The Impact of Parental Incarceration on Children, Families and Communities”

Solveig Millet (Dr. Danforth) “Stress in Parents of Children with Cerebal Palsy”

Daniel Mueller “Gender, Gender Role and Sexual Orientation”

Amanda Perreault (Dr. Bachiochi) “The Impact of Emotional Intelligence and Ethnicity on Leadership Perceptions”

Stephanie Madden (Dr. Fugere) “Impact of Stereotype Threat on Mathematic Performance of Women”

Karinna Nazaario (Dr. Cousins) “Differences between Commuter and Residential Students, Involvement and Academic Performance”

Michael Pelletier “The Effects of Narcissism and Impulsivity on Empathy”

Rachel Pilver “Stress and Working Memory”

Melanie Ravo (Dr. Dracobly ) “Television Advertisement’s Effect on Children’s Food Preferences”

Meaghan Rodgers (Dr. Danforth) “High Rate Cell-Phone Use and Depression in Adolescents and Young Adults”

Kaylei Roux (Dr. Dracobly) “The Effects of the Color Red on Interest in a Relationship”

Kelsey Sanelli (Dr. Dracobly) “Does an Understanding of Disabilities and Behavioral Disorders Influence Perception of Individuals with Disabilities and Disorders?”

Rachel Scrivano (Dr. Salters-Pedneault) “The Relation between Socioeconomic Status, Life Satisfaction and Attitudes toward the Elderly”

Alexandra Steel (Dr. Bachiochi) “Pet Therapy, Mood and Social Facilitation”

Jordan Viens, Jessica Hynds, & Ryan Wood (Dr. Dracobly) “Variables that Influence Veteran’s and Members of the Armed Forces Success in College”


Biology Department Hosts Honor Society Conference with 11 Student Presenters

The Northeast Region 1 Conference of the Eta Omega Chapter of Beta Beta Beta Nation Honor Society met on the Eastern campus on Saturday, April 23rd. The following students presented their research as oral or poster presentations:

Jacob Dayton ” Genetic Diversity and Structure of Whiskered Tern Colonies in France, Ukraine and Poland to Assess Site Connectivity”

Sarah Denihan “Genetic Structure and Conservation of Common Terns in Manitoba Canada”

Ronald Kaiser “Effects of Desrt Scorpion Venoms on N2a Neuroblastoma Cells”

Katherine Burgos “The Effect of Simulated Microgravity on the Neuronal Function, Neuronal Morphology, and Development of the Nematode, Caenorhabditis Elgans”

Elizabeth DelBuono “An Investigation of Cleft Palate Related Factors in C. Elgans”

Holly Dutko “Effect of Insecticide Treatment on Resistance Mechanisms in Pachysandra”

Lillian Hyde “Molecular Evidence for Extra-Pair Paternity in Whiskered Terns”

Kailey Pisko “Can Microgravity Alter the Ability of the Brain to Self-Repair?”

Elizabeth Schoell “Studying Development in Caenorhabditis Elegans through RNAi-mediated Knockdowns of Pax Family Genes”

Gabriella Scoca “Effects of Odd-1 Loss of Function in C.Elegans Development”

Christina Welch “How Can We Coax the Brain to Self-Repair”


2 Students Selected as Summer Research & Creative Activity Fellows

Nicole Garcia (Performing Arts) will be working with her mentor Dr. Kristen Morgan on the project “Scenic Design, Two Gentlemen of Verona (the Musical).” The project will be completed during Summer Session C resulting in 3-D models of the sets to be presented at an undergraduate research conference and ultimately for the performance in Spring 2017.

Jacob Dayton (Biology) and his mentor (Dr. Patricia Szczys) will also be working during Summer Session C in writing up the results of the research project title “Population Structure of the Eurasian Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) a Species Exhibiting Demographic Expansion.”  The project will be submitted for publication and presentation at a research conference.