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Creighton Hosts Undergrad Theology Conference

Creighton Hosts Undergrad Theology Conference

 

 

Congratulations to the Theology Department on its successful hosting of the 2018 Great Plains Undergraduate Theology Conference!

The conference, which was held on April 13, 2018, is an annual opportunity for undergraduate scholars to gather and present their innovative and creative academic papers or presentations in the fields of Theology and Religious Studies. Participants included students and faculty from the Midwest, from  Creighton and beyond.

Heider Undergrad Snags Conference Accolade

Heider Undergrad Snags Conference Accolade

Congratulations to Heider senior Ryan Coughlin, who was awarded 2nd place in the undergraduate research poster competition at the 2018 Association for Private Enterprise Education (APEE) conference in Las Vegas.

A Gail Werner-Robertson Fellow in the Institute for Economic Inquiry, Ryan was among approximately 70 other undergraduates involved in the competition. Ryan's research is titled "Federal Reserve Policy and the Intraday Impact of Economic Releases on the U.S. Equity Markets: 2000 - 2015."

Student-Faculty Duo Collaborate on Teaching & Learning Grant

Student-Faculty Duo Collaborate on Teaching & Learning Grant

Kevin Graham (Philosophy) and Emery Staton, Arts & Sciences junior, have received a grant from the Creighton University Teaching & Learning Center to support a collaborative project during 2018-19. The project, entitled "Supplemental Instruction in Symbolic Logic," is designed to determine whether offering supplemental instruction to undergraduate students enrolled in an elementary symbolic logic course can enhance student learning. Ms. Staton will provide supplemental instruction for Dr. Graham's PHL 399 Symbolic Logic course during the Fall 2018 semester. Dr. Graham and Ms. Staton then plan to publish a co-authored article on their findings.

Selmecki Lab Recognized at Microbiology Conference

Selmecki Lab Recognized at Microbiology Conference

Congratulations to the Selmecki Lab for its outstanding performance at the regional meeting (Missouri Valley) for the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). Three undergraduate members of the lab were selected from over 140 participants for special recognition:

  • Alison Guyer, 1st-place oral presentation
  • Tyler Wikoff, 2nd-place poster presentation
  • Shilpa Nair, 2nd-place poster presentation

Well done, Alison, Tyler, and Shilpa!

Neuroscience Major Shines in Competition

Neuroscience Major Shines in Competition

 

College of Arts & Sciences junior Ryan Sabotin won 3rd place overall in the undergraduate/graduate student poster competition at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology's national meeting in San Francisco, January 3-7, 2018.

Ryan's poster, titled "Vitellogenin Expression in Honey Bees (Apis mellifera): How Viral Infections Influence Honey Bee Physiology," reflects research performed in Dr. Carol Fassbinder-Orth's lab. This research was supported through a prestigious Dr. and Mrs. Ferlic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, a $5000 award through the CURAS Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program.

Congratulations, Ryan!

Students Curate Aesop Exhibits

Students Curate Aesop Exhibits

For 2500 years, Aesop's fables have permeated art and popular culture, inspiring a menagerie of colorful artifacts, from cards and tapestries to stamps, matchboxes, and paperweights. Drawing from the University's Carlson Fable Collection, Honors students enrolled in a special topics course have curated two exhibits--one at the Lied Art Gallery, the other at the Joslyn Art Museum--that showcase a selection of these curious artifacts and explore Aesop's resonance through the ages. The Honors course, which was held during the fall of 2017, was co-taught by Dr. Erin Averett and Fr. Greg Carlson, S.J.

Details on both exhibits may be found here.

CURAS-Central HS Research Connection

CURAS-Central HS Research Connection

In a new partnership between Creighton and Central High School, fourteen students from Central's IB program spent the fall 2017 semester investigating immunity in crickets, HIV prophylaxis, and early cancer detection, among other topics, alongside Creighton students and faculty. Working alongside Creighton students and faculty, the Central participants gained hands-on experience working in a laboratory environment, learning about proper lab techniques as well as the scientific method. The program culminated in a poster showcase on December 7, 2017.

Congratulations to our Central students on their laboratory debut, and thank you to Creighton students and faculty for welcoming these talented future scientists into your research spaces!

Panelists Share the Truth about Lies

Research from All Angles: The Truth about Lies

On November 2, our annual CURAS Research from All Angles took on the truth and its many counterfeits: fake news, alternative facts, propaganda, plagiarism, hoaxes, and more! Our panelists were:

  • Dr. Sue Crawford, Department of Political Science
  • Dr. Michael Hawkins, Department of History
  • Dr. Marty Hulce, Department of Chemistry
  • Dr. Carol Zuegner, Department of Journalism, Media, & Computing

"The Talk" Featured in Omaha Public Libraries

"The Talk" Featured in Omaha Public Libraries

Dr. Amanda Holman and her undergraduate research team's research and website letschangethetalk.org were featured at the Omaha Public Libraries during the month of October as part of Let's Talk Month. Displays included an array of books and other resources (including Dr. Holman's conversation tips) to help parents talk to their children about healthy relationships and sexual health.

This research was funded through a CURAS Summer Faculty Research Fellowship.

The Secret Life of Bridesmaids

The Secret Life of Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids: they're a pillar of the nuptial tradition, yet completely overlooked in the scholarly literature. When Ashlee Kolbe and Emily McKenna, both Creighton undergraduates working with Dr. Sheri Shuler of the Department of Communication Studies, discovered this surprising omission, they set out to investigate the cultural significance of the bridesmaid, as well as the personal experiences and reflections of bridesmaids themselves.

Under Dr. Shuler's guidance and with the support of a CURAS Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Ashlee and Emily surveyed over 500 former bridesmaids on both the quantitative and qualitative aspects of the experience: how much each spent, for instance, but also how the respondent felt about the experience itself. In October 2017, these efforts culminated in a presentation at the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender's national conference in Omaha. But the work doesn't end there: next, the trio will look to publishing their preliminary results, as well as continuing to expand scholarship on the subject in the future.

Congratulations, Ashlee, Emily, and Dr. Shuler!

Henry James Volume Awarded MLA Seal!

Henry James Volume Awarded MLA Seal!

Following a several-months-long peer review process, the Committee on Scholarly Editions of the Modern Language Association of America awarded its "An Approved Edition" seal to The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1883-1884, volume one. The volume will be published in October 2018 by the University of Nebraska Press. It is the twelfth volume in the edition; volume one was published in 2006. All twelve volumes earned the seal.

Creighton graduate and undergraduate students Roz Parr, Caitlyn Ewers, Krysta Larson, Fernanda Sandoval, and Tyler Nelson, in addition to others, contributed to the book.

Katie Sommer, the edition's associate editor, was instrumental in preparing the application to the CSE/MLA.

Congratulations, Prof. Zacharias and the Center for Henry James Studies!

Political Science Mentor and Graduate Reunite!

Political Science Mentor and Graduate Reunite!

Dr. Rick Witmer, Associate Professor of Political Science, recently reunited with Creighton alumnus Joshua Johnson at the American Political Science Association Meeting in San Francisco (Aug. 31 - Sept. 3).

Dr. Witmer presented a paper titled "American Indian Nations and States in the Supreme Court: Examining Justice Bias" as part of the panel "Indigenous Peoples' Power, Political Institutions, and Public Attitudes." Joshua Johnson, a Creighton Political Science graduate and current Assistant Professor of Political Science at Kennesaw State University, is co-author of the paper.

This collaboration is just one example of the close mentoring and scholarly training that students enjoy at Creighton--throughout their undergraduate years but often well after graduation, too!

Dr. Erika Moreno, also of Creighton's Political Science department, attended the meeting as well, participating in a round-table panel titled "Taking Advantage of Diversity: Opportunities of Difference."

Student-Faculty Duo Publish Study on Addiction

Student-Faculty Duo Publish Study on Addiction

Dr. Dustin Stairs (Department of Psychology) and Megan Kangiser, BS'15, were recently published in Behavioural Pharmacology. Their study, a collaborative effort with pharmacologists at Kentucky Medical Center and the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock, looks at different potential pharmacotherapies to treat methamphetamine addiction.

Dr. Stairs was a 2015 CURAS Faculty Research Fund recipient, while Megan Kangiser was a 2014 Dr. and Mrs. Randolph Ferlic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow.

Congratulations Megan and Dr. Stairs!

We Did It Again!

We Did It Again!

Creighton University has earned the No. 1 ranking for Midwest Regional Universities in U.S. News & World Report's 2018 "America's Best Colleges" edition. This is the 15th year in a row that the University has garnered this important distinction.

In addition, for the fourth year in a row, Creighton was also one of 42 universities around the country to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report for an emphasis on undergraduate research/creative projects

Thank you to everyone--faculty, students, and staff--whose talent and dedication have made these distinctions possible!

Alumna Lands National Catholic Reporter Internship

Alumna Lands National Catholic Reporter Internship

Alumna Maria Benevento, BA'15, has landed a position as a Bartelsen editorial intern with the National Catholic Reporter. Benevento, a 2014 Dean's Summer Undergraduate Research Scholar and Honors student, carried out research on intentional communities as an undergrad, and majored in theology and American studies, with minors in justice and peace studies and Spanish.

Click here to check out Maria's work!

Students Curate Anthropocene Exhibit

Students Curate Anthropocene Exhibit

 

Humans have become a geologically significant force in earth's history--this is the bold claim behind the term "Anthropocene," proposed as a new geological era.

But what does this designation mean in terms of our daily, concrete lives? This fall, students enrolled in Dr. Adam Sundberg's (History) HIS/EVS 488 "Global Environmental History" course are exploring this question, and the implications of the Anthropocene more broadly, through a special collaboration with the Durham Museum. Using everyday objects, such as a coffee can, students will explore the environmental impact of phenomena ranging from the Industrial Revolution to global food production and worldwide telecommunications. This research will culminate in a student-curated exhibit at the Durham, as detailed on Aug. 25, 2017 in the Omaha World-Herald.

 

Neuroscience Major Works on NSF Grant

Neuroscience Major Works on NSF Grant

 

Neuroscience major Mary Elizabeth Yeh was featured--alongside her mentor Dr. Maya Khanna, Professor of Psychology--in the Omaha World-Herald for her research on the effects of lead exposure on adolescent brain function. Mary's research has been funded twice through CURAS: in 2016 she received a Jesuit Mission Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, and in 2017 her work was supported through a College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Summer Undergraduate Research Scholarship.

In the future, Mary hopes to continue to explore the intersection between issues of environmental justice and cognitive functioning. Her "big, long-term goal" is to become a neurosurgeon.

Congratulations, Mary and Dr. Khanna!

CURAS Awardee Develops Novel PTSD Treatment

CURAS Awardee Develops Novel PTSD Treatment

A simple video game may be at the forefront of PTSD treatment. This is the hope of Dr. Amy Badura-Brack, Professor of Psychology at Creighton and lead researcher for a series of clinical trials that will gauge the efficacy of a novel, computer-based treatment for PTSD. Harnessing the power of attention control training, this simple video game may re-condition the brain to see perceived threats as innocuous, thereby helping PTSD patients overcome the disease's crippling effects right from the comfort of their own home.

As the Omaha World-Herald reported on June 1, 2017, the three-year trial is funded through a $1.2 million grant from At Ease USA, a local nonprofit, and follows two preliminary trials, one in Omaha and one in Israel, both of which yielded encouraging results.

Dr. Badura-Brack received a CURAS Faculty Research Fund grant in 2015 for a study involving warzone-related PTSD and was awarded a 2010 Summer Faculty Research Fellowship for research examining the relationship between gender and behavioral problems in children.

To learn more about Dr. Badura-Brack's research and to view her expert profile, please click here.

English Alumna Publishes Paper on Holocaust Graphic Novel

English Alumna Publishes Paper on Holocaust Graphic Novel

Hailey Austin's "Time Flies: Remnants of Auschwitz in Art Spiegelman's Maus" has been published in the 33rd issue of the humanities journal Colloquy. The article examines Spiegelman's work "in the context of Marianne Hirsch's notion of postmemory and Giorgio Agamben's definitions of the terms wargus, colossus, and Muselmann, in order to understand how the graphic novel illuminates the ways in which relationships contribute to intergenerational trauma."

Hailey (BA 16) studied English, Spanish, and History at Creighton, and her article began in Dr. Lydia Cooper's Modern Fiction course and in ENG201 in the autumn of 2014. Hailey's meteoric rise as an undergraduate scholar has since taken her to the University of Dundee in Scotland, where she is currently enrolled in the Master's program at the Scottish Centre for Comic Studies.

Congratulations, Hailey!

Kathleen Marinelli Named 2017 Goldwater Scholar

Kathleen Marinelli Named 2017 Goldwater Scholar

CURAS congratulates junior Kathleen Marinelli for earning a 2017 Goldwater Scholarship!

The Goldwater is one of the nation's most prestigious awards for students in science, mathematics, and engineering. As the university's 20th Goldwater Scholar in the last 13 years, Kathleen joins a long lineage of talented young scholars whose research started here at Creighton!

Creighton Hosts Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Creighton Hosts Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Come one, come all!

On April 7th and 8th, 2017, Creighton's Philosophy Department hosted the 19th Annual Midwest Undergraduate Philosophy Conference.

The keynote address, delivered by Dr. Anthony Cunningham of the College of Saint Benedict and St. John's University, was titled Can Do or Not: The Nature and Limits of Fortitude as a Virtue.

Please click here for a full schedule of events.

CURAS Faculty Research Fellow Earns NSF Grant!

CURAS Faculty Research Fellow Earns NSF Grant!

Andrew Hogan, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of History, has earned a three-year, $132,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the evolution of attitudes and narratives about people with developmental disabilities in society, and in the medical community specifically. Read more about Dr. Hogan's transformative work here.

CURAS is proud to have supported Dr. Hogan's research through a 2016 Summer Faculty Research Fellowship. To learn more about this funding opportunity, check out the CURAS Faculty page.

Amahl and the Night Visitors Receives Kennedy Center Recognition

Amahl and the Night Visitors Receives Kennedy Center Recognition


Amahl and the Night Visitors received Distinguished National Recognition at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in the areas of:

  • Ensemble of a Play or Musical – Congratulations, cast!
  • Director of a Musical – Congratulations, M. Michelle Phillips!
  • Performance by an Actress in a Musical – Congratulations, Natalie Hanson (Musical Theatre, BFA ’18)!

This is the first time Creighton Performing Arts has received national recognition for a production.

CURAS is proud to have provided travel funding for these talented performers. To learn more about CURAS travel grants, please visit our Student Opportunities page.

McBride and Mason’s Research Featured on Rewire

McBride and Mason’s Research Featured on Rewire

An article featuring Chad McBride (Department of Communication Studies) and Karla Mason Bergen’s (College of St. Mary) research on work spouse relationships appeared on Rewire.org earlier this month.  Their study, “Work Spouses: Defining and Understanding a ‘New’ Relationship,” addresses the assumptions about these relationships, the way they have evolved over time, and the advantages to having a work spouse.

This study was funded in part through a Dr. McBride's 2016 Summer Faculty Research Fellowship through CURAS. Congratulations, Dr. McBride!

CURAS Hosts Humanities Research Panel

Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Projects in the Humanities

On February 21, CURAS hosted a panel discussion designed to demystify undergraduate research in the humanities. Our panelists, all seasoned faculty mentors, shared details about projects in their disciplines, steps to getting involved, and student success stories. Panelists were:

  • Dr. Erin Averett, Fine & Performing Arts
  • Dr. Heather Fryer, History, American Studies Program
  • Dr. Faith Kurtyka, English
  • Dr. Ryan Spangler, Spanish

Research Panel Discussion a Success!

Undergraduate Research: Student Expectations

On November 9, CURAS hosted a faculty-student panel discussion for students interested in getting involved in, and getting the most out of, research. Our panelists were:

  • Dr. Andrew Baruth, Department of Physics
  • Dr. Amy Badura Brack, Department of Psychology
  • Dr. Erin Averett, Department of Art History
  • Simone Hussussian, major in French and history
  • Evan Dalton, major in chemistry
  • Caitlin Wright, major in English and Spanish

Creighton Graduate Wins Top-Publication Prize!

Creighton Graduate Wins Top-Publication Prize!

The peer-reviewed journal Developmental Biology has recently named Creighton graduate Ann Cavanaugh (née Jizba) as the recipient of its inaugural “DB Outstanding Paper Award” for her manuscript “Two developmentally distinct populations of neural crest cells contribute to the zebrafish heart.”  

As a biology major at Creighton, Ann started her research career early, working in the labs of Drs. Mark Reedy and Philip Brauer as a National Institutes of Health INBRE Scholar. Having earned her PhD in Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology from UCLA, Ann is now a postdoctoral research associate at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City, and hopes one day to continue her research in her own lab.

Congratulations to Ann on this extraordinary accomplishment—an award-winning publication that can be traced back to her undergraduate research at Creighton!

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