Howard University Graduate School

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ARTICLE Issue 021

Research Week Showcases University-Wide Exploration

By Nicole Retland-Moreland

Research Day Award Winners and other participants with Dr. Gary L. Harris, Dean, Graduate School, third from left.
Research Day Award Winners and other participants with Dr. Gary L. Harris, Dean, Graduate School, third from left.

Research Week 2018, held April 9-13, garnered enthusiastic support from the university's thirteen schools and colleges and showcased a diversity of research exploration in most major disciplines. More than 450 faculty, students, staff, and post-docs gave oral and poster presentations, conducted and attended symposia, faculty/faculty and faculty/student mentoring sessions, and special award presentations.

"I was pleased and very impressed by the scope and interdisciplinary nature of the event," stated Dr. Gary L. Harris, dean of the Graduate School. Research Week has expanded from one day to a full week of activities.

The week began with a symposium sponsored by the W. Montague Cobb Research Laboratory. The laboratory, headed by Dr. Fatimah Jackson, provides research opportunities for faculty and students in diverse aspects of biological anthropology and human biology. This year, the on-going research activities of 28 award-winning graduate students and undergraduates in the beginnings of their research careers were highlighted during four sessions. Topics included General African American Health and Well-Being, the African Burial Ground Populations in New York City & St. Helena (South Atlantic); Cardiovascular Disease in the Cobb Collection, Ancestry, Health Disparities and Chronic Disease (Historically and Contemporary).

Other activities included a Fulbright Research Panel and Merit Awards Reception and a National Merit Award Recognition Reception. During the Fulbright reception, Howard University seniors and graduate students were selected as winners and semi-finalists for the U.S. Fulbright Student Program. Students presented their proposed research and planned academic studies abroad for the 2018-2019 academic year. Following the research presentations, all 2018 Howard University national prestigious scholarship award winners and finalists received award recognition for their upcoming research and studies abroad, including recipients and finalists of the Fulbright, Marshall, Rangel, Rhodes, Schwarzman and Truman Scholarships.

Under the title, Engaging Faculty in Research, Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi, gave the keynote address in the Interdisciplinary Research Building, Multipurpose Room. Dr. Oluseyi serves as an Astrophysicist and the Space Sciences Education Lead for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. He is also Distinguished Research Professor of Physics & Space Sciences at the Florida Institute of Technology. The title of Dr. Oluseyi's presentation was "Hacking Stars." The presentation reflected his life story, as well as his passion for astronomy and his noteworthy accomplishments.

Also, as part of Research Week, researchers and faculty shared how they are pushing the boundaries of knowledge by creating new frontiers in their fields. The speakers gave engaging TED-style talks. The goal of this activity was to inspire and to ultimately foster new collaborations and investigations, advance knowledge and pose problems whose solutions are beyond the scope of a single discipline.

The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) symposium showcased the research of doctoral students who receive funding. The Fund is designed to provide full financial support to outstanding Ph.D. students admitted to candidacy with a research concentration in international affairs and/or world peace. The program aims to identify and nurture leaders who will overcome differences such as nationality, language, ethnicity, religion, and political systems to tackle global issues, and whose high integrity and drive in addressing the issues unique to their respective countries can make a real difference. This merit-based prestigious fellowship is offered upon recommendation by the SYLFF Advisory Committee. In this session, current SYLFF fellows presented their research and discussed their experience as SYLFF fellows.

For this year's research week, the Research Centers in Minority Institutions Program (RCMI) at Howard University focused on the development of Howard University researchers' readiness to compete for early-stage SBIR/STTR grants. In addition, the symposium focused on connecting the Howard research community to venture capitalists, incubator communities, markets, and industries interested in partnerships to accelerate development of commercially relevant technologies.

A Faculty Mentoring Faculty symposium, sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development, featured a discussion on the benefits of mentoring programs in the institution. Emphasis was placed on the mentoring relationship between junior faculty and senior faculty and examined various mentoring models or programs. Some focus was also given to the mentoring relationship between faculty and student. The discussion identified some of the current mentoring initiatives and best practices being undertaken at the University and provided research on the benefits of mentoring.

A panel titled "Social Responsibilities of Business to People, Planet, and Profit: Highlights from the Research of School of Business Faculty" facilitated discussion of the social responsibilities of businesses to people, the planet, as well as profit-based research findings of Howard University School of Business scholars and more. A panel of School of Business faculty highlighted key findings from their research that can be applied to businesses across industries. The panel of scholars included the following faculty: Dr. Michael N. Ogbolu, Associate Professor, Management; Dr. Anupam Kumar, Assistant Professor, Information Systems and Supply Management; and Dr. Denise W. Streeter, Assistant Professor, Finance & International Business. The event concluded with a presentation on the PhD Project. The PhD Project is an organization dedicated to increasing the diversity of Business School faculty.

On Thursday, the Annual Research Symposium featured students, faculty, and research staff who discussed their research findings. Also, on Thursday, ADVANCE-IT, an NSF ADVANCE- funded initiative, celebrated the impact of the careers of women in STEM by holding a screening of "BLACK SUNS: An Astrophysics Adventure," followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker/ astronomer Dr. Jarita Holbrook. The documentary chronicles the lives of two globe-trotting astrophysicists, Dr. Alphonse Sterling and Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi, as they follow/document the two solar eclipses that occurred in 2012.

In the week's final event, 2018 Research Award Winners were announced. A complete listing of winners appears below. List of Winners at the bottom of the narrative

Research Symposium 2018 Awardees

Overall Winners

Establishing a model to study the Entry and Transport of Pseudorabies Virus Infection in Central Nervous System Neurons
Rukia Henry   |   Undergraduate Student   |   Poster Presentation   |   Facutly Advisor: Clarence Lee   |   Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Bridging the gap between Western and Modern Medicine: An examination of the health benefits of integrated medicine in Zanzibar, Tanzania
Natazah O'Neil   |   Undergraduate Student   |   Poster Presentation   |   Facutly Advisor: Alem Hailu   |   Social Sciences

Bound to Post-Black: Examining and Redefining Tenets of the Post-Black Art Movement
Adanna Paul   |   Undergraduate Student   |   Oral Presentation   |   Faculty Advisor: Abiola Ofosuwa   |   Creative Arts & Design

The Vitalizing Role of Education in Islam's Prophetic Model
Niciah Petrovic   |   Graduate Student   |   Oral Presentation   |   Faculty Advisor: Zainab Alwani   |   Ethics, Law & Religion

Patient Related Limitations of Computed Tomography Angiography for Pulmonary Embolism Diagnosis
Hamza Raja   |   Professional Student   |   Poster Presentation   |   Faculty Advisor: Andre Duerinckx   |   Translational & Clinical Sciences

Efficacy of Ledispavir-Sofosbuvir and other direct-acting antiviral therapies (DAAs) in the treatment of Chronic HCV: A retrospective study in African Americans
Gbeminiyi Samuel   |   Post Doc/Resident/Fellow/Research Associate   |   Oral Presentation   |   Faculty Advisor: Charles Howell   |   Translational & Clinical Sciences

The Merger That Shook Jamaica
Mark Beckford   |   Junior Faculty/ Lecturer/ Instructor   |   Oral Presentation   |   Humanities

Screening for lysosomal storage disorders in African-Americans shows higher incidence rates - A possible link to ancestry-specific genetic variations
Marjorie Gondre-Lewis   |   Senior Faculty   |   Oral Presentation   |   Translational & Clinical Sciences

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Establishing a model to study the Entry and Transport of Pseudorabies Virus Infection in Central Nervous System Neurons
Rukia Henry   |   Undergraduate Student   |   Poster Presentation   |   Facutly Advisor: Clarence Lee

Inhibition of Extreme Drug-Resistance Acinetobacter baumannii by Isolates of Lactobacillus rhamnosus and paracasei
Rachelle Allen-Mcfarlane   |   Graduate Student   |   Poster Presentation   |   Faculty Advisor: Broderick Eribo

Development of an EGFR and EGFRvIII-targeted Recombinant Immunotoxin for Cancer Treatment
Kulsoom Naqvi   |   Professional Student   |   Poster Presentation

Sexually Dimorphic Ethanol Consumption and Behavior Among P Rats
Philippe Darius   |   Post Doc/Resident/Fellow/Research Associate   |   Poster Presentation   |   Facutly Advisor: Marjorie Gondre-Lewis

Towards the Creation and Characterization of an Effective Prophylactic Zika Vaccine
Kadijah Dansby   |   Staff   |   Poster Presentation   |   Facutly Advisor: Michael Thomas

Protein Phosphatase-1 as a Target for Antiviral Small Molecules against Ebola and Marburg Infections
Tatiana Ammosova   |   Junior Faculty/ Lecturer/ Instructor   |   Poster Presentation   |   Facutly Advisor: Sergei Nekhai

Omics Approach to the Identification of Race-Specific Biomarkers for Cirrhosis and HCC
Zaki Sherif   |   Senior Faculty   |   Oral Presentation

Business Do the District 2012 Income Tax Policy Increase Tax Revenue? Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Design
Amira Alghumgham   |   Graduate Student   |   Oral Presentation   |   Faculty Advisor: Omari Swinton

Cognitive Dissonance and the Job Interview: Helpful or hurtful?
Amanda Hinojosa   |   Junior Faculty/ Lecturer/ Instructor   |   Oral Presentation

Dietary Attitude and Criteria for Food Selection Among African-American College Students
Maryam Khan   |   Senior Faculty   |   Oral Presentation

Creative Arts & Design

Bound to Post-Black: Examining and Redefining Tenets of the Post-Black Art Movement
Adanna Paul   |   Undergraduate Student   |   Oral Presentation   |   Faculty Advisor: Abiola Ofosuwa

Education & Outreach Is the French or Spanish language more effective in developing early English literacy skills in Kindergarten Students?
Sajela Harlow   |   Undergraduate Student   |   Poster Presentation   |   Facutly Advisor: Gerunda Hughes

An Exploratory Study: Teachers' Decision Making Process to Apply Sensory-Based Interventions in Mainstream Classrooms
Aisha Crowley-Hall   |   Graduate Student   |   Poster Presentation   |   Facutly Advisor: Jessica Alden

Prostate cancer screening: All men may not be equal
Clinton Burnside   |   Staff   |   Poster Presentation   |   Facutly Advisor: Pamela Coleman

Assessing Food Insecurity Among Students at a HBCU and Its Relationship to Fruit and Vegetable Intake and Overweight/Obesity
Linda Thompson   |   Junior Faculty/ Lecturer/ Instructor   |   Poster Presentation   |  

A new orientation toward Howard University's Research Mission: George Washington Williams and W.E.B Du Bois on Undergraduate Research
Charles Verharen   |   Senior Faculty   |   Oral Presentation

Ethics, Law & Religion

Saving What Never Was: Legal Frameworks for Protecting Indigenous Land in the Chittagong Hill Tracts from Further Appropriation
Anupam Roy   |   Undergraduate Student   |   Poster Presentation   |   Faculty Advisor: John Cotman

The Vitalizing Role of Education in Islam's Prophetic Model
Niciah Petrovic   |   Graduate Student   |   Oral Presentation   |   Faculty Advisor: Zainab Alwani

A Pleas to Federal Judges: Combatting Prosecutorial Misconduct in the Cliven Bundy Era
Quiana Harris   |   Professional Student   |   Oral Presentation   |   Faculty Advisor: Sarah Vanwye

Where Do We Go from Here: Existence or Extinction? Exploring College & University Black Chaplaincy in the 21st Century
Cecil Duffie   |   Staff   |   Oral Presentation   |   Faculty Advisor: Bernard Richardson

Ethical Considerations in the Use of Social Media for Clinical Trail Recruitment
Assya Pascalev   |   Senior Faculty   |   Oral Presentation

Humanities

The Drug Epidemic in Brazil
Kyrionna Golliday   |   Undergraduate Student   |   Oral Presentation   |   Faculty Advisor: Jacob Eliseo

The Merger That Shook Jamaica
Mark Beckford   |   Junior Faculty/ Lecturer/ Instructor   |   Oral Presentation

Physical Sciences & Engineering

Safe Space: Using Gamification to Provide Medical Recommendations for Sickle Cell Patients in Preadolescence
Candace Williams   |   Undergraduate Student   |   Poster Presentation   |   Faculty Advisor: Gloria Washington

Free-Standing LiFePO4/Sorted Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Composite Cathode for Lithium-Ion Batteries
Adewale Adepoju   |   Graduate Student   |   Oral Presentation   |   Faculty Advisor: Quinton Williams

Controlled Biomimetic Remineralization for Enamel Repair
Nancy Trang   |   Professional Student   |   Poster Presentation   |   Faculty Advisor: Tongxin Wang

Development of Shewanella Oneidensis MR-1 Biofilms for Iodate Reduction in Groundwater
Jyothirmai Simhadri   |   Post Doc/Resident/Fellow/Research Associate   |   Poster Presentation   |   Faculty Advisor: Patrick Ymele-Leki

Dynamic control and switching of electromagnetically induced transparency in ultrathin highly flexible terahertz metasurfaces
Thomas A. Searles   |   Junior Faculty/ Lecturer/ Instructor   |   Oral Presentation

Artificial Intelligence to Improve Scoring Functions for Structure-based Drug Discovery
Simon Wang   |   Senior Faculty   |   Poster Presentation

Social Sciences

Bridging the gap between Western and Modern Medicine: An examination of the health benefits of integrated medicine in Zanzibar, Tanzania
Natazah O'Neil   |   Undergraduate Student   |   Poster Presentation   |   Facutly Advisor: Alem Hailu

Help-Seeking and Self-Efficacy in Black Female Students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Chloe Martin   |   Graduate Student   |   Poster Presentation   |   Facutly Advisor: Veronica Thomas

Narrative and Interactional Analysis on GoFundme's Breast Cancer Campaign: The Effectiveness and the Power of Social Media Crowdfunding
Wei Sun   |   Junior Faculty/ Lecturer/ Instructor   |   Poster Presentation   |  

Inter-Media Agenda Setting Effects: The Case of #BlackLivesMatter, Black-ish and Network TV News
Natalie Hopkinson   |   Senior Faculty   |   Oral Presentation

Translational & Clinical Sciences

Personality traits related to exercise
Danielle Brown   |   Undergraduate Student   |   Poster Presentation   |   Faculty Advisor: Jules Harrell

STAG2 as a Prognostic Biomarker in Papillary Non-Muscle Invasive Urothelial Carcinoma
Alana Lelo   |   Graduate Student   |   Oral Presentation   |   Faculty Advisor: Todd Waldman

Clinicians' perspectives on barriers to employment for clients enrolled in a supported employment program
Imani Brown   |   Staff   |   Poster Presentation   |   Faculty Advisor: Tanya Alim

MDR Efflux Transporters - New Drug Targets for HIV Drug Delivery
Pradeep Karla   |   Junior Faculty/ Lecturer/ Instructor   |   Oral Presentation

Patient Related Limitations of Computed Tomography Angiography for Pulmonary Embolism Diagnosis
Hamza Raja   |   Professional Student   |   Poster Presentation   |   Faculty Advisor: Andre Duerinckx

Efficacy of Ledispavir-Sofosbuvir and other direct-acting antiviral therapies (DAAs) in the treatment of Chronic HCV: A retrospective study in African Americans
Gbeminiyi Samuel   |   Post Doc/Resident/Fellow/Research Associate   |   Oral Presentation   |   Faculty Advisor: Charles Howell

Screening for lysosomal storage disorders in African-Americans shows higher incidence rates - A possible link to ancestry-specific genetic variations
Marjorie Gondre-Lewis   |   Senior Faculty   |   Oral Presentation   |   Translational & Clinical Sciences

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