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Undergraduate Research Competition and Algebra Relay - 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Algebra team IMG 0022On Wednesday, April 5, 2012 a group of Dillard University students got together to compete for awards and bragging rights in the 2012 Algebra Relay. This college math event is comprised of teams of students who pass problems between them like a baton in a relay race, each time answering a certain question involving a mathematics problem in a specified amount of time. Each team is comprised of five students and a faculty mentor who will work toward the solution to five problems.

Being able to explore a topic independently or in a group and to communicate what is learned is a vital skill for anyone pursuing a career in any field of endeavor. The Algebra Relay offers Dillard students in every major an opportunity, under the mentorship of a faculty member, to participate in a creative interdisciplinary manner in a public forum. Student participants demonstrate creative, critical thinking abilities, and analytical problem-solving skills.  The Algebra Relay is a collaborative between the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Department of Mathematics.

Here are the 2012 winners:

Problem 1: 1st Place, Lyndon Catalan, Physics, Frosh; 2nd Place, Donique Thorpe, Biology, Jr.; 3rd Place, Takunda Jura, Computer Science, Soph

Problem 2: 1st Place, Stephen Igwi, Biology;  2nd Place, Sha’Kayla Nunez, Chemistry, Frosh; 3rd Place, Quinesha Turner, Biology, Soph

Problem 3: 1st Place, Brandon Sledge, Mass Communications, Soph;  2nd Place, Ava Davis, Public Health, Fro;  3rd Place, Joshua Daye, Biology, Sr.

Problem 4:  1st Place, Enzinnie Eziyi, Economics & Finance, Jr.;  2nd Place, Ja’Nesha Holmes, Chemistry, Soph;  3rd Place, Jonathan Guidry, Computer Science, Soph

Problem 5: 1st Place, Curvelle Lewis, Biology, Sr.;  2nd Place, Treshon Tipton, Mathematics, Frosh;  3rd Place, Victor Ogburie, Physics Computer Sci, Jr.

Team Winners (Certificate and 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Ribbons)

1st Place: Donique Thorpe, Biology, Jr Stephen Igwi, Biology, Joshua Daye, Biology, Sr. Zinne Eziyi, Economics & Finance, Jr. Curvelle Lewis, Biology, Sr.

2nd Place: Jasmine Sneed, Public Health, Soph Quinesha Turner, Biology, Soph Brandon Sledge, Mass Communications, Soph Jonathan Guidry, Computer Science, Soph Jarin Morgan, Computer Science, Soph

3rd Place: Lyndon Catalan, Jr., Physics, Fresh Ja’Mesha Holmes, Chemistry, Soph Ava Davis, Public Health, Frosh Sha’Kayla Nunez, Chemistry, Frosh Treshan Tipton, Mathematics, Frosh

Honorable Mention: Raffel Gordon, Computer Information Systems, Jr.; Takunda Jora, Computer Science, Soph.; Victor Ogburie, Physics/Computer Science, Jr.; Emole Anya Dimgba, Physics, Computer Science, Jr.; Christian Ramsom, Computer Science, Frosh


IMG_0088The competitive playing field continued through the next day with the 2012 Undergraduate Research Competition. Students in all disciplines, who engage in research and creative endeavors under faculty supervision, were eligible to participate in the 2012 Research and Creative Work Competition. Students were directly and substantively involved in the various aspects of the research or creative activity, especially in the conception and execution of the project. At least one faculty mentor was directly involved in supervision or the project. Students displayed and explained the results of their work and competed for monetary awards in three categories: Qualitative, Quantitative, or Creative Work.

From robotics, to public health crises and world political problems, students presented issues that were of significance and timely, along with the research they did on these specific topics. Live demonstrations, lively debates and plenty of explanations were shared amongst students, faculty, staff and judges.

Additionally, representatives from 18 federal agencies were on hand to discuss research internships, the federal research agenda and careers in research with students and prospective employees.

Here are the winners for the 2012 Undergraduate Research Competition:

CREATIVE WORK

1st Place: LEGO Forklift Robot Investigators(s) : Emole Anya Dimgba, Junior, STEM, Physics/Computer Science Victor Ogburie, Junior, Physics/Computer Science Eric Roberson, Sophomore, STEM, Computer Science Raffel Gordon, Junior, STEM, Computer Science Marcel Williams, Senior, STEM, Computer Science Faculty Mentor(s): Ming-Hsing Chiu, PhD and Linda Louis, PhD, STEM, Computer Science

2nd Place: How Space Weather Affects the Earth Investigator(s): Charne’ Thomas, Junior, STEM, Biology Pavla Ohbeyien, Junior, STEM, Biology Faculty Mentor(s): Bernard Singleton, DVM, MS, STEM, Biology

3rd Place: Robotics - Fly Trap Investigator(s): Christian Ramson, Freshman, STEM, Computer Science Takunda Jora, Sophomore, STEM, Computer Science Brandon Mathieu, Senior, STEM, Computer Science Gary Tuckers, Senior, STEM, Computer Science Faculty Mentor(s): Ming-Hsing Chiu, PhD and Linda Louis, PhD STEM, Computer Science

QUALITATIVE RESEARCH

1st Place: Determining the Status of Indoor Airborne Microbial Organisms in the Gentilly Area Six Years Post Hurricane Katrina Investigator(s): Curvelle Lewis, Senior, STEM, Biology Breanna Ryan, Sophomore, STEM, Biology Faculty Mentor(s): Bernard Singleton, DVM, MS, STEM, Biology

2nd Place: Unite States Foreign Policy: Syria and Egypt Investigator(s): Juan Serrano, Senior, Political Science Faculty Mentor(s): Nchor Okorn, PhD, Political Science

3rd Place: Antimicrobial Activity of Beet Extract on Fecal Bacteria Investigator(s): Joshua Daye, Senior, STEM, Biology Donique Thorpe, Junior, STEM, Biology Faculty Mentor(s): Bernard Singleton, PhD, Political Science

QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH

1st Place: Assessing the Genotoxicity of the British Petroleum Oil Spill due to Weathering in the Air and Water at Impact of Louisiana Shorelines Investigator(s): Nichole Lathan, Junior, STEM Chemistry Jasmine Scott, Senior, STEM, Biology Faculty Mentor(s): Bernard Singleton, DVM, MS, STEM, Biology

2nd Place: Food Insecurity and Chronic Kidney Disease: The Healthy Aging in Neighborhoods of Diversity Across the Lifespan (HANDLS) Study Investigator(s): Alexandria Broadnax, Junior, STEM Biology Faculty Mentor(s): Eric Buckles, PhD, STEM, Biology

3rd Place: Pulsed Lasers Deposition of epital BaTEO3 Thin Films Investigators(s): Michael Sagapoletela, Junior, STEM, Physics Faculty Mentor(s): Abdalla Darwish, PhD, STEM, Physics


 
Dillard Professor Shows Work Around the World PDF Print E-mail
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splash_Muffin_BernsteinDillard University Adjunct Professor of Art Muffin Bernstein is an international artist. Her works will be shown in galleries and exhibits across the globe this year. From Grand Isle, Louisiana to Dublin, Ireland to Magnolia, Arkansas and Ferrara, Italy, the visual artist and sculptrist will exhibit her collages which often focus on pland and insect life forms in a variety of shows.

This spring, Bernstein is one of fifty artists selected to participate in the inaugural Dublin Biennial opening June 15 and continuing through June 24, 2012. The exhibition will be held at the Sol Gallery in the city center. Bernstein is also having a solo show at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Arkansas beginning in September. She will be giving a lecture and workshop.

Bernstein’s work has been selected to be part of the exhibition Liberated Dreams in Ferrara, Italy, opening April 21 and continuing through May 30, 2012. The exhibition, curated by Paola Trevisan, will be held in the Estense Castle Museum.

In May, Bernstein’s work will be included in an exhibition curated by Stefania Carrozzini at the Onishi Gallery in New York City. The exhibition, You must have a chaos within in you to give birth to a dancing star will open with a preview on May 24th and continuing on view through June 6, 2012.

Closer to home, Bernstein will also be part of the 10th Annual Grand Isle Juried Exhibit 2012: A New Journey. The exhibition will be on view at the Grand Isle Civic Center from April 14 through April 22.

For more information visit : www.muffinbernstein.com.

 

 


 

 
Dillard Theatre Students Recognized by Actor Nicoye Banks PDF Print E-mail
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nicoye_banksDillard Theatre students are generating lots of buzz and it's not just on the DU campus. The current production of "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf" has gotten plenty of attention and praise from viewers. The Mayor's Office of Cultural Economy and Film New Orleans mentioned the production and its crew in an announcement about an exciting opportunity for Dillard Theatre students to receive special scholarships awarded by New Orleans actor Nicoye Banks' "It Takes Heart" Foundation. 

Banks, a New Orleanian, stars in the soon-to-be released film "Woman Thou Art Loosed! On the 7th Day", and will partner with Encore Event Planning to create a special ceremony to present students with the theatre arts scholarships.

"We want people to be able to reach their dreams," says Encore Event Planning partner Essence Harris.

For Harris and her partner, touching the lives of students from New Orleans is extremely important. That sentiment is also shared by Banks, who is focusing on Dillard University students, despite being a former Southern University student. Banks remembers how many people helped him on his way up and wants to be able to provide the same opportunities for others.

Banks has been on the Dillard campus for a rehearsal of "For Colored Girls..." and has spoken to students in communications, as well as given an interview with WDUB radio.

On April 5, 2012 Banks will be part of a stellar movie premiere at the AMC Theatre in Clearview Palace 12. Encore Event Planning has organized the event which will include a media-infused red carpet arrival and VIP reception. Tickets are available exclusively online here.

For information about the Dillard Theatre production, contact Cortheal Clark at (504) 816-4245.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Spring 2012 Open House a Success PDF Print E-mail
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The 2012 Spring Open House at Dillard University was another huge success. So says Monica White, Coordinator of Campus Tours and Special Events who lead the effort to promote Dillard University to prospective students and their families.

"In the five years working here, this has been by far the largest and most successful Open House", she adds.

Dillard faculty, staff, students and alumni pooled their talents and resources to welcome close to 300 visitors to the campus on Saturday, Mar. 24, 2012. Visitors from as far away as Maryland, Arkansas, Texas, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and other towns in Louisiana had positive feedback to share about their visit and the university.

One student said on their survey, “ I have officially fell in love with Dillard.”

Dillard University thanks all participants for their efforts and looks forward to seeing future students back on campus.

 

 
Social Media Lecture Series Invites Local Newscasters PDF Print E-mail
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EvanAndersonSocial media is more important than ever and Dillard University's School of Mass Communications wants to explore its impact in an upcoming lecture series.  WDSU News Channel 6 Anchors, Norman Robinson and Camille Whitworth and FOX8 general assignment reporter, Evan Anderson, a Dillard Alumnus, will lecture on ‘Social Media: Impact in Broadcast News’ on Wednesday, March 28 at 10:00 a.m. in Georges Auditorium. The event is scheduled to last until 11:30 a.m. Everyone is invited, including the campus and the general public.

For more information on the lecture, contact Janella Newsome at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (504) 816-4790

View our photo gallery of images from the lecture!

 
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