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Dr. Bertha Alvarez Manninen featured by Society of Philosophers in America

ASU Bertha ManninenDr. Bertha Alvarez Manninen recently was a featured guest on the 15th episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast, a production of the Society of Philosophers in America (SOPHIA). While at a conference in Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Manninen joined Dr. Jackie Kegley of California State University for an interview on the topic of “Teaching Philosophy to First-Gen College Students.”

As a first-generation, minority college student, from a challenging socio-economic status, Dr. Manninen has been able to relate to many of her students’ unique experiences. She expressed, “It’s not hard to sell philosophy, but it can be a challenge. How do you make students who want to escape poverty be attracted to a major typically associated with poverty?” When asked about unexpected barriers, Dr. Manninen added that some students face “crippling self-doubt” and can experience family barriers. “While parents want their child to succeed because they see college as a way to reach economic stability, they genuinely don’t know how to support their child or have the tools to do it.”

The discussion evolved to the importance of integrating philosophy into any chosen major. Dr. Manninen cited a pre-med student who is a Biology major, minoring in Philosophy, and is finishing her thesis on how disease affects someone’s personal identity. “When people survive a lethal disease like cancer, they take on the identity of a cancer survivor, and that infuses on how they will interact with the world. Doctors who understand that become better doctors. My student repeatedly [talks about] how philosophy is going to make her a better physician.”

To listen to the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast in its entirety, visit Episode 15 at www.philosophersinamerica.com.

Bertha Alvarez Manninen is an associate professor of philosophy in the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies in ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

Congratulations to this year’s award winners!

ASU undergraduate students and mentors presented their research and creative projects at this year’s New College Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects Symposium on April 20, 2017, in La Sala Ballroom at ASU’s West campus. The event featured 50 submitted projects in conference poster format. Following the poster session, a keynote address about black widow spider research was presented by Dr. Chad Johnson, and Dr. Todd Sandrin closed the event with the awards ceremony.

Posters and projects were judged on the following criteria: (1) Coherence/Clarity of Exposition, (2) Flow of Information, (3) Interpretability, (4) Soundness of Methodology, (5) Significance/Timeliness, and (6) Originality. Awards were given to the top presented and non-presented posters and creative projects, and NCUIRE students were honored in the same categories based on total points received.

Congratulations to the following winners!

Best NCUIRE Poster or Creative Project

1st – “Visualizing Immigrant Phoenix: An Urban Ethnographic Collaborative Exhibition.” Cynthia Canez, Crystal Cespedes, Jose Grijalva, Argenis Hurtado Moreno, Hussein Mohamed, Ileen Younan, Christen Garden, Chrystin Sanchez

2nd – “Internal Validation of the T-Bone EX Kit.” Chaitali Patel, Robert Oldt

3rd – “Analyzing Bexarotene Analogs for Cancer Treatment.” Denna Haddad

Honorable Mention – “BullyBlocker: Designing and Implementing a Model to Identify Cyberbullying in Facebook.” Liz Garcia, Chance Brown, Bryan Sawkins

 

Best Presented Poster or Creative Project

1st – “Synthesis of a Demethylated Bexarotene Analog and a Demethylated Fluoro-Bexarotene Analog for Evaluation as Potential Anti-Cancer.” Tarana Darwaiz, Riley Candia

T-2nd – “The Urban Heat Island’s Impact on Ecdysone Levels Throughout Development of the Western Black Widow.” Claire Moen, Edgar Aragon Ruiz

T-2nd – “Communication in Crafting Circles.” Annaliese Pickett, Lily Ludwig

T-2nd – “Differential Effects of Metal Toxicity on Prosopis juliflora Shoot Growth.” Anthony Gutierrez, Stan Avezov, Alan Terrien, Mekah Abbey, Melanie Boros

3rd – “Phytoremediation technology: Effects of metals on the germination of Larrea tridentate.” Kelsey Stromberg, Kelly Bergin, Abbie Kulinec, Justin Young

 

Best Non-Presented NCUIRE Poster or Creative Project

1st – “Can Direct Examination Sensitize Jurors to the Scientific Validity of Expert Testimony?” Rebecca Velez, Morgan Hight, Cassandra Hamza, Cassidy Siso, Bibiana Oliveira

2nd – “Optimal Control of the Concentration of Doripenem to Kill P. aeruginosa Strains in a PK/PD Model.” Christopher Graham

3rd – “Analyzing Bexarotene Analogs for Cancer Treatment.” Ereny Aleas, Amanda Mikhail, San Raban

 

Best Non-Presented Poster or Creative Project

1st – “Dyscalculia.” Jillian Sandor

2nd – “Investigation of Transcription Factor EB and Alzheimer’s Disease in Post-Mortem Human Brains.” Savannah Farley, Douglas Walker, Lih-Fen Lue, Tiffany Tang

3rd – “Black Masculinities, Black Art and Creating Space at the Table.” Ayanna Shambe

 

Thank you to all students and mentors who submitted their amazing work!

ASU West campus professors awarded patent

Dr. Pamela Marshall

Organic Chemist Carl Wagner

Organic chemist Carl Wagner, Dr. Pamela Marshall, and Dr. Peter Jurutka, professors from the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences were awarded United States Patent No. 9,573,906 for inventing compounds useful for treating cancers and Alzheimer’s disease.

This team of scientists at the West campus also play an important role in the New College of Undergraduate Inquiry and Research Experiences (NCUIRE) program at New College. They help lead research projects run by undergraduate students, and have been recognized as outstanding mentors in their field.

Dr. Peter Jurutka

We congratulate Associate Professor Carl Wagner, Dr. Peter Jurutka and Dr. Pamela Marshall on reaching this milestone in their research efforts.

 

 

 

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Learn about New College research opportunities at the Pre-Health Conference on Sept. 25

Do want to be a part of a valuable research experience with some of the best scholars in the field? Come to the 7th Annual Pre-Health Conference on Sept. 25 to learn more about New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences’s incredible pre-med program that allows students to take an active part in a real research lab.

In honor of the Pre-Health Conference, here is faculty spotlight on Dr. Carl Wagner, Assistant Professor at New College’s School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. As an organic chemist, Dr. Wagner values students taking part in hands-on research and has several undergraduate students who actively participate in research projects alongside him each semester. In one of his recent research projects, Dr. Wagner has developed a laboratory experiment to introduce undergraduates to the nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, a vital instrument for organic chemists. In the Nuclear Magnetic Residence (NMR) Facility, Dr. Wagner and his students conduct hands-on research in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Check out this video to get a behind-the-scenes look into the valuable research that goes on in Dr. Wagner’s lab.

If you are eager to participate in medical discovery and learn more about the Life Sciences degree program, register for the 7th Annual Pre-Health Conference at NCevents@asu.edu to kick off your career!

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Learn about New College’s life science and pre-med degrees at the Pre-Health Conference on Sept. 25th

Are you interested in making life-changing medical discoveries? At the 7th Annual Pre-Health Conference on Sept. 25, students will learn more about the amazing research opportunities they can participate in as part of the Life Sciences degree program at Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

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Dr. Peter Jurutka research focuses on topics as the fight against cancer.

At the head of one of these research opportunities is Dr. Peter Jurutka, an associate professor of New College’s School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences at ASU’s West campus. Dr. Jurutka is well-known in the ASU community and is highly sought after as a mentor for aspiring health professionals. In his research lab, undergraduate students have the stimulating opportunity to work alongside him in hands-on research projects that focus on topics such as fighting cancer and osteoporosis. Dr. Jurutka has published for the American Association for Cancer Research, and his undergraduate research opportunities have led to students becoming co-authors of scholarly papers published in distinguished academic journals and presented at national conferences. Check out this video to get a sneak peek at a real research lab and hear from a current student about her experience as a Life Science major.

To learn more about how to advance your medical career and dive into valuable research opportunities, register today for the 7th Annual Pre-Health Conference at NCevents@asu.edu.

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Dr. Grace Caputo from Phoenix Children’s Hospital to present at the Pre-Health Conference on Sept. 25th

Dr. Grace Caputo - Keynote Speaker
Dr. Grace Caputo the Director of Education at Phoenix Children’s Hospital will be the keynote speaker.

Are you interested in the medical field and eager to rub elbows with some of the best? Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences is hosting its 7th Annual Pre-Health Conference on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the West campus in La Sala Ballroom. With the event fast approaching, here is a sneak peek of our distinguished keynote speaker: Dr. Grace Caputo, Director of Medical Education, Designated Institutional Official, & General Pediatrics from Phoenix Children’s Hospital. She is an inspiration to the medical community, and we are honored to welcome her to ASU’s West campus to share her wisdom with the future leaders of the medical field.

Working alongside professionals in the medical field is an important component of the Life Sciences degree program at New College, and Dr. Caputo is surely a health professional who has motivated learners around her. Dr. Caputo is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Child Health at University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix, AZ. In addition to her experience as a university educator, Dr. Caputo has served as the Director of Graduate Education and the Pediatric Residency Program at Phoenix Children’s Hospital since 1996. She has made a lasting impact on her fellow colleagues in the community and was honored as Top Doctor in 2013 by the US News and World Report based on peer-nominations.

asu-new-college-pre-healthDr. Caputo is not only highly regarded in her practice, but she is admired by others for her passion in mentoring the health residents in her community. This past April 2014, the Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD) chose Dr. Caputo for the Robert S. Holm Leadership Award, which recognized her for her outstanding contribution as a leader in the pediatric program and her continued support as a mentor and role model. Dr. Caputo is also part of APPD’s Leadership in Educational Academic Development (LEAD), a nationally recognized program that teaches medical residents and educators the tools to become exceptional leaders in graduate medical education. She is an advocate for change management in medical education and is committed to developing the best possible programs for future healthcare professionals like our current and prospective pre-med students at ASU.

Dr. Caputo’s dedication to improving graduate medical programs and cultivating the future of the medical field has earned her a positive rapport with those she has mentored. “She is a superb leader, teacher, mentor, advisor, counselor, listener and friend. She fosters self-assessment, self-directed learning, goal setting and reflection,” says Dr. Dana Ursea, associate program director of the pediatric residency program at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. “Her reputation as a teacher and leader is legendary in our community.”

If you are a future health professional and leader of tomorrow, come to the 7th Annual Pre-Health Conference on Sept. 25 to hear from Dr. Caputo, a truly remarkable asset to the medical community.

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Interested in Med School? Come to the Pre-Health Conference, Sept. 25th

asu-new-college-pre-healthAttention aspiring health professionals! New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University’s West campus is hosting the 7th Annual Pre-Health Conference on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the La Sala Ballroom. If you are a high school student interested in the medical field or a current ASU pre-med student, you don’t want to miss this event.

This year’s conference features a keynote presentation from distinguished physician, Dr. Grace Caputo, Director of Medical Education, Designated Institutional Official, and General Pediatrics from Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Students will learn about available pre-med programs offered at ASU and partake in simultaneous breakout sessions featuring Midwestern University and Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences. During the conference students will have the opportunity to attend an info fair where they can ask representatives about careers in the medical profession, meet with Kaplan Test Prep about the MCAT, and gain insider tips on how to write a personal statement for medical school. Current high school students planning a future in the medical field are invited to a special breakout session where they will learn about preparing for college and selecting the right major.

New College offers a Life Science degree that helps students jump start their career in health professions. Have you always dreamed of working in a lab alongside some of the top professors in the medical field? Now is your chance. The Life Science degree program allows students the opportunity to explore biology, chemistry, geology, and physics through challenging coursework, as well as become an active part of cutting edge medical research in faculty based research laboratories. With hands-on experience, New College alumni are prepared to enter graduate programs inhuman or veterinary medicine, pharmacy, or dentistry.

Whether you are preparing for college or preparing for graduate school, the Annual Pre-health Conference is the place to be. Register today at NCevents@asu.edu. We hope to see you at the Pre-Health Conference!

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