Undaunted, Salem State University upholds the long tradition of celebrating student and faculty scholarship and creative activities this year. Research Day 2020 is virtual!

On May 4th, Research Day 2020 recreated this vibrant tradition on-line with the help of the Library and Digital Commons! As always, the day will "begin" with Provost David Silva addressing the students and faculty who have participated. For Provost Silva’s 2020 Address, view the introductory remarks.

Please dive into the rich array of thought-provoking and engaging posters, presentations, and performances from the Undergraduate Symposium and the Faculty & Graduate Student Symposium. You can engage with and encourage the student participants by leaving comments between May 4th and May 10th. The new format allows plenty of time to revisit your favorites and gives you time to visit all contributions.

When you are done, stop by the Faculty Publication Celebration to learn about the variety of topics on which SSU faculty published in the previous calendar year, 2019.

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  • Implementing Malthus — How One Cleric Set the Tone for the Irish Famine

    Roberts, Kevin; Shea, Margo (2020-05-04)
    In times of chaos, people are faced with a difficult decision. Do we stick to the course, business as normal, or do we try taking drastic actions? Historically, in these great debates, we see thinkers and voices emerge that come to epitomize this dilemma. Incendiary works of literature and outspoken authors can find themselves setting the tone for the great ordeals of their times. No author serves as a better voice for the English response to the Irish Potato Famine than T. R. Malthus. His literature said just what members of Parliament wanted to hear to justify their unconcerned approach to Famine relief.
  • Dreaming

    Pratt, Kristy; Beattie, Emily (2020-05-04)
    This is a dance film that was made for a special topics in dance final. It used camera techniques that we worked with all semester such as editing, and camera angles. The prompt for this project was to make a dance film based on how we are feeling at the moment and how we hope to feel in the future.
  • A Slow Dream of Quarantine

    Kimber, Savannah; Beattie, Emily (2020-05-04)
    This film shows all the technique we have been taught over this semester. We were given a prompt based on how we feel about COVID-19 and how we hope to feel when it's over.
  • Anthropocentrism

    Hanafin, Erin; Miller, Betsy (2020-05-04)
    Anthropocentrism is a dance work which premiered in the Salem Dance Ensemble 2019 Fall Concert. It draws its inspiration from environmental ethics. Music: “Golden Clouds,” by The Orb “Fool”; “Lessons (instrumental),” by SOHN, edited by Erin Hanafin. Zippo sound effect by Picture to Sound. Fire sound effect by Abderrezek Bouhedda.
  • Quarantine 2020 | What to do?

    Fotopoulos, Vasia; Beattie, Emily (2020-05-04)
    This dance film shows off the techniques we have learned this spring semester. The prompt for this dance study was how we are feeling in this Covid-19 era and how we hope to feel afterwards.
  • The Success the Performing Arts Bring to the Classroom

    Foden, Alyssa; Miller, Betsy (2020-05-04)
    This is a rehearsal piece of seven dancers embodying what success looked like to them when dance was a part of their k-12 education.
  • Seeing Red

    Verville, Alex; Beattie, Emily (2020-05-04)
    The prompt for the project here was how we feel during this quarantine. The video is a culmination of techniques learned through the semester by other artists in order to tell stories within videos. Research was done in the areas of space, time, editing, and camera work.
  • Daily

    Hanafin, Erin; Beattie, Emily (2020-05-04)
    The feeling of being stuck inside during quarantine and how I hope to feel in the future.
  • In versus Out (Of my Mind)

    White, Abbie; Beattie, Emily (2020-05-04)
    This dance film represents a semester of research in Dance and Film. We learned techniques, screened works by artists using these techniques to tell stories, and then created our own studies. This film is the culmination of all of our embodied research in space, time, camera work, and editing. This study represents how I feel in our current situation vs how I want to feel. Through this study, I found that we have to create our own happiness and freedom in every situation- especially during the Pandemic. Freedom from one's own mind can be found, if one only looks hard enough.
  • Waiting for Quarantine to be Over

    Pratt, Malissa; Beattie, Emily (2020-05-04)
    Waiting For Quarantine To Be Over is a dance film that I made for my special topics in dance final. In the video I practiced using editing techniques and different camera angles. The dance film is about how I am feeling about being in quarantine at the moment and how I hope to feel later.
  • A New Asymmetric Encryption Algorithm Involving Both Group And Number Theory: Derivation Of The Lucente Stabile Atkins Cryptosystem Using Gauss’s Generalization Of Wilson’s Theorem

    Lucente Stabile, Francesco; Atkins, Carey; Rosenthal, Arthur James; Rosenthal, Arthur James (2020-05-04)
    Our research led to the discovery of an asymmetric encryption algorithm that follows Kerckhoff's principle and relies on a specific case of Gauss's Generalization of Wilson's Theorem. Unlike prime factorization based algorithms, the eavesdropping cryptanalyst has no indication that he has successfully decrypted the cyphertext. For this reason, we aim to show that this algorithm is not only more secure than existing asymmetric algorithms, but it has the potential to be significantly computationally faster.
  • Aimé Césaire’s "A Tempest" As A Fresh Perspective In Secondary Education Curriculum

    Devino, Stephenie; Valens, Keja (2020-05-04)
    This essay urges for secondary education English courses to offer students new perspectives of the "classic" works commonly taught, by comparing William Shakespeare's play "The Tempest" to Aime Cesaire's adaptation "A Tempest".
  • Youth Recommendations For Substance Use Education And Prevention

    DeMagistris, Samantha; Vissing, Yvonne; Vissing, Yvonne (2020-05-04)
    Vaping, marijuana, alcohol, and other drugs have become part of many young people’s lifestyles. This qualitative study examines substance use trends among youth, the effects of peer influence, and how schools and communities incorporate substance abuse education and prevention programs. Focus groups with high school students in New England reviewed causes of youth substance use and efficacy of traditional models of education and prevention. Youth regard most alcohol and drug education programs as ineffective. Education information does not seem to mitigate against the impact of peer pressure. Recommendations on prevention and about how students can better manage the impact of peer pressure surrounding substance use are provided.
  • Transgender Health Care for Nursing Faculty

    Sweeney, Chelsee; Williams, Cheryl (2020-05-04)
    Aim: The purpose of this paper was to examine the lack of research on transgender health care in the nursing curriculum. Background: Nursing faculty are inadequately educated on the subject and unable and often unaware of the importance to teach this subject. Method: CINAHL and PubMed were utilized to find research articles on the subject. Conclusion: Based on the lack of specificity and numbers in articles in transgender health care, there is truly an educational gap.
  • Practical Issues Involved In Implementing The Lucente Stabile Atkins (LSA) Cryptosystem

    Atkins, Carey; Lucente Stabile, Francesco; Rosenthal, Arthur; Rosenthal, Arthur James (2020-05-04)
    We discuss practical issues involved in implementing the Lucente Stabile Atkins (LSA) cryptosystem, a new asymmetric encryption algorithm that involves both group and number theory. The LSA algorithm requires a key exchange at the beginning of the process to define the group that will be used for the information sharing. We show that the LSA cryptosystem can be implemented with an algorithm that generates an arbitrarily large number of keys of various lengths using a computationally efficient method. By using this list of keys to determine the cyclic group to be used, we have developed a cryptosystem that can be more secure than existing encryption algorithms while also being computationally faster.
  • Teach-out, MAT in Art Education Thesis Exhibit

    Black, Margaret; Delmonico, Tony; Doke, Ashley; Englehardt, Emily; Kirk, Ben; Jackson, Ryan; Mulcahy, Alicia; Teal, Susan (2020-05-04)
    Artist statements and samples of artwork by the 2020 MAT in Art Education Professional Licensure students.
  • "My Half-Marathon Journey" from It Can't Rain All the Time

    Vitale, Mia; Valens, Keja (2020-05-04)
    A selection from a memoir written as part of the MA in English-Writing program.
  • The Growth Mindset in Nursing Education

    Hall, Justine; Williams, Cheryl; Williams, Cheryl; Williams, Cheryl (2020-05-04)
    Introduction: The growth mindset model has been linked with academic success in disciplines outside of nursing. Growth mindset learners are more likely to believe that intelligence is malleable, remain engaged in learning, persist through challenges, remediate, and have greater academic success. This study examined whether growth mindset nursing students were more engaged in their curriculum, were more persistent (gritty), and their perceptions of belonging in nursing school as opposed to fixed mindset peers. Methods: 102 students from a national database responded to a web-based survey. Results suggested that growth mindset learners were grittier and expressed higher levels of belonging than their fixed mindset colleagues. Implications include a need to consider the integration of the growth mindset model into nursing education.
  • The Witches of Silent Harbor

    Tew, Lucy A.J.; Valens, Keja (2020-05-04)
    A selection from a a young adult novel composed in the Masters of Arts in English-Writing program.
  • Mary G. Walsh Writing Center: The "Literal" Center for Writing at SSU

    DeCiccio, Al; Nguyen, Justin; Pagan-Suarez, Natalia; Delaney, Marc; Johnson, Devin; Hill, Jacquelyn; Swanton, Molly; Barbagallo, Sal; Hughes, Courtney; Mazares-Monga, Michelle C.; et al. (2020-05-04)
    The Writing Center has changed to offer, not just face-to-face tutoring, but group tutoring, tutoring for multilingual students, tutoring in the high school, tutoring online, course-embedded tutoring, tutoring in professional programs, and tutoring in the Graduate School. Tutors and Coordinators are learning that these developments brand the updated community of practice in the Mary G. Walsh Writing Center as the “‘literal center’ for writing” across the university and the community, just as Michael Pemberton describes in “Rethinking the WAC/Writing Center/Graduate Student Connection.”

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