Recent Submissions

  • Implementing Disability Justice: Using Intersectional and Anti-oppressive Approaches for Helping Professionals

    Johnson, Lisa; Singh, Rose C. (2023-04-24)
    In this webinar, Professor Lisa Johnson (social work) and Rose C. B. Singh (PhD candidate at Memorial University of Newfoundland) will explore disability movements and offer a discussion of the frameworks of intersectionality, critical cultural competence, and anti-oppressive practices. Moderated by Professor Vanessa Ruget. This is the third panel of the CRCA/Berry Library 2023 Contemporary Issues Series on disability justice.
  • PingTRACKS: Black Maternal Health

    Warner, Keturah; Noah, Amanda (2023-05-01)
    In this poster, I will explain how black maternal women have been affected by the healthcare system in the US. Black women are three times more likely to die due to childbirth than white women. Many causes of death are preventable if doctors adequately care for their patients of color. Some leading causes of black maternal mortality are cardiomyopathy and blood pressure-related disorders. The US healthcare system is rooted in racism directly related to black women's mortality rates.
  • Creating Ecobricks To Reduce Platic Waste

    Vuong, Kelly; Noah, Amanda (2023-05-01)
    Ecobricks is a productive and engaging product that is suitable for all individuals, regardless of ability and needs. The purpose of the project is to help reduce plastic waste in our oceans and our land, that contribute to harming our ecosystem. Ecobricks are essentially an alternative to the traditional red bricks that are used to create different building structures. They are called "Ecobricks" because they consists of PET bottles that are reusuable and are filled with non-biodegradable and non-recycable plastic. The bottles do not contain any metals, glass, sharp objects, or bio-degradable items. They also contain only clean and dry plastics. These bottles are then used to make different building projects (there are some photos of building projects done, using the Ecobricks).
  • Long Term Benefits Of Holistic Treatment: Massage Therapy As Part Of A Wellness Plan​

    Vixama, Ashley; DeLeon, Patrice (2023-05-01)
    The objective of this senior project was to raise awareness about the significance and advantages of holistic therapy. During the internship at Body & Soul Massage, various newsletters, social media content, and blog posts were developed to educate individuals about the benefits of holistic treatments. Some clients were interviewed, and others provided their testimonies were collected from the previous year to the present. Massage sessions from the past week were reviewed and recorded for the monthly session total. By comparing the total sessions from this year, last year, the month, and the week prior, insights into the business's growth and areas for improvement were gained. This also identified areas requiring more promotion or additional availability time to ensure clients received the best possible service.
  • Implementation Of Initiatives To Improve The Quality Of Nutrition And Food Service For Patients At BIDMC

    Robert, Jamal; Shilo, Amanda (2023-05-01)
    BIDMC required an individual that could assist in the improvement of operations in the department of Food Service and Nutrition. With the proper resources, completing weekly tasks such as patient rounds, and reporting the necessary feedback from patients to the kitchen staff and general supervisor was easily achieved. A high volume of negative feedback,prompted initiatives to improve; kitchen workflow, timeliness of food delivery, and creation of accommodations. Although the data for the increase in positive feedback is not available at this time, comments about improvements in food quality, and service have been provided and emphasized.
  • Pathways To Success: Guidelines For New And Established Employees

    Ramirez, Diomaris; Everitt, Amy (2023-05-01)
    This project focused on new and established Patient Service Representative (PSR) employees, with the intent to improve the necessary resources for them to succeed in their roles. Through a survey, we were able to determine the concerns and needs of the PSRs. By collecting this information, new guidelines were established, and the needs of the office were refocused while still concentrating on the areas in which more help and assistance was needed. The resource binder that was developed as a result of this project will help PSR employees become more independent, successful, and self-driven to handle the daily workload of the office.
  • Salem Board Of Health, Narcan Distribution & Awareness In The Community

    O'Rourke, Rebecca; Noah, Amanda; Shiloh, Amanda (2023-05-01)
    The goal of this project was to teach and spread awareness on effective ways to use narcan to keep people in the community safe.
  • COVID's Impact On Hospice: Strategies To Combat And Maintain Quality Care

    Joyce, Jacqueline; DeLeon, Patrice (2023-05-01)
    This project aimed to dive deeper into the protocols utilized by Beacon Hospice to combat the coronavirus while maintaining a high quality of care for the patients and their volunteers. Client interactions and internal operations were also investigated during this internship. Which demonstrated how behind-the-scenes work is equally essential as hands-on care. Suggestions to modify and help improve the data collection sheets were proposed. This resulted in enhanced record-keeping to ensure the best patient care and communication among the staff.
  • Overcoming Language Barriers: Transvaginal Ultrasound Translation Sheets For Radiology Patients

    Herrera, Abigail; DeLeon, Patrice (2023-05-01)
    South Shore Hospital is a nonprofit health organization that provides community care, home health, specialty care, primary care, emergency and urgent care, and wellness services. This senior internship aimed to create a resource about Transvaginal Ultrasound for staff to provide their non-English speaking patients. Ten staff members of the Ultrasound Department were interviewed about specific language barriers when working with their patients. As a result, the existing English version was translated into five documents to assist patients who spoke Cantonese, Vietnamese, Spanish, Haitian Creole, and Portuguese. According to staff, the translation sheets will improve communication with non-English speaking patients (especially understanding the exam) and overall patient satisfaction. After this internship, the department will continue to use the translation sheets to prevent future language barriers.
  • Factors Impacting Dental Health Disparities In Children In U.S.A.

    Doyle, Jill; Shilo, Amanda (2023-05-01)
    One of the most chronic preventable childhood diseases is Dental caries; a major serious public health concern from infancy to age 18 in the USA. The two most common socio-economic factors cited for lack of dental caries treatment are lifetime poverty and low health literacy. Other factors include food insecurity, lack of nutritious foods, increased consumption of processed sugars, obesity, chronic health conditions, low-income status, lack of health and dental insurance, lack of affordable housing, lack of access to care, racial discrimination, decreased exposure to fluorides, and language barriers. Caries prevention and treatment programs in schools could help reduce the gap of untreated children. Private dental practices could attempt to improve this situation with free screening and referral programs.
  • The Price To Survive

    Davis, Brianna; DeFelippo, Anne (2023-05-01)
    This capstone project describes a personal healthcare journey with Type I Diabetes in the United States and the fluctuating price of insulin necessary to treat this disease. This paper emphasizes the dangerous toll on a person’s health and quality of life that results from the choices and sacrifices one must make to purchase and have on hand the supply of insulin needed on a daily basis. The "Cost To Survive" is explained through a narrative of personal experience, the diabetic literature, online news reports, and a President’s stand on the issue. A vivid diagram illustrates the complex and convoluted insulin supply chain that master-minds extreme price-fixing of insulin in the United States. Rationing of insulin supply is a dangerous but necessary technique for some persons-that leads to health disparity and fast forwarding of dangerous side effects that may be fatal as a result of untreated diabetes.
  • Spanish Club Pilot Project

    Cromwell, Kiki; Shilo, Amanda (2023-05-01)
    The Spanish Club Pilot Project was to increase the exposure to Spanish language for both native and non native speakers. Created to increase basic terminology, comfort with learning, and for opportunities for communication.
  • Media and Pop-Culture Portrayals of Disability vs. Neurodiversity in Schools

    Scott, Kristina; Dickstein-Fischer, Laurie (2023-03-23)
    Disability representation in media is often skewed and is a disservice to the neurodiversity movement. This presentation will review examples of tokenized representation and challenge these portrayals by focusing on culturally sustaining practices. Participants will begin to examine classroom and school-based practices that are neuro-inclusive and reaffirm that all students belong, and all voices need to be heard. This is the second panel of the CRCA spring seminar series on Disability Justice.
  • Cilia, diseases, and organelle assembly - Leeuwenhoek’s ‘little legs’ in the spotlight

    Brown, Jason; Biology Department and ThermoFisher Scientific (2023-02-17)
    Cilia are hair-like structures extending from many cell types including single-celled organisms and cells throughout the human body. Multiple human diseases, the ciliopathies, are caused by defective cilia. In recent decades, much underlying ultrastructural and biochemical complexity of these important organelles has been discovered, but many questions remain unanswered. Dr. Brown will discuss cilia assembly, the ciliopathies, and the work he and his students have been doing to understand the mechanism of cilia gene regulation.
  • Reconstructing Environments of the Past: In what conditions did our ancestors survive and thrive?

    Beck, Catherine; Geological Sciences Department and the Charles Albert Read Trust (2023-02-16)
    From the earliest primates to modern humans, our history as a species has been characterized by environmental change and variability. Through studying the geological record we can reconstruct the past environments associated with fossil primates and hominins. This allows us to build and test hypotheses about how climatic and tectonic processes shaped the eastern African ecosystems in which our species evolved and ultimately migrated from to colonize the globe.
  • What is the role of citrullination in ALS?

    Camille, Webb; Biology Department and ThermoFisher Scientific (2023-02-17)
    Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating neurodegenerative disease. Degeneration of motor neurons occurs because of toxic protein aggregation. Protein Citrullination (PC) is altered dynamically in the spinal cord during disease progression and accumulates in protein aggregates. This presentation aims to discuss what is currently known and uncover novel proteins that are citrullinated in ALS.
  • A Voice in the Wilderness: A Pioneering Biologist Explains How Evolution Can Help Us Solve our Biggest Problems.

    Graves, Joseph L.; Biology Department and the College of Arts and Sciences (2023-02-15)
    Evolutionary science has long been regarded as conservative, a tool for enforcing regressive ideas, particularly about race and gender. But in A Voice in the Wilderness, evolutionary biologist Joseph L. Graves Jr.—once styled as the “Black Darwin”—argues that his field is essential to social justice. He shows, for example, why biological races do not exist. He dismantles recent work in “human biodiversity” seeking genes to explain the achievements of different ethnic groups. He decimates homophobia, sexism, and classism as well.
  • Penguins, Past and Present

    Ksepka, Daniel; Biology Department and the College of Arts and Sciences (2023-02-16)
    Penguins evolved more than 60 million years ago. The rich fossil record of these birds has revealed unexpected forms such as giant (300lb+) penguins, spear-billed penguins, and penguins with red and grey feathers. These fossils provide a window into how penguins lost flight and adapted to changing environmental conditions such as drifting continents, reorganization of Southern Ocean currents, and the onset of glacial-interglacial cycles. Increasingly, scientists are combining fossil data with observations from living penguins to gain a synthetic understanding of penguin evolution. Just this year, the complete genomes of all living penguins were sequenced, providing once unimaginable insight into species boundaries, aquatic adaptations to everything from vision to metabolism, and even population expansions and crashes during the last Ice Age.
  • Life in an ancient undersea forest: the secrets of a marine ecosystem powered by wood.

    Distel, Dan; Chemistry and Physics Department and the Charles Albert Read Trust (2023-02-15)
    Sometime in the late Pleistocene, sea level rose and buried a coastal bald cypress forest beneath the sea floor. The trees and wood were preserved under the sediment for the next 60,000 years until recently exposed by hurricane waves. Once uncovered the ancient wood formed the foundation of one of the most unique marine environments ever discovered. The site now hosts a diverse marine community, fueled by wood, and dominated by wood-eating bivalves and other wood-associated marine invertebrates. I will discuss the diversity of organisms that thrive in this environment and the special role played by wood-eating bivalves (shipworms) and the cellulolytic bacteria that enable their unusual woody diet.
  • Evolution In The Anthropocene:  How will life's capacity to adapt to global change reshape the world of our children?

    Kaufman, Les; Salem State Scuba Club and the Charles Albert Read Trust (2023-02-13)
    Life is being challenged as never before by humanity's rapid and profound reorganization of Earth's ecosystem.  This talk features stories of shock and hope that bear on life's capacity to restore, while we are still on this planet, what our species has thrown into chaos. Dr. Kaufman studies the creation, maintenance, and destruction of biological diversity, and humanity's shifting role in the biosphere that supports us.

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