Recent Submissions

  • Evolution, Ethics, and Engineering Wild Mice to Stop Lyme Disease

    Esvelt, Kevin; Salem State Biology Department, Earth Days and the College of Arts and Sciences (2024-04-08)
    When and how should we consider editing wild organisms, and how can communities guide research intended to change our shared environment? The Mice Against Ticks project, which aims to prevent Lyme disease by editing white-footed mice so they can't infect ticks, is trying to find out.
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health Education Curriculum: Empowering Young Adult

    Pierre, Faranah; Everitt, Amy (2024-04-29)
    This research project was designed to assess the effectiveness of implementing a comprehensive sexual and reproductive health education curriculum for young adult males in a residential program at Wayside Youth and Family Support Network. The curriculum was designed to enhance knowledge and skills related to sexual health, decision-making, and healthy behaviors among both staff and clients aged 18 to 22. Using pre- and post-training assessments, the study evaluated the impact of the curriculum on knowledge scores, confidence in discussing sensitive topics, and awareness of available resources. This project demonstrated the importance of ongoing sexual education and support in promoting informed decision-making and healthy relationships among young adult males in residential programs.
  • Updating Documentation Storage at Bridgewell: Physical Files Converted to Digital Format

    O’Brien, Matthew; Everitt, Amy (2024-04-29)
    Bridgewell offers a wide array of different services to several populations including individuals who struggle with addiction, individuals who are experiencing housing instability and individuals with physical and mental disabilities. The organization is complex, with many branches and over one thousand employees. The majority of employees are in direct contact with clients, making it essential that Bridgewell dutifully maintains all filing associated with their personnel. This includes state mandated background checks for individuals who work with vulnerable populations. The objective of this project was to improve Bridgewell’s file keeping by creating a framework for the conversion of physical files into a digital format allowing for seamless retrieval and auditing of said files in the future.
  • Enhancing Student Awareness and Engagement: Bridging SSU Disability Services Office with Campus Community Through Tabling Events

    Nunez, Nathalie; Everitt, Amy (2024-04-29)
    The objective of this project was to raise awareness of the accommodations and services provided by the Disability Services Office for students that can further enhance their academic success in higher education. Two table events were held on Salem State University's South and North Campus to provide information on the office’s location, accommodations, and services to an array of students in all majors. Flyers, postcards, QR codes of the office Instagram page, giveaway opportunities, and much more were offered to all students who wanted to participate and learn more about the office. Tabling proved to be a successful way to interact and educate students on campus.
  • On Boarding and Training Processes in the Volunteering Department; Scheduling and Organization

    Merchant, Abby; Everitt, Amy (2024-04-29)
    This project focused on creating the on-boarding process for volunteers to be more organized and efficient. By assessing and re-organizing the process, it will be more efficient and smoother for both the volunteer joining and the person on-boarding the volunteer. The re-created process goal is to have five volunteers on-boarding at a time and have the training take just over a month to complete. Working with five new volunteers at a time allows for more individualized training and attention to insure that they have everything they need. This process would consist of applying to be a volunteer, interviewing, completing to be medically compliant, and orientation, leading to training.
  • Mastering Mindfulness: North Shore Education Consortium

    Gillis, Annie; Everitt, Amy (2024-04-29)
    The North Shore Education Consortium SOAR & EMBARK Programs provide a unique opportunity for students with disabilities to further their education while simultaneously strengthening their social & life skills. Many of these students struggle with concentration, emotional regulation, and staying grounded, especially in the classroom. The implementation of providing students with mindfulness strategies is imperative in aiding students with this challenge, and the benefits of these exercises were observed and evaluated while students utilized the techniques. These coping skills are useful to anybody, but are especially helpful in assisting these young adults with disabilities as they prepare to be more functional in the professional working world, which represents a major component of the mission of the North Shore Education Consortium.
  • Comprehensive Board Of Health Intern Inspection Checklist: Intern’s Guide to Ensuring Community Health and Safety

    Hernandez, Grisely; Everitt, Amy (2024-04-29)
    This project aims to enhance public health standards by developing a comprehensive checklist for food interns. Through meticulous assessment and guidance, interns will ensure compliance with hygiene protocols, food handling practices, and regulatory requirements. By nurturing a culture of diligence and accountability, we strive to safeguard consumer well-being while fostering culinary excellence. This initiative not only elevates Salem's food industry but also strengthens community trust in the quality and safety of our gastronomic offerings. Ultimately, our goal is to create a vibrant and sustainable food ecosystem that benefits both residents and visitors alike.
  • Brain Injury Survivors: The Benefits of Physical Activity

    Del Valle, Shariany; Everitt, Amy (2024-04-29)
    Traumatic brain injuries affect both mental and physical health which can often lead to long-term complications. The Neuro-Fit program allows individuals who have suffered a traumatic brain injury to attend weekly one-hour exercise sessions that target their personal goals. This program has the physical benefits of exercising weekly with assistance and mental health benefits such as creating a community for participants to be social with others in the program along with members of the YMCA. This project focused on functional assessments performed every semester to track the progress of Neuro-Fit participants. These assessments target physical tasks as well as subjective objectives that allow interns and supervisors to see how participants are feeling about their life after a brain injury and the program.
  • Stigma: Effects On Female Patients With Addiction And Their Recovery

    Catalano, Jessica; Everitt, Amy (2024-04-29)
    Recovery Centers of America is a treatment center for those suffering with substance abuse disorders. Stigma involving substance abuse includes negative attitudes and stereotypes that can cause barriers to an individual's treatment. The objective of this project was to see if stigma has had an effect on patients and their addiction, as well as if stigma has had any effect on their recovery. To explore whether stigma has had an effect, patients of Recovery Centers of America were given two surveys: The Perceived Substance Abuse Scale (PSAS) and the Illicit Drug Use and Stigma Scale Survey. In the healthcare field it is important to understand that stigma can create barriers to individuals recovery, and to try our best to eliminate stigma while providing care.
  • Massachusetts School-Based Health Alliance-Impact Map

    McCormack, Melissa; Mack, Amanda (2024-04-29)
    The Massachusetts School-Based Health Alliance (MASBHA) is dedicated to promoting children's and adolescents' health, resilience, and academic success through advocacy for school-based health centers (SBHCs) and support for student well-being. MASBHA offers technical assistance, training, advocacy, resource sharing, networking, and community engagement to enhance school-based health care. The MASBHA Impact Map Project aims to visually represent the impact of SBHCs in Massachusetts by mapping their locations, documenting services offered, highlighting partnerships, and assessing health outcomes. This project seeks to demonstrate the importance and effectiveness of SBHCs in improving access to health care and enhancing student well-being.
  • My Lahey Chart Patient Satisfaction, Queue Durations, and Workflow Outcomes

    Carreno, Diana; Mack, Amanda; Gallo, Linda (2024-04-29)
    This research was done to show how much impact an inconvenient action can have on the workflow and patient satisfaction rates. The results of this research concluded that when a patient does not do their pre-screening question before their appointment, it does have an impact on other patients and their own wait times. It was also proven that by a patient not filling out their pre-screening questions beforehand, their entire visit is prolonged. These rates also have a huge impact on workflow balance and how smoothly the day runs.
  • Addressing Teen Vaping Concerns in the Revere Public Schools

    Alukonis, Anna-Marie; Mack, Amanda (2024-04-29)
    This project addresses teen vaping concerns in the Revere Public School System. Teens across the country are using vaping devices without a complete understanding of the health effects. There is a lack of effective student education in place to encourage not using vapes. Likewise,there is a lack of policy in place to support educators in stopping teen vaping. Research was conducted to analyze best practices. These best practices were compiled into two handouts:one for students and one for staff. They serve as proposed material to be implemented in the classroom in an effort to improve education on vaping and support educators.
  • Diversity Matters: From Evolution to the Workplace

    Quiñones-Soto, Semarhy; Salem State University Biology Department and ThermoFisher Scientific (2024-02-15)
    Diversity can refer to genetic variations within an evolving population or to different individuals who contribute to a productive workplace. This talk focuses on the intersection between science and art as a way to teach about diversity.
  • Prolonged Blue Light Exposure Alters Phototransduction Efficiency and One-Carbon Metabolism Processes in the Drosophila Eye

    Stanhope, Sarah; Sponsored by the Salem State University Biology Department and ThermoFisher Scientific (2024-02-15)
    Oxidative stress in the eye is associated with the development and progression of ocular diseases including cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. This talk focuses on how blue light exposure results in oxidative stress in the Drosophila eye and will discuss proteins that are susceptible to changes in oxidation status and/or redox signaling events. Interestingly, we identified several key phototransduction and one-carbon metabolism proteins with oxidative modifications correlating with changes in enzymatic activity.
  • Strategic Growth in Social Vertebrates

    Buston, Peter; Salem State University Biology Department and ThermoFisher Scientific (2024-02-12)
    Recent evidence suggests that social vertebrates can modify their growth and size in an adaptive fashion in response to fine-grain changes in social conditions. In this talk, I will review experimental evidence for strategic growth in social vertebrates, describe conditions under which strategic growth commonly occurs, and highlight examples of convergent evolution of strategic growth across the tree of life.
  • From Air to Makeup: Addressing Environmental Justice in the U.S.

    Martinez, Micaela; Salem State University SACNAS Chapter and the Charles Albert Read Trust (2024-02-15)
    This talk will explore opportunities for centering social justice as we, as a society, address climate change and other environmental crises. We will discuss how structural racism impacts environmental exposures and health in the U.S.; then, we will go in-depth into examples of how advocates, community members, and scientists are coming together to tackle air pollution and toxic chemicals in beauty products.
  • Dear Paranthropus, WTF* Did You Eat?

    Uno, Kevin; Salem State University Geological Sciences Department and the Charles Albert Read Trust (2024-02-14)
    Animals interact the most with their environment when feeding so reconstructing diets of extinct species can provide insight into their ecology and evolution. In the case of humans, *what types of food did our ancient ancestors, like closely related Homo erectus and distantly related Paranthropus boisei, eat? In this talk, I’ll reveal what isotopes in teeth tell us about our past.
  • Science Superpowers: Not What You Think

    Romano Young, Karen; Salem State University Biological Society and the Charles Albert Read Trust (2024-02-12)
    I'm no Einstein, but I've figured out what I need to do to get ahead in science -- and to share what I've figured out with kids. Through my books, science comics, and a new project called I Was A Kid (designed to invite the next generation into STEAM), I'll fill you in, and send you out with new ideas about ways to engage kids -- and yourself!
  • Managing Present and Increased Coastal Flooding in Boston

    Kirshen, Paul; Salem State Geography and Sustainability Department and the College of Arts and Sciences (2024-02-14)
    In 2018 the City of Boston made the decision to use shore-based nature-based approaches (NBA) to manage present and increased coastal flooding. The alternative to this was to construct a massive offshore harbor-wide barrier. Effective implementation of NBA will require research into the socio-economic and biophysical performance of these systems.
  • Immunity to Tuberculosis

    Acheampong, Ellen; Salem State University Biology Department and ThermoFisher Scientific (2024-02-16)
    Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterial pathogen that causes tuberculosis, is responsible for 10 million cases and 1.5 million deaths each year. Fortunately, most infected people never develop disease. This presentation will discuss what immune components are required to contain infection and why immunity fails and permits disease in some cases.

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