2014 Research and Practice Day winners announced

ResearchandPracticeWinner_04-25-14_squareThe first Research and Practice Day sponsored by the College of Health Professions took place April 25 with awards presented to 11 students.

The event showcased the work of undergraduate and graduate students in both oral and poster presentations. Entries included such topics as communication disorders in Appalachia, smartphone applications in medicine and innovations in nursing practice.


The winners for Outstanding Research Presentation and their advisers were:


Having a Disability in Appalachia: Social, Cultural, and Political Considerations
Sara Henson, Megan Foster, Hilliary Johnson, Jordan Lewis, Katie Wilson
Communication Disorders
Adviser: Dr. Karen McComas


Utilization of Unilateral Heat to Increase Extremity Bone Length in Mice
Jenna Vance
School of Kinesiology
Adviser: Dr. Kumika Toma


The winners for Outstanding Practice Presentation were as follows:


Pre-Service Teachers’ Knowledge and Perceptions of Stuttering
Emily Barney
Communication Disorders
Adviser: Craig Coleman


Prevention of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia in Critical-Care Patients
Megan Evans, Chelsea Cottrell, Kristen Deise, Elizabeth Sites
School of Nursing
Adviser: Dr. Anita Swartzwelder


Dr. William Pewen, associate dean of research for the college, applauded all the participants, noting, “As an inaugural event for our college, this forum provided a sample of the remarkable breadth of our students’ endeavors. We hope this event helps provide a springboard for our graduates to continue their work in advancing our knowledge and improving practices to promote health.”


Photo: Dr. Michael Prewitt (right), dean of the College of Health Professions, presents the award for Outstanding Practice Presentation to undergraduate nursing student Megan Evans for her group’s work on “Prevention of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia in Critical Care Patients.” She shares the award with team members Chelsea Cottrell, Kristen Deise and Elizabeth Sites.