Students to present public health findings

July 22, 2019
Students to present public health findings


Summer research in Nashua River

Students in Fitchburg State University’s Summer Research Collaborative will present results of their research from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Falcon Hub in Hammond Hall.

Through this project, funded in part by the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts, Avantor Sciences Foundation, and Fitchburg State University, 22 students spent nine weeks this summer engaged in interdisciplinary projects focused on the public health of the Fitchburg community and environmental health of the Nashua River watershed. 

The Health of Fitchburg Communities project, led by faculty members from Business, Communications Media, Exercise and Sports Science, and Nursing, seeks to understand relationships between perceptions of health and physical activity along with access to employee wellness programs. The Health of the Nashua River project, led by faculty members from Biology/Chemistry, Earth and Geographic Sciences, and Mathematics, seeks to understand the environmental health of the Nashua River and its tributaries by studying water quality from biological, chemical, and geological perspectives, and connecting it to regional land use.  More information about the project can be found on the Summer Research page.

Students from the Health of Fitchburg Communities project will present their work from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., and students from the Nashua River project will present their work from 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Presentation schedule:

  • 9:00 a.m. - 9:05 a.m. - Welcome
  • 9:05 a.m. - 9:25 a.m. - Understanding physical activity levels in an ethnically diverse community: A mixed methods study - Ana Aguilar, Gonzalo Camprecios Gari, Lexus Whitney, Traer Wilson (supervised by Drs. Debbie Benes, Carolyn Gustason, Monica Maldari, and Danielle Wigmore)
  • 9:25 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. - Workplace Wellness Programs Provided by Fitchburg Employers: Availability, Awareness and Participation – Katelyn Lingus, Jacqueline Nideur, Mark Ramos, Haven Wilchens (supervised by Drs. Viera Lorencova, Renee Scapparone, and JJ Sylvia)
  • 9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Break
  • 10:00 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. - Pollution to Solution: Health of the Nashua River watershed – Caroline Anderson, Student Research Mentor
  • 10:10 a.m. - 10:25 a.m. - Effects of Urbanization on Macroinvertebrates in the Nashua River Watershed - Jordan Oberg and Sarah Olson (supervised by Dr. John Ludlam)
  • 10:25 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. - Fish as Indicators of Stream Health: Assessment of Tributaries of the Nashua River Watershed - Luke Perron, Erica Ulrich, Wade Williams (supervised by Dr. Daniel Welsh)
  • 10:40 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. - Oh, the Microplastics You'll Find! - Maeve Ahern and Nicole Burdick (supervised by Dr. Elizabeth Gordon)
  • 10:55 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. - Water Chemistry of the Nashua & its Tributaries - Rose Kelley and Matt Sadowski (supervised by Dr. Emma Downs)
  • 11:10 a.m. - 11:25 a.m. - Hydrogeomorphology of the Nashua River tributaries - Alina Salaiz and Teigan Weismann (supervised by Dr. Elyse Clark)
  • 11:25 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. - Characterizing Drivers of Contaminants in the Nashua River Watershed - Erinn Melus and Oliver Titus (supervised by Dr. Ben Levy)
  • 11:40 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. - Flood Simulating and Web Mapping of the Nashua River Watershed- Courtney Aulden (supervised by Dr. Jane Huang)
  • 11:55 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Final thoughts and reflections by Summer Research Alumni