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Bethlehem, Pa., April 22, 2009—Four Moravian College students recently returned from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse where they joined 2,000 other students from colleges and universities the nation who presented their research findings at the twenty-third National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
Senior English/sociology major Jessica Jonas ’09, Bowie, Maryland, presented a paper, “The Culture of Homeschooling: The Relationship between U.S. Values, Public Education and an Alternative Movement.” Her project advisers were sociology professors Joel Nathan Rosen and Daniel Jasper.
Three of the students presented their findings based on ecological research undertaken at the Palmerton Zinc Pile Superfund Site and the Lehigh Gap Nature Center. Junior environmental science major Sarabeth Brockley ’10 (Allentown, Pa.), working with biological sciences professor Diane Husic, presented her work on "The Central Role of Plants in the Remediation and Ecological Monitoring of a Metal-Contaminated Site in Eastern Pennsylvania.” Vivian Clarke-Ruiz’09 (Swarthmore, Pa.), presented her research on "Evidence for Zinc Tolerance among Bacteria in the Palmerton, Pennsylvania Area" and Andrew Mashintonio’09, (North Wales, Pa.) presented his findings on "Macroinvertebrate Diversity in Metal Contaminated Ponds of the Lehigh Gap Refuge." Both Vivian and Andrew are senior biology majors working under the direction of biological sciences professor Frank Kuserk.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at http://www.moravian.edu/.