The sixth annual Faculty Research Day brought hundreds of professors, students, and staff together for lively discussions about the latest research in areas such as women in Latin American politics, supernova explosions, corporate finance applications in real estate, the media’s influence on civic engagement, social justice approaches to ending domestic violence, and military obligation in England’s early history.
“Faculty Research Day is a special day that emphasizes the connection between faculty and students,” said Neil H. Donahue, PhD, vice provost for undergraduate academic affairs, who developed the concept for Faculty Research Day to highlight the diverse scholarship among Hofstra professors. “Faculty come back year after year, and we can see the students’ interest and curiosity. We hope to inspire them to do their own research.”
Health science majors Joshua Kompancaril’19 and Nicholas Poppe’19 talked with Luke Pelton, an adjunct instructor in health and physical education, about his study looking at the effects of a specialized barbell on collegiate powerlifters during a six-week bench press program. Pelton collaborated with Dr. Jamie Ghigiarelli, who teaches in the Department of Health Professions’ exercise science and sports science programs, on the research.
“I plan on studying physical therapy, which involves helping people rehabilitate through strengthening the muscles in the body,” said Kompancaril. “So I was interested in learning more about how his bench press program helped people build muscle.”
Several projects also examined issues that are making national headlines, including Dr. Alan Singer’s study on historical monuments (social studies education), Dr. Anthony Santella’s ongoing work addressing the AIDS epidemic in New York State (public health), and Dr. Shawn Thelen’s research on voter trust in the 2016 presidential election (marketing).
The popular annual event was held in the Student Center Multipurpose Room on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. See photos and watch the video for more moments from this year’s Faculty Research Day, including highlights from the work of Dr. Adam Gonzalez (sports science) and Dr. Vimala Pasupathi (English).