Professors presented research posters on topics as diverse as the effect of social crowding on consumers’ online behavior, the literature of Japanese writer Murakami Haruki, using virtual reality to convey hurricane risk, women in Latin American politics, and the connection between dental care and obesity during the seventh annual Faculty Research Day on Sept. 26.
More than 50 faculty members from two dozen disciplines shared their research interests and accomplishments during the annual event, which drew hundreds of students, colleagues, and staff – as well as a high school advanced research group led by two Hofstra alumni — to the Student Center Multipurpose Room.
“Presenting at Faculty Research Day helps me because it allows me to explain the significance of my work in a way that is understandable to the general public,” said Martine Hackett, PhD, associate professor of health professions, who shared her ongoing research on infant mortality issues. “I’ve also interacted with students from different disciplines today who realized that they have an interest in topics such as public health that they had not been exposed to before, and that’s important.”
Manav Shah, a first-year student from Cupertino, California, came to the event to explore the research interests of professors teaching in his major, biology. “But just being here I can see that even within this general area of interest, there is so much variety in the types of projects that are done,” he said.
The forum exposes students to the many majors and minors that are offered at Hofstra and allows them to interact with faculty in a fun, stimulating environment, said Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs Neil H. Donahue, who organizes both Faculty Research Day as well as its sister event, Undergraduate Research Day, every year.
In addition, 26 students from the Advanced Science Research program at WC Mepham High School in Bellmore attended the event with their teachers and Hofstra alums David Kommor’85 and Jeannette Spargifiore’01, ’03.
“Most of my students are doing their own research in areas like biology, chemistry, and engineering, so I wanted to be able to expose them to different professors and other disciplines,” said Dr. Kommor. “We’ve had a number of them work with Hofstra professors on projects over the years, so it’s nice to be back and introduce the group to the campus.”