Chris Tamburrino, left, Miranda Fogg, Alyssa Clark and professor Laura A. Hanratty with the two posters the students presented in Hartford.
A group of master's students from the College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee contributed to the growing body of research in autism spectrum disorders by presenting posters at the recent annual meeting for the Connecticut Association for Behavior Analysis in Hartford, Conn.
Chris Tamburrino of Pittsfield, Alyssa Clark of Westfield and Miranda Fogg of Springfield, Vt., are all in the master of science in applied behavior analysis program at Elms, and all three have been working with children with autism on two research projects with Laura A. Hanratty, director of applied behavior analysis and ASD graduate programs assistant professor. The four collaborated on two posters to present at the conference.
The first poster titled "Evaluating Efficacy of Varied Reinforcers on Teaching New Skills" showed the results of teaching three children with autism 30 to 40 new academic skills, using different reward strategies. Reinforcers are used in early intervention for autism and these children were able to master academic skills to help with communication. The second poster, "Differential Reinforcement of Alternative Behavior without Extinction," won the student poster award for Excellence in Research Design. It showed the research the students did with a youth with severe problem behavior, including aggression and destroying property.
"By the time they were done, the child was completing up to 15 instructions with multiple steps and completing his academic skills," Hanratty said.
In May, Clark and Fogg will present the group's pair of posters at the annual meeting for the Association of Behavior Analysis International in San Diego. Tamburrino will graduate next year.
Cole W. Hughes of Williamstown is participating in a St. Lawrence University off-campus study abroad program during the spring 2018 semester. A junior is majoring in environmental studies-biology, he is studying abroad at the University of Otago in New Zealand. He attended Mount Greylock Regional School.
Nearly three-quarters of the undergraduates at the Canton, N.Y., university undergraduates study abroad, with nearly two-thirds of students studying abroad for a semester or longer.
The Western New England University Model United Nations team competed in the 64th annual Harvard National Model United Nations Conference on Feb. 15-18. This year's team consisted of 10 members representing the country of Monaco.
Delegates Gabriel I. Greenspan of Becket and Sean Albro were awarded a Diplomatic Commendation in the 1956 Historical General Assembly, the first awards earned by the university's team. Greenspan is a senior and a political science major.
Other team members included Joseph K. Labadini, senior economics major and club president; Katherine B. Eason, senior sociology major and club vice president; Sienna L. Duff, junior marketing major and club treasurer; Joshua T. Pack, junior law and society major; William W. DeVinney, sophomore political science major; Austin J. Lorion, junior secondary education and history major; Baraa M. Melibari, sophomore political science major; and Nicholas M. Zelasko, senior sociology major. Albro, a sophomore, is studying history.
This is the ninth year Western New England has sent a delegation to the conference, which attracted 2,800 students from 69 countries to simulate the activities of the United Nations. The Springfield university's Model UN club was organized to provide students with an opportunity to gain valuable insight into national and international politics.
The following students have been named to the dean's list at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, for the fall semester ending in December 2017: Grace Ellrodt of Lenox, a 2016 graduate of Lenox Memorial High School, and Sophie Gerry of Williamstown, a 2016 graduate of Mount Greylock Regional High School.
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