IWU to host seventh annual Hodson Colloquium

The Division of Natural Sciences at Indiana Wesleyan University is hosting the seventh annual Hodson Colloquium at 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Barnes Student Center on the residential campus.

The Colloquium celebrates the summer research efforts of students in the Division of Natural Sciences who applied for and received funding to conduct original research projects through the Hodson Research Institute. All 23 students who participated will present research posters on topics that include “Molecular dynamics of docking molecules for SHP-2” and “The role of extracellular H+ in processing visual signals.” The following students will also present an oral presentation of their work:

  • Sydney Weghorst ’18, Biology Pre-Medicine/Honors Humanities
  • Koby Buth ’18, Biology Pre-Medicine/Honors Humanities
  • Hannah Caringal ’19, Biology Pre-Medicine/Honors Humanities
  • Michael Gongwer ’19, Biochemistry
  • Lexi Shepherd ’19, Biology Pre-Medicine

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Dale A. Sloan, who is a 1975 graduate of Marion College (IWU’s former name). His wife, Janice L. (Stohlman) Sloan, a 1976 alumna, will also be present. Dr. Sloan went on to attend Indiana University School of Medicine to pursue his dream of becoming a surgeon. Since then, he has taken over 30 surgical missions trips to the Dominican Republic. The Sloans currently live in the Fort Wayne area.

The Colloquium, an RSVP-only event, will also include a banquet dinner.

“The Hodson Colloquium gives our students, many of whom are bound for graduate school or the medical profession, the valuable learning experience of presenting their research to a broad audience at a formal venue,” said Dr. Matthew Sattley, director of Hodson Research Institute and professor of Biology. “It gives the students an opportunity to deliver a clear synopsis of their work in a professional setting.”

The Hodson Research Institute was established in 2010 through the financial support of Arthur Hodson in loving memory of his wife, Nelle, who passed away from breast cancer. Its goal is to give students in the Division of Natural Sciences an opportunity to gain research experience while directed in a faculty-led setting. This year 23 students and nine faculty members participated in HRI-sponsored summer research.


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