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Students and faculty in the spotlight

Our students and faculty are accomplishing great things. Below, you'll find some of their work and achievements. This page will be updated frequently as their accomplishments continue to roll in.

New Haven resident Matt Bethea participates in Professor Don Sawyer’s Hip Hop in the Community project. Bethea has also participated in several of Professor Sawyer’s classes, sharing his talents and experiences with students.

Unique stories and perspectives

New Haven resident Matt Bethea participates in Professor Don Sawyer’s Hip Hop in the Community project. Bethea has also participated in several of Professor Sawyer’s classes, sharing his talents and experiences with students.

Hip-Hop in the Community Project

Professor’s program marries passion for hip-hop music with a commitment to community empowerment

Music has always had the power to foster change, connection and healing. Sociology professor Donald Sawyer’s Hip-Hop in the Community Project has done all of the above for students at Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven.

The initiative utilizes the hip-hop music genre as a means to combat both disciplinary issues and the drop-out rate among at-risk students. Under Professor Sawyer’s guidance, students also learn to make hip-hop, rap and poetry their mediums for expressing their hardships, struggles, hopes and aspirations.

Professor Sawyer’s high school students have presented at academic conferences, and competed successfully in rap competitions in New York City.

They also have come to campus as part of the Sociology of Hip-Hop class Sawyer teaches to Quinnipiac students.

In Professor Sawyer’s hands, the Hip-Hop in the Community Project is more than just a simple deterrent. It provides a conduit for artistic expression and a foundation for self-worth among those who have come of age in marginalized communities.

Cece Fanning '17 Video Spotlight

Taking Charge

From commanding the spotlight to operating it, our students explore every aspect of theater production and learn to use the stage to make an impact on the world. When Quinnipiac's theater department was looking for the perfect person to be the set designer for their fall play they didn't have to look any farther than one of their own students, Cece Fanning '17, a theater/English double-major. She was the first student scenic designer for a main stage production.

Publications and Journals

Advancements in the field

Faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences are devoted educators who set a precedent for the students they teach and mentor. Passionate and driven scientists, authors, economists and historians, they epitomize the Quinnipiac mission of turning passion into action. Our professors have published numerous books, and regularly contribute their scholarship, criticism, reviews and artistic work to magazines, journals and anthologies.

Books


Poetry Collections

  • Balance Act (Insomniac Press, 2000)
  • The Tragedy in My Neighborhood (Dead Academics Press, 2010)

Literary Criticism

  • Vocational Philanthropy and British Women's Writing, 1790-1810: Wollstonecraft, More, Edgeworth and Wordsworth (Ashgate Press, 2005)
  • Boundaries of Faith: Catholics and Protestants in the Diocese of Geneva (Truman State University Press, 2010)

History

  • Ireland's Great Hunger (University Press of America, 2002)
  • This Great Calamity: The Irish Famine 1845-52

Foreign Language

  • Home Is Where the (He)art Is: The Family Romance in Late Twentieth-Century Mexican and Argentine Theatre (Bucknell UP, 2008)

Philosophy

  • Nietzsche's Philosophy of the Free Spirit (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2015)

Journals & Magazines


Economics Journals

  • New York Economic Review
  • American Review of Political Economy

Literary Journals

  • Storyscape
  • Word Riot
  • 32 Poems
  • Toxic Poetry

Psychology & Social Sciences Journals

  • Journal of Vocational Behavior
  • Journal of Business and Psychology
  • Journal of Comparative Neurology
  • Journal of Applied Psychology

Literary Criticism

  • Studies in the Novel
  • The Victorian Review
  • European Romantic Review

Philosophy Journals

  • Journal of Value Inquiry

Dr. Lani Keller, a Quinnipiac professor dies several fruit fly larva she microdissected to see them better as part of summer research project in which she and two students are using both genetics and pharmacology to suppress a degenerative neuromuscular disease in the fruit fly larva.

Under the microscope

Dr. Lani Keller, a Quinnipiac professor dies several fruit fly larva she microdissected to see them better as part of summer research project in which she and two students are using both genetics and pharmacology to suppress a degenerative neuromuscular disease in the fruit fly larva.

Researching Muscular and Neurodegeneration in Fruit Flies

Working toward a cure

Evan Dalaker ’18 and Nick Girard ’18, both students in the biology program, spent part of their summer researching muscular and neurodegeneration in fruit flies in the hopes that their findings could eventually be applied by researchers to combat diseases such as ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. 

Over the course of eight weeks, the students worked with Lani Keller, assistant professor of biology, and studied the fruit flies after genetically modifying them with an ankyrin mutation that induces neurodegeneration and muscle atrophy. They took images of the flies through techniques such as laser scanning confocal microscopy and quantified and analyzed all of the resulting data. 

The research project is part of the Quinnipiac University Interdisciplinary Program for Research and Scholarship (QUIP-RS), in which students work side-by-side with a faculty mentor during the summer and receive up to $5,000 in support of their collaborative efforts. 

“In class we’re sitting there and learning about what other people have already done,” said Girard. “Whereas in lab, it’s cool because we’re actually finding things. It’s that unknown aspect, where I’m maybe one of the first people to even know about this.”

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