Bell Fellows in the News

Vincent Briley (2009-2010) was awarded second-place for 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Reflection (faculty/staff) Competition at Case Western Reserve University; selected for 2017 Greater Cleveland Partnership GCP LEAD Cohort 2; and is presenting at the Coalition for Adult Basic Education (COABE) National Conference and the American Association of Community Colleges Annual Convention next month.

Christopher Torres (2014-2015) successfully defended his dissertation entitled “Physical and Sedentary Activity Awareness and Habit Strength of Puerto Rican Adolescents.” He will receive his doctorate in exercise science at spring commencement on May 7, 2017. Welcome to the club Dr. Torres!

Halima Alhassan (2016-2017) presented "Emotional Disturbance vs Social Maladjustment: Implications for African American Students" at the 2017 National Association of School Psychologists National Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Christopher Travers (2015-2016) co-presented “Narratives of Black Undergraduate Men: Manhood, Masculinities, and the First-Year Experience” at the 2017 Focusing on the First-Year Experience Conference at The Ohio State University. He also passed his Ph.D. comprehensive exams last week. Travers is now ABD and hopes to have his dissertation completed by next academic year.

Marjorie Shavers, Ph.D. (2009-2010) submitted a collaborated proposal with Dr. Sharnia Artis at University of California, Irvine to the National Science Foundation: Broadening Participation in Engineering Program. They were awarded a grant of $400,000 for their proposal, “The Niela Project: A Qualitative of the Experiences of Black Women in Pursuit of Doctorate and Postdoctorate in Engineering and Computer Science.” This is a four-year grant.

Timothy Ayo Adesanya (2012-2013) presented his work "MG53-Mediated Protection in Heart Valve Biology" as a poster at the Biophysical Society's 61st Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was also awarded one of the Society's Committee for Inclusion and Diversity's Travel Grants. Timothy also had a couple abstracts accepted: an oral presentation at the 7th Biennial Heart Valve Biology & Tissue Engineering Meeting in Hilton Head, South Carolina, and a poster presentation at the Molecular Mechanisms of Heart Development/RNA-Based Approaches in Cardiovascular Disease Joint Keystone Conference. He also had a co-authored manuscript published, “MicroRNA regulation of autophagy in cardiovascular disease” in Front Biosci (Landmark Ed). 2017 Jan 1;22:48-65.

Natosha R. Willis (2015-2016) successfully passed her Ph.D. candidacy exams in education policy.

Chigozirim Ekeke, MD (2011-2012) will be presenting at the 12th Annual Academic Surgical Congress to be held February 7-9, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. His work will focus on pathology and outcomes of incidental hepatocellular carcinoma following liver transplantation.

Christopher Travers (2015-2016) presented at a roundtable session entitled "Exploring an Urban Private Academy's Role in Shaping Students' Perceptions of College Readiness: What's School Environment Got to Do with It?" for the Association for the Study of Higher Education Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio.