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Western Research Days are May 4 & 5

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DANBURY, Connecticut —  Western Research Days, an annual event where Western Connecticut State University students officially present research and other creative projects, will be held on May 4 and 5, 2022, and the public is invited to attend and hear from keynote speakers. Western Research Day 2022 will be held from 4 – 7 p.m. both nights in the university’s Science Building on the Midtown campus at 181 White Street, Danbury. Awards for top presentations will be given at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 5.

Keynote speakers inlcude Yanerys Leon, Ph.D., at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, and AmberJean Hansen, M.P.H., at 4 p.m. on May 5. Leon is a research assistant professor in the Department of Psychology of the University of Miami (ABA Master’s Program), co-director of the Intensive Behavior Intervention Services (IBIS) Clinic, and director of Applied Research and Behavioral Training at the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism & Related Disabilities. Her address is entitled “Token Economies for Individuals with Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Bridging the Research to Practice Gap” and is sponsored by the WCSU Foundation.

Alumni keynote speaker AmberJean Hansen graduated from Western Connecticut State University in 2013 with a B.A. in Biology and a minor in chemistry. She received a Master’s in Public Health from the University of New England in 2016, and is a research assistant at the Connecticut Emerging Infections Program at the Yale School of Public Health. Her presentation, sponsored by the WCSU Alumni Association, is entitledIt Started Out with Just Ticks, How Did It End Up Like This? Public Health Research in Endemic and Pandemic Times.

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