Students’ posters featured ‘Under the Dome’

Two College of Health and Human Sciences students will present their research at the upcoming “Posters Under the Dome” event at the Illinois State Capitol.

Kelly Furr, a Nutrition, Dietetics & Wellness major will present “Simplifying Science with FAN Cards: Creating and Utilizing Mini Food Science Lessons to Excite Learner Curiosity.”

Junilane Lusung, a communications disorders major, has been selected to present her capstone project: “Does choir participation improve word finding?”

The event demonstrates to legislators the excellent scholarship of Illinois students. Furr and Lusung were two of 11 students from NIU selected to present her poster.

Furr’s project demonstrates FAN, Food and Nutrition cards that enhance the FoodMASTER program which uses food as a tool to teach math and science. The FAN cards provide informal science learning environments such as museums, after school programs, and youth organizations with quick and easy ways to implement science lessons. They also offer formal education environments with mini science lessons to introduce more extensive FoodMaster activities.

Lusung’s project involved assisting in the Bridges Choir, a singing group for individuals with communication impairment following stroke, brain injury or disease. The choir rehearses at Oak Crest Retirement Center.

Lusung collected data on a choir participant who has aphasia. She designed and tested stimuli for eliciting language samples and analyzed data to determine if the participant’s ability to talk was enhanced immediately following choir rehearsal.

Both present their posters in the south hall of the Capitol building from 9:30-11 a.m., May 2. The public is welcome.

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