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Share, Honor, Unite at Petersheim Academic Exposition 2017  

Dean Bonita Stanton

Dean Bonita Stanton

The Petersheim Academic Exposition 2017: Share, Honor, Unite will take place Tuesday, April 18, through Friday, April 21, 2017 in celebration of the scholastic accomplishments and academic interests of the entire Seton Hall University community, including both undergraduate and graduate students. The University community is invited to the Opening Ceremony from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, in the Jubilee Hall Auditorium.

This year's keynote speaker will be Bonita Stanton, MD, founding dean of the School of Medicine. Following the ceremony will be an opening reception in the Jubilee Atrium. Please RSVP by noon on April 10 to reserve your seat at lunch.

The 21st Annual Petersheim Academic Exposition is a university-wide event that celebrates the scholarly achievement of hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students through the sights and sounds of academic knowledge and its application. The EXPO is aligned with the University mission in several ways, honoring the innovative spirit of its founder, Matthew Petersheim, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry, who passed away in 1998.

"The vision and legacy of Matthew Petersheim are so special and we were all moved by his engagement and his desire to get students involved," explained Petersheim Committee co-chairs Sulie Chang and Jose Lopez. "This special week enables us to communicate the scholarship and the research through the participation of our students in a learning environment as one of the few experiences where the entire community joins together to share in all the gifts we bring to our community, sharing all that we've learned and how to put these lessons to use on a professional level."

"The opening address by Dean Stanton discussing our new School of Medicine should prove an inspirational start to this special celebration of scholarship and innovation," they explained.

Bonita Stanton was born and raised in Connecticut. She received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College where she graduated magna cum laude and was named a Durant Scholar. She earned her graduate degree at the Yale University School of Medicine where she graduated cum laude and was inducted into the prestigious national medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha. She completed her pediatric residency at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital (Case Western Reserve) and her Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship training at Yale University School of Medicine.

In March 2016, Dr. Stanton became the Founding Dean of Seton Hall-Hackensack-Meridian School of Medicine. For the prior four years, Stanton served as Vice Dean for Research at Wayne State University School of Medicine. For 12 years she also served as chair of pediatrics (Schotanus Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Wayne State University; Pediatrician-in-Chief at Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Medical Center; and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, West Virginia University). Previously, she had been on the faculty of the University of Maryland's School of Medicine as Division Chief of General Pediatrics. Prior to that, she lived and worked with her family in Bangladesh for five years—where she served as a health consultant to the World Bank and a research scientist for the International Center for Diarrheal Diseases Research.

Dr. Stanton's career has been focused on improving the health of under-represented minorities and disenfranchised populations. She has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for 25 years. While at the University of Maryland she was the Principal Investigator (PI) and Director of the federally-funded Center for Minority Health Research. Her research in the U.S. and the Caribbean has been concerned with health issues of urban youth and her work overseas has likewise focused on vulnerable populations including women (Bangladesh), migrant populations (China) and rural African youth (Namibia). In addition, she served as the  Medical Director of Yale University's School of Medicine Hill Health Center, delivering health care to the urban poor in  New Haven and as the Director for the Urban Volunteer Program, a community-based research and service program directed towards the health of Bangladeshi' women and children living in the slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh.  

She has consulted for numerous national and international groups, including the World Bank, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and USAID on issues related to urban health, HIV/AIDS transmission in youth, maternal child health, vaccines and health services research. She has been an author of over 300 peer-reviewed articles and has served as an editor of "Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics," along with many other journals and books. Among many local, nation and international advisory roles, she was a member of the Advisory Board of the National Institutes of Health's Fogarty International Center and was president of the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairpersons.

The Petersheim Academic Exposition steering committee encourages faculty members to support the academic exposition by incorporating student presentations within their courses this semester. Faculty sponsors are encouraged to support students to present their work in research symposia, poster sessions, presentations, panel discussions, theatrical performances, art exhibits, debates, concerts, and more. The steering committee encourages the incorporation of honorary ceremonies, discipline-specific speakers or other programming that may take place during and around the time of the academic exposition.

The deadline for student applications is March 31, 2017. To register for the opening ceremony and reception, and for more details on the EXPO program and activities, please visit the Petersheim Academic Exposition website.

Categories: Campus Life , Research , Science and Technology

For more information, please contact:

  • Laurie Pine
  • (973) 378-2638
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