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Waynesburg professors receive Best Paper award at international conference


Marietta WrightWaynesburg University educators Marietta Wright, assistant professor of biology, and Dr. Elizabeth Wang, associate professor of computer science, received the Best Paper Award at the 28th International Conference on Computers and Their Applications (CATA).

The women collaborated on a paper titled, “A Genetics Statistical Software Tool on Mendelian and X-linked Inheritance,” and received the award at the CATA 2013 conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, March 4-6.  
CATA 2013 is one of the major conferences under the International Society for Computers and Their Applications (ISCA). As a tradition, the ISCA recognizes one best paper at each conference.

The “Best Paper” was chosen from more than 60 papers presented, which came from research universities and institutes all over the world. The women were humbled and excited to hear their names called at the conference.

“Marietta and I were both astonished when our names were announced for the best paper award,” Wang said. “It is a great honor to receive this award as the representatives of Waynesburg University.”

Dr. Elizabeth WangAccording to Barbara Kirby, the director of Waynesburg University’s Center for Research & Economic Development, the Genetics Software Tool was initially developed with a small grant from the Center for Research and Economic Development and could go on to impact classrooms beyond Waynesburg University.

“Elizabeth and Marietta have continued to refine the tool, develop documentation, user guides and test its effectiveness in the classroom,” Kirby said. “It has helped many students understand genetics and continues to be used semester after semester.”  

Top Photo: Marietta Wright

Bottom Photo: Dr. Elizabeth Wang                                                                                                                                                             # # #

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Congratulations Ladies!
Posted @ Thursday, March 14, 2013 2:41 PM by Nancy
What a great accomplishment! I'm so excited to see my professors doing amazing work outside of class!
Posted @ Monday, March 18, 2013 12:52 PM by Kylee Horvath
Congratulations Elizabeth and Marietta. An outstanding accomplishment!!  
It sure feels good to know that I was part of the process in bringing you to Waynesburg U.
Posted @ Tuesday, March 19, 2013 12:15 PM by AJ Anglin
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