Florida Gulf Coast University is known for its athletics, cultural offerings, community service and wide-ranging degree programs. Perhaps less well known is the wealth of research conducted by teams of faculty and students.
That was the goal of the Research Roadshow, a multimedia show recently performed in Estero, Bonita and Fort Myers. The show explored three projects with their principal researchers, along with video and music to illustrate how the university’s research addresses the region’s concerns.
“The Potential of Nanotechnology in Cancer Research” explored the use of infinitesimal particles to treat breast cancer. The segment featured Kerry Lee and Lyndsay Rhodes, assistant professors of biological sciences, and students Xylia Horgan, MacKenzie Grubb, Duneshka Moran-Deleon and Ivie Patino.
Next, Maria Colmer, associate professor in occupational therapy, and Tara McKenna, PGA Golf Management Program director, along with golf student Thor Parrish, showed that a three-quarter golf swing is as effective, but less stressful, to the body, as a full swing.
Finally, Thomas Cimarusti, associate professor of music, and music therapy major Madeline Peterson explored “The Persuasive Power of Koreshan Hymns,” the music of the religious community that once called Estero home. Additional choral members joined in for the grand finale.