Monday, March 14th, 2016

Morris County School of Technology student, Shefali Das, from Randolph, who is enrolled in the Academy for Healthcare Sciences, made a presentation on her research work on diabetes at a conference in Milan, Italy, last month.

The invitation to the conference resulted from a research project she worked on  last summer at the University of Colorado, Boulder on the social aspects of disease and treatment.

Shefali Das at the 2016 Advanced Technologies and Treatments for Diabetes (ATTD) Conference in Milan, Italy.

Shefali Das at the 2016 Advanced Technologies and Treatments for Diabetes (ATTD) Conference in Milan, Italy.

In the fall she submitted her research and findings to be considered for presentation at the Advanced Technologies and Treatments for Diabetes (ATTD) 2016 Conference, held in Milan. Shefali’s submission was accepted and she recently presented at the February conference.

Her research also was published in the peer-viewed Journal of Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics.

The project area was at the intersection of Public Health-Cognitive Science-Psychology-Linguistics, which complements her field of studies in the Academy for Healthcare Sciences.

“We are extremely proud of this bright young lady, who is an example of the top quality of students who attend our county Academy Programs, and who have made their school, community and county very proud,” said Morris County Freeholder Hank Lyon, the county governing board’s liaison to MCTS.

Das, who is a junior, was actively involved in the selection of the research topic, and the logistics around the research process (including setting up and managing the study), project management, and delivery of the final report and presentation.

The research findings from the project were quite revealing, in terms of the relation of the social aspects of disease and treatment. Her research is titled “The Influence of Metaphor on the Social Stigma of People with Diabetes.”

The Academy for Health Care Sciences is a rigorous, highly focused program with studies in human sciences, health information technology, emergency care, humanities, computer technology, and health care dynamics. Students in this program can earn up to 28 credits through the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions.

The Morris County School of Technology (www.mcvts.org) offers programs for Morris County high school students, including Career Academies and Share Time Programs, and also available are Adult Education programs. For additional information, call the Morris County School of Technology at (973) 627-4600 ext. 277, located on 400 East Main St., Denville.