April/May 2016

University Honors Program Research Days Held

Graduating students from FDU’s University Honors Program presented their senior honors theses during this year’s Annual Research Days on April 20 at the Florham Campus and on April 27 at the Metropolitan Campus.

The University Honors Program provides an intellectually stimulating experience for FDU’s most accomplished undergraduates through honors courses and research projects completed in collaboration with faculty. M. Patricia Warunek, biological sciences, is the director of the University Honors Program at the Metropolitan Campus. April Patrick, literature, is the director of the University Honors Program at the Florham Campus.

Florham Campus

Mentors, along with the presenting students and their projects, were as follows:

Joseph Agugliaro, biology and health/preprofessional adviser, with Daniel Ruvolo (Changes in Resting and Digestive Metabolism Associated with Aestivation in the Chacoan Horned Frog [Ceratophyrs cranwelli]);

Gloria Anderle, chemistry and chair, chemistry/pharmaceutical science, with Mary Soorial (Computational and Biological Study of the cdc20-50 Mutant of the Mitotic Checkpoint Complex in Budding Yeast);

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At the Florham Campus were, from left, student Alexander Smith and mentor Brian Olechnowski, biology; student Mary Soorial and mentor Gloria Anderle, chemistry and chair, chemistry/pharmaceutical science; student Danielle MacConnell; mentor David Grand, creative writing; and student Victoria Carvajal; and student Rebecca Calderone and mentor Matthieu Boyd, literature and director, MA in creative writing and literature for educators.

Matthieu Boyd, literature and director, MA in creative writing and literature for educators, with Rebecca Calderone (Why Does It Have to Hurt? Consideration of the Continued Qualities of Love in Literature);

Daniel Cassino, political science, with Shi (Porter) Yang (The Relationship Between Candidates’ Body Language and Their Support from the Public During the Presidential Primary Election);

Deirdre Collier, accounting, with Crystal Mistry (American Middle — A Story of Financial Distress);

Gary Darden, history and chair, social sciences/history, with William Carlson (Making Sense of the Peculiar Institution: An Evaluation of Teaching Slavery in Contemporary Schools);

David Grand, creative writing, with Victoria Carvajal (Strange People, Strange World) and Danielle MacConnell (Granite Bones);

Brian Olechnowski, biology, with Alexander Smith (Foraging and Competitive Behavior of Passerine Birds at Forested Habitat Edges) and Griffin Talik (Comparison of Wild Cat [Felis catus] Behavior Using a Taxonomic Approach); and

James Salierno, biology, with Amy Defnet (The Effect of Road Run-off on Freshwater Crayfish Foraging and Species Distribution).

Metropolitan Campus

Mentors, along with the presenting students and their projects, were as follows:

Sameh Abdelazim, electrical engineering technology/electrical engineering, with Kristoffer Paras (Voice-controlled Robotic Arm);

Marzieh Azarderakhsh, civil/construction engineering technology, with Alpha Barry (Triaxial Test, Consolidation-Undrained Test);

Bruno Battistoli, communication, with Natasha Ashby (Social Media’s Influence on Students Perception of “Black Lives Matter”);

Alice Benzecry, biological sciences, with Mayte Rodriguez (Gut Microbes and Our Health);

Alexander Casti, mathematics, with Colette Malyack (Applications of Hidden Markov Models to Thalamic Relay Cells in the Lateral Geniculate Nucleus);

Liza Chowdhury, criminal justice, with Caitlin Gilmore (Criminal Justice and the Media: The Influence Media Can Have on the Perception of Crime);

Diane Dettmore, nursing, with Hiral Vyas (Exploring Antenatal Depression and Its Effects on Infants and Mothers);

Novlette Edwards-Hammond, nursing, with Valentina Fox (Obesity and Its Implications on Nursing Practice);

Benjamin Freer, psychology, with Ruben Chavez (Examining the Relationship Between Working Memory, Attention and Motivation);

Benjamin Freer, psychology, and Camilla Øverup, psychology, with Christopher Madden (Specific vs. General Threat: How Do Liberals and Conservatives Respond?);

Francis Ingledew, English/comparative literature, with Samantha Corsaro (Humanizing History: Derek Walcott’s The Haitian Trilogy as Homage and Critique of Shakespeare’s Henry Plays);

Irwin Isquith, biological sciences, and Harvey Winters, emeritus, biological sciences, with Katelyn Arathoon (Environmental Impact on Dinoflagellate Transparent Exopolymer Polysaccharide [TEP] Production);

Carol Jasko, nursing, with Kayan Stewart (An Exploration of Cesarean Birth and Its Rates Among Healthy Primigravida and Nursing Interventions to Help Reduce Those Rates);

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At the Metropolitan Campus were, from left, mentor Novlette Edwards-Hammond, nursing, and student Valentina Fox; student Kayla Adams and mentor Joseph Stout, biological sciences; mentor Nick Agostino, biological sciences, student Monika Jankowicz, and mentor Ish Kumar, chemistry; and mentor Benjamin Freer, psychology, and student Ruben Chavez.

Judith Kaufman, psychology, director of PsyD and MA programs in school psychology and director of University core, with Kabree Saunders-Bethea (The Attribution of Personal Characteristics Based on the Style of Dress in Women) and Danamarie Smith (School Intervention for Students with Anxiety);

Erdal Kose, computer science, with Daniel Craig (Mitigation of Distributed Denial of Service Attacks Using Artificial Intelligence);

Ish Kumar, chemistry, with Paulina Cotzomi (High-Throughput Virtual Molecular Docking and Evaluation of Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 Inhibitors);

Ish Kumar, chemistry, and Nick Agostino, biological sciences, with Monika Jankowicz (Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitor Screening Through Computational Analysis on Enzymatic Assay);

Bernard Lefkowitz, electrical/mechanical engineering and coordinator of mechanical engineering technology program, with Gwyndallyn Williams (Train Stability in Relation to Track Width);

Bamidele Ojo, political science, with Khadija Alami (Migration Towards the European Union [EU]: The Role of EU Countries and Frontex — The European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders);

Neena Philips, biological sciences, with Hannah Bogolub (Stimulation of Extracellular Matrix and Angiogenesis by Hydrocortisone and Vitamin D in Dermal Fibroblats); Jamie Bono (The Regulation of inflammatory, Angiogenic, Metastatic and Cell Survival Factors by HOP Extract and Its Components in Melanoma, Liver Cancer and Mammary Cancer Cells); Kristy Bono (Skin Toxicity by Disperse Blue and Cobalt); and Rinat Khundoker (Hydrocortisone Use);

Ravi Ranjan, genetics, with Diana Bernal (Neuronal Analysis of Aging and Degenerative Disease);

Samuel Raphalides, political science/history and director, Global Scholars Program, with Rachel Powell (Campaign Finance Reform: Corruption and Bribery in American Presidential Election);

Chris Rasmussen, history, with Sydney Anderson (The Power of Social Media in International Politics: Examining the Role of Social Media in Egypt During the Arab Spring);

Gloria Reinish, electrical engineering, with Dan-Nicole Punla (Electric Guitar Amplifier with Digital Signal Processing);

Hannah Rozen, accounting, with Ziqing Yu (How Information Technology Plays an Important Role in Accounting);

Marilyn Rubin, allied health and associate director, allied health programs, with Kenesha Brown (American Societal Views on Organ Donation); Saidat Musari (Athletes’ Perception on the Effectiveness of Kinesiotape); and Tai Musari (Generation XL: Managing Weight Gain in College Students);

Jason Scorza, philosophy/political science and vice provost for academic and international affairs, with Alix Lerch-Aillaud (Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Conception of Self-development and Its Connection with Social Development);

Miriam Singer, education and director, QUEST program, with Rebecca Takacs (Math Phobia: Introducing Math Workshop);

Kathleen Stein-Smith, associate University librarian and director of public services, Giovatto Library, and University College/Petrocelli College, with Rachel McDaniel (Non-traditional Students: How Technology is Changing Traditional Education);

Joseph Stout, biological sciences, with Kayla Adams (Neurobiology of Desire in Shrimp as Mediated by Dopamine and Haloperidol);

Patricia Ukaigwe, nursing, with Ruthie Gono (Global Community Response to Ebola Epidemic in Liberia: A Call to Action); and Yuli Usman (Evidence of Vaccine Safety);

Maureen Vanacore, communication, with Caitlyn Freda (How Media Reports About Greek Life on College Campuses Affect University Policy Making);

Robert Vodde, criminal justice and director, criminal justice/political sciences/international studies, with Mariana Seidner (Human Trafficking: A Global Enterprise in the United States);

Jason Williams, criminal justice, with Leslie Rodriguez (A General Criminological Study of Violence as a Learned Behavior); and

Roberta Wohle, education, with Julie D’Angelo (The Benefits of Multisensory Instruction in the Inclusive Classroom).