School of Science Accomplishments: September 2013

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Faculty Accomplishments

Andrew Greene, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics, was awarded a Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) Fellowship, a professional development program for new or recent Ph.D.s in the mathematical sciences. He was one of only six whose fellowship was sponsored by the American Mathematical Society. The program addresses all aspects of an academic career: improving the teaching and learning of mathematics, engaging in research and scholarship, and participating in professional activities. It also provides the participants with a network of peers and mentors as they assume these responsibilities.

Rostislav Konoplich, Ph.D., professor of physics and a member of ATLAS, a particle physics experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN that is searching for new discoveries in the head-on collisions of protons of extraordinarily high energy. He was among the recipients of the European Physical Society 2013 High Energy and Particle Physics prize “for the discovery of a Higgs boson, as predicted by the Brout-Englert-Higgs mechanism.”

Student Accomplishments

Betsy Camano ’14 attended the George Washington University Summer Program for Women in Mathematics, a prestigious five-week program for 16 outstanding undergraduate women majoring in mathematical disciplines who are considering graduate study in the mathematical sciences. Each attendee of the program receives a travel allowance, campus room and board, and a stipend of $1,750.

Biology major Mastanna Eraifej ’14 worked with Ghislaine Mayer, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, as part of the School of Science Dean’s Office Summer Program. They collaborated with researchers at Benin City Teaching Hospital in Nigeria and Winston Salem State University to decipher the interactions between HIV, plasmodium and drug therapies used in sub-Saharan Africa. Their collaborative work is currently under review for the Journal of Bacteriology and Parasitology.

Mastanna was invited to give an oral presentation of her research, The Prevalence of Plasmodium vivax and malariae in HIV-Infected Patients in Benin City, at the American Society of Parasitologists meeting in Quebec City in June of 2013. She gave the same presentation to the campus community on Sept. 13.

Mathematics major Kimsy Tor ’15 attended the Fields Institute Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in Toronto. Her group research project Dynamical Systems Models in Macroeconomics explored the use of mathematical models for predator-prey interactions to explain economic cycles and financial instability. This is Tor’s second international undergraduate research experience; in 2011 she attended a summer program in France.

Biology majors Alexandra Gomez ’13, Kathryn McGovern ’13, Ashley Mennuti ’13, Lauren Scelsa ’13, Mary Screen’13 and Walter Wiley ’13 earned Awards for Excellence for research papers presented at the 67th annual Eastern Colleges Science Conference at Providence College on April 20. Scelsa also earned an award for her platform presentation.