Student researchers honored at 6th Annual S.T.E.M. Symposium

On Wednesday, April 6, 2014, Barry University held its 6th annual S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Research Symposium. Hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Professional and Career Studies, the research symposium presented the studies of more than 50 Barry faculty and students.

During the event, Barry University undergraduate students and their sponsoring professors presented posters and research pertaining to various S.T.E.M. topics – biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, mathematics, and computer and health sciences. Barry students were joined by their counterparts from St. Thomas University who also presented research.

Held annually, the event is aimed at engaging the local scientific community in learning about ongoing discoveries within S.T.E.M. disciplines. The overall goal of the symposium is to promote the development of active learners by creating an environment that allows students, faculty, and staff to interact through involvement in a multidisciplinary event.

The discussion and application of S.T.E.M. fields has been a centerpiece in American education since the perceived lack of qualified candidates for high-tech jobs in America. In 2006, the United States National Academies expressed their concern about the declining state of STEM education in the US. In his 2012 Budget, President Obama broadened the Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) to award block grants to states for improving teacher education in those subjects.

Awards for best project were given to students from both universities in two categories. A full list of winners is available below. Visit this link for a gallery of photos from the event: http://www.barry.edu/photo-gallery/?id=2240.

Chemistry:

Winners:

Poster # 29: Denae Britsch1, Gabriela Soto1, Deepa Gharbharan1, Anna-Marie Weed1, Frantisek Svec2, and Zuzana Zajickova1 (Department of Physical Sciences, Barry University, Miami Shores, FL; 2The Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA) Preparation and optimization of organic-silica hybrid monoliths and characterization by capillary liquid chromatography

Poster # 31:Hangny Dao1, John Boulos1, and Jan Jakubik2 (1Department of Physical Sciences, Barry University, Miami Shores, FL; 2The Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic) Synthesis of bitopic muscarinic antagonists and functionally selective agonists for pharmaceutical applications 

Poster # 35:Victoria S. Hoelscher and Tamara D. Hamilton (Department of Physical Sciences, Barry University, Miami Shores, FL) Purification of porphyrins from mechanochemistry using entrainment sublimation

Honorable Mentions (Runner-Ups):

Poster # 30:Travis Comnick, Ramon Gutierrez, and George Fisher (Department of Physical Sciences, Barry University, Miami Shores, FL) D-aspartic acid in oysters

Physics - Mathematical Sciences - Computer Science:

Winners:

Poster # 26:Aarti Ragoonath1, Hussein Allehyani1, and James Haralambides1 (1Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Barry University, Miami Shores, FL) Function visualization: 3D plotting of continuous functions and their derivatives using OpenGL.

Honorable Mention (Runner-Ups)

Poster # 25:Leo Lok Hin Law (Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Barry University, Miami Shores, FL) Mathematical Methods in Risk Theory and Applications to Automobile Liability Insurance.

Psychology:

Winners:

Poster # 41:Esther Garcia 1, Sabrina E. Des Rosiers1, Seth J. Schwartz2, Jennifer B. Unger3, Lourdes Baezcondi-Garbanati3 , Juan Villamar4, Daniel Soto3, Monica Pattarroyo3, and José Szapocznik2 (1Department of Psychology, Barry University, Miami Shores, FL; 2, University of Miami, Miami, FL, 3, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA3; Northwestern University4) Self-esteem and acculturation

Honorable Mention (Runner-Up):

Poster # 40:Danielle Fair 1, Sabrina E. Des Rosiers1, Seth J. Schwartz2, Jennifer B. Unger3, Lourdes Baezcondi-Garbanati3, Juan Villamar4, Daniel Soto3, Monica Pattarroyo3, and José Szapocznik2 (1Department of Psychology, Barry University, Miami Shores, FL; 2, University of Miami, Miami, FL, 3, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA3; Northwestern University4) A Positive youth development model among Hispanic

Biology – Health Sciences:

Winners:

Poster # 1:Wesam Azaizeh, Jovans Lorquet, Alice Nakasone, KeiAuyndria Edwards, Sue -Ann Flores, Lauren Sanchez, Maxime Jean, Christoph Hengartner, and Leticia Vega (Department of Biology, College of Arts & Sciences, Barry University, Miami Shores, FL) Identification and characterization of genetic interactions between cdc13-1and yKU80 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

Poster # 2:Precious de Verteuil1, Diara Santiago2, Vilma Spreuer2, Courtney Benson2, Veronica Cheli2, and Pablo Paez2 (1Depatrment of Biology, Barry University, Miami Shores FL; 2University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY) The importance of voltage-operated calcium channels (VOCC’s) in astrogliosis.

Poster # 8:Shanika L. Kingston1, Logan M. Decker2, Erin C. Boone2, Hua Xiao2, and Patrick K. T. Shiu2 (1Barry University, Miami Shores, FL; 2University of Missouri, Columbia, MO) Characterization of novel genes required for meiotic silencing by unpaired DNA.

Poster # 10:Nicole H. Lopez1, Angel Y. S. Chen2, and James C. K. Ng2 (1Department of Biology, Barry University, Miami Shores, FL; 2Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology, University of California, Riverside, CA) Whitefly vector dietary conditions associated with the inoculation of foregut borne criniviruses.

Poster # 16:Jessica Ricketts, Nicholas Morales, and Brenda Schoffstall  (Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, Barry University) Culture, isolation, and comparison of the microbiome of dissected guts from Opiliones, Leiobunum sp. and Gasteracantha cancriformes.

Poster # 21:Van Williams, Susana Chan, Stephanie Bingham, Y-W. Peter Lin, and Teresa Petrino (Department of Biology, Barry University, Miami Shores, FL) A knockdown approach to studying Pc1 gene function.

Honorable Mention (Runner-Ups)

Poster # 3:KeiAuyndria Edwards, Alice Nakasone, Wesam Azaizeh, Lauren Sanchez, Sue-Ann Flores, Jovans Lorquet, Maxime Jean, Christoph Hengartner, and Leticia R. Vega (Department of Biology, Barry University, Miami Shores, FL) Genetic interactions of telomere binding proteins in yeast.

Poster # 13:Alice Nakasone1, Jarred Fiedler1, Federico Lin1, Jody-Ann Chinloy1, Leticia Vega1, Christoph Hengartner1, and Gerhild Packert2 (1Department of Biology, College of Arts & Sciences; 2College of Health Sciences, Barry University, Miami Shores, FL) Quantitative and qualitative analysis of biofilm production in S. aureus.

Poster # 15:Talia Guardia1, Vasilena Gocheva2, and Tyler Jacks2 (1Department of Biology, Barry University, Miami Shores, FL;  2The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, Cambridge, MA) Determining the role of hyaluronic acid synthase 2 (Has2) on metastasis of lung adenocarcinoma.

St. Thomas University:

Winners:

Poster # 48:A. Lorenzo  Gonzalez1, A. Valls1, Francelethia Shabazz1, Katarina Vajn2, Alexis Tapanes-Castillo1, Martin Oudega2, and Jeffery Plunkett1 (1St. Thomas University, Miami Gardens, FL; 2University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA) In vivo and in vitro molecular biology techniques to study central nervous system axon growth and regeneration in adult zebrafish.

Honorable Mention (Runner-Up):

Poster # 49:A. Badillo1, A. Hernandez1, A. Lorenzo Gonzalez1, A. Cartagena1, L. Yut1, Francelethia Shabazz1, Katarina Vajn2, Alexis Tapanes-Castillo1, Martin Oudega2, and Jeffery Plunkett1 (1St. Thomas University, Miami Gardens, FL; 2University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA) The role of central nervous system stem cells in adult zebrafish neuron axon regeneration.

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