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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)April 22, 2009

MAHWAH – More than 30 students presented posters and talks describing their undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activities in the sciences at an annual Student Research Symposium held April 8 at Ramapo College of New Jersey.

The research topics included how the artificial sweetener aspartame inhibits tail regeneration in the mud worm, the implications for dinosaur speed estimates, the simulation and visualization of forest dynamics and the recycling of aluminum by utilizing the metal as an electrode in a fuel cell, among others.

The symposium provided a research conference atmosphere during which students presented their results.  Sponsored by the College’s School of Theoretical and Applied Science, Reedy International of Keyport, New Jersey and LeCroy Corporation of Chestnut Ridge, New York, the symposium was a full-day event that highlighted faculty-student collaborative research in the sciences. 

These students gave oral presentations about their research findings: 

Bergen County
Michael Chiorazzo of Rutherford, New Jersey, “3-Mercapto-5 ,6-diphenyl-1, 2, 4-triazine: A Potential Reagent for Pegylation of Peptides and Proteins”

Matthew Diamond of Ramsey, New Jersey, “Aspartame Inhibits Tail Regeneration in Lumbriculus variegatus (Mud Worm)”

Melanie Klein of Glen Rock, New Jersey, “Tree Selection by Foraging, Male Red-Eyed Vireos (Vireo olivaceus) in a New Jersey Highlands Forest

Jeffrey Ludwig of Saddle Brook, New Jersey, “SimOrg: Simulated Qualitative Organic Analysis

Alyssa Winter of Glen Rock, New Jersey, “The Synthesis of Transition Metal Complexes That Contain ‘Umbrella’ Ligands” 

Cumberland County
Tiffany Simons of Vineland, New Jersey, “Hydrogenations Without Hydrogen:  The Use of Hydrogen-Transfer Catalysts in Organic Synthesis

Middlesex County
Tinisha Ricks of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, “Inhibitory Effect of Acetaminophen on Lumbriculus variegatus (Mud Worm) Tail Regeneration

Monmouth County
Tara Drake of Howell, New Jersey, “Expression and Purification of E. coli RecR and It’s N-Terminal Interlocking Mutant”

Ocean County
Daniel Fumosa of Forked River, New Jersey, “Forest Dynamics Simulation and Visualization”           

Passaic County
Dean Bobo of Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, “Growth in the Dinosaur Coelophysis: Implications for Dinosaur Speed Estimates from Trackways

Sandralynn Veech of Hawthorne, New Jersey, “Pegylation of Growth Hormone-Releasing Factors

Mercedes Perez of Paterson, New Jersey, “Recycling Aluminum by Utilizing the Metal as an Electrode in a Fuel Cell” and “Alkaline pH Prevents Voltage Reversal in Yeast Fermentation of Banana

Sussex County
Ashley Halstead of Wantage, New Jersey, “Mixed Monomolecular Films of Poly (n-decylacrylate) and Protein Solutions

Kimberly Rodgers of Stillwater, New Jersey, “Computer Simulation of Forest Dynamics: Developing a Fine-Scale Model”

International
Daniela Georgieva of Varna, Bulgaria, “Development of an Invertebrate Cell Culture Method for Lumbriculus variegatus (Mud Worm)

Monique Simpson of Santa Cruz, Trinidad and Tobago, “Prostaglandins and Osteoblast Differentiation

The following students presented posters about their research:

Bergen County
Randy Astaiza of Garfield, New Jersey, “Characterization of a Novel Gene Potentially Involved in the Regulation of Bone Mass

Manan Dalal of Roselle Park, New Jersey, Melissa Giusti of Old Bridge, New Jersey; Matthew Howard of Union Beach, New Jersey; and Kate Brown of Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, “Tree Architecture and Niche of Seven Hardwood Tree Species

Veronica Cavera of Dumont, New Jersey, “The Most Horrifying Read of the Year:  The Nutritional Facts on Your Food or a Comparative Study Concerning Nutritional Knowledge in Students of Business and Nursing Majors at Ramapo College of New Jersey

Michael Chiorazzo of Rutherford, New Jersey, “3-Mercapto-5, 6-diphenyl-1, 2, 4-triazine: A Potential Reagent for Pegylation of Peptides and Proteins

Matthew Diamond of Ramsey, New Jersey, “Aspartame Inhibits Tail Regeneration in Lumbriculus variegatus (Mud Worm)”

Kevin Kania of Fair Lawn, New Jersey, “Is Cis-3-Hexen-1-ol a Plant Growth Regulator?”

Melanie Klein of Glen Rock, New Jersey, “Tree Selection by Foraging, Male Red-Eyed Vireos (Vireo olivaceus) in a New Jersey Highlands Forest

Jeffrey Ludwig of Saddle Brook, New Jersey, “SimOrg: Simulated Qualitative Organic Analysis”

Rajesh Ramnanan of Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, “Catalog of Plasmodium Falciparum Proteins for Studying Active Sites Using PERL Scripts

Alyssa Winter of Glen Rock, New Jersey, “The Synthesis of Transition Metal Complexes That Contain ‘Umbrella’ Ligands”

Camden County
Michele Jastrzembski of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, “Zigs-In-The-Plane Problem

Cumberland County
Tiffany Simons of Vineland, New Jersey, “Hydrogenations Without Hydrogen:  The Use of Hydrogen-Transfer Catalysts in Organic Synthesis” 

Middlesex County
Manan Dalal of Roselle Park, New Jersey, Melissa Giusti of Old Bridge, New Jersey; Matthew Howard of Union Beach, New Jersey; and Kate Brown of Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, “Tree Architecture and Niche of Seven Hardwood Tree Species

Katelyn Lukshis of East Brunswick, New Jersey and Graeme Gardner of Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, “Microsatellite Ploidy Analysis of 3 Sphagnum Species

Tinisha Ricks of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, “Inhibitory Effect of Acetaminophen on Lumbriculus variegatus (Mud Worm) Tail Regeneration”

Monmouth County
Manan Dalal of Roselle Park, New Jersey, Melissa Giusti of Old Bridge, New Jersey; Matthew Howard of Union Beach, New Jersey; and Kate Brown of Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, “Tree Architecture and Niche of Seven Hardwood Tree Species

Tara Drake of Howell, New Jersey, “Expression and Purification of E. coli RecR and Its N-Terminal Interlocking Mutant

Matthew Howard of Union Beach, New Jersey, “Dendrochronological Analysis of Tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera) Growth and Distance From Point Source Pollution

Morris County
Lorraine Brenner of Montville, New Jersey, “Diagnosis and Treatment of Dentofacial Abnormalities

Rebecca Lake of Budd Lake, New Jersey and Melissa Giusti of Old Bridge, New Jersey, “Microsatellite Analysis of Three Sphagnum Species of the Eastern U.S.

Ocean County
Daniel Fumosa of Forked River, New Jersey, “Forest Dynamics Simulation and Visualization”            

Orange County, New York
Kim Camargo of Sloatsburg, New York, Andrew Collins of Kinnelon, New Jersey, Steven Libert of Wayne, New Jersey, Vincent Napolitano of Middletown, New York and Kimberly Rodgers of Stillwater, New Jersey, “Trends in Tree Species Composition Across Vertical Strata in a Mixed Hardwood Forest in the New Jersey Highlands

Passaic County
Dean Bobo of Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, “Growth in the Dinosaur Coelophysis: Implications for Dinosaur Speed Estimates From Trackways

Kim Camargo of Sloatsburg, New York, Andrew Collins of Kinnelon, New Jersey, Steven Libert of Wayne, New Jersey, Vincent Napolitano of Middletown, New York and Kimberly Rodgers of Stillwater, New Jersey, “Trends in Tree Species Composition Across Vertical Strata in a Mixed Hardwood Forest in the New Jersey Highlands

Steve Libert of Wayne, New Jersey, “Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) Reproductive Success at Nine Breeding Restoration Sites in the New Jersey Meadowlands

Mercedes Perez of Paterson, New Jersey, “Alkaline pH Prevents Voltage Reversal in Yeast Fermentation of Banana” and “Recycling Aluminum by Utilizing the Metal as an Electrode in a Fuel Cell

Sandralynn Veech of Hawthorne, New Jersey, “Pegylation of Growth Hormone-Releasing Factors

Bethany Walton, Ringwood, New Jersey, “Curve-Fitting Analysis of Adsorbed Polymers

Rockland County, New York
Kim Camargo of Sloatsburg, New York, Andrew Collins of Kinnelon, New Jersey, Steven Libert of Wayne, New Jersey, Vincent Napolitano of Middletown, New York and Kimberly Rodgers of Stillwater, New Jersey, “Trends in Tree Species Composition Across Vertical Strata in a Mixed Hardwood Forest in the New Jersey Highlands

Sussex County
Kim Camargo of Sloatsburg, New York, Andrew Collins of Kinnelon, New Jersey, Steven Libert of Wayne, New Jersey, Vincent Napolitano of Middletown, New York and Kimberly Rodgers of Stillwater, New Jersey, “Trends in Tree Species Composition Across Vertical Strata in a Mixed Hardwood Forest in the New Jersey Highlands

Union County

Manan Dalal of Roselle Park, New Jersey, Melissa Giusti of Old Bridge, New Jersey; Matthew Howard of Union Beach, New Jersey; and Kate Brown of Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, “Tree Architecture and Niche of Seven Hardwood Tree Species

International
Daniela Georgieva of Varna, Bulgaria, “Development of an Invertebrate Cell Culture Method for Lumbriculus variegatus (Mud Worm)”

Monique Simpson of Santa Cruz, Trinidad and Tobago, “Prostaglandins and Osteoblast Differentiation

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Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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