GEOSET Interviews with Contestants

4th Annul Art in STEM contestants explained their research projects. Their work is currently on display in Dirac library. Event Date: 03/29/2018   Dolly Al Koborssy Art Piece Title: Viral Infection   Ivvone Mendieta Art Piece Title: Jolly Molly   Parth Vakil Art Piece Title: Gravity   Tianhan Liu Art Piece Title: Micro-pattern in Dark…

GWIS Spring Seminar Series

Event Time: Friday 4/20/2018 9 AM -3 PM Location: Chemical Science Laboratory 1003 RSVP Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/155940718405992/ This year the Graduate Women in Science is hosting its first Women in STEM Seminar Series. Our goal is to narrow the gap between men and women in the field and help raise awareness of current research being conducted at…

2018 Art in STEM Exhibition

4th Art in STEM Exhibition officially took place on March 29th, 2018 in Dirac Library at 5 pm. This year GWIS received a total of 36 pieces of beautiful art work submitted by both graduate and undergraduate students across all STEM fields (11 departments). During the opening night,  all contestants and judges were invited to participate…

  Alexander Braun – Powering a Fan with DSSCs – Department – Chemistry & Biochemistry (Undergaduate Student) – Research Field – Renewable Energy – How image was captured – DSLR – Research Impact & Significance – Solar energy has proven a viable solution of alternative energy to fossil fuels but the field of solar cells has continued…

  Mayassa Bou Dargham – A Garden of Cancer Cells  – Department – Chemistry & Biochemistry (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Cancer research – How image was captured – Microscope – Research Impact & Significance – My research focuses on studying the biochemical mechanisms of cancer-immune system interactions. This picture is for an aggressive prostate cancer cell line (ARCaP)…

    Xin Shan – Colorful Lives – Department – Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Semiconductor materials and devices – How image was captured – SEM – Research Impact & Significance – Zinc oxide (ZnO) is a wide band-gap semiconductor. It is regarded as a promising semiconductor material for its potential applications in…

  Kyle Violette – A Sign of Stability – Department – Chemistry and Biochemistry (Undergraduate Student) – Research Field – Renewable Energy – How image was captured – Smartphone Camera – Research Impact & Significance – Understanding and optimizing dye-sensitized solar cells stability could allow for an alternative solar cell that is both cheaper and more…

    Ghoncheh Amouzandeh – Shades of Gray of Pregnant Mouse – Department – Physics (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Medical Physics – How image was captured – Magnetic Resonance Imaging (using 21.1T magnet) – Research Impact & Significance – For early detection of glucose intolerance during pregnancy, non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are implemented in mice by monitoring…

  Camilla Moir – Revealing Magnetism – Department – Physics (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Experimental Condense Physics – How image was captured – B&W Film Photography – Research Impact & Significance – I research high-temperature superconductors, the understanding of which may bring huge advances to technology. High magnetic fields are required to study the underlying physics of these materials…

  Sahan Salpage – Crystal Clear – Department – Chemistry and Biochemistry Research (Postdoctoral Research Fellow) – Research Field – Actinide Separation – How image was captured – DSLR – Research Impact & Significance – Separation and recovery of actinides from nuclear waste represents a significant issue. Given the similarity in binding affinities of some actinides, methods using…

  Trevor Harris – Mana and Wildfire – Department – Chemistry and Biochemistry (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Organic Synthesis – How image was captured –DSLR – Research Impact & Significance – Synthesizing reactive molecules that are chiral for click chemistry is an unexplored research area which has potentially useful in creating functionalized chiral surfaces, inducing chiral selectivity…

  Lauren E Gillies –  CTD at Sunrise – Department – Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Science (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Biological Oceanography – How image was captured – Digital Camera – Research Impact & Significance – I am researching the microbial community in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) dead zone. The dead zone…

  Daryn Sagel –  Purple PIV – Department – Physics (Undergraduate Student) – Research Field – Fluid Dynamics – How image was captured – Particle Image Velocimetry – Research Impact & Significance – Fluid dynamics has a countless number of applications, from the brakes in your car to understanding the spread of wildfire. Particle image velocimetry (PIV)…

    Alina Ebling – Deposition at Sunset – Department – Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Science (Postdoctoral Research Fellow) – Research Field – Chemical Oceanography – How image was captured – Smartphone Camera – Research Impact & Significance – I study atmospheric deposition to the surface ocean. The deposition can either be precipitation (rainwater sampler pictured…

Finalist

    Sulian Ayad – Blue Moon – Department – Chemistry and Biochemistry (Graduate Students) – Research Field – Photochesmitry – How image was captured – DSLR – Research Impact & Significance – Chemistry typically employs the use of heat to initiate reactions, but this often causes unwanted side products to form. By utilizing light as…

  Jorge Luis Barreda – DNA Bundles – Department – Physics (Graduate Students) – Research Field – Experimental Condensed Matter – How image was captured – Fluorescent Microscope – Research Impact & Significance – We utilize stretched DNA to fabricate molecular templates. These molecular templates allow us to fabricate metallic nanowires with diameters even smaller than…

Rongmei Niu – Nano-stepped Hexagonal Pyramids in Copper – Department – Magnetic Lab (Postdoctoral Research Fellow) – Research Field – Materials Science – How image was captured – SEM – Research Impact & Significance – To improve the magnetic filed in magnets, the conductor materials used to build magnet need to have high strength without sacrificing…

Miquel Macias Contreras – Brain in a Star – Department – Chemistry and Biochemistry (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Organic Chemistry – How image was captured – Confocal Microscopy – Research Impact & Significance – One of the research projects in our group involves the synthesis of organelle-targetable hybrid zinc fluorescent sensors. Hybrid sensors are…

  Jamie Wang – Star Whirl – Department – Chemistry and Biochemistry (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Materials Chemistry – How image was captured – Smartphone Camera – Research Impact & Significance – My research goal is to develop more efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSCs) and investigate strategies to improve the performances. My own research…

  Tristan Dilbeck – Galactic Contamination – Department – Chemistry and Biochemistry (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Molecular Photophysics – How image was captured – DSLR – Research Impact & Significance – My research goals are focused on sustainable energy and, in particular, strategies for making more efficient DSSCs. Most commercially available DSSCs are limited…

  Nichole Morgan – Deep-Sea Bamboo – Department – EOAS (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Biological Oceanography – How image was captured – Macro Photography – Research Impact & Significance – Anthropogenic impacts on the deep sea bottom are difficult to quantify in space and duration, and our work focuses on how long it…

  Connie Tenorio – Through the Looking Glass – Department – Biomedical Sciences (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Biophysics/Biochemistry – How image was captured – Smartphone Camera – Research Impact & Significance – Protein engineering is the design and production of synthetic proteins. Proteins are biopolymers comprised of building blocks known as amino acids….

  Anjan Das – Golden Sunny Crystals of Azobenzene Based Monomers – Department – Chemistry and Biochemistry (Potdoctoral Research Fellow) – Research Field – Organic Physical Chemistry – How image was captured – DSLR – Research Impact & Significance – Azobenzene goes Trans to Cis photoisomerization on excitation with UV light. If we make polymer films containing…

Kristin Schoepfer – Terrain of the Fertile Crescent – Department – Biomedical Science (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Neuroscience – How image was captured – Phase contrast microscoy – Research Impact & Significance – My research focuses on how the gonadal hormones estrogen and progesterone act within the brain to contribute to the etiology…

Marcelina Nagales – Two Sides of the Same Projectile Point – Department – Scientific Computing (Undergraduate Student) – Research Field – Computational Anthropology – How image was captured – FlexScan 3D– Research Impact & Significance – The purpose of computational anthropology is to expedite processes within anthropology. Even more specifically in archaeology, the greater purpose…

  Sean Hill – Reflective Emission – Department – Chemistry and Biochemistry (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Solar Energy – How image was captured – Smartphone Camera – Research Impact & Significance – Solar energy harvesting has evolved into a premier technology for realizing a sustainable energy future. Work in our research lab focuses…

Zahra Shafiezadeh – Fischer’s Lovebird – Department – Physics (Graduate Student) – How image was captured – Transmission Electron Microscopy – Research Impact & Significance – We use quantitative scanning transmission electron microscopy at atomic resolution, combining computer image simulation to study the antisite disorder of materials and correlate results to ferromagnetic properties.  

Yan Zhou – Gradient of Fluorescence – Department – Chemistry and Biochemistry (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Photocemistry – How image was captured – DSLR – Research Impact & Significance – Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have the potential to be a low-cost alternative to traditional solid-state solar cells. My research focus on synthesizing a series of…

David Fink – Surface of Constant Probability Density of a Few Energy States of Hydrogen – Department – Physics (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Atomic Physics– How image was captured – Graphed with Python – Research Impact & Significance – Atomic Physics influences almost every field of science. The precision mass measurements made by the…

Westin Kosater – Oxalic Acid Crystals – Department – Chemistry & Biochemistry (Undergraduate Student) – Research Field – Materials Chemistry – How image was captured – Smartphone Camera – Research Impact & Significance – The photo shows the product of a crystallization of some oxalic acid. The oxalic acid was used for a coprecipitation of “synrock”, which is…

Lindsey Rodenbach – Ultra Pure Depleted Uranium Grown via Electrorefining – Department – Physics (Undergraduate Student) – How image was captured – Microscope Camera – Research Impact & Significance – My research growing ultra pure depleted Uranium (dU) contributes to research being done to understand the crystal structure and phase transitions in Uranium; particularly in…

Nick Mukhitov – Capture of Nascent. Small RNAs from Islets of Lagerhane – Department – Chemistry & Biochemistry (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Analytical Chemistry – How image was captured – Confocal Microscopy – Research Impact & Significance – In this project, I am interested in studying the production of nascent (newly created) mRNAs from pancreatic…

  Stephanie McColaugh –  Anthropocene – Department – EOAS (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Hydrogeochemistry – How image was captured – Camera – Research Impact & Significance – The purpose of my research is to determine the viability of utilizing glacial melt water from the Greenland ice sheet as a potable water resource by investigating…

  Qiong Zhou –  Colorful h-BN Crystals – Department – Physics (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Material Science – How image was captured – Optical Microscopy – Research Impact & Significance – h-BN is a layered material with could be exfoliated by scotch tape. Under the optical microscope, the crystals on the substrate display various…

Monica Nemat –  wACTS2 Telehealth – Department – Behavioral Science and Social Medicine (Undergraduate Student) – Research Field – Telehealth and Psychological Intervention– How image was captured – DSLR – Research Impact & Significance – Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease or closely related conditions. Alzheimer’s disease is also most prevalent in the…

Wajiha Mumtaj Khalid – The Metaphase of Wild Type vs. Mutant – Department – Biomedical Science – Research Field – Drosophila Neural Stem Cell – How image was captured – Nikon Confocal Micorscopy – Research Impact & Significance – Examining Dgt4 Drosophila neuroblast. Dim Gamma Tubulin 4 (Dgt4) is one of the six proteins in the augmin…

Best Artistic Beauty

Christopher Stover –  Sometimes, Infinity is ed and Spherical – Department – Mathematic (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Geometric Topology (Pure Mathematics) – How image was captured – Programmaically (for the black limit sets on white) w/ ray tracing (for the red spheres) – Research Impact & Significance – I study very general abstract spaces…

People’s Choice Award

Omotola Ogunsolu – Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells – Department – Material Science and Engineering (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Renewable Energy – How image was captured – DSLR – Research Impact & Significance – Research in low cost renewable energy sources is highly crucial in a world of ever-increasing energy demand but yet limited fossil reserves….

Best Scientific Impact

  Dayton Syme –  Spontaneous, Dynamic, and Wonderous – Department – Chemistry & Biochemistry (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Nonlinear Chemical Dynamics – How image was captured – Nikon D3300 DSLR Camera – Research Impact & Significance – The Belousov–Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction is an exciting example of nonlinear dynamic chemistry. Unlike most chemical reactions, it does…

Yan Zhou – Column Chromatography – Department – Chemistry & Biochemistry (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Materials Chemistry – How image was captured – Cellphone Camera – Research Impact & Significance – Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have the potential to be a low-cost alternative to traditional solid-state solar cells. My research focus on synthesizing a series…

Nicholas Hanley – Precious Jewels – Department – Biological Science (Undergraduate Alumni) – Research Field – Animal Behavior – How image was captured – Digital Camera – Research Impact & Significance – An ultraviolet light illuminates fluorescent-dyed seeds in an artificial Florida harvester ant nest (Pogonomyrmex badius). Harvester ants forage for seeds and store them…

Peter Cheetham – Breakdown – Department – College of Electrical Engineering – Research Field – Cryogenic Dielectrics – How image was captured – Microscopy – Research Impact & Significance: Center of Advanced Power Systems (CAPS) is developing novel cryogenic dielectric materials and designs for High Temperature Superconducting (HTS) power applications. It is envisioned that HTS…

Parth Nalin Vakil – A Heart of Gold – Department – Chemistry and Biochemistry (Graduate Student) – Research Field -Nanotechnology and Materials Chemistry – How image was captured – Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) – Research Impact & Significance – It might be small but this is indeed a heart made of gold… gold nanoparticles that…

Tristan Dilbeck – Rainbow of Emission – Department – Chemistry and Biochemistry (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Molecular Photophysics – How image was captured – Cellphone Camera – Research Impact & Significance – This photograph depicts a spectrum of emitting dyes that can be used as sensitizers in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). My research…

Jessica A. Cusck – Protection – Department – Biological Science (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Behavioral Ecology – How image was captured – Digital Camera – Research Impact & Significance – I am a behavioral ecologist interested in how and why individuals interact to form complex, social groups. I work with brown-headed nuthatches, which…

Nick Mukhitov – Measuring Hormone Secretion from Pancreatic Islets of Langerhans – Department – Chemistry and Biology (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Microfluidics and Cell Metabolism – How image was captured – Microscopy – Research Impact & Significance – My research focuses on developing microfluidic technologies for enabling biomedical research. Microfluidic platforms allow for…

Sean Hill – Blue Suspension – Department – Chemistry and Biology (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Materials Chemistry – How image was captured – DSLR – Research Impact & Significance – Organic crystals suspended in solution emit a greenish-blue color. This organic molecule was used for studies in enhancing dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) efficiencies….

Kate Carnevale – Technicolor Cell Dish – Department – Chemistry and Biology (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Nano-Biochemistry – How image was captured – Cellphone Camera – Research Impact & Significance – My research involves the use of fluorescent probes (dyes, proteins, and quantum dots) to investigate cellular response to nanoparticle therapy. Nanoparticles are…

William Neary – Looking At Polymers From A Different Approach – Department – Chemistry and Biology (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Polymer Synthesis – How image was captured – Cellphone Camera – Research Impact & Significance – The synthesis of polystyrene-polyethylene copolymers in a controlled fashion has been a struggle for industry over the…

Nicholas Tremblay – Multilayer Tumor Growth in Drosophila Egg Chambers – Department – Biology (Undergraduate Student) – Research Field – Cell and Molecular Biology – How image was captured – Confocal Microscopy – Research Impact & Significance -The lab in which I am a part of utilizes the fruit fly- Drosophila Melanogaster- as a powerful…

Phong Tran – Crystal Flowers – Department – Industrial Engineer (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Renewable Energy – How image was captured – SEM – Research Impact & Significance – Nanocrytalline TiO2 were grown on Carbon Nanotube (CNT) networks using a hydrothermal process for the fabrication of Dye sensitized solar cells (DSCs), a low-cost…

Hadi Fares – Ridiculously Reticulated – Department – Chemistry and Biochemistry (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Materials Chemistry- How image was captured – SEM – Research Impact & Significance – Polyelectrolyte multilayers are thin films made by depositing oppositely charged polyelectrolytes on surfaces. They can be customized to protect any object, store and deliver…

Jamie Wang – Vein-Like Crystal Formation – Department – Chemistry & Biochemistry (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Materials/Renewable Energy – How image was captured – DSLR – Research Impact & Significance – In current days, we have a pressing need for utilizing alternative energy sources to replace traditional fossil fuel uses. Our research group…

Margaret Scheiner – Glowing Crystals – Department – Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Materials Science – How image was captured – Optical microscope at 50x, under either UV or white light – Research Impact & Significance – The crystals pictured are europium dibenzoylmethide triethylamine (EuD4TEA) crystals which are the brightest…

Joseph Accardo – Winter Wonderland – Department – Chemistry & Biochemistry (Undergraduate Student) – Research Field – Organic Chemistry Research – How image was captured – Sony a6000 w/ 30nm Sony Macro Digital Camera – Research Impact & Significance: The picture shows the sublimation product of 2-(2′-hydroxyphenyl)benzoxazole, which is referred to as HBO. HBO exhibits…

Enric Baduell – Separation Anxiety – Department – Chemistry & Biochemistry (Undergraduate Student) – Research Field -Material Chemistry – How image was captured – DSLR – Research Impact & Significance – This separation was utilized to purify a monomer that is used in the polymerization of photomechanical polymer films. These monomers have the ability to undergo…

Ian Murphy – Vibrant Decay – Department – Chemistry & Biochemistry (Undergraduate Student) – Research Field – Renewable Energy Material Chemistry – How image was captured – DSLR – Research Impact & Significance – Solar Cells harvest the energy of light by promoting electrons to a higher energy excited state of a dye molecule. Ideally,…

Anjan Das – Photocatalytic Reaction with Visible Light Using Laser – Department – Chemistry & Biochemistry (Postdoctoral Research Fellow) – Research Field – Photochemistry – How image was captured – DSLR – Research Impact & Significance – Photocatalytic protonation is one of the very important route to synthesize lot important organic molecules because it is…

Omotola Ogunsolu – Solar Energy Harvesting – Department – Materials Science & Engineering (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Material Chemistry – How image was captured – DSLR – Research Impact & Significance – The importance of renewable energy cannot be over emphasized in our world today where the effects of climate change, global warming and…

  Jieyan Chen – Fruit Flies in the Laboratory – Department: Biomedical Sciences Research (Graduate Student) Research Field: Biomedical Sciences How image was captured: Cellphone camera through microscope Research Impact & Significance: You may have often seen some fruit flies (also known as the vinegar fly) buzzing around over-ripened bananas, but you may not know…

      Jeff Lengyel – Crystalline Urchin – Department – Chemistry and Biochemistry (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Material Science – How image was captured – Digital Camera – Research Impact & Significance- Shown is a co-crystal of two small organic molecules. These molecules have been selected to produce hydrogen-bonds where the hydrogen…

  Anshika Kapur – Combining Fluorescent Quantum Dots with Biology – Department – Chemistry and Biochemistry (Graduate Student) Research Field – Biochemistry How image was captured – Fluorescence Microscopy Research Impact & Significance – The unique chemical, optical and physical properties of inorganic nanocrystals have generated a tremendous interest for using them to develop a…

  Chelsea Massaro – Column Chromatography – Department – Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry (Undergraduate Student) – Research Field – Organic Synthesis – How image was captured – Digital Camera – Research Impact & Significance – This image was captured while performing column chromatography in order to purify a intermediate of a multi-step organic synthesis project….

Shipra Gupta – Show some TLC to me UV! – Department – Chemistry and Biochemistry (Postdoctoral Research Fellow) – Research Field – Photochemistry – How image was captured – TLC under UV lamp and HPLC 3D images – Research Impact & Significance -Vitamin D is one of the important nutrition for humans. In the above…

Kang Yao – Micro-pizzas – Department – Materials Science & Engineering (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Energy Storage Devices – How image was captured – SEM – Research Impact & Significance – What do you think of at first glance of this picture? When I was doing the Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), I knew…

Finalist

Kirsten Daykin – The Colors of Rhodamine – Department – Chemistry & Biochemistry (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Organic Chemistry – How image was captured – Sony a6000 Camera with 30mm Sony macro – Research Impact & Significance – In the Zhu group, one of our focuses is on synthesizing fluorescent indicators that can…

Finalist

  Quinton Meisner – Needles in the Night – Department – Chemistry & Biochemistry (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Organic Materials – How image was captured – Sony a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera w/ Sony SEL30M35 30mm – Research Impact & Significance -The development of organic fluorophores has direct application in imaging of biological systems…

Finalist

Jessica Martinez – Microscopic Universe – Department – Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (Postdoctoral Research Fellow) – Research Field – Microbiology and Polyelectrolyte Multilayers – How image was captured – Stereoscope Microscope (0.8X Magnification) – Research Impact & Significance – Adhesion of bacteria to biomedical prosthetics can cause severe and even deadly clinical complications. One of…

Best Scientific Impact

  Carline Johansen – Cigar Mound-  Department – Earth Ocean & Atmospheric Science (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Oceanography – How image was captured – High definition camera in deep sea pressure housing with lighting system attached (a.k.a. Beast Cam) – Research Impact & Significance – We examine the process of natural oil and gas…

Best Artistic Representation

Karina Khazmutdinova – Dragon’s Tooth Cave – Department – Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Institute Research (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Natural Ventilation, Paleoclimatology – How image was captured – Leica Ultra-High Speed Scanner – Research Impact & Significance – Being a natural laboratory, a cave carries imprints of ancient and recent climates, allowing us a…

People’s Choice Award

Jose David Delago – Glowing Detectors – Department – Chemistry and Biochemistry (Graduate Student) – Research Field – Polymer Chemistry – How image was captured – Under UV Lamp – Research Impact & Significance – These glowing disks are simple scintillators that can detect γ-ray radiation. José David Delgado, a chemistry graduate student in Joseph…