July 26, 2011

Chemical engineering major Masha Zhdanova

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's annual Student Summer Research Poster Session will be held in the Terrace Room of the Elaine Langone Center Wednesday, July 27, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The session will feature the work of the many students who have spent the summer working with members of the Bucknell faculty on research projects in a variety of disciplines.

This symposium is sponsored by the Bucknell chapter of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, with support from the Office of the Provost.

Topics in biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering, computer science, economics, historical economics, mechanical engineering, neuroscience, psychology and sociology include:

·      using Geographic Information System (GIS) to map species ranges in the newly independent country of South Sudan (a biology project);

·      the influence of local vegetation (Eastern White Pines) on the production and properties of atmospheric particulate pollution (a chemical engineering project);

·      installation and test of the cancer biomedical informatics grid at Geisinger Research (computer science project);

·      the effects of race and day of admission on patient outcomes (economics);

·      two local projects mapping the assets of Williamsport and Lycoming County, and a survey of Miller Run (geography);

·      mapping the Marcellus Shale flowback water chemistry (geology);

·      metallic glasses and metallic glass foams (mechanical engineering);

·      a study of young brown dwarfs in the mid infrared (physics and astronomy);

·      infant understanding of words referring to physical objects used in familiar events (psychology);

·      health insurance coverage among Hispanic adults and the impact of immigration (sociology);

·      an interdisciplinary project using a Geographic Information System (GIS) to map the Lewisburg cemetery.

The Sigma Xi symposium has been held for more than 20 consecutive years to celebrate the achievements of students doing full-time summer research at Bucknell University.

The research is supported with funds from a variety of sources including: the Bucknell Program for Undergraduate Research, the National Science Foundation through Research Experiences for Undergraduates grants awarded to departments at Bucknell, and faculty individual-investigator grants awarded by organizations including the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

Contact: Division of Communications



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