Past Features

April 7, 2008 (Vol. 7, No. 6)

Lehman Students Present Their Research at LSAMP Conference

Israel Rivera Jr.
Israel Rivera Jr. stands next to his scientific poster, which won second-place at the LSAMP Research Conference at the University of Florida, Gainesville. 

Five Lehman students will present projects at the New York City Louis Stokes Alliance for Participation in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology's (NYC LSAMP) 11th Annual Urban University Conference on April 11 and 12.

This theme of this year's conference is "Exploration and Discovery," and it will take place at CCNY. NYC LSAMP is a National Science Foundation/CUNY-wide effort to boost the number of minority students receiving degrees in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields.

Among the Lehman contingent at the conference is Israel Rivera Jr., who recently took second place for a scientific poster at the national LSAMP Research Conference at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

Rivera, a senior computer science major, is a SEEK student and a LSAMP Scholar. He will present "Lehman Instant Messaging (L.I.M.E.)," a project that uses mobile computing applications. The platform would give commuting students an opportunity to interact academically and help build a sense of community. Dr. Yves Jean (Mathematics and Computer Sciences) is his mentor.

Other presentations will be made by:

  • Erica Fells, whose research is intended to extend some fundamental results of number theory to integral matrices. Her mentors are Dr. Katherine St. John (Mathematics and Computer Science) and Rony Gouraige of Bronx Community College. Fells is also a SEEK student.
  • Shari Walcott, who hopes she can provide a better understanding of the nodulation process by testing different alfalfa plants with succinoglycan defective mutants. Dr. Haiping Cheng (Biological Sciences) is her mentor.
  • Joann Caban (Biological Sciences), whose research demonstrates that changes observed in schizophrenia can stem from development and affect a variety of brain regions.
  • Jamie Parker, whose goal is to characterize which cells are lost following a following a lesion of the medial dorsal nucleus of the thalamus at P4. The purpose of the overall project is to further characterize a possible animal model for schizophrenia. Dr. Liesl Jones (Biological Sciences) is the mentor for both Caban and Parker.