HOFSTRA COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES – NATURAL SCIENCES
- Associate Professor Maureen Krause and Research Assistant Daniel Zhu (senior)
BIOLOGY: To assist in the study of RNA binding protein that promotes invasion and metastasis in human cancers.
Ms. Lamont will add skills in bioinformatics analysis and molecular assays while completing this project.
- Assistant Professor Kathleen S. Lynch and Research Assistant AnnMarie Gaglio (senior)
BIOLOGY: To assist in the study of deficits in the brain’s molecular machinery associated with maternal neglect.
Ms. Gaglio will build on coursework in biology by learning the procedures for in situ hybridization, gene cloning, and quantification of fluorescently labelled mRNA in brain tissue.
- Assistant Professor Emily Mundorff and Research Assistant Yixuan Xiong (junior)
CHEMISTRY: To undertake the directed evolution of the haloalkane dehalogenase from C. crescentus towards smaller, chlorinated alkanes as a means of reducing toxicity by promoting biodegradability.
Ms. Xiong will extend her understanding of chemistry by learning to express and purify recombinant enzyme variants; determine specific activity measurements of the purified enzyme against a panel of substrates; generate saturation mutagenesis enzyme variant libraries, and screen saturation mutagenesis in high-throughput pH-based assay against multiple substrates.
- Assistant Professor Kevin Bisceglia and Research Assistant Manpreet Kaur (senior)
CHEMISTRY: To aid in the development of Development of a SPE-GC/MS method for the detection of cannabinoid metabolites in municipal wastewater.
Mr. Kaur will learn the theory and practice of SPE, a new chemical technique that is of fundamental importance to analytical chemistry and gain practical experience in the investigation of chemical phenomena through systematic and rational experimental design.
HOFSTRA COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES - HUMANITIES
- Professor Paul Chaleff and Research Assistant Chapin Duffy (sophomore)
FINE ARTS: For help in the completion of a book length manuscript titled Thinking in Clay: A discussion of the History and Science of Clay.
Research will include cataloging, dating and proper citation of photographic illustrations as well as reviewing and developing proper citations for a chapter on the science of glazing. Through this work Ms. Duffy will increase her understanding of both the artistic and scientific dimensions of sculpting in clay.
- Assistant Professor Tammy Gales and Research Assistant Jourdin Lourdes (senior)
FORENSIC LINGUISTICS: For assistance in completing a project titled: Stances of Contrition: An Appraisal Analysis of Apologies in American Indian Parole Board Hearings
Since contrition can be expressed differently in American Indian cultures than in Anglo American cultures this study will examine markers of stance—those linguistic elements that express emotion and commitment to a person or proposition—in statements of contrition from 150 parole board hearings from Montana in 2016 to reveal the need for a more nuanced understanding of the use of stance markers in acts of apology in legally-complex, cross-cultural contexts. Mr. Lourdes will provide linguistically accurate transcriptions of parole hearings, thereby advancing his knowledge of linguistic transcriptions and his skills in various forms of discourse analysis.
- Professor Craig Rustici and Research Assistant Nicole O’Brien (senior)
ENGLISH/DISABILITIES STUDIES: For assistance in developing AccessScholar, an online venue for disseminating accessibility standards, promoting best practices in accessible digital humanities projects, and advocating for improved accessibility of digital scholarly resources for variously disabled scholars and students.
Ms. O’Brien will prepare accessibility audits, test digital resources for accessibility standards, and prepare reports assessing the accessibility of significant digital humanities projects and scholarly digital resources, thereby advancing her understanding of automated accessibility assessment programs and increasing her awareness of the most recently developed tools for creating digitally accessible documents in the humanities and beyond.
HOFSTRA COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES – SOCIAL SCIENCES
- Associate Professor Christopher Eliot and Research Assistant Andleeb Tanvir (senior)
PHILOSOPHY: To assist in the re-launching of the academic journal Philosophy, Theory & Practice in Biology
Ms. Tanvir will use and improve her coding skills by working with the LaTeX (specifically XeTeX) typesetting engine with Biber and BibLaTeX bibliographic tools for professional article production; use Pandoc, a command-line tool for document processing, to convert manuscripts from .docx and other formats to Markdown, and then to HTML and through LaTeX to PDF, and take the lead on developing, streamlining, and documenting our Pandoc-based publishing workflow.
- Associate Professor John Pulis and Research Assistant Alexander Hayes (junior)
ANTHROPOLOGY:To assist in research concerning Jamaica, the West Indies, and the legacy of slavery on post-slave cultural formations and the completion of a book length manuscript titled: In the Holy Mountains: Slavery, Christianity, and Cultural formation in Jamaica.
Mr. Hayes will search current databases (Worldcat, Jstor, et al.), annotate, and collate relevant secondary source materials (monographs, journal articles), scan, digitalize, and download selected primary source material (micro-film) assembled from archives (Jamaica, UK, US) to electronic media and catalogue an array of materials (m-f, maps, photo-copies et al.). Mr. Hayes will hone and sharpen database skills while gaining invaluable experience working with raw primary materials and their relation to evidence-hypothesis formation.
SCHOOL OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS & HUMAN SERVICES
- Assistant Professor Martine Hackett and Research Assistant Laraib Humayan
HEALTH PROFESSIONS: To aid in the development of a plan to use digital stories to educate public health students about local social determinants of health.
Ms. Humayan will gain additional skills in conducting qualitative analysis, working with Atlas.ti software package, and writing up preliminary findings.
FRED DEMATTEIS SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE
- Assistant Professor Manuel Miranda and Research Assistant Tamunomiesiya Longjohn (junior)
ENGINEERING: To assist in the development of a sensor network for structural health monitoring of the Netherlands Unispan
Building on earlier course work in engineering, Ms. Longjohn will learn elements of structural dynamics and additional mathematics and programming (e.g., basic Fourier analysis using FFT techniques).
FRANK G. ZARB SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
- Professor Shawn Thelan and Research Assistant Jessica Feinstein (junior)
MARKETING & INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS: To investigate the impact of perceived threat on trust in politics and the evaluation of presidential candidates.
Ms. Feinstein, will extend her understanding of analyzing the marketing environment by collecting, reviewing, and synthesizing, academic articles for the purpose of writing a literature review. Additionally, she will cooperate with co-authors in data analysis including, but not limited to, t-tests, ANOVA, and multiple regression. She will also learn how to write a literature review for a publication in an academic journal (e.g., Public Opinion Quarterly, Journal of Political Marketing) and hone her statistical analysis skills.
LAWRENCE HERBERT SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION
- Assistant Professor Isabelle Freda & Assistant Professor Rodney Hill and Research Assistant Alina Gonzales (junior)
RADIO, TELEVISION & FILM: To assist in the investigation of the ways Ingmar Bergman's films have impacted other filmmakers and, relatedly, American spectators and to contribute to the production of a new reference work The Historical Dictionary of the American Film Industry.
Ms. Gonzales will extend her knowledge of film history by locating secondary material in film journals and other venues, pulling still images and clips from films and participating in the creative process of assembling the final material. Ms. Gonzales will also contribute an entry (or a few short entries) for the volume.