Student Achievement Showcase

Welcome to the 2021 Student Showcase!

Introductions: 11:00 – 11:15

11:20 – 11:35:

NASA Fellow – Antoinette White

Mentor : Jim Crowder

Glyphosate, the highly popular herbicide, has been recognized as safe since 1974. However, new research is showing that it might not be as safe as once thought. Toni’s research presentation explores glyphosate’s interaction with the microbiome, and how mental health may be affected in the process.

11:35 – 11:50:

Taylor Cinelli

Mentor: Elana Maloney

Taylor Cinelli has been my student for two semesters and consistently impresses me with the level of maturity and excellence in her work. From the very first essay she wrote about her personal journey with alopecia, I knew that she was a student who embraces challenges. Her informative research essay for English 122 is the latest step in her academic journey. It did not surprise me that she chose motivation as the topic, as she is one of the most motivated students I have taught. I am honored to have her talk about her research for the Student Achievement Showcase.

NASA Fellow – Bobby Caze

Mentor: Ali Naqvi

Nessus Vulnerability Scanner:

This presentation will show how to run a Nessus Vulnerability Scan using a laptop. When the scan is complete it will display the variety of vulnerabilities that the Nessus Scan found. The vulnerabilities are grouped into a pie chart and are labeled by ‘Critical’, ‘High’, ‘Medium’, ‘Low’, and ‘Info’. Then view the individual vulnerability’s that have appeared from the scan.

11:50 – 12:05: 

Samantha Scott

Mentor: Michelle Zuppe

Samantha Scott is a Hospitality Management student who is in her last class which is Travel and Tourism (HOSP 245) and planned a trip to Portland, Oregon as her project for her United States destination. The trip had to include all transportation, accommodations, food and beverage choices and a variety of attractions and sites to visit.  Samantha planned an excellent trip that I want to go on, she did not miss a detail!  The trip was well planned and the itinerary included everything to see in Portland.

NASA Fellow – Gary Roberts

Mentor: Lisa Hailey

Gary’s Presentation will be showcasing his research into alternative and more eco-friendly methods to treat wood for commercial and marine use. This will include a brief introduction and history of wood preservation methods, his own purpose built scaled pressure treatment chamber, a short talk about the natural compounds he selected for his experiment, and his findings thus far.

12:05 – 12:20:

Randi Knauf

Mentor: Michelle Zuppe

Randi Knauf project is from our Catering and Event Planning class (HOSP 235).  Randi planned a wedding reception for 100 people which included the venue, timeline, menu for cocktail hour, dinner and dessert, all the décor, transportation, entertainment, timeline of the event and the cost.  You could immediately see her theme and concept from her designs.  Randi plans on becoming an event planner and this project indicates she will be very successful.

NASA Fellow – Megan O’Hare

Mentor: Dr. Pendram Daneshgar

Megan’s project seeks to investigate whether the drinking water source for Monmouth County, Swimming River Reservoir, contains toxic metals. She collected samples from different water passages throughout Monmouth County, all of which branch from the reservoir. She took samples from certain locations once during a winter day, plan to do so after a rainstorm, and once again during a spring day. She will then send the samples to a lab where they will be tested for toxic metals. Toxic metals can have profound effects on human health, which is why it is crucial to determine if our drinking water source contains any worrisome substances.

12:20 – 12:35:

Jeanette Falotico and Maeve Maguire

Mentors: Deborah Mura and Tom Berke

Maeve Maguire is the President of TIN and Jeanette Falotico is the Vice President. This year TIN (The Innovation Network) created a Monarch Butterfly Garden and Meditation Center. They will show us how the garden came to be, all the hard work that went into it and tell us about work that still needs to be done. They should be commended for undertaking such a great project and bringing it to completion! Please join the link above to learn more.

NASA Fellow – Ashley Castillo Gutierez

Mentors: Exelon Nuclear Engineer Doran Declan and Prof. Eric Goll

In this presentation, you will learn about nuclear energy,  different types of nuclear light-water reactor, light-water nuclear reactors’ function and how they operate. Moreover, you will learn about nuclear waste (spent fuel) in our environment, and finally, recycling spent fuel through fast nuclear reactors.

12:35 – 12:50:

NASA Fellow – Nora Thompson

Mentor: Dr. Robert Hughes

Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating neurodegenerative disorder that is increasing in the U.S. and worldwide. Despite its prevalence, the pathology of the disease is not fully understood and there are currently no approved disease-modifying therapeutics for it. This presentation will review the role of the cardiovascular system in Alzheimer’s Disease, including the pathology, diagnosis, and possible applications in treatment of the disease, based on scientific literature. We hope to raise awareness and understanding, as well as help advance the current research on Alzheimer’s Disease.

12:50 – 1:05:

NASA Fellow – Julio Santiago – Reyes

Mentor: Kevin Holl

Julio’s research topic was exploring the capabilities of microcontroller boards by attempting to create a device that could assist the user in the performance of CPR. The microcontroller board allowed for extensive use, GPIO pins allowed for the connection of multiple sensors to capture in-real time data. Some sensors include tactical sensor, speech synthesis module, heart rate monitor, AI Machine Vision Sensor. Julio’s task was to collect the inputs, program the microcontroller to respond with an appropriate output, and find a way to display the output on a portable LCD screen. Stay tune to the presentation to see how Julio tackled the issues that occurred.

1:05 – 1:20:

NASA Fellow –  Dorothy Speers

Mentor: Lisa Hailey

Motion Tracking Technology in Precision Pistol Shooting:

Several sports utilize motion tracking technology to gather data and enhance a viewer’s experience. There is no such thing in the competitive shooting sports. Dorothy used an open source program to analyze multiple videos of someone shooting a precision pistol and drew conclusions about how the movement of the shooter’s arm affects where shots hit the target.

Please visit the 2020 Student Achievement Showcase.