People in Action

Julia D’Rozario, a student double majoring in physics and cinema screen studies with a minor in astronomy and a concentration in physics, gave an invited talk at Nano Rising, the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center and Center for Nanohybrid Functional Materials Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physical Sciences, held Nov. 6 to 8 at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. D’Rozario presented “Capillary Condensation Transitions for Cylindrical Geometry,” a topic she worked on under a Student-Faculty Challenge Grant last summer with Carolina Ilie, associate professor of physics.

Carolina Ilie, associate professor of physics, attended the SUNY 4E Network of Excellence Fall Charette Conference held Oct. 26 and 27 at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. She was invited as one of the recipients of the SUNY 4E grant titled “Smart Magnetic Materials for Energy Conversion.” She obtained the grant in collaboration with SUNY University of Buffalo, Alfred College and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany. Hao Zeng from the University of Buffalo physics department was principal investigator for the grant. Each team presented the progress done on the research. Students Martin Dann and Dylan McIntyre were summer research assistants of Ilie working on the project. SUNY 4E refers to key considerations in energy, environment, education and economics.

Several faculty members and students attended the 41st annual Fall Scientific Paper Session of the Rochester Academy of Science, hosted Nov. 15 by the SUNY College at Brockport:
* Shashi Kanbur and Dale Zych of the physics department led a team of physics students who were trained by Kanbur and Carolina Ilie to the conference. Daniel Wysocki presented “Morphology of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds Using Fundamental Mode Cepheids.” His co-authors were Sukanta Deb, Kanbur and Harinder P. Singh. Gabriel Lauffer Ramos presented “Conditional Entropy Method to Detect Periods on Variable Stars.” His co-authors were Earl Bellinger, Matthew Granham, Ashish Mahabal and Kanbur. Also presented was the poster “CSTAR Analysis at Delhi University, India” by Michael Leone, Kenneth Roffo, Kanbur, Singh and Lucas Macri. Julia D’Rozario presented the poster “Capillary Condensation Transitions for Cylindrical Geometry,” co-authored by Ilie. Mozart Guedes Duarte presented the poster “Capillary Condensation: Wedge-like Geometry,” co-authored by Ilie. Ana Maria Bender Seidenfuss das Neves presented “U.S.A. and Brazil: How to Increase the Vitality in STEM Fields,” co-authored by Ilie. Martin Dann and Dylan McIntyre presented “Energy Conversion: Smart Magnetic Nanomaterials,” co-authored by Ilie. Mateusz Zuba presented “Adsorption of Water on Poly(methylmethacrylate).” His co-authors were Patrick Howard, Brian Familo, Thorin Kane, Ross Netusil and Ilie. Pictured are, first row from left, Ramos and Seidenfuss das Neves; second row, McIntyre, Zuba, Dann and D’Rozario; and third row, Wysocki and Guedes Duarte.
* Thirteen ecology research students working with Eric Hellquist of the biological sciences faculty presented their research as part of the conference poster session. Roodline Cineus presented her study of unusual aquatic tree hole communities in the canopies German forests. Fieldwork for this project was conducted during summer 2014 as part of a field team led by Oswego biological sciences alumna Anastasia Roberts who is now a doctoral student at the Freie Universitat Berlin in Germany. Faith Page and Samantha Manicone described their fieldwork studying an important peatland habitat in Oswego County that is being invaded by the narrow-leaved cattail. The cattail invasion of this wetland has implications for habitat structure, species diversity and the globally rare bog buckmoth that resides at the site. Kristen Harrigan, Angelo Messina and Austin O’Neill collaborated with Paul Tomascak of the atmospheric and geological sciences department to study levels of trace metals and ionic composition of waters in the Rice Creek and Glimmerglass Lagoon watersheds using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry and ion chromatography techniques. Lora Benjou and Erin Earl collected plastic debris from four sites in Oswego and Cayuga County and systematically characterized the abundance and diversity of plastic waste washing onto the shoreline of southeastern Lake Ontario. Samantha Boben and Mackenzie Stone-Sweeting presented their experiments that tested how leaf age and chemical defenses influence herbivory by freshwater crustaceans on two aquatic plant species. Katrina Debaun, Allyssa Swilley and Katherine Hilburger presented their work on a continuing project that is describing black-legged tick abundance and the presence of the Lyme disease bacterium at Rice Creek Field Station as related to small mammal populations.
* Students presented two posters sponsored and co-authored by biological sciences faculty member Karen Sime. Robert Harney presented the research poster “Characteristics Related to the Prevalence of Lyme Disease in Dogs in Oneida County, New York.” Carrie Preston presented the research poster “Territorial and Defensive Behavior in the Larval Stages of the European Grapevine Moth (Tortricidae: Lobesia botrana).”

Shashi Kanbur, professor of physics, is the co-author with a number of other members of the Kepler Working Group on Variable Stars of a paper that has just been published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Titled “Kepler Photometry of RRc Stars: Peculiar Double-mode Pulsations and Period Doubling,” it finds period doubling for the first time in first overtone RR Lyrae stars.

Tim Nekritz and Alyssa Levenberg present at Confab Higher EdJunior communication major Alyssa Levenberg, pictured on screen and right and Tim Nekritz, left, the college’s director of web communication and associate director of public affairs, presented “Student Stories and Content Strategy: ‘Alyssa Explains It All’ to Prospective Students” at Confab Higher Ed, held Nov. 5 and 6 in Atlanta. The largest higher education web content strategy conference featured their presentation with a video livestream and recording slot. They discussed Oswego’s student blogging project, Levenberg’s “Alyssa Explains It All” video blogging series (now in its third year) and efforts where current students answer questions from potential students via videos, blogs and other social media. In addition, Nekritz and Ma’ayan Plaut, manager of social strategy and projects at Oberlin College, facilitated a conference-closing discussion on social media community management.

K. Brad Wray, professor of philosophy, has published a
, “Older Scientists Get Their Due,” in a recent issue of the journal Science.

(Posted: Nov 26, 2014)