American astronaut Neil Armstrong said “Knowledge is fundamental to all human achievements and progress. It is both the key and the quest that advances mankind. The search for knowledge is what brought men to the moon; but it took knowledge already acquired to make it possible to get there.”
Knowledge was the prize the more than 100 participants won at Nyack’s Eighth Annual Student Research Conference in Bowman Gymnasium co-hosted by the Center for Scholarship and Global Engagement (CSGE) and the School of Nursing on the Rockland campus this week. A broad spectrum of research on technology, medicine, social media, environment, diseases and much more was presented.
Plenary sessions featured the following students and their advisors:
Humanities Team: “Freedom of Speech and Social Media in the 21st Century” by Amber Carter and Brooklyn McFadden with Dr. Nina Balmaceda; Nursing Team: “Infection Control: Old Problems and New Challenges by Aimee Abraham, Mary Bermudez, Andrea Lewis, Alison Rozzi and Alyssa Wangenstein with Dr. Elenice Lima; Honors Team: “Can a Diet Save Our World?” by Sofia Osorio, Becky Parker and Gloria Stotler with Dr. Kevin Pinkham; and Science Team: “How Might Climate Change Impact the Monarch Butterfly Population by Lydia Chepkieng and Mariana Pereira Moraes with Dr. Peter Park.
Faculty and staff judges were Dr. Vilma “Nina” Balmaceda, CSGE director; Dr. Emma Emanuel, Dr. Jonathan Gates, Dr. Susanne Hartl, Dr. Inseon Hwang, School of Nursing dean; Dr. Daniel Kaluka; Dr. Elenice Lima; Prof. Beverley Locke, Dr. JoAnn Looney, Prof. Grace Matthew, Mr. Udo Middelmann, Mrs. Sunya Notley, Dr. Peter Park, Prof. Nathaniel Perez, Prof. Miguel Sanchez, Dr. Ben Schepens, Dr. Rexi Thomas and Dr. David Turk.
Winning posters were announced by Dr. Jacqueline Washington.
First Place: “How Does Caffeine Affect the Nervous System”
Second Place: “The Link Between Depression and Osteoporosis
Third place: “Of Mice and Fat Men: The Genetic Cure for Obesity?”
Special Nursing First Place Winner: “The Rising Issue of Maternal Mortality in the United States: One it One Too Many”
Congratulations to all for another successful exhibition of academic excellence!