BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Four University at Buffalo students presented
original research in diverse fields to elected officials and State
University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher as part of
"Discovery -- An Undergraduate Showcase," a symposium on
undergraduate research and creative activities presented by the
SUNY Faculty Senate.
They are: Maxwell Bileschi, a junior mathematics and computer
science major; Sourobh Ghosh, a junior mechanical and aerospace
engineering major; Gary Iacobucci, a biological sciences and
psychology major; and Jason Ma, a junior pharmacology and
toxicology major. The alternative entrant was Caitlin McLeod, a
theater design and fine arts major.
In all, more than 90 original projects were introduced by 125
SUNY undergraduates and 40-plus faculty research mentors who hailed
from 23 of SUNY's four-year college campuses and university centers
and from 13 community college campuses.
"The turnout, and the support from our elected officials has
been outstanding," says Timothy Tryjankowski, director UB Center
for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, who accompanied
the students to Albany, where the Feb. 29 symposium was held.
"Senators and Assembly members from all over the state came to the
Legislative Office Building, where the event was held, to meet with
participating students and find out about the amazing research and
creative projects conducted by our undergraduates.
"More state support means more discovery, more chances to cure
disease or solve other social problems we may be facing," he says.
"The symposium tells the story of how investment in SUNY and its
undergraduate research leads to new business, new solutions. It is
a powerful story."
Tryjankowski was co-chair of the 2012 program and architect of
the biannual symposium itself, to which, he says, a select group of
SUNY undergraduates are invited to present meaningful research and
creative work developed on various SUNY campuses.
The UB student participants and their projects were selected by
faculty members and administrators from across the campus who
conducted a comprehensive review of proposals.
Ma's project was titled, "The MT1 Melatonin Receptor As A
Principal Mediator On Methamphetamine-Induced Sensitization in
C57BL/6." His mentor was Margarita Dubocovich, PhD, professor and
chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.
Ghosh's, project was titled "Advocating a Social Media-Based
Comprehensive Method to Universal Design." His faculty mentor was
Kemper Lewis, PhD, professor, Department of Mechanical and
Bileschi was mentored in preparing his project, "Weights of
Boolean Cubic Monomial Rotation Symmetric Functions" by Thomas
Cusick, PhD, professor, Department of Mathematics.
Iacobucci, whose project was titled "Spatial and Temporal
Analysis of Axonal Transport Defects in Primary Neuronal Cultures
from Drosophila Larvae," was mentored by Shermali Gunawardena, PhD,
research assistant professor, Institute for Lasers, Photonics and
Biophotonics, Department of Biological Sciences.
McLeod's project was titled "Clothing as Performance." She was
mentored by Catherine Norgren, professor, Department of Theatre and
Dance, and associate dean for faculty affairs, UB College of Arts