School of Science News Archive

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March 17th, 2015 - New Publication from Computer Science Faculty Member

Fryling, M. (2015). Investigating the Effect of Customization on Rework in a Higher Education ERP Post-Implementation Environment: A System Dynamics Approach. Journal of Information Technology Case and Application Research, 17(1), 8-40.

March 16th, 2014 - Siena College's High Performance Computing Center Turns 100!

Although Siena College's High Performance Computing Center (HPCC) just started a little over 2 years ago, the center has just passed the century mark...that is the HPCC has now completed over 100 years worth of calculations and over 1/4 of a million independent scientific calculations. Learn more about the HPCC here.

March 14th, 2015 - Siena Physics Majors Showcase their Raspberry Pi Projects for Pi day at TVCOG

As part of the Tech Valley Center of Gravity's Pi Day event in Troy on March 14th, 2015, four Siena physics majors showcased their summer research projects.  Miranda Marnes (2017) and Sara Mahar (2017) used the Raspberry Pi and the Arduino to plot the sensor readings from a weather station in real-time online using Plotly. Debra Johnson(2016) and Alyx Gleason(2017) used the Raspberry Pi and a webcam that saves images in real-time controlled by motion represented by changes in the image.   To learn more about the Tech Valley Center of Gravity's Pi day event here.

March 13th, 2015 - Congratulations to Kate Meierdiercks, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Sciences for NYS Water Resources Institute Grant

Congratulations to Kate Meierdiercks, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Sciences, for obtaining a $14,896 grant from the NYS Water Resources Institute. Through this grant, Dr. Meierdiercks will study the processes that control stormwater runoff in the Kromma Kill watershed, particularly those associated with urban infrastructure and drainage systems. The research will assess the effectiveness of various stormwater management strategies, including green infrastructure, in improving water quality and reducing flooding and be conducted with the help of a Siena students.

March 13th, 2015 - Two Teams of ESS Students Awarded Grants from NYSP2I

Two teams of Environmental Studies and Sciences students were awarded grants to develop pilot campus green infrastructure projects by the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute at Rochester Institute of Technology. The grants were part of the NYSP2I annual state-wide Student R&D Competition. The students had developed their proposals as part of a semester-long project for Prof. Jean Mangun's ENVA 305, The Sustainable Campus Project.

March 12th, 2015 - SAInT Center Officially Opens with Dedication Event

Siena College officially opened its new Stewart’s Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Center or the SAInT Center on Thursday March 12th, 2015. The brand new, cutting-edge scientific instrumentation lab provides Siena College students and faculty with access to state-of-the-art facilities for a myriad of applications, including bio-imaging, nanoscale microscopy, proteometrics and environmental analysis.  For more coverage see the Times Union, WNTVSpotlight News, and Stewarts Shops.

March 1st, 2015 - ESS Junior Laurel Boser Receives DOE Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship

Laurel Boser, a junior majoring in Environmental Science with a concentration in Physics, is the recipient of a 2015 Department of Energy Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF).  Laurel will be training for ten weeks this summer in Oregon under the mentorship of DOE scientist, Dr. Circe Verba, at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).  Laurel’s tasks will include completing the design and building the SFIRE Portfolio Page on the Energy Data Exchange – a site supporting NETL initiatives for poly-source and renewable power generation.  To brief her on ongoing DOE research, Laurel will have access to research reports and attend DOE meetings on projects investigating oxy-combustion, geothermal heat exchange, and brine flashing.  The MLEF Program, which was designed to improve opportunities for women and minority students in STEM majors, has provided students with opportunities to gain hands-on research experience with the DOE Office of Fossil Energy.  The MLEF program was awarded the Secretary of Energy's EEO/Diversity Best Practices Award in 2007.

February 27th, 2015 - Computer Science Major Becomes First Siena Student Selected for Competitive Google Internship

Computer science major Lucy Mathis ’17 recently became the first Siena student to receive an internship at Google. She is one of only 15 undergraduate students in the United States selected to participate in the tech company’s Information Technology Internship Program this summer. Read more.

January 12-14th, 2015 - Student Travel to the Fermilab and University of Chicago

Prof. Matthew Bellis, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, took two senior Physics majors, Jess Muenkel and Ron Rera, to Fermilab in Illinois, the center of particle physics in the United States. They participated in an intense analysis school for members of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment, one of the two largest experiments at the Large Hadron Collider in Europe. Meetings were also held with Prof. Juan Collar at the University of Chicago, with whom Prof. Bellis works on dark matter research. The students were exposed to the latest in fundamental research that will prepare them for their senior-year research projects and life after Siena.

December 4th, 2014 - Article on Galaxy Evolution Published in Nature Magazine

Prof. John Moustakas, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and his collaborators have published an article in the prestigious scientific magazine Nature titled Stellar feedback as the origin of an extended molecular outflow in a starburst galaxy.  The article reports on the discovery of a fast-moving galactic-scale outflow of molecular gas which they infer is responsible for shutting down star formation in this distant galaxy.  The  article places this exciting result in the broader context of what is known and unknown about galaxy formation and evolution.  For more information and to see a full text of the article visit Nature's website.

December, 2014 – Biology Faculty Member Receives Grant for $99,345 from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative

Congratulations to Prof. Sarah Berke, Assistant Professor of Biology, for obtaining a $99,345 grant that is part of a larger research grant to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. Titled "Alabama Center for Ecological Resistance" or ACER, the grant will evaluate the resiliency of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem in recovering from the Deepwater Horizon tragedy that spilled over 200 million gallons of oil in July of 2010.  Dr. Berke's research will focus on the impacts of the spill on benthic macroinfauna and involve several Siena students as undergraduate researchers. This work will help elucidate how ecosystems respond to major disturbances such as oil spills, not only in the short term but also in the years to decades following the event.  Read the full press release.

November 8th, 2014 - Siena Wins Best Paper Award at 2014 CONISAR Proceedings

Siena Computer Science faculty members Prof. Meg Fryling, Prof. Jami Cotler, and Prof. Jack Rivituso, together with Siena students Lauren Mathews and Shauna Practico, won the best paper award at the 2014 Conference on Information Systems Applied Research (CONISAR) held in Baltimore, Maryland. Their paper, titled Cyberbullying or normal game play? Impact of age, gender, and experience on cyberbullying in multi-player online gaming environments: Perceptions from one gaming forum investigates "perceptions among adolescents and adults regarding prevalence, seriousness, and psychological impact of cyberbullying in multi-player online gaming environments."  For more information and a full text link to the article visit the CONISAR website.

March 24, 2015 - Students and faculty present work at GPU Tech Conference 2015

This past week, March 17-20th, Dr. Matt Bellis of the Physics and Astronomy department attended the GPU Tech Conference (GTC15) in San Jose, CA with Garrett Allen and Sal Baisley, both Computer Science majors pursing an education track, to present work done at Siena College. GTC is a conference sponsored by NVIDIA, a world leader in Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). GPUs are primarily used for video games but have been co-opted by many scientists over the past decade to perform numerically-intensive calculations. GTC hosts thousands of programmers and industry folks to discuss the latest developments in GPUs for games, movies, self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, and other scientific endeavors. Read more here.

May 8th, 2015 - Emma Willard High School Catches ``Particle Fever" After Siena Visit

On May 8th, Siena Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Matt Bellis and graduating senior Ron Rera, joined about 40 students at Emma Willard High School in Troy, NY for a showing of ``Particle Fever", the 2014 movie about the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (Geneva, Switzerland) and the international collaborations that searched for 40 years to discover the Higgs boson particle. Matt and Ron talked particle physics before and after the movie and brought with them a cloud chamber, built by other Siena students, that allowed everyone to see trails left by charged particles coming from radioactive decays. Emma Willard is an all-girls boarding school and the event was attended by many of their students who have an interest in science and technology. Ron worked on an analysis of the CoGeNT dark matter experiment for his senior-year research project and will begin a Masters program in Particle Physics at Warwick University in the UK, working on the LHCb experiment.

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