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SCSU Science Squad Brings "flame challenge" to king robinson

By Allan Appel, New Haven Independent
December 1, 2017


CODER COMPETITION BEGINS NEXT MONTH AT SACRED HEART

By Luther Turmelle, The Register Citizen
August 22nd, 2016


groups collaborate on new haven lighthouse plan

By Mary O'Leary, New Haven Register
August 19th, 2016


SCSU TEAM EXPLORING MORE EFFICIENT TUBERCULOSIS TESTING METHOD

By Brian Zahn, New Haven Register
August 18th, 2016


Who's The Daddy? Female fish have novel way of finding new mates

By Nicola Davis, The Guardian
August 16th, 2016


Werth family foundation may buy southwest ledge lighthouse

By Mary O'Leary, New Haven Register
August 14th, 2016


SCSU COASTAL AND MARINE PROGRAM TO STUDY DRAMATIC DECLINE IN LONG ISLAND SOUND'S "SEAWEED"

By Anna Bisaro, New Haven Register
July 16th, 2016


IBM PROVIDES BOOT CAMP AT SCSU ON DATA ANALYTICS

July 1st, 2016


kelp! where are you?

July 1st, 2016


SCIENCE STUDENTS SEEKING WAY TO HASTEN TB TEST RESULTS

June 17th, 2016


Iceland trip

June 5th - June 22nd, 2016


Bringing the birds and the bees to campus

May 11th, 2016


Southern Faculty Shine at celebration of excellence

May 5th, 2016


CSU Psychology Day 2016

By Anastasia Sloss, SCSU
May 5th, 2016

Southern Connecticut State University had the pleasure of hosting the 19th Annual Connecticut State University Psychology Day on its campus on May 5th, 2016. Psychology Day is an afternoon dedicated to psychological research from participating students from the Connecticut State Universities. The keynote speaker of the event was Dr. Bridget Nugent from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research was based upon the role of DNA methylation in feminization of the brain. Dr. Nugent currently studies prenatal stress and sex-specific epigenetic mechanisms that underlie gender biases in the etiology of neurodevelopmental disorders. Her research showed that if you inject a female rat with hormones the day its born, the female rat will display masculine behavior after the injection. Prior to the injection, the female rat would have shown feminine behavior. Following Dr. Nugent’s presentation, undergraduate students from Southern, Eastern, Western, and Central Connecticut State Universities had the opportunity to demonstrate their research through various poster sessions. Students were able to present their research in three different scheduled time slots. Some of these included topics such as prenatal alcohol exposure on weight gain, women’s perception of their body image, correlation of self-esteem and sexual behavior, the effects of religious commitment and sexual compulsivity on shame, and a mobile technology intervention for treatment of borderline personality disorder.

Learn more here.


SCSU Students present antibiotic research at capitol hill

By Brian Zahn, New Haven Register
May 1st, 2016


SCSU STUDENT RESEARCH BENEFITS CONNECTICUT'S COASTAL TOWNS

By Caitlin Schwind, City Atlas New Haven
April 22nd, 2016


SCSU prof discovers fungus, bacteria help grass (really)

By Anna Bisaro, New Haven Register
April 12th, 2016


Connecticut colleges considering climate change and resilience plans

By Anna Bisaro, New Haven Register
April 7th, 2016


barnard scholars excel in classroom, service to community

April 7th, 2016


COMPUTER SCIENCE STUDENTS EXCEL AT CONNECTICUT TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL'S SKILLS CHALLENGE FINALS

April 7th, 2016

SCSU Computer Science students participated in the Connecticut Technology Council's Skills Challenge finals on April 2nd, 2016 at the Yale School of Management.  The finals consisted of 50 students selected from colleges and universities across Connecticut including: Quinnipiac, CCSU, ECSU, WCSU, UConn, Yale, UNH, Sacred Heart University, University of Bridgeport, and Gateway Community College. All 50 students were formed into 10 teams of 5. Congratulations to Tudor-Matei (Matt) Boran and Steve Blandon whose team placed SECOND overall as well as other SCSU participants Mario Aguayo, Stephen Csvihinka, Nicholas Bittar, Ivan Meyerovich, Julian Velez, and Utibe Idongesit!

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ACCEPTED STUDENTS DAY
STUDENT-LED TOURS OF RESEARCH FACILITIES

By Bryn Pinkerton, SCSU
April 4th, 2016

STEM student representatives led tours of SCSU research & education facilities for accepted students and their parents on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016. They highlighted the broad range of STEM initiatives at SCSU and the abundance of opportunities for a real world education through hands-on experiential learning, research, internships, and more! The Student-Led Tours of Research Facilities were one component of Accepted Students Day which offered a range of activities and sessions for participants to explore Southern’s academic programs, student life, residential options, extracurricular activities and support services. Thank you to Laeticia Iboki (Biology), Gary Poe (Biology), Sadia Younas (Chemistry), Paul Kuna (Earth Science), Kristine Reilly (Earth Science), Alexandra Kamnizter (Mathematics), and Caitlin Hansen (Physics) for their involvement as well as the STEM faculty/staff who helped facilitate the event.

Accepted Students Day STEM Students Representatives


Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences

By Carrie Martinelli, SCSU
March 22nd, 2016

On Tuesday March 22nd, 2016, 80 STEM-enthusiastic high-school students from all over Connecticut flooded the halls of the new Academic Science and Laboratory building at Southern Connecticut State University. The students were broken into groups depending on their specific scientific interests, and attended informative sessions and demonstrations in Physics, Nanotechnology, Chemistry, and Neuroscience. All students enjoyed a presentation by Dr. Jason Lam, Center for Green Chemistry at Yale, entitled “Green Chemistry Through Careful Design.” The lecture was not only informative but also inspirational, as afterwards students presented their own experimental designs for the upcoming Skills 21 Expo.

The Center for 21st Century Skills at Education Connection is an innovative team of educators that recognizes the need for creativity and technical expertise in our fast-paced global society. The Center utilizes cutting-edge technologies to orchestrate a creative learning environment that simulates relevance to the 21st century global workforce. SCSU’s new Academic Science and Laboratory building, with its thoughtful, creative construction and aesthetically-pleasing décor, provided a perfect environment for the visiting students to enrich their scientific knowledge through both faculty expertise and Physics and Chemistry Club volunteer enthusiasm. Demonstrations run by undergraduates in the SCSU Physics and Chemistry programs included liquid nitrogen ice cream, electroplating, hydrophobic sand, incinerating gummy bears, and a first-hand look at the Scanning Electron Microscope on site.

Following the lectures and demonstrations, the students were given an opportunity to present their experimental product designs to not only their peers, but also students and faculty at Southern Connecticut State University for the upcoming Skills 21 Expo. Feedback was given post-presentation, and many students expressed gratitude in their ability to gain new perspective and ideas through the help of the other attendees. Overall, it was a fun and enlightening experience for all, and we wait with much anticipation to see the students’ final products presented at the Expo. These are our future scientists, inventors, teachers—and it has been an honor to help shape and nourish their minds right on our own campus.


Colleges And Bioscience Industry Join To Create Jobs Pipeline

Hartford Courant
March 14th, 2016


BUSINESS nEW hAVEN tHREE-pART sERIES ON aCADEMIC sCIENCE & lABORATORY bUILDING

March 10th, 2016

The following links represent three aspects of the building:

Rock Wall & Garden
Center for Nanotechnology 
Werth Center for Coastal & Marine Studies 


biology sTUDENTS TO PRESENT ANTIBIOTIC RESEARCH AT U.S. CAPITOL

February 22nd, 2016


SCSU BOLSTERS READING COMPREHENSION SKILLS OF STRATFORD STUDENTS

February 10th, 2016


LOCAL BLADESMITH SHOWS HIS EXPERIENCE IN CREATING PHYSICAL ART FROM SCIENCE

By Tyler Korponai, Southern News
February 2nd, 2016


Society of physics students commends southern Connecticut state university chapter

By Bryn Pinkerton, SCSU
January 26th, 2016

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) National Council granted the Southern Connecticut State University chapter a Distinguished SPS Chapter for 2014 - 2015 award. The selection was based on an assessment of the depth and breadth of SPS activities that engage the community and propel students towards careers as prepared professionals. Recognition of SPS Chapter accomplishments will be printed in an upcoming issue of the SPS Observer. Congratulations to the students, faculty, and staff in the Physics department!


Business Students Offer Valuable Recommendation for Shelton Company

January 26th, 2016


Study: Male Undergrads More Confident Taking Tests, But Females Equal in Results

January 21st, 2016


Southern Alumni Magazine Winter 2015

By Bryn Pinkerton, SCSU
January 20th, 2016

Southern Alumni Magazine (Vol 13 No 2) Winter 2015 recognized various STEM initiatives across campus. The issue provided updates about the new Academic Science & Laboratory Building, Climate Leadership Commitment, growing collaborations with PerkinElmer, student research experiences, and the Office for STEM Innovation & Leadership. Learn more here.


SCSU, Gateway to Offer New Public Utility Management Program

December 18th, 2015


President papazian's blog highlights stem initiatives

By Bryn Pinkerton, SCSU
December 17th, 2015

President Mary Papazian highlighted several STEM initiatives at SCSU in her December 17th, 2015 blog post, including the SCSU Bio-Path December 9th trip to the Bio Science Careers Forum, the Office of Sustainability's efforts within the Food Recovery Network, and Dr. Patrick Heidkamp's recent appointment to the position of Vice-President of NESTVAL (New England-St. Lawrence Valley) Geographical Society. 


STEM OPEN HOUSE FOR LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

By Bryn Pinkerton, SCSU
December 11th, 2015

Forty high school students and three teachers from Amity Regional High School attended a STEM Open House at SCSU on Friday, December 11th. The group was led on tours throughout the new Academic Science & Laboratory Building, Jennings Hall, Morrill Hall, and Engleman Hall. They learned about various types of STEM research and instruction at the university. Thank you to SCSU student and faculty representatives from Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology departments as well as the Office of Sustainability for facilitating an excellent Open House event.


BIOSCIENCE STUDENTS CONFERENCE WITH INDUSTRY LEADERS AT CAREER FORUM

December 10, 2015


SCSU initiatives combine stem fields with business, philosophy

By Brian Zahn, New Haven Register
November 30th, 2015


EARLY LITERACY EXPERIENCES, THE BRAIN, AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT

By Josiah Brown, New Haven Independent
November 24th, 2015


Connecticut Science educators annual conference

By Bryn Pinkerton, SCSU
November 21st, 2015

The Connecticut Science Educators Annual Conference was held at Hamden Middle School in Hamden, Connecticut on November 21st, 2015. Southern Connecticut State University presentations included: "Visual Literacy in Teaching and Learning Natural Selection" by Dr. Kim and Christopher Wisniewski, "Hacking Cheap Digital Cameras to Shoot in InfraRed" by Dr. Graves, and "Bring STEM Careers Into Your Classroom!" by Dr. Christine Broadbridge and Peter Dimoulas. 

The key-note speaker was Dr. Mary Gromko, National Science Teachers Association President-Elect. Her presentation focused on "The Next Generation Science Teacher" celebrating the Connecticut State Board of Education's recent adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards. Hundreds of Connecticut educators gathered to learn innovative pedagogical techniques to engage 21st century students. A broad range of STEM workshops, seminars, speakers, and commercial exhibitors participated in the event. 


Ct SKILLS CHALLENGE: SCSU EDITION

By Bryn Pinkerton, SCSU
November 20th, 2015

Southern Connecticut State University students participated in the CT Skills Challenge yesterday evening from 4 - 6 pm in Engleman Hall. The event was sponsored by A100 and the Connecticut Technology Council (CTC) in an effort to identify tech talent for the more than 300 technology-based companies located throughout CT.  Twenty-three SCSU students participated in the event. Four students received perfect scores on the challenge.  CTC and A100 also gave away generous prizes for participants along with free pizza and soda.  A Raspberry Pi (with CanaKit), a $200 Visa gift card and a $50 Visa card were all raffled off.  It was a great evening for our students and for the Computer Science Department.  Congratulations to all SCSU student participants, faculty, staff, and Connecticut Technology Council organizers of this highly successful event!


Report: threat of coastal flooding from Global Warming

By Brian Spyros, WTNH Reporter


PAPAZIAN SIGNS NEW, MORE COMPREHENSIVE CLIMATE COMMITMENT

November 10, 2015


FALL 2015 BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT SEMINAR SERIES:
Christopher Brigham, Florian Engert, Salvatore Stella 

By Bryn Pinkerton, SCSU
November 10th, 2015

The three latest presentations in the Fall 2015 Biology Department Seminar Series exposed SCSU students, faculty, and staff to diverse fields of study. Dr. Christopher Brigham’s presentation “Organic acids as feedstocks for bacterial polyhydroxyalkanoate production” on October 20th illuminated the potential for biopolymer bioplastics to address growing global sustainability concerns. Dr. Florian Engert’s lively presentation “Neural circuits governing operant conditioning” on October 27th elicited conversation and debate amongst faculty audience members. Dr. Engert’s sense of humor and open invitation for commentary led to interesting group discussion. He explained his research efforts to understand the brain using the larval
zebrafish as a model organism. On November 3rd, Dr. Salvatore Stella spoke about his scholastic pursuits in the presentation “Nocturnal signaling is driven by adenosine at the first synapse in the outer retina”. Dr. Stella’s presentation focused on the laboratory methodology he employs to study the physiological framework of “gene – cell – retinal network – brain – behavior”. He concluded his presentation with a simple parting message: his laboratory is always open to creative minds who want to learn.

The final guest speaker in the Fall 2015 Biology Department Seminar Series will be Dr. Michelle Monette from the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at Western Connecticut State University. Dr. Monette will discuss “Salt and Water Balance in Euryhaline Fishes: From Molecule to Whole Organism” on Monday, November 16th at SCI210 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm.

The series is supported by a grant from the SCSU Faculty Development Fund awarded to Drs. Meghan Barboza, Miranda Dunbar, Michael Fischer, Rachel Jeffrey, Rebecca Silady, and Jonathan Weinbaum. 


Physics Professor Earns NSF Grant to Study ‘Neighborhood’ Stars

 November 6, 2015 


Science uNDERGROUND PODCAST SERIES: MAKING SCIENCE FUN

By Bryn Pinkerton, SCSU
November 1st, 2015

Scientist, Ivy League professor, prolific inventor, and "science evangelist" Ainissa Ramirez launched a new STEM podcast series called "Science Underground" on November 1st, 2015. Each podcast episode lasts 2 minutes or less providing engaging, understandable science for everyone to enjoy.

"Science Underground is a bold & bite-sized science experience.
"


SCSU TO HOST ASTRONOMY FORUM ON KEPLER MISSION & HUMAN EXPLORATION OF MARS

October 27, 2015


Murphy, others push for federal ban on microbeads in products

By Anna Bisaro, New Haven Register


FALL 2015 BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT SEMINAR SERIES:
THREE DOWN, FOUR TO GO! 

By Bryn Pinkerton, SCSU
October 14th, 2015

The Fall 2015 Biology Department Seminar Series guest speakers thus far have successfully presented their compelling fields of research to students, faculty, and staff at SCSU. 

Dr. Jake Saunders delivered his presentation “Solitary Chemosensory Cells and the Revenge of the Common Chemical Sense!” on September 22nd with enthusiasm. His neuroscience expertise was an excellent asset to the series launch this semester. SCSU alum Jon Matson described his work at the Sensory Physiology Laboratories at Yale University in his presentation “Investigating the role of Nav1.5 in mechanosensation: dabbling ducks” on October 6th. He explained his Post-Baccalaureate research trajectory and the benefits of learning molecular biology techniques from senior scientists through laboratory experience. On October 12th, Dr. Lindsay Triplett described the interplay between history, anthropology, bacterial evolution, and plant pathology related to Carolina Gold Rice in “American Heirloom: Rediscovering our food heritage to help solve modern agricultural problems”. She highlighted many opportunities for young people in STEM to conduct meaningful agricultural research.

The speakers were dynamic and engaging. They welcomed questions from curious students as well as experienced faculty. Most significantly, they emphasized the infinite potential for exploration and discovery in biology.

The next exciting guest speaker in the Fall 2015 Biology Department Seminar Series will be Dr. Christopher Brigham from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Dr. Brigham will discuss “Organic acids as feedstock for bacterial polyhydroxylalkanoate production” in Room 210 at the Academic Science and Laboratory Building (SCI210) from 3:30 to 4:30 pm on Tuesday, October 20th.

The series is supported by a grant from the SCSU Faculty Development Fund awarded to Drs. Meghan Barboza, Miranda Dunbar, Michael Fischer, Rachel Jeffrey, Rebecca Silady, and Jonathan Weinbaum. 


Students examine ethical questions related to cracking the human genetic code

October 12, 2015


SCSU to officially launch Academic Science and Laboratory Building

By Brian Zahn, New Haven Register


Southern Connecticut State University Office of Sustainability, Earning the Moniker: "Sustainable Southern"

By BVMLLADMIN
October 1, 2015


Southern Connecticut University prof says microbeads impacting the Sound

By Ed Stannard,  New Haven Register

NEW HAVEN >> The tiny plastic beads in lotions, exfoliants and even some toothpastes are washing into Long Island Sound, a Southern Connecticut University professor and student have found.

The microbeads, less than half a millimeter in size, can be eaten by fish and seagoing invertebrates and pollutants can attach themselves to them, according to professor Vincent Breslin.


“We set out specifically to look for evidence of these microbeads in Long Island Sound,” said Breslin, who teaches in the Department of Environment, Geography and Marine Sciences.


Breslin and Peter Litwin, his former student who is now a physics teacher at Sacred Heart Academy, knew the General Assembly planned to ban the minute beads in Connecticut as of 2018, so they decided to look for evidence.
Read the full article here


Public Lecture: "Biomedical engineering meets nanostructured metals: A match made in new haven"

By Carrie Martinelli, SCSU
Saturday, September 19, 2015

On September 19th, from 10am-12pm, around 125 parents, children, students, and teachers flooded the halls of Davies Auditorium on Yale’s campus for a Public Lecture sponsored by the Center for Research on Interface Structures and Phenomena (CRISP). CRISP is dedicated to enhancing the education of future scientists, science teachers, K-12 students, parents, and the general public. This past Saturday’s lecture did just that, as the public was exposed to an informative lecture on biomaterials and various demonstrations of nanotechnology at work.

The lecture was given by Dr. Themis Kyriakides, Associate Professor of Pathology and of Biomedical Engineering at Yale, and entitled “Biomedical Engineering meets nanostructured metals: A match made in New Haven.” Dr. Kyriakides discussed using thermoplastic-formed Bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) to reduce adverse biological reactions and enhance implant function in the body. Dr. Kyriakides emphasized the need to develop biomaterials that are well tolerated by the body and can instruct the surrounding microenvironment towards favorable responses.

After the lecture, demonstrations were given by volunteers using CRISP sponsored kits created by NanoDays. Public lecture goers were free to stop at various tables to witness how nanotechnology is applied in various aspects of society and technology. These kits are also the main attraction in the CRISP Family Science Night program, where 3rd to 5th graders and their families enjoy the activities and demonstrations in their own schools throughout New Haven. This past Saturday, science enthusiasts of all ages experienced a close-up look at how nanotechnology is revolutionizing the future of science and science education.

The Southern Connecticut State University and Yale University CRISP partnership will hold another public lecture in the spring of 2016. The public lectures are just one of the many successful efforts of CRISP in its mission to further ignite and spread appreciation for the cutting edge research being conducted right here in our own New Haven community.


Letter: Teach students skills to support state businesses

Trisha Pytko, Fairfield Citizen Online
Tuesday, September 22, 2015


Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station 105th Plant Science Day

By Carrie Martinelli, SCSU
August 20, 2015

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station held its 105th Plant Science Day on the 75 acres of Lockwood Farm in Hamden the first Wednesday of August 2015. This tradition has been happening the first Wednesday in August since its commencement in 1910. Plant Science Day serves as a daylong event for all ages to observe, comprehend, and appreciate all that goes into a productive and efficient agricultural community.

Attendees of Plant Science Day were exposed to various reports on current research, field plots, barn exhibits, tours of the grounds, and many other opportunities to informally discuss topics of plant science with CAES scientists and staff. “Passports” were distributed to the younger children to be stamped at different topic stations throughout the grounds. Completed passports were eventually turned in for nature badges. For older children including Girl Scouts, a self-guided activity was available which encouraged youth interaction with those on the farm who work every day to link the bridge between science and society.

For the older crowd, a Technical Demonstration Tent was available, where 20-minute demonstrations repeated twice during the day were conducted. These demonstrations included a presentation on non-native invasive plants and how they can be controlled, as well as lessons on beekeeping from an expert Apiculturist. In the Main Tent, talks were given by Dr. Blair T. Steven, Environmental Microbiologist, entitled From the Very Large to the Extremely Small: Including Microbiology in Climate Models and by Dr. Goudarz Molaei, Medical Entomologist/Vector Biologist, entitled Tracking Ticks and Tick-Associated Diseases in Connecticut. These were just some of the many fascinating current research topics discussed over the course of the day.    

Aside from walking the grounds, attendees could enjoy a 30-minute narrated bus tour, observing the passing landscape from the comfort of air conditioning.

Overall, the 105th Plant Science Day was a huge success in the attempt to increase awareness and appreciation of the agricultural industry. An educational experience for any age, it is no wonder this tradition still holds strong as not only a forum for current research debate, but also as a reminder and tribute of the hard work and scientific principles that have determinedly guided our agricultural society throughout the course of history.

Event Program 
Event Flyer


New Haven Science Fair

By Carrie Martinelli, SCSU

Tuesday May 12th and Wednesday May 13th marked the 21st annual New Haven Science Fair, where 650  students from New Haven public schools gathered on the Yale University campus to present culminating research projects on a topic of their choice. 170 judges evaluated the 235 student projects and presented awards based on innovation, application, and sustainability.

The New Haven Science Fair Program is devoted to combining critical with creative thinking in order to make learning both meaningful and enjoyable. Using hands-on science as a vehicle for formulating and answering questions helps students develop skill sets to use in both academic and real-world situations. The annual fair is a way for students of all ages, mentors, and educators to come together to meet a learning objective that builds on natural curiosity and desire for understanding the world in which we live.

This year’s science projects ranged from the life cycle of a snowman, to the warming of the earth, and proved one of the most innovative and well-attended to date. Carly Beccitti, a 10th-grader participating in the fair, designed her project to observe how apple juice consistency is affected by pectate, an enzyme found in some ripe fruits. Tyler Jupiter, a competing 11th-grader, devised a solar power project to see if pigment affected solar cells once the solar cells are desensitized. These two students are just an example of the level of intellect, innovation, and aptitude illustrated throughout the participants this year.

Overall, the 21st annual New Haven Science Fair was a huge success and continues to serve as one of the most creative, community-engaging, and inspirational forums in the CT area for exploration in science, as well as a way for individuals of all ages to build upon natural, inherent curiosity and ultimately gain a more comprehensive understanding of the world around us.

Click here to see the Fox 61 video
Click here to see the WTNH Channel 8 coverage
Click here to see photos from the New Haven Register. Additional photos here!


SCSU, City of New Haven Team Up to Boost Biosciences


Southern and the city of New Haven launched a partnership Monday designed to enhance the region’s bioscience industry. A memorandum of understanding between SCSU and the city was signed by SCSU President Mary A. Papazian and New Haven Mayor Toni N. Harp (right) during a campus ceremony.

As part of the effort, SCSU is looking to develop several programs. They include a biotechnology major with an accompanying chemistry minor; a biotech concentration; and graduate-level and undergraduate-level certificate programs in the biosciences. University officials are hoping to launch those programs during the 2016-17 academic year.
Read full article here


Greater New Haven Earth Day Environmental Youth Summit III

By Carrie Martinelli, SCSU

On April 21st, 2015, the Office of Sustainability at Southern Connecticut State University hosted the Greater New Haven Earth Day Environmental Youth Summit III, where 100 high school students from Common Ground, Sound School, Co-op High School, Metro, and Two Rivers High School in Hartford, CT gathered to celebrate student success stories and share projects, findings, progress, and ideas.
                
untitledThe summit kicked off with motivational speaker Akiima Price, who gave a fascinating talk on using nature to create social change in urban communities of color. Following her discussion, students had the opportunity to share their success stories and present up-to-date findings on their various ongoing research projects. Among those presentations were Green Artists from Co-op High School, Sharing Environmental Leadership and Social Justice Work in the Community from Common Ground, Marine and Coastal Research and Action Projects from the Sound School,and International Issues and Human Rights Research Projects from the Metropolitan Business Academy.
           
Some of the honored guests attending the summit included members from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Connecticut Audubon Society, Yale Forestry School, New Haven Parks and Recreation, the Sister Leon Project, and Planned Parenthood. Students were able to speak to the members of the various organizations regarding further exploration of these fields. Furthermore, members of current action groups and projects spoke to the students about possibilities in assisting with the conservation and sustainability of our planet. These projects included the various environmental science options at Southern Connecticut State University, careers in habitat protection and wildlife conservation at the CT Audubon Society, and assisting with the Invasive Species Project at Sleeping Giant State Park. Lunch was served and students were able to meet in small groups to share their various action ideas.
            
Overall, the third annual Earth Day Environmental Youth Summit at Southern Connecticut State University was a huge success, and provided the opportunity for animated, involved, and passionate students and environmental activists alike to share and discuss opportunities for future green actions, projects, and careers. It is exactly this kind of forum that is necessary to ignite and maintain the sustainable efforts and practices that will ultimately preserve our beloved planet for generations to come.


Public Lecture: "Watching Atoms Dance" April 4, 2015

By Carrie Martinelli, SCSU
April 13,2015

On Saturday April 4th, 2015, CRISP, MRSEC, and Pathways to Science held a public lecture in Davies Auditorium at Yale University. The public lecture was devised to spread awareness and insight to the general public on the subject of nanotechnology and its various applications in the scientific, environmental, and economic aspects of our current and future society.

Prof. Judy ChaThe lecture was given by Dr. Judy Cha, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Yale University. The Cha research group focuses on synthesis and transport measurements of two-dimensional layered nanochalcogenides, in particular topological insulator nanoribbons and nanoplates. Dr. Cha’s lecture this past Saturday was entitled “Watching Atoms Dance,” and discussed how scientists can heat nanomaterials in an electron microscope in order to take video of the atoms in motion. Dr. Cha’s lecture was attended by parents, teachers, and students of all ages and was extremely well-received.

Following Dr. Cha’s lecture, those who pre-registered for lab tours dispersed into their respective groups and were guided through some of Yale’s most prestigious and advanced laboratories, while the rest of the public was free to explore the numerous hands-on demonstrations given by CRISP volunteers. Using various materials and substances depending on the particular station, observers could see how atoms behave differently on the nanoscale right before their eyes. The CRISP kits used for these demonstrations are available on the CRISP website for teachers and other education providers to borrow and use in their own classrooms. And if the mere acquisition of knowledge was not enough, complimentary refreshments and various raffles were held throughout the entire event.

Overall, the public lecture was an enlightening, interactive, and enjoyable way to spend what would have otherwise been like any other Saturday morning in early Spring, and marks another successful endeavor in CRISP’s tireless expedition to inspire and excel in educational outreach.


SCSU Undergraduate Research & Creativity Conference, March 28, 2015

Presidents Blog , March 31, 2015

On March 28, 2015 SCSU hosted the inaugural Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference this past Saturday, which showcased innovative students and projects from across the disciplinary spectrum. The daylong event at the Michael J. Adanti Student Center included oral presentations, poster presentations, an art crawl, a panel discussion on careers from Southern alumni, and dramatic scenes performed by students who recently competed at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

As well as providing an overview of the range of research opportunities available to our students, the day-long conference highlighted the value of a Southern education – which gives undergraduates the opportunity to conduct research under the mentorship of engaged faculty, and in many cases, partner with them on research projects.

Students also heard presentations from alumni who have made their mark in their respective fields, including Jacquelynn Garofano, ’06, who is now a research scientist at United Technologies Research Center.  Jacquelynn earned a B.S. degree in physics in 2006 before going on to receive her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in materials science and engineering from the University of Connecticut.

Working under the tutelage of Dr. Christine Broadbridge, director of the CSCU Center for Nanotechnology, Jacquelynn conducted extensive materials science research as an undergraduate at Southern.  And as a scientist who made the most of her opportunities as an undergraduate at Southern and is now undertaking groundbreaking research in a cutting-edge field, she is a tremendous role model for our students.

Congratulations to the Conference Committee for creating this excellent opportunity to highlight the creative work of our students as they prepare to become key contributors to Connecticut’s knowledge-based economy


New Haven Science Fair Season Starts with Mentor Recognition Dinner

Press Release, March 20, 2015


2014nhsfNEW HAVEN – As the Science Fair season ramps up, the New Haven Science Fair Program is holding a special recognition dinner in honor of the Science Fair mentors on Wednesday, April 1st from 5 – 9pm at Amarante’s Sea Cliff Restaurant in New Haven.

Over 80 volunteers from Yale University, Southern Connecticut State University, other local higher education institutions, as well as community businesses and organizations have been working with students and teachers throughout the year on Science Fair projects and in over 11 Family Science Nights.        

The keynote speaker for this event is Mary A. Papazian, President of Southern Connecticut State University.  The New Haven Science Fair Mentor Program brings local scientists and community members together with New Haven Public School teachers and students to produce meaningful investigative science projects.
Volunteer Science mentors are the key to the success of our Science Fair program, and New Haven educators have been invited to honor these community partners at this event.

2014nhsfMany schools will be holding local school Science Fairs throughout March and April in preparation for the 21st annual citywide Science Fair, which will be held on May 11th – 13th at Yale Commons.   

More than 8,000 public school students from Pre-K through 12th grade participate every year. In the first round, students prepare and present projects at their schools, with younger grades working together as a class and older students working in small groups or individually. Projects from each school are invited to exhibit their projects at Yale.


The New Haven Science Fair started in 1995 with participation by seven schools. In the years since, it has expanded to include almost all of the schools in the system. The goal of the Science Fair is to work with children and their teachers at all grade levels, helping them carry out investigative, hands-on projects that will promote skills in critical thinking and communication. 

2014nhsfFunding for the 2015 Fair comes from the New Haven Public Schools, Yale University: Office of New Haven & State Affairs, and Pathways to Science, Alexion, Alloy Engineering-Bridgeport, Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, AT&T, Bankwell Bank, Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation, Bristol Myers Squibb, Cougar Electronics, CRISP (SCSU), Covidien/Medtronic, Fusco Management Co. LLC, New Haven Manufacturers Association, Orange Research Inc., Pfizer Inc., Science Park Development Corp., Southern Connecticut State University, Target, The Community Foundation, UIL Holdings Corporation: United Illuminating and Southern CT Gas, Ward Leonard Company, The Watershed Fund, and Workforce Alliance, and is being administered  by the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce.  For more information about the New Haven Science fair visit www.nhsciencefair.org.

Read about the 2015 winners of the NHPS Connecticut Statewide Science Fair   


Area Teachers Get Lesson on STEM's Link to Industry
Joe Musante, SCSU
July 30, 2015

Industry Academic Fellows Conducting Team-Based Interdisciplinary Research
Betsy Beacom, SCSU
July 17, 2015

First Breath: Respiratory Therapy Program Begins This Fall
Joe Musante, SCSU
July 20, 2015

SCSU and New Haven form biotech partnership aimed at STEM jobs
Evan Lips, New Haven Register
May 4, 2015

City, SCSU Team Up On Global Science Hub
Aliyya Swaby, New Haven Independent
May 4, 2015

SCSU science team working to save Connecticut's bats from extinction
Ed Stannard, New Haven Register
June 28, 2015

SCSU’s Human Performance Lab turns running into science
Chris Hunn, New Haven Register
June 17, 2015

World-Class SCSU Astronomer Horch Eyes Deep Space
David Holahan, Hartford Courant
June 11, 2015

New Haven Science Fair
Carrie Martinelli, SCSU
May 14, 2015

Public Lecture: "Watching Atoms Dance"
Carrie Martinelli, SCSU
April 13, 2015

SCSU science team working to save Connecticut's bats from extinction 
Ed Stannard, New Haven Register
June 28, 2015

SCSU's Human Performance Lab turns running into science
Chris Hunn, New Haven Register
June 17, 2015

World-Class SCSU Astronomer Horch Eyes Deep Space
David Holahan, Hartford Courant
June 11, 2015