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Escaping Ebola:  Evacuated Mathematics and Statistics Alum to Return to West Africa to Keep a Promise

Escaping Ebola: Evacuated Mathematics and Statistics Alum to Return to West Africa to Keep a Promise

Michael Lee’s Peace Corps assignment in Sierra Leone was supposed to end with a celebratory trip through the country, after which he planned to work full time at a school in the capital. Instead, it ended with his evacuation. The 2012 TCNJ grad had been teaching in western Sierra Leone for nearly two years when he first heard reports of Ebola last spring. The cases were restricted to the country’s eastern province at first, and the Peace Corps simply urged volunteers to avoid the area, Lee says. But it continued to spread, and soon he was hearing about hundreds of cases.

Summer Undergraduate Research Project Leads to a Peer-reviewed Publication

Summer Undergraduate Research Project Leads to a Peer-reviewed Publication

During TCNJ’s Mentored Undergraduate Summer Experience (MUSE) 2014, Dr. Dimitris Papamichail worked together with computer science student Nathan Gould (’17) and biology student Oliver Hendy (’15) to study different computer programs that answer biological questions through the use of synthetic genes. Their summer-long efforts have culminated into a peer-reviewed paper that was published in the journal Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology.

School of Science Multi-Disciplinary Colloquium – Tuesday, October 28

School of Science Multi-Disciplinary Colloquium – Tuesday, October 28

Our ability to measure biological systems at a molecular level is accelerating rapidly, providing hope for progress in cancer treatment. The difficulty lies with how to interpret this data, which is generated by complex biological systems and is high dimensional at the molecular level but low dimensional in terms of numbers of observations.

Science Majors Selected as Governor’s STEM Scholars

Science Majors Selected as Governor’s STEM Scholars

Two students in the School of Science have been selected as inaugural scholars for the New Jersey Governor’s STEM Scholars Program. Brandon Gottlob and Susan Knox are among nine college students selected for statewide STEM program.Brandon Gottlob and Susan Knox are among nine college students selected for statewide STEM program. Brandon Gottlob, junior computer science major, and Susan Knox, junior chemistry major, will spend the academic year mentoring high school students from around the state who are interested in the STEM disciplines—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Celebration of Women in Science – Wednesday, October 22

Celebration of Women in Science – Wednesday, October 22

The 2014 Celebration of Women in Science will be held on Wednesday, October 22, in the Education Building, room 212. The goal of this annual event is to celebrate the accomplishments of women students in the School of Science at TCNJ and to encourage them to continue on to further studies or a career in science or mathematics.

Michael Ochs Pinpoints Cancer-Causing Genes with Numbers

Michael Ochs Pinpoints Cancer-Causing Genes with Numbers

You’ve probably never heard of polycythemia vera, a rare cancer that pushes bone marrow into red blood cell production overdrive, upping the risk of blood clots and even leukemia. While there is no cure for the disease, Michael Ochs, TCNJ associate professor of mathematics and statistics, and a colleague of his at Johns Hopkins, are a step closer to identifying patients who stand the best chance of benefitting from treatment.

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