Apply     Visit     Give     |     Alumni     Parents     Offices     TCNJ Today     

Published Papers by TCNJ Students

As the science and math innovators of the future, our students learn more than the technical skills of research—they learn firsthand how to navigate the entire research process. Working as junior collaborators with faculty mentors, our undergraduates collect and analyze data, apply for research funding, publish papers, and disseminate their findings at scientific conferences, nationally and internationally. Our students create new knowledge and share it with the world, becoming experienced scientists and mathematicians well prepared for a broad range of careers and advanced study.

Here is only a sampling of the papers that our students have published in peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, and book chapters over the past several years.  TCNJ students are shown in bold are their faculty mentors are underlined.


Heyert A.J., S.L. Knox, G.E. Lindberg, and J.L. Baker. 2017. Influence of an Ionic Liquid on the Conformational Sampling of Xaa-Pro Dipeptides. Journal of Molecular Liquids. 227:66-75 (Chemistry)


Hope, S. F., F. A. Stabile, and L. K. Butler. 2016. Urban living alters moult dynamics in a passerine. Journal of Avian Biology. 47:304-311  (Biology)

Papamichail, D., H. Liu, V. Machado, N. Gould, J. R. Coleman, and G. Papamichail. 2016. Codon Context Optimization in Synthetic Gene Design, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. vol.PP, no.99, pp.1-9 (Computer Science)

Stansfield, J. C., M. Rusay, R. Shan, C. Kelton, D. A. Gaykalova, E. J. Fertig, J. A. Califano, and M. F. Ochs. 2016. Toward Signaling-Driven Biomarkers Immune to Normal Tissue Contamination.  Cancer Informatics. 2016:15 15-21.  (Mathematics & Statistics)

Goldberg, R., N. B. Magee, and L. Madden. 2016. Enhancing Middle School Atmospheric Science Instruction through Use of Authentic Data.  Science Scope.  In press.  (Physics)

Pollack, M., D. Pauls, and P. J. Wiita. 2016. Variability in Active Galactic Nuclei from Propagating Turbulent Relativistic Jets. The Astrophysical Journal.  820, id. 12, 12pp. (Physics)

Miller, A. L. & Wickramasinghe, T.  2016.  How Beaming of Gravitational Waves Compares to the Beaming of Electromagnetic Waves: Impacts to Gravitational Wave Detection, Journal of Physics, 716 (1), IOP. (Physics)

Avenoso, J., T. Viducic, & Wickramasinghe, T. 2016. Gravitational Wave Attenuation through Interactions with charged particles, Proceedings of the 28th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics, Geneva, Switzerland. (Conference Proceedings) (Physics)

Baker J.L., and H. Jafri. 2016. Molecular simulations of lactose-bound and unbound forms of the FaeG adhesin reveal critical amino acids involved in sugar binding. Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modelling. 70:100-108 (Chemistry)


Norvell, A., J. Wong, K. Randolph, and L. Thompson. 2015. Wispy and Orb cooperate in the cytoplasmic polyadenylation of localized grk mRNA.  Developmental Dynamics.  44(10): 1276-1285. (Biology)

Bushar, L. M., N. Bhatt, M. C. Dunlop, C. Schocklin, M. A. Malloy, and H. K. Reinert. 2015. Population isolation and genetic subdivision of timber rattlesnakes (Crotalus horridus) in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Herpetologica 71(3): 203-211.  (Biology)

Foster, S. A., M. A. Wund, M. A. Graham, R. L. Earley, R. Gardiner, T. Kearns, and J. A. Baker. 2015. Iterative development and the scope for plasticity: contrasts among trait categories in an adaptive radiation. Heredity 115: 335-48.  (Biology)

Thompson, L., K. Randolph and A. Norvell. 2015. Basic Techniques in Drosophila Ovary Preparation, in Drosophila Oogenesis: Methods and Protocols, Methods in Molecular Biology, vol. 1328. Diana P. Bratu, Gerard McNeil, Editors.  Springer.  1328:21-8. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-2851-4_2. (Biology)

Abourahma, H., D. D. Shah, J. Melendez, E. J. Johnson, and K. T. Holman. 2015. A Tale of Two Stoichiometrically Diverse Cocrystals. Crystal Growth and Design 15(7): 3101-3104.  (Chemistry) 

Baker, J. L., J. Furbish, and G. E. Lindberg.  2015. Influence of the ionic liquid [C4mpy][Tf2N] on the structure of the miniprotein Trp-cage. Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modelling 10: 3.  (Chemistry)

Farrokh, J., C. Campos, and D. A. Hunt. 2015. A Parham Cyclization approach to diaryl-fused seven-membered ring heterocyclic ketones. Tetrahedron Letters 56: 5245-5247.  (Chemistry)

Salgian, A., L. Hsu, N. Milkosky, and D. Vickerman. 2015. Conductor Tutoring Using the Microsoft Kinect. The 11th International Symposium on Visual Computing (ISVC 2015), Las Vegas, NV. (Conference Proceedings)  (Computer Science and Music)

Hua, W. and A. Salgian. 2015. Automatic Transcription of Japanese Taiko Drumming using the Microsoft Kinect. The 41st International Computer Music Conference (ICMC 2015), Denton, TX.  (Conference Proceedings) (Computer Science)

Cunningham, R. F. and J. A. Bradley. 2015. Using Tableaus and Teacher Moves to Increase Student Discourse: Perceived impact on achievement. Proceedings of 13th International Conference of the Mathematics Education for the Future Project, Catania, Italy. (Conference Proceedings)  (Mathematics & Statistics)

Curtis, C. L., W. Franczak, J. L. Randolph, and R. J. Manheimer.  2015.  Repeated boundary slopes for 2-bridge knots.  Journal of Knot Theory and its Ramifications.  24(14), 686-698 (Mathematics & Statistics)

Kelton, C. J., W. Lee, M. Rusay, O. Maxian, E. J . Fertig, and M. F. Ochs. 2015. The estimation of dimensionality in gene expression data using nonnegative matrix factorization.  Proc 2015 IEEE Conf on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine, 1642-1694. (Conference Proceedings)  (Mathematics & Statistics)

Lee, W. S.,  C. J. Kelton, J. Stansfield, O. Maxian, A. V. Favorov, E. J. Fertig, and M. F. Ochs. 2015. CoGAPS: Stochastic Nonnegative Matrix Factorization by Bayesian Markov Chain Monte Carlo.  Proc. Biomedcom  (Conference Proceedings)  (Mathematics & Statistics) 

Calafut, V. and P. J. Wiita. 2015. Modeling the Emission from Turbulent Relativistic Jets in Active Galactic Nuclei. Journal of Astrophysics and Astronomy 36(2): 255-268.  (Physics)

Wickramasinghe, T., W. Rhodes, and M. Revalski. 2015. Interaction of Gravitational Waves with Charged Particles, Astrophysics and Space Science 40: 295. (Physics)

Revalski, M., W. Rhodes, and T. Wickramasinghe. 2015.  Emission of Electromagnetic Radiation from Charges Accelerated by Gravitational Waves and Its Astrophysical Implications, Astrophysics and Space Science 40: 301.  (Physics)

Revalski, M., W. Rhodes, and T. Wickramasinghe. 2015.  Electromagnetic Radiation from Charged Particles Accelerated by Gravitational Waves. Cornell University Astrophysics Archive, arXiv:1502.00893v1.  (Physics) 

Wickramasinghe, T., W. Rhodes, and M. Revalski. Interaction of Gravitational Waves and Charged Particles. Cornell university astrophysics archive papers, arXiv:1502.00891v1.  (Physics)



Bushar, L. M., C. C. B. Aborde, S. Gao, M. V. Gonzalez, J. A. Hoffman, I. K. Massaro, A. H. Savitzky, and  H. K. Reinert. 2014. Genetic structure of timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) populations: physiographic influences and conservation implications. Copeia 2014: 694–706.  (Biology)

Ming, X., J. Pak, M. A. Mulvey, T. O’Sullivan, C. Reddy, J. Schwab, and K. W. Pecor. 2014.  Sleep complaints in cerebral palsy and/or epilepsy: a pediatric sleep questionnaire study.  Journal of Pediatric Neurology 12: 127-135.  (Biology)

Timmins-Schiffman, E., W.D. Coffey, W. Hua, B.L. Nunn, G.H. Dickinson, and S.B. Roberts. 2014. Shotgun proteomics reveals physiological response to ocean acidification in Crassostrea gigasBMC Genomics 15: 951.  (Biology)

O’Connell, M. L., W. Cavallo, and M. Firnberg. 2014. The expression of CPEB proteins is sequentially regulated during zebrafish oogenesis and embryogenesis. Molecular Reproduction and Development 81:376-387.  (Biology)

Abourahma, H., Bradley, L. M., N. M. Lareau, and M. Reesbeck. 2014. A Modified Birch Reduction for the Undergraduate Organic Laboratory. Journal of Chemical Education 91(3): 443-445. (Chemistry)

Abourahma, H., L. M. Bradley, N. M. Lareau, and M. Reesbeck. 2014. A Modified Birch Reduction for the Introductory Undergraduate Organic Laboratory. Journal of Chemical Education 91(3): 443-445.  (Chemistry)

Cherney, E., J. Macor, C. Papanagapolous, and D. A. Hunt. 2014. Tandem cyclization reactions of electron rich arylethylamino acid amides. An entry to the dihydroimidazoisoquinolin-3(2H)-one ring system. Tetrahedron Letters 55: 4837-4839.  (Chemistry) 

Nayak, S., M. Fiaschi, D. King, E. R. Tabakin, L. Wood, and D. A. Hunt. 2014. Development of small molecular proteasome inhibitors using a Caenorhabditis elegans screen. International Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 2014: 1-14.  (Biology and Chemistry)

Gould, N., O. Hendy, and D. Papamichail. 2014. Computational Tools and Algorithms for designing customized synthetic genes. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology 2(41): 6. (Computer Science)

Salgian, A., L. Agina, and T. M. Nakra. 2014. Teaching Robots to Conduct: Automatic Extraction of Conducting Information from Sheet Music.  The 40th International Computer Music Conference (ICMC 2014), Athens, Greece. (Conference Proceedings)  (Computer Science and Music)

Cunningham, R. F., S. Dooley, A. Nicol, and A. Sproviano. 2014. Using Cooperative Learning Strategies to Enhance Preservice Teachers’ Understanding of Fractions.  Proceedings of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME) Annual Conference – Vancouver, B.C. (Conference Proceedings)  (Mathematics & Statistics)

Gonzalez, J. and C. Liebars.  2014.  Pre-service Educators’ Opinions on the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. The New Jersey Mathematics Teacher, Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey 72(1): 6-23.  (Mathematics & Statistics)

Magee, N. B., F. Melaas, P. Finocchio, M. Jardel, A. Noonan, and M. J.  Iacono. 2014. Blue Hill Observatory Sunshine: Assessment of Climate Signals in the Longest Continuous Meteorological Record in North America. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 95(11): 1741-1751.
*2 citations thru Aug. 2015.  (Physics)  

Magee, N. B., A. Miller, M. Amaral, and A. Cumiskey. 2014. Mesoscopic surface roughness of ice crystals pervasive across a wide range of ice crystal conditions. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 14(22): 12357-12371.  (Physics)

Revalski, M., D. Nowak, P. J. Wiita, A. E. Wehrle, and S. C. Unwin. 2014. Investigating the Variability of Active Galactic Nuclei Using Combined Multi-quarter Kepler Data. The Astrophysical Journal 785(1): 10.  (Physics)

Ochoa, R., R. Fiorillo, and C. Ochoa. 2014. Index of Refraction Measurements Using a Laser Distance Meter.  Phys. Teach. 52: 167-168.  (Physics)

Paliwal, M. and T. Wickramasinghe. 2014. Mathematical Analysis of the motion of Fluid between Ceramic-on-Ceramic Total Joint Arthroplasty Bearing Surfaces to Investigate Squeaking.  Proceedings of American Society of Mechanical Engineering, International Mechanical Engineering Congress.  (Conference Proceedings) (Physics)



Grega, L., S. Anderson, M. Cheetham, M. Clemente, A. Colletti, W. Moy, D. Talarico, S. L. Thatcher, and J. M. Osborn. 2013.  Aerodynamic characteristics of saccate pollen grains. International Journal of Plant Sciences 174: 499-510.  (Biology and Engineering)

Geherty, M., J. Melnyk, K. Chomsky, and D. A. Hunt. 2013. Halogen-metal exchange reactions of bromoaryl-substituted β-lactams. Tetrahedron Letters 54: 4934-4936.  (Chemistry)

Simpkins, C. and D. A. Hunt. 2013. The Michael addition of 1,2-cyclohexanedione to ß-nitro- styrenes (I).  The synthesis of 3-aryl-5,6-dihydrobenzofuran-7(4H)-ones. Tetrahedron Letters 54: 3373-3375.  (Chemistry)

Cunningham, R.F., S. Dooley, A. Nicol, and A. Sproviano. 2014. Using Cooperative Learning Cunningham, R. F. and E. Yacone. 2013. Algebra Textbooks’ and Teachers’ Methods: Simplifying rational expressions. International Journal of Research in Educational Methodology 4(1): 457-468.  (Mathematics & Statistics)

Wehrle, A. E., P. J. Wiita, S. C. Unwin, P. Di Lorenzo, M. Revalski, D. Silano, and D. Sprague. 2013. Kepler Photometry of Four Radio-loud Active Galactic Nuclei in 2010-2012. The Astrophysical Journal 773(2): 13.  (Physics)

Erickson, M., R. Ochoa, and C.  Ochoa. 2013. The Wiimote in the Playground. Phys. Teach. 51:  272-275 (Physics)



Wund, M. A., S. Valena, S. Wood, and J. A. Baker.  2012.  Ancestral plasticity and allometry in threespine stickleback fish reveal phenotypes associated with derived, freshwater ecotypes.  Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 105: 573-583.  (Biology)

Abourahma, H., J. M. Urban, and N. M. Morozowich. 2012. How robust is a pharmaceutical cocrystal? CrystEngComm 14 (19): 6163-6169.  (Chemistry)

West, W. and M. S. Pulimood. 2012. Analysis of privacy and security in HTML5 web storage. Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges 27(3): 80-87.  (Computer Science)

Jani, K. S. and D. S. Dalafave. 2012.  Computational Design of Targeted Inhibitors of Polo-like Kinase 1 (Plk1). Bioinformatics and Biology Insights 6: 23-31.  (Physics)



Jackrel, S. L. and H. K. Reinert. 2011. Behavioral responses of a dietary specialist, queen snakes (Regina septemvittata), to potential chemoattractants released by its prey. Journal of Herpetology 45(3): 272-276.  (Biology)

Reinert, H. K., W. F. Munroe, C. E. Brennan, M. N. Rach, S. Pelesky, and L. M. Bushar. 2011. Response of timber rattlesnakes to commercial logging operations. Journal of Wildlife Management 75: 19-29. (Biology)

Reinert, H. K., G. A. MacGregor, M. Esch, L. M. Bushar, and R. T. Zappalorti. 2011. Foraging ecology of timber rattlesnakes, Crotalus horridus. Copeia 2011 (3): 430-442.  (Biology)

Abourahma, H., D. S. Cocuzza, J. Melendez, and J. M. Urban. 2011. Pyrazinamide Cocrystals and the Search for Polymorphs. CrystEngComm 13: 6442-6450.  (Chemistry)

Curtis, C. L. and S. J. Taylor.  2011.  The Jones polynomial and boundary slopes of alternating Montesinos knots.  Journal of Knot Theory and its Ramifications 20(10): 1345-1354.  (Mathematics & Statistics)

Magee, N. B., K. Spector, C. Lin, C. Tong, and J. Beatty. 2011. Initial ice-particle sublimation measurements from the Levitating Upper-Tropospheric Environmental Simulator (LUTES). Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 28: 884–890.  (Physics)

Ochoa, R., F. Rooney, and W. Somers. 2011. Using the Wiimote in introductory physics experiments. Phys. Teach. 49: 16-18.  (Physics)



Agugliario, J. and H. K. Reinert. 2010. The Northern Copperhead, Agkistrodon contortrix mokesan. Pp. 101-103 In:  Terrestrial Vertebrates of Pennsylvania: A Complete Guide to Species of Conservation Concern (M. A. Steele, J. F. Merritt, M. C. Brittingham, T. J. Maret, Eds.), Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD.  (Biology)

Pecor, K. W., C. M. Deering, M. T. Firnberg, A. K. Pastino, and S. J. Wolfson. 2010. The use of conspecific and heterospecific alarm cues by virile crayfish (Orconectes virilis) from an exotic population. Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology 43: 37-44.  (Biology)

Reinert, H. K. and A. P. Pettit. The Queen Snake, Regina septemvittata. 2010. Pp. 66-68 in:  Terrestrial Vertebrates of Pennsylvania: A Complete Guide to Species of Conservation Concern, M. A. Steele, J. F. Merritt, M. C. Brittingham, T. J. Maret, eds., Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD.  (Biology)

Bradley, L. M., M. J. Nardone, and D. A. Hunt. 2010. An expedient in situ preparation of symmetrical 1,4-dibenzylpiperazines from benzyl bromides and 2-bromoethylamine hydrobromide. Tetrahedron Letters 51: 5613-5614.  (Chemistry)

Bradley, L. M., M. J. Nardone, and D. A. Hunt. 2010. An Expedient in situ Preparation of Symmetrical 1,4-Dibenzylpiperazines from Benzyl Bromides and 2-Bromoethylamine Hydrobromide. Tetrahedron Letters 51: 5613-5614.  (Chemistry)

Bradley, L. M., C. G. Collins, E. R. Tabakin, and D. A. Hunt. 2010. Expedient preparations of 4,6-Dihalo-3-arylisobenzofuran-1(3H)-ones from 3,5-dihalo-N-ethylbenzamides. Organic Preparations and Procedures International 42: 187-190.  (Chemistry)

Bradley, L. M., C. G. Collins, E. R. Tabakin, and D. A. Hunt. 2010. Expedient Preparation of 4,6-Dihalo-3-arylisobenzofuran-1(3H)-ones from 3,5-Dihalo-N-ethylbenzamides. Organic Preparations and Procedures International 42: 187-190.  (Chemistry) 

Deifel, N.P., E. Cherney, D. A. Hunt, and B. C. Chan. 2010. 1-Methyl-2H-1,3-benzoxazine-2,4(1H)dione. Acta Crystallographica 66: 665.  (Chemistry)

Nakra, T. M., D. Tilden, and A. Salgian.  2010.  Improving upon Musical Analyses of Conducting Gestures Using Computer Vision. International Computer Music Conference (ICMC 2010), New York, NY. (Conference Proceedings)  (Computer Science and Music)

Cunningham, R. F. and A. Roberts. 2010. Reducing the Mismatch of Geometry Concept Definitions and Concept Images Held by Preservice Teachers. Issues in the Undergraduate Mathematical Preparation of School Teachers: The Journal 1: 1-17.  (Mathematics & Statistics)

Dalafave, D. S. and G. Prisco. 2010.  Inhibition of Antiapoptotic BCL-XL, BCL-2, and MCL-1 Proteins by Small Molecule Mimetics. Cancer Informatics 9: 169-177.  (Physics)