CAS STEAM Reception

The STEAM Reception is an annual event that brings the Suffolk community together to recognize student accomplishments. Students from the STEAM disciplines present their research findings from experiential learning and creative endeavors. Each year, a successful STEAM graduate returns to give a keynote address to the faculty, students, and alumnae.

The 2021 Virtual STEAM Reception held on April 28th, 2021, featured the following presentations:

Sonder
Hannah Shapiro
Faculty Advisor: Kristen Mallia

Squirrel Density Before and After Pandemic
Valentino Kaja
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Lauren Nolfo-Clements

The Removal of Nonspecific Immunoglobulin Binding in S. aureus to Determine Cellular Localization
Lauren Frost, Joanna Pizzo, and Brittania Moodie
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Maghnus O’Seaghdha

Breaking the Stigma: How to Get People Interested in Science
Salma Taher
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Eric Dewar

Disguising DNA to improve transformation of S. pyogenes
April Bruno
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Maghnus O’Seaghdha

Computational Analysis of Common Toxicants and Pesticides
Natalie Robertson
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Edith Enyedy

Characterizing Water Quality Among Dammed and Non-Dammed Waterbodies in Thompson, Connecticut
Anastasia Salisbury
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Hayley Schiebel

Examining the Effects of Zoning and Planning on Food Injustice in New York City
Jia Huang
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michael Acheampong

Data Acquisition, Processing, and Analysis with an Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)
Dylan Barbagallo
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Walter Johnson, Dr. Stevan Radojev, Dr. Song Xu

Gallery Walkthrough via the Oculus Quest II
Rhylee Cole
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Walter Johnson

Neutron bubble detector spectrometer for determination of the energy spectrum of an AmBe neutron source
Xiaoyi Li, Rhylee Cole, Dylan Barbagallo
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Walter Johnson

The Central Executive Network and Executive Function in Alzheimer's Disease and Healthy Individuals: A Meta- Analysis of Structural and Functional MRI
Melissa Easter
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Gansler

The Neuro-Development and Social Justice Perspective on the Effects of Being a Child in Poverty in North America
Nicole Kingdon
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Gansler

Past Presentations

Keynote Speaker

Neurotherapeutics for Psychiatric Disorders
Nicole McLaughlin, PhD ‘06

Presenters

Art & Design

3D Painting of "Three Women" by Fernand Léger
Anh Nguyen
Faculty Advisor: Professor Keith Kitz

Exploring Architectural Scale in Virtual Reality
Ruben Volovitz
Faculty Advisor: Professor Sean Solley

Biology

Examining TCA metabolon by two hybrid assay
Domenic Abbondanza, Alicia Cantrell, Joanna Chen, Jihane Hamdani, Josette Nammour, Thomas O'Connor, Joanna Pizzo, Matthew Sahm, Emily Temple
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Celeste Peterson

CoxR Directly Represses Alkane Hydroxylase Gene Expression
Domenic Abbondanza, Dr. Arup Dey
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Celeste Peterson

Automated fallback planning for switching beam energy on volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) in RayStation
Pantea Ahmadi, Dr. Yi Wang

Differential growth of seals and sea lions with paedomorphic and peramorphic adult skull morphologies
Nicole Asquino
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Eric Dewar

Analysis of fumarase variants that cause uterine tumors and metabolic disease
Anna Athansopoulos, Cristelle Badoui, Julia Durbeck, Ryan Harris,  Kaitlyn Jenkins,  Kylie McKenna, Shannon McLaughlin, Veronika Metante, Adelyn Ragucci, Michael Smith, Michael Suter, Yameena Vincent
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Melanie Berkmen

Finding regulators of RpoS
Amir Basherdoust, Arianne Crossen,  Hanane Housni, Esteban Marte, Anna Nguyen, Ruby Raut, Jamie Rinaldi, Casey Tsimbal, Mohammadhadi Zakeri
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Celeste Peterson

Enzyme Kinetics of Alcohol Dehydrogenase
Andres Cayuela Pomar, Nadia Grimaud, Kyile McKenna, Prima Prajapati,  Lydia Riffert, Mary Siriboe, Michael Suter, Tran Truong
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Edith Enyedy

Optimizing the Conditions for Measuring Staphylococcus aureus
Sarah Coderre
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Maghnus O'Seaghdha

Regulation of RpoS by RbsD in Escherichia coli
Shaina Dorlean, Dylan Parsons, Thomas Tran, Yameena Vincent, Dr. Arup Dey
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Celeste Peterson

Effect of pH on Metabolic Rate of Green Crabs, Carcinus maenas
Tessa Duzz
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carl Merrill

The potential role of IDA-1 and neuromodulatory signaling in GLR-1 regulation
Shannon McLaughlin
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Annette McGehee

Deletion of Protein A: Cutting the Lights to see the LAMP
Brittania Moodie, Joanna Pizzo
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Maghnus O'Seaghdha 

Does DMD-10 independently affect levels of GLR-1?
Josette Nammour
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Annette McGehee

Dietary and Aggressive Behaviors Cause Differences in Pinniped Skull Morphology
Michael Smith
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Eric Dewar

Global transcriptional response of Streptococcus pyogenes to human alpha-defensins
Sara Zoghi Tavana, Dr. Wuyuan Lu (University of Maryland)
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Maghnus O'Seaghdha

Visual Arts in the Field of Biology
Yiwei Yin
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Lauren Nolfo-Clements

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Bacteria: Beauty, not the Beast

Domenic V. Abbondanza, Michael J. Clarke, Adelyn Ragucci, Dr. Melanie B. Berkmen, Dr. Celeste N. Peterson, Mehmet Berkmen (New England Biolabs; BacArt), Maria Peñil Cobo (BacArt)
ASBMB Student Club Advisor: Dr. Celeste Peterson

The Importance of pKa on Aspirin Absorption
Leticia Adao Gomes
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Edith J. Enyedy

What conditions induce bacteria to mate?
Olukemi Akinleye
Dr. Melanie Berkmen

Nanoparticle Art
Haley Dame, Betelhem Gemechu, Lily Johnsky, Mary Siriboe, Michael Suter, Tran Truong
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kelsey Stocker

Environmental Science

Intersections of Science and Art
Etianna Alcius Etienne, Deaires Andrews, Keren Colarullo, Kali Crosby, Andrea Desjardins, Jennifer-Rose Dicecco, Jake Facchetti, Lorne Fellows, Nathanael Haynes, Brian Jarvis, Lydia Sirois, Ronan Smith, Clare Thomsen, Claire Warner, Samantha Williams
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Patricia Hogan

Developing a Regulatory Framework for Nanomaterials
Charles Batchelder
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Patricia Hogan

Drone Monitoring of Sea Level Rise Effects on Salt Marshes
Sara Bistany, Scott Lussier, MS
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Peter Burn

Dental Amalgam Waste Management in Developed and Developing Economies
Alejandro Carro
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Patricia Hogan

An Analysis of Effective Methods of Science Journalism
Kyle Crozier
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Patricia Hogan

The Environmental Management and Health Impacts of the Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum)
Teresa Feijoo
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Patricia Hogan

Application of Biophilic Design Principles in Urban Environments for the Promotion and Maintenance of Mental Health: A Cross-culture Study
Yanxi Liu
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Patricia Hogan

Comparing CDOM methodologies
Alexandra MacFarland
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Hayley Schiebel 

Creating a New England Salt Marsh Sediment Profile: Methods and Implications for Climate Change Mitigation Strategies 
Taylor Templeton
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Hayley Schiebel, Dr. Lawrence R. De Geest  

Mathematics & Computer Science

Stack Exchange: Specialization Or Broadness?
Maria Aldalati
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Dmitry Zinoviev

Why Follow When You Can Lead? Analysis of Twitter Data of 2016 Presidential Candidates
Philip Butler
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Dmitry Zinoviev

Evolution of Mental Stigma Corpus over 160 Years
Spencer Hommel, Dr. Gary D. Fireman
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Dmitry Zinoviev

Classification of Sephora Product Categories Based on Seasonal Purchase Patterns
Eduard Sindiukov
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Dmitry Zinoviev

Geometric Brownian Motion and Stochastic Modeling of the Stock Market
Margaret Walter
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Xinxin Jiang

Physics

Neutron detection methods around an AmBe source
Dylan Barbagallo, Phuc Mach
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Walter Johnson

The Big Dipper through multiple realities
Brian Hassett
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Walter Johnson

Using Virtual Reality to Explain Neutron Scattering
Molly McDonough
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Walter Johnson

Digitizing Analog Detector Outputs with an Oscilloscope
Jackson Nolan, John Thomas
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Walter Johnson

Psychology

Genetic Variations Associated with Executive Functions
Jessie Bui, Jessica Pan
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Gansler

Intellectual and Developmental Functioning in Young Children Treated with Proton Radiation Therapy
Safia Elyounssi, Casey Evans, MS, Dr. Margaret Pulsifer (MGH: Psychology Assessment Center)
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Gansler

Understudied Components of Mindfulness Processes
Ryan Harris
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Matthew Jerram

Keynote Speaker

From Boston to Beijing: Sustaining the World’s Large Marine Ecosystem

Kenneth Sherman, Director, Large Marine Ecosystems Program at NOAA

Presenters

Biology

Mechanistic Insights into the Intracellular Survival of Swphylococc11s a11reus in the Oropharyngeal Cells
Sabrina Ali
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Maghnus O'Seaghdha

Cloning TCA genes to study protein-protein interactio ns
Sabrina Ali, Sidali Beriane, David Bryant, Haley Dame, Olivia Damore, Shaina Doriean, Barshana Karki, Lily Johnsky, Milagros Median, Brendan Moriarty, Haley Pellan, Sabrina Phanor, Vanna Ren, Lydia Riffert, Jean Shahriar, Nicholas Silva, Sara Tavana, Yameena Vincent, Andy Wu
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Celeste Peterson

Colonization of Healthy Adults with Community-Associated Methicillin-Resistant
Staphylococcus aureus
Olivia Huber, Bouchra Benghomari, Sara Tavana, Joanna O'Gorman (Simmons College), Gillian Weaver (Simmons), Angel Wong (Simmons), Jyl Richards (Simmons), Dr. Susan Duty (Simmons), Dr. Elizabeth Scott (Simmons)
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Maghnus O'Seaghdha

Culturing the YL1/2 Hybridoma Cell Line to Harvest and Quantify the YL1/2 anti-tubulin Monoclonal Antibody using ELISA
Barshana Karki, Dr. Annette McGehee

CoxR directly inhibits cytochrome p450 gene expression
Marissa Kaufman, Domenic Abbondanza, Brandon Smolarek, Nicholas Maragos, Aubrey Bryan
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Celeste Peterson

Identifying the Pathway to Survival for Intracellular Staphylococcus aureus
Brittania Moodie, Dr. Maghnus O'Seaghdha

How does the DAF-7 pathway regulate levels of GLR-1? The potential role of candidate genes
Josette Nammour, Dr. Annette McGehee

How closely can we estimate an extinct mammal's age at the time of death?
Kcee Ortega, Brooke Heathco, Dr. Eric Dewar

Selected Scientific Illustrations
Claire Schneider
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Eric Dewar

Educational Visualization of scientific data in 3D
Sara Tavana, Anh Nguyen (Graphic Design)
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Celeste Peterson, Dr. Melanie Berkmen, and Dr. Walter Johnson
RpoS Regulation by RbsD in Escherichia coli
Thomas Tran, Dylan Parsons, Cheikh Diop, Adrian Lambert
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Celeste Peterson

ClpXP substrates during growth and starvation
Casey Tsimbal, Amberly Mendes, Tatjana Von Rosen
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Celeste Peterson

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Characterization of a key mating protein of the bacterium Bacillus subtilis
Haley Dame, Kacie McCarty, Sydney Thomas
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Melanie Berkmen

Method Development for GC-MS Detection of Dimethylsulfone
Chaim Wigder, Dr. Denyce Wicht

Adsorption and Hydrolysis of Volatile Methyl Siloxanes on Alumina Surfaces
Kevin Fabrizio
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kelsey M. Stocker

Biochemical analysis of novel, clinically-relevant mutations of human recombinant fumarase
Olivia Damore, Nadia Grimaud, Jan Khaksari, Nicholas Silva, Zahra Almajed, lyonna Couvertier, Haley Dame, Marissa Feeley, Betelhem Gemechu, Olivia Huber, Lily Johnsky, Barshana Karki, Amberly Mendes, Mohamed Nasser Mohi Eddin, Arianna Oranczak, Kcee Ortega, Dylan Parsons, Ayah Samman 
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Melanie Berkmen

Mathematics & Computer Science

Portraying the Perfect Reviewer
Maria Aldalati
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Dmitry Zinoviev

160 years of Mental Illness Stigma 
Spencer Hommel, Cong Do Nguyen 
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Dmitry Zinoviev

Environmental Science

New England Mercury: Sources and Implications
Charles Batchelder
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Hayley N. Schiebel

Ocean Acidification Impacts on Coral Calcification: Temperate versus Tropical Climates
Sara Bistany
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Hayley N. Schiebel

The Climate Change -Induced Effect of Wildfires on Caribou Populations in Canadian Taigas
Christopher Butterworth
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Hayley N. Schiebel

Climate Change-Induced Acidification of Salt Marshes: Causes and Impacts
Alexandra MacFarland
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Hayley N. Schiebel

The Fate and Transport of Heavy Metals to Freshwater Systems Induced by Road Salts in Boston, Massachusetts
Brianna Martinez
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Patricia Hogan

Physics & Engineering

Foil Activation Correction Factors for Beta Decay Analysis
Allen AlfadheI
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Walter Johnson

Arduino and Geiger Muller Tube Radiation Detection
Dylan Barbagallo
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Walter Johnson

3D Constellations via the Hololens
Rhylee Cole, Anh Nguyen
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Walter Johnson

Pattern Formation and Synchronization of Nanoparticles 
Pierce Giamportone, Wei Lu 
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Prashant Sharma

Absorption Cross Sections in Metals for Applications in Neutron Energy Spectroscopy
Paul Johnson
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Walter Johnson

Recompression of Bubble Neutron Detectors Post-Radiation
Molly McDonough, Mario Rojas, Allen Alfadhel
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Walter Johnson

Flying Neutrons: The Physics of Mapping Neutron Radiation and Scattering in a Medical Facility Using Bubble Detectors
Mario Rojas, Molly McDonough, Allen Alfadhel, Paul Johnson, Jack Thomas, Jackson Nolan, Erick Bergstrom
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Walter Johnson

Physics Applications of the Microsoft HoloLens
Jackson Nolan
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Walter Johnson

Beta Decay Detection and Analysis of Neutron Activated Foils
John Thomas, Allen Alfadhel, Paul Johnson
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Walter Johnson

Resonant Power Transfer
Yang Yan, Alhassan Alsharif, Yanyu Hu
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mohamed Zatet

Psychology

Moral Foundations as Predictors of Compassion
Meghan Danaher
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michael Suvak

Cognitive and Behavioral Functioning in Children under 4 Years Following Proton Radiation for Brain Tumor
Yamalia Garcia, Casey Louise Evans, Dr. Margaret B. Pulsifer (MGH), Dr. David Gansler

Examining the Effect of Trauma on Community-level Resilience in Children Isis Garcia-Rodriguez, Kerrie Pieloch, MS, Dr. Amy Marks

Previous STEAM Receptions