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2020 Online Presentations

The 2020 Petersheim Academic Exposition was held online, with presentations delivered through Microsoft Teams. View the presentations using the links below.

Monday, April 20, 2020

CURE, GORE, and CORE Poster Session
Sulie L. ChangTin-Chun ChuJessica Cottrell 
The poster session focused on course-based research that engaged both graduate and undergraduate students in next generation omics research by enhancing their analytical and presentation skills and giving them the opportunity to use IPA and publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
10 a.m. – Noon. Click here to view.

2020 Petersheim Academic Exposition Opening Ceremony
Sulie L. ChangJose L. Lopez
Welcome Address from Dr. Joseph Nyre, President 
Keynote Speakers: Dean’s Panel  
Bonita Stanton, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine 
John Buschman, University Libraries 
Maureen Gillette, College of Education and Human Services 
Courtney Smith, School of Diplomacy and International Relations 
Karen Van Norman, Office of the Dean of Students and Community Development
Deirdre Yates, College of Communication and the Arts 
Peter Shoemaker, College of Arts and Sciences 
Marie Foley, College of Nursing 
Joyce Strawser, Stillman School of Business 
Msgr. Joseph R. Reilly, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology
Noon – 2 p.m. Click here to view.

SHU OMICs Oral Presentations
Sulie L. ChangTin-Chun ChuJessica Cottrell 
This oral session focused on course-based research that engaged both graduate and undergraduate students in next generation omics research by enhancing their analytical skills and giving them the opportunity to use IPA and publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Click here to view.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Petersheim Interdisciplinary & Study Abroad Poster Session  
Martha Schoene 
9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Click here to view. Presentations included:

Algal Blooms in Lake Hopatcong
Hanna Filosa
College of Arts and Sciences
Biology, Environmental Policy, Introduction to Geology
Over the past summer there were ecological changes the sudden increase in algal blooms and eutrophication in Lake Hopatcong, NJ. Through my research I have discovered. The harmful algal blooms in Lake Hopatcong of northern New Jersey were caused by the warmer summer months starting in June, mixed with run-off fertilizers containing high levels of phosphorus and nitrogen. This led to a breeding ground for cyanobacteria, the main microbe causing eutrophication. With more funding and research into the conditions that cause this environmental issue prevention methods will be implemented in the future. I hope to continue this research, in conjunction with the Lake Hopatcong Water Commission, during the summer of 2020 to see how the increase in temperature effects the overall growth of the cyanobacteria and its effect on the surrounding biota and organisms surrounding the lake.
View the full poster presentation »

Going Down the Drain-The River Indus (Pakistan)
Nimra Noor
College of Arts and Sciences
Introduction of Geology
The Indus one of Asia's rivers. From its source in the northwestern foothills of the Himalayas, it flows through the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir and along the length of Pakistan to the Arabian Sea. The river and its five tributaries together make up the Indus Basin, which spans four countries and supports 215 million people. However, the increasing sedimentation in the Indus River is a major threat to one of Asia’s main water body.
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Winter Storms: Beach Erosion
Salma Elmalah and Jenna Iorio
College of Arts and Science Environmental Studies
Introduction of Geology
Beach erosion has impacted the entire state of New Jersey shorelines. Beach erosion can be defined as the loss of sand due to wind and water movement. It has the ability to transfer deeper into water or come up shore onto open roads. Overall, our research has led to discover the causes, effects and possible solutions that can protect New Jersey beaches and reduce the damage of winter storms. With the help of the state, communities, and organizations we have the ability to protect ourselves and beaches from the destruction of winter storms.
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Martin County, Kentucky-Coal Slurry Spill
Shajeda J. Uddin
College of Arts and Science
Introduction to Geology
For nearly two decades, little has been done to resolve the October 11, 2000 Massey Energy 306 million gallons coal slurry spill into the two Tug Fork tributaries of Wolf Creek and Coldwater Fork. This spill has polluted the Big Sandy River and its tributaries of the Ohio River. This environmental issue has contaminated the water supply for over 27,000 residents. My research explores the short- and long-term solutions for the residents of Kentucky.
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Core English Expo: Student Art in the Time of COVID-19
Images created by students in Dr. Chris McGunnigle and Prof. Sioux Patashnik's Core English I and II classes
with six-word memoirs contributed from Dr. Gail Vignola's Core English II students
Compiled by English Department faculty member, Chris McGunnigle 
College of Arts and Science
View the full poster presentation »

Student Research and Library Support During the COVID-19 Crisis
Alan Delozier 
10 – Noon. Click here to view.

Petersheim Interdisciplinary & Study Abroad Oral Presentations Event 
Martha Schoene 
2 – 5 p.m. Click here to view.

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Poster Session
Cosimo AntonacciRev. Gerald BuonopaneJames Hanson 
5 – 9 p.m. Click here to view.

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Petersheim Symposium
David LaviskaJames Hanson 
Keynote Speaker: Jane Wissinger, University of Minnesota
"Green Chemistry: Paying it Forward for a Sustainable Future"
5:45 – 7 p.m. Click here to view.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Open Educational Resources Virtual Workshop 
Lisa Rose-Wiles
The high cost of textbooks is a growing concern in higher education, especially as tuition and living costs continue to rise. New Jersey Senate Bill S 768 (now enacted) requires institutions of higher education to develop an open textbook plan. While there are several ways to reduce textbook costs, the most effective is to adopt "open" textbooks that are free to use and demonstrate support for the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement. At this online workshop, Seton Hall librarians explained the benefits of OER and provided faculty with information and resources for using open textbooks in their courses.
This event was sponsored by the University Libraries and the Center for Faculty Development.
11 a.m.-Noon. Click here to view.

Communication in Abrahamic Religions: Scripture and Social Power
Organizer: Jon Radwan, Institute for Communication and Religion 
12:30-1:45 p.m. Click here to view.

Visiting Scholar Research Colloquium 
Fanli Jia
Visiting Scholars presented their research in this colloquium. They were:

  • Prof. Hui Yu, Harbin Normal University
    "Classroom Discipline: Observation on Chinese Culture from the Lens of Child Education"
    SHU Adviser: Dr. Fanli Jia, Department of Psychology

  • Prof. Kai Qin, Nanjing University
    "The Two 'Open Letters': A Call for US-China Cooperation in a Time of Pandemic"
    SHU Adviser: Dr. Zheng Wang, School of Diplomacy & International Relations 

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Click here to view.

Diplomacy Senior Independent Research: A Sampler
Rev. Brian Muzas 
“Government Corruption and Economic Growth: Does Government Corruption Affect Economic Growth in Post-2003 Iraq?” Presented by Ali H. Aljarrah 

“Where We Go One, We Go All: The QAnon Movement and Violent Rhetoric on Twitter” Presented by Samuel Planck 

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Click here to view.

Department of Physics Student Research Symposia
Jose L. Lopez 
M.S. in Physics Thesis Defense: Adam Zandani 
6 – 7 p.m. Click here to view.

Department of Physics Student Research Symposia: Oral and Poster Presentations 
Jose L. Lopez 
7 – 9 p.m. Click here to view.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Baccalaureate Social Work Poster Presentations: Examining Poverty from a Social Justice Perspective 
Dawn Apgar
8:30 – 10 a.m. Click here to view the video presentations from the event.

Peoples and Cultures of America Symposium 
Organizer: Forrest Pritchett
8:30 – 10 a.m. Click here to view.

Coronavirus Science Panel Discussion
Cosimo Antonacci
Coronavirus has impacted the very fabric of our daily lives. The panel discussion centered on COVID-19 virology, diagnostic assays, scientific funding impacts as well as lessons learned from other nations, religious and bioethical implications. The panelists were all members of our Seton Hall community and included: Dr. Brian Nichols, Dr. Gregory Wiedman, Fr. Joseph Laracy, Dr. Sulie L. Chang, Dr. Tin-Chun Chu, Dr. Ning Zhang and Dr. Bryan Pilkington. The session included brief presentations by each panelist on a select topic, followed by questions from the audience. Dr. Cosimo Antonacci served as the moderator. 
11 a.m. – Noon. Click here to view.

SHMS Faculty Research Symposium
Organizer: Michael LaFountaineBryan Pilkington
– 2 p.m. Click here to view.

Perspectives, Diversity & Inclusion Symposium 
Organizer: Forrest Pritchett
– 3 p.m. Click here to view.

Friday, April 24, 2020

First Year Symposium
Organizer: Forrest Pritchett
9 – 10 a.m. Click here to view.

Department of History: Honors in History Theses Presentations 
Kirsten Schultz
Students majoring in History presented original research conducted in the Department of History's Honors in History Program. 
9 a.m. – Noon. Click here to view.

Mandela King-Symposium on Global Justice: Lessons to be Learned from the Coronavirus Pandemic 
Organizer: Forrest Pritchett
11 a.m. – Noon. Click here to view.

Psychology Research Symposium
 Amy Joh
1 – 3 p.m. Click here to view.

Mathematics, Computer Science & Data Science Student Research Showcase 
 Thomas Marlowe
3 – 4:30 p.m. Click here to view.

Data Science Meets Compliance
Speaker: Christian Clarke, M.S. student in Data Science
Mentor: Manfred Minimair, Math & CS
Data Science is one of the hottest areas of technology in recent years. "Data Scientist" has even named the sexiest job of the 21st century. Many of the applications are indeed attractive and being implemented in cutting edge and exciting ways. Recommendation engines seem to churn out the perfect product for users. Pathing algorithms allow people to explore and travel places like never before. Programs allow companies to collect more data than ever before and glean deeper insights into the innerworkings of their business. There are several areas that get overlooked when it's time to get a shiny new toy however. Parts of the business that are just as crucial and could truly benefit from the latest that Data Science has to offer. Compliance is a department that most are not familiar with but is crucial to ensuring that the business is abiding by all necessary rules and regulations and stays out of legal issues. This project takes a look at what happens when Data Science meets Compliance.
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Adjacency Eigenvalues for Underlying Split Multigraphs
Speaker: Analisa Espino, B.S. student in mathematics
Mentor: John T. Saccoman, Math & CS
A split graph is a graph whose vertices can be partitioned into a clique and an independent set (whose nodes are called cones). A split graph G is proper if every cone has the same degree. Most results in spectral graph theory do not address multigraph concerns. An exception is [REF], in which the Laplacian spectrum for multigraphs having underlying split graphs of a particular structure was presented. In this work we present a conjecture for the adjacency spectrum of these graphs. Further, if these multigraphs model a satellite communications network, we conjecture a formula for the number of triangles between ground stations and orbiting satellites.
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Technology and Autism: A Survey from the Paraprofessional and Caregiver Perspective
Speaker: Josh Schappel, B.S. student in Computer Science
Mentors: Thomas Marlowe, Math & CS
Katherine Herbert, Computer Science, Montclair State University
Despite 1 in 54 Americans being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder [ASD], they are one of the most underrepresented and misunderstood groups in America. The lack of information, about ASD in general, about diagnosis and treatment, and about supervising and interacting with children with ASD, can lead to misjudgments, lack of timely interventions, and in some cases even abuses. Our research into ASD comprises three efforts: an app for real-time monitoring of minors with ASD for caregivers and parents; a survey bibliography on current monitoring devices, medical discoveries, data science, dataset, and support groups; and, with a team in a year-long software engineering course, a recommender system to provide current information and guidance. 
In this presentation, we look at the first two; the third will be presented separately. The survey will allow better understanding of the relationship between emerging technologies and with medical and other observations. It will provide specialists with an overview of current research, while offering a window into that world for parents and caregivers. We also look at ethical considerations in dealing with a population that is not always able to give full, informed consent.

Leveraging some of that research, we have developed a prototype system utilizing a wearable device heart monitor, to alert a caregiver when an individual with ASD is in distress. This system consists of a Fitbit, Android application and a RESTful API, communicating with one another to deliver timely and accurate information. We have found that current wearable devices available are not sufficient, and discuss what a future wearable device would need for practical use--in particular, by combining Fitbit functionality with location information.
"Data & Statistics on Autism Spectrum Disorder." CDC, 25 Mar. 2020

Recommender Systems: An overview of a year-long class project
Speakers: Prof T. Marlowe, Prof. G. Chang
We give an overview of recommender systems, outline why it was a solid and challenging project for a year-long software engineering course, and how the students have benefitted. Then we look at the five very different team projects, and overview the three that will not be presented separately.
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Autism Searches: A recommender system for ASD related information
Speakers: Sachin Mahashabde, John Bar Eli, Joshua Schappel, Jeremy Suero, Melkishar Delly, B.S. students in Computer Science
Mentors: Garett Chang, Thomas Marlowe
Design of a recommender system was the course project for a year-long software engineering sequence, with each team choosing a different topic. For a combination of academic and personal reasons, we chose to look at ASD. 
As far as we can determine, there is no site that provides all of the following: (1) information on ongoing research, diagnoses, and treatments, (2) advice and guidelines for parents, caregivers and individuals with ASD, and (3) information on stories and events related to ASD. Our application provides and classifies information on all these, and is configurable to individual needs and preferences.

The application is built on a layered architecture, and uses two tools. It interfaces with external API's to browse the web to get the latest articles, both scholarly publications and news. We expect to add articles from organizational sources such as Autism Speaks. It also uses machine learning and other data science tools to filter that information to meet user interests and needs. Users can select articles or topics of interest in their current report, which will guide future selections. Future work would include enriching the user interface.

The software architecture comprises three major parts: a website built in Javascript using the React framework, a backend server built in Java using Spring MVC, and a MySQL database. We have redesigned and refactored the application multiple times, making heavy use of continuous testing, aspects, design patterns, mock objects, and threading, following Robert C. Martin's Clean Code and refactoring principles.
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Cyber Security Search Engine
Speakers: Ajay Shah, Harshal Patel, Eric Gargiulo, B.S. Students in Computer Science 
Mentors: Garett Chang, Thomas Marlowe
The Cyber Security Search Engine project is the development and implementation of a recommender system, which is the byproduct of Seton Hall's Computer Science Software Engineering I and II courses. Our group decided to delve into the topic of cybersecurity. As technology continues growing rapidly, so do persistent threats to cyber security. The need for a competent and up-to-date system that allows any cybersecurity professional to reference data on of how breaches occur is pertinent. The project follows breaches: unauthorized accesses to data, and how individuals tasked with protecting cyber security within their companies can utilize this information to protect themselves from similar breaches.

Cyber Security data is bountiful, there is static information on breaches and are API's that catalogue them, but as we found no competent search engine that allows the user to: (1) Search the large volume breaches through a simple search bar, (2) Return a listing of breaches that give individual information on the breach (location, type of breach, industry, etc.); and (3) Use a comprehensive algorithm that returns breaches that are related to the original breaches searched for. 

The Cybersecurity Search Engine is built on a layered architecture built of three major parts: (1) use of Go-Lang for backend functionality, which includes the entire implementation for the recommendation algorithm; (2) the ECHO Web Framework for supporting website generation for the search website, coded in HTML and JavaScript, and (3) SQLite3 as a medium to the database of breaches, referencing all the hard data we have on breaches plus user information. Our project utilizes a self-developed score-based matrix recommendation system that utilizes tree-map to give quick and accurate recommendations on similar breaches to the one being viewed by the user. 
We are currently expanding our database data to include up-to-date information from a myriad of API's that collect cyber security breach data. Further progress is being made on development of a cleaner user interface, allowing users to make changes to their account, and increasing the user's ability to view new data with the best possible recommendations as they use our website.

2020 Petersheim Academic Exposition Closing Ceremony
Edward Tall 
The formal close to our week of events. The Closing Ceremony consisted of:
Welcoming Address by Dr. Edward Tall
Opening Prayer by Reverend Dr. Forrest Pritchett
Opening Remarks & Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Dr. Sulie L. Chang, Petersheim Committee Co-Chair
Keynote Address by Dr. Shawna Cooper-Gibson, Vice President of Student Services
Petersheim Travel Award Presentation to Awardees & Awardees' Synopses of Work by Dr. Edward Tall
Closing Remarks by Dr. Jose Lopez, Petersheim Committee Co-Chair
3:30 –  5:30 p.m. Click here to view.