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Joana Mora '18
Better Understanding Cancer

After watching the documentary Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies and having family members battle with cancer, Joana Mora’18 was determined to play a role in cancer research. This summer, under the advisement of Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Mark Sasaki, she studied cancer by looking into whether RNF43, a protein coding gene mutated in many types of cancers, is a transcriptional target of p53, a tumor suppressor gene. Understanding their relationship helps explain how various forms of cancer begin.  More ...

Lindsay LaBarge '17, Maya Montgomery '18
Programming Collaborators

Lyndsay LaBarge ’17 and Maya Montgomery ’18 spent this summer working on the design and implementation of CSPy, a variation of the programming language Python. The research is under the supervision of Associate Professor of Computer Science Alistair Campbell.  More ...

Aida Shadrav '17 (foreground) and Willa Mihalyi-Koch '19 wait for a plasma cleaner to do its work in Professor Farah Dawood's lab.
Chemistry Students Attempt to Improve Spectroscopy Signal

In recent years, Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) has become valuable because it allows for the cost effective, rapid detection of small molecules without destroying or altering them. Particularly, in biology and chemistry fields, it allows one to identify biological samples like DNA and proteins, detect trace levels of explosives, and can be used in medical diagnostics.  More ...

Tyler Rhind '18 and his fellow researchers at VA Medical Center in New Haven, Conn.
Better Understanding the Brain

What is consciousness?’ The question has compelled Tyler Rhind ’18 to think about the relationship between the brain, behavior and awareness since taking courses in neuroscience and consciousness last year. While so far little is known about the links between them, Rhind hopes to further the understanding of consciousness through studying the effects of marijuana on short-term memory and how they relate to schizophrenia.  More ...

Anna Mowat '18
Energy Star

In the U.S, buildings account for about 40% of primary energy use and 40% of C02 emissions. Improving energy conservation and efficiency is important for individuals today, but more so, for future generations. One way to increase efficiency is through accessible information for individual homeowners. This summer, physics and environmental studies double major Anna Mowat ’18 is tackling this issue by studying the heating efficiency of residential buildings. Her goal is to develop an accurate model that helps understand and improve the efficiency of residential houses. The research is supervised by Professor of Physics Seth Major.  More ...

Russian Elite Poll 2016
Washington Post Publishes Rivera's Analysis of Russian Poll

Titled “Russian elites are more expansionist, militaristic, and anti-American than at any point since 1993,” an analysis published in the Washington Post’s blog, The Monkey Cage, by Associate Professor of Government Sharon Werning Rivera affirms the article’s title.  The July 22 piece was written by Rivera with students in her Levitt Research Group – James Bryan ’16, Emma Raynor ’18, and Hunter Sobczak ’17.  More ...

Sebastian Lissarangue ’18, Nico Yardas ’18, Professor Alan Cafruny and Ryan Franquiz ’18.
Is Latin American “Pink Tide” Really Ebbing?

In the late 1990s, many Latin American countries turned away from the democratization and free market economies promoted by the United States. Instead, leaders such as Hugo Chávez, Lula da Silva and Evo Morales inaugurated a new era of left-leaning social movements and policies known as the Pink Tide. Over the past five years, many have surmised that Latin America is turning away from the values of the Pink Tide. A Levitt Summer Research Group is now researching the extent to which that’s true.  More ...

From left. Jonah Boucher, Jake McDougall (runner), Macy Lawler,  Elisa MacColl, Ray Schulmeyer, Henry Kang, Audrey Love and Truman Landowski.
New High-Tech Equipment for Vertebrate Physiology Lab

When Assistant Professor of Biology Cynthia Downs was awarded a Christian A. Johnson Teaching Enhancement award in November 2015, she used the grant to upgrade and expand the vertebrate physiology-teaching lab and offer students high-tech approaches to study aerobic fitness.  More ...

Olivia Box '17
A Beekeeper's Exploration

 In Germany, the rapeseed honey produced in the spring is known to have an exceptionally sweet taste, and draws a great demand in the honey market. As a beekeeper for eight years, Olivia Box ’17 did not want to miss the opportunity to learn about rapeseed honey and work with bees. This summer, she joined the research group of Sina Alizadeh and Hermann Behling at University of Göttingen in Germany. The goal of the research is to determine the efficiency of pollination at various hive placements.  More ...

Alexander Baradari '17 at the Rocco Ortenzio Neuroimaging Lab.
Looking for Insight into Multiple Sclerosis

Alexander Baradari ’17, a neuroscience major, said that he wants to help improve the lives of individuals affected by debilitating diseases. This summer as a research intern, he is studying Multiple Sclerosis (MS) at the Rocco Ortenzio Neuroimaging Lab, part of the Select Medical Research Hospital in West Orange, N.J., in order to increase the understanding of the disease. His summer research advisor is Dr. Brian Yao.  More ...

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