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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.

Count Like an Egyptian

Count Like an Egyptian

Fifteen years before the Pyramid of Giza broke ground, the Pharaoh Sneferu oversaw the construction of what is believed to be the first-ever pyramid with smooth, rather than stepped, sides. The plans were grand. The sides were steep. And halfway through construction, the pyramid began to crumble. The 54-degree angle was simply too steep to maintain. The builders scrambled to salvage the massive structure by changing the pyramid’s angle to a more moderate 43 degrees. Today, the wonky-looking structure—known as the Bent Pyramid—still stands.

NSF funds Innovative Projects in Computational Science

NSF funds Innovative Projects in Computational Science

A new $630,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant is supporting an initiative in the School of Science to recruit, retain, and graduate more TCNJ students in computer science, mathematics and statistics. The project, “Innovative Projects in Computational Science” (iPics), will fund nine first-year students and six upper-class students for the 2014-15 academic year, providing scholarships and coordinated support programs such as tutoring, mentoring and advising to supplement those already provided by the college. Each student will receive upwards of $5,000 of scholarship money each year they are in the program.

Biology Major’s Internship at Emory University Hospital Takes an Unexpected Turn

Biology Major’s Internship at Emory University Hospital Takes an Unexpected Turn

Reports about the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa had been in the news throughout the summer when the Pentagon announced that two Americans serving there had been infected and would be transported to the specialized isolation unit at Emory University Hospital for treatment. The news catapulted senior Ryan Le, a senior biology major with a minor in public health, into a hospital administration internship experience that he could not have anticipated when he was accepted into the 12-week Emory program.

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