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POSTER SESSION 2009

Organized by Dr. Eugenia A. Skirta, Department of Mathematics and Mrs. Karen Stylianides, MS, Department of Physical Education Teacher Education

ABSTRACTS
Alphabetical by last name of the presenting author. The first author is the presenting author, unless otherwise specified. Graduate students are denoted with an asterisk.

*Connors, Ryan M.1, Angeli, Jeffry J.1, Angelo, Mark E.1, Bednarczyk, Kyle F.1, Bukoski, Matthew G.1, Devlin, Megan A.1, Fanicase, Justin A.1, Gutschmidt, Amanda E.1, Hamburger, Christopher G.1, Jimison, Jonelle L.1, Kuder, Anthony P.1, Lance, Ashley J.1, Lombardo, Molly A.1, Mallas II, Edward E.1,2, Mc Cann, Cynthia M.1, Miszler, Jason E.3, Monahan, Benjamin1, Nolan, Erik J.1, Patterson, Amy Y.1, Porter, Lisa C.1, Sandt, Alysha M.1, Simcic, Stephanie1, Slater, Mitchell A.1, Sparks, Telsa O.1, Walls, Caleb D.1, 1Department of Mathematics, 2Department of Physics, 3Department of Computer Science, East Stroudsburg University.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Olivia M. Carducci, Department of Mathematics, East Stroudsburg University.

COMBAT CARBON EMISSIONS: NON-COMMUTERS. - The objective of this model is to estimate the carbon emissions that result from non-commuting vehicles at East Stroudsburg University. Non-commuters include buses used for sporting events and university-owned vehicles. University-owned vehicles include the University Ridge busses, maintenance, and police vehicles. This model will use data provided by the university to evaluate methods of possible reduction for these carbon emissions. This project’s main goal is to assist the university in achieving carbon neutrality while maintaining a reasonable budget. This model will be useful to a successful sustainability campaign. Preserving the environment is an important goal for the faculty and student populations of this university.

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Hayden, Brandi L.1., Tucci, Sarah M.2, Biancamano, Vincent J.3, Wenning, Victoria4, and Ludy, Alyssa L5, 1Undecided, 2Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, 3Department of History, 4Department of Communication Studies, 5Department of Psychology, East Stroudsburg University.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Cem Zeytinoglu, Department of Communication Studies, East Stroudsburg University.
Reducing Carbon Footprint - A carbon footprint is the measure of the amount of carbon dioxide (the major man-made global warming greenhouse gas) that goes into the atmosphere as you go about your daily life. Almost everything you do affects it: turning on a coffee maker, driving a car, buying food, taking a ride on a passenger jet or simply sending an email.
*Hill, Brandon C., Department of Physical Education Teacher Education, East Stroudsburg University.

Faculty Mentor: Mrs. Karen Stylianides, MS, Department of Physical Education Teacher Education, East Stroudsburg University.

TRASH: It’s A Disease. - This is a lesson plan designed to show students how recycling can influence the prevention of various disease spreading caused by different types of pathogens. The students studied how garbage can lead to the spread of disease in third world countries, and how a recycling program could benefit those areas and limit the diseases found there. The students developed a recycling program for the schools to put into place and considered different types of materials that they would like to recycle, and the different types of pathogens that this recycling program could potentially stop from spreading.

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Ludy, Alyssa L.5, Biancamano, Vincent J.3, Tucci, Sarah M.2, Hayden, Brandi L.1, and Wenning, Victoria4, 1Undecided, 2Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, 3Department of History, 4Department of Communication Studies, 5Department of Psychology, East Stroudsburg University.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Cem Zeytinoglu, Department of Communication Studies, East Stroudsburg University.
Zero Waste - Zero waste suggests that the entire concept of waste should be eliminated.  Instead, waste should be thought of as a “residual product” or simply a “potential resource” to counter our basic acceptance of waste as a normal course of events.  Opportunities such as reduced costs, increased profits, and reduced environmental impacts are found when returning these “residual products” or “resources” as food to either natural or industrial systems.  This may involve redesigning both products and processes in order to eliminate hazardous properties that make them unusable and unmanageable in quantities that overburden both industry and the environment.

Niemann, Roy A., Department of Physics, East Stroudsburg University.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mark Stewart, Department of Physics, East Stroudsburg University.

SOLAR CELLS INDOORS? - There may be a benefit to bringing a solar panel indoors. The benefit is that it may reduce the cost of mounting the solar cell and allow for temperature control. One drawback is that the glass may absorb some of the potential solar energy. My research consists of experimentally comparing power collected by the solar cell without glass with the power collected behind two different types of glass (tinted glass of the new Science Technology Building and the Gessner Science Hall.) The effect of glass on solar collection is likely well known both theoretically and experimentally, however, my work quantifies results specifically for several sites on ESU’s campus.

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Patterson, Amy Y.1, Angeli, Jeffry J.1, Angelo, Mark E.1, Bednarczyk, Kyle F.1, Bukoski, Matthew G.1, Connors, Ryan M.1, Devlin, Megan A.1, Fanicase, Justin A.1, Gutschmidt, Amanda E.1, Hamburger, Christopher G.1, Jimison, Jonelle L.1, Kuder, Anthony P.1, Lance, Ashley J.1, Lombardo, Molly A.1, Mallas II, Edward E.1,2, Mc Cann, Cynthia M.1, Miszler, Jason E.3, Monahan, Benjamin1, Nolan, Erik J.1, Porter, Lisa C.1, Sandt, Alysha M.1, Simcic, Stephanie1, Slater, Mitchell A.1, Sparks, Telsa O.1, Walls, Caleb D.1, 1Department of Mathematics, 2Department of Physics, 3Department of Computer Science, East Stroudsburg University.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Olivia M. Carducci, Department of Mathematics, East Stroudsburg University.

COMBAT CARBON EMISSIONS: COMMUTERS. - The objective of this model is to estimate the carbon emissions of the commuters for East Stroudsburg University. This model will use data provided by the university to evaluate methods of possible reduction for these carbon emissions. For purposes of this model, commuters are defined as faculty, staff, and students who do not live on campus. This model will take into account these scheduling variations amongst students, faculty, and staff. This project’s main goal is to assist the university in achieving carbon neutrality while maintaining a reasonable budget. This model will be useful to a successful sustainability campaign. Preserving the environment is an important goal for the faculty and student populations of this university.

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Tucci, Sarah M.2, Biancamano, Vincent J.3, Ludy, Alyssa L.5, Hayden, Brandi L.1, and Wenning, Victoria4, 1Undecided, 2Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, 3Department of History, 4Department of Communication Studies, 5Department of Psychology, East Stroudsburg University.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Cem Zeytinoglu, Department of Communication Studies, East Stroudsburg University.

Ecological Conservation - In order to improve the environmental quality, it is not only needed to conduct pollution control around the city urban itself, but also needed to strengthen the ecological conservation and construction at city-wide and regional level. The long-term objective for a permanent improvement of the urban environment needs a healthy regional ecological system.

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Wenning, Victoria4, Tucci, Sarah M.2, Biancamano, Vincent J.3, Hayden, Brandi L.1, and Ludy, Alyssa L.5, 1Undecided, 2Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, 3Department of History, 4Department of Communication Studies, 5Department of Psychology, East Stroudsburg University.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Cem Zeytinoglu, Department of Communication Studies, East Stroudsburg University.

Alternative Energy Sources - While energy surrounds us in all aspects of life, the ability to harness it and use it for constructive ends as economically as possible is the challenge before mankind. Alternative energy refers to energy sources which are not based on the burning of fossil fuels or the splitting of atoms. The renewed interest in this field of study comes from the undesirable effects of pollution (as witnessed today) both from burning fossil fuels and from nuclear waste byproducts. Fortunately there are many means of harnessing energy which have less damaging impacts on our environment. 

 

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POSTER SESSION 2010

Organized by Dr. Eugenia A. Skirta, Department of Mathematics and Mrs. Karen Stylianides, MS, Department of Physical Education Teacher Education

ABSTRACTS

Alphabetical by last name of the presenting author. The first author is the presenting author, unless otherwise specified. Graduate students are denoted with an asterisk.

*Collenburg, Scott A.1, Hu, Shixiong2, and Skirta, Eugenia A.3
1 Department of Biological Sciences, 2 Department of Geography, 3 Department of Mathematics, East Stroudsburg University
Additional Authors and Affiliations: Coldwater Heritage Partnership, Brodhead Watershed Association, and Monroe County Conservation District
*Faculty Mentor: Dr. Shixiong Hu, Department of Geography, Dr. Eugenia A. Skirta, Department of Mathematics, East Stroudsburg University

MODELING STREAM TEMPERATURE ON FOREST HILLS RUN

Stream temperature is influenced by a number of variables, both natural and anthropogenic. Riparian vegetation, climate, and anthropogenic sources, such as wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) discharge, can significantly alter stream water temperature. The warming of a section of a stream can be deciphered by studying relationships between air and water temperature. This study should provide insight into the dynamic relationship between air and stream temperature. Regression analysis of stream and air temperature should reveal the predictive capability of this data. The use of statistical software, Matlab and Excel, provide the tools to fit a model to stream temperature. The ultimate goal of this study is to use the model to predict historical temperature trends on Forest Hills Run due to the explanatory variable, air temperature, therefore, providing a possible explanation of stream temperature increase in this watershed.

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Cortez, Edgar College of Business and Management, East Stroudsburg University

RESPIRATORY DISEASES IN THE UNITED STATES

The frequency calculation results of several selected diseases will be presented at the end of the study. Those selected diseases will include emphysema, asthma, hay fever, sinusitis and chronic bronchitis. These diseases are wide spread, have an impact on an affected person’s life, and the economy. These results will include persons 18 years of age and older. Selected categorical variables such as gender, age group, race, education, family income, region, place of residence, and marital status will be used. This study will focus on trends in each disease’s spread across different categories. A least-square regression line for each category will be calculated and will present results graphically with histograms and boxplots.

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Cramer, Harry J.1, Abicht, Ernest J.1, Anderson, Shaun M.2, Castner, Jonathan P.1, Gilliand, Tristyn A.1, Godek, Gabriela M.1, Hahn, Matthew R.1, Hill, Brittany A.1, Iwanowski, Scott T.1, Labatch, Christopher G.1, Mahaffay, Kayla A.4, Miller, Chrissa L.1, Oliver, Jacob N.5, Riggs, Lauren A.1, Seier, Kenneth P.1, Stewart, Jeffrey S.3, Tinney, John D.4, Ufondu, Uzodinma C.1, Walz, Kristin A.1, White, Jeffrey C.1

1Department of Mathematics, 2Mathematics and Chemistry Departments, 3Mathematics and Computer Science Departments, 4Mathematics and Economics Departments, 5Mathematics and Physics Departments

*Faculty Mentor: Dr. Olivia M. Carducci, Department of Mathematics, East Stroudsburg University

REDUCING ESU’S CO2: FOCUS ON COMMUTERS

One of the most significant issues the environment faces is carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Recent attempts to combat this situation have been made by many organizations along with colleges and universities around the world by going green. East Stroudsburg University is one of the many institutions trying to reduce their carbon footprint by lowering their CO2 emissions.

Our study will focus on the large commuter population of the university. By collecting and analyzing pertinent data, our team will propose changes in commuting procedures and university policies. These propositions may include, but are not limited to charging for parking, incentives for carpooling, establishing a park and ride, running a local bus, and implementing schedule changes. Our mathematical analysis will determine which method would be most effective and viable for the university. The implementation of these changes will have a positive impact on the university by reducing its carbon footprint.

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*Godfrey, Elmer J Department of Computer Science, East Stroudsburg University

*Faculty Mentor: Dr. Robert Marmelstein, Department of Computer Science, East Stroudsburg University

AUTOMATED THERMOSTAT REGULATION USING USERS POSITION AND SCHEDULE TO STATISTICALLY PREDICT USERS ARRIVAL TIME

All consumers do not have an easily predictable daily schedule. Thermostat programming, (used to control home/office temperature) is a tedious and repetitive task. Latitude and longitude data captured by a phone/mobile device can be transmitted to a computer which can keep track of the consumers’ location. This location data can be used to modify the thermostat once the consumer follows a software recognized pattern which leads software to conclude (through a high enough probability) the user is returning to the location that is controlled by the thermostat.

Authors will implement the system described above and experiment with the system to determine its’ performance. This system will save energy, consumers’ time, and money, not to mention improving consumers comfort without unnecessary effort on their part.

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Miszler, Jason E1, *Hill, Brittany A.2, and Erik Nolan J.2

1 Department of Computer Science, 2 Department of Mathematics, East Stroudsburg University

*Faculty Mentor: Dr. Eugenia A. Skirta, Department of Mathematics, East Stroudsburg University

YELLOWSTONE GRIZZLIES – ALAYZING THE PAST TO PRESERVE THE FUTURE

We will present our data analysis and modeling results of the temporal and spatial dynamics of the grizzly population in Yellowstone National Park for the period of 1986-2004. Trend lines such as cubic splines and polynomials, their derivatives and other modeling results calculated by using MatLab and SPSS software allowed us to analyze changes in the bear population. Error analysis of several interpolation models has proved to be instrumental in helping us decide which model would produce the best fit for the data. We also hope to learn ways to preserve the population of the endangered grizzly bear. The latter is an important ecological problem in the USA and worldwide.

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Niemann, Roy A. Department of Physics, East Stroudsburg University

*Faculty Mentor: Professor Mark Stewart, Department of Physics, East Stroudsburg University

IMPROVING FUEL ECONOMY: AIR FILTRATION AND POWER

We are often looking for ways to improve our energy deficiency to be able to sustain a better way of life. Internal combustion engines power much of the transportation across the United States. Even minor improvements made to them will help us in our sustainability efforts. This project links air filtration system flow rates to engine power and efficiency. The data collected and presented from flow tests will show pressure restrictions of each filter element. Through those data, links will be looked at to see if the effects of this newly designed air filter will create a more powerful and efficient engine.

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Stylianides, Karen J. and Jeong, Mihye, Physical Education Teacher Education Department, East Stroudsburg University

A KINETIC LOOK AT MAKING A CARBON FOOTPRINT IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Transportation is the key to our livelihood. People use several different types of transportation (e.g., cars, buses, trucks, trains, and bicycles.) to go from a place to a place. With technology today we are able to identify how these different modes of transportation can affect our daily lives in the form of a carbon footprint. The purpose of this lesson is to provide children with ideas on how different modes of transportation create different amounts of carbon dioxide. Students will be asked to travel around an open space while dropping their predetermined carbon dioxide footprint on the ground simulating what it would look like if we could actually see a carbon footprint.

Students will then be asked to explore new ways of transportations that would help eliminate carbon dioxide in the environment. As a result this educational process will help children identify what carbon dioxide is and how it affects our environment in the Physical Education classroom.