2009/2010 STEM Fellows

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Benjamin V. Fell, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering Department -Increase the versatility of the structural laboratory by investing in more advanced hydraulic actuators, testing apparatuses, data acquisition equipment, and technologically advanced presentation methods such as a SMART Board and computer output monitors. This equipment will significantly enhance the research capabilities of the structural testing laboratory at CSUS while directly benefiting the undergraduate lab curriculum.

Vera Margoniner, Assistant Professor, Physics & Astronomy Department - Create a real and online community to support K12 science teachers and to prepare more physics majors for K12 education careers. This community would include a substantial online component with 24/7 teacher access to a rich variety of materials and integrate the physics majors who are concentrating in teacher preparation.

Virginia Matzek, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies Department - Establish stand-alone Research Experience for Undergraduates site in "Restoration of Ecosystem Services in Riparian Areas of the Central Valley, California." The main thrust of the research, already in progress, is to measure carbon sequestration in restored riparian forests.

Katherine McReynolds, Associate Professor, Chemistry Department - Development of new and higher yielding strategies for appending sugars to dendrimers, the creation of a variety of novel dendrimer cores, and ultimately, the synthesis of new and more potent glycodendrimers as anti-viral agents. Every stage of this process will involve undergraduate and graduate researchers.

Yong Suh, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department - Develop a set of educational software tools based on 3D computer graphics to increase the retention rate in mechanical engineering. Students will learn spatial reasoning and engineering graphics contents by interactively rotating, viewing the 3D virtual objects. The proposed method will implement true 3D models that are dynamically generated via student's interactive learning activities.