Speaker Listing 2014

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School of Science



Joseph Chung, PhD

Joe Chung became enamored of "alternative" operating systems such as OS/2 and Linux while pursuing a masters and doctorate in Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1991 to 1996. He administered Solaris and Linux systems at the U.S. EPA, where he also worked as an environmental scientist from 1996 to 2001. From 2001, he has held the title of UNIX Administrator-Teacher in the Computer Science Department at Monmouth University, administering all the department's UNIX servers, labs and workstations, while also teaching courses in UNIX programming and administration. He was a technical editor and contributed chapters on Apache and web development for "UNIX: The Complete Reference," second edition, by Rosen, et al.

Associations: Dept. of Computer Science and Software Engineering

Presentation Topics

Careers in the Computer Science Field
A presentation on careers in the Computer Science Field that is targeted at high school students.
Target Audience(s): High school
Remote Linux Desktop Options
Remote, off-site access to Linux systems must, on occasion, go beyond the command line. The prevalence of municipal and mobile broadband usage has made remote access to Linux X Window system desktops viable. The long-standard ways to remotely login to UNIX systems were telnet and rlogin. These insecure methods have largely been replaced by Secure Shell (ssh). Still, a need sometimes arises to go beyond the command line provided by telnet/rlogin/ssh. For instance, a CS department that standardizes on X Window GUI tools under UNIX for student program development should provide a way for students, especially commuters, to access the same UNIX GUI tools remotely, understanding that most of these students are going to be using a non-UNIX operating system on their personal PCs/laptops.
Target Audience(s): College or University, Community
The OLPC XO-1 laptop: An introduction
The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project was conceived by Nicholas Negroponte of the MIT Media Lab and others over a number of years until 2005 when the project and non-profit organization was formally announced. In the popular press the project began to be referred to as the "$100 laptop," a price point that was a project-stated goal for 2008. The OLPC was to be a laptop targeted at children in the developing world, an educational tool with constructionist learning theory underpinnings. With pre-orders from some countries (including the US) in place, production of the laptop began in late 2007. Though a consumer version of the laptop was not made available, the project's "Give 1 Get 1" program allowed donors to purchase the equivalent of 2 of the laptops, one of which would be donated. The project has run into well-publicized problems in 2008, problems involving product delivery, developer dissatisfaction and the resignation of key project leaders. In spite of the uncertainty surrounding this very young project, the innovations that went into the development of the OLPC seem already to have made an impact on the computer industry, an example being the rising popularity of low-cost subnotebook computers that embrace a philosophy of good-enough computing power, solid state data storage and lower power requirements. This talk will examine the OLPC's design considerations which take into account some of the laptop's intended users, kids in the developing world of limited availability of electricity, non-existent network infrastructures, scarcity of computers in general, kids for whom things such as a desktop-folder user interface metaphor might be meaningless.
Target Audience(s): High school, College or University, Community
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Joseph Coyle, PhD

My research is in scattering theory, or, more specifically, the scattering of electromagnetic or acoustic waves. Scattering theory can be divided into two categories: forward and inverse. In the forward problem, the main goal is to compute the scattered wave given an incident field and the medium in which the wave travels. In the inverse problem, one tries to determine the object that actually scattered the wave given the incident and scattered field. I tend to concentrate my efforts in the area of numerical analysis, where I mainly focus on the computational aspects of scattering theory. More specifically, I work on finite element methods for the forward problem and regularization/sampling techniques for the inverse problem.

Associations: Dept. of Mathematics

Presentation Topics

Applied Mathematics
Target Audience(s): Middle school, High school, College or University, Community
Careers in Mathematics
Target Audience(s): Middle school, High school, College or University, Community
Electromagnetic or Acoustic Scattering 
Target Audience(s): High school, College or University, Community
Financial Mathematics
Target Audience(s): High school, College or University, Community
Why Study Mathematics
Target Audience(s): Elementary school, Middle school, High school, College or University, Community
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Pedram Danesghar, PhD

Specializes in Ecology and Botany, invasive species, ecosystem restoration, rare species.

Associations: Dept. of Biology

Presentation Topics

Endangered species
Target Audience(s): Middle school, High school, College or University, Community
Fruits and Flowers
Target Audience(s): Elementary school, Middle school
Invasive species
Target Audience(s): College or University, Community
Restoration
Target Audience(s): High school, College or University, Community
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Catherine Duckett, PhD

Dr. Duckett serves Monmouth University as Associate Dean in the School of Science charged with student and faculty professional development as well as teaching Evolution and other duties. Dr. Duckett has administrative expertise in mentoring, as well as scientific achievements in the evolution of leaf beetles. Her previous positions include Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution, Associate Professor at University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras and various administrative positions at Rutgers University.

Associations: Dept. of Biology, School of Science

Presentation Topics

Entomology, biology and behavior of insects
Target Audience(s): Elementary school, Middle school, High school, College or University, Community
International Student exchange and the benefits to students at different stages of their education
Target Audience(s): Elementary school, Middle school, High school, College or University, Community
Leaf beetle biology and evolution
Target Audience(s): Elementary school, Middle school, High school, College or University, Community
Women in Science: known barriers and policies to overcome barriers for women in science 
Target Audience(s): Elementary school, Middle school, High school, College or University, Community
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Richard Ens, Masters

Richard Ens is a student at Stevens Institute of Technology working towards his Ph.D in Engineering Management. Richard received his undergraduate degree in Professional and Strategic speech from Rider University and Master of Science in Information Systems from Stevens Institute of Technology. Richard works for IBM in their hardware engineering department.

Associations: Dept. of Computer Science and Software Engineering

Target Audience(s): Community
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Dorothy Lobo, Ph.D.

Specializes in cell and molecular biology, and signal transduction pathways. Current research includes the regulation of stress signaling pathways during cell proliferation and programmed cell death.

Associations: Dept. of Biology

Presentation Topics

Cancer
Target Audience(s): High school, College or University, Community
Cloning
Target Audience(s): High school, Community
Stem cells
Target Audience(s): High school, College or University, Community
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Tony MacDonald, JD

Director of Urban Coast Institute, Ocean resources management issues and public policy, federal environmental legislation and congressional affairs.

Associations: Urban Coast Institute

Target Audience(s): Community

Presentation Topics

Coastal Zone Management
Regional and state management of coastal environment and sustainable development
Target Audience(s): High school, College or University, Community
Marine Environmental Policy and Politics
Current issues and advocacy related to coastal and ocean laws and regulation
Target Audience(s): High school, College or University, Community
Marine Pollution and Environmental Protection
Ocean dumping, clean Water Act, nonpoint pollution, marine debris, oceans and human health
Target Audience(s): High school, College or University, Community
Ocean Law and Policy – National and international Issues
Target Audience(s): High school, College or University, Community
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James McDonald, PhD

Associate Professor Software Engineering in the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department of Monmouth University. Software project management, software verification, validation and maintenance, and software quality.

Associations: Dept. of Computer Science and Software Engineering

Target Audience(s): High school, Community
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Allen Milewski, PhD

User experience design and engineering, human-computer interaction, computer-supported collaboration/communication, psychology of programming, human factors in emergency management and homeland security, global and agile software development.

Associations: Dept. of Computer Science and Software Engineering

Target Audience(s): High school, Community
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Mohammad Obaidat, PhD

Wireless networks and communications, modeling & simulation, computer networks, security of information systems and networks, information technology, performance evaluation of computer systems, effect of wireless waves on humans.

Associations: Dept. of Computer Science and Software Engineering

Target Audience(s): Community
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Michael Palladino, PhD

Dr. Palladino is Dean of the School of Science and Associate Professor of Biology. His research interests focus on the molecular biology of male reproductive organs. This includes studying innate immunity and antimicrobial properties of reproductive cells (how cells of the male reproductive tract recognize and protect themselves from damaging bacteria) and cellular and molecular responses to oxygen imbalance in reproductive organs. Dr. Palladino is co-author of leading textbooks in genetics and biotechnology.

Associations: Dept. of Biology, School of Science

Presentation Topics

Careers in Science
Titles of recent talks include: Opportunities for Next-Generation Scientists; Next-Generation Biotechnology and Career Opportunities; Faculty Life at Undergraduate Teaching Colleges and Universities; Biotechnology: STEM for the 21st Century; So You Think You Want to Be a Scientist, Mathematician or Engineer!; Undergraduate Student Research & Why Research Matters.
Target Audience(s): Middle school, High school, College or University, Community
Current Trends and Opportunities Genetics
Titles of recent talks include: Designer Babies: What Darwin Couldn’t Predict; Promises and Perils of Stem Cells; Hot Topics in Genetics; Stem Cells: What’s All the Excitement About?; Exploring the Human Genome; Genomics and You: Changing the Future of Research and Medicine; Pros and Cons of Gene Therapy; Organism Cloning: How and Why.
Target Audience(s): Middle school, High school, College or University, Community
Current Trends in Biotechnology 
Titles of recent talks include: Why Should You Care About Bioethics?; Biotechnology: Science for the 21st Century; Next-Generation Biotechnology and Career Opportunities; Biotechnology and You; Exploring the Human Genome Project; Pros and Cons of Gene Therapy.
Target Audience(s): Middle school, High school, College or University, Community
Male Reproductive Biology 
Titles of recent talks include: Antimicrobial Properties of the Mammalian Male Reproductive Tract; Oxygen Homeostasis in Reproductive Organs; Untwisting Molecular Mechanisms of Testicular Torsion Injury; In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and other Assisted Reproductive Technologies; Male Factor Causes of Infertility.
Target Audience(s): Middle school, High school, College or University, Community
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Karen  Pesce, PhD

Interests include environmental microbiology, impacts of human activities on the environment, and teaching science through authentic learning.

Associations: Dept. of Biology

Presentation Topics

Environment and Human Health
Target Audience(s): Middle school, High school, Community
How Microbes Rule The World
Target Audience(s): Elementary school, Middle school, High school, Community
Practical Applications of Authentic Learning in the Sciences 
Target Audience(s): Community
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Barbara Reagor, PhD

Dr. Reagor is currently the Director of the Rapid Response Institute at Monmouth University (MU). Prior to MU, Dr. Reagor, a Bellcore Fellow, worked for 34 years in the fields of Disaster Prevention & Recovery, Crisis Management, Chemical Contamination, Network Reliability, Network Risk Assessment, and National Security Emergency Preparedness associated with telecommunications and information technology systems. Dr. Reagor worked in and led the Chemical and Materials Research activities in Bell Labs-Bellcore-Telcordia Technologies. From January 2002 until her retirement in 2004, she was the Vice President for Homeland Security for Telcordia. BS Monmouth University, MS, PhD Seton Hall University

Associations: Dept. of Chemistry, Medical Technology, and Physics, Dept. of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Rapid Response Institute, School of Science, Urban Coast Institute

Target Audience(s): Community

Presentation Topics

Critical Infrastructure Protection
Target Audience(s): High school, College or University, Community
Emergency Management and Response
Target Audience(s): High school, College or University, Community
Homeland Security/Homeland Defense
Target Audience(s): Elementary school, Middle school, High school, College or University, Community
My Lab Coat’s not for sale
Target Audience(s): Elementary school, Middle school, High school
Rapid Response Institute Research
Target Audience(s): High school, College or University, Community
Women in Science (Women in the Work Environment)
Target Audience(s): Middle school, High school, College or University
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Dennis Rhoads, PhD

Alcohol and drug abuse, alcoholism and drug addiction, genetics, biochemistry, behavior

Associations: Dept. of Biology

Target Audience(s): Community
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William Schreiber, PhD

Dr. Schreiber received his undergraduate training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the University of Rochester. He went on to conduct research in organic photochemistry as a research associate at The Rockefeller University in New York City. Following that experience he joined the R&D center of International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) in Union Beach, NJ. Over a 29-year career there he conducted and supervised research in new flavor and fragrance materials and also led the process for commercial selection of new chemical products. At the time of his retirement from the company in 2000 he was Vice President and Director of Fragrance Chemical Research. Upon leaving IFF he became a co-founder of Chemlumina LLC, a new company involved in consulting, manufacturing and sales of fragrance ingredients. He also began teaching at Monmouth University, initially as an adjunct and then, starting in 2006, as a full-time member of the faculty. He served as chair of the Department of Chemistry, Medical Technology and Physics for two years in 2009-2011.

Associations: Dept. of Chemistry, Medical Technology, and Physics, School of Science

Presentation Topics

Careers in Chemistry and Medical Technology
Target Audience(s): Elementary school, Middle school, High school, College or University, Community
The Chemistry of Fragrance Ingredients
This talk, which can be adjusted to pretty much any level of audience, contains information about the kinds of materials used in fragrances and also about the science of olfaction (sense of smell). It has been given several times at Fairleigh Dickenson University and at the Monmouth Junior Science Symposium.
Target Audience(s): Elementary school, Middle school, High school, College or University, Community
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Richard Stein, MD, PhD

I initially obtained my MD in Romania, and after a couple of years of general medical practice I completed a PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I am currently a research scientist at the NYU School of Medicine, and I have the pleasure to be at my first semester as an Adjunct Professor an Monmouth. A lot of my projects in the lab are focusing on host-pathogen interactions at the molecular level, and mainly propose to understand the mechanisms that pathogens used to invade the host cells. In parallel, I became interested in several public health aspects related to infectious diseases. Some of these, on which I have extensively published in peer-reviewed journals, are public health preparedness in epidemics and pandemics, the interface between human trafficking and infectious diseases in individuals who are victims of trafficking, the concept of super-spreaders, and the anthropogenic factors that facilitate the entry of pathogens into the human population, from other species. During the past 4 years, I have been an Associate Editor for Infectious Diseases at the International Journal of Clinical Practice, published by Wiley-Blackwell, and I served as an Editorial Board member at the American Journal of Infection Control, Biologicals, and the European Journal of Internal Medicine for several years. Another one of my areas of interest is science communication, and for the past 6 years I have been a regular contributor to Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News, particularly on topics that are multi-disciplinary and are situated at the forefront of advances at the interface between medicine, basic research, and biotechnology.

Associations: Dept. of Biology

Target Audience(s): Community
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John Tiedemann, MS

Associations: Dept. of Biology, School of Science, Urban Coast Institute

Presentation Topics

Habitat Conservation and Restoration
Target Audience(s): College or University, Community
Responsible Angling
Target Audience(s): College or University, Community
Watershed Management
Target Audience(s): College or University, Community
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