Liberty Hall Academic Center & Exhibition Hall
"Stand Out Academically with a World-Class Collection"
Liberty Hall Academic Center & Exhibition Hall offers 300+ years of primary sources about politics, gender, education, and more. There’s something for everyone. The Special Collections Research Library and Archive at Kean University welcome our community and the public to access collection material at our beautiful new facility. Our goal is to preserve and provide public access to our historical correspondence, Congressional papers, institutional records, and rare books. In this session, you will learn how to find and handle archival material, discover our unique collections, learn about the history of Kean University, and best of all, experience the “wow” of deciphering primary sources. This is the experience that will prepare you to stand out on your next project and highlight on your resume.
Denise Anderson, Alysia Kane (Student), Jacqueline O'Connor (Student), Logan LeBuis (Student), Pranav Desai (Student)
Robert Busch School of Design, Michael Graves College
“MGC SYNC: A Digital Networking Alternative That Connects Students and Industry Professionals”
Studies have shown that undergraduates who are given support and who build professional relationships through networking increase their odds of getting a job offer and a higher salary upon graduation. Public colleges and universities, however, often lack the tools that enable students to network in their target industries. To provide this kind of foundational support for students attending the Michael Graves College, Denise Anderson led the development of MGCSync.com, a digital networking tool specifically created to provide design students with a platform to showcase their projects, skills, and other relevant information. Anderson and her team will present Phase II of MGC Sync which includes improvements based on Phase I outcomes.
Salvatore Coniglio and James Merritt
“Using CCR1 Antagonists to Target Tumor Associated Macrophages in Glioblastoma”
Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) is the most aggressive form of adult brain tumor with a median survival time of twelve months. GBM is highly resistant to conventional therapy. GBM tumors are heavily infiltrated with macrophages which are known to stimulate GBM cell invasion. Compounds that inhibit macrophages, such as pexidartinib (PLX3397) can inhibit GBM invasion in vivo. Here we show that targeting CCR1 using novel antagonists are also able to block macrophage stimulated glioblastoma invasion in-vitro. We also demonstrate a potential molecular mechanism involving CCL3 upregulation in macrophages and myosin II contraction. Future goals will be to generate compounds increase efficacy and ability to penetrate the blood brain barrier.
Denise Gemmellaro, Marie Joseph (Student), Laura Osinki (Student)
Biology, Dorothy and George Hennings College of Science, Mathematics and Technology
“Potential of Medico-Legal Forensic Entomology and its Contribution to Criminal Investigations”
Forensic entomology is the application of entomology, the study of insects and arthropods, to legal investigations. Medico-legal forensic entomology is the use of insects and arthropods recovered on a dead body to help the investigators estimate time of death, post-mortem movement of the body, and detect the presence of drugs or other substances in the corpse. Medico-legal forensic entomology has offered major contributions to the field of forensic science, and it is currently being implemented in routine CSI and crime labs operations. The purpose of this work is to discuss the importance of medico-legal forensic entomology focusing on the research that has been conducted and how it has applied to the resolution of real criminal cases.
Keri Giordano, Ayal Goldberg (Student), Giuliana Stillo (Student), Victoria Interra (Student), Vanessa Vega (Student)
Advanced Studies in Psychology, Nathan Weiss Graduate College
“Expulsion in New Jersey Community Childcare Centers: A Statewide Examination”
Early childhood suspension and expulsion has received national attention since Gilliam (2005) found that preschool children are more than three times as likely to be expelled than their high school counterparts. New Jersey licensed community childcare centers were invited to participate in a survey describing suspension and expulsion policies and practices. Data collected from these surveys will be presented. A general overview and the impact of programmatic factors (administrator experience & education, QRIS participation, accreditation status, staff: child ratios, feelings about policies) and racial characteristics (child and administrator) on expulsion will be examined. Implications and areas for future research will be discussed.
Min-Chung Han and Dan Wei (Susie) Yang (Student)
School of Management and Marketing, College of Business and Public Management
“Boosting Financial Literacy for Millennials: Learning through Instant Messaging Chatbot”
Most millennials are not well equipped with Financial Literacy. One third of young people do not have knowledge of interest rate, inflation and risk diversification. The purposes of this study are four-fold: 1) to understand how millennials perceive technology based financial learning differently based on two different learning platforms, 2) to find how different peripheral cues influence millennials’ attitude and trust on financial learning platforms, 3) to recognize the relationships between millennials’ perception and their acceptance of technology based financial learning platform, and 4) to suggest managerial implications for financial institutions by suggesting effective platforms to provide financial knowledge.
Karen Lee Hart, David M. Barber, Michele Mossay, Charles Del Risco, Ray Coughlin (Student), Christopher Grant (Student), Joseph Gottfried (Student)
Theatre, College of Liberal Arts
“"...Gone": An Original Theatrical Event Devised Through Collaboration and Experimentation”
“…Gone” is an original theatrical piece premiering as part of the Kean Theatre Conservatory 2019-20 season, marking the culmination of a four-month exploration by the interdisciplinary team of Kean faculty and students. The group will explore the topics of grief, death, global warming, violence, and the loss of society’s innocence along with the resulting collective denial of responsibility. The creative team of performers, designers, and directors will turn the typical script-based production process upside-down and create a production through the exploration of movement, language, unconventional locations and perspectives. The collective creative process and performance will be documented for further development.
Bok Jeong, Leonard Grayson, Kihwan Kim, Patrick McManimon, Deborah Mohammed-Spigner, Darlene Laplante (Student), Doreen Burgess (Student), Jenny Gallegos (Student), Justina Vicioso (Student), Victoria Kayingo (Student)
Public Administration, College of Business and Public Management
“Inventing Reentry Programs: Public, Nonprofit and Social Enterprise Collaboration”
To tackle the dilemma of the increased demand and lack of access to service, this study explores a collaborative form of response to the public policy problem of high re-incarceration. This study maps out local initiatives and re-entry programs demonstrating the collaborative partnership between public agencies, nonprofit organizations, social enterprises, and corporations. Then, it conducts a survey and interviews with government officials, nonprofit managers, and returning citizens. This study contributes to identifying local actors that contribute to resolving the high re-incarceration issue. It highlights the significance of collaborative partnership as an alternative and innovative solution for addressing public policy problems.
Thomas Koc Jr, Timothy Marshall, Jenna Tucker, Gabriella Fama (Student), Jinal Patel (Student)
School of Physical Therapy, Nathan Weiss Graduate College
“Management of a Patient with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, A New Perspective for the Physical Therapist: A Case Report”
Physical Therapy management of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) symptoms is not currently well established. The purpose of this case report was to monitor and explore subjective and physiological responses to multimodal treatment interventions to manage symptoms, improve function, and decrease syncopal episodes in a patient diagnosed with POTS. The patient was a 25 year old female with a primary diagnosis of POTS. SF-36 components improved with progression from patient-controlled rest intervals to therapist-controlled rest intervals over 30 physical therapy visits. This multimodal training program resulted in symptom reduction and improved quality of life likely due to improved parasympathetic tone.
Craig Konyk, Nicole Emerson (Student), Samantha Coppola (Student), Violeta Jaya (Student)
School of Public Architecture, Michael Graves College
“NO PARKING: New Commuting Ideas for the Raritan Valley Line”
This proposal is to design the necessary infrastructure (from the transit transports to the soothing interiors of the health and wellness facility) by developing the acres of now-not-necessary parking lots that surround each and every NJ Transit Station into locales of interactivity instead of only points of transit. Using the NJ Transit Raritan Valley Line as a test case, three stations will be adapted using these guiding principles of community enhancement and ease of one’s daily commute to create new centers of civic engagement around mass transit.
J. Barry Mascari, Jane Webber, Kareem McKenzie (PhD Student)
Counselor Education, Nathan Weiss Graduate College
“A 3,000 Year Old Disease Finally Has a Name and Etiology: Treating PTSD and Becoming Trauma Informed”
Historians documented the effects of combat and disaster events as early as 1300 BCE, but extreme suffering continued until recent brain research found the neurobiological basis for symptoms. Despite the existence of effective treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), they are not widely employed with military or civilian populations. This session chronicles the etiology of PTSD symptomology at pivotal points in history, the circuitous development of effective treatments, and reasons for the resistance to changes in treatment by the medical and psychological professions. What does treatment that addresses trauma symptoms originating in the autonomic nervous system look like, and where is training and treatment today?
Dongyan Mu, Andrew Diaz (Student) Danielle Junio (Student) Karolina Sawicka (Student)
School of Environmental and Sustainability Sciences, Dorothy and George Hennings College of Science, Mathematics and Technology
“A Comparative Life Cycle Assessment of Bok Choy and Lettuce Produced in Hydroponics vs. Aquaponics in New Jersey”
The research used Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) as a tool to quantify resource use, environmental and human health impacts of Bok Choy and Lettuce produced in hydroponics and aquaponics in New Jersey. The study involved on-site data collection and software modeling for impact analysis. The scope for analysis covered all the impacts in facility establishment, vegetable production, and their supply chains. The LCA results showed both vegetables grown in the hydroponic system had much higher impact than that grown in the aquaponic system, and the lower plant growing density of the hydroponic system caused the higher impacts. The research also identified the plastics used in building the greenhouse as a major factor that caused impacts.
Edward Olsen, Caroline Ratti (Student), Timothy Fabiano (Student), Ernest Calderi (Student), Jeffrey Montoya (Student)
School of Health and Human Performance, College of Education
“Developing Cultural Competence in Elementary Physical Education: An International Perspective”
Cultural competence is the ability to understand and appreciate other parts of the world, religions, cultures, and points of view (U.S. Department of Education, n.d.). Limited resources are available to develop students’ cultural competence in elementary physical education settings. This presentation introduces a collaborative online international exchange of sports/games executed in elementary schools in the U.S. and Japan. Fourth and fifth-grade students collaborated from both nations to introduce, share, and play traditional sports/games. Students reflected on their experiences through exit slips. The online exchange unit using sports/games may be a viable method in developing cultural competence in elementary physical education.
Mia Zamora, Patricia Dennis (Graduate Student), Medea Chillemi (Graduate Student)
School of English Studies, College of Liberal Arts
“The Glass Room: Looking Into Your Life Online”
What is personal data in an age where data is everything but personal? "The Glass Room" is an interactive exhibition on data and privacy that provides different ways of understanding how technologies are changing our lives. Websites, apps, social media and ‘smart’ devices all thrive on our data. This open interactive installation invites the Kean Research Days community to explore how society is dealing with the growing dependency on data and technology, and the normalization of monitoring and surveillance. It aims to engage visitors to think more critically about their devices and interactions with technology. The exhibition features interactive apps, posters, displays and “takeaways” for visitors including a “Data Detox Kit”.