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RESEARCH: Labs & Centers

Our College currently house research laboratories within the sciences. Some of them are:
Food Scraps Composting Laboratory
Multimedia and Network Laboratory
SESS Plant Ecology Lab

Food Scraps Composting Laboratory

Within the School of Envrionmental and Sustainability Sciences is the Food Scraps Composting Laboratory(FSCL).  THE FSCL is concerned with expanding the science of aerobic in-vessel digestion of food scraps as well as the
science of using compost as a soil amendment.  Nearly 1,000 lbs. of
food scraps are generated daily during the academic year at Kean.
During the summer, that figure is about one-half the amount.  Still,
annually, Kean processes about 75 tons of food scraps into compost.
The compost is then used on various landscaping projects throughout
the campus as well as on the 4-acre farm that provides produce for
Ursino, Kean's new farm-to-table restaurant.

For more information:
Dr. Paul Croft, Executive Director, School of Environmental and
Sustainability Sciences
Kean University
Science Building, Room 309B
(updated 3/14)

Multimedia and Network Laboratory

Website: http://www.mmnetlab.com

The Multimedia and Network Laboratory located in the School of Computer Science at Kean University is used by research students.

Our mission is to promote undergraduate research and investigation into software engineering for distributed computing and networks, including multimedia, wireless, and mobile applications.

In the Multimedia and Network Laboratory, Kean University students and faculty work in cross-disciplinary teams, to solve problems and develop innovative solutions.

For more information:
Dr. Patricia Morreale, School of Computer Science
NAAB - 2nd floor, pmorreal@kean.edu   

SELS Plant Ecology Lab (Science Building, room 327)

Photo: Students at Pine Barrens Restoration.

The Plant Ecology Lab is located within the School of Environmental and Sustainability Sciences.

In the Plant Ecology Lab, students and Dr. Shebitz collaborate on medicinal plant research and investigate the influence of human activity on plant biodiversity. Our ecological work ranges from the parks of Union County and wetlands in the New Jersey Pine Barrens to the rainforests of Costa Rica. In these diverse ecosystems, we study the extent to which land management has influenced variables such as invasive species, fire regimes, and the distribution of culturally-useful plants. We also work on restoration projects and evaluate successful methods of returning native plant species to areas where they are threatened. Other work involves studying the ecology, distribution, and conservation potential for plants used by indigenous people in North and Central America. Students in the Plant Ecology Lab evaluate the efficacy of plants used by local people of Costa Rica and by Native Americans as medicines.

For more information:
Dr. Daniela Shebitz