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Fordham University Science Council

"I invite you to become a member of the Council, to share your expertise and insight, and to help support the exciting future of science at Fordham."

Stephen Freedman, Ph.D., Provost

  "The Science Council is an alliance of Fordham’s alumni and friends that have committed themselves to the advancement of science, math and engineering within the University."

Robert D. Russo, M.D.

Biotech Panel Biotech Leaders Offer Advice to Fordham Students

A group of biotech industry experts gave students an insider’s perspective on succeeding in a field where science and business converge.

Read more from the Science Council Board Report, Fall 2013.

Government Role in Healthcare: Nanny State or Helping Hand?

What responsibility does government have in maintaining public health? How should officials and citizens approach that question? James Knickman, Ph.D., FCRH '72, presented a balanced view of the current health care debate, contextualizing it in philosophic, economic, psychological, and historic terms. Knickman, president and CEO of New York State Health Foundation, made his remarks at a lecture sponsored by the Fordham University Science Council on April 4. The talk, titled "Whose Responsibility? The Role of Government in Keeping People Healthy," provided a framework within which respondents argued either for the "common good," or for "personal liberty" in health care.

Read more from the Science Council Board Report, Spring 2013.

Christine ZolnikChristine Zolnik, GSAS, studies mammals large and small for tick research.

“We know that other animals can harbor these ticks and move them, but we’re not really sure how important mice and chipmunks are at maintaining the population and moving them around,” Zolniksaid.“If the ticks match the chipmunks and mice, then it’s pretty good evidence that even though birds and deer are important carriers, they’re not as important for dispersal.”more>>>

Christine Zolnik, Ph.D. Candidate
Biological Sciences
Patricio MenesesPatricio Meneses, Ph.D., studies the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).

"Many of these women are in their early 30s … so not only are we losing these women to cancer, but the family structure is completely destroyed, both at home and in the community, and in the country itself, especially in places like sub-Saharan Africa," he said. "You’re losing all these women who can make a difference, both in the social structure and the direction of the local environment, the local government. The social impact is huge." more>>>

Patricio Meneses, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Amy BalijaAmy Balija, Ph.D., works to perfect pollution-eating macromolecules.

“Dendrimers already have many applications, but their future possibilities are limitless,” Balija said. “They can mimic enzymes, be applied in fingerprinting analysis, deliver drugs inside the body, entrap pollutants in our environment and even function inside solar panels to make electricity.”more>>>

Amy Balija, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry
Marian RogersMarian Rogers, an undergraduate student, is on the front lines of Higgs boson discovery.

“It’s exciting to work onproblems for which no one actually knows the answers yet—there are no solution manuals,” she said. “I just find it fascinating to get to study theories about the most fundamental constituents of matter. What happens when you can’t break it up any further? How does that work? These are age-old questions, and this discovery is a huge step toward answering them.” more>>>

Marian Rogers, FCRH'13
Physics major
Silvia FinnemannFordham professor links better diet with vision.

Silvia Finnemann, Ph.D., discovered that a diet rich in antioxidants and begunat a young age decreases the chance of developing age-related blindness more>>>

Silvia Finnemann, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
David BudescuDavid Budescu is working with a team of researchers to improve the ways crowdsourcing can be used to predict future events.

"The key to success in crowdsourcing is to maximize diversity of opinion and diversity of information and backgrounds. So we're always interested in adding more participants to increase the diversity and variety of information that contributes to our group effort." more>>>

David Budescu, Ph.D.
Anne Anastasi Professor of Psychology
Evon HekkalaEvonHekkala, Ph.D. discovers new species of crocodile.

A team of researchers led by Evon Hekkala, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology at Fordham, and Matt Shirley of University of Florida, Gainsville, discovered a second cryptic, or hidden, lineage of crocodiles through DNA analyses of modern crocodiles and ancient mummy crocodile hatchlings.more>>>

Evon Hekkala, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Gary WeissComputer Sciences professor leads project in WIreless Sensory Data Mining (WISDM) lab.

Gary M. Weiss, Ph.D., has found that a sensor in smaprtphones, known as a triaxial accelerometer, can be used to determine detailed information about who is holding the phone and what activity he or she is performing. more>>>

Gary Weiss, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Computer and Information Sciences
Jason Aloisio "The establishment of Fordham Urban Sustainability and Ecosystems (FUSE) would not have been possible without the vast institutional support I received. The Fordham community came together in helping me gain access to roof space on the Rose Hill campus and then construct an experimental agricultural rooftop."

Jason Aloisio, Ph.D. Candidate
Biological Sciences
GSAS Research Support Grant, 2011
Urban Ecology and Ecosystems Section of Ecological Society of America-Travel Grant
Cris PoorCris Poor, Ph.D. gives insight on Philosophy and Mathematics.

Poor and a research colleague helped prove the existence of five theoretical Siegel modular forms, answering a question posed by physicists in their research on string theory. Though the applications of these theoretical models are not fully understood, Poor opines that this has always been the case in the history of Mathematics. more>>>

Cris Poor, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Mathematics
Jon FriedrichJon Friedrich, Ph.D., studies Sudan meteorites in the hopes of learning more about our early solar system.

“The great thing about is that it allows us to see what the early solar system was like without having to back-calculate the effect of terrestrial contamination,” Friedrich says. more>>>

Jon Friedrich, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry
Suzanne Macey "Thanks to the generous GSAS Research Support Grant, I will be able to use the results of my analyses to provide bog turtle habitat managers with critical information on optimal nest-site characteristics and effectiveness of habitat restoration on nesting habitat through reports and publications."

Suzanne Macey, Ph.D. Candidate
Biological Sciences
Clare Boothe Luce Fellow
GSAS Research Support Grant
Guy RobinsonPrehistoric objects right at home at Lincoln Center.

Guy Robinson, Ph.D., lecturer in biology, digs old stuff. Really old stuff. In fact, the fossils he keeps at Lincoln Center date back as far as 400 million years.Along with an assortment of visual aids, such as a modern giraffe skull from the Bronx Zoo, they help him bring the lessons of flora and fauna directly into the hands of students. more>>>

Guy Robinson, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Department of Natural Sciences
StaceyBarnabyStacey Barnaby lobbies congress for research funding.

“It is scientists who spend many hours in the laboratory and come up with leading breakthroughstoward the cure for a disease, or vaccines, orbuild new materials for solar cells, or biofuels, to perhaps one day make us independent of foreign oil,” said Barnaby, who met with the staff of U.S. Sen. Charles E.Schumer, D-New York,among others. “The nation is at a turning point in its history and that it is natural for scientists toplay leading roles in helping to determine what’s to come.” more>>>

Stacey Barnaby, FCRH'11
Chemistry major
James LewisJames Lewis, Ph.D., works to support biodiversity.

Thanks to the research that Lewis and his colleagues are conducting at the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., people have a better understanding of threats to biodiversity such as the woolly adelgid. When a hemlock dies, for instance, it sets off a domino effect, much of which is hidden from the naked eye. more>>>

James Lewis, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
J. Alan ClarkJ. Alan Clark, Ph.D., tracks night migration of birds in northeastern corridor.

“As a species, humans are becoming louder and morenocturnal,” Clark said. “This does not bode well for migrating birds. The levels of stress hormones in birds rise when they are exposed to noise, and background chatter can also mask predators. Research has shown that birds in noisy areas experience lower reproductive success.” more>>>

J. Alan Clark, Ph.D.
AssistantProfessor, Department of Biological Sciences
Quamrul HaiderFordham Professor discovers new form of matter.

Quamrul Haider, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Physics at Fordham, and Dr. Lon-chang Liu, staff physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, made the prediction in a paper published in 1986. more>>>

Quamrul Haider, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Physics
Daniela JoppHitting 100 can come with a cost: lossof health, loss of mobility, and even loss of friends and family -- all of which would seem to take any anticipation out of the alleged achievement.

But according to Daniela Jopp, Ph.D., many very happy old individuals say that they are, in fact, very happy. more>>>

Daniela Jopp, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Juan DuranJuan Duran, a Fulbright scholar, seeks cure for traumatic brain injuries.

Duran’s research focuses on selective estrogen receptor modulators, or SERMs, which are compounds that, among their other roles, can reduce inflammation in the brain. Understanding how SERMs accomplish this could help scientists in developing drugs that do likewise. more>>>

Juan Duran, FCLC'11
Natural Science major

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