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Margaret Eiden, SUNY Westchester Community College

The role of environmental contaminants on zebrafish development and reproduction
Jillian Nissen, SUNY College at Old Westbury
There is increasing evidence that course-embedded research experiences improve student success, retention and persistence in STEM fields. This course-based undergraduate research experience (CURE), in concert with the CURE designed by Fernando Nieto from SUNY College at Old Westbury, is intended to provide an authentic research experience that will integrate into the second semester of the Freshman biology laboratory. Students will explore the effects of environmental contaminants on the development and reproduction of two model organisms, Arabidopsis thaliana and Danio rerio. While working in groups, students will select contaminants that are relevant to their local community and develop a research question and experimental design to be undertaken for half a semester for each model organism. Students will be assessed on the basis of an oral presentation, a written research report, and laboratory notebook.

Discipline: Life Sciences:Ecology, Zoology, Life Sciences, Environmental Science
Core Competencies: Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering), Using mathematics and computational thinking, Planning and carrying out investigations, Analyzing and interpreting data, Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
Target Audience: Introductory, Major
CURE Duration: Half a term

Harmful Algal Blooms of NY. "HAB Hunters"
Jeff McLean, Rockland Community College
Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) represent an increasing threat to New York's waterways and drinking water sources. HAB-associated toxins are known to be both neurotoxic and hepatotoxic in animals and humans, causing cases of animal fatality and human illness in recent years. We propose a CURE to study these blooms and the environmental conditions that promote them. As an additional aim, we intend to study the biodynamics of cyanobacteriophages that infect these algae and explore the possiblity of using cyanophages as an option for bloom mitigation.

Discipline: Chemistry:Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Science:Ecosystems, Water Quality and Quantity, Global Change and Climate, Land Use and Planning, Life Sciences:Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Evolution, Ecology, Environmental Science:Sustainability, Natural Hazards, Soils and Agriculture
Core Competencies: Planning and carrying out investigations, Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering), Analyzing and interpreting data, Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
Nature of Research: Wet Lab/Bench Research, Applied Research, Basic Research, Field Research
State: New York
Target Audience: Major
CURE Duration: Multiple terms


Heather Fiumera, SUNY at Binghamton

Discipline: Life Sciences:Genetics, Life Sciences
Target Audience: Upper Division, Major
CURE Duration: A full term

Observational Research Project in Social Psychology
Kimberly Rapoza, Mercy College-Main Campus
This CURE allows students to engage with social psychological concepts and theories, as they develop and apply a research questions to a real world issue of their choosing. It is developed with the skill set of a student in a 200 level course. The research methodology for the projects is based on observational and content analysis projects. If time constraints and IRB approval of projects is an issue, the instructor can have a few projects pre-approved and modify the assessment and group work curriculum accordingly.

Discipline: Social Sciences:Psychology
Core Competencies: Analyzing and interpreting data, Planning and carrying out investigations, Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
Nature of Research: Field Research
Target Audience: Non-major, Major
CURE Duration: A full term

Goin' Nuclear
Tadakimi Tomita, Yeshiva University
Toxoplasma gondii is a protozoan parasite that chronically infect a third of human population. It has a unique family of plant-like transcription factors. In this project, we are going to identify new transcription factors by tagging a list of hypothetical genes.


Jessica Hua, SUNY at Binghamton

Research experience in psychology: The effect of mood induction on mentalization
Alberto Manzi, Mercy College-Main Campus
The research project will investigate how experimentally-induced mood states influence the ability to mentalize ("read" mental states) in a sample of non-clinical adults. The study will also address how individual differences in attachment experiences, adult personality and psychopathological traits, and basic cognitive functioning mediate/moderate the impact of mood on mentalization.

Discipline: Social Sciences:Psychology
Core Competencies: Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering), Planning and carrying out investigations, Analyzing and interpreting data
Nature of Research: Basic Research
State: New York
Target Audience: Upper Division, Major
CURE Duration: Multiple terms

HAB
Jillian Decker, Rockland Community College
Students will determine causes and biocontrol of cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (CHABs). Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) represent an increasing threat to New York's waterways and drinking water sources. HAB-associated toxins are known to be both neurotoxic and hepatotoxic in animals and humans, causing cases of animal fatality and human illness in recent years. We propose a CURE to study these blooms and the environmental conditions that promote them. As an additional aim, we intend to study the biodynamics of cyanobacteriophages that infect these algae and explore the possibility of using cyanophages as an option for bloom mitigation.

Discipline: Geoscience:Biogeosciences, Life Sciences:Microbiology, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Chemistry:Environmental Chemistry
Core Competencies: Analyzing and interpreting data
Nature of Research: Wet Lab/Bench Research, Applied Research, Field Research, Basic Research
State: New York
Target Audience: Non-major, Major
CURE Duration: A full term