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LeadingResearchonAllergyVaccinesatCSM210ComputerSciencehostsProgrammingContestTheComputerSciencedepartmenthostedthe27thannualRowanUniversityProgrammingContestinApril.Competitorsfrom16highschoolsworkedtowriteprogramsthatchoosethebestmoveinthestrategyguessinggameBattleship.Dr.DarrenProvinecontestdirectorandprofessorforthedepartmentsaidWetrytocreateaproblemeveryyearwhichreflectssomethingmostpeoplehavedoneorseenacomputerdobutneverreallythoughtabouthowitworks.Butforanytechnologytoexistsomebodyhastothinkabouthowitworks.Andifyouregoingtowriteprogramsthatsomebodyisyou.SeveralpastcompetitorsattheProgrammingContestarenowCSMstudentssomeofwhomhelpedrunthisyearscontest.ThisyearsguestspeakerDr.KeithOHaraofBardCollegeisaRowanComputerSciencegraduateandwasacompetitoratthecontestin1997.CollegeofScienceandMathematicsLtoRDr.SteveHartleyCSDepartmentChairfrstplacewinnersJonathanTangandJustinParrattandtheirteacherKeithVossromLawrencevilleSchool.Dr.CathyYangChairandProfessoroftheDepartmentofChemistryandBiochemistryatRowanUniversityisahighlyaccomplishedresearchintheareaofanti-cancerdrugdiscoveryandiswidelyrecognizedforherdistinguishedresearch.Amongmanyandvariedprojectsshehasbeenalsoworkingonthedevelopmentofnewallergyvaccines.HercollaboratoronvaccinedevelopmentsisDr.RobertCoifmananallergyclinicianwhorunstwoclinicalsitesinSouthJerseyandtheSouthJerseyAllergyandAsthmaEducationFoundation.Theyhavebeencollaboratingsince2009ondevelopmentofapoisonivyvaccineandDr.CoifmanandhiswifeWilmahavegenerouslysponsoredtheresearchsince2010.ThiscollaborationhasbeenappliedtoclinicaltrialsanditisresultedinaprovisionalpatentandapendingUSpatent.Thesuccessfulclinicalresultsfromthepoisonivyvaccinepromptedthedevelopmentofapeanutallergyvaccinewithasimilarimmunologicalapproach.BiochemistryseniorsEllenWatkinsletLaurenLeonardrightandCourtneyCourterrontcenterareshownattheSTEMSymposiuminrontotheirallergyvaccineresearchposteralongwithDr.YangDeanAnsariDr.CoimanandhiswieWilma