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3Enthusiasminterestandprofessionalismfilledtheroomatthe16thSTEMSymposiumonApril26.Studentsfromthefabfour--sciencetechnologyengineeringandmathematics--displayedtheirresearchaccomplishmentstoarecord-breakingcrowdofover180attendees.ThePerezGroupnamedaftertheirmentorDr.LarkPerezstoodoutdressedinmonogramedwhitelabcoatsandwereamongtheover110presentationsanotherrecord-breakingnumber.Theirresearchfocusedondevelopingsmall-moleculeinhibitorsofvirulence.ItmakesamoleculepossessfeaturesneededtoinhibitaninfectionforpeoplewithweakenedimmunesystemsStudentResearchSymposiumdrawsbiggestcrowdever15juniorbiochemistrymajorKevinOBrienofWashingtonTownshipexplained.Anotherintriguingandsuccessfulpresentationdemonstratedthecoatingoftitaniumimplantssuchasteethwithsilvertopreventinfection.ThisresearchwaspresentedbypartnersFallonWaechter22seniorbiochemistrymajorandClarenceMedinaseniorengineeringchemistrydualmajor.PeoplearegettinginfectionsfromthesetitaniumimplantsWaechtersaid.Wearelookingatnewwaystostopinfectionbycoatingtitaniumimplantswithsilver.Variousstudentsworkedonthisprojectforthepastthreeyearsandnotuntilrecentlydiditfinallybecomesuccessful.BetteryettheDepartmentofDefensefoundinterestinthisandisnowpatentprotected.Thegroupalsoappliedforfederalnationalfundingforcontinuingresearch.ItsfulfillingtoseethatitworkedandcanbeusedforwideapplicationWaechterstated.CollegeofScienceandMathematicshosteditsfirsteverTelescopeSeminarintheEdelmanPlanetarium.ThepopulareventwasdirectedbyastronomyprofessorDr.DonaldFarnelliandincludedfourspeakersplanetariumdirectorKeithJohnsonandastronomyprofessorsEddieGuerraLloydBlackandSteveSimmermanallfromthedepartmentofPhysicsandAstronomy.Theseminarintroducedworkshopgoerstothecelestialsphereinstructedhowtolocatebrightstarsandusestarstoalignatelescope.TheseminaralsodemonstratedvarioustypesoftelescopesandtheiropticsandincludedabriefhistoryofthetelescopefromthebeginningsbyGalileoandNewtontothemoderninnovationsthatmaketelescopesaccessibletoall.WeheardonlypraisesandpositivecommentsfromvisitorsabouttheworkshopsaidFarnelli.Wereceivedmanyquestionsaboutwhenwearegoingtoholdanothertelescopeworkshop.Itwasdefinitelyaverysuccessfulevent.Visitwww.rowan.eduplanetariumforfuturedates.CSMFirstEverTelescopeWorkshopaSuccessThePerezGroupspresentationwasamongover110abstractsthatwereacceptedatthisyearsSTEMSymposiumAstronomyInstructorDr.SteveSimmermandescribesequipmentneededforsafesolarobserving