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TheBiologyandComputerSciencedepartmentsatCSMjoinedtogethertodevelopaBettaFishSimulatortostudythefemaleBettasreactiontomaledisplaysandbubblenestsize.UnderthesupervisionofanimalbehavioristandBiologicalSciencesAssistantProfessorDr.MatthewBealorBiologymajorMeganMondelliconductedherresearchonmatingpreferencesinBettas.SimulatoraMatch.comforFishPreviousstudieshaveshownthatfemalespreferbrightlycoloredmalesoverdark-coloredmales.Inthisspeciesmalesbuildbubblenestsandthendisplaytofemalestoenticethemtoapproachthebubblenestandmate.Mondellisresearchtestedthehypothesisthatinadditiontomalecolorthesizeandqualityofthebubblenestcouldbeanimportantfactorintermsoffemaleschoosingwhichmaletomatewith.BecauselivemalesproveddifficulttotestthetheorytheBetta2CollegeofScienceandMathematics2simulatorwasdevelopedbyComputerScienceundergraduatesundertheguidanceoftheirprofessorDr.AdrianRusu.ThestudentsmetwithDr.Bealoranddevelopedtheon-linesimulatorthatallowstheresearcherstoeasilyinputthedesiredcolorofmalesaswellastochangenestsizeandshape.Femalesenclosedintankswereplacedinbetweentwolaptopscreensdisplayingthetwomaledigi-fishdifferingcolorandnestsizeasthefemaleswatchedTV.TheteamofstudentsthenrecordedwhichmalethefemaleBettachosebasedontheamountoftimeshespentprobingeachanimatedmalesnest.LastsummerMondellipresentedthestudyattheNationalMeetingoftheAnimalBehavioralSocietyhelpatUniversityofNewMexicowithplanstopresentatUniversityofColoradoinBoulderthissummer.Redbettafshmeetsbluedigi-fshTocelebratetheendofasignificantandsuccessfulfirstyeartheCollegehelditspremieresignatureeventatAulettoCaterersinDeptford.ThewinetastingsocialwelcomedalumnifriendsandindustrypartnerstoenjoyconversationswithfellowguestsmeetrepresentativesfromtheCollegeandsampleanarrayofwinesfromaroundtheworld.ThespecialeventprovidedanintimatesettingforgueststolearnabouttheCollegestransformativefirstyearandthedirectionitsheadedinthefuture.DuringthewelcomeremarksthedeanacknowledgedspecialguestsincludingDr.RichardMeagherwhoinitiatedthepre-medprograminthecollege.AlumniguestsStephenSharpBiologicalSciences72andhiswifeNancy80remarkedWeenjoyedalongconversationwithDr.Ansariaboutthecoursesinthescienceandmathdepartmentsandhowtheyllpotentiallyrelatetotheglobalcommunity.AnotherattendeeBrianSteinMathematics78commentedAsamathmajorIwasgladtomeetthecurrentheadofmathematicsdepartmentDr.DexterWhittinghillandtheDean.ItwasfunformetorelatewheremymathematicseducationhadtakenmeandtohearhowfarthingshadprogressedsincemytimeasastudentatwhatwasthenGlassboroStateCollege.Itwasalsoverygratifyingtohearthatsomeofmyformerprofessorswerestillteaching.AspartofthePartnersInIndustryinitiativethedeaninvitedSteinasystemsengineeratLockheedMartinCorporationtovisitthecampustospeaktostudentsabouthisrealworldexperiencesinindustryandhowhismathematicseducationhasservedhimthere.ThiswasanexcellentopportunitytomeetthecollegealumniandfriendstalkabouttheUniversityandintroducemanyexcitingnewinitiativesandchangeswithinthecollegesaidDeanAnsari.TheCollegeisenthusiastictohostthiseventannuallyafternotingitssuccessinitsinauguralyear.InauguralSignatureEventCelebratesAlumniFriendsandCSMBiologicalSciencesalumStephenSharp72andhiswieNancy80enjoyconversationwithDeanAnsariattheCollegespremiereSignatureEvent