Category Archives: McDevitt Center Student Scholars

McDevitt Center Announces Fellowship Award Recipients

The McDevitt Center would like to congratulate the following ten students selected as McDevitt Undergraduate Fellows in Natural Science for the 2014-15 academic year.  Each McDevitt Fellow will work closely with a Le Moyne College faculty mentor while conducting hands on research in one of Le Moyne’s labs or in the field.  In addition, the Fellows and their mentors will participate in a monthly research seminar led by Father George Coyne, McDevitt Chair in Physics, at which they will present their research and discuss its progress. This prestigious fellowship includes a $4,000 stipend.

Daniel Bolster ‘16 (mentor: Dr. Donald McCrimmon)
Afsah Chohan ‘15 (mentor: Dr. Hilary McManus)
Taylor Glausen ‘15 (mentor: Dr. Lara DeRuisseau)
Angela Le ‘16 (mentor: Dr. Lara DeRuisseau)
Tiffany Meador ‘16 (mentor: Dr. Sherilyn Smith)
Manuel Nyagisere ‘15 (mentor: Dr. David Craig)
Allen Prusinowski ‘15 (mentor: Dr. Joseph Mullins)
Joseph Shupperd ‘16 (mentor: Dr. Christopher Bass)
Andrew Tynon ‘15 (mentor: Dr. Patrick Yurco)
Brian Wilson ’17 (mentor: Dr. Anna O’Brien)

Klee Presents Research on Climate Change and Bird Migration

photo-9Christopher Klee ’15, McDevitt Scholar in Ecology, presented findings of his research, “Earlier Spring Arrival Dates of Migrating Birds Verified in New York and Massachusetts,” at the annual meeting of the New York State Ornithological Association in Ithaca, N.Y. on September 19-21, 2014. Klee found the average spring arrival dates for New York birds in years following 1993 were 34 days earlier and short-distance migrants arrived earlier than long-distance migrants. For Massachusetts birds, spring arrival dates averaged 25 days earlier and short-distance migrants also arrived earlier. Klee also presented evidence that some species appear to have become winter residents, suggesting that the migratory patterns of both short-distance and long-distance species, either breeding in or passing through northeastern states, are increasingly influenced by climate change. Christopher Klee, with Steven Houck ’14 and faculty advisor, Dr. Donald McCrimmon, hope to submit their results for publication later this academic year.

McDevitt Scholars Houck and Klee Conduct Research at Cornell University

20140530_120532-1 copyMcDevitt Scholars in Ecology, Steven Houck ’14 and Christopher Klee ’15, spent the past weekend in Ithaca, New York. There, they visited the archives within the Kroch Library at Cornell University where, under very tight security, they double-checked their digital data on bird migration in the Cayuga Lake Basin with the original records, some dating back to 1903.

0-1Following their archival research, they headed to the Finger Lakes National Forest for an afternoon in the field learning to identify birds with Dr. Charles R. Smith, Senior Research Associate (retired) at Cornell University. Under Dr. Smith’s direction, Houck and Klee received training in the accurate identification of bird species by visual and acoustical cues and learned details of their natural history.  This training complements their investigations of the effects of climate change on bird migration in upstate New York and central Massachusetts, directed by McDevitt Research Associate Dr. Donald A. McCrimmon. Dr. Smith will continue to mentor Houck and Klee this summer and provide additional field-based observational opportunities.

News From the McDevitt Information Systems Scholars

Morgan Thomas ’14/SU EE ’15, Jean-Phillipe Rancy ’16 and Dr. Martha Grabowski (McDevitt Chair in Information Systems) will be demonstrating their Google Glass applications at the Newhouse School TED talk on Wednesday, April 9 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm.

Morgan Thomas ’14/SU EE ’15 and Michaella Steinruck ’16 work on their Google Glass app.

Thomas and Rancy have been working with Steve Weiter ’15, Michaella Steinruck ’16, Gabe Adams ’17, Nick Olin ’15, and Rebecca Wolf ’14 to develop a Conductor’s Assistant, a virtual server environment in Glass, emergency medicine applications, and new projects for ship navigation and Arctic emergency response in Google Glass.

McDevitt Information Systems mentors, Aidan Cunniffe SU ’16 and Nate Frechette ’13 from QueueCo and the Madden School Blue Highway Room will be attending and presenting at the Ted Talk on Wednesday as well. Cunniffee will be giving a 15-minute TED talk about Bitcoin. Frachette will be demonstrating a new QueueCode application that lets non-programmers build programs, without coding, in no time flat.

More information on the QueueCode application:

More information about the Newhouse TED talk  and via Twitter – @TedXSyracuseU

The McDevitt IS Scholars will also be talking about their Glass research and giving Glass demos on Friday at Scholars Day in James Commons. People attending Scholars Day will have the chance to experiment with Glass on Friday afternoon.

More information on Scholars Day

McDevitt Scholar Steven Houck Presents Research Findings

photo-6Steven Houck ’14, McDevitt Scholar in Ecology, presented his research on Friday, April 4 as part of Le Moyne College’s Natural Science Seminar Series event featuring student presentations. Houck’s talk was entitled “Effects of Increasing Temperatures on First Arrival Dates of Migrating Birds in Massachusetts.”

Houck has spent the past four months examining and interpreting data provided by the Forbush Bird Club of Worcester, Massachusetts. Of the over 100 bird species documented by the club, he has charted the migration pattern of six species: Turkey Vulture, Blue-Winged Teal, Virginia Rail, Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Fox Sparrow, and Wood Thrush.   According to Houck, the Turkey Vulture, Blue-Winged Teal, and Wood Thrush are showing earlier migration arrival dates; the Yellow-Rumped Warbler and Fox Sparrow are showing evidence of over-wintering (no longer migrating out of the region).

Houck hopes to publish his current work and continue his study, examining additional species for similar migratory patterns.

McDevitt IS Scholars to Present Research Findings

Ten McDevitt Information Systems Scholars, mentored by Dr. Martha Grabowski (McDevitt Chair in Information Systems), have spent the 2013-2014 academic year researching various issues surrounding Google Glass, Big Data, and Disaster Management and Preparedness.

On Friday, April 11, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the James Commons Special Events Room they will present the fruits of their research at the annual Le Moyne College Scholars Day Conference.  Each will offer a brief presentation followed by a question and answer period.  We encourage our followers to attend the conference.  It is free and open to the public.

Schedule for McDevitt Scholars:

Rebecca Wolf ’14

9:00 a.m – 9:15 a.m
Rebecca Wolf ‘14, Management and Leadership and Information Systems
“GoogleGlass: Authentication, Security, and Privacy”

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Dara DeGennaro ’15, Business Analytics and Information Systems
“Arctic Shipping Patterns in the Bering Strait”

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
James Cochran ’14, English and Religious Studies
“The Fat Lady, Kao and Christ: A Study of Sacramentality in Salinger’s Fiction”

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Ashley Strazzella ’14, Biological Sciences and Physics
“A Study of the Integration of Eastern and Western Medicine: A Literature Review of Challenges, Successes, and Forthcomings of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)”

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Nicholas Olin ’16, Chemistry and Psychology
“Google Glass in the Emergency Medical Field”

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Jean-Phillipe Rancy ’15, Management and Information Systems
Michaella Steinruck ’16, Management and Information Systems
“GlassScapes: Virtualization in Google Glass”

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Poster Session
Gabe Adams ’17, Computer Science
Morgan Thomas ‘14/’15, Physics, Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering
Steve Weiter ’15, Computer Science
“Google Glass Applications for Performing Arts”

McDevitt Scholar Steven Houck Examines Bird Migration Patterns

Using 81 years of data provided by the Forbush Bird Club (Worcester, MA), Steven Houck ’14, McDevitt Scholar in Ecology, and Dr. Donald McCrimmon, McDevitt Research Associate, are analyzing changes in 102 springtime bird migration patterns in Worcester, Massachusetts. Houck and McCrimmon began their analysis with the turkey vulture, a species typically found in the southern United States.  According to the data, this species is showing evidence of becoming a permanent resident in the Worcester area.  They have discovered that some species are arriving earlier due to temperature increases whereas other species are no longer migrating at all.

Houck and McCrimmon, assisted by Christopher Klee ’15 in the summer of 2014, will also assess apparent differences in species’ abilities to adjust arrival dates due to warming temperatures, with special attention to the differences in species that migrate longer as compared to shorter distances.

Their research will be presented and published in the near future.

Spring 2014 McDevitt Scholars in Ecology and Information Systems Announced

The McDevitt Center is pleased to announce the Spring 2014 McDevitt Scholars in Ecology and McDevitt Scholars in Information Systems.

The following students will work under the direction of Dr. Donald McCrimmon on an initiative supported by Rev. George Coyne, Endowed Chair in Religious Philosophy:

Steven Houck ’14, Biology
Christopher Klee ’15, Biology

The following students will work under the guidance of Dr. Martha Grabowski, McDevitt Chair in Information Systems:

Google Glass Application Development Team (under the guidance of Queue the Future, LLC. Co-Founders, Nate Frechette ’13 and Aidan Cunniffe)
Gabe Adams ’17, Computer Science
James Cochran ’14, English and Religious Studies
Nicholas Olin ’16, Chemistry, Integral Honors, History
Jean-Phillipe Rancy ’15, Information Systems
Michaella Steinruck ’16, Management and Information Systems
Morgan Thomas ‘14/’15, Physics, Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering
Steve Weiter ’15, Computer Science

BNYMellon Large-Scale/ Big Data Project Team
Conner Biolsi ’15, Finance, Business Analytics, Information Systems
Tyler Dygert ’14, Business Analytics, Information Systems
Joe Miller ‘16, Information Systems
Brendan O’Sullivan ’16, Finance, Marketing, Business Analytics

Florida Department of Emergency Management (FDEM) Disaster Preparedness Project
Crystal Fontana ’15, Information Systems
Catherine Root ’16, Finance, Business Analytics, Information Systems
Ryan Romich ’15, Marketing, Business Analytics, Information Systems

McDevitt Scholars Engaged in High Profile BNY Mellon Big Data Project

On Monday, November 25 in New York City, Tyler Dygert ’15, Joe Miller ’16 and their mentor, Dr. Martha Grabowski, McDevitt Chair in Information Systems, will participate in a ‘Shark Tank’ evaluation of BNY Mellon’s top Big Data projects.  Tyler and Joe are collaborating with BNY Mellon’s Chief Information Officer, Suresh Kumar, and their Chief Data Officer, Dave Gleason on one of the company’s winning Big Data projects.

This opportunity is possible due to the support of Le Moyne’s Information Systems Program Advisory Board members and Madden Mentors, Frank Perrelli and Mike Dermody, who routinely seek to engage Le Moyne students in all aspects of corporate business operations.


News From The McDevitt Scholars

Dara DeGenarro ’15 and Dr. Martha Grabowski, McDevitt Chair in Information Systems, will be traveling to Prudhoe Bay and Juneau, Alaska from Nov. 10-14 to work on the Arctic Oil Spill Logistics project with the Coast Guard. Hosted by Alaska Clean Seas (Alaska’s largest oil spill response organization), they will meet at the BP/Prudhoe Bay oil and gas production facility, with various oil industry representatives, and visit the Coast Guard research sponsors in Juneau on November 13-14.  In her work as a McDevitt Scholar, Dara is analyzing shipping traffic in the Bering Strait.

James Cochran ’14 experiments with Google Glass

Several McDevitt Scholars are working in collaboration with Syracuse University’s iSchool on a Google Glass project. Nick Olin ’15 and Ashley Strazzella ’14, met with Bob O’Brien and Braden Croy from the Syracuse iSchool about a collaborative Google Glass project. Nick is investigating the use of Google Glass in emergency medicine and Ashley is exploring the integration of Eastern and Western medicine. James Cochran ’14 is looking at gender and identity issues with Google Glass and Rebecca Wolf ’14 is exploring Glass’ privacy, authentication and security issues. Chris Pichardo ’15 is looking at the use of Glass in small and medium size businesses by different types of users.

These projects have opened up an opportunity to use Glass at Le Moyne. The Scholars plan to test Glass in a research project during an emergency medicine drill in Spring 2014.

The McDevitt Scholars will also be headed to Cornell next Wednesday, October 30th to meet with Cindi Turner, associate professor of music and director of the Cornell Wind Ensemble.  Prof. Turner is using Google Glass in orchestra conducting.  Together, they will discuss further collaborative opportunities in Visual and Performing Arts wearable computing research.

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