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NJIT applauds students for studies on brain injury, glaucoma and more

A better understanding of brain injury, a way to rejuvenate dead nerve endings and a device allowing patients to monitor their glaucoma at home, number among this years nine winners at NJITs annual provosts student research day.

What surprises me every time I walk through this showcase is the sophisticated array of research projects involving so many NJIT graduate and undergraduate students, said NJIT Provost Priscilla P. Nelson. Nelson, who sponsors the annual juried event, noted that NJIT encourages students and professors to join forces for research projects, and professors are encouraged to lavish one-on-one attention on their students, who love it. More than 50 students participate in this annual event showing off projects they have worked on with some of the universitys most notable professors. The undergraduate and graduate students who developed the best projects are awarded prizes, including membership in Sigma Xi, the international research honor society.

More information follows about this years winning research. Most projects have already been presented professionally.

Biomedical engineering major and senior Jillian Nguyen, Parsippany, received the first-place honor for research on the bodys oculomotor system and the brain. She hopes to better understand how eye movements relate to areas of the brain so that one day she can help victims of traumatic brain injury and others suffering from this dysfunction strengthen damaged vision. By tracking the eye movements of three subjects, she saw sections of the brain associated with these movements that were activated.

Second-place honors went to Karina Aliaga, Lodi, a junior majoring in applied math, and Temitope Brotherson, Hackensack, a junior double majoring in math and biology. The pair used math to unravel a puzzling absence of bird species on certain islands by showing that if a small island is sufficiently close to a much larger island, then a

Contact: Sheryl Weinstein
New Jersey Institute of Technology

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