Rutgers University–Newark Research Day

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On Friday, April 17, the Office of the Chancellor, Graduate School–Newark, and Honors College of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences–Newark will host Rutgers University–Newark’s third annual Research Day at the Paul Robeson Campus Center, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. More than 80 participants will be onsite to explain and answer questions about their projects. New this year, the presentation of research of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students will be combined in one forum.

“We decided to combine our efforts to showcase the various levels of research at Rutgers University–Newark,” comments Dr. Kinna Perry, director of Honors College and overseer of this year’s Research Day. “It’s a rare occasion for the entire campus to have the opportunity to convene to celebrate the work of faculty and all students -- both graduate and undergraduate. We’re hopeful this will encourage prospective graduate students to consider Rutgers University–Newark as an option for graduate studies. ”

"Here in the city of Newark, some of the best minds in the world are creating knowledge and making significant contributions to their various fields and disciplines,” notes Dr. John Johnson Jr., post-doctoral research associate at the Graduate School–Newark and fellow at the Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience. Johnson assisted Perry with the coordination of applications submitted by faculty and graduate students. “Research Day is an opportunity for our faculty, students, and staff to share and learn about the outstanding and important research being conducted by our distinguished scholars here at Rutgers University–Newark."

Dr. Yaihara Fortis-Santiago, program manager of Science Alliance at the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), will be the featured luncheon speaker. Launched in 2003 by NYAS and a consortium of universities, teaching hospitals, independent research facilities, and organizations, Science Alliance helps young scientists attain successful and rewarding careers.  Fortis-Santiago will share information about the various initiatives of Science Alliance and offer recommendations on how students can engage in Science Alliance’s programs.

In addition to Fortis-Santiago, 10-minute oral presentations will be made by 12 faculty members and 16 graduate students. Representative presenters and topics include:

  • Dr. Elena Galoppini, professor, Department of Chemistry—“Stepwise Functionalization of Semiconductors” (Galoppini focuses on the development of new hybrid organic-inorganic systems to be employed widely in solar photochemical energy conversion and biosensors.)
  • Dr. Jason Barr, associate professor, Department of Economics—“What's Manhattan Worth? A Land Values Index from 1950 to 2013” (Using vacant land sales, Barr constructs a land value index for Manhattan from 1950 to 2013 to draw certain conclusions about trends relating to land prices and real estate development in Manhattan.)
  • Yuanyuan Li, doctoral student, Department of Management & Global Business—“Do Prior Ties Contribute to Subsequent FDI and Competence Convergence?” (Li explores whether multinational corporations tend to invest in locations in which previous business partners have located and whether the technological competitive advantages of home and host countries converge after cross-investment. Her adviser is Dr. John Cantwell.)
  • Thomas Moomjy, doctoral student, Graduate Program in American Studies—“12 Bars Can’t Hold Me: Incarceration and Commercial Blues Recordings of the 1920s and 1930s” (Moomjy investigates what the tens of thousands of blues recordings produced in the United States between World War I and World War II suggest about the role of incarceration in the formation of culture in the United States. His advisers are Dr. Barbara Foley and Dr. Lewis Porter.)

All undergraduate students will prepare poster displays.

John Fagan, a senior majoring in accounting at Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick (RBS), is among this year’s field of more than 60 undergraduate presenters. His advisers are Dr. Helen Brown-Liburd and Dr. Divya Anantharaman, both of RBS. Fagan’s research analyzes the impetus and impact of securities laws and regulations in the United States since the Great Depression, including the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which created the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, promulgated to enhance corporate responsibility and financial disclosures and to combat corporate and accounting fraud. The Kenilworth, New Jersey, resident believes his research will better prepare him for a master of financial accounting degree, which he plans to pursue at RBS as well.

Thomas Stratton, a resident of Cranford, New Jersey, and a junior majoring in chemistry at Newark College of Arts and Sciences, is another undergraduate who will be presenting at Research Day. Stratton is assisting the lab of Dr. Joel Freundlich of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School with creating medications that conquer, in novel ways, drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB). TB is a major cause of death among people infected with HIV/AIDS and individuals living in poor communities. At Research Day, Stratton will present the chemical synthesis that he has contributed to Freundlich’s lab. So intrigued by his research, Stratton aspires to earn a doctoral degree in chemistry to study organic chemistry synthesis on more advanced and sophisticated levels.

Research Day is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, contact Dr. Perry at