College of Science

Professional Development Descriptions

Jill Adler-Moore

Monitoring Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 Latency

Goal: The goal of this project will be to initially screen Herpes simplex virus type 2 constructs, engineered by Dr. Pal to contain the luciferase gene, to determine if they can produce tissue culture cell and animal infection similar to the original or non-engineered virus. The luciferase-modified virus construct having the most infectivity and chemoluminescent capacity will then be used to follow distribution of the virus into the nanglia of the mice by monitoring chemoluminescence of the virus in the infected animal. The data from these experiments will be included in a resubmission for an NIH-SCORE grant to be submitted in June 2003. Results from this preliminary study will be used to incrase the breadth of the research that I will propose to do as a part of my June 2003 resubmission of of the SCORE grant for studying liposomal HSV-2 vaccines. Vaccines may minimize viral latency in the nervous system and minimize recurrences of genital HSV-2 infections.

Jonathan Baskin

Rain Bird Aquatic Learning Center

Goal: The Biological Sciences Department has just opened our Rain Bird Aquatic Learning Center, partially funded by Rain Bird Corp., as part of our BioTrek Facility. This teaching and research facility is described on the web site. The department is providing basic equipment (fish tanks, etc.) and supplies, and is maintaining the facility.

My area of expertise is South American fishes, especially catfishes, many of which are well known for sound production, as are many of our local fishes. Although I have done extensive field work on these fishes, I have not been able to investigate or utilize fish sounds in my classes due to lack of equipment and aquarium facilities. I would like to utilize our new facilities to become engaged in a new area of research with my students, the detection, identification and analysis of sounds produced by fishes.

The areas of investigation include recording and characterizing the sounds of fishes in the field, in South America and locally. This will be an addition to our Tropical Field Biology Course. Analysis of sound will be done with a computer and with software we already have available. Investigations will be done in the lab to determine the significance of the sounds to the biology of the animals, including playback of recorded sounds.

Barbara Burke

Research on Women & Minorities in Chemistry

Goal: The objective of this proposal is to gather significant new biographical and professional data on Helen Abbott Michael, an organic chemist who lived in the latter half of the 19th century. She was one of a few remarkable women during this time period who carried out significant experimental work in chemistry. To date, her biographies have been based upon only a few sources. There are other important original historical and archival materials to be researched that can only be accessed on site, i.e., in Philadelphia or in Boston. I plan to write an extensive professional and biographical treatise on Helen A. Michael that will include in-depth discussions of issues she faced as a woman chemist. Secondarily: I plan to search Philadelphia sources to get more information on another distinguished woman chemist, Rachel L. Bodley, chair of chemistry at the Woman's Medical College of Philadelphia and later dean. I will add her biography to my on-line column. I am applying for funds to carry out archival and historical research in Philadelphia and Boston.

Keyu Jiang

Integrate GIS Techniques with Network Security

Goal: Security issue is a big problem in the current computer world, especially in the networking area. DOS (Denial Of Service) is one of the most popular and dangerous attacks among all kinds of attacks. It usually can disable the service provided from the server. If it goes serious, it could even cause the server crash.

The major objective of this research is to find a new interdisciplinary research area by integrate the technology of network security and GIS. I want to extend my research area from focusing in security issues to more broad area, such as geology science. I'm also expecting to apply external funding by using the result from this project as a core.

Joan Leong

New TA Training Assessment in Bio Sciences

Goal: We initiated a New Teaching Associate Orientation Course (BIO 575) that will promote better teaching effectiveness among TAs with little or no teaching experience. This course is offered for the first time this fall, coordinated by myself. As part of this course, we intend to develop a mechanism for mid-quarter timely fashion, so that they will have time to reflect on, possibly improve, their teaching style or performance before the end of their first quarter. I am seeking support to develop a teaching evaluation or assessment mechanism with a quick turn around time, so TAs have an opportunity to act upon the results of their evaluation before the quarter is over. To achieve a short response time, I plan to utilize a specialized optical scanner and software system (Scantron Parscore System).

Jeffrey Marshall

GIS Applications for Geomorphic Surface Analysis

Goal: A fundamental technique of landscape analysis in the discipline of tectonic geomorphology is the study of the geometric deformation of low-relief landscape surfaces (e.g., marine and fluvial terraces, alluvial fans, playa lakes, deltas, and plateaus). The recent advent of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology has introduced an exciting new set of tools for geomorphic analysis of the Earth's surface. The primary objectives of the proposed project are: 1) to learn the capabilities of the new ArcGIS software and to develop a set of GIS based techniques for landscape analysis; 2) to compile a digital topographic and orthophoto data base of generating GIS base maps and Digital Elevation Models (DEM) for use in initiating new research projects in southern California; 3) to generate a set of GIS lab exercises for use in Geological Sciences courses that focus on regional case studies of geomorphic surface analysis. This project will allow me to expand my research program and technological expertise, initiate new projects in southern California involving Cal Poly students, and augment my teaching efforts with GIS technology.

Hector Mireles

2002 Magnetism and Magnetic Materials Conference

Goal: I am currently expanding my research expertise in magnetism to include magneto-optic microscopy. Since I am currently building a magneto-optic microscope at Cal Poly, I wish to consult with experts in this field at the 2002 Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (MMM) conference in Tampa, Florida (November 11-15). Such microscopes are typically custom-built for the specific needs the experiment. Attending this conference will permit me to share my development ideas directly with senior scientists, who have successfully built such instruments in their institutions.

My leadership role in this conference and my publication in the proceedings will expose Cal Poly's new physics research activities to the international physics community. The expertise that I will encounter at this conference will greatly assist me in the development of our own magnetic microscopy instrument. The instrument will offer physics seniors a wide range of novel thesis projects and facilitate research collaboration with any research group with an interest in imaging magnetic domains at the microscopic level.

Gilbert Young

Building CS Network Lab

Goal: In order to provide students with more hands-on instructions, the Computer Science Department has committed to establish a Network Lab. This project has played a key role in the implementation of new innovative approaches for increasing the effectiveness of the student learning in computer networks via the use of this Lab. We also intend to use this project to promote collaborations in developing Network related software with our local high-tech companies in the future. Our long-term goal of taking the lead in this field is essential for maintaining department's reputation and keeping up with University's goals of a first-class polytechnic university. A web site of the pilot CS Networks Lab, is now available.