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IPARS Science Fair 2020-2021

This past week, IPARS hosted its first ever science fair, sponsored by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Among the numerous sophisticated projects were a novel proposal for Gaucher’s Disease treatment using a fusion protein, a project examining the effects of social determinants of health on perspectives towards flu vaccines, and a project utilizing rechargeable batteries to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The …

Sharks take a Bite out of Infection! An Antibacterial, Reusable Bandage for Post-Operative Patients

By Hannah Herbst My research is focused on the development of an antibacterial surface to combat post-operative infections. These infections occur in over 200 million patients around the world each year, including my dad, who inspired this project. At the time of my dad’s infection, I was studying the antibacterial properties of shark skin in the Florida Atlantic Biomechanics Lab. …

Using Three-Dimensional Modeling to Analyze the Vascular System and Radiation-Induced Lung damage

By Karen Copeland Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and women. In addition, many patients with progressive lung cancer develop latent radiation-induced respiratory damage, even after they are declared cancer-free. The purpose of this investigation was to use three-dimensional modeling techniques using the java programming language to create an interactive environment through which researchers can …

Homeopathic Remedies for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s in C. elegans

By Raaga Pulya Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s are both neurological diseases which specifically affect the central nervous system. Parkinson’s causes tremors in patients and Alzheimer causes memory loss. Parkinson’s is caused due the oxidative stress and the free radicals attack protein, lipids, and DNA. This causes lewy bodies which are clumping of the alpha-synuclein protein. These clumps destroy neurons and disrupt …

Non-invasive Technique in Determining the In-situ Temperature of Ferrofluid for Magnetic Hyperthermia Treatment

By Asiya Karim The use of magnetic hyperthermia in the treatment of tumors has become a rapidly growing field. The technique involves the injection of magnetic nanoparticles like Ferrofluid into tumor cells followed by the application of an external alternating magnetic field. The resulting temperature rise in the Ferrofluid is utilized to destroy the tumor cells. One of the obvious …

Detecting Dark Matter via the Modeling of Plasma Frequencies of Ge Semiconductors using Fermi-Dirac Approximations through Variation of Temperature and Dopant Concentrations

By Omkar Arasaiah Dark matter is the name given to the hypothetical form of exotic matter thought to comprise nearly 85% of the total matter of the universe, and about a quarter of the total mass-energy present. Dark matter is quite literally called “dark” since it does not interact with photons, the main constituent particle of electromagnetic radiation. Unfortunately for …

Fingerprint scanner with Alerts and Music for Dementia Patients

By Neva Mathew Alzheimer’s is a genetically inherited progressive disease which damages the connections between neurons and eventually causes deterioration throughout the brain causing loss of memory and other cognitive functions. Currently there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, only treatment for its symptoms. Ten percent of people of sixty-five years or older have Alzheimer’s Dementia and sixty percent of the …

Eco-Analyst: Promoting Environmental Sustainability Through AI and Automated Machine Learning with Integrated Neural Networking

By Adam Warden This project’s purpose is to serve as a means of accessing and controlling various environmental hazards, including atmospheric pollution and harmful micro-climates. It incorporates the use of programmed chemical sensors and micro controllers to collect data from their individual environments and relay the information to the app for the user to different operating systems for further use. …