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City Tech Student Presents Biomedical Research Project at ABRCMS Conference in November
City Tech student and editor-in-chief of New Tech Times Steven Lora presented his research project at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in San Jose, CA, in November 2012. The largest forum of its kind, ABRCMS enables undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students from all 50 states to present their biomedical research, provided their abstracts are accepted and approved by judges. While other CUNY students from City College, Brooklyn and Hunter presented at the conference, Lora, who also is a corporal in the United States Marine Corps, was the only student representing City Tech.
Entitled "A Simulation Model for the Spread of Swine Flu Pandemic,” Lora’s project was part of the College’s Emerging Scholars Program. It was a collaborative interdisciplinary project, combining microbiology, epidemiology and infectious diseases with mathematics. His mentors were Assistant Professors Liana Tsenova, Department of Biological Sciences, and Boyan Kostadinov, Department of Mathematics, who also served as a judge at ABRCMS.
The two mentored four students from the Emerging Scholars Program. First, students did research on Swine Flu, how it is spread, symptoms and epidemiology, and then developed the mathematical model. A poster depicting Lora’s research was featured at City Tech’s 10th Annual Poster Session on November 15.
The project abstract points out that the world has seen two pandemics over the last 10 years and chances are that it may face even more in the near future. Realistic mathematical models, simulating the spread of contagion can be used to great benefit by state and federal government agencies as well as health organizations around the world to better prepare and quickly contain the spread of pandemics.