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Local residents participate in SUNY Oswego Global Lab

OSWEGO, NY – Several area residents are among nearly 50 college and university students taking part in hands-on learning in SUNY Oswego’s Global Laboratory network at science labs around the world in July.

Bryan Kern of Ridge Road in Oswego, a graduate student studying human-computer interaction, is conducting research at the Federal University of Paraiba in Brazil. He is the son of Theresa and Kenneth Kern of Oswego. After earning his undergraduate degree, Kern hopes to pursue more research opportunities in cognitive psychology, focusing on human-computer interaction.

Anthony Kirkpatrick of Iroquois Trail in Oswego, a graduate student studying human computer interaction, is conducting research at the Federal University of Paraiba in Brazil. After earning his undergraduate degree, Kirkpatrick hopes to apply for doctoral programs.

Larissa Assam of Applewood Drive in Oswego, a junior studying biology, is conducting research at the University of Calcutta in India. She is the daughter of Dr. Belinda and Dr. George Assam of Douala, Cameroon. After earning her undergraduate degree, Assam hopes to attend medical school for dermatology.

The four dozen students are scattered among research institutions in Brazil, Costa Rica, India, Taiwan, Sweden and Switzerland. The home campus for 31 of the Global Lab students this summer is SUNY Oswego, with others from the SUNY centers at Albany, Binghamton and Stony Brook plus Onondaga Community College and the University of Rochester.

Research projects for SUNY students this year include exploring organic fuel cells, puma conservation in Brazil, coding for the Gaia space mission, biostatistical analysis of the spread of dengue in Paraiba, the extra-galactic distance scale and more.

Funding to help support the students’ research experience abroad comes from a variety of sources, including external grantors such as Banco Santander and the National Science Foundation, the student’s home campus (including private donations) and the international partner campus.

For more information, see http://www.oswego.edu/academics/research/global_laboratory.