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Ideas took center stage at the University of Bridgeport Faculty Research Day on February 11

Leslie Geary
Monday, February 07, 2011

Shrinivas Bhosale pointed to the black-and-white image of a human liver. On the left side of the picture was a large milky blot of white. “There’s the tumor,” Bhosale said. “That’s what we’re looking at.”

In fact, Bhosale, a PhD candidate in computer science, and a team of researchers are looking at the tumor in a radically new light; they’re using computer algorithms to produce state-of-the-art 3D images that reveal not just tumors’ volumetric size, but also their density.

This startling new view—the result of research Bhosale is conducting with computer and engineering professor Prabir Patra and researchers MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas—should help doctors create more effective treatments for patients with cancer.

The work was just among 120 projects on display during University of Bridgeport Faculty Research Day on Friday, February 11.

A celebration of ideas, the event featured cutting-edge work in fields as far ranging as global banking and business to education, music, biology, engineering, computer science, politics—even martial arts.

“This is a showcase of how much research there is at UB,” said Dr. Tarek Sobh, vice president of graduate studies and research. “We’re very excited that most of the colleges and schools at the University are participating. It’s a great way for faculty and students to learn more about research in other departments and find pathways to collaborate.”

Nilima Shroff was among the participants who submitted research.

Shroff, a graduate student earning a master’s in technology management, and professor Dr. Elif Kongar have developed a system that uses barcode technology to route unused, expired, or damaged pharmaceuticals back to industry clearinghouses for safe handling.

The technology is sorely needed.

According to the Healthcare Distribution Management Association, just 4 percent of all products from pharmaceutical warehouses are properly recycled, disposed of, or redistributed. That creates huge hazards to the environment and to patients when unused drugs are tossed away, illegally resold, or mishandled, says Shroff.

“It is illegal, but it happens a lot,” says Shroff.

Across The Gallery at the Arnold Bernhard Center, where the Research Day took place, education professor Margaret Queenan presented research that examines methods teachers can use to help students of poverty better read and understand scientific texts. Queenan’s research poster included a letter from a young student to her teacher.

“It is helpful to wonder,” she wrote, “because sometimes when you wonder, you find the right answer.”


Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu