purpose of the NASA/NSF/TSU Research Symposium is to give student
researchers a platform for presenting their research. This year's
symposium allowed researchers from various fields and colleges to
present their research, some for the first time. Research from astronomy,
biological, and physics were just a few of the subject areas represented.
Willard Smith of Tennessee State University (TSU) opened the symposium.
Dr. Smith is director of the TSU Center of Excellence, NASA Networks
and Training Site. He is the director of several college and high
school programs whose purposes are to increase interest in scientific
fields. Dr. Mike Busby, head of the TSU Centers of Excellence, followed
Dr. Smith. Dr. Busby gave a brief overview of the program and allowed
for introductions of those present.
Smith and Carl Seward of ECSUs ONR program both gave oral presentations.
All of the team from ECSU, including Danielle Graves, David Small,
and Dana Brown, presented posters on their research from this year.
Abstracts and Research
of the most interesting presentations at the conference was on "Intelligent
Tutoring For African-American Students: A Systems Engineering Approach."
In this project it addressed the fact that different students learn
in different ways. It combines the theory of Intelligent Tutorial
Systems to present information to tailored instruction to a group
of students based on the student's individual learning style. A
systems engineering approach uses well-defined functional requirements
to formulate a management plan. The system takes into account the
entire life cycle of the system, thus avoiding the problems that
may emerge after deployment and widespread use. The interesting
thing that I like about the project is its conceptual ideal that
instruction through a systems engineering approach can help in the
aid of individualized education.
Seward, ONR Researcher
Todd Gary from the Department of Biological Sciences, Center for
Excellence, TSU was the first presenter. He announced the Life Science
Institute that has been approved by the state. Astrobiology, Proteonics,
Bioformatics, and other topics will be studied. Dr. Gary is an expert
who discovered an extra solar planet. Cynthia Aguilar and Dorel
Ibarra, students from UCLA, discussed their interdisciplinary Astrobiology
Society, which is run by students majoring in economics to technology.
I presented, What I Break - What Breaks Me: A Perl Programming Project
during Session 1.
took a small break and continued with Session 2. M. Paquiot presented
her research on Learning- Style Based Computer Aided Instruction.
She discussed statistics, hypermedia packages, online tutorials,
and distance learning. According to her research, there is a 20%
decrease in graduate rate and 25-35% increase in jobs predicted.
Mismatched teaching and learning styles may be a cause of the deficit
in graduation. The tools used to design the courses included File
Maker, RealBasic 4, and the Keirsey Temparament Sorter. The next
presenter discussed the Planer Motion of Liquid under Markovian
Structural Perturbations; he showed us a lot of proofs.
Smith, ONR Researcher
feel very privileged to have been able to have this experience.
I gained personal knowledge and learned the do's and don't' of making
a good presentation. I look forward to presenting my own research
in the future.
Graves, ONR Researcher
at the Stockyard
last session began at 9:10 the next morning. During this session,
one of the heads of the program, Dr. Willard Smith, gave his presentation
on an on-line streaming course in astronomy. This project is still
in the making and he asked if any participant would be willing
to sign up to test out at least one episode of the on-line class.
Mr. James Harrington, a technical advisor who works at Goddard
Space Flight Center, offered a telescope or palm pilot to anyone
who was interested. Mr. Harrington is one of the people responsible
for funding for such programs as the TSU Symposium. He gave an
interesting speech on an upcoming launch of a new satellite called
Messenger, which will study Mercury. He also talked about the
alignment of Venus and Earth, a spectacle that only happens once
or if you are lucky, twice a century. After the sign up, lunch
was served and the meeting was adjourned.
Brown, ONR Researcher