Gemstone Honors Program

Class of 2012 Teams

AMIRA: Analyzing Movement of Infants at Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Team Thesis
Mentor: John Aloimonos
Librarian: Mr. Glenn Moreton
Members: Eileen Chai, Jillian Chavis, Kevin Chodnicki, Timothy Crisci, Nathan Destler, John Graham, Kesshi Jordan, Richard Landa, Conrad Merkle, Soh Park, Christopher Paxton, Rachita Sood, James Tanner, Brendan Wray.
Keywords: autism, diagnosis, infants, movement, passive motion capture

ANTIDOTE: Analyzing New Treatments for Infectious Disease with Obtained Therapeutic Extracts

Team Thesis
Mentor: Dr. Andrea Ottesen
Librarians: Mr. Bob Kackley and Ms. Lily Griner
Members: Noha Eshera, Song Fu, Angela Hou, Liv Johannessen, Rahel Kifle, Nathan King, Eunsol Lee, Ke Ma, Gowri Nadmichettu, Alex Peters, Gregory Polley, Steven Ramiro, Crystal Wang, Mengda Zhang.
Keywords: Hepatitis C, drug treatment, Phyllanthus niruri

BALANCE: Bettering Aged Living through Alternative Neural Corrective Exercises

Team Thesis
Mentor: Dr. Jae Kum Shim
Librarian: Ms. Svetla Baykoucheva
Members: Marla Benedek, Jared Lindenberg, Yu Lun, Adina Schwartz, Mengge Shan, Tiancheng Wang, Kobena Waters.
Keywords: falls, prevention, elderly, resistance training, strength, balance

BioFUELS: Furthering the Utilization of Energy from Land and Soil

Team Thesis
Mentor: Dr. Gary Felton
Librarians: Ms. Nevenka Zdravkovska
Members: Vishney Ambalavanar, Michael Kang, Felicia Kulp, Theodore Michaels, Alexander Muroyama, Saad Rehman, Olufemi Sokoya, Aalap Trivedi, Kaiyi Xie.
Keywords: biofuels, Micanthus x giganteus, land quality, soil, cost benefit analysis

BLAZE: Bettering the Lives of Animals in Zoo Environments

Team Thesis
Mentor: Dr. Kaci Thompson
Librarian: Mr. Timothy Hackman
Members: Logan Anbinder, Amelia Cordell, Gretchen Downey, Kelly Freudenberger, Shabaab Kamal, Thao Khuc, Joshua Lacey, Caitlin Moore, Emmarie Myers, Andrea Schmidt.
Keywords: zoos, animals, stress, intervention strategies, environmental enrichment

FACE: Facial Analysis for Communicating Expression

Team Thesis
Mentor: Dr. Rama Chellappa
Librarian: Mr. Jim Miller
Members: Douglas Astler, Harrison Chau, Kailin Hsu, Alvin Hua, Andrew Kannan, Lydia Lei, Melissa Nathanson, Esmaeel Paryavi, Michelle Rosen, Hayato Unno, Carol Wang, Syeda Zaidi, Xuemin Zhang.
Keywords: facial recognition, assistive devices, blindness, nonverbal communication

FLIP: File Lending in Proximity

Team Thesis
Mentor: Dr. Jim Purtilo
Librarians: Mr. Stephen Henry and Mr. Jim Miller
Members: Bobak Azarbayejani, Andy Chang, William Franklin, Hugo Hall, James Polivka, Zhuang Shao, Xinyu Weng.
Keywords: geolocation, file sharing, internet, proximate networks

FRESH : Fixing Refrigeration Efficiency to Sustain Health

Team Thesis
Mentor: Dr. Sameer Shah
Librarians: Mr. Bob Kackley and Ms. Lily Griner
Members: Matthew Conway, Kelly Daniluk, Jason Felder, Andrew Foo, Amina Goheer, Veena Katikineni, Anthony Mazzella, Young Park, George Peabody, Divya Raghavachari, Sahil Shah, Ravi Vaswani.
Keywords: vaccines, distribution, temperature, phase chain material

GREEN JUSTICE: Geared Reassessment of Ecological and Environmental Needs to Justly Utilize Sustainable Techniques in Communities Everywhere

Team Thesis
Mentor: Dr. Alex Chen
Librarian: Dr. Alan Mattlage and Ms. Lara Otis,
Members: Jessica Albrecht, Blair Broser, Brendan George, Caleb Hii, Vy Nguyen, Rachana Patel, Najeff Waseem.
Keywords: waste reduction, recycling, Hyattsville, Maryland, program evaluations, attitudes

LEAF: Light Energy in the Agriculture of the Future

Team Thesis
Mentor: Dr. Ray Adomaitis
Librarian: Ms. Nedelina Tchangalova
Members: Thomas Brooks, Sean Collins, Alexander Edgerton, Blaine Ford, Preetha Gautam, Matthew Goldfinger, Ian Hall, Billy Huang, Michael Lanzo, Melissa McGowan, Taylor Myers, Christopher Salata, Andy Zheng.
Keywords: solar energy, photovoltaics, concentration, costs, sustainability

LEGS: Ligament Elasticity post Graft Surgery

Team Thesis
Mentor: Dr. Adam Hsieh
Librarians: Mr. Bob Kackley & Ms. Lily Griner
Members: Ayushi Chandramani, Matthew Costales, Benjamin Garbus, Joseph Hartstein, Kelley Heffner, Rupal Jain, Kelly Klein, Alicia McDonnell, Payal Patel, Victoria Stefanelli, Jenny Wang, Joseph Weinberg, Tina Zhang.
Keywords: ACL construction, anterior cruciate ligament, grafts, surgery, tension, collagen