Posts Tagged ‘research’

Summer Research Students Sample Ocean Water in Gulf of Maine

July 26th, 2017 by Rebecca Fater

Students standing on the deck of a research vessel help lower canisters into the ocean water.

Students Ciro “CJ” Aprea ’18 and Caroline Fleming ’18 steady a lift filled with canisters as a winch lowers the contraption into the ocean. Using the canisters, or “Niskin bottles,” the students sampled ocean water at different depths to measure the temperature, salinity and density of the water, and to assess the amount of phytoplankton present. The trip off the Isles of Shoals in the Gulf of Maine, which included a visit to the Shoals Marine Lab, was part of the Weiss Summer Science Research Program. Aprea and Fleming, both biology majors, are research students working in the lab of Assistant Biology Professor Justin McAlister.

Two Holy Cross Students Serve as American Cancer Society Research Fellows

August 7th, 2013 by

Seniors Lauren Testa, of Winchester, Mass., and Timothy Murphy, of Niantic, Conn., spent the summer serving as American Cancer Society research fellows. Testa, a psychology major and chemistry minor with a premed concentration, worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Murphy, a biology major with concentrations in premed and biological psychology, worked at Massachusetts General Hospital. They are pictured at a reception for the fellows.

Holy Cross Alumni Are Everywhere

October 3rd, 2011 by

Frank Barbiero ’13, an anthropology major in the premed program, stands beside James Picone ’80 at the 53rd annual American Society for Radiation Oncology conference in Miami Beach, Fla. Barbiero conducted research with physicians at the Yale School of Medicine last summer, and was exhibiting his research titled “Intralesional Hemorrhage in Patients with Metastatic Melanoma Treated by Gamma Knife Radiation.” During the conference, he happened to meet Picone, who is on the physics staff at the Yale School of Medicine.  “I thought this was a perfect example of how Holy Cross is everywhere,” says Barbiero.

Students Display Their Summer Research in Symposium

September 10th, 2010 by

More than 100 poster presentations were on display for the 17th Annual Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium held in the Hogan Ballroom. The presentations featured research conducted by students and faculty in the departments of math and computer science, physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, sociology and anthropology, economics, political science, history, classics, religious studies and English. The event, which has grown in size and stature over the past few years, provides an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and students.

Photograph by Tim Paquette ’11

Biology Professor, Student Spend Summer in Siberian Arctic

July 3rd, 2010 by

William Sobczak, associate professor of biology, and Andrew Crowley ’11, a biology and Russian double major from Danvers, Mass., en route to Siberia made a stop in Moscow. Here they are seen in Moscow’s Red Square. Sobczak is one of the principal investigators and Crowley is one of 14 students participating in the Polaris Project, a National Science Foundation-funded program to enhance undergraduate research and education at several U.S. and Russian institutions. The project involves development of new undergraduate courses in Arctic System Science and a field course in the Siberian Arctic. Track their progress, and read posts by Crowley, at

Enjoying Some Fresh Air

June 8th, 2010 by

Jessica Sansoucy ’11 and Tom O’Brien ’12 study on the lawn outside of the Integrated Science Complex. They are both in the Summer Research Program.

Photograph by Lindsey O’Donnell ’13

Students Present Their Findings at Annual Summer Research Symposium

September 11th, 2009 by


Hundreds of students, faculty and staff attended the 16th Annual Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium in the Hogan Ballroom. The symposium included more than 70 poster presentations featuring research conducted by students and faculty in the departments of math and computer science, physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, sociology and anthropology, and economics.


Robert Nazarian ’12, a history and physics double major from North Providence, R.I., presents his summer research titled “A Spectral Analysis of Black Hole Candidate 4U1630-472,” to Timothy Austin, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College. Nazarian worked with Tomohiko Narita, associate professor of physics at Holy Cross.


Alice Simcoe-Matthews ’10, a psychology major with premedical and biological psychology concentrations from Somers, Conn., interned at Autism Speaks this summer. She blogged about her experience on the Holy Cross Web site.

Photography by Dan Vaillancourt

Up, Up and Away!

June 21st, 2009 by



Senior physics majors Kevin Sullo, left, and Tom Booth are pictured in a zero-gravity flight they took to study how a baseball moves through air. Their project was part of the summer research program at Holy Cross.

Photography by Steve Boxall