John Jay College Gears Up for its 2019 Research & Creativity Expo

John Jay College Gears Up for its 2019 Research & Creativity Expo

John Jay College Gears Up for its 2019 Research & Creativity Expo

“As a College focused on issues of justice, our commitment to scholarly research is an integral part of our institutional mission,” says President Karol V. Mason. “The data and information generated by our community has the power to change the way people think and behave, fostering new policies and practices, and ultimately encouraging societal evolution.” That’s why, as a community, we’re excited and proud to be convening this year’s Research & Creativity Expo May 1 – 10. The annual event celebrates the College’s thriving research community with over 460 exhibits and performances, representing every field of study at the College—from Psychology and Mathematics, to English and Music.

We’re kicking off this year’s Expo with a noteworthy opening ceremony. On May 1, in Hound Square, expect to enjoy musical performances, art exhibits, and interactive student presentations representing an array of academic fields and scholarly research. All of the work presented throughout the Expo perfectly demonstrates the dedication John Jay faculty members have when it comes to collaborating with students. Their commitment to our students’ education and ability to think critically is uplifting the next generation of researchers.

To get the John Jay community excited for the 10-day event, we spoke with several student presenters to learn more about their research and hopes for the future.

Ayanna Miller-Smith
Ayanna Miller-Smith

McNair Scholar and Forensic Psychology major Ayanna Miller-Smith ’19 is hoping her research on the portrayal of police brutality on social media and its effect on populations, will lead to policy change. “My larger argument is that when real trauma is present in a community, it’s going to affect the way community members interact with law enforcement,” said Miller-Smith. “And, so when we try to talk about community policing and moving forward in a positive light, you have to recognize that some of these people are experiencing PTSD from what is going on in society.”

Read more about Miller-Smith’s Research Journey
Research and Creativity Expo: Ayanna Miller-Smith ’19 Researches and Influences Policy Change 

 

Nicole Centazzo
Nicole Centazzo

PRISM student and Forensic Science major Nicole Centazzo ’19 will present her research on the effects of synthetic drugs on the body. “We want to see how these drugs impact the body and the neurotransmitters in the brain,” said Centazzo. “Does it increase dopamine? How does it distribute in the body? And for drug abusers, does it affect the brain in a certain way and how can we treat it? Your job as a scientist is to figure out which pieces fit where and solve that intricate puzzle.”

Read more about Centazzo’s Research Journey
Research and Creativity Expo: Nicole Centazzo ’19 Aspires to Use Science to Help Communities

 

Ivan Taurisano
Ivan Taurisano

English major Ivan Taurisano ’19 comes from a family of judges and lawyers. Despite his initial interest in law, what Taurisano found at John Jay was a deep passion for literature. His research focuses on the portrayal of orphans in children’s literature and how these stories help shape a child’s life. “Storytelling became a tool of self-discovery and helped build my self-esteem,” said Taurisano. “What I am trying to demonstrate is that in children’s literature, when there is a parental absence, something else is given to the child to overcome this feeling of loneliness.”

Read more about Taurisano’s Research Journey
Research and Creativity Expo: Ivan Taurisano ’19 Uses Writing to Change Lives

 

Gabe Rahme
Gabe Rahme

Law and Society major Gabe Rahme ’19 uses photography as a tool of self-reflection and to advocate for social justice. “With photography you’re able to document a moment in time and use that as a catalyst for change,” said Rahme. “I want to encourage others to view life through a different lens and to start a conversation about the steps we can take towards a more just and fair society.”

Read more about Rahme’s Research Journey

Research and Creativity Expo: Gabe Rahme ’19 Advocates for Social Justice Through Photography

 

 

To learn more about the research projects taking place John Jay College, join us at the Research and Creativity Expo from May 1–10.