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Mount Students Present Research, Crack Codes

May 13, 2016
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Mount student Kristen Berish of Stormville, N.Y. presents her research at the Fifth Annual Joint Conference of the Upstate Chapters of the American Statistical Association. Photo provided.

A pair of Mount Saint Mary College students recently presented their research at the Fifth Annual Joint Conference of the Upstate Chapters of the American Statistical Association, held at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y.

Joseph Ianniello of Staten Island, N.Y., a biology/pre-veterinary major, and Kristen Berish of Stormville, N.Y, a math major, presented research they completed under the tutelage of the Mount’s Jennifer Bready, associate math professor and division chair.

Berish’s presentation was titled “Investigating Toxicology Results among Suicide Victims in Upstate New York” and Ianniello’s was called “The Patterns in Mortality and Obesity in Dutchess County, N.Y.”

Bready praised both students’ work, saying that their presentations “were very well received.”

In addition, Bready gave a talk titled “The Statistics of Suicides” at the conference.

Earlier in the semester, six Mount students took part in Kryptos, a national competition hosted by Central Washington University that challenges students to decode, or cryptanalyze, hidden messages within a 96-hour period. This year 205 students from America, France, Canada, Indonesia, and Brittan entered the contest.

Chemistry major Ryan Seifts of Wingdale, N.Y.; math major Katie Corry of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; and math major Jonathan Garofalo of Marlboro, N.Y. were able to decipher all three messages, earning the tenth fastest time in the country.

Seifts noted that entering the Kryptos contest was “a really unique, fun opportunity.”

A second Mount team consisting of math major Toni Navarro of Marlboro, N.Y.; biology major Heather Polgrean of Lagrangeville, N.Y.; and math major Cassandra Behre of Ogdensburg, N.J. successfully cracked two of the three ciphers.

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Joseph Ianniello of Staten Island, N.Y., a Mount Saint Mary College student, presented his research recently at the Fifth Annual Joint Conference of the Upstate Chapters of the American Statistical Association. Photo provided.