Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Three Fairmont State students will participate in Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol, planned for Tuesday, March 1.

The event will take place from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the State Capitol building in Charleston. The day is intended to help members of the state Legislature and the executive branch understand the importance of undergraduate research by talking directly with the students impacted.

Michael Ware and Johnny Dean, computer science/information technology students at FSU, will present a paper titled "Improving User Awareness". Faculty member Don Tobin serves as their adviser.

Ware's and Dean's research focuses on improving personal computer security. In an effort to build a security awareness training tool, they developed an attack simulator for personal computers known as AWARE (A Windows Attack Intrusion Emulator). The goal of AWARE is to transform user's passive attitudes, which allows an attack to take complete control of a computer system, into an active mindset, which would enforce system protection, detect suspicious activity and counteract future attacks.

Justin Morgan, a biology student at FSU, will present a paper titled "ATR (Ataxia Telangiectasia Mutated and Rad3 Related) as a Potential Link Between Obesity and Cancer."

Morgan's research focuses on the incidence of certain cancers in obese individuals. Research suggests that ATR, a checkpoint protein that regulates cell cycle progression and is important for the survival of cells following DNA damage, may be a factor linking obesity and cancer.