Rowan salutes students, professor at research awards ceremony

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Rowan University students, Timothy Vaughn and Robert Booth, along with Rowan professor Dr. Samuel Lofland, were honored at a research recognition ceremony recently held on campus.

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Rowan University students, Timothy Vaughn and Robert Booth, along with Rowan professor Dr. Samuel Lofland, were honored at a research recognition ceremony recently held on campus.

Vaughn, of West Berlin, a graduate student studying mechanical engineering, received the Award for Excellence in Graduate Research. Vaughn has been collaborating with associate mechanical engineering professor Dr. Anthony Marchese in researching biofuels, a potential alternative energy source.

Global warming, Vaughn says, "can only be conquered by a comprehensive new energy paradigm that will require conservation, wind energy, solar energy, biofuels, carbon sequestration, nuclear energy and other technologies."

Booth, of North Cape May, a sophomore dual physics and mathematics major with concentrations in honors studies and materials science, was honored with the Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. Booth has been studying the magnetic properties of FexPdyGa100-x-y, a material that has many potential applications for nanotechnology.

"Researching the magnetic properties of FexPdyGa100-x-y has inspired me to continue my education after completing my undergraduate degrees," said Booth. "It is my goal to earn a Ph.D. in theoretical physics and become a professional researcher. Truly, research at Rowan University has been a life-changing experience."

Booth has been working on the research project with Rowan physics and astronomy professor Dr. Samuel Lofland, a Springfield, Pa. (Del. Co.) resident who received the Faculty/Staff Research Achievement Award. The award honors a full-time faculty or professional staff member for his/her outstanding achievements in research over a sustained period of time.

The main focus of Lofland's research has been directed toward magnetism, although he works in a variety of areas, such as sensor design, biophysics and structural materials.
Lofland has received funding from various sources, including more than $1 million from the National Science Foundation and $1.4 million from the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology. The latter award led to the establishment of the interdisciplinary Materials Research Group at Rowan as well as a concentration in materials science.

This is the first year Rowan has given the three awards. Each student recipient received $500. Lofland received $2,000.

Students had to be nominated for the awards by a faculty member. Full-time faculty/professional staff nominees were proposed by a fellow faculty or staff member, an administrator or themselves.

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