Applied Mathematics and Statistics
Stinging Sea Nettles: Population Biology and Impacts on food webs in New Jersey
Invasive Jellyfish in New Jersey
Review of current projects and research interests can be found here.
Previous work focusing mainly on heavy metals is now being directed to the specific contaminants in the dust from the World Trade Center tragedy (WTC) which has been analyzed by the Rutgers team of Dr. Paul Lioy. I was able to justify a request to Dr. Lioy of the Environmental and Occupational Institute of Rutgers University, and he generously sent us this WTC dust sample in late 2007. I plan to continue to expand our research to include more molecular and cytogenetic techniques. Studies of chromosomal damage are being measured by the Micronucleus test which shows small broken pieces of chromosomes as small darkly staining outside of the normal nucleus. Apoptosis Assays are employed to study DNA damage from heavy metals and WTC dust . Embryonic bone of chickens is also exposed to the WTC dust to study development in presence of these toxins.
I mostly teach BIOL113 (Principles of Biology 2), BIOL213 (Introduction to Ecology), and BIOL425/520 (Plant physiology). In my teaching I try to engage students in their learning. My goal is to have students become fully engaged in their learning so that they go beyond rote learning and instead try to achieve deep learning (i.e. true understanding). I try to achieve this through a combination of in-class exercises, group projects out of class, hands-on learning in lab, and student reflection pieces in class. I believe that making lectures entertaining and showing students how the information is relevant to their lives helps them become and stay engaged. My exams are not multiple-choice. My exams are essay style and I ask students to demonstrate that they can apply what has been covered in class to a novel situation. As part of my dedication to achieving deep learning by the students who attend my classes, I have joined the Office for Faculty Advancement at MSU as a fellow and mentor in the Engaged Teaching Mentors and Fellows Program.
Her research emphasizes on sustaining biodiversity via rebuilding habitat connectivity and controlling invasive species. Due to high human population density and dense urban development, wildlife habitats are fragmented and/or destroyed. Extensive road network has been shown to create complete barriers to wildlife movement and cause mortality of wildlife. Dr. Wu’s research identifies and prioritizes wildlife crossing/mortality hotspots for mitigation planning to restore habitat connectivity and for the long-term persistence of wildlife species.
Exotic species invasion is a global environmental problem associated with increasing human activity, which causes significant global ecological and economic consequences. Dr. Wu’s research examines the impacts of exotic species introduction at population, community and ecosystem levels, efficacies of invasive management strategies, as well as development of new technologies to control invasive populations. Currently, Dr. Wu is working on development of ultrasonic treatment devices for invasive species management and disinfection.
Globally, wetlands are disappearing at an alarming rate. Dr. Wu’s research interests extend to wetland ecology, management, restoration, and impacts of global climate change on wetlands. Scientific evidence suggests that anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are having a discernible effect on the global climate, including acceleration of global temperature and sea-level rise. Dr. Wu’s research studies the role of wetlands in global climate change. Do wetlands produce a surplus of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere or retain them? Are wetlands acting as carbon sinks or carbon sources? Should wetland construction be used in exchange for carbon credits? Moreover, with sea-level rise, there could be substantial loss of floodplain and coastal wetlands. Conversely, many terrestrial ecosystems today may be flooded and become wetlands in the future. Invasive species, insects and pathogens may increase their competitive ability, expand their distribution ranges and move poleward, outcompete native species and occupy the newly developed wetlands. Dr. Wu’s research investigates the impacts of global climate change on wetland distribution, biogeochemical cycles, structure and dynamics, and ecosystem functions and services.
For more information on her research, please visit https://sites.google.com/view/wulab/
Science of Art Deterioration: Understanding the structure and mechanisms of lead soaps formation in traditional oil paintings.
Designing new molecules that allow the manipulation of several PET processes with multiple cation binding events.
Techniques include: bioinformatics, cloning, expression, purification, biochemical characterization
Collaborations with other groups involve work on elucidating structure and function relationships with these proteins.
Approaches include: Single molecule fluorescence lifetime, Solid state nanopores, Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, Interfacial effects on proteins, Novel methods of global data analysis
The primary focus of Dr. Anu's research is on development and empirical validation of effective methods for verification and validation (V&V) of software artifacts.
Dr. Anu's Research Interests include:
Software Engineering, Requirements Engineering, Human Error in Software Engineering, Software Inspections, Software Quality Improvement, Empirical Software Engineering, Software Engineering Education, Human Factors in Cybersecurity
• Data Center Networks (DCNs): design and analysis of DCN architectures, flow scheduling with software-defined networking technologies.
• Cloud computing: virtual machine placement, cloud application scheduling, cloudlet deployment for mobile cloud computing.
• Green computing: energy-aware scheduling on multiprocessor platforms and on network-on-chip systems, power and energy related issues in cloud computing and data centers.
2. Augmented/Virtual Reality: AI in 3D Video Games, 3D Speech Synthesis, 3D Parametric Modeling, 3D Physical Modeling and 3D Physiological Modeling, Computer Graphics and 3D Animation
Image retrieval, in particular content-based retrieval where I consider indexing schemes that allow flexible retrieval metrics to be created on the fly so that very large databases can be accessed efficiently and accurately.
Classification and data mining, where I am particularly interested in adaptive metric nearest-neighbor techniques and compact subspace representation for building robust classifiers from limited training data.
- Center for Computing and Information Science, 327K
Hyperspectral Sensors and Data
Distributed Processing of Remote Sensed Data
Information Hiding in Images
Energy Efficiency in Data Centers
Computer Science Education
- Center for Computing and Information Science, 227F
Big Data Analytics and Management
Wireless Sensor Networks
Online Social Networks
- Center for Computing and Information Science, 227D
Smart Cyber-Physical Systems
Human Factors and Ergonomics in HRI
Distributed Robotics and Control Systems
- Center for Computing and Information Science, 227A
Machine Learning and Data Mining - Predictive Analytics, Decision Support Systems, Domain-Specific Knowledge Discovery, Text Mining and Linguistics Issues, Scientific Data Analysis
Database Systems - Big Data Management, Cloud Computing, Web Databases, XML and DSML
Environmental Computing (Env. Sc. & Mgmt. PhD Program) - Green IT, Urban Policy, Geo-informatics
Best Paper Award, IT Track (Short Paper), IEEE IEMTRONICS, Toronto, Canada, Apr 2021 -
Information to Wisdom: Commonsense Knowledge Extraction and Compilation, Research Tutorial at ACM WSDM, Israel (Online Conference) Mar 2021 -
Best Paper Award, Robotics Track, IEEE IEMTRONICS, Vancouver Canada, Sep 2020 - https://www.montclair.edu/csam/2020/09/14/computer-science-student-and-faculty-receive-best-paper-award-at-ieee-iemtronics-2020/
Meeting Turing Awardees Yann LeCun, Geoffrey Hinton, Yoshua Bengio; Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman; Chess Grand Master Garry Kasparov; AI Book Author Stuart Russell at AAAI:2020 -
Best Paper Award, IoT Track, IEEE UEMCON, Columbia University, NY, Oct 2019 -
Mention in NJ Newspaper, w.r.t. discussing Robotics and "Wave of the Future", Jun 2018 -
Meeting Sir Tim Berners Lee, Turing Award Winner and Inventor of the World Wide Web, Apr 2018 -
Commonsense for Machine Intelligence: Text to Knowledge and Knowledge to Text, Research Tutorial in ACM CIKM, Singapore, Nov 2017 -
Best Graduate Research Presentation Award, Montclair State Univ. Research Symposium, Apr 2017 -
Best Paper Award, Big Data Track, IEEE UEMCON, Columbia University, NY, Oct 2016 -
Founder and Chair of PIKM: PhD Workshops in ACM CIKM (Conference on Information and Knowledge Management) - PIKM 2014: Shanghai, China, Nov 2014 -
Earth and Environmental Studies
Coupled Surface Water-Groundwater Modeling
Ecohydrological Impacts of Climate Variability and Change
2020, University Distinguished Scholar, MSU
2019, Superior Achievement Award, American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists (AAEES)
2018, Nanova Frontier Research Award (Chinese-American Professors in Environmental Engineering and Science (CAPEES) Society)
2017, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) (Phase II) Award
2016, US EPA P3 Phase I Award
2016, Best Alumni Achievement Award Over the Past Fifteen Years (2001-2016) (School of Environmental Engineering and Science, Tongji University, Shanghai, China)
2016, Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, College of Science and Mathematics, MSU
2010, Distinguished Professor Award, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez
External Grants: $4.7+ million
PUBLICATIONS: 142 (133 peer-reviewed articles, 3 editorials, 1 viewpoint paper, and 5 book chapters)
Citations (10,900+; h-index = 48) (https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=MXiF1xkAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao)
Top 2% of scientists and engineers (arranged by c-scores) in the subfields of Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science as listed by Stanford University in 2021
- Center for Environmental & Life Sciences, 302
Linkages between coastal geomorphology, ecology, and human activities
Linkages between coastal geomorphology and stratigraphy
1) Soil science
3) Research methods
4) Weather and climate
6) General physical geography and Earth science
1) Rock weathering and soil formation processes. Applications toward paleoclimate interpretation, landscape evolution, and extreme event impacts (such as forest fires).
2) Stone conservation. Deterioration of ancient and historic stone monuments and architecture. Deterioration of archaeological objects. Impacts of acid precipitation.
3) Climatic and weather hazards, such as severe storms, global warming, and air pollution.
4) Environmental change evident in soil and sedimentary record, particularly in New Jersey.
Coordinator, Professional Science Master of Science in Sustainability Science at Montclair State University
Professor, Organizational and Urban Sustainability in the Department of Earth & Environmental Studies, Montclair State University – Montclair, New Jersey USA.
Graduate Faculty, PhD Program in Environmental Management at Montclair State University
Teaching Specialties: Responsible for teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses in the following specialties:
Urban Sustainability - Best Practices for Sustainable Management of Cities.
Organizational Sustainability – Best Practices for Business Sustainable Management.
Environmental Policy and Communications - Sustainability Reporting; Conflict Resolution
Current Issues in Sustainability Science (Graduate)
Organizational Environmental Management (Graduate)
Environmental Change & Communications (Graduate)
Sustainability Science Seminar (Undergraduate)
Sustainability Science Capstone Internship Project (Graduate)
The Human Environment/Sustainability (Undergraduate)
Introduction to Sustainability Science (Undergraduate)
- Center for Computing and Information Science, 425C
- Center for Computing and Information Science, 425K
My primary research interest is children’s mathematical thinking. I’m also interested in the digitally mediated Making of physical tools for learning mathematics; contextually situated, culturally relevant pedagogy; and issues of education and social justice.
I'm currently working on projects focused on understanding and cultivating children's creative and qualitative mathematics, and identifying the benefits of a manipulative Making experience within elementary teacher preparation.
- Center for Computing and Information Science, 425H
*the impact of professional development programs on science and mathematics teachers
*undergraduate STEM education
- Center for Computing and Information Science, 425F
- Center for Computing and Information Science, 425N
- Center for Computing and Information Science, 425B
My work focuses on the overall goal of preparing and supporting secondary mathematics teachers. To better understand how to do this, I mainly research the content preparation of teachers through specific content courses that aim to make connections between undergraduate and secondary content. This research has taken many forms, and all of my professional endeavors can be traced back to this overarching theme.