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Jessica Travierso

Austin Peay State University (August 2004- May 2009)
major: physics
minor: astronomy
current gpa: 3.35
course work in major:
University Physics I & II (lecture & lab)
Modern Physics (lecture & lab)
Theoretical Methods (extensive use of MATLAB)
Nuclear and Particle Physics & Radioactivity Lab
Quantum Mechanics
Electricity and Magnetism
Computational Methods (lecture & lab)
Experimental Methods (lecture & lab)

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (May 29, 2007- August 10, 2007)
Title: intern
Program: Research Alliance in Math and Science (RAMS)
Sponsor: Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy
Mentor: Vickie E. Lynch
Project title: Spallation Neutron Source Data Analysis
Abstract: The Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) is a state of the art accelerator-based neutron source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) that was officially completed in May of 2006. When at full power, the SNS will produce the most intense pulsed neutron beams in the world which will make it the best facility for conducting neutron scattering research. It will be used by scientists and engineers from universities, industries, and laboratories around the world. With neutron scattering, scientists are able to study the arrangement, motion, and interaction of atoms in materials. Neutron scattering research has led to improvements in medicine, food, electronics, cars, airplanes, and improvements in materials used in high temperature superconductors, powerful light weight magnets, aluminum bridge decks, and stronger, lighter plastic products. These types of improvements would not be possible without a means to analyze the data obtained. The purpose of this project is to make a graphical user interface (GUI) for the instrument scientists to use to analyze their data. The GUI is for the NL2SOL fitting code which is being tested to fit experimental backscattering data from the SNS. The GUI was created using NetBeans IDE 6.0 software and made functional with Java coding. The program will be tested fitting fabricated data before the summer is over and will eventually be added to the simulation tab in the SNS portal to fit real data from the SNS instruments. The input will be sent to the TeraGrid, a network of supercomputers, from the SNS portal where NL2SOL will be run on parallel processors. The GUI makes it possible for the instrument scientists to fit their data without having to know anything about the code, the TeraGrid, or parallel computing. Future goals of the project include making more fitting types available, making the program available for more instruments (near future instruments include Backscattering Spectrometer (BASIS), Fine-Resolution Fermi Chopper Spectrometer (SEQUOIA), and Hybrid Spectrometer (HYSPEC), and making more components editable so the users can customize their fit.

Fisk University (June 2006- August 2006)
Title: student researcher
Program: Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
Mentor: Mike Guo
Project title: Infrared Spectroscopy: Temperature Effects of Molecular Conformation of Antifreeze Glycoprotein in Aqueous Solution and Ice
Abstract: This project applied Infrared spectroscopy to investigate the conformation changes of antifreeze glycoproteins – 8 (AFGP-8) molecules with the temperature in the area of molecule/water/ice interactions. An IR spectrum of AFGP-8 thin film at room temperature was successfully acquired through the range 500 cm-1 to 4000 cm-1 for the first time. The IR result was compared with the result of Raman spectroscopy collected in temperature range of approximately 25° C to -20° C, which shows changes of intensity at peak 798 cm-1 and peak 828 cm-1. These two peaks were assigned to the bend vibration of CCO bond in the sugar side train of AFGP-8 molecule using Analyzelt Raman of KnowItAll informatics system software from Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. However, the IR spectra of AFGP-8 film does not show these two peaks at room temperature, but the peak for Amide-II shows well, which doesn’t appear on Raman spectra. The IR spectra of AFGP-8 film on BaF2 substrate for temperatures below 0° C exclude these two peaks of interest because the BaF2 substrate blocked the signal. This research has the significant support for the understanding of the mechanism of antifreeze glycoprotein (AFGP-8) molecules adsorption to the crystal structure of ice.


TeraGrid '08 Undergraduate Student Competition 1st place winner

Award for note taking for Disability Services at APSU

Pi Mu Epsilon member

Dean's List- Fall 2006


Student volunteer at Supercomputing '07 Conference (November 2007)

Note taker and tutor for Disability Services at APSU