May 12, 2003::No.231
Study of Treatments for Premature
Wins Statewide Research Award
Tram Hoang, a graduating senior mathematics
major at Cal State Fullerton, won first place in the physical and
mathematical sciences category at the 17th annual California State
University Student Research Competition. Her winning entry:
a mathematical modeling project involving the treatment of premature
babies who have neonatal jaundice.
The competition held May 2-3 at CSU Stanislaus attracted
student researchers from throughout the 23-campus system. The award
includes a $400 cash prize.
The Garden Grove resident collaborated with graduate
student Lorena Ortiz of South Gate and Shazia Khan of Ontario —
now a tutor at Chaffey College — on the project inspired by
Preston Lee, the young son of Charles Lee, assistant professor of
mathematics and the students’ mentor at Cal State Fullerton.
Preston was born one month premature with neonatal jaundice, a condition
that turns the skin yellow and affects two-thirds of all preemies.
Their research provides a fundamental tool to investigate
the effectiveness of individual treatments and other aspects of
dealing with the condition, noted Lee, a Chino Hills resident whose
son is now a healthy 4-year-old.
||Charles Lee, assistant professor of mathematics,
at 657-278-2726 or email@example.com
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