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Research Services Staff

The Research Services staff provides consultation, training, and tutorials to support computing and research at Boston College.   For more information, contact one of the staff members, or Barry Schaudt (schaudt@bc.edu or 617-552-0242).  The staff consists of the following people:

Constantin Andronache

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Senior Research Associate 
Matlab, Mathematica, and GIS
617-552-6215
constantin.andronache.1@bc.edu

Constantin joined Boston College in 2001 as a GIS specialist and research consultant for scientific software and scientific computing. He has extensive experience in GIS management and technical support. He has expertise in Applied Mathematics, numerical methods, data analysis and visualization. He is proficient in Mathematica, Matlab and ArcGIS and provides consultations for faculty and research staff on computing solutions, and GIS.

Research Interests:
  • Scientific computing
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Data analysis and visualization
Selected Publications
  • Phillips, V.T.J., Sherwood, S., Andronache, C., Bansemer, A. Conant, W.C., DeMott, P.J., Flagan, R.C., Heymsfield, A., Jonsson, H., Poellot, M., Rissman, T.A., Seinfeld, J.H., Vanreken, T., Varutbangkul, V. and J.C. Wilson. Anvil glaciation in a deep cumulus updraft over Florida simulated with an Explicit Microphysics Model. I: The impact of various nucleation processes. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 131(609), 2019-2046, 2005.
  • Andronache, C., Estimates of sulfate aerosol wet scavenging coefficient for locations in the Eastern United States, Atmospheric Environment, 38, 795-804, 2004.
  • Andronache, C., Estimated variability of below-cloud aerosol removal by rainfall for observed aerosol size distributions, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics ,3, 2003
  • Andronache, C., L. J. Donner, C. J. Seman, and R. S. Hemler, A study of the impact of ITCZ on aerosols during INDOEX, J. Geophys. Res., 10.1029/2001JD900248 11, 2002.
Education:

    Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA
    M.S. in Physics, University of Bucharest, Romania.

Rossella Calvi

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 Graduate Student Assistant
 krastina.dzhambova@bc.edu

Rossella is a PhD student in Economics. Before joining Boston College in 2011, she worked as research analyst at the European Central Bank. At BC, she teaches EC132, Principles of Macroeconomics. For two semesters, she taught the Stata discussion groups for EC228, Econometric Methods. Her research interests are in applied microeconomics and development economics. Her research is focused on health economics and gender discrimination in developing countries. She has expertise with Stata.

Education

    M.A. Economics, Boston College
    M.Sc. Economic and Social Sciences, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy
    B.A. Economic and Social Sciences, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy

Rani Dalgin

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Senior Statistical Consultant and Manager Graduate Student Assistants 
617-552-1743
rani.dalgin.1@bc.edu

Rani has over 25 years experience as a clinician and statistical research consultant in the public, private, and government sectors. Rani has been a consultant at Boston College since 1998 and has customized discipline specific and general statistics courses for faculty and graduate students on a variety of statistical topics including introductions to SPSS, Stata, and SAS, Regression, Survival Analysis, HLM, AMOS, and in conjunction with the O'Neill Library Staff: "Access to Dataset Repositories for Social Science Research."

Rani's current research interest include Gerontology, Measures of Psychological Resiliency in Adolescents and Adults, Quantifying Success Predictors in Hospital Based Social Work Practice, and Quantifying Success Predictors for Homeschooling and Distance Learning in K through 12 students.

Selected Publication:

"Case Management as Management" with Dr. Nancy Veeder, Journal of Social Service Research, St. Louis, MO, January 2005.

Education:

    A.B., M.S.W.,  and M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis

Krastina Dzhambova

Krastina Dzhambova is a PhD student in Economics at Boston College. She has worked as a financial analyst in New York. At Boston College she has been a research assistant and has taught Principles of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. Her own research focuses on international macroeconomics and trade. She has knowledge of ArcGIS, Matlab and Stata.

Education:
    M.A. in Economics, Boston College
    B.A in Economics (minor in Math), Mount Holyoke College

Matt Gregas

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Senior Research Statistician
617-552-9142
matt.gregas@bc.edu

Matt Gregas has twelve years of experience as a biostatisitican.  Upon receiving his doctoral degree at the University of Minnesota, where his research focused on statistical methods for estimating the firing rate of a single neuron, he spent two years as a research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health.  There he continued his work on statistical analysis of neural data.  In addition we was part of a research team studying the natural history of Alzhiemer's disease.  In 2007 he joined Children's Hospital Boston as a Senior Biostatistician and an Instructor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Gregas has extensive experience in Biomedical research.  He has served as the project biostatistician on several clinical trials.  The focus of these trials were new interventions for autism spectrum disorders and neo-natal seizures.  He has collaborated with scientists primarily in pediatric neurology.  He has published articles on epilespy, autism, treatment of neonatal seizures, muscular dystrophies, and stroke.  His statistical interests are semiparametric regression and curve-fitting, non-linear regression, and longitudinal data analysis.

Selected Publications
  • Peters JM, Sahin M, Vogel-Farley VK, Jeste SS, Nelson CA 3rd, Gregas MC, Prabhu SP, Scherrer B, Warfield SK: (2012) Loss of white matter microstructural integrity is associated with adverse neurological outcome in tuberous sclerosis complex:  Acad Radiol. 2012 Jan 19(1):  17-25.
  • Rutkove SB, Shefner JM, Gregas M, Butler H, Caracciolo J, Lin C, Fogerson PM, Mongiovi P, Darras BT (2010):  Characterizing spinal muscular atrophy with electrical impedance myography.Muscle Nerve. 2010 Dec; 42(6):  915-21.
  • Krishnan ML, Commowick O, Jeste SS, Weisenfeld N, Hans A, Gregas MC, Sahin M, Warfield SK. (2010): Diffusion features of white matter in tuberous sclerosis with tractograph:  . Pediatr Neurol. 2010 Feb;42(2):101-6.
  • O'Leary H, Gregas MC, Limperopoulos C, Zaretskaya I, Bassan H, Soul JS, Di Salvo DN, du Plessis AJ (2009): Elevated cerebral pressure passivity is associated with prematurity-related intracranial hemorrhage:    Pediatrics. 2009 Jul; 124(1):  302-9
Education:

    Ph.D. Statistics.  University of Minnesota
    B.S. Mathematical Sciences.  Michigan Technological University

Ronald Ko

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Data Management Consultant
617-552-1796
ronald.ko.1@bc.edu

Ron joined Boston College in 2007 as a Data Management Consultant. He assists research groups to develop, optimize, port databases; collect and disseminate data via dynamic Web pages; set up templates; give tutorials/workshops; and assist research groups with grant applications as related to collecting, managing, disseminating data.  Ron is proficient in Perl, Java, C#/C++/C, Python, Oracle, MySQL, PhP, and other various languages.

Before joining Boston College , Ron worked for Verizon Information Systems, National Marine Fishers Service, Lucent Technologies, and Raytheon.

Areas of Interests:
  • Web application design and development

  • Data collection, analysis and reporting

  • Content management

  • Networking and communications

Education:

    M.S. in Computer Science, Boston University
    B.S. in Computer Science, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA

Wei Lucy Qui

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Scientific Computing Consultant
617-552-2728
wei.qiu.2@bc.edu

Wei has experience as a Scientific Researcher and Scientific Software Engineer in both academic setting and industry. Prior to joining Boston College in 2009, she worked for Meteorological Services of Canada, Mass General Hospital, Hospira Inc and Weather Services International, where she invented scientific algorithms, developed software tools and created real-time embedded applications. 

Wei has expertise in open source and commercial software engineering, cross platform computing, algorithm development, real-time embedded system, data acquisition and information visualization. She is skilled in programming with C/C++, MATLAB, PERL and other languages.

Education: 

    M.S. in Computer Science, University of Western Ontario in Canada.  
    B.S. in Applied Chemistry, Jiangxi Science & Technology Normal University

Research Interests:
  • Scientific computing
  • Algorithm development
  • Software engineering
  • Data acquisition and analysis
  • Information visualization
Selected Publications:
  • Kuo, B., Itzhak, A., Qiu, W., Urma, D., Kwong, K., Mao, J., Rosen, B. Dynamic Imaging of the Brain Activity During Feeding and Epigastria Discomfort/Pain with a Physiological Gastric Stimulus. Gastroenterology, 2005; 128, 4 (Suppl. 2): A-372.
  • W. Qiu, R.E. Mercer, J.L. Barron (2001), 3D Storm Tracking in 3D Doppler Precipitation Reflectivity Datasets. Irish Machine Vision and Image Processing conference (IMVIP2001), pp79-86 (best paper award).

Barry Schaudt

Schaudt_Barry

 

Director of Research Services
617-552-0242
barry.schaudt.1@bc.edu

Barry Schaudt has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Dartmouth College.  Before arriving at Boston College, he taught Computer Science at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and was at the forefront of building the University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute.  At the University of Minnesota, he led the transition from a small Institute that leased time on supercomputers and purchased research support to an Institute that purchased and managed its own computer systems, and provided user support to a broad range of researchers.   In addition, Barry has a background in Scientific Visualization, and has expertise in C/C++, MySQL, web technologies such as Ruby/Ruby on Rails, Java and Perl, as well as a wide range of software tools.

Areas of Interest:
  • Building a group at Boston College to support research
  • High Performance Computing
  • Desktop computing
  • Scientific and data visualization
Education:

    Ph.D. in Computer Science (Computational Geometry), Dartmouth College 
    M.S. in Mathematics, University of Michigan
    B.S. in Mathematics, University of Michigan

Tao Yang

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Graduate Student Assistant
tao.yang@bc.edu

Tao Yang is a PhD student in economics at Boston College. He has been a teaching assistant for Econometrics Methods. His main research interest is econometric theory and applied econometrics. He has knowledge of Matlab.

Education:      

    M.A. in Economics, Boston College       
    M.S. in Economics, Peking University     
    B.S. in Mathematics,  Jilin University

Wei Zhang

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Graduate Student Assistant
zhangwo@bc.edu

Wei Zhang is a PhD student in economics at Boston College. He has been a teaching fellow for Statistics and Econometrics. Wei also worked as a research assistant in the Center for Retirement Research. His main research interest is Financial Econometrics. He has knowledge of Matlab and Stata.

Education:       

M.A. in Economics, Boston College       
M.S. in Mathematics, Indiana University-Bloomington      
B.S. in Mathematics, University of Science and Technology of China

Naijing Huang

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Naijing Huang
Graduate Student Assistant
huang.naijing@bc.edu

Naijing Huang is a PhD student in Economics at Boston College. She has been a teaching assistant of Undergraduate Statistics and Econometrics Methods. Her research interests include theoretical econometrics,  applied econometrics, and quantitative  macroeconomics. She has experience with Matlab, R, STATA, SPSS and SAS.



Education:



    M.A. in Economics, Boston College

    M.S. in Economics, Xiamen University

    B.S. in  Mathematics/ Statistics, Shandong University


Thuc-Nhi Nguyen

Graduate Student Assistant
thucnhi.nguyen@bc.edu

Thuc-Nhi Nguyen is a PhD candidate in the Graduate School of Social Work. She received her BA from University of California, Davis, MA in Social Psychology from Claremont Graduate University, and MSW from Boston College. Thuc-Nhi has a strong interest in issues of acculturation, health and mental health particularly among Vietnamese Americans. Her primary research interests focus on developing health and mental-health service models that can be adapted to the often complex social and cultural dimensions of immigrant populations.  She has worked on social services assistance and economic development projects benefiting the low-income Vietnamese community. She has T.A.-ed and provided statistical consultation to graduate students. She has knowledge of SPSS and STATA.

Education:

    MSW in Social Work, Boston College
    MA in Social Psychology, Claremont Graduate University
    B.A. in Psychology, University of California, Davis

Selected Publications:
  • Tran, T.V., Nguyen, T-N, & Chan, K. (2014). Acculturation and Functional Disability among Older Vietnamese-Americans.  Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 23(1), 20-35.
  • Tran, T., Allen, N. A., Nguyen, T. N., Lee, H. N., & Chan, K. T. K. (2014). Risk and Preventive Factors for Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Disease Among Foreign-Born Older Vietnamese Americans. Social Work in Health Care, 53(2), 96-114.
  • Tran, T.V., Nguyen, T-N., & Chan, K. (2014). BMI, demographic, socioeconomic risk and protective factors of Type 2 diabetes among six groups of foreign born Asian Americans. Journal of Social Service Research, 40 (4), 429-439.