May 1, 2013

Cranberry resident presents research

NEW CONCORD, Ohio, — Brandon DaLonzo of Cranberry Township presented a research project as part of Muskingum University's Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Week, held April 22 to 26 on the campus in New Concord, Ohio.

Brandon presented a project titled The Perception of Food Appeal: Plate Color and Garnish.

SV grad named PSU Student Marshall

UNIVERSITY PARK — Gregory D. Ference will be a student marshal for the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Penn State College of Engineering spring commencement ceremony on Friday.

Ference will receive three degrees: a bachelor of science in computer science; a bachelor of science in mathematics; and a master of science in computer science and engineering.

He has chosen Wang-Chien Lee, associate professor of computer science and engineering, to be his faculty escort.

College of Engineering student marshals are selected for their outstanding academic achievement and contributions to engineering student life.

Ference is the son of Mary and Dean Ference of Cranberry Township. He is a 2008 graduate of Seneca Valley High School in Harmony.

His Penn State awards and honors include the Evan Pugh Scholar Award (junior), the Evan Pugh Scholar Award (senior), the Academic Excellence Scholarship, the George and Terry Selembo Trustee Scholarship, the Chris Mader Memorial Scholarship, the Evan Johnson Memorial Award, the O. Richard Bundy Jr. Blue Band Endowed Scholarship and the Ruth Varner Otto Memorial Scholarship.

Ference completed internships at Google, Cisco Systems, Westinghouse and Compunetix. His honors thesis, titled “Location Recommendation for Mobile Users in Location-Based Social Networks,” is based on research he conducted with the Penn State Pervasive Data Access Group.

His extracurricular activities included the Penn State Blue Band, the Penn State Concert Band, the Pride of the Lions Basketball Pep Band, the Penn State Robotics Club and the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon.

Following graduation, Ference will join Google as a software engineer.