Capstone Projects


Saving Shinnecock Bay



For the past two decades, harmful algal blooms have been killing the ecology of Shinnecock Bay on Long Island’s south shore. This environmental disaster is occurring worldwide.

Scientists around the county are trying to restore water bodies, but all are facing one major obstacle which is hampering their success – Nitrogen.

Carrie Miller, M.S. ’12 has designed an extraordinary website as her graduate project. Experience Saving Shinnecock.


The Nightmare Bacteria



Amy was infected with CRE, or Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteria. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) later called it the Nightmare Bacteria. In 2009, Amy’s was one of the earlier cases in the United States.

Hospital infections are already responsible for 100,000 patient deaths each year in the United States, according to the CDC. But CRE is different because it is resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics in a doctor’s arsenal. Half of the patients who contract a CRE bloodstream infection like Amy’s die from it.

In his capstone project, The Nightmare Bacteria, Gavin Stern reports.