Asheligh Craig, Megan Labant, and Theresa Scarnati, students from the Mathematics Department, presented their work during the IUP Research Appreciation Week, April 1–5, 2013.
Labant, a graduate of the Secondary Mathematics Education program from Indiana, Pa., received an award for best Mathematics Education Work Sample at the Women in Mathematics, Science, and Technology Program held on April 1. Labant’s faculty supervisor was Edel Reilly. Labant is currently a mathematics teacher at Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield, Va.
Craig, from Hollidaysburg, and Scarnati, from Erie, both junior Applied Mathematics majors, presented their research on Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) scores and survival rates of liver transplant recipients. Their research, which started as a class project in Rick Adkins’ Modeling and Simulation class, models the effects of the MELD scores on the survival rates of liver transplant recipients. The purpose of their model is to determine how to allocate livers so that they will be used most effectively. It is best to provide a liver to a patient with a higher rate of survival after transplantation over someone with a small chance of survival. MELD scores range from 0 to 40, with the national average of 20. Craig and Scarnatti examined data from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia to determine which values are optimal for saving the most lives with liver transplants.
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