2021 Student Research Conference:
34th Annual Student Research Conference

Program

Program-At-A-Glance

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SESSION V-2
Asynchronous Virtual -
Anthropology

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V-2 - 4  TABITHA F. WILKERSON
Dr. Brian Ott and Dr. Amber Johnson, Faculty Mentors

Evolution and Race: How Our Background Affects Our Abilities to Learn

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SESSION V-3
Asynchronous Virtual -
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

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V-3 - 2  ALEXANDRA M. MARKO
Dr. Cassidy Dobson, Faculty Mentor

Gamma Crystallin Aggregation in the Presence of Disulfide Bond Forming (DBF) Enzyme

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V-3 - 3  ADDISON M. LEABO
Dr. Cassidy Dobson, Faculty Mentor

Aggregation of Gamma Crystallin Proteins

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V-3 - 6  CORBIN A. ESTES
Dr. Cassidy Dobson, Faculty Mentor

Expression and Purification of DBF

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V-3 - 8  BROCK BOYSAN
Dr. Bill R. Miller, Faculty Mentor

Computational Investigation of Potential Inhibitors for HIV Viral Infectivity Factor

 

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V-3 - 12  SAUL ARMENDARIZ LOBERA
Dr. Bill R. Miller, Faculty Mentor

Inhibition of DNA Deaminase APOBEC3B Using Computational Methods

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V-3 - 13  GUTHRIE L. STROH
Dr. Cassidy Dobson, Faculty Mentor

Qualitative Study of the Chaperone Activity of DBF Enzyme on Protein Aggregates

 

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V-3 - 14  JAKE A. COLLINS
Dr. Bill R. Miller, Faculty Mentor

Investigating Deprotonation of DNA Base Pairs by DNA Polymerase I in G. stearothermophilus Using QM/MM

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V-3 - 15  REUBEN KERN
Dr. Cassidy Dobson, Faculty Mentor

Mutagenesis of Disulfide Bond Forming Enzyme

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V-3 - 16  JONATHAN C. BRADFIELD
Dr. Bill R. Miller, Faculty Mentor

Computational Investigation of the Role of Polyphenol Drugs in the Disaggregation of Amyloid-Beta Plaques Associated with Alzheimer's Disease

 

 

 

 

 

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V-3 - 19  MARGO C. MOTES
Dr. Tim Humphry, Faculty Mentor

Synthesis of 1,1-methyl-sulfate-2-gamma-lactone-ol

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SESSION V-4
Asynchronous Virtual -
Biology

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V-4 - 1  ANN M. MANTIA
Dr. Stephanie Fore and Dr. Hyun-Joo Kim, Faculty Mentors

Determining Cohorts of Nymphal Amblyomma americanum Through Heme Content Analysis

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V-4 - 2  CAROL A. KOOB*, MARIO FONG, CHANG LI, ASPEN UNERSTALL, and EVAN CLARK
Dr. Brett A. Berke, Faculty Mentor

Cyp1 EXPRESSION IN NEURONS AND GLIA IS NECESSARY FOR NORMAL CRAWLING BEHAVIOR OF DROSOPHILA LARVAE

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V-4 - 3  KATHLEEN S. MCNEARY
Dr. Diane Janick-Buckner, Faculty Mentor
Investigation of Root Zone Phytoene Synthase (PSY) and Alfin (ALF) Gene Expression in Salt Stressed Zea mays Inbred Lines Mo17 & B73

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V-4 - 4  KALLISTA M. STUBBLEFIELD
Dr. Joanna Hubbard, Faculty Mentor

Does mercury exposure in an insectivorous bird affect the development of a colorful plumage trait?

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V-4 - 5  MADELINE E. HANNAY
Dr. Elisabeth Hooper, Faculty Mentor

Inventory Of Native Flora In Dancing Rabbit EcoVillage

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V-4 - 6  ZANE M. SIEBENECK
Dr. Stephanie Fore, Faculty Mentor

Exploring Mammal Diversity Through Camera Trapping at Union Ridge Conservation Area

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V-4 - 7  MANSI TRIVEDI
Dr. Tim D. Ostrowski (A.T. Still University) and Dr. Brent Buckner, Faculty Mentors

Role of Amyloid Beta in Breathing Dysfunction Associated With Alzheimer’s Disease

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V-4 - 8  ZAC A. DWYER*, MADISON R. WILLIARD, CHRIS J. ROBERTS, and CALVIN H. SCHAEFER
Dr. Drew R. Sieg, Faculty Mentor

Microenvironmental stressors among herbaceous Plantago in Kirksville, MO

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V-4 - 9  MAGGIE J. WHITE* and DAKOTA HALL
Dr. Stephanie L. Maiden, Faculty Mentor

Determining the Cause of the tbcd-1 (RNAi) Phenotype in Embryonic C. elegans Epidermal Tissue

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V-4 - 10  CALVIN H. SCHAEFER
Dr. Chad E. Montgomery, Faculty Mentor

Habitat Use, Home Range Size, and Movement Rates in Two Sympatric
Pitvipers (Crotalinae) in Far West Texas

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V-4 - 11  CALVIN H. SCHAEFER
Dr. Chad E. Montgomery and Dr. Stephen P. Hudman, Faculty Mentors

Investigation of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis Infection in the Amphibian Communities Present in Crowder State Park

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V-4 - 11  NICHOLAS M. PRITCHETT*, MARY K. RENKEMEYER, and THI TRAN
Dr. Brett A. Berke, Faculty Mentor

Investigating A Role For The Numb Adaptor Protein In Synapse Development At The Drosophila Neuromuscular Junction

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V-4 - 12  EMILY J. UBBELOHDE
Dr. William Alexander, Faculty Mentor

Exploring Fungal Diversity of Northeast Missouri

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V-4 - 13  SYDNEY E. MORIN*, MORGAN D. PAYNE, and HUNTER J. MADISON
Dr. Brett A. Berke, Faculty Mentor

Understanding motoneuron cell death in ALS using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster

 

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V-4 - 14  SYDNEY S. WIEBERG
Dr. Stephanie L. Maiden, Faculty Mentor

The Interaction of hmp-2 and sma-1 in the Embryonic Epidermis of Caenorhabditis elegans

 

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SESSION V-12
Asynchronous Virtual -
Health Science

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V-12 - 3  CHRISTINA CARAPIA-CHAPARRO
Heather Cianciola, Faculty Mentor

COVID-19 and Vitamin D: Social Factors Affecting Minority Groups 

 

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SESSION V-18
Asynchronous Virtual -
Psychology

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V-18 - 5  JACOB P. WACKER*, VIOLETT SPRINGATE, ANDREW B. ZAHEER, and MADISON J. SPRUNG
Dr. Fredric Shaffer, Faculty Mentor

Rhythmical Skeletal Muscle Tension (RSMT) Increases Heart Rate Variability: A Systematic Replication

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8:30-10:00 • SUB Activities Room
SESSION 102
Face-to-Face Oral Presentation- 102 -

Presiding: Dr. Bill Miller

8:30

102 - 1  ROBERT D. CAMPBELL
Dr. Bill R. Miller, Faculty Mentor

Computational Drug Design for Novel Inhibitors of the Zika NS2B-NS3 Protease

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8:45

102 - 2  BROOKE L. DIEHL
Dr. Brent Buckner and Dr. Diane Janick-Buckner, Faculty Mentors

Expression of RNA Polymerase II Subunits During T-helper Cell Differentiation

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12:00 - 1:00 pm • Zoom- https://zoom.us/j/93884072639
Plenary Session- Dr. Kalynda C. Smith

The Exploration of Identity Intersectionality of Black Female STEM Undergraduates

This study examined the intersectionality of racial, gender, and academic identity of Black female STEM undergraduates attending a historically black college and university (HBCU). Research has demonstrated that the intersection of race and gender are likely to subject Black women to prejudice and ostracism in STEM disciplines. Data revealed that Black women experienced racial and gender intersectionality, but that quantitative findings demonstrated a decrease in Black racial centrality and private regard over time. Qualitative reports suggested otherwise. Further research must be done to understand the differences between the quantitative and qualitative findings. Dr. Kalynda C. Smith is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at North Carolina A&T State University. Her current teaching load is primarily social psychology and cultural psychology courses. She is also a Co-PI of several STEM education NSF-funded projects focused on the academic achievement of students of color, especially as it pertains to pursuing research and graduate training. These interdisciplinary projects include faculty from education, engineering, mathematics, political science, social work and sociology and are cross-institutional. Her duties include quantitative and qualitative data collection, analyses, interpretation, and publication. Dr. Smith is primarily interested in how identity impacts the achievement outcomes of students of color, including, but not limited to racial identity, gender identity and academic identity.


1:30-3:00 • SUB GEO
SESSION 301
Face-to-Face Oral Presentation- 301 -

Presiding: Dr. Cassidy Dobson

1:30

301 - 1  RYAN P. POLAND
Dr. Cassidy Dobson, Faculty Mentor

Determination of Re-Folding Effectiveness of DBF Through Lysozyme Activity Assays

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1:45

301 - 2  SARAH K. GAINER
Dr. Stephanie Fore and Dr. Dean DeCock, Faculty Mentors

Seasonality and Trends of Amblyomma americanum Nymph Lifestage Activity and its Correlation with Human Ehrlichiosis Seasonality in Missouri

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3:30-5:00 • SUB GEO
SESSION 401
Face-to-Face Oral Presentation- 401 -

Presiding: Dr. Tim Wiser

3:30

401 - 1  KERSTIN E. PETERSON
Dr. Cassidy Dobson, Faculty Mentor

Disulfide Bond Forming Enzyme Activity via Lysozyme Assay

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4:00

401 - 3  BENJAMIN J. GRABNER
Dr. Stephanie Fore and Dr. Hyun-Joo Kim, Faculty Mentors

Relationship between variation in nymphal Amblyomma americanum activity in Kirksville, Missouri and the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO)

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4:30

401 - 5  TREANDICE A. WILLIAMS
Heather Cianciola, Faculty Mentor

How does the Environment affect the levels of Serotonin and Dopamine on Norway Rats and Black Rats.

 

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