2015 Student Research Conference:
28th Annual Student Research Conference

Program

Program-At-A-Glance

7:30 a.m. • MG Cyber Cafe, OP Lobby, & VH Lobby
Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. • University Art Gallery
Annual Juried Student Exhibit

8:00-9:15 • MG 2001
SESSION 107
ORAL PAPER -
BIOLOGY I

Presiding: Dr. Elisabeth Hooper

8:00

107 - 1  DANIEL R. KICK
Dr. Rahul Kanadia (University of Connecticut) and Dr. Elisabeth Hooper, Faculty Mentors
Upregulation of the Minor Spliceosome in Mouse Retinae due to Zaprinast Exposure

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8:15

107 - 2  ZACHARY D. RHODES
Dr. Elisabeth Hooper and Dr. Paula McSteen (University of Missouri), Faculty Mentors
Mapping of the Supressor of Sessile Spikelet Mutant in Maize

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8:30

107 - 3  MICHAEL D. ESSMYER
Dr. Chad E. Montgomery, Faculty Mentor
The Effects of Habitat Management on a Reptile Community in Northeast Missouri

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8:45

107 - 4  JESSICA N. PLAGGENBERG
Dr. Stephen Hudman, Faculty Mentor
Population Genetics of Roatán Spiny-Tailed Iguanas, Ctenosaura oedirhina

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9:00

107 - 5  ALYSSA M. NAES
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor
Sickle Cell Anemia from Genetic Mutation

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8:00-9:15  • MG 1096
SESSION 112
ORAL PAPER -
MATHBIO

Presiding: Dr. Laura Fielden-Rechav

8:15

112 - 2  ELIZABETH N. MANN* and KAILONG MAO
Dr. Stephanie Fore and Dr. Hyun-Joo Kim, Faculty Mentors
Determining important environmental variables affecting larval Amblyomma americanum activity in different habitats

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9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. • MG Cyber Cafe, OP Lobby, & VH Lobby
Break

9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. • VH 1000
Plenary Session: All Disciplines

Pollen: More than Something to Sneeze at

JEFFREY M. OSBORN Dean of the School of Science and Professor of Biology at The College of New Jersey


11:00 - 12:15  • MG 1096
SESSION 205
ORAL PAPER -
COMPUTER SCIENCE

Presiding: Dr. Jon Beck

11:00

205 - 1  CALLIE P. FEDERER
Dr. Jon Beck, Faculty Mentor
Variants In Phase

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11:00 - 12:15  • MG 2001
SESSION 206
ORAL PAPER -
BIOLOGY II

Presiding: Dr. Timothy Walston

11:00

206 - 1  DAWA Y. SHERPA
Dr. Cynthia Cooper, Faculty Mentor
Bear Creek: A Watershed Management Plan

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11:15

206 - 2  CHELSEA RICKMAN
Dr. Timothy D. Walston, Faculty Mentor
Do you want to know? Characterizing the attitudes of 18-24 year olds towards the dissemination of incidental findings

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1:00-2:15 • MG 2090
SESSION 309
ORAL PAPER -
INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES MAJOR

Presiding: Dr. Marilyn Yaquinto

1:45

309 - 4  MICHELE D. WOOLBRIGHT
Dr. Cynthia Cooper, Faculty Mentor
The Water Quality Testing Handbook for Truman State Universitys Bear Creek

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1:00-2:15 • MG 1096
SESSION 310
ORAL PAPER -
PHYSICS

Presiding: Dr. Taner Edis

2:00

310 - 5  RYAN N. WEBER
Prof. Vayujeet Gokhale, Faculty Mentor
Inhibition of Kinesin Binding Activity by H12 Alpha Helix from the Beta Tubulin Protein

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2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. • MG Cyber Cafe, OP Lobby, & VH Lobby
Break

2:30-3:30 • VH 1010
SESSION 402
ORAL PAPER -
ENGLISH XII

Presiding: Dr. Elizabeth Delmonico

2:45

402 - 2  ZACHARY D. MAPEL
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor
The Innate and Biological Idolization of Othello in Othello

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2:30-3:30 • MG 1098
SESSION 408
ORAL PAPER -
ASTROBIOLOGY

Presiding: Dr. Vayujeet Gokhale

3:00

408 - 3  NATHAN T. SCOTT
Dr. Laura J. Fielden, Faculty Mentor
Ticks as Astrobiological Model Organisms

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3:30-4:30 • GEO-SUB
SESSION P-3
POSTER -
BIOLOGY

P-3 - 1

JACOB H. KAISER
Dr. LaRoy Brandt, Faculty Mentor
Estimating Mammal Species Richness in Two Different Forest Types in Central America

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P-3 - 2

ANNA D. CONRADES* and NINA L. FINLEY
Dr. Timothy D. Walston and Dr. Nicholas J. Gidmark (University of Washington), Faculty Mentors
Bigger, Stronger but Not Faster: jaw biomechanics through ontogeny of the great sculpin, Myoxocephalus polyacanthocephalus

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P-3 - 3

CONOR J. GEARIN
Dr. Jason Luscier, Faculty Mentor
Short-term Responses of Fall Migratory Bird Communities to Riparian Management in Northeastern Missouri

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P-3 - 4

SEAN M. SIMPSON* and GRACE E. KENNEY
Dr. George L. Shinn, Faculty Mentor
Crayfish Sex: How Sperm Are Packaged for Mating by Orconectes immunis

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P-3 - 5

ROSALYN C. HENN* and MARISSA N. FABBRI
Dr. Diane Janick-Buckner and Dr. Brent Buckner, Faculty Mentors
The Bioinformatic Analysis of Mutant raggedseedling378 in Maize Leaf Development.

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P-3 - 6

MARISSA N. FABBRI* and ROSALYN C. HENN
Dr. Diane Janick-Buckner and Dr. Brent Buckner, Faculty Mentors
Progress toward the identification of the gene responsible for the raggedseedling378 phenotype

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P-3 - 7

P-3 - 8

CHELSEA RICKMAN
Dr. Timothy D. Walston, Faculty Mentor
Whey Cool: Drosophila melanogaster courtship behavior provides insight into possible epilepsy treatment

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P-3 - 9

BRIAN A. CARY
Dr. Anton Weisstein, Faculty Mentor
Identifying proteins that underpin neuronal development and form

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P-3 - 10

JORDYN M. WILLIAMS
Dr. Brent Buckner and Dr. Diane Janick-Buckner, Faculty Mentors
Reverse Genetic Analysis of the Rpb4 Gene in Arabidopsis

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P-3 - 11

GENTRY G. FOWLER
Dr. Diane Janick-Buckner and Dr. Brent Buckner, Faculty Mentors
Gene Expression Studies in the rld5409 Mutant of Maize

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P-3 - 12

MEGAN E. CONNOLLY* and DANIEL ROMINE
Dr. Carolina Sempertegui-Sosa, Faculty Mentor
Molecular Bacterial Pathogen Detection in Adult Amblyomma americanum, Dermacentor variabilis, and Ixodes Scapularis of Northeast Missouri

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P-3 - 13

AKANKSHA ASHWINI
Dr. Jason Luscier, Faculty Mentor
Urbanization and Bird Communities along the U.S. Southeast Atlantic Coast

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P-3 - 14

AGRAJ POUDEL
Dr. Stephanie Fore, Faculty Mentor
Trends in the number of host-seeking adult Dermacentor variabilis (American dog tick) abundance between Years

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P-3 - 15

BING Q. ZHENG
Dr. LaRoy Brandt, Faculty Mentor
Examination of Stream Health in Tropical Forests of Costa Rica and Nicaragua

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3:30-4:30 • GEO-SUB
SESSION P-13
POSTER -
ASTROBIOLOGY

P-13 - 1

TREVOR J. LEIGHTON
Dr. Neil J. Sargentini (A.T. Still University) and Dr. Laura J. Fielden, Faculty Mentors
Ionizing Radiation Mutagenesis in the Absence of Oxygen

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3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. • Student Union - Georgian Room
Reception

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. • VH 1010
Graduate Research Symposium


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