2016 Student Research Conference:
29th Annual Student Research Conference

Program

Program-At-A-Glance

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

8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. • Atrium, South Wing of OP
Studio Art Display

8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. • University Art Gallery
BFA/BA Thesis Exhibit

8:00-9:15 • MG 2001
SESSION 101-
ORAL PAPER -
BIOLOGY

Presiding: Dr. Stephanie Fore

8:00

101- - 1  ANGELA R. BUNNING
Dr. Carolina Sempertegui-Sosa, Faculty Mentor
Determining the role of the DNA binding domain of MgrA in Staphylococcus epidermidis Biofilm formation

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8:15

101- - 2  ANNA CONRADES
Dr. LaRoy Brandt, Faculty Mentor
Lake Nicaragua shoreline fish diversity prior to Nicaraguan canal construction

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8:30

101- - 3  MORGAN K. POISSON
Dr. Stephanie Fore and Dr. Hyun-Joo Kim, Faculty Mentors
The Role of Distance Traveled on Reinfestation of Peromyscus leucopus (White-Footed Mouse)

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8:45

101- - 4  EVAN S. FORBES
Dr. Stephanie Maiden, Faculty Mentor
Exploration of Microtubule Function in Mutant C. elegans

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9:00

101- - 5  ALYSSA K. JOHNSON
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor
Diseases and Pests of the New World: A Metaphor for the Gendering of Early America

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8:00-9:15 • VH 1224
SESSION 103-
ORAL PAPER -
EDUCATION

Presiding: Dr. Wendy Miner

8:15

103- - 2  SUZANNE D. PELLEY♦
Dr. Wendy Miner and Dr. Enrique Pareja, Faculty Mentors
Understanding Processes That Enable Students to Undergo Conceptual Change Regarding Topics in Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration.

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

9:30-10:45 • MG 2001
SESSION 201-
ORAL PAPER -
BIOLOGY II

Presiding: Dr. Elisabeth Hooper

9:45

201- - 2  ANDREW V. YEAGER
Dr. Bill R. Miller, Faculty Mentor
Investigation of Guanine-Nucleotide Base Pairing in DNA Polymerase

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10:00

201- - 3  LAUREN L. MCLAIN
Dr. Elisabeth Hooper, Dr. Wendy Miner, and Dr. Kenong Xu (Cornell University), Faculty Mentors
Characterization of the MaQ8 locus important for apple acidity

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10:15

201- - 4  L. SOFIA GONZALEZ
Dr. R. Luke Wiseman (Scripps Research Institute ), Dr. Christina Cooley (Trinity University ), and Dr. Laura J. Fielden, Faculty Mentors
Small Molecule ER Proteostatis Regulator Effects in SH-SY5Y Cells

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10:30

201- - 5  KRISTIN L. SCHLUETER* and LINH LE
Dr. Brett A. Berke , Faculty Mentor
The Role of Postsynaptic Calcium During Synaptic Plasticity in Drosophila

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11:00 a.m. - 12:15 a.m. • VH 1000
Plenary Session: All Disciplines

Repairing the Damaged Brain: How do we Stop the Next Apocalypse?

Dr. Greg Gerhardt, Professor of Anatomy & Neurosurgery, Neurology, Psychiatry and Electrical Engineering, University of Kentucky Health Sciences Center in Lexington, KY


1:00-2:15 • VH 1010
SESSION 303-
ORAL PAPER -
ENGLISH V

Presiding: Erica Raines

2:00

303- - 5  ALISON G. MILLINGTON
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor
Disability vs. Insurance: An Observation of the Correlation Between Insurance Coverage and Disability Cases

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1:00-2:15 • MG 1096
SESSION 305-
ORAL PAPER -
PHYSICS

Presiding: Dr. Vayujeet Gokhale

1:15

305- - 2  MATTHEW R. EVERS
Dr. Eduardo Velasco, Faculty Mentor
Phase Contrast Microscopy: Viewing Invisible Subjects

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1:30

305- - 3  MILITE M. ABRAHA
Prof. Vayujeet Gokhale, Faculty Mentor
MRI Artifact Reduction Using MAVRIC Technique

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

2:30-3:30 • MG 1096
SESSION 404-
ORAL PAPER -
ASTROBIOLOGY/ASTRONOMY

Presiding: Dr. Vayujeet Gokhale

2:30

404- - 1  BRADLY S. THORNTON
Prof. Hemanta Kafley (School for Field Studies / University of Missouri) and Dr. Stephen Hudman, Faculty Mentors
Community Forestry in Bhutan: Perceptions and Realities

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

P-4 - 1

JORDYN M. WILLIAMS
Dr. Brent Buckner and Dr. Diane Janick-Buckner, Faculty Mentors
Molecular Investigations of the Rpb4 Gene in the Arabidopsis crinkle1 Leaf-Development Mutant

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P-4 - 2

TINGTING HUA
Dr. Diane Janick-Buckner and Dr. Brent Buckner, Faculty Mentors
Histological Analysis of Rosette Leaves in Arabidopsis thaliana crinkle Mutant

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P-4 - 3

ZACHARY M. MEEHAN*, NIKHITHA BHUMA, and DANIEL GILBERT
Dr. Fredric B. Shaffer, Faculty Mentor
Large-Scale Differences between Dorsal and Ventral Hand Temperature Sites

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P-4 - 4

ZACHARY M. MEEHAN* and WOODROW GARDINER
Dr. Fredric B. Shaffer, Faculty Mentor
Quantifying Thigh Artifact during Hand Temperature Measurement

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P-4 - 5

SARAH K. MISLAN
Dr. Diane Janick-Buckner and Dr. Brent Buckner, Faculty Mentors
Expression of Lonesome Highway Paralogs in Maize Inbred Lines

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P-4 - 6

MAGGIE R. CAMPBELL
Dr. Brent Buckner and Dr. Diane Janick-Buckner, Faculty Mentors
Investigation of the Transcription and Splicing of RPB4 mRNA in Maize and Arabidopsis

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P-4 - 7

ANUSHA CHERUPALLA
Dr. Diane Janick-Buckner and Dr. Brent Buckner, Faculty Mentors
Transcriptome Analysis of the rld5409 Developmental Mutant of Maize

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P-4 - 8

MICHAELA J. IDLEBURG
Dr. Timothy D. Walston, Faculty Mentor
Application of Treatments for Maladaptive Behaviors and Cognitive Function of Autism to Similar Aspects of Prader-Willi Syndrome

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P-4 - 9

CALEB M. GARZANELLI
Dr. LaRoy Brandt, Faculty Mentor
Mammal Diversity in Central America

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P-4 - 10

GENE R. CLINE
Dr. Bill R. Miller, Faculty Mentor
Investigation of Product Dissociation Pathways for DNA Polymerase

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P-4 - 11

DARELL D. HAWLEY
Dr. LaRoy Brandt, Faculty Mentor
Water Quality Analysis of Lake Nicaragua

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P-4 - 12

EMILY M. KNIPP
Dr. Ben Wodika and Dr. Laura J. Fielden, Faculty Mentors
Respiration Rates of Two Exotic Earthworms

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P-4 - 13

MARIO J. CASTELLANOS
Dr. Yohei Norimatsu (A.T. Still University) and Dr. Timothy D. Walston, Faculty Mentors
Validation of A Molecular Model for Trace Amine Associated Receptor 1

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3:30-4:30 • GEO-SUB
SESSION P-5
POSTER -
CHEMISTRY

P-5 - 1

ELLEN B. FARMER
Dr. Bill R. Miller, Faculty Mentor
Investigation of Adenine-Nucleotide Base Pairing in DNA Polymerase

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3:30-4:30 • GEO-SUB
SESSION P-11
POSTER -
PSYCHOLOGY

P-11 - 5

ZACHARY M. MEEHAN* and MATTHEW MANNION
Dr. Fredric B. Shaffer, Faculty Mentor
Does Hand Position Affect Blood Volume Pulse Amplitude (BVPA) and Skin Conductance Measurements?

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


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