2017 Student Research Conference:
30th Annual Student Research Conference

Program

Program-At-A-Glance

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

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

8:00-9:15 • MG 1096
SESSION 103
Oral Paper -
Biology I/Chemistry I

Presiding: Dr. Bill Miller

8:00

103 - 1  GENE R. CLINE
Dr. Bill R. Miller, Faculty Mentor

Investigation of Product Dissociation Mechanism for DNA Polymerase I of B. stearothermophilus

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8:15

103 - 2  ANDREW V. YEAGER
Dr. Bill R. Miller, Faculty Mentor
Investigation of Mismatch Base Pairing in DNA Polymerase I

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8:30

103 - 3  EMILY M. LEDDIN
Dr. Bill R. Miller, Faculty Mentor
Computational Analysis of the Dynamics and Inhibition of APOBEC3B

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8:45

103 - 4  PETER K. WINDSOR
Dr. Bill R. Miller, Faculty Mentor

Computational Drug Discovery for Zika Virus NS2B-NS3 Protease

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9:00

103 - 5  MEGAN E. KILIAN
Dr. Bill R. Miller, Faculty Mentor

Computational Analysis of NS2B-NS3 Zika Protease Inhibition

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8:00-9:15 • MG 2001
SESSION 105
Oral Paper -
Biology II

Presiding: Dr. Brett Berke

8:00

105 - 1  ERIN C. DARR*, VICTORIA BORCHARDT, ISAIAH OAKES, and MILES THIES
Dr. Brett A. Berke , Faculty Mentor

Identifying Mechanisms Involved in Neuronal Hyperactivity in Drosophila

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8:15

105 - 2  JOSIE L. EMERY
Dr. Brett A. Berke , Faculty Mentor

Traumatic Brain Injury: Mechanisms and Current Research

 

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8:30

105 - 3  TIFFANY OU*, SMRUTHI V. CHINTAKUNTA, L. SOFIA GONZALEZ, LINH H. LE, and KRISTIN L. SCHLUETER
Dr. Brett A. Berke , Faculty Mentor

The Role of Postsynaptic Phosphorylation in Synaptic Plasticity at the Drosophila Neuromuscular Junction

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8:45

105 - 4  KENDRA N. MUSMAKER
Prof. Marisa Otegui (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Dr. Brent Buckner, Faculty Mentors

Defining a Signaling Module for Vascular Development in Arabadopsis thaliana

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9:00

105 - 5  KALEB PATANIA
Dr. Stephanie Fore, Faculty Mentor

Long-Term Pattern of Botfly Prevalence on Peromyscus leucopus in Adair County, Missouri

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

9:30-10:45 • MG 1096
SESSION 203
Oral Paper -
Chemistry II

Presiding: Dr. Bill Miller

9:30

203 - 1  JOHN D. BICKEL* and BRANDEN W. LAWSON
Dr. Bill R. Miller, Faculty Mentor

Understanding the Interactions of the Ribosome with the Anti-Cancer Drug Cisplatin 

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10:30

203 - 5  STEPHEN P. PLASSMEYER
Dr. Bill R. Miller, Faculty Mentor

Computational Investigation of Amyloid Beta Aggregation Inhibitors in Alzheimer's Disease

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9:30-10:45 • MG 2001
SESSION 205
Oral Paper -
Biology III/Agricultural Science

Presiding: Dr. Michael Seipel

9:30

205 - 1  KATHERINE E. ANDREWS* and HANNAH L. CONNER
Dr. Peter Goldman, Faculty Mentor

Avian Communities in the Chiricahua Mountains 

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9:45

205 - 2  ASHLEY R. HENRY
Dr. Elisabeth Hooper and Dr. Amy Litt (University of California, Riverside), Faculty Mentors

Role of the FUL1 Gene in Desert Tobacco Dry Fruit Development

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10:00

205 - 3  BRIA BERRY
Dr. Carolina Sempertegui-Sosa, Faculty Mentor

Comparison of Biological and Chemical Control Agents’ Efficacy on Eliminating Pseudomonas aeruginosa

 

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10:30

205 - 5  MORGAN K. POISSON* and GREGORY N. TRENDE
Dr. Kelly Walter, Faculty Mentor

The Recovery and Reassembly of a 39 Day Old Equus caballus Skeleton.

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9:30-10:45 • MG 2050
SESSION 206
Oral Paper -
Physics II

Presiding: Dr. Vayujeet Gokhale

10:00

206 - 3  KASEY HANCOCK
Prof. Vayujeet Gokhale, Faculty Mentor

Optimizing Excitation Polarization to Probe Fusion Pore Dynamics Using TIRF Microscopy

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

Dr. Julio F. Turrens, Associate Dean, College of Allied Health Professions, University of South Alabama


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

3:30-4:30 • GEO - SUB
SESSION P-6
Poster -
Biology

P-6 -

MEAGAN E. NOWLAN
Dr. Laura J. Fielden, Faculty Mentor
Kavalactone Isolation from Piper methysticum using Chromatography

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P-6 -

KELSEY R. WILSON
Dr. Brent Buckner, Faculty Mentor

Rational Design of Canine MSTN: A Gene Related to Athletic Performance

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P-6 -

JESSICA L. KOTTMEIER
Dr. Diane Janick-Buckner and Dr. Brent Buckner, Faculty Mentors

Evolutionary History and Expression of the Lonesome Highway Transcription Factor Gene Family in Maize

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P-6 -

AMANDA M. DARBY*, SONAM A. WANGYAL, YU-SHIUAN HSU, and ANGELA K. JENNINGS
Dr. Stephanie Maiden, Faculty Mentor

Searching for microtubule regulators in the developing epidermis in Caenorhabditis elegans

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P-6 -

SONAM A. WANGYAL* and JAIN BUSHRA
Dr. Stephanie Maiden, Faculty Mentor

Effects of deletion of the ptl-1 gene in the developing epidermis of Caenorhabditis elegans.

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P-6 -

ALEXIS C. HOUSER
Dr. Daniela Ostrowski, Faculty Mentor

What Factors Influence Nerve Regeneration?

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P-6 -

JESSICA L. KOTTMEIER
Dr. Ashley K. Ramsey, Faculty Mentor

Using RNAseq Data to Explore the Biological Networks of Autism Spectrum Disorder

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P-6 -

ALYSSA K. JOHNSON
Dr. Laura J. Fielden, Faculty Mentor

Bug Behavior: Feeding and Grooming Behavior in the Assassin Bug Sinea spinipes

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P-6 -

SARAH E. EVANS* and SARAH M. CONNOLLY
Dr. Joyce Patrick, Faculty Mentor

Function and Characterization of the yisR Gene in Bacillus subtilis

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P-6 -

BRODY J. AUBRY
Dr. Joyce Patrick, Faculty Mentor

Surveying Cutaneous Bacteria of Frog Populations in Adair County, Missouri

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P-6 -

RACHEL J. PRINS
Dr. Stephanie Maiden, Faculty Mentor

Analyzing the structure of microtubules in mutant Caenorhabditis elegans epidermis

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P-6 -

DAKOTA A. HALL
Dr. Stephanie Maiden, Faculty Mentor

Determining the Role of tbcd-1 in Caenorhabditis elegans Embryonic Development

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P-6 -

RACHAEL N. NEWTON
Dr. Joyce Patrick, Faculty Mentor

Pesticide Application and Motility of Soil Bacteria Bacillus subtilis

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P-6 -

ERIN I. HAYES
Dr. Joyce Patrick, Faculty Mentor

Characterization of yozG Gene in Bacillus subtilis

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3:30-4:30 • GEO - SUB
SESSION P-7
Poster -
Chemistry

P-7 -

MARIA KONDRASHOVA
Dr. Bill R. Miller, Faculty Mentor
Investigation of Affinity at Binding Site Between Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2 (HER2) and Herceptin

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P-7 -

LYDIA J. DAVIS
Dr. Timothy D. Walston, Faculty Mentor

Isolation and Elucidation of a Small Sollasin from the Sponge Pachastrellidae: Inhibitor of RAGE

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


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