2005 Student Research Conference:
18th Annual Student Research Conference

Program

Science

Program-At-A-Glance

7:30 am - 2:30 pm • OP Lobby & VH Lobby
Registration

8:15-9:30 am • VH 1010
SESSION 9
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Animal Science & Ecology I

Presiding: Dr. Scott Burt, Assistant Professor of Biology

8:15

9 - 1  MARY M. GREEN
Dr. Don Kangas, Faculty Mentor
A Turtle Community in Northeast Missouri

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8:30

9 - 2  SARAH M. TUCKER
Dr. Charlie Apter and Dr. Mark Campbell, Faculty Mentors
A Comparison of Soil Compaction: Equine vs. Bovine

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8:45

9 - 3  MATTHEW D. BAST♦
Dr. Scott Burt, Dr. Jonathan C. Gering, Dr. Dean DeCock, and Dr. Dale W. Sparks (Indiana State University), Faculty Mentors
Prey Selection within a Southeastern Missouri Bat Community

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9:00

9 - 4  RACHEL A. KATZ♦
Dr. Peter Goldman, Faculty Mentor
How Management and Cover Types Affect Grassland Birds and Their Food Chain Dynamics on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Fields in Northeast Missouri

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9:15

9 - 5  JULIE A. ANDERSON
Dr. George L. Shinn and Dr. Nancy Targett (University of Delaware), Faculty Mentors
Surface-Associated Predator Chemoatractant in Horseshoe Crab Eggs

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8:15-9:30 am • VH 1432
SESSION 10
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Biochemistry I

Presiding: Dr. Eric Patterson, Assistant Pofessor of Chemistry

8:15

10 - 1  SAMUEL N. EDEH
Dr. Robert G. Dyer, Faculty Mentor
Correlating Rate Constants with Specific Molecular Properties in Quinone Methide-Nucleophile Reactions

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8:30

10 - 2  NINA E. MCCRATE*, MYCHEL E. VARNER, and KATIE L. SCHEMBRI
Dr. Maria Nagan, Faculty Mentor
Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Human tRNALys,3UUU: Determination of the Role of Nonstandard Bases

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8:45

10 - 3  MONICA A. STUTZ
Dr. Maurine E. Linder (Washington University) and Dr. Cynthia Cooper, Faculty Mentors
Purification and Palmitoylation of Vac8p

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9:00

10 - 4  ASHLEY N. JAY
Dr. Eric V. Patterson, Faculty Mentor
The Neutralization Of VX By Perhydroxide

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9:15

10 - 5  JENNIFER L. MCGINNIS
Dr. Maria Nagan, Faculty Mentor
Effects of 3’ Dangling Nucleotides on the Stability of Small Interfering RNA

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8:15-9:30 am • VH 1412
SESSION 11
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Entomology

Presiding: Dr. Laura Fielden, Associate Professor of Biology

8:15

11 - 1  KIMBERLY J. KENNETT
Dr. Jose Herrera, Faculty Mentor
Characterization of the Culturable Microbial Community Existing on Calliphoridae Fly Larvae

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8:30

8:45

11 - 3  SARAH M. HOBBS
Dr. Laura J. Fielden, Faculty Mentor
Aging and Respiratory Gas Exchange in the American Dog Tick, Dermacentor variabilis

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9:00

11 - 4  CHRISTINE M. JANSON
Dr. Laura J. Fielden, Faculty Mentor
A Study of the Dog Tick’s Ability to Survive in Anoxic and Hypoxic Environments

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9:15

11 - 5  KENNY I. KIM
Dr. Michael I. Kelrick and Dr. Steve F. Matter (University of Cincinnati), Faculty Mentors
A Comparison of the Effects of Forest Matrix Habitat on the Dispersal of Two Species of Butterflies

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9:30 - 9:45 am • OP Lobby & VH Lobby
Break

9:45-10:45 am • VH 1010
SESSION 23
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Science and Society

Presiding: Dr. Michael Seipel, Associate Professor of Agriculture

9:45

23 - 1  AMBER S. BYRD
Dr. Michael Seipel, Faculty Mentor
First Year Student Experiences: A Segue To Faculty-Student Mentoring Program

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10:00

23 - 2  LAUREN M. FILLA
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor
The Roles of Science and Religion in Explaining the Molecular and Biological Origins of Life

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10:15

23 - 3  JENNIFER DRAKE
Dr. Steven Carroll, Faculty Mentor
Comparing Mortality Trends in Rural and Urban Missouri

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10:30

23 - 4  PATIENCE M. RHODES
Dr. Michael Seipel, Faculty Mentor
The Demographics and Attitudes of Shoppers at Missouri and Wisconsin Farmers Markets

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9:45-10:15 am • VH 1412
SESSION 24
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Physics I

Presiding: Dr. Matthew Beaky, Assistant Professor of Physics

9:45

24 - 1  IKECHUKWU P. OKONKWO
Dr. Matthew M. Beaky, Faculty Mentor
Variable Star Photometry Using a CCD Camera

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10:00

24 - 2  AMENYEDU D. ADOVOR
Dr. Matthew M. Beaky, Faculty Mentor
Observation of Double Stars Using a Filar Micrometer

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9:45-10:45 am • VH 1432
SESSION 25
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Genetics and Breeding

Presiding: Dr. Diane Janick-Buckner, Professor of Biology

9:45

25 - 1  ERIK A. MCGUIRE* and EMILY C. DUNN
Dr. Mark Campbell, Faculty Mentor
Viability of Wet Inorganic Phosphorus Determination in Corn versus Spectroscopic Phosphorus Determination

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10:00

25 - 2  TAMMY T. TOLLIVER
Dr. Robert Ward (University of Kansas) and Dr. Jerry Mayhew , Faculty Mentors
An Analysis of br1- Interacting Deficiency Stocks to Identify Genes that Function during Imaginal Disc Morphogenesis in Drosophila

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10:15

25 - 3  PETER J. HOWE
Dr. Mark Campbell, Faculty Mentor
Development of a NITS Calibration for Starch Amylose Using Materials from an Amylomaze VII Yield Trial

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10:30

25 - 4  JACQUELINE E. WEISS♦
Dr. Diane Janick-Buckner and Dr. Brent Buckner, Faculty Mentors
Cloning and Tissue Expression Studies of a KANADI4-like Gene from Zea mays

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm • VH 1000
Plenary Session: All Divisions

Undergraduate Research for the Public Good

Elizabeth L. Paul, Chair of Psychology, The College of New Jersey


1:15-2:15 pm • OP Lobby & Atrium
SESSION 29
POSTERS, TECHNOLOGY DISPLAYS AND STUDIO ARTS -
Science

29 - 53

ANNA T. O'BRIEN
Dr. Mark Campbell, Faculty Mentor
Yield and Quality Evaluation of Amylomaize VII Test Crosses

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29 - 54

AMBER S. BYRD
Dr. Michael Seipel and Dr. Edmund B. Rucker (University of Missouri-Columbia), Faculty Mentors
Apoptosis...Controlling Nature's Destructive Process

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29 - 55

EJIKEMENWA "EJIKE" I. ANIH* and MELVIN E. OMODON
Dr. Mark Campbell, Faculty Mentor
Continued Screening of Amaranth Accessions for Variation in Starch Properties

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29 - 56

STACI B. LEWIS
Dr. Glenn R. Wehner, Faculty Mentor
Quantitating Mothering Ability in Gelbvieh Cow-Calf Pairs

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29 - 57

JOSHUA SCHAEFFER
Dr. Glenn R. Wehner, Faculty Mentor
Efficacy of an Apple Cider Vinegar Extract as a Natural Deworming Agent in Grazing Beef Cows

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29 - 58

JULIE A. ANDERSON* and LEAH A. ALLMAN
Dr. George L. Shinn, Faculty Mentor
A Behavioral Study of Swimming by Freshwater Snails (Physa acuta and Physa gyrina)

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29 - 59

SARAH E. STARNES*, DIANA L. BRUNSMAN, JACOB AKINS, ASHLEY BURDEN♦, RYAN N. DOUGLAS, JOHN EDDY, ERIN O'NEAL, BENJAMIN A. SCHMIDT, and CHRISTOPHER SPENCER
Dr. George L. Shinn, Faculty Mentor
Using Electron Microscopy to Study the Minute Male Parts of Freshwater Physid Snails

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29 - 60

KELLI L. FLOYD
Dr. Elisabeth Hooper, Faculty Mentor
Preparing a Wildflower Field Guide for Thousand Hills State Park

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29 - 61

RACHEL A. KATZ♦
Dr. Elisabeth Hooper, Faculty Mentor
A Floristic Study of Scotland County, Missouri

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29 - 62

HANH P. NGUYEN
Dr. Stephanie Fore, Faculty Mentor
The Extent and Distribution Level of Genetic Diversity Within and Among Rice Landrace Varieties from Vietnam

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29 - 63

ASHLEY N. LOUGH
Dr. Kathleen J. Newton (University of Missouri- Columbia), Dr. James A. Birchler (University of Missouri- Columbia), Dr. Diane Janick-Buckner, and Dr. Brent Buckner, Faculty Mentors
Mitochondrial DNA Insertion into Nuclear Chromosomes of Maize

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29 - 64

CHRISTOPHER R. SPENCER
Dr. Brent Buckner and Dr. Diane Janick-Buckner, Faculty Mentors
Isolation and Expression Studies on a FASCIATA1-like Gene in Maize

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29 - 65

RYAN N. DOUGLAS
Dr. Brent Buckner, Dr. Diane Janick-Buckner, and Dr. Patrick S. Schnable (Iowa State University), Faculty Mentors
DNA Sequence Diversity at an ANGUSTIFOLIA-like Gene among Inbred Lines and Open-pollinated Landraces of Maize

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29 - 66

BENJAMIN A. SCHMIDT
Dr. Brent Buckner, Dr. Diane Janick-Buckner, and Dr. Patrick S. Schnable (Iowa State University), Faculty Mentors
DNA Sequence Diversity at a SHAGGY-like Gene among Inbred Lines and Open-Pollinated Landraces of Maize

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29 - 67

EMILY C. DUNN
Dr. Brent Buckner, Faculty Mentor
Genetic Diversity at the Stowaway-containing y1 Locus of Maize and Teosinte

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29 - 68

CHRISTOPHER R. SPENCER
Dr. Brent Buckner, Faculty Mentor
An International Experience Exploring the Scientific and Cultural Aspects of Maize

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29 - 69

KIMBERLY J. KENNETT
Dr. Robert Weldon, Jr. (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) and Dr. Michael Lockhart, Faculty Mentors
Proteins and Viral RNA Associated with the Gag-Ubc9 Complex of Mason-Pfizer Monkey Virus Infected HOS Cells

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29 - 70

PAULA J. RICHARDS
Dr. Michael Lockhart and Dr. Peter C. Angeletti (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Faculty Mentors
Distribution of Human Papillomavirus Types in Zambia

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29 - 71

ANUOLUWAPO O. OREBIYI
Dr. Edward Ginns (University of Massachusetts Medical School), Dr. Marzena Galdzicka (University of Massachusetts Medical School), and Dr. Brent Buckner, Faculty Mentors
Mutations in Two Critical Genes Linked to Ellis-van Creveld Syndrome

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29 - 72

EMILY L. CHURCH* and MOLLY R. GERVICH
Dr. Jose Herrera and Mr. Clayton Dillavou, Faculty Mentors
Development of a New Selective Medium to Isolate Species of Cryptococcus from the Environment

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29 - 73

ANGELA R. SOEMO
Dr. Barbara K. Kramer, Faculty Mentor
Bioavailability of Pesticides in Soil

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29 - 74

MELISSA A. ERLEBACHER
Dr. Dana Delaware, Faculty Mentor
The Development of Inquiry-Based Environmental Activities for the Joseph Baldwin Academy Chemistry Course

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29 - 75

CHRISTIAN F. KOEBEL
Dr. Eric V. Patterson, Faculty Mentor
Solvent Dependence on Twisted Intermolecular Charge Transfer Properties

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29 - 76

MAREK HARUZA*, ROSS COLEMAN, DAVID KIBLINGER, and JAMES H. PARK
Dr. Michael Goggin, Faculty Mentor
External Cavity Diode Laser Development

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2:15-3:30 pm • VH 1010
SESSION 40
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Chemistry

Presiding: Dr. David McCurdy, Professor of Chemistry

2:15

40 - 1  ERIC L. NULL
Dr. James M. McCormick, Faculty Mentor
Crystallographic Studies of Lead Coordination Compounds

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2:30

40 - 2  OLUMUYIWA T. SOWUNMI
Dr. David McCurdy, Faculty Mentor
Charaterization of a Thermospray Nebulizer for Sample Introduction into a Direct Current Plasma for Atomic Emission Spectroscopy

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2:45

40 - 3  CORINNE R. VOKOUN
Dr. Vaughan M. Pultz, Faculty Mentor
Analysis and Simulation of Vibrational Circular Dichroism Spectra via Molecular Orbital Calculations

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3:00

40 - 4  JEREMY J. WEST
Dr. Russell G. Baughman, Faculty Mentor
Crystal and Molecular Structure of Aromatic Charge Transfer Complexes

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3:15

40 - 5  JOSHUA D. KEMPER
Dr. Russell G. Baughman, Faculty Mentor
Crystal and Molecular Structure of Organophosphorous Pesticides

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2:15-3:30 pm • VH 1412
SESSION 41
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Human Health

Presiding: Dr. Jose Herrera, Associate Professor of Biology

2:15

41 - 1  MEGAN B. HARNEY
Dr. Jose Herrera and Dr. Andrew Lidral (University of Iowa), Faculty Mentors
Locating Mutations of the FLNA Gene for X-linked Human Disorders

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2:30

41 - 2  HEIDI SCHULZE* and KATIE M. JOHNSON
Dr. Mark Campbell, Faculty Mentor
The Effects of High Amylose Corn Muffins Prepared Using Various Double-mutant Genotypes on Blood Glucose

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2:45

41 - 3  KATARZYNA M. SADANOWICZ* and LAURA N. GLASBRENNER
Dr. Mark Campbell, Faculty Mentor
Comparing Consumer Preference for Corn Muffins Prepared with High Amylose Double-mutant Genotypes vs. the Single-mutant ae Genotype

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3:00

41 - 4  EJIKEMENWA "EJIKE" I. ANIH
Dr. Michael Lockhart and Dr. Charles Wood (Nebraska Center for Virology - Lincoln, NE), Faculty Mentors
Epidemiology of Kaposi Sarcoma Associated Human Herpes Virus-8 (HHV-8) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Zambia: Accuracy of Current Serological Diagnosis

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3:15

41 - 5  AMANDA S. TURNER* and CHRISTINA L. ROBINSON
Dr. Maria Nagan, Faculty Mentor
Examining the HIV Rev-RRE Complex Using Molecular Dynamics Simulations

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2:15-3:30 pm • VH 1432
SESSION 42
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Plant Science

Presiding: Dr. Charlie Apter, Associate Professor of Agriculture

2:15

42 - 1  ANDREW K. HARKEN
Dr. Charlie Apter, Faculty Mentor
Yield in Commercial Tomato Plots Mulched with Painted Polyetheylene or Straw Mulch

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2:30

42 - 2  ALLISON S. DOORES
Dr. Jeffrey M. Osborn, Faculty Mentor
Pollen Structure and Development in Ephedra americana (Gnetales)

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2:45

42 - 3  MACKENZIE L. TAYLOR
Dr. Jeffrey M. Osborn, Faculty Mentor
Pollen and Anther Ontogeny in Brasenia (Cabombaceae, Nymphaeales)

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3:00

42 - 4  REBECCA J. SAFF
Dr. Michael I. Kelrick and Dr. Jonathan C. Gering, Faculty Mentors
Distribution and Abundance of Beetles (Coleoptera) Across Savanna – Forest Ecotones in Thousand Hills State Park, Missouri

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3:15

42 - 5  JOY L. CHISHOLM
Dr. Thomas E. Marshall, Faculty Mentor
The Effects of Nitrogen Application Dates and Amounts on Fescue and Fescue/Red Clover Stockpiled Pasture Yield

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3:30 - 3:45 pm • OP Lobby & VH Lobby
Break

3:45-5:00 pm • VH 1010
SESSION 54
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Biochemistry II

Presiding: Dr. Maria Nagan, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

3:45

54 - 1  KELLY E. WATTERS
Dr. Anne E. Moody, Faculty Mentor
Analysis of Fatty Acids in Elaiosomes of Trillium maculatum

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4:00

54 - 2  KATIE L. SCHEMBRI
Dr. Maria Nagan, Faculty Mentor
Molecular Dynamics Simulations of the tRNALys Anticodon Stem Loop

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4:15

54 - 3  JESSICA L. MENKE*, JOLITA SECKUTE, and RYAN J. EMNETT
Dr. Eric V. Patterson, Faculty Mentor
Ab Inito Molecular Orbital and Density Functional Studies on the Solvolysis of Sarin and O,S-dimethyl methylphosphonothioate, a VX-like Compound

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4:30

54 - 4  JENNIFER C. SERNIAK
Dr. Eric V. Patterson, Faculty Mentor
Computational Chemical Studies of the Oxidation of Nerve Agent VX

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4:45

54 - 5  KELLY A. DANIEL
Dr. Eric V. Patterson, Faculty Mentor
Computational Chemical Studies of the Hydrolysis of VX

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3:45-5:00 pm • VH 1432
SESSION 55
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Animal Science & Ecology II

Presiding: Dr. Don Kangas, Professor of Biology

3:45

55 - 1  GRANT M. PHILLIPS
Dr. Thomas E. Marshall, Faculty Mentor
The Effects of Shearing, Sex, and Time of Feeding on Growth and Feed Efficiency in Sheep

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4:00

55 - 2  JEFFREY D. WRIGHT
Dr. Peter Goldman, Faculty Mentor
The Effects of Mowing and Burning on Rodent Abundance and Its Relationship to Artificial Nest Predation

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4:15

55 - 3  JOHN M. BENNETT
Dr. Don Kangas and Dr. Michael I. Kelrick, Faculty Mentors
Is Carapace Length a Predictive Variable for Number of Annuli in the Illinois Mud Turtle, Kinesternon flavescens spooneri?

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4:30

55 - 4  SHAWNA A. COOPER♦
Dr. Scott Burt, Dr. Elisabeth Hooper, and Dr. Jon Beck, Faculty Mentors
Effects of Forest Management on Small Mammal Community Structure and Hantavirus Seroprevalence in Northeast Missouri

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4:45

55 - 5  THERESA M. LARSON
Dr. Scott Burt, Faculty Mentor
The Effects of Social Enrichment on the Behaviors of Captive Elephants

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3:45 - 5:00 pm • VH 1412
SESSION 56
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Physics II

Presiding: Dr. Michael Goggin, Associate Professor of Physics

3:45

56 - 1  ADAM H. BEZINOVICH*, IKECHUKWU P. OKONKWO, JAMES H. PARK, and ANDREW J. SMOLIK
Dr. Taner Edis, Faculty Mentor
The Potential is Infinite

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4:00

56 - 2  CAMERON C. MOORE
Dr. Michael Goggin, Faculty Mentor
Exploring Regions of "Chaos" in the Logistic Map

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4:15

56 - 3  UCHENNA J. EDEH
Dr. Mohammad Samiullah, Faculty Mentor
Thin-Film Processes

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4:30

56 - 4  DAVID T. SHANE* and SUCHETA S. JAWALKAR
Dr. Matthew M. Beaky, Faculty Mentor
Fabry-Perot Modes with a Dielectric Photonic Crystal

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5:00 - 6:00 pm • VH Lobby
Reception


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