2006 Student Research Conference:
19th 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 1416
SESSION 7
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Theoretical Physics and Astronomy

Presiding: Dr. Matthew Beaky, Associate Professor of Physics

8:15

7 - 1  VIOLET M. POOLE
Dr. Matthew M. Beaky, Faculty Mentor
Detecting Extrasolar Planetary Transits Through Photoelectric Photometry

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8:30

7 - 2  JAMES PARK* and ADAM BEZINOVICH
Dr. Taner Edis, Faculty Mentor
Markov Processes and the Simple Harmonic Oscillator in Discrete Space

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8:45

7 - 3  TRAVIS E. MONK
Dr. Matthew M. Beaky, Faculty Mentor
Calculating Asteroid Lightcurves Using Differential Photometry

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9:00

7 - 4  SUCHETA S. JAWALKAR
Dr. Eduardo Velasco, Faculty Mentor
Modified Cosmology Equations and Dark Energy

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9:15

7 - 5  CASEY M. CARROLL
Dr. Matthew M. Beaky, Faculty Mentor
Sonoluminescence in Various Media Using Different Gases

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8:15-9:30 am • VH 1000
SESSION 8
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Human Health Issues

Presiding: Dr. Cynthia Cooper, Professor of Biology

8:15

8 - 1  MELVIN E. OMODON
Dr. Jose Herrera, Faculty Mentor
Assessment of Fungal Growth on Boron Treated Cellulose Insuluation

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8:30

8 - 2  ERIC B. MOORE
Dr. Mark Campbell, Faculty Mentor
Development of Low Glycemic Index Popcorn

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8:45

8 - 3  CHAELI A. DOUGHERTY
Dr. Cynthia Cooper, Faculty Mentor
An Inquiry into the Nutritional Merit of Dairy

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9:00

8 - 4  KELLY A. PIERCE* and SHAWNA A. COOPER
Dr. Scott Burt, Faculty Mentor
Hantavirus in Missouri Rodents

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

Presiding: Dr. Maria Nagan, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

8:15

9 - 1  JOHN A. BROCKMAN
Dr. Brian D. Lamp, Faculty Mentor
Molecular Rubber Stamps: Controlled Deposition of Single Molecule Thick Films on Electrode Surfaces

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8:30

9 - 2  KIRAN KHADKA
Dr. Brian D. Lamp, Faculty Mentor
Scanning electrochemical microscopy characterization of heterogeneous surfaces prepared by microcontact printing

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8:45

9 - 3  SAMUEL N. EDEH
Dr. Maria Nagan, Dr. Robert G. Dyer, and Dr. Eric V. Patterson, Faculty Mentors
Experimental Studies of the Reaction between BHT-QM and Cysteine

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9:00

9 - 4  JENNIFER L. MCGINNIS
Dr. Maria Nagan, Faculty Mentor
Effects of 3' Dangling Nucleotides on the Stability of siRNA-like Models

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

9:45-10:45 am • VH 1416
SESSION 25
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Experimental Physics

Presiding: Dr. Michael Goggin, Associate Professor of Physics

9:45

25 - 1  DAVID A. KIBLINGER
Dr. Michael Goggin, Faculty Mentor
Construction of an Aurora Detector

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10:00

25 - 2  BROCK SCHMUTZLER
Dr. Ian Lindevald and Dr. Matthew M. Beaky, Faculty Mentors
Band gap structure in a periodic, one-dimensional acoustic filter

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10:15

25 - 3  DAVID T. SHANE
Dr. Mohammad Samiullah, Faculty Mentor
Examination, Reproduction, and Improvement of Joule's Free-Expansion Experiment

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10:30

25 - 4  RAGHAV K. CHHETRI
Dr. Michael Goggin, Faculty Mentor
Measurement and Analysis of Power Distribution in Diffraction Gratings as a Function of Incidence Angle

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9:45-10:45 am • VH 1432
SESSION 26
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Chemistry II

Presiding: Dr. Dawood Afzal, Professor of Chemistry

9:45

26 - 1  PERI W. HERMAN
Dr. Maria Nagan, Faculty Mentor
Computational Simulations of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus Rev-RRE Complex

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10:00

26 - 2  REBECCA S. HANANIA* and ASHLEY N. JAY
Dr. Eric V. Patterson, Faculty Mentor
Mechanisms for the Alkaline Hydrolysis and Perhydrolysis of a VX Simulant

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10:15

26 - 3  JENNIFER C. SERNIAK
Dr. Eric V. Patterson, Faculty Mentor
Computational Modeling of the Oxidative Destruction of a VX Simulant

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10:30

26 - 4  ANDREW K. MAERZ
Dr. Dawood Afzal, Faculty Mentor
The Characterization of Several Different Functional Groups on Porphyrin, N-Confused Porphyrin, and Doubly N-Confused Porphyrin

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9:45-10:45 am • VH 1408
SESSION 27
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Physiology and Cell Biology

Presiding: Dr. John Rutter, Associate Professor of Biology

9:45

27 - 1  KRISTI M. TEAL*, JENNY L. SANDLER, and STEPHANIE D. PRATT
Dr. Laura J. Fielden, Faculty Mentor
The Effects of Antibiotic Introduction on The Feeding Efficiency of The American Dog Tick, Dermacentor variabilis

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10:00

27 - 2  CHRISTINE M. JANSON
Dr. William Lee (Wadsworth Center) and Dr. Laura J. Fielden, Faculty Mentors
Proliferative Differences in CD4 Memory T cell Subsets

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10:15

27 - 3  GREGORY W. MILLMAN
Dr. John J. Rutter and Dr. C. George Carlson (AT Still University), Faculty Mentors
Effect on NF-κB and Associated Cytokines After Being Chronically Injected With Pyrrolidine Dithiocarbamate (PDTC) Using the MDX Mouse Model

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10:30

27 - 4  ASHLEY L. SIEGEL♦
Dr. C. George Carlson (AT Still University) and Dr. John J. Rutter, Faculty Mentors
Chronic NF-κB Inhibition Increased Fiber Number in the Aging Triangularis Sterni (TS) of Mdx Mice

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

Naomi Shihab Nye, Acclaimed Poet, Essayist, and Teacher


1:15-2:30 pm • VH 1432
SESSION 40
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Zoology

Presiding: Dr. Scott Burt, Associate Professor of Biology

1:15

40 - 1  ALANA N. WALKER
Dr. Charlie Apter and Dr. Dean DeCock, Faculty Mentors
Allometric scaling of equids (Equus caballus) in a continuum of body sizes

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1:30

40 - 2  ADAM C. PETRY
Dr. Scott Burt, Faculty Mentor
Home Range Size and Habitat Use of the Bobcat (Lynx rufus) in Northeast Missouri

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1:45

40 - 3  OCTEVA M. JOHNSON
Dr. Don Kangas, Faculty Mentor
Survivorship and Mortality of the Yellow Mud Turtle on a Northeast Missouri Marsh

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2:00

40 - 4  KATY H. FREDERICK♦
Dr. Jonathan C. Gering, Faculty Mentor
Phylogenetic Structure of Katydid (Orthoptera:Tettigoniidae) Communities in Northeast Missouri Grasslands: A Macroevolutionary Approach

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2:15

40 - 5  CHRIS R. TICKNER
Dr. Scott Burt, Faculty Mentor
Microhabitat selection of the bobcat (Lynx rufus) in northeast Missouri.

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1:15-2:30 pm • VH 1408
SESSION 41
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Chemistry III

Presiding: Dr. Russell Baughman, Professor of Chemistry

1:15

41 - 1  ANGELA R. SOEMO* and HEATHER L. YOUNG
Dr. Barbara K. Kramer, Faculty Mentor
Bioavailability of Pesticides in Soil

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1:30

41 - 2  SABRINA WELLS*, JOSHUA J. HIRNER, and LAURA KOPFF
Dr. Barbara K. Kramer, Faculty Mentor
The Use of Soybeans in the Phytoremediation of Lead Contaminated Soils

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1:45

41 - 3  JEREMY J. WEST
Dr. John J. Tanner (University of Missouri - Columbia), Dr. Russell G. Baughman, and Ms. Tommi A. White (University of Missouri - Columbia), Faculty Mentors
Expression, Purification and Initial Characterization of Halobacterium Proline Dehydrogenase

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2:00

41 - 4  ASHLEY N. JAY* and KELLY A. DANIEL
Dr. Eric V. Patterson, Faculty Mentor
Atom-Centered Density Matrix Propagation of an SN2 Reaction

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2:15

41 - 5  KELLY A. DANIEL
Dr. Eric V. Patterson, Faculty Mentor
Computational Chemical Studies of Alkaline Hydrolysis of VX Nerve Agent

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2:30 - 2:45 pm • OP Lobby & VH Lobby
Break

2:45-4:00 pm • VH 1408
SESSION 52
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Advances in Scientific Methodology

Presiding: Dr. Mark Campbell, Associate Professor of Agriculture

2:45

52 - 1  ANNNA T. O'BRIEN
Dr. Mark Campbell, Faculty Mentor
Comparison of Methods for Total Starch Determination

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3:00

52 - 2  REBECCA S. HANANIA
Dr. Matthew M. Beaky, Faculty Mentor
Construction of a Microwave Spectrometer for the Study of Pressure Broadening

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3:15

52 - 3  MELVIN E. OMODON
Dr. Scot Hammond (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill), Dr. Stephanie Fore, and Dr. Anton Weisstein, Faculty Mentors
Development of human cancer cells with Let-7 microRNA genes

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3:30

52 - 4  MARJORIE A. HOFFMAN
Dr. Anne E. Moody, Faculty Mentor
Going Green in the Organic Laboratory

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3:45

52 - 5  KATHRYN M. SMITH* and TAMMY R. BRAGG
Dr. Charlie Apter and Dr. Dean DeCock, Faculty Mentors
Development of a Prediction Equation for Total Body Mass Across Three Sizes of Equids (Equus caballus)

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2:45-4:00 pm • VH 1432
SESSION 53
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Genetics and Nucleic Acid Biochemistry

Presiding: Dr. Brent Buckner, Professor of Biology

2:45

53 - 1  ALEXA S. MARTIN
Dr. Brent Buckner, Faculty Mentor
Intrapopulation Genetic Diversity Among Individuals From Two Different New Mexican Open-Pollinated Landraces

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3:00

53 - 2  JENNIFER J. STEINHOFF
Dr. Stephanie Fore, Faculty Mentor
Analysis of the Genetic Diversity Between Central and Peripheral Baptisia lanceolata Populations

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3:15

53 - 3  BRYAN D. SITZMANN
Dr. Maria Nagan, Faculty Mentor
Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Escherichia Coli tRNAPHE

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3:30

53 - 4  CHRISTOPHER R. SPENCER♦
Dr. Brent Buckner and Dr. Diane Janick-Buckner, Faculty Mentors
DNA Sequence Diversity of the Fasciata1 Paralogs Among Inbred Lines and Open-pollinated Landraces of maize

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3:45

53 - 5  NINA E. MCCRATE*, MYCHEL E. VARNER, and KATIE L. SCHEMBRI
Dr. Maria Nagan, Faculty Mentor
Computational simulation of human tRNALys,3UUU with ms2t6A37, mcm5s2U34, and pseudouridine 39 modifications

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2:45-4:00 pm • VH 1412
SESSION 54
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Plant Science

Presiding: Dr. Lisa Hooper, Associate Professor of Biology

2:45

54 - 1  STEVEN J. WEBB*, JENNIFER S. GLASS, and JENNIFER M. LANE
Dr. Charlie Apter and Dr. Dean DeCock, Faculty Mentors
An Initial Attempt to Develop a Cataloupe Production System for Northeast Missouri

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3:00

54 - 2  IRAN S. TABATABAEIAN
Dr. Jeffrey M. Osborn and Dr. Brian D. Lamp, Faculty Mentors
Anatomical and Chemical Characteristics of Mucilage Production in Brasenia (Cabombaceae, Nymphaeales)

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3:15

54 - 3  MEREDITH MERTZ
Dr. Elisabeth Hooper, Faculty Mentor
An Analysis of the Woody Vegetation at Big Creek Conservation Area (Adair County, Missouri)

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3:30

54 - 4  ALLISON S. DOORES
Dr. Jeffrey M. Osborn, Faculty Mentor
Using Pollen Ontogeny in Ephedra to Evaluate the Anthophyte Hypothesis

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4:15-5:15 pm • OP Lobby and Atrium
SESSION 60
POSTERS, TECHNOLOGY DISPLAYS AND STUDIO ARTS -
Science

60 - 54

COURTNEY BONNEY* and LABAN K. TABARTET
Dr. Mark Campbell, Faculty Mentor
An Investigation of the Use of Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Analysis for Determining the Presence of Low Phytate Genotypes within Single Maize Kernels

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60 - 55

ERIC N. WITTROCK
Dr. Mark Campbell, Faculty Mentor
Use of Protease in Isolating Starch for a High Amylose Breeding Project

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60 - 56

PETER J. HOWE
Dr. Mark Campbell, Faculty Mentor
Mapping Studies of Amylose Content in Maize Using SSR Markers and QTL Analysis

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60 - 57

NICHOLAS C. MUETH* and JESSICA R. HEJNAL
Dr. George L. Shinn, Faculty Mentor
Holey Rocks: Shale-Boring Insects in the Chariton River

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60 - 58

DOUGLAS R. ELLIOTT
Dr. George L. Shinn, Faculty Mentor
Chariton River Rocks

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60 - 59

MISTY ELY* and PAULA RICHARDS
Dr. Laura J. Fielden, Faculty Mentor
Flea Fauna of Some Small Mammals at Truman State University Farm

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60 - 60

ALANA N. WALKER
Dr. Stephanie Fore, Faculty Mentor
Spatial Genetic Structure within a Trillium maculatum plant population: Inferences about Gene Flow

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60 - 61

HEATH A. SMITH
Dr. Brent Buckner and Dr. Diane Janick-Buckner, Faculty Mentors
DNA Sequence Diversity of the Zeaxanthin Epoxidase Paralogs Among Inbred Lines and Open-pollinated Landraces

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60 - 62

LISA D. GRANTHAM* and ASHLEY N. LOUGH
Dr. Diane Janick-Buckner and Dr. Brent Buckner, Faculty Mentors
Global Gene Expression Patterns in the Maize Shoot Apical Meristem

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60 - 63

LARA L. HAUSE
Dr. Peter C. Angeletti (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) and Dr. Michael Lockhart, Faculty Mentors
Prevalence and Genotype of HPVs Found in Zambian Women

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60 - 64

KRISTI M. TEAL
Dr. Robert A. Weldon (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) and Dr. Michael Lockhart, Faculty Mentors
Replication of Retroviruses: Construction of a Nup133 cDNA Vector

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60 - 65

JOHN A. BROCKMAN
Dr. David Klinkebiel (University of Nebraska Medical Center) and Dr. Anton Weisstein, Faculty Mentors
DNA Methylation and Gene Expression Microarray Analysis of Mantle Cell Lymphoma Tumors

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60 - 66

SHERRY L. RITTER
Dr. Gavin R. Schnitzler (Tufts University) and Dr. Maria Nagan, Faculty Mentors
Exploring the Functions of SWI/SNF in Transcriptional Activation

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60 - 67

MAUREEN D. GILLIS
Dr. Jose Herrera and Mr. Clayton L. Dillavou (Research Mentor/Visiting Scholar), Faculty Mentors
Development of a Computer Program to Identify Clinically Isolated Yeasts

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60 - 68

ANGELA R. SOEMO* and HEATHER L. YOUNG
Dr. Barbara K. Kramer, Faculty Mentor
Bioavailability of Pesticides in Soil

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60 - 69

JOSHUA J. HIRNER*, SABRINA WELLS, and LAURA KOPFF
Dr. Barbara K. Kramer, Faculty Mentor
The Use of Soybeans in the Phytoremediation of Lead Contaminated Soils

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60 - 70

ZACH D. LADLIE
Dr. Matthew M. Beaky, Faculty Mentor
Calculating the Rotational Curvature of the Milky Way Galaxy Through Observation of Hydrogen Emission Lines

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60 - 71

CHENGHU LI
Dr. Matthew M. Beaky, Faculty Mentor
Neglected Binary Star Parameters Determined From Archival Images and Direct Observation

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4:45 - 6:00 pm • OP Lobby
Reception


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