2007 Student Research Conference:
20th 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 1408
SESSION 11
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Animal Science

Presiding: Dr. Charlie Apter, Associate Professor of Agriculture

8:15 am

11 - 1  AMY L. AREL
Dr. Charlie Apter and Dr. Dean DeCock, Faculty Mentors
The Effect of Age on Discrimination Reversal Learning

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8:30 am

11 - 2  KATE M. RANDALL
Dr. Charlie Apter and Dr. Dean DeCock, Faculty Mentors
Levels of Aggression in Quarter Horse Mares and the Social Impacts of the Foal

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8:45 am

11 - 3  KELLY C. ROWE*, ERICA ALEXANDER, SAMUEL EDEH, and KIMBERLY DODSON
Dr. John J. Rutter, Faculty Mentor
Investigation of Altered Behavioral Responses to Serotonergic Receptor Agonists during Methamphetamine Withdrawal

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9:00 am

11 - 4  ROBERTA R. RADER♦
Dr. Jonathan C. Gering, Faculty Mentor
A Survey of the Katydids (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae) of the Maya Mountain Region in the Cayo and Toledo Districts of Belize, Central America

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9:15 am

11 - 5  SHANNAN N. SCHOENING
Dr. Scott Burt, Faculty Mentor
Summer Roosting Ecology of the Endangered Indiana Bat (Myotis sodalis) in Northeastern Missouri

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8:15-9:15 am • VH 1212
SESSION 12
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Chemistry I

Presiding: Dr. Anne Moody, Professor of Chemistry

8:15 am

12 - 1  KRISTA L. RAMAGE* and DANIELLE M. STACY
Dr. Anne E. Moody, Faculty Mentor
Walnuts, Ringworm and Ewe: Juglone Isolation and Analysis

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8:30 pm

12 - 2  DANIELLE M. STACY* and KELLY WATTERS
Dr. Anne E. Moody, Faculty Mentor
Are Ants Picky Eaters? Analysis of Fatty Acid Composition in Seed Elaiosomes

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8:45 am

12 - 3  BRYAN D. SITZMANN
Dr. Maria Nagan, Faculty Mentor
Molecular Dynamics Simulations of E. coli tRNAPhe

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9:00 am

12 - 4  CHRISTOPHER M. HALSEY* and DANIEL F. CLARK
Dr. David McCurdy, Faculty Mentor
Quantitative Determination of Chromium(VI) Using Sol-Gel Encapsulated Redox Chemistry

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9:15 am

12 - 5  KATHLEEN E. WARRINGTON
Dr. Eric V. Patterson, Faculty Mentor
Determining the Existence of Bicyclo[4.1.0]heptatriene With Atom-Centered Density Matrix Propagation

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8:15-9:15 am • VH 1416
SESSION 13
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Physics I

Presiding: Dr. Matt Beaky, Associate Professor of Physics

8:15 am

13 - 1  PAUL G. BLESZ*, SAMANTHA R. SWEET, NIRAB MANANDHAR, VIOLET M. POOLE, OM GOIT, KENDRA LEE, and JOOST VERMUE
Dr. Matthew M. Beaky, Faculty Mentor
Differential Photometry of Eclipsing Binary Stars

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8:30 am

13 - 2  VIOLET M. POOLE* and RAGHAV CHHETRI,
Dr. Michael Goggin, Faculty Mentor
Measurement and Analysis of the Power Distribution in Diffraction Gratings as a Function of Incident Angle and Wavelength

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8:45 am

13 - 3  OLEKSIY GOLOVIN
Dr. Matthew M. Beaky, Faculty Mentor
Infrared Photoelectric Photometry of Mira Type Variable Stars

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9:00 am

13 - 4  ROSS A. COLEMAN
Dr. Ian Lindevald, Faculty Mentor
Using Cepheid Variable Stars and Other Standard Candles to Determine Extragalactic Distances

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

9:45-10:45 • VH 1416
SESSION 28
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Physics II

Presiding: Dr. Ian Lindevald, Professor of Physics

9:45 am

28 - 1  CATHERINE S. HAYWARD
Dr. Matthew M. Beaky, Faculty Mentor
Neglected Binary Star Parameters Determined From Archival Images and Direct Observation

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10:00 am

28 - 2  ANGELA K. POSTMA*, GEORGE C. SUMTER, SAMANTHA R. SWEET, MARIYA S. DAVIDKOVA, THOMAS J. VONDERHARR, and CARA M. WILLOUGHBY
Dr. Matthew M. Beaky, Faculty Mentor
Asteroid Lightcurves

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10:15 am

28 - 3  SCOTT J. LOWRY
Dr. Ian Lindevald, Faculty Mentor
The Influence of Research on the Evolution of Footwear for Sports

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10:30 am

28 - 4  COURTNEY E. BONNEY
Dr. Ian Lindevald, Faculty Mentor
Physics, Politics and Pseudoscience: Safeguarding Science from Political Skepticism

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9:45-10:45 am • VH 1432
SESSION 29
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Habitat Assessment and Inventories

Presiding: Dr. Cynthia Cooper, Professor of Biology

9:45 am

29 - 1  MATTHEW CRAIG
Dr. Michael Seipel, Faculty Mentor
Current Conditions within the Mystic Plains Conservation Opportunity Area

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10:00 am

29 - 2  CARISSA B. HOLLOWAY
Dr. Cynthia Cooper, Faculty Mentor
Assessment of Water Quality Indicators for a Prairie Stream System in Northern Missouri

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10:15 am

29 - 3  TERESA D. KERBAWY
Dr. Elisabeth Hooper, Faculty Mentor
A Guide to Common Plants at Thousand Hills State Park: Research and Production

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10:30 am

29 - 4  ASHLEY R. STYCZYNSKI
Dr. Michael Lockhart, Faculty Mentor
An Analysis of Microbiota in Forest Lake and Hazel Creek Lake

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9:45-10:45 am • VH 1212
SESSION 30
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Chemistry II

Presiding: Dr. Barbara Kramer, Associate Professor of Chemistry

9:45 am

30 - 1  JOSHUA J. HIRNER*, SARAH E. BLOCH, LAURA A. KOPFF, and SABRINA M. WELLS
Dr. Barbara K. Kramer, Faculty Mentor
Use of Soybeans in the Phytoremediation of Lead-Contaminated Soil

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10:00 am

30 - 2  GABRIEL B. HALL* and ANDREW K. MAERZ
Dr. Dawood Afzal, Faculty Mentor
Synthesis of N-Confused Porphyrins

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10:15 am

10:30 am

30 - 4  BIPIN PANDEY* and THOMAS C. CLARK
Dr. David McCurdy, Faculty Mentor
Construction and Characterization of a Thermospray Nebulizer for Sample Introduction into a Direct Current Plasma

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

The Numbers Behind NUMB3RS: The real mathematical story that inspired the hit television series

Dr. Keith Devlin, Executive Director and Senior Researcher at the Center for the Study of Language and Information, and "the Math Guy" on National Public Radio.


1:15-2:15 pm • VH 1212
SESSION 45
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Chemistry III

Presiding: Dr. Eric Patterson, Associate Professor of Chemistry

1:15 pm

45 - 1  MELISSA K. THORSTAD* and GABRIEL B. HALL
Dr. Russell G. Baughman and Dr. James M. McCormick, Faculty Mentors
Synthesis of Lead Tris-(2-pyridylmethyl) Amine Chloride

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1:30 pm

45 - 2  KELLY A. DANIEL
Dr. Eric V. Patterson, Faculty Mentor
Properties of Substituted Carbynes

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1:45 pm

45 - 3  LAURA A. KOPFF* and KELLY A. DANIEL
Dr. Eric V. Patterson, Faculty Mentor
Hydroperoxidolysis of the Chemical Warfare Agent VX

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2:00 pm

45 - 4  ERICH R. KUECHLER
Dr. Eric V. Patterson, Faculty Mentor
A Computational Study on the Effect Alpha Nucleophiles have on the Energy of Reaction for Phosphonate Esters

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1:15-2:15 pm • VH 1408
SESSION 46
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Human Health Issues

Presiding: Dr. Lin Twining, Professor of Biology

1:15 pm

46 - 1  KELLY M. ARCIPOWSKI
Dr. Brent Buckner, Faculty Mentor
Identifying Amino Acid Changes Responsible for the Reversion of Yellow Fever Vaccines to More Virulent Forms

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1:30 pm

46 - 2  KELLY A. PIERCE
Dr. Scott Burt, Dr. Steven Carroll, and Dr. Michael Lockhart, Faculty Mentors
Hantavirus in Missouri Rodents

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1:45 pm

46 - 3  MARTHA A. CLAEYS-JACOBSON
Dr. Michael Lockhart, Faculty Mentor
Determining drug-resistance in strains of HIV-1

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2:00 pm

46 - 4  EMILY D. DOUCETTE
Dr. Lin Twining and Dr. Stan Shaffer (St. Luke's Hospital of Kansas City), Faculty Mentors
The Effect of Piperazine on Childhood Malnutrition in Rural Southwestern Haiti

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1:15-2:15 pm • VH 1416
SESSION 47
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Physics III

Presiding: Dr. Michael Goggin, Associate Professor of Physics

1:15 pm

47 - 1  NIRJAL SAPKOTA
Dr. Michael Goggin, Faculty Mentor
Modified Littrow Configuration External Cavity Diode Laser With Tunable Fixed Output Beam

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1:30 pm

47 - 2  JAMES D. LLOYD
Dr. Ian Lindevald, Faculty Mentor
Sound Transmission Through a One-Dimensional Periodic Filter With a Defect

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1:45 pm

47 - 3  BRIAN A. RUZICKA
Dr. Matthew M. Beaky, Faculty Mentor
Coupled Defects in Coaxial Cable Photonic Crystals

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2:00 pm

47 - 4  LEONARD A. STEPHENS
Dr. Matthew M. Beaky, Faculty Mentor
Design and Construction of a Spectrograph to Monitor Changes in Mira Variable Stars

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

2:45-3:45 pm • VH 1212
SESSION 61
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Chemistry IV

Presiding: Dr. James McCormick, Associate Professor of Chemistry

2:45 pm

61 - 1  KATELYNNE J. FINNEGAN
Dr. James M. McCormick, Faculty Mentor
Probing the Effects of Sterics and Electronics on Lead’s Coordination Chemistry

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3:00 pm

61 - 2  NINA E. MCCRATE
Dr. Maria Nagan, Dr. James M. McCormick, and Dr. Russell G. Baughman, Faculty Mentors
Computational Study of the Stereochemical Activity of the Lead(II) Inert Electron Pair in Coordination Complexes

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3:15 pm

61 - 3  NATHAN BIRHANU
Dr. Eric V. Patterson, Faculty Mentor
Modeling Competitive P-F and P-Cl Bond Cleavage in a Chemical Warfare Agent Simulant

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3:30 pm

61 - 4  JOSHUA M. BLECHLE
Dr. Eric V. Patterson, Faculty Mentor
ADMP Calculations on the Hydroperoxidolysis of a VX Model Compound

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2:45-4:00 pm • VH 1432
SESSION 62
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Agriculture

Presiding: Dr. Mark Campbell, Associate Professor of Agricultural Science

2:45 pm

62 - 1  EMILY M. COSTELLO
Dr. Michael I. Kelrick and Dr. Charlie Apter, Faculty Mentors
Determining Possible Reasons for Variation in Fertility Data Collected from Stallions Owned by Truman State University

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3:00 pm

62 - 2  COURTNEY E. BONNEY* and JESSICA N. PONDER
Dr. Mark Campbell, Faculty Mentor
An Investigation of Non-destructive Methods for Determining the Presence of Low Phytate Maize Genotypes

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3:15 pm

62 - 3  ANNA T. O'BRIEN*, KIM R. KRUSE, and KELLY R. LIMBERG
Dr. Mark Campbell, Faculty Mentor
Determining Total Starch Variation in Exotic, High Amylose, Hybrid Corn using a Polarimeter Based Method

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3:30 pm

62 - 4  SARA R. COPP
Dr. Michael Seipel, Faculty Mentor
Evaluation of weed emergence patterns and the effect of weed removal on soybean Yield

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3:45 pm

62 - 5  REBECCA E. PACE
Dr. Glenn R. Wehner, Faculty Mentor
Efficacy of Subjective Visual Udder Scores in Beef Cows for the Prediction of Lactation Potential and Weaning Weight of Their Calves

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2:45-3:45 pm • VH 1416
SESSION 63
PAPERS: SCIENCE -
Virology

Presiding: Dr. Michael Lockhart, Associate Professor of Biology

2:45 pm

63 - 1  MELVIN E. OMODON
Dr. Fareed Aboul-ela (Louisiana State University) and Dr. Michael Lockhart, Faculty Mentors
Fragment Based Drug Design to Target Loop IIIb IRES RNA Domain in Hepatitis C Virus

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3:00 pm

63 - 2  STEPHANIE D. PRATT
Dr. Robert Weldon (University of Nebraska- Lincoln) and Dr. Michael Lockhart, Faculty Mentors
Isolation of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Protein Ubc9

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3:15 pm

63 - 3  JESSICA A. CHENAULT* and BILLY R. MILLER III
Dr. Maria Nagan, Faculty Mentor
Molecular Dynamics Studies of the HIV Rev-RRE Complex

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3:30 pm

63 - 4  LAUREN A. MICHAEL
Dr. Maria Nagan, Faculty Mentor
Molecular Dynamics Studies of Human Immunodeficiency Virus RSG-1.2-RRE Recognition

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4:15-5:15 pm • OP Lobby
SESSION P-4
POSTERS, TECHNOLOGY DISPLAYS AND STUDIO ARTS: INTERDISCIPLINARY -
Sigma Xi Poster Session
Science

P-4 - 1

VICTORIA L. MOSCARDELLI
Dr. Timothy P. Geisbuhler (A.T. Still University) and Dr. Laura J. Fielden, Faculty Mentors
Hawthorn Extract is not Cardioprotective in an Anoxic Cardiomyocyte Preparation

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4:15-5:15 • OP Lobby
SESSION P-6
POSTERS, TECHNOLOGY DISPLAYS AND STUDIO ARTS: SCIENCE -
Agriculture
Science

P-6 - 1

JULIE M. MEYER
Dr. Mark Campbell, Faculty Mentor
Retention Of Knobs At Chromosome Termini In Maize

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P-6 - 2

JULIE M. MEYER
Dr. Mark Campbell, Faculty Mentor
Identifying Zero Sequence Diversity Genes in Maize Using Temperature Gradient Capillary Electrophoresis (TGCE)

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P-6 - 3

MICHAEL S. HERRON*, ROBYN NEATHERY, and AMIT SHRESTHA
Dr. Mark Campbell, Faculty Mentor
Comparison of waste eliminating abilities of two worm types

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P-6 - 4

MORGAN D. BULLOCK* and ADAM D. BENNETT
Dr. Mark Campbell, Faculty Mentor
Origin of GEMS-0067, a High Amylose Corn Variety Developed at Truman and Current Line Development From It.

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P-6 - 5

YUKA SHIBASAKI* and CHRISTINA M. SPELLMAN
Dr. Mark Campbell, Faculty Mentor
Application of starch from the high amylose corn hybrid Pa91 ae x AR16035:S02-615-1-B-B///GUAT209:S13//OH43ae/H99ae corn in noodle production

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4:15-5:15 • OP Lobby
SESSION P-7
POSTERS, TECHNOLOGY DISPLAYS AND STUDIO ARTS: SCIENCE -
Biology
Science

P-7 - 1

AMANDA J. HAPPY
Dr. Brent Buckner, Faculty Mentor
Involving Introductory Biology Students in the Isolation, Amplification, and Sequencing of DNA

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P-7 - 2

HEIDI M. VOLTZ* and PHILIP D. GOSU
Dr. Jonathan C. Gering, Faculty Mentor
Katydid (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae) Plant Preference in Prairies

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P-7 - 3

IGNATIUS C. ONYEWADUME*, CARISSA B. HOLLOWAY, AMY C. SCHROEDER, and SHANNAN N. SCHOENING
Dr. Cynthia Cooper and Ms. Melody Torrey (None), Faculty Mentors
Analysis of bacterial and chemical indicators of water quality in the Locust and East Locust Creeks

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P-7 - 4

ZHIAN N. KAMVAR*, KATY BROWNING, ASHLEIGH FRITZ, and ENEDA HOXHA
Dr. Brent Buckner and Dr. Diane Janick-Buckner, Faculty Mentors
Annotation and Analysis of Global Gene Expression Studies: Creation of a Maize Shoot Apical Meristem Expression Database

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P-7 - 5

AMANDA M. GROEBL
Dr. Laura J. Fielden and Dr. Stephanie Fore, Faculty Mentors
Small Mammal Community Structure and Ectoparasite Diversity

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P-7 - 6

MARIAM SAVABI
Dr. Diane Janick-Buckner, Faculty Mentor
P53 Nuclear Localization

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P-7 - 7

CHERYL C. WONG*, KAYLEIGH A. SWAGGART, HEATH A. SMITH, and KELSEY M. AURAND
Dr. Diane Janick-Buckner and Dr. Brent Buckner, Faculty Mentors
DNA Sequence Diversity of the Gene Encoding the Rough Sheath2 Interacting KH-Domain Protein Among Inbred Lines and Open-pollinated Landraces

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P-7 - 8

KAYLEIGH A. SWAGGART*, CHERYL C. WONG, HEATH A. SMITH, and KELSEY M. AURAND
Dr. Diane Janick-Buckner and Dr. Brent Buckner, Faculty Mentors
Bioinformatic, Expression and DNA Sequence Diversity Characterization of Two Shoot Apical Meristem Expressed Genes

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4:15-5:15 • OP Lobby
SESSION P-8
POSTERS, TECHNOLOGY DISPLAYS AND STUDIO ARTS: SCIE -
Chemistry
Science

P-8 - 1

PHUONG NGUYEN
Dr. Kenneth Carter, Faculty Mentor
Epidemiological Kinetics: Using Compartment Models to Investigate the Effectiveness of School Closure During an Influenza Pandemic

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P-8 - 2

HEATHER L. YOUNG*, DALE PAHLS, SHANNON EARHART, and REBECCA DUTCHER
Dr. Barbara K. Kramer, Faculty Mentor
Analysis of pesticide content of Forest Lake and Hazel Creek Lake (Adair County, Missouri)

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P-8 - 3

SABRINA M. WELLS*, JOSHUA J. HIRNER, SARAH E. BLOCH, and LAURA A. KOPFF
Dr. Barbara K. Kramer, Faculty Mentor
Use of Soybeans in the Phytoremediation of Lead-contaminated Soils

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P-8 - 4

GABRIEL B. HALL
Dr. Russell G. Baughman, Faculty Mentor
3-D Molecular Structures of Organophosphorus Pesticides as Determined by X-Ray Diffraction

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P-8 - 5

ANANTH K. SEZHIYAN
Dr. Maria Nagan, Faculty Mentor
Effects of 3’ Dangling Nucleotides on the Stability of siRNA-Like Models

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P-8 - 6

NATHANIEL T. WEBBER
Dr. Peter Ramberg, Faculty Mentor
A Replication of Victor Meyer's Synthesis of Benzildioximes (1888-1889)

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P-8 - 7

PAUL A. GOODMAN*, SARAH MOSER, and ROBERT MILLER
Dr. John O'Brien, Faculty Mentor
The Synthesis of [16-(2-Hydroxy-benzoyl)-2,3,11,12-tetramethyl-5,14-dihydro-5,9,14,18-tetraaza-dibenzo[a,h]cyclotetradecene-7-yl]-(2-hydroxy-phenyl)-methanone and its metal complexes

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4:45 - 6:00 pm • OP Lobby
Reception


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