Awards for Undergraduate research announced

The Research Office is pleased to announce the awards for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) 2010-11 Summer solicitation.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

Acker, Sarah [Major: Chemical Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Roy Haggerty, Dept. of Geosciences, College of Science): “The Use of Resazurin to Assess Microbial Metabolism and Aerobic Respiration”

Alvarez, Andres [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jeff Chang, Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology, College of Agricultural Sciences): “Characterization of Alternate Splicing and NMD Regulation”

Barkal, Amira [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Gary Merrill, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics, College of Science): “Development of an Aldehyde Resin for Removal of Unreacted Dinitrophenyl Hydrazine”

Bartlett, Samuel [ Major: Chemistry] (Faculty Project Advisor: Chris Beaudry, Dept. of Chemistry, College of Science): “IBX-Mediated Oxidation of β-Hydroxyketones”

Bentz, Ehren [Major: Zoology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Robert Mason, Dept. of Zoology, College of Science): “Harderian Gland Regeneration and Recovery of Chemosensory Function in Red-Sided Garter Snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis)”

Biel, Justin [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Elisar Barbar, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics, College of Science): “Thermodynamics and Kinetics Determinants and Binding Diversity of a Hub Protein”

Cahill-Weisser, Shannon [Major: Pre-Bioengineering, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Patrick Chiang, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering): “Optimization of the Skin-Electrical Interface for Wearable, Wireless Vital Sign Monitoring”

Coburn, Jacki [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Andrew Buermeyer, Dept. of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, College of Science): “Investigating a Role for DNA Mismatch Repair in Signaling a PAH-Induced DNA Replication Arrest”

Goff, Shannon [Major: Microbiology, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Martin Schuster, Dept. of Microbiology, College of Science): “Evolution of Quorum Sensing in Pseudomonas aeruginosa; Competing Constitutive Virulence against Wild-Type and Non-Quorum Sensing Strains In Vivo”

Gondhalekar, Carmen [Major: Fisheries and Wildlife] (Faculty Project Advisor: Andrew Blaustein, Dept. of Zoology, College of Science): “Development of Amphibian Immunity”

Lee, Connie [Major: Microbiology, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Stephen Giovannoni, Dept. of Microbiology, College of Science): “Culturing Experiments to Determine the Nutrient Requirement for Exopolymer Production in HTCC 2155”

McGregor, Stephanie [Major: Bioengineering, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Mike Pavol, Dept. of Nutrition and exercise Sciences, College of Health and Human Sciences): “The Effect of Long-Term Use of Ankle Taping on Balance”

Mullen, Valerie [Major: Microbiology, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Bruce Geller, Dept. of Microbiology, College of Science): “Resistance to Antisense Antibiotics Due to Mutations in the sbmA Gene”

Nguyen, Linda [Major: General Science, Pre-Pharmacy Option] (Faculty Project Advisor: Emily Ho, Dept. of Nutrition and Exercise Sciences, College of Health and Human Sciences): “Effects of Zinc Supplementation on Reducing Chronic Inflammation in Aged Mice”

Roemeling, Margo [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: James Hurst, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics, College of Science): “MPO-Generated HOC1: Implications for Phagocyte Function”

Rogers, Natalie [Major: Biochemistry] (Faculty Project Advisor: Anna Jolles, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine): “Measuring the Effects of Intensive Forest Management on Whole Blood Bactericidal Activity as a Measure of Innate Immunity in Wild Deer Mice (Peromyscus maniculatus) in Oregon”

Stanfill, Michael [Major: Chemical Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Stacey Harper, Dept. of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology/Chemical, Biological, Environmental Engineering, College of Agricultural Sciences): “NanoScanner: Development of a Novel Device for Nanoparticle Analysis”

Swanson, Annika [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Robert Tanguay, Dept. of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, College of Agricultural Sciences): “Investigating the Toxicity of Oxygenated Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (OPAHs) in Developing Zebrafish”

Tolmach, Oresta [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: John Hays, Dept. of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, College of Science): “Mismatch Repair’s Response to Damaged DNA”

Truong, Mitchell [Major: Pre-Chemical Engineering, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Joseph McGuire, Dept. of Biological Engineering, College of Engineering): “Synthesis and Evaluation of PEO-Coated Membranes for Hemodialysis”

Wiedle, River [Major: Physics, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Janet Tate, Dept. of Physics, College of Science): “New Implementation of Thermal Conductivity Measurements on Semiconducting Thermoelectric Materials”

Zhang, Justin [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jeffrey Greenwood, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics, College of Science): “Calpain 2 Induced Cleavage Activates Akt”

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