Research equipment, undergraduate research funding

Research equipment funded

The Research Office received 23 proposals for the Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) Fall 2010 solicitation. After review and evaluation the Research Council provided this office with a prioritized list of proposals recommended for funding. The Vice President for Research has approved 12 proposals for funding.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:
Beckman, Joseph (Environmental Health Sciences Center): “Water Vapor Isotope Analyzer”
Dhagat, Pallavi (School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering): “High Sensitivity CCD Camera (Retiga-2000R)”
Greenwood, Jeffrey (Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, College of Science): “Roche xCELLigence Real-Time Cell Monitoring System”
Kolluri, Siva (Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, College of Agricultural Sciences): “Nucleofector® II Transfection System”
Lachenbruch, Barb (Department of Wood Science and Engineering, College of Forestry): “VHX-1000E Digital Microscope”
Maier, Claudia (Department of Chemistry, College of Agricultural Sciences): “An Accurate Mass, High Resolution Mass Spectrometer for Metabolomics”
Mate, Bruce (Marine Mammal Institute): “Piloting, Safety, Electronic, Communication Upgrades to Research Vessel “Pacific Storm”
Mueller, Chad (EOARC-Union, College of Agricultural Sciences): “Insentec RIC Animal Feeding System”
Proteau, Philip (Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy): “Jasco J-815 Spectropolarimeter (CD Spectrophotometer)”
Schultz, Adam (College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences): “Ocean Bottom Multi-Physics Monitoring System”
Torres, Marta (College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences): “Front End Module to the Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS)”
Turner, Russell (Department of Nutrition and Exercise Sciences, College of Health and Human Sciences): “A Replacement X-Ray Source for a Scanco CT40 Scanner”

Undergraduate research funded

The URISC: Start proposals have been reviewed and the URISC: Start Review Team is pleased to announce the awards for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC): Start 2010-11 Winter/Spring solicitation.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

Austin, Matthew [Major: Psychology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Frank Bernieri, Dept. of Psychology): “Left-Handedness and Negative Emotion Perception”
Bergeron, Casey [Major: Psychology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Frank Bernieri, Dept. of Psychology): “Face Shapes and Personality Traits”
Bloom, Geoffrey [Major: Biology + Psychology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Frank Bernieri, Dept. of Psychology): “The Two Faces of Emotional Intelligence”
Colby, Samantha [Major: Pre-Apparel] (Faculty Project Advisor: Dee Denver, Dept. of Zoology): “Discovery and Genetic Characterization of Slug-Associated Nematodes”
Drewry, Kelsey [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Luis Sayavedra-Soto, Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology): “Testing the Growth of Nacardioides sp. strain CF8”
Egenriether, Sada [Major: Biological and Ecological Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jadwiga Giebultowicz, Dept. of Zoology): “Regulation of Proteasome Activity by the Biological Clock”
Fang, Boya [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Michael Freitag, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics): “Screen for Extragenic Suppressors of Meiotic Centromere Defects caused by a Fusion of Green Fluorescent Protein to the Centromere-Specific Histone, CenH3”
Fisher, Stephanie [Major: Psychology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Frank Bernieri, Dept. of Psychology): “Petite and Personable? Linking Small Hands with Neuroticism”
Hobbs, Helen [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Barbara Taylor, Dept. of Zoology): “Bacterial Colonization of Drosophila Larvae”
Kolinska, Monica [Major: Bioengineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Willie E. (Skip) Rochefort, School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering): “Development and Characterization of Micro or Nanocomposite Hydrogels for Spinal Disc Replacement”
Kornberg, Tiffany [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Luiz Bermudez, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences): “Biofilm Formation of Mycobacterium avium in the Human Lung”
Krieger, Katy Lou [Major: Psychology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Frank Bernieri, Dept. of Psychology): “The Twilight Dilemma: Is He a Friend or Lover?”
Kusanto, Nicholas [Major: Chemical Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jeffrey Nason, School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering): “The Development and Improvement of a Photocatalytic Micro-Reactor for the Degradation of Organic Contaminants in Drinking Water”
Liu, Qiuying [Major: Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Todd Mockler, Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology): “The Effect of Environmental Stress on Arabidopsis Mutant”
Nguyen, Thi [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Gary Merrill, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics): “An Unheralded Role for Thioredoxin Reductase in Carbonyl Homeostasis”
Noesen, Birken Thomas [Major: Psychology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Mei-Ching Lien, Dept. of Psychology): “Capture the Mind’s Eye Against Your Will – An Electrophysiological Investigation of Stimulus Rarity”
Pihl, Nicholas [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jeffrey Greenwood, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics): “Role of Calpain 2-Induced Breakdown Product of Akt in Glioblastoma Cell Invasion”
Pitts, Thomas [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Michael Freitag, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics): “Generation of ‘Neocentromeres’ by Deletion of Known Centromeric Regions”
Ramos, Talia [Major: Psychology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Frank Bernieri, Dept. of Psychology): “Eyebrow Hairiness and Its Implications on Dominance Levels”
Sabedra, Dominique [Major: Bioresource Research] (Faculty Project Advisor: Gerd Bobe, Dept. of Animal Sciences): “Serum Haptoglobin as a Predictor for Reproductive Success in Transition Dairy Cows”
Sarker, Minhazur [Major: Microbiology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Manoj Pastey, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences): “Confirmation of Interaction of a Novel HIV NS2 Protein with Host Proteins in Living Mammalian Cells”
Schnee, Holly Marie [Major: Psychology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Frank Bernieri, Dept. of Psychology): “The Effects of Vision Impairment on Emotional Sensitivity”
Seng, Jonathan L. [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Dee Denver, Dept. of Zoology): “Investigation of Paternal Mitochondrial DNA Leakage in Caenorhabditis briggsae”
Ta, Charlie [Major: Microbiology and BioResource Research Interdisciplinary Sciences Program] (Faculty Project Advisor: Inga Zasada, Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology): “Linking Genetic Variability of X. americanum Populations to Virus Vectoring Ability”
Trevor, Jordan [Major: Bioresource Research with the option in Animal Reproduction and Development] (Faculty Project Advisor: Michelle Kutzler, Dept. of Animal Sciences): “Ultrastructure of the Canine Zonary Placenta and Marginal Hematomas”
Truong, Mitchell [Major: Pre-Chemical Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Joseph McGuire, School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering): “Synthesis and Evaluation of PEO-Coated Membranes for Hemodialysis”
Wambua, Rebecca [Major: Pharmacy] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jadwiga Giebultowicz, Dept. of Zoology): “Effects of Enhanced Clock Rhythms on Aging Flies”
Zhang, Justin [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jeffrey Greenwood, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics): “Calpain 2 Induced Cleavage Activates Akt”

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