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SERC-URGP RECIPIENTS FALL 2009


BIOLOGY

Student

Faculty Mentor

Project Title

Christopher Alonzo

Dr. Chumley

Mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease brain

Sarah Barnard

Dr. Misamore

Fertilization and early development of the freshwater bivalve Dreissena bugensis

James Barry Dr. Hartman SNP mapping of DEET resistant mutants in Caenorhabditis elegans
Jay Blasingame Dr. Chumley The effects of maternal age on neonatal stem cell number in the mouse hippocampus
Bich Dieu Dr. Misamore

Identifying and determining the function of lectin-labeled carbohydrates present on Chlamydomonas mating structures

Akshaya Maller Dr. Akkaraju Screening drugs against the hepatitis C virus protein- NS5A
Mary Martin Dr. Chumley The relationship between the behavorial effects of
antidepressants and hippocampal neurogenesis
Jeffrey Mitchell Dr. Chumley Binding of BODIPY to amyloid peptides in animal tissues
Louis Ndupu Dr. Williams Genetic matching of a biological control agent to the invasive Brazilian peppertree
Yen Phan Dr. Misamore Characterizing mating behavior of Chlamydomonas mutants IDA 5 (mt-) and Fus HA (mt+) and
screening their offspring for cross-over events
Kelsey Shideler Dr. Chumley Role of EphB1 in learning and memory
Kim Tran Dr. Akkaraju Examining the effect of controlled gene expression of Heptatis C Virus NS5A on cell death and the
antiviral response
Christopher Trinh Dr. Chumley Role of EpB1 on the organization of adult hippocampus stem cell niche

CHEMISTRY

Student

Faculty Mentor

Project Title

Spencer Eggen

Dr. Annunziata Interactions of biomacromolecules with hydrogel particles of poly(vinyl alcohol)
Laramie Jameson Dr. Ryu Fluorescence-based riboswitch binding assay as a tool of antibiotic drug discovery and biochemical sensing
Ali Tareen Dr. Ryu In vitro selection of peptides that recognize riboswitch conformational changes from phage display peptide libraries

GEOLOGY

Student

Faculty Mentor

Project Title

Ella Angue Abaa

Dr. Alsleben

Geologic mapping of the northeastern part of the Sombrero Peak quadrangle, Brewster County, Texas

Jonathon Roberts Dr. Hanson Ancient submarine lava flows in the Marathon fold belt of West Texas

MATHEMATICS

Student

Faculty Mentor

Project Title

Sneha Popley

Dr. Hatcher

Formalization of SASyLF, an educational proof assistant, in M2+, a logical framework


NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES

Student

Faculty Mentor

Project Title

Jennifer Gavia and Dr. Dart The Longhorn Ironman 70.3 triathlon study
Jennifer Becker    

PSYCHOLOGY

Student

Faculty Mentor

Project Title

Katie Bain

Dr. Cross

Infant’s touch behaviors & attachment style
Sarah Calinova Dr. Papini Effects of the inhibition of protein synthesis on unexpected incentive loss
Amy Hendrickson Dr. Boehm

The effect of LPS and poly (I:C) on sickness behavior in aged and young animals

Anahita Kalianivala Dr. Cross Exploratory study on the effectiveness of group activities on problem behaviors in at-risk school-age children
Claire Kirk Dr. Petursdottir Motivation with external reward on a drawing task
Lizzie Richardson Dr. Papini Brain mechanisms underlying incentive loss: Protein-synthesis inhibition and endogeneous opioid release in the amygdala
Brighton Richie Dr. Boehm The effects of D-Cycloserine on LPS- Induced alterations in learning and memory and adulthood neurogenesis
Atisha Thomas Dr. Cross Variations in the effects of self-touch and touch of romantic partner on cortisol reduction among individuals with different attachment styles

 


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