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April 9 symposium features work of undergraduate researchers in Developing Scholars Program

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

 

MANHATTAN — Participants in a Kansas State University undergraduate research program that provides opportunities for highly motivated students from diverse backgrounds to participate in research projects with a faculty mentor will showcase their work at the 17th annual Developing Scholars Program Research Poster Symposium.

The event will be 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 9, in the K-State Student Union Ballroom. Admission is free and the public is welcome. The program will include presentations by three students who presented their research at the recent Undergraduate Research Day at the state Capitol in Topeka and from the 2017 recipient of the University Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Student in Research.

Developing Scholars Program students receive academic, social and financial support while participating in the discovery and creation of new knowledge at Kansas State University. The program is offered through university's Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry.

The following students will present their research at the Developing Scholars Symposium. Included are names of Kansas State University faculty who served as mentors:

Samantha Estabrook, senior in architecture, Buhler, "Retention of Minority and First-Generation Students in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design," with Katrina Lewis, associate professor of interior architecture & product design.

From Dodge City: Edgar Duarte, sophomore in chemical engineering, "Effects of mutation in C. difficile sin locus," with Revathi Govind, assistant professor of biology; Olivet Martinez, sophomore in biology and pre-medicine, "Effects of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages on Metabolic Syndrome Risk Factors and Insulin Sensitivity," with Sara Rosekranz, assistant professor of food, nutrition, dietetics and health; Isaiah Solorzano, sophomore in statistics and data science and mathematics, "Photonic Crystal Fiber Microcell Connectorization," with Brian Washburn, associate professor of physics; and Michael Zuñiga, senior in biology and pre-medicine, "The Expression of PGE2 and IDO in Human Umbilical Cord-Derived Mesenchymal Stromal Cells (HUC-MSCs) After Stimulation," with A. Cromer and Mark Weiss, professor of anatomy and physiology.

From Emporia: David Coria, sophomore in mathematics and physics, "Exploring data from the 2MASS survey," with Lado Samushia, assistant professor of physics; and Rafael Garcia, sophomore in mass communications, "A case study of a rural, Spanish-language, Hispanic newspaper," with Gloria Freeland, assistant professor of journalism and mass communications.

From Garden City: Dylan Darter, sophomore in industrial engineering, "Analysis of Gait Using Falls Contribution Assessment Technology (FCAT)," with Margaret Rys and Shing Chang, both associate professors of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering; Dursitu Hassen, sophomore in biochemistry, "SA-K6L9-SA Peptide Sequence Loaded with MSN," with Stefan Bossmann, professor of chemistry; Maria Martinez-Rosales, senior in psychology, "Effects of HDAC inhibition and Environmental Conditions on H3 acetylation in Nucleus Accumbens," with Mary Cain, professor of psychological sciences; and Vu Vo, freshman in geography, "The Drivers and Consequences of Recent Urbanization in Vietnam," with Max Lu, professor of geography.

Marcos Aleman, sophomore in landscape architecture, Gardner, "The Meadow Project," with Katie Kingery-Page, associate professor of landscape architecture and community & regional planning.

Navanté Peacock, senior in psychology and anthropology, Haysville, and 2017 recipient of the University Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Student in Research Award, "Paved with Good Intentions: Perceptions of Racial Microaggressions," with Don Saucier, associate professor of psychological sciences.

Mya Masterson, sophomore in biology and clinical lab sciences-medical technician, Hutchinson, "Visualizing Pneumocystis Protein Bgl-2 in Infected Mouse Tissue by Immunofluorescence," with A. Sally Davis, assistant professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology.

Dominic Barker, freshman in life sciences and pre-dentistry, Independence, "The Broiler Chicken as a Model for Protein Efficiency and Iron Bioavailability for Human Nutrition," with Scott Beyer, associate professor of animal sciences and industry, and Brian Lindshield, associate professor of food, nutrition, dietetics and health.

Antonio Carter, junior in mechanical engineering, Junction City, "The Redesign and Construction of a Compact Inverted Pendulum Cart," with Warren White, associate professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering.

From Kansas City: Marcellus Brown, sophomore in secondary education, "Engineering Retention Rates," with Shelli Starrett, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering; Carolina Bueno, sophomore in biology, "Effects of Gap Junction Enhancers in Human Pancreatic Cancer Cells," with Annelise Nguyen, associate professor of diagnostics medicine and pathobiology; Marco Loma, senior in mechanical engineering, "Rapid Cell Freezing," with Amy Betz, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering; Ingrid Silva, freshman in feed science and management, "Evaluation of Dehulled Faba Beans (Vicia faba L.) as a dietary ingredient in dog diets," with Greg Aldrich, research associate professor of grain science and industry; and Chelsea Turner, sophomore in American ethnic studies, "Use of Lexical Access Strategies in Typically Fluent Adults," with Kristin Pelczarski, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders.

From Lakin: Guadalupe Arreola, freshman in biological systems engineering, "Microalgae Lipid and Protein Productivity Data Confirmation," with Lisa Wilken, assistant professor of biological and agricultural engineering; and Kenia Chavez, sophomore in business administration, "Gender Pay Gap at IPO Firms," with Tareque Nasser, assistant professor of finance.

Tori Mitchell, freshman in pre-professional secondary education, Lawrence, "Supporting Literacy Initiatives in Ethiopia: BCL," with Laurie Curtis, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction.

Eric Charboneau II, junior in gender, women, and sexuality studies, Lebo, "Impact of Race and Sexual Identity on Social Integration on College Campuses," with Leigh Fine, assistant professor of leadership studies.

Sahiba Grover, sophomore in biochemistry and biology, Lenexa, "Thyroid Stimulating Hormone regulation of Kir7.1 expression in the rat thyroid epithelial cell line, FRTL-5," with Peying Fong, associate professor of anatomy and physiology.

Jordan Walburn, sophomore social work and family studies and human services, LeRoy, "Examining Carbon Nanomaterials Using a Scanning Electron Microscope," with Gurpreet Singh, associate professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering.

From Liberal: Alejandra Casas, sophomore in modern languages and pre-veterinary medicine, "Does inflammation modulate insulin control of lipid metabolism in early lactation dairy cows?" with Laman Mamedova, research assistant professor, and Barry Bradford, professor, both in animal sciences and industry; Trevin Garcia, senior in English, "Latino English in the Heartland: A New Majority in Southwest Kansas," with Mary Kohn, assistant professor of English; Jessica Martinez, senior in social work, "Behavioral Health in Wyandotte County and Beyond: Perceptions from decision-makers and community members," with Elaine Johannes, associate professor of family studies and human services; Ricardo Nava, senior in kinesiology and pre-physical therapy, "Structure and function determination of VceAB MDR efflux pump proteins of Virbrio cholera," with Govind Vediyappan, assistant professor of biology; Noe Nuñez, senior in chemical engineering, "Determining ideal cell growth conditions and growth curve for hHela cell line," with Susan Sun, university distinguished professor of grain science and industry; Yesenia Perez, senior in communication sciences and disorders, "Parent Report of Speech and Language Patterns of Young Children in a Clinical Sample," with Debra Burnett, clinical assistant professor, and Ann Bosma Smit, professor emeritus, both in communication sciences and disorders; Zaira Ruiz, humanities major, "Meat of the Matter: Productivity, Turnover, and Retention in Rural Midwest Meatpacking," with Alisa Garni, associate professor of sociology, anthropology and social work; and Salvador Valdez, senior in chemistry and pre-pharmacy, "Novel regulation of the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system in vivo," with Megan Halloran, research assistant, and Greg Finnigan, assistant professor, both in biochemistry and molecular biophysics.

From Manhattan: Anahi Arce-Gross, junior in management, "Factors That Influence the Acquisition of a Small Wireless Company," with James Bloodgood, professor of management; Branden Brown, senior in computer engineering, "The Scaling of Data Collection and Processing of Many Sleep Study Subjects," with David Thompson, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; Lindsay Chassay, freshman in business administration, "How Community Engagement is Implemented in Financial Literacy Programs," with Brandon Kliewer, assistant professor of leadership studies; Jose Covarrubias, senior in biochemistry, "Ultrasensitive Detection of Cytokines Involved in Breast Cancer Progression," with Katharine Bossmann, research assistant in chemistry, Stefan Bossmann, professor of chemistry, and Deryl Troyer, professor of anatomy and physiology; Amara Ehie, sophomore in biochemistry and pre-medicine, "Purification of NMDA R1 mRNA binding protein GIIβ," with Antje Anji, research associate professor, and Meena Kumari, associate professor, both of anatomy and physiology; Carolina Fonte, senior in biochemistry and pre-physician assistant, "Sample stacking in Capillary Electrophoresis using Viscosity Gradients," with Chris Culbertsen, associate professor of chemistry; Samantha Gameros, sophomore in biochemistry, "Atrogin-1 influences Drosophila muscle homeostasis," with Erika Geisbrecht, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics; Patrick Guvele, junior in biological systems engineering, "Characterization of Primary Human Hepatocytes and Hepatoma C3A Cells for Hepatic Functions and Molecular Mechanisms of Action of Gold Nanoparticle Toxicity," with Kyoungju Choi, research assistant professor of anatomy and physiology, and Nancy Monteiro-Riviere, university distinguished professor of anatomy and physiology and director of K-State's Nanotechnology Innovation Center of Kansas; Faith Rahman, senior in biochemistry and pre-medicine, "Detection of anti-staphylococcal activity by utilizing copper-dependent inhibitors with an extended thiourea group," with Stefan Bossmann, professor of chemistry; Melissa Riley, senior in animal sciences and industry, "Does Anti-Inflammatory Treatment Alter Glucose Infusion Rate Required to Maintain Euglycemia During Insulin Infusion?" with Laman Mamedova, research assistant professor, and Barry Bradford, professor, both in animal sciences and industry; Vaithish Velazhahan, junior in microbiology, biochemistry and pre-medicine, and a poster presenter at the state Capitol,"Investigating the molecular mechanism underlying the anti-cancer action of dietary flavonoids," with Kathrin Schrick, associate professor biology; James Walters, sophomore in chemical engineering, "Catalytic Effects in Gradient Films," with Keith Hohn, professor of chemical engineering, and Daniel Higgins, professor and head of chemistry; and Sharon Wilson, senior in music education, "Importance of Spanish Song Study in Vocal Music Education," with Amy Rosine, associate professor of music, and Ruth Gurgel, assistant professor of music.

Jaasiel Duarte, sophomore in architecture, Mission, "Contemporary Architecture Form Types | Understanding Design Complexity," with Nathan Howe, associate professor of architecture.

Elshaddai Abamegal, sophomore in mechanical engineering, Olathe, "Quality Factors of Secondary Cancer Risks," with Amir Bahadori, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering.

From Overland Park: Seth Castinado, junior in accounting and finance, "The Influence of Coping Strategies on College Student Outcomes," with Sonya Britt, associate professor of personal financial planning; Caroline Fuss, junior in political science and pre-medicine and a poster at the Capitol presenter, "Hostility as a Mediator between Trauma Exposure and Health Outcomes in Married Soldiers," with Briana Nelson Goff, professor of family studies and human services; Ryan Kelly, sophomore in communication studies, civil engineering and pre-law, "Civic Engagement on College Campuses," with John Carlin, visiting professor and executive-in-residence, leadership studies; and Emmalee Laidacker, junior in marketing, "The Effect of Grammatical and Typographical Errors on Brands and Advertising," with Esther Swilley, associate professor and interim department head of marketing.

Tera Brandt, senior in animal sciences and industry, Paola, "The Effect of Tonicity on Canine Red Blood Cell Fragility in a Diabetic Model," with Thomas Schermerhorn, professor of clinical sciences.

Alexcis Barnes, sophomore in biochemistry and pre-medicine, Salina, "Aquaporins: How boron gets into plants," with Lawrence Davis, professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics.

Ruben Pando, senior in biology, Satanta, "Selective Protein Expression in Tumor Cells Controlled by Progression Elevated Gene-3 Promoter," with Tej Shrestha, senior scientist, Marla Pyle, research assistant, and Deryl Troyer, professor, all in anatomy and physiology.

From Shawnee: Katie Rose McKinley, senior in biochemistry and pre-pharmacy, "The Uptake and Secretion of Salt Ions by Saltcedars," with Lawrence Davis, professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics; and Marta Stetsiv, sophomore in biochemistry and pre-medicine, "Trim32 is Required for Muscle Histolysis in Drosophila," with Kumar Vishal, research associate, and Erika Geisbrecht, associate professor, both in biochemistry and molecular biophysics.

Alex Garcia, senior in biochemistry and pre-medicine, Spearville, "Identification of an Insect Cuticle Degrading Protease," with Neal Dittmer, research assistant professor, and Michael Kanost, university distinguished professor, both in biochemistry and molecular biophysics.

Alexander Sheikh, sophomore in computer engineering, Topeka, "Advantages of Air Cooling in Thermal Ablation," with Punit Prakash, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering.

From Wichita: Benjamin Archibeque, senior in physics and psychology, "Measuring Equity in Small Groups," with Eleanor Sayre, associate professor of physics;Kathlyn Gomendoza, senior in biology and pre-medicine, and a poster at the Capitol presenter, "A viral oxidoreductase modifies viral structural proteins, a requirement for virus infectivity," with A. Lorena Passarelli, professor of biology; Sydney Lenox, freshman in apparel and textiles, "The Cultural Appropriation of Native American Dress," with Genna Reeves-DeArmond, assistant professor of apparel, textiles, and interior design; Evelyn Lucio, sophomore in American ethnic studies, "Probation Outcomes in the State of Kansas," with Mario Cano, assistant professor of sociology, anthropology and social work; Brett Moon, sophomore in pre-professional construction science and management, "Applications of Building Information Modeling for Contractor," with Ray Buyle, associate professor and interim department head of architectural engineering and construction science management; and Mia Taylor, junior in kinesiology and pre-dentistry, "Physical Activity Portrayed in Popular Online Magazines," with Emily Mailey, assistant professor of kinesiology.

From out of state:

From Missouri: Alexis Cushshon, freshman in pre-professional architectural engineering, Florissant, "Fatigue Effects on the Base of Wind Turbines," with Bill Zhang, assistant professor of architectural engineering and construction science management; Carlos Aguirre, junior in computer science, Kansas City,"Toward Faster Annotation in Learning to Filter Documents for Information Extraction Tasks," with William Hsu, associate professor of computer science; Marlene Campos, junior in microbiology, Kansas City,"Cloning and Overexpression of Human Ornithine Decarboxylase Gene," with Zhilong Yang, assistant professor of biology; and Maria F. De La Torre, senior in computer science and mathematics, Kansas City,"Learning to detect relevant items: deep learning for object tagging in aerial images and semi-supervised learning for text document categorization," with William Hsu, associate professor of computer science.

Keiteyana Parks, junior in psychology, sociology and pre-law, Lincoln, Nebraska, "Playing It Safe: The Threat of Appearing Racist Affects Perceptions of Subversive Racial Humor," with Don Saucier, associate professor of psychological sciences; Jake Jimenez, senior in biology, Turpin, Oklahoma, "Invasion of Mesenchymal Stromal Cells in 3-D PGMatrix and Human Platelet Lysate," with Susan Sun, university distinguished professor of grain science and industry; and Mark Weiss, professor of anatomy and physiology.

From Texas: Denisse Dominguez, senior in mathematics and secondary education, Booker, "Understanding Mathematical Concepts," with David Auckly, professor of mathematics; Monica Diaz, freshman in pre-journalism and mass communications, Frisco, "Gender Bias in the Media," with Tom Hallaq, assistant professor of journalism and mass communications; and Rachael Cano, senior in computer science and mathematics, Perryton, "Emotion Estimation Through Brain-Computer Interface," with David Thompson, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering.

From out of country: Norma E. Varona-Ortiz, senior in industrial engineering, Mexico, "Comparing Distribution System Design for Educational Supplies to Support Hurricane Recovery in Haiti," with Jessica Heier Stamm, assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering.

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Buhler,Dodge City, Emporia, Garden City, Gardner, Haysville, Hutchinson, Independence, Junction City, Kansas City, Lakin, Lawrence, Lebo, Lenexa, LeRoy, Liberal, Manhattan, Mission, Olathe, Overland Park, Paola, Salina, Satanta, Shawnee, Spearville, Topeka and Wichita, Kansas; Florissant and Kansas City, Missouri; Lincoln, Nebraska; Turpin, Oklahoma; and Booker, Frisco and Perryton, Texas.