Poster 139: Monique Aguirre – The Role of Advocacy in Adapting the Diabetes Prevention Program for Couple-Based Delivery That Reaches Marginalized Groups

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Faculty mentor: Katherine Baucom

The goal of this research project is to utilize advocacy in the Couple-Based Diabetes Prevention CAB to adapt the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) Prevent T2 curriculum to reach individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups at high risk for type 2 diabetes.

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Poster 126: Allison Jacobsen – Confocal Raman Microscopy Study of Reversible Protein Ion-Exchange Interactions

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Faculty mentor: Joel Harris

An increased molecular-level understanding of protein ion-exchange interactions is essential for progress in the field of protein purification. In this work, we analyze selective protein adsorption to a model positively-charged ion-exchange material consisting of net positively-charged lipid bilayers formed within reversed-phase silica particles. We utilize confocal Raman microscopy for individual particles to obtain structural and quantitative information about the properties of this surface.

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Poster 54: Maggie Bielefeld and Savannah McCoy – Insulin and Glucose: Biomarkers of Appetite Following Acute Exercise

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Faculty mentor: Tanya Halliday

The purpose of this randomized cross-over study was to determine if glucose & insulin are correlated with subjective indices of appetite regulation following acute exercise & determine if differences exist between an acute bout of resistance (REx) vs aerobic exercise (AEx).On each of the exercise days, appetite was assessed & blood was drawn in the fasted state, 30-180 min post meal. Pearson’s correlations will be used to determine the relationship between biomarkers & subjective appetite.

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Poster 25: Abhi Dubal – Applying Deep Compression Techniques to the Transformer

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Faculty mentor: Rajeev Balasubramonian

The Transformer is a popular deep neural network model specialized for natural language processing. Like many deep neural networks, the Transformer is composed of hundreds of millions of parameters that makes it favorable to undergo Deep Compression techniques and be able to be deployed on mobile devices. My research involves employing quantization and pruning techniques to reduce the precision of parameters as well as the number of parameters. I do plan on continuing this research through April

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Poster 73: Maison Evensen & Caitlin Hunting – The Influence of Written Input on Word Learning: Mandarin and Native English Speakers

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Faculty mentor: Shannon Barrios & Rachel Hayes-Harb

Recent linguistic research has demonstrated that exposure to written input during second language acquisition can impact word form learning. Using two Mandarin writing systems, this study aims to: examine the robustness of past findings (Hayes-Harb & Cheng, 2016), via online implementation and determine if exposure to written input is helpful, relative to a control group (with no exposure to written input).

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Poster 39: Emma Page Patterson – Transient Platelet Dynamics on µ-Contact Printed Immobilized Protein Agonists

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Faculty mentor: Vladimir Hlady

This research was conducted to understand thrombus formation in response to the differences in the behavior of platelets to varying agonists, with hopes to provide insight into the trajectory pathways of platelets in correlation to those varying agonists. Proteins were micro-contact printed onto Nexterion slides, immobilizing the peptides in specified priming, rolling and capture regions. Biomimetic microfluidic flow channels were assembled and perfused with whole blood, imaged, and analyzed.

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Poster 86: Elizabeth Hayes – Characterizing Focal Adhesion-based Tumor Cell Dissemination

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Faculty mentor: Minna Roh-Johnson

Tumor cell metastasis is the leading cause of death among cancer patients, but the mechanism by which tumor cells migrate in-vivo is poorly understood. With focus on the dynamic behavior of focal adhesions in-vitro, we chemically inhibited FAK to study the effects of focal adhesions in-vivo. The observed reduction in cell metastasis following treatment of melanoma cells suggests a promising avenue of study to better understand the role that focal adhesions have on metastasis in-vivo.

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Poster 66: Becca Westenskow – Evaluating a Robotic Pet Intervention Using Joy for All Companion Pets with Older Adults

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Faculty mentor: Rhonda Nelson

Robotic pets are rapidly gaining popularity as a new resource for use in recreational therapy (RT) practice. The Joy for All Companion Pets (JFACP), an affordably priced option available in cat and dog models, may be particularly well suited for yielding positive RT treatment outcomes in older adults. This pilot study used the JFACP on a memory support unit of a long-term care facility to evaluate resident responses to a specific protocol designed to assist in professional implementation.

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Poster 10: Veronica Lukasinski – The Impact of the Non-Fatal Strangulation Protocol in Salt Lake County on Protective Orders

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Faculty mentor: Annie Fukushima

In 2017, the Utah legislature passed HB17, which modified the crime of aggravated assault to include strangulation. Following the passing of HB17, Salt Lake County has implemented an NFS protocol for first responders in June 2019 in order to improve their responses to NFS. This research study contributes to a larger effort to evaluate the efficacy of HB17 and the corresponding protocol by examining protective orders and identifying any barriers.

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Oral 17: Hunter Mansfield – Ketanserin, Ritanserin Drug Treatments for HCC & HTR2B Overexpression Transgenic Zebrafish Models

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Faculty mentor: Kimberley Evason

Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) is the third most prominent cause of cancer-related death worldwide. In recent years, the well-known neurotransmitter serotonin has been shown to have considerable impact on liver regeneration and tumorigenesis. This study aims to investigate the impacts of the serotonin system in HCC through 2 drug treatment antagonists and 2 transgenic zebrafish lines.

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Poster 174: Jessica Stoker – Does the Language Production System Play a Role in Predictive Processes During Language Comprehension?

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Faculty mentor: Jack Silcox

Comprehending language in everyday life is a computationally demanding process, context may be used to predict features of upcoming words in sentences. We aim to investigate this with the two major goals of our study. First, to establish if prediction can help facilitate the encoding of words into long-term memory (Exp1). Second, to assess whether or not the language production system is involved in these predictive processes by temporarily inhibiting these areas of the brain with TMS (Exp2).

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Poster 141: Elisabeth Rose Antley – The Effects of Hearing Loss on Verbal Working Memory in Younger and Older Adults

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Faculty mentor: Brennan Payne

Cognitive decline is a normal part of aging, but there is so much unknown about it. There is a growing literature that age-related hearing loss is predictive of decreased cognitive functioning in older adulthood. This study examines how hearing loss could be used to predict cognitive decline in older adulthood. The results showed that, surprisingly, older adults with worse hearing have better verbal working memory and younger adults with worse hearing have worse verbal working memory.

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Poster 156: Ellie Goodrich – Determining sex and kinship in wild savanna chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) from West Africa

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Faculty mentor: Timothy Webster

This project focuses on chimpanzees from Senegal, a country at the most western point of the continent. In this region chimpanzees are threatened by bushfires and human alterations to their habitats (such as mining and urban development). This places constraints and barriers on chimpanzee movement and gene flow between populations. The goal of this project is to use noninvasively collected DNA to assess kinship and investigate population structure in a wild population of chimps from Senegal.

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Poster 17: Blayze Ashurst – Parallel Electrochemical Measurements with Rapidly Multiplexed Transimpedance Amplifier Readout

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Faculty mentor: Ross Walker

My work has been related to the study of potentiostats, which are circuits used to read data from electrodes used in nonscientific experiments. Specifically, I focused on potentiostats, which are circuits used to characterize electrodes. Due to the increasing numbers of electrodes in arrays, it is advantageous to develop the means to characterize electrodes faster than with available technology. My research was limited due to the coronavirus outbreak, but I still made productive use of my time.

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Poster 20: Michael Blum – Numerical Investigation of the Coupling Effect of Pore Shape and Fracture Orientation on the Mechanical Properties of Amorphous Silica

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Faculty mentor: Pania Newell

I investigated the effect of pore shape and pre-existing fracture orientation on the mechanical properties of amorphous silica. I simulated silica under load at the nano-scale with three pore shapes and three fracture angles and measured different properties, including Young’s Modulus and max stress. Due to where the silica cracks, I conclude that there is a coupling effect occurring; however, more research is needed to understand the underlying mechanisms, such as bond breakage patterns.

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Poster 175: Tracey Tacana – The stability of infant physiological reactivity from seven to 18 months

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Faculty mentor: Lee Raby

This study investigated infant physiological reactivity from seven to 18 months of age. Mother-infant dyads participated in stress inducing laboratory tasks in which we recorded their physiological responses to assess reactivity patterns.

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Oral 22: Alexander Peterson – Associations between Race, Ethnicity, Socioeconomic Status, and Emotion Dysregulation on Newborn Attention and Arousal

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Faculty mentor: Elisabeth Conradt

The moderating effects of race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status on maternal prenatal emotion dysregulation and newborn neurobehavioral outcomes of attention and arousal.

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Poster 162: Sam Nielsen – Preliminary Examination of Tiered Mental Health Services at School Settings

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Faculty mentor: Aaron Fischer

Through the students’ self-diagnosed classification with a Likert scale survey, we were able to use an Multi-Tier System of Support. This allowed for a blend of Response to Intervention and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports for children within Utah schools have been able to gain a support network that was previously not available to them. A network that allowed them to benefit on both an academic and behavioral level. All tiers showed improved based on dependent t-test data.

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Poster 136: Jessica Stanley – Relationship Between Bill Morphology and Parasite Load

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Faculty mentor: Dale Clayton 

Many avian species have evolved behavioral defenses to remove parasites such as lice and mites from their feathers. One defense birds use is called preening, where they use their bill to remove parasites from their plumage. An overhang present at the tip of their bill is used to crush parasites between their upper and lower bill. It was found that Darwin’s finches have an idealized overhang size to maintain the lowest number of parasites. We wanted to test if this is also true with populations.

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Oral 7: Isabel Shimanski – A New Protocol for First Responders for Hypothermic Pulselessness in Pediatric Patients

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Faculty mentor: Chris Stratford

The purpose of this research, in conjunction with emergency physicians at Primary Children’s and the University of Utah, was to evaluate the effectiveness of ECMO use in pediatric hypothermic cardiac arrests. This research helped modify the Utah State protocol for hypothermic cardiac arrest in children to incorporate appropriate treatment and transport decisions for EMTs and paramedics in order to increase survival and positive outcome rates of children who experience hypothermic cardiac arrest.

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Poster 33: Benjamin Heck – Project: Computational Assessment of the Utility and Selectivity of Temporal Interference Stimulation on Neuron Activation / Poster: Temporal Interference Stimulation is Imprecise and Activates Non-Target Neurons

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Faculty mentor: Alan Dorval

Temporal interference stimulation (TIS) may improve electrotherapy for neurological disorders from the current standard, deep brain stimulation (DBS). TIS may offer non-invasive capabilities and enhanced targeting of specific brain regions. We have performed a computational study and have found TIS to lack non-invasive capabilities and the ability to stimulate unmyelinated neurons at clinically relevant voltages. We have found it to be imprecise as neurons excite from high frequency signals.

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Poster 160: Kyh Naegle – Secure Base Script Attachment Representations and Behavior Problems in Middle Childhood

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Faculty mentor: Lee Raby

The security of a child’s attachment to a caregiver is a critical component of a child’s early development. This study examined correlations between children’s attachment security and their behavioral issues, and how these varied between low-risk and high-risk groups of children. I hypothesized that higher ratings of attachment security would be associated with lower levels of behavioral problems for both low-risk and high-risk groups of children.

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Poster 182: Elise Smith – Examining Policy Priorities for Addressing Homelessness in Salt Lake County by Persons with Lived Experience

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Faculty mentor: Sarah Canham

In 2019, “The State of Utah’s Strategic Plan on Homelessness” was released, which did not include the perspectives of people with lived experiences of homelessness. This study sought to answer the research question: Are the priorities outlined in the Utah State Strategic Plan consistent with the needs of persons with lived experiences of homelessness? 13 interviews were conducted with persons with lived experience, which were used for thematic analysis. New themes and priorities were discovered.

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Poster 151: Kaedyn Crabtree – Nature vs. Urban: Measuring Attention Restoration Theory and Affect

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Faculty mentor: David Strayer

Attention Restoration Theory (ART) suggests that after attention has been depleted, it can be restored after spending time in nature. This study aimed to analyze working memory and mood before and after going on a walk in either an urban environment or a natural environment.

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Poster 169: Taren Rohovit – Through the Eyes of an Expert: Evaluating holistic processing in architects using gaze-contingent viewing

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Faculty mentor: Trafton Drew

Studies in the psychology of visual expertise have tended to focus on a limited set of expert domains. Conclusions drawn from these data indicate that experts use parafoveal vision to process images holistically. In this study, we an as-of-yet-unstudied class of visual experts –architects– expecting similar results. However, our study’s data indicate that architects, though visual experts, may not employ the same holistic processing strategy analogously to their previously studied counterparts.

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Poster 56: Laura Boren – Creating a Physical Activity Promotion Program for Utah Cancer Survivors

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Faculty mentor: Jonathan Groot

There are over 81,000 cancer survivors living in the state of Utah. These survivors experience lower quality of life and poorer health outcomes than the general population. This project adapted the “Community Healthy Activities Model Program for Seniors” (CHAMPS) from University of California, San Francisco into a scalable physical activity promotion program for Utah cancer survivors.

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Poster 144: Sydney Boogaard – Population-level genetics influences Populus fremontii success more than antecedent climate regime at Rio Mesa research garden

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Faculty mentor: Jennifer Follstad Shah

Riparian plant communities are shifting under the influence of rapidly changing environmental conditions and environmental legacies. State and federal agencies have expended a great deal of time and money to restore these communities. We are studying the role of these legacies on native Populus fremontii by utilizing a research garden, established in 2014, at the Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa, UT. We hope our results will inform restoration and conservation practices.

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Poster 150: Kobe Cornelison – Neural Processes of Encoding in Long-Term Memory, Visual Working Memory, and Attention

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Faculty mentor: Trafton Drew

Using EEG we explored the neural processes related to memory and visual attention in a subsequent memory paradigm. This study was unique as it was the first to be conducted using the same stimuli across multiple exposures. This essentially gives us an idea of how the encoding process for memory relates to other neural functions like visual attention.

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Oral 16: Marissa Castillo – The Relationship Between Autonomic Dysfunction, Blood Pressure Variability, and Clinical Outcomes in Ischemic Stroke Patients

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Faculty mentor: Adam de Havenon

The research is looking at the relationship between autonomic responses, blood pressure variability, and clinical outcomes in patients after stroke. We hope to find out if autonomic responses and BPV causes worse clinical outcomes in patients that will push research further to find therapeutic ways to reduce these effects.

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Poster 173: Cassidy Stein – A Summer Rainfall Reconstruction From Bristlecone Pine (Pinus longaeva) in the Uinta Mountains, Utah

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Faculty mentor: Mitchell Power

This project was based on dendrochronology, climate archive data, and stable carbon isotope analysis. However due to COVID-19, the stable carbon isotope analysis was postponed. For the sake of the UROP timeline, the project changed to online. Instead of carbon isotope analysis, dendrochronology measurements and counts were conducted using tracks through high definition images uploaded to Google Earth Pro. This method was recently developed and was able to be tested and compared to Velmex data.

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Poster 138: Lauren Tervet – Synthesis of mesoporous silica nanoparticles for targeted alpha therapy

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Faculty mentor: Ilya Zharov

This research focuses on the synthesis of mesoporous silica nanoparticles for use in targeted alpha therapy. Targeted alpha therapy is a type of cancer treatment that specifically targets cancer cells, minimizing damage to healthy cells. My project is on the mode of delivery for this treatment, which in this case is silica nanoparticles.

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Oral 23: Nataly Welch – Exploring educational experiences from the student perspective: Building cultural competence among teachers

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Faculty mentor: Adrienne Cachelin

We’re conducting a study about Glendale students and their educational pathway. We are hoping that the study will help us understand the K12 school experiences of marginalized students who begin their education in Glendale and continue to East High School. We’re mostly focusing on student perspectives on high-impact events that happened during their k-12 education, what assumptions they felt were made about them, and how they think teachers might have served them more effectively.

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Poster 125: Connor Houghton – Universality Parameterization Extension in Electron-Positron Angular Spectra in Extensive Air Showers

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Faculty mentor: Douglas Bergman

This is a study of the angular spectrum in extensive air showers. It investigates shower stage and primary energy dependence while attempting to extend the domain of parameterization to represent simulated data over a larger range.

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Poster 55: TeMerae Blackwater, Emily Clissold, Jayne Hansen, Haylee Osgood – Grow Together: A Resilience-Based Program for Families

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Faculty mentor: Anita Leopardi

Grow Together: A Resilience-Based Program for Families, focuses on activities for both adults and children who are being housed at the Ronald McDonald House in the Intermountain Area. The program activities will be facilitated two times per week during the evening over a three-week period. The results of the program were that it was positively received by the staff members and the families that are housed at the agency.

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Poster 131: Alexandria Margetts – Development of a Murine Stroke Model

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Faculty mentor: Dave Symons

Cardiovascular disease is a major contributor to declining neural health in the aging population. Research has pointed to the blood brain barrier as a target for treatment. This project focuses on developing a stroke model in mice that can be used alongside research into vessel function. This model will provide a means to study endothelial cell physiology at the blood brain barrier, as well as the way disease may affect this barrier.

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Poster 181: Héctor Robles – The Relationship Between Non-Citizen Latinos’ Perception of Administrative Policies, Satisfaction, Confidence and Outlook on Their Future in the United States

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Faculty mentor: Jason Castillo

Research has found that administrative policies/programs have had negative consequences on an individual’s satisfaction with the future, confidence in the country’s future, and outlook in one’s position in American society. Given the dearth of information on administrative policies and non-citizen Latinos’ in the U.S., using the Pew Research Center 2018 National Survey of Latinos, this research study will examine the relationship between non-citizen Latinos’ concerns and administrative policies.

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Poster 84: Austin Goodwin – Hindgut Epithelial Ion Transporters in Drosophila Melanogaster

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Faculty mentor: Aylin Rodan

The iono- and osmoregulatory epithelia of Drosophila melanogaster, the Malpighian tubules and hindgut, contain ion transporters and channels that maintain homeostasis in the fly. Compared to the Malpighian tubule, ion transporters and channels in the hindgut have not been well characterized. The goal is to knock down expression of the ion transporters IRK2 and NCC69 in the hindgut using the GAL4/UAS system and RNA interference, and analyze the effects on Drosophila excretion and osmoregulation.

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Poster 123: Kason Glover – Novel Antibiotics Inspired by Natural Tetrapeptide GE 81112

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Faculty mentor: Ryan Looper

Drug-resistant bacteria have inspired a renaissance in antibiotic research. Natural tetrapeptide GE 81112 shows promising antibacterial activity. Total synthesis is the primary goal of this project, leading to biological studies and analog development.

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Poster 112: Korak Chakraborti – A CRISPR-based high-throughput gene knockout platform for in vivo functional genetic screens

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Faculty mentor: Dr. Randall T. Peterson

CRISPR-Cas9 has simplified gene knockouts. However, large-scale CRISPR screens in vivo haven’t been feasible yet. We’ve developed a platform for genome-scale functional genetic screens in zebrafish. It uses microfluidics to generate nanodroplets with Cas9, sgRNA & a unique barcode for each target gene (TG). The screen is done by microinjection of one droplet per embryo from a pooled droplet library. Embryos expressing a desired phenotype are lysed and the TG identified by recovering the barcode.

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Poster 104: Elliott Gray – Review on Magma Mixing Processes and Future Applications to Hawaiian Samples

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Faculty mentor: Sarah Lambart

Heavily differentiated volcanic samples collected from Hawaii and Southern Utah, closely resemble samples found in the Canary islands. These samples were all compared using petrographic analysis using a cross polarized microscope. Samples clearly show a sharp visual contact between the mafic and felsic compositions of rock. SEM and EMPA analysis are required to determine if magma mixing is strictly mechanical or includes diffusion.

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