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Sara Cademartori – The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health

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Faculty mentor: Rachel Borup
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives drastically. Several studies show that it has negatively impacted our mental health.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: smcadem@icloud.com
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Poster #117: Roarke Cullenbine – The Effects of Recreational Marijuana Legalization on Drug-related Crime: Evidence From Colorado, Oregon, and Washington

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Faculty mentor: Guangzhen Wu
The proposed research question goes as follows: Have states with recreational marijuana laws experienced a substantial increase or decrease in such drug-specific crimes as possession and sales of marijuana, heroin, synthetic narcotic, and other drugs? Preliminary data results show that more serious drug crime increases with the presence of the legalization in recreational states while lowering marijuana crime. More analysis is needed to provide a greater insight on the preliminary results.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: u1168369@utah.edu
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Poster #31: Kevin Ngo – Calibration of digital holographic microscope for comparative study of quantitative phase microscopy systems

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Faculty mentor: Thomas Zangle

Calibration of a digital holographic microscope in order to make a comparative study between store-bought systems and homegrown systems as well as provide a comparison between different types of quantitative phase microscopy systems.

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Poster #113: Daniel Anderson – Stress Physiology in Response to Prolonged Periods in Nature

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Faculty mentor: Emily Scott
This project explores the effects prolonged nature exposure has on humans. A lot of prior research that demonstrates the benefits on nature has been limited to lab simulated settings, so this project immerses participants in nature throughout a 5 day trip. In which, we explored how it influenced human biomarkers for stress. Results were surprising, indicated nature did not alleviate stress according to the biomarker we used, heart-rate variability.
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Poster #149: Ema Valverde, Abigail Gerber – Faces of Death in Historical Baja California: the Effects of Infectious Disease and Mining on Age at Death

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Faculty mentor: Shane Macfarlan
Our research question aims to understand how factors such as infectious disease and mining affected the age at death. In the Baja California area during the 19th century due to its rurality it therefore lacked infrastructure such as roads, running water, or medical centers. This also allowed for a French mining company to take advantage of the lack of regulations in the peninsula’s area as they were isolated from the rest of Mexico.
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Questions or comments? Contact us at:
Ema u1324580@utah.edu
Abigail u1121082@utah.edu
 
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Poster #69: Aleah Griffin – Investigating the Effects of Maternal Immune Activation on Early Lung Immune Cell Establishment

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Faculty mentor: Diego Lopez
I research the effects of maternal immune activation (MIA) on early lung immune cell establishment from postnatal day 3 to day 11. Alterations in the early lung immune environment may contribute to risk of developing allergic asthma. I hypothesized that MIA would increase the rate of immune cell infiltration in this environment. Preliminary data indicates that MIA drives ILC2 expansion and increases levels of cytokines IL-5 and IL-13, which may increase susceptibility to asthma.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: aleahgriffin2@gmail.com


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Poster #83: Erin Tracy – Investigating the role of bacterial strains from the neonatal gut on pancreatic on 𝜷-cell production

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Faculty mentor: Jennifer Hill
Bacteria within the neonatal gut microbiota are an important factor for an infant’s predisposition to type 1 diabetes. Lactobacillus is one bacterial genus that might increase beta cell (insulin producing cell) production in the neonatal pancreas. These strains can be isolated from healthy, neonatal mice and identified. Lactobacillus strains can be introduced to the gut of neonatal germfree mice, and beta cell mass can be calculated among these mice.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: erinttracy@gmail.com


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Poster #136: Jamie Nakano – Cross-Cultural Negative Health Outcomes of War

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Faculty mentor: Shane Macfarlan
Many veterans who return from war suffer psychological consequences from the trauma of war. This study examines whether there are cross-cultural negative health outcomes in warriors after combat and how these behaviors might be expressed.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: u1243253@umail.utah.edu
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Poster #61: Alex Billings – Pupillary Light Reflexes in Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS): An Exploratory Analysis

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Faculty mentor: Melissa Cortez
This is an exploratory study of pupillary light reflex data in POTS patients compared to healthy individuals.
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Poster #131: Ishmael Medina – Ancient Maize Agriculture in Utah’s 3 Physiographic Provinces

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Faculty mentor: Brian Codding
Maize (zea mays) was one of the most widespread and oldest domesticated plants in the Americas before the arrival of Europeans (Huanca-Mamani et al., 2015). Despite its widespread distribution, explaining how and why maize farming spread remains a central research question in archaeology. I examine the spread of maize across Utah’s Intermountain Plateaus region where each province is characterized by different geologic formations and environments, which should impact how well maize grows.
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Poster #59: Sohyun Park – Marketing for Gender-Based Violence Consortium

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Faculty mentor: Annie Fukushima
This study seeks to understand the marketing needs of the Gender-Based Violence Consortium community and people interested in Gender-Based Violence issues. The GBVC community list-serv comprises students, faculty, staff at the University of Utah, as well as other academic institutions in Utah and community-based organizations. The goal of this study is to understand the marketing needs of a group that is interested in Gender-Based Violence issues and to improve GBVC marketing on mass media.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: u1205521@utah.edu


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Poster #50: Landon Needham – Does Weekend Recovery Sleep Improve Cognition in Individuals who Obtain Insufficient Sleep during the Workweek

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Faculty mentor: Christopher Depner
We took 14 healthy adult subjects and had them complete a protocol that consisted of a 14 day in-lab visit with specific sleep opportunities. Throughout the study participants tracked their cognitive performance by completing the PVT test and Karolinska Sleepiness Scale. This allowed us to analyze their reaction speeds and sleepiness levels throughout a work week of insufficient sleep and after a weekend recovery sleep period.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: landonneedham@gmail.com


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Poster #140: Sinndy Rios – Influence Of Political Trust In Latin American’s Home Country On Federal Program Enrollment In The United States

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Faculty mentor: David Carter
This research aims to understand the impact of perceived trust in a Latin American immigrant’s home country’s government and their willingness to enroll in a federal program in the United States. Understanding if an immigrant’s trust in their home country can impact future enrollment in federal programs and help politicians and government officials better convey intention with the information collected. To answer the research question, I used quantitative data and an auto-ethnography.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: sinndycastro@gmail.com
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Poster #55: Justinas Sapiega – Identification of a Stable Human Metabolomics-Based Biomarker of Insufficient Sleep

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Faculty mentor: Christopher Depner
The health consequences of insufficient sleep are becoming very well understood simultaneously as more and more inhibitors of sleep are being introduced. Epidemiological studies have linked insufficient sleep with elevated risk of obesity, diabetes, stroke, weight gain and more. With such profound consequences, our means of diagnosis still need innovation. Our blood contains an unimaginable amount of information. The small molecules involved in cellular processes are metabolites and they are hig
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Poster #42: Josh Chang – Correlation Between Cognitive Performance and Objective and Subjective Sleepiness During Insufficient Sleep

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Faculty mentor: Christopher Depner
The goal of my research was to investigate a possible correlation between cognitive performance and objective and subjective sleepiness during insufficient sleep. After analyzing a previous data set collected by Dr. Christopher Depner, I was able to generate a mixed model analysis to compare these variables to cognitive and motor functions. In the end, we were able to determine that objective sleepiness is a better interpreter of insufficient sleep, and thus cognitive function.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: joshchang3g@gmail.com


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Poster #135: Aliza Murad – Understanding State-Level Judicial Review Under the Roberts’ Court.

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Faculty mentor: Michael Dichio
Judicial review allows the Supreme Court to decide whether Federal and State are valid based on the U.S. Constitution. Historically, the most common outcome of judicial review is when the Supreme Court affirms a lower court that upholds a federal statute. However, these cases have disappeared from the docket since Chief Justice Roberts took office in 2005. Yet, state-level judicial review remains understudied, and we want to find out whether the court behaves similarly towards state-level cases.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: u1253351@utah.edu
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Poster #48: Serena Jones – Effects of Voluntary Wheel Running on Muscle Recovery and its Mechanisms

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Faculty mentor: Micah Drummond
Voluntary wheel running (VWR) is a therapeutic tool that mimics exercise in humans will allow us to understand how muscle macrophages function during muscle regrowth following disuse. We hypothesize that VWR will improve muscle recovery in young mice and that will correspond to increased macrophage abundance and an increased transcriptional signature for chemokine expression. In order to test this hypothesis, we employed a mouse model to imitate disuse and recovery with and without VWR.
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Poster #144: John Stitt – Examining the Associations Between Maternal Sensitivity and Infant Responses to the Still Face Paradigm

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Faculty mentor: Dr. Lee Raby
The Still Face Paradigm (SFP) is used to assess infants’ responses to the absence of normal social interaction with the parent. Infants’ responses to this moderately stressful task – both physiologically and behaviorally — can help us understand infant emotion regulation development. In particular, this study examined whether maternal sensitivity is associated with their infants’ physiological and behavioral responses to the SFP. 
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Poster #49: Ashlee McBride – The Effects of Mobility-Related Anxiety and a Common Dual Task on Turning Kinematics: A Virtual Reality Study

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Faculty mentor: Peter Fino
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of mobility-related anxiety on conversational speech performance when turning. We required healthy adults to perform a DT at simulated low and high virtual heights using Virtual Reality. We hypothesized that performing a DT while turning would lead to greater performance deficits at high compared to low height, , reflected as slower and longer turns, and more frequent and longer silent pauses in speech.
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Poster #52: Catherine Poggio – A Survey Of Qualitative Research On Experiences Within Women’s Health Throughout A Person’s Lifetime: Focus on Menstruation

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Faculty mentor: Janet Shaw
For this survey I looked at qualitative research on a person’s experience within the women’s healthcare system when it dealt with menstruation. The purpose of this study is to look at participants’ experiences with mensuration and find themes and outcomes that the healthcare system could have an influence on. Then with this information reflect on what I could do as a person who wants to work in healthcare to better a menstruating person’s experience with mensuration.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: catherine.poggio@hsc.utah.edu


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Poster #45: Jaxon Elggren – The Role of Insufficient Sleep on Timing of Energy Intake

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Faculty mentor: Christopher Depner
This research studies the relationship between insufficient sleep durations and the timing of energy intake. The findings presented in this poster reflect the results of a pilot study conducted with a small sample size. Longer sleep durations, later wake times, and later bedtimes were associated with shorter eating intervals. Later wake times and bedtimes were associated with later first calories and last calories, respectively.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: jaxelggren@comcast.net


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Poster #56: Cameron Stukel – Cognitive Issues and Abnormal Balance Following Concussion: A Clinical Pilot Study Using EEG

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Faculty mentor: Keith Lohse
This research uses electroencephalography (EEG) to explore how neural processes underlying balance control differ between concussed and non-concussed individuals. Understanding the mechanisms of balance impairments post-concussion can be useful in developing individualized rehabilitation strategies and improving care.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: cameron.stukel@gmail.com


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Poster #33: Audrey Rubart – Numerical Simulation of Electromagnetic Ionosphere Disturbances Detecting Earthquake Activity

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Faculty mentor: Jamesina Simpson
This research project used Finite Difference Time Domain method to show electromagnetic fields propagating away from a power line and show how those fields changed when the line is moved by an earthquake. The research also intends to simulate how electromagnetic fields interact with the ionosphere and how those interactions also change if the EM field is disturbed by a natural disaster like an earthquake. If the changes can be measured, this would be another way to passively measure earthquakes.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: audrey.rubart@utah.edu


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Poster #39: Sona Torosyan – Compiler and Runtime Support for HAMTs

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Faculty mentor: Matthew Flatt
A stencil vector is a new data structure used as an intermediate field for persistent hash array mapped tries (HAMTs) which are the basis of persistent collection data structures.It has a smaller memory footprint and better runtime performance. This data structure is not sufficiently explored yet, and our goal is to investigate its current implementation and application to HAMTs, as well as compare the runtime performance and memory of stencil vector-based HAMTs to other HAMT implementations.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: s.torosyan@utah.edu


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Poster #105: Ashton Jensen – Microtubule Stabilization to Treat Repeated Head Trauma

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Faculty mentor: Donna Cross
Administering Traumatic Brain Injuries(TBI’s) to mice and treating them paclitaxel and then conducting memory tests and eventually perfusing the mice. Then we conduct histology to obtain tissue samples and stain the tissue to look for effects of treatment.
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Poster #34: Isabelle Schlegel – Peptide-Antibody Conjugates to Treat Macular Degeneration

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Faculty mentor: Michael Yu
Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration is a chronic eye disease caused by over-expression of VEGF and treated with eye injections of VEGF-binding Ranibizumab (fab). The fab’s short ocular half-life leads to poor patient compliance. We attached hyaluronic acid (HA) and collagen (col) targeting peptides to the fab to target HA and col in the vitreous. We demonstrated high binding affinity of our conjugates for HA and col as well as VEGF, showing that our conjugates may extend fab half-life.
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Poster #20: Alex Hamrick – Hyperspectral Image Recovery from Image Sensor Data Using Neural Networks

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Faculty mentor: Rajesh Menon
We propose a network architecture, SieveNet, for generating hyperspectral images from image sensor data. We demonstrate, with synthetic data, that CNNs show promise in their ability to produce spatially and spectrally accurate hyperspectral images, while doing so in practically no time compared to other regression based techniques.
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Poster #104: Lydia Fries – Computational Methods for Modeling Catalyst Systems

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Faculty mentor: Matthew Sigman
Metal complexes have proven to be a crucial part of catalysis. Many catalytic processes rely on expensive metals. Earth-abundant metals, such as Co(I) complexes have the potential to be used in catalysis. Understanding the mechanism by which new Co(I) complexes facilitate reactivity is a crucial part of broadening the potential applications for a catalytic system. We studied the oxidative addition (OA) mechanism for Co(I) catalysts using a combination of computational and experimental methods.
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Poster #37: Annie Staker – Sparse Dominating Sets: Solution Size versus Average Congestion

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Faculty mentor: Blair Sullivan
In metagenomics, scientists need to be able to identify and search for micro-organisms in a blend of genetic material. This can be done by constructing dominating sets to partition the graph into small pieces. To reduce the impact of arbitrary tie-breaking in this process, we investigate ways to find dominating sets that have low average congestion. We analyze how well two methods for doing this approximate the optimal solution.
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Poster #12: Laura Brannan – Inference Over Web-Based Knowledge Representations with Applications in Healthcare Robotics

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Faculty mentor: Alan Kuntz
We aim to help mitigate the crisis facing the United States today due to a shortage of healthcare experts and professionals. We propose to equip a robot with some automatically generated, computational representation of medical knowledge in order for it to act as an effective, autonomous healthcare assistant. The knowledge representation can be traversed in a meaningful way to achieve the type of contextual reasoning that comes naturally to a human.
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Poster #99: Tyler Ball – Symmetry Adapted Perturbation Theory (SAPT) as a Tool for Studying Non-Covalent Interactions

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Faculty mentor: Matthew Sigman
The computational method Symmetry-Adapted Perturbation Theory (SAPT) has been applied to the study of non-covalent interactions for the supplementation of a data library containing characteristics that can be applied to the future study of catalytic systems in which non-covalent interactions play a significant role.
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Poster #110: Laura Snelling – Predictive Modeling for the Cattle Crush Trading Strategy

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Faculty mentor: Jingyi Zhu
The objective of this project was first to improve our understanding of the 3 components of the cattle crush trading strategy and their interaction with one another. Second, to model the crush trading strategy and run various analysis on the model in computer software systems. Finally, to investigate potential tactics for improving the trading strategies.
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Poster #102: Braxton Conrad – Why are babies born deficient? – Evolutionary reasoning to Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding

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Faculty mentor: David Temme
The purpose of this poster is to address the evolutionary reasoning for vitamin K deficiency in newborns. We don’t necessarily provide an answer, yet propose research approaches to better comprehend this idea. Is this issue ancestral, modern, or ancestral made worse by a modern environment? If you come to my poster, I would love to further discuss these ideas and hear yours.
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Poster #9: Alexandra Taylor – Young Children’s Interest, Engagement Level, and Science Vocabulary Knowledge

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Faculty mentor: Seung-Hee Claire Son
A large vocabulary knowledge gap exists among children depending on their demographic characteristics, where boys and children with low SES backgrounds have low vocabulary skills. Our research question pertains to the idea that a child’s vocabulary knowledge may be predictable by their interest and engagement level in the topic. Our results showed that when boys had a higher level of engagement in birds they showed higher receptive vocabulary knowledge. r(25) = .423, p<.005
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Poster #5: Matthew Hesterman – HDV and HBV Incidence in the State of Utah (1999-2018)

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Faculty mentor: Melodie Weller
A retrospective study was designed to identify the incidence of hepatitis B and hepatitis D diagnoses in the State of Utah over a 20-year period (1999-2018). Two Structural breaks were observed in HDV/HBV incidence around 2007 and 2012.
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Poster #97: Bella Archibald – Human Mutations Linked to Epilepsy Alter Synaptic Vesicle Fusion in C. elegans

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Faculty mentor: Erik Jorgensen
Here, we use CRISPR/Cas9 to develop disease models of epilepsy-causing human mutations in C. elegans. We use these models to determine how each mutation changes the rates of neurotransmission. We postulate that snt-1 binds SNAP-25 at these regions to perform a repressive role in synaptic vesicle fusion. The findings presented here will 1) help physicians make more informed decisions regarding patient therapies and 2) increase the basic scientific understanding of SNAP-25 and snt-1 binding.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: bellarchibald@gmail.com
 
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Poster #107: Zahra Khan – Culturing the parasitic roundworm Heligmosomoides polygyrus

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Faculty mentor: Dylan Klure
The objective of this poster is to culture the larval cycle of Heligmosomoides polygyrus to enable its use in gastrointestinal research. H. polygyrus is an intestinal roundworm found in the small intestine of mice causing gastrointestinal discomfort. I will be walking the audience through the process of larval culture and highlight important parts of the worm’s life cycle. The calculations to count the number of larva will also be displayed.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: zahrazkhan@gmail.com
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Poster #91: Melina Lewis – Pain Reports from Children with Cancer Through Mobile App, Color Me Healthy

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Faculty mentor: Lauri Linder
The purpose of this thesis is to describe children’s reports of pain as recorded in the Color Me Healthy app during the pilot feasibility and acceptability phase.
Utilizing mobile apps from home with a multidimensional assessment using quantitative and qualitative questions allows further insight on the day-to-day experiences children are having with pain. With a more comprehensive assessment of pain, clinicians can improve pain management methods.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: melinaclewis@gmail.com
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Poster #87: Mallory Philliber – Red Butte Watershed Seasonal Streamflow and Evapotranspiration Partitioning

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Faculty mentor: Gabriel Bowen
The relative abundance of heavier H and O isotopes indicates what season water fell as precipitation. A Seasonal Origin Index quantifies whether winter or summer precipitation is more represented in streamflow and evapotranspiration. Calculating a Young Water Fraction measures the fraction of water in a catchment that is younger than about 2.3 months. End-Member Splitting Analysis tells what fraction of streamflow and evapotranspiration originated as winter or summer precipitation.
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Poster #74: Max Monson – Treatment of SCI Using MR-guided Focused Ultrasound

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Faculty mentor: Donna Cross
In summary, this research project was performed to find a solution for treating spinal chord injuries. The idea of this experiment is to open the blood spinal chord barrier enough to allow for neurological regeneration but maintain the integrity of the barrier still. This research project was conducted with rats as subjects. We used a combination of magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound and administration of paclitaxel to induce this change. Behavioral testing was done to test efficacy.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: maxwellbmonson@gmail.com
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