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Poster 43: Annabel Lee – Exploring Carotenoid Binding Specificty Related to AMD

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Faculty mentor: Martin Horvath
Carotenoids are found in the pigments of brightly colored fruits and vegetables and possess antioxidant properties. There is immense interest in understanding the benefits of the antioxidant properties to alleviate chronic diseases, such as Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). With the overarching goal to discover the structure of GSTP1 bound to zeaxanthin, virtual molecular docking is utilized to explore binding specificity of GSTP1 and StARD3.
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Poster 48: Faizah Siddique – Measuring the Transparency of the Atmosphere Using Data from Telescope Array

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Faculty mentor: Douglas Bergman
My project focuses on attempting to make a measurement of atmospheric transparency using starlight data from the Telescope Array project. I create extinction curves of starlight over time, and I study these plots by fitting them to different exponential models. I make exponential fits based on Rayleigh and aerosol scattering models.
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Poster 20: Shaylie Platten – The Differences in Self-Reported Scores of Relationships Satisfaction of Cancer Survivors with their Caregivers

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Faculty mentor: Kristin Cloyes
In my exploratory summary of past data recorded, I examine the effects of cancer on the relationship satisfaction of cancer survivors and their caregivers.
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Poster 21: Olivia Richards – Aerogel-based metamaterial design for helicopters

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Faculty mentor: Pai Wang
Our research is focused on metamaterials. We use their wave manipulating abilities to create a new material that will soundproof helicopters. We spent time designing unique cell structures for the material. After, we tested these designs with a finite element analysis program named Abaqus. We used compression to understand how these structures deform as well as how they interact with the cells surrounding them. These findings are important for our next steps toward sound damping behavior.
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Poster 39: Keely VandenBerge – A Mentorship Model for Educationally Disadvantaged High School Students Interested in the Nursing Profession

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Faculty mentor: Sara Hart
This project designs, implements, and evaluates a mentorship program for high school students enrolled in a Certified Nursing Assistant Program at Granite Technical Institute and nursing students at the University of Utah. The goal for this mentorship program is to strengthen pathways for diverse nursing students to enter the nursing profession.
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Oral 11: Anh Nguyen – Visualizing the optical near field of noble metal nanoparticle via FDTD method

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Faculty mentor: Jennifer Shumaker-Parry
I have learned Finite-Difference Time-Domain (FDTD) calculations with this project. The main software for learning and practicing with this type of calculation is “FDTD Solutions” from Lumerical.I used FDTD method to calculate the E-field distribution for gold nanoparticle on glass substrate with different excitation wavelengths that correspond to wavelengths in the Raman microscope.
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Poster 36: Mary Kathryn Curcio – Collaborating for Child Health and Well-Being: A Pilot RCT of a Collaborative Care Practice between Child Welfare and Child Health Care

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Faculty mentor: Kristine Campbell
Infants with referrals to Child Protective Services for suspected child maltreatment often have social determinants placing them at risk for negative health outcomes. Primary healthcare providers (PCP) are often unaware of the interventions of child welfare caseworkers (CWC) in the lives of these children and families. We hypothesized that a collaborative care practice aligning CWCs and PCPs will improve parental perceptions of infant health, child health care, and child welfare interventions.
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Poster 30: Robert Underwood – An Exploration of Alternative Sodium Ion Anode Materials: Metal Organic Framework-Derived Ordered Carbon Structures

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Faculty mentor: Roseanne Warren
Developing Metal-Organic Framework derived carbon materials as alternative anodes for sodium ion batteries better able to support intercalation of the sodium ion than traditional carbons.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: robbieunderwood@gmail.com
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Graduate and Professional Mini-Expo

The Genomics Summer Research for Minorities and the Native American Research Internship programs at the University of Utah are hosting a symposium on “Preparing my next steps during uncertain times: applying to graduate school and jobs in industry”. The distinguished invited speakers will provide you with practical tools and resources to help you make your next career steps more comprehensive and accessible.
Date and time: Thursday July 16, 2020 1:30– 3:30 PM MT, via Zoom
Register in advance for this symposium. View the schedule here.
 


Virtual Interview Workshop

Virtual Interview Workshop 

Wednesday, July 22 @ 5 pm on ZOOM
As many health professional programs are moving to virtual interviews for this application cycle, PreProfessional Advising and Career & Professional Development Center will offer tips on how to successfully navigate virtual interviews. Learn how to be a successful applicant in a virtual setting, whether you’re preparing for a recorded or live video interview!

JOIN US to LEARN:

Virtual Interview Tips
Resources available for practice interviews
Q & A Session and more!

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Please Note: This workshop is open to students who are currently applying for University of Utah health professional programs.
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PathMaker Scholars Summer Workshop Series

The summer workshop series are free online workshops created for high school junior, seniors, and early undergraduates. Our goal with this series is to provide students with resources and information they might need to help prepare them for college. The workshops will cover various topics such as resume building, interviews with current Medical and PhD students, financial wellness, and many more. Students who complete a minimum of 8 workshops, will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the summer.
If you are interested in attending the Workshop Series, please see the information below for instructions on how to sign up:
Workshop Structure
All workshops will be conducted over Zoom. Prior to the first workshop, you must download the Zoom application on your computer or smart phone. Helpful directions can be found here. Audio and video connection is strongly preferred and encouraged. Each workshop will consist of a presentation with Q&A, in addition to ongoing dialogue with workshop participants and presenters. There will be interactive features such as polling, group breakout sessions, and more. Come ready to participate and ask questions!
Participation Expectations
Your attention and participation during the Workshop Series is expected. Our team, presenters, and guests have worked hard to organize and facilitate these workshops, so please respect their time and effort. If you commit to being at a presentation we are expecting you to come prepared and ready to engage.
Registration
Registration is required for each meeting individually. Attendance and participation in a minimum of 8 workshops will earn you a Certificate of Completion at the end of the summer. Registration links below:

June 3: How to Finance your College Education
June 10: Perfecting your Resume & Personal Statement
June 17: Building Professional Relationships
June 24: Maintaining Social & Emotional Health in College (limited space available)
July 1: Cultivating a Culture of Diversity & Inclusion (limited space available)
July 8: Keeping a Growth Mindset in Academia
July 15: Finding Employment in College
July 22: Interview with Medical School & STEM Graduate Programs
July 27: Student Involvement in College
July 29: Interview with Current STEM Undergrads & Graduate Students

Questions?
Email pathmaker@hci.utah.edu


Resources for Undergraduate Researchers During COVID-19

Below are some links to centers and services around campus that can help support you through COVID-19.  
University Counseling Center >>
Mindfulness Center >>
Student Success Advocates >>
Center for Student Wellness >>
Feed U Pantry >>


Robert Keaney – Warrior Spirit Tooele Combat Sports Program

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Faculty mentor: Elizabeth Archuleta
The Research Project, attempted to equip folks at the Warrior spirit drug recovery center with the means to create their own Combat Sports Program. This Research project was made possible by donations from the University Capstones funding. 
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Mark Van der Merwe – Learning Continuous 3D Reconstructions for Geometrically Aware Grasping

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Faculty mentor: Tucker Hermans
Deep learning has enabled remarkable improvements in robotic grasp synthesis for previously unseen objects from partial object views. However, existing approaches lack the ability to explicitly reason about the full 3D geometry of the object when selecting a grasp, relying on indirect geometric reasoning derived when learning grasp success networks. In this work, we utilize learned reconstructions to explicitly model geometry in a constrained optimization grasp synthesis algorithm.
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Poster 38: Justin Krier – Mapping of Ultra Low Velocity Zones in the Core-Mantle Boundary

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Faculty mentor: Michael Thorne
Using earthquakes to look for Ultra Low Velocity Zones. This study is looking at a region under the Samoan Islands.
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Poster 00: Mercedes Brown – Discourse of Difficulty: Trauma-Based Masculinity in Foster Care

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Faculty mentor: Kim Hackford-Peer
The current narrative of boys in foster care is that they are all too damaged from childhood trauma to ever recover, and their future possibilities are limited. My project is about tracing the ways that toxic masculinity and these traumatic childhood occurrences are reinforcing each other. The significant contribution my project will make is outlining an intervention in that narrative that allows us to simultaneously acknowledge these boys as important members of our community.
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Poster 0: Treasure Lundskog – Impact Of Mother’s Depression, Anxiety, Emotion Dysregulation, And Early Childhood Trauma On Hair Cortisol Levels During Pregnancy

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Faculty mentor: Elisabeth Conradt
Depression and anxiety are prevalent among pregnant mothers. Therefore, it is important to understand the implications maternal mental health may have on future maternal and offspring health. Understanding the physiological basis of maternal mental health and stress is also necessary as it may lead to better detection of maternal mental health deficits. This study examines several mental health variables and their relations to prenatal hair cortisol concentrations.
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Poster 2: Luke Jowers – Partisanship’s Impact on Voting Behavior

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Faculty mentor: Scott Schaefer
This project answers the question of how much partisanship impacts voting behavior. The results make three unique and important contributions. First, that partisanship is a significant factor in determining an person’s likelihood to vote. Second, the 2016 election marked a shift towards increased involvement from extreme partisans. And third, as is shown in the Utah analysis, the general partisanship of the precinct that you live has a significant impact on a voter’s likelihood to vote.
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Poster 172: Crystal Spagnuolo – Establishing A Temporal Distribution for Ceramics of the Virgin River Branch of the Ancestral Puebloan

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Faculty mentor: Brian Codding
Dating archaeological sites is important for establishing patterns in settlement, trade, resource use, and population of prehistoric peoples. Unfortunately, direct techniques are not always possible. Using a relative dating system that employs ceramics is a cost-effective alternative. Here I have established a temporal model for ceramics found on sites that have had direct dating, to create a cross-reference that can be used by other researchers working in the Virgin River area.
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Poster 153: Shelby Dibble – Gender Disparities in the Evidence of Prehistoric Conflict Bears Ears National Monument

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Faculty mentor: Brian Codding
This project is the first to create a comprehensive database for conflict and trauma in Bears Ears National Monument. The end result is a descriptive examination of trauma on the osteological record in the region, specifically separated by gender disparities.
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Poster 146: Nathan Caines, Devon Jecmen, James Beekhuizen – Assessment of Glucose’s Role in Cognitive Control

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Faculty mentor: Sara LoTemplio
Research suggests that both cognitive control and self-regulation share blood glucose as a common limiting resource, which we explore through a double-blind placebo-controlled crossover experiment. Using EEG, we measure the ERN in response to both glucose supplementation and placebo. We theorized that the consumption of glucose would increase the peak of the ERN compared to placebo. However preliminary data has not shown supportive evidence of this hypothesis.
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Poster 143: Jacob Bedke – Effects of Long-Term Memory on the Neural Components of Visual Attention During Visual Search

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Faculty mentor: Trafton Drew
This study examines the differences in visual search behavior and electrophysiological correlates examined using the ERP method of EEG when participants memorized the object information of objects they would later search for in different methods of encoding.
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Poster 52: Rachel Roser – The Unity of Blue

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Faculty mentor: Laurel Caryn
Cyanotype, an alternative photographic process, portrays hands of different colors in a wash of blue, thereby eliminating skin color and indications of race. I sought to take color/race off the table in order to equitably reveal the individual subjects as unique expressions of humanity.
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Poster 49: Kristen Bennett – Wildlife Altered

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Faculty mentor: Laurel Caryn
I often find my inspiration for projects from my personal experience growing up in Utah. Being an advocate for animals, I have noticed Utah’s natural world start to disappear. Every year more animals are becoming endangered and soon we may live in a world where certain species may only be seen through photographs or in museums. The animals I have chosen to photograph have gone through the taxidermy process, because this is the way we will likely see them in the future.
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Poster 13: Juliet Reynolds – Gay Straight Alliance Clubs, Utah Law and School Policy

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Faculty mentor: Kim Hackford-Peer
What began as an expansion of my son’s R.E.A.D.Y. club model, quickly evolved into a much more in-depth social study into why information is confusing and hard to find regarding LGBT issues in Utah public schools. There is a clear need for more accessible information for educators and administrators.
There are homophobic laws in place to prevent GSA’s from forming in junior high schools.
Educators and administrators are eager to support LGBT youth but are bound by outdated policy.
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Oral 10: Morena Santana – How do Portuguese as a Foreign Language Learners Perceive Feedback?

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Faculty mentor: Shannon Barrios
My research looks at conversational interaction to analyze whether or not learners recognize feedback as well as the nature of the feedback. The present research is a replication study on Mackey’s article (Mackey et. al 2000) where there were intermediate learners of English as a Second Language and intermediate learners of Italian as a foreign language, in which she investigated feedback recognition as well as the types of interactions.
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Poster 113: Varun Garg – Improved Synthetic Bioengineering Production of Polysaccharides and Size-Specific Oligosaccharides of Low Molecular Weight Heparosan, a Heparin Precursor

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Faculty mentor: Kuby Balagurunathan
Heparin is a widely used blood anticoagulant medicine used in millions of surgeries worldwide annually. Currently this medicine is produced using slaughtered pig intestines, which causes many issues and is not a stable world supply. The research focuses on using bioengineering to produce polysaccharides and oligosaccharides of heparosan, a precursor to Heparin.
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Poster 26: Asmita Dulal – Osteoblast Cells Behavior on Fluoridated Hydroxyapatite

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Faculty mentor: Sujee Jeyapalina
The aim of this study was to assess the ability of FA and FHA surfaces to induce osteoblast differentiation. The degree of cellular differentiation was quantified using qPCR techniques, and titanium (Ti) and HA were used as the controls as they are the currently used in orthopedic applications.
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Poster 30: Tyler Gee – Machined Learning of Breath-based Volatile Organic Compound Sensors for Improved Diagnosis

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Faculty mentor: Swomitra Mohanty
Titanium Oxide sensors developed by Dr. Mohanty and his team are being used to diagnose TB patients in Uganda. The patient breath samples for diagnosis needed a way to be analyzed and to aid in diagnosis. Two types of tests were done amperometry and cyclic voltammetry. Originally machine learning was the proposed method however numerical methods proved more effective. The hypothesized signals ended being inconclusive due to the small sample size and nature of pediatric samples.
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Transform Undergraduate Research Showcase

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Students in Transform, and Students mentored by Transform faculty do amazing work. We are very proud of them and had hoped to celebrate them in person.
We hope you are intrigued, moved, or even inspired to do research yourself. Be in touch!

Poster 5: BRYNN ADAMS – Queer Resilience in Action: The History of an LGBT Student Club at Brigham Young University
Poster 00: MERCEDES BROWN – Discourse of Difficulty: Trauma-Based Masculinity in Foster Care
Poster 6: LAUREN CORDOVA – Associations Between Sociodemographics, Method Choice and Discontinuation of Free Contraceptives
Poster 7: ALEXANDER HIRAI – Loss Associated with Japanese American Incarceration
Poster 8: JENNY HOBBS – Wokbe: Implicit Bias Web app Pilto
ROBERT KEANEY – Warrior Spirit Tooele Combat Sports Program
Poster 9: JOCELYNE LOPEZ – Hablemos Salud
Poster 10: VERONICA LUKASINSKI – The Impact of the Non-Fatal Strangulation Protocol in Salt Lake County on Protective Orders
Poster 11: TIYA MAHI – Performance as Solidarity
Poster 12: CHRISTINE MARTINEZ – Runnin’ Utes or Runnin’ Racism: Discourse Analysis of the University of Utah Mascot 1930-1998
Poster 13: JULIET REYNOLDS – Gay Straight Alliance Clubs, Utah Law and School Policy
Poster 14: ALEX SON – Strengthening Communities
Visual Arts 1: MANDY TRAN – Love to Resist
Poster 167: JOHNNY RODRIGUEZ – Social and Economic Factors: the Influencers of Contraceptive Effectiveness
Poster 168: JOHNNY RODRIGUEZ – Reclaiming the Sterilized Body
Poster 163: PEDRO PADILLA-MARTINEZ – What do Marijuana Arrests Look Like in Utah? Are there Racial Disparities?
Poster 178: EYLÜL YEL – Crafting Authenticity in Utah’s Distilled Spirit Industry


Poster 161: Jacqueline Nguyen – The use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) within Refugee Communities

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Faculty mentor: Akiko Kamimura
The purpose of this survey research is to understand what kind of CAM modalities refugees are likely to use, whether they use it in conjunction with conventional medicine, and the expectations refugees have of American Physicians with regards to their use of CAM. We conducted a self-interviewer- administered surveys among refugees resettled in the US. Over three-quarters of refugees use an herbal medicine, nearly 80% of refugees use non-prescription pain medicine, and etc.
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Poster 159: Uyen Hoang – The Misogyny of Climate Denialism and its Influence on World Leaders’ Climate Response

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Faculty mentor: Tabitha Benney
My research serves to investigate the interconnectedness of misogyny and climate denialism by examining various identities and how they may influence, change, or even perpetuate inaction in the international system. By conducting a content analysis on three current world leaders, I hope to present a clearer understanding on how masculine identities in state leaders has evolved counter to public opinion and democratic norms to impact climate change policies and the future of the human race.
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Poster 98: Tori Moody – The effect of mitofusion 2 on megakaryocyte function and mitochondrial morphology

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Faculty mentor: Robert Campbell
My project is on the mitochondrial morphology and how it effects platelet function and half life.
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Oral 12: Alyssa Stringham – “Most she touched me by her muteness”: the Indexicality of Women’s Poetry in Needlework, Dissection, and the Female Voice

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Faculty mentor: Disa Gambera
My research was reading done toward the goal of writing my honors thesis. I focused first on theory and learning about semiotics and indexicality as a function of language, with many readings taken from Ferdinand de Saussure, Roland Barthes, Jacques Derrida, and Kaja Silverman, among others. Then I shifted to a general view of women’s work and textiles as a genre. I narrowed my focus to Adrienne Rich, Emily Dickinson, and Paisley Rekdal, and secondary texts about Dickinson’s life and works.
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Poster 157: Logan Hastings – Reconstructing paleoclimate variability in Baja California, Mexico through paleoecological analyses

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Faculty mentor: Jennifer Watt
This is a paleoclimate reconstruction using paleoecological data from Baja California. Supplemental analysis of loss on ignition was additionally conducted to support final results.
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Poster 61: Erica Emery – Pedal Away Parkinson’s: Recreational Therapy Specific Program

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Faculty mentor: Melissa Zahl
The Pedal Away Parkinson’s: Recreational Therapy Specific Program project was to assist participants at the L.S. Skaggs Wellness Center to be more involved in the Pedal Away Parkinson’s event. Through this program the participants will identify attitudes and emotions towards their diagnosis and cycling. Gain an understanding of their personal barriers and how to overcome them. Finally, the participants will get the chance to ride bicycles and be involved in the Pedal Away Parkinson’s event.
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Poster 12: Christine Martinez – Runnin’ Utes or Runnin’ Racism: Discourse Analysis of the University of Utah Mascot 1930-1998

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Faculty mentor: Wanda Pillow
This research is a discourse analysis and investigation of how the University of Utah participates in the portrayal and representation of Indigenous Peoples and culture from 1930-1998. With the intended purpose of bringing more awareness to the impact the University of Utah’s legacy has had on its identity of Indigenous depictions.
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Poster 149: Ian Clark – Changes in Climate and Fire during past droughts in the Uinta Mountains: A case study of the Medieval Climate Anomaly from 800- 1200 A.D.

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Faculty mentor: Mitchell Power
My research is related to the possibility of more severe and more frequent wildfire potential as the result of rising temperatures and increased drought, in the Uinta Mountains, Utah. I am observing the Medieval Climate Anomaly (800-1200 A.D.) when climactic conditions similar to those seen today and continuing into our near future post significant risk, and deserve our attention. Through a detailed analysis of lakebed sediments for particulate charcoal, I reconstruct past wildfire conditions.
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Poster 1: Naren Anandh – Visual Documentation: Kabuli Nomadic Camp

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Faculty mentor: Shundana Yusaf
Traditional architectural knowledge is focused on monuments and spatial production of the elite. It has made architects blind to the intelligence of cultures of scarcity, that work with the little resources that they have. The 20th and 21st centuries are the times of mass human migration, human displacement and creation of scarcity. The culture that I focused on that was able to produce incredibly sustainable architecture while in scarcity are the Kabuli People of Khyber
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Poster 142: Claire Baer – Treeline Migration Patterns of Pinus edulis Throughout the Holocene

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Faculty mentor: Larry Coats
The topic of this research was to investigate the arrival of a far-flung population of Colorado pinyon pine (Pinus edulis) in the Crawford Mountains located in Northeastern Utah. Using a reconstructive environmental proxy, Packrat (Neotoma) midden samples, we were able to identify macrofossils from past environments to radiocarbon date to get accurate emergence dates of this new species to the area. 
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