Fall Symposium

Poster #: MASON STEPHENS – Mindfulness and P300 correlational relationship to Time Spent in Nature

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Faculty mentor: David Strayer
Looked at the relationship between time spent in nature and the P300 ERP and self-reported mindfulness ratings. Found that mindfulness increased in nature and that the P3a decreased as mindfulness increased.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: mason_stephens@icloud.com
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Poster #: IAN MCCOLLOUGH – Castable Porous Ceramic Insulation

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Faculty mentor: Raymond Cutler
We have been making use of a standard vibrational plate in order to mix ceramic insulation. We have been using an industrial powder and base, and through the use of additives have been trying to alter its physical properties, such as density, strength, and thermal conductivity. We have been doing this through the use of poreformers such as corn starch and alcohol. In the future we hope to scale up production and begin testing for an altering the thermal conductivity of the cast material.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: ian.mccollough@outlook.com
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Oral #: MICHAEL TAO – Using Collagen-Based Hydrogels To Enhance Cardiomyocyte Differentiation and Direct Structural Alignment In-Vitro

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Faculty mentor: Martin Tristani-Firouzi
The proposed project will optimize engineered collagen-based hydrogels that will serve to mimic the local extracellular matrix to guide human pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes towards anisotropic alignment. The project seeks to optimize electromechanical coupling while providing topographical guidance for hPSC-CMs in vivo.
Watch my research presentation below.
Questions or comments? Contact me at: michael.tao@utah.edu
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Poster #: SARAH HUNT – Addressing Air Quality in the Salt Lake Valley Through the Use of Serious Games

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Faculty mentor: Jeff Rose
This research is focused on addressing air quality in the Salt Lake Valley through the design and implementation of a serious game. The project is still in the early stages as interviews are being conducted to inform game design. The interview process and analysis shows important finding regarding air quality in the Salt Lake Valley that will guide the game design process.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: sarahhunt568@gmail.com
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Poster #: MITCHELL CHILD – Castable, Porous Insulation for Oxygen Generation Applications

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Faculty mentor: Raymond Cutler
Over the last few months we have researched castable ceramic insulation for oxygen generation applications. This involved researching current state of the art of materials used in the industry and this kind of application. The material we needed to create or improve upon needed to be lightweight, strong, and have good insulation for temperatures up to 1200 degrees C. We decided to try and improve the properties of RESCOR-740 and began by characterizing the current material and then adjusting.
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Questions or comments? Contact: mitchchild@comcast.net

 

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Oral #: Alan Chavez – Master Minds and Artists: Visiting Influencers in the Pre-Civil Rights Era

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Faculty mentor: Elizabeth Craft
During this past year, I was able to comb through the Utah Daily Chronicle archives and extract information on music faculty and events. I compiled this information into spreadsheets for the University’s School of Music History Project. During this process, I was able to glimpse into the past and find an impressive attitude toward civil rights and inclusivity fostered at the U. My presentation will attempt to share that discovery with you.
Watch my research presentation below.
Questions or comments? Contact me at: alan_mchavez@hotmail.com
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Oral #: CANDACE BRYAN – The Relationships between Museums and Native Americans: A Case Study of the Natural History Museum of Utah

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Faculty mentor: Elizabeth Archuleta
My honors thesis is a case study of the Natural History Museum of Utah (NHMU) through a review of the relationships between Native Americans and museums. I studied the history of museums in the U.S. by talking about expositions that began the U.S. anthropology and museum movement. I also researched the ways that Native American people have influenced museums through collaboration and tribal museums. Using this knowledge, I did a case study on the Native Voices exhibit at the NHMU.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: 16cbryan6@gmail.com
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Oral #: JOE WASSWEILER – Fixing Tuition Inflation

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Faculty mentor: Cord Bowen
Improved information sources could be most impactful in the process of applying for schools where students would benefit from easy access to critical information such as average return on investment based on chosen major and school, realistic comparison of overall costs, and amount of subsidy they can receive before applying for schools.
Watch my research presentation below.
Questions or comments? Contact me at: u1128278@utah.edu
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Poster #: ANTHONY MURADAS – A Mindful Approach to Perceived Stress for Older Adults Receiving Rehabilitation Services in Long-term Care (LTC)

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Faculty mentor: Katarina Felsted
Stress is common among older adults experiencing the need for health care services such as long-term care. High levels of stress have been linked to major physical and psychological health problems. Mindfulness has been shown to create positive outcomes for mental and physical health, including stress reduction. In an attempt to understand if mindfulness interventions can improve outcomes of perceived stress my study aims to evaluate changes in perceived stress after a mindfulness intervention
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: u0900587@utah.edu
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Poster #: BRIDGET DORSEY – HEALTHCARE PROVIDER BIAS IN ESTIMATING HEALTH LITERACY OF PARENTS IN A PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT

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Faculty mentor: Maija Holsti
Health literacy is a growing concern due to its significant effect on clinical communication and health outcomes. This study aims to quantify the ability of providers to estimate health literacy of parent/guardians in a pediatric emergency department and identify descriptive factors that might be related to misestimates of health literacy.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: bridget.dorsey@utah.edu

 
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Poster #: BRYCE LARSEN – Promoting Osteogenesis using CRISPR-dCas9-VPR

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Faculty mentor: Robby Bowles
Using CRISPR-dCas9-VPR we upregulated genes in adipose-derived stem cells to see if any played a role in osteogenesis. CRISPR-dCas9-VPR is a modified form of CRISPR-Cas9, instead of cutting DNA it attaches onto and helps the cell express the gene following the place of attachment. We used a modified cell line of adipose-derived stem cells that would fluoresce if undergoing bone cell differentiation. After upregulating thousands of genes we noticed some had an effect on osteogenesis.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: bryce.verl.larsen@gmail.com
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Poster #: MACK TAWA – Development of the Binary Categorization for Magnetofossil Robustness Model (BCMRM)

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Faculty mentor: Courtney Wagner
Magnetotactic bacteria produce magnetite that can be preserved through time. A model was created in order to decipher whether or not a sample contains a magnetofossil vs. an inorganic form of magnetite/greigite. This model incorporates new methods that have previously not been discussed in related reviews.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: mackm.tawa@gmail.com
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Poster #: JENS NILSON – Child Labor Trafficking and the Child Welfare System

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Faculty mentor: Annie Isabel Fukushima
The purpose of this research was to identify deficiencies in the identification and response to child labor trafficking in the current welfare system. This study accomplishes the following: 1) contributes understandings to child welfare system responses to human trafficking; 2) gathers information about the types of labor trafficking occurring and 3) furthers research on child labor trafficking, with particular attention to responses during COVID-19.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: jenscnilson@gmail.com

 

 
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Poster #: TARA HOGAN and REBECCA RIVAS- Undergraduate Ethnocentrism

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Faculty mentor: Professor Hayes-Harb
This poster and recording represent the efforts made to replicate Donald Rubin’s 1992 study, “Nonlanguage factors affecting undergraduates’ judgments of nonnative English-speaking teaching assistants.”
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Questions or comments? Contact us at:
Tara Hogan, u0657056@utah.edu
Rebecca Rivas, u1006526@utah.edu  
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Oral #: MEGHAN BURROWS – Youth, Environment, and Belonging

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Faculty mentor: Adrienne Cachelin
This research project set out to explore intersections of conceptions of environment and environmental justice, specifically how youth understand the connection between “environment” and belonging. Goals for this research project:
1-Gain an initial understanding of youth’s conceptions of environment
2-Have students document assets of their community environments
3-Explore how understanding environment as where humans live, work, play, and learn might increase a sense of belonging.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: u1194429@utah.edu
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Poster #: ADRIANA PAYAN-MEDINA – Characterization of Satellite-Derived Air Quality Measurements in Health Applications

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Faculty mentor: Ramkiran Gouripeddi
Generally, air pollution data is obtained from on-ground air pollution monitors. However, on-ground monitors limit available AQ data due to the lack of monitors. In this research project, we utilized NASA satellite data to compare its feasibility to obtain spatially and temporally accurate chemical pollution values. Through statistical analysis, satellite data was compared to on-ground air quality data. We mention the benefits and drawbacks of including satellite data in health research.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: aadrianapayann@gmail.com
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Poster #: MADELINE TRIPP – Addressing Opioid Use in Carbon County, Utah

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Faculty mentor: Linda Edelman
My research focused on trying to understand opioid use in Carbon County, Utah. I conducted interviews with 9 community stakeholders that addressed existing barriers, ideas for improvement, resources that are already working, and perceived impact on the community. These stakeholders included healthcare professionals, government employees, and public health representatives, all individuals who have a unique connection with and perspective of opioid use in the county.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: u1048425@utah.edu
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Poster #: LYNDSAY RICKS – Does the American cockroach’s personality affect its ability to form spatial learning associations?

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Faculty mentor: Donald Feener
In this project, I tested 34 American cockroaches (Periplaneta americana) for traits which are known to be consistent within individuals and vary between them (termed ‘personality’ traits by prior researchers) and examined how they were related and how they relate to the cockroach’s ability to learn, as well as whether research conducted on other cockroaches’ personalities could be extended to P. americana.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: lynn.ricks4@gmail.com
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Poster #: ISABELLE GALLAND – The Phylogenetic Enigma of the Psychedelic Mushroom genus, Psilocybe

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Faculty mentor: Bryn Dentinger
This research project investigates the biological relationships between species in Fungi genus Psilocybe. The genetic database for Psilocybe, psilocybin-producing mushrooms, is lacking sufficient data due to only relying on a small fraction of known species for sequencing. This leads to discrepancies in the phylogeny.By contributing to this research, we will generate a comprehensive, species-level DNA barcode database for Psilocybe which will serve as a reference for future Psilocybe research.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: u1128468@utah.edu
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Poster #: KITSEL LUSTED – Economic Extraction, Recovery, and Upgrading of Rare Earth Elements From Coal-Based Resources

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Faculty mentor: Michael Free
Rare earth elements have properties that make them useful in many applications. This project analyzed the application of biooxidation to the extraction of REEs from coal waste as a means of economically separating REEs from their constituents. Analysis of the recoveries showed that the primary element in the recovery was Yttrium (Y) at 22%, followed closely Cerium at 21% of total recovery.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: kitsellusted@gmail.com

 

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Performance #1: GABI SIU – Contemporary Design in the American West through the Lens of Film

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Faculty mentor: Anne Mooney
Artist’s Statement: Through my research, I have produced 9 short films focused on architecture and design in the American West specifically regarding works by architecture professor Anne Mooney. These films are in conjunction with the book “A Way of Working.” Each film’s connection to research and curation illuminate and further ground my work in partnership with my professor’s comprehension of the landscape of the project. Her work in the field significantly enriches the film’s narratives and further connects its conceptual underpinnings. The videos look at connections between architecture and elements of design work focused on the Bingham Canyon Mine, the immigrant experience of early miners and railroad workers in the region, and the role of extraction economies in the development of the West. The research and inclusion of material in the projects inject personal historical narratives into conversations around contemporary architectural practice. The films provide viewers the opportunity to construct new meaning surrounding the practices of architecture and design in the contemporary American West.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: gabi@siufamily.com

 
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Poster #: BILLY NGUYEN – Elucidating the Molecular Mechanism of Action of the Microsclerodermins

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Faculty mentor: Aaron Puri
Methane-oxidizing bacterium Methylobacter tundripaludum makes a natural product that inhibits the growth of the model yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.Genetic studies and analytical chemistry strongly suggest this compound is a microsclerodermin.Our results from the project show that yeast in log phase are much more susceptible to the compound than stationary phase cells. The result supports the hypothesis that the microsclerodermins have a specific molecular target worthy of further investigation
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Poster #: VALERIE FERNANDEZ – Understanding the Incidence and Risk Factors Associated With Travelers’ Diarrhea

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Faculty mentor: Daniel Leung
The aim of this study is to determine the incidence and risk factors associated with travelers’ diarrhea. To do this, I analyzed data from post-travel surveys and completed bivariate and multivariable analysis. Factors with higher association to travelers’ diarrhea based on the multivariable analysis include travelers who visited SE Asia and/or Africa, went with a larger group, visited rural/countryside regions, had a longer trip duration, and used TD prevention medications/supplements.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: valerieferdls@gmail.com


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Poster #: JAMIE GOETZ – Experimental Archaeology: Modeling the Costs of Groundstone tool-use for Maize Consumption in Range Creek Canyon, Utah

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Faculty mentor: Shannon Boomgarden
This experiment adds to the data set exploring how costly it was it to be a Fremont farmer in Range Creek Canyon, UT, and why they made the decisions they made? This research aids in understanding this question by gathering quantitative data (kcals/hour) on the cost of processing maize for consumption. In addition to the quantitative data, participants in actualistic experiments provide many observations about the process of grinding maize that ethnographic/archaeological records cannot provide.
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Poster #: RILEY MURRAY – Bioavailable Strontium For Archaeological Studies In Modern Manhattan, New York

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Faculty mentor: Diego Fernandez
200 burials were uncovered in Manhattan’s Spring Street Cemetery. These individuals represent a diverse population, and offer a great opportunity for studying population migration. Our research uses strontium isotopes to distinguish between locals and migrants in Manhattan. We are particularly interested in a key question: can we use the Strontium 87/86 isotopic ratio as an elemental tracer to establish a local and nonlocal human population in a complex urban environment like modern Manhattan?
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: rileymurray1324@gmail.com
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Poster #: VERONICA LUKASINSKI – Visualizing Gender-Based Violence Policy Data Collection for the State of Utah

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Faculty mentor: Annie Fukushima
This presentation introduces the still ongoing process of reviewing gender-based violence policies found in the state of Utah. The methodology is provided and preliminary findings are explored. Ultimately, this research will contribute to the “Visualizing Gender-Based Violence” project conceived by the University of Utah’s Gender-Based Violence Consortium, which will include resources to various social services, along with policy information.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: u0744845@utah.edu

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Poster #: FATIMA FAIZI – Type 1 diabetes self-care: your daily dose of diabetes

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Faculty mentor: Man Hung
My research on the factors associated with type 1 diabetes was conducted online through pubmed. Diabetes is a disease that affects people across the lifespan, from childhood to adulthood, one can be diagnosed with diabetes at any age and at any time in their life. There are two types of diabetes type 1(T1D) and type 2 diabetes (T2D).This research is focused specifically on T1D. There are many factors that are associated with T1D such as sleep deprivation, high fructose corn syrup, and caffeine.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: fatima.n.faizi@gmail.com


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Poster #: JIMENA MURILL – Psychology and Intervention Use

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Faculty mentor: Zac Imel
The following research study analyzed the components of psychotherapy. The effectiveness of psychotherapy has been attributed to a combination of specific interventions, techniques, and common elements (common factors) that are widely used across different approaches in therapy (Wampold & Imel, 2015). We hypothesized that therapists who have a high rating of common factor items will utilize more specific non-CF interventions compared to therapists with low common factor ratings.
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Poster #: JOSHUA URRY – The mediating role of coping behaviors in the relation between partner relationship quality and infant stress

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Faculty mentor: Robert Vlisides-Henry
This study examined the association between a mother’s partner relationship quality during pregnancy and her infant’s stress signs after birth and if the mother’s coping behaviors during pregnancy mediated this relation. It was found that partner relationship quality during pregnancy was not associated with infant stress signs and coping behaviors did not act as a mediator. However, coping behaviors did act as a mediator between partner relationship quality and depression.
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Poster #: SALLY MATTHEWS – Determining Kinship in Wild Savanna Chimpanzees (Pan Troglodytes Verus) from Fongoli, Senegal

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Faculty mentor: Leslie Knapp
Analyzing genetic diversity in a population can be valuable in anticipating the possible effects environmental change can have on a population. My project will be to identify microsatellites in nuclear DNA to create unique genotypic profiles of individual chimpanzees to examine relatedness, assess genetic diversity in the populations. I aim to test the hypothesis that male chimpanzees will be more related in the population than the female chimpanzees.
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Poster #: KAITLYN STEVENS – Identifying RNAi Modifiers Leading to Cellular Apoptosis in Retinal Degeneration

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Faculty mentor: Clement Chow
Our lab performed a study that examined the effect of genetic variation on Drosophila models; using a genome-wide association study, we identified candidate modifiers. The majority of these candidate genes were ones that influenced variation in retinal degeneration played a part in apoptosis. I helped perform a new apoptosis-specific screen to find additional modifier genes. Among several hits, here I will present data on one promising gene, bru1.
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Poster #: AUSTIN JOHNSON – Efficacy of a Hospital-Based Exercise Program on Physical Outcomes linked with Survival Among Cancer Survivors

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Faculty mentor: Adriana Coletta
In this retrospective study, we assessed change in cancer treatment-related side effects linked with survival, such as cardiorespiratory fitness, physical function, and muscular endurance after participation in Huntsman Cancer Institute’s clinical exercise oncology program called the Personal Optimism With Exercise Recovery (POWER) program.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: u1008448@utah.edu
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Poster #: YINGRI LI – Affinity purification of histidine-tagged galactose-1 phosphate uridylyltransferase (GALT)

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Faculty mentor: Kent Lai
The main goal of this project was to develop and refine the purification process of GALT, in order to use this protein for further identification of inhibitors.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: annie826.li@gmail.com
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Poster #: SU JIN HWANG – The Association Between Pre-Existing Depressive Symptoms and COVID-19 Related Stress Among Adoptive Parents

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Faculty mentor: Lee Raby
Prior studies have shown the association between depression symptoms and the impact of COVID-19 pandemic among the general population. This study aims to examine whether level of depressive symptoms prior to the pandemic is associated with various outcomes during the pandemic among adoptive parents: overall level of stress related to COVID-19, sleep quality, and distress due to their family’s reduced access to positive social interactions due to social isolation.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: u1059878@utah.edu
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Poster #: ZACK BISKUPIAK – Understanding the Operational Definition of Mindfulness Meditation

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Faculty mentor: Eric Garland
Mindfulness meditation and mindfulness based interventions are a promising new area of research in the fields of psychology, social work, and more. In order to conduct effective research on an abstract concept such as mindfulness, we need to have a strong operational definition of what it constitutes. Conducted in tandem with Dr. Eric Garlands Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health Intervention Development (CMIIND), this research project was to examine the specific mechanisms of meditation
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Poster #: NATHAN NELLIS – Econometric Analysis on the Impact of Water Rates on Resident Usage and City Revenue: A Study in Salt Lake County, Utah

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Faculty mentor: Scott Schaefer
My project examines the effect a change in municipal water rates has on water consumption. City officials estimated a 5% increase in water rates would yield a 5% increase in city revenue, but the year after water revenue decreased by 1%. Using linear regression I found average usage should have decreased between 119-238 gallons per month for the average household after the rate change but that the average monthly bill should have risen by $3.43, resulting in an increase in revenue of 1.5-4.2%.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: n8nellis@gmail.com

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Oral #: MARIO RAMIREZ-ARRAZOLA – Adding Up The Cost of Excluding Undocumented Utahns from State and Federal COVID-19 Relief

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Faculty mentor: Thomas Maloney
My research paper looks at the unfair nature and economics implications of leaving out the Utahn undocumented community from COVID-19 state and federal relief aid. There is quantitative research into the amount of money they were barred from and its implications.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: u1181736@umail.utah.edu
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Poster #: ANNIE WALTON – Sex Differences in Dispositional Mindfulness and its Effect on Acupuncture Treatment Outcomes

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Faculty mentor: Lisa Taylor-Swanson
This study aimed to improve acupuncture program outcomes for patients who rated their chronic pain as three or greater on a scale of 0-10 for three or more months. The purpose of this thesis was to investigate whether males and females differ in dispositional mindfulness after receiving an acupuncture treatment with or without a mindfulness intervention.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: annie.walton@utah.edu
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Poster #: EMILY CEBROWSKI – “Weary Feet and Flaked Stone” Testing the predictive power of cost path analysis as a suitability measure for Ideal Free Distribution

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Faculty mentor: Brian Codding
This research project addresses the spatial relationships between the places that prehistoric people lived, and the places they gathered. The Ideal Free Distribution spatial model was used to demonstrate that the lithic quarry was a central focus of the local prehistoric economy of the Lower Dolores River Valley. Research modeling indicates a positive relationship between site density and path suitability.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: emily.cebrowski@gmail.com
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