Undergraduate Research Symposium 2020

Poster 105: Sarah Hamilton – Chemical Variability and Characterization of San Carlos Olivine for Geochemical and Experimental Studies

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Faculty mentor: Sarah Lambart
The chemical characterization of San Carlos olivine using minor and major element analysis.
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Poster 75: Taylor Aucutt – Tumor Genomics as a Route to Clarifying Inherited Genetics in Multiple Myeloma

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Faculty mentor: Nicola Camp
Multiple myeloma (MM), a plasma cell cancer, is one of the more common hematological malignancies and is increasing 0.8%/yr. Treatments have improved but most patients do not survive 5 years. Notably, it has double the incidence in African Americans. A novel approach, introduced by the Camp lab, for modeling gene expression in tumors has been applied to MM tumor cells in hopes to one day understand molecular racial disparities, predict survival and response to treatment in MM patients.
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Poster 89: Miranda Jones – Perspectives from Students in the Native American Summer Research Internship Program

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Faculty mentor: Maija Holsti
The aim of this study is to explore the perceptions of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) undergraduate students by examining Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) experiences and identifying potential challenges or barriers to visualizing careers in science and health. This study is important because it provides narratives from AI/AN people, who have been historically marginalized in research.
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Poster 180: Ebony Miller – Eyewitness Identification: A Scoping Review

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Faculty mentor: Joanne Yaffe
Mistaken eyewitness identification often leads to false convictions of innocent suspects. We need a strong body of evidence on variables affecting the accuracy of facial identification by witnesses to crime stop this pattern. The goal of this research project is to locate the available experimental research on variables affecting eyewitness confidence and accuracy to create an online, interactive database, called an “evidence and gap map”.
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Poster 34: Spencer Iverson – Low-Cost, Bluetooth Surface Electromyography Acquisition Device

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Faculty mentor: Jake George
The long-term goal of this project is to increase the availability of surface electromyographic (sEMG) data by developing a low-cost, wireless EMG-acquisition device.
The prototype system is composed of an inexpensive microcontroller, Bluetooth module, and an eight-channel analog-to-digital converter. Preliminary tests show that the system can acquire sEMG at 1 kHz with a signal-to-noise ratio of 3. Processed sEMG can be sent to a smartphone in real-time.
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Poster 58: Carlo Cardozo – The Associated Benefits, Barriers, and the Feasibility of DPP In Community Practice: A Literature Review

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Faculty mentor: Janet Shaw
The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), which compared the medication metformin and intensive lifestyle intervention for patients with pre-diabetes, was shown to reduce the incidence of diabetes by 58 percent over placebo. The current literature review aims to explore lifestyle intervention trials from the original study to other populations, as well as to address the practicality and efficacy of DPP outside of a rigorously conducted clinical trial.
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Poster 95: Yingyue Li – Genotyping of phosphoglucomutase 2 deficiency mouse model

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Faculty mentor: Kent Lai
Phosphoglucomutase 1 (PGM1) deficiency is a metabolic disorder caused by mutations in the PGM1 genes. PGM1 deficiency is extremely dangerous in infancy and leads to the malfunction of several organs. However, because it is so rare, PGM1 deficiency has not been well studied. The purpose of this project is to genotype a mouse model focusing on PGM2, which is the isoenzyme of PGM1, in mice.
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Poster 121: Calder Duffin – Probing Peptide Substrate Recognition of Radical S-Adenosyl Methionine Enzyme Tte1186 via Assay of Synthesized Peptide Substrate Mutants and Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectroscopy Analysis

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Faculty mentor: Vahe Bandarian
Mutant peptide substrates for the radical SAM enzyme Tte1186 were synthesized and assayed for reactivity to probe the pattern of recognition for the maturase enzyme to be used as a notion for other radical SAM enzymes that create mature RiPPs. Assays were analyzed via LC/MS to verify cross-link formation.
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Poster 76: Lori Begaye – Undertreated Iron Deficiency Anemia Increase the Risk of Postpartum Blood Transfusion

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Faculty mentor: Michelle Debbink
Transfusion is a common cause of severe maternal morbidity(SMM) and often associated with postpartum hemorrhage. Women with anemia more so iron deficiency(IDA )are more likely to receive transfusions, but it is unknown whether prenatal treatment improves maternal outcomes. We hypothesize, undertreated IDA increases risk of transfusion-related SMM compared to treated IDA, access to prenatal care may drive this relationship. Our research will determine if treating anemia reduces transfusion risk.
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Poster 163: Pedro Padilla-Martinez – What do Marijuana Arrests Look Like in Utah? Are there Racial Disparities?

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Faculty mentor: Edmund Fong
Determined what Utah marijuana arrests look like from 2015-2018. Found that arrests are increasing. Majority of arrests are for possession and disproportionately impact minorities, especially African-American and Native American communities. There is a Latino data problem. Therefore, Utah lawmakers should consider reducing criminal penalties for marijuana possession and better practices of tracking those arrested.
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Poster 106: Chase Hodges-Heilmann – Analyzing dust events in the Wasatch snowpack

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Faculty mentor: Anna Hallar
Dust on snow is an important issue and so analyzing where dust is coming from is an issue with utmost importance. For this research I analyzed when dust events happened and where they came from. I found two days where dust is coming from the Great Salt Lake area which means that if the Great Salt Lake dries out more then it’s feasible there will be more dust from the Great Salt Lake area.
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Poster 41: Spencer Sawas – Validating Expression of an Attachment Site for Synthetic Mucin Mimics

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Faculty mentor: Jessica Kramer
The goal of this research was to create a method of attaching synthetically created versions of mucins to the surface of cells. This attachment site will be a genetically modified form of the natural mucin, so it will be able to maintain cellular communication. This attachment site has shown to be accurately expressed in mammalian cells through both fluorescence microscopy and western blot analysis.
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Poster 43: Kelsee Todd – Development of an Automated Baculovirus Titration Assay Using Neutral Red and Endpoint Dilution Methods

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Faculty mentor: Susan Bock
The goal is to develop a novel baculovirus titration method incorporating features from plaque assay and end-point dilution assay methods to obtain automated, quantitative measurements of baculovirus stock titers.
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Lauren Cordova – Associations Between Sociodemographics, Method Choice and Discontinuation of Free Contraceptives

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Faculty mentor: Claudia Geist
Unplanned pregnancies makeup nearly half of all pregnancies. This prompted the HER Salt Lake Project to distribute free contraceptives to women in Salt Lake County, Utah. My research analyzes the sociodemographics of the women that discontinued or switched their free contraceptive method. Results revealed women of color, of lower education level, and higher income were more likely to discontinue or switch their contraceptive method.
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Poster 158: Brittney Hayes – The Effect Of Emotion Regulation On The Heart: Online Social Interactions And Autonomic Nervous System Functioning

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Faculty mentor: Tim Smith
The effects of emotion regulation on cardiovascular responses were examined in a sample of N = 162 college students who underwent a simulated online interaction. Participants with greater emotion dysregulation had lower heart rate change scores from baseline to talk, indicating potential blunted reactivity. Systolic and diastolic blood pressure were not associated with emotion regulation in this sample. These main effects were also conditional upon a two-way interaction, which were significant.
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Poster 127: Justin Kelleher – Experimental Adaptation of Influenza a Virus to Specific Host Genotypes

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Faculty mentor: Wayne Potts
Influenza A virus (IAV) is evolutionarily dynamic with high mutations rates (Chen, Holmes 2006), which allows immune evasion and quick viral adaptation to different host genotypes. This makes IAV an ideal model pathogen to test how adaptation to specific hosts affects viral fitness and virulence and measure tradeoffs associated with host-specific adaptation. This report presents the final findings of this work.
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Poster 101: Paige Shipman – Efficacy of treating chronic rhinosinusitis with high volume budesonide irrigations

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Faculty mentor: Jeremiah Alt
Chronic rhinosinusitis or CRS is characterized by inflammation lasting longer then 12 weeks in the Paranasal sinuses and lining of the nasal cavity. One of the barriers in the medical treatment of CRS is the delivery of topical steroids to the sinuses. One of the ways to do this is the off-label use of a corticosteroid, like budesonide, in a high-volume saline sinus rinse. Our study looked at mixing 0.5 mg of budesonide in 240ml of saline rinsed daily.
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Poster 42: Ryan Tatton – Simulations of dMRI Reconstruction Explore Effects of Axonal Spacing

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Faculty mentor: Edward Hsu
We present a versatile numerical phantom for characterization of reconstruction techniques’ limitations in diverse axonal environments. A method for modeling compartment exchange is set forth. The numerical phantom’s utility is demonstrated by assessing the angular resolution of DSI and Exact Q Ball with increasing axonal spacing. The simulation environment shows promise for augmenting current efforts to characterize reconstruction methods.
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Oral 8: Caitlin Silianoff – Objectified: Bodily Fragmentation in the Metaphysical Conceit

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Faculty mentor: Chris Mead
My Honors thesis investigates bodily fragmentation and metaphoric direction in seventeenth-century poetry. I focus in particular on John Donne and Richard Crashaw, two contemporaneous metaphysical poets with a common tendency to animate and mobilize detached body parts in service of their poetic themes. This project engages with and tests the limits of Object-Oriented Ontology to explain the use of bodily imagery in relation to emotional and spiritual subjects.
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Poster 165: Amy Palmer – The Associations Between Maternal and Paternal Stress During Pregnancy and Newborn Outcomes

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Faculty mentor: Elisabeth Conradt
High maternal stress during pregnancy has been associated with newborn neurodevelopmental outcomes. Little is known about the associations between prenatal paternal care and newborn outcomes. Using data from a longitudinal study, we aimed to fill this gap. Results showed high levels of prenatal maternal stress are associated with high levels of prenatal paternal stress. High prenatal maternal stress predicts lower newborn attention and arousal.
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Poster 50: Erin Jackson – Representation and Interpretation: Understanding Text Through Images in the Romance of the Rose

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Faculty mentor: Jessen Kelly
An examination of the relationship between the images and text of the Romance of the Rose, with a focus on the scene at the Fountain of Narcissus.
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Poster 97: Aaron McMurray – Genetic Interactions and Osmoregulatory Effects of Human Disease Genes Blos4, Vps16B, Vps33B, and WNK in Drosophila

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Faculty mentor: Aylin Rodan
My research focus is the interaction of four Drosophila genes (Blos4, Vps16B, Vps33B, and WNK) and their effects on osmoregulation, using RNA interference, mutant crosses, and salt-sensitivity assays. These genes are implicated in membrane trafficking dysfunction and several human diseases. Results so far have shown that disruption of Blos4 or Vps33B suppresses the lethality of over-active WNK mutants and that knockdown of Vps16B causes a salt-sensitivity phenotype.
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Poster 109: Kalen Gunter – Interactions Between Family Caregivers and Visiting Hospice Nurses

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Faculty mentor: Lee Ellington
The goal of this research is to discover the strategies nurses are using in order to help assist full-time employed FCGs who are caring for cancer patients enrolled in hospice programs. This was accomplished by a descriptive study in which transcripts of nurse-employed family caregiver interactions during hospice home visits will be reviewed and encoded. We found that the family caregiver initiated conversation about employment more frequently than the hospice nurse did.
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Poster 87: Chieko Hoki – Understanding the Role of NETs in Ischemic Stroke Outcomes

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Faculty mentor: Robert Campbell
The development of ischemic stroke is contributed to by dysregulated platelets/platelet necrosis. During inflammatory conditions such as thrombosis, neutrophils are recruited to the site of injury and release DNA into the extracellular milieu called NETs. Using an experimental mouse model with techniques such as tMCAO and imaging via confocal microscopy, it was determined that in the presence of NIF, fewer platelets and neutrophils were found in the brain as compared to when NIF was not present.
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Oral 19: Jaya Muehlman – Effects of wind-generated underwater noise on southern right whale group dynamics

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Faculty mentor: Jon Seger
The purpose of this study is to investigate whether underwater noise affects the grouping behavior of southern right whale mother/calf pairs. Results indicate a significant relationship between an increase in underwater noise due to wind speed and an increase in the number of whales joining groups. This study gives insight into individual whale behavior, their strategies for survival, and response to environments where noise makes communication difficult.
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Poster 35: Andrew Jue – Characterization of Quartz Tuning Forks for Quantitative Force Measurement Across Single Nanometer Gaps

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Faculty mentor: Keunhan (Kay) Park
Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is often used to measure interaction forces across nanoscale gaps. In our research, a miniaturized quartz tuning fork (QTF) is used to measure these forces by attaching a sharp tip at the end of one QTF prong. To quantitatively measure the interaction force with a QTF probe, the dynamic behaviors of the QTF are modeled and correlated with the measurement. This model allows us to extract the gap-dependent interaction forces within single nanometer vacuum gaps.
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Poster 118: Austin Cannon – Novel Ligand Synthesis for CO2 Hydrogenation

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Faculty mentor: Caroline Saouma
As the world continues to rely on fossil fuels, it is imperative that new carbon sources are found. Ideally, CO2 can be used as such a source due to it’s abundance in the atmosphere which causes negative effects on the environment. However, CO2 is not reactive, necessitating the need for catalysts that can help convert CO2 into value added chemicals. This research invokes the use of a triphosphine pincer complex with a ruthenium metal center. The observed product after hydrogenation is formate.
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Poster 100: Abdul Osman – Progression of SNHL in Patients with Trisomy 21

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Faculty mentor: Albert Park
This project is observing patients who have downs syndrome and an initial diagnosis of SNHL and looking to see if they develop progressive hearing loss.
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Oral 5: Kimberly Brown – Shakespearean Support Group

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Faculty mentor: Robert Scott Smith
I wrote a play called Shakespearean Support Group, that focuses on Shakespeare’s characters in the setting of a support group focused on managing and addressing their “Shakespearean Traumas.” I did this by researching Philosophy, Mental Health and Shakespeare.
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Poster 19: Katie Bezdjian – Design of a High-Temperature Receiver for Concentrated Solar Power Energy Conversion

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Faculty mentor: Mathieu Francoeur
The research I did this semester is part of a larger research project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. This semester, I researched different discrete dipole approximation (DDA) codes to determine which code is best for this project moving forward.
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Poster 72: Mckenzie Cowan, Lindsi Burr, Frances Hina Goldsmith – Intelligibility, Comprehensibility, and Accentedness in L2 Speech

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Faculty mentor: Rachel Hayes-Harb
This undergraduate study is a replication of Kennedy and Trofimovich’s Intelligibility, Comprehensibility, and Accentedness of L2 speech (2008.) This study replicates as closely as possible the original study to promote transparency within the field of Linguistics. This replication looks at how a listener’s previous experience with non-native English, and the semantic context within text, affects how listeners rate intelligibility, comprehension, and the accentedness of the speech.
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Poster 69: Hallie Allan – Noun Incorporation in Crow: An Assessment of Various Approaches

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Faculty mentor: Aniko Csirmaz
Crow, a Siouan language, exhibits an interesting phenomenon called noun incorporation. This is where noun and nominal structures are brought into the verbal structure. In this language, this is a highly productive and complex process. Therefore, I examine four approaches to incorporation, which are morphological, head movement, autolexical syntax, and phrasal movement, in order to determine which approach best accounts for the incorporation phenomena seen in this language.
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Oral 11: Maria Stokes – The Making of Method

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Faculty mentor: Hugh Cagle
I juxtapose two astrophysical developments: early uses of optical telescopes by Galileo in the seventeenth century and the introduction of gravitational wave astronomy, focusing on the LIGO-Virgo Collaboration. I examine Galileo’s writings and provide a survey of LIGO-Virgo gravitational wave detectors. This comparative study evaluates the development of scientific method which carries implications for many fields.
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Visual Arts 1: Mandy Tran – Love to Resist

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Faculty mentor: Darius Bost
Artist’s Statement: Family love is often thought to be given in a particular way. In North America, we often see families show their love to one another through physical affection and words of affirmation. This project challenges norms of North American family love by exploring representations of love among Asian American families. Through a series of letters I explore representations of family love in Asian/Asian American communities in hopes of creating a space of healing for those who have experienced discrimination based on racial and gender stereotypes. I use theories of social justice, to examine Ins Choi’s 2011 play, Kim’s Convenience, about a Korean family living in Toronto, Canada, alongside my own experiences to explore the intersections of love, family, and culture. I hope as you read through these letters with an open mind and open heart that you will find your own voice to speak about your own unique expressions of family love.
With love, Mandy Tran
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Poster 32: Colin Hancock – Learning Efficacy – A New Casing for A Tuberculosis Biosensor

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Faculty mentor: Swomitra Mohanty
Our team works on developing biosensors to be used in diagnosing respiratory illness, especially tuberculosis. This research project focused on adapting new electrochemical knowledge and changing biosensor sizes to a new casing which allows for patient breath to directly interact with the sensor surfaces while maintaining a degree of user-friendliness.
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Poster 88: Amanda Horiuchi – Perm1: A Novel Regulator of Mitochondrial Energetics in Cardiomyocytes

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Faculty mentor: Junco Warren
Perm1 (PGC-1 and ERR regulator, muscle 1) is a striated muscle-specific regulator of metabolism. Despite the dominant expression of Perm1 in the heart, its role in the healthy and diseased hearts is unknown. Our newly generated Perm1 knockout mice developed heart failure, concurrent with downregulation of proteins involved in oxidative phosphorylation. Thus, our study suggests that Perm1 is a novel regulator of cardiac energetics and function.
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Poster 102: Spencer Tingey – Human Arteriovenous Fistula Wall Thickness in the First Six Months After Creation

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Faculty mentor: Yan-Ting Shiu
We took MRI scans of patients undergoing arteriovenous fistula creation surgery at 1-3 days, 6 weeks and 6 months after the operation. Using these MRI scans, three-dimensional models were reconstructed and measurements were taken of the vessel wall thickness and lumen area. We found that the vessel wall thickens over the first six months after AVF creation, and this thickening is positively correlated with changes to the lumen area over the same time period.
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Poster 129: Markell Kolendrianos – Determining the molecular structure of zeaxanthin-GSTP1 complex

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Faculty mentor: Martin Horvath
The macula of the human eye is enriched in carotenoids, antioxidants capable of protecting against light damage. The carotenoid zeaxanthin and its protective functions is controlled by the protein, GSTP1. I am working towards determining the structure of zeaxanthin in complex with GSTP1 to reveal the molecular interactions critical for the protection of the eye and elucidate its role in the prevention of ocular diseases.
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Poster 115: Jonah Barber – Persistent Current From Spin Orbit Interaction In Helicoidal Quantum Wires

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Faculty mentor: Eugene Mishchenko
We study the system of a helix shaped quantum wire with spin orbit coupling (SOC). We say the system has conducting electrons. I a specific regime, when the eigenspins point along the angular direction of the wire, and if the magnetic field generated by a current in the wire is large enough, and other conditions, then the total energy of the wire will be in the state of having non-zero current, thus if connected to itself in a loop, it will spontaneously acquire a current.
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Poster 60: Brennan Cronquist – The POMS “Crater” Profile as seen in College Students

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Faculty mentor: Maria Newton
College students are exhibiting to increasing phenomena: 1. levels of sedentary time 2. Mental Health Concerns. There are a wealth of studies performed examining the effects of physical activity on mental health. However, there have been no previous studies examining the effect of sedentary activity on the POMS emotional health scale in college students. This study seeks to answer the question, what is the mood state profile of college students who are more or less sedentary?
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