11th Annual CBU
Student Research Poster Session 
Tuesday, 17 April 2007
11:00 am -2:00 pm

Sabbatini Lounge (East Lounge), 
2nd floor Thomas Center
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Best Poster Awards

Sponsored by CBU's chapter of Alpha Chi, the national honor society.

  • Research Posters on display: 11:00 am – 1:45 pm, Tuesday, 17 April 2007
Dr. Holmes presents the 2007 Dominic Dunn Award to Bobby LawrenceBobby Lawrence, the 2007 Dominic Dunn Award Recipient



Student Research Posters ~ 2007
 1.  CE Award RibbonBridge Design for Desoto County, Mississippi.  Linh Duong.

2.  BIOL    Non-Invasive Methods for Measuring Bamboo Intake in Giant Pandas.Whitney Heath, Heidi Bissell, and Jennifer Bernard. 

3.  ECE Award RibbonMotorized Ty-Rap Gun.  Aimen Abdi.

4.  PSYC    The Effect of Attractiveness on Likeability and Sociability.  Sharonda Wilson, Sarah Cagan, and Tracy Mims.

5.  CE     Drainage and Roadway Design. Kimberly A. Sohacki.

6.  PHY Award RibbonUsing Quantum Oscillators and Perturbation Theory to Estimate the Van der Waals Force.  Matthew Morgan.

7.  MATH Award RibbonThe Perron-Frobenius Theorem and Team Rankings: Use of matrix operations to rank the CBU Men's Basketball Team.  J.  P. Masterson.

8.  ME   Single Cylinder Test Rig: Optimization for Alternative Fuel Use.  Cristian Capote.  Sponsor: CBU Mechanical Engineering Department.

9.  BIOL   Molecular Expression of Sigma Receptors in Mouse Smooth Muscle. Sean Wilson, Shreedeepalakshmi.vedam, and Raven Fifer.

10. CE    Geotechnical Aspects of Bridge. Lamar Christopher Rutland.

11. PSYC   The Effect of Speech Impediments and Race on Ratings of Intelligence and Personal Appeal.  Laura Bailey and Megan Fitzgerald.

12. BIOL   FOS Expression in Brainstem Nuclei after Conditioned Taste Aversion.  Makita Reed and John Boughter.

13. ECE  The Design Steps in Sizing an Emergency Generator.  Robert Turnage.

14. BIOL   Incorporation  Of HA Into H5N1 Vaccine Virus Is Independent Of  Matrix Origin. Sheharyar Minhas and Richard Webby.

15. ME    Force Diagnostics for Diesel Engine Assembly.  Michael D. Johnson. Sponsor: Cummins Diesel Recon.

16. BIOL  Diabetes Prevalence Trends among African-Americans and Hispanics: 2001-2003.Kanika Townsend and L. M. Brown. 

17. PSYC   The Effect of Presumed Alcohol Use on Self-efficacy.  Greg Griffin, Erin Huff, and Shelley Lawrence.

18. CE    Hydrologic Aspects.  Joseph Michael Parker.

19.  BIOL  Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Sales: A helping hand or a crippling crutch? Jay Scott, Corey Foster, and Malinda Fitzgerald.

20.  CE   Environmental Impact.  Cara Jean O’Hern.

21.  MATH  Group Theory and the Rubik's Cube.  Nathan Chantara.

22.  BIOL  Towards Cloning The Ryanodine Receptor Type 2 From Rat Cerebral Artery Myocytes.Jennie Nguyen, Jiaxi Liu, and Alex M. Dopico.

23.  BIOL MHIRT Award RibbonPre-hatching expression of AMPA-type glutamate receptors in the Nucleus of the Edinger-Westphal of chicks.  Jordan M. Klein, Claudio A. B. Toledo, Reena S. Patel, Bob J. Dalsania, Adriane Wilkinson, Anton Reiner, and Malinda E. C. Fitzgerald.

24.  PSYC  Cognitive Performance in Athletes and Non-athletes Under Pressure.Krista Gyarmati, Bridget Buckley, and Ponecia Anderson.

25.  BIOL MHIRT  Hypoxia Stimulates Elevated Heat Shock Protein Expression in the Cultivated Shrimp Species, Litopenaeuvannamei.Hannah Shackelford,  M. R. F. Marques, and M. Henneman.

26.  CE     Traffic and Transportation Design.  James Hathcock.

27.  CHEM   Identification of Stable forms of Calyculaglycosides A-C through Molecular Modeling.  Whitney Donald and David P. Dawson.

28.   ECE  Radio Frequency Identification in Distribution Packaging.  Leon A. Faison.

29.  BIOL Cellular Retinol Binding Protein Levels in RPE Deprived and RPE Attached Retinas.   Monica Jablonski, XiaoFei Wang, and Chantel Engleberg.

30.  ME Award RibbonTemperature-Controlled Packaging Initiative.  Thomas Blake O’Briant.  Sponsor: Wright  Medical Technology,  Inc.

31.  BIOL   Seasonal Starch and Sugar Content of Bamboo Culms.  Brett Prentiss, Heidi Bissell, and Jennifer Bernard.

32.  ME   Electronically Controlled Overhead Valve Engine.  Marc Deason.  Sponsor: CBU Mechanical and Electrical Engineering / Computer Science Departments.

33.  BIOL   Polymorphisms in macrophage’s endotoxin receptors may predispose patients to peri-implant osteolysis.  Bobby Lawrence, Luciana P. Schwab, and Richard Smith.

34.  CE     Bridge Design.  Miriam Allison Taylor.

35.  PSYC   The Effect of Attachment Style and Equity in Others on Relationship Satisfaction and Perceived Equity.  Jermel Tucker and Charmaine Cruz.

36.  BIOL Award RibbonThe Effect of Carbon Nanofibers on NIH 3T3 Fibroblast Proliferation.  Brian Kim, Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, and Eldon Geisert.

37. CHEM   Asymmetric Synthesis of 1,2-Amino Alcohols for use as Precursors to Analogs of Ethambutol.  Mitchell Lingerfelt, Raghunandan Yendapally, and Richard E. Lee.

38.  PSYC   Internal and External Motivation and Reading Comprehension.  Christy Marshall and Meagan Shackleford.

39. ECE  Solenoid Actuated Valve Engine.  Taylor Pearcy.

40.  ME   Automotive Component Cleaning Technologies.  Rachel Ann Hartsell. Sponsor: Cummins Diesel Recon.

41.  CE   Hydrologic and Hydraulic Analysis and Design.  Trevor Alexander Hall.

42.  BIOL  Regulation of Dube3a Substrates in the Drosophila melanogaster Nervous System.  Alan Newton and Lawrence Reiter. 

43.  PSYC  The Effect of Tempo and Tempo Change on Mood.  Russell Brandon and Contessa Williams.

44.  ME   Aluminum Frame Packaging Line Improvements.  Darrie Jenkins, Jr.  Sponsor: Kawneer, an Alcoa Company.

45.  CE   Traffic and Transportation Design.  Rebecca Angel Forrester.

46. CHEM Award RibbonCharacterization of an Unusual Calcium-binding Protein From the Genus Ilex. Phuc Anh Nguyen and Dennis L. Merat.

47. ECE    The Whispering Wheel.  Chris Nielsen.

48.  PSYC Award RibbonThe Relationship Between Exercise and Depression.  Victoria Kronenwetter and Brittany Cochran.

49.  ME   Next-Generation Inner-Blade Lubrication Device.  Ryan Ross.  Sponsor: Gyrus-ENT.

50.  PSYC  The Effect of Attractiveness on Performance Evaluation.  Leanne Britton and Thais Hunter.

51.  CE   Bridge design. Thomas P. Hardin.

52.  ECE   Radio Controlled Breakthrough.  Hashim Alsaffar and Adam Coats.

53.  MHIRT  Implementing Malaria Education in Uganda.  Julia Hannebrink and Crystan Ton.

54. BIOL   Characterization of the dioctylglycerol pyrophosphate-binding pocket of lysophosphatidic acid 3 receptor. Sana Mujahid, Yuko Fujiwara, Ryoko Tsukahara, William J. Valentine, and Gabor J. Tigyi.

55.  BIOL MHIRT Award RibbonThe Effects of Agricultural Land Clearing Surrounding Emas National Park, Brazil, on the Viability and Diet of the Maned Wolf.  Laura Anglin, Ashle Ragsdale, Carly Vynne, and Leandro Silveira.

56.  BIOL  MHIRT  Distribution of glutamate receptors and calcium-binding proteins in the Purkinje cells of the chick cerebellum.  Bernard H. Bach, Raquel S. Pires, Malinda E. C. Fitzgerald, and Cláudio A. B. Toledo. 

57. MHIRT   The MHIRT Experience in Brazil and Uganda.  Undergraduate Summer Research Experience. Malinda E. C. Fitzgerald and Teri Mason.

"Learning is intense when one is doing research. In the pursuit of primary data, one acquires skills that cannot be found in books, including time-management techniques and the ability to think quickly and solve difficult problems." Halaby, Reginald.  2001.  Promoting Undergraduate Research in Science. The Scientist 15[8]:35, Apr. 16, 2001.
Participating Courses and Professors
Biology Mentored and Independent Research (Biol 462/465)
Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald
Chemistry Research Seminar (Chem 431)
Dr. Dennis Merat
Civil Engineering (CE 432)
Dr. K. Madhavan
ECE Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE 410)
Dr. John Ventura
Mathematics Senior Seminar (Math 482)
Ms. Cathy Carter
Mechanical Engineering (ME 408)
Dr. Bernard Beard 
Summer International Research
Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald and Dr. Teri Mason
Physics Senior Research (Phys 492)
Dr. John Varriano
Research in Behavioral Sciences (Psyc 355)
Dr. Maureen O’Brien
Special Thanks to all the Mentors and Funding Agencies.
Thanks to Alpha Chi Honor Society for sponsorship.
(At the session, posters by AX Members are identified with gold seal.)

"Undergraduate students' enthusiasm and ingenious approaches to research problems can be very stimulating to the research program.  Working with student and faculty collaborators on research problems of common interest is rewarding, intellectually satisfying, and best of all, fun."  Halaby, Reginald.  2001.  Promoting Undergraduate Research in Science. The Scientist 15[8]:35, Apr. 16, 2001.

Thanks to all the Mentors

who directed student research projects.
Best Poster Awards
  The 2007 Student Research Poster Session on April 17 featured the highest number of posters in the 11-year history of the session. 
  • The organizers thank all the faculty and mentors for their participation, especially the judges -- 
        • Dr. Randel Price (Chemical Engineering), 
        • Dr. John Ventura (Electrical Engineering), 
        • Ms. Bethany K. Robinson (Engineering Management), 
        • Dr. Mary Ogilvie (Biology), 
        • Dr. Sandra Thompson-Jaeger (Biology), 
        • Br. Edward Salgado (Biology), and 
        • Ms. Linda Miller (Biology). 
  • Award Certificates will be sent to the course sponsors to present to the following winners:
    • Award RibbonPSYCHOLOGY: "The relationship between exercise and depression" by Victoria Kronenwetter ('08) and Brittany Cochran ('07)
    • Award RibbonCIVIL ENGINEERING: "Bridge design for Desoto County Mississippi" by Linh Duong ('07)
    • Award RibbonMECHANICAL ENGINEERING: "Temperature-Controlled Packaging Initiative" by Thomas Blake O'Briant ('07)
    • Award RibbonCHEMISTRY: "Characterization of an unusual Calcium-binding protein from the genus Ilex" by Phuc Anh Nguyen ('07)
    • Award RibbonELECTRICAL & COMPUTER ENGINEERING: "Motorized Ty-Rap Gun" by Aimen Abdi ('07)
    • Award RibbonMATH/PHYSICS: "The Perron-Frobenius Theorem and team rankings: Use of matrix operations to rank the CBU men’s basketball team" by J. P. Masterson ('07)
    • Award RibbonENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY: "The Effects of Agricultural Land Clearing Surrounding Emas National Park, Brazil, on the Viability and Diet of the Maned Wolf" by Laura Anglin ('07)
    • Award RibbonHEALTH-RELATED BIOLOGY: "Pre-hatching expression of AMPA-type glutamate receptors in the nucleus of the Edinger-Westphal of chicks" by Jordan Klein ('07) 
    • Award RibbonMOLECULAR BIOLOGY:  "The Effect of Carbon Nanofibers on NIH 3T3 Fibroblast Proliferation" by Brian Kim, Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, and Eldon Geisert.
    "You learn to become a scientist by doing science, not by studying science in textbooks. Undergraduate research experiences lead to better prepared and motivated individuals (graduate student, professional school student, educator)." Halaby, Reginald.  2001.  Promoting Undergraduate Research in Science. The Scientist 15[8]:35, Apr. 16, 2001.

    The Research Poster Session is sponsored by CBU's chapter of Alpha Chi, the national honor society.
    The Annual CBU Student Research Poster Session is hosted by the CBU Biology Department; 
    the Session Program was arranged by Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald and Mrs. Leah Allen. 
    CBU Biology students presented their research papers at the
    TAS Collegiate Div. Western Regional Meeting  held at LeMoyne Owen College 24 March 2007.
    CBU Biology Students at TAS 2006
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