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Funded Projects Spring 2012

Spring 2012

  • Student Research Grants
    • Rabin Adhikari and Dr. Sara Taylor (faculty mentor), Department of Medical Laboratory Science: The effects of cholesterol/statin on mRNA expression levels of PPARβδ, LXRβ, and LDLR in hippocampal neurons
    • Kristen Barnaby and Dr. Janice Speshock (faculty mentor), Department of Biological Sciences: Prevalence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and the Presence of Inhibitory Bacteria in Three Amphibian Species
    • Nathan Elrod and Dr. Janice Speshock (faculty mentor), Department of Biological Sciences: Development of Danio rerio as an efficient, inexpensive toxicological screening tool
    • Manashree Prajapati and Dr. Dale Telgenhoff (faculty mentor), Department of Medical Laboratory Science: The effects of Pitivistatin on keratinocyte migration and proliferation
    • Amy Trinh and Dr. Sara Taylor (faculty mentor), Department of Medical Laboratory Science: The effect of cholesterol lowering drugs on hippocampal neurons
  • Student Travel Grants
    • Tarleton Choir,  Cultural Exchange Concert in Killarney, Ireland.  James Bettis, Jr., Rebekah Burdock, Kimberly Burton, Ashley Darby, Jennifer Dryer, Kaitlin Eoff, Lanae Ford, Lauren Frazier, Marissa Haynes, Jacob Humphries, John Kassen, Ashley Morrison, Paul Norris, Carlee Olson, Andrea Rydell, Charles Solomon, Macie Unzicker, Whitney Warren, Corey Warthman, Kelly Wolff. (faculty mentor: Dr. Charles Rives).
    • Mike Cedeno, Department of Kinesiology: Gender and stress related effects on cardiovascular health outcomes in traditional college age students. To be presented at the Texas Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Regional Convention in Austin, TX (faculty mentor: Dr. Jennifer Blevins-McNaughton).
    • Dustin Dutton, Department of Social Sciences: Social Networking as College Students' News Source. To be presented at the Southwestern Social Sciences Association in San Diego, CA (faculty mentor: Dr. Jeff Justice).
    • Travis Eberhart, Department of Environmental and Agricultural Management: Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Dairy Industry in Texas. To be presented at the Southwestern Social Science Association Conference in San Diego, CA (faculty mentor: Dr. Mark Yu).
    • Nathan Elrod, Department of Animal Science and Wildlife Management: Effect of Calcium Ion Supplementation on Swine Parturition. To be presented at the second annual ACT Research Paper Symposium in Lubbock, TX (faculty mentor: Dr. Randy Harp).
    • Chelsea Gray, Department of Social Sciences: Mission in Georgia: Why John and Charles Wesley Failed in Savannah. To be presented at the Phi Alpha Theta Convention in Commerce, TX (faculty mentor: Dr. Janet Schmelzer).
    • Dedrick Hail, Department of Chemistry, Geosciences, and Environmental Science: Phosphorus Sorption in Alluvial Streambank Sediments. To be presented at the Texas Academy of Science 115th Annual Meeting in Alpine, TX (faculty mentor: Dr. Carol Thompson).
    • Daniel Horton, Department of Chemistry, Geosciences, and Environmental Science: Phosphorus Sorption in Alluvial Streambank Sediments. To be presented at the Texas Academy of Science 115th Annual Meeting in Alpine, TX (faculty mentor: Dr. Carol Thompson).
    • Hillary King, Department of Communications: College Students' Perceptions of Facebook Safety and Privacy Settings. To be presented at the Southern States Communication Association Annual Convention in San Antonio, TX (faculty mentor: Dr. Jennifer Edwards).
    • Matthew Massingill, Department of Kinesiology: Pilot Study for Pre-existing Conditions in Pre-participation Physical Exams in Collegiate Athletes. To be presented at the Texas Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Regional Convention in Austin, TX (faculty mentor: Dr. Jennifer Blevins-McNaughton).
    • Darrell Mayberry, Department of Chemistry, Geosciences, and Environmental Science: Polyisobutylene supported carboiimide reagents for organic synthesis. To be presented at the ACS 243rd National Meeting in San Diego, CA (faculty mentor: Dr. Peter Bell).
    • Russell McCarson, Department of Social Sciences: Factors in Vietnam's Fall in Popularity. To be presented at the Northwest Texas Phi Alpha Theta regional conference in Commerce, TX (faculty mentor: Dr. Janet Schmelzer).
    • Cody McMillian, Department of Social Sciences: A Brief Analysis of the Battle of Milliken's Bend. To be presented at the Phi Alpha Theta regional conference in Commerce, TX (faculty mentor: Dr. Janet Schmelzer).
    • Karl Mueller, Department of Chemistry, Geosciences, and Environmental Science: qNMR analysis of purity of common organic solvents: An undergraduate chemistry laboratory experiment. To be presented at the 243rd ACS National Meeting in San Diego, CA (faculty mentor: Dr. Linda Schultz).
    • Christopher Niebuhr, Department of Animal Sciences: Detecting spinose ear tick presence using host and habitat characteristics. To be presented at the 2012 Southwestern and Southeastern Branch, Entomological Society Annual Meeting in Little Rock, AR (faculty mentor: Dr. David Kattes).
    • Matthew Nowlin, Department of Environmental and Agricultural Management: Economics of Pork Production and Consumption. To be presented at the 92nd Southwestern Economics Association Annual Conference in San Diego, CA (faculty mentor: Dr. Mark Yu).
    • Margaret Risher, Department of Chemistry, Geosciences, and Environmental Science: Chromatographic Separations of Osajin and Pomiferin for Organic Chemistry Teaching Laboratory. To be presented at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Diego, CA (faculty mentor: Dr. William Whaley).
    • Natalie Rose, Department of Communications: Different Relationships on Facebook Affect Posts. To be presented at the Southern States Communication Association Annual Convention in San Antonio, TX (faculty mentor: Dr. Jennifer Edwards).
    • Bryan Ruiz, Department of Kinesiology: Pilot Study for Using ECG in Pre-participation Physical Exams in Collegiate Athletes. To be presented at the Texas Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Regional Convention in Austin, TX (faculty mentor: Dr. Jennifer Blevins-McNaughton).
    • TraeAnn Schlemmer, Department of Environmental and Agricultural Management: 1) The Implications of Frequency and Correlation in FFA Contests in Texas, 2) Optimal Nitrogen Usage in Texas Cotton Production. To be presented at the Southwestern Social Science Association Conference in San Diego, CA (faculty mentor: Dr. Mark Yu).
    • Michelle Steubing, Department of Environmental and Agricultural Management: Economics of Milk Consumption in the U.S. To be presented at the Southwestern Social Science Association Conference in San Diego, CA (faculty mentor: Dr. Frank Ewell).
    • Kimberly Thompson, Department of Environmental and Agricultural Management: Eliciting aggregation behavior in Cotinis nitida using artificial lure stations. To be presented at the Southwestern Branch Entomological Society Association Meeting in Little Rock, AR (faculty mentor: Dr. David Kattes).
    • James Vinson, Department of Communications: Gender-Based Similarities among Men and Women Who Use Social Media Websites. To be presented at the Southern States Communication Association Annual Convention in San Antonio, TX (faculty mentor: Dr. Jennifer Edwards).
    • Russell Zimmerman, Department of Social Sciences: Confederate Comet: The Rise and Fall of General Patrick Cleburne, C.S.A. To be presented at the Phi Alpha Theta History Honorary, North Texas Regional Conference in Commerce, TX (faculty mentor: Dr. Janet Schmelzer).
  • Undergraduate Research Assistantships
    • Rebecca Ator and Dr. Javier Garza (faculty mentor), Department of Mathematics: Modeling Optimal Intervention Strategies for the Control of Mastitis in Dairy Cow Populations.
    • Charles Gibson and Dr. Richard Reese (faculty mentor), Department of Engineering and Physics: Particle Modeling Optimization on a CUDA-enabled High-performance Cluster.
    • Alex Mohr and Dr. Richard Reese (faculty mentor), Department of Engineering and Physics: Application Runtime Monitoring Using the Java Virtual Machine.
    • Robert Pierce and Dr. Denise Martinez (faculty mentor), Department of Engineering and Physics: Particle Based Simulation of Oscillating String.
    • Travis Salzillo and Dr. Jimmy McCoy (faculty mentor), Department of Physics: An N-Body Study of the Thermodynamic Properties of Water.
    • Eli Symm and Dr. Bryant Wyatt (faculty mentor), Department of Mathematics: N-body Partcile-based Simulation of Laminar and Turbulent Flows over a Rigid Body.
    • Alexandra Trott and Dr. Russell Pfau (faculty mentor), Department of Biological Sciences: Characterization of a hybrid zone between two divergent lineages of cotton rat (Sigmodon hispidus).
    • Eli Wilson and Dr. Richard Reese (faculty mentor), Department of Engineering and Physics: Application Runtime Monitoring using the Java Virtual Machine.
    • Sarah Zeisler and Dr. Russell Pfau (faculty mentor), Department of Biological Sciences: Characterization of a hybrid zone between two divergent lineages of cotton rat (Sigmodon hispidus).