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IU Northwest to host Undergraduate Research Conference on Science, Medicine and Health Professions on April 17

Presentation topics include lake water contamination, medical imaging of human cadavers

Do you know the difference between Celastrus scandens and Celastrus orbiculatus? Can you predict the scale-dependent effects of nitrogen pollution on a forest’s herbaceous layer? Do you know what teeth-whitening agents might have to do with water contamination in Lake Michigan? Have you ever performed an x-ray on a human cadaver?

If the answer is no, then make plans to attend the Indiana University Northwest Undergraduate Research Conference on Science, Medicine and Health Professions on Friday, April 17, and learn about these and other fascinating subjects. More than 20 IU Northwest students will present their research findings from individual or group projects. They will be joined by two IU Northwest graduates: Dawn Shively, who is an ecologist with the USGS Great Lakes Science Center, and Aaron Lozano, who is a Ph.D. student of physical chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The conference will take place in Marram Hall Rooms 119 and 123 beginning at 9 a.m. There will be a 50-minute break for lunch beginning at 11:35, and afternoon presentations will continue until approximately 3 p.m. Following opening remarks and a presentation by Shively on “Recreational Water Quality and Human Health,” the conference will split up into two rooms with faculty moderators. The sessions will reunite at 11:05 for Lozano’s presentation, “Investigating High Explosive Surfaces using Nonlinear Coherent Vibrational Spectroscopy.”

At 12:35 p.m., IU Northwest students Terry Easton, Joshua Rouch, Sarah Tegtman, and Sabrina Hodge will deliver a special presentation titled “Medical Imaging of Human Cadavers: An Innovative Tool for Team-Based Learning in Human Gross Anatomy and Radiologic Sciences.” These students participated last summer in a first-ever initiative to take x-rays of anatomical donors as part of the IU School of Medicine’s Human Cadaver Prosection Seminar.

This program, now in its 10th year, invites volunteers to assist with the preparation of human cadavers for the coming year’s gross anatomy classes at the medical school. Last summer, undergraduate radiologic science students assisted in performing x-rays on the donors so that prosectors and medical students could learn more about their donors’ medical histories and conditions. Eastman, Rouch, Tegtman, and Hodge all participated as either prosectors or radiology students, and they collaborated on the presentation.

The conference’s morning lineup of speakers includes:

At 9:50 a.m. -- Jason Palagi, ”Scale-Dependent Effects of Experimental Nitrogen Pollution on Herbaceous layer of Forest Community,” and Rebecca Turpin, “Fluorescent Whitening Agents: Chemical Markers used for the Detection of Anthropogenic Contamination of Water Sources.”

At 10:15 a.m. -- Brian Genovesi, “Assessing the impact of increasing soil nitrogen on soil fungi,” and Keith Murphy, “Fluorescent Spectroscopy to Determine Whitening Agents in the Southern Lake Michigan Watershed.”

At 10:40 a.m. -- Brian Van Asdall, “The Northwest Indiana Porcini Project,” and Eric Jung, “Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy of Chemical Markers.”

The afternoon lineup includes:

At 1 p.m. -- Lisa Cialdella, “Bisphenol A Reactions with Hydroxyl Radicals in Various Aqueous Environments,” and Cicely Moreno, “Time-course Agonist-induced ERK1/2 Phosphorylation in the Striatum and Substantia Nigra of a Rat Model of Parkinson’s Disease.”

At 1:25 p.m. -- Aditya Shah, “Celastrus scandens and Celastrus orbiculatus: Analyzing the Chemical Differences Between the two Plant Species,” and A.J. Torabi, “Expression of epithelial calcium channels in retinal pigment epithelium.”

At 1:50 p.m., James H. Wesolowski, “The Origin of Climate-Related Deposits in an Archaeological Site in Coastal Ecuador,” and Jeremiah Cox, “A Comprehensive Map of Human Corneal Innervation.”

At 2:15 p.m. -- Joe Blockland, “Interpreting the Origins of Carbonate Rock by Petrographic Analysis: Testing the Reliability of the Grain Verticallity Method,” and Derrick del Rosario and Hector Marchand, “Development of 2-dimensional image analysis software to quantify skeletal muscle fiber area.”

At 2:40 p.m. -- Sara Farooq, Chris Klonowski and Thanzeela Mohideen, “Sonochemical Synthesis of Alkynyl Iodonium Salts,” and Harpreet Kaur Khalsa, “Measurement of Chemokines and Cytokines in Peptidoglycan Recognition Protein 2 Knock-out Mice.”

The Undergraduate Research Conference in Science, Medicine and Health Professions is sponsored by the IU Northwest Science Departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, and the IU School of Medicine — Northwest. For more information, contact Mary Hackett at (219) 980-6740.



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