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2016 Berea College Research Symposium
The Berea Undergraduate Research Symposium (BURS), held this fall the weekend before the Berea College Trustees visit campus. This has been organized by the science programs in the past but participation is open to all members of the college community. In recent years we have structured the symposium with both talks and poster presentations as well as a plenary session.
The program for Fall 2016 will be held on Friday, October 7th. The 2016 BURS will start in the afternoon with student oral presentations, continue with student poster presentations, and end with a plenary talk by Dr. Karl Dawson, Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer at Alltech. His full biography is available in a pdf form. Karl Dawson has many responsibilities at Alltech, including handling the scientific research programs for the company. He also has an appointment at the University of Kentucky in the department of animal sciences. Some of his own personal research has focussed on altering microbial activities and digestive processes in the gastrointestinal tract of animals for improved health and performance.

Using science to drive a global revolution in production agriculture:
Defining the tools for the future

Abstract - The challenge of building an agricultural system that will allow the world to sustainably support a population of more than 9 billion will require some staggering technological changes. Fortunately, our understanding of the basic biological mechanisms that control agricultural production are continuing to provide new tools that will allow for more efficient food production systems with less overall waste and environmental impact. However, the challenge will be to reconstruct our agricultural base and technical tool box in a way that the most beneficial technological advances can be rapidly adopted. This presentation will describe some recent scientific advances that promise to change the way we view agricultural production and describe the pathways and barriers to their implementation.

Students and faculty interested in attending or participating in the 2016 BURS should either contact Jay Baltisberger or Anes Kovacevic of the chemistry program. Alternatively a student may elect to register online via the link on the Chemistry department web server.
We will start at 2:30 PM with two simultaneous oral presentation sessions (15 minutes each) in rooms 101 and 106 of the Science Building. The sessions are grouped by theme as much as possible. The poster session starts at 3:30 and is held in the lobby of the science building with posters from various fields (previous posters from chemistry, biology, physics, psychology, sociology, education, African American Studies, economics, industrial arts, computer science, physical education & health, and mathematics). All students who pursued substantial research projects over the previous year are encouraged to present their research.
We have been hosting the BURS since 2001 and have records of participants going back to 2007 online (see links to the left).
On-line registration login link here.
Regstration for the 102nd Kentucky Academy of Sciences Meeting should follow this link KAS Registration
The following students have registered to do presentations for 2016

Oral Presentations

# Name Title Major
1 Emma, Reasoner Wildlife Response-Alaska Sealife Center biology
2 Jacquie Zimmerman The Expression of PD-L1 in the Hair Follicle abstract biology
3 Jillian Kendall and Robin Hauschner Examination of species richness and diversity of mosquitoes on the campus of Berea College abstract biology
4 Zachary Setters The role of TAp63 in epidermal wound healing abstract biology
5 Casey Tetidrick, Aubrey Melton, Chioma Amaechi, Willie Gosnell, Gladys Kamau, Yunpeng Xia A Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) Model that Increases Student Success in Anatomy and Physiology biology
6 Aaron Morgan Seed Germination Ecology of the Endangered Yellow Gentian (Gentiana flavida): A Population in Peril? abstract biology
7 Sean Nilan Seed Dormancy in Calycanthus floridus (Carolina allspice): Does Time of Dispersal Affect Dormancy Break and Germination? abstract biology
8 Seth Reasoner Characterization of a novel delivery system of cyclic dinucleotides for efficient innate immune activation abstract chemistry
9 Kyaw Hpone Myint Encapsulation of Nanoparticles during Polymer Micelle Formation: A Dissipative Particle Dynamics Study abstract chemistry

Poster Presentations

# Name Title Major
1 Haylie Prottsman, Kaitlynn Rothwell Nutritional Management and Reproductive Performance of Replacement Heifers Raised in Sustainable Production Systems at Berea College and Community Producer Operations agriculture and natural resource
2 Nina Meneses, Olivia Slater, Favour Akabogu, Robin Hauschner, , Aubrey Melton, Casey Tetidrick, Jillian Kendall Climate Change and the Effect of Temperature on the Release of Proterometra macrostoma (Trematoda: Digenea) Cercariae from their Snail Intermediate Host, Pleurocera semicarinata (Gastropoda: Pleuroceridae) abstract biology
3 Favour Akabogu, Robin Hauschner, Nina Meneses, Olivia Slater, Kaitlyn Reasoner, Hsuan Peng, Lin Peng, Chi Peng Seasonal Changes in Maturation of Adult Cotylaspis insignis (Trematoda: Aspidogastridae) Recovered from the Fat Mucket, Lampsilis radiata luteola (Bivalvia: Unionidae) abstract biology
4 Meghan Kramer Development of therapeutics for sleep apnea targeting Kir2.4 potassium channels abstract biology
5 Amber Follin, Ambra Pozzi Expression of DDR-2 Flag in Human Embryonic Kidney Cells abstract biology
6 Hanna Abe Analysis of neuromasts in pkd2 mutant zebrafish biology
7 James Bryson McCarthey The application of Glyoxalase one crispr cas-9 knockout cells for the study of neuropathy. abstract biology
8 Hsuan Peng Intraepithelial cells in an NOD IL10-/- ABo DQ8 mouse model of celiac disease abstract biology
9 Aubrey Melton Determining the effectiveness of a PAL (Peer-Assisted Learning) program in Anatomy and Physiology II biology
10 Marah Zeidan Improving Long-Term Outcomes in Retinoblastoma Survivors abstract biology
11 Wesley Saintilnord, Rafael Mendoza The stability of environmental temperatures influences thermal plasticity in the Eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens). abstract biology
12 Rebekah Ponder Visualizing spatiotemporal gene expression of the Sonic Hedgehog (Shh) gene during axoltl limb development and regeneration abstract biology
13 Million Beshah, Michael James Neurolysin Research abstract chemistry
14 Job Limo Pharm work with Munson abstract chemistry
15 Selena Ledesma Alonso Synthesis and Characterization of the ZorO Protien abstract chemistry
16 Christinia Patel Functional role of the cytoplasmic tail of α subunit of α3β1 integrin in migration and adhesion to LM-511 abstract chemistry
17 Boubacar Cherif The Bioluminescent Detection of HIV Persistency abstract chemistry
18 Samuel A. Effoe Teratogen Toxicity in Organotypic Culture Models abstract chemistry
19 Jonah Rector Activity of Small Molecule Endoplasmic Reticulum Proteostasis Regulators abstract chemistry
21 Tomas Flores, Chris James Lab study of glyphosate degradation in Berea forest soils. chemistry
22 Susan Bonta & Constantine Botimer Spreading Knowledge of the Berea College Art Collection to the Larger Community abstract other
23 Talha Rehman The CLAS12 Forward Tagger Detector at Jefferson Lab abstract physics
24 Dustin Watts Fabrication of MEMS Microrobots abstract physics
25 Nathanael Bodine Developing High Entropy Alloys and the Impact of Annealing on the Crystalline Structures abstract physics
26 Mackenzie Ridley Optimizing a Processing Parameter of Direct Metal Laser Deposition for Porosity Reduction of Thin Film TiB2+AlMgB14 on High Carbon Steel Tracks abstract physics
27 Tanner Thompson Thermo-Magnetic Properties of High Entropy Alloys abstract physics
28 Robert Barnes Thermo-Magnetic Properties of High-Entropy Alloys abstract physics
29 Abdul Ali Eissar (2+1)-dimensional Causal Dynamical Triangulations abstract physics