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2015 plenary speaker, Professor Roy Zent
2015 Berea College Research Symposium
The Berea Undergraduate Research Symposium (BURS), held this fall the weekend after 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 2015 will be held on Friday, October 23rd. The 2015 BURS will start in the afternoon with student oral presentations, continue with student poster presentations, and end with a plenary talk by Roy Zent, MD, PhD from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Professor Zent works in the Nephrology and Hypertension Division of the School of Medicine and his research works on the basic role of integrins in epithelial cell biology. He also collaborates with Dr. Charles Sanders performing structural functions on integrins using NMR spectroscopy. Students and faculty interested in attending or participating in the 2015 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 link for BURS
Regstration for the 101st Kentucky Academy of Sciences Meeting should follow this link KAS Registration
The following students have registered to do presentations for 2015

Oral Presentations

# Name Title Major
1 Kaitlyn Reasoner pH induced compaction of the N-terminal domain of lipidated caveolin-3. abstract biology
2 Kevin Montgomery, Moondil Jahan, Olamide Adejumo Physiological Dormancy and Germination Patterns in Seeds of the Rare Yellow Gentian (Gentiana flavida Muhl.) abstract biology
3 Olamide Adejumo, Moondil Jahan, and Kevin Montgomery Dormancy-Breaking and Germination Patterns in Seeds of Calycanthus floridus L. (eastern sweetshrub) abstract biology
4 Moondil Jahan, Kevin Montgomery, and Olamide Adejumo Comparison of Dormancy States and Germination Patterns in Seeds of Calycanthus floridus L. (eastern sweetshrub) abstract biology
5 Gabrielle Christian Evaluating the Impact of Community Gardens in the Appalachia Region abstract biology
6 Hsuan Peng The Bioactivity of Pericellular Matrix from Adult Stem Cells abstract biology
7 Chi Peng The Dynamics of Immunoediting in Skin Carcinogenesis abstract biology
8 Kyaw Hpone Myint Dissipative Particle Dynamics (DPD) Simulations of Hard Nanoparticle-encapsulated Polymeric Micelle Formation abstract chemistry
9 Seth Reasoner Type 1 Interferon Expression Following Small Molecule Inhibition of Cyclic GMP-AMP Synthase abstract chemistry

Poster Presentations

# Name Title Major
1 Maria Anastasiadou Engineering stress-resistant mouse Embryonic Stem (ES) cells abstract biology
2 Meghan Kramer Broadening definitions of plant biodiversity in restored tallgrass prairies abstract biology
3 Kodey Blankenship Solid-state NMR Study of Crystalline Pyrophosphate Salts abstract chemistry
5 Kidist Ashami Expression and Purification of Transforming Growth Factor Receptor β-ii Cytoplasmic Tail from Ecoli. abstract chemistry
6 Alaina Fox Effect of FeRu Core-shell Catalysts Size on Fischer–Tropsch Reactions abstract chemistry
7 Ebony Adams IT Support within the Corporate Environment Today computer science
8 Carlos, Andres, Berejnoi, Bejarano Developing an Affordable Traffic Counting System Using Computer Vision abstract computer science
9 Bria Williams, Kristian Toole Design and Development of a Bio-Inspired Robotic Quadruped Using Programmable Central Pattern Generators abstract computer science
10 David Orr, Colin Weckman A comparison of optical versus electrical heart rate monitoring across various exercise intensities and modalities. physical education & health