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2014 plenary speaker, Professor Kathryn Uhrich
2014 Berea College Research Symposium
The Berea Undergraduate Research Symposium (BURS), held each fall the same weekend that the Berea College Trustees visit campus, is an opportunity for the students and faculty to share research work with each other as well as these important campus visitors. 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 2014 will be held on Friday, October 17th. The 2014 BURS will start in the afternoon with student oral presentations, continue with student poster presentations, and end with a plenary talk by Kathryn Uhrich, Professor of Chemistry at Rutgers University where she has served as Associate Chair as well as Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. She will be speaking about her research on biologically active polymer drugs and related topics. She will be arriving in Berea before the symposium and anyone interested in talking to her about graduate school or her research in general should contact Jay Baltisberger. Students and faculty interested in attending or participating in the 2013 BURS should either contact Jay Baltisberger or Mary Robert Garrett of the chemistry program. Alternatively a student may elect to register online via the link on the Chemistry department web server.
We generally 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 100th Kentucky Academy of Sciences Meeting should follow this link KAS Registration
The following students have registered to do presentations for 2014

Oral Presentations

# Name Title Major
1 Hsuan Peng Investigating the multipotency potential of chondrogenic progenitor cells abstract biology
2 Lin Peng Understanding the Role of Myc In Squamous Cell Carcinoma abstract biology
3 Ray Isinga Mirembo Proximal NPxY motif of integrin beta1 is important for the regulation of growth factor dependent cell signaling abstract biology
4 Michon Martin, Taylor Fagin, Brenna Goldberg, Sean Nilan, Leif Van Laar Isolation, Disturbance, and Watershed Affiliation as Factors in the Diversity and Abundance of Stream Salamanders in Central Kentucky abstract biology
5 Lauren Ballou*, Hanna Abe, Kidist Ashami, Olamide Adejumo, Kevin Montgomery and Sophia Toe Prevalence and Mean Intensity of Cotylaspis insignis (Trematoda: Aspidogastridae) Infections in the Fat Mucket, Lampsilas siliquoidea (Bivalvia: Unionidae) at North Elkhorn Creek, and Location of its Egg Development. abstract biology
6 Caleb M. Krebs, Jacob P. McClain, and Jonathon D. Terrell Dormancy-Breaking and Germination Requirements for Seeds of the Kentucky Endangered Yellow Gentian Gentiana flavida A. Gray (Gentianaceae). abstract biology
7 Michael McCann Photocatalyzed Benzylic Fluorination: An Alternative Approach through Radical Cations abstract chemistry
8 Michael Oxendine Leaded paint as a source of soil lead in Berea, Kentucky abstract chemistry
9 Mikiyas Kurabachew Assefa Infrared Photodissociation Spectroscopy of Metal Carbonyls abstract chemistry
10 Pyae Phyo Simulations of magic-angle flipping experiments on alkali and alkaline earth silicate glasses abstract chemistry
11 Yunpeng Xia*, Chioma Amaechi, Willie Gosnell, Judith Weckman, Sarah Blank Helping Students Succeed in Anatomy and Physiology II: A Study of a Peer Assisted Learning Program abstract other
12 Chioma Amaechi*, Willie Gosnell, Yunpeng Xia, Judith Weckman, Sarah Blank Helping Students Succeed in Anatomy and Physiology I: A Study of a Peer Assisted Learning Program abstract other

Poster Presentations

# Name Title Major
1 Kaitlyn Reasoner A novel and interactive method for teaching DNA replication. abstract biology
2 Michon Martin, Taylor Fagin, Brenna Goldberg, Sean Nilan, Leif Van Laar Water Level and Feeding Regimen as Factors Promoting Metamorphosis in Laboratory-Reared Southern Two-Lined Salamanders, Eurycea cirrigera. abstract biology
3 Lin Peng*, Kaitlyn Reasoner* and Ericka Berg In Vitro Egg Development in the Trematode, Cotylaspis insignis (Subclass Aspidogastrea). abstract biology
4 Hanna Abe*, Kidist Ashami*, Lauren Ballou, Olamide Adejumo, Kevin Montgomery and Sophia Toe Cotylaspis insignis (Trematoda: Aspidogastridae): Effect of Osmolality on Adult Worm Survival, Egg Production and Rate of Development. abstract biology
5 Olamide Adejumo*, Kevin Montgomery*, Sophia Toe*, Hanna Abe, Kidist Ashami and Lauren Ballou Proterometra macrostoma (Trematoda: Azygiidae): Effect of Serotonin on Redial Movement and Emergence of Cercariae from Rediae and Snails, Elimia semicarinata (Gastropoda: Pleuroceridae). abstract biology
6 Seth Reasoner Synthesis, Purification, and Structural Characterization of Organic Processing Impurities abstract chemistry
7 Kyaw Hpone Myint*, Solomon Tesfamichael, Pyae Phyo, Brennan Walder Combining an extended Czjzek model with spinning sideband simulations of magic-angle turning (MAT) experiments on phosphate glasses abstract chemistry
8 Solomon Tesfamichael, Kyaw Hpone Myint Phase-incremented Echo Train Acquisition (PIETA) experiments to measure J-coupling in new phosphate glasses abstract chemistry
9 Kathryn Dunn, Moondil Jahan, Justin Dean Burton, Sean Riley, Robert Horn II Establishing the Past Lives of Appalachia in the Berea College Forest abstract other
10 Willie Gosnell*, Chioma Amaechi, Yunpeng Xia, Kristen Lynch, Sarah Blank Creation of interactive manipulatives and educational games, and determination of their effectiveness in improving students’ understanding of Anatomy and Physiology abstract other
11 Laura Abelquist Boron Nitride Nanotube Composite Aerogels other
12 Cassie Bodenste, Tyler Huff A Comparison of the Metabolic Costs of Elliptical Training Versus Treadmill Running physical education & health