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2007 plenary speaker, Dr. Sheila David research group

2007 Berea College Research Symposium

The research symposium 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 departments 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 symposium for Fall 2007 was held on Friday, October 19th starting after lunch and concluding with a plenary talk titled "Dare to Repair: from Cancer to Chemistry," by Shiela David who is a biochemist doing DNA repair work at the University of California, Davis. It is a pleasure to have Shiela here for the plenary talk because she and her father (who is a Berea College trustee) have been so generous to Berea over the years with support. The complete listing of seminars and posters is given below.
Students and faculty interested in attending or participating in the 2018 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.

Proterometra macrostoma (Trematoda: Azygiidae): Further Studies on the Strain Question at North Elkhorn Creek, Scott County, KY

Dikshya Bastakoty, Aaron Fidler, Miluka Gunaratna
Mentor: Ron Rosen
Performed at Berea College
Proterometra macrostoma is a digenetic trematode with an indirect life cycle involving a snail intermediate host and a centrarchid fish definitive host. Previous work in 1990 and 1991 at North Elkhorn Creek established eight different cercarial strains based on morphological (distribution of papillae and spines), behavioral (swimming and daily/seasonal emergence), and physiological (centrarchid fish host specificity) differences. The purpose of the present study was to summarize the frequency of these strains and the number of single vs. multiple strain infections in snails collected from North Elkhorn Creek during the summers of 2000, 2004, and 2007 for comparison to the 1990/1991 baseline study. Additional experiments with selected cercarial strains (i.e., I, III, and VIII) compared immature egg loads, swimming distance under red and white light and developmental rate in the bluegill, Lepomis macrochirus, based on egg morphology. The frequencies of strains I and III were the most numerous, while strains II, VI and VIII have been relatively uncommon over the last seven years. The majority of infected snails, Elimia semicarinata, had multiple strain infections. A significant difference was found between the average egg numbers and the mean swimming distances (white light) of strain III vs. VIII and strain I vs. III cercariae, respectively. No significant difference was found between the proportions of egg types found in strain I and III cercariae on days 12 and 20 postinfection of bluegill indicating no difference in the developmental rate of these adult worms. Future work will focus on the isolation and characterization of DNA from strains of P. macrostoma.


Registration for the 103rd Kentucky Academy of Sciences Meeting should follow this link KAS Registration

The following students have registered to do presentations for 2007

Oral Presentations

# Name Host Title Mentor Major
1 Richard Cooks, Jessica Price Argonne National Laboratory Design and Development of Palladium-Iron Bimetallic Electrocatalysts for Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells abstract Mark Cunningham biology
2 Enrique Garcia Vanderbilt University Defining the mechanism of EP4-mediated metastasis abstract David Carbone biology
3 Elizabeth Fleming Miami University Source and Photodegredation of Dissolved Organic Matter as Factors of Fluoranthene Phototoxicity to Daphina magna abstract Jim Oris & Craig Williamson biology
4 Amanda Hensley Berea College Inositol Increases Feeding on Deterrent Mixtures in Larval Manduca sexta abstract Marc Rowley biology
5 Rebecca Linville Berea College Identifying Genes that Interact with CRMP During Neurogenesis in Drosophila melanogaster abstract John Rawls biology
6 Joshua Sparks Mayo Clinic Of Mice and Men - Do Arthritis Resistant Mice Provide Clues to Protection from Rheumatoid Arthritis? abstract Veena Taneja biology
7 Rachel Saunders Mayo Clinic Role of MHC Class II on Mouse Regulatory T Cells abstract Chella David biology
8 Megan Jackson Vanderbilt University Abrogation of TGF-B signaling in mammary carcinomas recruits myeloid immune suppressor cells through CXCL5/CXCR2 chemokine axis abstract Hal Moses biology
9 Gloria Fritz University of Louisville Psychophysiological Study of Response Conflict and Error Processing Deficits in Patients with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder abstract Tato Sokhadze biology
10 Din Obadele Mandley Berea College Chemical and NMR Analysis of Soil Phosphorus Affected by Waste Overflow abstract Paul Smithson chemistry
11 Anthony Reynolds SUNY Stony Brook The Synthesis of Aluminum Magnesium Layered Double Hydroxides (LDH) and Characterization of Phosphate Ion Exchange Experiments abstract Clare Grey, Center for Environmental Molecular Science chemistry
12 Diana Gudkova Georgia State University CLASSICAL Be STARS Center for High Resolution Astronomy (CHARA) mathematics

Poster Presentations

# Name Host Title Mentor Major
1 Clarissa Harris University of Kentucky Dopamine Transporter Expression in a "Two Hit" Rat Model of Parkinsonian Syndrome abstract Jim Pauly biology
2 Kate Johnson Berea College Inositol Increases Feeding on Deterrent Mixtures in Larval Manduca sexta abstract Marc Rowley biology
3 Jacob Gunnell, Jessica Lanfair, Jenna Ott Berea College Metagenomic Characterization of Mirobial Communities of the Berea College Living Machine abstract Dawn Anderson biology
4 Brittni Ross, Christopher Barton, Kimberly Johnson, & Deborah Mays Vanderbilt University Identification of Genes Regulated by p63 in Human Epithelia abstract Jennifer Pietenpol biology
5 Meiping Sun University of Kentucky Nick-directed Loop Mismatch DNA Excision in Human Cells abstract Guo-Min Li biology
6 Dikshya Bastakoty, Aaron Fidler, Miluka Gunaratna Berea College Proterometra macrostoma (Trematoda: Azygiidae): Further Studies on the Strain Question at North Elkhorn Creek, Scott County, KY abstract Ron Rosen biology
7 Tsering Dolma, Robert Twiggs, Brea Viragh Berea College Factors Affecting the Emergence, Infectivity and Subsequent Development of the Proterometra macrostoma (Trematoda: Azygiidae) Cercaria abstract Ron Rosen biology
8 Spencer Gravitt, Oliver Pogue Berea College Population Dynamics of Varroa Mite (Acari: Varroidae) on Different Honey Bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) Stocks abstract Sean Clark biology
9 Laxman Gurung University of Southern California Synthesis of Vinyl Fluorides from Alkyl Halides and Alcohols abstract G.K. Surya Prakash chemistry
10 Thabiso Musapelo Berea College Homonuclear Decoupling and INADEQUATE NMR abstract Jay Baltisberger chemistry
11 Marek Counts, Kayla Meadows Berea College Normal and Abnormal N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complexes abstract Anes Kovacevic chemistry
12 Kaleigh McCoy Berea College Where Have All the Students Gone? Factors Influencing the Retention and Academic Success of Students Who Entered Berea College in the Fall of 2006 abstract Dave Porter other
13 Genesis Song University of Kentucky Kinetics of the Degradation of Aspirin Tonglei Li other
14 Kannatassen Appavoo, Robert Shelby, Simone Raoux, & Delia Milliron Berea College & IBM Almaden Research Center Effect of doping novel thin film Sb2Te phase-change material on its optical and switching time property abstract Amer Lahamer physics
15 David Gilmour, Brad Steele Berea College Producing Fullerenes Using Laser Ablation abstract Amer Lahamer physics
16 Shiblee Ratan Barua University of Arkansas Prospects for LISA to detect the Christodoulou memory of gravitational waves abstract Daniel Kennefick physics
17 Mohammed Humed Yusuf & Bryan Gover Berea College Photometry of Summer Variable Stars abstract Tracy Hodge physics
18 James Rittmann Berea College Exercise and Memory: the Immediate Effects of Exercise on Memory Dave Porter psychology
19 Charla Ruble Berea College The Effects of Student's Alcohol Use and Death Self-Reflection on their Perception of Risk Taking Behavior Dave Porter psychology
20 Tian Wei Berea College The effect of gender, condition and comparative ignorance on investment and confidence Dave Porter psychology