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2012 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 2012 will be held on Friday, October 5th. The 2012 BURS will start in the afternoon with student oral presentations, continue with student poster presentations, and and with a plenary talk by Paul Brown, a former scientist at the National Institutes of Health.
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).
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.
Registration for the 103rd Kentucky Academy of Sciences Meeting should follow this link KAS Registration

The following students have registered to do presentations for 2012

Oral Presentations

# Name Title Major
1 Kevin Joenborg CROW – Clinic for the Rehabilitation Of Wildlife biology
2 Nadia Karkenny Variation in Diversity of Salamander Species in Four Selected Stream Habitats in Central Kentucky abstract biology
3 Helena Pett HLA Class II Molecules Influence Susceptibility versus Protection in Rheumatoid Arthritis by Programming the Cytokine Profile abstract biology
4 Hsuan Peng Cross-campus phenotypic analysis of knockout Arabidopsis thaliana from SALK library chemistry
5 Dipendra Sharma Chapagain To clone erkf gene from E.coli K12 in Pet32a+ expression vector and perform functional assay chemistry
6 Horton Li Salivary diagnostics chemistry
7 Ivan Titaley Characterization of disinfection byproduct (DBP) formation potential within the Ashokan watershed: Effects of filtered and unfiltered chlorinated water samples abstract chemistry
8 Chelsea Bicknell Gathering Stories of Appalachian Foodways: An Oral History Project child and family studies
9 Son T. Nghiem Factor Posets and Dual Frames abstract mathematics
10 Gilbert Bangha Incorporating an Academic Electronic Health Record Into a Small Liberal Arts College Medical Surgical Nursing Curriculum abstract other
11 Tommy Boykin Purification of Membrane Scaffold Proteins and Binding of Lipids by the C99 Domain of the Amyloid Precursor Protein abstract physics
12 Eva Griffin Connecting Effort and Attainment: Climate Change Knowledge and Environmental Engagement among Berea Students abstract sociology

Poster Presentations

# Name Title Major
1 Kaleigh Hire, Joshua Best Assessment of black walnut (Juglans nigra L.) growth and survival on reclaimed surface-mined land abstract agriculture and natural resource
2 Joshua Best Microbial analysis of three spoil types from a surface mine site in Pike Co., Kentucky abstract agriculture and natural resource
3 Karen Reynolds The effect of TGF-β on renal interstitial cells and the progression of tubulointerstitial fibrosis abstract biology
4 Aung Soe Lin Investigating the Role of Protocadherin 24 in Bacterial Attachment to Microvilli abstract biology
5 Gregory W. Cox Compositional Changes in Human Tear Lipids with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction biology
6 Ashley Curtis Variation in Abundance of Salamanders in Four Selected Stream Habitats in Central Kentucky abstract biology
7 Mirline Duphresne In Vitro Assay Of The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Hiv) Production And Infection biology
8 Chido Matara The role of RNA Polymerase in the development of the Dendritic tree abstract biology
9 Rachele Johnson & Kaila Noland Characterization of the Sensory Systems in the Cercaria of the Trematode, Proterometra macrostoma abstract biology
10 William Assan Methyl farnesoate as a regulating hormone in the metamorphosis of Drosophila melanogaster Larvae: a general dipteran model abstract biology
11 Pyae Phyo Applications of Si-29 Magic-Angle Flipping NMR Experiments to Silicate Glasses abstract chemistry
12 Anna Tribble, Marceline Aengwanama New Method of B-Keto Ester Synthesis abstract chemistry
13 Georgia Dahlquist & Sarah Elrod Buffer capacity and pH trends in Berea College’s aquaculture and aquaponics facilities abstract chemistry
14 Russell Hammond, Leif Van Laar, Alexandria Smith, & Christa Cherry New Synthetic Pathways to Triazolium Carbene Complexes abstract chemistry
15 Titay Ayano Electrochemical and Optical Properties of Chemically-Synthesized Au Nanoparticles Ranging from Below 4 nm to 30 nm in Diameter abstract chemistry
16 Michael McCann & Kathryn Risk Synthesis of β-Ketoesters through Ketene Intermediates abstract chemistry
17 Ivan L. Suarez-Diaz Introduction of Hydrogen Bonds to Poly N-substituted Glycines abstract chemistry
18 Elijah Whitaker, Garrett Cairo, & Courtney Howard Synthesis of Internally-Quenched Fluorescent Peptide Substrates for the Peptidase Neurolysin abstract chemistry
19 Sarah Elrod & Georgia Dahlquist Soil phosphorus content in watersheds affected by waste lagoon overflows at Berea College Farm abstract chemistry
20 Brittany Schroeder Routine water quality monitoring at the Berea College aquaponics facility and aquaculture ponds abstract chemistry
21 Daniel Pardue Multiple Quantum Transitions of 17O chemistry
22 Gilbert Bangha, Alison York, & Mikheil Matcharadze Incorporating an Academic Electronic Health Record Into a Small Liberal Arts College Medical Surgical Nursing Curriculum abstract other
23 Rohan Isaac Evaluation of a compact CCD-based high-resolution autocollimator for use as a slope sensor abstract physics
24 Marissa Brown Theoretical Study of Diproton Emission physics
25 Mackenzie Endres Radiation Brachytherapy: SAVI (Strut Adjusted Volumetric Implant) Dose Distribution Simulation abstract physics
26 Jianwen Xu, Grace Par, Socheta ly & Jie Song Synthesis of Hydrophilic Polymers Containing a Reactive Thiol Group by RAFT and Aminolysis abstract technology & industrial arts
27 Eva Griffin, Cory Shenk, Kelly Kusumoto, & David Scrivener Putting Down Roots in Shifting Sands: Design Adventures in Utila, Honduras abstract technology & industrial arts