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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.
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).
Printable program for 2014 symposium
Students and faculty interested in attending or participating in the 2019 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.

How Hub Cells Hijack Neuronal Networks

Brandon Schurter
Mentor: Dr. Chris Fink
Performed at Ohio Wesleyan University REU program
Highly connected neurons, called hub cells, are thought to contribute to certain forms of epilepsy and have also been shown to orchestrate synchrony in the hippocampus of developing rats. How hub cells are capable of hijacking networks to synchrony is not well understood. We hypothesize that the excitability type of hub cells may be an important factor. In general, neuronal excitability (which characterizes how neurons respond to input) falls into two categories, Type I and Type II, with networks of only Type II neurons synchronizing very well, and networks of only Type I neurons synchronizing rather poorly. We used computer simulations to investigate the synchronization properties of networks with a mixture of Type I and Type II neurons. We were particularly interested in the effect of placing Type II neurons as hub cells in the network. The results of these simulations show that relatively few Type II neurons are capable of hijacking the network to synchrony when they are placed as hub cells, but not otherwise, indicating that Type II cells could play a role in generating epileptic seizures.

Registration for the 105th Kentucky Academy of Sciences Meeting should follow this link KAS Registration

The following students have registered to do presentations for 2014

Oral Internship Presentations

# Name Host Title Mentor Major

Oral Research Presentations

# Name Host Title Mentor Major
1 Hsuan Peng University of Pittsburgh Investigating the multipotency potential of chondrogenic progenitor cells abstract YANGZI JIANG, ROCKY S. TUAN biology
2 Lin Peng University of Colorado - Denver Understanding the Role of Myc In Squamous Cell Carcinoma abstract Dr. Enrique Torchia biology
3 Ray Isinga Mirembo Vanderbilt University Proximal NPxY motif of integrin beta1 is important for the regulation of growth factor dependent cell signaling abstract Dr. Roy Zent biology
4 Michon Martin, Taylor Fagin, Brenna Goldberg, Sean Nilan, Leif Van Laar Berea College Isolation, Disturbance, and Watershed Affiliation as Factors in the Diversity and Abundance of Stream Salamanders in Central Kentucky abstract Roy Scudder-Davis biology
5 Amber Crabtree Vanderbilt University Medical Center Effect of Glucose on LOX Expression in Renal Cells Dr. Roberto Vanacore biology
6 Amanda Burns*, Helen L. Holmlund and Victoria M. Lekson Pepperdine University Seedling survival after novel drought-induced germination in Ceanothus megacarpus abstract Stephen Davis biology
7 Moondil Jahan, Rhea P. Sharma, G. Neil Douglas, Ralph L. Thompson Berea College Comparison of Barn Owl (Tylo alba L.) Prey from a Silo Roost in Claiborne Co., TN. abstract G. Neil Douglas biology
8 Chi Peng Vanderbilt University SCN Prevents HOBr-mediated Formation of Sulfilimine Crosslinks in Collagen IV Scaffolds abstract Christopher F. Cummings biology
9 Lauren Ballou*, Hanna Abe, Kidist Ashami, Olamide Adejumo, Kevin Montgomery and Sophia Toe Berea College 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 Ron Rosen biology
10 Caleb M. Krebs, Jacob P. McClain, and Jonathon D. Terrell Berea College Dormancy-Breaking and Germination Requirements for Seeds of the Kentucky Endangered Yellow Gentian Gentiana flavida A. Gray (Gentianaceae). abstract Christopher A. Adams biology
11 Michael McCann The Johns Hopkins University Photocatalyzed Benzylic Fluorination: An Alternative Approach through Radical Cations abstract Dr. Thomas Lectka chemistry
12 Michael Oxendine Berea College Leaded paint as a source of soil lead in Berea, Kentucky abstract Paul C. Smithson chemistry
13 Mikiyas Kurabachew Assefa University of Georgia Infrared Photodissociation Spectroscopy of Metal Carbonyls abstract Michael Duncan chemistry
14 Pyae Phyo Berea College & The Ohio State University Simulations of magic-angle flipping experiments on alkali and alkaline earth silicate glasses abstract Jay Baltisberger & Philp Grandinetti chemistry
15 Yunpeng Xia*, Chioma Amaechi, Willie Gosnell, Judith Weckman, Sarah Blank Berea College Helping Students Succeed in Anatomy and Physiology II: A Study of a Peer Assisted Learning Program abstract Sarah Blank other
16 Chioma Amaechi*, Willie Gosnell, Yunpeng Xia, Judith Weckman, Sarah Blank Berea College Helping Students Succeed in Anatomy and Physiology I: A Study of a Peer Assisted Learning Program abstract Sarah Blank other
17 Haley Boothe Berea College Spreading Knowledge of a Recent Gift to a Larger Community abstract Meghan Doherty other

Poster Presentations (Research and Internship)

# Name Host Title Mentor Major
1 Sydney Marshall, Cydney Hill Berea College The growth performance and parasite susceptibility of goat kids and postpartum performance of does managed in continuous suckling systems at sustainable production operations of Berea College and Community Producer Farms Quinn Baptiste agriculture and natural resource
2 Kaitlyn Reasoner Berea College A novel and interactive method for teaching DNA replication. abstract Megan Hoffman biology
3 Michon Martin, Taylor Fagin, Brenna Goldberg, Sean Nilan, Leif Van Laar Berea College Water Level and Feeding Regimen as Factors Promoting Metamorphosis in Laboratory-Reared Southern Two-Lined Salamanders, Eurycea cirrigera. abstract Roy Scudder-Davis biology
4 Jenna Rufer Vanderbilt University Towards inhibition of tumor angiogenesis through disruption of collagen IV scaffold assembly by anti-NC1 antibodies abstract Vadim Pedchenko, Ph.D. biology
5 Lauren Ballou*, Hanna Abe, Kidist Ashami, Olamide Adejumo, Kevin Montgomery and Sophia Toe Berea College 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 Ron Rosen biology
6 Bailey Wiggins, Maria Anastasiadou Berea College Isolation and characterization of plasmids from normal flora E. coli abstract Dawn Anderson biology
7 Sheniqua Austin St. George's University of London Counteracting antibiotic resistance in Pseudomonas through antibiotic combination abstract Yangmin Hu biology
8 Jordan Butts Mayo Graduate School Potential benefit of the T-cell migration inhibitor FTY720 in Toxic Shock Syndrome Chella David biology
9 Lin Peng*, Kaitlyn Reasoner* and Ericka Berg Berea College In Vitro Egg Development in the Trematode, Cotylaspis insignis (Subclass Aspidogastrea). abstract Ron Rosen biology
10 Hanna Abe*, Kidist Ashami*, Lauren Ballou, Olamide Adejumo, Kevin Montgomery and Sophia Toe Berea College Cotylaspis insignis (Trematoda: Aspidogastridae): Effect of Osmolality on Adult Worm Survival, Egg Production and Rate of Development. abstract Ron Rosen biology
11 Olamide Adejumo*, Kevin Montgomery*, Sophia Toe*, Hanna Abe, Kidist Ashami and Lauren Ballou Berea College Proterometra macrostoma (Trematoda: Azygiidae): Effect of Serotonin on Redial Movement and Emergence of Cercariae from Rediae and Snails, Elimia semicarinata (Gastropoda: Pleuroceridae). abstract Ron Rosen biology
12 Seth Reasoner Eli Lilly and Company Synthesis, Purification, and Structural Characterization of Organic Processing Impurities abstract Michael Kobierski, Ryan Memmer, and Andrea Frederick, PhD chemistry
13 Anthony Boateng University of Louisville Synthesis of Fluorinated Homoallylic Compounds via Ring-Opening Nucleophilic Fluorination of Methylene Cyclopropanes (MCP) abstract Dr. Gerald B. Hammond chemistry
14 Andrew Norris Berea College The Solid-Phase Organic Synthesis of a Fluorescence-Quenching Analog of Lysine abstract Matthew Saderholm chemistry
15 De’Angela Brooks-Townsend, Tyller Culver, Jonah Rector Berea College Synthesis of Fluorogenic Peptide Substrates for the Peptidase Neurolysin. abstract Matthew Saderholm chemistry
16 Kyaw Hpone Myint*, Solomon Tesfamichael, Pyae Phyo, Brennan Walder Berea College Combining an extended Czjzek model with spinning sideband simulations of magic-angle turning (MAT) experiments on phosphate glasses abstract Jay Baltisberger & Philip Grandinetti chemistry
17 Solomon Tesfamichael, Kyaw Hpone Myint Berea College Phase-incremented Echo Train Acquisition (PIETA) experiments to measure J-coupling in new phosphate glasses abstract Jay Baltisberger chemistry
18 Kathryn Dunn, Moondil Jahan, Justin Dean Burton, Sean Riley, Robert Horn II Berea College Art History Department Establishing the Past Lives of Appalachia in the Berea College Forest abstract Dr. Broughton Anderson other
19 Willie Gosnell*, Chioma Amaechi, Yunpeng Xia, Kristen Lynch, Sarah Blank Berea College Creation of interactive manipulatives and educational games, and determination of their effectiveness in improving students’ understanding of Anatomy and Physiology abstract Sarah Blank other
20 Barbara Hollstein Berea College Gathering the Stories of Appalachian Foodways: An Oral History Research Project Dr. Margaret Dotson other
21 Laura Abelquist NASA Boron Nitride Nanotube Composite Aerogels Sang-Hyon Chu other
22 Cassie Bodenste, Tyler Huff Berea College A Comparison of the Metabolic Costs of Elliptical Training Versus Treadmill Running AJ Mortara physical education & health
23 Brandon Schurter Ohio Wesleyan University REU program How Hub Cells Hijack Neuronal Networks abstract Dr. Chris Fink physics
24 Aylssa Hubbard Mayo Graduate School Role of IFNγ in Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis abstract Chella David psychology
25 Sydney Henderson, Tiffany Estep Berea College Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids?: Results from an Elementary School Lunch Program Evaluation abstract Andrea Woodward sociology