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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.
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).
Printable program for 2015 symposium
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.

Dissipative Particle Dynamics (DPD) Simulations of Hard Nanoparticle-encapsulated Polymeric Micelle Formation

Kyaw Hpone Myint
Mentor: Dr. Barbara Wyslouzil
Performed at The Ohio State University
Polymer-protected medical nanoparticles are of interest for drug delivery, medical imaging and cancer therapy. Despite their widespread usage in the biomedical field, the formation of nanoparticle-containing micelles is not fully understood at the molecular level. Consequently, the production of uniform micelles for medical use is currently only feasible in the laboratory setting and not viable on the commercial scale because of inconsistent size and shape that result from the large-scale production. Developing a model provides a way to visualize and observe the molecular implications of various polymer interactions during micelle formation, which are not possible to observe in physical experiments. The goals of this study are: (1) to model the encapsulation of nanoparticles to get understanding of micelle formation at the molecular level, and also (2) to explore the experimentally controllable parameters affecting the uniformity of micelles, which would ultimately give us a way to control the micelle size commercially. Over the summer, we have successfully developed a DPD model for the encapsulation of nanoparticles, and our initial findings show that changing each parameter has the predictable effect on the micelle formation process.

Registration for the 103rd 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 Zachary Spicer, Jeremy Wilde, Morgan Stacy Diversity of Stream Salamanders in Relation to Human Disturbance and Watershed Affiliation in Central Kentucky. abstract biology
9 Kyaw Hpone Myint Dissipative Particle Dynamics (DPD) Simulations of Hard Nanoparticle-encapsulated Polymeric Micelle Formation abstract chemistry
10 Seth Reasoner Type 1 Interferon Expression Following Small Molecule Inhibition of Cyclic GMP-AMP Synthase abstract chemistry
11 Dorothy Coe & Katie Bragdon A Simple Mechanochemical Aryl Bromination Procedure abstract chemistry
12 Jonah Rector The Effects of Heat Shock Preconditioning on Protein Induction and Cell Survival after Nanoparticle Exposure abstract chemistry
14 Lydia Bauler, M. Ethan Johnson, and Joseph Carrick Understanding Maps as Argument: Decoding Spacial Constructs abstract other

Poster Presentations

# Name Title Major
1 Lillian Setters, Amanda Burns Soil Quality at Berea College Farm abstract agriculture and natural resource
2 Jane Hostomsky Effects of protein supplementation on the parasite susceptibility and growth performance of lactating does and continuously suckled kids raised in a sustainable production system at Berea College Farm abstract agriculture and natural resource
3 Maria Anastasiadou Engineering stress-resistant mouse Embryonic Stem (ES) cells abstract biology
4 Meghan Kramer Broadening definitions of plant biodiversity in restored tallgrass prairies abstract biology
5 Geri Mitchell, Jessica Vinson, Sean Nilan Comparisons between Prey Species in Barn Owl (Tyto alba) Pellets Collected in 1988, 1996, and 1997 from a Silo Roost in Harrogate, Tennessee abstract biology
6 Jazmin Escamilla Lysyl Oxidase Homolog Extracellular Processing abstract biology
7 Sophia Toe Integrin subunits α3 and α6 mediate FGF10-dependent signaling events in collecting duct cells bound to LM511 abstract biology
8 Sarah W. Tabor, Sam C. Moody Does membrane composition affect whole-animal performance and thermal tolerance in the eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens)? abstract biology
9 Sunaina Sherchan, Sarah Tabor Thermal tolerance differs between terrestrial and aquatic life history stages in the eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) abstract biology
10 Morgan Stacy, Jeremy Wilde, Zachary Spicer A Preliminary Species Identification for an Isolated Population of Salamanders of the Plethodon glutinosus complex. abstract biology
11 Hanna Abe Identification of Lead Compounds That Differentially Target Integrin α1β1 and α2β1 I-Domains for The Treatment of Kidney Fibrosis abstract biology
12 Kodey Blankenship Solid-state NMR Study of Crystalline Pyrophosphate Salts abstract chemistry
14 Kidist Ashami Expression and Purification of Transforming Growth Factor Receptor β-ii Cytoplasmic Tail from Ecoli. abstract chemistry
15 Alaina Fox Effect of FeRu Core-shell Catalysts Size on Fischer–Tropsch Reactions abstract chemistry
16 Tyler Hutsell, Marco Santos Mechanochemical chlorination and iodination of electron-rich aromatics abstract chemistry
17 Bruce Plowshay Jr. TRIM24 Induces Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) in MCF10A Cells abstract chemistry
18 Samuel A. Effoe, Benjamin R. Quesada, Maria S. Ledesma-Alonso, Lyndsey J. Barker New Methods to Synthesize Nickel N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complexes abstract chemistry
19 Lyndsey J. Barker, Maria S. Ledesma-Alonso, Samuel A. Effoe, Benjamin R. Quesada Abnormal N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complexes abstract chemistry
20 Tatiana Mikhailova, Brennan Taylor Rapid, electroless surface modification through surface-directed azo coupling abstract chemistry
21 John Attelah, Gracia El Ayle Synthesis of Amine-Functionalized Cyclotribenzylenes (CTBs) abstract chemistry
22 Job Limo Phytochemical Investigation of Albizia Shimperiana and Bridelia Micrantha for Cytotoxic Principles Against Drug Sensitive and Multidrug Resistant Cancer Cell Lines abstract chemistry
23 Andrew Norris, Sean Harvey, Andreas Riegger Functionalization Work on Dopamine Nanoparticles with the Incorporation of Human Serum Albumin (HSA) and Unnatural Amino Acid Synthesis abstract chemistry
24 Ebony Adams IT Support within the Corporate Environment Today computer science
25 Carlos, Andres, Berejnoi, Bejarano Developing an Affordable Traffic Counting System Using Computer Vision abstract computer science
26 Bria Williams, Kristian Toole Design and Development of a Bio-Inspired Robotic Quadruped Using Programmable Central Pattern Generators abstract computer science
27 Amber Tolleson, Ashley Aiken The Detection of Gas in Fracking Contaminated Water abstract computer science
28 Noah Broomfield, Lindsey Harper, Felicia Flesch A Student Built Wood Kiln: Exploring Sustainable Practices in the Ceramics Studio abstract other
29 Madelaine Collett, David Battoe Lawn Care abstract other
30 Joseph Carrick Network Analysis in Colonial State Papers abstract other
31 David Orr, Colin Weckman A comparison of optical versus electrical heart rate monitoring across various exercise intensities and modalities. physical education & health
32 Dadbeh Shaddel Image reduction for MaAGA physics
33 Nicholas Hubbard Millimeter Wave Propagation Through the Atmosphere physics
34 Denzell Barnett Differential Thermal Analysis of Bioactive Glass Material for Bone Tissue Regeneration abstract physics