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2017 Berea College Research Symposium

The 17th annual Berea Undergraduate Research Symposium (BURS), held this fall the same weekend as the Berea College Trustees (of which Rocky Tuan is a member) 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 2017 will be held on Friday, October 20th. The 2017 BURS will start in the afternoon with student oral presentations, continue with student poster presentations, and end with a plenary talk by Dr. Rocky Tuan, Berea College Alumnus and Professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

Application of 3D Microtissue Chip Technology to Study Composite Skeletal Tissue Physiology: Microgravity-Induced Pathologies and Drug Screening

Abstract - Skeletal disorders, including osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, present a significant disease burden for the general population, and are specifically associated with space flight, such as accelerated bone loss. We have recently developed a 3D microphysiological system (MPS), utilizing adult stem cells, biomimetic materials, and 3D printing technologies, that mimics osteochondral tissues. The microfluidically perfused MPS bioreactor can accommodate both stem cell-engineered tissues and primary osteochondral tissues, and is amenable to high-throughput screening and testing of potential therapeutics for bone and cartilage health. The MPS is particularly suitable as an on-board experimental model to study the accelerated skeletal pathologies observed during space flight, as well as a high utility system applicable for predictive toxicology and drug development for skeletal tissues, both on the ground and in space.
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 3:00 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 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.

Variable Star Astronomy: Observing The Pattern of Change in Select Variable Stars

Kemo Jammeh, Mo Thi
Mentor: Tracy Hodge
Performed at Berea College
We obtained photometry on the intrinsic variable star Dy Her and the extrinsic variable star WW Vul. Observing and data collection was obtained using through the Berea College 16" telescope and an Alta U6 CCD camera equipped with standard filters. Data collection involves taking pictures of the stars of interest using different filters. The exposure time of the camera is varied as needed to have a clear picture of the stars. Additional data from previous years of the two stars were obtained from American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) data archive. Studying AAVSO’s data with the data currently collected will help us, in the long run, to study the trends in change and possibly learn about some physical properties of the stars.

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

The following students have registered to do presentations for 2017

Oral Internship Presentations

# Name Host Title Mentor Major

Oral Research Presentations

# Name Host Title Mentor Major
1 Chi Peng Berea College Biology of the Cercaria of Leuceruthrus micropteri (Trematoda: Azygiidae) Recovered from the Snail, Pleurocera semicarin abstract Ron Rosen biology
2 Jazmin Escamilla Liver Disease Branch, NIDDK- National Institute of Health Hepatitis C virus entry inhibitor Aryloxazole modulates Autophagy abstract Dr. Jake Liang, Dr. Zongyi Hu biology
3 Hannah Elliot, Muntathar Alshimary, Rebecca Klem, Jeremy Wilde Berea College Factors Affecting the Diversity of Stream Salamanders in Two Watershed Systems in Central Kentucky abstract Roy Scudder-Davis biology
4 Emma Reasoner Indianapolis Zoo Pinniped Husbandry, Training, and Conservation at the Indianapolis Zoo abstract Dr. Ronald Rosen biology
5 Claire Thelen Alaska Sealife Center Immunoglobulin Y Levels in Spectacled and Steller’s Eider Sea Ducks As Indicators of Disease and Population Decline abstract Katrina Counihan biology
6 Hannah Carter Eastern Kentucky University Influence of reclaimed surface mine landscape on bees and plant-pollinator networks in southeastern Kentucky abstract Valerie Peters biology
7 Sunaina Sherchan Vanderbilt Eye Institute Antioxidant Treatment for Closed Globe Ocular Blast Trauma abstract Tonia Rex biology
8 Seth Reasoner Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Characterization of Host-Pathogen Interactions during Early Stage Chikungunya Virus Infection abstract Manuel Ascano, Jr., Ph.D. chemistry
9 Issac Domenech Vanderbilt University Medical Center Identification of Selective DDR1 Kinase Inhibitors Using Structure Activity Relationship abstract Dr. Ambra Pozzi and Dr. Corina Borza chemistry
10 Marco Santos, Halima Ibrahim Vanderbilt Medical Center INVESTIGATING A ROLE FOR LOXL2 IN TGF-1 MEDIATED TUBULAR EPITHELIAL MESENCHYMAL TRASITION IN KIDNEY FIBROSIS abstract Rafi Mohamed, Alberto J. Lopez-Jimenez, Roberto Vanacore chemistry
11 Emma Batson, Gracie Casciola Berea College Appalachian Nature Education Study abstract Neil Mecham child and family studies
12 Logan Paisley Summit Engineering A Summer at Summit: Applied skills in the world of Civil Engineering abstract Derek Motsch other
13 Annie He, Samantha Sise, Alicia Crocker, and Bianca Godden Berea College A Study of George White through Flight and Light abstract Broughton Anderson and Matt Jadud other
14 Bhavesh Ramkorun Vanderbilt University Imaging of the Spinal Cord in Pediatric Patients abstract Dr Seth Smith physics
15 Talha Rehman Duke University Hospital Designing Computer Based Interface Between X-Ray Generator, and Stages For Coded Aperture Coherent Scatter Spectral Imaging (CACSSI) abstract Anuj J. Kapadia physics
16 Khawla Nasser Al Deen Lebanese American University in Beirut and NAHNOO Organization Mashrou3 Insan (the Human Project): A Participatory Action Research Project on Displaced Youth's Mental Health and Well-Being abstract Dr. Samar Zebian psychology

Poster Presentations (Research and Internship)

# Name Host Title Mentor Major
1 Favour Akabogu Aspirnaut Program, Vanderbilt University Triops Cancriformis: A Potential Non-mammalian Animal Model for Studying the Mechanisms of Kidney Ultrafiltration. abstract Dr. Kendra Oliver biology
2 Amber Follin Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Identifying genetic modifiers in a Drosophila model of Inclusion Body Myopathy abstract Kyla Britson, Thomas Lloyd, M.D., PhD. biology
3 James Bryson McCarthey Vanderbilt University THE IMPACT OF LYSINE ACETYLAYION ON GLYXOALASE II ACTIVITY abstract Jim Galligan biology
4 Marah Zeidan Vanderbilt School of Medicine Improving Long Term Outcomes in Retinoblastoma survivors. abstract Dr. Debra Friedman biology
5 Allison Harper Vanderbilt University Measurement of Influenza Severity in Tennessee Hospitalized Patients, 2016-2017 abstract Dr. H. Keipp Talbot biology
6 Matalynn Shealy Foundation for Surgical Innovation and Education in Portland, Oregon A Gastroparesis Study on the Reinstitution of Oral Nutrition from J-tube Placements abstract Christy Dunst biology
7 Sydney Short Berea College Hybrid ECMO Using Double Lumen Cannula Ensures Adequate Heart/Brain Oxygen Supply abstract Sarah Blank biology
8 Sara Garner, Tomas Flores, Shay Steele Berea College Measurement of Chemical Shift Tensors and J-Coupling in Sodium/Lead Mixed Pyrophosphate Glasses abstract Jay Baltisberger chemistry
9 Sarah Tabor, Michael James Berea College Synthesizing Cleavable Acetal Antibody Drug Conjugates abstract Elizabeth Thomas chemistry
10 Isaac Mendoza, Luis Guzman Salazar Berea College Synthesis of Cleavable Acetal Antibody Drug Conjugate abstract Elizabeth Thomas chemistry
11 Kateryna Nabukhotna Vanderbilt University Medical Center Integrin β-1 Promotes KRAS-Mutated Lung Cancer Viability via FAK Activation abstract Dr. Scott Zent, Dr. Roy Zent chemistry
12 Clara Reasoner Integrated Nanosystems Development Institute, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis GC-MS Analysis of Volatile Organic Compounds in Metastatic and Non-Metastatic Breast Cancer Cells abstract Dr. Mangilal Agarwal chemistry
13 Luis Gonzalez Anguiar University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Selective C–O bond reductions in carbohydrate derivatives using boron based reagents abstract Michel Gagné chemistry
14 Amber Earlywine University of Kentucky College of Medicine Targeting Proteolytic Activity Using Protease Inhibitors as Natural Therapeutics for Human Metapneumovirus (HMPV) abstract Dr. Rebecca Dutch chemistry
15 Mario Chavarria, Cheyenne Haynes Berea College N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complexes abstract Dr. Anes Kovacevic chemistry
16 Beau Schweitzer University of Wisconsin-Madison Synthesis of Poly(4-hydroxystyrene) by Living Anionic Polymerization for Block Copolymer Lithography abstract Koei Azuma, Padma Gopalan chemistry
17 Aubree Zimmer University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy Determination of actinomycin Y1 aryl amine reactivity in the production of Y5 abstract Dr. Steven Van Lanen chemistry
18 Dusty Cole, Vincent Davis, Michael Moorer Berea College DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A WEB-BASED SIMULATION abstract Martin Veillette computer science
19 Lakshiya Indreswaran Berea College Optimal Strategy for Partisan Combinatorial Games: The case of a Little Bit of Aggression abstract Mario Nakazawa computer science
20 Miguel Valdes BEREA COLLEGE The POGIL Approach Used in NonStem Disciplines abstract Megan Hoffman education
21 Sara Ullom, Cherokee Griffiths, Rebecca O'Connor Berea College Analyzing Trade Books and Other Print Media for Classroom Use abstract Maggie Robillard education
22 Alexandra Yuhas, Aric Parker, Gyanu Karki, Samriddha KC Berea College Combinatorial Game Theory: A Game of Aggression abstract Dr. Kristen Barnard & Dr. Beth Kelly. mathematics
23 Anna Joines University of Kentucky Marginal fracture of amalgam restorations and amalgam’s resistance to low frequency biaxial fatigue abstract Richard Mitchell other
24 Lauren S. Heller Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine in Denver, Colorado Advancing a stem cell-based therapy for epidermolysis bullosa simplex through the utilization of the CRISPR/Cas9 system to knockout the mutant K14 gene abstract Sean McGrath, Bilousova Lab other
25 Daniela Olivera Velarde University of Kentucky Data analysis of JPARC run to test Current-Mode Detector for Use in NOPTREX Time Reversal Experiment abstract Dr. Troy Messina (Berea) /Dr. Christopher Crawford (University of Kentucky) physics
26 Dustin Watts University of Florida Distinguishing Important Differences between the Sample Forms of LiGaCr4O8 abstract Yasu Takano physics
27 Kemo Jammeh, Mo Thi Berea College Variable Star Astronomy: Observing The Pattern of Change in Select Variable Stars abstract Tracy Hodge physics
28 Dzhoana Ivanova Berea College Modeling the mid Infrared emission from NGC 595 abstract Tracy Hodge physics
29 Alicia Bedolla, Evelyne Rivera, Joey Barger, Jasmine Roman Berea College Betta fish (Betta splendens) spontaneously use the combination of numerosity and surface area during discrimination learning abstract Sarah Jones psychology
30 Jennifer Bentz, Jessica Cox, Bethany Howard, and Aldrin Vinton Berea College Psychology and Social Class: Examining Our History, Beliefs, and Outcomes abstract Wendy Williams psychology
31 Constantine Botimer, Chance Davis, Jedidiah Radosevich, Chris True Technology and Applied Design - Berea College Biomass Stove Design Project: Automated Fuel Feeder System abstract Dr. Mark P. Mahoney technology & industrial arts