Symposium Information

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The Annual IRC Undergraduate Student Research Symposium generally takes place in October, and provides students the opportunity to share the results of the work undertaken over the summer as part of the IRC program. The Symposium is a forum in which undergraduates make presentations, both oral and graphic, with fellow students and faculty from Mid-West region universities. Typically, students have gone on to report that this experience prepared them to successfully meet the demands of graduate and professional presentation assignments.

Below is the schedule for the The 7th Annual IRC Undergraduate Student Research Symposium, which took place on Friday, October 22, 2010 at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. The meeting is designed as a forum for undergraduate students who have performed research to share the results of their work . We plan to have both oral talks and poster presentations.

Schedule of Presentations

Morning Session (8:45 - 10:30 AM)

From Waste to Wall; Turning Filter Cake into Drywall

Jessica Zaiss* and Michael Mueller

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN 47803

Synthesis and Testing of Tamoxifen Polymer Conjugates

Amanda Jevons* and Ross Weatherman

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN 47803

Effect of Low Oxygen on Monocyte-Derived Macrophages and Their Susceptibility to Biophysical Regulation

Spencer J. Fox*1, Lee R. Waite1, Henry O. Owegi2, Stéphane Egot-Lemaire3, and Gabi N. Waite3

1Department of Biology and Biomedical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology; 2Department of Chemistry, Indiana State University; 3Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology, Indiana University School of Medicine; Terre Haute, IN.

High Temperature Electrophoresis in Microfluidic Devices

Steven Marczak*, Indranil Mitra, and Stephen C. Jacobson

Departments of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry & Biochemistry, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and Department of Chemistry, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405

A Procedure to Quantify Gait Abnormalities after Sciatic Nerve Section in Rats

Julianna Barr*, Donna Marsh, and Jameel Ahmed

Department of Biology and Biomedical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN 47803

Trap Grease Based Biodiesel

Othmane Fathi* and Michael Mueller

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN 47803

The Redistribution of Calpastatin in MCF7 Breast Cancer Cells Induced by Spleen Tyrosine Kinase Syk

Molly Gillam1*, Bei Fei2, Dr. Robert Geahlen2

1Department of Biology & Biomedical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Invited Speaker: Dr. Derek Kingsley

Assistant Professor of Physical Education

Indiana State University

Fibromyalgia and Resistance Exercise:

Effects on Autonomic and Vascular Function

Afternoon Session I (1:45 - 3:15 PM)

Development and Assessment of Low-Cost Media for the Production of Microalgae-based Biodiesel

Mitch Braddock* and Peter Coppinger

Department of Biology, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN 47803

Angiogenic Provisional Matrix Accelerates Maturation and Healing in Type II Diabetic (db/db) Mouse Model

Bradley A. Herbig*1, Swathi Balaji2, Rahul D'Mello3, and Daria A. Narmoneva2

1Department of Chemical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN 47803, 2Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221, 3School of Medicine, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221

Examining the Viability of Chlorella vulgaris as a Source of Biofuel and Instrumentation for Nile Red

John Lawrence* and Ric Anthony

Department of Biology and Biomedical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN 47803

Synthesis of Hyperbranched Polyglycerols to Attach to Tamoxifen Analogs

Vince Biondo*, and Ross Weatherman

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN 47803

Non-Classical Estrogen Signaling in Breast Cancer

Kaci Blumenstock* and Ross Weatherman

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute,IN 47803

Analysis of a Plasmid Encoded Type IV Secretion System in Burkholderia

Suzanne Kissel*1 and Beth Traxler2

1Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN; 2Department of Microbiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195

Afternoon Session II (3:30 - 5:00 PM)

Synthesis and Characterization of Ampicillin-Loaded poly(DL-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery

Yile Gu* and Scott J. McClellan

Department of Chemical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN 47803

A Biomechanical Analysis of Implantation-Induced Cup Deformation in Acetabular Cup Designs

Mary E. Jones*, S. R. Small, J. B. Meding, and K. S. Toohey

Joint Replacement Surgeons of Indiana Foundation in conjunction with Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN 47803

Molecular Docking Simulations for Organic Compounds to the Estrogen Receptor Alpha

Melissa Galey*, Mark E. Brandt and Yosi Shibberu

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN 47803

Synthesis of Carbon Cryogel Microspheres for Use in Chemical Separations

Gregory Blachut1* and Justin W. Shearer2

1Department of Chemical Engineering, and 2Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Terre Haute, IN, 47803

Electrochemical Adsorption of Metal Cations Using Carbon Cryogel

Daniel Lee1* and Justin W. Shearer2

1Department of Chemical Engineering, and 2Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Terre Haute, IN, 47803

Understanding Antioxidant Activity of Selenium Compounds by Monitoring Production of 8-Hydroxy-2'-Deoxyguanosine from the Nucleoside 2'-Deoxyguanosine-5'-Monophosphate

Cari Harper* and Daniel L. Morris, Jr.

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN 47803

Poster Session (10:30 - 11:45 AM)

Detecting Low Levels of Atrial Natriuretic Peptide using nano-LC-MS

Carly Baehr*1, H. Robert Bergen, III2, Carrie Holtz-Heppelman2, Linda Benson2, Denise Heublein3, John Burnett3

1Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN; 2Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and 3Division of Cardiovascular Disease, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Synthetic Studies Toward Dioicine and Analogs

Breanna L. Wyman* and Richard W. Fitch

Department of Chemistry and Physics, Indiana State University. Terre Haute, IN

Selective Lithiation of 2,6-Dichloropyridine.

Chase A. Buchanan,* Andrew L. Kast, and Richard W. Fitch

Department of Chemistry and Physics, Indiana State University. Terre Haute, IN

The Autodigestion Hypothesis: Cleavage of the Ischemic Intestine

Hobey Tam*1, Marisol Chang2, Geert W. Schmid-Schönbein2

1Department of Biology & Biomedical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN 47803, 2Department of Bioengineering, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093