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Creighton Undergraduates Present Summer Research Projects

Creighton Ferlic Scholarship Winners to Present Summer Research Projects

Instead of taking a break this summer, 14 Creighton University Arts and Sciences students worked full time for scientific advancement.

These students will present their research at the 2010 Summer Research Scholars Poster Presentation at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in the Suzanne and Walter Scott Jr. Atrium of the Hixson-Lied Science Building on the campus of Creighton University.

The poster presentations will summarize the work done by students over the summer on a variety of sciences. Twelve of the students were recipients of the Ferlic Summer Science Research Scholarships, made possible by the Dr. Randolph M. and Teresa Kolars Ferlic Fund in Undergraduate Science Research. Each of the student scholars received both monetary support and access to the necessary facilities to perform their full-time research throughout the summer.

Two of the students were recipients of the Ruth Scott Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholarship.

The event is open to the public. Those planning on attending are asked to R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, Oct. 27, by calling (402) 280-2103.

The 2010 Ferlic Summer Research Scholars and their projects are:

  • Emily Adams of Omaha, Neb. She performed her research under the supervision of Assistant Professor Dustin Stairs, Ph.D., from the psychology department. Adams’ project title is “Does Exposure to Novelty during Development Alter the Cross-Sensitization of Nicotine and Amphetamine during Development in Rats?”
  •  Ashley Altrichter of Pine Island, Minn. She performed her research under the supervision of Assistant Professor Carol Fassbinder-Orth, Ph.D., from the biology department. Altrichter’s project tile is “A Study of Anti-Viral Immune Responses of House Sparrows.”
  • Craig Baker of Kearney, Neb. He performed his research under the supervision of Assistant Professor Michael Miller, Ph.D., from the chemistry department. Baker’s project title is “The Synthesis of Silicon-Substituted Fullerenes.”
  • Kaitlyn Brittan of Omaha, Neb. She performed her research under the supervision of Assistant Professor Soochin Cho, Ph.D., from the biology department. Brittan’s project title is “Testing the Hypothesis of the Evolution of the Alpha-Amylase Gene during Human Adaptation to a Starch Diet.”
  • Michelle Clevenger of Leo, Ind. She performed her research under the supervision of Assistant Professor Erin Gross, Ph.D., from the chemistry department. Clevenger’s project title is “Paper-Based Microfluidics in Point-of-Care Testing.”
  • Tana Friesth of Urbandale, Iowa. She performed her research under the supervision of Assistant Professor Patricia Soto, Ph.D., from the physics department. Friesth’s project title is “Structural Characterization of Inhibitor Prion Peptides.”
  • Nick George of Wichita, Kan. He performed his research under the supervision of Assistant Professor Karin van Dijk, Ph.D., from the biology department. George’s project title is “Effector Protein Release Succession in the Type III Secretion System of Pseudomonas Syringae.”
  • Erin Johnson of Owatonna, Minn. She performed her research under the supervision of Associate Professor Julie Soukup, Ph.D., from the chemistry department. Johnson’s project title is “Antibiotic Development by Investigation of the glm S Riboswitch.”
  • Nathan Messbarger of Kearney, Neb. He performed his research under the supervision of Assistant Professor Stephen Gross Ph.D., from the chemistry department. Messbarger’s project title is “Biocompatible Self-Healing Dental Composites.”
  • Alicia Muhleisen of Lincoln, Neb. She performed her research under the supervision of Associate Professor Mark Reedy, Ph.D., from the biology department. Muhleisen’s project title is “Timp2 Migration in Avian Neural Crest Cells.”

  • Donald Thomas Schrack of Bellevue, Neb. He performed his research under the supervision of Associate Professor Julie Soukup, Ph.D., from the chemistry department. Schrack’s project title is “Structural Characterization and Analysis of Pre-Queuosine Riboswitch.”
  • Zachary Paul Stewart of Harlan, Iowa. He performed his research under the supervision of Assistant Professor Charles Brockhouse, Ph.D., from the biology department. Stewart’s project title is “Identification of a Protein Marker for the Female Reproductive State in Black Flies (Diptera Simuliidae).”

The Ruth Scott Arts and Sciences Research Scholarship winners and their research projects are:

  • Michael Davidson of Omaha, Neb. He performed his research under the supervision of Assistant Professor Steven Gross, Ph.D., of the chemistry department. Davidson’s project title is “A Study of Membrane Ionic Permeability for Dental Application”
  • Zach Fuller, Centennial, Colo. He performed his research under Assistant Professor Soochine Cho of the biology department. Fuller’s project tile is “Genetic Basis of Sex-Reversed Females in the South American Field Mice, Akodon.”