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March 6, 2009

Photo: Ryan Gerling, a UI history and secondary education major who graduated in May 2008, speaks with Iowa Sen. Thomas Courtney at last year's "Research in the Capitol" event in Des Moines.

UI, ISU, UNI to highlight undergraduate research in Des Moines March 9

Innovative undergraduate research on everything from analysis of the sludge water and sediment from the floods of 2008 to a microwave rain gauge will be showcased by 60 undergraduate students from the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa.

This research and much more will be on display during the fourth annual "Research in the Capitol," a special event from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines Monday, March 9.

Twenty undergraduate students from each school will display posters in the first floor rotunda and speak with state lawmakers, members of the Iowa state Board of Regents and other visitors about the undergraduate research they have conducted and its potential impact on their education, careers and Iowa. Selection of presenters for this year included a special focus on projects that addressed the flood of 2008.

David Miles, president of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will make opening remarks at 11:30 a.m. Representing the UI at the event will be Robert Kirby, director of the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU). The event is open to the public.

"Research in the Capitol brings together undergraduates with legislators and members of the Board of Regents to discuss not only the outstanding creative projects students have been involved in but also the importance of these opportunities as they prepare for graduate and professional training," Kirby said. "While some discussion occurs of the research, the discussion frequently becomes a broader conversation on what the student hopes to do and how the experience has benefited them."

Kirby said more than 1,500 undergraduate students -- from art to engineering majors -- are involved in some aspect of research at the UI, many of them earning credit or getting paid for their work as research assistants.

He said students were selected for the March 9 event based on applications at each school and the undergraduate research project.

Event sponsors include ICRU, the UI Honors Program, Iowa State University Honors Program and University of Northern Iowa Honors Program.

EDITORS: Receipt of this release indicates that a UI student from your coverage area is involved in this event.

UI students taking part in the event (listed by hometown, name, major, title of poster and name of mentor, mentor department and mentor college) are:

IOWA

Burlington: Timothy Mansheim, electrical engineering. Mansheim's project is "A Robust, Microwave Rain Gauge," and he is working with faculty mentor Anton Kruger from the electrical and computer engineering department in the UI College of Engineering.

Cedar Rapids: Amanda Irish, international studies major. Irish's project is "The Agricultural Workers' Role in Pandemic Avian Influenza Spread," and she is working with faculty mentor Gregory Gray from the epidemiology department in the UI College of Public Health.

Coralville: Kalyani Eko, microbiology major. Eko's project is "Identification of Inhibitors of a Salmonella Gene that Regulates Attachment," and she is working with faculty mentor Bradley Jones from the microbiology department in the UI Carver College of Medicine.

Coralville: Bethany Patten, international studies and economics major. Patten's project is "Risk Attitudes in Two Big Ten Student Populations" and she is working with faculty mentor Gabriele Camera from the economics department in the UI Tippie College of Business.

Council Bluffs: Zachary Rodenburg, chemical engineering major. Rodenburg's project is "Analysis of the Pesticide Chlordane in Cedar Rapids Sediments Following the 2008 Flood," and he is working with faculty mentor Keri Hornbuckle from the civil and environmental engineering department in the UI College of Engineering.

Iowa City: Paul Skinner, political science major. Skinner's project is "Patterns in the Diffusion of Policies Across the American states in the 20th Century," and he is working with faculty mentor Frederick Boehmke from the political science department in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Iowa City: Jess Smith, environmental engineering and studio art major. Smith's project is "Fragrance Compounds as Tracers of Sewage Sludge in Cedar Rapids Flood Waters," and she is working with faculty mentor Keri Hornbuckle from the civil and environmental engineering department in the UI College of Engineering.

Johnston: Rebecca Paszkiewicz, chemistry and theatre arts major. Paszkiewicz's project is "Impact of Skin Color on Noninvasive Measurements with Near Infrared Spectroscopy," and she is working with faculty mentor Mark Arnold from the chemistry department in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Lake Mills: Kathryn Gaskill, history major. Gaskill's project is "The Eugenic Effort to Retain 'Good Genetic Stock' in the Rural Midwest," and she is working with faculty mentor Douglas Baynton from the history department in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Mason City: Rajiv Verma, integrative physiology major. Verma's project is "Are Medical Students Learning what Faculty Members are Trying to Teach,?" and he is working with faculty mentor Susan Hagen from the surgery department in the Carver College of Medicine.

Mount Pleasant: Sarah Mott, psychology major. Mott's project is "Maternal Post Adoption Well-Being and Adjustment," and she is working with faculty mentor Mike O'Hara from the psychology department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Nevada: Myra Laird, anthropology and geoscience major. Laird's project is "Distinguishing Species of Fossilized Western Caribbean Coal by Shape Analysis," and she is working with faculty mentor Ann Budd from the geoscience department in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Sioux City: Annah Vollstedt, communication studies major. Vollstedt's project is "U.S.-Funded HIV/AIDS Prevention Programs in Kampala, Uganda: The Gap Between the Theoretical and the Practical," and she is working with faculty mentor John Peters from the communication studies department in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Urbandale: Alexandra Keenan, biomedical engineering, biochemistry, and international studies major. Keenan's project is "Developing a Vaccine for a Deadly Parasitic Disease," and she is working with faculty mentor Mary Wilson from the internal medicine department in the UI Carver College of Medicine.

Urbandale: Veronica Mraz, anthropology major. Mraz's project is "Flaked Stone Artifacts at the Scott County Pueblo, Western Kansas," and she is working with faculty mentor Margaret Beck from the anthropology department in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Urbandale: David Nelms, applied physics and biochemistry major. Nelms' project is "Correction of Detector Dead Pixels in 3D Imaging for Cancer Radiation Therapy," and he is working with faculty mentor Ryan Flynn from the radiation oncology department in the UI Carver College of Medicine.

West Branch: Sarah Wittig Galgano, sociology and psychology major. Wittig Galgano's project is "Barriers to Reintegration: An Audit Study of the Impact of Race and Offender Status on Employment Opportunities for Women," and she is working with faculty mentor Mary Campbell from the sociology department in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

ILLINOIS

Franklin Park: Mary Esdorn, psychology major. Esdorn's project is "Teacher-Student Similarity: The Role Model Gap in Education," and she is working with faculty mentor Peter Hlebowitsh from the teaching and learning department in the UI College of Education.

INDIANA

Indianapolis: Ellis Mumford, art history major. Mumford's project is "The Daily Palette," and she is working with faculty mentor, Jon Winet from the Intermedia department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

MARYLAND

Fort Washington: Ernesto Henderson, psychology and French major. Henderson's project is "Measuring Infectivity of the Chicken Pox Virus using Newer Imaging Methods," and he is working with faculty mentor Charles Grose from the pediatrics and virology department in the UI Carver College of Medicine.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Katherine Wildman, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates, 319-335-8336, icru@uiowa.edu; Lois J. Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077, lois-gray@uiowa.edu, Writers, Katherine Wildman and Lois J. Gray