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March 16, 2010

Photo: Amanda Irish, an international studies major who graduated from the UI in May 2009, speaks with Iowa Rep. Swati Dandekar at last year's "Research in the Capitol" event in Des Moines.

Iowa undergraduates share research serving the state March 25 in Des Moines

More than 60 undergraduate students from the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa will showcase innovative undergraduate research on everything from finding sustainable energy to power the UI, to investigating new treatments for patients with dementia in nursing homes.

This research and much more will be on display during the fifth annual "Research in the Capitol" on Thursday, March 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines. This year's theme is "Research Serving the State."

Students from each university will display posters in the first floor rotunda and speak with state lawmakers, members of the Iowa 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 serve the state of Iowa.

Jack Evans, president pro tem of the Iowa Board of Regents, will make opening remarks at 11:30 a.m. Robert Kirby, director of the UI Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU), will represent the UI at the event, which is free and open to the public.

"At a time when we hear so much about the challenges our institutions are facing with budget pressures and class sizes, 'Research in the Capitol' is an opportunity to highlight the tremendous one-on-one mentoring that takes place between students and faculty at Iowa's three public universities," Kirby said. "It is a wonderful opportunity to see these outstanding students share, not only their research, but their energy and aspirations with their legislators."

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 25 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.

For more information on each project, visit http://ir.uiowa.edu/icru/RIC2010/.

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

Breda: Jennifer Schwarzkopf, nursing. Schwarzkopf's project is "Multi-level Translation of Research Application in Nursing Homes (M-TRAIN): A Case Study Example of Pain and Urinary Incontinence Interventions for Residents with Dementia in Nursing Homes." She is working with faculty mentors Janet Specht and Ann Bossen from the UI Adult and Gerontology area of study in the UI College of Nursing.

Cedar Falls: Adam Schwertner, biomedical engineering. Schwertner's project is "Reducing Excess Imaging Dose to Cancer Patients Receiving Radiotherapy." He is working with faculty mentor Ryan Flynn from the UI Radiation Oncology Department in the Carver College of Medicine.

Centerville: Bryan Koestner, psychology. Koestner's project is "Susceptibility to Deceptive Advertising Among Older Adults." He is working with faculty mentor Natalie Denburg from the UI Neurology Department in the Carver College of Medicine.

Clive: Alan Fritzler, management information systems and economics. Fritzler's project is "BPlansForHumanity." He is working with faculty mentor David Burgess from the UI Economics Department in the Tippie College of Business. BPlansForHumanity aims to become the preeminent non-profit Web portal in Iowa for people and organizations to develop, implement and sustain social entrepreneurship ventures.

Coralville: Scott Ruebush, mechanical engineering. Ruebush's project is "Evaluation of University of Iowa-Owned Land for Wind Turbine Placement." He is working with faculty mentor Barry Butler from the UI Mechanical Engineering Department in the College of Engineering.

Des Moines: Hannah Scates, anthropology. Scates's project is "Reconstructing Roman Fountains." She is working with faculty mentor Brenda Longfellow from the UI Art History Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Dyersville: Brandon Kramer, sociology. Kramer's project is "Polychronic Technology Usage: Understanding Intra/Intergenerational Variation of Multitasking in Diverse Groups." He is working with faculty mentor Mary E. Campbell from the UI Sociology Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Iowa City: Sophia Krajewski, biology. Krajewski's project is "Ryersons Woods Park: A Relict Woodland?" She is working with faculty mentor Diana Horton from the UI Biology Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Iowa City: Jonathan Lewis, economics and psychology. Lewis's project, "Is Personality in the Eye of the Beholder? Discrepancies Between Self-reported and Objective Ratings of Adaptive and Maladaptive Personality Traits." He is working with faculty mentor Lee Anna Clark from the UI Psychology Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Iowa City: Rebecca McCray, English. McCray's project is "Women in Exile: Self-Perception and Arts Education in Correctional Facilities." She is working with faculty mentor Rachel Williams from the Art Education Department in the UI College of Education.

Iowa City: Annie Tye, biology. Tye's project is "Mapping the Lesioned Brain." She is working with faculty mentor Daniel Tranel from the UI Neurology Department in the Carver College of Medicine.

Jesup: Kristin Kester, chemistry. Kester's project is "Co-crystallization of Thiophene-based Semiconductors with Carboxylic Acids and Effects on Crystal Packing." She is working with faculty mentor Leonard MacGillivray from the UI Chemistry Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Marion: Brian Buh, international studies, political science and religious studies. Buh's project is "A Mixture of Identities: A Look at Zulu Nationalism in the Nazareth Baptist Church." He is working with faculty mentor Ralph Keen from the UI Religious Studies Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Ottumwa: Blake Rupe, international studies. Rupe's project is "Involvement in International Adjudication and the Use of Torture." She is working with faculty mentor Thania Sanchez from the UI Political Science Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Ottumwa: Matthew Moore, civil engineering. Moore's project is "Development of a High Resolution Flood Inundation Model of Charles City, Iowa." He is working with faculty mentor Nathan Young from the UI Civil and Environmental Engineering Department in the College of Engineering.

Shenandoah: Samuel Carrell, integrative physiology. Carrell's project is "Antioxidants, Heart Disease, and Nox4 in Between." He is working with faculty mentor Francis Miller from the UI Internal Medicine Department in the Carver College of Medicine.

Waterloo: Melissa Palma, biochemistry. Palma's project is "Examining the Effects of VAP on Vinculin." She is working with faculty mentor Kris DeMali from the UI Biochemistry Department in the Carver College of Medicine.

West Liberty: Sandra Walker, anthropology and biology. Walker's project is "Zooarchaeological Analysis of Animal Remains from the Scott County Pueblo, Kansas." She is working with faculty mentor Matthew E. Hill from the UI Anthropology Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Urbandale: Anne Talbot, management information systems. Talbot's project is "BPlansForHumanity." She is working with faculty mentor David Burgess from the UI Economics Department in the Tippie College of Business. BPlansForHumanity aims to become the preeminent non-profit Web portal in Iowa for people and organizations to develop, implement and sustain social entrepreneurship ventures

ILLINOIS

Ottawa: Lisa Gillette, economics and finance. Gillette's project is "Comparative Advantage in the Bullpen." She is working with faculty mentor John Solow from the UI Economics Department in the Tippie College of Business.

Oswego: Jamie Puppilo, nursing. Puppilo's project is "Multi-level Translation of Research Application in Nursing Homes (M-TRAIN): A Case Study Example of Pain and Urinary Incontinence Interventions for Residents with Dementia in Nursing Homes." She is working with faculty mentors Janet Specht and Ann Bossen from the UI Adult and Gerontology area of study in the UI College of Nursing.

MISSOURI

Ballwin: Emily Ladendorf, psychology. Ladendorf's project is "Guidelines for Developing an Academic Acceleration Policy." She is working with faculty mentor Maureen Marron from the Belin Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development in the UI College of Education.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, 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