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March 21, 2011

Photo: Samuel Carrell, an integrative physiology major who graduated from the University of Iowa in May 2010, speaks with Rep. Richard Anderson at last year's "Research in the Capitol" event in Des Moines.

UI undergraduates share research for a healthy Iowa in Des Moines March 22

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 the benefits of diverse biofuel crop plots on butterfly populations to the relationship between infant emotionality to behavioral problems in childhood.

This research and much more will be on display during the six annual "Research in the Capitol" from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines. This year's theme is "Research for a Healthy Iowa."

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 promote healthy living.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will make opening remarks at 11:30 a.m. and Robert Kirby, director of the UI Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU), and Lindsey Knake, biomedical engineering major, will represent the UI at the event, which is free and open to the public.

"Our state universities proved wonderful educational opportunities that start in the classroom and, for many students, continue through research training working with our world-renowned faculty," Kirby said. "At the UI, that includes opportunities to improve the health of Iowans while working in the Carver College of Medicine, the College of Public Health and the State Hygienic Laboratory, just to name a few examples.  Such experiences solidify the career goals of our students and prepare them to be the health care professionals we need for the future." 

Kirby added that nearly a third of the UI undergraduates -- from art to engineering majors -- are involved in research at the UI by the time they graduate, with many of them earning credit or getting paid for their work as research assistants. He said students were selected for the March 22 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/RIC2011/.

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
Amana: Allison Momany, psychology. Momany's project is "Neonatal Negative Emotionality Predicts Childhood Psychopathology." She is working with faculty mentor Beth Troutman from the UI Psychiatry Department in the Carver College of Medicine.

Ames: Stephen Bonett, mathematics, statistics, pre-medicine. Bonett's project is "Harnessing Advanced Computing for Assessment of Trends in Iowa's Vegetation Cover." He is working with faculty mentor Kate Cowles from the UI Statistics Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the UI Biostatistics Department in the College of Public Health.

Bellevue: Lindsey Knake, biomedical engineering. Knake's project is "New Capabilities for Vison-based Posture Prediction." She is working with faculty mentor Tim Marler from the UI Mechanical Engineering Department in the College of Engineering.

Cedar Rapids: Jeffrey Nirschl, biology. Nirschl's project is "Behavioral correlates of the social-interaction mediated lifespan extension in Cu/Zn SOD mutant Drosophila." He is working with faculty mentor Chun-Fang Wu from the UI Biology Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Independence: Brianne O'Loughlin, mechanical engineering. O'Loughlin's project is "Winter Term India." She is working with faculty mentor R. Rajagopal from the UI Geography Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Indianola: Emily Gross, integrative physiology. Gross's project is "Neutrophil Activation During Bacterial Sepsis: A Finely Regulated Process." She is working with faculty mentor Jessica G. Moreland from the UI Pediatrics Department in the Carver College of Medicine. 

Iowa City: Kallie Holt, art history. Holt's project is "The Daily Palette: promoting public awareness and engagement with the arts in Iowa." She is working with faculty mentor Jon Winet from the UI Intermedia Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Johnston: Jennifer Pray, international studies, dance. Pray's project is "Choreographed Culture: Mexican Folk Forms in American Modern Dance, 1935-1955." She is working with faculty mentor Rebekah Kowal from the UI Dance Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Lisbon: Laura Budde, nursing. Budde's project is "Is Sleep Deprivation Related to Obesity Among Law Enforcement Officers?"  She is working with faculty mentor Kathy Clark from the UI Nursing Department in the College of Nursing.

Marengo: Darys Kriegel, sociology. Kriegel's project is "Veterans' Education." He is working with faculty mentor Lynnette Hoelter from the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan and Michael Louaglia from the UI Sociology Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Mason City: Paul Haugen, computer engineering. Haugen's project is "Matlab-based Nanoscale Device Characterization." He is working with faculty mentor Hassan Raza from the UI Computer Engineering Department in the College of Engineering.

Shelby: Katie Thies, biology, religious studies. Thies' project is "In vivo expression and analysis of a novel protein, NIAM, in Drosophila melanogaster." She is working with faculty mentor Dawn Quelle from the UI Pharmacology Department in the Carver College of Medicine.

Solon: Nicolas Aguilar, integrative physiology. Aguilar's project is "Neurofibromatosis II Protein – Merlin – Inhibiting Glial Tumorigenesis." He is working with faculty mentor Marlan Hansen from the UI Otolaryngology Department in the Carver College of Medicine.

Urbandale: Kayla Garvin, history. Garvin's project is "Half-Century of Cartooning: Iowa Comments on the World." She is working with faculty mentor Sid Huttner from the UI Libraries Special Collections and University Archives.

Whittemore: Amy Windmill, English. Windmill's project is "Racism and Antisemitism in America: A Continuing Problem." She is working with faculty mentor Lara Trubowitz from the UI English Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

ILLINOIS

Chicago: Ashley O'Brien, biology. O'Brien's project is "Prevalence of Staphylococcus aureus and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Retail Pork." She is working with faculty mentor Tara Smith from the UI Epidemiology Department in the College of Public Health.

Dunlap: Ashley Angell, biochemistry. Angell's project is "Cloning of TfRGFP in Sindbis." She is working with faculty mentor Dax Hoffman from the National Institute of Health.

Palatine: Keegan Koehlinger, speech and hearing sciences. Koehlinger's project is "Predictors of Language Outcomes in 3- and 6-year-old children with Mild to Severe Hearing Loss: Data from the OCHL Project." She is working with faculty mentor Amanda J. Owen from the UI Communication Sciences and Disorders Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

West Dundee: Sara Hussain, integrative physiology. Hussain's project is "Normative 3D strength surfaces at the ankle joint in healthy subjects." She is working with faculty mentor Laura Frey Law in the Physical Therapy Department in the Caver College of Medicine.

SOUTH DAKOTA

Brandon: Bhavatharini Kasinathan, biochemistry. Kasinathan's  project is "DeBAFfling Nuclear Organization: A Structure-Function Analysis of a Chromatin Bridging Protein." She is working with faculty mentor Pamela Geyer in the Biochemistry Department in the Carver College of Medicine.

Vermillion: Lindsay Morecraft, ancient civilization, museum studies. Morecraft's project is "When in Rome, Reuse as the Romans Do: Moving Statues Around the Ancient Roman Empire." She is working with faculty mentor Brenda Longfellow from the UI Art History Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

SOUTH KOREA

Minjung Choi, biochemistry. Choi's project is "Anti-vWF Immunofluorescence in Mouse Brain." She is working with faculty mentor James McNamera from the UI Internal Medicine Department in the Carver College of Medicine.

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