2009

Top Oral Presentations

Jenise M. Bauman - Ectomycorrhizal interactions and their influence on establishing American chestnut in Ohio coal mine reclamation

Jenise M. Bauman is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Botany. Her research with Dr. Carolyn H. Keiffer characterizes the ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungal community in previously strip mined lands. Specifically, how ECM colonization is influenced by planting protocols and the effect ECM colonization has on its establishing host under varying environmental conditions. Jenise's co-advisor, Nicholas P. Money has been an inspiration with his interests in interdisciplinary scholarship. Her career goals include joining a University's Plant Biology Department to teach and continue researching biological interactions with focus on restoring natural areas. She hopes to mentor students in science research and collaborate with other departments to integrate science and issues of social consciousness.

Michael J. Bernstein - Obama's win is a gain for African Americans? Changes in implicit racial prejudice following the 2008 U.S. Presidential election

Michael J. Bernstein is a 5th year doctoral student in Social Psychology at Miami University. Michael's primary advisor is Heather Claypool, though he has extensive research in Kurt Hugenberg's laboratory as well. Michael's research broadly investigates how ingroup and outgroup categorizations (i.e. Miami University vs. Marshall University) affects people's cognitions, affect, and behavior. Michael's research focuses on individuals' behaviors following social rejection and, in a somewhat different vein, how group categorizations affect face memory. Michael hopes to graduate in May and begin a role as a tenure-track professor at a college or university.

 Lindy Cummings - Whitewater, Ohio: Exploring patterns of adherence at a western shaker community, 1924-1850

Lindy Cummings is a masters student in the Department of History and completed a Bachelor of Arts in history from Indiana University in 2007. After working in retail sales, she decided to return to school for a graduate degree. The history department at Miami has proved a fine laboratory for exploring and testing her love of historical research. Lindy's thesis, which examines the foundational period of the local Whitewater Shaker Village, seeks to contextualize the Shakers in light of kinship connections, rather than individual conversions. In the future, she hopes to pursue a PhD in history and continue researching topics in early U. S. history. Her advisor is Dr. Mary Frederickson.

 Top Poster Presentations

Yuta Kawarasaki -Rapid cold-hardening protects against cold-induced apoptosis

Yuta Kawarasaki is a Ph.D. student in Dr. Richard Lee's lab in the Department of Zoology. Originally from Japan, Yuta earned his B.A. in Biology from Ottawa University, Kansas, where he became passionate about exploring complexity in nature. Currently, his research focuses on molecular/physiological adaptation of insects to winter stresses. He is interested in pursuing a career in research and teaching.

Cynthia Luxford - Creating a POGIL symmetry activity

Cynthia Luxford is a chemical education Ph.D. student who works for Dr. Stacey Lowery Bretz in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. She is interested in how students learn chemistry. In chemical education PhD student have two projects: the dissertation project and a shorter term cognate project. Her dissertation research is focused on student understanding of Lewis structures for molecules with expanded octets. This study is designed to answer the following question: How do students explain structures with a central atom surrounded by more than 8 valence electrons? Her cognate project was to create an inorganic symmetry process-oriented guided-inquiry activity.

Miki Watanabe - Identification and determination of the stoichiometry of the HMGA1/DNA complexes

Miki Watanabe is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemistry. His research interest is protein and DNA biochemistry and structural biology and is currently working in Dr. Michael A. Kennedy's lab at Miami on determining how the protein HMGA1 is involved in cancer development and designing inhibitors for this protein. Miki's career goal is to further pursue a study in cancer research and teach biochemistry.