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2008
Wednesday, August 6th
7:30 AM

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

University of Nevada Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Room

7:30 AM - 1:00 PM

9:00 AM

A Study of NiFe(x)Cr(2-x)O4 by laser micro-raman spectroscopy

Lucas Wilson, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point
Markus Vasquez, Oklahoma State University
John Farley, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Allen L. Johnson, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Brian D. Hosterman, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Room

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Aerobic respiration by two Sulfate reducing magnetotactic bacteria, strains RS-1 and FH-1

Paul Howse, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Sabrina Schubbe, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Dennis A. Bazylinski, University of Nevada Las Vegas, School of Life Sciences, Mentor

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Room

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

An Investigation of the origin the bimodal distribution of optical afterglow luminosities of gamma-ray bursts

Tesla Birnbaum, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Bing Zhang, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Mentor

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Room

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Assessment of coliform bacteria from point and nonpoint sources in the Las Vegas Wash

Susan O'Neill, Desert Research Institute
Kumud Acharya, Desert Research Institute

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Room

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Characterization of the omptin protease, OmpT, in Escherichia coli

Amanda Yates, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Eun-Hae Kim, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Helen Wing, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Room

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Characterizing and inhibiting two pathways activated in Glioblastoma Multiforme

Andrea Jydstrup, Nevada Cancer Institute
Sheri L. Holmen, Nevada Cancer Institute

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Room

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Computational studies of H2, O2, and CO adsorption on Pt and Pt-Ru catalyst clusters for hydrogen fuel cell applications

Huy Mai, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
T.J. Dhilip Kumar, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
P. Tarakeshwar, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Naduvalath Balakrishnan, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Room

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Constructing an ArgF- strain of Bacillus subtilis

Allison Faucher, Ohio Wesleyan University, Department of Botany and Microbiology
Christine Pybus, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Ronald E. Yasbin, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Eduardo A. Robleto, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Room

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Construction of a thiF genetic disruption in Bacillus subtilis

Kathleen Bradley, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Christine Pybus, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Ronald Yasbin, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Eduardo Robleto, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Room

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Decoding the protein interaction network - an approach integrating biology and math

Ryan Huang, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Lingkun Gu, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Qingxi J. Shen, University of Nevada Las Vegas, School of Life Sciences, Mentor

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Room

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Denitrification in Great Basin hot springs

Austin McDonald, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Brian P. Hedlund, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Room

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Expression of Thor does not increase desiccation resistance in Drosophila melanogaster

Robert L. Kobey, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Deborah K. Hoshizaki, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Allen G. Gibbs, University of Nevada Las Vegas, School of Life Sciences, Mentor

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Room

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Gender variation in the Prezygotic reproductive effort of the Common Silver Moss

Kimberley Horsley, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Lloyd Stark, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Room

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Genomic foundations of carbon fixation in bacteria living in hot springs

Rachel K. Skinner, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Brian P. Hedlund, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Jeremy A. Dodsworth, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Room

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Heat capacity and high pressure exploration of YbB2

Brant Abeln, Drake University
Andrew Cornelius, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Mentor

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Room

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Influence of NaBH4 reduction on the hydrogen storage properties of aniline/Pd composite materials

Whitney Shofner, University of Nevada Las Vegas
David W. Hatchett, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Room

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Investigation of gene and protein expression based on Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) aging, flight experience, and behavior

Azucena A. Benito, University of Nevada Las Vegas
G. E. Mancinelli, University of Nevada Las Vegas
A. Ammons, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Michelle M. Elekonich, University of Nevada Las Vegas, School of Life Sciences, Mentor

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Room

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Kinetics of Bacillus anthracis and Bacillus cereus spore germination in soil and the C. elegans intestine

MacLean Hall, Davidson College
Ernesto Abel-Santos, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Department of Chemistry, Mentor

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Room

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Magnetic ordering phase transitions of Gd2Sn2O7

Gordon Tam, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Andrew Cornelius, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Mentor
Daniel Antonio, University of Nevada Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Room

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Microbial ecology of Keane Wonder Spring, Death Valley National Park

Alexander B. Michaud, Coe College
Duane P. Moser, Desert Research Institute

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Room

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Microbial Nitrogen cycling in Nevada Geothermal Springs

Mitchell G. Chaires, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Jeremy A. Dodsworth, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Brian P. Hedlund, University of Nevada, Las Vegas,

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Room

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Modeling the deformation of Fayalite

Greg Hoth, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Mike Brawner, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Pamela Burnley, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Mentor

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Room

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Phonon density of states of iron solid solutions at ambient and high pressures using nuclear inelastic X-ray scattering (NRIXS)

Samantha L. Combs, Eckerd College, REU Phyics
Elizabeth A. Tanis, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Malcolm Nicol, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Mentor

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Room

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Potential antimicrobial properties of the cyanobacterium Microcoleus vaginatus in relationship to the moss Bryum argenteum

Crystal Erickson, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Lloyd Stark, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Room

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Raman studies of 1,3,5,7 Cyclooctatetraene at high pressure

Martin Galley, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Ed Romano, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Sergey Tkachev, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Michael Pravica, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Mentor

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Room

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Spatially resolved optical absorption spectrometry and single crystal diffraction on metamict materials

Alison Savage, University of Iowa
Oliver Tschauner, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Mentor
Sergey Tkachev, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Room

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Stereospecificity in glucose consumption: A new approach to martian life detection

Vienna R. Saccomanno, Desert Research Institute
Henry J. Sun, Desert Research Institute

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Rom

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Structural studies of CrSi2 at high pressures and temperatures

Weldu Gabrimicael, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Ravhi S. Kumar, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Andrew Cornelius, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Mentor

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Room

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Effect of CodY on stationary phase mutagenesis in Bacillus subtilis

May Yared, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Holly Martin, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Eduardo A. Robleto, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Ronald E. Yasbin, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Room

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Effects of daily diabetina tea consumption on glycosylated hemoglobin, fasting glucose and lipid levels, and body mass index in normoglycemic individuals

Lauren A. Emes, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Daniel C. Benyshek, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Department of Anthropology & Ethnic Studies, Mentor

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Room

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Effects of host physiological conditions on the expression of icsP in Shigella flexneri

Karen Levy, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Helen Wing, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Room

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Regulation of the icsP promoter of Shigella flexneri by the virulence factor VirB

Maria Castellanos, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Dustin Harrison, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Helen Wing, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Room

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Search for Ferroelectric domain structures in carbohydrate glasses using atomic force microscopy

Louis S. Prahl, Lewis & Clark College, Department of Physics
David P. Shelton, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Department of Physics, Mentor

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Student Union Ball Room

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM