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2011
Tuesday, August 9th
9:00 AM

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program 2011

Nicholle Booker, Graduate Affairs Coordinator, College of Sciences, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Science and Education Building

9:00 AM - 12:45 PM

10:15 AM

A Spatial and temporal analysis of microbial communities in Great Boiling Spring, Nevada, U.S.A.

Jessica K. Guy, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Joseph P. Peacock, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Jeremy A. Dodsworth, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Tanja Woyke, US DOE Joint Genome Institute
Tijana G. del Rio, US DOE Joint Genome Institute
Brian P. Hedlund, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Science and Education Building

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

AIDS/HIV denialism: Patients' privacy rights

Fadia Abdullah, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Guadalupe Medrano, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Science and Education Building

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Biological effects on serpentinite weathering

Mary H. Evert, Otterbein University
Julie Baumeister, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Elisabeth Hausrath, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Science and Education Building

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Cell migration dynamics after alteration of cell-cell contacts in fibrosarcoma and glioblastoma cell lines

Hassan S. Rizvi, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Ronald K. Gary, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Science and Education Building

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Combination of VirB binding site mutations to evaluate collective impact on icsP promoter activity in Shigella flexneri

Pashtana Usufuzy, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Juan C. Duhart, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Maria I. Castellanos, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Helen Wing, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Correlation between grain dislocation density and orientation for naturally deformed mantle xenolith from Jagersfontein Mine

Quinton Guerrero, Monmouth College
Quinlan Smith, California Lutheran University

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Science and Education Building

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Crystal structural behavior of CoCu₂O₃ at high temperatures

April Jeffries, SUNY Albany
Ravhi S. Kumar, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Andrew L. Cornelius, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Science and Education Building

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Defining the role of NRAS in melanoma maintenance

Sravya T. Challa, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Sheri L. Holmen, Navada Cancer Institute

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Science and Education Building

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

DNA secondary structures and their contribution to mutagenesis in B. subtilis stationary phase cells

Carmen Vallin, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Holly Martin, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Christian Ross, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Ronald Yasbin, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Eduardo Robleto, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Science and Education Building

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Effects of climate change on the viability of the Devils Hole Pupfish

Matthew Heuton, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Stanley D. Hillyard, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Frank van Breukelen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Science and Education Building

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Evaluating species responses to climate change using ecological niche modeling and genetic data

Jeanette Perry, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Science and Education Building

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

High pressure structural studies on BaCO3 up to 20 GPa

Justine Carryer, Colorado College
Ravhi S. Kumar, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Science and Education Building

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

High pressure structural studies on Nb5Si3 up to 26.2 GPa

Brandon Stewart, College of Southern Nevada
Ravhi S. Kumar, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Science and Education Building

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

High pressure study of 1,1-diamino-2,2-dinitroethene with Raman spectroscopy

Jack Brangham, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Michael Pravica, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Martin Galley, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Science and Education Building

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Identification of nitrifying bacteria contained in a commercial inoculant using molecular biology techniques

Anthony Harrington, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
John Perry, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Penny S. Amy, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Science and Education Building

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Inactivation of spo0A gene increases stationary phase mutagenesis in Bacillus subtilis

Denisse Reyes, California State University - San Marcos
Amanda Prisbrey, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Holly Martin, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Eduardo Robleto, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Science and Education Building

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Investigating the origin of coprolites from three great basin caves

Chelsey VanDrisse, University of Minnesota
Duane P. Moser, Desert Research Institute
David Rhode, Desert Research Institute

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Science and Education Building

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Investigation of Raman active modes of MgxZn1-xCr2O4

Nichollas Macholl, Loyola University Chicago
Tyler Mosher, Clarkson University

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Science and Education Building

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Ionic alkalihalides as pressure media in DAC experiments

Julius Monello, Reed College

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Science and Education Building

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Isolation, characterization, and genome sequence of the first representative of a novel class within the Chloroflexi that is abundant in some U.S. Great Basin hot springs and may play important roles in N and C cycling

Jeremy A. Dodsworth, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Senthil K. Murugapiran, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Jonathan Gevorkian, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
James Han, US DOE Joint Genome Institute
Tanja Woyke, US DOE Joint Genome Institute
Susan M. Lucas, US DOE Joint Genome Institute
Sam Pitluck, US DOE Joint Genome Institute
Len Pennacchio, US DOE Joint Genome Institute
Lynne Goodwin, US DOE Joint Genome Institute
Brian P. Hedlund, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Science and Education Building

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Magnetosome genes in the Gammaproteobacterium strain BW-2

Lucero Rivera, Arizona Western College
Denis Trubitsyn, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Dennis A. Bazylinski, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Science and Education Building

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Naturalized Mexican immigrants and their voting behavior

Cynthia Hernandez, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Science and Education Building

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Neutron diffraction of NaBD4: Phase transition, Rietveld Structure refinements, and equation of state

Guillermo Esparza, Esparza, Harvey Mudd College
Patricia Kalita, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Andrew Cornelius, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Science and Education Building

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Novel thermophilic cellulolytic isolates belonging to the phylum Chloroflexi

Maryknoll Palisoc, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Jessica K. Guy, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Joseph P. Peacock, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Duy C. Trinh, 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, Science and Education Building

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Proposed mechanistic basis of cellular decision making

Max Olsen, Utah State University
Andy Brooks, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Sarah Harris, Harvey Mudd College
Astha Bajpai, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
David Sargent, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Logan Lee, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Martin Schiller, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Science and Education Building

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Regulation of the Shigella flexneri icsP gene and H-NS dependent repression

Rosa Ojeda, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Amanda Wigley, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Dustin Harrison, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Helen Wing, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Science and Education Building

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Second hyperpolarizability of carbon tetrachloride

Phillip C. Lotshaw, Willamette University
Anna M. Smith, Davidson College
David P. Shelton, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Science and Education Building

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Synthesis of chimeric receptors essential for spore germination

Christopher Yip, Juniata College
Christian Ross, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Eduardo Robleto, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Ernesto Abel-Santos, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Science and Education Building

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

The Role of a transcription factor in regulating rice response to drought stress

Diana Ha, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Liyuan A. Zhang, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Jeffery Shen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Science and Education Building

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

The Role of an ABC transporter as a steroid antagonist in Drosophila

Gregory King, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Andrew Andres, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Science and Education Building

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

The Use of chloramines to eradicate quagga mussel larvae

Trea LaCroix, University of Nevada, Reno
Kumud Acharya, Desert Research Institute

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Science and Education Building

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Ubiquitylation of proteins in the frozen wood frog

Alexa Khan, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Michael Ulrich, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Kenneth Storey, Carleton University
Frank van Breukelen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Science and Education Building

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM