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2011
Saturday, April 16th
7:30 AM

Event program

Carl Reiber, Academic Affairs Fellow, Office of the Executive Vice President & Provost, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Nicholle Booker, Graduate Affairs Coordinator, College of Sciences, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Festival of Communities overview

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

10:00 AM

Aspect ratio dependent buckling mode transition in single-walled carbon nanotubes under compression

Jeremy Feliciano, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Characterization of Ips pini ipsdienol dehydrogenase (IDOL DH)

Heidi Pak, University of Nevada, Reno
Claus Tittiger, University of Nevada, Reno
William Welch, Emeritus, University of Nevada, Reno

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Computational study of carbon nanotubes under strain

Jeremy Feliciano, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
William Wolfs, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Construction and use of a direct calorimeter to estimate energy expenditure in hibernators

Mark S. Burger, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Frank van Breukelen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Does thermal stress cause females of the plant Bryum argenteum to manipulate the sex ratios of their offspring?

Elisha Rhodes, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Lloyd Stark, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Effect of temperature and oxygen levels on lactate production in Palaemonetes pugio

Robin Schofield, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Teresa Mika, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Carl Reiber, Academic Affairs Fellow, Office of the Executive Vice President & Provost, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Elastic plastic self consistent (EPSC) modeling of plastic deformation in fayalite olivine

Christopher J. Cline II, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Pamela Burnley, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Frictional resistance of aesthetic orthodontic arch wires compared to traditional arch wires before and after toothbrush abrasion

Stephen Yamodis, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Jeremy Manuele, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Adam Kessler, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Brendan O'Toole, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
James Mah, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Bob Martin, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Graphene: Material that will change the future

Jigar Desai, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Darryl Reese, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Halo occupation of Lyman-break galaxies

Saju Varghese, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Ken Nagamine, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Jason Jaacks, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Jun-Hwan Choi, University of Kentucky

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Has recent climate change caused a genetic bottleneck in a Sierra Nevada population of the bushy-tailed woodrat?

Mitchell Gritts, University of Nevada, Reno
Angela D. Hornsby, University of Nevada, Reno
Majorie D. Matocq, University of Nevada, Reno

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

High pressure – Variable temperature studies on pressure transmitting media

Vahe Mkrtchyan, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Jason Baker, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Matthew K. Jacobsen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Ravhi S. Kumar, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Andrew Cornelius, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

HiPSEC x-ray diffraction and infrared spectroscopy studies on energetic materials under extreme conditions

Mai Huong Bausch, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Yu Liu, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

In-situ synchrotron x-ray diffraction study of quartz deformation using the D-DIA apparatus

May Sas, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Dawn Pape, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Brian Erickson, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Sylvia-Monique Thomas, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Pamela Burnley, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Investigation of structural and magnetic properties of iron clusters encapsulated in carbon

Andrew Mohrland, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Eunja Kim, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Phillipe Weck, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Pang Tao, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Kenneth Czerwinski, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Keynote address: Drought in the Las Vegas Valley

Maile Sweigart, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

10:00 AM - 10:20 AM

Luminescent ionic liquid crystals based on stilbazolium moieties

William McCurdy, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Pradip K. Bhowmik, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

“Magic” trapping of Rydberg states for quantum information

Muir Morrison, University of Nevada, Reno
Andrei Derevianko, University of Nevada, Reno

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Melt inclusions in volcanic rocks

Kirellos Sefein, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Kelly L. Robertson, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Adam Simon, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Serpentinite weathering and implications for Mars

Valerie Tu, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Julie Baumeister, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Rodney Metcalf, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
A. Olsen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Elisabeth Hausrath, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Stationary phase mutagenesis in Bacillus subtilisis independent of genome replication

Mark Upchurch, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Holly Martin, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Eduardo Robleto, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

The Release of calcium in Bacillus anthracis pathogenicity methods

Natiera Magnuson, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Manomita Patra Bhowmik, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Maria Elena Reynaga, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Ernesto Abel-Santos, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Volatile bubble growth in the Aztec Wash pluton

Brett Perry, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Adam Simon, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Rachael Johnsen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

X-ray diffraction on the thermoelectric silicides at high pressure

Deep Patel, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Ravhi S. Kumar, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Andrew Cornelius, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

10:30 AM

Oral presentation: Plant genes and drought tolerance

Norris Lam, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

10:50 AM

Oral presentation: Next generation nuclear fuels

Douglas Hanks, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

10:50 AM - 11:10 AM

11:10 AM

Oral presentation: The universe in a box

Jason Jaacks, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

11:10 AM - 11:30 AM

12:30 PM

Accumulation of polonium-210 in different species of fish in Lake Mead

Suraj Ghevarghese John, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Shungmugam Nallaperumal, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Vernon Hodge, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Adaptation of the Nevada Climate Change Data Portal web interface to small-screen mobile devices

Tsvetan Komarov, University of Nevada, Reno

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Energy densification via hydrothermal carbonization

Keri Noack, University of Nevada, Reno

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Entangling the lattice clock with Rydberg gates

Frank J. Greenhalgh, University of Nevada, Reno

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Exploring the potential of Agave as a biofuel crop on arid land

Rhea Conlu, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Diana Ha, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Jeffery Shen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Global warming: At what point does atmospheric greenhouse gas release become unethical?

Luke Good, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Gladys Lopez, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Groundwater: Solution to the Las Vegas water problem?

Rosa Perez, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Christopher Ruiz, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Mathematical analysis and applications of logistic differential equation

Eva Arnold, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Monika Neda, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Predicting HOMO and LUMO energy gaps for organic semi-conductor: A theoretical study

Padtaya Pukpayat, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Structure studies on lanthanide technetium pyrochlores as prospective host phases to immobilize 99- technetium and fission lanthanides from effluents of reprocessed used nuclear fuels

Thomas Hartmann, Harry Reid Center for Environmental Studies
Ariana Alaniz, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Sustainable alternative to non-biological nitrogen fixation to nitrate for fertilizers

Patrick Freeze, University of Nevada, Reno
Glenn Miller, University of Nevada, Reno

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

The Effects of climate change on basic animal cell functions

Michelle Fulbright, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Andrew Andres, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Thin-film fabrication for high pressure thermoelectric and electrical resistivity studies

Jorge L. Reynaga, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Rama Venkat, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Ravhi S. Kumar, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

UNLV enrollment forecasting

Sabrina Beckman, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Stefan Cline, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Monika Neda, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

2:00 PM

AIDS denialism

Erika Jenel Delos Santos, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Roy Llana, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Jocelyn Tan, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2:00 PM - 3:30 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

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Analysis of Morris Water Maze data with Bayesian statistical methods

Maxym V. Myroshnychenko, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Anton Westveld, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Jefferson Kinney, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Can Female Genital Mutilation victims benefit from corrective surgery: To regain sexual pleasure and be “whole” once again?

Monique Sulls, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Chelation therapy as a treatment for Autism

Cassandra Baty, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Rachel Terharr, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Embryonic stem cell research

Michael Phan, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Jeniene Hassan, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Ethics behind embryonic stem cell research

Samantha Haydock, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Regine DeJesus, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Ethics of paid gamete donation

Kyle Dayton, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Maeleen Witte, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Examining the construct validity of the metaphors test

Jane Park, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Kelly Grob, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Yevgeniya Verenikina, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Kimberly A. Barchard, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Exploratory studies into possible uses of calcareous dolostone on the Shivwits Plateau

Jennifer Durk, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Lauren Falvey, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Karen G. Harry, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Female sexism

Tasha Choi, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Sirikwan Pitalkwaltanakul, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

How experience influences infants’ recognition of male and female faces

Jennifer L. Rennels, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Veronica A. Glover, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Andrew J. Cummings, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Andrea J. Kayl, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Mateusz Orlewicz, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Roanne J. Tiongson, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Brooke Ditzler, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Intelligent design and its place in the classroom

Victor Trinh, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Mekdelawit Mezgebu, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Keynote address: Community health in Las Vegas

Camila H. Alvarez, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2:00 PM - 2:20 PM

Learning mechanisms for acquiring knowledge of tonality in music

Rikka Quam, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Matthew Rosenthal, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Erin Hannon, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Pain threshold, tolerance and catastrophization in women with dyspareunia

Jennifer Bivens, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Hilary Billings, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Jenna Dilauro, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Lea Thaler, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Marta Meana, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Placebos: Ethical research or unethical deceit

Tawnya Schirmeister, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Sabrina Crilley, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Relationship between perceived and actual quality of data checking

Hunter Speich, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Sophia Karas, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Dan Erosa, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Kelly Grob, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Kimberly A. Barchard, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Should designer babies be regulated?

Alec Madriaga, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Natasha Bates, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Should intelligent design be taught alongside evolution in public schools?

Chelsea Opdendyk, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Christina James, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Should primates have legal rights?

Hannah Barten, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Zhimin Chen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

The Effects of working memory on high and low working memory capacity

Colleen M. Parks, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Christine Agnir, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Using placebos in research involving terminal illnesses

Mark Day, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Ryan Hicks, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Vaccines controversy

Jackelin Ruiz, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Keith Wellman, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

2:30 PM

Oral presentation: Students and free enterprise

Jami Vallesteros, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2:30 PM - 2:50 PM

2:50 PM

Oral presentation: Depictions of sexuality and gender construction in Japanese manga and anime

Sarah Huerta, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2:50 PM - 3:10 PM