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Research Grants 2012-2013

Anthropology

Identifying Michigan's Native Projectile Points
Anthony Marchello (Adviser: Dr. Chase)

Art

Narratives on "House" and "Sleep"
Soe Yu Nwe (Adviser: Prof. McCauley)

Biology

Quantitative Investigation of an a-Synuclein-Proteasome Interaction: A Model For Parkinson's Disease In Drosophila Melanogaster
Ethan Brock (Adviser: Dr. Saville)

A Drosophila Model For Characterization of Mumps Viral/Host Interactions
Adam Ronk (Adviser: Dr. Saville)

Quantitative Investigation of an a-Synuclein-Proteasome Interaction: A Model for Parkinson's Disease in Drosophila Melanogaster
Luke Salbert (Adviser: Dr. Saville)

Chemistry

Toward the Synthesis of Ethyl-3-oxo-4-(2,3,4,5,6-pentadeuterophenyl) butanoate
Chelsea Copi (Adviser: Dr. Harris)

Palladium Nanoparticles on Carbon Microspheres as a Catalyst for Hydrogenation Reactions
Michael Dix (Adviser: Dr. Metz)

Does Changing the Substituents on Vanadium Complexes Impact Their Toxicity Toward Cancer Cells?
Hayley Gerber (Adviser: Dr. McCaffrey)

Manipulation of Palladium Nanoparticles Tethered to Graphitic Carbon
Christopher Kruppe (Adviser: Dr. Metz)

Trifluoromethylation of Duff Formylated Bromo Substituted Phenols
Mitchell Pender (Adviser: Dr. McCaffrey)

Room Temperature Shaped Palladium Nanoparticle Synthesis on Carbon Supports
Stephanie Sanders (Adviser: Dr. Metz)

Isolation and Evaluation of Biologically Active Chemotherapeutic Compound, Polophyllotoxin from Juniperus Scopulorum Post Essential Oil Extraction
Krysta Schroeder (Adviser: Dr. French)

Isolation of Podophyllotoxim from Juniperus Scopulorum Post Essential Oil Extraction"
Krysta Schroeder (Adviser: Dr. French)

Catalytic Hydrogenation of Alkenes Using Palladium Nanoparticles (PdNP's)
Joseph Thomas (Adviser: Dr. Harris)

Preparation and Use of PdNP Catalysts For Hydrogenation of Organic Compounds
Joseph Thomas (Adviser: Dr. Harris)

The Taylor Reaction: Mn Mediated Homocoupling of Organoboranes
Robert Wells-Schmidt (Adviser: Dr. Harris)

Communications

The Use and Meaning of Emoticons in Text Messaging Among College-Aged Students
Alicia Rigoni (Adviser: Mr. Boyan)

Political Science

Health Needs
Michelle Burke (Adviser: Dr. Rose)

Psychology

The Effects of Client Feedback on Therapeutic Outcome
Alice Coyne (Adviser: Dr. Keyes)

The Benefits of Equine Assisted Therapy
Amanda Douglas (Adviser: Mr. Hill)

Philosophies, Methods, and Success Rates of Anorixia Nervosa Treatment
Kate Pickworth (Adviser, Dr. Keyes)

Linear Versus Non-Linear Text: Effect of Pedagogical Aids on Text Comprehension
Anne Sutherland (Adviser: Dr. Carlson)

The Impact of Teaching Students About the Research on Gay and Lesbian Parenting
Jessica Weiler (Adviser: Dr. Elischberger)

Research Grants 2011-2012

Biology

Detection of Escheriachia Coli's Beta-flucuronidase Gene From Environmental Samples Using Combinations of Conventional and Real Time PCR Approaches
Jessica Koehler (Adviser: Dr. Olapade)

Chemistry

Advanced Studies in Sugar Science
Erica Bennett (Adviser: Dr. McCaffrey)

Transcriptional Optimization of Fluorescently Labeled Anabaena Group 1 Ribozyme
Caitlin Bolick (Adviser: Dr. Rohlman

Synthesis and Evaluation of a New Chiral Aryl Iodide Organocatalyst
Jacqueline Chung (Adviser: Dr. French)

Optimization of the PdNP Catalyzed Suzuki Reaction
John Kronner (Adviser: Dr. Harris)

Measuring the Correlation Between Wine pH and Phenol Level Detection
Nicholas Long (Adviser: Dr. McCaffrey)

Synthesis and Evaluation of a Novel Class of Diiodide Hypervalent Iodine Reagents
Alex Nanna (Adviser: Dr. French)

Synthesis and Evaluation of a New Substrate for Aryl Iodide Organocatalysis
Phu Khat Nwe (Adviser: Dr. French)

Trifluoromethylation of Duff Formylated Iodo Substituted Phenols
Mitch Pender (Adviser: Dr. McCaffrey)

Screening of Neutrophil and Immune Related Proteins Against Ebolavirus ZairesGP (a Non-Pathogenic Viral Protein)
Adam Ronk (Adviser: Dr. Saville

Synthesis and Evaluation of a Resorcinol Derived Chiral Aryllodide: A New Class of Organocatalysts
Brandon Sams (Adviser: Dr. French)

Isolation and Characterization of Podophyllotoxin From Mayapple and Other Plants
Krysta Schroeder (Adviser: Dr. French)

Palladium Nanoparticle Catalyzed Vinyl-Aryl Suzuki Reaction Coupling
Jeffrey Smith (Adviser: Dr. Harris)

Exploration of the Breadth of the PdNP Catalyzed Suzuki Reaction
Jeffrey Smith (Adviser: Dr. Harris)

Communications

Microexpressions
Catherine Velez (Adviser: Dr. Erlandson)

History

Second Generation Latinos' Perception of Hispanic Print Advertisements
Sandra Nahra (Adviser: Dr. Kanter)

Psychology

Escape and Avoidance Learning in the Earthworm
Nicole Ferrara (Adviser: Dr. Wilson)

Philosophies and Success Rates of Anorexia Nervosa Treatment
Katie Pickworth (Adviser: Dr. Keyes)

Philosophies, Methods, and Success Rates of Anorixia Nervosa Treatment
Kate Pickworth (Adviser, Dr. Keyes)

Conference Grants 2011-2012

Bennett, Erica (Advisers: Vanessa McCaffrey and Nicolle Zellner). "Chemistry of Gylcolaldehyde and Dihydroxyacetone After High Velocity Impacts: Initial Experiments and Results." Presented at the 243rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 25-29, 2012. San Diego, CA.

Blaker, Amanda (Adviser: W. Jeffrey Wilson). "Escape and Avoidance Learning In the Earthworm." Presented at the Pavlovian Society Annual Meeting, September 22-24, 2011. Milwaukee, WI.

Blaker, Amanda (Adviser: W. Jeffrey Wilson). "Earthworms in the Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory Course." Presented at the Society for Neuroscience Meeting, November 12-16, 2011. Washington, DC.

Connolly, Megan (Adviser: Ian MacInnes). "Misogyny in the Petrarchan Paradigm." Presented at the 3rd Annual Medieval and Renaissance Studies Consortium, April 14, 2012. Alma, MI.

Coyne, Alice (Adviser: Scott Melzer). "What Do You Do? How Unemployed Men and Stay-At-Home Dads Respond to Not Being Breadwinners." Presented at the Pacific Sociological Association Meeting, March 22-25, 2012. San Diego, CA.

Davis, Monica (Adviser: W. Jeffrey Wilson). "Earthworms in the Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory Course." Presented at the Society for Neuroscience Meeting, November 12-16, 2011. Washington, DC.

DeHondt, Justin (Adviser: Christopher Hagerman). "Reexamining Roman-Gothic Power Relations: the 418 Settlement of the Goths in Aquitaine." Presented at the 3rd Annual Medieval and Renaissance Studies Consortium, April 14, 2012. Alma, MI. 

Dix, Michael (Adviser: Kevin Metz). "Fabrication and Characterization of Graphite Supported Nanoparticles as Catalysts for the Suzuki Reaction." Presented at the 243rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 25-29, 2012. San Diego, CA.

Drolet, Cari (Adviser: Eric Hill). "Victim Blaming Increases When Sexual Assault Cases Do Not Go To Trial." Presented at the 24th Annual Association for Psychological Science Convention, May 24-27, 2013. Chicago, IL.

Farris, Holly (Adviser: David Seely). "Analyzing Hydrated Salt Solutions at the Phoenix Landing Site." Presented at the 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, March 17-21, 2012, The Woodlands, TX.

Ferrara, Nicole (Adviser: W. Jeffrey Wilson). "Escape and Avoidance Learning in the Earthworm." Presented at the Pavlovian Society Annual Meeting, September 22-24, 2011. Milwaukee, WI.

Ferrara, Nicole (Adviser: W. Jeffrey Wilson). "Earthworms in the Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory Course." Presented at the Society for Neuroscience Meeting, November 12-16, 2011. Washington, DC.

Fontana, Thomas (Adviser: William Bartels). "An Unusual Vertebrate Assemblage Preserved in Distal Alluvial Fan and Lake Margin Deposits of the Cathedral Bluffs Tongue, Wasatch Formation, Bush Rim, Red Desert, Wyoming." Presented at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, October 8-11, 2011. Minneapolis, MN.

Giddings, Charisa (Adviser: W. Jeffrey Wilson). "Escape and Avoidance Learning in the Earthworm." Presented at the Pavlovian Society Annual Meeting, September 22-24, 2011. Milwaukee, WI.

Herrman, Nicholas (Adviser: Vanessa McCaffrey). "Magnetic Coupling and Crystal Structures of Substituted Bis-Phenoxy-Bridged Dicopper (II) Macrocyclic Complexex." Presented at the 243rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 25-29, 2012. San Diego, CA. 

Hiday, Aaron (Adviser: Thom Wilch). "Assessment of Diel Cycling in Agricultural Streams in South-Central Michigan-A Focus on Turbidity." Presented at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, October 8-11, 2011. Minneapolis, MN.

Huggett, Audrey (Adviser: Ian MacInnes). "Virgil and Beatrice as Intellectual Parents." Presented at the 3rd Annual Medieval and Renaissance Studies Consortium, April 14, 2012. Alma, MI.

Keener, Rachel (Adviser: Trisha Franzen). "Girls, Food and Power: Reclaiming the Earth Panel. Community Partnerships and Activism With/By Girls." Presented at the National Women's Studies Association Annual Conference, November 10-13, 2011. Atlanta, GA.

Kronner, John (Adviser: Cliff Harris). "Suzuki Couplings Using a Novel Palladium." Presented at the 243rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 25-29, 2012. San Diego, CA.

Kruppe, Christopher (Adviser: Kevin Metz). "Synthesis of Supported Palladium Nanocubes For Catalysis." Presented at the 243rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 25-29, 2012. San Diego, CA.

Lessnau, Nicholas (Adviser: Vanessay McCaffrey). "Substituent Effects on the Chemistry of Dioxovanadium (V) Complexes." Presented at the 243rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 25-29, 2012. San Diego, CA.

Long, Nicholas (Adviser: Vanessa McCaffrey). "Quantitative Analysis of Volatile Organic Compunds in Opened Wine." Presented at the 243rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 25-29, 2012. San Diego, CA.

Miller, Anna (Adviser: Kevin Metz). "Uptake and Impacts of Silver Nanoparticles on Brassica rapa." Presented at the 243rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 25-29, 2012. San Diego, CA.

Rao, Swati (Adviser: W. Jeffrey Wilson). "Earthworms in the Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory Course." Presented at the Society for Neuroscience Meeting, November 12-16, 2011. Washington, DC.

Reynolds, Lyndsey (Adviser: Kevin Metz). "Fabrication of Supported Palladium Nanoparticles on Polycarbonate Membranes as Catalysts for the Suzuki Reaction." Presented at the 243rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 25-29, 2012. San Diego, CA.

Roberts, Lauren (Adviser: Scott Melzer). "Exploring Intersex Indentities." Presented at the Pacific Sociological Association Meeting, March 22-25, 2012. San Diego, CA.

Sams, Brandon (Adviser: Andrew French). "Synthesis of a C2-symmetric Chiral Aryl Iodine Orgaocatalyst."  Presented at the 243rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 25-29, 2012. San Diego, CA.

Sams, Joshua (Adviser: William Bartels). "A GIS Analysis of the Distribution of Epizoans on Mucrospirifer Thedfordensis (Brachiopoda, Spiriferida) From the Middle Devonian of Ontario." Presented at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, October 8-11, 2011. Minneapolis, MN.

Sanders, Stephanie (Adviser: Kevin Metz). "Uptake and Impacts of Silver Nanoparticles on Brassica rapa." Presented at the 243rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 25-29, 2012. San Diego, CA.

Schroeder, Krysta (Adviser: Andrew French). "Isolation and Characterization of Podophyllotoxin From Mayapple and Other Plants." Presented at the 243rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 25-29, 2012. San Diego, CA.

Smith, Jeffrey (Adviser: Cliff Harris). "Suzuki Couplings Using a Novel Palladium Nanoparticle Catalyst." Presented at the 243rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 25-29, 2012. San Diego, CA.

Stephens, Emily (Adviser: Andrew French). "Synthesis of a C2 Symmetric Chiral Aryl Iodine Organocatalyst." Presented at the 243rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 25-29, 2012. San Diego, CA.

Thomson, Emily (Adviser: Ian MacInnes). "Liturgical Drama and Women." Presented at the 3rd Annual Medieval and Renaissance Studies Consortium, April 14, 2012. Alma, MI.

Underwood, Patrick (Adviser: Kevin Metz). "Palladium Nanoparticles Supported on Glazzy Carbon as Catalysts For the Suzuki Reaction." Presented at the 243rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 25-29, 2012. San Diego, CA.

Waun, Casey (Advisers: Vanessa McCaffrey and Nicolle Zellner). "Chemistry of Glycolaldegyde and Dihydroxyacetone After High Velocity Impacts: Initial Experiments and Results." Presented at the 243rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 25-29, 2012. San Diego, CA.

Williams, Abigail (Adviser: Thom Wilch). "Assessment of Diel Cycling in Agricultural Streams in South-Central Michigan-A Focus on Turbidity." Presented at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, October 8-11, 2011. Minneapolis, MN.

Conference Grants 2010-2011

Ahlich, Erica (Adviser: Jacque Carlson). "Emotional Intelligence Moderates the Relationship Between Shyness and Feelings of Inadequacy." Presented at the Association for Psychological Science 23rd Annual Convention, May 26-29, 2011, Washington, DC.

Brown, Rachel (Adviser: Ian MacInnes). "Needlepoint: Women's Silent Self-Expression." Presented at the 2011 Medieval and Renaissance Studies Consortium, April 16, 2011, Grand Rapids, MI.

Castelli, Catie (Adviser: Thomas Wilch). "Shifting Elevational Distributions of Three Subalpine and Alpine Plant Species in the White Mountains, California." Presented at the 2011 Northeastern/North-Central Section Meeting of the Geological Society of America, March 19-22, 2011, Pittsburgh, PA.

Covell, Jeremy (Adviser: Kevin Metz). "Polymeric Membrane Supported Palladium Nanoparticles for the Remediation of Trichloroethene." Presented at the 241st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 26-29, 2011, Anaheim, CA.

Dawson, Seth (Adviser: Kevin Metz). "Bi-Specific Antibody Derived Fusion Proteins With Tunable Pharmacokinetic Properties for Cancer Pretargeting Using a Covalent Probe Capture Approach." Presented at the 241st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 26-29, 2011, Anaheim, CA.

DeVoursney, Katherine (Adviser: Vanessa McCaffrey). "The Michigan Garage Series." Presented at the Midwest Society for Photographic Educators Conference, September 30-October 2, 2011, Kalamazoo, MI.

Dukes, Tom (Adviser: Christopher Hagerman). "Josiah Harlan, Orientalism, and the "afghan Character." Presented at the Linguistics and Literatures Undergraduate Colloquium, March 26, 2011, Boston, MA.

Goldman, Erin (Adviser: Ola Olapade). "Comparison of Autotrophic and Heterotrophic Assemblages along Nutrient Gradients in Rice Creek, Michigan." Presented at the Annual Tri-Beta NE-4 District Convention, April, 9, 2011, Athens, OH.

Havens, Zane (Adviser: Thomas Wilch). "Diel Turbidity Cycles in the Upper Kalamazoo River, Michigan." Presented at the 2011 Northeastern/North-Central Section Meeting of the Geological Society of America, March 19-22, 2011, Pittsburgh, PA.

Herrman, Nick (Adviser: Kevin Metz). "Photochemical Cleavage of Leader Peptides." Presented at the 241st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 26-29, 2011, Anaheim, CA.

Huggett, Audrey (Adviser: Amity Reading). "Whores, Thieves, and Vagabonds—Still a King's Best Friends: The Legacy of Debased Rhetoric in Henry V." Presented at the 2011 Medieval and Renaissance Studies Consortium, April 16, 2011, Grand Rapids, MI.

Kaisler, Maria (Adviser: Jacque Carlson). "A Social Skills Board Game for Children with Autism: A Case Study." Presented at the Association for Psychological Science 23rd Annual Convention, May 26-29, 2011, Washington, DC.

Koaches, Hannah (Adviser: Christopher Rohlman). "Annotation and Fluorescent Assays of Anabaena Group I Ribozyme Variants." Presented at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Conference, April 8-12, 2011, Washington, DC.

Mahoney, Matt (Adviser: William Bartels). "Comparison of Eocene Basin-Margin and Basin-Center Crocodiles from the Bridger Formation, Green River Basin, Wyoming." Presented at the 2011 Northeastern/North-Central Section Meeting of the Geological Society of America, March 19-22, 2011, Pittsburgh, PA.

McCoy, Anthony (Adviser: Mareike Wieth). "Within Hemisphere Processing Increases Use of the Anchoring Heuristic." Presented at the Association for Psychological Science 23rd Annual Convention, May 26-29, 2011, Washington, DC.

McNear, Kelly (Adviser: Kevin Metz). "Nanomaterial Stability in an Electro-Fenton Reactor As a Model for Waste Water Advanced Oxidation Processes." Presented at the 241st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 26-29, 2011, Anaheim, CA.

Miller, Drew (Adviser: Andrew Christopher). "Personality Facets, Conservative Ideology, and Ambivalent Sexism: A Facet-Level Analysis." Presented at the Association for Psychological Science 23rd Annual Convention, May 26-29, 2011, Washington, DC.

Pickworth, Courtney (Adviser: Andrew Christopher). "How Do Working Memory and Sentence Length Impact Syntactic Flexibility?"  Presented at the Association for Psychological Science 23rd Annual Convention, May 26-29, 2011, Washington, DC.

Pung, Kayleigh (Adviser: Ola Olapade). "An Assessment of the Source, Transport, and Fate of Fecal Bacteria in the Kalamazoo River."  Presented at the Annual Tri-Beta NE-4 District Convention, April, 9, 2011, Athens, OH.

Reynolds, Lyndsey (Adviser: Kevin Metz). "Palladium Nanoparticles on a Porous Substrate as a Catalyst for the Suzuki Reaction." Presented at the 241st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 26-29, 2011, Anaheim, CA.

Rinkenen, Jacob (Adviser: Christopher Rohlman). "Cytotoxic Effects of Combinational Therapy of Ascorbic Acid and 3PO on Breast and Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Cells."  Presented at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Conference, April 8-12, 2011, Washington, DC.

Rockentine, Nicki (Adviser: Carrie Menold). "P-T Paths of the Luliang Shan UHP Locality, Western China." Presented at the 2011 Northeastern/North-Central Section Meeting of the Geological Society of America, March 19-22, 2011, Pittsburgh, PA.

Sherman, Kara (Adviser: Kevin Metz). "Non-Covalently Functionalized Sorbents: New Functional Groups for Heavy Metal Sorption." Presented at the 241st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 26-29, 2011, Anaheim, CA.

Stoneburner, Jacob (Adviser: Kevin Metz). "Synthesis and Evaluation of Chiral Iodoaryloxazdines as Organocatalysts." Presented at the 241st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 26-29, 2011, Anaheim, CA.

Underwood, Pat (Adviser: Kevin Metz). "Palladium Nanoparticles on Molecular Modified Carbon Substrates and Their Use in Catalysis." Presented at the 241st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 26-29, 2011, Anaheim, CA.

Vance, Stephanie (Adviser: Gary Wahl). "Frames of Mind." Presented at the 2011 Society for Photographic Education National Conference of Science, Poetry and the Photographic Image, March 10-13, 2011, Atlanta, GA.

William Ward (Adviser: Thomas Wilch). "Cold Air Pools in Crooked Creek Valley, White Mountains, California." Presented at the 2011 Northeastern/North-Central Section Meeting of the Geological Society of America, March 19-22, 2011, Pittsburgh, PA.

Williams, Abigail (Adviser: Thomas Wilch). "Diel Turbidity Cycles in the Upper Kalamazoo River, Michigan." Presented at the 2011 Northeastern/North-Central Section Meeting of the Geological Society of America, March 19-22, 2011, Pittsburgh, PA.

Wurzler, Jules (Adviser: Kevin Metz). "UV-Vis Absorption Properties of Benzoic Acid Derivatives." Presented at the 241st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 26-29, 2011, Anaheim, CA.

Zaborowicz, Matthew (Adviser: Christopher Rohlman). "Optimization of Fluorescence Based Group I Ribozyme Studies."  Presented at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Conference, April 8-12, 2011, Washington, DC

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