Research Opportunities

Home Care Transition Program

College of Nursing
Faculty Advisor
Lani Zimmerman
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Start Date
9/1/2015
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week
We are continuing to analyze data  from a large pilot study completed last year.  We are submitting for large external funding in February and will be developing the grant Fall 2015.  This experience will give the student the opportunity to assist in publications and data analysis to support the upcoming grant.  The purpose of the study was to examine the effects of delivering a home based care transitions intervention (HBCTI) tailored on cognition and level of patient activation compared to usual care (UC) on the outcomes of health care utilization (HCU) and health outcome
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Implications of Insecure Parent-Child Attachment for Childhood Obesity Risk

Child, Youth and Family Studies
Faculty Advisor
Dr. Natalie Williams
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Start Date
9/1/2015
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week

The Child and Family Health research group in the Department of Child, Youth, and Family Studies is seeking motivated research assistants to help with a new project that examines how toddlers’ growth from 18 to 24 months is affected by aspects of their social relationships, temperament and behaviors, and home environment.

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Political Attitudes and Cognition

Political Science
Faculty Advisor
Ingrid Haas
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Start Date
8/24/15
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week
Flexible

The Political Attitudes and Cognition Lab studies political attitudes and beliefs, and how evaluation is influenced by affect, emotion, motivation, and social identity. This is an interdisciplinary lab, combining methods and ideas from social psychology, political science, and social cognitive neuroscience (fMRI).

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Biological activities of dietary microRNAs and exosomes

Nutrition and Health Science
Faculty Advisor
Janos Zempleni
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Start Date
6/1/2016
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week
The Zempleni laboratory has discovered that food-borne microRNAs and exosomes have important effects in human metabolism, health, and disease. UCARE students will use a variety of model organisms, paired with molecular biology protocols, to identify the pathways that cause these effects. Students of all educational backgrounds and levels of experience with a genuine interest in biomedical research will be considered.
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Modeling and simulations as a learning tool in life sciences courses

Biochemistry
Faculty Advisor
Tomas Helikar
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Start Date
5/1/2016
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week

We seek a motivated individual with a biology background and a desire to learn about computational modeling and life sciences education to help with all aspects of this research.The goal of this research is to determine how computational modeling and simulations can be used to enhance students’ learning and understanding about complex biological systems. To do so, we will develop and evaluate inquiry-based learning modules that utilize a web-based computational modeling and simulation software.

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Virtual Immune System

Biochemistry
Faculty Advisor
Tomas Helikar
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Start Date
5/1/2016
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week

The proper response of the immune system to pathogens is governed by complex network-like interactions among various types of cells (antigen-presenting cells, T and B lymphocytes, eosinophils, mast cells, etc.) and their associated communication mediators (cytokines).

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FunWritr Literacy and Language Learning Project (AI Programming, HCI Design, & Education Research)

Learning Teaching & Teacher Education
Faculty Advisor
Justin Olmanson
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Start Date
Flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week
6-10

There are three different positions*:

      1. Server-side programmer: refactoring + special projects (python, NLTK, APIs, AI & NLP algorithms)

      2. Human Computer Interface Designer & Client Side programmer: redesign (html5, swift, flash builder)

      3. Literacy and Language Learning Researcher (research design, fieldwork, data analysis, write up)

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Fluidic channel device development for root-microorganism interaction study

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Sangjin Ryu
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Start Date
Fall
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week

The goal of the research is to develop mini-/micro-scale fluidic devices to enable observing interactions between plant root and microorganisms. Although such interactions are critical for plant growth, understanding of underlying physical mechanism is limited because of nontransparent soil environment. To enable visually observing the interaction, we develop transparent fluid channel devices to accommodate seed germination and root growth under controlled environment.

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Drop/bubble coalescence in limited confinements

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Sangjin Ryu
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Start Date
Fall or Summer
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week

The goal of the research is to experimentally investigate coalescence of liquid drops (in air) or air bubbles (in liquid) in limited confinements such as Hele-Shaw cells (two-dimensional confinement). Upon touching each other, drops/bubbles coalesce or merge because interfacial surface tension tries to minimize surface area between liquid and gas phases. We expect that such coalescing behaviors will be affected by how drops/bubbles are confined and by surface wettability of confining surfaces.

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Limiting Antibiotic Resistance in the Environment by Developing Good Agricultural Practices

Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Xu Li
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Start Date
August 15, 2015
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week

Antibiotic resistance is a growing threat to public health on a global scale.

Livestock production is a cornerstone of life in America’s agricultural heartland.  However, the use of antibiotics on livestock creates the potential for the spread of antibiotics and antibiotic resistant bacteria in the surrounding environment.  The project is to identify specific sustainable farming practices that can reduce the spread of antibiotics and antibiotic resistant bacteria in agricultural settings.

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