Summer 2016 Research Projects

Agricultural Economics

Agronomy and Horticulture

Lexis Funk

Evaluating Mechanisms of RNA Editing in Plants

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Amy Hauver

Reducing the Potential for Acrylamide Formation in Wheat Products

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Agronomy and Horticulture

Nicolas Herrera

The Mechanism by which Marbling Affects Beef Tenderness

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Megan Campbell

Rachel Dickerson

MayaCityBuilder: Refining a Ceramic Chronology in Copan, Honduras

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Sydney Tillotson

Salmon Pueblo Archaeological Research Collection and the Greater Chaco Landscape

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Madeline Lambert

Design for Decline

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Arts and Sciences

Hannah Hesson

Shelby Wachal

Evaluation of Douglas County Juvenile Court Initial Pre-hearing Conferences

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Blake Hass

Brianna Kellar

The Role of O-fucosylation in the expression and function of Stabilin-2

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Andrew Schacht

Characterization of Iron-Sulfur Clusters in WhiB-like Proteins present in Mycobacterium Species

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Jennifer Wies

Analysis of Histone Deacetylase involvement in P. syringae-triggered Chromatin changes

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Alex Ciurej

Effects of Novel Cytokine Concentrations and Combinations on CD4+ T Cell Differentation

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Biological Sciences

Kaitlyn Stava

Effect of Diet and Bacteria on the Microbiome and Infection Susceptibility in D. Magna

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Biological Systems Engineering

Janelle Adams

Victoria Bart

Hydrogel Platform for Single Walled Carbon Nanotube Sensors for In Vitro and In Vivo Nitric Oxide Detection

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Anna Siebe

Height and Pressure Test for Improving Sprayer Application

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Erin Oeltjen

Cren8 Protein Characterization

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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Joshua Mueller

Brynne Schwabauer

UNL International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) Team

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Matthew Sis

Delivery of Antioxidant Vitamin E to Neural Stem Cells to Increase Transplant Efficiency

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Chemical Engineering

Catelyn Evans

Developing cerebral organoids to model human and mice brain development

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Braden Harm

Proposed Study of Methods Designed to Increase Yield of Human Pluripotent Stem Cell (hPSC) Cultures for Scientific and Clinical Use

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Madison Bierman

Daniel Dooling

UNL International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) Team

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Classics and Religious Studies

Mitchell Groninger

Political Impacts on Athenian/Theban Material Culture

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Brian Niedert

Assessing the Impact of Digital Data Capture and Management Systems on the Processing and Publication of Archaeological Survey Data

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Abhirup Shome

The Effects of Political and Cultural Boundaries on the Spread of Religion in Archaic and Classical Greece

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College of Nursing

Julia Keown

Joseph McTygue

Morgan Pfeiffer

Emily Marcuson

Amber Soden

Development and Evaluation of an Electronic Application for use on Crash Carts for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Efforts

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Lauren Hays

Amber Martinez

Enhancing Teamwork Between Nursing and Dental Students via a Blended Interprofessional Education Program

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Computer Science and Engineering

Phuong Ninh

Colton Harper

UNL International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) Team

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Jeevan Rajagopal

VITA-Math Day

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Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

James Lowe

Sedimentologic and Stratigraphic Investigation of the Heath Formation, central Montana: Implications for mid-Carboniferous Climate Change

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Haylie Mikulak

Variations in the Extents of Sea Ice and Snow Cover of the Arctic

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Anthony Skaleski

Interpretations of Unconformities within the Phosphoria Rock Complex and their Implications towards Climate Change: Bighorn Basin Wyoming

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Gean Xin Kok

Schedule Flexibility, Family Friendly Policies, and Absence

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Electrical Engineering

Timothy Carlson

Effects of Acidic, Neutral, and Basic gases on Nanostructured Materials

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Amzie Dunekacke

The Manuscripts of David Livingstone: Shaping and Reshaping Victorian Britain's Ideas about African, Araba, and Indian Populations

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Rosamond Thalken

Collaborative Digital Literary Archive Development: The George Eliot-George Henry Lewes Review Digitalization Project

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Matthew Hanson

READiscover: Creating a Reading Platform for the Digital Age

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Emily Freeman

Performance Practices of the World's Most Famous Oratorio - Handel's Messiah

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Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Hamood Al Rahbi

Matthew Bock

Fluid Mechanics of Soap Bubble Blowing

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Walker Dimon

Engineering Research Study Abroad at University of Roeun, France

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Nebraska Center for Research on CYFS

Elvira Marciano

Parent-Child Interactions during Preschool: What Factors Contribute to Parent Behavior?

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Nutrition and Health Sciences

Hannah Seyller

Effects of a MicroRNA-Deficient Diet on Cognitive Function and Muscular Efficiency in Mice

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Brianna McKay

The Effect of Youth Performance Training Camp on Football Specific Sport Performance Measurements

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Taylor Bruett

Role of Placental Cell Derived Exosomes in 3-hydroxy-Fatty Acid-Induced Hepatocyte Lipoapoptosis

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Amanda Sughroue

The Consequences of Welfare Bans on Drug Felony Convictions on Crime

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Physics and Astronomy

John Chrostek

Nathan Ray

Simulating and Analyzing the Propagation and Generation of Relativistic Electrons

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Ankit Pant

Effect of Temperature and Pressure Exposure on the Resistance of NiC2O4 (NCO)

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KayLee Flower

The Effects of Substance Use and PTSD Symptoms on Perceptions of Risk in Sexual Assault Victims

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Kailee Groshans

Critical Facets in A Couple's Sexual Relationship and the Impact of Each on Global Relationship Satisfaction

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Aaron Halvorsen

Infant Language Skill Assessment Predicting Later Mathematical Disabilities

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Jordan Knapp

Possible Dyslexia Markers May Exist in Adolescents and Their Biological Parents

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School of Biological Sciences

Bridget Bickner

Exploring the Effect of Octopamine on Male and Female Mating Behaviors in the Nursery Web Spider, Pisaurina mira

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Chris Elofson

Change in Cell Abundance During Nitrate-Mediated Oxidation of Reduced Uranium(IV)

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Tanner Hawkins

Effects on Gopher Disturbance on Plant Succession

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Samantha Moran

Characterization of Seven Human Adenovirus Candidates for an Ebola Zaire Vaccine

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Erica North

Modification of AD45 Genome for Vaccination and Oncolytic Activites

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Garrett Wahl

Assessing the Role of IRF3 in the T Cell Mediated Immune Response

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School of Natural Resources

Grace Bullington

Determining Population Occupancy of the Western Barred Tiger Salamander in Southeastern Nebraska Habitats

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Matthew Russell

Validation of the Cosmic-ray Neutron Method for Estimating Soil Moisture

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Josiah Johnson

Mapping Groundwater and Surface Water Interaction in Western Nebraska

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Rachel Denniston

Anastasiya Ivanchuk

Carlie Kay

The Structures Module 3 Effectiveness Study: A Single-Subject Design

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Ee Shin Hum

Gender Differences in Mental Health Outcomes: The Role of Social Support and Self-Salience in Externalizing and Internalizing Symptoms

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Alexander Johnson

An Analysis of Electrodermal Activity with Regards to Minority Health

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Grecia Macias

Developing Measures for the Evaluation of Colorism in the Latino Population on Campus

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Special Education and Communication Disorders

Megan Asselin

Effects of Taste Stimuli on Swallowing Function in Persons with Traumatic Injuries

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Megan Rovang

Neural Control of Tongue Movements Across Effort Levels

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University Honors Program

Isaac Coleman

Steelarm: An Independently-Produced Videogame About Privilege and Player Choice

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Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Angela Mercurio

The Role of BAF in Antiviral Response to Poxviruses

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