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2010 Chellgren Student Fellows

Maria Bane

Maria Bane is working with Bryan Coutain from the Department of Political Science.

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Catherine Brereton

Catherine Brereton is working on an interdisciplinary project investigating representations of lesbians' mothers and lesbians as mothers in a variety of genres to analyze relationships between lesbians and their mothers and how they affect lesbians' sense of identity in terms of maternity and motherhood. Her mentor is Susan Bordo in the Department of Gender Studies.

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Jennifer Brogie

Jennifer Brogie is working on a project to develop a feed for Purina that will help older horses age better. The project involves looking at blood samples and measuring how well horse systems function at various ages. Results will be used to improve the feed, Purina Equine Senior, to keep aging horses healthy and functioning longer. She is working with Amanda Adams in the Gluck Equine Research Center.

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Carter Daniels

Carter Daniels is researching gambling behavior in pigeons, if it can be inhibited, and if it has any affect on pigeon behavior. Behavioral measures are being taken, including activity levels in birds deprived at different levels of food, with a possible aggression measure to be taken post-experiment. Carter is working with Thomas Zental from Experimental Psychology.

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Jonathan Davies

Jonathan Davies is researching the mechanism(s) of CSPG-induced inhibition following spinal cord injury. Subsequent tests will manipulate specific inhibitory moieties of CSPGs to promote regeneration of adult neurons in vivo. These studies have potential for translational application in injured patients. He is working with Diane M. Snow of the Neuroscience Department.

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Brett Dickens

Brett Dickens will be researching the negative effects of unhealthy maternal diets and how to reverse these effects through consumption of dietary supplements and increased physical activity during pregnancy. Specifically, he will be examining the results of insulin receptors on the offspring of exercised dams compared to sedentary dams. He is working with Kevin Pearson in the Graduate Center for Nutritional Sciences.

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David Dirkes III

David Dirkes III is working with John Anthony from the Department of Chemistry.

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Charles Fieseler

Charles Fieseler is going to program a simulator that will hopefully be able to find and simulate the non-chaotic paths of neutrons that we have in a magnetic/gravitic confinement trap, in order to measure their lifetime. He is working in the Department of Physics with mentor, Chris Crawford.

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Jonathan Finnie

Jonathan Finnie is performing interviews and doing archival research. His mentor Richard Schein from the Department of Geography.

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Jared Flanery

Jared Flanery is designing a role-playing game centered on coal policy decisions. His mentor is Ernest Yanarella in the Political Science Department.

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Tyler Flynn

Tyler Flynn is researching nanoelectronic devices such as field effect transistors, implementing a variety of tools ranging from atomic force microscopy to advanced computer modeling. He is working with Doug Strachan in Physics and Astronomy.

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Courtney Ford

Courtney Ford is working with Rebecca Dutch in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry.

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Geraldine Goh

Geraldine Goh is exploring the effect of vivo-morpholinos on the transmethylase gene for calmodulin using the chick embryo model. Cell cultures are cultivated and their growth and pattern mapped and then compared to patterns of control cultures. Her mentor is Philip Bonner from the Department of Biology.

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Jillian Harris

Jillian Harris is analyzing statistics from a local truancy court and developing a college preparation program for high school juniors. She is working under the supervision of Doctors Flaherty, Ely, and Loeffler in the College of Social Work.

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McKinley Heflin

McKinley Heflin is working with John F. Wilson in the College of Medicine.

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Andrea Hiller

Andrea Hiller is researching the molecular mechanisms in glucose levels that regulate insulin production and pancreatic beta-cell function. This will hopefully enable the development of new strategies for the treatment and prevention of diabetes. Her mentor is Sabire Ozcan in the Department of Biology.

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Cody Hollan

Cody Hollan is researching the rise of media attention to Supreme Court confirmation hearings and its effect on the Senators' votes for the candidate. His mentor is Justin Wedeking in the Department of Political Science.

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Alexandria Jarrells

Alexandria Jarrells is researching why stiffness occurs in the heart. This stiffness can cause heart failure because the ventricles cannot completely fill with blood. Her mentor is Ken Campbell in the Department of Physiology.

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Mary Jennings

Mary Jennings is researching immunoprecipitation of the Argonaute complex from an Alzheimer's Disease brain and a normal brain. She will compare both brains using a mass spectroscopy to better understand a link to Alzheimer's. Her mentor is Peter Nelson, Director of the Neuropathology Division.

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Deron Johnson

Deron Johnson is working with David Wilke.

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Kelsey Joseph

Kelsey Joseph is working with Buck Ryan from the Journalism Department.

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Abigail Kerins

Abigail Kerins is examining the identity of the Appalachian community of Eastern Kentucky and the role that economic, social, and cultural changes have played in developing this identity. In her analysis, she will also discuss how the current status of the community will affect future generations.

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Taylor Lloyd

Taylor Lloyd is investigating the mechanisms of seed germination at the molecular level, specifically light regulated mechanisms. Because seeds represent approximately 70% of our diet, it is crucial we understand how the environment determines germination. She is working with Bruce Downie from the Department of Horticulture.

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Shelby Malone

Shelby Malone is investigating how the phosphoprotein (P protein) can be used to determine the active sites responsible for interactions with human metapneumovirus (HMPV) and host cell proteins along with the biological pathways they activate. She is working with Rebecca Dutch in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry.

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Madison McGhee

Madison McGhee is exploring the creative process behind the full-fledged production of a theatrical work. She will produce an original work written and directed by herself. Her mentor is Nancy Jones from the Department of Theatre.

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Allison McVey

Allison McVey is majoring in International Studies with a minor in History. She is examining the life and works of Leo Tolstoy, researching what Tolstoy's views on life were and how they affected our current society as well as the one he lived in. Her mentor is Karen Petrone in the Department of History.

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Saumya Mehta

Saumya Mehta is conducting a genome-wide analysis of alternative splicing events regulated by heterogeneous nuclear ribonuclear proteins H and F. His mentor is Franca Cambi in the Department of Neurology.

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Zach Motes

Zach Motes is investigating the effects of pornography on adolescent sexuality as it relates to spirituality. He is working with Ronald Werner-Wilson and Claire Kimberly of the Department of Family Studies.

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Asri Mumpuni

Asri Mumpuni is exploring limb and skin regeneration in Axolotol salamanders. She is working with Randal Voss in the Department of Biology.

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Lindsay Oberhausen

Lindsay Oberhausen is assisting Ivonne Marte, a Ph.D. student, with her dissertation, "Representations of Masculinities in Contemporary Dominican-American Narrative."

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Emily Pena

Emily Pena is working with Trevor P. Creamer, in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry.

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Justin Penny

Justin Penny is working in the Campbell Muscle lab examining electron microscope pictures of cardiac muscle tissue, studying the arrangement of myosin and actin fibers. His mentor is Kenneth Campbell in the Department of Physiology.

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Amanda Rambo

Amanda Rambo is researching, tracking patterns, and investigating correlations among labor union disputes in the arts and entertainment industries. She is working with Rachel Shane, a professor of Arts Administration.

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James Rossi

James Rossi is coding data for research on the meta-analysis of eating disorders and their effects on quality of life. He is working with Brian Cook from the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion.

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Ethan Rutledge

Ethan Rutledge is working with Ernest Yanarella from the Department of Political Science.

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Elizabeth Schaller

Elizabeth Schaller is participating in an internship with a research component with Bebe Lovejoy, the registrar in the UK Art Museum. She will be working with art objects that are in storage and learning about the career paths available in an art museum setting. Her mentor is Jane S. Peters in the Department of Art History.

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Emma Scott

Emma Scott is working with Thomas Kelley from the Department of Behavioral Science.

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Sarah Seger

Sarah Seger is conducting experiments to analyze how heating iron oxide nanoparticles effects lung cancer and breast cancer cell lines. Her mentors are Kimberly Anderson and Zach Hilt from Chemical Engineering and Materials Engineering.

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Alexandria Sehon

Alexandria Sehon is studying applications of geophysical principles on archaeologically significant areas, with an emphasis on gradiometer and magnetometer data manipulation. Her mentor is Dhananjay Ravat, Chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Science.

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William Spence

William Spence is working with David Atwood from the Department of Chemistry.

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Grant Weherly

Grant Weherly is observing the differences in the actions of people in life vs. in a realistic role playing game, such as Second Life. His mentor is Philipp Kraemer from the Department of Pyschology.

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Mary Ellen Wimberly

Mary Ellen Wimberly is working on a project titled "Risk and Discrimation." She is focusing on incidence and persistence of gender discrimination in firms in Columbia. Her mentor is Dr. Jenny Minier in the Department of Economics.

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Madeline Wright

Madeline Wright is working with Richard Shein in the Department of Geography on a project titled "Museums and Public."

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