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School of Science Students Take Top Honors at the 2011 IUPUI Research Day

Release Date: 
Apr 11 2011

On April 8, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Center for Research and Learning, and the Solution Center hosted the 2011 IUPUI Research Day, an open-house event showcasing IUPUI’s cutting-edge research and scholarly activities. Hundreds of participants interacted with IUPUI’s researchers and learned how IUPUI’s research and creative activity are reaching across the city, state, nation and the world.

Research Day began with student poster presentations. In both the graduate and undergraduate categories, School of Science majors were awarded first and second place for their research in the biology and psychology departments.

Biology master’s student Scott Hudson won first place for his poster presentation on “Meckelin-3 in photoreceptor outer segment.” His advisor is Teri Belecky-Adams, assistant professor in the Department of Biology.

Samantha Deitz, also a biology master’s student, took second place for “Molecular Basis and Modification of a neural crest deficit in a Down syndrome model.” Her research advisor is Dr. Randall Roper, assistant professor in the Department of Biology.

In the undergraduate category, psychology student Alex Lindsey won first place for “What Would a Leader Do? The Effect of Leadership Type on Decisions to Confront Prejudice” under faculty mentor Leslie Ashburn-Nardo, associate professor in the Department of Psychology.

Biology student Melanie Day took second place for “In Vitro treatment of deficits in neural crest proliferation and migration in mouse models for Down syndrome” under faculty mentor Dr. Roper.

Additionally, chemistry major Moonsik Chung was awarded third place for team research in the School of Engineering. A complete list of winners can be found below.

The student presentations were followed by faculty poster presentations, a community research showcase and a networking reception. To access a complete list of faculty poster presentations, visit http://research.iupui.edu/events/researchday2011/facultyposters.html.

Top Graduate and Professional Student Posters:

1st Scott R. Hudson, master’s student, Biology
Advisor: Teri Belecky-Adams, Assistant Professor, Biology
Meckelin-3 in photoreceptor outer segment

2nd Samantha Deitz, master’s student, Biology
Advisor: Randall Roper, Assistant Professor, Biology
Molecular Basis and Modification of a neural crest deficit in a Down syndrome model

3rd Samira Toloue, IU School of Dentistry
Advisor: Stephen Blanchard, Periodontics, IU School of Dentistry
A clinical and histomorphometric study of calcium sulfate (Dentogen), compared to freeze dried bone allograft (FDBA) for Aveolar ridge preservation

Top Undergraduate Student Posters:

1st Alex Lindsey (Psychology)
Faculty Mentor: Leslie Ashburn-Nardo, Associate Professor, Psychology
What Would a Leader Do? The Effect of Leadership Type on Decisions to Confront Prejudice

2nd Melanie Day (Biology)
Faculty Mentor: Randall Roper, Assistant Professor, Biology
In Vitro treatment of deficits in neural crest proliferation and migration in mouse models for Down syndrome

3rd Haili Theriac (Biomedical Engineering) and Todd Dodge (Biomedical Engineering)
Faculty Mentor: Angela Bruzzaniti, Department of Oral Biology, IU School of Dentistry
Role of osteoclasts in the biocorrosion of metal implants

3rd Moonsik Chung (Chemistry), Akram Khatib (Engineering), Krishna Patel (Mechanical Engineering), and Ameya Sharma (Engineering)
Faculty Mentors: Youngsik Kim and Rongrong Chen, both in the Department of Mechanical Engineering
All-solid-state rechargeable Li batteries

Images from the 2011 IUPUI Research Day