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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University March 13, 2006 | Vol. 35 No. 25
PURA Recipients


Summer 2005 Recipients

Donna Ackermann, Greensboro, N.C.
junior, history

"Thy Daughter's Nakedness: A Study of the History of the Law of Incest and Its Prevalence in Today's Society"
Sponsor: Joel Grossman, professor, Political Science, KSAS

Andrew Arceci, Baltimore
junior, double bass

"The Viola da Gamba, Violone and the Modern Double Bass"
Sponsor: Susan Weiss, faculty, Conservatory instruction, Peabody

Anshuman Bansal, West Bloomfield, Mich.
senior, molecular/cell biology

"The 60-Year Johns Hopkins Surgical Experience with the Blalock-Taussig Shunt Operation"
Sponsor: William Baumgartner, professor, Cardiac Surgery, SoM

Warner Brown, Shreveport, La.
senior, history

"Nostalgia for Old Shanghai and the Renewed Popularity of Early-20th-Century Commercial Art"
Sponsor: Tobie Meyer-Fong, assistant professor, History, KSAS

Tony Chang, Huntsville, Ala.
senior, biomedical engineering

"A Novel, In Vitro Model of Tocolytic Desensitization"
Sponsor: Martin Slodzinski, assistant professor, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, SoM

Anthony Chyou, Taipei, Taiwan
senior, molecular/cell biology,

"Role of the Endosomal Na+ (K+)/H+ Exchanger, Nhx1, in K28 Viral Toxin-Induced Cell Death"
Sponsor: Rajini Rao, professor, Physiology, SoM

Joshua Cogan, Wayne, Pa.
sophomore, physics

"The Watermark Soil Moisture Sensor: Is it Suitable for Long-Term Soil Monitoring?"
Sponsor: Katalin Szlavecz, senior lecturer, Earth and Planetary Sciences, KSAS

Sarah David, Baltimore
junior, political science

"Balancing Security and Civil Liberties: The British Experience with the IRA"
Sponsor: Joel Grossman, professor, Political Science, KSAS

Claire Edington, Wayland, Mass.
senior, public health studies

"Microbicides and HIV Transmission: Using Social Science Methods for a Public Health Project in Mtubatuba, South Africa"
Sponsor: James Goodyear, associate director, History of Science and Technology and of Public Health Studies Program, KSAS

Jared Evans, Hummelstown, Pa.
senior, physics

"Fabrication of 3D Ordered NanoPorous Gold for Chemical Sensors"
Sponsor: Gabor Domokos, professor, Physics and Astronomy, KSAS

Ondrej Juhasz, Ellicott City, Md.
senior, biomedical engineering
Ravi Pathak, Long Island City, N.Y.
senior, biomedical engineering
Anthony Ngo, Dallas
senior, electrical engineering
William Bishop, Ridgefield, Wash.
senior, biomedical engineering
"Effect of Microgravity on Semicircular Canal and Vestibular Function"
Sponsor: Mark Shelhamer, associate professor, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, SoM

Niaz Khan, Dhaka, Bangladesh
junior, biomedical engineering

"Study of Apoptosis in Neuronal Networks Locally Transfected by Viral Plasmids"
Sponsor: Nitish Thakor, professor, Biomedical Engineering, SoM

Angela Ko, Princeton Junction, N.J.
senior, East Asian Studies

"The Effect of the 2008 Olympic Games on China's Political Reform and National Identity"
Sponsor: Sonia Ryang, associate professor, Anthropology, KSAS

Galen Lande, Silver Spring, Md.
junior, biophysics

"Large-Scale Protein-Protein Docking of the Yeast Proteome"
Sponsor: Jeff Gray, assistant professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, WSE

Leigh Lieberman, Delray Beach, Fla.
senior, classics

"The Actor of Antiquity and His Divine Spectators: Discovering the Influence of Ancient Hellenic Cults on Modern Artistic Perception"
Sponsor: Dimitrios Yatromanolakis, assistant professor, Classics, KSAS

Sopo Lin, Palo Alto, Calif.
junior, biomedical engineering

"Magnetoelectroporation: A Novel Procedure for Obtaining Magnetically Labeled Stem Cells for MRI Cell Tracking"
Sponsor: Jeff Bulte, associate professor, Radiology, SoM

Christopher Massa, Bradley Beach, N.J.
senior, biomedical engineering

"Computer Simulation of Ventilation Distribution in a Morphometric Model of the Respiratory System With Applications to Acute Lung Injury"
Sponsor: David Kaczka, assistant professor, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, SoM

Venkatesan Natarajan, Frankfort, Ill.
senior, Writing Seminars

"The Marrying Age: A Collection of Short Stories"
Sponsor: Jean McGarry, professor, Writing Seminars, KSAS

Hari Prabhaker, Dallas
junior, public health studies

"Examination and Development of a Genetic Health System to Combat Sickle-Cell Anemia in Tribal India: Investigating Community Sensitization, the Efficacy of Genetic Documentation, Neonatal Screening and Limited Chemoprophylaxis"
Sponsor: James Goodyear, associate director, History of Science and Technology, KSAS

Fareed Riyaz, Manassas, Va.
senior, molecular/cell biology

"A Limited Structural Genomics Approach to Understanding the Sequence Specificity of F Plasmid Tral36"
Sponsor: Joel Schildbach, associate professor, Biology, KSAS

Laura Rupprecht, St. Paul, Minn.
junior, biomedical engineering

"Dynamics of Bacterial Intermediate Filament Crescentin In Vitro and In Vivo"
Sponsor: Denis Wirtz, professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, WSE

Rachael Stewart, Baltimore
senior, film and media studies

"Looks for Home: The Native American Diaspora"
Sponsor: John Mann, senior lecturer, English, KSAS

Hyder Syed, East Amherst, N.Y.
senior, international studies

"The United Nations: Global Power or Paper Tiger? An Analysis of the India-Pakistan Question"
Sponsor: Steven David, professor, Political Science, KSAS


Fall 2005 Recipients

Corey Chang, Tinton Falls, N.J.
junior, biomedical engineering

"Determining the Contribution of Murine APH-1 Isoforms in Influencing Gamma-secretase Activity in Various Regions of the Adult Brain"
Sponsor: Philip Wong, associate professor, Pathology, SoM

Thanissara Chansakul, Bangkok, Thailand
senior, chemical and biomolecular engineering

"Effects of Mesenchymal Stem Cells on Chondrogenesis of Embryonic Stem Cells in 3-D Poly (ethylene-glycol)-based Hydrogel"
Sponsor: Jennifer Elisseeff, assistant professor, Biomedical Engineering, WSE

Sean Cheng, Newburyport, Mass.
senior, biomedical engineering

"Controlling Uniform Nanoparticle Fabrication Using Molecular Templates"
Sponsor: David Gracias, assistant professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, WSE

Megan Goldman-Petri, Timonium, Md.
junior, history of art/classics

"Cult Practice, Technology and Science: A JHU Archaeological Collection Case Study"
Sponsor: Eunice Dauterman Maguire, senior lecturer, History of Art, KSAS

Kaitlin Haws, Olympia, Wash.
senior, nursing

"Fathers Clubs in Rural Haiti and Impact on Child Growth Monitoring"
Sponsor: Beth Sloand, assistant professor, Graduate Instruction, SoN

Laura Hollingsworth, Oakland, Md.
senior, molecular/cell biology

"Novel Suppressors of a Spindle Assembly Checkpoint Defect"
Sponsor: M. Andrew Hoyt, professor, Biology, KSAS

Corrie Ann McKeen, Cambridge, Minn.
senior, nursing

"Sickness Behavior Symptoms and Inflammatory Cytokine Levels in Abused Women"
Sponsor: Nancy Woods, assistant professor, Undergraduate Instruction, SoN

Jesse Mermelstein, New York
junior, cognitive science

"A Comparative Study of Yeshivish"
Sponsor: Geraldine Legendre, professor, Cognitive Science, KSAS

Ellen Minnihan, Somerset, N.J.
senior, chemistry

"A Detailed Kinetic Study of the Reactivity of a New Generation of Peptide Deformylase Model Complexes"
Sponsor: David Goldberg, associate professor, Chemistry, KSAS

Natasha Sachs, Boca Raton, Fla.
sophomore, international studies

"A City of Children in Southern Italy"
Sponsor: Joel Grossman, professor, Political Science, KSAS

Ying-Ying Wang, Northville, Mich.
junior, biomedical engineering

"Characterization of Nanoparticle Transport in Cervical Vaginal Mucus for Topical Treatment of Bacterial Vaginosis via Polymeric Carriers"
Sponsor: Justin Hanes, associate professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, WSE

Allisandra Wen, Richmond, Texas
junior, neuroscience

"Characterization of Zebrafish FOXP2, a Gene Implicated in Vocalization"
Sponsor: Marnie Halpern, adjunct associate professor at JHU and Embryology staff, Carnegie Institution of Washington

Yinfei Xu, Wachtung, N.J.
sophomore, biomedical engineering

"Computational Studies of Proteins"
Sponsor: Robert Schleif, professor, Biology, KSAS

Jina Youn, Baltimore
senior, neuroscience

"The Role of Amygdala Central Nucleus and Substantia Nigra Circuit in Surprise-Induced Enhancement of Associative Learning"
Sponsor: Michela Gallagher, Krieger-Eisenhower Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences, KSAS

Simon Zaleski, Ellicott City, Md.
senior, piano and composition

"A Consort of Colors: The Double Reed Ensemble"
Sponsor: Susan Weiss, faculty, Conservatory instruction, Peabody

Jonathan Zuckerman, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
senior, biophysics

"The Bcl-2 Checkpoint and Programmed Cell Death in Caenorhabditis Elegans"
Sponsor: Blake Hill, assistant professor, Biology, KSAS


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