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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 6, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 29
Provost's Undergraduate Research Awards


Summer 2008 Recipients

Ersin Akinci, Bethesda, Md.
senior, history and history of art

"The Torrid Zone in 15th- and 16th-Century Western and Islamic Science"
Sponsor: Richard Kagan, professor, History, KSAS

Anum Azam, Tinton Falls, N.J.
junior, biomedical engineering

"The Role of Surface Tension Forces in 3-D Self-Assembly of Nanoparticles"
Sponsor: David Gracias, assistant professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, WSE

Yoonah Chi, Bethel, Conn., and
Jill Lasak, Broomall, Pa.
senior, neuroscience, and
senior, psychological and brain sciences

"The Relationship Between the Korean Board Game Baduk and Processing Speed, Executive Function and Short-Term Memory in Older Adults"
Sponsor: Justin Halberda, assistant professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences, KSAS

Deanna Chieco, Katonah, N.Y.
senior, neuroscience

"The Role of the Frizzled-3 Receptor in Sympathetic Nervous System Development"
Sponsor: Rejji Kuruvilla, assistant professor, Biology, KSAS

Daniel Colacurcio, West Caldwell, N.J.
senior, neuroscience

"Boronate Compounds Modulate MAG-Mediated Inhibition of Axon Regeneration"
Sponsor: Ronald Schnaar, professor, Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, SoM

Avik De, Kolkata, India
junior, mechanical engineering

"Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) With Sparse Sensing: A Topological Approach"
Sponsor: Noah Cowan, assistant professor, Mechanical Engineering, WSE

James DiCarlo, Columbia, Md.;
Jaime Liu, Woodside, N.Y.; and
Ingrid Spielman, Glen Rock, N.J.
junior, chemical and biomolecular
junior, chemical and biomolecular engineering; and
junior, materials science engineering

"Mating Type and Ploidy Detector for S. cerevisiae"
Sponsor: Jef Boeke, professor, Molecular Biology and Genetics, SoM

Kristin Donato, Watertown, N.Y.
junior, biomedical engineering

"Genetically Engineering Fluorescent Brain Tumor Cells"
Sponsor: Arvind P. Pathak, assistant professor, Radiology MR Research, SoM

Precious Ann Ventura Fortes, Stockton, Calif.
senior, anthropology

"Migrating Bodies: How Migration Has Altered Health Care and Education in Poor Rural Provinces of Northern Philippines"
Sponsor: Clara Han, assistant professor, Anthropology, KSAS

Jonathan Gilbert, Berwyn, Pa.
senior, chemical and biomolecular engineering

"Reversible Removal of Cells From a Surface Using a Switchable Low-Density SAM"
Sponsor: Joelle Frechette, assistant professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, WSE

William Hays, Flintstone, Ga.
junior, composition

"The State of Modern Opera: A Technical Examination and Cultural Investigation"
Sponsor: Hollis Robbins, Humanities, Peabody

Joseph Heng, Singapore
sophomore, biomedical engineering

"Cochlear Implant-Mediated Perception of Musical Timbre"
Sponsor: Charles J. Limb, associate professor, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, SoM

Alexander Hoogland, Grand Rapids, Mich.
sophomore, environmental engineering

"Exploring the Environmental Chemistry and Fate of a Highly Used Herbicide Safener in Natural and Engineered Systems"
Sponsor: Lynn Roberts, professor, Geography and Environmental Engineering, WSE

Vasilisa Kizub, New Albany, Ohio
junior, biophysics

"Advancement of Research on Gene Expression: Defining the Molecular Significance of Chromosomal Remodelers"
Sponsor: Gregory Bowman, assistant professor, Biophysics, KSAS

Su Liu, Sault Sainte Marie, Mich.
senior, public health studies

"The Effect of Maternal Antibodies of Mothers of Children with Autism in Mouse Models"
Sponsor: Harvey Singer, professor, Pediatric Neurology, SoM

Rebecca Orchard, Wadsworth, Ohio
senior, French horn performance

"Integrated Music Analysis in Fin de Siecle Vienna"
Sponsor: David Smooke, Music Theory, Peabody

Oi-ying Irene Pang, Mo On Shan, New Territories, Hong Kong
senior, sociology

"The Effects of Microfinance on Informal Finance Among Urban Market Women in Ghana: A Case Study"
Sponsor: Joel Andreas, assistant professor, Sociology, KSAS

Molly Plovanich, Hamlin, N.Y.
senior, biophysics

"Enhancing the Stability of the Notch Ankyrini Domain Through Consensus-Based Mutagenesis"
Sponsor: Douglas Barrick, professor, Biophysics, KSAS

Aarthi Rao, Sewickley, Pa.
senior, Writing Seminars

"An Examination of Identity in Young Adult Indian-American Short Fiction"
Sponsor: Jean McGarry, professor, Writing Seminars, KSAS

Sarah Robinson, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
senior, nursing

"Prevalence and Health Effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in African-American and Afro- Caribbean Women"
Sponsor: Jacquelyn Campbell, professor, Community Public Health Nursing, SoN

Lisa Rosinsky, Clarksville, Md.
junior, Writing Seminars

"Poetry in Performance: From Auditory Imagination to Spoken Word"
Sponsor: Douglas Basford, part-time lecturer, Summer and Intersession Programs, KSAS

Shelby Strong, Essex, Mass.
senior, history

"The Cleveland Orchestra's Musical Response to World War II Culture: 1940-1942"
Sponsor: Richard Giarusso, Musicology, Peabody

Wesley Sudduth, Lake Orion, Mich.
junior, international relations and economics

"Kelo, Hathcock and Eminent Domain in America: The Struggle Between Personal Freedom and the Collective Benefit"
Sponsor: Joel Grossman, professor, Political Science, KSAS

Shaw-Wei David Tsen, Tempe, Ariz.
senior, molecular and cellular biology

"Inactivation of Viral Pathogens Using Femtosecond Lasers"
Sponsor: T.-C. Wu, professor, Pathology, Oncology, Gynecology and Obstetrics, and Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, SoM

Callie Vincent, Cool Ridge, W. Va.
"Psychological Workplace Violence and Depression Rates in Nurses"
Sponsor: Jacquelyn Campbell, professor, Community Public Health Nursing, SoN

Jonathan Yen, Hillsborough, Calif.
junior, biomedical engineering

"Generation of Patient-Specific Human Pluripotent Stem Cells Without Integrating Viral Vectors"
Sponsor: Linzhao Cheng, associate professor, Gynecology and Obstetrics, SoM


Fall 2008 Recipients

Jiwoon Chang, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
junior, molecular and cellular biology

"Observing the Development of Motor Neuron Cells Using HB9 Promoter"
Sponsor: Assaf Gilad, assistant professor, Radiology MR Research, SoM

Yung-Chi Chuang, Plainsboro, N.J.
senior, chemical and biomolecular engineering

"Microscopic Origin of the Slip Boundary Condition at a Fluid Solid Interface"
Sponsor: German Drazer, assistant professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, WSE

Jaeyoon Chung, McLean, Va.
senior, molecular and cellular biology

"TRB3 as a Critical Mediator of Melanoma Progression"
Sponsor: Rhoda Alani, associate professor, Oncology Hematologic Malignancies, SoM

Debalina De, Ballwin, Mo., and Soumya Irivinti, Derry, N.H.
junior, public health studies, and junior, biomedical engineering

"Detection of HIV Infection Among Neonates Using a Biobarcode-Based Nanoparticle Assay on Dried Blood Spots"
Sponsor: Deborah Persaud, associate professor, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, SoM

Anne Fehrenbacher, Champaign, Ill.
senior, public health studies

"Not for Sale: Human Trafficking Across the Atlantic"
Sponsor: Lingxin Hao, professor, Sociology, KSAS

Amy Goh, Lansdale, Penn.
senior, nursing

"Yoga and Cortisol Levels in Victims of Intimate Partner Violence Residing at the House of Ruth Maryland"
Sponsor: Phyllis Sharps, associate professor and director, Community Public Health Nursing, SoN

Mitra Heshmati, Columbus, Ohio
senior, neuroscience

"Time-Lapse in Vivo Imaging of Collateral Sprouting by Cerebellar Climbing Fibers"
Sponsor: David Linden, professor, Neuroscience, SoM

David Huberdeau, Woodbridge, Va.
junior, biomedical engineering

"Development of an Upper-Limb Prosthetics EMG-Based Control System"
Sponsor: Nitish Thakor, professor, Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience and Neuroengineering, SoM

John Kegelman, Yorktown, Va.
senior, mechanical engineering

"Fluid Mechanical Evaluation of Arm-Stroking Patterns in Front Crawl Swimming"
Sponsor: Lester Su, assistant professor, Mechanical Engineering, WSE

Lucas Kelly-Clyne, Wilton, Conn.
junior, political science

"On Level Ground? A Post-Baccalaureate Study Examining the Financial Successes and Political Preferences of 1997 College Graduates from The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland"
Sponsor: Karl Alexander, professor and chair, Sociology, KSAS

Sneha Ramesh Mani, Singapore
junior, molecular and cellular biology

"The Role of the Cajal Body in Small RNA Processing"
Sponsor: Trina Schroer, professor, Biology, KSAS

Chih-Ping Mao, Austin, Texas
senior, cellular and molecular biology

"A Novel DNA Vaccine Based on Linkage of Antigen to Viral Fusogenic Membrane Glycoproteins"
Sponsor: T.-C. Wu, professor, Pathology, Oncology, Gynecology and Obstetrics, and Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, SoM

Gyasi Moscou-Jackson, Baltimore
senior, nursing

"IPV Screening Preferences of African-American and Afro-Caribbean Women Seen in Health Care Settings"
Sponsor: Jacquelyn Campbell, professor, Community Public Health Nursing, SoN

Neil Neumann, Des Moines, Iowa
senior, biophysics

"Elucidating 3-D Geometry in the AraC Protein Using Lanthanide-based Resonance Energy Transfer"
Sponsor: Robert Schleif, professor, Biology, KSAS

Nikhil Rao, Austin, Texas
senior, chemical and biomolecular engineering

"SiRNA Inhibition of Pro-Apoptotic Genes in Stem Cells"
Sponsor: Michael Betenbaugh, professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, WSE

Zachary Senders, Jamison, Penn.
junior, biology

"The Impact of Statin Treatment on Neuropathic Pain and Regeneration Following Sciatic Nerve Injury"
Sponsor: Beth Murinson, assistant professor, Neurology, SoM

Kathryn "Kari" Sepelyak, Hockessin, Del.
senior, neuroscience

"Effects of Temporal-Parietal vs. Inferior Frontal Cortex Damage on Temporal Order Processing"
Sponsor: Argye Hillis, professor, Neurology, SoM

Nisarg Shah, Mumbai, India
senior, chemical and biomolecular engineering

"Evaluation of Mucus-Penetrating Biodegradable Polymer Nanoparticles in Mice Lungs for Delivery of Chemotherapeutics for Lung Cancer"
Sponsor: Justin Hanes, professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, WSE

Janice Son, Haymarket, Va.
senior, neuroscience

"Relativity of Early Glial Activity in Optic Nerves of the DBA/2J Glaucoma Mouse Model"
Sponsor: Nicholas Marsh-Armstrong, assistant professor, Neuroscience, SoM

Gloria Sue, San Jose, Calif.
senior, biophysics

"Interactions Between Internal and Surface Charges in Proteins"
Sponsor: Bertrand Garcia-Moreno, professor and chair, Biophysics, KSAS

Grace Tan, Singapore
junior, biomedical engineering

"Investigating Ventricular Tachycardia as a Result of Premature Stimuli in a 3-D Canine Cardiac Model of Heart Failure"
Sponsor: Natalia Trayanova, professor, Biomedical Engineering, WSE


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