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Notre Dame of Maryland University Showcases Undergraduate Research

April 23, 2013

Notre Dame of Maryland University is hosting Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day, an annual showcase of undergraduate research in arts and sciences, on Friday, April 26.

Notre Dame President James F. Conneely, Ph.D., is opening the day’s events, followed by remarks from Sara Bass, alumna of the Class of 2006 and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). During her time at NDMU, Mrs. Bass worked with Dr. Jocelyn McKeon and used ion chromatography to analyze the school’s drinking water. Prior to her graduation from NDMU in 2006, Mrs. Bass participated in a research internship at University of Maryland Baltimore where she worked with Dr. Sarah Michel’s lab studying the RNA binding affinity and selectivity of iron-substituted Tristetraprolin-2D, a protein involved in regulating inflammatory response. This research led to Mrs. Bass’ first publication in the journal Biochemistry.

More than fifty Notre Dame students from all disciplines actively participate in research in their fields of interest throughout their academic careers. Fourier Hall will be the setting for papers to be presented, songs to be performed, and posters and creative works to be displayed and discussed. The day concludes with a picnic supper, complete with music and awards for the best presentations.

Session 1: Arts Salon (Fourier 101, Hallway, 2:20–4:45 p.m.)

  • “Notre Dame Gazette,” Anyssah Eveillard, Jasmine Brooks, and Jennifer Paffenbarger
  • “Portrait of the Greatest Generation,” Stacy Bauer
  • “A Love Haiti Relationship,” Morgan Wheaton
  • “Events in Non-Dimensional Reality,” Petrea MacDonald
  • “Aesthetics Illustrations: Integrating Philosophy into the Visual Arts,” Laurie Wilks

Session 2: Posters (Fourier 103, Library, 2:20–4:45 p.m.)

  • “Effects of Temperature and UV Light on Prodigiosin Production in Serratia Marcescens Strain Nima,” Jincy Abraham, Manpreet Kaur and Sarah Fink
  • “Behavior Intervention Plan for Troy,” Bridget Becker
  • “¿Qué les sucedió a las hijas de la Dama de la Calavera Grande?: El estado social de la mujer indígena en Guatemala,” Machan Bowman
  • “Cell Specific Expression of RFP-MT1 Receptors in Cells of the Medial Habenula,” Kristen Butler
  • “Alveolar Soft-Part Sarcoma in the Sacrum:A Case Report and Review of the Literature,”
    Patricia Zadnik, Rosa De Leon, Camilo Molina and Daniel M. Sciubba, M.D.
  • “Novel Insights into the Role of MicroRNA in Obesity-Related Cardiovascular Health,”
    Brittany Dunkerly
  • “PD-L1 Expression in Medulloblastomas: A Potential Immunotherapy,” Jessica Emrich
  • “Body Size Satisfaction in African American Adolescent Girls,” Sierra Green
  • “Physiological Characterization of the Sensory Neuron in the Metathoracic Leg of the Gromphadorhina Portentosa,” Amal Malik and Theresa Maseda
  • “Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells as Potential Models for Schizophrenia,” Theresa Maseda, Nao J. Gamo, Ph.D. and Akira Sawa, M.D., Ph.D.
  • “The Effects of Oppositional Defiant Disorder in the School Age Child,” Brittany Metzger
  • “Serving the Home Hospice Patients of Gilchrist,” Katie Dantoni and Conner Sothoron
  • “Implementing Standardized Anticoagulation Management in a Family Medicine Clinic,” Brandon Nuziale
  • “The ARC of Baltimore,” Monique Turner
  • “Helping Up Mission,” Jovon Lewis, Shaneel Patel and Afrooz Nikoobakht
  • “Our Daily Bread Employment Center,” Sharonda Benson
  • “Synthesis of Intermediates Towards the Total Synthesis of the Potential Anticancer Compound Callyspongamide,” Paulo Carvalho, Ph.D., Alice Chong, Lich Dang, Andy Liu, Sylvia Okrzesik, Megan Thacker and Hye In Kim

Session 3: Panel Response to the Common Reading, The Cellist of Sarajevo (Fourier 106, 2:20–3:30 p.m.)

  • Amber Brehon, Madeleine Grewell, Brooke Gray, Kristen Gilbert and Jillian Childs

Session 4: Performance: Bach/Gounod Ave Maria: A Romantic Imposition on the Baroque (Fourier 217, 2:20–3:30 p.m.)

  • Anna Maika Manalad

Session 5: Panel on Creative Writing Tutorial Readings: Fiction and Poetry (Fourier 102, 2:20–3:30 p.m.)

  • Rosa De Leon, Rachel Jones and Christina Kelly

Session 6: Diversity and Faith (Fourier 214, 2:20–3:30 p.m.)

  • “The Relationship Between Religion and Gender-Role Attitudes in the United States,” Amanda Brenner
  • “Combating Modern Racism: A Faith Influenced Approach,” Megan Usher

Session 7: Tires: Math Exploration (Fourier 107, 2:20–3:30 p.m.)

  • “Tires, Tires, Tires..,” Takia Raneri

Session 8: Panel on Literary Criticism as “Impediment”: A. S. Byatt and the Limits of Literary Criticism (Fourier 210, 2:20–3:30 p.m.)

  • Allison Terry, Jordan Brown, Raven Proctor and Kristian Garrett

Session 9: Panel on A. S. Byatt’s Novel “Possession”: New Critical Voices (Fourier 106, 3:45-4:45 p.m.)

  • Cara Corsaro, Rachel Jones and Christina Kelly. Amy Bock, moderator

The research forum honors the late Dr. Nancy Kreiter, associate professor of biology at Notre Dame, who was a strong advocate for undergraduate research. Prior to her untimely death in December 2007, she was part of a faculty task force that explored ways students and faculty could develop and deepen opportunities for student research. Initiating a forum to share student research was one of their suggestions.