SPUR Events from 2008

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Intern Arrival Welcoming

New SPUR Arrival Welcoming Picnics
SPUR Welcoming Reception
SPUR scholars meet UO Life Sciences faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate researchers.

Faculty Research Seminar Series


2007 Tory Herman Lori Evans
"Visual Processing in the Retina"
Dr. Peter O'Day, University of Oregon
Dept. Biology and Institute of Neuroscience
"Capacity and Resolution in Human Visual Working Memory"
Dr. Ed Awh, University of Oregon
Dept. Psychology and Institute of Neuroscience
"Development of the Zebrafish Nervous System"
Dr. Judith Eisen, University of Oregon
Dept. Biology and Institute of Neuroscience
"In-Vivo Biomechanics of the Human Shoulder"
Dr. Andrew Karduna, University of Oregon 
Dept. Human Physiology 
"Genetic basis of Usher syndrome, the leading cause of deafblindness"
Dr. Monte Westerfield, University of Oregon
Dept. Biology and Institute of Neuroscience
"Regulation of Eukaryotic Ttranscription"
Dr. Diane Hawley, University of Oregon
Dept. Chemistry and Institute of Molecular Biology
"Synapse Formation in Retinal Development" 
Dr. Tory Herman, University of Oregon
Dept. Biology and Institute of Molecular Biology
"Model of Tumor Initiation with Mouse Genetic Mosaics"
Dr. Hui Zong, University of Oregon
Dept. Biology and Institute of Molecular Biology
"Lessons in molecular evolution from nematodes"
Dr. Patrick Phillips, University of Oregon
Dept. Biology and Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Professional Development Workshops 

Thursdays
Seminar Scene 2007
"Reading and evaluating scientific literature" 
Dr Peter O'Day, UO Institute of Neuroscience
"Writing scientific research reports" 
Dr Peter O'Day, UO Institute of Neuroscience
"Accessing opportunities in higher education" 
Dr Carla Gary, UO Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity
"Ethical Conduct in Science and Health Professions"
Dr Peter O'Day, UO Institute of Neuroscience
"Using internet tools in life sciences research"
Dr Dean Walton, UO Knight Library -- Proctor #42 Classroom
"Preparing and developing professional scientific platform talks"
Dr Alice Barkan, UO Institute of Molecular Biology
"Responsible Research practices"
Dr Peter O'Day, UO Institute of Neuroscience
"Responsible Publishing and Presentation Practices"
Dr Peter O'Day, UO Institute of Neuroscience
"Careers: graduate and professional schools"
Ms Lynne Romans UO Biology Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Dr Peter O'Day, UO SPUR Director
Dr Pat Lombardi, UO Biology Advising Director

Cultural, Social, and Scientific Enrichment Activities


2007OIMBtrip
"Behind the scenes at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry"
Dr. Ray Vandiver, OMSI, Portland, Oregon
"Tide pools on the Coast of Southwest Oregon"
Dr Jan Hodder, UO Biology and Oregon Institute of Marine Biology
"Da Vinci Days, Science Fair"
DaVinci Days Oregon State University Campus, Corvallis, Oregon
"Trust building excursion"
Laser Tag Putter's West Eugene
"Imaging the functioning human brain"
Mr Scott Watrous, UO Lewis Center for NeuroImaging
"Columbia River Gorge"
Dr Peter O'Day, UO Biology and UO Institute of Neuroscience
"Stars and Volcanos"
Newberry Crater and the University of Oregon Pine Mountain Observatory
"Environmental Chamber -- Exercise & Environmental Physiology Laboratories" 
Dr John Halliwill, UO Dept Human Physiology

Research Discussion Group

Various Locations
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SPUR scholars discuss their ongoing projects


SPUR Undergraduate Research Symposium -- Session I




Because the UO SPUR Symposium presentations include original, unpublished data from ongoing investigations, we do not release text, recordings or abstracts from the Symposium. Information may be available directly from the research directors.


Zoe Samer - Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA)
Prof Jim Hutchison. UO Department of Chemistry
Mentor: Lallie McKenzie
Joy Salako - Alabama A&M University
"The Effects of Light on Retinal Cells of Zebrafish:  Target Towards Usher's Syndrome"
Prof Monte Westerfield, UO Department of Biology, Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Phillips

SPUR Undergraduate Research Symposium -- Session II


Charles Martinez
Keynote Introduction
Dr Charles Martinez
UO Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity

Brittney Lilly - Alabama A&M University 
"The role of RPB2 in the polyadenylation and termination of RNA polymerase II transcripts"
Dr. Diane Hawley, UO Institute of Molecular Biology
Anna Alapatt - American University (Washington DC)
"Bilateral advantage in visual short term memory"
Dr. Ed Awh, UO Department of Psychology, Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Akina Umemoto
Miguel Acuna - California State University, Chico
"The influence of arm dominance on bilateral arm elevation and frequency during daily activities"
Dr. Andrew Karduna, UO Dept of Human Physiology
Mentor: Tal Amasay
Cynthia Perry - Hofstra University
"Temporal order judgment and hand positioning"
Dr. Paul van Donkelaar, UO Institute of Neuroscience
Ashley McBride - Spelman College (Atlanta, GA)
"Temporal and Spatial interaction in the human posterior parietal cortex"
Dr. Paul van Donkelaar, UO Institute of Neuroscience
Hannah Baer - University of Louisiana at Monroe
"Protein-Protein Interactions Affecting Transcription Termination by RNA Polymerase II"
Dr. Diane Hawley, UO Institute of Molecular Biology
Rachel Hotchko - St. Mary's College of Maryland
"Structure Analysis of Insulin Receptor minigene by SHAPE"
Dr. Andrew Berglund, UO Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Danielle Cass
Erin Gray - University of Arkansas
“Characterization of the Zebrafish FancC Mutant”
Dr. John Postlethwait, UO Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Dr. Tom Titus and Catherine Wilson
Diana Gliga - East Carolina University 
"Genetic control of morphogenesis in Zebrafish cranio-facial elements"
Dr. Charles Kimmel, UO Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Dr. April DeLaurier

SPUR Undergraduate Research Symposium -- Session III


Keynote Introduction
Dave Frohnmayer, UO President


Kayla Garrett - Rochester Institute of Technology
"Neurospora Crassa: A study of the mystery of DNA methylation"
Dr. Eric Selker, UO Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Keyur Adhvaryu
David Roberts - Morehouse College 
"The role of UBA4 in the yeast genome"
Dr. George Sprague, UO Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Claire Romelfanger
Christie Ojiaku - University of Florida
"The effect of erbb3 on neural crest cell migration and dorsal root ganglia"
Dr. Judith Eisen, UO Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Dr. Yasuko Honjo
Humera Ahmad - University of Nebraska, Lincoln
"Axon targeting and cell fate in the Drosophila eye"
Dr. Tory Herman, UO Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Jon Kniss
Verni Logendran - University of Oregon
"Axon targeting and cell fate in the Drosophila eye"
Dr. Tory Herman, UO Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Jon Kniss
Hallie Kuhn - Harvey Mudd College
"Non-muscle myosin 2 filamet assembly"
Dr. Ken Prehoda, UO Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Derek Ricketson
Sina Rahimi - Brookdale Community College
"Mapping and characterizing temperature-sensititive, embryonic-lethal c.elegans with cell division defects"
Dr. Bruce Bowerman, UO Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Luke Carter
Sametra Delaney - Grambling State University
"The dynamics of the glass transition studied by molecular Fourier imaging correlation spectrum"
Dr. Andrew Marcus, UO Department of Chemistry
Mentor: Eric Senning
Masha Klescheva - University of Chicago
"Stable oxygen isotopes in Geitefell, Iceland, and oxygen exchange between
basalt and meteoric water"
Dr. Ilya Bindeman, UO Department of Geological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Erwan Martin
Jeremy Schifberg - Northwestern University
"Aromaticity and the novel boron-nitrogen bond: A benzene mimic"
Dr. Shih-yuan Liu, UO Department of Chemistry
Mentor: Adam Marwitz

SPUR Undergraduate Research Symposium -- Session IV



Keynote Introduction
Dr Judith Eisen
Professor of Biology
UO Institute of Neuroscience

Larissa Unruh - University of Oregon
"Enemy Release Hypothesis:  Native and Invasive Species in a Seasonal Wetland Habitat"
Dr. Bitty Roy, UO Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Ashlee Heinecke - University of Oregon
"The role of Plcβ3 in jaw morphology"
Dr. Charles Kimmel, UO Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Dr. Mark Sasaki
Allison Kunerth - University of Oregon
Dr. Charles Kimmel, UO Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Dr. Johann Eberhart
Alexandria Nguyen-Johnson - University of Oregon
"How do gonads develop in a sex-reversed zebrafish mutant?"
Dr. John Postlethwait, UO Institute of Neuroscience
Mentors: Adriana Rodríguez-Marí
Ben Hartley - University of Oregon 
"The non-specific response to blue light in C. elegans"
Dr. Shawn Lockery, UO Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Kristy Lawton
Zac Jacobs - University of Oregon
"Zebrafish retinal physiology assayed by electroretinography"
Dr. Monte Westerfield and Dr. Peter O'Day, UO Institute of Neuroscience
Mentors: Dr. Jennifer Phillips and Dr. Alexandra Tallafuss
Marie Braasch - Ohio University
"Effects of dopaminergic and serotonergic genes on attention"
Dr. Helen Neville, UO Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor:  Dr. Ted Bell, UO Brain Development Lab
Helen Tauc - University of Oregon
"Isolating and mapping of individual neuroblast lineages in the Drosophila brain" 
Dr. Chris Doe, UO Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Dr. Clemens Cabernard
Jessica Osterhout - University of Oregon
"Genome-Wide Identification of Cell type-Specific Transcription Factor Targets During Drosophila Emrbyogensis"
Dr. Chris Doe, UO Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Mike Miller
Timi Ajayi - University of Rochester
"Assembly of calretinin promoter construct for subtractive transgenics"
Dr. Cliff Kentros, UO Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Leah DeBlander
Francis Maddox - University of Oregon 
"Elongation Speed of RNA Polymerase II Mutants Regulate RNA Splicing in Yeast"
Dr. Diane Hawley, UO Institute of Molecular Biology
Ingara James - University of Oregon
"The genetic basis for Diapause in Wyeomyia smithii, the pitcher plant mosquito"
Dr. William Bradshaw, UO Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Mentor: Kevin Emerson
Michelle Parmenter - University of Oregon
"Using drug resistance as a selectable marker for transgenics in Caenorhabditis spp."
Dr. Patrick Phillips, UO Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Mentors: Bryn Gaertner and Sean O'Rourke