SPUR Events from 2010

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Intern Arrival Welcoming

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

Faculty Research Seminar Series


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"Finding the genes that matter in natural populations"
Bill Cresko, UO Dept Biology and Center for Ecology and Evoliutionary Biology
"Sensory Processing in the Auditory Cortex" 
Mike Wehr, UO Dept Psychology and Institute of Neuroscience
"Using zebrafish as a model for hereditary deaf-blindness"
Jennifer Phillips, UO Dept Biology and Institute of Neuroscience
"Tugging on membranes to explore the mechanics of intracellular cargo trafficking"
Raghu Parthasarathy, UO Department of Physics
"Chromatin Dynamics & Heart Development"
Kryn StankunasUO Dept Biology and Institute of Molecular Biology
"Synapse Formation in Retinal Development" 
Tory Herman, UO Dept Biology and Institute of Molecular Biology
"Dissecting Brain Tumor Origins and Behaviors with Mosaic Genetics in Mice"
Brit Ventura, UO Department of Biology Graduate Student
"Molecular Basis of Cytoskeleton Regulation"
Brad Nolen, UO Dept Chemistry and Institute of Molecular Biology
"Regulation of Eukaryotic Ttranscription"
Diane Hawley, UO Dept Chemistry and Institute of Molecular Biology

Professional Development Workshops 

Thursdays
Seminar Scene 2007
"How to have a great Summer Program experience" 
Peter O'Day, UO SPUR Director
"On Being a Scientist: Cultures in Science" 
Peter O'Day, UO Department of Biology and Institute of Neuroscience
"Research Skills; Scientific Literature" 
Peter O'Day, UO Department of Biology and Institute of Neuroscience
"Significance of Diversity in Science Professions" 
Carla Gary, UO Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity
"Internet Tools in Life Sciences Research"
Brian Westra, UO Science Library
"Graduate and Professional Schools"
Keaton Stagaman, Alida Gerritsen, Paul Cziko, UO Graduate Student Panel
"Responsible Conduct of Research"
Peter O'Day, UO Institute of Neuroscience
"Preparing and Developing Professional Scientific Platform Talks"
Alice Barkan, UO Department of Biology and Institute of Molecular Biology
"Ethical Issues in Biological and Biomedical Sciences"
Peter O'Day, UO Department of Biology and Institute of Neuroscience
"Navigating Careers in Science"
Panel Discussion with UO Faculty, Postdocs, and Students
"Program Evaluation"
Peter O'Day, UO Department of Biology and Institute of Neuroscience

Cultural, Social, and Scientific Enrichment Activities


"Oregon Bach Festival"
University of Oregon, Oregon Bach Festival
"Tide pools on the Coast of Southwest Oregon"
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
"Stars and Volcanos"
Newberry Crater and the University of Oregon Pine Mountain Observatory
Daniele McKay, UO Department of Geological Sciences
"Imaging the functioning human brain"
Jolinda Smith, UO Lewis Center for NeuroImaging
"Columbia River Gorge"
Peter O'Day, UO Biology and UO Institute of Neuroscience

Research Discussion Group

Various Locations


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.


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Keynote Introduction
Dr Robin Holmes , UO Vice President for Student Affairs


Introduction
Peter O'Day, SPUR Director
Keynote Talk
Dr Robin Holmes, UO Vice President for Student Affairs

Jackie Gorham - Grambling State University 
“Evolution of the calcium binding protein calb2 gene after genome duplication”
Professor John Postlethwait, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Yi-Lin Yan
Kat Burgoyne - University of Alaska Southeast
"Stickleback gut microbial communities across populations"
Professor Karen Guillemin, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Kat Milligan-Myhre
Ruth Siboni - Mary Baldwin College
"Regulation of Filament Assembly in Non-Muscle Myosin II"
Professor Ken Prehoda, UO Dept of Chemistry and Institute of Molecular Biology
Allison Heneghan - University of Oregon 
"Loss of a Mutualist in Brachypodium sylvaticum"
Professor Bitty Roy, UO Dept of Biology and Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

SPUR Undergraduate Research Symposium -- Session II


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Keynote Introduction
Dr Richard Lariviere , UO President


Introduction
Peter O'Day, SPUR Director
Keynote Talk
Dr Richard Lariviere, UO President

Rachel Brickman - Amherst College
"Can we stop the Terminator? Saccharomyces cerevisiae mutants provide the answer!"
Professor Diane Hawley, UO Dept of Chemistry and Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Charles Kubicek
Jessica Briscoe - University of Texas San Antonio
"Auditory Cortical Neurons and Bandwidth-Selective Frequency Tuning"
Professor Mike Wehr, UO Dept of Psychology and Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Xiang Gao
Arlene Laeno - University of Hawaii at Manoa
"Understanding the General Acid –Base Mechanism and Folding of the Hammerhead Ribozyme"
Professor Vickie DeRose, UO Dept of Chemistry and Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Adam Unger
Megan Gladwin - Colorado State University of Pueblo
"Does Rho GAP 71E affect cell polarity in Drosophila neuroblasts?"
Professor Ken Prehoda, UO Dept of Chemistry and Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Mike Drummond
Kelsey Lynch - Bryn Mawr College
"The histone variant H2A.Z and DNA methylation in Neurospora crassa"
Professor Eric Selker, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Molecular Biology
Letonia Copeland-Hardin - Howard University
"The Gene Machine: Controlling the Creation of Synapse Formation"
Professor Tory Herman, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Molecular Biology
Chris Abin - Florida International University
"What a small world: An analysis of the microbial environment experienced by wild Caenorhabditis species"
Professor Patrick Phillips, UO Dept of Biology and Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Mentors: Michelle Parmenter, Dr. Brendan Bohannan
Alecia Stewart-Malone - The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
"Identify candidate "aging genes" using Caenorhabditis remanei strains divergent for longevity"
Professor Patrick Phillips, UO Dept of Biology and Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Mentor: Dr. Rose Reynolds
Sara Phillips - Pitzer College
"A small fish with big promise: The making of transgenic stickleback for the study of skeletogenesis"
Professor Bill Cresko, UO Dept of Biology and Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Mentors: Susie Bassham, Mark Currey
Audrey Harvey - Fort Lewis College
"The effect of pH on green house gas production in Michigan peatlands"
Professor Scott Bridgham, UO Dept of Environmental Studies and Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Mentor: Dr. Rongzhong Ye
Kelsey Anbuhl - Spring Hill College
"Investigating the role of gpr98 (ush2c) in zebrafish sensory cell development and function" 
Professor Monte Westerfield, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Phillips
Vishesh Khanna - University of Oregon
"Genetic control of zebrafish craniofacial development?"
Professor Chuck Kimmel, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Dr April DeLaurier
Braden Larson - University of Oregon
“Genetic interactions of bmp4 and fgf8 with edn1 in zebrafish craniofacial development”
Professor Chuck Kimmel, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Dr. Jamie Nichols
Naman Jain - ASE Saturday Academy
Professor Chuck Kimmel, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Neuroscience
"Understanding how mef2ca controls craniofacial development in Zebrafish"
Mentor: Dr. Mark Sasaki
Kelsey Stilson - University of Oregon
"Correlation Between Eye Socket Size and Sleep Patterns in Land Mammals"
Professor Samantha Hopkins, UO Dept of Geology

SPUR Undergraduate Research Symposium -- Session III



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Keynote Introduction
Dr Patrick Phillips , Chair UO Biology


Introduction
Dr Peter O'Day, UO SPUR Director
Keynote Talk
Dr Patrick Phillips, Chair UO Biology

Cristina EnriqueCal Poly San Luis Obispo
"Characterizing the molecular basis for the variation in flower color of a California wild flower (Mimulus aurantiacus)"
Professor Matt Streisfeld, UO Dept of Biology and Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Mentor: Dr. Wambui Njuguna
Danielle Fegan - Hope College
"Climate Change and Prairie Plant Range Distributions"
Professor Scott Bridgham, UO Dept of Environmental Studies and Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Mentor: Dr. Laurel Pfeifer-Meister
Lauren Noll - University of Oregon
"Roles of Therm-3 and Therm-5 in disrupting thermal preference in C. elegans
Professor Patrick Phillips, UO Dept of Biology and Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Mentor: Bryn Gaertner
Kyle Mears - Western Washington University
"Characterization of Genes Involved in Drosophila Neuroblast Self Renewal"
Professor Chris Doe, UO Dept of Biology
Mentor: Travis Carney
Amanda Baker - University of Oregon
"Mechanisms behind establishing polarity of asymmetric cell division of Drosophilla Melanogaster neuroblasts"
Professor Ken Prehoda, UO Dept of Chemistry and Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Mike Drummond
Julia Oddo - University of Oregon
“Exploring functional properties of Drosophila muscleblind protein by mutagenesis of conserved regions”
Professor Andy Berglund, UO Dept of Chemistry and Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Jamie Purcell
Kimberly Jones - University of Oregon
"Using MBL Short to Construct MBNL-Like Structures" 
Professor Andy Berglund, UO Dept of Chemistry and Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Amy Mahady and Dr. Danielle Cass (St Mary's College)
Ilene Magpiong - Mount Holyoke College
"Developing a Redox Sensitive Red Fluorescent Protein Biosensor for Expression in the Mitochondria of Yeast"
Professor Jim Remington, UO Dept of Physics and Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentors: Dr. Nayden Koon, Karen Kallio
Cameron Carter - Colorado State University
"Shoulder Substudy #5: Biomechanical Comparison of Dental Hygienist vs. Keyboard Users during a Typical Workday"
Dr. Andrew Karduna, UO Dept of Human Physiology
Mentors: Luke Ettinger
Dayna Lamb - University of Oregon
"Understanding the variation in craniofacial development in zebrafish" 
Professor Chuck Kimmel, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Dr. Mark Sasaki