SPUR Events from 2011

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Intern Arrival Welcoming

SPUR Welcoming Reception
SPUR scholars meet UO Life Sciences faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate researchers.
First year UO graduate student Rotation Talks
SPUR Career Discussion
Dr Daniel Pascoe Aguilar,
Senior Associate Director
UO Career Center
Johnson Hall Conference Rm
Speed Mentoring with Oregon Young Scholars
Dr Carla Gary, Divya Bheda
UO Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity
Oregon Young Scholars Program
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Faculty Research Seminar Series


2007 Tory Herman Lori Evans
"Generating the Craniofacial Skeleton in Zebrafish"
April DeLaurier, Postdoctoral Research Associate, UO Institute of Neuroscience, Kimmel Lab
"Were You Really the Cause of Your Parents' White Hair? Uncovering the Truth Behind Stress and Aging" 
Rose Reynolds, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Phillips Lab
"The Stomach Pathogen Helicobacter pylori Senses pH Through a Urea Cofactor"
Emily Goers Sweeney, Postdoctoral Research Associate, UO Institute of Molecular Biology, Guillemin Lab and Remington Lab
"Sequence Space and the Biophysics of Protein Evolution "
Mike Harms, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Thorton Lab
"Action and Perception: Disorders After Stroke"
Jennifer Randerat, Postdoctoral Research Associate, UO Dept of Psychology, Frey Lab
"Developmental origins of neural circuits"
Ellie Heckscher, Postdoctoral Research Associate, UO Institute of Neuroscience, Doe Lab
"Assembly of the V0 subdomain of the yeast proton-translocating v-type ATPase enzyme complex"
Greg Finnigan, Postdoctoral Research Associate, UO Institute of Molecular Biology, Stevens Lab
"Microbes and you"
Kat Milligan-Mhyre, Postdoctoral Research Associate, UO Institute of Molecular Biology, Guillemin Lab
"fMRI Basic Design and Analysis Concepts" 
Ken Valyear, Research Associate, UO Dept of Psychology, Frey Lab

Professional Development Workshops 

Thursdays
Seminar Scene 2007
"How to have a great Summer Program experience" 
Peter O'Day, UO SPUR Director
"Diversity in Science Professions" 
Carla Gary, UO Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity
"On Being a Scientist: Cultures in Science" 
Peter O'Day, UO Department of Biology and Institute of Neuroscience
"Graduate and Professional Schools" 
Keaton Stagaman, Alida Gerritsen, Paul Cziko, Braedan McCluskey UO Graduate Student Panel
"Internet Tools in Life Sciences Research" 
Brian Westra, UO Science Library room 90
"Research Skills; Scientific Literature" 
Peter O'Day, UO Department of Biology and Institute of Neuroscience
"Responsible Conduct of Research"
Peter O'Day, UO Department of Biology and Institute of Neuroscience
"Preparing and Developing Professional Scientific Platform Talks"
Alice Barkan, UO Department of Biology and Institute of Molecular Biology
"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


"Trust building excursion"
City of Eugene, Challenge Course
"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
"Mount Mazama"
Crater Lake
"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.


Introduction
Peter O'Day, SPUR Director

Cameron Brown - University of Georgia
“Assaying the Catalytic Activity of Ancestral GK Proteins”
Professor Ken Prehoda, UO Dept of Chemistry and Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Doug Anderson
Shireen Flores - University of Hawaii at Hilo 
“You Are What You Eat: Nutrient Control of Gene Expression Patterns in Drosophila using High Throughput Sequencing Analysis”
Professor Eric Johnson, UO Department of Biology and Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Nick Kamps-Hughes, Mike Miller
Daniel Johansen - University of Notre Dame
“Transport and Localization of the Synaptic Components in Eye Development”
Professor Tory Herman, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Tory Herman and Jennifer Jeffress
Kelsey Ward - Lyon College
“The Effect of the BAF Chromatin Regulator in Heart Valve Maturation of Mus Musculus”
Professor Kryn Stankunas, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Brynn Simek 
Bryan Gutierrez - Miami Dade Honors College
“Osteoarthritis to Titanium: A Case Study on Total Knee Arthroplasty”
Professor Hans Dreyer, UO Dept of Human Physiology
Mentor: Steve Ratchford, Ashley Bailey and Hilary Senesac
Shandiin Sam - Fort Lewis College
"Osteoarthritis to Titanium: A Case Study on Total Knee Arthroplasty”
Professor Hans Dreyer, UO Dept of Human Physiology
Mentor: Steve Ratchford, Ashley Bailey and Hilary Senesac
Sarah Ebert - Brown University
“Osteoarthritis to Titanium: A Case Study on Total Knee Arthroplasty”
Professor Hans Dreyer, UO Dept of Human Physiology
Mentor: Steve Ratchford, Ashley Bailey and Hilary Senesac
Melissa Spear - University of Texas at El Paso
“Evolution of Genetic Networks Controlling Cellular Stress Response and Longevity”
Professor Patrick Phillips, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Mentor: Dr. Rose Reynolds
Cayla Brocious - Northern Arizona University
“Inquiry into Genetic Correlations Between a Transcription Factor Regulating the Anthocyanin Pathway and Traits Involved in the Ecogeographic Distribution of two ecotypes of Mimulus Aurantiacus”
Professor Matt Streisfeld, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Mentor: Dr. Jay Sobel
Elisa Jaramillo - University of New Mexico
“Finding Yourself at Crater Lake-Understanding Human Navigation using Maps”
Professor Margaret Sereno, UO Dept of Psychology and Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Alex Bies
Anna Hood - California State University-San Marcos
“Behavioral Priming During Anticipatory Planning”
Professor Scott Frey, UO Dept of Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Randerath, Dr. Ken Valyear 

SPUR Undergraduate Research Symposium -- Session II


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


Greg Solis - San Diego State University
“A Look Into the Folding Structure and Function of the RzB Hammerhead Ribozyme”
Professor Vickie De Rose, UO Dept of Chemistry and Institute of Molecular Biology
Ariel Love - Pace University
“What Do You See? Object Recognition in Fractal Images of Nature”
Professor Margaret Sereno, UO Dept of Psychology and Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Atsushi Kikumoto
Brantly Fulton - Morehouse College
“Synthesis and Characterization of a Polynuclear Copper-Selenide Cluster for Photovoltaic Cells”
Professor Darren Johnson, UO Dept of Chemistry
Mentor: Kurtis Fairly and Matt Baseman
Tyler Starr - Willamette University
“Acquisition of Distinct DNA Binding Mechanisms in Steroid Hormone Receptors vs. Estrogen Related Receptors”
Professor Joe Thornton, UO Department of Biology and Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Mentor: Dave Anderson
Ismail Raslan - King Saud University-College of Medicine
“Effect of external load on elbow joint position sense”
Professor Andy Karduna, UO Dept of Physiology
Mentor: Andy Karduna
Anna Crist - University of Oregon
“Nematode Population Cages: Using Soil Microcosms to Elucidate Longevity Patterns in Aging Mutants in Caenorhabditis Elegans”
Professor Patrick Phillips, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Mentor: Michelle Parmenter

SPUR Undergraduate Research Symposium -- Session III


Keynote Talk
Dr. Janis Weeks
UO Department of Biology
UO Institute of Neuroscience
UO Department of African Studies

Rosa Martinez-Garcia - University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez
“Identifying Individual Interneurons in the Drosophila Iarval Crawling Neural Circuit”
Professor Chris Doe, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Dr. Ellie Heckscher and Jourdain Roberts
Cassandra Turcotte - University of Pennsylvania
“Toward a Cellular Basis for Effects of ihh on Skeletal Morphogenesis”
Professor Charles Kimmel, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Dr. Brian Eames
Amanda Baker - University of Oregon
“Reducing Protein Expression in the pMT Vector”
Professor Ken Prehoda, UO Dept of Chemistry and Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Mike Drummond
Alexandra Hartman - University of Oregon 
“Optogenetic Silencing of Parvalbumin-expressing Interneurons in Mouse Auditory Cortex: Mechanisms of Gain Modulation”
Professor Mike Wehr, UO Dept of Psychology and Institute of Neuroscience
Linda Gai - Swarthmore College
“Evolution of vertebrate head morphology: Early craniofacial patterning in Gulf pipefish, a fish with a highly modified skull”
Professor Bill Cresko, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Mentor: Dr. Susie Bassham and  Kristin Alligood
Matthew Hendricks - University of Oregon 
“RNA as a Cellular Target of the Anticancer Drug Oxaliplatin”
Professor Vickie De Rose, UO Dept of Chemistry and Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Maire Osborn and Alethia Hostetter 
Ann Oluloro - University of Oregon
“Screening with Microfluidic Devices for Pharmaceutical Agents to Treat Parasitic Diseases”
Professor Janis Weeks, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Janis Weeks and Shawn Lockery
Karan Nathani - Rutgers University
“Identifying Genes Underlying Spinal Motor Neuron Specification”
Professor Judith Eisen, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Liesl Van Ryswyk and Dr. Steve Seredick
Andrew McKay - American Heart Association Fellow, University of Oregon
“Determining roles of Wnt signaling in mammalian heart valve development”
Professor Kryn Stankunas, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Molecular Biology
Matthew Garish - American Heart Association Fellow, University of Oregon
"The Characterization and Application of KDM6BB, a zebrafish histone demethylase”
Professor Kryn Stankunas, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Molecular Biology
Jasmine Dickinson - University of Oregon 
“Manipulating the Neural Circuitry of Memory”
Professor Cliff Kentros, UO Dept Psychology and Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Aldis Weible