SPUR Events from 2012

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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

Faculty Research Seminar Series


Barkan Giving Talks
CoDaC pre-summer evaluation meeting
No seminar due to 1st year Grad Student Rotation Talks
"Mechanisms of Regulation of the Actin Cytoskeleton"
Dr. Brad Nolen , UO Institute of Molecular Biology and Dept. of Chemistry
"Visual Processing and Development in the Mouse" 
Dr. Cris Niell , UO Institute of Neuroscience and Dept. of Biology
"Regulation of Eukaryotic Transcription: RNA Polymerase II"
Dr. Diane Hawley ,  UO Institute of Molecular Biology and Dept. of Chemistry
"Mechanisms of Appendage Regeneration in Zebrafish"
Dr. Scott Stewart , UO Institute of Molecular Biology 
Cohorts meet for Faculty Seminar Special
"Structural Basis for the Evolution of a Pins/Dlg Spindle Orientation Complex"
Dr. Chris Johnston  UO Institute of Molecular Biology
"Tugging on Membranes to Explore the Mechanics of Intracellular Cargo Trafficking" 
Dr. Raghu Parthasarathy , UO Dept. of Physics
"Synapse Formation in Retinal Development" 
Dr. Tory Herman , UO Institute of Molecular Biology
"Gut Microbes: More Stimulating than you Thought" 
Dr. Kat Milligan-Myhre , UO Institute of Molecular Biology
"The Dim-3 Mutant Provides Insights into DNA Methylation in Neurospora Crassa"
Dr. Andy Klocko , UO Institute of Molecular Biology
"Pulmonary gas Exchange in Health and Disease During Exercise" 
Dr. Andy Lovering , UO Dept. of Human Physiology
"Deafness in Usher Syndrome: What can we Learn from a Zebrafish ear"
Dr.  Aurélie Clément,  UO Institute of Neuroscience
"Transit-Amplifying Neural Progenitors: A new Source of Neural Diversity" 
Omer Ali Bayraktar , UO Institute of Molecular Biology

Professional Development Workshops 

NCU Lounge
Thursdays
Barkan Giving Talks
"How to Have a Great Summer Program
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
"Research Skills; Scientific Literature" 
Peter O'Day , UO Department of Biology and Institute of Neuroscience
"Responsible Conduct of Research" 
UO Graduate Student Panel: Roo Vandergrift, Alida Gerritsen, Thom Nelson, Steven McAllister, Ashley Bateman
"Preparing and Developing Professional Scientific Platform Talks"
Alice Barkan , UO Department of Biology and Institute of Molecular Biology
"Topics in Undergraduate Research and Graduate Schools"
Audrey Cramer , Director of Academic Enrichment
UO Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence
"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


Barkan Giving Talks
"Portlandia"
Portland Visit to Oregon Museum of Science and Industry ( OMSI )
"Dunes of Oregon"
SPUR excursion to  Honeyman Park  and  Cleawox Lake
"Tide Pools on the Coast of Southwest Oregon"
Jan Hodder , UO Biology and Oregon Institute of Marine Biology
"Redwoods of California"
Visit to Fern Canyon at  Prairie Creek Campgrounds
"Silver Creek Falls"
Hiking trips to  Silver Creek Falls State Park
"Oregon Bach Festival"
University of Oregon,  Oregon Bach Festival
"River Rafting on Dechutes"
Bend, Oregon with  Dechutes River Rafting Trips
"SPUR Discussion Panel with Oregon Young Scholars (OYS)"
HEDCO 220,  Oregon Young Scholars
"SPUR Speed Mentoring with OYS'
EMU South Lawn/Hamilton Dining Hall
"Stars and Volcanos"
Newberry Crater and the  University of Oregon Pine Mountain Observatory
Daniele McKay,  UO Department of Geological Sciences
"Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) Program"
University of Oregon,  SAIL Program
"Imaging the functioning human brain"
UO  Lewis Center  for NeuroImaging
"Fall Creek Reservoir"
Tubing and Swimming at  Fall Creek Reservoir

Research Discussion Group

Various Locations
Wednesdays
Researh Discussion Group

SPUR scholars discuss their ongoing projects, Location NCU Lounge


SPUR Undergraduate Research Symposium -- Session I


Barkan Giving Talks

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
Dr. Judith Eisen, UO Department of Biology

Barkan Giving Talks

Keynote Talk
Dr. Mia Tuan
, UO Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Education Studies


Tera Johnson - Skidmore College
"Temperature and Precipitation Effects on the Fitness and Growth of Range-Limited Native Prairie Species in the Pacific Northwest"
Professor Scott Bridgham, UO Institue of Ecology and Evolution
Mentor: Dr. Laurel Pfeifer-Meister
Laura Sloan - Indiana University
"Genetic Expression Response Associated with Acclimation to Acute Heat Stress Resistance in Caenorhabditis Remanei"
Professor Bill Cresko, UO Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Mentor: Kristin Sikkink
Nneka Nnatubeugo - Bowdoin College
"Interpreting the Inheritance Patterns of Drought Tolerance and Resin Production in Mimulus Aurantiacus"
Professor Matt Streisfeld, UO Dept of Biology
Mentor: Dr Jay Sobel
Maria Banuelos - University of Redlands
"Linking Methanogen Community Composition to Methane Production Rates in Wetland Soils"
Professor Brendan Bohannan, UO Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Mentor: Steve McAllister
Adam Contreras - Texas State University
"The Role of miR-199 and miR-214 in Craniofacial Development and Palatogenesis"
Professor John Postlethwait, UO Institute of Neuroscience
Elizabeth Dewailly - Harvard University
"Using Conventionally Reared and Germ Free Cag A and Relish Mutants to Assay Rates of Cell Proliferation in the Intestinal Epithelium of Drosophila Melanogaster"
Professor Karen Guillemin, UO Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentors: Dr. Allison Banse
Katie Canul - California State University, Monterey Bay
"The Role of Autoinducer-II in Helicobacter Pylori Biofilm Formation"
Professor Karen Guillemin, UO Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentors: Jeneva Foster
Rachel Drake - University of Minnesota
"An Exploration of Functional Domains in the Zebrafish Ortholog of Human Usher Syndrome Gene USH2A"
Professor Monte Westerfield, UO Institute of Neuroscience
Mentors: Dr. Jennifer Phillips
Jenny Panlillio - University of Miami
"Identifying new Protein Partners Interacting with the Usher Protein Complex"
Professor Monte Westerfield, UO Institute of Neuroscience
Mentors: Dr. Aurelie Clement
Jordan Harbin - California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
"Adult OPC Re-activation and the Ability to Induce Gliomagenesis"
Professor Hui Zong, UO Dept of Biology
Mentor: Dr. Rui Galvao
Avi Kandel - University of Florida
"Regulation of NM II B in Drosophila"
Professor Ken Prehoda, UO Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Ryan Frei
Noelle Van Rysselberghe - Columbia Univeristy
"Identification and Characterization of Interneurons in the Drosophila Larval Crawling Circuit"
Professor Chris Doe, UO Dept of Biology
Mentor: Dr. Ellie Heckscher
Erika Johnson - Northern Arizona University, Yuma
"Identifying a new Gene Required for Synapse Formation"
Professor Tory Herman, UO Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Eric Lyons
Opher Kornfeld - University of Oregon
"The Effect of Mutations on the Rpb2 Subunit of RNA Polymerase II on Alternative Polyadenylation Site Selection"
Professor Diane Hawley, UO Dept of Chemistry
Amber Bonds - University of New Haven
"RNA Polymerase II Mutations and their Affects on Transcription Elongation"
Professor Diane Hawley, UO Dept of Chemistry
Lauren Que - Mount St. Mary's College
"Mutagenizing the PPR10 code of recognition"
Professor Alice Barkan, UO Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Marguerita Rojas
Lauryn Falcone - Rollins College
"Evaluating the Effectiveness of Pentamidine as a Transcriptional Inhibitor of CTG Expansions"
Professor Andy Berglund, UO Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Ruth Siboni
Abraham Gutierrez - University of California, Santa Cruz
"Delay at Early Stage of Embryonic Cell Division"
Professor Bruce Bowerman, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Josh Lowry
Shiqui Li - Louisiana State University A&M
"Elucidating the Role of Transforming Growth Factor Beta on Zebrafish Fin Regeneration"
Professor Kryn Stankunas, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Scott Stewart
Alan Gomez - University of Oregon
"RNA Structure and Function as Determined by SDSL and EPR Spectroscopy"
Professor Kryn Stankunas, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Molecular Biology
Maithri Sarangam - University of Oregon
Professor Kryn Stankunas, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Molecular Biology
Michaela Lewis - Brown University
"Investigating the Temporal Characteristics of Visual Context Processing"
Professor Paul Dassonville, UO Dept of Psychology
Christine Liu - University of Oregon
"Optogenetic Inhibition of Parvalbumin-Expressing Interneurons in Auditory Cortex"
Professor Mike Wehr, UO Dept of Psychology
Yovanni Mojica - Palomar College
"Genetic Analysis of the Role of Permeability-Glycoprotein Family Members in Caenorhabditis Elegans to Determine Resistance Against the Anthelmintincs Ivermectin and Levamisole"
Professor Shawn Lockery, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Neuroscience
Professor Janis Weeks, UO Dept of Biology
Mentor: Dr. Stephen Banse
Zachary Cartwright - New Mexico State University
"Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress in Skeletal Muscle during Total Knee Arthroplasty"
Professor Hans Dreyer, UO Dept of Human Physiology
Mentor: Austin Hocker
Juan Wilkins - Elizabeth City College
Professor Andrew Lovering, UO Dept of Human Physiology
Mentor: Jim Davis
Hashem Almahmoud - King Saud University, College of Medicine
"Do Humans with a Patent Foramen Ovale Have a Higher Core Temperature During Rest, Exercise and Post-Exercise?"
Professor Andrew Lovering, UO Dept of Human Physiology
Mentor: Jim Davis
Shamir Kansakar - Carleton College
"Characterization of the DNA breathing by using single molecule FRET and LD"
Professor Andy Marcus, UO Dept of Chemistry
Mentor: Dr. Carey Phelps
Marcel Rockwell - University of Oregon
"Molecular investigation of zebrafish USH 1G orthologues"
Professor Monte Westerfield, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Neuroscience

SPUR Undergraduate Research Symposium -- Session II


Barkan Giving Talks

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, UO Department of Biology and Institute of Neuroscience

Bruce-Bowerman

Keynote Talk
Dr. Bruce Bowerman , Head of UO Department of Biology


Emily Sales  - University of California, Santa Cruz
"The Formation of Appendages Genetic and Cellular Study of Zebrafish Smoothback Mutant"
Professor Charles Kimmel, UO Department of Biology and Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Jamie Nichols
Vishesh Khanna University of Oregon
"The Effect of Aldehydes on a Zebrafish Model Faconi Anemia "
Professor John Postlethwait, UO Department of Biology
Alex Weston - University of Oregon
"From Genomes to Competition: Using genome sequence data to identify resource competitors within the Zerbrafish gut microbiome"
Professor Karen Guillemen, UO Department of Biology
Ben Smood - University of Oregon
"Transcription Regulation in Heart Valve Development "
Professor Kryn Stankunas, UO Department of Biology and Molecular Biology
Billy Montagne - University of Oregon
"Classification of Enteric Progenitors in Zebrafish During Development"
Professor Judith Eisen, UO Department of Biology
Dylan Haynes University of Oregon
"Funtional Analysis of 4.1 B-a During Synaptogenesis"
Professor Phil Washbourne, UO Department of Biology
Mentor: Javier Fierro
Jasmine Dickinson - University of Oregon
"Transgenic Activation of the Same Entorhinal Inputs Leads to the Same Hippocampal Network Response"
Professor Cliff Kentros, UO Department of Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Aldis Wieble
Alex Whitebirch - University of Oregon
"Tramtrack69 Restricts Axon Growth through the Activin Signaling Pathway"
Professor Tory Herman, UO Department of Biology
Ryan Boileau - University of Oregon
"Characterizing Mitochondrial dysfunction in Ischemia and Re-perfusion During Total Knee Arthroplast"
Professor Hans Dryer, UO Department of Human Physiology
Mentor:Austin Hocker
Irina Kuzmina - University of Oregon
"Exploring the Relationship Between Home Language Environment, Language Proficiency, and Brain Functions for Language with Event-Related Brain Potential (ERP) Measures"
Professor Helen Neville, UO Department of Psychology
Irina Rappoport - University of Oregon
"How Does the Repeat Length of Toxic RNA Affect the Disease Severity in a Cell Model of Myotonic Dystrophy?"
Professor Andy Berglund, UO Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology
Riti Gupta - University of Oregon
"Investigation the Effects of MBNL1 Concentration on Alternative Splicing"
Professor Andy Berglund, UO Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology
Mentor: Stacey Wagner
Emelia Sodders - University of Oregon
"MBNL1 Interaction with CCUG Represt RNA”"
Professor Andy Berglund, UO Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology
Luke Peyrelans - University of Oregon
"Developing Small Molecule Inhibitors as Investigative Tools for Studying the Cellular Role of the Branched Actin Nucleator, Arp2/3"
Professor Brad Nolen, UO Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology
Julianna Han - University of Oregon
"The Complex Activation of Actin Polymerization: The Cortactin and GST-VCA Synergy Story"
Professor Brad Nolen, UO Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology
Christian Burns - University of Oregon
"Inquiry into Correlation Between Transcriptional Speed and Termination Phenotype of RNA Polymerase II in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae"
Professor Diane Hawley, UO Department of Chemistry
Calvin Summers - University of Oregon
"How Does the Repeat Length of Toxic RNA Affect the Disease Severity in a Cell Model of Myotonic Dystrophy?"
Professor Eric Selker, UO Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology
Kyle Gribbin - University of Oregon
"Cracking the PPR Code: Predicting and Manipulating Protein/RNA Interactions"
Professor Alice Barkan, UO Department of Biology