SPUR Events from 2015

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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


Faculty Research Seminar
2015 Faculty Research Seminar Series
"SPUR Orientation, Making the most of your summer experience"
Peter O'Day, UO Institute of Neuroscience

"Evolution of animal genes and genomes"
Ingo Braasch, UO Institute of Neuroscience

"Zebrafish as a model organism to study Usher syndrome, a leading cause of deafblindness"
Aurélie Clement, UO Institute of Neuroscience

"Individual microbiota members disproportionately modulate the host innate immune response"
Annah Rolig, UO META Center for Systems Biology

"Making the right decision: repairing DNA breaks during meiosis"
Diana Libuda, UO Institute of Molecular Biology

"Neural coding in the mouse olfactory system"
Matt Smear, UO Institute of Neuroscience

"Regulation of Intestinal Stem Cells- Tales from the Crypt"
Annie Powell, UO Institute of Molecular Biology

"Understanding Heterochromatin Using the Model Organism Neurospora crassa"
Tish Wiles, UO Institute of Molecular Biology

"Oocyte Meiotic Spindle Assembly in C. elegans"
Amy Connolly, UO Institute of Molecular Biology

"Intermolecular Epistasis Shaped the Function and Evolution of an Ancient Transcription Factor and its DNA Regulatory Elements"
Dave Anderson, UO Institute of Ecology and Evolution

"Childhood Obesity: Does Primary Prevention begin In Utero? Perspectives on the Developmental Origins of Metabolic Disease"
Carrie McCurdy, UO Department of Human Physiology


Professional Development Workshops 

NCU Lounge
Thursdays
Professional Development Workshops
Workshops range in topic but primarily focus on providing tools to encourage career minded thinking. Topics range from "Diversity in Science Professions" to "Responsible Conduct of Research" to "Preparing and Developing Professional Scientific Platform Talks." The topics of previous workshop topics can be viewed in events from previous years.

Cultural, Social, and Scientific Enrichment Activities


Cultural, Social, and Scientific Enrichment Activities

In 2015, interns went on the following trips:

"Seattle"June 5 - June 7, 2015
Visit to the Pacific Science Center
"Portlandia"June 12 - June 14, 2015
Portland Visit to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)
"Tide Pools on the Coast of Southwest Oregon & Mount Mazama"June 19 - June 21, 2015
Maya Watts, UO Biology and Oregon Institute of Marine Biology
June 19 PM: Camping at Sunset Bay State Park
June 20 AM: Tidepooling with Maya Watts at Cape Arago State Park
June 20 AM: Tour of Oregon Institute of Marine Biology Campus and Facilities (OIMB)
June 20 PM: Visit to Crater Lake to discuss the eruption of Mount Mazama 7,700 years ago & camping at Thielsen View Campground
"Mount Mazama"
Crater Lake
"Rafting on Deschutes River"June 27, 2015
Bend, Oregon with Deschutes River
"Tide Pools and Hiking on the Coast of Oregon"July 2015
Hiking trips to Silver Creek Falls State Park and Tidepooling in Florence (Oregon Tidepools)
"The Night Sky"July 10 - July 12, 2015
Newberry Crater, Waldo Lake, and the University of Oregon Pine Mountain Observatory
July 10 PM:Stargazing at PMO with Dr. Scott Fisher, University of Oregon Department of Physics
July 11 AM:Visit to Lava Lands Visitor Center with Dr. Daniele McKay, UO Department of Geological Science
July 11 AM: Visit to Lava River Caves with Dr. Daniele McKay
July 11 PM: Visit to Newberry Caldera, and Big Obsidian Flow with Daniele McKay
July 11 PM: Camping at Waldo Lake
"Redwoods of California"July 24 - July 26, 2015
Visit to Fern Canyon

In past years, interns have gone on these trips:

"Tide Pools on the Coast of Southwest Oregon"
Jan Hodder, UO Biology and Oregon Institute of Marine Biology
"The Night Sky"
Newberry Crater and the University of Oregon Pine Mountain Observatory
Daniele McKay, UO Department of Geological Sciences
"Da Vinci Days, Science Fair"
Da Vinci Days, Oregon State University Campus, Corvallis, Oregon
"Oregon Bach Festival"
University of Oregon, Oregon Bach Festival
"Imaging the functioning human brain"
UO Lewis Center for NeuroImaging
"Mount Mazama"
Crater Lake
"Dunes of Oregon"
SPUR excursion to Coastal Dunes
"Redwoods of California"
Visit to Fern Canyon
"Silver Creek Falls, Silver Creek, Oregon"
Hiking trips to Silver Creek Falls State Park
"Rafting on Deschutes River"
Bend, Oregon with Deschutes River
"SPUR Discussion Panel with Oregon High School students"
Oregon Young Scholars (OYS)
"Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL)"
"Stars and the Night Sky"
The Pine Mountain Observatory, UO Physics Department

Research Discussion Group

Various Locations
Research Discussion Group

SPUR Undergraduate Research Symposium -- Session I

Day 1: Introduction by Prof. Karen Guillemin, Meta Center Director

Karen Carlson - University of Alaska Anchorage
"Environmental Conditions that Promote Biofilm Production in Three Strains of Vibrio Cholerae"
Professor Karen Guillemin, Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr Bethany Rader

Clarissa Zeller - University of Alaska Anchorage
"Antibiotic influence on bacterial pathogens in stickleback fish"
Professor Karen Guillemin, Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr Bethany Rader

Denna Gatter - University of Alaska Fairbanks
"The elevation of ROS and Antimicrobial Peptide within the gut of the Drosophilla"
Professor Karen Guillemin, Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Mentor: Dr Bethany Rader

Khan Overcast - University of Alaska Fairbanks
"TBA"
ProfessorKaren Guillemin, Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Mentor: Dr. Bethany Rader

Abby Tami- Florida State University
"Characterizing extant members of the S100 protein family in light of antagonistic allostery evolution"
Professor Mike Harms, Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Luke Wheeler

Christian Rivoira - Queens College
"Tracing Pigmentation alleles of Anthocyanin Pathway within Mimulus: Independent Mutation or Result of Gene Flow?"
Professor Matt Stresifeld, Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Mentor: Dr Sean Stankowski, Josh Bahr

Kyle Gonsalves - University of the Virgin Islands
"Characterizing the Morphological Variation of Skeletal Structures in the Threespine Stickleback Populations of the McKenzie River "
Professor Bill Cresko, Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Mentor: Kristin Alligood

Michael Kiflezghi - Virginia Commonwealth University
"Microfluidics, Diet, and Genetic Networks in C. elegans: Generating Individuality in an Isogenic Population"
Professor Patrick Phillips, Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Mentor: Dr Stephen Banse

Sarah Rader - Friends University
"Functionality of “Gating” Amino Acid Mutants at the 769 position on the RPB2 subunit of RNA Polymerase II in Saccharomyces cerevisiae"
Professor Diane Hawley, Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Christian Burns

Teretha Taylor - Albany State University
"Annotation and Evolution of microRNA in Stickleback"
Professor John Postlethwait, Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Pete Batzel, Dr Thomas Desvignes,

Bronte Hernandez- College of the Sequoias
"Characterizing the role of CG7705 in synapse formation"
Professor Tory Herman, Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Mike Spinner

Daniela Olivas- Boise State University
"Studying the Effects of Mutations on the Conformation of the Arp2/3 Complex"
Professor Brad Nolen, Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Max Rodnick-Smith

Diane Hernandez - University of Texas at El Paso
"TBA"
Professor Karen Guillemin, Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Tiffani Jones

Jay Dalton Stewart- Maryville College
"Mechanisms of Osteogenesis in Fin Regeneration"
Professor Kryn Stankunas, Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Scott Stewart

Kristen Chauvin- Rhode Island College
"Object Recognition and Fractal Dimension Preference in Humans"
Professor Margaret Sereno, Department of Psychology
Mentor: Daryn Blanc-Goldhammer

Krizia Udquim - University of Maryland Baltimore County
"Genetic and Behavioral Analysis of a Novel Circler Mutation in Zebrafish"
Professor Monte Westerfield, Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Phillips

Leif Winstead - New Mexico State University
"Effects of Electron Withdrawing/Donating Groups on Florescence"
Professor Darren Johnson, Department of Chemistry
Mentor: Blake Tresca

Jaime Kim - University of Michigan in Ann Arbor
"Variations in Opercle Shape Across Time and Space in Variable Populations"
Professor Bill Cresko, Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Mentor: Kristin Alligood

Harrison Fontaine - University of Oregon
"Characterization of inputs to active BLA neurons under different behavior treatments and assessment of LTP's role in postnatal development"
Professor Cliff Kentros, Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Leah DeBlander

Day 2: Keynote talk by Professor John Postlethwait, UO Biology

Adriana Alexander - Southern Oregon University
"Characterization of Temperature-Sensitive, Embryonic-Lethal Mutations in the Nematode, C. elegans"
Professor Bruce Bowerman, Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Josh Lowry

Oscar Conroy - Portland State University
"Millifluidic devices and the swimming behavior of Vibrio cholerae."
Professor Raghu Parthasarathy, Department of Physics
Mentor: Ryan Baker

Alice Rear - University of Oregon
"Identification of temporal identification factors in Drosophila Type II neuroblasts"
Professor Chris Doe, Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Dr Ellie Heckscher

Charlotte Taylor - University of Oregon
Do Distinct Types of Progenitors Contribute to the Diversity of Enteric Neurons and Glia?"
Professor Judith Eisen, Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Dr Julia Ganz

Collin Hickmann- University of Oregon
"Testing the Role of Post-translational Modifications in Regulating the Function of Heterochromatin Protein One"
Professor Eric Selker, Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor:

Jake Gacke- University of Oregon
"Characterizing the Dosage of a Hyperactive MBNL1"
Professor Andy Berglund, Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Melissa Hale

Mallory Dawson - University of Oregon
"Testing the stability of phrase durations across age and context: preliminary results"
Professor Lisa Redford, Department of Linguistics
Mentor:

Wanjiru Karanja-Senge - University of Oregon
"Anthelmintic drug sensitivity in male and female Panagrellus redivivus nematodes"
Professor Janis Weeks, Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Kristin Robinson

Patrick Johnson- University of Oregon
"Identify genes required for nuclear exclusion of Prospero during neural stem cell self-renewal"
Professor Chris Doe, Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Dr Sen-Lin Lai

Noela Estrada - University of Oregon
"Role of MEC LII Grid Cells in Formation and Remapping of CA1 Hippocampal Place Cells "
Professor Cliff Kentros, Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Christy Lykken

SPUR Undergraduate Research Symposium -- Session II

Introduction by Dr. Peter O'Day, UO Department of Biology and Institute of Neuroscience