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November 2011

Thirty-eight Win Medals at Sigma Xi Student Research Conference

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – Thirty-eight medals were presented to science and engineering students for outstanding research posters at the 2011 Sigma Xi Student Research Conference Nov. 11-12 in Raleigh. All students were recognized with a certificate of presentation and many were given an invitation to join Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. Sigma Xi is the international honor society of research scientists and engineers, with more than 500 chapters in North America and around the world. Over the years, more than 200 Sigma Xi members have received the Nobel Prize.

More than 300 high school, undergraduate and graduate students from North America presented 277 research posters. These students represented 120 educational institutions throughout North America. In addition to making presentations, students attended career development workshops and participated in mentoring and networking activities, panel discussions, and other events. They also heard talks by leading scientists. A number of Sigma Xi members, who were attending the honor society’s annual meeting, served as judges for the student research conference.

Publisher of American Scientist magazine, Sigma Xi sponsors a variety of programs aimed at promoting and supporting science and engineering. Each year the society awards hundreds of grants to undergraduate and graduate students in North America and overseas through its Grants-in-Aid of Research program, for which the application deadlines are March 15 and October 15 annually.

In addition, the DC Chapter of Sigma Xi supported a special Student Choice Award where student presenters selected colleagues with outstanding poster presentations. The $200 Prize went to Kairan Xiao of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. The $100 Prize went to Christopher Ventura (University of California, Irvine) and Shubham Manchanda (The University of Texas at Dallas)

HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION MEDAL WINNERS

Cellular and Molecular Biology
Superoxide Reductase (SOR) Pathway Gene Expression Under Oxidative And Cold Stress In Hyperthermophilic Archaeon, Pyrococcus Furiosus: An Enzymatic Model For Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Sainath Asokan, Anirudh Guduru and Karthik Ramasubramanian from William G. Enloe High School

Chemistry
Inhibitors of Bordetella Biofilms as a New Therapeutic Approach to Pertussis
Taylor Adair from William G. Enloe High School

Math – Computer Science – Engineering
Development of Cold Plasma Textile for Filtration and Decontamination Applications
Ivan Kuznetsov from William G. Enloe High School

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Science
Characterization of Cellulose Pellicles by Acetobacter xylinum After Genetic Modification
Bryan Sumner from Knightdale High School

Interdisciplinary Research
Engineering a Genetic Toggle Switch Controller Using Synthetic Zinc Finger Transcription Factors
Aakash Indurkhya and Peter Fan from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

Physiology & Immunology and Biochemistry
The Identification of Sepsis Biomarkers Using High Throughput Real Time PCR Analysis
Danielle Tyson from William G. Enloe High School

UNDERGRADUATE DIVISION MEDAL WINNERS

Biochemistry
Elucidation of the Role of RUNX1 Tyrosine Phosphorylation in Hematopoiesis and Megakaryopoiesis.
Alvin Shi from Duke University

Behavioral Sciences
The Risk of Obesity Relative to Educational Attainment, Aspirations, and Expectations
Chandni Kazi from University of California, Berkeley

Cellular & Molecular Biology
Effects of Lipopolysaccharide-induced Inflammation on Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 Expression in the Rat Testis
Dharm Patel from Monmouth University

Therapeutic Modulation of Cerebral Microscopic Bleeding in a Mouse Model of Cerebral Amyloid Angiogpathy
Christopher Ventura from University of California, Irvine

Hedgehog Signaling Controls Intestinal Malrotation and Epithelial Cell Development in Xenopus Laevis
Jordan Ferguson from North Carolina State University

Rapamycin, an mTOR Inhibitor, Increases OPC to Premyelinating Oligodendrocyte Differentiation In Vivo
Ben Hobson from University of Colorado, Boulder

Chemistry
Co-encapsulation of dexamethasone-21-acetate and superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles in anisotropic PRINT nanoparticles
Matthew Detter from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Reintroducing The American Chestnut (Castanea dentata): A Comparative Analysis Of Pure And Hybrid Varieties
Jeffrey Hatzel from Ithaca College

Engineering
Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Carbon Nanotube-Polythiophene Interactions
Joseph Moo-Young from North Carolina State University

Environmental and Geo Sciences
The Effects of the Captive Environment on Testosterone Levels in Wild Caught Meadow Voles (Microtus pennsylvanicus)
Korin Franklin from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Interdisciplinary Research
Algae Enhanced Nutrient Removal From Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants
Sarah Bauer and Andrea McFarland from Rowan University
Abhishek Rah from The University of Texas at Dallas

Math and Computer Science
Palmetto Island: Developing Computer Science Awareness in Middle and High School Students
Kaylee Nichols and Charles Jones from Winthrop University

Physics and Astronomy
Towards Measuring the Metallicity Distribution of Kepler Target Stars
Keith Hawkins from Ohio University

Physiology and Immunology
Identification of the Gene Responsible for the Chicken L Alloantigen by Whole Genome Association Mapping and Assessment of Potential Implications on Poultry Immunological Response
Mary Bulfin from North Carolina State University

GRADUATE DIVISION MEDAL WINNERS

Biochemistry and Chemistry
Effect of Extracellular Lipoprotein on Localization of Phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate and Virulence Functions in Entamoeba histolytica
Amrita Koushik from Clemson University

Behavioral Sciences
Impaired Associative Learning and Cell Loss in Rats Exposed to an Iron Deficient Diet and Neonatal Alcohol Exposure
Dorothy Dobbins from East Carolina University

Cellular & Molecular Biology
Apolipoprotein (ApoC-1) Induces Aortic Smooth Muscle Cell Apoptosis
Jennifer Hou from The Johns Hopkins University

Recombination and Cryptic Heterokaryosis in Experimental Populations of Aspergillus flavus
Rodrigo Olarte from North Carolina State University

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Below Ground Plant Defense: physical plant defenses in roots impact herbivore survival
Kristine Callis from the University of Florida

Consumer-driven Nutrient Recycling Between a Stream-dwelling, Keystone Herbivore and its Periphyton Resources
Robert Mooney from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Engineering
Strain-release Assembly of Si Nanowires for Device Applications on Unconventional Substrates
John Durham from North Carolina State University

Geo and Environmental Sciences
Historical Atmospheric Lead Deposition Records In An Ombrotrophic Peat Pocosin: A New Record Form North Carolina
Jingyuan Sun from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Interdisciplinary Research
Geometric Morphometric Assessment of Pelvic Sexual Dimorphism in Pan, Gorilla, and Homo sapiens
Ronda Graves from Stony Brook University

A Comparison of the Gastrointestinal Microbiota Associated with Primate and Carnivore Species
Erin McKenney from Duke University

Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy
The Evolution of the Polar Coronal Hole During Solar Cycles 23 and 24
Nishu Karna from George Mason University

Physiology and Immunology
Vascular PI3K-Akt Signaling contributes to Peripheral NMDAR-mediated Pressor Response in conscious rats
Marie McGee from East Carolina University

About Sigma Xi
Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi is the international honor society for research scientists and engineers, with more than 500 chapters in North America and around the world. Membership is by invitation. Over the years, more than 200 Sigma Xi members have received the Nobel Prize. In addition to publishing American Scientist magazine, the non-profit Society awards hundred of grants annually to student researchers and sponsors a variety of programs that support science and engineering.

 

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