URISC Fall, Winter and/or Spring 2016-17

A total of 34 proposals were submitted to the Research Office. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded 15 proposals.

  • Belcher, Michael [Major: Botany and Plant Pathology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jeff Chang, Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology, College of Agricultural Sciences): "Characterizing the Type II Secretion System (T2SS) for Roles in Agrobacterium rhizogenes Virulence"
  • Cao, Annie [Major: Microbiology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Emily Ho, School of Biological and Population Health Sciences, College of Public Health and Human Sciences): "Arsenic and Zinc Induced Changes in Gene Expression in Pancreatic Beta Cells"
  • Dziedzic, Emily [Major: Fisheries and Wildlife] (Faculty Project Advisor: Taal Levi, Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife, College of Agricultural Sciences): "McDonald-Dunn Small Carnivor Monitoring Project"
  • Feehan, Scott [Major: Geology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Gordon Grant, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences): "How Do Different Types of Floods affect Sediment Size in Rivers?"
  • Harris, Quentin [Major: Mechanical Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Adam Schultz, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences): "Non-Ferrous Acoustic Burn Wire Release System Development"
  • Hiebel, Katrina [Major: Zoology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Michelle Kutzler, Dept. of Animal and Rangeland Sciences, College of Agricultural Sciences): "Matrix Metalloproteinase Type-2 (MMP2) and Type-P (MMP9) Activity and Concentration in Postpartum Caruncular Tissue following Normal Calving with or without Acupuncture Treatment"
  • Hwang, Ji Yun [Major: Chemical Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Stacey Harper, Dept. of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, College of Science): "The effect of Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles on Triclosan Toxicity to Escherichia coli"
  • Peterson, Teresa [Major: Biology and International Studies] (Faculty Project Advisor: Andrew Blaustein, Dept. of Integrative Biology, College of Science): "Responses of Amphibian Larvae to an Encapsulated Pesticide at Differing Temperatures"
  • Phillips, Jasen [Major: Sociology and Philosophy] (Faculty Project Advisor: Lori Cramer, School of Public Policy, College of Liberal Arts): "Producer Perceptions of Methane Capture Technology as a Tool to Mitigate Climate Change"
  • Quinn, Alexander [Major: Physics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Oksana Ostroverkhova, Dept. of Physics, College of Science): "Investigating Xylindein, a Fungus-Derived Pigment, as a Candidate for use in Sustainable Opteoelectronic Devices"
  • Sather, Bergen [Major: Biology and Public Health] (Faculty Project Advisor: Sean Newsom, School of Biological and Population Health Sciences, College of Public Health and Human Sciences): "Influence of Diacylglycerol on Cytoskeleton Remodeling and Insulin Signaling"
  • Vallota-Eastman, Alec [Major: BioResource Research, Option: Toxicology and Bioproducts] (Faculty Project Advisor: Rebecca Vega-Thurber, Dept. of Microbiology, College of Science): "Genetic Diversity of Benthic Marine Cyanophage as Revealed by Sequence Analysis of Viral Capsid Protein g23 and DNA Polymerase Genes"
  • Wright, Stephenie [Major: Pre-bioengineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Lewis Semprini, School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering): "Investigation of Primary Substrates to Promote Aerobic Cometabolism of 1,4-Dioxane and Chlorinated Solvent Mixtures in R. rhodochrous ATCC 21198"
  • Yarbrough, Ashley [Major: Fisheries and Wildlife] (Faculty Project Advisor: N. Scarlett Arbuckle, Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife, College of Agricultural Sciences): "Aging Methods of Giant Pacific Octopus"
  • Zheng, Joshua [Major: Psychology] (Faculty Project Advisor: David Kerr, Schoool of Psychological Science, College of Liberal Arts): "Perceived Discrimination and its Impact on Female Minority Students"

URISC Summer 2016

A total of 19 proposals were submitted to the Research Office. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded 8 proposals.

  • Chang, Alvin [Major: Chemical Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Chih-hung Chang, School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering): "Solution-Based Windowless Raman Spectroscopy via a Hollow Porous Silica Nanoparticle Structure"
  • Clark, Matthew [Major: Chemistry] (Faculty Project Advisor: Michelle Dolgos, Dept. of Chemistry, College of Science): "Novel Aqueous Synthesis and Deposition of Sodium Potassium Niobate via Ion Exchange Processes"
  • Daeschel, Devin [Major: Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jae Park, Dept. of Food Science and Technology, College of Agricultural Sciences): "Enhancing the Value of Fish Fillet's Nutrition and Eating Quality by Injecting a Marinade"
  • Founds, Graham [Major: Physics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Oksana Ostroverkhova, Dept. of Physics, College of Science): "Optical Tweezers-Based Probing of Charge Transfer in Organic Semiconductors at Microscopic Scales"
  • Fultz, Amber [Major: Psychological Science and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies] (Faculty Project Advisor: Frank Bernieri, School of Psychological Science, College of Liberal Arts): "The Impact of Empathy on Rapport in Conversations Employing Speech Synthesizing Devices"
  • Klocke, Zia [Major: Chemical Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Stacey Harper, Dept. of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, College of Agricultural Sciences): "Impacts of Water Quality Parameters on the Environmental Transformation of Nanoparticles"
  • Konkel, Zachary [Major: Microbiology and Chemistry: Biochemistry Option] (Faculty Project Advisor: Sandra Loesgen, Dept. of Chemistry, College of Science): "Structural Elucidation of Antibiotic Natural Products from Oregonian Fungi"
  • Murphy, Aileen [Major: Bioengineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Skip Rochefort, School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering): "Characterization of Hydrogels for Spinal Disc Replacement and Bovine Discs as Models for Human Spinal Discs"

URISC Winter/Spring 2015-16

A total of 31 proposals were submitted to the Research Office. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded 15 proposals totaling $17,980.

  • Bailey-Crandell, Ryan [Major: Physics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Ethan Minot, Dept. of Physics, College of Science): "Graphene Biosensors made from h-BN Heterostructures"
  • Bohrer, Ellie [Major: Zoology, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Michelle Kutzler, Dept. of Animal and Rangeland Sciences, College of Agricultural Sciences): "Determining Onset of Puberty in Feral Cats"
  • Bortvedt, Amy [Major: Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Stacey Harper, Dept. of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, College of Science): "Impacts of Nanoencapsulation on Pesticide Toxicity, Stability and Persistence"
  • Chau, Trisha [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Colin Johnson, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics, College of Science): "Characterization of FerIL-6"
  • Feng, Mu [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Steve Strauss, Dept. of Forest Ecosystems and Society, College of Forestry): "Testing the Function of Insulator Elements in Transgenic Poplar"
  • Fiez, Tanner [Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Matthew Johnston, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering): "Capacitive Sensing for Droplet Detection with Application in Glaucoma Treatment Adherence"
  • Haven, Katlyn [Major: Zoology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Lorenzo Ciannelli, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences): "Video Analysis of Temporal and Spatial Variation in the Microhabitat of Young of the Year Groundfishes along a Bathymetric Gradient off of the Central Oregon Coast"
  • Hay-Roe, Samuel [Major: Zoology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Rebecca Terry, Dept. of Integrative Biology, College of Science): "SEM Analysis of Digestive Wear on Rodent Bones between Avian and Mammalian Predators: A Study of Modern and Fossilized Remains"
  • Jackson, Emily [Major: Earth Science, Geology and General Science, Pre-Education] (Faculty Project Advisor: Anita Grunder, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences): "History of Explosive Volcanism in Central Oregon"
  • Kim, Joseph Yoojong [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Hong Moulton, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine): "Assessing a Zebrafish Model for In Vivo Delivery of Morpholino Oligomers"
  • Meinke, Jeremy [Major: Physics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Weihong Qiu, Dept. of Physics, College of Science): "Molecular Mechanism of the Processive Movement and Directionality of FRA1"
  • Nguyen, Duy [Major: Computer Science and Psychology, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Frank Bernieri, School of Psychological Science, College of Liberal Arts): "How to Improve Speech-Assisted Devices"
  • Scherelis, Victoria [Major: Earth Sciences, Ocean Science option] (Faculty Project Advisor: Ed Brook, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences): "Carbon Dioxide in Greenland Ice Cores and Applications to Reconstructing Past Greenhouse Gas Levels"
  • Toe, Soe Wai Lyian [Major: Energy Systems Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Karl Haapala, School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering, College of Engineering): "Experimental Investigation of Material and Process Parameters on 3D Printer Energy Use"
  • Whitley, Hannah [Major: Anthropology (Biocultural), Sociology, Religious Studies] (Faculty Project Advisor: Hilary Boudet, School of Public Policy, College of Liberal Arts): "Community Reactions to Extreme Weather Events"

URISC Fall/Winter/Spring 2015-16

A total of 5 proposals were submitted to the Research Office. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded 3 proposals totaling $4,410.

  • Allen, Marshall [Major: Chemistry, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Chris Beaudry, Dept. of Chemistry, College of Science): "Vinyl Sulfone Addition through Suzuki Cross Coupling"
  • Lam, Khiem [Major: BioResource Research, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Andrey Morgun, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy): "The Microbiome and Cervical Cancer"
  • Lew, Cassandra [Major: Chemistry] (Faculty Project Advisor: Sandra Loesgen, Dept. of Chemistry, College of Science): "Antibiotic and Anticancer Active Metabolites from Soil Bacteria"

URISC Summer 2015

A total of 58 proposals were submitted to the Research Office. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded 9 proposals totaling $18,538.

  • Bortvedt, Amy [Major: Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Stacey Harper, Dept. of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, College of Science): "Impacts of Nanoencapsulation on Pesticide Toxicity, Stability and Persistence"
  • Helterline, Spencer [Major: Pre-Chemical Engineering, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Lewis Semprini, School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering): "Chlorinated Solvent Inhibition of 1,4-Dioxane Transformation by Rhodococcus rhodochrous"
  • Lin, Lisa [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Kaichang Li, Dept. of Wood Science and Engineering, College of Forestry): "Preparation and Evaluation of Styrene-Free Unsaturated Polyester Resins and their Fiber-Reinforced Composites"
  • Mattos, Daphne [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jane Ishmael, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy): "Analysis of GRP78 Expression Patterns in Canine Osteosarcoma Cells"
  • Nejely, Joshua [Major: Pre-Bioengineering, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Karl Schilke, School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering): "Fluorometric Quantification of Antimicrobial Peptide Interactions with Gram Negative Bacteria"
  • Pendergrass, Elizabeth [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Theresa Filtz, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy): "O-Glycosylation of BCL11B in Thymocytes"
  • Rath, Jeremy [Major: Physics and Mathematics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Oksana Ostroverkhova, Dept. of Physics, College of Science): "Incorporation of Xylindein in Optoelectronic Devices"
  • Sasaki, Geoffrey [Major: Food Science and Technology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Neil Shay, Dept. of Food Science and Technology, College of Agricultural Sciences): "Combating Fatty Liver with Food Bioactive Compounds"
  • Scharzenberger, Stormy [Major: Animal Science with Pre-Veterinary Option, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Daniel Rockey, Dept. of Biomedical Science, College of Veterinary Medicine): "Genetic Recombination in Chlamydia abortus"

URISC Winter/Spring 2014-15

A total of 30 proposals were submitted to the Research Office. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded 9 proposals totaling $12,895.

  • Atkuru, Aditya [Major: Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Kathryn Becker-Blease, Dept. of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts): "Understanding the Psychology Section in MCAT"
  • Chen, Zhong Bin [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Weihong Qiu, Dept. of Physics, College of Science): "Mechanism of the Enhanced Long-Distance Transport by the Kinesin Motor FRA1"
  • Choudhury, Mudra [Major: BioResource Research, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Stephen Ramsey, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine): "Development and Application of a Systems Biology Approach for Mapping Human Monocyte Gene Regulatory Networks"
  • Edlund, Reid [Major: Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Dee Denver, Dept. of Integrative Biology, College of Science): "Evolutionary Specificity of the Symbiotic Relationship between Aiptasia and Zooxanthella"
  • Furnish, Kaitlyn [Major: Botany] (Faculty Project Advisor: Andy Jones, Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology, College of Agricultural Sciences): "Detecting the Polymorphism of SSR Molecular Markers in Tropical Tree Species"
  • Gordon, Ester [Major: Chemistry] (Faculty Project Advisor: Kate Lajtha, Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences, College of Agricultural Sciences): "Detrital Controls on Soil Carbon Sequestration in Forested Ecosystems"
  • Jiang, Judy [Major: Mechanical Engineering (Pre), University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Yigit Menguc, School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering, College of Engineering): "Designing and Fabricating Artificial Muscles for Soft Robotics"
  • Mendoza, Alek [Major: Rangeland Sciences] (Faculty Project Advisor: Carlos Ochoa, Dept. of Animal and Rangeland Sciences, College of Agricultural Sciences): "Assessing Western Juniper Water Uptake"
  • Newman, Matthew [Major: Microbiology, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Nancy Kerkvliet, Dept. of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, College of Agricultural Sciences): "Aryl Hydrocarbon Activation and Diabetes Prevention"

URISC Fall/Winter/Spring 2014-15

A total of 42 proposals were submitted to the Research Office. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded 10 proposals totaling $16,399.

  • Alonso, Jessica [Major: Psychology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Megan McClelland, School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences, College of Public Health and Human Sciences): "Children's Exposure to Kindergarten and Self-Regulation Skills"
  • Bonar, Tara [Major: Biology; University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jaga Giebultowicz, Dept. of Integrative Biology, College of Science): "Effects of Inflammation on Biological Clocks and Aging"
  • Collins, Karin [Major: Biology; University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Adriane Irwin, Dept. of Pharmacy Practice, College of Pharmacy): "Use of Fiction to Develop Empathy in Student Pharmacists"
  • Ho, Hoang "Will" [Major: Microbiology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Dan Rockey, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine): "Genetic Characterization of a Novel Antibiotic Target"
  • Larson, Jessica [Major: Chemical Engineering with option in Biochemical Processes and Minor in Mathematics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Weihong Qiu, Dept. of Physics, College of Science): "Bidirectional Movement of Dimeric Cin8"
  • Mills, Robert [Major: Microbiology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Aleksandra Sikora, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy): "Targeting Anaerobic Respiration for the Development of New Therapeutics against Gonorrhea"
  • Planck, Cameron [Major: Mechanical Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jim Liburdy, School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering, College of Engineering): "Analysis of a Deformable Hydrofoil for Optimal Energy Extraction"
  • Rudie, Katherine [Major: Zoology; University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Robert T. Mason, Dept. of Integrative Biology, College of Science): "Effect of Captivity on Chemical Profile of Sexual Attractiveness Pheromone in Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis, the Red-Sided Garter Snake"
  • Silver, Rachel [Major: Food Science and Technology/Innovation Management] (Faculty Project Advisor: Juyun Lim, Dept. of Food Science and Technology, College of Agricultural Sciences): "Human Sensitivity to Complex Carbohydrates: Detection Thresholds for Glucose Polymers"
  • Tullsen, Rachel [Major: Microbiology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Kimberly Halsey, Dept. of Microbiology, College of Science): "Biochemical Fractionation of Nitrate-Limited Synechococcus"

URISC Summer 2013-14

A total of 52 proposals were submitted to the Research Office. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded 13 proposals totaling $23,338.

  • Busche, Jacob [Major: Physics, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Oksana Ostroverkhova, Dept. of Physics, College of Science): "Charge Dynamics of Organic Semiconductors"
  • Caples, Kelsey [Major: Biochemistry and Biopyhysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Viviana Perez, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics, College of Science): "Effects of Rapamycin on Protein Aggregation"
  • Gondhalekar, Vikram [Major: Pre-Engineering, Pre-Biological Engineering; University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Chih-hung Chang, School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering): "ZnO Nanowires with PbS Quantum Dots for Photovoltaic Devices"
  • Hardt, Braelei [Major: Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences/Environmental Sciences; University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: James Rivers, Dept. of Forest Ecosystems and Society, College of Forestry): "The Role of Corticosterone in Mediating Escape Performance and Memory in Swallows Under Stressful Conditions"
  • Hartman, Alysha [Major: Biology with Marine Biology Option] (Faculty Project Advisor: Debbie Mustacich, Linus Pauling Institute): "Mechanism of Increased Cisplatin Anti-Tumor Efficacy with Adjuvant Vitamin E"
  • Jahr, Amy [Major: Bioengineering; University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Stacey Harper, School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering): "Detection of Fluorescently Labeled Lipoprotein and Determination of Protein Corona Composition in Iron Nanoparticles"
  • Juarez, Corey [Major: Mechanical Engineering; University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Deborah Pence, School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering, College of Engineering): "Influence of Vapor Extraction on Bubble Dynamics during Two-Phase Heat Transfer"
  • Law, Christina [Major: General Science, Pre-Pharmacy; University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Theresa Filtz, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy): "Identifying Altered Signaling Pathways in Heart Cells from Mice with Congenital Heart Defects"
  • Petshow, Samuel [Major: Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Robert T. Mason, Dept. of Integrative Biology, College of Science): "Behavioral Fever in Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis"
  • Rich, Stephanie [Major: Environmental Engineering; University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Lewis Semprini, School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering): "Chlorinated Ethene Transformation by the Mycobacterium ELW1 in Simulated Aquifer Environments"
  • Sanchez, Pascal [Major: General Science] (Faculty Project Advisor: Vincent Remcho, Dept. of Chemistry, College of Science): "Sodium Polyacrylate in Intentional Microfluidic Channels"
  • Shepard, Isaac [Major: Biology; University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Mark Novak, Dept. of Integrative Biology, College of Science): "Using Stable Isotopes as a Measure of Interaction Strength"
  • Smesrud, Logan [Major: Environmental Engineering; University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Tyler Radniecki, School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering): "Quantifying Antibiotic Resistance in Bacteria Exposed to Environmental Concentrations of Antibiotics"

URISC Winter/Spring 2013-14

A total of 43 proposals were submitted to the Research Office. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded 10 proposals totaling $13,452.

  • Bulovsky, Hannah [Major: Chemical Engineering, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Stacey Harper, Dept. of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering): "The Impact of Stabilizaing Compounds on the Particle Stability, Reactivity, and Toxicity of Zero Valent Iron Nanoparticles for Groundwater Remediation"
  • Fuller, Skylar [Major: Biology/International Studies] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jeff Chang, Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology, College of Agricultural Sciences): "Characterizing Interactions of Proteins Involved in Cytokinin Biosynthesis"
  • Lawson, Teresa [Major: Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Bo Sun, Dept. of Physics, College of Science): "Construction of a Computational Toolbox for Microfluidic Chip Design"
  • Lindbloom, Scott [Major: Manufacturing Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Karl Haapala, School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering, College of Engineering): "Investigation of the Electrically-Assisted Machining Process"
  • Morozov, Andrey [Major: General Science with a Pre-Dental Option and a minor in Psychology] (Faculty Project Advisor: David Kerr, School of Psychological Science, College of Liberal Arts): "Associations between Relocation and Seasonal Depression in International Students of Oregon State University"
  • O'Connell, Megan [Major: Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Andy Jones, Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology, College of Agricultural Sciences): "Physiological Variation within Tropical Tree Species in Response to Climate Change"
  • Peterson, Alexandra [Major: Environmental Science, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Barb Lachenbruch, Dept. of Forest Ecosystems and Society, College of Forestry): "Effect of Disease on the Specific Growth Rings to which Douglas-Fir Needles are Attached"
  • Schenk, Erin [Major: Food Science and Technology, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Juyun Lim, Dept. of Food Science and Technology, College of Agricultural Sciences): "Effect of Zero-and-Low Calorie Sweeteners on Retronasal Odor Enhancement"
  • Stokes, Jocelyn [Major: Fisheries and Wildlife] (Faculty Project Advisor: Nicole Duplaix, Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife, College of Agricultural Sciences): "Behavioral Observation Study on Borean Sun Bears"
  • Ziaie, Navid [Major: Microbiology and BioResource Research, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Luiz Bermudez, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine): "Understanding Transmission of Mycobacterium avium through the use of C. elegans"

URISC Fall/Winter/Spring 2013-14

A total of 27 proposals were submitted to the Research Office. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded 9 proposals totaling $13,407.

  • Batish, Tanvi [Major: Microbiology, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Patrick Chappell, Dept. of Biomedcial Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine): "Characterization of Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone (GnRH) Neuronal Subpopulations"
  • Brown, Wes [Major: Bio Resource Research, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Ryan Mehl, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics, College of Science): "Engineering Super Oxide Dismutase into Polymers for Combating Arthritis Conditions"
  • Brucks, Corinne [Major: Chemistry] (Faculty Project Advisor: Sean Burrows, Dept. of Chemistry, College of Science): "Computational and Experimental Biosensor Designs for Cancer Diagnostics"
  • Burgess, Brigitta [Major: Psychology] (Faculty Projects Advisor: Kristen Macuga, School of Psychological Science, College of Liberal Arts): "Influence of Realism and Self-Agency on Risk-Taking in Virtual Environments"
  • Kuah, Amida [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Urszula Iwaniec/Russell Turner, School of Biological and Population Health Sciences, College of Public Health and Human Sciences): "Effects of Chronic Alcohol Consumption on Corical Bone on a Non-Human Primate Model"
  • Rickard, Leeandra [Major: Zoology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Sujaya Rao, Dept. of Crop and Soil Science, College of Agricultural Sciences): "Innovative Microbial Managment for Key Oregon Crop Pest"
  • Roemeling, Asher [Major: Earth Systems with Geology Option] Faculty Project Advisor: Roy Haggerty, College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences): "Validating the Mean Residence Time Relationship for Lateral Surface Transient Storage Zones in Gravel-Bed Streams"
  • Thieme, Mattson [Major: Physics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Oksana Ostroverkhova, Dept. of Physics, College of Science): "Low Temperature Microscopy of Organic Optoelectronic Materials"
  • Wilson, Heather [Major: Physics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Ethan Minot, Dept. of Physics, College of Science): "Real-Time Monitoring of Biocatalyst Confrmational Transitions"

URISC Summer 2012-13

A total of 51 proposals were submitted to the Research Office. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded 13 proposals totaling $20,435.

  • Colby, Samantha [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Steve Strauss, Dept. of Forest Ecosystems and Society, College of Forestry): "Characterization of Gene Silencing in Transgenic Plants with Modified Floral Gene Expression"
  • Finn, Elliott [Major: Biology and Environmental Economics, Policy and Management, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Edward Weber, Dept. of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts): "Investigation of the Relationships between Outdoor Recreation Choices, Environmental Values and Area Residency"
  • Gerlach, Cory [Major: Bioresource Research, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Robert Tanguay, Dept. of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, College of Agricultural Sciences): "Defining the Toxicity of Flame Retardants"
  • Jong, Anita [Major: Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Theresa Filtz, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy): "Potential Molecular Links between Congenital Heart Defects and Cardiac Arrhythmia"
  • Kelly, Michael [Major: Environmental Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jeffrey Nason, School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering): "Environmental Health and Safety of Nanomaterials"
  • Lurie-Gregg, Paho [Major: Physics, Mathematics] (Faculty Project Advisor: David Roundy, Dept. of Physics, College of Science): "Hard Polyhedra Fluids"
  • Marshall, Alice [Major: Fine Arts] (Faculty Project Advisor: Julie Green, Dept. of Art, College of Liberal Arts): "Tools of the Trade"
  • Methven, Andrea [Major: Animal Science, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Debbie Mustacich, Linus Pauling Institute): "Mechanism of Cisplatin-Induced Neuropathy and Use of Adjuvent Vitamin E"
  • Peterson, Collin [Major: Zoology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Matt Betts, Dept. of Forest Ecosystems and Society, College of Forestry): "Influence of Vegetation and Insect Biodiversity on Predaceous Insect Assemblages"
  • Roses, Tyler [Major: Geology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Anne Nolin, College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences): "Snowpack Characteristics in a Post-Wildfire Environment: An Examination of the Shadow Lake Fire Region, Oregon Cascades"
  • Sim, Stacy Yen-Lin [Major: Psychology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Frank Bernieri, Dept. of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts): "Assessing the Accuracy of Intelligence Perceptions in Group Settings"
  • Whiteside, Caitlyn [Major: Nutrition, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Dee Denver, Dept. of Zoology, College of Science): "Development of a Genetic Screening Tool for Xiphinema Plant-Parasitic Nematodes"
  • Young, Marshall [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Chris Beaudry, Dept. of Chemistry, College of Science): "Dicouplings of Polysubstituted Bromobenzenes"

URISC Winter/Spring 2012-13

A total of 43 proposals were submitted to the Research Office. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded 10 proposals totaling $13,800.

  • Cheung, Daniel [Major: Bioengineering; University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Karl Schilke, School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering): "Structural and Activity Characterization of Irradiated Antimicrobial Peptide (WLBU2) for use in Blood Processing and Biomedical Applications"
  • Greydanus, Logan [Major: Microbiology, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Rebecca Vega-Thurber, Dept. of Microbiology, College of Science): "Virus like Particles Identification in Symbiodinium"
  • Hunt, Emily [Major: Biology, Marine option] (Faculty Project Advisor: Andrew Blaustein, Dept. of Zoology, College of Science): "Chytrid Growth in Culture across Temperature Gradient"
  • Kaiser, Matthew [Major: Microbiology, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Roderick Dashwood, Dept. of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, College of Agricultural Sciences): "Pharmacologic Ascorbate: A Novel Epigenetic Perspective on Colon Cancer Treatment"
  • Liu, Qiuying (Selina) [Major: Biology and International Studies, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jeffrey Greenwood, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics, College of Science): "Drug Screening Protocol for Brain Cancer"
  • Marquardt, Alexandria [Major: Fisheries and Wildlife Science] (Faculty Project Advisor: Tiffany Garcia, Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife, College of Agricultural Sciences): "An Observational and Experimental Investigation of Population and Stage-specific Responses to Salinity in the Pacific Chorus Frog (Pseudacris regilla)"
  • Sarker, Minhazur [Major: Microbiology, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Tory Hagen, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics, College of Science): "Determining the Efficacy of Geranylgeranylacetone (GGA) to Induce Heat Shock Proteins and Function as a Dietary Restriction Mimetic via a Comparative Analysis of Rodents"
  • Swader, David [Major: Microbiology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jeffrey Chang, Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology, College of Agricultural Sciences): "The Contributions of Cytokinins to Rhodococcus fascians Virulence"
  • Walker, Stephanie [Major: Chemical Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Skip Rochefort, School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering): "Developing a Biodegradable Alternative to Plastic Mulch Film"
  • Weber, Jake [Major: Pre-Physical Therapy] (Faculty Project Advisor: Aleksandra Sikora, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy): "Evaluation of Carbamoyl Phosphate Synthetase as a Novel Drug Target for Gonorrhea"

URISC Fall/Winter/Spring 2012-13

A total of 23 proposals were submitted to the Research Office. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded 9 proposals totaling $11,900.

  • Bernert, Ann [Major: BioResource Research; University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Ramesh Sagili, Dept. of Horticulture, College of Agricultural Sciences): "Evaluating Pesticide Sensitivity of Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) Gut Microflora"
  • Boothe, Jonathan [Major: Biochemistry] (Faculty Project Advisor: John Hays, Dept. of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, College of Agricultural Sciences): "Are Quiescent Cells Victims of Identity Loss When Stem Cells are Reorganized?"
  • Childs, Maegan [Major: Exercise and Sports Science] (Faculty Project Advisor: Megan MacDonald, School of Biological and Population Health Sciences, College of Public Health and Human Sciences): "A Movement-Based Early Intervention for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder"
  • Harper, Kevin [Major: Public Health, option in Health Management and Policy; University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Megan McClelland, School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences, College of Public Health and Human Sciences): "Is Classroom Engagement Related to Self-Regulation?"
  • Medlin, Paul [Major: Mechanical Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jack Higginbotham, Oregon Space Grant): "Rocket-Based Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Deployment"
  • Naleway, Michael [Major: Pre-Pharmacy Option, General Science; University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Oleh Taratula, Dept. of Phamaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy): "Development of Multifunctional Nanomedicine Platform for Combinatorial Treatment of Breast Cancer"
  • Pryor, Joseph [Major: Biology; University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Stacey Harper, Dept. of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, College of Agricultural Sciences): "Determining the Toxicity and Ecotoxicity of Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications"
  • Swanson, Annika [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics; University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Robert Tanguay, Dept. of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, College of Agricultural Sciences): "Investigating the Toxicity of Oxygenated Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (OPAHs) in Developing Zebrafish"
  • Wardini, Jenna [Major: Physics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Ethan Minot, Dept. of Physics, College of Science): "Transmission Electron Microscopy as an Aid to Improve Graphene Synthesis"

URISC Summer 2011-12

A total of 51 proposals were submitted to the Research Office. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded 13 proposals totaling $23,400.

  • Atkins, Maxwell [Major: Physics] (Faculty Project Advisor: William Hetherington, Dept. of Physics, College of Science): “Radio Telescope Development and Galactic Hydrogen Cloud Observations”
  • Chang, Xiao Lan [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Victor Hsu, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics, College of Science): "Spectroscopic and Structual Characterization of FXR Agonists and Antagonists"
  • Drewry, Kelsey [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Luis Sayavedra-Soto, Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology, College of Agricultural Sciences): "Characterization of the Multiple Monooxygenases of Rhodococcus sp. Strain AD45"
  • Livesay, Brynn [Major: Chemical Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Joseph McGuire, School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering): "The Molecular Origins of Surfactant Stabilization of a Human Recominant Factor VIII"
  • Magnuson, Emily [Major: Biology, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Anna Jolles, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine): "Interferon Gamma for the Detection of Mycobacterium bovis Infection in African Lions (Panthera leo)"
  • Marek, Charlene [Major: Environmental Science and International Studies of Environmental Science] (Faculty Project Advisor: Amy Dreves, Dept. of Crop and Soil Science, College of Agricultural Sciences): "SHOO FLY": Reduce Pesticide Dependence with Knowledge, Spotted Wing Drosophila Management"
  • Peña, Meesha [Major: Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jeff Chang, Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology, College of Agricultural Sciences): "Determining the Role of the Actin Cytoskeleton in Plant/Bacterial Interactions"
  • Pham, Phuong [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Michael Freitag, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics, College of Science): "Identification of the Polycomb Repressive Complex 2 in Fungi"
  • Reid, Daniel [Major: Chemical Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Milo Koretsky, School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering): "Interactive Simulations to Foster Understanding of Engineering Threshold Concepts"
  • Rekow, James [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Andrew Buermeyer, Dept. of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, College of Agricultural Sciences): "Interplay of Genetics and Environmental Carcinogens in Cancer Risk: PAH-Induced Mutations in Cells Lacking DNA Repair"
  • Thu, Huong Duong [Major: Pre-Pharmacy, General Science, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Barbara Taylor, Dept. of Zoology, College of Science): "Development of Sex-Specific Differences in Drosophila Neurons"
  • Tran, Jenny [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Adrian Gombart, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics, College of Science): "Changes in Gene Expression Related to Decline of the Aging Immune System"
  • Zolfaghari, Arsalan [Major: Chemistry] (Faculty Project Advisor: Paul Blakemore, Dept. of Chemistry, College of Science): "Investigation of a Novel Boron Containing Sulfone for Julia-Kocienski Olefination"

URISC Winter/Spring 2011-12

A total of 40 proposals were submitted to the Research Office. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded 11 proposals totaling $12, 474.

  • Averett, Joshua [Major: Rangeland Ecology and Management] (Faculty Project Advisor: Ryan Limb, Dept. of Rangeland Ecology and Management, College of Agricultural Sciences): “Yellow Sweet Clover Soil Nutrient Study”
  • Bostwick, Keiko [Major: Psychology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Kathy Becker-Blease, Dept. of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts): “Perceptions of Financial Aid and College Success”
  • Glaus, Matt [Major: General Science] (Faculty Project Advisor: Daniel Myles, Dept. of Chemistry, College of Science): “Rational Synthetic Routes to Dioxadiazinyl Radicals”
  • Holley, Courtney [Major: Ecological Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Mark Dolan, School of Chemical Biological and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering): “Anaerobic Decomposition of Plastics and Biodegradable Plastic Alternatives”
  • Petrelli, Alissa [Major: Zoology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Anna Jolles, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine): “Effect of Bot Fly (Cuterebridae) Infection on Immune Response in Townsend’s Chipmunks (Tamias Townsendii)”
  • Pihl, Nicholas [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics; University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jeffrey Greenwood, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics, College of Science): “Regulation of Akt Activity by Calpain 2 in Gliobastoma Multiform”
  • Shoaf, James [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Viviana Perez, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics, College of Science): “Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease with Rapamycin in Model Cells”
  • Ta, Charlie [Major: Microbiology and BioResource Research Interdisciplinary Sciences Program] (Faculty Project Advisor: Inga Zasada, Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology, College of Agricultural Sciences): “Linking Genetic Variability of X. americanum Populations to Virus Vectoring Ability”
  • Taylor, David [Major: Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences] (Faculty Project Advisor: Dana Sanchez, Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife, College of Agricultural Sciences): “Estimating Lead Contamination Risk from Traditional Hunting Ammunition”
  • Taylor, Peter [Major: Geosciences] (Faculty Project Advisor: John Dilles, Dept. of Geosciences, College of Science): “A Geologic Study of the WX and C2 Zones: Mt. Polley, British Columbia”
  • Trejo, Elyssa [Major: BioResource Research with a Toxicology option and Chemistry minor] (Faculty Project Advisor: Peter Cheeke, Dept. of Animal Sciences, College of Agricultural Sciences): “Toxicological Interactions between Quillaja Saponins and Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids”

URISC Fall/Winter/Spring 2011-12

Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Research Office awarded 8 proposals for funding totaling $12,709.

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    • Corkery, Andrew [Major: Botany] (Faculty Project Advisor: Sajaya Rao, Dept. of Crop and Soil Science, College of Agricultural Sciences): “Biological Control of a Key Pest in a Willamette Valley Crop"
    • Gibson, Yvette [Major: Natural Resources] (Faculty Project Advisor: Kate Lajtha, Dept. of Crop and Soil Science, College of Agricultural Sciences): "Fertility and Soil Quality in a Pollution Impacted Hungarian Forest"
    • Goodrich, Daniell [Major: Environmental Sciences] (Faculty Project Advisor: John Fowler, Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology, College of Agricultural Sciences): "Investigation of Myosin and Exocyst Function in Diffuse Cell Growth in Arabidopsis"
    • Grizzle, Angelica [Major: Human Development and Family Sciences / Early Childhood Development and Education] (Faculty Project Advisor: Megan McClelland, Dept. of Human Development and Family Sciences, College of Health and Human Sciences): "The Relationship between Having Siblings and Children's Self-Regulation"
    • Jones, Christopher [Major: Physics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Yevgeniy Kovchegov, Dept. of Mathematics, College of Science): "Quantum Walks and Quantum Algorithms"
    • Leathers, James [Major: Exercise and Sports Science / Pre-Medicine] (Faculty Project Advisor: Michelle Steinauer, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine): "The Role of Co-infection in Host-Parasite Compatibility"
    • Patel, Vickie [Major: Biology / Pre-Dental] (Faculty Project Advisor: Luiz Bermudez, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine): "The Effect of Antibiotics on Enterococcus Bacteria and Biofilm Bacteria"
    • Pham, Phuong [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Gary Merrill, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics, College of Science): "Mapping the Intrinsic Carbonyl Reducing Activity of Thioredoxin Reductase"

URISC Summer 2010-11

Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Research Office awarded 22 proposals for funding totaling $39,298.

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    • Acker, Sarah [Major: Chemical Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Roy Haggerty, Dept. of Geosciences, College of Science): “The Use of Resazurin to Assess Microbial Metabolism and Aerobic Respiration"
    • Alvarez, Andres [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jeff Chang, Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology, College of Agricultural Sciences): "Characterization of Alternate Splicing and NMD Regulation"
    • Barkal, Amira [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Gary Merrill, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics, College of Science): "Development of an Aldehyde Resin for Removal of Unreacted Dinitrophenyl Hydrazine"
    • Bartlett, Samuel [Major: Chemistry] (Faculty Project Advisor: Chris Beaudry, Dept. of Chemistry, College of Science): "IBX-Mediated Oxidation of β-Hydroxyketones"
    • Bentz, Ehren [Major: Zoology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Robert Mason, Dept. of Zoology, College of Science): "Harderian Gland Regeneration and Recovery of Chemosensory Function in Red-Sided Garter Snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis)"
    • Biel, Justin [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Elisar Barbar, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics, College of Science): "Thermodynamics and Kinetics Determinants and Binding Diversity of a Hub Protein"
    • Cahill-Weisser, Shannon [Major: Pre-Bioengineering, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Patrick Chiang, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering): "Optimization of the Skin-Electrical Interface for Wearable, Wireless Vital Sign Monitoring"
    • Coburn, Jacki [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Andrew Buermeyer, Dept. of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, College of Science): "Investigating a Role for DNA Mismatch Repair in Signaling a PAH-Induced DNA Replication Arrest"
    • Goff, Shannon [Major: Microbiology, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Martin Schuster, Dept. of Microbiology, College of Science): "Evolution of Quorum Sensing in Pseudomonas aeruginosa: Competing Constitutive Virulence against Wild-Type and Non-Quorum Sensing Strains In Vivo"
    • Gondhalekar, Carmen [Major: Fisheries and Wildlife] (Faculty Project Advisor: Andrew Blaustein, Dept. of Zoology, College of Science): "Development of Amphibian Immunity"
    • Lee, Connie [Major: Microbiology, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Stephen Giovannoni, Dept. of Microbiology, College of Science): "Culturing Experiments to Determine the Nutrient Requirement for Exopolymer Production in HTCC 2155"
    • McGregor, Stephenie [Major: Bioengineering, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Mike Pavol, Dept. of Nutrition and Exercise Sciences, College of Health and Human Sciences): "The Effect of Long-Term Use of Ankle Taping on Balance"
    • Mullen, Valerie [Major: Microbiology, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Bruce Geller, Dept. of Microbiology, College of Science): "Resistance to Antisense Antibiotics Due to Mutations in the sbmA Gene"
    • Nguyen, Linda [Major: General Science, Pre-Pharmacy Option] (Faculty Project Advisor: Emily Ho, Dept. of Nutrition and Exercise Sciences, College of Health and Human Sciences): "Effects of Zinc Supplementation on Reducing Chronic Inflammation in Aged Mice"
    • Roemeling, Margo [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: James Hurst, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics, College of Science): "MPO-Generated HOC1: Implications for Phagocyte Function"
    • Rogers, Natalie [Major: Biochemistry] (Faculty Project Advisor: Anna Jolles, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine): "Measuring the Effects of Intensive Forest Management on Whole Blood Bactericidal Activity as a Measure of Innate Immunity in Wild Deer Mice (Peromyscus maniculatus) in Oregon"
    • Stanfill, Michael [Major: Chemical Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Stacey Harper, Dept. of Environmetal and Molecular Toxicology/Chemical, Biological, Environmental Engineering, College of Agricultural Sciences): "NanoScanner: Development of a Novel Device for Nanoparticle Analysis"
    • Swanson, Annika [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Robert Tanguay, Dept. of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, College of Agricultural Sciences): "Investigating the Toxicity of Oxygenated Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (OPAHs) in Developing Zebrafish"
    • Tolmach, Oresta [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: John Hays, Dept. of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, College of Science): "Mismatch Repair's Response to Damaged DNA"
    • Truong, Mitchell [Major: Pre-Chemical Engineering, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Joseph McGuire, Dept. of Biological Engineering, College of Engineering): "Synthesis and Evaluation of PEO-Coated Membranes for Hemodialysis"
    • Wiedle, River [Major: Physics, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Janet Tate, Dept. of Physics, College of Science): "New Implementaion of Thermal Conductivity Measurements on Semiconducting Thermoelectric Materials"
    • Zhang, Justin [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jeffrey Greenwood, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics, College of Science): "Calpain 2 Induced Cleavage Activates Akt"

URISC Winter/Spring 2010-11

Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Research Office awarded 7 proposals for funding totaling $10,500.

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    • McClanahan, Danielle [Major: Bioengineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Adam Higgins, School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering): “Determination of Adherent Neural Cell Cryoprotectant Toxicity and Application to Vitrification"
    • Nguyen, Maria [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jeffrey Greenwood, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics): "Calpain-2 Regulation of Akt"
    • Ping, Sita [Major: Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Dee Denver, Dept. of Zoology): "Evolution of Mitochondrial Genome Architecture in Nematodes"
    • Psiropoulos, Jeremiah [Major: Fisheries and Wildlife] (Faculty Project Advisor: David Noakes, Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife): "Defense Morphology of Three-Spined Stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) after a largemouth Bass Invasion"
    • Quandt, Dustin [Major: Environmental Science (Terrestrial Ecosystems)] (Faculty Project Advisor: Barbara Bond, Dept. of Forest Ecosystems and Society): "DOC Loss through Soil in a Small Watershed within HJ Andrews Experimental Research Forest"
    • Raines, Hannah [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics and Spanish] (Faculty Project Advisor: Maret Traber, Linus Pauling Institute): "Vitamin E as a Potentiator of Vitamin K Inadecuacy"
    • Shen, Connie [Major: Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Theresa Filtz, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences): "Modification of Bc11 1b, a Tumor Repressor, in a Pre-Leukemic Cell Line"

URISC Fall 2010-11

Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Research Office awarded 8 proposals for funding totaling $12,707.

  • Fassio, Sara [Major: Microbiology and Spanish] (Faculty Project Advisor: Claudia Hase, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences): “The Role of Membrane Bioenergetics in Vibrio cholera Virulence”
  • Goloviznina, Natalya [Major: Microbiology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Hiro Nonogaki, Dept. of Horticulture): “Characterization of Genes Associated with Arabidopsis thaliana Seed Germination”
  • Knight, Briana [Major: Pre-Med Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Patrick Chappell, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences): “Timing Reproduction: Steroidal Regulation of the Endogenous Circadian Clock”
  • Leung, Margaret-Rose [Major: Mathematics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Vrushali, Dept. of Mathematics): “The Effect of Disease on Competition between Three Species”
  • Lovelace, Anna [Major: Zoology and Spanish] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jane Ishmael, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences): “Comparison of the Cytotoxicity of Coibamide A and Apoptolidin A in Human Glioblastoma Cells”
  • Pinkard, Warren [Major: Chemical Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Milo Koretsky, School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering): “Plasma Assisted Growth of Carbon Nanotubes on Alloy Catalysts”
  • Salinas, Lucero “Lucy” [Major: Human Development and Family Sciences] (Faculty Project Advisor: Megan McClelland, Dept. of Human Development and Family Sciences): “Physical Activity as a Factor Predicting Early Self-Regulation and Achievement”
  • VanGarde, Aurora “Rory” [Major: Bioresource Research] (Faculty Project Advisor: John Mata, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences): “Telomere Binding Protein Antagonists for Stem Cell Therapy”

URISC Summer 2009-10

There were a total of 38 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $64,923.00. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded 12 proposals for funding totaling $20,400.00.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Bendt, Taylor [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Gary Merrill, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics): "Does the Baculovirus Sulfhydryl Oxidase, Ac92, Associate with and Oxidize p53?"
  • Brar, Anantnoor [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: John Hays, Dept. of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology): "Mismatch Repair in Leaves versus Seeds of Arabidopsis Plants: A Comparative Analysis"
  • Clark, Jordan [Major: Psychology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Frank Bernieri, Dept. of Psychology): "Self Monitoring: Unitary Trait or Motivated Act?"
  • Coburn, Jacki [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Andrew Buermeyer, Dept. of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology): "Impact of PAH Exposure on Accumulation of Translesion DNA Polymerases in Mouse Colon"
  • Crimp Caitlin [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Debbie Mustacich, Linus Pauling Institute): "PAH-Induced Damage and Mechanism of Vitamin E Protection in Females vs. Males"
  • Crotty, Kelly [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Tory Hagen, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics): "The Differential Effects of Stereoisomers of Lipoic Acid on Nrf2 Activation"
  • Mick, Saskia [Major: Art] (Faculty Project Advisor: Julie Green, Dept. of Art): "Painted Identities"
  • Palioca, Callia [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: P. Andrew Karplus, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics): "Structure Determination of AhpC2 from Salmonella typhimurium"
  • Raymond, Wendel [Major: Biology - Marine Option] (Faculty Project Advisor: Mark Hixon, Dept. of Zoology): "Intraguild Predation and Competition between Invasive Indo-Pacific Lionfish and Native Nassau Grouper"
  • Schmunk, Kristina [Major: Environmental Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Kate Lajtha, Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology): "Effects of Symmetric v. Asymmetric Warming on Carbon Sequestation in Soils"
  • Tucker, Anneke [Major: BioResource Research] (Faculty Project Advisor: Balz Frei, Linus Pauling Institute): "Biological and Health Effects of Bioflavonoids"
  • Wheeler, Sheena [Major: Fisheries and Wildlife Science] (Faculty Project Advisor: Anna Jolles, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences): "Immunological Basis for Disease Dilution: Are Ecologically Resilient Species More Competent Hosts?"

URISC Winter/Spring 2009-10

There were a total of 12 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $16,385.00. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded 10 proposals for funding totaling $13,470.00.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Banton, Garrett [Major: Nuclear Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Oksana Ostroverkhova, Dept. of Physics): "Preliminary Study of Charge Transfer in Organic Semiconductor Materials"
  • Gifford, Jessica [Major: Physics] (Faculty Project Advisor: David McIntyre, Dept. of Physics): "Optical Trapping and Fluorescence Spectroscopy of Nanoparticle Sensors in Microfluidic Divices"
  • Johnston, Meghan Hemphill [Major: Bioengineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Milo Koretsky, School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering): "Growth of Carbon Nanotubes via Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition"
  • Jorgensen, Stephanie [Major: Business Administration - Marketing] (Faculty Project Advisor: Hal Koenig, College of Business - Marketing): "Brand Community Initiative (BCI)"
  • Koo, Sue-Jie [Major: Microbiology, Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jerri Bartholomew, Dept. of Microbiology): "Distribution and Infection Prevalence of the Polychaete Host of the Salmonid Parasite Ceratomyxz shasta in the Klamath River"
  • Mankaney, Aakash [Major: Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Lynda Ciuffetti, Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology): "The Role of ROS and the Phenylpropanoid Pathway in the Mode-of-Action of the Host-Selective Toxins Ptr ToxA and Ptr ToxB"
  • Nasholm, Nicole [Major: Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Nancy Kerkvliet, Dept. of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology): "Assessing the Induction of IDO via Alternative AhR Ligands"
  • Squire, Mattie [Major: Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Robert T. Mason, Dept. of Zoology): "Time-Budgeting in Male Red-Sided Garter Snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis)"
  • Vigeland, Anna [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Robert T. Mason, Dept. of Zoology): "Environmental Temperature Effects on Pheromone Production in Garter Snakes"
  • Wineinger, Kristin [Major: Biology - Biotechnology Option] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jadwiga Giebultowicz, Dept. of Zoology): "The Role of the Circadian Clock in Oxidative Stress Response"

URISC Fall 2009-10

There were a total of 13 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $20,888.00. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded 8 proposals for funding totaling $12,188.00.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Christensen, Celene [Major: Geology and Environmental Science] (Faculty Project Advisor: Roy Haggerty, Dept. of Geosciences): "Development of a 'Smart' Tracer: Microbial Respiration in Stream Sediment and the Resazurin-Resorufin System"
  • Golden, Daniel [Major: Chemical Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Ganti Murthy, Dept. of Biological and Ecological Engineering): "Modeling Development of Controlled Algae Growth for the Use of Biofuel Extraction"
  • Herdener, Nathan [Major: Psychology and Philosophy] (Faculty Project Advisor: Mei-Ching Lien, Dept. of Psychology): "Controlling the Focus of Visual Attention: Can Salient Stimuli Capture Attention Against Our Will?"
  • Johnson, Maxwell [Major: Food Science and Technology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Juyun Lim, Dept. of Food Science and Technology): "The Effects of Taste and Retronasal Odor on Hedonic Perception"
  • Lusk, Jason [Major: Chemistry] (Faculty Project Advisor: Rich Carter, Dept. of Chemistry): "Green Synthesis of the Natural Product Aconitine"
  • Rering, Caitlin [Major: Environmental Chemistry] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jennifer Field, Dept. of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology): "Nicotine and its Urinary Metabolites in Wastewater: Validating Community Exposure to Legal and Illegal Drugs"
  • Snow, Erika [Major: Bioresource Research] (Faculty Project Advisor: John Mata, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences): "M. Tuberculosis Selective Adenosine Kinase Nucleoside Polymers for Inhalation Therapy"
  • Wilson, Jenna [Major: Bioengineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Adam Higgins, School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering): "Optimization of the Freeze-Drying Procedure of Cultured Neurons"

URISC Summer 2008-09

There were a total of 51 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $89,675.00. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded 12 proposals for funding totaling $21,600.00.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Chen, Jing [Major: General Science] (Faculty Project Advisor: Adrian Gombard, Linus Pauling Institute and Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics): "Establishing Mechanisms of Vitamin D Signaling Pathways in Cells"
  • Halama, Jonathan [Major: Microbiology and Botany] (Faculty Project Advisor: Theo Dreher, Dept. of Microbiology): "Modified TYMV Capsids Designed for Nanoparticle Technology"
  • Holmes, Jeffery [Major: Computational Physics] (Faculty Project Advisor: William Hetherington, Dept. of Physics): "Radio Astronomy Digital Signal Processing"
  • Ireton, Kyle [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Fredrick Stormshak, Dept. of Animal Sciences): "Nongenomic Actions of Estrogen in the Ovine Endometrium"
  • Kirby, Peter [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Bruce Geller, Dept. of Microbiology): "Influenza A Virus H5N1 Vaccine to Protect Poultry Populations from Widespread Infection"
  • Lampi, Marsha [Major: Chemical Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Skip Rochefort, School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering): "The Relationship between the Molecular Properties and Lubrication Capabilities of Equine Synovial Fluid"
  • McAllister, Marisa [Major: Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jadwiga Giebultowicz, Dept. of Zoology): "Circadian Regulation of Oxidative Stress Response Genes, CncC and Keap1, in Drosophila melanogaster"
  • Peterschmidt, Jordan [Major: General Science (pre-dental)] (Faculty Project Advisor: Michael Blouin, Dept. of Zoology): "Allelic Variation at Suiperoxide Dismutase in Biomphalaria glabrata"
  • Phan, Brian [Major: Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Elisar Barbar, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics): "Interaction between Dynein Intermediate Chain and Dynactin"
  • Price, Kevin [Major: Accounting and Business Administration with MIS option] (Faculty Project Advisor: Byron Marshall, College of Business): "Visualizing XBRL Accounting Flows"
  • Riscoe, Erin [Major: Microbiology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Theo Dreher, Dept. of Microbiology): "Searching for New Cyanophages: A Study of the Bacteriophages of Oregon's Microcystis aeruginosa"
  • Willeford, Andrew Lee [Major: Chemistry, Forenscis option] (Faculty Project Advisor: Christopher Beaudry, Dept. of Chemistry): "Enantioselective Total Synthesis of Ovalifoliolatin B"

URISC Winter/Spring 2008-09

There were a total of 27 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $37,191.00. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded 9 proposals for funding totaling $11,697.00.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Brown, Jill [Major: Psychology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Frank Bernieri, Psychology): "First Impression Stability and Emotional Intelligence"
  • Cordero, Gerardo Antonio [Major: Environmental Sciences] (Faculty Project Advisor: Clinton Epps, Fisheries and Wildlife): "A Morphometric Reassessment of Neotoma cinerea (Bushy Tail Wood Rat) Subspecies in Oregon"
  • Heston, Danielle [Major: Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Steve Perakis, Forest Ecosystems and Society): "Influence of Calcium Oxalate on Deer Browsing in Douglas Fir"
  • Hilburn, Caroline [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics and German] (Faculty Project Advisor: Dee Denver, Zoology): "Rhabditophanes sp.: An Oregonian Nematode as a New Model for the Genetics of Parasitism"
  • Hyde, Aleshia [Major: Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Scott Heppell, Fisheries and Wildlife): "Population Survey of Liparis dennyi (the Marbled Snailfish)"
  • Madrigale, Monee [Major: Business Administration - Marketing and International Business] (Faculty Project Advisor: Hal Koenig, College of Business): "Increasng Fruits and Vegetable Consumption among Oregon Food Stamp Recipients"
  • Maxfield-Taylor, Sarah [Major: General Agriculture] (Faculty Project Advisor: Sujaya Rao, Crop and Soil Science): "Molecular Identification of Grass Seed Pests"
  • Meermeier, Nick [Major: Microbiology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jadwiga Giebultowicz, Zoology): "Circadian Regulation of 20S Proteasome Activity During Aging"
  • Wilson, Kiya [Major: Earth Systems Science] (Faculty Project Advisor: Robert Duncan, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences): "Using an Array of NE Pacific Margin Sediment Samples to Link Land-Ocean Responses to Glacial-Interglacial Climate Variability"

URISC Fall 2008-09

There were a total of 16 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $24,687.00. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded the top 8 submissions for funding totaling $12,128.00.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Adamic, Eric [Major: Psychology] (Mei-Ching Lien, Psychology): "Involuntary Attentional Capture in Multi-Tasking"
  • Chin, David [Major: Biology] (Robert T. Mason, Zoology): "Characterization of a Pheromone-Binding Second Messenger System in the Vomeronasal Organ of the Garter Snake"
  • Joiner, John Caleb [Major: Physics] (Ethan Minot, Physics): "Carbon Nanotube Resonance in the Terahertz Frenquency Range"
  • Kanaan, Stacy [Major: Chemical Engineering] (Milo Koretsky, Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering): "Low-Temperature Plasma Growth of Carbon Nanotubes on Flexible Substrates"
  • Malmo, Jay [Major: Bioresource Research] (Jane Ishmael, Pharmaceutical Sciences): "Investigation of Red Sea Microbial Extracts as a Source of Potential Neurological Agents"
  • McAlpine, Kristen [Major: Food Science and Technology] (Yanyun Zhao, Food Science and Technology): "Development of New Value-Added Blueberry Product Using High Hydrostatic Pressure (HHP) Technology"
  • Nguyen, Theresa [Major: Biology] (Hiro Nonogaki, Horticulture): "Characterization of Carrot Embryogenesis and Germination for Efficient Seed Production"
  • Schneider, Christine [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Elisar Barbar, Biochemistry and Biophysics): "Characterization of the Light Intermediate Chain of Dynein"

URISC Summer 2007-08

There were a total of 26 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $30,990.00. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded the top 11 submissions for funding totaling $18,600.00.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Bemer, Brett [Major, Biochemistry/Biophysics] (Sharon Krueger, Linus Pauling Institute): "Role of Flavin-Containing Monooxygenases on Sulindac Pharmokinetics"
  • Clement, Michael [Major, Biology] (Stephen Giovannoni, Microbiology): "Culturing Facultative Anaerobic Bacteria Native to the Oregon Coast"
  • Dray, Emily [Major, Anthropology/International Degree] (Deanna Kingston, Anthropology): "King Island Plant, Place, and Bird Names Project"
  • Gilroy, Caslin [Major, Biological Engineering] (Tyler Radniecki, School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering): "Correlation of NE 1545 Expression and Cell Size in N. europaea Exposed to a Suite of Aromatic Hydrocarbons"
  • Horner, Dan [Major, Microbiology] (Jerri Bartholomew, Microbiology): "Myxozoan Parasite Origin Unknown in Emerald Shiner (Notropis atherinoides) Population"
  • Lackey, Christina [Major, Zoology] (Robert T. Mason, Zoology): "The Harderian Gland Revealed: Regeneration and Recovery of Chemosensory Function"
  • McKenney, Melissa [Major, BioResource Research] (Sujaya Rao, Crop and Soil Sciences): "Comparison of Pollination by Native Bumble Bees in Oregon Cranberry"
  • Nguyen, Hong [Major, Microbiology] (Gary Merrill, Biochemistry and Biophysics): "Thioredoxin Redox State Determination"
  • Putnam, Anna [Major, Chemical Engineering] (Chih-Hung (Alex) Chang, School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering): "The Fabrication of a Nanoporous Electrode for a New Type of Lithium Ion Battery"
  • Tominey, Colin [Major, Biochemistry/Biophysics] (John Hays, Environmental and Milecular Toxicology): "Effect of Over-Expression of Ogg1 on Spontaneous GUSmr Mutation in Arabidopsis"
  • Winfield, Tammy [Major, BioResource Research Dual Options in Pest Mgmt. & Biology and Sustainable Ecosystems] (John Lambrinos, Horticulture): "Quantifying the Value of Native Plants for Improving Pollination and Biological Control in Agroecosystems"

URISC Winter/Spring 2007-08

There were a total of 21 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $28,898.00. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded the top 13 submissions for funding totaling $18,434.00.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Cespedes, Nichole [Major, BioResource Research] (Roger Ely; Biological and Ecological Engineering): "Purification of a Thermotolerant Hydrogenase for Production of Biohydrogen as a Source of Alternative Energy"
  • Clark, Scott [Major, Mathematics, Physics and Computational Physics] (Malgorzata Peszynska; Mathematics): "Finite Element Modeling of Uncertain Interfaces"
  • Coppersmith, Jennifer [Major, Biochemistry/Biophysics] (Hiro Nonogaki; Horticulture): "Gene Regulation by miRNA in Arabidopsis"
  • Fisher, Sarah [Major, Zoology] (Sylvia Behrens Yamada; Zoology): "Prey Preference and Consumption Rates in European Green Crabs and Juvenile Dungeness Crabs"
  • Harada, Daniel [Major, Physics and Mathematics] (Ethan Minot; Physics): "Noise Mechanisms in Carbon Nanotube Biosensors"
  • Knoderbane, Marshall [Major, Zoology] (David Lytle; Zoology): "Analysis of Bateman's Principles in the Giant Water Bug Abedus herberi"
  • Lamb, Robert [Major, Biology, International Studies] (Bruce Menge; Zoology): "A Comparison of Community Structure Between Low Light, Rock Wall Overhangs and Sun-Exposed Surfaces in the Intertidal Zone"
  • McLean, Leigh [Major, Human Development and Family Sciences/Early Childhood Development and Education] (Megan McClelland; Human Development and Family Sciences): "Socioeconomic Status as a Factor in School Readiness"
  • Miles-Rockenfield, Kara [Major, Microbiology] (Lynda Ciuffetti; Botany and Plant Pathology): "Purification, Crystallization, and Mutagenesis of ToxB, a Host Selective Toxin in Pyrenophora tritici-repentis"
  • Pham, Duy [Major, Biochemistry/Biophysics] (Nancy Kerkvliet; Environmental and Molecular Toxicology): "Analysis of Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor-Dependent Gene Expression in Murine T Cells upon 2, 3, 7, 8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) Exposure in vitro"
  • Porter, Tania [Major, American Studies] (David McMurray; Anthropology): "One Mile from Civilization to Savage: American Attitudes towards French-Canadian Settlers in the Oregon Territory"
  • Tonsfeldt, Karen [Major, Psychology and Zoology] (Patrick Chappell; Zoology): "The Body's Clock on Steroids: Effects of Ovarian Steroid Hormone Exposure on Circadian Clock Function in Multiple Tissues Within the Reproductive Axis"
  • Wyckoff, Erin [Major, Environmental Science] (Barbara Bond; Forest Science): "Soil CO2 Efflux in DIRT Plots at Equilibrium (a DIRT-y job)"

URISC Fall 2007-08

There were a total of 8 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $15,670.00. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded the top 5 submissions for funding totaling $8,642.00.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Bergh, Jennifer [Major, Horticulture] (Sujaya Rao; Crop and Soil Science): "Native Bee Pollinator Sharing Between Native and Agricultural Landscapes"
  • Brown, Kendra [Major, Environmental Engineering] (Dorthe Wildenschild, School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering): "Dynamic Capillary Pressure in Porous Media"
  • Hoang, Jimmy [Major, Biology] (Erica Bakker, Horticulture): "Construction of a DNA Fragment Library Using Robotics"
  • Johnson, Ajeet [Major, Geology] (Andrew Meigs, Geosciences): "Fault Growth Modeling Along Oregon's Active Basin and Range Region, The Brother's Fault Zone"
  • Preston, Dan [Major, Biology] (Bruce Menge, Zoology): "Indirect Effects of Herbivory in the Galapagos Intertidal"

URISC Summer 2006-07

There were a total of 32 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $54,920.00. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded the top 10 or 22 submissions for funding totaling approximately $17,790.00.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Chin, David (Jaga Giebultowicz; Zoology): "Circadian Variations in Physiological and Molecular Responses to Toxins in Drosophila"
  • Coffman, Erik (Chrissa Kioussi; Pharmaceutical Sciences): "Validation of the Pitx2 Muscle Precursor Cell Lineage Target Genes"
  • Dang, Tuyen (Christopher Mathews; Biochemistry and Biophysics): "The Effect of DNA Methylation on Deamination Rate and The Ribonucleotide Reductase Activity in Rat Mitochondria"
  • Donegan, Paul (Michael Freitag; Biochemistry and Biophysics): "Catching RIP in the Act: Hairpin Bisulfite PCR to Detect DNA Methylation"
  • Gobble, Timothy (Martin Schuster; Microbiology): "Exploring a Genome: The Hunt for Genes Controlling Quorum Sensing in Pseudomonas aeruginosa"
  • Jurling, Alden (Janet Tate; Physics): "Application of Impedance Spectroscopy to Measure Dielectric Constants in Thin Films and Bulk Materials"
  • Lamb, Robert (Mark Hixon; Zoology): "Effects of a Marine Reserve on the Abundance and Composition of Reef Fish Species"
  • Miles-Rockenfield, Kara (Lynda Ciuffetti, Botany and Plant Pathology): "Purification, Crystallization, and Mutogenesis of ToxB, a Host Specific Toxin in Pyrenophora tritici-repentis"
  • Perry, Jessica (Robert Tanguay; Environmental and Molecular Toxicology): "Screening for Drugs that Modulate Tissue Regeneration"
  • Puckett, Susan (Bruce Geller; Microbiology): "Gene-Specific Antibiotic Development"

URISC Winter/Spring 2006-07

There were a total of 27 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $43,488.00. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded the top 7 submissions for funding totaling $11,948.00.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Adams, Vincent (Elizabeth Borer; Zoology): "Fecundity and Trophic Preference of Rhopalosiphum padi on Selected Oregon Annual and Perennial Grasses"
  • Bateman, Katherine (Dennis Hruby; Microbiology): "Sortase (SrtA) Inhibitors"
  • Cecchini, Nicole (Hal Koenig; Managemetn, Marketing and International Business): "Psychometric Properties of an Attitude Scale"
  • Davis, Andrew (Jadwiga Giebultowicz; Zoology): "Rhythmic Cellular Responses to Oxidative Stress"
  • Meredith, Nick (Yevgeniy Kovchegov; Mathematics): "Occupation Times and Learning Models"
  • Rieke, Erin (Christine Kelly; Chemical Engineering): "PAMAM Dendrimer Targeting to Tumor Microenvironment"
  • Rumore, Danya Lee (Larry Lev; Agricultural and Resource Economics): "Renewing Agriculture-of-the-Middle/Mid-Tier Food Value Chains"

URISC Fall 2006-07

There were a total of 21 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $39,887.00. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded the top 8 submissions for funding totaling $15,799.00.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Cornett, Logan (Mei-Ching Lien, Psychology): "When the Eyes Have It, Does the Brain Have It Too? An Electrophysiological Study of the Attentional Blink"
  • Fawcett, Della Marie (Andrew Meigs, Geosciences): "Stress Changes and Interactions Associated with the 1944 San Juan, Argentina Earthquake"
  • Kempsell, Monica (Thomas Plant, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science): "Nanoporous Thin-Film Gas Sensors"
  • Mitchell, Gabriel (Viktor Podolskiy, Physics): "Chaotic Light Scattering from Dielectric Microparticles"
  • Reyna, Nicholas (Frank Bernieri, Psychology): "Validating Emotional Intelligence Scales"
  • Verba, Circe (Adam Kent, Geosciences/Martin Fisk, Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences): "The Search for Microbial Life in Freshwater Pillow Basalts"
  • Warkentin, Rachel (Julie Green, Art): "Traditional Pigments and Paint Making Research"
  • Whitham, Athena Erin (Adam Kent, Geosciences): "Atmospheric Release of Sulfur, Chlorine and Fluorine During Eruption of the Parkdale Lava Flow, Mt. Hood: A Case Study of the Effects of Volcanic Degassing in the Columbia River Basin and Comparison to Volcán de Colima, Mexico"

URISC Summer 2005-06

There were a total of 38 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $63,600.00. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded the top 15 submissions for funding totaling $25,132.00.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Capri, Gina (Daniel Rockey, Biomedical Sciences): "Genomics of Clinical Chlamydia trachomatis"
  • Castle, John (Thomas Shellhammer, Food Science and Technology): "Hop-Derived Polyphenols as a Clarifying Agent in Hot Wort"
  • Fife, Gabriel (Rod Harter, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences): "A Comparison of Concussion Assessment and Management Protocols in the United States and the Republic of Korea"
  • Goldner, Aaron (Edward Brook, Geosciences): "Development of Methane Concentration Measurements for Small Ice Samples"
  • Haidar, Sara (Tory Hagen, Linus Pauling Institute): "The Age-Related Changes in Nrf2-Mediated y-Glutamylcysteine Ligase Transcription"
  • Kuhta, Nicholas (William Hetherington, Physics): "Surface Polarization Reflection Studies of Benzene and Methanol"
  • Leinen, Samuel (Andrea Marks, Art): "Freedom on the Fence DVD"
  • Mankaney, Gautam (Andrew Buermeyer, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology): "Effect of Cancer-Associated Mutations on MLH1 Interaction with Exonucleases"
  • Mazurier, Mark (Oksana Ostroverkhova, Physics): "Photophyscial Properties of Organic Semiconductors"
  • Murphy, Caitlin (Fred Stormshak, Animal Sciences): "Estrogen-Induced Membrane Signals Affecting Protein Synthesis and Glucose Oxidation in the Ovine Endometrium"
  • Nguyen, Andrew (Andrew Buermeyer, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology): "Biochemical Defects Associated with Pathogenic Mutations in Human MLH1"
  • Rieke, Erin (Christine Kelly, Chemical Engineering): "Bifunctional Nanoparticles in Internal Radiotherapy of Cancer"
  • Swander, Ashley (Michael Pavol, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences): "Effects of Age on the Landing Techniques of Boys and Girls"
  • Taylor, Kenneth (Roy Haggerty, Geosciences): "Gyre Contribution to Breakthrough Curve Data"
  • Turner, John (Mark Zabriskie, Pharmaceutical Sciences): "Identification of Antibiotics Produced by Microorganisms from the Indonesian Black Water Ecosystem"

URISC Winter/Spring 2005-06

There were a total of 28 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $46,133.00. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded the top 7 submissions for funding totaling $11,690.00.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Bradford, Emma (Aaron Liston, Botany and Plant Pathology): "The Origin and Geographic Distribution of Polyploid Populations in Kincaid's Lupine: A Threatened Plant Species"
  • Cellerini, Kathryn (Jennifer Connor-Smith, Psychology): "Developing an Observational Measure of Early Adolescent Personality"
  • Cho, Dongbin (Mei-Ching Lien, Psychology): "An Electrophysiological Study of Word Recognition: Assessing the Role of Attention in Word Reading"
  • Danielson, Bryan (Mahfuzur Sarker, Microbiology): "Characterization of a Sporulation-Specific Kinase in Clostridium perfringens"
  • Fawcett, Kelly (Michelle Inderbitzin, Sociology): "Impact of School Climate on Students Aspirations and Performance"
  • Grossman, Jennifer (Michelle Kutzler, Clinical Sciences): "Effects of Castration in Llamas on Human-Directed Aggression"
  • Hsu, Peter (Jane Ishmael, Phamaceutical Science): "Characterization of a Previously Undescribed Calmodulin Binding Site on the NMDA Receptor"

URISC Fall 2005-06

There were a total of 12 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $21,580.14. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded the top 7 submissions for funding totaling $13,290.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Chan, Sandy (Nancy Kerkvliet, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology): "Influence of Ah Receptor Gene in T Cell Responses"
  • Ford, Neil (Milo Korestsky, Chemical Engineering): "Low-Temperature Plasma Assisted Growth of Carbon Nanotubes in Flexible Substrates"
  • Goodin, Zachary (Mei-Ching Lien, Psychology): "Involuntary Attention Capture: An Electrophysiological Study"
  • Hamblen, Emily (Selina Heppell, Fisheries and Wildlife): "Nursing Duration and Frequency in Determining Steller Sea Lion Pup Weaning"
  • Lim, Rhonda (Megan McClelland, Human Development and Family Sciences): "The Importance of Parental Warmth for Children's Early School Success"
  • Majors, Shawn (Roy Haggerty, Geosciences): "Chemical Variability Comparisons of Springs and their Relationships to Local Lithologies"
  • Winkelman, Nick (Mark Hoffman, Exercise and Sports Science): "The Effect of Unilateral Pre-Training on Maximal Bilateral Force"

URISC Summer 2004-05

There were a total of 50 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $80,745.56. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded the top 17 submissions for funding totaling $26,379.56.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Blanding, Mark (David McIntyre, Physics): "Optical Tweezers"
  • Czajka, Alissa (Frank Bernieri, Psychology): "When Interactions End Badly"
  • Dutcher, Kendall (Douglas Barofsky, Envronmental and Molecular Toxicology and Chemistry): "Selenosulfide Bonds and Phosphorylation Sites on the Native Form of Selenoprotein W"
  • Friesen, Christopher (Robert Mason, Zoology): "The Effects of Chronically Elevated Glucocorticoids on Reproductive Success in Red-Sided Garter Snakes"
  • Kitamura, Brian (Fred STormshak, Animal Sciences): "Characterization of Nongenomic Response to Estrogen in the Ovine Endometrium"
  • Kortlever, Jeremy (Yuji Hiratsuka and Julie Green, Art): "Of Haikus and Objects"
  • McGregor, Mary (Emily Ho, Nutrition and Food Managerment): "Novel Dietary Chemoprotective Agents in Prostate Cancer"
  • O'Brien, Caitlin (Megan McClelland, Human Development and Family Sciences): "Profiles of Children with Poor Learning-Related Social Skills in Preschool"
  • Paoletti, David (Andrew Blaustein, Zoology): "Rapid Evolution of Behavioral Antipredator Response: How Larval Pacific Treefrog Populations Differ in Their Response to an Introduced Predator"
  • Phan, Linda (Theresa Filtz, Pharmaceutical Sciences): "Effects of Hawthorn Plant Extracts on Endothelial Cells in Culture"
  • Rieke, Erin (Christine Kelly, Chemical Engineering): "Effect of Irradiation Dose of Breast Cancer Cell Proliferation"
  • Smith, Ryan (Janine Trempy, Microbiology): "Functional Detection of Bacterial Pathogens"
  • Strawn, Sarah (Jaga Giebultowicz): "Role of Clock Gene Period in Starvation Resistance"
  • Strycker, Noah (W. Douglas Robinson, Fisheries and Wildlife): "Variation in the Size and Shape of Eggs, Clutch Sizes and Incubation Times in Temperate Bird Species"
  • Tan, Tari (Theo Dreher, Microbiology): "Variation in the 5' and 3' Cyclization Sequences of West Nile Virus"
  • Taylor, MacKenzie (Megan McClelland): "Relations Between Learning-Related Social Skills and Early School Success"
  • Tisdale, Emily (Skip Rochefort, Chemical Engineering): "An Agricultural Economics Analysis of Biodiesel Production in the Willamette Valley"

URISC Winter/Spring 2004-05

There were a total of 15 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $9,895.80. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded the top 11 submissions for funding totaling $7,505.80.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Dudoit, Chana (Yamad, Sylvia; Zoology): "Documenting the Spread of Zostera Japonica Within the South Slough at Coos Bay"
  • Garbarino, Angelina (Waldkirch, Andreas; Economics): "Information Technology Change in Mexico Since the Implementation of NAFTA"
  • Lo, Pachida (Williams, David; Environmental and Molecular Toxicology): "Determination of the Flavin-Containing Monooxygenase (Fmo) Distribution in Mouse Lung and Liver"
  • Motamedi, Nima (Bermudez, Luiz; Biomedical Sciences): "Genetic Analysis of Mycobacterial Resistance to Cationic Anti-Microbial Peptides"
  • O'Brien, Caitlin (McClelland, Megan; Human Development and Family Sciences): "Profiles of Children with Poor Learning-Related Social Skills in Preschool"
  • Read, Wolf (Bond, Barbara; Forest Science): "Wind Effects on an Old Growth Stand at the T. T. Munger Research Natural Area, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington"
  • Sorensen, Erik (Ferngren, Gary; History): "The Numidians in the Second Punic War"
  • Starnes, Trevor (Barbar, Elisar; Biochemistry and Biophysics): "Interactions of the Intermediate Chain Subunit of the Motor Protein Dynein"
  • Taylor, Amber (Spitsbergen, Jan; Environmental and Molecular Toxicology): "Influence of Selected P450 Isozymes on the Carcinogenesis Process in Carcinogen Sensitive and Resistant Lines of Zebrafish"
  • Yarbrough, Lacey (Parke, Jennifer; Botany and Plant Pathology/Crop and Soil Science): "Effectiveness of Barley Straw in Reducing the Survival of Phytophthora ramorum in Water"
  • Zielinski, Christopher (Bartholomew, Jerri; Microbiology): "Myxozoan Parasites of Pet Shop Goldfish and Their Dispersal in the Wild"

URISC Fall 2004-05

There were a total of 16 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $14,052. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice Provost for Research awarded the top 13 submissions for funding totaling $12,052.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Bell, Jason (James Kennedy, Food Science and Technology): "Analysis of Variation of Chemical Composition in Pinot Noir Grape Clusters by Digital Imagery"
  • Birdsong, Nita (Kim Anderson, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology): "Determination of Azinophosphate Metabolities on Apples from Hood River, Oregon"
  • Brunner, Jill (Kate Field, Microbiology): "Prevalence of tetQ Gene in Wild Animal Feces"
  • Chung, Yin-Lai Brenda (Sally Gallagher, Sociology): "Being 'Mainline': The Social Re-Formation of White Ethnicity Among Mainline Protestants"
  • Jennings, Tara Nicolle (Jane E. Smith, Forest Science): "Life in Red Soils: Investigating Forest Recovery After Wildfire"
  • Lee, Kalin (George Boehlert, Hatfield Marine Science Center): "Interactions Between the Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest"
  • Lester, James (Jage Giebultowicz, Zoology): "Relationship Between the Period Gene, Melatonin and Aging in Drosophila Melanogaster"
  • Meyer, Lora (Carol Rivin, Botany and Plant Pathology): "Evolution of Metabolic Regulation Through Gene Duplication"
  • Pham, Tuyen (Andrew Blaustein, Zoology): "Effects of Ultraviolet Radiation on Amphibians Schooling Behavior"
  • Scholz, Ryan (Howard Meyer, Animal Sciences): "Efficiency of Pre-Weaning Exposure to Brachypodium Sylvaticum on the Grazing Habits of Ovis Aries"
  • Strubb, Adrienne (Daniel Edge, Fisheries and Wildlife): "U.S. - France Comparison of Public Perception of Wolf Depredation on Livestock"
  • Uhrig, Andrew (Anita Grunder, Geosciences): "Structural Controls of North Sister Volcano"
  • Williamson, Emily (Dennis Hruby, Microbiology): "Over-Expression and Purification of the Vaccinia Virus G1L Protein"

URISC Summer 2003-04

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Aguilar, Sandra (Jennifer Connor-Smith, Psychology): "Coping with Social Stress"
  • Barnes, Connelly (Milo Koretsky, Chemical Engineering): "Virtual Chemical Vapor Decomposition Reactor"
  • Brooks, Michael (Alex Chang, Chemical Engineering): "Investigation of Epitaxial Growth of Compound Semiconductor by STM"
  • Cease, Arianne (Robert Mason, Zoology): "Behavioral Responses to Capture Stress in Female Red-Sided Garter Snakes"
  • Fallahi, Anahita (Tory Hagen, Biochemistry and Biophysics): "Carnitine Palmitoyltransferase 1 Function in Aging Rat Heart"
  • Farrell, Kathleen (Aaron Liston, Botany and Plant Pathology): "Common Ancestry of Genes Among Three to Five Species of North American White Pines"
  • Guyler, Susan (Janet Tate, Physics): "P-Type Conductivity in Thin Films"
  • Jansik, Danielle (Adam Kent, Geosciences): "Understanding the Magmatic Composition of Mt. Hood through the Examination of Mt. Hood Andsites"
  • McKinnis, Alexzandra (Sandra DeBano, Entomology): "The Distribution of Collembola Populations in Riparian Areas in the Patawa and Tutuilla Watershed"
  • Mohamed, Aly (John B. Hays, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology): "The Importance of DNA Mismatch Repair (MMR) Proteins, and Their Direct Effects in Plants"
  • O'Donnell, Edmond (Andrew Buermeyer, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology): "Pathogenic Mechanisms of Cancer-Causing hMLH1 Mutations"
  • Page, Jessica (Claudia Maier, Chemistry): "Proteomics of Protein Glutathionylation in Mitochondria of an Aging Heart"
  • Porter, Spencer (Douglas Keszler, Chemistry): "Materials Preparation for Transparent Electronics"
  • Raskauskas, Nancy (Judith Li, Fisheries and Wildlife): "Use of Temperature Refuges by Coho Salmon in the West Fork Smith River"
  • Read, Wolf (Barbara Bond, Forest Science): "Wind Effects on Trees in a Northwest Oregon Forest"
  • Riley, Emily (Joan Gross, Anthropology): "Teaching Oreogn Native Languages"
  • Scholz, Ryan (Howard Meyer, Animal Sciences): "Efficiency of Pre-Weaning Exposure to Brachypodium Sylvaticum on Grazing Habits of Adult Sheep"
  • Sechrest, Robin (Andrew Blaustein, Zoology): "The Synergistic Effects of UV-B Radiation and Disease on Feeding Rate in Long-Toed Salamanders (Ambystoma macrodactylum)"
  • Tong, Tony (Fred Stevens, Chemistry): "Aging and Oxidative Damage to Mitochondrial Protein Subunits of Complex IV"
  • Tracy, Sara (Skip Rochefort, Chemical Engineering): "Sodium Hyaluronate (HA) for the Treatment of Lameness in Horses and the Effects of the Mechanical Properties of Joint Synovial Fluid"
  • Vu Dinh, Amy (Janine Trempy, Microbiology): "Investigation of Lon Protease and Discriminatory Activity with SulA in Escherichia coli"

URISC Winter/Spring 2003-04

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Deskin, Lisa Marie (Staci Simonich, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology): "Conifer Needles as Passive Air Samplers of Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds in High Elevation Ecosystems"
  • Ehlers, Nick (Bruce Menge, Zoology): "Mangrove Forests, Seagrass Beds, and Coral Reef Interactions"
  • Frasier, Kaitlin (Bruce Menge, Zoology): "Linking Larval Survival to Root Density and Water Turbidity in South American Mangroves"
  • Geleto, Gemedi (Michael Gross, Biochemistry and Biophysics): "Immunohistochemistry of Unex4.1 Protein During Development of Mouse Spinal Cord"
  • Hager, Werner (Ken Krane, Physics): "Determination of Nuclei Characteristics through Coincidence Sum Peak Analysis"
  • Hancock, Sandra (Elaine Pedersen, AIHM): "Contemporary Ethnic Knit Textile and Clothing of the Amayara in Bolivia"
  • Hanslovan, Cheryl (Dennis Hruby, Microbiology): "Development of Coronavirus Antiviral Drugs"
  • Hasson, Rachelle (Robert Tanguay, Toxicology): "Zebrafish Fin Regeneration"
  • Hinson, Mona (Loretta Rielly, OSU Libraries): "Valley Library Pacific Northwest Art Collection: Annotated Bibliography"
  • Hinton, Rachel (Willie Rochefort, Chemical Engineering): "An Investigation into the Use of Fuel Cell Technology for Electric Power Generation from 'Off-Gas' at the Coffin Butte Landfill (Benton County, OR)"
  • Hsu, Anna (John Hays, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology): "Mismatch Repair in Vivo"
  • Jagannath, Harish (Andreas Waldkirch, Economics): "Are You Next? How is Outsourcing of White-Collar Jobs Affecting the American Economy?"
  • Johnson (Palmer), Jennifer (Michelle Inderbitzin, Sociology): "In The Eyes of The Beholder"
  • Klune, J. Robert (Dan Rockey, Microbiology): "An E. coli System for Examining a Novel Chlamydial Insertion Sequence"
  • Kneeland, Darla (P. D. Whanger, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology): "Selenium Bioavailability and Distribution in Human Plasma from Selemium-Enriched Foods"
  • Nguyen, Binh (Tory Hagen, Biochemistry and Biophysics): "Age-Related Changes in Cardiac Mitochodrial Uncoupling Protein"
  • Plame, Rachel (Barbara Taylor, Zoology): "Role of Genes in Male Genital Innervation"
  • Rudel, Nicole Marie (Jerri Bartholomew, Microbiology): "Myxozoan Parasites of Marine Oligochaetes from the Oregon Coast"
  • Sabrowski, Nicholas (Mark Hoffman, Exercise and Sports Science): "Effects of Acute Exercise on Hamstring Flexibility and Knee Laxity"
  • Youngblood, Derek (P. Andrew Karplus, Biochemistry and Biophysics): "X-Ray Crystallographic Studies of a Peroxide Reducing Enzyme"
  • Younger, Melissa (Katharine Field, Microbiology): "Rapid Estimation of Fecal Bacteroidetes with a Quantitative PCR Assay"

URISC Fall 2003-04

The solicitation generated 28 proposals, with a total budget request of $24,853. The URISC Advisory Panel recommended funding the top 14 proposals totaling $12,881.

  • Breck, Erin (Menge, Bruce; Zoology): "The Effect of Site on the Physiological Condition of Barnacle Larvae"
  • Camp, Elizabeth (Carter, Rich; Chemistry): "Diels-Alder Approach to the Synthesis of Biaryls"
  • Ferguson, Laura (Beatty, Bess; History): "Gender Defined and Defied: Masculinity and Femininity During the Civil War"
  • Fitzpatrick, Jennifer (Savage, Thomas; Animal Sciences): "Genetic Characterization of a Teratology Condition in Embryonic Quail"
  • Foster, Kaylea (Shields, Barbara; Fisheries and Wildlife): "Demographics and Seal Worm Infestation in American Shad of the Columbia River"
  • Gagnier, Cliff (Hruby, Dennis; Microbiology): "Pox Proteomics"
  • Hewett, Erin (Peattie, Robert; Chemical Engineering): "A Comparison of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) Alone Versus A Combination of Keratinocyte Growth Factor (KGF) and VEFG for Stimulating Angiogenesis in the Mouse Ear"
  • Keppinger, Jaime (Rivin, Carol; Botany and Plant Pathology): "The Evolution of New Gene Functions by Focusing on the Evolution of an Unusual Gene in Maize, CPX2"
  • Koslofsky, Adam (Meigs, Andrew; Geosciences): "ELA Change of Chugach/ST Elias Glaciers Over the Past Three Decades"
  • Miyazoe, Mikio (Stone, Alex; Horticulture): "Management of Root Rot of Sweet Corn with Biofumigant Cover Crops"
  • Pokorny, Katherine (Cohen, LeoNora; Education): "Secondary TAG Student Perceptions of Feasible Improvements in Their Oregon Public School Learning Experience"
  • Probst, Kelly (Gross, Michael; Biochemistry/Biophysics): "Detection of the Location of Neurons in the Adult Spinal Cord of Mice Formed From dI5 and dI6 Embryonic Precursor Populations"
  • Silver, Alissa (Zhao, Yanyun; Food Science and Technology): "Use of Edible Coatings to Improve Quality and Extend Shelf-Life of Sweet Fresh Cherries"
  • Tinnesand, Kathryn (Dreher, Theo; Microbiology): " Enhanced Translation From TLS-5' Interaction in Turnip Yellow Mosaic Virus RNA"

URISC Summer 2002-03

The Undergraduate Research Innovation Scholarship Creativity (URISC) Summer 2003 solicitation generated 23 proposals, with a total budget request of $34,671. The URISC Advisory Panel recommended funding the top 18 proposals, totaling $26,980.

  • Asato, Karisa, Food Science and Technology/Bioresource Research, "The Effect of Alkali on Wheat Proteins in Asian Noodle Making"
  • Baumann, Denise C.; Bioresource Research/Crop and Soil Science, A Multitrophic Interaction Between a Fly, a Fungus and Orchardgrass in the Willamette Valley"
  • Bell, Shannon M.; Bioengineering, "Changes in Gene Expression in the Epistatic Interaction Between the Genes for Hooded and Short Awns in the Oregon Wolfe Barleys"
  • Coble, Matthew A.; Geosciences, "Fingerprinting Pacific Northwest River Sediments as Tracers for Climate Change"
  • Colombo, Mary; Geosciences, "Hydrothermal Links Between Ocean Plateau Formation and Ocean Anoxic Events"
  • Darr, Cristina; Environmental Science, "Water Content in Primary Cascade Lavas"
  • Gray, Zeitel; Geology, "Mapping Valley Deposit Surface Ages with Dendrochronology"
  • Hill, Stacy S.; Biology, "PhIP-Induced Mutation in Mlh1-Deficient Mice"
  • Iltis, Gabriel; Environmental Engineering, "Aerobic Degradation of Trichloroethane by Unidentified Microorganisms"
  • Jacobsen, Matthew K.; Physics, Investigation of Interface Reflections of Titanium Oxide"
  • Lee, Nancy Jade; Biochemistry and Biophysics, "Mutagenesis by Expanded DNA Precursor Pools of Mammalian Cells"
  • Lulay, Allison; Exercise and Sport Science, "Effects of One Year of Jumping Exercises on Maximum Jump Height"
  • Madani, Tala; Visual Arts/Political Science, "New Paintings in Berlin"
  • Miller, Kellan; Exercise and Sport Science, "Knee Kinematics in Prepubertal Boys and Girls"
  • Schmidt, Heidi; Bioengineering, "Effects of Hyaluronic Acid Treatment on the Mechanical Properties of Joint Fluid in Horses"
  • VanWormer, Kathy; Botany and Chemistry, "Origin and Implications of Pigmentation and Related Chemistry in Naturally Colored Cotton"
  • Walczak, Paul S.; Environmental Science, "Searching for Microbial Association with Olivine"
  • Walker, Ashley; Exercise and Sport Science, "Calpain Activity in Multiple Sclerosis"

URISC Winter/Spring 2002-03

  • Shannon Bell - BioEngineering
  • James Paul Durnin Jr. - Microbiology/Biology
  • Michinao Hashimoto - Chemistry
  • Katie James - Environmental Science/Forestry
  • Brett Palama - BioChemistry/Biophysics
  • Takashi Suyama - Chemistry
  • Darlow Zimmerman and Jeremy Christopher - Business Administration

URISC Fall 2002-03

The Research Office received 16 proposals for this solicitation with requests totaling $14,262. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded the top 11 proposals for funding with combined budgets of $9,870.

  • Anable, Sara (Gallagher, Sally, Sociology): Religious Community: Processes of Affiliation
  • Barrow, Breanne (Field, Katharine, Microbiology): Assessment of Tetracycline Resistance in the Environment
  • Chiba, Marin (Dolja, Valerian, Botany & Plant Pathology): Monitoring Viral Gene Interactions in a Closterovirus by Using -Glucuronidase Reporter Gene
  • Dutton, Jennifer (Mix, Michael, Biology): Communities in Crisis
  • Huot, Rebecca (Cronn, Richard, Botany & Plant Pathology): Intracellular N2-Fixation in Roots of Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta)
  • Janke, Alexis (White, Karen, Exercise & Sport Science): The Effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy History on the Bone Mineral Density of Post-Menopausal Women
  • Keis, Joa (Cardinal, Brad, Exercise & Sport Science): Psychosocial Analysis of Muscular Fitness Promoting Behaviors: A Cross Cultural Comparison of College Students in France and the United States
  • Miller, Jamie (Wong, Isaac, Biochemistry & Biophysics): Direct Detection of Protein-Protein Interactions Between MutY and MutS
  • Regan, Andrew (Dreher, Theo, Microbiology): Dengue Viral Gene Expression: Is There A Role for Circularization Sequences?
  • Takagi, Akihide (Dreher, Theo, Microbiology): Dengue Virus Gene Expression: Could Initiation Site Mutations Increase Gene Expression From Vaccine Strains?
  • Young, Thomas (Menge, Bruce, Zoology): Effects of Nearshore Oceanography on Temporal and Spatial Patterns of Reef Fish Recruitment in Oregon

URISC Summer 2001-02

  • Aubert, Jolene (Moore, Frank, Zoology): Localization of the CB1 Receptor in the Brain of Taricha granulosa
  • Bastian, Erin (Giovannoni, Stephen, Microbiology): Characterization of microbial communities living in deep ocean waters
  • Beck, Mathew (Peterson, Richard, Mechanical Engineering): Microtechnology-based Heat Engine Development
  • Borstel, Melinda (Filtz, Theresa, Pharmaceutical Sciences): Estrogen regulation of muscarinic cholinergic receptor-mediated signaling in human astrocytoma cells
  • Camp, Elizabeth (Horne, David, Chemistry): The Synthesis of Bisindole Marine Alkaloids Possessing Anti-Cancer Properties
  • Corgan, Anne (Greenwood, Jeffrey, Biochemistry/Biophysics): Phosphoinositides
  • Fadel, Tarek (Rochefort, Skip, Chemical Engineering): Effects of Hyaluronic Acid Treatment on the Mechanical Properties of Joint Fluid in Horses
  • Hashimoto, Michinao (Horne, David, Chemistry): Synthesis of DBH (debromohymenialdisine) analogs
  • Horrell, Jessica (Rao, Sujaya, Entomology): Development of degree-day model for European crane fly
  • Huddleston, James (Connor-Smith, Jennifer, Psychology): Personality, Coping, and Stress-Reactivity
  • Kea, Bory (McGuire, Joseph, Bioengineering): Analysis of Cytokine and Sialidase Levels as Mediators of Preterm Delivery
  • Liu, Ying-show (Taylor, Barbara (Zoology): Characterizing male and female sterile mutants in Drosophila melanogaster
  • Llewellyn, Michael (Roberts, Tom (Zoology): Dynamics of Acceleration in Running Dogs
  • Miller, Kelsey (Judd, Darlene, Entomology): Phylogenetic analysis of basal Dipteran relationships based on a nuclear protein-encoding gene
  • Nash, Coral (Greenwood, Jeffrey, Biochemistry/Biophysics): The characterization of phoshoinositides binding to alpha-actinin in vitro
  • Nebergall, Nathan (Hetherington, William, Physics): Surface Polarization Spectroscopy
  • Newman, Christina (Uttl, Bob, Psychology): Decision Making and Aging
  • Obermeyer, Angela (Azarenko, Anita, Horticulture): Impacts of Alternative Orchard Floor Management Systems on Vesicular Arbuscular Mycorrhiza
  • Osborne-Gowey, Cathleen (Kingston, Deanna, Anthropology): The Eastern Shawnee Oral History Research Project
  • Osborne-Gowey, Jeremiah (Menge, Bruce, Zoology): Effects of Nearshore Oceanography on the Reproductive Output of Tidepool Fishes
  • Peoples, Mike (Menino, Fred, Animal Sciences): Effects of Phosphatase Inhibitors on Plasminogen Activator Activity in Bovine OocyteCumulus Cell Complexes
  • Reed, Jonathan (Dolja, Valerian, Botany and Plant Pathology): Screening of a Closterovirus Genome for Suppressors of RNA Silencing
  • Reid, Kristine (Steiner, Jeffrey, Crop and Soil Science): Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Soil Mesofauna in a Managed Grassland Ecosystem
  • Scott, Mathew (Rockey, Dan, Microbiology): IncA and Host Cell Protein Interactions
  • Wolf, Vernon (Law, Beverly, Forest Science): Role of Soil Heavy-and Light-Fractions in Carbon Cycling by Forested Ecosystems Across Disturbance and Climatic Gradients
  • Yoshinaga, Aloha (Eberhart, Joyce, Forestry Department): Matching of Mycorrhizae with Sporocarps through the use of Molecular Techniques

URISC Winter/Spring 2001-02

  • Andrews, Simeon S. (Gerwick, William, Pharmacy): Isolation and Structure Determination of Novel Compounds from Algae
  • Deloy, Michael R. (Shindler, Bruce, Forest Resources): Evaluating the Effectiveness of Environmental Education Programs for Wildland Fire Management
  • Hiatt, Julia R. (Plantinga, Andrew, AREC): Consumer Motivations and Willingness to Pay for Certified Wood Products
  • Schenk, John (Liston, Aaron, Botany and Plant Pathology): A Biosytematic treatment of Synthyris stellata
  • Visalli, Solyssa (Anderson, Kim, Env. & Mol. Tox): Impact of Episodic Stormwater Events on the Bioavailability of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the Portland Harbor.

URISC Fall 2001-02

  • Davis, Kelsay (Meigs, Andrew, Geosciences):  Characteristics of a Slide Due to Glacier Erosion
  • Davis, Sara (Meyer, Howard, Animal Science):  Prediction of Lambing Number in Mid and Late Gestation Ewes by Fecal Hormonal Analyses
  • Feldhaus, Joseph (Markle, Douglas, Fisheries and Wildlife):  Fishes of Rickreall Creek
  • Hackett, Michelle (Binney, Stephen, Radiation Center):  Design of an Automatic Sample Changer for Neutron Activation Analysis Research
  • Ko, Andrew (Uttl, Bob, Psychology):  Using Statistical Software: User Strategies and Influence of Individual Differences
  • McCombs, Avery (William, Ray, Horticulture):  Direct Seeding and Integrated Weed Management Strategies to Suppress Annual Weeds for Cucurbits
  • Nelson, Dylan (Rockey, Dan, Microbiology):  Transcriptional Analysis of a Paralogous Gene Family of Chlamydia pneumoniae
  • Reid, Kristine (Steiner, Jeffery, Crop and Soil Science):  Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Soil Mesofauna in a Managed Grassland Ecosystems
  • Sinn, Scott (Stockwell, Virginia, Botany and Plant Pathology):  Control of Crowngall Using Pseudomonas Fluorescens Strain A506
  • Thauland, Timothy (Mathews, Chris, Biochemistry and Biophysics):  Elucidation of the Physiological Substrate for the mutT Gene Product

URISC Summer 2000-01

  • Arguello, Jacob (Arnold, Stevan, Zoology):  Hybridization and the Origin of Evolutionary Novelties
  • Banta, Marie (Hruby, Dennis, Microbiology):  Indentification of a 14KDa Internally Myristylated Protein in Vaccinia Virus
  • Carlyle, Calvin (Trempy, Janine, Microbiology):  The Correlation of Toxicity and Antibiotic Resistance to Antibacterial Soaps in Natural Bacterial Isolates
  • Gillen, Jonathan (McIntyre, David, Physics):  Diode Laser Cavity Absorption Spectroscopy
  • Haddix, Kori (Campbell, Courtney, Philosophy):  Facts, Fear, and Food: Health and Ethical Issues of Genetically Modified Foods
  • Jones, Zebulon (McGuire, Joseph, Bioengineering):  Drug Delivery from Safe, Implatable Solid Supports
  • Long, Kendra (Hruby, Dennis, Microbiology):  Up Regulation of SrtA in S. gordonii -  Effects on Protein Secretion
  • Ludwick, Tasha (Muir, Pat, Environmental Science):  Evaluation of Sanitation Project in Rural South Africa
  • Lui-Kwan, Erica (Widrick, Jeffery, Exercise and Sport Science):  Effect of Estrogen Therapy on Skeletal Muscle Myosin Isoform Expression in Postmenopausal Women
  • Mattsen, Amy (Rockey, Dan, Microbiology):  Intracellular Development of Tetracycline Resistant Chlamydia
  • Nash, Laura (Bryant, Nancy, Apparel, Interiors, Housing and Merchandising):  Exploration of Vionnet's Draping Techniques
  • Oesch, Nick (Bechert, Ursula, Biomedical Sciences):  Geographic Variations of Cervid Serum and Tissue Concentrations of Seleniurm and Vitamin E in Oregon: Correlations with Productivity
  • Samson, Anna (Rockey, Daniel, Microbiology):  Determination of the Region Chlamydial Inclusion Membrane Protein C Responsible for the Formation of Plasma Membrane Extensions on Host Cells
  • Simpson, Emily (Chen, H.L., Apparel, Interiors, Housing and Merchandising):  Origin and Implications of Pigmentation and Related Chemistry in Naturally Colored Cotton
  • Staten, Annie (Merrill, Gary, Biochemistry and Biophysics):  Purification of Recombinant Mouse Thioredoxin for Antibody Production
  • Streeler, Stuart (Karplus, P.A., Biochemistry and Biophysics):  Crystallographic Structure Determination of L-infinity-glycerophosphate oxidase
  • Ultman, Shari (Watson, Philip, Chemistry):  The Study of Biomineralization Through Atomic Force Microscopy
  • Young, Thomas (Hixon, Mark, Zoology):  Demography and Mechanisms of Population Dynamics in a Marine Fish

URISC Winter/Spring 2000-01

  • Cooper, Rebecca (Field, Katharine, Microbiology):  Antibiotic Resistance in Oysters as a Result of Fecal Pollution
  • Skaggs, Dale (Brunet, Johanne, Botany and Plant Pathology):  The Influence of Plant Architecture on the Mean Selfing Rates Among Two Populations of a Mixed Mating Plant Aguilegia coerula

URISC Fall 2000-01

  • Armstrong, Rachel (Klingeman, Pete, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering):  Water Art - Morandi Art Sculpture for Delano Grape Producer
  • Hayashi, Rei (Li, Judith, Fisheries and Wildlife):  Channel characteristics influence on invertebrate drift in Thomas Creek, OR
  • Holly, Dennis (Li, Judith, Fisheries and Wildlife):  Organic matter retention by large wood in Thomas Creek, OR
  • Mayfield, Joyce (Winner, Bill, Botany and Plant Pathology):  Gap significance of salal (Gaultheria Shallon) in the carbon balance of a Pacific Northwest old growth forest
  • Olson, Melissa (Liston, Aaron, Botany and Plant Pathology):  Characterization and molecular phylogenetic analysis of the PISTILLATA gene in the plant genus Thalictrum
  • Rains, Derek (Fowler, John, Botany and Plant Pathology):  Molecular and biochemical characterization of a putative calcium-binding receptor
  • Ravichandran, Sathya (Hagen, Tory, Linus Pauling Institute):  The role of iron in oxidative stress in Parkinson's Disease
  • Reed, Jonathan (Dolja, Valerian, Botany and Plant Pathology):  Functional specificity of beet yellows closerovirus heat shock protein
  • Reid, Clay (Yun, Joonkoo, Exercise and Sport Science):  Validity and reliability estimation of three different dynamic balance assessments
  • Weng, Mie-Ning (Chang, Chih-hung, Chemical Engineering):  Thin film deposition of compound semiconductor AnS by chemical bath deposition for the application of electroluminescent display