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April 28, 2006
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KU, Haskell students to present research at annual symposium

LAWRENCE — Students from Haskell Indian Nations University and the University of Kansas will present their research on topics ranging from studies of native grasses to the impact of solar energy particles in the atmosphere at an undergraduate research symposium.

The annual symposium will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, in 137 Navarre Hall at Haskell. It is sponsored by the 500 Nations/Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program, which encourages minority students to pursue biomedical science careers at the two universities. This year’s research includes studies in speech-language learning, exercise science, mechanical and chemical engineering, pharmaceutical chemistry and biology.

The program is funded by the National Institutes of Health. KU and Haskell faculty administer more than $12 million in three NIH grant programs: Initiative for Minority Student Development at KU and the Bridges to the Future Program and the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement Program, both at Haskell.

Presenters include seven Haskell undergraduates and 19 KU undergraduate student researchers who participate in 500 Nations/Bridges to the Baccalaureate; Initiative for Minority Student Development program at KU; and Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement, EPA Watershed Mother Earth’s Gift Project and DoD Switch Grass Project, all at Haskell.

The students are listed below by their hometown, university, research project title and faculty mentor. KU students are also identified by year in school, major and parent names and high schools, when available.

BUTLER COUNTY
From Andover (ZIP 67002)
Andrea Lynn Wolf, KU senior in biology, daughter of Allen and Farrellynn Wolf; Andover Central High School; The Effect of Fungicide on the Physiology and Growth of Native Prairie Plants; mentor: Bryan Foster, KU associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence
Katrina Chervart McClure, KU junior in biology; Lutheran High School, Rockford, Ill.; Research on Cool Region Switchgrass; mentor: Bryan Foster, KU associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.

Stephanie Crawford, Haskell; Switchgrass Propagation Monitoring; mentor: Bill Welton, Haskell natural sciences.

Pemy Flueker, Haskell; Effects of Solar Energetic Particles on the Earth’s Magnetosphere and Atmosphere; mentor: Thomas Armstrong, Fundamental Technologies, LLC.

Roberta Harjo, Haskell; Prescribed Burning as a Range Improvement Tool on the Konza Prairie; mentor: Bill Welton, Haskell natural sciences.

Darryl Monteau, Haskell; Diversity of Tribal Uses of Switchgrass & Other Native Plants; mentor: Bill Welton, Haskell natural sciences.

Jamie Tanner, Haskell; Look What the Downtown Watershed is Doing to Your Animals Near the Hospital; mentor: Bill Welton, Haskell natural sciences.

From Lawrence and Tulsa, Okla.
Ryan James Grigsby, KU senior in chemistry and history of art; Booker T. Washington High School, Tulsa; Analysis of Caffeine, Theobromine, Theophylline, and Epicatechin Using Microchip CE with Decoupled Aamperometric Detection; mentor: Susan Lunte, KU professor of pharmaceutical chemistry.

ELLSWORTH COUNTY
From Kanopolis
Rebecca A. Orozco, KU junior in biology, daughter of Peter and Bonnie Orozco; Ellsworth High School; Physiological and Molecular Mechanisms Involved in Delayed Floral Initiation at Elevated CO2; mentor: Joy Ward, KU assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Leawood (ZIP 66224)
Johnathan Alexander Philip Evans, KU senior in chemistry, son of Tyrone and Sonya Evans; Blue Valley High School; Phosphate Tethers: A New Tether for Natural Product Synthesis; mentor: Paul Hanson, KU professor of chemistry.

From Lenexa (ZIP 66215) and Seguin, Texas
Jennifer Dianne Hood, KU senior in biochemistry, daughter of Kathy Pierce, Shawnee Mission South High School; Optimization of Amplex Red Assay for Use in High Throughput Screening; mentor: Mark Richter, KU professor of molecular biosciences.

From Lenexa (ZIP 66219)
Peniel Zelalem Tefera, KU senior in microbiology, daughter of Taye Aberash and Reda Zelalem; Shawnee Mission Northwest High School; Evolution of HIV Envelop Gene within Infected Patients; mentor: John Kelly, KU associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.

From Olathe (ZIP 66061)
Jonathan D. Ashley, KU junior in chemical engineering, son of Darryl and Diane Ashley; Saint Thomas Aquinas High School; Analysis of Stabilizing Polymers on Peptide Drug Formulations; mentor: Kyle Camarda, KU associate professor of chemical engineering.

From Olathe (ZIP 66062)
Mariza Virginia Rosales, KU junior in speech-language-hearing, daughter of Mike and Virginia Rosales; Olathe East High School; Word Learning in Spanish-Speaking Children; mentor: Holly Storkel, KU assistant professor of speech-language-hearing.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Wichita (ZIP 67212)
Justin James Hanke, KU senior in biology, son of Frances and Virgil Hanke; Campus High School; Cultured Nodos Ganglia Neurons Co-express Thromboxane A2 Receptor and TRPV1 mRNA; mentor: James Orr, KU professor of molecular biosciences.

From Wichita (ZIP 67217)
Matthew Lee Moreno, KU junior in biochemistry, son of Carmen Keeton; Kapaun Mount Carmel High School; Primer Design and Mutagenesis of Phosphatase of Regenerating Liver-1 (PRL-1) Protein; mentor: Jennifer Laurence, KU assistant professor of chemical engineering.

SUMNER COUNTY
From Wellington (ZIP 67152)
Michelle M. Tehel, KU senior in human biology, daughter of William and Annette Tehel; Wellington Senior High School; Lack of Association of the 5-HT1B Promoter Polymorphisms with Body Mass Index (BMI); mentor: Philip Gallagher, KU assistant professor of health, sport and exercise science.

ARIZONA
From Flagstaff
Everlee Hope McCabe, KU senior in health sport and exercise science, daughter of Leila McCabe; Tuba City High School; Comparison of Angiotensin Converting Enzyme with Body Mass Index Among a Male Population Group; mentor: Philip Gallagher, KU assistant professor of health, sport and exercise science.

CALIFORNIA
From Sacramento
Richard LaBrie, Haskell; Study on PRL-1 Activity: Effects of pH, Temperature and Mutants; mentor: Jennifer Laurence, KU assistant professor of pharmaceutical chemistry.

IDAHO
From Pocatello
Talia T. Martin, KU senior in biology and in chemistry, daughter of Kathy Martin; Shoshone-Bannock School, Fort Hall, Idaho; The Effect of Excipients on the Stability of Bovine Serum Albumin when Adsorbed to Alhydrogel; mentor: Charles Middaugh, KU distinguished professor of pharmaceutical chemistry.

MISSOURI
From Saint Louis (63132)
Marie Asheley Hampton, KU junior in human biology, daughter of Jacquelin Hilton; Ladue Horton Watkins High School; Proteins Associated with I-CAM-1 upon Stimulation through I-CAM; mentor: Stephen Benedict, KU associate professor of molecular biosciences.

NEVADA
From LasVegas
Randa Mitchem, Haskell; Animal Waste Contributions from Human Society in Brook Creek Watershed; mentor: Bill Welton, Haskell natural sciences.

NORTH DAKOTA
From Fort Yates
Ronnette Marie Chase Alone, KU junior in environmental studies, daughter of Ronald and Jeanette Chase Alone; Standing Rock Grant School; Induced Defense in Mimulus Guttatus; mentor: John Kelly, KU associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.

OKLAHOMA
From Apache
Jason Koontz, Haskell; Physiological Studies of a New Gut Fungus Isolate (Smittium culisetae. KS-108-02); mentor: Robert Lichtwardt, KU professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology.

From Tahlequah
Kristin Tylar Danielson, KU junior in mechanical engineering; Tahlequah Senior High School; Angular Kinematics of Balance Recovery from a Backward Pull; mentor: Carl Luchies, KU assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

From Tulsa
Raelynn Butler, Haskell; Research on Cool Region Switchgrass; mentor: Bill Welton, Haskell natural sciences.

From Tulsa and Lawrence, Kan.
Ryan James Grigsby. SEE DOUGLAS COUNTY

TEXAS
From Seguin and Lenexa, Kan.
Jennifer Dianne Hood. SEE JOHNSON COUNTY

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