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March 8, 2006
Contact: Steve Himes, Graduate and Professional Association, (785) 864-4914.

KU graduate students to show research to state legislators today in Topeka

LAWRENCE — Nine University of Kansas graduate students have been selected to showcase their research projects for state lawmakers and the public at the Graduate Student Research Summit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today on the second floor of the state Capitol in Topeka.

The KU representatives, members of the University of Kansas Graduate and Professional Association, will join graduate students from Kansas State University and Wichita State University at the event intended to raise awareness of the graduate programs at KU, Kansas State and Wichita State and the importance of graduate students’ research at state universities.

Among the topics KU students will present:

  • A morphine alternative for cancer patients and others with acute pain without the side effect of drug dependence and substance abuse, by Arvind K. Chappa, Vizag, India, doctoral student in pharmaceutical chemistry.
  • A two-week workshop created to give better chemistry and physics background for middle school teachers in earth science and life sciences, by Danielle Barker, Conway, Ark., doctoral student in chemistry, pharmacology and toxicology.
  • Imaging devices to help track the movement and melting of polar ice sheets that could predict future global climate change, by John D. Paden, Baldwin City doctoral student in electrical engineering.
  • Studies questioning how race relations could have been just as defining an issue in Kansas at the turn of the 20th century and continue that impact in the everyday experiences of average people in Middle America, not just in the South and urban areas, by David Peavler, Emporia doctoral student in history.
  • Defining just what it is that keeps certain obese adults in a program of regular exercise to lose weight while others revert to unhealthy habits after a few months and gain the pounds back, by Olivia Chang, Cypress, Calif., and Stephanie Wallio, Indianola, Iowa, both doctoral students in psychology.
  • Ways support brokers can get the most out of the self-determination approach for individuals with disabilities dealing with the HCBS Medicaid fund option, by Luchara Sayles Wallace, Greenville, N.C., doctoral student in special education.
  • How county governments in three Midwestern states set priorities to deal with the triple dilemma of globalization and loss of jobs, outmigration of the young and educated population and health care needs of an aging population, by Lori Wiebold-Lippisch, Walford, Iowa, doctoral student in sociology.
  • Monitoring and measuring the hydrogeologic boundaries of the Kansas River aquifer in a way that safeguards the water quality and tracks contaminants, by Brett Engard, Paso Robles, Calif., master’s degree student in geology.

The nine KU students working on eight projects were chosen from among 38 students who displayed their work at the third Graduate Research Competition and Summit, held March 6. A reception followed the showing to announce winners of two $500, four $250 and nine $100 awards, sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Graduate School. Judges evaluated the projects and awarded the monies to support the winners’ research.

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