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March 6, 2009
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KU announces Undergraduate Research Award winners for spring 2009

LAWRENCE — Sixty-nine University of Kansas students have received Undergraduate Research Awards for spring 2009.

The awards support original, independent research by undergraduates enrolled on the Lawrence campus. The University Honors Program administers the awards with funds from the offices of the provost and vice provost for research and graduate studies and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Faculty on the University Honors Research Committee used the following selection criteria: overall quality of the proposal, student’s academic record and ability to complete the proposed research project, project’s potential contribution to knowledge and educational value of the research to the student.

More awards were given this semester than have been given in previous spring semesters.

According to Stan Lombardo, director of the honors program, the large number of spring awards is due to a combination of sustained hard work from the Honors Research Committee getting out the word about undergraduate research possibilities and the successful collaboration between the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies and the University Honors Program. Mark Daly, associate director of the honors program, noted a significant increase in strong applications from students conducting research for senior projects and theses in the humanities and social sciences.

Students receiving awards are listed below by hometown, level in school, major, parents’ names (when available), high school attended, research project titles and faculty advisers.

CHEROKEE COUNTY
From Columbus 66725
Jacquelyn Dawn Bowin, senior in history and theatre and film, daughter of Thomas and Mavis Bowin; Columbus Unified High School; “An Exploration of Future Life in Costume”; Delores Ringer, associate professor of theatre and film.

COWLEY COUNTY
From Cambridge 67023
Bobby Jonas Amey, senior in theatre and film; Central Junior-Senior High School, Burden; “Digital Workflow — The Evolution of Storytelling”; Robert Hurst, assistant professor of theatre and film.

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence 66044
Shylo Ann Bundy, senior in English and political science; Lawrence High School; “The Impact of Virginia Woolf’s Work on the Position of Women in Society”; Mary Klayder, University Honors Lecturer in English.

Gina Christine Lorenz, senior in music and French; daughter of Tom and Sue Lorenz; Lawrence High School; “An Examination of French Identity with Regard to Europeanization and Immigration”; Diane Fourny, associate professor of French and Italian and humanities and western civilization and director of the Center for European Studies.

Robert Reifort Wiggin, senior in biochemistry preparing to study medicine; Shawnee Mission West High School, Overland Park; “Crystallization of Chloroplast ATP Synthase Subunits S and E”; Audrey Lamb, assistant professor of molecular biosciences.

From Lawrence 66046
Brenna Mae Tompson Daldorph, senior in journalism, daughter of Brian Daldorph and Sandra Thompson; Lawrence High School: “ ‘Like a hurricane when the winds crash from every direction’: The Story of a Performer, a Modern Audience, an Epic Poem and an Enduring Tale”; Dave Lacy, associate professor of theatre and film.

Gregory Williams Wallace, senior in sport science; Gage Park High School, Chicago, Ill.; “The Effects of Tart Cherry Juice on Exercise-Induced Marker of Inflammation”; Philip Gallagher, assistant professor of health, sport and exercise sciences.

DONIPHAN COUNTY
From Highland 66035
Elijah Kirk Dunn, freshman in physics, son of Matthew and Laurel Dunn; Doniphan West High School; “Software to Write Firmware”; Michael Murray, associate professor of physics and astronomy.

ELLIS COUNTY
From Hays 67601
Kathryn Marie Basye, senior in English, Latin American studies and Spanish, daughter of Bruce and Mary Basye; Hays High School; “The Role of Spanish Usage in Representations of Latinos in Mainstream American Media; Marta Caminero-Santangelo, associate professor of English.

FRANKLIN COUNTY
From Ottawa 66067
Kenneth Matthew Morton, senior in art, son of Ken Morton; Ottawa High School; “The Emotive Experience of People and Place”; Judith McCrea, professor of art.

JACKSON COUNTY
From Circleville 66416
Rae Ann E. Anderson, senior in psychology, daughter of David and Sara Anderson Jackson; Heights High School, Holton; “Neuropsychological Measurement of Cognitive Gains Associated with Exercise”; David Johnson, assistant professor of psychology and assistant scientist in the Gerontology Center.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Leawood 66224
William Edward Pass, senior in biology and finance preparing to study medicine, son of Kevin and Julie Pass; Blue Valley West High School, Overland Park; “House Mouse Light Orientation Mechanisms in a Spatially Complex Environment”; Rudolf Jander, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.

From Lenexa 66215
Bradley Joseph Klee, senior in physics, son of Kevin and Sheila Klee; Olathe East High School; “Implementing Multidimensional Parameter Estimation”; Hume Feldman, associate professor of physics and astronomy.

Scott Alan Johnson, master’s student in architecture, son of Jerry and Debbie Johnson; Olathe East High School; “Vertical Framing: URBAN agriCULTURE for the 21st Century”; Kent Spreckelmeyer, professor of architecture and urban planning.

From Mission Woods 66205
Andreas Teschner Graf, senior in Germanic languages and literatures and political science, son of William Graf; Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village; “Inner-German Relations: 1945 to the Present”; Ronald Francisco, professor of political science.

From Olathe 66062
Amanda Nicole Green, junior in civil engineering, daughter of Lynn Green; Olathe South High School; “Removal of Synthetic Estrogen EE2 in Bend-Scale Wasterwater Reactors as a Function of SRT”; Belinda Sturm, assistant professor of civil, environmental and architectural engineering.

Ali Nabavizadeh, senior in biology preparing to study medicine, son of Vahid and Shohreh Nabavizadeh; Olathe East High School; “The Key to the Success of Plant-Eating Dinosaurs”; Larry Martin, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and senior curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Institute.

Brian James Sanderson, senior in biology, son of James and Therese Sanderson; Olathe East High School; “Genetics of Sex Ratio Distortion in Hybrids of Drosophila simulans and D. sechellia”; Jennifer Gleason, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.

Sarah A. Tanner, senior in biology; Olathe South High School; “Creation of a Cancer Cell Line That Will Express an Active Form of Metalloproteinase-2”; Blake Peterson, the Regents Distinguished Professor of Medicinal Chemistry.

From Overland Park 66202
Elizabeth Marie Lusher, senior in biology, daughter of Penny and Anthony Mic Shepherd; Shawnee Mission North High School; “Comparitive Phylogeography of Ringneck Snakes and Cricket Frogs in Eastern Kansas”; Rafe Brown, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and assistant curator of herpetology at the Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Institute.

From Overland Park 66209
Kerry Kathleen Prout, senior in psychology, daughter of William and Rhoda Prout; Blue Valley North High School; “Program Evaluation of a Pediatric Camp”; Michael Roberts, professor of applied behavioral science and director of the clinical child psychology program.

Katharine Kaur Sangha, senior in anthropology, daughter of Jangbir and Sandra Sangha; Blue Valley North High School; “Contagious Yawning in Gorillas and Orangutans at the Topeka Zoo”; David Frayer, professor of anthropology.

From Overland Park 66210
Julia Lenette Gutkin, senior in microbiology, daughter of Leonid and Galina Gutkin; Blue Valley North High School; “The Role of Kinases and Phosphates in Infections by Chlamydia”; Scott Hefty, assistant professor of molecular biosciences.

From Overland Park 66212
Kyle David Axton, senior in physics; Manhattan High School; “Radioactive Containment Shelter for the Large Hadron Collider”; Michael Murray, associate professor of physics and astronomy.

From Roeland Park 66205
Kate Marie Mallula, senior in history, daughter of Catherine Creed and Isaac Mallula; Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village; “Repositioning the Thuggee in Colonial India”; Anton Rosenthal, associate professor of history.

From Shawnee 66203
Shelbi L. Russell, senior in biology, daughter of Ben and Cathy Russell; Shawnee Mission Northwest High School; “The Description of a New Genus and Three Species of Lecanicephalidean Tapeworms and the Study of Their Mode of Attachment to the Intestine of Their Elasmobranch Hosts”; Kirsten Jensen, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and research scientist at the Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Institute.

From Shawnee 66218
Brittany Elayne Hill, senior in anthropology and art, daughter of Sherri Hill; Moanalua High School, Honolulu, Hawaii; “Neanderthal versus Modern Human: A Look at Skeletal Traits”; David Frayer, professor of anthropology.

LEAVENWORTH COUNTY
From Lansing 66043
Christopher Lee Maxwell, senior in psychology, son of Madonna Moranville; Lansing High School; “Parenting Style and Problematic Drinking Behavior in College Students”; Sarah Pressman, assistant professor of psychology.

MARION COUNTY
From Hillsboro 67063
Emily Julianna Arnold, senior in aerospace engineering, daughter of Don and Gayla Ratzlaff; Hillsboro High School; “Investigation of Electrical Performance and Structural Efficiency of the Meridian UAV Through Research and Analysis of the Engine Cowling”; Rick Hale, associate professor of aerospace engineering.

NEOSHO COUNTY
From Chanute 66720
Austin Lea Oder, senior in speech-language-hearing, daughter of James and Jackie Oder; Chanute Senior High School; Effects of Dialect on Vowel Acoustics and Intelligibility Sarah Hargus Ferguson, assistant professor of speech-language-hearing.

POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY
From St. George 66535
Mark L. Stockham, senior in astronomy and physics, son of Steven and Marcia Stockham; Manhattan High School; “Calibration of Siberian Radio Antenna Array using ANITA data/expansion of Siberian Array”; Dave Besson, professor of physics and astronomy.

RILEY COUNTY
From Manhattan 66502
Christopher Blake Martin, junior in mathematics and physics, son of Randal and Susan Martin; Manhattan High School; “Study of Cosmic Rays for HSCP analysis at CMS”; Alice Bean, professor of physics and astronomy.

David Lerner Wilcox, senior in biology and English, son of Dan and Beth Wilcox; Manhattan High School; “The Boundaries of the Human in Gothic Literature and Horror Films”; Ann Rowland, assistant professor of history.

From Manhattan 66503
Scott Han Sheu, junior in American studies and English, son of Jane Hsu and Chwen Sheu; Manhattan High School; “The Postcolonial Culinary Landscape in Modern London”; Mary Klayder, University Honors Lecturer in English.

RENO COUNTY
From Hutchinson 67502
Christopher Eugene Smith, senior in chemistry, son of Rodney and Roxanne Smith; Buhler High School; “The 1,1’-Biazulenic Motif as a New Platform for Charge Transport in Molecular Electronics; Mikhail V. Barybin, associate professor of chemistry.

RUSSELL COUNTY
From Lucas 67648
George Raymond DeMoura, senior in art, son of Lena Davis; Lucas-Luray High School; “Explorations in New Media”; Michael Krueger, associate professor of art.

SALINE COUNTY
From Salina 67401
Thomas C. Hardy, senior in English, son of Randall and Saralyn Hardy; Salina Central High School; “Satire, Romance and Revolution”; Tom Lorenz, associate professor and associate chair of English.

Scott Archer Mitchell, sophomore in chemical engineering, son of Mark and Kathi Mitchell; Salina South High School; “Bioengineering Protein-Polymer Complexes for Various Human Growth Factors”; Cory Berkland, assistant professor of chemical and petroleum engineering.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Clearwater 67026
Jessica G. Snyder, senior in astronomy and engineering physics, daughter of Mike Snyder; Clearwater High School; “Expansion and Autonomy of the Tunka Cosmic Ray Radio Antenna Array”; Dave Besson, professor of physics and astronomy.

From Haysville 67060
Sophia Kaska, senior in biochemistry, daughter of Tek and Sarah Kaska; Derby High School; “Testing Potential Therapeutics for Fibrosis via Inhibition of Prolyl-4-hydroxylase”; Minae Mure, assistant professor of chemistry.

From Wichita 67204
Katherine S. Harr, senior in psychology, daughter of Alan and Debra Harr; Wichita High School East; “Mood Diary Study: Weekly Patterns of Mood Fluctuations”; Todd Little, professor of psychology and scientific director of the Research Design and Analysis unit at the Life Span Institute.

From Wichita 67209
Gavin Patrick Strunk, senior in mechanical engineering, son of Richard Strunk; Bishop Carroll High School; “Series Hybrid Vehicle Controls”; Chris Depcik, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

Rohit Subramanian Venkatasubban, senior in accounting, son of Chittur and Rema Venkatasubban; Goddard Senior High School; “Implementing International Financial Reporting Standards Across the Accounting Curriculum”; Susan Scholz, associate professor of business.

From Wichita 67212
Andrew J. Oberthaler, senior in atmospheric science, son of Peter and Diane Oberthaler; Maize High School; “The Role of Cumulus Congestus in the Tropical Western Pacific”; David Mechem, assistant professor of geology.

From Wichita 67216
Megan M. Maksimowicz, senior in atmospheric science, daughter of John and Sheila Maksimowicz; Campus High School; Carbon Fluxes over Grazed vs. Ungrazed Land; Nate Brunsell, assistant professor of atmospheric science and geography.

From Wichita 67230
Jason Thomas Stevens, junior in biology, son of James and Laurie Stevens; Andover Central High School; “Locating a haf-6 Suppressor in C. elegans”; Lisa Timmons, associate professor of molecular biosciences.

From Wichita 67235
Kristen Michele Cowan, senior in sociology, daughter of Michele Crisler; Goddard Senior High School; “Constructing a More Responsible Global Economy: Feminist Alternatives”; Joey Sprague, professor of sociology.

SHAWNEE COUNTY
From Tecumseh 66542
Charles Edward Sprouse III, senior in mechanical engineering, son of Chuck and Sonia Sprouse; “Optimization of a Gasoline-to-E85 Fuel Conversion”; Chris Depcik, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

From Topeka 66605 and 66610
Jamie Lyn Wenke, senior in chemistry preparing to study pharmacy, daughter of Corwyn Wenke (66605) and Sonja Purling (66610); Washburn Rural High School; “Improving the Stability of Recombinant Growth Hormone with Glycosylation and Glycosidase”; Heather Desaire, associate professor of chemistry.

From Topeka 66610
Stephanie Marie Atwood, junior in psychology and women’s studies preparing to study law, daughter of Mike and Jennie Atwood; Topeka High School; “Why Students Text Message While Driving”; Paul Atchley, associate professor of psychology.

William R. Burns, senior in aerospace engineering, son of Michael and Elizabeth Burns; “Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Avionics Development”; Mark Ewing, associate professor and chair of aerospace engineering.

Robert J. Gordy, senior in history, son of Brent Gordy and Jan Kennedy; Millard South High School; “Age, Impotence, and the English Satirical Print”; Luis Corteguera, associate professor of history.

From Topeka 66614
Heather M. Wurtz, senior in anthropology and Latin American studies, daughter of Tim and Karen Wurtz; Hayden High School; “Analysis of Rising Rates of Caesarean Procedures and Contributing Factors: Influences, Information, and Modern Perceptions of Birth (A Local Study)”; John Janzen, professor of anthropology.

Stephen Sai Folmsbee, senior in biochemistry and biology, son of Mark and Nobuko Folmsbee; Topeka High School; “The Effects of Etoposide and Topoisomerase-II on Cancer Cell Division”; Yoshiaki Azuma, assistant professor of molecular biosciences.

WYANDOTTE COUNTY
From Kansas City 66104
Donald William Millsap, senior in astronomy and physics, son of Sandy Millsap; Platte County R-III High School, Platte City, Mo.; “Can Cosmic Rays Stimulate Nuclear Decay and Produce Strontium-87 Isotopes?”; Adrian L. Melott, professor of physics and astronomy.

From Kansas City 66109
Philip Robert Adam, senior in microbiology, son of Robert and Renee Adam; Piper High School; “Structural Dynamics of Invasion Plasmid Antigen D (IpoD) of Shigella flexneri”; Bill Picking, professor of molecular biosciences.

ILLINOIS
From Lisle 60532
Matthew John Marsaglia, sophomore preparing to study education, son of Mark and Christie Marsaglia; Naperville North High School; “Change We Can Believe In, Literally: Intertextuality's Potential Influence on American Literatures, Industry and Policy”; Maryemma Graham, professor of English.

LOUISIANA
From Abita Springs 70420
Rebecca Lynn Totten, senior in geology, daughter of Matthew Totten; Fontainebleau High School, Mandeville, La.; “Isotopes and the Migratory Behavior of Ancient Marine Reptiles”; Luis A. Gonzalez, associate professor of geology.

From Mandeville 70448
Sara Pauline Edwards, senior in design, daughter of Nancy Lawrence; Fontainebleau High School; “The Fundamentals of Glaze Chemistry: A Material Comparison”; David Vertacnik, associate professor of design.

MINNESOTA
From Plymouth 55446
Heidi JoAnn LeSage, junior in chemistry, daughter of Michael LeSage and Kim Nesbitt; Wayzata High School; “Data Quality Monitoring of the Compact Muon Solenoid Zero Degree Calorimeters”; Michael Murray, associate professor of physics and astronomy.

MISSOURI
From Kansas City 64111
Christopher James Reine, senior in psychology, son of Camille Reine; Lincoln College Prep; “Acculturation and its Effects on Parenting Behaviors of African American Parents”; Yo Jackson, associate professor of clinical child psychology.

From Manchester 63021
Alessandra Jenri Ainsworth, senior in dance and human biology preparing to study medicine, daughter of Charles and Linda Hennemann; Visitation Academy, St. Louis, Mo.; “Neurobiology, Intelligence and Ballet”; Janet Hamburg, professor of dance.

From Parkville 64152
Stephen Riegg, senior in history, son of Nicholas and Natalie Riegg; Park Hill South High School; “The Decembrists: Rise of the Intelligentsia Against Autocracy”; Eve Levin, professor of history.

NEBRASKA
From Lincoln 68506
Sierra Marie Falter, senior in psychology, daughter of Barry and Nancy Falter; Lincoln East Junior-Senior High School; “Personality, Activity, and Variability in Mood: Monitoring Daily Life With a Daily Mood Diary”; Todd Little, professor of psychology and scientific director of the Research Design and Analysis unit at the Life Span Institute.

From Omaha 68127
William P. Pflug, senior in aerospace engineering, son of Thomas and Dorothy Pflug; Millard South High School; “Using Quantified Flight Disturbances to Evaluate the Robustness of Aircraft Flight Control Systems”; Shahriar Keshmiri, assistant professor of aerospace engineering.

From Omaha 68135
Mary K. Sorrick, senior in history and journalism, daughter of David and Sue Sorrick; Millard West High School; “A Zealot for Justice: Leo Gallagher and Liberal Law”; Luis Corteguera, associate professor of history.

UTAH
From Sandy 84093
Vanessa A. Copple, junior in classical antiquity and history of art, daughter of Kennis Wessel and Susan Copple; West High School; “The Significance of Latin Inscriptions in Modern Architecture”; Emma Scioli, assistant professor of classics.

KENYA
From Nairobi
Angela Ndhuya Oguna, junior in electrical engineering; Kenya High School; “Data Collection in a Rail-Based Cargo Monitoring Sensor Network”; Gary Minden, professor of electrical engineering and computer science.

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
From Petrozavodsk, Karelia
Sarra-Valentina Klimberg, senior in chemistry preparing to study medicine, daughter of Sergei Vasylievich Klimberg “Design and Synthesis of a New Sulfanomide Motif as Potential Inhibitors of Anthrax Protective Antigen”; Paul Hanson, professor of chemistry.

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